Vote for People’s Choice!

As a part of our year end competition, a “People’s Choice” award will be made.   There were many deserving photos in our competition salons this year and it was difficult to narrow this group down to your choices.  They are all from different photographers, whose name is not included (to protect the innocent).    Please vote for as many as three by next Sunday, December 9, and send your picks using our contact form.  (And, yes, you are allowed to vote for your own.)

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Winter is coming!

The December 5 meeting will feature our final salon competition for 2018, and John Pennoyer will be here to make comments on our images.  I remember how John did an excellent presentation to us on winter photography a couple of years ago.   It is a favorite time of the year for him and he shared his experiences and even brought all of the clothing he uses to protect himself and his gear.  I know that he would welcome questions on the subject.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

More on Winter Photography

“Winter” is the assignment for the February salon and the submission deadline is January 16, so we still have some time to shoot.  I follow both John Gregor and Bryan Hansel on Facebook and those pristine winter scenes on the North Shore are my favorites.  Here is John Gregor’s “Fashion Tips for the Winter Photographer”.

 

Snowflake by Bryan Leonard

Closer to home, Bryan Leonard shared his tips on snowflake photography in March this year and it would be a good time to revisit the post by clicking here.

A search on winter photography will bring a lot of results and my favorite is this one since it covers protecting your gear.

Finally, here is a little time-lapse video that I made in 2016.  I set up my tripod to shoot out onto a deck and set the intervalometer to make an exposure once each minute.  The video represents four hours of falling snow that resulted in 247 exposures and uses eight seconds of this clip.

Posted in Club Meeting Info, Educational, Technical

Save the Date and Exhibit News

One of the things I will be thankful for this Thanksgiving is that again this year we will have our year-end celebration in the comfort of a member’s home.  Invitations will be emailed to all members during the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Be sure to RSVP before December 16 so we have enough liquid refreshments on hand.  With all the contributions by members be prepared for a feast!

Oakdale Nature Preserve

Mary Johnson and two friends will be displaying their photography at Oakdale Nature Preserve for the month of December.  Most items are for sale.  On Saturday, December 8, there will be an “Indoor Market”.   Mary and her friends will be there during that time, as well as crafters selling their work.  Mary says that “this has been quite a learning experience to compile and print and frame a bunch of my favorites, but I have enjoyed the process!  Hope some of my fellow photography club members can come!”  Oakdale Nature Preserve is located at 4444 Hadley Avenue N., Oakdale, MN.  Their weekday hours are 9 AM to 4 PM, Saturdays are noon to 4 PM and Sundays  are 1 to 4 PM.

Clark Cultural Art Center

Ken Krautbauer has arranged the second exhibit at Clark Cultural Art Center that began November 16.  On Saturday, December 1 there will be an “Ugly Sweater” 2-mile fun walk and after the walk from 3:00 to 4:30 pm the “FoxFire Affair” will commence at the art center with music, food and drinks where our pieces will be on display.  Ken will be organizing another exhibit there beginning in April 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passion for Photography

The club’s “Passion for Photography” exhibit began at Hudson Hospital on August 3 where two pieces were sold.  In September most of the remaining pieces were moved to Croixdale at 750 MN Highway 95 in Bayport, MN.  That exhibit will end on December 9.

Lots of things to see in the coming weeks!

Posted in Club Event, Exhibits, News

Why Mobile Photography Should Be Taken Seriously

Eric Mueller will present a program on Wednesday, November 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  His presentation will be comprehensive and you won’t want to miss this.

Part I: We’re all Photographers Now

  • Intro
  • Who I Am and What I Do
  • Why I Teach Mobile Photography Classes
  • Definition of Mobile Photography
  • How has it Changed the Aesthetics of Photography?
  • Quality of Mobile Photos
  • Examples of Mobile Photos

Part II: Why Your iPhone is Better Than Your DSLR

  • Size
  • Shooting Experience
  • Editing
  • Sharing

Part III: The Joy of Editing on an iPhone

  • Immediate Gratification
  • Encourages Experimentation
  • App Demos
  • Snapseed
  • VSCO
  • Superimpose

Eric Mueller is a Minneapolis-based artist, photographer, and teacher. Known for his graphic style and strength in composition, his photographs have been exhibited in dozens of group shows, including at the Plains Art Museum, the Devos Art Museum, the Midwest Center for Photography, Head On Photo Festival, the Southeast Center for Photography, and the Columbus Museum of Art. He has been recognized with awards by La Grande Photo, the Minnesota State Fair, Instagram, the iPhone Photography Awards, and the Mobile Photography Awards. His freelance clients include Architecture Minnesota, Explore Minnesota, Blu Dot, the Yarnery, Budweiser, Metro Transit, Zagat Guides, Minnesota Historical Society, and WCCO TV.

