Ken Huber

It is with great sadness that I pass along notice that one of our long time club members, Ken Huber, passed away on 4/13 in hospice care after a 16 month battle with cancer.

Besides being a very kind man and an excellent photographer, I learned from a recently published article in the World-Herald that he was also an artist, trapshooter and show horse groom, among many, many other talents. Click here to read the article about Ken’s many experiences.

I’m sure all of our thoughts and prayers are with Ken’s wife Karen and their family. He will be missed.

April 2017 – Meeting Reminder & Notes

The April meeting is around the corner and this month we’re going outside!

Next Meeting – Neale Woods Shoot 4/20/17 at 6 pm

As we discussed during last month’s meeting, for April we will go on the road for shoot. We will meet at Neale Woods instead of Fontenelle Forest and the meeting will begin at 6 pm in front of the old main building. Members of course are welcome to get there as early as they wish but we will gather at 6 pm for a brief meeting.

There are plenty of interesting subjects to photograph at Neale Woods. Birds are plentiful. Lovely landscapes are available with the mix of prairie and forest. And if you decide to stay late enough, you can also shoot the sunset or stars (depending on the cloud cover).

I really encourage everyone to come out. This can be a great opportunity for knowledge share. Those of us who are less experienced might want to pair up with some of the more experienced people in the club and pick their brains for tips on things like camera settings, composition, etc…

Suggested Items to Bring:

  • Camera – (of course!)
  • Lenses – wide angle, normal, telephoto, etc… You can bring all or just one, depending on if you want to concentrate on a certain type of photography or try all different kinds of things.
  • Charged batteries and a memory card – I know it sounds obvious but sometimes we forget these things.
  • Tripod – especially if you want to shoot any long exposures or low light landscapes, like the sunset.
  • Rain jacket – depending on the weather.
  • Bug spray – tick season is starting. Might need it if you will be walking through longer grass.
  • Water
  • Enthusiasm!!!

Who knows? Maybe the club photo contest winner will be produced during this outing! You should also remember that there is a “Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest” category in the contest as well and Neale Woods counts!

Solar Eclipse Presentation for the Forest

The Forest is still in need of someone from the club to provide a presentation on techniques involved in photographing the upcoming solar eclipse.  Kate Murphy is organizing this presentation and is looking to either have this done in a program setting one evening at the Forest, or as a walk-up table during one of the upcoming weekend events. There are plenty of websites with information on how to shoot the eclipse so no experience is necessary. Just some research and the willingness to spend an hour or so sharing the joys of photography.

Please contact me at the email address if you are interested.

Prairie chicken Blind at Burchard Lake

Mike Remund, who is the area manager for Burchard Lake State Special Use Area in Pawnee County, reports that the Greater Prairie-Chicken lek at this area is very active this year with up to 20 males showing up daily.  This is a notable increase from the past few years.  Viewing blinds are available at Burchard on a first come first serve basis.  To find them, take the road all the way around to the west side of the lake to where it ends.  In the parking area, you’ll see a “prairie chicken viewing blind” sign pointing you in the right direction.   Walk up the hill towards the northwest, get in the blind before sunrise, and enjoy.  Repeat if necessary.

Photo Displays

Photos for the Bellevue Library’s 150th Anniversary of Nebraska’s Statehood display need to be provided to Judy Dye at our next meeting at Neale Woods. If you have photos but do not plan to be at Neale Woods, please contact Judy at to work out a way to get the prints to her. The subject of the photos should be of historical places in Nebraska, either man made or natural.

We will also be collecting photos for the May displays. The subjects for May are graffiti and/or flowers. If you want to get a head start on September’s assignment, it will be hoof stock and/or Faces in Nature.

As always, photos for both displays mentioned above should be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please. Remember to add your name, the subject and the location on the back of each photo you submit.

Annual Club Photography Contest

Our club photo contest is right around the corner. We have our judge. We have our site. We have the ribbons. All that’s left is your submissions!!! As I mentioned many times before, the contest is more about sharing your work, learning and getting ideas on how to improve our craft. So let’s have fun with this and have every member submit entries!

Submissions are due at the photo contest show set up on Saturday, May 27th at 10 am in the Humanities Building Gallery at Bellevue University. Photo critiques will be given and awards will be recognized at the June meeting, which will be held in the Bellevue University Humanities Building auditorium. The rules and all details for the contest can be found by clicking here.

Annual Elections

Elections for the 2017-2018 Executive Committee members will be held during our May meeting. I have provided descriptions of the each officer’s responsibilities as well as the current candidates. Please let me know if you are interested in running for any of the offices listed below. No experience is necessary, just a desire to provide a little extra time to keep our great club going!


