News & Notes – 5/31/16

Last Meeting – Wetlands Photo Shoot

Our May Meeting / Wetlands Photo Shoot went off without a hitch. After a quick discussion we were able to enjoy a beautiful evening in the Wetlands walking and photographing the landscape as well as various flora and fauna. Here are a couple of pictures taken that evening.

Wetlands Shoot

Canoes by Donna Gray
Canoes by Donna Gray
Red Winged Blackbird by Peter Carbonell
Red Winged Blackbird by Peter Carbonell
Wetland Tree by Donna Gray
Wetland Tree by Donna Gray
Wetland Bridge by Peter Carbonell
Wetland Bridge by Peter Carbonell
Snail by Donna Gray
Snail by Donna Gray

If you would like to share your pictures from the shoot, please send me your best two or three shots and I’ll post them all in a future blog article.

Club Photo Contest

2016 Photo Contest - Gallery

The 2016 Fontenelle Forest Photography Club Photo Contest is now officially under way! We received 90 entries and set up the display on Saturday morning at the Bellevue University Hitchcock Humanities Building gallery.

Feel free to stop by the gallery to view the entries. We also encourage you to invite friends and family to view the display. People’s Choice voting is open so anyone that stops by can vote for their favorite image. A ballot box is on a table at the gallery where voters can drop their ballots. But be aware that the photography identification cards will be hidden from view until after the judge reviews the photos on 6/8.

As we’ve discussed previously, our next meeting on Thursday, June 16th at 7 pm will be held at the Bellevue University Hitchcock Humanities Building Auditorium. Before the meeting, club members will have the opportunity to place their vote for the Members Choice ribbon . So if you can, please arrive early in order to take the time you need to vote on your favorite photo.

The meeting will consist of the awards presentation along with a critique of every photo submission by our judge, fine art photographer, Scott Papek. You can visit Scott’s website, http://www.papekphotography.com, to learn more about him.

So if you haven’t done so already, please send a copy of the photos you submitted to the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org e-mail address. The photos should be sized at no less than 2000 pixels on the long edge. The judge will critique the photos in the auditorium as they are projected on screen.

Photo Displays

As you embark on your summer outings, please keep our next photo displays in mind. In September we will be collecting photos covering the following topics:

Rows – any images depicting row-like patterns.

City skylines

Please remember to add your name, the subject and the 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.

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Peter Carbonell

President/Webmaster

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

Reminder – The Club Photo Contest Set-Up is Tomorrow – 5/28!

It’s here! The show set up is tomorrow morning, Saturday, May 28th at 10:00 am at the Bellevue University Gallery in the Humanities Building. Here is a map to the facility:

Please take a moment to review the contest guidlines below to ensure you have your photos prepared properly for display. Most importantly, please remember that you need to have wire attached to the back of the frame for hanging.

Here are the contest guidelines. We’ll see you all tomorrow morning!

Hello to All FNA Photo Club Members:

Set – Up – Saturday, May 28 – 10:00 AM

Critique and People’s Choice Award – Thursday, June 16 – 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Take Down – Saturday, June 25 – 10:00 AM

Questions – Contact: Doug French – dfrench359@centurylink.net  or Call 402-578-9950


Guidelines for the 2016 Annual Fontenelle Forest Nature Association

Photography Club Show

Bellevue University Gallery – Humanities Building

 

Who:  Any member in good standing of the Fontenelle Forest Nature Association Photo Club.  Prints can be color or black and white.  Prints that have been previously designated as award winners – including honorable mention at previous FFNA club shows are not eligible for entry.

We ask that folks remember that we are sponsored by a nature association and as such the photographs we show represents that organization to our members and the general public.  The show contest coordinator and current President of the club reserve the right to remove an entry not following the rules set forth in the category descriptions below.

