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

About 30 people attended the meeting at 7:00 P.M.

President Alex Wiles presided.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Photo Displays – Judy Dye

Photos will be displayed at both the Forest and at the Bellevue Library.

March subjects: Doorknobs for the Library and Sky for the Forest.

Next spring: Red, white and blue

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.

Treasurer’s Report

Kathleen reported that there is now $ 1597 in the club’s treasury.

Additional Business

  • It was mentioned that Pete Carbonell won a second and third place in the Nebraskaland Photo contest .
  • Pete Carbonell reported that Rockbrook camera is starting a series of free mini-classes on Saturday mornings starting on Jan 27. The first one will be on  photographing the blood moon.
  • On Jan. 31st Fontenelle Forest is having a hike to view the upcoming lunar eclipse.

PROGRAM:

The presenter for the night was Molly Mullen of the Fontenelle Forest Communications department.

Molly’s talk was on Introduction to Cyanotype Photography.

Molly has been working in photography for several years and has traveled widely photographing people, refugees and war torn environments. Now that she has settled back in Nebraska, she has developed an interested in primitive photography.

Tonight she spoke on what is a cyanotype, the history of cyanotypes, the process and chemistry of it and the making of photos using the process.

The process produces a cyan blue print. It involves taking a negative and applying a paper coated with three chemicals to the negative and exposing these to sunlight or UV light.

John Hershel introduced the process in 1842. Anna Adkins in 1843 became the first person to produce a photographically illustrated book using cyanotypes.

Molly and her husband demonstrated the process including the mixing of the chemicals (ammonium iron oxide, potassium ferrocyanide, ammonium dichromate) and their application. Molly then invited members to try the process. She said she would be glad to give advice to and help anyone who is interested in trying this at home.

She emphasized the toxicity of the chemicals involved and used gloves and a mask when mixing and applying the chemicals.

The meeting was adjourned at about 8:20 pm.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 15th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. The topic for the meeting is “Getting Your Work Out There”. Alex Wiles will conduct a discussion on the various methods of sharing your photography such as photography competitions (including ours), Facebook pages, social media programs, and other outlets that are open to public submission of varying experience levels.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary.

January 2018 Meeting Reminder & Notes

Happy New Year!!! The January thaw is underway and it’s just in time for us to get out to our first meeting of the year! The timing couldn’t be better because this is a meeting you will not want to miss.

Next Meeting

Our January meeting is tomorrow, January 18th at 7 pm and will take place as usual in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. The presenter for the meeting will be Molly Mullen. Molly not only is the Marketing Manager for Fontenelle Forest, but she also enjoys working with cyanotype film development. Molly’s presentation will be about all of the fun things you can do with this vintage film development process. She will also bring materials and give everyone the opportunity to try their hands at this interesting technique during the meeting! So come on out and be ready to take part in this fun and unique process.

Floodplain Exhibition

As I mentioned in the last blog post I published, last Saturday the Forest had the grand opening of the photography exhibition created by our esteemed President, Alex Wiles. The exhibition, named Floodplain, was a great success! Over a hundred people came out and enjoyed viewing the photos and listening to Alex’s presentation on this very interesting view of the various creatures that inhabit the Missouri River floodplain and his vision to present them in this unique format.

If you were unable to attend the gallery opening, fear not! Alex will give us access to the Baright Gallery area in the Nature Center before our meeting so that you can check out this great exhibition. So come out to the meeting 15-20 minutes early so that you can have time to take in Alex’s great work.

Photo Displays

Photos will be displayed at both the Forest and at the Bellevue Library. Here’s what we are collecting now:

March subjects: Doorknobs for the Library and Sky for the Forest.

Next spring: Red, white and blue

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.

Photo Contests

It is getting to that time of the year where opportunities to showcase your photos and earn some money in contests become more and more available. Please feel free to let me know of any contests that you hear about and I’ll share the information with the group.

Kathleen Crawford, a longtime member of the Audubon Society sent me a link to the National Audubon Society’s annual photo contest. So take a moment to check out the site. Who knows? You may be the next winner! http://www.audubon.org/photoawards-entry?ms=digital-eng-email-ea-x-20180111_photo-awards

We’ll see you all at the meeting tomorrow!

