Stuff You Need to Know

Cinco de Mayo Photowalk this Saturday

Willie Gorham is organizing a group outing to capture images of the 2018 Cinco de Mayo Festival on the St. Paul West Side this Saturday, May 5.  The festival begins at 9:00 am and will end at 6 pm.  There will be lots of subject matter to photograph including a parade that beings at 10:00 am, live music performances, a car show and much more.  We will meet at the Wisconsin exit 2 Park & Ride at 8:15 for carpooling.  If you plan on going there on your own, here are directions including the location and parking.

Call for Artists

The Phipps Center for the Arts is accepting entries for a juried exhibition celebrating the first 50 years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The exhibition will be held at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI, September 14 through October 21, 2018.

The announcement from the Phipps encourages artists to submit work that “expresses the significance of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in their lives, and communicates that connection through unique depictions, interpretations, impressions, memories, and hopes for the future.”

Save the Date for a Free Event!

Fall Photo Day, Saturday, September 22.    Join your fellow photographers for a free, all day event at Wisconsin Interstate Park.  Presentations, photo shoots, interpretive programs, river boat ride, and an opportunity to photograph along the St. Croix River.  Organized by the St. Croix Valley Camera Club and sponsored by the Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs.  Detailed information will follow.

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Fine Art Photography

At our next meeting on May 2, Don Mendenhall will explore some of the understandings and meanings of fine art photography and how those apply to each individual photographer.   A self-taught award-winning photographer from the age of twelve, Don has used his photography in a teaching and consulting career. Presently he is involved in art shows throughout Wisconsin including the St. Croix Art Festival. He also coaches photography and is currently teaching two masterwork salons in the Madison, Wisconsin area. His photographic style is fine art contemplative. He has a unique way of seeing and feeling the uniqueness or essence of the subject matter.

The number of definitions of fine art photography may be the same number as there are photographers in the room. Fine art more than anything else is unique to the individual artist. In the case of fine art photography, it not the reality the camera sees it is the vision of the photographer that may well go beyond reality. Fine art photography is the vision, feeling, or concept the photographer wants to communicate. Continue reading »

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Special Meeting & Interclub News

Exploring Time through Time-Lapses

At our next meeting, Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 pm, Mike Shaw will be our speaker.  Time-lapse videos are everywhere! From social media to websites to commercials to documentaries – time-lapses have hit the mainstream. The good news is that there has never been a better time to learn how to make your own. With camera gear you most likely already have and a few easy-to-learn processing techniques, you’ll be up and making incredible time-lapse videos before you know it! The presentation is for beginners through advanced photographers.

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Our Next Meeting and Doing Good

Salon Meeting Coming Up!

The April 4 meeting (6:30 pm) will feature a competition salon, judged by Mike Prokosch.  I got to know Mike when I first started representing our club at the Camera Council (TCACCC).  He is one of the most self-less people I know, having helped with Spring Break and the Interclub Competition for many years.  He has also taught a judging class for the TCACCC, and has helped start-up clubs.  He is called upon often to judge and to make photography-related presentations for area clubs, always generous with his time.  Being an avid nature photographer, he has traveled the world.

Reminders

April 10 is the deadline for entering the six N4C contests and May 16 is the deadline for entering the club’s June competition salon.  The assignment for June is “self-portrait”, something that I am finding to be a challenge!  You can download quick guides for our club salons here and for N4C contests here.

Recycle Your Camera for Kids

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Our Next Meeting and Spring Break News

Our meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 pm, will begin with a presentation by Michael Waterman.­

  • People often ask, “How can I learn to take better pictures?” Photo judging at local camera clubs is one of the best ways to hone one’s skills.  Peer judges can provide objective and unbiased comments and challenge photographers to learn new skills and improve their work.
  • Camera club judges generally evaluate photographs in two respects: the technical qualities of the image and the emotional impact.
  • There are many technical qualities that judges consider. Does the lighting render a properly exposed photograph?  Is there a strong center of interest?  Are the elements in the photograph evenly arranged or composed?  On the technical side, judges and photographers are guided by recognized principles or rules-of-thumb.
  • ­Judging the emotional impact of a photograph is much more subjective than the technical qualities. What’s interesting to one person may not interest another. Judges challenge photographers to produce images that tell a story or elicit a mood or feeling.
  • Participants will learn how to judge photographs for amateur competition, but the skills will also help participants take better photographs by exploring, “what makes a better photograph?”

