October Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 17th Photo Club Meeting Minutes

32 members were in attendance.

Kathleen reminded everyone that if they have not paid their dues yet, please do so.  $12 per person. $20 per family.

She also reminded everyone that the annual potluck will be held during the December meeting and members should sign up to bring a salad or dessert.

Frank and Alan reminded the group to continue to use the forums.  The forums are also a great place to sell equipment you are no longer using. Frank also gave a tutorial on how to add photos to the forum.

Scott Papek, local photographer, gave a presentation about his journey from amateur to professional photographer. His presentation focused on the business side of photography. He will be opening a gallery for the holiday season at Westroads Mall November 15-December 31.

Members submitted photos for the monthly challenge.  The October challenge included texture, one-second or longer shutter speed and on-camera flash.

The November Photo Challenge:

– Subject Matter: Flowers

– Photography Technique: Painting with Light

– Camera Technique: F2.8 or Wider Aperture

Please bring your photo challenge pictures on a flash drive to the November meeting.

Scott Papek at the October Meeting

Scott Papek



Scott Papek is a landscape art photographer. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska and has his base in the heartland, where he and his lovely wife enjoy their new twins, but often travel to where the images await capture. He has always been imaginative and a dreamer. His previous life in the music business allowed for his creative juices to flow and took him to California. Scott sensed a call to an alternative outlet of his creativity which would ultimately permit him to share his window to the world.

Scott began a disciplined self-education in La Jolla, where each morning he would rise early and he and his camera partnered to seduce the natural beauty of the area into repeatable inspiring reproductions. Setbacks only seem to motivate Scott and nine months of persistent through-the-lens devotion was rewarded with his first gallery shot.

Scott’s eye for the perfect representation of nature in all her splendor is a far cry from the mundane point-and-click departure from discipline in most of today’s professional and nonprofessional photography genre. Time of day, movement, color, composition, balance, space, light and a unique atmosphere are guidelines for most serious photographers. Scott, additionally, filters all aspects of his craft through the gauntlet of whether the reproduction evokes an emotion. People do not take photos, or buy them or display them for any other reason than they create a sense of reality, and help them relive potent memories, or to dream dreams. There is warmth, beauty and invigoration possible in every carefully captured image and Scott has mastered the endeavor.

Scott most often hears that his images appear to be paintings as they are so colorful and alive. Scott’s obvious passion is evident to anyone with whom he shares his passion for his art. Scott’s diverse portfolio fully demonstrates the strict process of how meticulous he has been to maintain a family of images, all of which he considers his best work.

See you at the meeting!


A Photographic Safari to Botswana with TY Smedes

Ty Smedes will join Audubon Omaha once again after leading his fifth visit to Africa photographing wildlife. Here is what he has to say about his presentation. “We will view images of Africa and learn about Botswana in a very intimate way; and will see birds and mammals with young, catching prey, and interacting in fascinating ways.  Best mammals include, elephant, lion, leopard, cape buffalo, hippo, African wild cat, and the rare and elusive Wild Dog.  Botswana’s bird life is fantastic, offering a dazzling number of species which are very viewable, and with many bird images captured from boats plying the Chobe River and the winding channels of Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta. If you would like to see and learn more about Botswana’s fabulous birds and mammals than what you will ever see on TV, please join us for an entertaining evening.”

His photos and articles have been published in major magazines and books. He has published two books, “Capturing Iowa’s Seasons” and “The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles” which he will bring with him to the meeting along with matted prints of his photographic work. He has taught photography and has lead nature photography tours to Yellowstone, Brazil and the subject of his presentation Africa.

Please plan on enjoying Ty’s wonderful photos and experiences at Audubon Omaha general meeting Thursday October 10th at 7 pm at the Hanscom Park Methodist Church, 4444 Frances St (one block south of 45th and Center). The program will be followed by a brief business meeting and social hour with cookies. Everyone is most welcome and there is no cost.