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


Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

May 2017 Meeting Reminder & News

Lots of stuff to cover. Let’s get started.

April Meeting

We were blessed with great weather for our meeting/outing. About a dozen members came out to enjoy the scenery and photo opportunities at Neale Woods last month. We had a great time shooting and sharing tips. It was excellent evening.

Next Meeting – Thursday, May 18th at 7 pm

Our next meeting is coming up quickly. There will be lots going this month. Here’s what’s on the docket:

Club Elections

We will be conducting the elections for our Executive Committee members. Newly elected officers will take over the responsibilities of their office beginning with the summer planning meeting. The candidates for office are:

President – Alex Wiles

Vice President – Phil Minnini

Secretary – Eric Scholar

Treasurer – Kathleen Crawford-Rose

Club Photo Contest

Setup for the club photo contest is Saturday, May 27th at 10 am in Bellevue University’s Humanities Building gallery. We’d love to have 100% participation so if you haven’t done so already, you should make your selections and get your prints ready. Remember, if you’re looking for a good place to print your photos, we know that Tim Wright, who gave us a presentation on printing, does a great job.

Donna should have cards available at the meeting that you will need to complete for each entry. Each member is allowed four entries. The entries can be spread among the 4 categories  (scenic/landscape, flora, animals, and anything goes), all in one category, or any combo in between. There are also sub-categories like Best Black & White and Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest. All details can be found in the contest guidelines. Click here to see the guidelines.

If you know that you will not be able to make it to the show setup, you can bring your entries in to this meeting.

The critique will be held at our June meeting in the auditorium of the Humanities Building. We will use the auditorium projector to display the images for the critique and awards presentation.  I will need electronic copies of all entries sent to me via the email. Please send these files to me no later than May 31st to give us time to organize the slideshow. Photos should be sized to 2000 pixels on the long edge and 72 ppi.

May Photo Display

Judy will be collecting photos for our club photo display. The subjects for this display are flowers and graffiti. As always, prints should be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. Write your name, the subject and location on the back of each photo you submit.

She may also still need photos for the historical display celebrating Nebraska’s 150th anniversary of statehood. Prints should follow the same guidelines for our photo displays.

Raptor Photo Shoot

Hopefully we will get through all of the discussion early so we can get to the fun part of the meeting, the raptor shoot! The plan will be for the club members to have access to photograph several birds that Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery will have available for us. In addition, we will also have access to the Raptor Refuge area to photograph those birds in their mews!

So come prepared with your photography gear and enjoy one our most appreciated presentations of the year.

Celebration of the Life of Ken Huber

On May 23rd at 5:30 pm a celebration of the life of Ken Huber will be held at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. A long-time club member, Ken passed away of 4/13 after a battle with cancer. Besides being a great photographer, Ken was very accomplished at a multitude of endeavors so feel free to attend this event and celebrate the great marks left behind by our friend Ken.

Please let me know if there are any questions. See you next Thursday!

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

April 2017 – Meeting Reminder & Notes

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.
  • Water
  • Enthusiasm!!!

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 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.

Photo Displays

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 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.

Annual Elections

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

Vice President

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!

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

News & Notes – 5/31/16

Last Meeting – Wetlands Photo Shoot

Our May Meeting / Wetlands Photo Shoot went off without a hitch. After a quick discussion we were able to enjoy a beautiful evening in the Wetlands walking and photographing the landscape as well as various flora and fauna. Here are a couple of pictures taken that evening.

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If you would like to share your pictures from the shoot, please send me your best two or three shots and I’ll post them all in a future blog article.

Club Photo Contest

2016 Photo Contest - Gallery

The 2016 Fontenelle Forest Photography Club Photo Contest is now officially under way! We received 90 entries and set up the display on Saturday morning at the Bellevue University Hitchcock Humanities Building gallery.

Feel free to stop by the gallery to view the entries. We also encourage you to invite friends and family to view the display. People’s Choice voting is open so anyone that stops by can vote for their favorite image. A ballot box is on a table at the gallery where voters can drop their ballots. But be aware that the photography identification cards will be hidden from view until after the judge reviews the photos on 6/8.

As we’ve discussed previously, our next meeting on Thursday, June 16th at 7 pm will be held at the Bellevue University Hitchcock Humanities Building Auditorium. Before the meeting, club members will have the opportunity to place their vote for the Members Choice ribbon . So if you can, please arrive early in order to take the time you need to vote on your favorite photo.

