Wednesday, January 25, 2017

PSA Judging on February Meeting Agenda


Retzer Nature Center 
Camera Club 
February 2017 Newsletter 

February Meeting  Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, 7:00 PM  

At our February meeting we will be judging the annual Wisconsin PSA Club Showcase.  Fifteen camera clubs from across Wisconsin have submitted images to the Showcase this year, so you will a lot of great images.  All participating clubs are now in the process of judging the images with final results being available in May.  Our club has done well over the years, most often ranking in the top five.  Please bring a pen, something hard to write on and a small flashlight to help you see your scoring sheet.

Following the judging we use some of the images to start a discussion on what makes a good image.  We will also have some time to critique member images.

Member Image Sharing:

Members are encouraged to submit several (up to five) images to share with the club for gentle critique.  This is a great way to get suggestions for improving your images and developing your photographic skills. In order to give everyone a chance to share their images during the year, we will select several individuals who will be featured at each meeting.  Other individuals may also provide images which will be shared as time permits.  

The following members will be featured this month: Terry Hughes, Susan Jensen, Karren Jeske, Michael Jeske, Craig Kasseckert, Richard Knisbeck

Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht (Rvollb@wi.rr.com) by Tuesday, February 3rd. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images.


2017 Club Programs:

Our 2017 programs and meeting dates are listed below.  We are still working to firm up some of the speakers, so the schedule is subject to change.
 
March 1, 2017  Image editing - correction and enhancement presented by Tom Wright.  Members will receive images in advance and given an opportunity to show how they would improve them.
April 5, 2017  Landscape Photography
May 3, 2017  Marketing Photographs
June 7, 2017  Architecture Photography (inside and outside)
July 5, 2017  What makes a good image?  How to evaluate and judge photographs. 
August 2, 2017  Selection of images for PSA Wisconsin Showcase.
September 6, 2017  Street Photography
October 4, 2017  Daytime long exposure photography
November 1, 2017  Portrait Photography
December 6, 2017  Annual Holiday Party


Photo Scavenger Hunt:

Our Photo Scavenger Hunt has become a popular annual event which we will be doing again this year.  Photo scavenger hunts are a fun and challenging way to get your imagination and creative juices flowing! The rules are simple: 
1. Capture one image of each topic. 
2. Be creative - think of a unique way to express the topic.   
3. Images should be taken in 2017. 
Your scavenger hunt images will be shown at our Holiday Party in December.  
The topics for our 2017 Scavenger Hunt are: 
1. Fun
2. Patina
3. Detail
4. Liquid
5. Dew
6. Fungi
7. Feather
8. Creature
9. Motion
10. Soft


Field Trips:

Photo field trips are a great way for us to share our common enjoyment of photography, learn some new techniques and share in camaraderie while getting to know our fellow club members.  Our Outings Chairperson, Randy Scherkenbach, will be organizing more outing for 2017.  If you have some ideas of where you would like to see us go, please let Randy know.  Better yet, why not offer to coordinate a field trip.  It's not hard - find a place you would like to go, pick a date and we can announce it to the club.  

Future Events of Interest:
  
If you are aware of any events of general interest, please let us know so we can share them with the club. 

Ian Plant – The Wide Angle Landscape – Saturday, March 4th.  Ian Plant is a world-renowned professional photographer and frequent contributor to leading photography magazines.  His program will look at the use of wide angle lenses to create some compelling and unique landscape images.  This seminar is sponsored by WACCO as part of their continuing efforts to bring quality programs to us at a reasonable cost.  Fee for the program and lunch is $45 if you register before February  5th, $65 after February 5th.  For more information see the WACCO website:  www.wicameraclubs.org .

Southwest Michigan Camera Club Council (SWMCCC) Summer Weekend of Photography and Digital Imaging, July 28-30, 2017:  This annual event features three days of workshops on many aspects of photography and digital imaging.  Fieldtrips include Birds of Prey and night shoots.  For more information go to www.SWMCCC.org



Photo Contests and Exhibits:

WACCO Spring Competition – Saturday, May 6th – Sponsored by Wisconsin Area Camera Clubs Organization, this competition offers our members an opportunity to enter images in a number of formats and categories including projected and prints in monochrome or color.  Details will soon be posted on the WACCO website: www.wicameraclubs.org .  

If you are aware of any photo contests, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht at Rvollb@wi.rr.com

Photo Ops:
As a club, our members have a wide variety of subjects that we enjoy photographing.  This newsletter can serve as an excellent way to share various photo opportunities with club members.  If you know of interesting subjects or events that may interest other club members, please forward those to Rick Vollbrecht so they can be included in future newsletters.  If you are interested in having others join you, that information can also be included.  It is fun to shoot with a group. 

