Audubon Society Meeting on February 13, 2020 Update

Audubon Society of Omaha website has been updated with details for the February 13 ASO General Meeting to be held at Fontenelle Forest.  ASO and Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery are co-hosting a viewing of FRAGMENTS, a documentary by Alex Wiles on the epidemic of lead poisoning in raptors. A panel discussion including several local experts will follow. A raptor expert will have two rehabilitated bald eagles on site.


Everyone who wants to attend must register, and a link to the registration page is included on our website, as well as on our Facebook page.  

Registration page

The website is

“Fragments” Trailer

Minutes for the January 16 Meeting

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club January 16, 2020

President Phil Mininni,  Presided


Four new members were present.


Toads and Frogs in the near future. In the near future reflection photos will be due. They will be followed by anything pink and rocks. Frank Dye emphasized that submitted photos should have no borders along the long edge.

Treasurers Report (Kathleen):

There is $1841 in the club’s treasury

Club Brochure.

Donna reported that the revised brochure is made,ordered and distributed. Everything concerning the brochure is finished.


The program tonight was a slide show on Astro Photography -Photographing the Milky Way and capturing Star Trails by Ken Smith. Ken’s program is available in its entirety on the club’s website. Ken invited questions either after his presentation or at other times. His email is Ken Smith

Thanks to Donna Gray and Allen Kurth for bringing treats

The meeting was adjourned about 8:20

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary.

Notes from January 16 meeting

Alex Wiles

On February 13 at 7:00 PM at the forest, the Audubon Society is having a meeting. Their guest presenter is going to be Alex Wiles. “Fragments” is the title of his program. All are welcome to attend.

Alex’s website

I hope to coral Alex to be one of our presenters next year


We have over $1800 in the bank. We had expenses for the brochure and Christmas pot luck.


Enough said!

Photo Displays

Judy gave us a list of upcoming subjects

  • Toad and Frogs
  • Reflections
  • Anything Pink
  • Rocks

These are subject to the photographer’s interpretations. Remember NO BOARDERS around your 8 X 10 or 11 X 14 prints.

Astro Photography

Please check out previous post providing links and videos from Ken Smith’s outstanding presentation on photographing Milky Way and Star Trails.

Gallery Instructions

I am still pondering how to explain and instruct on how to use gallery. For now any photo you wish to have in the gallery under your own named page, submit it to me. Try to keep the size of your submitted photos to 2000 pixels on the longest side.

Under the Microscope

This is a page in the Gallery for member’s to choose a photo they would like to have critiqued. Other people would comment on your photo, giving you helpful comments on what they think would make the photo better. I will submit a photo of mine to start the ball rolling.

Changes on the Website

Member Forum

I have removed our Member’s Forum page. It was agreed to get rid of it. Due to reasons discussed at our January meeting.


I added a Gallery page with sub-pages for our members to highlight their photos. The portfolio and home page sections require me to scale a member’s photo for display. With Gallery I post your picture(s) as received with no modification by me. This also allows anyone to comment on your photos. Michele Curran is our first member to submit photos. And we already have a comment about her picture of the sandhill crane. Within the Gallery page is a “Under The Microscope” page. The concept originated from a long ago meeting when we would break up in groups. Each of us would bring a photo so our group members could constructively critique our photo. If you are willing to accept thoughts on how to improve your photography, please submit a photo to be placed in this page. We have some very good picture takers in our club. I am sure they would like to help us take better pictures.

This is purely an option for our members to take advantage of another way of displaying your photos. Not everyone has a portfolio. I want everyone to show off their work.

I was asked to place instructions on the home page on how to utilize the Gallery and how to submit photos. I will research on ways to do this. There is already a lot of things on the home page and I am afraid it might just add to the clutter. It may be better to attach a sub-page in the gallery with instructions.

Where We Meet

This is another addition on the home page. It is a google map location page of the forest for the public to see where we meet.


Avatar examples

These are those little goofy pictures next to your name when you log on or make comments on the website. I found a way to change this image to any other image if you want to change. If you wish to have a picture of you as your avatar, send me a small file size .jpg of yourself to me and we can make the change. JPG could also be another cartoonish character, your cat, dog or whatever you want.

Astro/Star Trails Photography meeting

Below are the links and videos talked about from our January 16 meeting. Hopefully this will be helpful for you. You don’t have to type much. I want to thank Ken Smith for a very informative presentation. There is a lot of info below and don’t be afraid to take your time in exploring through all of it. If you have any additional questions, I would be happy to forward them on to Ken. Comment below. On his website he has contact information also.

Ken Smith’s links and videos talked about at meeting

Ken’s website link to his slide show

Light pollution maps

Apps for “When do I go”

Apps for the phone

Vela Clock



Star Trails Video

Post Processing” Star Trails App

Videos on how to use Star StaX

Post Processing” for Milky Way

editing starts at 19 minutes

Notes: January 2020

Happy New Year everyone! If you like taking pictures in the snow, I am sorry, we have not had much of an opportunity this month. It is still early. I myself am enjoying the mild weather.

Jay Davis will be our guest speaker for the March 19, 2020 meeting. He is a past president of our club. Jay will be discussing architecture photography. Check out his website .