Peter Carbonell

Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

Floodplain Photo Exhibit at the Nature Center on January 13th – Featuring Photos from Alex Wiles

Those of us who have spent any time with the photo club know that Alex Wiles is not only our current president, but he is also an accomplished and up and coming nature and wildlife freelance photojournalist.

One of Alex’s projects will be the subject of the next exhibit at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center Baright Gallery. Floodplain: A Clear View of Life in the Big Muddy will be unveiled on Saturday, January 13th from 2 pm to 5 pm and Alex will be available to meet and greet all those attending.

Alex used high key photography techniques to capture clear images of the various animals that inhabit the often cloudy environment around the Missouri River.

The exhibit will likely run through April, but if you can, please take some time out on Saturday the 13th to support Alex and check out this outstanding exhibit!

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, December 14, 2017

Approximately 35 people attended our annual Holiday Potluck meeting. The club provided fried and baked chicken while members brought a variety of sides and desserts.

Following dinner we enjoyed a slideshow containing the favorite photos of the last year submitted by our members.

Photo Displays

Photos will be displayed at both the Forest and at the Bellevue Library.

March subjects: Doorknobs for the Library and Sky for the Forest.

Next spring: Red, white and blue

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.

Next Meeting

The next photo club meeting will be on Thursday, January 18th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. Molly Mullen, Marketing Manager for Fontenelle Forest, will provide a presentation on cyanotype photography.

Peter Carbonell

Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

webmaster@fontenenelleforestphotoclub.org

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

About 24 people met at 7:00 P.M.  Two new people were also present.

President Alex Wiles presided.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Photo Display – Judy Dye

Photos will be displayed at both the Forest and at the Bellevue Library.

Subjects for December: Bark of trees for the Forest and Architecture for the Library.

March subjects: Doorknobs for the Library and Sky for the Forest.

Next spring: Red, white and blue.

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.

Treasurer’s report: Kathleen reported that there is now $ 1600 in the club’s treasury.

Next Meeting – Holiday Potluck

Our next meeting on Thursday, December 14th will be our annual Holiday Potluck. Members and their families are welcome to attend. The club will provide chicken and members should bring a dessert, salad or side dish. Kathleen passed around a sign-up sheet for the December potluck.

Members should submit 3 or 4 photos to be shown in the slideshow during the Christmas potluck. Photos should be sent to Peter Carbonell via the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email. If possible, resize the photos to 2000 pixels wide.

PROGRAM: The presenter for the night was Aaron Frey of Rockbrook Camera.

He brought with him several cameras and lenses of various types in order to demonstrate the various kinds of camera technology currently available. Among the cameras he brought were SLR’s, mirrorless cameras, and 4/3 cameras.

A few examples were an Olympus waterproof camera that was useful at 100 feet below water. The Nikon P900 camera which is an extremely versatile camera includes a lens useful at 24-2000 mm and costs $600, and a Sony camera effective in low light.

He showed several mirrorless cameras which have the advantage of light weight, small size and silent shooting. He also showed some micro 4/3 cameras with a small sensor and also lightweight.

Aaron also showed some full frame cameras from Nikon, Canon and Sony which were good  for low light situations and provided more detail in their photos.

Aaron also discussed and demonstrated various lenses and accessories used in photography.

Donna Trojanowski and Terry and Donna Turner provided the treats for the night.

The meeting was adjourned at about 8:20 pm.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, Oct. 19,2017

About 30 members met at 7:00 P.M.  Three new people were also present.

President Alex Wiles presided

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PHOTO DISPLAY- Judy Dye

 Photos will be displayed at both the Forest and at the Bellevue Library.

Subjects for December: Bark of trees for the Forest and Architecture for the Library

November subjects: Photos of faces in nature and hoof stock.

March subjects: Doorknobs for the Library and Sky for the Forest.

Next spring: Red, white and blue

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.

Treasurer’s Report

Kathleen reported  that there is now $1534.56 in the club’s treasury.

Additional Notes

Kathleen passed around a sign-up sheet for the December potluck.

Sue Mininni reported that Nebraskaland is having a photo contest and entries are due October and November 1.