Photography Classes:

A variety of non-credit, reasonably priced classes on photography and Photoshop are available at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and UW Waukesha.  The new UW Waukesha catalog is now available.  Check their web sites for more information.  

WCTC:  www.wctc.edu
UW Waukesha:  www.waukesha.uwc.edu

Art’s Cameras Plus has an extensive list of classes covering everything from camera basics to photographing in a variety of situations and use of Photoshop Elements.  Check out their web site:  www.Artscameras.com .  If you are aware of other photography classes or seminars, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht 

Websites of Interest:

Retzer Camera Club blog: www.RetzerCameraClub.blogspot.com
WACCO (Wisconsin Area Camera Clubs Organization): www.wicameraclubs.org PSA (Photographic Association of America): www.PSA-photo.org PSA Wisconsin:  www.PSA.wisconsin.org
Friends of Retzer Nature Center: www.FriendsofRetzer.org
Jim Edlhuber’s blog: http://www.windowtowildlife.com/  

Club Organization:

Annual dues will be due starting the first of the year.  
Club dues for the 2017 club year are: 
Individual - $15.00  
Couple / Family - $25.00  
Student (16-25) - $10.00  
Please see our Treasurer, Jim Edlhuber, to pay your dues. 

Our club officers are: 

President   
Rick Vollbrecht 
Vice President   
Tom Wright 
Treasurer   
Jim Edlhuber 
Program Chair   
Elizabeth Whitcomb 
Outings Chair   
Randy Scherkenbach 

Members should feel free to contact the officers with any questions and suggestions they may have for the club. 


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Holiday Party: January 4th




Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
January 2017 Newsletter

January Meeting – Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, 7:00 PM

Annual Holiday Party – Please read carefully!

Our January meeting will be our annual Holiday Party. Your spouse / guest is invited and encouraged to attend.  This will be an opportunity for them to see what we do at our meetings and to meet other club members.  Make sure to extend an invitation to your spouse / guest so they can get the date on their calendar.

We will be sharing our Scavenger Hunt images.  Now is the time to get any of those last minute shots you need to complete the scavenger hunt list.  Please email your ten images as jpeg attachments to Rick Vollbrecht as soon as possible (Rvollb@wi.rr.com).  It would be helpful if you would rename the images to correspond to the category – i.e. 01-Music, 02-Happiness, etc.  We are looking forward to seeing your creativity!  For further information on the Scavenger Hunt, please see the next section of the Newsletter.

As in past years we will also be sharing your “Best of 2016” images.  This is a great way to show our guests and fellow club members some of the interesting images you captured this year.  Please email  five of your best images taken in 2016 to Rick Vollbrecht. 

We would also like to have some light refreshments to share at the party.  If you can provide something, please let me know by email what you will provide.  Please keep it simple.

Photo Scavenger Hunt:

Our Photo Scavenger Hunt has become a popular annual event which we will be doing again this year.  Photo scavenger hunts are a fun and challenging way to get your imagination and creative juices flowing! The rules are simple:
1.    Capture one image of each topic.
2.    Be creative - think of a unique way to express the topic. 
3.    Images should be taken in 2016. 
The topics for our 2016 Scavenger Hunt are:
  1. Music
  2. Happiness
  3. Flavor
  4. Wind
  5. America
  6. Backlit
  7. Geometric
  8. Contrast
  9. Sparkle
  10. Texture




2017 Club Programs:

Our 2017 programs and meeting dates are listed below.  We are still working to firm up some of the speakers, so the schedule is subject to change.
           
February 1, 2017 – Judging PSA Wisconsin Club Showcase.
March 1, 2017 – Image editing - correction and enhancement presented by Tom Wright.  Members will receive images in advance and given an opportunity to show how they would improve them.
April 5, 2017 – Landscape Photography
May 3, 2017 – Marketing Photographs
June 7, 2017 – Architecture Photography (inside and outside)
July 5, 2017 – What makes a good image?  How to evaluate and judge photographs.
August 2, 2017 – Selection of images for PSA Wisconsin Showcase.
September 6, 2017 – Street Photography
October 4, 2017 – Daytime long exposure photography
November 1, 2017 – Portrait Photography
December 6, 2017 – Annual Holiday Party

Field Trips:

Photo field trips are a great way for us to share our common enjoyment of photography, learn some new techniques and share in camaraderie while getting to know our fellow club members.  Our Outings Chairperson, Randy Scherkenbach, will be organizing more outing for 2017.  If you have some ideas of where you would like to see us go, please let Randy know.  Better yet, why not offer to coordinate a field trip.  It's not hard - find a place you would like to go, pick a date and we can announce it to the club.



Future Events of Interest:
 
If you are aware of any events of general interest, please let us know so we can share them with the club.


