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 – 4/18/16

Spring is here! We’ve made it past another winter and we are now in the home stretch of our photography club year. But even though we only have 3 meetings left, we will finish strong with plenty of interesting and fun activities. In the meanwhile, here’s what’s happening:

Club Business

Last Meeting – Denver Holt Snowy Owl presentation
Last month our normal meeting time was used by the Audubon Society of Omaha and their invited speaker, Denver Holt. For those of us that attended the meeting, we were treated to a very interesting and entertaining presentation by the world renowned authority on Snowy Owls. It was a great and informative evening for all who attended.

April Meeting – Jenny Nguyen from NEBRASKAland Magazine
I am personally looking forward to our next meeting on Thursday, April 21st. Not only because I’m not presenting, but mainly because we will be enjoying a presentation provided by NEBRASKAland Regional Editor Jenny Nguyen. Jenny will talk to the group about her favorite locations and subjects to photograph in Nebraska. She will also discuss the process of getting a story published in a magazine, including pitching ideas, photo selection, writing and editing. Click on the following link to find out more about Jenny.

Photo Displays
We will be collecting photos for our displays at the Nature Center and the Bellevue Library during our April meeting. This month’s subjects are 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.

Secretary Wanted
Heather Ingraham has served as our club Secretary for a term and a half. She volunteered to serve this current term to make sure that the position did not go unfilled, even though her personal schedule was not going to allow her to attend many meetings. As this continues to be the case, she would like to resign the position and see if someone from the club would be willing to take over her responsibilities.
The responsibilities of the Secretary are to take minutes at the general meetings and sends them to the Webmaster for publishing.  They also schedule two members to provide treats for each meeting and follow 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. The Secretary, as a member of the board, also attends the summer meeting and helps plan the programs for the general meetings.
We will discuss this further during our next meeting so if you are interested in contributing to the club in this capacity, please let an Executive Committee member know, or send an e-mail to

The Photo Contest is Almost Here!
There is only a month and a half 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:

Other News

Nik Collection Software is now free!
Recently, the hot news on many photography blogs and podcasts was the announcement by Google that the Nik Collection is now free. What is Nik Collection you ask? It is a set of 7 image editing plugins, which are programs that have to be used from within Lightroom and/or Photoshop. As recently as a few years ago this set of plugins went for as much as $500. But now Google, who purchased the program several years ago has decided to offer it for free. Though Google may no longer be updating the programs, they are professional quality editing tools, and have been widely used by photographers for years.
As I mentioned before, you must have either Lightroom or Photoshop in order to install and use them, but if you do, you might want to check this out. They provide some very powerful and relatively easy to use tools that allow you to perform edits that can take much longer to perform in LR and Photoshop. For more info, go to

Omaha Camera Club – Studio and Lighting
The Omaha Camera Club has invited our club members to attend one of their meetup group events. The event is called Studio 315: Studio and Lighting. Two models and lighting will be set up and available for photographers to come in to learn and practice shooting in a studio environment. The event is free and will take place at the The Photo Studio in the Hot Shops Art Center in downtown Omaha at 1301 Nicholas St. For more information, please check out this link:

Educational Resources
So this month instead of posting a video, I’m posting a link to an article with information on some of the best photography related Youtube video channels. I personally subscribe and view videos on several of these channels and I have learned quite a bit from them over the years. Also, the site that hosts this article,, is one of the leading photography websites and is a wealth of information on its own.

That’s all for now (as if that wasn’t enough)! Please e-mail me at if there are any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you at 7pm on Thursday, April 21st at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center for our next meeting!

Peter Carbonell
President & Webmaster
Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

Guidelines for the 2016 Fontenelle Forest Nature Assoc Photography Club Show

Hello to All FNA Photo Club Members:

Set – Up – Saturday, May 28 – 10:00 AM

Critique and People’s Choice Award – Thursday, June 16 – 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Take Down – Saturday, June 25 – 10:00 AM

Questions – Contact: Doug French –  or Call 402-578-9950

Guidelines for the 2016 Annual Fontenelle Forest Nature Association

Photography Club Show

Bellevue University Gallery – Humanities Building


Who:  Any member in good standing of the Fontenelle Forest Nature Association Photo Club.  Prints can be color or black and white.  Prints that have been previously designated as award winners – including honorable mention at previous FFNA club shows are not eligible for entry.

