Minutes from February 20, 2020 meeting

Club February 20,2020

About 39 people attended

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo

President Phil Mininni,  Presided


Five new people were present


Photos of Toads and Frogs are due along with reflections. Anything pink and rocks will be displayed in the near future and later on statues and vine photos will be due. Frank Dye emphasized that submitted photos should have no borders along the long edge. They should have the submitter’s name along with a title.

Treasurers Report: Kathleen There is $1724.74 in the club’s treasury

Donna Gray: mentioned that Timmy’s tree house donated a new sign for the photo club. Phil recommended that an additional 2 more be made for our exhibits.

Phil: mentioned that he is looking for the original webmaster so changes can be made in the club’s website. With regards to the website Phil talked about the gallery where photos can be submitted and displayed.  A photo submitted for the gallery will be displayed and could be commented on. In the Under the microscope section there is  space for comments and criticism of an individual photo. Phil encouraged members to submit photos. Comments about and criticisms of your photos help improve them.

Phil: would like 2 volunteers to organize a field trip sometime in May. Suggested locations for this field trip are Neale Woods, Fontenelle Forest, Platte River Waterfall, Safari Park and a Walking tour. Other locations are also encouraged.

Phil: mentioned that in the Baright Gallery from April 4 to July 7,2020 will be a display by local artists of all types. See the forest website for rules and more info.  FF Club Photographers are encouraged to submit their work.

Phil: The  March 19, 2020 meeting will be on Architecture photography by Past President Jay Davis


The program tonight will be given by Allen Kurtz and is entitled Bird Photography-How to get started.

Allen Talked a little of his background and how he got into photography and specifically how he got unto bird photographs. He then talked about the equipment he uses for bird photography and how it has changed over the last few years. The major equipment he used in the last few years was a 600mm lens (f4). He recommended a tripod (with no center post). Allen uses a Wimberly Gimbel head with a clamping device for mounting the lens on the tripod. He highly recommended that a person practice using the equipment a lot so when photographing a bird, one knows where everything is located and how it works. Because of the weight and difficulty in walking around with and photographing with this size lens Allen now uses  a 600mm Sony 200-600mm zoom lens. It is a lot lighter and more portable than his previous lens. Allen also talked about how to find birds (Sneak up on them, hide, listen, look for movement in trees). One should know what birds are around in the different seasons.

He  ended his program by showing several slides of his bird photography over the seasons

Thanks to Linda Schuett and Nea Baney  and for bringing treats

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary.

Notes for February 20, 2020 Meeting

Bird Photography-How to get Started

This is the subject for Thursday’s meeting. Our presenter is Allen Kurth. He is a past president of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club. I should mention that Allan has several awards for his photography. I hope to see all of our members on Thursday.

Photo Contest

Here is a site that has a over 130 contest listings from beginners to professionals. It is called Photo Contest Insider . Our club’s photo contest is just around the corner. Start working on your selections now. This will allow more time to get that perfect picture for submission.

Display photos needed

Judy Dye would like to get photos for forest and library displays. Upcoming subjects for future displays;

  • Toads and Frogs
  • Reflections
  • Anything Pink
  • Rocks

Photo should be “8 X 10” or “11 X 14” size and unframed. There should be no boarders around the photo. Place your name, the location where photo was taken, and optionally the camera and lens used on the back of your photo.

Bird Photography

Here is a short video about photographing small birds. It is about 14 1/2 minute video. The first 5 minutes is about apps that are useful when planning a shoot. The rest of the video is about settings, techniques, and what to wear…etc. This will hopefully complement our guest speaker’s presentation.

New Club Sign

Dana Meyer designed the sign.
Manager of Marketing and Events

Tim Wright

Timmy’s Treehouse printed the sign for the club at no cost to the club. Thank you Tim. Below is info for Tim’s business. Let’s give him our patronage.

Timmy’s Treehouse Print Studio

13595 Giles Road, Suite C 

Omaha NE 68138

Tele: 402.770.0065

Website:  https://www.timmystreehouse.com

Also on Facebook at Timmy’s Treehouse Print Studio

Hours:  Variable, call first or can place orders on-line

I want to thank Tim Wight, Dana Meyer and Donna Gray for their efforts to make the sign. Donna states the photo of sign does not do it justice. She will bring it to the February meeting.

Bird Photography – How to Get Started

February 20, 2020 meeting change

Our original speaker for the February meeting is unable to present a program.

Allen Kurth

Allen has agreed to be our speaker for the February 20, 2020 photo club meeting. Allen has been a past president of the club. He is an excellent photographer. He has won quite a few ribbons from our past photo contests. His presentation is “Bird Photography – How To Get Started”