New Member Forum

Hey folks, check out the new Member Forum (see menu above). This is a place where members can share photos, ask questions, provide and receive critique, buy and sell equipment, and participate in our new monthly challenges.

Check it out and get involved. The more activity, the better resource this will be. Don’t be shy.

We need volunteers to become forum moderators. Moderators duties are very simple. All a moderator has to do is review  the forum posts in their specific forum and clean up or remove any inappropriate material. Oh, one more thing, the moderators for the hardware forums should be familiar with the forum’s manufacturer topic. For example, the Canon moderator should be very familiar with Canon cameras and lenses. We can have more than one moderator for each forum. If you are interested in becoming a moderator, please Contact Frank Comisar by private e-mail.

Meeting Minutes – September 19, 2013

Allen Kurth, president, opened the meeting by welcoming guests, new members and 2014 Officers:

    • President: Allen Kurth
    • Vice President: Alan Brodin
    • Secretary: Heather Ingraham
    • Treasurer: Kathleen Crawford-Rose


Allen reviewed the results of the recent member survey. In response to the survey results, Allen also discussed plans for:

    • A new meeting format that includes more social interaction and review/critique of monthly challenges.
    • Member forum, a new feature on the web page, that will be a place for members to:
      • Share photos
      • Share photography information and tips
      • Ask questions
      • Buy and sell equipment
      • Participate in monthly challenges (see below)
      • Informal workshops (see Member Forum)
      • And more
    • Monthly challenges are intended to provide photo opportunities, learning opportunities, and meeting interaction. Each month a new three-part challenge will be selected. Members may participate in one, two, or all three parts of the challenge by posting and commenting on the Member Challenge forum (Member forum). This month’s challenge:
      • Subject Matter = Texture
      • Photography technique = one-second or longer shutter speed
      • Camera technique = On-camera flash

Other Announcements

    • Photography display: Judy Dye requested “Texture” prints for display at the Forest. Prints must be 8×10, 8×12, or 11×14 and unmatted and unframed. Bring your prints to the October meeting.
    • Annual dues are now due. If you have not already paid your dues, please pay Kathleen at the next meeting.
    • Frank Comisar announced Scenic Aperture’s 2014 Photography Workshop schedule.

After the business meeting, Doug French provided an outstanding presentation and demonstration on HDR photography.

Audubon Contest

Coopers Hawk

Have an amazing raptor photo to share? Post your photo to Audubon’s Facebook wall between Tuesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 19th with the caption “Raptor Cover Photo.” The photos will be posted to an album and shared with Facebook fans. The photo with the most likes, shares, and comments will be featured as Audubon’s Facebook cover photo—so be sure to tell your friends!

Scott Papek Gallery Opening and Focus on Nature Fundraiser


Scott Papek’s Seasonal Gallery opens November 15th at the Westroads Mall in Omaha. He is currently accepting part-time seasonal sales employees. If interested please send Scott an email at Scott will also be speaking at our October meeting.

One of the charities Scott supports is the NebraskaWildlife Rehab.  The second annual Focus on Nature fundraiser is this Friday and features Scott’s work along with other Nebraska photographers, a silent auction, wine, beer and great food.

Date:  Friday, September 20, 2013
Time:  5:00 to 8:00 PM
Place: NWRI’s Wildlife Center at Ash Grove
16215 Highway 50, Louisville, NE
(Just 12 miles south of the Sapp Brothers Exit at I-80 on 144th Street/Highway 50)

Ticket Cost $25 (food and beverages included in ticket price)

Thank you.

Scenic Aperture Photography Workshops

Check out Scenic Aperture’s brand new website and their just released 2014 Workshop calendar.

photography workshops

Here are some highlights:

Scenic Aperture’s 2014 line up of photography workshops includes exciting opportunities for wildlife and landscape photographers. We start the year on a boat for a special Florida Birds workshop where we will shoot nesting activity at mangrove island rookeries off the west coast of Florida. After Florida, we move to Nebraska Birds where we will shoot Sandhill cranes during what has been called one of the world’s great migrations. While in Nebraska, we will venture into the vast interior sandhills to shoot the mating rituals of the rare Greater Prairie Chicken and Sharp-tailed grouse. In December we visit Bosque del Apache for the sunset fly-in and sunrise blast-off of thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese in the desert light of New Mexico.

In addition to our birding workshops we have three really nice landscape photography workshops on the schedule. In May we go into the backcountry of Monument Valley with our favorite . . .

Read the rest of the story here.

Meeting Reminder Thursday September 19th



Our first monthly meeting is coming up on Thursday, Sept. 19th at 7PM.

Anyone that has some processed HDR photos from the workshop on Saturday 9-7-2013 please bring them to the meeting on a memory card or USB memory stick. Hope everyone can make the meeting. Doug will be covering HDR photography and will teach you the process to create HDR images.

Fontenelle Photography Club Directory Information

 We will be preparing a Fontenelle Forest Photography Club Directory to print and distribute to members. This directory will help serve to:

  1. Share contact information with members so we are able to reach out to each other easier.
  2. Identify members with similar photography interests and experience with various camera brands and types and similar software.

If you wish to be included in the directory, please complete the following information that you want to share and return it to Alan Brodin at the meeting or email to . Complete only the information that you want to share with other members. Any information provided will only be used for the Club Directory and will not be used in any other way.

