September 2018 Meeting Reminder & Notes

Hi all! Hope you had a great summer. Now that the days are growing shorter and summer is winding down it is time for our monthly meetings to start once again!

Next Meeting

Our first meeting of the new club calendar year will be Thursday, September 20th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

For our first meeting we will start with our customary meeting and introduction of new members. Then our new club President, Jay Davis, will conduct a short presentation on what is referred to as a One Lens Shoot. After the presentation we will take our cameras and one lens into the forest to create images. We will return to the meeting room and Jay will ask everyone to bring a 4×6 print of their favorite photo to the next meeting. Members will pick their favorites and the top three will share with the group how they made the image.

Members should bring a camera and lens if an interchangeable lens, point and shoot or phone to the meeting to participate in the exercise.

Club Dues – Kathleen Rose-Crawford

Club dues will be collected by Kathleen Rose-Crawford at the September meeting. Dues are $12 for an individual and $20 for a family.

Photo Displays – Judy Dye

We will be collecting prints for our photo displays at the Forest and the Bellevue Library. Upcoming image topics are:

September: Clouds and Anything Blue

November: Autumn and Churches

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.

Please let me know if there are any questions. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all at the first meeting of what I expect to be a fun and educational new club year!

Peter Carbonell

Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, June 21, 2018

About 30 people met at 7:00 P.M at Bellevue University Humanities Center

Vice President Phil Mininni presided.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PHOTO DISPLAYS- Judy Dye

For September: clouds and anything blue

Nov.: Autumn and churches

Pete mentioned that the club’s website was temporarily down but as of this post the site is back up and running.

Election of Officers: The following officers were nominated and elected:

President: Jay Davis

Vice President: Phil Mininni

Secretary: Eric Scholar

Treasurer: Kathleen Rose

A big thanks to both the new officers as well as Alex Wiles who served as the club president over the last year. Our club would not be as successful and enjoyable without the time that these folks, as well as Judy Dye/Photo Display Coordinator, Donna Gray/Contest Coordinator & Peter Carbonell/Webmaster, dedicate to our programs.

The board will be meeting soon to set the meeting agenda for the upcoming club year. We have received some ideas for meetings, but if you have any ideas please send them to the club email at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

PROGRAM

The program for the evening was the judge’s critique and results of our annual club photo contest. Joe Burns served as the contest judge and presented the results of the photo contest. The winners of this year’s contest are:

CATEGORY MEMBER NAME TITLE
Best Fontenelle Photo Allen Kurth Early Morning Swim
Best of Show Allen Kurth Early Morning Swim
People’s Choice Jim Trojanowski Hungry Chick
Member’s Choice Allen Kurth Prairie Chicken Fight
 
Advanced Flora 1st – Sue Mininni Petunia
  2nd – Donna Gray Tulips
  3rd – Howard Carson Rivers
HM – Diane Kinney Fun Guys
HM – Jay Davis Climbing Roses
Advanced Scenic 1st – Jim Trojanowski Deadvlei
  2nd – Donna Trojanowski Morning Fog
  3rd – Howard Carson Finish
HM – Steve Carson Sunflowers on the Plains
HM – Steve Carson Backpacker’s Milky Way
Advanced Animals 1st – Allen Kurth Prairie Chicken Fight
  2nd – Jim Trojanowski Hungry Chick
  3rd – Donna Trojanowski Royalty
HM – Donna Trojanowski Dapper Snapper
HM – Howard Carson Evening Walk
HM – Sue Mininni Pelicans Entertwined
HM – Diane Kinney Resting Reflections
Anything Goes 1st –  Linnea Baney Street Mural
2nd –  Donna Turner Autumn Red
3rd –  Diane Kinney Wild Ones
   
Novice Flora 1st  – Donna Turner Fall Fungus
  2nd – Andrea Kuhn Summer’s End
  3rd – Andrea Kuhn Orchid Shadows
HM – Andrea Kuhn Simplicity
HM – Lorraine Feldhausen Full Moon Rising: Silver Moon Clemantis Bud
     
Novice Scenic 1st – Eric Scholar Icelandic Black Sand Beach w/Gulls
  2nd – Margaret West Grandstand
  3rd – Margaret West Eueka
HM – Margaret West Aldeyjarfoss
HM – Donna Turner Ride the Wave
HM – Wayne Brill Red Rock Canyon
     
 Novice Animals 1st – Donna Turner Yellowstone Coyote
  2nd – Phil Mininni Bald Eagle
  3rd – Tom Boggs Oriole
Honorable Mention HM – Emmett Erg Great Egret

Winning photos will be posted on the main page of the website shortly. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Thanks to Lorraine Feldhausen for bringing treats tonight.

 

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary and Peter Carbonell, Webmaster.