Members are asked to bring up to four photos they would like to discuss in small groups.  Bring your photos on a thumb drive, or better yet, bring small prints.  If you have a laptop, bring that, too!  We will provide a short list of talking points to get the discussion started.

Spring Break 2018

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Wendy Mayberry and Shooting Snowflakes

The March 7 meeting will feature Wendy Mayberry and will be at 6:30 pm.   Wendy’s presentation will cover some behind the scenes in working with famous photographer Mary Ellen Mark as well as her own photographic journey working in many aspects of professional photography.  She will give some practical advice in bringing out the best in any subject, tips in creating genuine expressions in front of the camera and some easy to use ideas on posing, locations and how to talk to people to help them enjoy being photographed. Wendy will use her skills as a stand-up comedian to keep the presentation entertaining as well as help you learn to inject a little bit of humor into your photography!

Wendy graduated from James Madison University with a degree in teaching and Hallmark Institute of Photography. She worked with photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Ross Whitaker & Jerry Avenaim. She has photographed album covers, authors, explorers, musicians, comedians and a ton of families, weddings and babies. She worked at the corporate office of Lifetouch creating advertising and training materials. Recently she had been working on a number of painting with light projects and portraiture. She also has a career as a stand-up comedian which serves her well in making subject relax in front of the camera.

Snowflake Photography

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Special Meeting Coming Up!

John Gregor – “Filter for Feeling”

John Gregor Selfie

We will have a special meeting this Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm, in the River Room at the Phipps Center for the Arts.  The meeting will feature a program, “Filters for Feeling”  or “How to use filters to create a specific look and feel to your images”.  From smooth and serene to rough and wild texture in a photograph, the use of filters can convey feeling and emotion that reflects the photographer’s response to the subject. Using filters is the key to creating texture in landscape photography. It is more than simply screwing a filter in front of your lens, it is understanding the relationship between exposure time, subject movement, dynamic range and more. This means knowing which filter to use, how to control the exposure time through ISO, aperture, and filter selection. In this presentation Gregor will discuss the nuances of using filters and how to integrate them into your camera workflow so you can use them effectively.

Gregor 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, and his degree was entitled “Documentary Expression of American Culture Through Photography” a combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine Art Photography.

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News you need to know

Lunar Eclipse

September 2015 Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse taken at Lakefront Park in 2014

In the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, January 31, we will experience a total lunar eclipse.  I’ve shot these with photo club friends a couple of times before.  I am hoping that the weather for this one will be in my comfort zone since the next total lunar eclipse visible here, will not happen again until January, 2019.  I’ve learned that during the eclipse you need to constantly change the settings depending on the stage of the eclipse.  In the example, I would have been better off using a lower ISO and slower shutter speed when the moon had turned red.  This year I am hoping that the moon will set in a more auspicious place than it did in 2014.  The total eclipse will begin at 6:51 am and will be in the West-Northwest.   It will be only 6.5 degrees above the horizon, so I will look for a location at a higher elevation, possibly at Birkmose Park in Hudson. Click on this link for a time-lapse visual and for all the details.

