Thursday, May 30, 2013

June Meeting Info. Announced

Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
June 2013 Newsletter

June  Meeting - June 5, 2013, 7:00 PM
Program: PSA Region 21 Images and Member Image Critiques - We have received the results of the PSA Region 21 Showcase judging and our club has once again performed well in this friendly competition with twelve other clubs in Wisconsin.  We will review the results and look at the top 25 images from the Showcase.   use these images to review what makes a good image.   We will then spend the remainder of the evening critiquing member images.  In addition to the members listed below, all members are invited to submit images they would like to have critiqued by fellow club members.  This is a great way to learn how to improve your images.  Submit images that you think are pretty good and see if there are suggestions on how they could be improved, or perhaps you have an image that you know you has a problem and you are looking for suggestions on what you could have been done to make it better. Maybe you shot some good wildflower images this Spring. Please limit yourself to three images so we have time to look at all the images. Images should be emailed to Rick Vollbrecht prior to the meeting.

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  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:
          Marci Lanois, Terry Molter, Wendy Muller, Edna Pfeiffer, Allen Poulin,

2013 Club Programs:

The following is a list of programs that are planned for 2013. 

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
1. Car(s)
2. Fence
3. Funny
4. Hands
5. Kitchen item
6. Old
7. Self-portrait
8. Smooth
9. Storefront
10. Tall
11. Texture
12. Wildcard - what is it

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.  Frank Remfrey has agreed to again coordinate some field trips for the club.  Frank has scheduled the following tentative field trips: 

          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  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 (  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:

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

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 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!

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.

UW Waukesha: 

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:

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:

If you are aware of other photo contests, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht at

Websites of Interest:

Retzer Camera Club blog: 
WACCO (Wisconsin Area Camera Clubs Organization): 
PSA (Photographic Association of America):
PSA Wisconsin:
Friends of Retzer Nature Center: