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 webmaster@fontenellephotoclub.org 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 webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org

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

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