September 2018 Meeting Reminder & Notes

Hi all! Hope you had a great summer. Now that the days are growing shorter and summer is winding down it is time for our monthly meetings to start once again!

Next Meeting

Our first meeting of the new club calendar year will be Thursday, September 20th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

For our first meeting we will start with our customary meeting and introduction of new members. Then our new club President, Jay Davis, will conduct a short presentation on what is referred to as a One Lens Shoot. After the presentation we will take our cameras and one lens into the forest to create images. We will return to the meeting room and Jay will ask everyone to bring a 4×6 print of their favorite photo to the next meeting. Members will pick their favorites and the top three will share with the group how they made the image.

Members should bring a camera and lens if an interchangeable lens, point and shoot or phone to the meeting to participate in the exercise.

Club Dues – Kathleen Rose-Crawford

Club dues will be collected by Kathleen Rose-Crawford at the September meeting. Dues are $12 for an individual and $20 for a family.

Photo Displays – Judy Dye

We will be collecting prints for our photo displays at the Forest and the Bellevue Library. Upcoming image topics are:

September: Clouds and Anything Blue

November: Autumn and Churches

The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please. Remember to add your name, the subject and the location on the back of each photo you submit.

Please let me know if there are any questions. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all at the first meeting of what I expect to be a fun and educational new club year!

Peter Carbonell


Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

May 2017 Meeting Reminder & News

Lots of stuff to cover. Let’s get started.

April Meeting

We were blessed with great weather for our meeting/outing. About a dozen members came out to enjoy the scenery and photo opportunities at Neale Woods last month. We had a great time shooting and sharing tips. It was excellent evening.

Next Meeting – Thursday, May 18th at 7 pm

Our next meeting is coming up quickly. There will be lots going this month. Here’s what’s on the docket:

Club Elections

We will be conducting the elections for our Executive Committee members. Newly elected officers will take over the responsibilities of their office beginning with the summer planning meeting. The candidates for office are:

President – Alex Wiles

Vice President – Phil Minnini

Secretary – Eric Scholar

Treasurer – Kathleen Crawford-Rose

Club Photo Contest

Setup for the club photo contest is Saturday, May 27th at 10 am in Bellevue University’s Humanities Building gallery. We’d love to have 100% participation so if you haven’t done so already, you should make your selections and get your prints ready. Remember, if you’re looking for a good place to print your photos, we know that Tim Wright, who gave us a presentation on printing, does a great job.

Donna should have cards available at the meeting that you will need to complete for each entry. Each member is allowed four entries. The entries can be spread among the 4 categories  (scenic/landscape, flora, animals, and anything goes), all in one category, or any combo in between. There are also sub-categories like Best Black & White and Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest. All details can be found in the contest guidelines. Click here to see the guidelines.

If you know that you will not be able to make it to the show setup, you can bring your entries in to this meeting.

The critique will be held at our June meeting in the auditorium of the Humanities Building. We will use the auditorium projector to display the images for the critique and awards presentation.  I will need electronic copies of all entries sent to me via the email. Please send these files to me no later than May 31st to give us time to organize the slideshow. Photos should be sized to 2000 pixels on the long edge and 72 ppi.

May Photo Display

Judy will be collecting photos for our club photo display. The subjects for this display are flowers and graffiti. As always, prints should be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. Write your name, the subject and location on the back of each photo you submit.

She may also still need photos for the historical display celebrating Nebraska’s 150th anniversary of statehood. Prints should follow the same guidelines for our photo displays.

Raptor Photo Shoot

Hopefully we will get through all of the discussion early so we can get to the fun part of the meeting, the raptor shoot! The plan will be for the club members to have access to photograph several birds that Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery will have available for us. In addition, we will also have access to the Raptor Refuge area to photograph those birds in their mews!

So come prepared with your photography gear and enjoy one our most appreciated presentations of the year.

Celebration of the Life of Ken Huber

On May 23rd at 5:30 pm a celebration of the life of Ken Huber will be held at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. A long-time club member, Ken passed away of 4/13 after a battle with cancer. Besides being a great photographer, Ken was very accomplished at a multitude of endeavors so feel free to attend this event and celebrate the great marks left behind by our friend Ken.

Please let me know if there are any questions. See you next Thursday!

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

April 2017 – Meeting Reminder & Notes

The April meeting is around the corner and this month we’re going outside!

Next Meeting – Neale Woods Shoot 4/20/17 at 6 pm

As we discussed during last month’s meeting, for April we will go on the road for shoot. We will meet at Neale Woods instead of Fontenelle Forest and the meeting will begin at 6 pm in front of the old main building. Members of course are welcome to get there as early as they wish but we will gather at 6 pm for a brief meeting.

There are plenty of interesting subjects to photograph at Neale Woods. Birds are plentiful. Lovely landscapes are available with the mix of prairie and forest. And if you decide to stay late enough, you can also shoot the sunset or stars (depending on the cloud cover).

