Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, November 15, 2018

About 35 people met at 7:00 P.M at Fontenelle Forest’s Camp Brewster building. President Jay Davis presided.

Three new people introduced themselves (Audrey, Denise and Nicolette).


 Treasurer’s report:

Kathleen Rose reported that the club has $1,686 in the treasury.

Photo Displays – Judy Dye

Next photos to be collected for displays are:

February: Anything old and trees

April: Forms in nature and glass

Photos must be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14 only and not framed and no border if possible.  Put your name, the topic and where shot on the back.

December Meeting and Christmas Party

Our program for next month is the annual Christmas slideshow and party. Everyone should send 3 or 4 of their favorite photos to Peter Carbonell via the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email. If possible, the images should be resized to 2000 pixels on the long edge and 72 ppi. These photos will be shown in a slideshow during the event.

Also a sign-up sheet was passed around for the Christmas party. The club will provide a main meal plus drinks. Everyone should have signed up to bring a salad, appetizer or desert.

Jay: Everybody should photograph their Thanksgiving dinner as a project for next year.

Jay mentioned that the Hot Shops (1301 Nicholas St.) where Jay has his studio will have an open house on Dec 1 and 2. Jay has 2 locations at Hot Shops.

Jay mentioned that in April, Terry Koopman of the Hot Shops will present on how to print for photo contests.


The program for the evening was a presentation by Alex Wiles, former club president and a conservation photojournalist who has traveled worldwide on photography projects. Alex talked about his Missouri River project.

Alex recently traveled along the Missouri River from its source down to St. Louis. He started at the source of the river documenting what the river and associated people looked like.  Through photography he documented a lot of the wildlife in and around the river. He also talked about recreational activities associated with the river. Some of his photography was done with drones and some from a small plane. As he traveled down the river he photographed some of the wildlife against plain white backgrounds (e.g. paddlefish, beaver, water snakes, garter snakes and mink) to document what lives in the river.

Alex collaborated with the National Park Service and various Lewis and Clark centers along the river both of which helped fund the project.

Alex encouraged public outreach through various means including providing stickers of his photographs some of which are on the bob Kerrey Bridge. In the next phase of the project, Alex will meet with the National Park Service and Lewis and Clark Center of Sioux City to provide a full-fledged museum exhibit.

Thanks to the Kuhns and McKees for treats tonight.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, October 18, 2018

About 30 people met at 7:00 PM at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

Club President, Jay Davis presided.


 Jay had those that missed the September meeting stand up and introduce themselves to the rest of the members and tell what they liked to shoot and the kind of camera they use.

New members: Dan Creagan. Did film photos and just picked up digital last year. Uses Sony and Nikon and likes to shoot nature, still life and birds.

Holiday Dinner: Passed list around to sign up for a dish to share.  Meat and drinks are provided by the club.

Members should submit 3-4 of your favorite photos from the past year via email to Peter Carbonell to be shown at the dinner and talk about them.  Size should be 2000 pixels on long side and 72 resolution.  Pete can size them if need be.  Just send them to him at  webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Treasurer’s Report: Kathleen was not present so no report was given.

Photo Displays– Judy Dye

  • November: Fall & Autumn and churches
  • February: Anything old and trees
  • April: Forms in nature and glass.

Photos must be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14 only and not framed and no border if possible.  Put your name, the topic and where shot on the back.

If you have a website, we can link it to our web page which is www.fontenelleforestphotoclub.org. Send your web address to  webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Reminder: Dues are now due. They are $12 for an individual and $20 for a family as well as you must be a member of Fontenelle Forest.

Pete has been our Webmaster for about 4-5 years and is looking for someone to maybe learn about it and take over.  Phil Mininni expressed a desire to do so, so they will get to together to discuss it.  Thank you, Phil.

Member Question:  Why is there no photo club information mentioned in the Fontenelle Forest newsletter (the Leaflet) or on their website or in emails that members are sent? Club liaison Julianne was going to check in to this with forest staff.

The Bellevue Leader would like to visit and do an article on the Photo Club.

Jay asked how the One Lens Shoot went for everyone.  Some said it was difficult.  Everyone looked at the images that were brought in.  Jay commented on the Wood Leaf picture.  The point of the shoot was to think outside the box and get out of your comfort zone and have fun and learn.

No new Business.

PROGRAM: The program for tonight is JPEG vs Raw.

  1. Your digital darkroom is your computer.
  2. A raw image makes you think about your photo. Its dark, flat and not very appealing.
  3. You can turn raw to jpeg but not jpeg to raw.
  4. Raw pictures are meant to be edited.
  5. A raw file is the equivalent of a film negative. It captures all of the detail in the scene. It stores it in “code form” onto the disc which in reality is a small computer, but it also creates incredibly large files that are space hogs on your computer. It also requires some type of processing to get the perfect image.
  6. Why would you want to use raw format?  Because you REALLY love spending hours editing!!  But the real reason is you want total control over the final product and you want to make very large pieces of wall art.
  7. A JPEG photo is basically what you see is what you get. The camera (computer) makes the decisions for you as to what the image should look like based on factory programed presets. It compresses the data so working it “over” in the digital darkroom is limited but they take up way less space. The camera has “thrown” away data that could be very critical to what you say that moment that you made the image. If you edit the image with software it can take on the appearance of a salt and pepper overblown image and creates more frustration on the photographer.  Also, every time you save a JPEG file it compresses more to the point that at some time the image may be unusable.  Starting with a raw file will always maintain the original data.
  8. Read your camera manual!!

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be at Camp Brewster. Camp Brewster is located at 1313 Fontenelle Blvd,  and the assignment will be to shoot a jpeg and raw image and see which one you like best.  Pick a subject with lots of contrast.

The presenter for our next meeting will be conservation photojournalist and former club president Alex Wiles. Alex will talk to the group about the project he did this summer Alex documenting the Missouri River from its source down to its terminal confluence with the Mississippi River.

Thanks to Donna Gray and the Trojanowskis for treats tonight.

Submitted by Sue Mininni (For Eric Scholar, Secretary).