Spring is Coming!

After Mariann Cyr’s program on “Spring Wildflowers” on March 4, some of us have wanted to plan some outings that would include wildflowers and other nature subjects.  Ginny Gaynor and I will be planning for some pop-up DIY solo field trips.  You can help us by sending information about your favorite nature places.  We would like to hear from you with a brief description, directions, parking, and key subject matter.   A place I pass every time I leave home is on Trout Brook Road, also known as one of Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads.  (R13) In the last few days, I’ve noticed shoots of skunk cabbage and expect the leaves will unfold in the next week or so.  At the same place by the end of April, there will also be Marsh Marigolds.  Please help us compile a list by sending information using my email address, if you have it, or use the contact form.  Meanwhile Ginny and I will be visiting places here to monitor what is happening.  I’ve added a new main menu item, “Photowalk Opportunities” that will be updated as news comes in.

Dr. Mike Shaw’s Virtual Meeting Last Night

The meeting was a big success and had more than 60 people signing up and logging into the meeting.  This included members of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club.  A couple of years ago SCVCC shared with our club an opportunity at the Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings.  I consider them to be a “sister club”.  One of the images that Mike used was by Steve Cole.   During the webinar, it was possible to download a blank plan in pdf format.  I converted it to a spreadsheet that you can download by clicking on the link.  Mike Shaw Plan

N4C News

The Spring Convention has been cancelled, but as of now, they are expecting the Annual Convention will take place as planned September 10-12 in Sioux City, Iowa.   All of the monthly digital contests will go on and the judging clubs will be doing that remotely.   I want to thank MJ Springett for posting the winners for March.  You can see the gallery here.

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Free Virtual Meeting is April First!

The next meeting of the Western Wisconsin Photography Club in Hudson will be a VIRTUAL meeting, a webinar presented by expert landscape astrophotographer Dr. Mike Shaw. In this free presentation, Mike will walk through the use of today’s powerful mobile apps, which make it simple to plan exactly when and where to set up your tripod, what focal length lens to use, the exact compass direction and elevation to capture the perfect shot. The primary tool will be the Planit! photography app, but he’ll also cover other similar apps.

  • You can join the webinar online at 7 pm, April 1. Here’s where to register:  https://www.mikeshawphotography.com/precision-night-photography-planning
  • You’ll get a link by return email. Just click on that link a few minutes before 7 pm Wednesday, April 1, and you’ll be connected. There will be an opportunity to type in questions for Mike, but the audience will not have video or audio feeds.

Dr. Mike Shaw is an astrophotographer and the author of “Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses,” and “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography.” In addition to his own photography workshops, he is the lead Instructor for the 2020 Night Sky Academy in the US National Park Service. He also creates online tutorials for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, teaches classes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Bell Museum.


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More News This Month

2020 Interclub Awards

The results are in and you can see the gallery of the individual competition here.  Our club took third place in the club competition.  Here are all of the digital acceptances that would normally be shown at Spring Break.  https://youtu.be/KGfgc7MfOI8

I will be able to pick up all of our prints and awards this week, but need to come up with a strategy to return them to our members. The awards program is also at YouTube here:  https://youtu.be/coaR1f92UN4

Contemporary Image of the Year – An Old-Fashioned Sleigh Ride – Marianne Diericks

Close to Home Update

I’ve received an email from Stuart Sipahigil, author of the free Ebook, “Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard.” Stuart is thankful for our interest and to see that we are using it for the very reasons he wrote it.  The link for the free book is in the previous post under the News heading on the menu.  He wants us to stay safe, and also hopes that we can get out once in a while and make some great photographs close to home.  If you’re on Flickr, there’s a group called “Close to Home eBook” where you can post your favorite pictures close to home. He’s is looking forward to seeing our work.  https://www.flickr.com/groups/closetohome-ebook/

I am also looking forward to seeing Close to Home photos.  Please send yours to me at photowalk@wiphotoclub.com

Westfields Hospital Exhibit Update

Due to the current nature of events, CDC recommendations, and new safety precautions and policies at Westfields Hospital & Clinic the campus has suspended all non-essential meetings, visitors and vendors through May 31st.