I really encourage everyone to come out. This can be a great opportunity for knowledge share. Those of us who are less experienced might want to pair up with some of the more experienced people in the club and pick their brains for tips on things like camera settings, composition, etc…

Suggested Items to Bring:

  • Camera – (of course!)
  • Lenses – wide angle, normal, telephoto, etc… You can bring all or just one, depending on if you want to concentrate on a certain type of photography or try all different kinds of things.
  • Charged batteries and a memory card – I know it sounds obvious but sometimes we forget these things.
  • Tripod – especially if you want to shoot any long exposures or low light landscapes, like the sunset.
  • Rain jacket – depending on the weather.
  • Bug spray – tick season is starting. Might need it if you will be walking through longer grass.
  • Water
  • Enthusiasm!!!

Who knows? Maybe the club photo contest winner will be produced during this outing! You should also remember that there is a “Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest” category in the contest as well and Neale Woods counts!

Solar Eclipse Presentation for the Forest

The Forest is still in need of someone from the club to provide a presentation on techniques involved in photographing the upcoming solar eclipse.  Kate Murphy is organizing this presentation and is looking to either have this done in a program setting one evening at the Forest, or as a walk-up table during one of the upcoming weekend events. There are plenty of websites with information on how to shoot the eclipse so no experience is necessary. Just some research and the willingness to spend an hour or so sharing the joys of photography.

Please contact me at the email address if you are interested.

Prairie chicken Blind at Burchard Lake

Mike Remund, who is the area manager for Burchard Lake State Special Use Area in Pawnee County, reports that the Greater Prairie-Chicken lek at this area is very active this year with up to 20 males showing up daily.  This is a notable increase from the past few years.  Viewing blinds are available at Burchard on a first come first serve basis.  To find them, take the road all the way around to the west side of the lake to where it ends.  In the parking area, you’ll see a “prairie chicken viewing blind” sign pointing you in the right direction.   Walk up the hill towards the northwest, get in the blind before sunrise, and enjoy.  Repeat if necessary.

Photo Displays

Photos for the Bellevue Library’s 150th Anniversary of Nebraska’s Statehood display need to be provided to Judy Dye at our next meeting at Neale Woods. If you have photos but do not plan to be at Neale Woods, please contact Judy at to work out a way to get the prints to her. The subject of the photos should be of historical places in Nebraska, either man made or natural.

We will also be collecting photos for the May displays. The subjects for May are graffiti and/or flowers. If you want to get a head start on September’s assignment, it will be hoof stock and/or Faces in Nature.

As always, photos for both displays mentioned above should be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please. Remember to add your name, the subject and the location on the back of each photo you submit.

Annual Club Photography Contest

Our club photo contest is right around the corner. We have our judge. We have our site. We have the ribbons. All that’s left is your submissions!!! As I mentioned many times before, the contest is more about sharing your work, learning and getting ideas on how to improve our craft. So let’s have fun with this and have every member submit entries!

Submissions are due at the photo contest show set up on Saturday, May 27th at 10 am in the Humanities Building Gallery at Bellevue University. Photo critiques will be given and awards will be recognized at the June meeting, which will be held in the Bellevue University Humanities Building auditorium. The rules and all details for the contest can be found by clicking here.

Annual Elections

Elections for the 2017-2018 Executive Committee members will be held during our May meeting. I have provided descriptions of the each officer’s responsibilities as well as the current candidates. Please let me know if you are interested in running for any of the offices listed below. No experience is necessary, just a desire to provide a little extra time to keep our great club going!


Description – Presides over the general meetings and serves a the liaison between the club and Fontenelle Forest. The President also holds a meeting each summer to plan programs for the upcoming club year. Anyone can attend the meeting, but the Executive Committee, Webmaster, and Display and Contest Coordinators are expected to attend if at all possible.

Current Candidates – Alex Wiles

Vice President

Presides over the  general meetings in the absence of the President. The VP assists in planning the programs and assists the President as needed.

Current Candidates – None


Keeps the financial records of the club and works with the Fontenelle Forest Program Director to balance the bank account and report to the membership at the general meetings.   The Treasurer collects dues and keeps an accurate record of the members and their contact information.  The Treasurer helps with planning the general meeting programs.

Current Candidates – Kathleen Crawford-Rose (incumbent).


Takes minutes at the general meetings and sends them to the Webmaster.  They also schedule two members to provide treats for each meeting and follows up with an email reminder before the meeting.  Also, the Secretary is responsible for asking another member to take minutes if they cannot attend a meeting. They attend the summer meeting and help plan the programs for the general meetings.

Current Candidates – Eric Scholar (incumbent)

As usual, please let me know if there are any questions or comments. Otherwise, we’ll see you all at Neale Woods at 6 pm on Thursday 4/20!