April 2018 Meeting Reminder & Notes

Despite what the thermometer says, spring is here and our club year is nearing its end. But before the year is over, we have some fun events coming up. Here are a few notes of what to look forward to.

Next Meeting

The April meeting will take place on Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. With the club photo contest on the horizon we’ve taken a suggestion from one of our members and decided to use this meeting to discuss how photographers can critique their own images. The ideas that will be shared may help us all better prepare our entries for the contest. This will be a group discussion so come with your ideas and questions and we’ll all enjoy this educational exercise!

Photo Contest

The annual club photo contest is fast approaching. As noted in the guidelines that were recently published, the contest setup will be Saturday, May 26th at 10 am in the Bellevue University Humanities Gallery. Joe Burns will be our judge this year and the awards and critique session will take place during our meeting on Thursday, June 21st at 7 pm in the auditorium at the Bellevue University Humanities Gallery.

We will use a video slideshow for the critique so members will need to send their entries in to the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email. The email should contain the member’s name as well as the name and category for each image submitted. Photos should be sized to 2000 pixels on the long edge and 72 pixels per inch (ppi). This will make the files easier to send via email. If you are unsure on how to resize the image, then please send the full size images.

Photo Displays

Judy Dye, our Photo Display Coordinator, is collecting photos for the displays in the Forest Nature Center and the Bellevue Library. The subject for photos will be Red, White and Blue. Nature based photos will be displayed at the Forest and all other photos will be displayed at the Bellevue Public Library.

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.

Loessfest 2018 Featuring Alex Wiles!

Our esteemed club president, Alex Wiles is about to put another feather in his photographic cap! We are all aware of Alex’s Floodplain project that has been on display in the Baright Gallery in the Nature Center for the last few months. Now Alex’s project will be on display at the River’s Edge Pavilion in Council Bluffs during this year’s Loessfest celebration May 25th to the 28th. Alex will be onsite in the pavilion during the weekend so add this event to your calendar and stop by to support Alex and this awesome honor! For more information on this event, click on this link. Congrats Alex!

Please send all questions/comments to webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org. See you all at the meeting on Thursday!

Peter Carbonell

Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

 

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

About 34 people met at 7:00 P.M.  3 new people were present.

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

Fall: Autumn and churches

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 Rose

There is now $ 1,617 in the club’s treasury.

Photo Contest –  Donna Gray

Setup is Saturday, May 26th at 10 am.  Joe Burns will be the judge. Rules are available online.

Program

Donna and Jim Trojanowski presented the program on their several trips to Africa.

Donna mentioned that the program was a compilation of their 6 trips to southern Africa. She showed slides of several animals and birds seen.

Jim then talked about the various photo equipment he brought on the safaris.

He mentioned the importance of limiting equipment and clothing to keep the weight down. He also mentioned the importance of getting medical and trip insurance and bringing adapters for electrical equipment. They talked about the type of vehicles used for the safaris.

Thanks to the Kuhns and Trojanowskis for bringing treats tonight.

The meeting was adjourned at about 8:20 P.M.

Our next meeting will be on on Thursday, April 19th at 7 P.M. in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. The tentative topic for the meeting will be how photographers can critique their own photos.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary

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

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, June 15, 2017

The meeting held at the Bellevue University Humanities Building began at 7 pm. There were approximately 35 people in attendance.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Solar Eclipse Presentation

Fontenelle Forest is still looking for someone to provide a presentation to Forest members on how to photograph the solar eclipse that is taking place on August 21st. No experience in photographing eclipses is necessary. Just a willingness to read up on the techniques. Anyone that is interested should send an email to the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Photo Displays

The subjects for our September club photo displays are:

Hoofstock – Deer, horses, antelope, etc…

Faces in Nature – Inanimate natural objects that look like faces.

In the future photos with a patriotic theme will also be needed.

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.

End of the Photo Club Calendar Year

The June meeting marked the last meeting of club calendar year. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 21st at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. The newly elected club Executive Board under the direction of Alex Wiles will be meeting sometime this summer to set the calendar of events for the upcoming year.

 If anyone has ideas for future meetings or would like to present on a topic, please send an email to the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email address as soon as possible so we can ensure that your contributions are considered.

We would also like to thank all of the members of the board, our event coordinators and all of our presenters that helped make this year so successful! Thank you for all you do!

