Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, Nov.17,2016

President Pete Carbonell called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. About 34 members were in attendance.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pete mentioned that FF is looking for someone to give a presentation in August of next year on photographing the solar eclipse. Anyone interested should contact Pete at the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email.

Alan Brodin, the club V.P., mentioned to Pete that he has been contacted by the Professional Photographers of Iowa. They are interested in collaborating with us on several aspects of photography including joint outings and programs.

Pete mentioned that the Forest would not like the club (or any club) to bring popcorn as a treat in the future.

Treasurer’s Report Kathleen Rose

Kathleen said that there was about $1600 in the treasury.

She also mentioned that in our December meeting we will have our annual slide show and potluck dinner.  The club will provide chicken and drinks and everybody should bring a side dish. She circulated a sign-up sheet for this event. Everyone interested should send 3 or 4 photos to Pete via the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email address to be used in the annual Christmas slide show.

Photo Display – Kathleen Rose in Judy Dye’s absence

The photo display subjects for February: Frozen and Red

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.

NOVEMBER PROGRAM

 Alex Wiles presented a talk on his journey to becoming a free lance environmental photojournalist.

 Alex’s main interest is in reptiles and presently as a conservation photographer. He has worked as a zookeeper, animal keeper at the forest and as an educator. He is a conservationist at heart but in the last few years has gotten into photography seriously.

He has photographed in many countries now including Iceland, Costa Rica, Peru, New Zealand and Togo, and has several photography publications including three in NebraskaLand magazine. He has recently gotten into underwater photography. He talked about how to submit work for publication. He gave several tips on this subject including

  • Be patient
  • Have a well-rounded project
  • Content is king
  • Don’t let lack of expensive equipment set you back
  • Don’t rush initial pitch
  • Have a peer review your work
  • Be prepared for rejection.

He finished up by mentioning he is organizing a trip to Costa Rica through the Omaha Audubon Society. Anyone interested should contact him for details at www.awilesphoto.com or audubonomaha@gmail.com.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, December 15th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

The Meeting was adjourned at about 8:20 P.M.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, secretary.

Reminder – Next Meeting is Tomorrow! Thursday, 11/17/16

Our next meeting is coming up this Thursday, November 17th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center Forest Room.

Our speaker this month will be our own Alex Wiles! Alex will be talking to us about his experiences as a free lance conservation photojournalist. Here’s more about Alex:

Alex Wiles is a conservation photographer and environmental educator based out of Omaha, Nebraska. His interest in conservation initiatives takes him around the world where he documents the challenges faced by wildlife and the work of those who wish to protect it.

Alex’s work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including:

  • National Geographic – Voices
  • The Wildlife Conservation Society – Wild View
  • REPTILES Magazine
  • NEBRASKAland Magazine
  • Fontenelle Forest

We will also be collecting photos for our November photo displays. The subject for the November displays will be photos of leaves and fountains.

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.

Also, please come prepared to pay your club dues if you haven’t done so already.

Feel free to contact me with at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org if you have any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you all on Thursday!

Peter Carbonell

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club

Webmaster & President

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, Oct. 20,2016

President Pete Carbonell called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. About 25  members were in attendance.

PRESIDENTS REMARKS:

Pete mentioned that Donna Gray will take over the photo contest next year. He also mentioned that the club is looking for a judge for the contest and anybody with suggestions should let him know.

Pete also mentioned that Kate Murphy of FF will be organizing a great American Solar Eclipse event next year. She would like to have someone give a presentation on how to photograph the eclipse and anybody interested who has experience should let Pete know.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

TREASURER’S REPORT- Kathleen Rose

Kathleen gave the Treasurer’s report and mentioned that there was about $1550 in the treasury. She also mentioned that in Dec we will have our annual slide show and pot luck dinner.  The club will provide meat and drinks and everybody should bring a side dish. She is circulating a sign up sheet for this event.

PHOTO DISPLAY-Judy Dye

For November: Leaves and Fountains

For February: Frozen and red

Judy also urged everyone to pick up their photos from previous exhibits.

OCTOBER PROGRAM: TRAVELLING WITH PHOTOGEAR BY AIR—Presented by Pete Carbonell

Pete mentioned the following points:

First check the airline for regulations escpecially about size requirements for gear brought on the airline.

He mentioned that it is best to carry on gear if possible.

Expensive gear should be insured.

Expensive equipment should be carried on.

Pete discussed the different types of camera bags that are useful to bring along on your trip.

He mentioned the importance of a tripod; he talked briefly about the Gorillapod and its usefulness.

He mentioned it is very useful to make lists of items to bring.

Alex Wiles of Fontenelle Forest who has extensively traveled and photographed then talked about his travel bags and equipment he brings along and how it is packed. He emphasized the importance of dealing with humidity in warm climates. ( zip lock bags and dessicants).

He also mentioned the usefulness’s of pouches and rain sleeves

Next meeting is on Thursday November 17th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. Alex Wiles will provide a presentation on being a free lance nature photojournalist. 

Meeting was adjourned at about 8:20 P.M.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, secretary.