Focus On Nebraska, Three Members Get Published

Three members of the Fontenelle Forest Photography Club have their images included in a recently published book entitled “Focus on Nebraska” by the Omaha World Herald. Jim Hughes, Doug French, and Frank Comisar each submitted their images to the online photography contest that drew more than 11,000 submissions in 34 categories.

According to the the OWH, “over 1 million votes were cast by the public in choosing the favorites. A panel of World-Herald editors, designers and photographers also weighed in with one choice in each category. Finally, supporters Rockbrook Camera and Peru State College made their selections”.

The selected images:

      • Amur Leopard at the Henry Doorly Zoo by Doug French, p64
      • Sandhill Crane Migration by Frank Comisar, p76
      • Rose with Water Droplets by Jim Hughes, p86
      • Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge by Jim Huges, p104

 

The hard cover book is a wonderful view on all aspects of Nebraska and would make a great holiday gift for your favorite photographer. Focus on Nebraska can be ordered directly from the Omaha-World Herald at www.focusonnebraska.com/.

November 15th, 2012 Meeting Minutes

Meeting was called to order by President Frank Comisar who introduced new members and visitors.

Announcements:

  • Our December 20th meeting will be a potluck dinner with a PowerPoint show and tell of member’s photos.  The club will provide an entrée plus soft drinks, coffee and tea. Members should bring a side dish, or dessert, table service and any special drinks desired. Significant others will enjoy this non-technical evening. Please RSVP to Kathleen (katcr@cox.net) by December 17th if you plan to attend have haven’t already signed up. Each member should Email up to three of their favorite photos of the past year by December 14th.
  • Judy Dye needs photos of Birds (for the Forest) and Cemeteries (for the Bellevue Library) for our upcoming photo displays. Please bring unframed, unmated 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 prints to the January and February meetings. Be sure to label the prints with your name and subject, especially the location of the cemetery photos.
  • Frank C. displayed a photo that had been printed on an aluminum sheet. Check out web site of Bay Photo for details about Metal Prints.
  • Frank C. introduced the new Fontenelle Forest Photo Club web site at http://www.fontenelleforestphotoclub.org/. We are beginning to transition all club notifications from individual e-mails to blog postings on the web site. On your first visit to the site, please “subscribe” by visiting any page (except home page) and enter your preferred e-mail address and click SUBSCRIBE. By subscribing, you will automatically receive an e-mail notification each time a new post is created on the web page. We plan to begin providing meeting reminders and other communications through blog postings on the web site so it is it is very important to be a subscriber to stay informed.
  • Frank C. is going to be in Sarasota, Florida on February 13-15. He has chartered a boat to do some bird photography. He is looking for a couple of folks to join him and share the expense of the $650.00 charter fee. Contact him if you are interested at fcomisar@gmail.com

 

Program:

  • Jeff Kurrus, an editor for Nebraskaland Magazine, presented a PowerPoint program on tips for starting a portfolio of one’s photographs and what types of photographs magazines are looking for. As the author of the children’s book, HAVE YOU SEEN MARY?, Jeff also shared his experiences writing the book and collaborating with photographer Michael Forsberg on selecting the photos to illustrate it.

 

Submitted by Kathleen Crawford-Rose

Squaw Creek NWR

Hey gang, this is the time of year to visit Squaw Creek NWR. I go several times each year and spend as much time as possible there in late fall and early winter. It is a major rest stop for migrating water fowl each fall and spring, and as such, hundreds of bald eagles also find it a great place to visit too. Their bird count of 11/13/12 indicated 135,000 geese, 201,000 ducks, and 74 bald eagles (these numbers will likely increase toward mid-December). It’s also the only place I’ve ever shot an owl in the wild. If you don’t mind crowds, check out Eagle Days on December 1-2, 2012.

Squaw Creek NWR is located about 7 miles south of Mound City, MO; about 1.5 hours south of Omaha on I-29. It is well worth the drive IMO. It has much more action than DeSoto Bend but does not get nearly as many visitors. It also offers much better access for photography than DeSoto Bend (they don’t close the roads in the fall) and it is free.

There is lots of action until the water freezes after which the migration continues south and things quiet down until spring. Here are a couple of my favorite shots taken at Squaw Creek NWR:

 

 

 

Reminder: November Meeting

Our next meeting is on November 15th at 7:00 PM.  We’ll be meeting at the Forest Center.

On the program this month is Jeff Kurrus, Assoc Editor of NebraskaLand
Magazine.  Jeff Kurrus is also the author of the children’s photo
book, HAVE YOU SEEN MARY?.  This is the story of a Sandhill Crane
searching for his mate during migration.  Photo illustrations are by
Michael Forsberg.

Judy Dye needs photos of Fontenelle Forest or Neal Woods for our
displays.  Please bring your photos to the meeting this month.  Put
your name and subject on the back of the unframed, unmatted photo.
Sizes 8×10, 8×12 or 11x 14 are acceptable.   Contact Judy at
jbdye@aol.com if you have any questions.

Dues are due.  If you haven’t paid yet, please give your money to
treasure Kathleen Crawford-Rose.  $12.00 for an individual membership,
$20.00 for a family.  You must also be a current member of Fontenelle
Forest.

Audubon Society – Ty Smedes Presentation

On Thursday, November 8th, at 7:00 pm the Audubon Society will have TY SMEDES as their guest presenter.

TY SMEDES is an excellent photographer and author of CAPTURING IOWA’S SEASONS and THE RETURN OF IOWA’S BALD EAGLES.   Check out his web page and join us for his presentation which will feature his eagle photography.

Thursday, Novemeber 8th at 7:00 pm

Hanscom Park Methodist Church, 4444 Francis Street (one block south of 45th and Center)

Free

Photograph – A New Digital Magazine

Hey folks, here is a brand new digital photography magazine that looks very interesting. It is published by David duChemin and is called PHOTOGRAPH. David is an accomplished photographer and interesting blogger. I also suggest you read his blog post on The Voice of Fear. It is very thought provoking.

Check him out! I just downloaded the first issue of the magazine but have not yet had a chance to read it. I’ll follow up with another post soon.

November 2012 Photo Club Meeting

Our meeting is on the 15th at 7:00 PM.  We’ll be meeting at the Forest Center.

On the program this month is Jeff Kurrus, Assoc Editor of NebraskaLand Magazine.

Judy Dye needs photos of Fontenelle Forest or Neal Woods for our displays.  Please bring your photos to the meeting this month.  Put your name and subject on the back of the unframed, unmatted photo.  Sizes 8×10, 8×12 or 11x 14 are acceptable.   Contact Judy at 734-3627 or jbdye@aol.com if you have any questions.

Dues are due.  If you haven’t paid yet, please give your money to treasure Kathleen Crawford-Rose.  $12.00 for an individual membership, $20.00 for a family.  You must also be a current member of Fontenelle Forest.