In 2017, Mueller was featured on Minnesota Original, the Emmy-Award-winning television show on TPT (Twin Cities PBS) that profiles Minnesota artists.

Mueller teaches iPhone Photography classes online for iPhonePhotographySchool.com and locally for FilmNorth (formerly IFP Minnesota), the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. He has about 50,000 followers on Instagram.  Until the meeting you can check out his website for inspiration.

Posted in Club Meeting Info, Educational

Valérie Jardin Will Be Here!

Since she is in so much demand, I am especially pleased to announce that Valérie Jardin will be our speaker at the November 7 meeting.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm, and her presentation is titled “Photo Stories.”  She will share insights into her thought process from visualization to capture as she takes you on a photo walk through a series of photographs.  Why did she choose black and white over color?  What aperture and why? What was the intent behind the choice of focal point?  All this and much more will be shared.

Valérie is a French photographer, currently residing in the United States. After working as a commercial photographer, she now dedicates her time to educating others.  Since 2012, Valérie has taken her camera all over the world teaching students the art of visual storytelling. Paris, New York, Rome, Amsterdam, Melbourne, and San Francisco are just a few of the locations she visits.

Apart from teaching others to see photographically, Valérie is a prolific author, speaker, and a podcast producer of the weekly show Hit The Streets. She has been an official FUJIFILM X-Photographer since 2014. 

You can check out Valérie’s workshop offerings, portfolio, podcasts and books and prints at her web site.

A special thanks is due to Carl Wegener who persisted on working with Fujifilm and Valérie to bring her to our meeting.

 

Posted in Club Meeting Info

October News

Reminder

We will visit the Little Log House Pioneer Village this Sunday and will meet up with members of the St. Croix Valley Photo Club. This will be a great opportunity to photograph a wide variety of subject matter.

  • Date: Sunday, October 21
  • Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
  • WI Exit 2 Park & Ride Meetup time: 1:00 pm
  • Place: 21889 Michael Avenue, Hastings, MN  55033
  • Map Link

Photo Gear Garage Sale

Start gathering some of those things in your camera bag that you would like to turn into cash at the January 2 meeting.  We will have some extra tables set up and following the program the sale will begin.  I also have a few good books and some interesting freebies.

Assignments

The idea behind assignments is to challenge members to try something new.  And for those who do, they are able to submit two extra digital images that fit the assignment.  Assignments all the way through the end of 2020 have been posted here

PSA Convention News

Photo compliments of Gene Schwope

The PSA Convention was held in Salt Lake City earlier this month and Pavel Blagev was able to pick up his award from Gene Schwope.  Pavel earned 1st Place in nature for his “Burning Sunrise” in the PSA Council Challenge. Congratulations to Pavel!

Get Inside the Hive

Photo by Ken Wolter

From Sue Oberstar:  Photo club members were invited by Willie Gorham, an experienced (23 years) beekeeper to photograph his hives; it provided a great opportunity to see these fascinating insects close up. His experience as a photographer and beekeeper gave us good shooting advice. He recommended a long telephoto lens for those who were unsure about how close they’d like to be (or might suffer allergies) and a macro lens for those wanting close ups. Of course, everyone’s number one question was the following: “Will I get stung?” Willie offered bee garb to don if wanted but not one photographer dressed in beekeeping gear and no one experienced a sting! This surely can be attributed to a very experienced beekeeper, who knew how to smoke the hive, handle the flats, and read the bee behavior he was seeing.  Check out all the photowalk galleries for 2018 here.

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Posted in Club Event, News, Photowalks

Corrected Save the Date and an Update

The event is on October 21

Little Log House Pioneer Village

The St. Croix Valley Camera Club (SCVCC) has invited us to join their members at an outing to Little Log House Pioneer Village on Sunday, October 21 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. 

The village has some forty-five restored buildings, a replica of the Hastings Spiral Bridge, a flower garden that spans over 40,000 square feet and even a dirt track for tractor and truck pulls. The only time when they are open to the public is for their Antique Power Show, a three day extravaganza for which they charge $10 a day. Our clubs will have a unique opportunity of having the place to ourselves. We will meet at the exit 2 Park and Ride at 1:00 pm for carpooling and arrival a little before 2:00.  Our club was there a few years ago, and we had always wanted to go back. There is tons of subject matter as seen by the interactive map of the village and a few photos from our previous visit.

This is a great example of how our membership in the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs has benefited our members.  We have made greats friends with other clubs and we owe Mike Chrun our thanks.

