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

About 30 people met at 7:00 PM at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

Club President, Jay Davis presided.

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Jay had those that missed the September meeting stand up and introduce themselves to the rest of the members and tell what they liked to shoot and the kind of camera they use.

New members: Dan Creagan. Did film photos and just picked up digital last year. Uses Sony and Nikon and likes to shoot nature, still life and birds.

Holiday Dinner: Passed list around to sign up for a dish to share.  Meat and drinks are provided by the club.

Members should submit 3-4 of your favorite photos from the past year via email to Peter Carbonell to be shown at the dinner and talk about them.  Size should be 2000 pixels on long side and 72 resolution.  Pete can size them if need be.  Just send them to him at  webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Treasurer’s Report: Kathleen was not present so no report was given.

Photo Displays– Judy Dye

  • November: Fall & Autumn and churches
  • February: Anything old and trees
  • April: Forms in nature and glass.

Photos must be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14 only and not framed and no border if possible.  Put your name, the topic and where shot on the back.

If you have a website, we can link it to our web page which is www.fontenelleforestphotoclub.org. Send your web address to  webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Reminder: Dues are now due. They are $12 for an individual and $20 for a family as well as you must be a member of Fontenelle Forest.

Pete has been our Webmaster for about 4-5 years and is looking for someone to maybe learn about it and take over.  Phil Mininni expressed a desire to do so, so they will get to together to discuss it.  Thank you, Phil.

Member Question:  Why is there no photo club information mentioned in the Fontenelle Forest newsletter (the Leaflet) or on their website or in emails that members are sent? Club liaison Julianne was going to check in to this with forest staff.

The Bellevue Leader would like to visit and do an article on the Photo Club.

Jay asked how the One Lens Shoot went for everyone.  Some said it was difficult.  Everyone looked at the images that were brought in.  Jay commented on the Wood Leaf picture.  The point of the shoot was to think outside the box and get out of your comfort zone and have fun and learn.

No new Business.

PROGRAM: The program for tonight is JPEG vs Raw.

  1. Your digital darkroom is your computer.
  2. A raw image makes you think about your photo. Its dark, flat and not very appealing.
  3. You can turn raw to jpeg but not jpeg to raw.
  4. Raw pictures are meant to be edited.
  5. A raw file is the equivalent of a film negative. It captures all of the detail in the scene. It stores it in “code form” onto the disc which in reality is a small computer, but it also creates incredibly large files that are space hogs on your computer. It also requires some type of processing to get the perfect image.
  6. Why would you want to use raw format?  Because you REALLY love spending hours editing!!  But the real reason is you want total control over the final product and you want to make very large pieces of wall art.
  7. A JPEG photo is basically what you see is what you get. The camera (computer) makes the decisions for you as to what the image should look like based on factory programed presets. It compresses the data so working it “over” in the digital darkroom is limited but they take up way less space. The camera has “thrown” away data that could be very critical to what you say that moment that you made the image. If you edit the image with software it can take on the appearance of a salt and pepper overblown image and creates more frustration on the photographer.  Also, every time you save a JPEG file it compresses more to the point that at some time the image may be unusable.  Starting with a raw file will always maintain the original data.
  8. Read your camera manual!!

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be at Camp Brewster. Camp Brewster is located at 1313 Fontenelle Blvd,  and the assignment will be to shoot a jpeg and raw image and see which one you like best.  Pick a subject with lots of contrast.

The presenter for our next meeting will be conservation photojournalist and former club president Alex Wiles. Alex will talk to the group about the project he did this summer Alex documenting the Missouri River from its source down to its terminal confluence with the Mississippi River.

Thanks to Donna Gray and the Trojanowskis for treats tonight.

Submitted by Sue Mininni (For Eric Scholar, Secretary).

October 2018 Meeting Reminder & Notes

Just a quick note to remind everyone of our upcoming meeting and what we will be discussing this month.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is this Thursday, October 18th at 7 PM. The meeting will be held, as usual, in the Forest Room of the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

This month club president, Jay Davis, will discuss the merits of shooting in the two image file formats, JPEG and RAW. We will also go over the One Lens Shoot Challenge that Jay introduced last month.

So if you haven’t done so already, take some time before our meeting to go out using one lens and one focal length and capture some images of leaves, which is this month’s subject. You can make minimal post processing adjustments like contrast and color to your images. Once you have reviewed your images, print and bring in one image on a 4×6 print. The group will then review the images and vote on the best three images.

Let’s get some strong participation with this challenge. Remember, the point is not to win, but rather to exercise your creative muscles and learn from your fellow club members.

Club Dues

If you haven’t done so already, please remember to bring cash or a check to pay your dues for this club year. Dues are the same as they have been in years past, $12 for individuals, $20 for a family. Our Treasurer Kathleen will not be able to attend the meeting, but Judy Dye will cover for her and will take dues payments.

Photo Displays – Judy Dye

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

November: Autumn and Churches

February: Anything old and trees

April: Forms in nature and glass.

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 will see you and your challenge images on Thursday evening!

Peter Carbonell

Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, September 20, 2018

About 24 people met at 7:00 PM at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

Club President, Jay Davis presided.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Jay introduced the club officers:

  • Phil Mininni – Vice President
  • Eric Scholar – Secretary
  • Kathleen Rose, Treasurer
  • Donna Gray – Photo Contest Coordinator
  • Judy Dye – Photo Display Coordinator

Treasurer’s Report: Kathleen mentioned that the club has $1,478 in the Treasury account. The board recommended we give a $200 donation to Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery.

Photo Displays- Judy Dye

  • Now : Clouds and Anything Blue
  • Fall: Autumn and churches
  • February: Anything old and trees
  • April: Forms in nature and glass.

 

PROGRAM: The program for tonight is The One Lens Shoot.

Jay explained the program including the rules and rationale for this. This is where we will shoot a particular topic over the next month using one focal length. Any camera can be used but we should stick to one focal length with all images taken. With the exception of some contrast and color correction no computer corrections should be made in the original photo. A different subject will be chosen each month.

The first topic for the year will be Leaves. At the next meeting everyone should bring in a 4 X 6 print of his or her best photo with the appropriate information on the back.. Members of the club will then pick the top 3 images.

Thanks to Kathleen Rose and the Keefes for treats tonight.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary.

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