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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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!
President & Webmaster
Fontenelle Forest Photography Club