Classes

“Novice Class”  This is open to club members who have NOT won a first place or Overall Show Award in the prior year photography club show. (Green entry cards)

“Advanced Class”  Contestants who in the last year have won either a first place or any Overall Show Awards in either class.  No exceptions for class designation.  If any member, new or old, feels they belong in the advanced class they are welcome to enter their photos into this class.  (Yellow entry cards)

Categories

Scenic/Landscape:  Continental US, outside continental US, any nature themed image where the focus or subject IS NOT manmade objects, including urban, city, pets, and Humans.  Must be a nature based photo taken by the club member.

Animals:  Any living creature, wild or domesticated, including pets. No humans.

Flora:  A photo where the following are the main subject of the photo.  Any flower, plant or tree.

Anything Goes:  (Combined category – Novice & Advanced) (Red entry cards)

Any photograph not meeting the requirements of the 3 categories listed above. Also, any photo that is obviously over enhanced or un-naturally manipulated will be entered into this category.

* Photos may be moved to another class up to the point of judging for awards if the Contest Judge, Photo Contest coordinator or club president feel a entry was categorized incorrectly at check-in.  These contest rules are their guide, and any corrections to classification are final.

How to Present Your Prints

·        Prints are to be framed (wood, metal or plastic frames) with or without a single  layer mat.  A wire hanger must be attached to the back.

·        Size of frame: Minimum outside dimension of the shortest side of frame no shorter than 5 inches, maximum outside dimension of the longest side of frame no longer than 25 inches.

·        Entries that are framed with no glass or Plexiglas are accepted at the entrant’s risk for damage by print handlers/displayers.

·        Each entry is required to have Photographer’s  name, address, and phone number on the back of each photo.

·        Contestants may enter up to 4 framed prints into the show.  The contestant is responsible for deciding which category to place entry(s).  One in each category or all in one category or any combination you desire.  Contest coordinator and club president have final say of accepting the entry or on category classification at time of set-up.

·        Entry Cards (Green) for Novice, (Yellow) for Advanced, (Red) for Anything Goes will be available starting at the April Club meeting.  Contestants will need to complete entry cards prior to arriving at the show set-up.

Awards

In each Class and category:  First, Second, and Third Place  (18 Ribbons)

Anything Goes Category:  First, Second, and Third Place  (Combined Classes) (3 Ribbons)

Overall Show Awards:  Best of Show – all classes, all categories

Public  Choice – all classes, all categories

Club Members Choice – all classes, all categories

Best Black and White – all classes, all categories

Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest (Must designate on entry card)

Total of 26 Ribbons to be awarded at this Years Show!

All first and second place winners and overall show winners will be displayed at the Bellevue public library over the summer months and returned at our first club meeting in September.

All winning photos will be displayed on the Fontenelle Forest Photography Club’s Website.

 

May Meeting/Photo Outing Update

Hopefully I’m not jinxing anything, but right now it looks like the weather will be cooperating with us for our meeting/photo outing this Thursday evening, 5/19, at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Wetlands. We will convene by the Wetlands building for a brief meeting followed by an evening of photography.

The spring songbird migration is peaking right now so I’m hoping that the group will have plenty of opportunities to see and photograph the various species of songbirds, many of which are only here for a few weeks. Our Forest Liaison, Julianne, hiked the Wetlands this afternoon and found the trails to be in good shape. There are a few areas where there still is some standing water and mud but there are plenty of areas to hike. So if you want to have maximum access, you might want to have your hiking boots on.

We will have some trail maps available at the meeting and Julianne will take a few minutes to give every some tips on what can be seen on the different trails. For the birders in our group, it has recently been reported that 21 different species of warbler have been spotted in the last week!  And for our landscape photographers, the Great Marsh, the pond and the stream are all accessible.

Just in case you missed it on my last post, here are a few items you might want to bring along:

  • Camera (of course!)
  • Any and all types of lenses – there will be opportunities for landscape, birds in flight, long exposure and macro so bring every or any lens you want to use.
  • Tripod/monopod
  • Flash – why would you need flash? There should be plenty of shady spots where you might want to practice using flash to fill the shadows.
  • Bug repellent spray – not sure how bad the mosquitoes are yet, but ticks are pretty active now.
  • Sunblock
  • Hiking shoes – trails may be muddy in spots so waterproof boots are your best bet.
  • Walking stick – or you can have your monopod double as a walking stick.
  • Water
  • Rainwear
  • Small portal seat or stool – If you want to shoot wildlife, sometimes sitting quietly in one spot can reveal all kinds of interesting animals.

