October Meeting Minutes

38 members were in attendance at the October 16th meeting.

Al announced that the date of the field trip to the wildlife safari park has been changed.

The trip to the Wildlife Safari Park will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 3pm to 5pm. Here are the details:

Wildlife Safari Park

I-80 off Exit 426

T€here is a Parking Area just past the Wetlands and next to the Eagle Aviary. We can meet there and discuss what and where to photograph and share some tips to get the best shots.

A discussion was had about a possible 2-3 days photo club trip.

A reminder was made to send your top 2-3 photos for 2014 to the web master for our annual December Potluck/Slide Show.

Please also remember to bring your wildlife and fall photos to the December meeting for the display. The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please. Please include your name, location and subject on the back of the photo.

Unfortunately, the speaker didn’t arrive so Pete gave an impromptu presentation on how to utilize the the member forums.

Even though the drone speaker didn’t arrive, Colby had a drone that he built with him and spoke about it. He even flew his drone in the parking lot at the end of the meeting.

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Revised – Wildlife Safari Park Photo Trek – October 25th!

Alan Brodin has graciously volunteered to lead our first photography outing of the season to the Wildlife Safari Park on Saturday, October 25th from 3pm to 5pm. Here’s the details:

Where:                                Wildlife Safari Park

I-80 off Exit 426

€        There is a Parking Area just past the Wetlands and next to the Eagle Aviary we can meet there and discuss what and where to photo and share some tips to get the best shots.

€        Admission to the Park is $6.50 for Adults and $5.50 for Seniors.

 When:                  October 19, 2014

2:00 PM  – 5:00 PM

What to Photograph

The Safari Park offers a wide variety of wildlife and landscape photo opportunities. There are driving trails that you will be able to see Elk, Deer, and Bison from. There also hiking trails that lead to Wolf Canyon, the Bear Den and a lake. The Eagle Aviary allows you to get close to 4 bald eagles. The wetlands area has several pelicans, turtles, frogs and other native wildlife. There is also the Crane Meadows where you will be able to see Sandhill Cranes, Trumpeter Swans and other birds.

What to bring

Any camera and lens will be fine for this trip. But for some of the areas, a DSLR with telephoto lenses would be a better choice.

Other things to consider bringing are:

€        DSLR or Point and Shoot Camera

€        Wide Angle Lens

€        Telephoto Lens – 200mm – 800mm or anything in between

€        Monopod

€        Tripod

€        Flash

You can let Alan know if you are interested in attending. You can contact him via e-mail at abrodin@cox.net. Please provide him a phone number where he can contact you in case there is a change of plans due to weather, etc…

Nebraska Wildlife Rehab Fundraiser this Sunday

Fundraiser for Nebraska Wildlife Rehab
Sunday, October 12, 2014
2:00 PM-6:00 PM
Midtown Crossing
200 S. 31st Ave., Suite 4107 – Located in the circle
facing Turner Park, between Crave and Cantina Laredo
Tickets available: www.nebraskawildliferehab.org

Focus on Nature is a fundraiser featuring the work of Nebraska photographers
and artists, a silent auction, wine, beer, live music and great food!
Come browse prints, books, and art for sale; bid on the silent auction; and
learn more about what’s happening with Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc.
25% of all art sales and 100% of silent auction proceeds go directly to
NWRI to support wildlife rehabilitation, Wildlife Center
operations, and education.

Worldwide Photowalk Event This Saturday, 10/11!

Every year Scott Kelby, photographer and founder of the very popular KelbyOne photography education site among other things, sponsors the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk where photowalks are led in cities all over the world. The event is scheduled for this Saturday, October 11th and a walk has been organized for downtown Omaha from 4:30pm to 7pm.

The walk will be led by Darin Kellor. Darin is a successful photographer from Glenwood, IA and co-host of the very popular Improve Photography web podcast.

There may still be time to register for the photowalk if you are interested. To register, you can go to the Worldwide Photowalk site, http://kelbyone.com/photowalk/, search for the Omaha walk and follow the links to register. I did register yesterday and the site did have some issues, so if you have issues as well, you can always try to contact Darin Mellor directly. You can find his contact information on his web page, Memory Pixel Photography.

It should be a good time. Hope to see you there!

Peter Carbonell