News & Notes – 1/10/16

Happy New Year!!! The holiday season is now behind us. Again, it’s that time of the year where we as photographers either go out and brave the bitter Nebraska cold, wait for it to end, or if we can, we head to warmer latitudes to exercise our skills. But regardless, winter will quickly give way to spring when we can once again be outside, comfortably shooting the nature we love.

Our holiday pot luck meeting in December was a great time. The food was great and the slideshow was very entertaining. Also a few lucky attendees got to walk away with our door prizes for the night, gift cards for Rockbrook Camera! A big thanks to all of the members who helped make this night a success.

January Meeting

Our next club meeting will be on Thursday, January 21st at 7pm and will be held as usual in the Forest Room of the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. This month’s meeting will consist of short presentations by 4-5 members on their favorite photo destination followed by a swap meet.

For the presentations, I’m looking for 4-5 volunteers who are willing to speak to the group for 10 minutes each about one of their favorite place to take shoot. This could be somewhere local or half way around the world. Here’s the information we would like folks to share:

  • Location
  • Best time of year to shoot there
  • The subjects that are available to photograph
  • What makes it so special for you?


For those who are interested in participating, please send me an e-mail via the e-mail address and let me know that you’d like to participate and the destination you will present. You can also send up to 3 photos that you’d like to present as well. Please let me know if you have any questions.

After our meeting we will be conducting a swap meet! This will be a great opportunity for us bring out cameras, lenses, gadgets, gizmos, books and/or magazines that have been gathering dust and either sell, trade and give them away to anyone interested in trying something new or different. So bring in a box full of items and a pocket full of cash and let’s have some fun. Just remember you have to take home whatever you don’t get rid of.

Also, please feel free to comment in this blog post with descriptions of the items you’ll bring in.

Photo Displays

Judy Dye will be collecting photos at our next meeting for our displays at the Forest and the Bellevue Library. For February/March displays we are looking for images of church windows or images with white subjects, i.e. clouds, snow, white birds, etc…  Subjects for April/May displays will be neon signs and canines (wild or domestic). Please remember to add your name, the subject and location on the back of each photo you submit. The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please.

This and That

  • DoSpace – Have you been thinking about learning more about Photoshop and Lightroom but you don’t want to download it or you don’t have a computer that you think can run it? Well, now there’s a place in Omaha where you can do all of this, and it’s free! DoSpace, located at 72nd & Dodge, is a brand new, one of a kind, technology library. At the DoSpace facility they have, among many other things, many PC and Mac computers available for use and they all have the entire Adobe Creative Cloud Suite loaded on them, which includes Photoshop and Lightroom. I recently checked it out myself and was really impressed by the facility and the volunteer staff they have on site to help the users with any questions they may have. This facility is the first of its kind in the country and is being operated under grant money that should keep them open for at least 4 years. Take a look at their website,, or stop by and check it out.


  • Photo Outings – Though it may be hard to believe now, spring is only a couple of months away, so let’s start thinking of some outings that we can organize. Please send me suggestions of places we can shoot as a group, or even better, places where you would like to lead a group for photography! Outings are a great opportunity to talk to your fellow members and share knowledge. If you have any ideas, please send them to me at


  • Education Video of the Month – I often try to end these blog posts with an informative video. Here’s a Youtube video from Kelbyone. This 15 minute video discusses what you should think about when getting a tripod, how to create a starburst effect when photographing the sun in an image, and some techniques to keep in mind when shooting waterfalls.

Let me know if there are any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you all at our next meeting!

Peter Carbonell

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club


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