Spring is Here!

Last year, following the Covid shutdown members collaborated on some “Do It Yourself” photowalks.  Thanks to Ginny Gaynor, Mike Chrun, Sarah Hefty and Richard Hudson we have a lot of resources on our Photowalk Opportunities page.  This includes details on locations that can be downloaded.

This would be a good time to revisit what we’ve done in the past and even expand on it.  Please share location information and photos that can be included in this gallery.  Send the photos to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com and include the subject, capture date, and location.  This does not have to be limited to wildflowers.

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The Palouse

Our meeting on Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 pm will feature Jay Olson-Goude and his experience at the Palouse.  In June of 2019, Jay spent two weeks photographing there. This presentation will showcase some of the images created and offer some tips for those who might want to add this destination to their ‘must visit’ list.

Jay Olson-Goude has been passionate about photography for nearly fifty years. His work has been published in “New Mexico”, “Mpls/St Paul”,” Men’s Journal” and “Autoweek” magazines and the “Minneapolis StarTribune”, “Saint Paul Pioneer Press”, “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” and “Red Wing Republican-Eagle” newspapers.

Jay is recent new member of the club and he and his wife, Jennifer, live in Stockholm, Wisconsin.

Nic Stover  Program Update

If you missed the March 15 program with Nic Stover on Evaluating and Working with Light, you can see the recording of the program here.  Following that, you can download his Exposure Triangle visual.  After clicking the link, right-click the image and select “save as”.


Exposure Triangle - Nic Stover

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Craig Varjabedian

The program, “Into the Great Light: A Conversation with Photographer Craig Varjabedian” will be held on May 5, 6:30 pm.

Join acclaimed photographer Craig Varjabedian for an evening of conversation and spectacular photographs, exploring the motivations and stories behind his stunning images of White Sands National Park, a 275-square-mile gypsum dune field in southern New Mexico and our second newest national park. The award-winning book “Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian” presents one of the world’s uniquely stunning environments. Craig has produced an intimate portrait of an environment that is so enticing it will make you want to drop everything and just go there.

Craig Varjabedian is an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the unique and quintessential. He shares awe-inspiring stories of the land and the people who live on it—one photograph at a time.

In recognition of the significance and power of his images, Varjabedian has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the McCune Charitable Foundation, and the New Mexico Humanities Council. His photographs have been exhibited and collected by museums around the country including the William Benton Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The prints from Varjabedian’s traveling exhibition of Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby was acquired by the Foundation for the Albuquerque Museum of Art.

In 1991 Varjabedian received an Emmy Award for his collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Karl Kernberger on the PBS documentary En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico. Photographs from this project were published in a book by the same name, with an essay by award-winning author Michael Wallis (1994). His next book, By the Grace of Light: Images of Faith from Catholic New Mexico (1998), came out of the bonds he developed with the people and communities of the Morada Photographic Survey. Recent books of his photographs, published by the University of New Mexico Press, include Four & Twenty Photographs: Stories from Behind the Lens (2007), Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby (2009), which received the prestigious Wrangler Award for Outstanding Photography Book from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, along with Landscape Dreams: A New Mexico Portrait (2012) and Into the Great White Sands(2018).

“Into the Great White Sands”

Award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian has spent decades photographing the many moods of the magnificent and ever-changing landscape of New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument. His photographs reveal snow-white dunes of gypsum, striking landforms, storms and stillness, panoramic vistas and breathtaking sunsets, intricate windblown patterns in the sand, ancient animal tracks, exquisite desert plants, and also the people who come to experience this place that is at once spectacular yet subtle. Varjabedian’s evocative color images provide the reader with an almost palpable sense of this extraordinary place. 

These photographs are enriched by several essays written by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, noted poet and author; Dennis Ditmanson, retired White Sands National Monument superintendent; Jim Eckles, retired Missile Range public affairs officer; and Craig Varjabedian, the photographer who shares his insights and experiences of photographing this inspiring landscape and offers tips on making better pictures of White Sands. Into the Great Whtie Sands won the prestigious New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.

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Being Enough

Did you miss Nic Stover’s program that he did on Monday night on the “Psychology of Photoography” for the TCACCC?  Nic will also be doing a program on light for us and the St. Croix Valley Camera Club on March 15.  See this post for more information.   Here is the recording of Monday’s program:

From a recent newsletter from Nic he said some things that really hit home. “There are 7.6 billion people on this planet. 3.5 billion Smartphones, which technically means there are 3.5 billion photographers.  How many of them pursue beyond a hobby or a way to capture what they ate for dinner? And how few of them call themselves professionals?  We can’t judge how crowded things are based on looking at these metrics.  The only way we can look at it is to look at ourselves and our perspectives related to what we need and what we seek.

