Happy New Year

Christmas Potluck Slideshow

Our slide show photos are now on the website homepage.

Forest and Library display photos

Kathleen says;

Greetings and happy holidays everyone.

Thanks to those who were able to participate in the December potluck/slideshow.  It was FUN.

Please check through your images and pick our a MIDWEST SCENIC and or FALL AT FONTENELLE FOREST.  We need several more of each for our new displays.  We’d like to get them up as soon as possible.

You can drop them off at Phil’s home in midtown Omaha webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org or Kathleen’s home on Bellevue Blvd. South.  katcr@cox.net.

January 18 Photo Club meeting

Allen Kurth will be our speaker and he will talk about Adobe Lightroom. He will show his workflow and tips for using Lightroom.

Lightroom Video

In Closing

I want to say to all of you, I have had a ball being in this club and being your webmaster. I hoped all of you had a happy Holiday and wish for you to have a very, very Happy New Year. Please comment below what you would like to see your club do different for 2024. And don’t forget to be one of the lucky few who volunteer to be president and vice- president of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club.

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December 21, 2023 Meeting

Pot Luck Dinner

It is that time of the year. The club will provide fried and baked chicken. Members should bring a side dish to share. Dinner will begin shortly after the food arrives. If you haven’t already, let us know if you can come and how many. We need a count so we can have enough chicken. Send your info to the webmaster@fontenelleforetphotoclub.org and I will get that count over to Kathleen.

December Meeting Slideshow

We need your photos for the December meeting slide show. Please send your photo files to the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org . They should all be submitted by December 19, Tuesday. This give me a couple of days to process photos into a slide show. The sooner the better.

Failed Post Notifications

It appears some of you are not getting notified when a new post is publish on the website. Some of the issues are spam filters on the individuals mail service. P;ease check your spam folders to see if the notification is there. I have asked Kathleen to email all of our members that a new post is on the website. Let me know or Kathleen if you do not see a notification.

Photo Displays

Kathleen says;

We still need some photos for the displays…

Midwest Scenic s for the library


Fall in Fontenelle Forest  for the Forest display.

More Zoo Pics From Our Field Trip by Tom Boggs

Loess Bluffs Eagles and more

Brent and Mary Headley have been down to the bluffs and he says there are a lot of eagles and snow geese during “Eagle Days”

Past Meeting Minutes

I have received the minutes from October and November meetings. I will post them in another post to avoid fatiguing you guys too much!

Short Video

Looking for President and Vice-President Still…

Please comment below.

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Photo Club Meeting November 16

At Fontenelle Forest at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Rockbrook Camera

A representative from Rockbrook Camera will be showing and talking about what’s new in photographic equipment. Check out their website https://www.rockbrookcamera.com/

Zoo Field Trip

9 club members plus one other from another club went to the Henry Doorly Zoo on Saturday, November 4, 2 hours prior to the zoo opening. It was amazing to be able to take photos with out the general public being there. I recommend you try one of these trips.

Forest Photo Display

We will be swapping out the raptor photos with the other raptor photos soon.

Treasurer’s Report

Oct. 1 balance:   $858.55

Income dues           56.00

Expenses for

Display items         19.41

Oct. 31 Balance:  $895.14

Still Need President and Vice-President!

Final Thoughts…

I am sure I’ve forgotten something. Comment below if you wish to add something to this post.

Short Video

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Printing Services and Photo Display Subjects and Zoo

Some of Jay’s favorite printing services. Thanks Jay.

1. https://www.whcc.com  

2.  https://bayphoto.com

3.  https://www.millerslab.com

Jay’s new favorite software for editing. Luminar Neo by Skylum Software


Kathleen Says…

Thanks to Brent for providing us with an additional mat size.  We now have two 8×12 inch mats for our displays.  To the Nov. and Dec. meetings, Please bring:

MIDWEST LANDSCAPES  photos for the library display



Photos should be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14.  Unmatted and boarderless (if possible) with your name and subject or location on the back.

Our November meeting will feature Aaron Frey, manager of Rockbrook Photography.  He’ll have lots of new and wonderful photography equipment and gadgets to show us. 

Zoo Field Trip November 4

We had 10 committed to go. One person has decided to spend another week in Florida. We are down to 9 people going. We need 1 more person. Contact Brent Headley. See previous post https://www.fontenelleforestphotoclub.org/potpourri-3/

Still need a President and VP

Video about Printer Services

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Zoo Photo Class Field Trip

At the Thursday Photo Club meeting, there was quite a bit of interest in a photo outing to Henry Doorly Zoo.

Photo Club goes to the Zoo
Saturday, November 4th
8am to 10am.  Admission to the zoo all day is included.
Cost – $40. Pay at the zoo
Sign up by Friday October 27th.  The zoo requires signing a waiver to attend.
If you would like to attend, please email Brent directly at bbqribsyum@gmail.com

Download waiver form for the zoo. Fill it out and bring with your $40 fee. Don’t forget to let Brent know if you are coming. We need at least 10 people. Only three so far have committed.

Mike Benkis, who gave a presentation to the club recently, will be our guide.

The exhibits Kingdom of the Night (we would get to see it with the lights on!), and the Aquarium have been recommended.  They are close to the entrance (little walking).  The zoo is checking on the indoor Jungle as an option – but that is not a certainty.