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 – Alex Wiles

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 – None


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).


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.

Current Candidates – Eric Scholar (incumbent)

As usual, please let me know if there are any questions or comments. Otherwise, we’ll see you all at Neale Woods at 6 pm on Thursday 4/20!

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, March 16,2017

President Pete Carbonell called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Approximately 27 members were in attendance.


Pete introduced Andy Crouch as a new member.

Pete mentioned that recently it had been good time to photograph eagles at DeSoto Bend NWR. He also mentioned that the Sandhill Cranes were at their peak in the Kearney area in mid-March. Both are great photo opportunities.

Donna Gray reported on the upcoming club photo contest. Pat Mingarelli will be the judge. Submissions are due at the photo contest show set up on Saturday, May 27th at 10 am in the Humanities Building Gallery at Bellevue University. Photo critiques will be given and awards will be recognized at the June meeting, which will be held in the Bellevue University Humanities Building auditorium. The rules for the contest can be for my clicking here.

Pete again mentioned that candidates are wanted for the election in May. Anyone interested in running for the officer positions should send their inquiries to Pete at A description of the officer responsibilities will be provided in an upcoming post.

Kathleen Rose mentioned the upcoming landscape photo contest by Outdoor Photographer magazine. There is also an upcoming National Wildlife Federation contest and Nature’s best Photography competition. Closer to home is the Loess Hills photo contest with a Sept. deadline.


Judy mentioned that the Bellevue library is requesting photos for a display celebrating the 150th anniversary of Nebraska. They should be of places that reference historical places in Nebraska . Photos should be provided to Judy by the April meeting. The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please. Remember to add your name, the subject and the location on the back of each photo you submit.

Here are the subjects for our usual club photo displays:

For May: Graffiti and flowers

For Sept. Hoof stock and Faces in nature.

In the future photos with a patriotic theme will also be needed.

Also, it was mentioned that Timmy Wright, who gave our February presentation on his printing business, will be making a donation to the Bellevue library of some of his puzzles.


Kathleen reported that there was about $1660 in the treasury. Most expenses have been paid including those for the photo contest.

Next Meeting

Pete discussed the possibility of instead of next month’s indoor meeting we have a photo outing. Some possibilities were Neale Woods, and Holy Family Shrine. He requested people send him suggestions for other possible sites. He will decide where we go based on member input to him. We will likely meet at 6 pm instead of our usual 7 pm in order to give everyone plenty of daylight for photography.

Eric thanked the Dye’s and Donna Gray for bringing treats the last two months.

MARCH PROGRAM: Presented by Pat Mingarelli

 Pat will be the judge for the upcoming club photo contest. Pat is the owner of WildHeart Photography. He has been published in NebraskaLand magazine and other photo magazines. He also teaches photography at Metro Community College. Pat gave pointers on landscape and wildlife photography and also gave tips on what judges look for in submissions to photo contests.

Landscape Photography

  1. Lens selection. A telephoto lens is quite useful not just a wide-angle lens. Regardless of lens a strong anchor in the foreground is important.
  2. Some of the important elements of landscape photography include composition, light (most important), subject matter, contrast (of light, scale and texture), and the photographer him or herself.
  3. Get out early
  4. Scout sites ahead of time.
  5. Use a tripod.
  6. Use a slow shutter speed with water.
  7. Use reflections
  8. Use HDR techniques for high contrast scenes
  9. Macro photography for close up images.
  10. Incorporate people into photo.
  11. Incorporate wildlife.

Wildlife photography

  1. Use a long lenses for birds.
  2. Study behavior
  3. Observe, observe
  4. Get close
  5. Don’t wear bright, but be bright.
  6. Photograph backyard birds
  7. Photograph at eye level.
  8. Be patient.
  9. Don’t bullseye the subject (place in the center of the frame)
  10. Get close.

Overall tips for photo contest Judging

  1. Photo will be eliminated if out of focus, have blown out highlights, poor composition, or bad exposure.
  2. Eyes should be in focus.
  3. Don’t want washed out parts.
  4. You want good composition in your photos.
  5. Make your image different from everybody else’s.
  6. Produce fresh images that reflect your talent.
  7. All elements in an image are added to photo, not subtracted.
  8. Horizons should be level.
  9. Unless well controlled don’t add artificial light.
  10. Images should excite our senses.
  11. Have the appropriate amount of depth of field
  12. The Image should not be cluttered with distracting elements.  

The Meeting was adjourned at about 9:00 P.M.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary.