News & Notes – 8/23/15

Where does the time go? Seems like it was just yesterday that we were wrapping up the club photo contest and now here we are, less than a month away from our first meeting after the summer break.

I hope you’ve all had a great summer season so far. There’s been lots going and I’m excited to share our plans and other interesting tidbits with you. With that said, here’s the news!

September Photo Club Meeting

Our first meeting of the new season will be on Thursday, September 17th at 7pm. To start things off with a twist, we will be meeting at the Camp Brewster main building at 1313 Bellevue Blvd North, which is just north of the Fontenelle Nature Center. The entrance to Camp Brewster is marked by a small wooden sign by a gate. Enter the gate and park by the main building.

We will have a brief meeting followed by an opportunity to photograph the late summer flowers that should still be blooming near the building. After the photo shoot we will return to the building and have a slideshow of our members favorite shots of the summer.

As a special treat, Doug French and Frank Dye will be modeling our new club t-shirts! Doug will be taking orders during the meeting. Here’s a link to the t-shirt order form. FFPC T-Shirt Announcement & order form 2015

A big thanks to Doug for coming up with this great idea!

If you would like to participate in the slideshow, please send no more than 3 photos via e-mail to the If you are unable to send the photos via e-mail, you can bring them in on a flash drive. Photos should be sized to 1000-1200 pixels on the long edge with a resolution of no less than 72 ppi.

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You should also bring your photography gear for the photo shoot. Some suggestions of items to bring are:

  • Camera – DSLR or point and shoot.
  • Macro or Close Focus Photography Lens – many point and shoot cameras have a macro mode that works well also.
  • Extension Tube – can be used with DSLR lenses to allow the lens to focus more closely.
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Bug spray

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Nebraska Life Magazine – Nebraska Life Magazine is looking for high resolution, well-lit, well-composed and beautiful images from Fontenelle Forest in the winter. These can include landscapes, wildlife, people walking trails or engaged in other winter activities. They’re envisioning scenes from the trees, from the river, grasslands, aerial photos if anyone has them,  wide shots, tight close ups of frosty leaves, a snowflake, hoarfrost, animal tracks in snow, children playing in the snow. It really is limitless. They are looking forward to seeing the beautiful images the photography club members have captured. If you are people in doubt if the photo qualifies- just send it. You can even include images from indoors if it somehow comes through as a winter image.

Images can be emailed to Alan Bartels by August 31. Photographers are free to send small res samples first if they like. Payment will be sent for any images used.

Focus on Omaha Fall Convention – The Focus on Omaha Fall Convention on September 18th and 19th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center will be an opportunity for local photographers to take in educational seminars, participate in interesting photography field trips, and mix and mingle with other area photographers. For more information on this opportunity check out their website at

Photography Day at Living History Farms – Living History Farms in Des Moines will be conducting their 10th Annual Photography Day on Saturday, September 19th. This photography workshop will have 25 instructors on hand, many of which will be providing instruction in the field. There will also be 50 classes conducted throughout the day. For more information visit

Elevate! Fall Retreat – For those of you interested in learning more about photography as a profession, the Professional Photographers of Iowa (PPI) will be conducting the Elevate! Fall Retreat event on 10/25-26 in Des Moines, IA. Visit for more information.

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. Submissions are currently being accepted until January 4, 2016. 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

Photo Contests

Photography contest season continues forward. Here are some contests that are currently accepting submissions:


The calendar page on the club website has been updated with this year’s meeting so take a moment to review our meeting plans for the year.

Please feel free to provide your comments and questions on the blog or you can send them to me via the e-mail address.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you all on September 17th!

Peter Carbonell

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club

President & Webmaster

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