Retzer Nature Center
May 2013 Newsletter
May Meeting - May 1, 2013, 7:00 PM
Program: Wildflower Photography - With the hope of warmer weather and the coming of the Spring wildflowers, we will take a look a how to get some good wildflower images. Rick Vollbrecht will discuss equipment, composition and general macro photography techniques. He will also provide some locations for finding good wildflowers. Any members that have favorite locations for wildflowers are encouraged to bring information to the meeting to share with the club.
Member Image Sharing:
Members are also 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. We would like to encourage members to submit images for sharing in advance by email to Rick Vollbrecht at Rvollb@wi.rr.com. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images.
In order to give everyone a chance to share their images during the year, we have decided to provide a schedule listing individuals who will be given priority at each meeting. Other individuals may also provide images which will be shared as time permits.
The following members should provide images to share at the May 1st meeting:
Shawn Hibbard, Terry Hughes, Richard Knisbeck, John Lammers, Barb Langton, Cindy Leibner
2013 Club Programs:
The following is a list of programs that are planned for 2013.
June 5, 2013 - TBD
July 3, 2013 - No Meeting
August 7, 2013 - PSA Region 21 Image Selection We will select member images to submit to the annual PSA Region 21 inter-club competition. We will also spend additional time on member image critiques.
September 4, 2013 - Landscape Photography Terry Molter will present landscape photography with an emphasis on Fall colors.
October 2, 2013 - Miscellaneous Topics This will be a meeting dedicated to a number of smaller topics:
Rick Vollbrecht will talk about packing your photo gear for travel.
Jim Edlhuber will tell us how to keep our lens clean.
Rick Vollbrecht will cover resizing images for digital projection and competitions and how to transfer images to a thumb drive.
Tom Wright will discuss offsite image backup and cloud storage.
Terry Molter will discuss procedures for photographing the moon.
November 6, 2013 - Simple Steps to Improve Images Roy Schneider will discuss simple steps to improve your images in image editing software.
December 4, 2013 - Scavenger Hunt Images We will view member images from the Scavenger Hunt. See note below for further information.
Photo Scavenger Hunt: Photo scavenger hunts are a fun and challenging way to get your imagination and creative juices flowing! The rules are simple:
1. Submit one image of each topic.
2. Be creative - think of a unique way to express the topic.
3. Images should be taken between now and December 1st.
4. Have fun.
Tom Wright has developed the list for this scavenger hunt. Thanks Tom! Images will be viewed at the December meeting. So start shooting! Here is your list:
Scavenger Hunt Topics
5. Kitchen item
12. Wildcard - what is it
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. Frank Remfrey has agreed to again coordinate some field trips for the club. Frank has scheduled the following tentative field trips:
Pasque Flowers: TBD (depends on the flowers). Location: Pasque Flower Preserve near Piper Road, Town of Ottawa.
Milwaukee County Zoo: Tuesday, June 18th (rain date 19th). Meet inside main entrance at the zoo.
West of the Lake Gardens: Wednesday, July 10th, Manitowoc. For more info visit http://www.westfoundation.us/ Carl Courtois will be the trip leader.
Wildflower Walk: Tuesday, July 16th (rain date 17th). Location: Retzer Nature Center. Time TBD. Jim Edlhuber will lead the walk.
Milwaukee River Walk: Tuesday, August 6th (rain date 7th). Meet near Vogel Hall entrance of Marcus Center for the Performing Arts at 7:00 PM
Wings Over Waukesha: Saturday, August 24th. Air Show begins at 1:00 PM. We will meet at the east end of Lancaster Drive, City of Waukesha. We will be able to view the show from the park located in the subdivision. There is a small playground nearby. Frank Remfrey and Rudy Willis will be co-hosts.
We could use some volunteers to coordinate some of these trips. If you are interested please let Frank know. If you have some additional ideas of where you would like to see us go, please let Frank know (FRemfrey@wi.rr.com). 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:
February 22 - May 19, 2013 - Color Rush - 75 Years of Color Photography in America. This exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum follows developments that led to color photography becoming the norm in popular culture and fine art. The exhibit includes work by Ansel Adams and Edward Steichen.
May 17 - 19, 2013 - PSA Wisconsin Chapter Photo Outing to Door County. PSA members will meet in Door County for a weekend of photography
June 8, 2013 - Wehr Nature Center Camera Club Green Bay Outing. The Wehr Nature Center CC has invited any interested members of our club to join them for an outing in Green Bay. They will visit Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and the Green Bay Botanical Garden. The cost is $40 which covers the cost of the bus and lunch. The bus will leave from the Hales Corners Park & Ride at 8:00 AM sharp! They will also make a pick up at the Menomonee Falls Park & Ride at about 8:20 AM. If you are interested, send your name, lunch choice (Perch sandwich, Grilled Chicken sandwich, Mushroom Swiss burger), and a check for $40.00 payable to WNCCC to Sheila Hall, Treas WNCCC, W312 S8899 Cherokee Pass, Mukwonago, WI 53149. Here telephone number is 262-363-8120. Please indicate that you are a member of Retzer Nature Center CC.
August 1-4, 2013 - Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs (SWMCCC) Summer Weekend of Photography The Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs invites you to attend the 39th annual SWMCCC Summer Weekend of Photography and Digital Imaging. Whether a beginner or an advanced photographer, you will find instructional opportunities and shooting sessions designed to enhance your creative skills and knowledge of photographic tools. Join us for a weekend of photographic learning, fun and fellowship. A number of our members have attended this event in the past and have found it very educational and enjoyable. If several of us plan to attend, we could carpool. For more information go to http://www.swmccc.org/WeekendOfPhotography.html
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 them 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. Check their web sites for more information.
UW Waukesha: www.waukesha.uwc.edu
If you are aware of other photography classes or seminars, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht
Photo Contests and Exhibits:
WACCO 2nd Annual Exhibit - Deadline July 27, 2013. WACCO is sponsoring the 2nd Annual photo exhibit at the Reuss Building in Milwaukee. Each photographer may submit two images for consideration in the exhibit. Selected images must be printed and framed at a minimum size of 16x20. Images will be on display from August 10th - September 21st. For more details see the attached information sheet.
Old World Wisconsin Foundation 2013 Photo Contest - Deadline August 30, 2013
For more information go to the Foundation web site: www.friendsofoww.org
Capture Wisconsin - Capture Wisconsin is looking for images of Door County and additional images for a 2014 wall calendar. This may be an opportunity for you to get some of your Wisconsin images publised. Check out these links for more information:
Calendar: http://www.capturewisconsin.com/products/39?utm_content=Capture Wisconsin Weekly Update&utm_campaign=Capture Contest Emails&utm_source=mail.capturecontest.com&utm_medium=email
If you are aware of other photo contests, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht at Rvollb@wi.rr.com
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