Webmaster Pete Carbonell mentioned that new versions of Adobe’s image processing software Lightroom and Photoshop are now available. There will be 2 versions of Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC which will be accessible on the Internet and integrate with Lightroom Mobile.

The Omaha Audubon Society is leading a trip to Belize in March. Cost  for the 9 day trip is just under $2000 per person and includes all food, housing and transportation in Belize. Airfare to and from Belize will need to be paid separately. Alex is organizing the trip so if you are interested you should contact Alex.

Donna Gray and Tory Ewing provided the treats for the night.

PROGRAM: The presenter for the night was Jay Davis a club member and local photographer. He will be discussed his flower and fine art photography using studio lighting.

Jay discussed the basics of his photography techniques. He mentioned that it is all about the light. He discussed light sources, camera gear, light modifiers and the subject. He went into detail about each of these topics.

Regarding light sources including LED light, pen lights, flash lights, studio strobes and speed lights. He also spoke about light modifiers.

Jay showed some of his photos as well as photos of his studio showing how the shots were set up.

As far as light modifiers he talked about soft boxes, umbrellas, reflectors. flags, vellum, matte board and occasionally white towels.

At the end of his presentation he allowed anyone in the club to come and take photos using the apparatus and lights he brought with him.

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, November 16th at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center at 7 pm. Aaron Frey from Rockbrook Camera will attend the meeting and provide a presentation on the different cameras that are on the market and the differences in the technologies available.

Any questions can be sent via email to webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary.

October 2017 Meeting Reminder

Just a quick reminder that our next meeting is tomorrow, October 19th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. This month’s gathering will consist of a presentation by our own Jay Davis on shooting studio based nature stills.

If you checked out our club contest gallery at Bellevue University last May/June, you will no doubt have notice the stunning portraits of the flowers against a white background that Jay produced. Jay will discuss how he creates these images and will also have stations set up where the members can try their hand at this interesting type of photography. So remember to bring your photography gear for what should be a very interesting and informative meeting!

We will also start collecting photos for our next photo display. The subjects for the photos we will be collecting are Architecture for the Bellevue Library and Bark (as in tree bark) for display at the Forest.

Also as we discussed in the last meeting, a table will be available for any photography related items that members may want to buy, sell or trade so remember to bring in your unused or unwanted items and make a deal!

Please let me know if there are any questions. Otherwise we’ll see you tomorrow at 7 pm at the Forest!

Peter Carbonell

Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, 9/21/17

President Alex Wiles opened the meeting at 7 pm in the Forest Room of the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. There were approximately 30 people in attendance. Initial comments consisted of the following:

  • Alex Wiles introduced himself to the group and provided some background on himself.
  • The Omaha Audubon Society is leading a trip to Belize in March. Cost  for the 9 day trip is just under $2000 and includes all food, housing and transportation in Belize. Airfare to and from Belize will need to be paid separately. Alex is organizing the trip so if you are interested you should contact Alex.
  • Photo Display
    • The club photo display is being moved from its current location to the main hall and will be mounted on the wall. In order to be in compliance with the Forest’s marketing plan, all photos being displayed in the Nature Center will have to be nature based. This does not affect the photos that we will continue to display at the Bellevue Library.
    • The subject for the photos collected during the meeting was Hoofstock (deer, bison, goats, etc…) and Faces in Nature.
    • The subjects for photos being collected for the next display session will be Architecture for the Bellevue Library and Bark (as in tree bark) for the forest.
    • Winning photos from the club photo contest were available to pick up and all collected!
  • Treasurer’s Report – Current club account balance is approximately $1200. Kathleen Crawford-Rose is collecting dues for this club year. So if you haven’t done so already, please remember to pay your dues at the October meeting. Dues remain at $12 for an individual or $20 for a family. You must also have a current Forest membership.
  • The sign-up sheet for the monthly club meeting treats was passed around.
  • Two new members were introduced to the group.
  • A member mentioned attending a photographic workshop this summer at the Crane Trust near Alda, NE where they were able to photograph the genetically pure bison herd that are maintained there. The Crane Trust offers several photography workshops throughout the year. For more information check out https://cranetrustexcursions.org/workshops/

Pete Carbonell conducted a slideshow of the favorite summer photos taken by our club members.