Contact Information:

Name    _________________________________________________________________

Street Address  ___________________________________________________________

City, ST __________________________________________________________________

Home Phone     ____________________________________________________________

Cell Phone          ____________________________________________________________

Email Address    ____________________________________________________________

What type of Camera do you use?           _________________________________________

What are your photography interests?  _________________________________________


What post processing software do you use          ___________________________________


Your Website (if applicable)        _________________________________________________

Thank you and see you next Thursday.

8th Annual Photography Day Living History Farms

Saturday, September 21st from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

Spend the day taking pictures with and learning from industry professionals in Iowa’s largest (500 acres) outdoor classroom.  Des Moines area instructors will be on hand to help you finally get all those photography questions answered.  Imagine having the perfect opportunity and the perfect place to spend some one-on-one time with some of the best photographers in Iowa.  All the experts and instructors are graciously donating their time.  Their reward is in helping you to become a better photographer.  It’s a fun filled event you will not want to miss!


  • More than 20 photography instructors will be on hand.
  • More than 40 photography classes are included with the price of admission.
  • Representatives from Canon, Sony, and Tamron will be on hand to answer questions.
  • Test-drive the newest camera equipment from Canon, Sony, and Tamron.
  • Ticket prices:  $13.00 for Adults, $12.00 for Seniors, and $7.50 for Children ages 3 to 12.
  • Ticket price includes gate admission and all photography classes.
  • Ability to pre-pay online for the event and lunch to avoid long lines.
  • Click here for additional details.

Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale, Iowa (515-278-5286)

Call for Volunteers – Good Cause

I have received a request for five to six volunteer photographers to shoot the “Out of the Darkness Walk” for the Omaha Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 1:oo PM. According to their web site . . .

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

2462They are looking for basic event photos.  There is an opening ceremony, then the walk and then a closing ceremony. There is a mini-balloon launch too. The walk starts out by Gallup on Abbot Drive. The photos will be used on some of the literature for the Omaha AFSP chapter and in some of the flyers used for future walks, parades etc. Some photos are also used on the AFSP/Out of the Darkness website.  In addition, they put some of the photos on Facebook (especially the team photos) so that FB followers can view them.

Registration for the walk starts at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 15. The walk officially starts at 2:00 and goes for a couple of hours. Volunteers should arrive at 1:00 and photograph the opening ceremony and the walk itself. According to my contact, Cindy, the pictures get emotional because the topic of the event is sad. In spite of the sad subject matter, people usually do not mind being in the pictures because they want to get the word out.

If you would like to volunteer to shoot this event, please contact Frank Comisar by private e-mail no later than 5:00 PM on Sunday, September 8th. I will pass contact info of volunteers to Cindy so she can coordinate the group.

Field Trip this Saturday

Doug FrenchIn September, we will have a three part program about High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.

Part 1 – Creating HDR Exposures

We will meet at 2002 Franklin St. in Old Towne Bellevue on Saturday, September 7th at 9:00AM. We will begin by photographing the historic Presbyterian Church. It’s the oldest church in Nebraska and one of the few surviving buildings in Nebraska that shows Greek Revival architectural influence. We will also look for subject matter with a high dynamic range in Washington Park. In addition to the trees and playground equipment, the park will be hosting a farmer’s market and bazaar.  After this session, each participant will know how to create images needed for HDR assembly.

It is recommended that you know how to: set your camera for aperture priority, change the ISO, select the correct White Balance, set the lens on manual focus and adjust your camera for bracketing (check to see if you have a BKT or AEB button).

If you unsure of how to set the mentioned settings, please bring your camera manual.

Part 2 – Each participant can attempt HDR assembly at home. You will use your personal computer to download your images. You can use Photoshop, PhotoMatrix or NIK. You do not need to purchase anything; trail software can be downloaded without charge.

You may email your results to Allen or Doug before the meeting and we will place them on the club’s website.

Part 3 – On Thursday, September 19th, Doug French will present a program on HDR.

What to bring to the HDR Photo Workshop:

DSLR Camera with a wide angle lens, The widest you have will be fine.

Tripod, (cable release or wireless release) can use the timer function if no release.

Need to know how to put your camera on automatic exposure bracketing, also known as AEB.

Bring your camera manual if you cannot figure this out, so we can help you.

Initial camera settings to show up at workshop with already set on your DSLR:

F14 (F-stop or aperture) 

AV Mode or Aperture Priority 

ISO 100 or the lowest your camera will go

Large RAW file or Large JPG file (RAW is better if you have computer software to support it) 

2 second timer turned on – even when using a release 

evaluative metering 

one-shot AF (auto focus) 

Auto white balance 

Standard Picture style 

Exposure Compensation (AEB) at -2 stops / 0 stops / +2 stops

These are Canon settings / Nikon and others may call these settings something else, check your manual that came with your camera to make these settings on your camera.

To get the free software trial of Photomatix HDR software go to their website.  You will need to know if you have a 64 bit or 32 bit computer OS (operating system) on your computer.  If you do not know, their website has the info you need to know to find out.

Download photomatix HDR Trial Software from here: Also check out the FAQ section for some answers and tips for HDR photos:

See you soon.