Wednesday, July 26, 2017

August Agenda: WI PSA Image Selection




Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
August 2017 Newsletter

August Meeting Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 7:00 PM

Program – Wisconsin PSA Club Showcase Image Selection 

At our August meeting, members will select our club’s entries for the 2017 PSA Wisconsin Club Showcase.  This is an annual competition between all camera clubs in Wisconsin.  Each club submits seven images.  The images from all clubs are then judged by each club with the cumulative scores determining the top clubs.  Last year our club finished in 3rd place, missing 2nd by a slim margin! 

Each member is strongly encouraged to submit one of his or her best images!  Images may be of any subject.  Digital enhancement is allowed.  Images should be in a JPEG format, less than 1MB file size, a maximum of 1024 W x 768 H, 100 PPI.  Please size your images accordingly, but if you are uncertain how to do this, do not let this stop you.  Send your image in and if it is selected we will get it resized for you.  The important thing is we want your best image!  Images should be sent as soon as possible, but no later that Tuesday, August 1st, to Rick at Rvollb@wi.rr.com .

After we have selected our entries, we will use member images for a discussion of what makes a good image. This will be an opportunity to see some of the best images from our club members.

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: Jill Arth, Mark Blackman, Deb Bloede, Craig Brown, Dick Clark.  Also, if you have some images from the July wildflower shoot, please feel free to share those too.

Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht (Rvollb@wi.rr.com) by Tuesday, August 1st. 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 always looking for ideas for future programs.  If you have any ideas for speakers or program topics, pleas forward your ideas to Elizabeth Whitcomb (Lizannwhit@Gmail.com).  We are always looking for program topics that are of interest to our members.
             
September 6, 2017 Street Photography
October 4, 2017 Daytime long exposure photography
November 1, 2017 Portrait Photography
December 6, 2017 Annual Holiday Party

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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.  

Tentative 2017 Field Trips:
                                    July 26th – Downtown Milwaukee at night
                                    August 18th -19th – Manitowoc County – Farms, barns, old cars, night sky.

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.

August 21st, 2017 – Total Solar Eclipse.  On Monday, August 21st we will be treated to a rare total eclipse of the sun.  While it will be partially visible in our area, to see the total eclipse you will need to travel to places like St Louis, MO, Paducah, KY, or southern Illinois.  It should be worth the trip!

Photo Contests:

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

UW – Waukesha Field Station – Deadline September 1st, 2017  The UW-Waukesha Field station is hosting a photo contest to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.  All images must be taken at the UW-Waukesha Field Station.  Categories include People, Buildings, Plants, Scenery and Wildlife.  For more information and an entry form go to:  www.http://waukesha.uwc.edu/campus/resources/facilities/field-station. 

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:
 
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.  

Thursday, June 29, 2017

July Meeting Topic: What Makes A Great Image?




Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
July 2017 Newsletter

July Meeting Wednesday, July 5th, 2017, 7:00 PM

Program – What Makes a Great Image?: 

Did you ever wonder what makes a great image?  What makes an award-winning image stand out from all the rest?  Sometimes it can be the small things that can make a big difference.  Elizabeth Whitcomb will show us some of the elements and techniques that can make major improvements to our images.  She will also explain how these elements can affect how images are judged in photo competitions.  Come to learn how to take your images to the next level. 

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: Bob Wickland, Milt Wilson, Tom Wright, Bob Zastrow.

Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht (Rvollb@wi.rr.com) by Tuesday, July 4th. 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 always looking for ideas for future programs.  If you have any ideas for speakers or program topics, pleas forward your ideas to Elizabeth Whitcomb (Lizannwhit@Gmail.com).  We are always looking for program topics that are of interest to our members.
             
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

Wisconsin PSA Club Showcase Results:

The results are in from the 2016-2017 Wisconsin PSA Club Showcase.  This year fifteen clubs participated in the Showcase.  Each club submitted seven images representing their club for a total of 105 images.  The images were judged by all participating clubs and an average image score calculated for each image.

I am pleased to report that our club finished in third place – missing second by .07 points!  Well done!!!  Here are the scores (on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being best) for our member’s images:
                                    Kevin Thomas              The Farmer’s Wife                    3.9234             7th overall
                                    Jim Kurovsky               Patient Frog                             3.8428             9th overall
                                    Rick Vollbrecht            Look at Me                               3.5683                                    
                                    Jim Edlhuber                Hungry Heron                          3.5597
                                    Tom Wright                  Where’s Mom                           3.4135
                                    Mary Graves                 Bluebird in the Snow Storm      3.3641
                                    Caryl Sedushak            Look What I Caught                 3.1529

Congratulations to all our members for a great showing.
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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.  

Tentative 2017 Field Trips:
                                    July – Wildflowers at Retzer Nature Center
                                    July – Downtown Milwaukee at night
                                    August – Manitowoc County – Farms, barns, old cars, night sky.

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.

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:

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:
 
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.