Next month’s meeting will be at the Forest Nature Center on October 19th at 7 pm and will consist of a presentation by our own Jay Davis on studio based nature stills. Jay will also have stations set up where members can try their hand at some of the techniques discussed by Jay, so be sure to bring your photography gear for this informative and interactive meeting.

If there are any questions or comments, please send them to the club email at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Peter Carbonell

Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

September 2017 Meeting Reminder

Just a quick reminder that our first meeting of the year is this Thursday, 9/21 at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I am collecting photos from our members for our “What Did I Shoot This Summer” slideshow. So if you haven’t done so already, please send me 3-4 images taken this summer via the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email address as soon as possible so that I have time to get them into the presentation. If possible, please resize the images to 2000 pixels on the long edge and a resolution of 72 ppi before sending them. If you are unsure how to do this you can send a copy of the full sized file. This is a great way to share your experiences and techniques with your fellow club members!

Also, remember that we will have a “swap meet” table set up. Members can bring in any items that they are looking to sell, trade or give away. So remember to bring in your photo related items in for sale or trade!

Here are a few additional reminders in case you missed the last post:

Photo Displays

The first and second place photos from our club contest have been on display at the Forest and the Bellevue Library all summer. They will all be taken down shortly before the meeting and will be available for the members to pick them up at our September meeting. So if your photo has been on display, please make every effort to pick them up so that Judy won’t need to bring them back home. If you are unable to make it to the meeting, please send me an email at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org and I will put you in touch with Judy so that you can make other arrangements to pick up your photos.

Judy will also be collecting photos for our next photo display. The subjects for this month are:

Hoofstock – any animals with hooves, i.e. deer, elk, goats, etc…

Faces in Nature – images of natural objects like clouds, trees, cliffs, etc…, that look like a face.

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 submitted.

Dues Due!

Photo club dues are due at the first meeting. Please remember to bring in $12 for an individual membership or $20 for a family membership. Also, please ensure that your Fontenelle Forest Membership is current as well.

You can send any questions you may have to the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email. Otherwise we will see you all for our first meeting of the year on Thursday at 7 pm!

Peter Carbonell

Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

News & Notes – August 2017

Nights are getting cooler, daylight hours are getting shorter and the calendar is about to turn over to September. So you know what that means. That’s right! The first meeting of the photo club calendar year is right around the corner!

I hope everyone has had an excellent summer filled with great times and awesome photos. The Executive Committee met a few weeks ago and they have a great year planned for you.

Here are a few items we’d like to share with you as our first meeting approaches.

Next Meeting

Our first meeting of the club calendar year will be Thursday, September 21st at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

After our initial club business is discussed, we will kick the year off in the usual fashion, with our annual “What Did I Shoot This Summer” slideshow! Please send your favorite 3-4 images taken this summer to me at the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email address by Sunday, September 17th and be prepared to tell the group a little about your shots during the show. It’s a great way to learn about all of the great locations that our members visit as well as the techniques that we’ve used to get these images. If possible, please resize the images to 2000 pixels on the long edge and a resolution of 72 ppi before sending them. If you are unsure how to do this you can send a copy of the full sized file.

We will also have a “swap meet” table set up. Members can bring in any items that they are looking to sell, trade or give away. Members can then use the last minutes of the meeting to strike a deal!

Photo Displays

The first and second place photos from our club contest have been on display at the Forest and the Bellevue Library all summer. They will all be taken down shortly before the meeting and will be available for the members to pick them up at our September meeting. So if your photo has been on display, please make every effort to pick them up so that Judy Dye, our Photo Display Coordinator, won’t need to bring them back home. If you are unable to make it to the meeting, please send me an email at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org and I will put you in touch with Judy so that you can make other arrangements to pick up your photos.

Judy will also be collecting photos for our next photo display. The subjects for this month are:

Hoofstock – any animals with hooves, i.e. deer, elk, goats, etc…

Faces in Nature – images of natural objects like clouds, trees, cliffs, etc…, that look like a face.

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 submitted.

Dues Due!

Photo club dues are due at the first meeting. Please remember to bring in $12 for an individual membership or $20 for a family membership. Also, please ensure that your Fontenelle Forest Membership is current as well.

Please contact me via email at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org if there are any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you all on 9/21!

Peter Carbonell

Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org