The meeting will consist of the awards presentation along with a critique of every photo submission by our judge, fine art photographer, Scott Papek. You can visit Scott’s website,, to learn more about him.

So if you haven’t done so already, please send a copy of the photos you submitted to the e-mail address. The photos should be sized at no less than 2000 pixels on the long edge. The judge will critique the photos in the auditorium as they are projected on screen.

Photo Displays

As you embark on your summer outings, please keep our next photo displays in mind. In September we will be collecting photos covering the following topics:

Rows – any images depicting row-like patterns.

City skylines

Please remember to add your name, the subject and the location on the back of each photo you submit. The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please.

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Peter Carbonell


News & Notes – 5/18/16

Welcome to the month of May! The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. And if it can stop raining, maybe we can get out and enjoy it!

Here’s the latest:

Last Month’s Meeting – Nebraskaland’s Jenny Nguyen

We had a great meeting last month. Jenny Nguyen provided the group with very informative presentation about some of the sights to be seen in our state recreation areas, as well as how to go about being published in the magazine. A big thanks to Jenny for coming out and to Kathleen Crawford-Rose for coordinating this presentation.

May Meeting – Wetlands Shoot

The plan for our May meeting is to gather by the Wetlands building at 7 pm on Thursday, May 19th for a quick chat followed by an evening of shooting the Wetlands area of Fontenelle Forest. The Wetlands is an excellent location and should provide lots of photographic opportunities including flowers, songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, streams, ponds and more!

We will not reconvene after we begin shooting so members should be aware that the gate to the area closes automatically at 10 pm. So keep an eye on your watch unless you’ve brought your sleeping bag!

Here are a few items you might want to bring along:

  • Camera (of course!)
  • Any and all types of lenses – there will be opportunities for landscape, birds in flight, long exposure and macro so bring every or any lens you want to use.
  • Tripod/monopod
  • Flash – why would you need flash? There should be plenty of shady spots where you might want to practice using flash to fill the shadows.
  • Bug repellant spray – not sure how bad the mosquitoes are yet, but ticks are pretty active now.
  • Sunblock
  • Hiking shoes – trails may be muddy in spots so waterproof boots are your best bet.
  • Walking stick – or you can have your monopod double as a walking stick.
  • Water
  • Rainwear

Hopefully these May showers will stop long enough for us to get out. But if it looks like we’re getting rained out we’ll meet at our usual meeting place, the main Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. I will post an update on the website if weather looks like it will be an issue, so please check the website blog or call or text me at 402-639-6543.

Here’s a map for those who have never been to the Wetlands. You can click inside the map area and zoom out and in to see more detail.

The  Annual Club Photo Contest

There are only a few weeks left before it’s time to submit your photos for our annual club photo contest. We’ve had great participation the last few years and we’re hoping for an even better turnout this year.

The show set up will be on Saturday, May 28th at 10:00 am at the Bellevue University Gallery in the Humanities Building and the awards and critique will also be in the gallery on Thursday June 16th at 7pm.

Once you’ve determined which photos will be entered in the contest, please send a copy to me via the e-mail box as we will having our judge, Scott Papek, critiquing the photos as they are projected on screen during the meeting.

For all of the show rules and details, please click on the link below:

Next week is our last meeting before the contest so bring any questions you might have. Also if you are unable to make it to the show set-up, you can bring your entries to the meeting on 5/19 and we can collect them there.

Photo Displays

While you are working on your photography this summer, please keep the photo displays in mind. The categories due in September are rows of things and city skylines.

Please remember to add your name, the subject and location on the back of each photo you submit. The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please.

Other News

Canon Expo & Sale at Rockbrook Camera – 5/12-14


State Fair Photo Contests

You can contact me via the e-mail if you have any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you all at the Wetlands on 5/19 at 7 pm!

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

News & Notes – 1/10/16

Happy New Year!!! The holiday season is now behind us. Again, it’s that time of the year where we as photographers either go out and brave the bitter Nebraska cold, wait for it to end, or if we can, we head to warmer latitudes to exercise our skills. But regardless, winter will quickly give way to spring when we can once again be outside, comfortably shooting the nature we love.

Our holiday pot luck meeting in December was a great time. The food was great and the slideshow was very entertaining. Also a few lucky attendees got to walk away with our door prizes for the night, gift cards for Rockbrook Camera! A big thanks to all of the members who helped make this night a success.

January Meeting

Our next club meeting will be on Thursday, January 21st at 7pm and will be held as usual in the Forest Room of the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. This month’s meeting will consist of short presentations by 4-5 members on their favorite photo destination followed by a swap meet.

For the presentations, I’m looking for 4-5 volunteers who are willing to speak to the group for 10 minutes each about one of their favorite place to take shoot. This could be somewhere local or half way around the world. Here’s the information we would like folks to share:

  • Location
  • Best time of year to shoot there
  • The subjects that are available to photograph
  • What makes it so special for you?


For those who are interested in participating, please send me an e-mail via the e-mail address and let me know that you’d like to participate and the destination you will present. You can also send up to 3 photos that you’d like to present as well. Please let me know if you have any questions.

After our meeting we will be conducting a swap meet! This will be a great opportunity for us bring out cameras, lenses, gadgets, gizmos, books and/or magazines that have been gathering dust and either sell, trade and give them away to anyone interested in trying something new or different. So bring in a box full of items and a pocket full of cash and let’s have some fun. Just remember you have to take home whatever you don’t get rid of.

Also, please feel free to comment in this blog post with descriptions of the items you’ll bring in.

Photo Displays

Judy Dye will be collecting photos at our next meeting for our displays at the Forest and the Bellevue Library. For February/March displays we are looking for images of church windows or images with white subjects, i.e. clouds, snow, white birds, etc…  Subjects for April/May displays will be neon signs and canines (wild or domestic). Please remember to add your name, the subject and location on the back of each photo you submit. The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please.

This and That

  • DoSpace – Have you been thinking about learning more about Photoshop and Lightroom but you don’t want to download it or you don’t have a computer that you think can run it? Well, now there’s a place in Omaha where you can do all of this, and it’s free! DoSpace, located at 72nd & Dodge, is a brand new, one of a kind, technology library. At the DoSpace facility they have, among many other things, many PC and Mac computers available for use and they all have the entire Adobe Creative Cloud Suite loaded on them, which includes Photoshop and Lightroom. I recently checked it out myself and was really impressed by the facility and the volunteer staff they have on site to help the users with any questions they may have. This facility is the first of its kind in the country and is being operated under grant money that should keep them open for at least 4 years. Take a look at their website,, or stop by and check it out.


  • Photo Outings – Though it may be hard to believe now, spring is only a couple of months away, so let’s start thinking of some outings that we can organize. Please send me suggestions of places we can shoot as a group, or even better, places where you would like to lead a group for photography! Outings are a great opportunity to talk to your fellow members and share knowledge. If you have any ideas, please send them to me at


  • Education Video of the Month – I often try to end these blog posts with an informative video. Here’s a Youtube video from Kelbyone. This 15 minute video discusses what you should think about when getting a tripod, how to create a starburst effect when photographing the sun in an image, and some techniques to keep in mind when shooting waterfalls.

Let me know if there are any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you all at our next meeting!

Peter Carbonell

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club


News & Notes – 8/23/15

Where does the time go? Seems like it was just yesterday that we were wrapping up the club photo contest and now here we are, less than a month away from our first meeting after the summer break.

I hope you’ve all had a great summer season so far. There’s been lots going and I’m excited to share our plans and other interesting tidbits with you. With that said, here’s the news!

September Photo Club Meeting

Our first meeting of the new season will be on Thursday, September 17th at 7pm. To start things off with a twist, we will be meeting at the Camp Brewster main building at 1313 Bellevue Blvd North, which is just north of the Fontenelle Nature Center. The entrance to Camp Brewster is marked by a small wooden sign by a gate. Enter the gate and park by the main building.

We will have a brief meeting followed by an opportunity to photograph the late summer flowers that should still be blooming near the building. After the photo shoot we will return to the building and have a slideshow of our members favorite shots of the summer.

As a special treat, Doug French and Frank Dye will be modeling our new club t-shirts! Doug will be taking orders during the meeting. Here’s a link to the t-shirt order form. FFPC T-Shirt Announcement & order form 2015

A big thanks to Doug for coming up with this great idea!

If you would like to participate in the slideshow, please send no more than 3 photos via e-mail to the If you are unable to send the photos via e-mail, you can bring them in on a flash drive. Photos should be sized to 1000-1200 pixels on the long edge with a resolution of no less than 72 ppi.