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How our Club is Dealing with the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the U.S.  The spread of coronavirus is a fast-moving narrative; there are many unknowns and uncertainties. We have the interests of all our members in mind as we work our way through this difficult time together.  We recognize that many may be disappointed by these cancellations. Much work has gone into the planning and organization, and now work remains to undo plans that have been made.   Richard Hudson is contacting speakers and Steve Cole is working with judges to re-schedule speakers and judges for our meetings and salons.  We are also pursuing ideas for virtual meetings. Here are the meetings that are cancelled:

  • Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm: Mike Shaw on Photography Planning Apps
  • Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm: Salon Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 pm: Rikk Flohr on Photography in Iceland
  • Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 pm: Gary Alan Nelson on Semi-Abstract Landscape Photography

The April Salon will be postponed until June and the June salon will be cancelled.  Images already submitted for the April salon will be judged at the June 3 meeting.  Judging of the N4C Journalism contest scheduled for Sunday, March 22, is being done remotely.

Other Things We Can Do

Close to Home – Milkweed in My Back Yard – Terry Butler

  • With the help of Ginny Gaynor and Richard Hudson, we are planning some short notice outings to capture wildflowers in our area.
  • The popular and now timely eBook, “Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard” is being made available until the end of April by its author, Stuart Sipahigil, for free. (It’s been unavailable from its publisher, Craft And Vision for the last few years). You can find the link on the Home page here: https://stuartsipahigil.com/.  The link to download is the title of the book in italics that states. “So, for a limited time (until April 30), he is making his popular ebook, Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard, available for free.”
  • Please send me new or old photos that are “Close to Home” and I’ll put up a gallery to inspire us.  Please send them no larger than 960 pixels on the longest side, give them a meaningful title, and email them to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com
  • Also, for people who were interested in Mike Shaw’s talk about the Planit app, here’s his index of the online tutorials, produced by the makers of the app:  https://www.mikeshawphotography.com/planit Mike is also considering doing a Webinar and will let us know if and when it happens.
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News You Need to Know

Spring Break is Cancelled

Due to the continued news regarding COVID-19, and not wishing to expose potentially at risk populations and club members to the illness, the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs has decided to cancel Spring Break for 2020.  Notices have been sent to those who have registered.  The registration people will be working with the on-line registration providers to get refunds directly to those who have registered as soon as possible.  Please be patient, as it may take as long as two weeks.

This is the first time in over 30 years that this event has been cancelled. The committee is already working on a bigger and better Spring Break in 2021.

The Interclub Awards will be announced by the end of the month and arrangements will be made in early April for pickup of the prints and the awards belonging to our members.

Patrick Lieberman

More Bad News

Mike Shaw, our speaker for the meeting on March 18 has cancelled all his workshops and travel activities until things improve.  Because of his reticence in coming to Hudson we are cancelling the meeting.  We will be making decisions on future meetings on a weekly  basis.

Sad News

I was deeply saddened by news of the passing of Pat Lieberman, one of our members since 2016.  It is a loss for everyone who knew him.  He’s the guy who always smiled, had fun, and enjoyed the moment.  He and his wife, Kathy, were at our year-end celebration this year and he participated in several group outings.  The photo is one I took of him at the Scavenger Hunt last July. For details on Pat’s amazing life please click on this link.

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More Goodness Coming in March

At the next meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm, expert landscape astro-photographer Dr. Mike Shaw will show how to align your subject with your favorite night-sky object.  Have you ever tried to shoot the full moon next to your favorite landmark but you missed it? How about the Milky Way lined up over a lake, but it was way off?

Photo by Dr. Mike Shaw











Mike will walk through the use of today’s powerful mobile apps, which make it simple to plan exactly when and where to set up your tripod, what focal length lens to use, the exact compass direction and elevation to capture the perfect shot. The primary tool will be the Planit! photography app, but he’ll also cover other similar apps.

Dr. Mike Shaw is an astrophotographer and the author of “Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses,” and “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography.” In addition to his own photography workshops, he is the Lead Instructor for the 2020 Night Sky Academy in the US National Park Service, he creates online tutorials for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom,  and teaches classes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Bell Museum. 

His website is here.  I recommend subscribing to receive his newsletter which is jam-packed with information.  He has free video tutorials on a number of subject and as well as ones for Planit!   And here is more information about the Planit for Photographers app.

March 4 Meeting Update

Did you miss the meeting on March 4?  Mariann Cyr gave a great presentation, “Spring is Coming: When and Where to Find Minnesota Wildflowers”.  Her list of flowers and locations is extensive and she was good enough to share her list as a pdf you can download.  You can find it on our Learning Page.

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March 4 Meeting and Shameless Self-Promotion

Pasqueflower Trio by Mariann Cyr

Our first meeting in March will be on Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 pm.  It will feature a program by Mariann Cyr, “Spring is Coming: When and Where to Find Minnesota Wildflowers”.  Mariann will follow Minnesota wildflowers through the seasons.  Her program will include photo tips, general bloom times, and some places to look for them.  Mariann is active in several Twin City area photography clubs.  She’s served as president of the Minnesota Nature Photography Club and the 3M Camera Club.  She also served on the Camera Council for many years. Mariann chaired the Minnesota International Botany Exhibition of Photography for a number of years.  She has been listed in PSA Who’s Who in Nature.  She has been published in the Minnesota Weatherguide calendar and Minnesota Monthly. 

