People Walking Dogs

Judy Dye has not received many “People Walking Dogs” photos. She asks that more of us submit photos. She needs info about submitted photos, such as name of the person(s) walking the dog. If they will allow, first and last name, or just first name. She also needs the name of the dog. Inform dog walker that their photo will be hung at the Bellevue Public Library sometime after November 21. So please bring your photos to the November 21 meeting. I am going to try and approach people and ask if they would allow me to take their photo. I am kind of shy!

October Update

Program Schedule

We are waiting for replies from possible speakers to commit to the dates of our meetings. Some have already been scheduled in.

October 17, 2019

Black and White Photography Our Speaker will be Ryan Soderlin from the World Herald

November 21, 2019

What’s New in Photography Tentatively a speaker from Rockbrook Camera

December 19, 2019

Member Slideshow and Pot Luck Dinner Start thinking about picking out 3-4 photos you wish to show off

January 16, 2020

Night Photography Speaker TBD

February 20, 2020

Shooting Birds Speaker TBD

March 19, 2020


April 16, 2020

Moving water Our speaker will be Peter Carbonell

May 21, 2020

Raptors The Raptors Group from the Forest will have birds available for picture taking out on the patio, weather permitting.

May 30, 2020

Photo Contest setup Donna Gray is coordinating. Bellevue University Art Gallery

June 6 or 13, 2020

Field Trip to Platte River State Park waterfall. You will need to have a state park sticker or day pass.

June 18

Photo Contest Critique Contest Judge will be discussing our photo entries

Other field trip possibilities discussed by the executive board;

  • Wildlife Safari Park
  • Prairie Chicken Shoot
  • Pellet Gardens spring wildflowers

Need Volunteers

We need volunteers to provide snacks for March’s meeting

Sad Note

On a sad note, one of our members, Jim Trojanowski, has fallen very ill. Donna has withdrawn from our Executive Board to focus on Jim. Our prayers go with her and Jim for a speedy recovery.

Website Update

I have been working on our website. Some of the items I have changed,

  • Update homepage slideshow with our 2019 photo contest winners
  • Added “Become a Member” and “Log In” pages
  • Got new portfolios to be able to utilize slideshows
  • Added a portfolio of the “2019 Photo Contest entries” I felt all of your photos should be seen. If you don’t, let me know and I will remove them.

You Tube “Pick of the Month”

Star Trails Photography Tutorial: Take Pictures at Night

Tony & Chelsea Northrup are professional photographers. They have a great series of You Tube videos.

People Walking Dogs

Greetings:  Judy Dye requests that you bring your “people walking dogs” prints to the October general meeting, October 17.  Unframed and unmatted prints 8×10 or 11×14 without borders.   They will be the next display at the Bellevue Public Library.

The display being mounted at the library  on Monday will be “Bugs”.  Be sure to drop by to see it.

Fontenelle Forest Gallery Display Submission Requirements

To all members of the FFPC:

The following are the submission requirements for the gallery display.

1.Images that placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in this year’s club photo contest, except for the Anything Goes category, will be submitted. If a member did not place in the contest, the member may submit one (1) image for printing. I will not chose an image for you if you send multiples.

2.The file must be sized to the following:

Images that placed in the club contest – 12×18 = 3600 x 5400 pixels at 300dpi.

All other images – 8×12 =2400 x 3600 pixels at 300 dpi. 8×10 = 2400 x 3000 at 300 dpi. or 5×7 = 1500 x 2100 at 300 dpi

3.Images should be emailed to me at: Subject line must read “Gallery Image”. In the body of the email, please include the name of the image, the photographer’s full name, and where it placed in the contest (category and placing) if it did.

4.Do not email them before July 8th, 2019 and no later than July 12th, 2019. 

Images will be printed the following week and I will be forwarding an additional date for framing and matting.

Thank you.


Photo Contest Display Takedown Is Tomorrow, 6/29/19!

Pick up of the contest entries at Bellevue Gallery will be tomorrow, Saturday,  June 29th at 10:00 am. We need to have all entries picked up by 10:30 at the latest.  If you cannot make this time, be sure to have someone else pick up your photos or notify Donna ( so that we know you are not going to be coming.

All 1st, 2nd and “Best Of” winners will not be returned tomorrow, as they will be displayed at the Bellevue Public Library and will be returned to you at the September Club meeting.

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting on April 18, 2019

About 34 people met at 7:00 P.M at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. President Jay Davis presided.

One new person was introduced.


Treasurer’s report: Kathleen Rose:

Kathleen mentioned that the club has $1,600 in the treasury.

Photo Displays – Judy Dye

April: Forms in nature and glass.

June: Bugs and reflections

Sept.: People walking dogs; Toads and frogs

Nov.: Snow and ice

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 Contest

The rules of the upcoming photo contest were sent out to members. Set up will be Sat. May 25th at 10 am in the Bellevue University Humanities Building Gallery. The takedown on June 21st at 10 am.

Baright Gallery Photo Display

The club will be displaying photos in the Forest Baright Gallery from the end of  August to early January 2020. Included in the display will be photo contest winners plus at least one photo from each member.


Terry Coopman,  a colleague of Jay’s, then spoke on some the requirements for a photo to do well in a contest. Among them were that it should be clear what the main topic of the photo is. The composition of the image should follow the rule of thirds. He also mentioned glossy paper should not be used for the print.

After he spoke he encouraged members to show him their prints to be critiqued.

Thanks to Phil and Sue Mininni and Donna and Jim Trojanowski for bringing treats tonight.

Our next meeting is on Thursday, May 16th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary

2019 Annual Photo Club Contest Guidelines

The culmination of our club year is fast approaching. The annual club photo contest set up at the Bellevue University Gallery is scheduled for Saturday, May 25th at 10 am. Here are the guidelines for this year’s contest.

Guidelines for the 2019 Annual Fontenelle Forest Nature Association 

Photography Club Show

Bellevue University Gallery – Humanities Building

Hello to All Fontenelle Forest Nature Association Photo Club Members:

Set – Up – Saturday, May 25, 2019, 10:00 AM

Critique and Awards Presentation – Thursday, June 20, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Take Down – Saturday, June 29, 2019, 10:00 AM 

Questions – Contact: Donna Gray – Email:

Who:  Any member in good standing of the Fontenelle Forest Nature Association Photo Club.  Prints can be color or black and white.  Prints that have been previously designated as award winners – including honorable mention at previous FFNA club shows are not eligible for entry.

We ask that members remember that we are sponsored by a nature association and as such the photographs we show represents that organization to our members and the general public.  The show contest coordinator and current President of the club reserve the right to remove an entry not following the rules set forth in the category descriptions below.

“Novice Class”:  This is open to club members who have NOT won a first, second or third place in any individual category, or Overall Show award in prior years’ photography club shows.

“Advanced Class”:  This is open to club members who have won a first, second or third place in any individual category, or an overall show award in the prior years’ photography club shows.

No exceptions for class designation.  If any member new or old feels they belong in the advanced class, they are welcome to enter their photos into this class.


  • Scenic/Landscape: Continental US, outside continental US, any nature themed image where the focus or subject IS NOT manmade objects, including urban, city, pets, and Humans.  Must be a nature based photo taken by a club member.
  • Animals: Any living creature, wild or domesticated, including pets. Not humans.
  • Flora: A photo where the following are the main subject of the photo.  Any flower, plant or tree.
  • Anything Goes: (Combined category – Novice & Advanced) 

Any photograph not meeting the requirements of the 3 categories listed above.  Also, any photo that is over enhanced or un-naturally manipulated will be entered into this category.

Photos may be moved to another class up to the point of judging for awards if the Contest Judge, Photo Contest coordinator or club president feel an entry was categorized incorrectly at check-in.  These contest rules are their guide, and any corrections to classification are final.

How to Present Your Prints 

  • Printed presentations are to be either framed (wood, metal or plastic frames) with or without a mat or printed on a metal or matboard surface. A wire hanger must be attached to the back.   
  • Size of frame: Minimum outside dimension of the shortest side of the presentation will be shorter than 5 inches, maximum outside dimension of the longest side of the presentation will be no longer than 25 inches. 
  • Entries that are presented with no glass or Plexiglas are accepted at the entrant’s risk for damage by print handlers/displayers.
  • Each entry is required to have the Photographer’s name, address, and phone number on the back of each photo.
  • Contestants may enter up to 4 print presentations into the show. The contestant is responsible for deciding which category to place entry(s). (One in each category or all in one category or any combination you desire.) Contest coordinator and club president have final say of excepting entry or on category classification at time of set-up.  The Judge may also move a photo to another category at the time of judging.
  • Entry Cards (White) for Novice, (Yellow) for Advanced, (Blue) for Anything Goes will be available starting at the April Club meeting. Contestants will need to complete entry cards prior to arriving at the show set-up.


In each Class and category:  First, Second, and Third Place (18 Ribbons)

Anything Goes Category: First, Second, and Third Place (Combined Classes) (3 Ribbons)

Overall Show Awards:  Best of Show – all classes, all categories

Public Choice – all classes, all categories

Club Members Choice – – all classes, all categories

Best Black and White – all classes, all categories

Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest (Must designate on entry card)

Total of 26 Ribbons to be awarded at this Year’s Show!

All first and second place winners and overall show winners will be displayed at the Bellevue Public Library over the summer months and returned at our first club meeting in September.

All winning photos will be displayed on the Fontenelle Forest Photography Club’s Website.

Last revised on 03/05/2018

Meeting Tonight, Thursday 3/21

Just a quick reminder that our next meeting is this evening, Thursday, March 21st at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, as per usual.

Due to the recent flooding, our president, Jay Davis, has been called back to duty as a building inspector and will not be able to attend the meeting. But members can still bring in images and we can have a group discussion/critique session.

Also, since we’ve had so many questions in the past regarding resizing images, I will bring my laptop in and we can go over image resizing in Lightroom and Photoshop and how it may affect your images.

See you at 7 pm tonight!

Peter Carbonell


Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, April 19, 2018

About 33 people met at 7:00 pm. Alex Wiles presided.



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

May Meeting: Red, white and blue

Fall: Autumn and churches followed by Clouds and Anything 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 Rose reported that there is now $ 1,500 in the club’s treasury.

PHOTO CONTEST: Contest Coordinator Donna Gray mentioned that the setup is May 26 at 10 am in the Bellevue University Humanities Building. Rules are available online. Kathleen will email  comments from the judge Joe Burns about what he expects from contestants. Donna mentioned that tags for the photos will be available at the next meeting and during setup.

Copies of the photos entered  should be sent to Pete Carbonell via the email address. If possible, image files should be resized down to 2000 pixels on the long edge and 72 pixels per inch (ppi) to ease emailing. But if there is any difficulty resizing the image, just send the file in its original size. The image files will be used for the critique session during our June meeting.

If you are not able to make it to the show setup, you may want to bring your photos to the May meeting. Someone at the meeting can make sure your photos are hung in the show.


Pete mentioned that Rockbrook Camera had a camera cleaning sale and calibration sale the weekend of April 27th with $20 off of camera cleaning services.

Pete mentioned he was contacted by a board member of Camp CoHoLo, a 7 day camp for children who have undergone treatment for cancer at the 4H camp at Schramm Park. The camp will take place this summer and they are looking for volunteer photographers to fill 4 hour shifts to help document the event. Photos will also be posted so that the parents can see how their children are enjoying the event. Pete believes the event will be in early July. More information will be posted soon.


Our next meeting will be on Thursday, May 17th. For this meeting we will meet in the wetlands area of Fontenelle Forest for a photography outing. We will have a brief meeting at 7 pm outside of the Wetlands Education building across the street from the parking lot but we encourage everyone to come as early as you like to enjoy the sights and sounds of the wetlands. This is songbird migration season so there is lots of bird activity in the area. Also with the trees having sprouted and the wildflowers starting to bloom, there will be plenty of photography opportunities.

For those of you who have never been down to the wetlands, it is located at the eastern end of Childs Road. From the main Forest building, go south on Bellevue Blvd and make a left on Childs Road. Childs Road will change from pavement to gravel. Continue down the road, passed the rail crossing. When you see a medium sized parking lot on the left and building on the right, you’re in the right place!

Here are some items you may want to bring with you:

  • Camera
  • Tripod/monopod
  • Any variety of lenses, i.e., telephoto, wide angle, macro, etc…
  • Bug spray – It is tick season so be prepared.
  • Water
  • Long sleeve shirt – helps keep the bugs off.
  • Hiking shoes – We’ve had some rain lately so some of the trails may be a little mucky. So bring footwear that can keep you stable and you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Rain jacket – the forecast looks good now, but this is Nebraska!

This is a great opportunity to practice your craft and share tips and techniques with your fellow club members. Whether you brave the trails or stay close to the parking area, there will be plenty of great opportunities to get excellent shots so come on out! 


Pete Carbonell presented the program tonight on what to look for in critiquing your own photographs.

The four main points in critiquing your photos are to know the rules of composition, technique, impact and weeding out the best photos.

The rules of composition are available in many sources. Technical items include composition, sharpness, border patrol, even horizon lines, highlights etc. Impact includes emotional response to photos. The culling process is a multi-step process. Photos should be reviewed again and again.

Pete suggested that everyone should create a portfolio with 24 of your best photos in a folder. He also mentioned the importance of sharing your photographs through social media and photo groups and mentioned the importance of online critiques and photo contests.

Thanks to Pete Carbonell for bringing treats tonight.

The meeting was adjourned at about 8:20 pm.

Please send any questions to

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