Pick up your photo

Please remember to pick up your photo from the Baright Photo Gallery at the Fontenelle Forest on Tuesday December 31 between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Those of you who cannot make it, we will gather them up and bring them to the January 16 meeting.

Good News

The forest is going to allow us to continue displaying photos on those wire racks in the forest’s atrium. We will discuss subjects to display at the January meeting.

Notes About…

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We had a great turn out for the Christmas Potluck dinner. Once again we had plenty of delicious dishes brought to the table. I want to thank our board for their work to make this an amazingly successful holiday gathering. Thanks to those member’s kind words for the slide show. I am also still apologizing for not having Kathleen’s and Linda Schuett’s pictures in the slideshow. I think having our dinner at Camp Brewster was more intimate and friendly. The projector is much better and showed our pictures more accurately than the projector at the forest would have. I suggest we ask to use the Camp next year as well.

Speaking of the slideshow, I have published the slideshow as a portfolio and also it has replaced the contest winners on the home page. I have received Kathleen Crawford-Rose’s and Linda Schuett’s pictures and I added them to our slideshow. Take a look!

And speaking of portfolios, I am still promoting member’s to have one. Particularly since I am getting a better understanding of how to make one and edit it as well. When I say edit I mean I only size them. I will not attempt to make any corrections to the quality of the photo other than scaling the photos to fit. How about making individual portfolios out of the photos members have submitted for the slideshow? And I can add to the member’s existing portfolio. Let me know in the comments below or e-mail me.

Astro Photography

I am looking forward to our January 16, 2020 meeting. Ken Smith is going to present a program about night time and astro photography. Check out Ken’s website.


Work progress’s on the website. I am finding that when I ask for photos from our members to be sized at 2000 pixels on the long side, it works great for landscape oriented photos. It does not work well when those photos are portrait oriented. I am sure you have noticed for those types of photos you have to scroll down the picture to see it all. To fix this annoying extra step I am resizing those photos to 800 pixels on the long side. Let me know if this works for you. Leave me comments below or e-mail me.

Frogs and Toads

Judy is taking your Snow and Ice photos for the Bellevue Library display. She will also take your Frogs and Toads photos for a near future exhibit.

Tell me what you want…

If any of our members have an idea or would like to see something that would be of interest to the rest of the club, please leave a comment below or e-mail me.

Baright Gallery

The Forest want our photos that are being display in the Baright Gallery be taken down down on December 31, 2019. We need to be there between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for the removal of the photos. If you can’t be there to get your photo, the Dyes will bring them at the January 16, 2020 meeting. Please make an effort to get your photo at one of those times. I will send another reminder a couple of days prior to New Year’s Eve.

School of Photography

Here is a video about taking pictures in Snow. About 13 minutes.

Minutes for December 2019 Meeting

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club December 19, 2019

Annual potluck and photo show at Camp Brewster

President Phil Mininni,  Presided



December-January: Snow and Ice

Toads and Frogs in the near future

Treasurers Report (Kathleen): There is $1800 in the clubs treasury There was a recent payout of $140 for revision of the brochure

Phil reported:

Phil asked each of the club members to introduce themselves and their guests.

He also asked all the board members to stand up and and take a bow.

Donna is working on a revised club brochure. She provided her current revision for each of the tables at the potluck to look over and give her any comments

 Baright Gallery: Phil mentioned that the  photos in the gallery are to be picked up between 11 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. on Dec. 31. If you can’t pick up your photo they will be collected by the Dye’s and brought to our Jan. meeting.


The program tonight was a slide show put together by Phil. Each of about 16 club members provided 4 of their favorite photos which were shown

The meeting was adjourned about 8:20

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary.

Christmas Potluck, December 19, 2019

We will be meeting at Camp Brewster. (Map Link below). Please come at 7:00 PM. We will be having Chicken again as the main meat dish. Everyone should be bringing a dish to share.

I hope you all can make it to the meeting. I have a slide show to show off member’s photos. 12 members have sent photos in to me for the slideshow.


1313 Bellevue Blvd. North
Bellevue, NE 68005

From I-80, take Hwy 75 (Kennedy Freeway) South to Chandler Road. Turn left onto Chandler. Stay on Chandler approx. 1 mile until the road ends at the stop sign at Bellevue Blvd. Turn right onto Bellevue Blvd. Continue approximately .3 of a mile to Camp Brewster (on the left)

Map for Camp Brewster

Snow and Ice

Bring your Snow or Ice photos to Judy

Snow Photography Tips

Forest Gallery Photos

The forest wants us to pick up our photos from their gallery on December 31, 2019, New Year’s Eve. Volunteers will be there taking down the photos starting at 11:00 AM. We will be there for two hours. Those of you unable to pick up your photo, we will put the photos in boxes for you to pick up later. Probably at the January 16th meeting. You will be able to keep the frame and glass.

Kathleen is waiting on feedback from the forest about showing more of our photos on the wire frame assemblies we have used in the past. If they allow us to keep on using, we can go back to the plan of having two ongoing displays. One at the Bellevue Library and one at the Forest.

Please make a committed effort to get down to the forest on December 31, 2019 between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. I will post another reminder shortly before New Year’s Eve.

