Another Meeting Coming Up This Month!

Photography 101

Hudson in the Fall – Michael Huber

We will have a special meeting on Wednesday, January 22, with Michael Huber presenting “Photography 101”.  The goal is to cover the basics of DSLR photography.  He will discuss terms, settings, gear, composition and light as well as post processing options.  Those who attend will leave with a basic understanding of digital photography, both the technical and most importantly, the craft associated with it. Participants who would like help, should bring their gear to the meeting along with their camera manual.   Michael is an award-winning photography and former president of the club.

Pelican – Michael Huber

TCACC Judging Class

Ty Floating – Michael Huber

The Camera Council has announced an upcoming judging class and is encouraging each camera club to select up to two individuals who are interested in becoming a salon judge and who meet the student qualifications described here:

Student qualifications:  Demonstrated expertise in photography beyond the novice level, experience in submitting images for salon competition and must be nominated by a member camera club.     

Additional details are as follows:

  • The class is limited to 10 students
  • Dates:  Tuesdays – February 4, February 11 and February 18
  • Time:  6 – 9PM
  • Instructors: Darrell Tangen, Nancy Cox and John Anderson 
  • Location:   Glen Lake Shores Condos
  • 14301 Stewart Lane, Minnetonka
  • Cost: $40 (refundable when requirements of the class are completed by the student)

 

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Farewell 2019 – Here Comes 2020

Thanks to Mary and Don Johnson for hosting our Year-end Celebration for yet another year!  After feasting on treats and wine, I showed the video of the year-end awards.  Such inspiration! 


 For those who were not able to attend, I will bring prints and awards to the meeting on January 8.   The gallery of awards is here.

First Meeting of 2020

The meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 6:30 pm, will feature presentations by members who set photography goals for 2019 and they will share their accomplishments.  Presentations include astrophotography by Bryan Leonard, “Prickly Plants” by Ken Krautbauer, street photography by Rebecca VanDyk, an update on Carl Wegener’s kids project, stock photography by Ken Wolter, how to organize and share travel photos by Richard Hudson, and Naomi Belisle will share recent family holiday projects.

Dues Reminder

Dues for the Western Wisconsin Photography Club are $35.00 per year for a single membership and are payable in January every year.  Family membership is $35.00 plus $10.00 for each family member living under the same roof.  Make your check payable to “Western Wisconsin Photography Club”.   For snow birds and vacationers, Bryan Leonard will be sending out a notice with his mailing address.

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Setting Goals for 2020

This is an update of a post I made in March.

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”  — Pablo Picasso

Creative Composite Inspiration – photo by Michael Huber

One of the things about photography is that there is so much to learn.  This means that I will never know how to do everything and there will always be something new to challenge me, to be a reason to get out there and just do it.  What are my photography goals?

  • Time-lapse photography
  • Focus stacking
  • Family photos
  • Panorama
  • Winter Photography on the North Shore
  • Drone Photography
  • Better Black and White
  • Portraiture
  • City-Scapes
  • Nature Landscapes
  • Architecture
  • Photographing my garden
  • Creative Composites

And this is just my short list!  I find myself overwhelmed by club members and other photographers on the internet who inspire me and make me think, “I want to do that, too.”  I am especially inspired by the member portfolios that have been posted so far.

Winter Photography Inspiration – photo by Mike Chrun

Obviously I couldn’t possibly reach all these goals in one year and most of them would take years to achieve a proficiency that would satisfy me.  So, focus, focus!  I will choose just one of these this year to give my special attention.  It will be a goal that I believe is achievable or at least be a great start that I can focus on this year.

Do you have a photography goal for 2020?  Please tell me what it is by using the contact form and at the January 2021 meeting we will share our achievements with the club.

 

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More December News

Group Outing

We will meet at 2:00 pm in the Phipps lobby on Sunday, December 15.  After cruising the streets of Hudson, capturing all the seasonal impressions, we’ll meet up in our normal meeting space at 3:30 for hot chocolate and cookies.

Reminders

  • If you haven’t already voted for the People’s Choice awards, please do that before 11:00 pm. On Tuesday, December 10.  This is one of the most important awards for our year-end since it is dependent on our members, our peers, instead of an outside judge.  The gallery of contenders is here
  • Our Year-end Celebration is on Friday, December 27.  I emailed invitations a few days ago, but if you didn’t receive it, let me know by using the contact form.

PSA Honors

Gene Schwope, member of the St. Paul Camera Club and Treasurer of the Camera Council presented two of our members with Honorable Mention awards at the December 4 meeting.  The PSA has a Council Challenge that includes a competition of various camera councils throughout the world.  Gene submits photos that have been entered in the Twin City Area of Council Club’s Interclub Competition.  Don Specht was awarded an Honorable Mention certificate for “Willow Flycatcher Feeding Nestlings in the nature category.  Fred Sobottka received two Honorable Mention certificates, one for “Purple Flower” in the creative category, and one for “Playing with Food” in the nature category.  Congratulations!

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December News

Our next meeting on Wednesday, December 4, at 6:30 pm, will feature a judged salon.  A reminder to all who have entered prints this year: all prints receiving acceptances need to be brought to this meeting so they can be judged again for our year-end.

TCACCC Interclub Competition

One of the benefits of membership in the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs (TCACCC) is the free annual competition.  Individuals will be able to submit up to 20 images in five categories:  Contemporary, Nature, Realistic, Color Prints and Monochrome Prints. Our club will also submit 20 images by our members that will compete against other member clubs.  The rules and entry forms are posted here and you can see how we’ve done in past competitions here.  The deadline for entering is Saturday, February 1, 5 pm.

Exhibits

Artist Reception at Westfields Hospital, 2015

Artist Reception at Westfields Hospital, 2015

The Visual Arts Council of The Phipps has completed the jury process to select artists to exhibit their work in The Galleries during 2021 – 2022, at Hudson Hospital & Clinic and Westfields Hospital & Clinic through the Healing Arts Program during 2020 – 2021. They received 122 individual, two-person, and group submissions.  Our club is one of only 29 selected to exhibit at the Phipps.  We will need between 20 and 30 pieces for the exhibits, so sign up at the next meeting or use the contact form.

  • March 13, 2020 – June 9, 2020 at Westfields Hospital, New Richmond – Inpatient Hallway
  • November 4, 2020 – January 31, 2021 at Hudson Hospital – North Wing Lobby
  • September 17, 2021 – October 24, 2021 at the Riverview Gallery at the Phipps

Free Holiday Parking!

The City of Hudson wants to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!   They will have holiday parking starting November 28th, 2019 through January 2, 2020. During that time, visitors and citizens will be allowed to park free for the first 3 hours. After that initial 3 hours is up, you will be expected to pay for more time.  For the free 3 hours you will not need to go to a pay station or use the passport app. The only time you will need to use that is to pay for the time after your 3 hours is up.

Posted in Club Event, Club Meeting Info, Competition, Exhibits

Bill Donovan and Save the Date!

At the special mid-month meeting on November 20, Bill Donovan will present a selection of his award-winning architectural photographs and demonstrate the tools he uses for post-production.  These tools include Smart Photo Editor, a powerful and inexpensive photo editing program, ideal for photographers on a tight budget, which has a unique crowd-sourced collection of special effects.  We know Bill from August last year when he wowed us with some of his exterior architectural images. 

He’s a photographer who takes pride in his work and enjoys shooting a diverse number of photographic subjects from the State of Minnesota as well as places he travels. Since retiring, photography has been a wonderful way to keep him occupied with both going out and shooting and taking the time necessary to process images…it is now his passion!  His work can be seen here

Save the Dates

  • December 27 – WWPC Year-end Celebration

Members will be sent invitations with complete information by December 1.

Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs (The Camera Council)

  • February 1, 5:00 pm is the deadline for the 2020 Interclub Competition.  Though the rules haven’t been posted to the Camera Council website yet the rules from 2019 can be a guideline.  You can find them here.
  • March 21, (all day Saturday) Spring Break at Spring Lake High School
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November 6 Meeting Information & More

On November 6, 6:30 pm, John Pennoyer will be giving a presentation titled “Ten Tips on becoming an Outdoor/Nature Photographer”.  Are you just getting started in outdoor and nature photography? Or maybe you want to become a better nature photographer? In this session, John Pennoyer will talk about his 35-plus years of experience in nature photography and tell you about his journey getting there. He will share his top ten tips to help in your outdoor and nature journey.

Growing up in Kalispell, Montana, it was natural for John to be in the outdoors, whether it was hunting, fishing or just hiking in Glacier National Park. I moved to Minnesota to go to school with the intention of moving back to Montana, but here he is still in Minnesota. After school, I took up bow hunting and, to further my time in thenorthwoods of Minnesota, he also dove into photography. Little did he know how photography would begin to open my eyes to so many things besides whitetail deer. He loves to photograph the flora and fauna of Minnesota, but also enjoys traveling and photographing around other parts of the country. His camera and lenses have always been Nikon but they are just the tools to get the image; it is the photographer’s vision that creates the image. Many of his images have been used by Bowhunter Magazine, Peterson Bowhunting, Game and Fish Magazine, plus many other outdoor related magazines, and various calendar and note card companies.  You can see his work at his web site.

Wendy Maybury Update

As a follow up to the presentation Wendy made on “Famous Women Photographers” last month, she has graciously shared her presentation in pdf format.  You can download it at our Learning page.

New Hudson Parking Rules will begin November 4

Click here and here for more information about the parking changes.

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Members in the News

Ken Krautbauer

Jeff Bucklew

Ken Krautbauer and former member Jeff Bucklew participated in a show at the Pablo Cultural Art Center in Eau Claire.  It was a mixed show including a variety of media including painters and  sculptors.  There were over 400 applicants for the show and only 53 images were selected, and of those only nine received recognition.  The top three received cash, and Ken and Jeff received Honorable Mention.  Surprisingly, there were three photographers in the top nine!

In the spring of 2019 Collin Geraghty, the Performing Arts Production Coordinator at the Phipps asked if our members would be willing to photograph headshots, promotional photos, and archival/production photos. Bryan Leonard, John Schultz, Fred Sobottka and Matthew Then answered the call.  This has been a fun way of giving back and at the same time, experiencing the shows and enjoying a new type of photography.  You can see all the show galleries here.

Posted in Exhibits, Inspiration, Member Spotlight

October 16 Meeting Information

Dorothea Lange, “Migrant Mother” – Library of Congress

Wendy Maybury – Famous Women Photographers

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 pm, photographer Wendy Maybury will return to the WWPC to present the work of several noted women, including Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann, Margaret Bourke-White, Imogen Cunningham, and Joyce Tenneson, sharing the lessons every photographer can learn – inspirationally and technically – from these famous artists.  The world of photography would simply not be the way we know it is today without the work of many incredible female photographers. They helped shape the artistic value of photography, whether it be by working on behalf of the government, collaborating on social projects, or shedding light on important global issues.

Maybury graduated from James Madison University and the Hallmark Institute of Photography. She worked with photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Ross Whitaker and Jerry Avenaim. She has photographed album covers, authors, explorers, musicians, comedians and a ton of families, weddings and babies. She is also noted for her sparkling stand-up comedy in clubs from Minneapolis to Houston.

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Posted in Club Meeting Info, Just for fun

September News

Volunteering is fun!

2019 Willow River Trail Challenge – October 12, 2019

from the 2016 Willow River Trail Challenge by Terry Butler

For the last few years, Fred Sobottka has led a group of our members to capture the Willow River Trail Challenge.  The challenge is an event sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks.  This event helps to fund resources for nature enterpretive, scientific, historical, recreational, educational and related visitor service.  In 2016 it was a lot of fun, especially covering the kid’s races.

This year’s day is Saturday, October 12, 2019. Tasks basically fall into an early shift and a late shift, or stay the whole time. We can all expect to be on our way home around noon. That means that, even if you sign up for the entire event, you will have plenty of Saturday left for other things.

The volunteer signup has been streamlined. Just name the time of day you prefer, or select both. In the comment section, let me know if you have a certain task in mind or if you have any particular restrictions or requirements. Be sure to indicate a t-shirt size. We offer uni-sex shirts and women’s and youth sizes.

Here’s the sign-up link

Phipps Performing Arts

“Population 365” dress rehearsal by Bryan Leonard

A small group of our members have signed up to capture archival and production photos for various performing arts production.  Most recently, Bryan Leonard and Matt Then captured photos of the dress rehearsal for “Population 485”.  They’ve not only been challenged by something new, but it has been a way for giving back to the Phipps for being our home for meetings.

Mike Chrun Follow-up

Thanks to Mike Chrun for the great presentation he made at the September 18 meeting on “Winter Photography on the North Shore.”  I tried taking notes with only a small scrap of paper – in the dark, so I suspect I missed a lot.  He included so much on locations, timing, equipment and resources, that he far exceeded my expectations.   Over a year ago, he wrote an article for the St. Croix Camera Club on the subject and if you want to check it out click on this link.  Mike organized the St. Croix Camera Club almost five years ago, and is president.

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