Retzer Nature Center
January 2016 Newsletter
January Meeting – Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 7:00 PM
Our January meeting will provide an opportunity for us to judge the PSA Wisconsin Showcase images. Camera clubs throughout Wisconsin (17 clubs this year) have each submitted seven images representing the best images from their clubs. All clubs are now judging those images. The judging results will be tabulated and the results announced in May. Please bring a pen, a small flashlight to help you see your score sheet and something hard to write on.
Following the judging we will review some of the competition images and discuss what makes a good image.
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, Richard Knisbeck, Jim Kurovsky, Kathy Lilligren, Pete Lilligren
Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht( Rvollb@wi.rr.com ) by Tuesday, January 5th. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images
2016 Club Programs:
We are currently working on our program schedule for 2016. You are our greatest resource for ideas. If you have any topics you would like to see presented, please let us know.
Our 2016 programs and meeting dates are listed below:
February 3, 2016
March 2, 2016
April 6, 2016
May 4, 2016
June 1, 2016
July 6, 2016
August 3, 2016
September 7, 2016
October 5, 2016
November 2, 2016
December 7, 2016
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. If you have some ideas of where you would like to see us go, please let us 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.
We do not have any further outing scheduled for this year. If you would be willing to organize a winter outing, please let us know.
Future Events of Interest:
Creating Art with Macro Seminar and Workshop with Mike Moat – March 5, 2016 Sponsored by WACCO, this event brings Mike Moats, a well known macro photographer, for an all day event. The seminar is scheduled for 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. The hands on workshop will run from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. The event will be at the Midway Hotel and Suites in Brookfield. For more information go to www.wicameraclubs.org
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:
5th Annual WACCO Exhibit – January 16 – March 12, 2016 at the Reuss Federal Building in Milwaukee. See the WACCO web site to see a catalog of past entrants. Details will be posted at the WACCO website(www.wicameraclubs.org) in the future.
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. 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
Friends of Retzer Nature Center: www.FriendsofRetzer.org
Jim Edlhuber’s blog: http://www.windowtowildlife.com/