“Tuetonia Sunrise” by Nic Stover

“We as humans regardless of the number of zeros in our bank accounts need to be content with one thing. Being Enough. Some of us don’t have enough of what is needed internally and we supplement that in some other ways through external validation. For the photographers who complain of it being too crowded they are focused on what they don’t have vs what they already have. Images, places, clients, fans, money, followers.

“So for today. I am enough. What I do is enough.  There is more than enough beauty to go around.  Enough for us all to share and to find a small slice of what we find special or unique.  Someday I will turn into the shadows in my images in the dust that creates atmosphere within my images. My Ledger will zero out and only then will I have had enough of this world.”

“But until that time I will keep on keeping on, knowing that what I already have is … well … enough.” 

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March News

At our Wednesday, March 3 meeting, Chap Achen will share a program that will consist of images from his artist in residence stay in Quzhou, China.  It will include a brief history of the artist exchange program, which goes back to the 1942 raid on Tokyo by the Doolittle Raiders flying B-25’s off the USS Hornet and subsequent rescue of the flyers in China.  He will present a present a video highlighting images of the trip and follow up with additional background info of the images and he will take comments and questions from the club.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and a link to the meeting will be sent to all members that morning.

About Chap

Chap Achen

“I have been photographing for over 60 years; my father was a professional photographer and introduced me to the darkroom and the enjoyment that comes from making traditional images with film and silver papers. Much of my earlier work was primarily done in black and white, But for the last twenty years digital technology has allowed me the opportunity to work in both color and black and white.  Combining texture, patterns, light and dark tones, and using good compositional elements, I try to create photographs that you will enjoy and remember.  For the past 30 years I have been actively engaged with the Arts Community in Red Wing and have served on its board of directors for much of that time.  I have had the good fortune to participate in several programs that Red Wing Arts initiated, and am grateful for those experiences.  In 2015 through the Anderson Center in Red Wing, I spent one month in Salzburg, Austria as their artist in residence. In 2018 I spent one month as an exchange artist in Red Wing’s sister city of Quzhou, China. 

“I maintain a gallery and studio in my home here in Red Wing. My work can be seen in numerous public institutions and buildings throughout Red Wing as well as exhibitions at the Red Wing Arts gallery in the Historic Railroad Depot and at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts.”

For more opportunity to view Chap’s work you can visit his website at www.chapachenphotography.com


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Dr. Mike Shaw Program Details

On Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 pm in conjunction with the St. Croix Valley Camera Club, Dr. Mike Shaw will give a presentation of “The Photographer’s Eye – The Art and Science of Composition.”

When Mike first started studying photography in earnest, he was shocked to find that there were universal concepts for compelling compositions that anyone could learn. You’ve probably heard of a few of them: The Rule of Thirds, leading lines, and so on. At first, he was disappointed that attractive compositions appeared to be so prescriptive. “I wanted the art of strong compositions to be, well, art, not a recipe anyone could follow. But I quickly realized that truly great compositions were more elusive; that they required a willingness to bend and break the rules to achieve something extraordinary. In this presentation, you will learn the theories underlying good photographic composition. You may well find that you can immediately improve your images by considering one or more of these ideas. But equally, if not more important, you’ll discover ways to transcend these fundamentals to develop your own, unique style – your distinct, personal photographer’s eye!”


Dr. Mike Shaw is an astrophotographer and the author of “Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses,” (2018) and “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography,” (2017). In addition to his own photography webinars and workshops, he creates inter-active online lessons for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, he teaches in the online Bryan Peterson School of Photography, offers classes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and leads an interactive “Nightscapes Star Party Live!” weekly on Slooh.com. He licenses his work through Science Photo Library in London. He is a Delegate to the International Dark Sky Association and recently completed his Resident Artist Research Project at the Bell Museum in Minneapolis that explores novel immersive experiences for making the night sky and the effects of light pollution more accessible to the general public. 

See also https://www.mikeshawphotography.com/


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Phipps Center for the Arts News

Club Exhibit

2017 Phipps Exhibit Promotion

Beginning September 17 we will have a club group exhibit in the Riverview gallery at the Phipps.  This is open to all paid members.  At a previous exhibit there, we had 31 pieces in the exhibit.   The exhibit will end on October 24.  If you are interested in taking part, please use our contact form and I will pass your information to Barb Stahlmann who will be in charge.  Here is a promotion we did for the 2017 exhibit.

