Congratulations to our photo contest winners. I want to thank our Judge Ken Smith. This is our first time in doing this on line. Another big shout out to Donna Gray for putting this together.

Club Dues

We didn’t bring up dues in September’s meeting because Kathleen was heavily involved with the Zoom process. We will be asking for your dues to be paid at the October meeting. I hope to have training accomplished so Kathleen will take your dues.


Our first meeting for the club’s new year was a success, sort of. It was our first attempt at Zoom meetings. There were a few minor technical issues. If we are to continue to provide Zoom participation, we need to come up with a better way of our audio transmission to the viewers. I made the mistake of getting up from Kathy’s computer and so her microphone in the computer could not pick me up. I do not want to address our members from a chair. I am thinking of using a USB connected microphone. Video is another issue for now. It is a lot of work and Kathleen and Donna deserve a bunch of credit for their hard work in making this happen. I will like to eventually to not do Zoom and have you all attend personally. Fingers crossed.

Thank you to those who commented on their experience with the Zoom meeting below.

If anyone else has experience with Zoom meetings please feel free to offer your input and assistance.

Website Home Page Slideshow

I have put names of the photographers on their respective photos. I have also labeled the winners and categories won.

Photo Stacking

Member’s asked what this is. I am slightly familiar with its use in astro-photography. Another use is in macro-photography. Because macro-photography and shallow depth of field go hand in hand, photo stacking can be used to stack shots of the same subject taken at different focus points. And when processing is completed your subject is completely in focus.

Steve Carson will give us a presentation about photo stacking during our October meeting.

Comments from Zoom users

Brent H
Phil, Many thanks to Kathleen for the putting together the Zoom meeting. Nice recovery from the technical glitches. It really worked well for those of us at home.
Kathy H
Phil: Even though there were a couple of glitches, I am so glad the zoom meeting was made available.  I would like to see this carried throughout the year.
When anyone else was speaking and away from the computer, it was impossible to understand what they were saying.  A simple solution would be to have any presenter come forward and discuss any business by the computer so that all can hear.
The slide presentation was perfect.  
Since there is a mask mandate in place, the speaker should have kept his mask on.  If I would have been in attendance, I am sorry but I would have left the minute he took his mask off.  I had no trouble hearing anyone else who was at the computer and wearing a mask.
Many thanks to Kathleen and Donna for making the zoom meeting possible. wrote

Thought the photo contest was great. We watched it on Zoom and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks to you, Kathleen, and Donna for forging ahead with the contest!

Allen K wrote

The judge and power point program worked fine because both were in or close to the camera and mic.  The meeting did NOT work because neither the camera or mic were anywhere near Phil.  I don’t think our regular meetings would be worth ZOOMING unless they were a power point or similar format with seated speaker in front of the computer.

Just my thoughts

Meeting Photos

A New Year

I want to let everyone know we are back. The forest is letting us hold our meetings at the forest for the time being. Donna and Kathleen is going to try something new, as far as the club is concerned. The are setting up a Zoom call for our members who are not yet comfortable attending tomorrow’s meeting in person. Kathleen has already sent out info to our members for Zoom invitations.

We are taking precautions at the forest. Seating will be spaced out. Treats will be individually wrapped. Speaker will be far enough away from you. If you are attending please wear a mask.

Photo Contest

I hope everyone has had the opportunity to see the contest entries on our website. Some very beautiful photos. Did you vote for your favorite?


Short and sweet! Ken Smith will announce photo contest winners and critique our photos

Short Business meeting

Steve Carson will be our speaker for October 15. He will be discussing the art of “photo stacking”

Rockbrook Camera may be showing off “what’s new” for November. Due to the Covid they have laid off people and closed a store. If they cannot do it I am working on alternative speakers.


I have chosen a video that illustrates some common mistakes when composing shots. I understand one can have a different opinion on what makes a good composition in photography. I am certainly no expert. Please view this person’s video. He also discusses lighting. It is about nineteen and and a half minutes long.

Member’s Choice

We are going to display our contest photos on the Home page of the website and have them labeled with a number. For our member’s please vote by sending in your pick to Donna at . All should send in their pick by September 15. Our next meeting is on September 17 where our judge, Ken Smith, will be critiquing our photos and awards will be handed out. I have started posting the photos. There are over 90 photos to be posted. Give me a day or two to get them all on the site.

Contest Photos Due August 21.

Donna writes;

Please post on the website and email members that the deadline for submitting photos for the contest is Friday, August 21.  Please get your photos submitted to me at!!Our judge is going to be out of town several days before the contest so it is necessary to get him the photos as soon as possible to make his job easier.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Donna Gray

Contest Update!

Donna sent this in…

Please post on the website and email this out to the membership to send me their full size files, after post processing, and I will resize (only) if necessary.  They are coming in, in all sizes, and I don’t want anyone’s photo to be overlooked because it is so small on a view screen.

Email the photo files to:

Thank you,


Photo Contest Digital Online

Date: August 12, 2020

To: The Members of the Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

Re: 2020 “DIGITAL” Photo Contest

From: Donna Gray, Contest Coordinator

Bellevue University has decided to NOT open the Humanities Building in August and is undecided for future months. The Fontenelle Forest Photography Club’s board has decided to have a digital contest this year due to Covid-19.

We will be using the same rules for categories that were in effect last year.

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.


  • 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, fungi 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.

Members may enter four photos in any of the usual categories. Please forward your photos to me in jpg (jpeg) format. Don’t worry about file size. I will take care of any resizing that needs to be done. If you don’t know how to convert to a jpg (jpeg) file, just email what you have, and I will convert as needed. Please have your photos to me by August 21, 2020. Email them to me at

There are two ways to let me know the information needed for the contest – depending on the level of your computer skills. If you are not familiar with how to rename a jpg file, simply type the category name, whether you are entering as a Novice or Advanced, the title of the photo and if it was taken at Fontenelle Forest as part of the email. Make sure your name is also included in case it is not part of the email address.

For those who are comfortable renaming files, I have a code that will shorten everything and hopefully, make it easier for you…….and me  ! After each letter group, put a comma to separate them. And again, please make sure your name is included in the email. If after reading the code, you feel it is too cumbersome, just follow the instructions in the preceding paragraph.

A – Advanced

N – Novice

FL – Flora

SC – Scenic

AN – Animals

ANY – Anything Goes

FF – Taken at Fontenelle Forest

If you are entering a photo of a bird, taken in Fontenelle Forest, and you are a novice photographer…..

Original file name: img_1234.jpg

Contest file name: N,AN,FF,Happy Robin.jpg

First letter – Advanced or Novice Photographer

Second Group – Category – Flora, Scenic, Animals, Anything Goes

Third Group – Taken in Fontenelle Forest (Used only when photo is taken in Fontenelle Forest)

Fourth Group – Title of photo

I will be responsible for everything to do with getting your photos to the judge and getting the results. Phil will eventually be putting the photos on the website so everyone can see them. At this point, I have no idea if a critique will be possible due to restrictions at Fontenelle Forest on the number of people who can be in attendance.

Please keep in mind, as far as I know, a digital contest is a first for our club. It is definitely a learning process for me, and I suspect for a lot of the members. Ask questions if you have them and be patient with those of us who are attempting to get it right!

Photo Contest is cancelled, sort of…

The Bellevue University has cancelled all events for the Humanities Building for the month of August. This means we will not be able to hang our photos at the university. It is unknown at this time what September will be like. Details are being discussed on how to do an online contest on our website. In the meantime I suggest you get your , up to four, photos ready to send in. More info and instructions to come!


Butterflies and Bugs

Eric Scolar has also walked the trails at the Fontenelle Forest. Here are a couple of photos from him.

Eric Scholar
Silver Spotted Skipper
Eric Scholar
Painted Lady Fontenelle Forest

A Bug’s Life

Please check out Gallery>Under the Microscope> Duane Vosika. Duane submitted a macro photograph for our comments, critiques…etc. It is a pretty impressive shot, called A Bug’s Life. You can click on Duane’s name also. Check it out.

Meetings for coming year!

Kathleen Crawford-Rose has coordinated with the Forest for our upcoming meetings. Doors open at 6:30 PM and meeting starts at 7:00 PM.

  Photo Club does plan to meet and

I gave Barb S. our times and dates earlier this summer.  She mentioned that there would be some necessary changes in entering  the building, etc.  We understand that plans may have to be changed as needed.

At this time we are waiting to hear from Bellevue University about the art gallery where we usually have our annual contest displayed.  If they open it back up we may be able to have our contest there in September.

Our 2020-21 meetings at Fontenelle Forest are planned for 6:30 through 9:00  pm on the third Thursdays.

September 17th

October 15th

November 19th

December 17th

January 21

February 18

March 18

April 15

May 20

June 17

Club members appreciate our relationship with Fontenelle Forest and want to assist when we can.


Comets and Butterflies

Picture saved with settings embedded.

Steve Carson sends these two shots of Neowise. He is using a photo stacking software program. Steve has agreed to give us some instruction on how to use programs like this to enhance our ability to photograph the night sky. He will be our speaker at the October 15th meeting.

Donna Gray and Kathleen Crawford-Rose submitted these photos from a walk through Fontenelle Forest. Kathleen says; “The Joe Pie Weed is at its peak and loaded with butterflies.  A really nice place is at the top of Hawthorn Trail.  The prairie at Camp Brewster is also starting to bloom nicely. ” Thanks Donna and Kathleen.