Reminder From Kathleen

Kathleen sent out e-mails to our members on December 4. I am posting this as a reminder to all those who may have forgotten to respond. If you e-mail the webmaster, I will forward them onto Kathleen. And don’t forget to send those photos in.


Our Photo Club potluck is coming up on the 19th at the Camp Brewster Lodge. Please reply to this message if you plan to attend and didn’t have a chance to signup last meeting. Let me know if you plan to bring a guest.

Just a reminder that WE ARE THE PROGRAM  for the evening.  Camp Brewster  has a great projector so send four favorite images to our webmaster, Phil.


Please do all this by Friday, the13th!!!

Hope to see you there.


1313 Bellevue Blvd. North
Bellevue, NE 68005

From I-80, take Hwy 75 (Kennedy Freeway) South to Chandler Road. Turn left onto Chandler. Stay on Chandler approx. 1 mile until the road ends at the stop sign at Bellevue Blvd. Turn right onto Bellevue Blvd. Continue approximately .3 of a mile to Camp Brewster (on the left)

Google Maps link


December 2019 Update

I hope everyone had a grand Thanksgiving day!

You may remember I said I was having a problem with our website’s slideshow plug in (app). I contacted the company and they helped me out with the plug in and is now working as intended.

I was able to update the WordPress website. In doing so, caused the crash of the site. Still working on some bugs. Make a change and some things don’t work right after. Still waiting on info about the security of the site. I want to change the website to include a secured URL address. “https:// www. fontenelle…” We currently have an “http://www….” address.

December meeting Slideshow

I have photos from only 10 people. This is another opportunity to shine and show off your photos. This is not like dragging out the Kodak Carousel and looking at some over and under exposed photos of the cousins at a water park and have to sit through 45 minutes of a boring Kodachrome slide show.

Send me your four or less photos. Size them at around 2000 pixels on the long side. If you are unfamiliar on how to resize your photos send me what you can and I can resize them for you. Don’t be afraid to send us some of your favorite photos. The subject of the photos are up to you. They can be new pictures or older ones you would like to share. Our photo taking talents run the gamut of experience. Remember some mail servers limit the size of the files sent. If you run into this problem, just send the photos individually. Send to either the webmaster (me) or Phil Mininni (me). After the December potluck I will put the slide show on the home page of our website.

New Members

I want to welcome two new members that joined our club at the November meeting. I apologize for not recognizing them at that time. Welcome Brent Headley and Nathan Lentsch. Nathan has the distinction of being our youngest member. The challenge of any group club is to continue to be relevant and interesting. I hope we as a group can keep encouraging each other to continue to be active in the club.

Photoshop and Lightroom

My wife Sue was an employee of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She retired from there also. As a retiree she was eligible to get the Adobe Creative Cloud suite for $10/year. Well that has changed. Retirees are no longer eligible due to contract changes between the University and Adobe. So I was torn whether to subscribe or fall back on my Photoshop Elements 8 program. I decided to go with Photoshop and Lightroom. It costs me $9.99/month plus tax. I am going to learn more about the program. I have already taken some online courses. I don’t have to tell you that the older I get, as the saying goes”if you don’t use it…” The cost is not too bad. If your not already using PS and LR, check their website out, Adobe.com.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or corrections below. See you all at the Christmas Potluck Dinner on December 19, 2019.

Video of the month

Tony and Chelsea Northrup are photographers with their own YouTube channel. They are pretty down to earth people. They also have their own business. They sell photo books. One of them I recently purchased. It is “How To Create Stunning Digital Photography” It is easy to read and understand. You can also download the book. It has links to a lot of their videos. It may even be a great Christmas gift for someone.

Minutes for November 19, 2018 meeting

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Nov. 21, 2019

About 32 people met at 7:00 P.M at,Fontenelle Forest

Phil Mininni,  Presided



Dec..: Snow and Ice

Toads and Frogs in the near future

Treasurers Report (Kathleen): There is $1920 in the clubs treasury

Phil reported:

There will be an open house at the hot Shops from Dec. 7-9

Ex president Jay Davis may give a program on architectural Photography in the near future.

Donna is working on a revised club brochure.

Phil called on members to provide up to 4 photos each for the Christmas show,

Phil mentioned that because of previous commitments at the nature center our December  meeting and show will be at Camp Brewster. There was some discussion as to whether this place is adequate for our meeting . Pros and cons were discussed and the over all feeling of the members was that it would be adequate. There were concerns about the size and heating in the room. It will be held on Dec. 19 and will be a pot luck with the club providing chicken and each member asked to bring a salad or desert. Those coming should sign up on the sheet being circulated.


The program tonight was presented by Mark Graeve of Rockbrook Camera. He talked about whats new in cameras and photographic equipment. The following cameras and equipment were discussed:

Cameras:He showed cameras in the following classes: Point and Shoot cameras, Interchangeable lens cameras, Mirrorless cameras. He talked about the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Lens: Tamron 150-600,Tamron 18-400,Canon and Nikon all in one lenses.

Lighting Equipment: LED lights, External flashes, Built in small flashes, GoDoc system

Gimbel head on a tripod,

Camera Bags: Roller bags,Small bags


Thanks to  Wayne Brill and Emett Egr  for bringing treats

The meeting was adjourned about 8:15

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary.