News & Notes 4/30/15

Here’s the latest:

Night Photography Outing Results Wanted

Neale Woods Night Shoot

 

Members of the club got together at Neale Woods on Wednesday 4/22 for a night photography shoot. Conditions were perfect and we had folks produce some very successful star images as well as light painting pictures. I’d love to post some pics on our site so if you were at the night shoot please send 2-3 of your best shots to me at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org and I’ll get them posted.

2015 Audubon Photography Awards

Audubon Magazine has announced the winners of their annual photo contest. Check out this link to see the beautiful images of the winning photographers. Thank you Kathleen Rose-Crawford for bringing this to our attention.

Wetlands Photo Walk

On May 16th, Club President, Allen Kurth, will be leading a photo walk in the Wetlands area of Fontenelle Forest. Anyone interested in participating should meet on the patio of the Wetlands Learning Center at 2 pm.

Former President’s Gallery Opening

Many of you remember Frank Comisar who previously served the club as the webmaster and past club President. As you may know, Frank, who is an outstanding nature and landscape photographer, moved to Durango, CO last year to pursue photography on a full time basis. I am happy to pass along to you that Frank’s new gallery will be opening in Durango on May 29th! Check out his web site, http://durangogallery.photography/ to see his work. Also, take a look at his About page to see a picture of the new gallery.

So if you happen to be in Southwest Colorado this summer, stop by Frank’s gallery and enjoy the great work of an old club alum. Congratulations Frank!

Executive Committee Elections

Executive Committee elections will be held during our June 18th meeting. We are still looking for candidates, especially for the President, VP and Secretary positions. The success of our club depends on the participation of our members so please consider running for one of the positions. For more information on the positions and their responsibilities, see the“Wanted! Executive Committee Candidates” blog post.

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Contest

The countdown is on! 30 days and counting until photos need to be submitted for the annual club photo contest.

Submissions and the show set up is on 5/30 at 10am. The critique and awards will be done during our regular meeting on 6/18 which will be held at the Bellevue University Gallery in the Humanities Building. Photos will be taken down on Saturday, 6/27. Here’s a link to all of the contest information and rules.

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Contest Rules

Photo Display

Judy Dye will be collecting night/darkness and landscape photos at the May and June meetings for the displays in the Nature Center and the Bellevue Library. As usual, 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.

Next Meeting – Raptor Shoot!

Just a reminder that our next meeting is one that you won’t want to miss. This meeting is a special treat as the Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery organization will have live raptors on display for club members to photograph. Last year we had a variety of owls available. This year they will bring in a variety of hawks and falcons. This is always a great opportunity to learn about these fascinating animals while photographing these beautiful subjects. So come prepared with your photo gear and enjoy!

Lightroom Has Been Upgraded

The latest versions of Adobe Lightroom, Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6, were released last week. The new versions add some very significant new features such as the ability to merge multiple images for HDR and panoramas. Check out this video to see demonstrations of the most significant upgrades to what is probably the most popular photo editing software on the market.

Neale Woods Night Photography Outing Tonight!

We are still on for the night photography outing tonight! It looks like we’ll have clear skies so we should be able to have folks trying both star photography and light painting! It will be chilly with temps in the 40’s after the sun goes down so be sure to dress appropriately.

We’ll be meeting in front of the old Neale Woods Nature Center at 8pm and then we will be setting up a few hundred yards north of that spot along the trail that goes past the old observatory, in case you’re running a little late. Here’s the link to the original post with information on what you should bring.

http://www.fontenelleforestphotoclub.org/neale-woods-night-photography-outing-8-pm-saturday-41815/

If you have any problems or need to get a hold of me you can call me at 402-639-6543. Otherwise, we’ll see you tonight!

Peter Carbonell

Meeting Minutes – April 16th 2015

31 members attend this month’s meeting.

Club VP, Alan Brodin, gave a presentation on night photography.

The following topics were discussed at the beginning of the meeting:

Wetlands Photo Walk

On May 16th, Club President, Allen Kurth, will be leading a photo walk in the Wetlands area of Fontenelle Forest. Anyone interested in participating should meet on the patio of the Wetlands Learning Center at 2pm. Here’s a map to the Wetlands Learning Center, in case you’re not familiar with the location.

Night Photography Photo Walk

The Night Photography photo walk had been scheduled for Saturday, April 18th but due to the rain, it has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd at 8pm at Neale Woods. For all of the details on this on this photo walk, please see Neale Woods Night Photography blog post.

Executive Committee Elections

Executive Committee elections will be held during our June 18th meeting. We are still looking for candidates, especially for the President, VP and Secretary positions. The success of our club depends on the participation of our members so please consider running for one of the positions. For more information on the positions and their responsibilities, see the “Wanted! Executive Committee Candidates” blog post.

 

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Contest

The 2015 Annual Fontenelle Forest Photography Club Photo Contest is coming up in May and we would love to have 100% participation. The contest is not only great way to share your favorite pictures, but it is a chance to view your fellow club members images. Also, the critique of all the entries, provided by this year’s contest judge, Tim White, is a great opportunity to get honest feedback and tips on how to become a better photographer.

Submissions and the show set up is on 5/30 at 10am. The critique and awards will be done during our regular meeting on 6/18 which will be held at the Bellevue University Gallery in the Humanities Building. Photos will be taken down on Saturday, 6/27. Here’s a link to all of the contest information and rules.

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Contest Rules

Photo Display

To go along with our theme for the month, Judy Dye will be collecting night/darkness and landscape photos at the May and June meetings for the displays in the Nature Center and the Bellevue Library. As usual, 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.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held, as usual, in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. This meeting is a special treat as the Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery organization will have live raptors on display for club members to photograph. Last year we had a variety of owls available. This year they will bring in a variety of hawks and falcons.

In the past, the Raptor Recovery group has provided us this service as a courtesy to the club. To show our gratitude the club board decided to use our funds to donate $200 to Raptor Recovery.

This is always a great opportunity learn about these fascinating animals while photographing these beautiful subjects. So come prepared with your photo gear and enjoy!

Best of Show, Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest

Best of Show, Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest

 

If there are any questions about any of the information above or anything else about the club, please send your inquiries via e-mail to webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

 

 

Neale Woods Night Photography Outing – 8 pm Saturday 4/18/15 – POSTPONED TO WED 4/22

Neale Woods Stars & Shed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to today’s heavy rain, I decided to postpone tonight’s night photography shoot to Wednesday, April 22nd at 8pm. Though it has stopped raining, the parking lot at Neale Woods can get very muddy and difficult to drive and walk through. The current forecast calls for clear skies on Wednesday so if that holds true we will be able to shoot the stars as well as light painting.

Again, please let me know if you will be able to attend by either replying to this post or e-mailing me at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Thanks,

Peter Carbonell

P.S.

Please read the post below again before coming so that you can make sure you have the recommended gear for the shoot!

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In conjunction with our next club meeting presentation, Doug French and I will be leading an outing to Neale Woods for a night photography shoot. We will meet in front of the old Neale Woods Nature Center at 8pm on this coming Saturday, April 18th. We will be done around 10pm.

Doug and I have selected a couple of locations near the Nature Center where we can practice some of the techniques that will be presented by Alan Brodin during our Thursday night meeting like light painting, photographing stars as points of light and star trails.

We will be discussing some of this during the presentation on Thursday, but to help you prepare, here’s a few items should bring if you’ll be coming along:

  • DSLR camera is recommended.
  • Point & Shoot cameras may work if they have Manual or Night modes or high ISO capability.
    • Lenses – wide angle with a large aperture (at least f/4) is best.
      • Slows star movement down.
      • Nice wide landscape view.
      • Wide angle lens increases depth of field. More is in focus.
    • Tripod – camera must be steady for long exposures.
    • Memory cards
    • Extra batteries
    • Remote release or timer release. Minimal camera shake will cause shots to blur on long exposure shots.
    • Headlamp – preferably one with a red light mode. This helps maintain your night vision. Can also be used for light painting.
    • Nice to have’s
      • Loupe – magnifies LCD screen to check the focus and exposure.
      • Intervalometer – programmable remote release for exact bulb exposures or multiple exposures.
      • Cleaning cloth
      • Tools – anything you might need if something comes loose on your tripod or mounting plate, i.e. screwdriver, hex key, etc…
      • Warm clothing
      • Bug spray
      • Water & snack
      • Flashlight for light painting.
      • Flash gels or colored cellophane.
    • What to prepare
      • Charge batteries
      • Clean lenses
      • Remove lens filters – no need for polarizing or neutral density filters. They cut out light and can cause halos around the stars.
      • Be familiar with your camera. It is difficult to make changes to settings in the dark if you don’t know your camera well.

Please let me know if you are planning on attending. You can contact me via the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org e-mail address or let me know in person at this week’s meeting.

In case you’ve never been to Neale Woods, here’s a map:

Doug and I are hoping to get a good turnout so please consider joining us. Whether you come to shoot or just watch and learn, it should be a lot of fun!

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Peter Carbonell

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club

Webmaster

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

April Meeting

Next Meeting Thursday, April 16th

The topic for the April meeting will be Night Photography. Alan Brodin will be presenting information and techniques related to taking great photos at night. We also plan to conduct a night photography outing the following Saturday night, April 18th, where members can use their some of the techniques that Alan will be discussing.