The $40 per person fee, includes admission to the zoo for the day.
We are looking for a minimum of 10 people.   More than 10 is fine.

If you would like to attend, please email Brent directly at bbqribsyum@gmail.com.
Please sign up as soon as possible.  At least by this coming Friday, October 27th.

We hope to see you there!

Photo Contests

Nebraskaland Magazine has a photo contest. entries are to be in by October 31, 2023. A little late notice eh? But if you have time to rush an entree to: https://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/photocontest/

Free photo contests listing from Photo Crowd


Milky Way

For those of you interested in improving your astro-photography.

Printing Your Photos

Jay Davis will be sending me soon a list of resources and I will post in an upcoming blog.

November 16 Photo Club Meeting

Rockbrook Camera is our guest presenter. “What’s New in Photography” New equipment.

Zen Photo Gallery-Your Portfolios

Please consider utilizing this opportunity to show off your photos to friends, family, and the world. Take a look, click link below. If you would like to have your own portfolio, send me your .jpg files and I will generate your own portfolio.


Allen Vrana Wins

Allen won our door prize from a drawing at the September meeting. Tickets for the drawing were handed out to members who paid their dues the night of the meeting. Congratulations Allen.

This hand made cutting board was made and donated by Phil Mininni for this drawing.

Still need a president and vice-president

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Photos from 2023 Contest are now on the Home Page

Congratulations to our winners. Jay Davis did a great job as our judge this year. He says he had a heck of a job. All the photos were great and it came down to technical qualities. Thank you Terry Turner for your power point presentation. I used it to put the photos on the homepage. I just resized them to fit the home page slideshow.

Too many Fauna photos

We did not have as many participants this year as in the past, the contest coordinators decided to go with no “Novice” class photos. Only two were submitted. The rest were submitted as “Advanced”. We had so many bird photos the contest coordinators decided to split fauna and put birds in there own class.

3 tied for Member’s Choice

Pick up Photos

July 8 at 10 AM. Please be prompt The winners, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Best of Show will be hung at the library for display. All other photos should be picked up on Saturday morning on July 8 at 10 PM.

Bellevue Library

We mentioned that the 1st and 2nd place, and best of show would be hung in the library. Kathleen and Donna says there is room for the 3rd place winners as well.

September meeting is September 21 at 7:00 PM

Our theme for the night will be great photos of what we did this past Summer. Please send 3-4 photos to the webmaster before Monday, September 17. We will also have elections for officers. AND…

Drawing for September meeting

Your ex, ex president is donating a handmade cutting board as a prize. Tickets will be handed out to members, who will have paid their club dues the night of the meeting in September. I have been told I should sell my cutting boards. Some people say that they are that nice. I enjoy making sawdust and stuff.

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Important Notice: Venue Change May 18 Meeting

We have decided to move the raptor shoot to the forest. It was originally scheduled for Camp Brewster. Due to construction, we would not be able to utilize the facilities at Camp Brewster. Kathleen was able to .arrange with the raptor group to show off the birds downstairs on the outdoor patio.

We will still meet at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 18. The raptor lead, Kathy, will meet with us in the forest room where we normally meet and take us down to the lower patio where the birds will be shown. Please pass this along to other members if you have contact with them. Kathleen will send out an email to our members with a reminder also.

Once more, we will meet in the forest meeting room at 6:30 PM. Kathy will escort us downstairs and out to the patio. If by chance you arrive late you will need to find the stairs or elevator to get to the lower level.

Treasurer’s Report


Treasurer’s Report April, 2023

Beginning balance                          $1178.59

Income from dues                                  12.00


            Contest ribbons                       168.25

Balance                                             $1022.34

Outstanding potluck expenses of $130.51

2023 Photo Contest Reminder

Are you working on your photos?

See rules for info

Don’t forget to email Terry Turner your photo files that you are submitting for the contest.

He is working on making a power point presentation for the judge’s critiques.

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2023 Photo Contest

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club Members,

As you are aware, our photo contest this year is shortened considerably during the time from set-up to judging because  Bellevue University is having an in-house art show.  There are only four days for the judge, Jay Davis, to judge the  photos and prepare for the critique on June 15.  It is critically important that digital files of all photos entered into the contest are received by Terry Turner prior to the critique so that a PowerPoint presentation can be made to be shown during the critique.  The digital files are also made available to Jay Davis to assist in completing his critique.

All photos that are to be entered in the contest will have a digital copy sent to Terry Turner by June 7, 2023.  Digital files can be sent anytime from now until June 7, 2023.  Earlier would be better to avoid a last-minute crush of files.  Include your name, entry information and title of photo.  Any photo that has not had a digital copy sent to Terry by June 7, will be automatically disqualified.  There will be no exceptions to this requirement. 

Terry Turner email: Tturner343@cox.net

Entry Information:

            Novice or Advanced





            Anything Goes

Taken in Fontenelle Forest (Yes or No)


Thank you for your cooperation in making this year’s contest a success.

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Mike Benkis

Mike was our speaker at our April 20th meeting. Mike discusses his journey into photography with examples of early photos and shows the progress he made. He showed a video of his photography. It was a very interesting presentation. Mike works for the Omaha Zoo as their photography classes instructor. He has a website. http://www.benkisphotography.com/ Check it out!

Mike played the video below. I am posting this for our members who did not attend our April 20th meeting. Turn the sound up as he has music that accompanies the video.

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