November 4 Meeting Update

We had a great meeting with John Gregor on Wednesday night.  It was well attended, not only by our club members, but also the North Metro Photo Club and the St. Croix Valley Camera Club. He showed us some amazing places and images and gave a lot of back stories.  The audience asked some great questions, and John’s answers were revealing.  John gave us permission to record the meeting, so if you missed it, here it is:

John asked me to share the following links:

He has a lot of great videos on his YouTube channel.  He has a couple on the use of ND filters, and my favorite “Fashion Tips for Winter Photographers”.  You know that’s coming!

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Coming Up in November

Next Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 pm we will be hosting a presentation by John Gregor.  The program is “The Stories We Tell; Telling Stories with Nature, Landscape, and Travel Photography”.  John has been a long-time friend of our club and has also made many appearances at the Camera Council’s Spring Break events.  John has a Masters of Education through St. Scholastica College with an emphasis in photographic literacy. He earned his BA from the University of Minnesota with a degree through the University without Walls program, his degree was entitled “Documentary Expression of American Culture through Photography” a combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine Art Photography.  You can see more of his work at https://coldsnapphotography.com/

All club members will be emailed invitations to join the meeting on the morning of the 4th.

Free Statewide Star Party

Our friend, Dr. Mike Shaw, will be giving a free presentation at 7 pm, Wednesday November 11. Link for details of his talk:  https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/event/swsp-2020-wed/

Registration link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/statewide-star-party-virtual-edition-tickets-124294232395

Reminder

Our last salon meeting of 2020 will be on December 2 and the entry deadline is November 10.  The assignment is “Fall” and here is how to do it.

 

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October News

N4C Best of the Best

N4C’s 2nd Place Best or the Best for Altered Reality by Ken Wolter

The results of N4C’s annual contest was announced during a Zoom meeting on October 14.  Out of the six digital categories, members of our club received one 2nd Place medal and six Honorable Mentions.  Terry Butler won 1st Place in the Club Website Competition and Pat Chiconis won 2nd Place in the Photo Essay contest.  I expect that the medals and ribbons will be mailed to me and I’ll get in touch with all those who won.  You can see the results here.

2020 Scavenger Hunt

“Summer Growth” Scavenger Hunt photo by Kelly Perry

The votes are in!  There are prizes for each category winner, for the participants total vote count and for a special People’s Choice award this year.  You can see all the results here.

Coming Up

Please put Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 pm on your calendar.  John Gregor will be making a presentation, “The Story You Tell; Telling Stories with Nature, Landscape, and Travel Photography”.  An invitation to join the meeting will be emailed to all members on the morning of the presentation.

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We are having a meeting tonight!

October Salon

Today, Wednesday October 7, 6:30 pm, we will have the October Salon meeting via WebEx. John Pennoyer is the judge and his comments will be a learning opportunity for everyone and we’ll see a lot of inspiration.  I will email a link to all members to join the meeting this afternoon.  If you are unable to attend, don’t worry!

We will record the meeting and will post it by the end of the week.

Did You Know?

One of the benefits of being a member is to have a member portfolio.  It’s an opportunity for members to display a body of work reflecting a photographer’s personal style and photographic interests and will also serve as an introduction to other club members.  Here is how to do it.

Explore the member portfolios that have been posted. 

Here’s a sneak peek at Michael Huber’s portfolio.

Safari-Submarine by Michael Huber

 

 

Posted in Club Meeting Info, Competition

Late September News

On Wednesday, September 16, Bryan Leonard presented “Untracked Astrophotography”. The program everything you need to know about capturing and processing deep sky objects with gear you already have.  The program was recorded those who were not able to attend.  Bryan also put together an extensive list or resources.  This will also be posted on our Learning page.

N4C’s Best of the Best

All images that received 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and Honorable Mentions during the monthly contests (September through May) are judged again in the Best of the Best competition.  Normally the results of N4C’s year-end competition is announced at the annual convention held in September.   Since this is not a normal year and the convention was cancelled, the results will be revealed in a Zoom meeting on October 14, 6:30 pm.  The results will be posted on N4C’s web site the next day.  The Zoom meeting will have a limit of 100 participants and I will forward the meeting link on the morning of October 14. You can see how we did in prior years here.

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Mid-September News 2020

“Untracked Astrophotography” Meeting is Tonight

Photo by Bryan Leonard

Photo by Bryan Leonard

  • 6: 30-8:00 pm
  • Use the equipment you have and enjoy your time outside under the stars!
  • Email invitations to join the meeting will be sent to all members this afternoon.
  • More information is here

Member in the News

I’ve received the results of N4C’s Photo-Essay contest and Pat Chiconis was awarded 2nd Place for “The Endangered Orangutans”.  Congratulations, Pat!  You can see more of her photos in her Great Ape portfolio here.

Scavenger Hunt Update

Photos have all come in and you can see them here.  All those who submitted photos will soon be receiving instructions for voting, and all members of the club will be able to vote for a “People’s Choice” award.  I was overwhelmed by all the variety and creative interpretations of some very challenging categories.  Congratulations are in order for all those who participated.

 

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September Meetings and News

Thursday September 3, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

“The Power of Contrast” with Lisa Langell 

You should have received a link to register for this virtual meeting in late July.  Those who registered will get a link to join the meeting directly from Lisa a day or two before the meeting begins.  If you haven’t registered, but want to now, please let me know by using our contact form.  More information about the program is here.