We ask that folks remember that we are sponsored by a nature association and as such the photographs we show represents that organization to our members and the general public.  The show contest coordinator and current President of the club reserve the right to remove an entry not following the rules set forth in the category descriptions below.


“Novice Class”  This is open to club members who have NOT won a first place or Overall Show Award in the prior year photography club show. (Green entry cards)

“Advanced Class”  Contestants who in the last year have won either a first place or any Overall Show Awards in either class.  No exceptions for class designation.  If any member, new or old, feels they belong in the advanced class they are welcome to enter their photos into this class.  (Yellow entry cards)


Scenic/Landscape:  Continental US, outside continental US, any nature themed image where the focus or subject IS NOT manmade objects, including urban, city, pets, and Humans.  Must be a nature based photo taken by the club member.

Animals:  Any living creature, wild or domesticated, including pets. No humans.

Flora:  A photo where the following are the main subject of the photo.  Any flower, plant or tree.

Anything Goes:  (Combined category – Novice & Advanced) (Red entry cards)

Any photograph not meeting the requirements of the 3 categories listed above. Also, any photo that is obviously over enhanced or un-naturally manipulated will be entered into this category.

* Photos may be moved to another class up to the point of judging for awards if the Contest Judge, Photo Contest coordinator or club president feel a entry was categorized incorrectly at check-in.  These contest rules are their guide, and any corrections to classification are final.

How to Present Your Prints

·        Prints are to be framed (wood, metal or plastic frames) with or without a single  layer mat.  A wire hanger must be attached to the back.

·        Size of frame: Minimum outside dimension of the shortest side of frame no shorter than 5 inches, maximum outside dimension of the longest side of frame no longer than 25 inches.

·        Entries that are framed with no glass or Plexiglas are accepted at the entrant’s risk for damage by print handlers/displayers.

·        Each entry is required to have Photographer’s  name, address, and phone number on the back of each photo.

·        Contestants may enter up to 4 framed prints into the show.  The contestant is responsible for deciding which category to place entry(s).  One in each category or all in one category or any combination you desire.  Contest coordinator and club president have final say of accepting the entry or on category classification at time of set-up.

·        Entry Cards (Green) for Novice, (Yellow) for Advanced, (Red) for Anything Goes will be available starting at the April Club meeting.  Contestants will need to complete entry cards prior to arriving at the show set-up.


In each Class and category:  First, Second, and Third Place  (18 Ribbons)

Anything Goes Category:  First, Second, and Third Place  (Combined Classes) (3 Ribbons)

Overall Show Awards:  Best of Show – all classes, all categories

Public  Choice – all classes, all categories

Club Members Choice – all classes, all categories

Best Black and White – all classes, all categories

Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest (Must designate on entry card)

Total of 26 Ribbons to be awarded at this Years Show!

All first and second place winners and overall show winners will be displayed at the Bellevue public library over the summer months and returned at our first club meeting in September.

All winning photos will be displayed on the Fontenelle Forest Photography Club’s Website.


Last revised on 02/15/2016

Meeting Minutes – January 21, 2016

Peter Carbonell started the meeting with business items:

New Member Introductions
New members introduced themselves:
Bob Wells
Howard Carson


Photo Displays
Photos needed for Forest and Library 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 Contest
The annual club Photo Contest will be coming in late May so start thinking about submitting photos. Details regarding the contest rules will be posted shortly.


Next Meeting
Our next meeting will be on Thursday February 18th at 7pm at the Fonentelle Forest Nature Center when we will receive a presentation on Lightroom. If you have Lightroon loaded on your lapttop, feel free to bring it to the meeting and follow along.


Meeting Presentation
The following members provided presentations on one of their favorite photo destinations:

Alan Kurth – Monterey, California
Alan suggested flying into San Francisco, renting a car, and driving to Monterey. He advised there were an incredible amount of things to do in the area and displayed a few photos. Some he discussed were:
– State Parks
– 17 Mile Drive (goes from Monterey to Carmel)
– Lone Cypress on 17 mile drive
– Spanish Mission in Carmel
– Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey (advised not as artistic as in past)
– Cannery Row
– Monterey Bay Aquarium
– Whale watching
– Sea Otter watching
Alan suggested the best time of year to go there are early spring or September/October, but any time is good.

