Meeting Minutes – January 21, 2016

Peter Carbonell started the meeting with business items:

New Member Introductions
New members introduced themselves:
Bob Wells
Howard Carson

 

Photo Displays
Photos needed for Forest and Library displays:

Due February meeting – Church windows and/or Anything White
Due April meeting – Neon Signs and/or Canines
Please remember to add your name, the subject and location on the back of each photo you submit. The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please.

 

Photo Contest
The annual club Photo Contest will be coming in late May so start thinking about submitting photos. Details regarding the contest rules will be posted shortly.

 

Next Meeting
Our next meeting will be on Thursday February 18th at 7pm at the Fonentelle Forest Nature Center when we will receive a presentation on Lightroom. If you have Lightroon loaded on your lapttop, feel free to bring it to the meeting and follow along.

 

Meeting Presentation
The following members provided presentations on one of their favorite photo destinations:

Alan Kurth – Monterey, California
Alan suggested flying into San Francisco, renting a car, and driving to Monterey. He advised there were an incredible amount of things to do in the area and displayed a few photos. Some he discussed were:
– State Parks
– 17 Mile Drive (goes from Monterey to Carmel)
– Lone Cypress on 17 mile drive
– Spanish Mission in Carmel
– Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey (advised not as artistic as in past)
– Cannery Row
– Monterey Bay Aquarium
– Whale watching
– Sea Otter watching
Alan suggested the best time of year to go there are early spring or September/October, but any time is good.

Eric Scholar – Omaha
Eric was enthralled with taking photos of Murals in Omaha. He displayed a few of them. Eric has been taking these photos for a few years and has over 100. Taking the photos was not hard but finding out who painted them took quite a bit of research. Eric has made photo books of the murals. Some discussed were:
– Murals hanging on Silos along I-80 east of 36th. These are no longer on display but he was fortunate to get photos while they were on display.
– Wall of building west of TD Ameritrade Park. This mural is full of people.
– Beercade Bar in Benson
– He also mentioned several murals underground along the Keystone Trail.

Tracy and Todd Utter – Along Mississippi River
Both of them love taking photos of wildlife, especially the Bald Eagle. If you go to Squaw Creek you can see eagles but they are usually in the trees. They discovered that by going to Lock/Dam 14 near I-80 along the Mississippi River they could get much closer to the birds and get great photos. They displayed a few of their photos.
Many photographers go there and pool together to purchase fish to sling-shot into the water. The eagles grab the fish and a great opportunity for wonderful photos is there. The birds are about 20 to 30 feet away. They advised that the best time to go is in the Winter. Online you can find Fish and Wildlife reports on the number of eagles in the area.

Peter Carbonell – Snowy Range in Wyoming
Peter advised that this is located 45 miles west of Laramie near Centennial, Colorado, in the Medicine Bow National Forest. The roads there are all paved. Many sights are right off the road nad easily accessible. Peter displayed a few of his photos. Some of the areas he discussed were:
– Libby Lake and Lewis Lake are at 10,000 feet altitude
– Lake Marie there are nice trails
– There are many wildflowers in the area.
– Peter advised that the best time to go see the wildflowers is August.

The final portion of the meeting was spent with members participating in the photo equipment swap meet.

A big thanks to Judy Dye for taking the meeting minutes. Please send any questions via e-mail to webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

January 21st Meeting – Destinations and Swap Meet!!!

I’m still looking for a few more members that are willing to speak to the group about their favorite photography destination. One of the great benefits to being part of a club like this is learning from each others experiences. If you would like to share your experience, whether it is on the other side of the world, or the other side of Fontenelle Forest, please send me an e-mail via webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org so that I can get you on the agenda.

We’re looking for ten minutes on the following:

  • Location
  • Best time of year to shoot there
  • The subjects that are available to photograph
  • What makes it so special for you?

 

Also, please remember to bring items and cash so you can participate in our swap meet. I’m sure we all have things we no longer need and/or items we’ve been looking for, so bring in a few doodads, a few bucks and your bargaining skills and let’s have some fun with this. Even if no one buys or sells anything, it will be a fun show and tell session! Here are a few items I’m planning on bringing in:

  • A set of 58mm lens filters
  • (1) Camera backpack
  • (1) Camera bag
  • (1) padded camera strap
  • (1) tripod ballhead w/mounting plate
  • Several issues of Photoshop User magazine to give away for free!!!

All items are in good shape so come ready to make an offer!

Please let me know if there are any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you all on Thursday!

Peter Carbonell

President/Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

January 21st Meeting Reminder

Our next club meeting will be this Thursday, January 21st at 7:00 PM.

This meeting will consist of short presentations by 4-5 members on their favorite photo destinations.

After our meeting we will be conducting a swap meet. This will be a great opportunity for us bring out cameras, lenses, gadgets, gizmos, books and/or magazines that have been gathering dust and either sell, trade and give them away to anyone interested in trying something new or different. So bring in a box full of items and a pocket full of cash and let’s have some fun. Just remember you have to take home whatever you don’t get rid of.

Judy Dye will be collecting photos at our next meeting for our displays at the Forest and the Bellevue Library. For February/March displays we are looking for images of church windows or images with white subjects, i.e. clouds, snow, white birds, etc…  Subjects for April/May displays will be neon signs and canines (wild or domestic). Please remember to add your name, the subject and location on the back of each photo you submit. The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please.

See you Thursday!

News & Notes – 1/10/16

Happy New Year!!! The holiday season is now behind us. Again, it’s that time of the year where we as photographers either go out and brave the bitter Nebraska cold, wait for it to end, or if we can, we head to warmer latitudes to exercise our skills. But regardless, winter will quickly give way to spring when we can once again be outside, comfortably shooting the nature we love.

Our holiday pot luck meeting in December was a great time. The food was great and the slideshow was very entertaining. Also a few lucky attendees got to walk away with our door prizes for the night, gift cards for Rockbrook Camera! A big thanks to all of the members who helped make this night a success.

January Meeting

Our next club meeting will be on Thursday, January 21st at 7pm and will be held as usual in the Forest Room of the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. This month’s meeting will consist of short presentations by 4-5 members on their favorite photo destination followed by a swap meet.

For the presentations, I’m looking for 4-5 volunteers who are willing to speak to the group for 10 minutes each about one of their favorite place to take shoot. This could be somewhere local or half way around the world. Here’s the information we would like folks to share:

  • Location
  • Best time of year to shoot there
  • The subjects that are available to photograph
  • What makes it so special for you?

 

For those who are interested in participating, please send me an e-mail via the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org e-mail address and let me know that you’d like to participate and the destination you will present. You can also send up to 3 photos that you’d like to present as well. Please let me know if you have any questions.

After our meeting we will be conducting a swap meet! This will be a great opportunity for us bring out cameras, lenses, gadgets, gizmos, books and/or magazines that have been gathering dust and either sell, trade and give them away to anyone interested in trying something new or different. So bring in a box full of items and a pocket full of cash and let’s have some fun. Just remember you have to take home whatever you don’t get rid of.

Also, please feel free to comment in this blog post with descriptions of the items you’ll bring in.

Photo Displays

Judy Dye will be collecting photos at our next meeting for our displays at the Forest and the Bellevue Library. For February/March displays we are looking for images of church windows or images with white subjects, i.e. clouds, snow, white birds, etc…  Subjects for April/May displays will be neon signs and canines (wild or domestic). Please remember to add your name, the subject and location on the back of each photo you submit. The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please.

This and That

  • DoSpace – Have you been thinking about learning more about Photoshop and Lightroom but you don’t want to download it or you don’t have a computer that you think can run it? Well, now there’s a place in Omaha where you can do all of this, and it’s free! DoSpace, located at 72nd & Dodge, is a brand new, one of a kind, technology library. At the DoSpace facility they have, among many other things, many PC and Mac computers available for use and they all have the entire Adobe Creative Cloud Suite loaded on them, which includes Photoshop and Lightroom. I recently checked it out myself and was really impressed by the facility and the volunteer staff they have on site to help the users with any questions they may have. This facility is the first of its kind in the country and is being operated under grant money that should keep them open for at least 4 years. Take a look at their website, www.dospace.org, or stop by and check it out.

 

  • Photo Outings – Though it may be hard to believe now, spring is only a couple of months away, so let’s start thinking of some outings that we can organize. Please send me suggestions of places we can shoot as a group, or even better, places where you would like to lead a group for photography! Outings are a great opportunity to talk to your fellow members and share knowledge. If you have any ideas, please send them to me at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

 

  • Education Video of the Month – I often try to end these blog posts with an informative video. Here’s a Youtube video from Kelbyone. This 15 minute video discusses what you should think about when getting a tripod, how to create a starburst effect when photographing the sun in an image, and some techniques to keep in mind when shooting waterfalls.


Let me know if there are any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you all at our next meeting!

Peter Carbonell

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

President/Webmaster

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org