 

Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Photo by Bryan Leonard

“Untracked Astrophotography” with Bryan Leonard

Astrophotography is something that can be enjoyed by everyone  Bryan will cover planning, equipment, selection of a target, photographing your deep sky object (DSO), calibration frames, stacking your images and post-processing.  He will also demo Stellarium, Deep Sky Stacker (DSS) and Lightroom. Don’t be overwhelmed by the terminology, we will discuss everything in some detail and will have time for questions & answers. Use the equipment you have and enjoy your time outside under the stars! 

Invitations to join the meeting will be emailed to all our members on the day of the meeting.

2020 Scavenger Hunt Reminder

You still have until September 4 to capture photos, and the deadline for entry is Saturday, September 12.  If you need the list of categories and how to send your entries, use our contact form and I’ll send everything you need to know.

N4C Contests Resume this month!

There are six digital categories each month:  Altered Reality, Black and White, Journalism, Nature, Pictorial and Travel.  Because our club will be judging the Pictorial contest in September, we won’t be able to enter that contest, but we will be able to double-enter Pictorial in October.  Please see this page about how to enter N4C contests.

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Coming Up

Scavenger Hunt

Take all of your photos before between August 22 and September 4. No photos from your archives!  Ten categories have been decided upon, but you don’t need to submit photos in every category. Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded based on voting by those who participate in the scavenger hunt and submit at least 5 entries. If you submit a photo in all 10 categories you will also win a prize. Following the September 12 deadline for submitting photos, a gallery of all photos will be placed on our website.  Voting instructions will be emailed to all who submit photos.

  • Hope this provides everyone with some inspiration and motivation to try something new after these many months of the pandemic!
  • An email will be sent to every paid member with the categories and complete instructions on submitting photos.

N4C News

Great Blue Heron with Nesting Material by Don Specht *In contention for N4C’s Best of the Best*

Normally N4C announces their annual awards at the September convention, but that has been cancelled.   Even so, I expect that the awards will be announced some time in September.  This year members of our club have 72 images that will be judged again for N4C’s annual “Best of the Best” awards.

Contests will resume in September and Ken Wolter has kindly agreed to coordinate our club’s entries.  The deadline for entry is the 10th of each month and the categories include Altered Reality, Black and White, Journalism, Nature, Pictorial and Travel.  In September our club will be responsible for judging the Pictorial contest.  We will not be allowed to enter images to contests that we judge.

Please see this page for the N4C rules and how to enter contests.

Posted in Club Event, Competition, N4C

August is Here

August Salon

Tomorrow night, August 5 at 6:30 pm, we will have the salon meeting via WebEx.  Darrell Tangen will be working with three judge candidates, Diane Herman,  Tom Moehn, and Dack Nehring.  Darrell has 32 years of tenure teaching college-level photography/digital imaging, recently retiring from Dakota County Technical College. Darrell is trained as a judge for TCACCC, with 20 years of judging salons for member clubs. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America (and TCPPA); and has judged for county fairs, art galleries and community exhibits.

Email invitations to join the meeting will be sent by email to all members tomorrow morning.

Scavenger Hunt?

Richard Hudson has been contemplating a Scavenger Hunt this year.  He is thinking along the lines of opening up the time frame for capturing the photos and also having the location up to each member.   Please let Richard know how you feel about it by sending him an email at poll@wiphotoclub.com

Personally, I would like to see this happen.  It will be a welcome challenge and there will be prizes!

 

 

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The Power of Contrast – Lisa Langell

Thanks to the North Metro Photo Club for inviting our club to another great presentation by Lisa Langell.  This program will be on Thursday, September 3 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  An email with the invitation will be sent to all paid members later tonight.

Why contrast is so critically important — HOW and WHERE you use it makes all the difference!

  • Did you know you can actually control your audience to follow a path in your images in a certain order and sequence?
  • Are you aware that carefully placed contrast plays a critically important role in whether your images are experienced in a pleasing way, or with strain?
  • Have you mastered the secret of making an image come to life and “pop?”
  • Need ideas to improve the “resting place” for your viewer’s eye as they navigate your image?

These critical components of powerful images can all be significantly enhanced by the proper use of contrast. There are special techniques that can be accomplished in-the-field as well as during post-processing that will amaze you.  We will explore before-and-after examples and teach you how you can do so with your own images simply and effectively. Get ready for a game-changer!  Whether you are controlling for contrast in your exposures themselves, and/or in post-processing, this fun, informative and interactive session will help you learn the tricks and techniques necessary to make your images go from drab to fab!

Lisa Langell is a full-time, award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous prestigious publications including the cover of Outdoor Photographer magazine, plus numerous images in Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, art galleries and more.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association.  She is also a proud ambassador for Tamron, FotoPro, and H&Y filters.

Whether it was working as a master floral designer, a licensed psychologist, university faculty, an international consultant in K-12 education, the Chief Business Development Officer of an education technology company, a researcher, a writer, or an artist—she enjoyed meeting each challenge.  Still, her strongest calling was photography–ever since childhood–when bird watching ignited her lifelong love of nature and the camera.  In 2010, she turned her passion for photography into a business—and in 2015 she successfully transitioned to photography full-time and left the corporate and consulting world behind.  The journey with photography has definitely been Lisa’s favorite – she loves combining her diverse background and skills into her photographic art and instruction.  Bringing joy to others brings joy to her! She thrives on creating innovative learning experiences and pushing photographic boundaries.  She equally enjoys enriching, stimulating and expanding fellow photographers’ minds emotionally, creatively and intellectually. 

You may read more about her or see her work at http://www.langellphotography.com

 

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