PHOTO CONTEST CRITIQUE AND AWARDS

Our judge, Pat Mingarelli, provided a very informative critique session of all 92 photo entries. The results of our contest are as follows:

Novice Flora

1st Place – Eric Patdu – Bleeding Heart

2nd Place – Diane Kinney – Sunbreaker

3rd Place – Phil Mininni – Tulip Festival

Honorable Mention – Lorraine Feldhausen – Spring Serenity

Novice Scenic

1st Place – Terry Turner – Cades Cove, Smokies

2nd Place – Jim Trojanowski – Namib Desert Dunes

3rd Place – Diane Kinney – Reaching for the Sky

Honorable Mention – Terry Turner – Grand Teton Sunrise, Donna Turner – Lake Superior Sunset

Novice Animals

1st Place – Jim Trojanowski – Tandem Hippos

2nd Place – Eric Patdu – Incoming

3rd Place – Eric Patdu – Fluffed Up

Honorable Mention – Terry Turner – Hummingbird, Donna Turner – Rufus Hummingbird

Advanced Flora

1st Place – Jay Davis – Corn Candy Daisy Study 1

2nd Place – Jay Davis – Calla Study 1

3rd Place – Donna Gray – Iris

Honorable Mention – Donna Trojanowski – Summer Beauty, Donna Gray – The Sentinel

Advanced Scenic

1st Place – Peter Carbonell – Rogue River

2nd Place – Peter Carbonell – Crater Lake National Park

3rd Place – Jay Davis – Tomahawk Rock

Honorable Mention – Tory Ewing – Lauritzen Gardens

Advanced Animals

1st Place – Allen Kurth – Rainy Day Afternoon

2nd Place – Allen Kurth – What’s For Lunch

3rd Place (tie) – Donna Trojanowski – African Pink Backed Pelican

3rd Place (tie) – Heather Ingraham – Snow Monkey

Honorable Mention – Heather Ingraham – Snow Monkey Family, Jay Davis – Three On a Tree

Anything Goes

1st Place – Diane Kinney – Brilliance Above

2nd Place – Peter Carbonell – Rustic Cabin View

Best Black & White – Terry Turner – Cades Cove, Smokies

Best Fontenelle Forest Photo – Allen Kurth – What’s for Lunch

People’s Choice – Eric Patdu – All Fluffed Up

Members’ Choice – Allen Kurth – Rainy Day Afternoon

Best of Show – Jim Trojanowski – Tandem Hippos

All winning photos will be available for viewing on the club website’s main page within the next few weeks.

Congratulations to all of the winners and participants! Also, a big thanks to Contest Coordinator Donna Gray for all of her work in making this such a special event for our club!

The show take down will take place on Saturday, June 24th at 10 am at the Bellevue University Humanities Building. Photos that placed 1st or 2nd in any of the categories will be retained over the summer for display at Fontenelle Forest and the Bellevue Library. All others should be taken home after the take-down. So we ask members to pick up their eligible photos at the take-down on the 24th. If you are not able to attend the take-down, please email webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org to make arrangements to pick up your photo as soon as possible after the take-down.

Feel free to send any questions or comments to the club email box. Have a fun, happy and healthy summer and we’ll see you all in September!

Peter Carbonell

Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

June 2017 Meeting Reminder

The club photo contest critique and awards meeting is here! Tomorrow is our final meeting of the year where we get to enjoy each other’s contest entries, learn from the judge’s critiques of our photos, and celebrate the various category winners.

The meeting is tomorrow, June 15th at 7 pm in the Bellevue University Humanities Building auditorium. We urge everyone to arrive early so that you have a chance to see all of the entries and place your vote for the Members’ Choice award before the meeting begins. We received 92 entries for this year’s contest so you’ll have plenty of images to review!

At 7 pm we will briefly cover some business and then we’ll take a short break to give us time to tabulate the results of the Members’ Choice votes. This will be followed by the judge’s critique of all of the entries and awards presentations.

Feel free to invite your friends and family to this event. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the talent of our fellow members and to let people know about the excellent club we have here at Fontenelle Forest.

Please let me know if there are any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you all tomorrow at the Bellevue University Humanities Building!

Peter Carbonell

President (for one more day) & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

Photo Club Contest Setup Is Tomorrow, 5/27/17!!!

Just a quick reminder that our annual Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Contest gallery setup is tomorrow, Saturday, May 27th at 10 am in the Bellevue University Humanities Building Gallery. For more information on the location click here to see the map on our calendar page.

Please do your best to be there promptly at 10 am. All entries have to be turned in before they can be hung so late deliveries can cause some challenges. If you have time, any help hanging photos would be greatly appreciated!

Also, please remember to send digital copies of your photos to me at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org so that we can have them available for the critique and awards meeting on Thursday, June 15th at 7 pm in the Humanities Building auditorium. Photos should be sized at 2000 pixels on the long edge and 72 ppi if possible. Please include your name and the category for which each photo is being submitted, i.e. Advanced Animals taken at Fontenelle Forest, Novice Scenic & Black and White, etc…  It would be greatly appreciated if the photos can sent to me by 5/31.

As discussed previously, photos must be set up to be hung by a wire across the back. Cards will be available at the setup that members will need to fill out with information regarding their entries.

If there are any questions, please take a look at the contest guidelines by clicking here or contact me at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org