Photo Contests and Exhibits:

If you are aware of any photo contests, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht at Rvollb@wi.rr.com


Photo Ops:
As a club, our members have a wide variety of subjects that we enjoy photographing.  This newsletter can serve as an excellent way to share various photo opportunities with club members.  If you know of interesting subjects or events that may interest other club members, please forward those to Rick Vollbrecht so they can be included in future newsletters.  If you are interested in having others join you, that information can also be included.  It is fun to shoot with a group.









Photography Classes:

A variety of non-credit, reasonably priced classes on photography and Photoshop are available at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and UW Waukesha.  Check their web sites for more information. 

WCTC:  www.wctc.edu
UW Waukesha:  www.waukesha.uwc.edu

Art’s Cameras Plus has an extensive list of classes covering everything from camera basics to photographing in a variety of situations and use of Photoshop Elements.  Check out their web site:  www.Artscameras.com .  If you are aware of other photography classes or seminars, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht

Websites of Interest:

Retzer Camera Club blog: www.RetzerCameraClub.blogspot.com
WACCO (Wisconsin Area Camera Clubs Organization): www.wicameraclubs.org
PSA (Photographic Association of America): www.PSA-photo.org PSA Wisconsin:  www.PSA.wisconsin.org
Friends of Retzer Nature Center: www.FriendsofRetzer.org
Jim Edlhuber’s blog: http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ 

Club Organization:

Annual dues will be due starting the first of the year.
Club dues for the 2016 club year are:
            Individual - $15.00
            Couple / Family - $25.00
            Student (16-25) - $10.00
Please see our Treasurer, Jim Edlhuber, to pay your dues.


Our club officers are:
            President                      Rick Vollbrecht
            Vice President              Tom Wright
            Treasurer                     Jim Edlhuber
            Program Chair              Elizabeth Whitcomb
            Outings Chair              Randy Scherkenbach

Members should feel free to contact the officers with any questions and suggestions they may have for the club.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

December Newsletter


Greetings to all Retzer Nature Center Camera Club Members:

Attached is the December Newsletter.  The Newsletter is coming to you a little earlier this month, so don’t get confused – we don’t meet until December 7th.

Please note that we will be judging the Wisconsin Print Circuit.  Please bring a pen / pencil to the meeting.

Photo sharing this month will look at your images from our tabletop workshop at the November meeting.  If you have some images you would like to share (up to five) send them to me by Tuesday< December 6th.

Looking ahead, our January 4th meeting will be our annual Holiday Party.  Spouses and guest are invited and encouraged to attend, so make sure your spouse / guest is aware and gets it on their calandar.  At the party we will share our Scavenger Hunt images, so start getting yours ready.  We will also show our guest our best images from 2016.  Begin to pick out your five best images from 2016.  I will soon be sending an “official” request for these images, but I wanted to give you a little more time to get your images selected.


Rick


Retzer Nature Center Camera Club December 2016 Newsletter
December Meeting Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 7:00 PM
Part of our December meeting will be dedicated to judging the Wisconsin Print Circuit images. There will be over 150 print to review, representing photographers from around the state of Wisconsin.
The second part of the meeting will be a program on shooting fireworks by Linnea Matthiesen. You will learn some tips and techniques for getting high quality fireworks images. While you may think of summer when you hear fireworks, there are opportunities in winter. There will be fireworks during the Waukesha JanBoree on the weekend of January 20-22. Don
t let a little cold weather stop you from trying out your new fireworks shooting skills.
Member Image Sharing:
Members are encouraged to submit several (up to five) images to share with the club for gentle critique. This is a great way to get suggestions for improving your images and developing your photographic skills. This month we are asking members to submit images that were taken at our November meeting featuring various tabletop set-ups. If you have some tabletop images to share, please send them in.
Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht (Rvollb@wi.rr.com) by Tuesday, December 6th. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images.
2017 Club Programs:
Our 2017 programs and meeting dates are listed below. We are still working to firm up some of the speakers, so the schedule is subject to change.
January 4, 2017 Holiday Party with spouses invited. Review of Scavenger Hunt images. Member “Best of 2016” show.
February 1, 2017 Judging PSA Wisconsin Club Showcase.
March 1, 2017 Image editing - correction and enhancement presented by Tom Wright. Members will receive images in advance and given an opportunity to show how they would improve them. April 5, 2017 Landscape Photography
May 3, 2017 Marketing Photographs
June 7, 2017 Architecture Photography (inside and outside)
July 5, 2017 What makes a good image? How to evaluate and judge photographs. August 2, 2017 Selection of images for PSA Wisconsin Showcase.
September 6, 2017 Street Photography
October 4, 2017 Daytime long exposure photography
November 1, 2017 Portrait Photography
December 6, 2017 Annual Holiday Party