In-Person Gallery Exhibition

  • “Belwin Conservancy at 50”
  • Ending Date: February 21, 2021

In 2016, we began a club project, “Capturing the Western Prairie.”  The object was to combine our talents to produce photographs that can be used to raise awareness and understanding of our local landscape.   We partnered with our state and regional Departments of Natural Resources and private non-profit groups like the Prairie Enthusiasts.  We’ve visited acreage set aside by the DNR and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and individual landowners.  Group photo outings included guidance by more experienced shooters.  This resulted in outdoor exhibits at Belwin Conservancy, at the Phipps and a collection of photos that that were exhibited in the Phipps’ Healing Arts program.  Some of these pieces will be included in the current exhibit at the Phipps.  For more information:   https://thephipps.org/event/belwin_50/

This video was created using many of the project images.  It is one of the many videos on our YouTube channel.

Posted in Club Event, Exhibits, News

Evaluating and Working with Light in Photography

On March 15, 6:30 pm Nic Stover will give a presentation to our club and the St. Croix Valley Camera Club. Thanks to Mike Chrun for arranging this and for sharing the cost with us!

Join professional landscape photographer Nic Stover for this session to talk about Not too Heavy, Not too Light.  Just right.  The word “photography” literally means “drawing with light” from the Greek words phos, (genitive: photós) meaning “light”, and graphê meaning “drawing or writing”.  There are so many ways to think about the different types of light within our photography and what we can do with what we get in the field but also when we get back in front of our computer to process our images we “harvested” in the field.

In this presentation Nic will talk about how the most important thing in photography is you and how you look through the light harvester (IE the camera) and the choices and decisions you make on how to collect the light that is falling in front of you onto your subjects of choice.  Nic doesn’t have mastery of light nor the power to control it but he will talk about what he CAN control is how he reacts to the light he is given, not the light he wants, but the light he is given.  Nic considers the science and study of light to be one of our most important pursuits in photography.  This presentation will increase your understanding of how to work with light.   

Some of the topics covered in this presentation include but are not limited to:

  1. How to think about light.
  2. How we view light vs how our camera (light harvester) views light.
  3. How do we actually see light from the warms and cools to the brights and darks.
  4. What is the true value of light in our images?
  5. How do photographers describe and talk about light?
  6. What are the 4 ways in which light interacts with our scenes?
  7. How can you most effectively use light in your images.
  8. Ways you can break out of your normal mode of working with light.

As part of this session you will get a follow up with a reference sheet of 15 ways to describe light, and a recording of the presentation. 

Stover is based in San Luis Obispo, California and focuses on landscape photography classes and workshops encouraging his class participants to develop their skills, explore their capabilities, and to create meaningful work.  Additional information can be found at www.stoverphoto.com

Ian Plant Freebie

Here is a link for a FREE reference sheet of ways to take better photographs from one of the masters, Ian Plant. 

Posted in Club Meeting Info, Educational

Happy New Year!

Mike Prokosch

On Wednesday, January 6, 6:30 pm, we will have meeting that will reveal our 2020 Year-end awards.  With the April Salon meeting being cancelled, and the print categories being discontinued, there will be no awards for prints this year.   This was the first year that we have the assignment category with the largest number of images submitted.  Michael Prokosch thanked our club for being asked to judge and was impressed with the quality and diversity of our salons.  The galleries will be posted after the meeting.  An invitation to the meeting will be sent by email to all members on the morning of the meeting.

We have two more meetings in January.  Check out the calendar page with information about Mike Moats (Macro) and Cameron Darnell (Creative Lighting for Bird Photography).  Watch for meeting invitations in your email no later than the day of those meetings, but get the dates on your calendar now.

Architecture Examples

The February 3, 6:30 pm meeting will be the first salon meeting of the year.  The assignment is Architecture and the submission deadline is January 13.   


  • Be sure to enter the 2021 Interclub Competition! It’s a benefit of our club being a member of the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs.  The deadline is Saturday, February 6, 5 pm.  The rules and entry form is here.  And you can see how our club has done in the past here.
  • After a brief hiatus, the N4C contests resume this month.  The entry deadline is the tenth of each month.  Here is how to enter.
Posted in Club Event, Club Meeting Info, Competition, Educational

Mike Moats on Macro Photography

On Saturday, January 16, 3:00 pm, Mike Moats will present “The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer.”  Being a properly equipped macro photographer is not just about the equipment, but also equipping yourself with the how-to knowledge of macro photography, how to control depth of field, a little about composition, and subject matter.

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, full time pro macro photographer from Michigan.  He is a Tamron Image Master, and his articles and images have been published in many photo magazines for over 15 years.  He has a Macro Photo Club online with over 2,000 members from 18 countries.  Mike teaches workshops and speaks at photo conferences throughout the US.

You can see more of his work and more about his Macro Photo Club here.  Special thanks to Steve Cole and Richard Hudson for arranging this.  A link to join this meeting will be sent to all members as soon as it is available.

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