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

News & Notes – 5/31/16

Last Meeting – Wetlands Photo Shoot

Our May Meeting / Wetlands Photo Shoot went off without a hitch. After a quick discussion we were able to enjoy a beautiful evening in the Wetlands walking and photographing the landscape as well as various flora and fauna. Here are a couple of pictures taken that evening.

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If you would like to share your pictures from the shoot, please send me your best two or three shots and I’ll post them all in a future blog article.

Club Photo Contest

2016 Photo Contest - Gallery

The 2016 Fontenelle Forest Photography Club Photo Contest is now officially under way! We received 90 entries and set up the display on Saturday morning at the Bellevue University Hitchcock Humanities Building gallery.

Feel free to stop by the gallery to view the entries. We also encourage you to invite friends and family to view the display. People’s Choice voting is open so anyone that stops by can vote for their favorite image. A ballot box is on a table at the gallery where voters can drop their ballots. But be aware that the photography identification cards will be hidden from view until after the judge reviews the photos on 6/8.

As we’ve discussed previously, our next meeting on Thursday, June 16th at 7 pm will be held at the Bellevue University Hitchcock Humanities Building Auditorium. Before the meeting, club members will have the opportunity to place their vote for the Members Choice ribbon . So if you can, please arrive early in order to take the time you need to vote on your favorite photo.

The meeting will consist of the awards presentation along with a critique of every photo submission by our judge, fine art photographer, Scott Papek. You can visit Scott’s website,, to learn more about him.

So if you haven’t done so already, please send a copy of the photos you submitted to the e-mail address. The photos should be sized at no less than 2000 pixels on the long edge. The judge will critique the photos in the auditorium as they are projected on screen.

Photo Displays

As you embark on your summer outings, please keep our next photo displays in mind. In September we will be collecting photos covering the following topics:

Rows – any images depicting row-like patterns.

City skylines

Please remember to add your name, the subject and the 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.

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Peter Carbonell


News & Notes – 5/18/16

Welcome to the month of May! The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. And if it can stop raining, maybe we can get out and enjoy it!

Here’s the latest:

Last Month’s Meeting – Nebraskaland’s Jenny Nguyen

We had a great meeting last month. Jenny Nguyen provided the group with very informative presentation about some of the sights to be seen in our state recreation areas, as well as how to go about being published in the magazine. A big thanks to Jenny for coming out and to Kathleen Crawford-Rose for coordinating this presentation.

May Meeting – Wetlands Shoot

The plan for our May meeting is to gather by the Wetlands building at 7 pm on Thursday, May 19th for a quick chat followed by an evening of shooting the Wetlands area of Fontenelle Forest. The Wetlands is an excellent location and should provide lots of photographic opportunities including flowers, songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, streams, ponds and more!

We will not reconvene after we begin shooting so members should be aware that the gate to the area closes automatically at 10 pm. So keep an eye on your watch unless you’ve brought your sleeping bag!

Here are a few items you might want to bring along:

  • Camera (of course!)
  • Any and all types of lenses – there will be opportunities for landscape, birds in flight, long exposure and macro so bring every or any lens you want to use.
  • Tripod/monopod
  • Flash – why would you need flash? There should be plenty of shady spots where you might want to practice using flash to fill the shadows.
  • Bug repellant spray – not sure how bad the mosquitoes are yet, but ticks are pretty active now.
  • Sunblock
  • Hiking shoes – trails may be muddy in spots so waterproof boots are your best bet.
  • Walking stick – or you can have your monopod double as a walking stick.
  • Water
  • Rainwear

Hopefully these May showers will stop long enough for us to get out. But if it looks like we’re getting rained out we’ll meet at our usual meeting place, the main Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. I will post an update on the website if weather looks like it will be an issue, so please check the website blog or call or text me at 402-639-6543.

Here’s a map for those who have never been to the Wetlands. You can click inside the map area and zoom out and in to see more detail.

The  Annual Club Photo Contest

There are only a few weeks left before it’s time to submit your photos for our annual club photo contest. We’ve had great participation the last few years and we’re hoping for an even better turnout this year.

The show set up will be on Saturday, May 28th at 10:00 am at the Bellevue University Gallery in the Humanities Building and the awards and critique will also be in the gallery on Thursday June 16th at 7pm.

Once you’ve determined which photos will be entered in the contest, please send a copy to me via the e-mail box as we will having our judge, Scott Papek, critiquing the photos as they are projected on screen during the meeting.

For all of the show rules and details, please click on the link below:

Next week is our last meeting before the contest so bring any questions you might have. Also if you are unable to make it to the show set-up, you can bring your entries to the meeting on 5/19 and we can collect them there.

Photo Displays

While you are working on your photography this summer, please keep the photo displays in mind. The categories due in September are rows of things and city skylines.

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.

Other News

Canon Expo & Sale at Rockbrook Camera – 5/12-14


State Fair Photo Contests

You can contact me via the e-mail if you have any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you all at the Wetlands on 5/19 at 7 pm!

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

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