Retzer Nature Center
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:
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
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.
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.
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/
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:
Members should feel free to contact the officers with any questions and suggestions they may have for the club.