Our First Program Committee Meeting

Nine of us, including myself, met on January 17.  Everyone was ready to get to work to get great speakers and plan outings.  Lisa Weik has already arranged for a speaker for the September meeting!  Six of the people at the meeting have been members for only 13 months or less.  Even better, Richard Hudson and Peter Mutschler agreed to be co-chairs of the committee!  I know the committee will do a great job.  One of the ways that you can help is to complete a membership form.  It will be your opportunity to let us know what interests you the most.   The form and instructions are on our Membership page.  Just scroll to the bottom. Continue reading »

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2018 Interclub Competition and Workshop Opportunity

TCACCC Interclub Competition

This annual competition is one of the benefits of our club being one of the 24 member clubs of the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs.  One of the best things is that it is free!  Our members can submit up to four photos in the three digital categories of Contemporary (Creative), Nature and Realistic.  All digital submission must be done by email.  There are also two print categories:  Color and Monotone.  For prints it is also necessary to submit digital versions by email, and clubs are expected to make only one delivery to one of the drop off locations.  Please bring your best prints to the February meeting and I will get them delivered for you.  The deadline for entry is Saturday, February 10, 5:00 pm, and all the rules and forms that you need can be found here.   The results will be revealed at the Spring Break event on April 7, and prints will be returned shortly after that date.  If you would like to participate, but want some help, send me an email, or use the contact form and your message will come to me.

John Gregor Three-Day Workshop at the Phipps

This workshop is a rare opportunity to work with John Gregor that doesn’t involve travel and hotel accommodations in Two Harbors.  This experience will include hands-on assistance in the field as well as in the classroom.  Shooting in various conditions of light, and exploring proper digital technique and workflow for landscape photography, is designed to help participants realize their photographic visions, from field to finished image.  Here is where to go for more information.

John Gregor will also be speaking at a special meeting for our club on February 14.  More information on that will be in a future post.

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Looking Forward to 2018!

Goals Presentations

At the beginning of 2017 several members committed to a photography goal for the year by completing our contact form.  At our first meeting of the year we will see what they’ve accomplished!   I’ve had some sneak peeks and they are varied and impressive!  Will you set a photography goal for 2018?  When Michael Huber came up with this idea a few years ago, I took on the challenge.  Making a commitment kept me on task and I accomplished some great new things.

2018 Dues Increase

In January our membership dues will be due.  The advisory board voted to increase the annual dues for a single membership to $35.00.  Family memberships will be $35.00 plus an additional $10.00 for each additional member living under the same roof.  The increase in dues will make it possible to spend additional money to cover the cost of equipment replacement, to attract and help out of town speakers to cover their travel costs, and to compensate the Phipps for our meeting space.

Beside the payment of dues, we are asking that all members download and complete this membership form to help with planning.  They should be emailed to members@wiphotoclub.com.  The form is fillable and save-able once you download it.

2018 Calendar and Planning

Be sure to check out the calendar page on a regular basis.  In the past few weeks program information has been added and more exhibit opportunities.  We will have a program committee meeting on Wednesday, January 17, at 7:00 pm.  Feel free to join us and bring ideas.

TCACCC Interclub Competition

One of the benefits of our membership in the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs (TCACCC) is the annual Interclub Competition.  It is free and open to members of the Camera Council clubs. There are two parts to the competition. Part 1 is for individual members and there are five categories: Monochrome Print, Color Print, Nature Digital, Realistic Digital and Contemporary Digital. Part 2 is a club competition where clubs select 20 representative digital images taken by their members and the entire portfolio is scored.

On these frigid days, take time to find some of your best shots to enter.  The entry deadline is February 11 and the 2018 rules will be posted on the Council website and on ours by January 21.  The 2017 rules are still posted on our website and I ­expect only small changes.    To see how our club has done in prior years, you can find galleries here, going back to 2012.  In 2019 our club will be responsible for the digital competitions.

Reminders

  • Our February meeting will feature a judged salon. The assignment is “power” and the entry deadline is January 17.   Here is all the information you will need.
  • The N4C Contests have resumed after the December break. Since we judge black and white in November this month we can enter up to two black and white digital images this month.  As always, the deadline for entering in N4C is the 10th of each month.  Click here for more N4C contest information.

Happy New Year to All!  Stay warm!  I’ll see you next week.

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