Silly Moose

You should also bring your photography gear for the photo shoot. Some suggestions of items to bring are:

  • Camera – DSLR or point and shoot.
  • Macro or Close Focus Photography Lens – many point and shoot cameras have a macro mode that works well also.
  • Extension Tube – can be used with DSLR lenses to allow the lens to focus more closely.
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Bug spray

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Nebraska Life Magazine – Nebraska Life Magazine is looking for high resolution, well-lit, well-composed and beautiful images from Fontenelle Forest in the winter. These can include landscapes, wildlife, people walking trails or engaged in other winter activities. They’re envisioning scenes from the trees, from the river, grasslands, aerial photos if anyone has them,  wide shots, tight close ups of frosty leaves, a snowflake, hoarfrost, animal tracks in snow, children playing in the snow. It really is limitless. They are looking forward to seeing the beautiful images the photography club members have captured. If you are people in doubt if the photo qualifies- just send it. You can even include images from indoors if it somehow comes through as a winter image.

Images can be emailed to Alan Bartels by August 31. Photographers are free to send small res samples first if they like. Payment will be sent for any images used.

Focus on Omaha Fall Convention – The Focus on Omaha Fall Convention on September 18th and 19th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center will be an opportunity for local photographers to take in educational seminars, participate in interesting photography field trips, and mix and mingle with other area photographers. For more information on this opportunity check out their website at

Photography Day at Living History Farms – Living History Farms in Des Moines will be conducting their 10th Annual Photography Day on Saturday, September 19th. This photography workshop will have 25 instructors on hand, many of which will be providing instruction in the field. There will also be 50 classes conducted throughout the day. For more information visit

Elevate! Fall Retreat – For those of you interested in learning more about photography as a profession, the Professional Photographers of Iowa (PPI) will be conducting the Elevate! Fall Retreat event on 10/25-26 in Des Moines, IA. Visit for more information.

Call to Photographers “Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich Our Future” – The Hildegard Center for the Arts in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and Nebraska State Historical Society is putting out a call for photographs that highlight historic places and often over-looked historical treasures in all 93 Nebraska counties. Submissions are currently being accepted until January 4, 2016. Photos from the submissions will be featured in a state wide traveling exhibition that will coincide with Nebraska’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2017. Images may also be used in travel guides, posters, calendars and other material to promote Nebraska tourism. For more information, visit

Photo Contests

Photography contest season continues forward. Here are some contests that are currently accepting submissions:


The calendar page on the club website has been updated with this year’s meeting so take a moment to review our meeting plans for the year.

Please feel free to provide your comments and questions on the blog or you can send them to me via the e-mail address.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you all on September 17th!

Peter Carbonell

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club

President & Webmaster

Neale Woods Night Photography Outing – 8 pm Saturday 4/18/15 – POSTPONED TO WED 4/22

Neale Woods Stars & Shed














Due to today’s heavy rain, I decided to postpone tonight’s night photography shoot to Wednesday, April 22nd at 8pm. Though it has stopped raining, the parking lot at Neale Woods can get very muddy and difficult to drive and walk through. The current forecast calls for clear skies on Wednesday so if that holds true we will be able to shoot the stars as well as light painting.

Again, please let me know if you will be able to attend by either replying to this post or e-mailing me at


Peter Carbonell


Please read the post below again before coming so that you can make sure you have the recommended gear for the shoot!


In conjunction with our next club meeting presentation, Doug French and I will be leading an outing to Neale Woods for a night photography shoot. We will meet in front of the old Neale Woods Nature Center at 8pm on this coming Saturday, April 18th. We will be done around 10pm.

Doug and I have selected a couple of locations near the Nature Center where we can practice some of the techniques that will be presented by Alan Brodin during our Thursday night meeting like light painting, photographing stars as points of light and star trails.

We will be discussing some of this during the presentation on Thursday, but to help you prepare, here’s a few items should bring if you’ll be coming along:

  • DSLR camera is recommended.
  • Point & Shoot cameras may work if they have Manual or Night modes or high ISO capability.
    • Lenses – wide angle with a large aperture (at least f/4) is best.
      • Slows star movement down.
      • Nice wide landscape view.
      • Wide angle lens increases depth of field. More is in focus.
    • Tripod – camera must be steady for long exposures.
    • Memory cards
    • Extra batteries
    • Remote release or timer release. Minimal camera shake will cause shots to blur on long exposure shots.
    • Headlamp – preferably one with a red light mode. This helps maintain your night vision. Can also be used for light painting.
    • Nice to have’s
      • Loupe – magnifies LCD screen to check the focus and exposure.
      • Intervalometer – programmable remote release for exact bulb exposures or multiple exposures.
      • Cleaning cloth
      • Tools – anything you might need if something comes loose on your tripod or mounting plate, i.e. screwdriver, hex key, etc…
      • Warm clothing
      • Bug spray
      • Water & snack
      • Flashlight for light painting.
      • Flash gels or colored cellophane.
    • What to prepare
      • Charge batteries
      • Clean lenses
      • Remove lens filters – no need for polarizing or neutral density filters. They cut out light and can cause halos around the stars.
      • Be familiar with your camera. It is difficult to make changes to settings in the dark if you don’t know your camera well.

Please let me know if you are planning on attending. You can contact me via the e-mail address or let me know in person at this week’s meeting.

In case you’ve never been to Neale Woods, here’s a map:

Doug and I are hoping to get a good turnout so please consider joining us. Whether you come to shoot or just watch and learn, it should be a lot of fun!

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Peter Carbonell

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club


News & Notes – 4/5/15

2015 Photo Contest Is Coming!

The 2015 Annual Fontenelle Forest Photography Club Photo Contest is coming up in May and we would love to have 100% participation. The contest is not only great way to share your favorite pictures, but it is also an opportunity to view your fellow club members images. Also, the critique of all the entries, provided by this year’s contest judge, Tim White, is a great opportunity to get honest feedback and tips on how to become a better photographer.

Submissions and the show set up is on 5/30 at 10am. The critique and awards will be done during our regular meeting on 6/18 which will be held at the Bellevue University Gallery in the Humanities Building. Photos will be taken down on Saturday, 6/27. Here’s a link to all of the contest information and rules.

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Contest Rules

Upcoming Seminar at the Linn Area Photo Club

The Linn Area Photo Club is sponsoring a free Canon Explorers of Light seminar. The seminar will be on April 25th and this year’s speaker is Eddie Tapp. Eddie is a very accomplished photographer and an authority on digital imaging workflows. For more information about the seminar and how to register, click here. Thanks to Pete Gentes for letting us know about this great opportunity.

Iowa State Fair Photography Contest

As Allen Kurth mentioned in last month’s meeting, the Iowa State Fair is currently accepting entries for their photography contest. For more information on how to enter, click here.

Whether you decide to enter this contest or any other, here’s a video from the Iowa State Fair with some background info on the State Fair contest as well as good advice on entering any photo contest.

Thanks to Allen Kurth for this information.

Next Meeting, Thursday, April 16th

The topic for our April meeting will be Night Photography. Our own Alan Brodin will be sharing information and techniques related to taking great photos at night. We also plan to conduct a night photography outing the following Saturday night, April 18th, where members can use their some of the techniques that Alan will be discussing. We’ll send more details about the outing shortly.

To go along with our theme for the month, Judy Dye will be collecting night/darkness and landscape photos at the April and May meetings for the displays in the Nature Center and the Bellevue Library. As usual, the photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please. Please include your name, location and subject on the back of the photo.

Youtube Video of the Day

Here’s a very informative video regarding the topic of last month’s meeting, DSLR video:

If there are any questions regarding the information in this post or if you have any questions at all regarding the club, feel free to contact me at


Peter Carbonell


Revised – Wildlife Safari Park Photo Trek – October 25th!

Alan Brodin has graciously volunteered to lead our first photography outing of the season to the Wildlife Safari Park on Saturday, October 25th from 3pm to 5pm. Here’s the details:

Where:                                Wildlife Safari Park

I-80 off Exit 426

€        There is a Parking Area just past the Wetlands and next to the Eagle Aviary we can meet there and discuss what and where to photo and share some tips to get the best shots.

€        Admission to the Park is $6.50 for Adults and $5.50 for Seniors.

 When:                  October 19, 2014

2:00 PM  – 5:00 PM

What to Photograph

The Safari Park offers a wide variety of wildlife and landscape photo opportunities. There are driving trails that you will be able to see Elk, Deer, and Bison from. There also hiking trails that lead to Wolf Canyon, the Bear Den and a lake. The Eagle Aviary allows you to get close to 4 bald eagles. The wetlands area has several pelicans, turtles, frogs and other native wildlife. There is also the Crane Meadows where you will be able to see Sandhill Cranes, Trumpeter Swans and other birds.

What to bring

Any camera and lens will be fine for this trip. But for some of the areas, a DSLR with telephoto lenses would be a better choice.

Other things to consider bringing are:

€        DSLR or Point and Shoot Camera

€        Wide Angle Lens

€        Telephoto Lens – 200mm – 800mm or anything in between

€        Monopod

€        Tripod

€        Flash

You can let Alan know if you are interested in attending. You can contact him via e-mail at Please provide him a phone number where he can contact you in case there is a change of plans due to weather, etc…