Shameless Self-Promotion

From January 17 until April 14, I have a solo exhibit at Westfields Hospital, “The Secret Life of Frogs”.  This has been a fun project, creating composites from photos I’ve taken of frogs and props.  I was gratified to learn that Chelsea Long, the Healing Arts director, conferred with the staff and my art was chosen out of over 100 submissions.  And yesterday, I found out that one of the pieces had been sold.  Beginning on August 5, this exhibit will be moved to Hudson Hospital, in the Hudson Physicians lobby, and will run until November 1.

I also recently heard that one of my images was selected as 1st Place in the food category for the PBS Wisconsin Garden & Landscape Expo that was held in February at Madison, Wisconsin.  It was a photo I’d taken in my garden years ago.  It’s a reminder that you don’t need to travel to make good photos.

Red Cabbage - Terry Butler

Red Cabbage – Terry Butler



  • It’s time to register for Spring Break! You can find more information here.
  • If you are taking part in the club exhibit at Westfields Hospital, bring your exhibit pieces to the March 4 meeting from 5:45 to 6:00 pm.
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Good Things to Know

It’s time to register for Spring Break!

The Spring Break team has a great day planned and now it’s time to register.  Please see the 2020 Spring Break page with details including the schedule for the day and the link for registering.  Beside all the great presentations there will be tabletop setups to photograph most of the day and an opportunity to have your sensor cleaned.

Club Exhibit at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond

I am so grateful that Barb Stahlmann has taken on this job!  Barb has asked that you bring your pieces to the March 4 meeting from 5:45 to 6:00 pm.  The exhibit begins on March 13 and ends on June 9.  If you can help her with delivery on March 11, please email her or use our contact form.

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More February News!

We will have a special meeting this month on Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 pm.  It will feature “Compositing Nature and Wildlife Images” by Michelle Terrell.  In her presentation, she will walk through the processing of three different kinds of images, including the photo featured here — a composite of the northern harrier in flight — to illustrate ways in which Photoshop layers can be used to combine multiple images into a single composite photograph.  Michelle Terrell is a member of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club and an avid outdoor photographer. As a native Minnesotan, she enjoys documenting our state’s wide variety of natural subjects from tiny woodland fungi to horizon-spanning northern lights. She shared her enthusiasm for bird photography in a talk at the Western Wisconsin Photography Club in 2019.  When not taking photos, she is a professional archaeologist and historian.

Member Spotlight on Matt Then

Collin Geraghty and Anastasia Shartin from the Phipps reached out to Matt Then last week to get his permission to use one of his photographs on the cover of their Summer Art Camp brochure.  The photo is from their production of “Sleeping Beauty and The Beast.” This photo will appear on the brochure and on posters promoting the Summer Art Camp.

Matt says “I truly appreciate the opportunity to shoot their productions and am honored that they selected one of my photographs for their marketing materials.  I would have never had this experience if it wasn’t for the Western Wisconsin Photography Club, so thank you!”

Photos Wanted

If you got out to capture photos from Hudson’s Hot Air Affair, or the trumpeter swans this weekend, send your images to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com for a gallery.

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Hudson’s Hot Air Affair is This Weekend

There will be a ton of photo opportunities this weekend in Hudson!

Photo by H Steve Cole

The schedule includes:

  • Friday, Feb 7th there will be a parade at 7:00 pm followed by fireworks
  • Saturday, Feb. 8th Morning Launch is scheduled for 7:35 a.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8th Afternoon Launch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8th Hot Air Balloon Moon Glow or Field of Fire is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 9th Morning Launch is scheduled for 7:35 a.m.
  • Here is a link to the complete schedule.  http://hudsonhotairaffair.com/schedule/

Wind exceeding 8 mph or no wind at all means the balloons won’t fly.


“Swan Stretch” by Larry Weinman

While you’re in town for the balloon festivities it would be a good time to photograph the swans.  One of best bird photographers in our club recommends arriving by 10 am.  From the Phipps follow 1st street going north and when you get to St. Croix Street turn left to the river.  There are dozens of swans and a variety of ducks swimming in open water.  I plan on being there Saturday morning and I hope to see you.

Please send your photos to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com and I’ll put up a gallery! (960 pixels on the long side is perfect.)


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