To go along with our theme for the month, Judy Dye will be collecting night/darkness and landscape photos at the April and May meetings for the displays in the Nature Center and the Bellevue Library. As usual, 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.

See you next week.

News & Notes – 4/5/15

2015 Photo Contest Is Coming!

The 2015 Annual Fontenelle Forest Photography Club Photo Contest is coming up in May and we would love to have 100% participation. The contest is not only great way to share your favorite pictures, but it is also an opportunity to view your fellow club members images. Also, the critique of all the entries, provided by this year’s contest judge, Tim White, is a great opportunity to get honest feedback and tips on how to become a better photographer.

Submissions and the show set up is on 5/30 at 10am. The critique and awards will be done during our regular meeting on 6/18 which will be held at the Bellevue University Gallery in the Humanities Building. Photos will be taken down on Saturday, 6/27. Here’s a link to all of the contest information and rules.

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Contest Rules

Upcoming Seminar at the Linn Area Photo Club

The Linn Area Photo Club is sponsoring a free Canon Explorers of Light seminar. The seminar will be on April 25th and this year’s speaker is Eddie Tapp. Eddie is a very accomplished photographer and an authority on digital imaging workflows. For more information about the seminar and how to register, click here. Thanks to Pete Gentes for letting us know about this great opportunity.

Iowa State Fair Photography Contest

As Allen Kurth mentioned in last month’s meeting, the Iowa State Fair is currently accepting entries for their photography contest. For more information on how to enter, click here.

Whether you decide to enter this contest or any other, here’s a video from the Iowa State Fair with some background info on the State Fair contest as well as good advice on entering any photo contest.

Thanks to Allen Kurth for this information.

Next Meeting, Thursday, April 16th

The topic for our April meeting will be Night Photography. Our own Alan Brodin will be sharing information and techniques related to taking great photos at night. We also plan to conduct a night photography outing the following Saturday night, April 18th, where members can use their some of the techniques that Alan will be discussing. We’ll send more details about the outing shortly.

To go along with our theme for the month, Judy Dye will be collecting night/darkness and landscape photos at the April and May meetings for the displays in the Nature Center and the Bellevue Library. As usual, 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.

Youtube Video of the Day

Here’s a very informative video regarding the topic of last month’s meeting, DSLR video:

If there are any questions regarding the information in this post or if you have any questions at all regarding the club, feel free to contact me at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Thanks,

Peter Carbonell

Webmaster

Wanted! Executive Committee Candidates

I think we can all agree that we have a great photography club here at Fontenelle Forest. But it would not possible without the Executive Committee board members who give a few extra hours a year to make our gatherings informative and enjoyable. To ensure that the board represents the membership, and to provide opportunities for new blood and fresh ideas, we will be holding elections during our June meeting for the coming year’s Executive Committee. With this in mind, we are looking for volunteers who would like to run for a position on the board.

Here’s the Executive Committee board positions, their responsibilities, and the names of the current candidates:

President

Description – Presides over the general meetings and serves a the liaison between the club and Fontenelle Forest. The President also holds a meeting each summer to plan programs for the upcoming club year. Anyone can attend the meeting, but the Executive Committee, Webmaster, and Display and Contest Coordinators are expected to attend if at all possible.

Current Candidates – None

Vice President

Presides over the  general meetings in the absence of the President. The VP assists in planning the programs and assists the President as needed.

Current Candidates – Alan Brodin. Alan served as the VP this year and is willing to serve again next year, but his schedule causes him to miss some meetings so he would be happy to have someone take his place.

Treasurer

Keeps the financial records of the club and works with the Fontenelle Forest Program Director to balance the bank account and report to the membership at the general meetings.   The Treasurer collects dues and keeps an accurate record of the members and their contact information.  The Treasurer helps with planning the general meeting programs.

Current Candidates – Kathleen Crawford-Rose (incumbent).

Secretary

Takes minutes at the general meetings and sends them to the Webmaster.  They also schedule two members to provide treats for each meeting and follows up with an email reminder before the meeting.  Also, the Secretary is responsible for asking another member to take minutes if they cannot attend a meeting. They attend the summer meeting and help plan the programs for the general meetings.

Curent Candidates – Heather Ingraham. Like Alan, Heather is currently serving as the Secretary, but her schedule has caused her to miss some meetings so she would be happy if others would be interested in serving as Secretary.

The elections will be held at our June meeting. If anyone would like to be considered for any of these positions, or wants to know more about them before throwing their hat in the ring, you can contact me through the Webmaster e-mail address or speak to any of the Executive Committee members during our next meeting.

Peter Carbonell

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Webmaster

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org