News & Notes – 2/15/16

Is that the light at the end of a long winter tunnel I’m seeing? After enduring a long stretch of cold wintery weather, Julianne and I were able to enjoy a beautiful Presidents Day and a long desired winter thaw. The forecast is suggesting that this warmer weather may be with us for a while so we might want to start thinking about some fun photography outings so that we can get out and shake off that winter rust.

February Meeting

Our next meeting will be this Thursday, 2/18 at 7 pm at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. Doug French and I will be providing a presentation on the basics of Lightroom, the computer program created by the Adobe software company that is the leading photo organization and editing application on the market. Our hope is that we will take a little of the mystery out of this application for those who have never used it while providing a few new tricks for the more experienced Lightroom users in the group. So if you have Lightroom loaded on a laptop, bring it along so that you can try out some of the instruction. Or just bring your questions. Hopefully it will be informative for all.

Also during the meeting we will be collecting photos for our displays.

Due February meeting – Church windows and/or anything white
Due April meeting – Neon Signs and/or Canines
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.

Photo Contests

The club photo contest is coming soon! Though we don’t expect any major changes, we are in the process of reviewing the rules and details for the contest and should have the information published shortly.

Call to Photographers “Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich Our Future” – The Hildegard Center for the Arts in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and Nebraska State Historical Society is putting out a call for photographs that highlight historic places and often over-looked historical treasures in all 93 Nebraska counties. Submission deadline for this contest has been extended to March 21st. Photos from the submissions will be featured in a state wide traveling exhibition that will coincide with Nebraska’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2017. Images may also be used in travel guides, posters, calendars and other material to promote Nebraska tourism. For more information, visit

March Meeting – Audubon Society of Omaha presents Denver Holt

As we discussed recently, due to a scheduling conflict the Fontenelle Forest Bird Club will be using the Nature Center Forest Room for a presentation by Denver Holt, a world renowned authority on owls. But the good news is that we have been invited to enjoy this very interesting presentation. So you can still plan to attend on our normal day and time, but you might want to get in a little earlier than normal as I expect there will be a pretty good sized crowd. Here’s a link to more information about the speaker, Denver Holt:  Denver Holt Bio

Educational Video of the Day

Here’s a short video on Lightroom basics in case you’re the type that would read ahead in your textbooks at school.

We’ll see you all on Thursday!

Peter Carbonell

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club



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