Kathleen tells me some of our members have yet to pay their dues. Please bring your membership current.

Baright Gallery Photos

Judy has received contact from two members to arrange to pick up their photos from the Baright Gallery display. There were a total of five people that did not pick up their photos on December 31. I sent individual emails to those members. If you had not picked up your photo(s) and did not receive an email from me please contact me with a good email address. I will try to connect you with Judy so arrangements can be made.

Bellevue Library

“People Walking Dogs” photos are now hung at the Bellevue Library, 1003 Lincoln Rd, Bellevue, NE. If you are in the area please drop by.

Forest Display

We are now able to display our subject matter photos at the forest. The display racks are now located in the main atrium. We are showing our “Snow and Ice” or Judy says “Ice and Snow” photos. We had too many submissions this time for the number of spaces. Later on Judy and Frank will go and swap them for some of the others.

January 16, 2020 meeting

Ken Smith will be our featured speaker. He will be discussing astro and nighttime photography. Check out his website .

Mingle Forum

Are there any of you members, subscribers…etc using our Member Forum section? This plug in is an older one that has not been updated for a long while. None that I can find. It maybe one of the reasons I can not update a security (PHP) database. I would like to obtain a newer plug in program that will replace the forum with a similar one. Leave a comment below and I will also bring it up at our next meeting.

In Closing

Thanks to all of you for your support and kind words of encouragement. I once again want to thank our board members for their participation and helping make our club work. I hope to see you all at our next meeting. Phil

The Best Settings For Low Light Photography

Pick up your photo

Please remember to pick up your photo from the Baright Photo Gallery at the Fontenelle Forest on Tuesday December 31 between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Those of you who cannot make it, we will gather them up and bring them to the January 16 meeting.

Good News

The forest is going to allow us to continue displaying photos on those wire racks in the forest’s atrium. We will discuss subjects to display at the January meeting.

Notes About…

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We had a great turn out for the Christmas Potluck dinner. Once again we had plenty of delicious dishes brought to the table. I want to thank our board for their work to make this an amazingly successful holiday gathering. Thanks to those member’s kind words for the slide show. I am also still apologizing for not having Kathleen’s and Linda Schuett’s pictures in the slideshow. I think having our dinner at Camp Brewster was more intimate and friendly. The projector is much better and showed our pictures more accurately than the projector at the forest would have. I suggest we ask to use the Camp next year as well.

Speaking of the slideshow, I have published the slideshow as a portfolio and also it has replaced the contest winners on the home page. I have received Kathleen Crawford-Rose’s and Linda Schuett’s pictures and I added them to our slideshow. Take a look!

And speaking of portfolios, I am still promoting member’s to have one. Particularly since I am getting a better understanding of how to make one and edit it as well. When I say edit I mean I only size them. I will not attempt to make any corrections to the quality of the photo other than scaling the photos to fit. How about making individual portfolios out of the photos members have submitted for the slideshow? And I can add to the member’s existing portfolio. Let me know in the comments below or e-mail me.

Astro Photography

I am looking forward to our January 16, 2020 meeting. Ken Smith is going to present a program about night time and astro photography. Check out Ken’s website.


Work progress’s on the website. I am finding that when I ask for photos from our members to be sized at 2000 pixels on the long side, it works great for landscape oriented photos. It does not work well when those photos are portrait oriented. I am sure you have noticed for those types of photos you have to scroll down the picture to see it all. To fix this annoying extra step I am resizing those photos to 800 pixels on the long side. Let me know if this works for you. Leave me comments below or e-mail me.

Frogs and Toads

Judy is taking your Snow and Ice photos for the Bellevue Library display. She will also take your Frogs and Toads photos for a near future exhibit.

Tell me what you want…

If any of our members have an idea or would like to see something that would be of interest to the rest of the club, please leave a comment below or e-mail me.

Baright Gallery

The Forest want our photos that are being display in the Baright Gallery be taken down down on December 31, 2019. We need to be there between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for the removal of the photos. If you can’t be there to get your photo, the Dyes will bring them at the January 16, 2020 meeting. Please make an effort to get your photo at one of those times. I will send another reminder a couple of days prior to New Year’s Eve.

School of Photography

Here is a video about taking pictures in Snow. About 13 minutes.

Minutes for December 2019 Meeting

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club December 19, 2019

Annual potluck and photo show at Camp Brewster

President Phil Mininni,  Presided



December-January: Snow and Ice

Toads and Frogs in the near future

Treasurers Report (Kathleen): There is $1800 in the clubs treasury There was a recent payout of $140 for revision of the brochure

Phil reported:

Phil asked each of the club members to introduce themselves and their guests.

He also asked all the board members to stand up and and take a bow.

Donna is working on a revised club brochure. She provided her current revision for each of the tables at the potluck to look over and give her any comments

 Baright Gallery: Phil mentioned that the  photos in the gallery are to be picked up between 11 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. on Dec. 31. If you can’t pick up your photo they will be collected by the Dye’s and brought to our Jan. meeting.


The program tonight was a slide show put together by Phil. Each of about 16 club members provided 4 of their favorite photos which were shown

The meeting was adjourned about 8:20

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary.