Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, October 18, 2018

About 30 people met at 7:00 PM at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

Club President, Jay Davis presided.


 Jay had those that missed the September meeting stand up and introduce themselves to the rest of the members and tell what they liked to shoot and the kind of camera they use.

New members: Dan Creagan. Did film photos and just picked up digital last year. Uses Sony and Nikon and likes to shoot nature, still life and birds.

Holiday Dinner: Passed list around to sign up for a dish to share.  Meat and drinks are provided by the club.

Members should submit 3-4 of your favorite photos from the past year via email to Peter Carbonell to be shown at the dinner and talk about them.  Size should be 2000 pixels on long side and 72 resolution.  Pete can size them if need be.  Just send them to him at  webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Treasurer’s Report: Kathleen was not present so no report was given.

Photo Displays– Judy Dye

  • November: Fall & Autumn and churches
  • February: Anything old and trees
  • April: Forms in nature and glass.

Photos must be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14 only and not framed and no border if possible.  Put your name, the topic and where shot on the back.

If you have a website, we can link it to our web page which is www.fontenelleforestphotoclub.org. Send your web address to  webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Reminder: Dues are now due. They are $12 for an individual and $20 for a family as well as you must be a member of Fontenelle Forest.

Pete has been our Webmaster for about 4-5 years and is looking for someone to maybe learn about it and take over.  Phil Mininni expressed a desire to do so, so they will get to together to discuss it.  Thank you, Phil.

Member Question:  Why is there no photo club information mentioned in the Fontenelle Forest newsletter (the Leaflet) or on their website or in emails that members are sent? Club liaison Julianne was going to check in to this with forest staff.

The Bellevue Leader would like to visit and do an article on the Photo Club.

Jay asked how the One Lens Shoot went for everyone.  Some said it was difficult.  Everyone looked at the images that were brought in.  Jay commented on the Wood Leaf picture.  The point of the shoot was to think outside the box and get out of your comfort zone and have fun and learn.

No new Business.

PROGRAM: The program for tonight is JPEG vs Raw.

  1. Your digital darkroom is your computer.
  2. A raw image makes you think about your photo. Its dark, flat and not very appealing.
  3. You can turn raw to jpeg but not jpeg to raw.
  4. Raw pictures are meant to be edited.
  5. A raw file is the equivalent of a film negative. It captures all of the detail in the scene. It stores it in “code form” onto the disc which in reality is a small computer, but it also creates incredibly large files that are space hogs on your computer. It also requires some type of processing to get the perfect image.
  6. Why would you want to use raw format?  Because you REALLY love spending hours editing!!  But the real reason is you want total control over the final product and you want to make very large pieces of wall art.
  7. A JPEG photo is basically what you see is what you get. The camera (computer) makes the decisions for you as to what the image should look like based on factory programed presets. It compresses the data so working it “over” in the digital darkroom is limited but they take up way less space. The camera has “thrown” away data that could be very critical to what you say that moment that you made the image. If you edit the image with software it can take on the appearance of a salt and pepper overblown image and creates more frustration on the photographer.  Also, every time you save a JPEG file it compresses more to the point that at some time the image may be unusable.  Starting with a raw file will always maintain the original data.
  8. Read your camera manual!!

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be at Camp Brewster. Camp Brewster is located at 1313 Fontenelle Blvd,  and the assignment will be to shoot a jpeg and raw image and see which one you like best.  Pick a subject with lots of contrast.

The presenter for our next meeting will be conservation photojournalist and former club president Alex Wiles. Alex will talk to the group about the project he did this summer Alex documenting the Missouri River from its source down to its terminal confluence with the Mississippi River.

Thanks to Donna Gray and the Trojanowskis for treats tonight.

Submitted by Sue Mininni (For Eric Scholar, Secretary).

3 thoughts on “Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, October 18, 2018

  1. Are we signed up to bring treats for the November meeting? Do we bring treats when the meeting is at Camp Brewster. I can’t remember what the facilities are like there. Thanks

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