Here’s a map for those who have never been to the Wetlands. From the main Nature Center, drive south to Childs Road and turn left. Follow Childs Road down the hill. It will change from pavement to an unpaved road at which it becomes Camp Gifford Road. Continue down the road, past the gate and the train tracks. You’ll see the parking lot on the left side of the road and the Wetlands building on the right.

We’ll see you all on Thursday!

Peter Carbonell

News & Notes – 5/18/16

Welcome to the month of May! The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. And if it can stop raining, maybe we can get out and enjoy it!

Here’s the latest:

Last Month’s Meeting – Nebraskaland’s Jenny Nguyen

We had a great meeting last month. Jenny Nguyen provided the group with very informative presentation about some of the sights to be seen in our state recreation areas, as well as how to go about being published in the magazine. A big thanks to Jenny for coming out and to Kathleen Crawford-Rose for coordinating this presentation.

May Meeting – Wetlands Shoot

The plan for our May meeting is to gather by the Wetlands building at 7 pm on Thursday, May 19th for a quick chat followed by an evening of shooting the Wetlands area of Fontenelle Forest. The Wetlands is an excellent location and should provide lots of photographic opportunities including flowers, songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, streams, ponds and more!

We will not reconvene after we begin shooting so members should be aware that the gate to the area closes automatically at 10 pm. So keep an eye on your watch unless you’ve brought your sleeping bag!

Here are a few items you might want to bring along:

  • Camera (of course!)
  • Any and all types of lenses – there will be opportunities for landscape, birds in flight, long exposure and macro so bring every or any lens you want to use.
  • Tripod/monopod
  • Flash – why would you need flash? There should be plenty of shady spots where you might want to practice using flash to fill the shadows.
  • Bug repellant spray – not sure how bad the mosquitoes are yet, but ticks are pretty active now.
  • Sunblock
  • Hiking shoes – trails may be muddy in spots so waterproof boots are your best bet.
  • Walking stick – or you can have your monopod double as a walking stick.
  • Water
  • Rainwear

Hopefully these May showers will stop long enough for us to get out. But if it looks like we’re getting rained out we’ll meet at our usual meeting place, the main Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. I will post an update on the website if weather looks like it will be an issue, so please check the website blog or call or text me at 402-639-6543.

Here’s a map for those who have never been to the Wetlands. You can click inside the map area and zoom out and in to see more detail.

The  Annual Club Photo Contest

There are only a few weeks left before it’s time to submit your photos for our annual club photo contest. We’ve had great participation the last few years and we’re hoping for an even better turnout this year.

The show set up will be on Saturday, May 28th at 10:00 am at the Bellevue University Gallery in the Humanities Building and the awards and critique will also be in the gallery on Thursday June 16th at 7pm.

Once you’ve determined which photos will be entered in the contest, please send a copy to me via the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org e-mail box as we will having our judge, Scott Papek, critiquing the photos as they are projected on screen during the meeting.

For all of the show rules and details, please click on the link below:

http://www.fontenelleforestphotoclub.org/guidelines-for-the-2016-annual-fontenelle-forest-nature-association-photography-club-show/

Next week is our last meeting before the contest so bring any questions you might have. Also if you are unable to make it to the show set-up, you can bring your entries to the meeting on 5/19 and we can collect them there.

Photo Displays

While you are working on your photography this summer, please keep the photo displays in mind. The categories due in September are rows of things and city skylines.

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.

Other News

Canon Expo & Sale at Rockbrook Camera – 5/12-14

 

State Fair Photo Contests

You can contact me via the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org e-mail if you have any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you all at the Wetlands on 5/19 at 7 pm!

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org