  • Date: Sunday, October 21
  • Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
  • WI Exit 2 Park & Ride Meetup time: 1:00 pm
  • Place: 21889 Michael Avenue, Hastings, MN  55033
  • Map Link

St. Croix Photo Day Important Update

Towards the end of St. Croix Valley Photo Day on Saturday the host club (SCVCC) found out that the Folsom House wasn’t open earlier in the day.  In checking, they found out that the manager was still dealing with a flooded basement following almost 6” of rain Thursday.  Chad apologized and offered a deal to camera club members.  If people still want to see and photograph this historic home, they can identify themselves as camera club members and Chad will allow them to do so free until the season ends sometime in October.  Here is the Folsom House website for times when it will be open.

Posted in Club Event, News, Photowalks

September News Part 2

N4C News

The N4C Convention was held last weekend in Dubuque, IA, capping off the N4C year that runs from September to May.   At the end of their year, all images receiving first place, second place, third place and honorable mentions during the year are judged again to determine the “Best of the Best”.   Chuck and Sue Oberstar were at the convention when the awards were announced and they brought home three 1st Place awards, two 2nd Place awards and seven Honorable Mentions for our members!  

The photo essay that I put together, “Capturing the Western Prairie” earned 2nd Place.   It’s an award that should be shared with all the great photographers whose stunning images were in the slide show.  That includes Melissa Anderson, Betty Bryan, Terry Butler, Marianne Diericks, Ginny Gaynor, Mary Penny Johnson,Lori Moilanen, MJ Springett and Michael Waterman.  Special thanks are due to Marianne for her assistance in the production.  The other “Best of the Best” winners will be announced at the October 5 meeting.  This video is slightly longer than the version submitted to N4C.

The Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival

Each September, the Phipps Center joins the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau in presenting Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival in Lakefront Park. The event features food, live music, and an art fair.

  • Saturday, September 22, 10-5pm
  • Sunday, September 23, 10-4pm
  • No admission fee and open to creative spirits of all ages.

Visitors will experience a variety of creative talent, including the original artwork of 90+ juried artists, hands-on demonstrations and creative activities while sampling a variety of fall flavors.   Click here for more information. 

Posted in Club Project, N4C, News

September News Part 1

Craig Blacklock

Photo by Carl Wegener

It was almost a year ago when Anastasia Shartin at the Phipps contacted me to say that Craig Blacklock would be featured in an exhibit this September.  And would I be interested in having him give a presentation to our club?  I was thrilled!  I found he was very friendly, down to earth and easy to work with.  Carl Wegener gave a heart-felt awesome introduction.  I learned that Craig prefers to include a lot of foreground in his landscapes to make it more real to the viewer and gives them a place to step into the image.  He also does a lot of panoramic work as a way of increasing the file sizes that he needs to have to print big.  Many of his images uses focus stacking to include sharp detail from some very close foregrounds all the way to the background.

Many of the prints in the exhibit are in the lobby so get to the next meeting early enough to view them.  Better yet, visit the Phipps before 5:00 pm so that you can see a dozen or more images of his in Gallery One on the main floor, an awesome video and the other Heart of the River Exhibition pieces in the galleries upstairs.   I was blown away by some of his drone images and now believe I need a drone of my own!

St. Croix Valley Photo Day this Saturday

It appears that registration is still open.  It will be a great day sponsored by the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs and hosted by the St. Croix Valley Camera Club.  For more information and to register, click this link.

Exhibit Updates

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Special Presentation by Craig Blacklock is Next Saturday

This presentation is co-hosted by our club and the Phipps Center for the Arts and is part of the Heart of the River: Celebrating the First 50 Years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

  • Saturday, September 15
  • 1:00 pm
  • Black Box Theater
  • Phipps Center for the Arts – 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI
  • Free and open to the public

 

At the same time Craig Blacklock will have pieces in the lobby and Gallery One.  This special exhibit “Heart of the River” will begin September 14 and will end on October 21.  Please share this with your friends and family.  Craig Blacklock’s photographs are noted for technically perfect, impeccably clean compositions, making complex subject matter easily seen. Most of Blacklock’s 18 books have depicted the interface of water and land. Most notable, are: The Lake Superior Images; A Voice Within—The Lake Superior Nudes; Minnesota’s North Shore; Apostle Islands — From Land and Sea; and Pictured Rocks — From Land and Sea.

This is Blacklock’s first work to include images made from a drone, which he used extensively to show the meanders and islands of the rivers. Blacklock kayaked every accessible mile of both the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers — some sections several times. Taking full advantage of the speed available in digital capture, Craig has included much more wildlife than in his previous books, with several incredible flight shots. Consistent with his past work, he has spent a lot of time focusing on the forest floor, capturing ferns and wildflowers with a distinctive Blacklock style.

Craig will present many of the photographs from the book, telling some of the hows and whys behind the images, along with his impressions of the rivers, and suggesting what we, as individuals, must do to protect them into the future.

The program is free, and open to the public. Craig will have copies of his books for sale and will be happy to personalize them after the program. To learn more about this photography project, or reserve these very limited edition books, go to: http://www.stcroixphotography.com/.

 

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