Eric Scholar – Omaha
Eric was enthralled with taking photos of Murals in Omaha. He displayed a few of them. Eric has been taking these photos for a few years and has over 100. Taking the photos was not hard but finding out who painted them took quite a bit of research. Eric has made photo books of the murals. Some discussed were:
– Murals hanging on Silos along I-80 east of 36th. These are no longer on display but he was fortunate to get photos while they were on display.
– Wall of building west of TD Ameritrade Park. This mural is full of people.
– Beercade Bar in Benson
– He also mentioned several murals underground along the Keystone Trail.

Tracy and Todd Utter – Along Mississippi River
Both of them love taking photos of wildlife, especially the Bald Eagle. If you go to Squaw Creek you can see eagles but they are usually in the trees. They discovered that by going to Lock/Dam 14 near I-80 along the Mississippi River they could get much closer to the birds and get great photos. They displayed a few of their photos.
Many photographers go there and pool together to purchase fish to sling-shot into the water. The eagles grab the fish and a great opportunity for wonderful photos is there. The birds are about 20 to 30 feet away. They advised that the best time to go is in the Winter. Online you can find Fish and Wildlife reports on the number of eagles in the area.

Peter Carbonell – Snowy Range in Wyoming
Peter advised that this is located 45 miles west of Laramie near Centennial, Colorado, in the Medicine Bow National Forest. The roads there are all paved. Many sights are right off the road nad easily accessible. Peter displayed a few of his photos. Some of the areas he discussed were:
– Libby Lake and Lewis Lake are at 10,000 feet altitude
– Lake Marie there are nice trails
– There are many wildflowers in the area.
– Peter advised that the best time to go see the wildflowers is August.

The final portion of the meeting was spent with members participating in the photo equipment swap meet.

A big thanks to Judy Dye for taking the meeting minutes. Please send any questions via e-mail to

News & Notes – 10/9/15

The leaves are starting to change and the daylight hours are waning. Although the temps have been unusually warm, there’s no denying that fall is upon us.
Fall is a great time of year to shoot so I hope we’re getting out and exercising our photographic muscles. If not, hopefully some of the activities in our next meeting will motivate you to go out and enjoy this wonderful time of year!

October Photo Club Meeting

Our next meeting is this coming week, Thursday, October 15th at 7pm and will be held in our usual meeting place, the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. This month I will be conducting a Photography 101 session where we will discuss the basics of the Exposure Triangle (ISO, shutter speed and aperture). We’ll explain how these 3 functions work together and how understanding this concept will help you take better pictures. This will be a collaborative event where we will rely on our more experienced members to help our less experienced members so please bring your cameras and camera manuals (if you can find them).

After the session we will take advantage of the early sunset and warm temperatures and head out behind the building for some night photography fun. So please also bring your tripods and remote release devices if you have them. If you don’t, please don’t let this discourage you as we can find ways to stablize your cameras for long exposures.

Judy Dye is still looking for photos for our displays so please remember to bring in your flower and bird photos for October as well as your barn, butterfly and bee photos for November and December displays. With the leaves changing this is a great time of the year for wonderful barn shots.

Photos should not be framed or matted. Acceptable sizes are 8×10, 8×12 and 11×14. Borderless photos work best. Remember to write your name, photo location and subject on the back of the photos.

Also during the meeting, Doug French will be taking final orders for the club T-shirts. Shirts are $10 and will be delivered during the November meeting.

Last but not least, please remember to bring your club dues this month if you have not done so already. Dues are still $12 for individuals and $20 for family memberships.

Events, Activities and Contests

Pop-Up Photo Exhibit – The Omaha Camera Club is having a one day Pop-Up Photo Exhibit this Saturday, October 10th at the Florence Mill from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. The Florence Mill is located at 9102 N. 30th Street which is just off of the 30th Street exit on I-680, right by the Mormon Bridge. So if you’re looking for something to do head out to the Florence Mill and check out the work of some of our local photographers.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit – The Durham Museum is presenting an exhibition of 100 awe-inspiring images. The exhibition is the result of a worldwide competition that is conducted by Natural History Museum in London and BBC Wildlife Magazine. The photos will be on display until January 3rd, 2016. For more information check out

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

2015 Share the Experience Federal Recreation Lands Photo Contest – The Federal government is once again conducting the Federal Recreation Lands photo contest. They are looking for images taken at any of the lands and facilities managed by several federal agencies like the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and more. For information on rules, submission process and prizes, visit

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See you at the meeting this Thursday, October 15th!

Peter Carbonell
Fontenelle Forest Photo Club
President & Webmaster