Retzer Nature Center
February 2015 Newsletter
February Meeting – Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7:00 PM
Our January meeting was cancelled due to bad weather. As a result, we will have the program originally scheduled for January.
Program: PSA Wisconsin Showcase Judging – This month we will be judging the images submitted for the PSA Wisconsin Showcase. We will have images from about thirteen clubs from Wisconsin to judge. All clubs are in the process of judging these images and the results will be available in Spring. Our club has done well in this competition over the years, finishing 2nd last year. As usual, we will see some great images from some fine Wisconsin photographer. Please bring along a pen or pencil and a small flashlight to help you to see the scoring sheets.
In addition, we will judge prints from the Wisconsin Print Circuit. This is the first year that our club is participating in this event.
Following the judging, we will use some of the competition images to start a discussion on what makes a good images. We will also provide critiques for member images (see below).
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: Roy Schneider, John Seals, Caryl Sedushak, Judy Stowell
Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht (Rvollb@wi.rr.com ) by next Tuesday. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images
2015 Club Programs:
Our program planning group has net recently to develop our 2015 program schedule. We have a great lineup of guest speaker and some interactive experiences. Thanks the members who provided program ideas and to Elizabeth Whitcomb, Frank Remfrey, Katie Farber, Karen Geisel and Rick Vollbrecht for their work in developing the schedule.
Our 2015 programs are listed below.
February 4, 2014 – Judging of the PSA Wisconsin Showcase images and Wisconsin Print Circuit. We will judge images from thirteen Wisconsin camera clubs as part of the annual PSA Wisconsin Showcase. We will also judge prints submitted by individuals as part of the Wisconsin Print Circuit. We will spend the reminder of the evening critiquing member images.
March 4, 2015 – Guest speaker: Abe Van Dyke, photojournalist
April 1, 2015 – Guest speaker: Ram Pai, macro photography
May 6, 2015 – Tabletop photography. Members will have an opportunity to shoot various tabletop arrangements
June 3, 2015 – Guest speaker: Brian Havican, forensic photography
July 1, 2015 – Shooting and creating panoramic images
August 5, 2015 – Selecting images for Wisconsin PSA Showcase.
September 2, 2015 – Creating images using HDR
October 7, 2015 – Creating digital slide shows with Lightroom.
Creating photo books
Creating photo montages
November 4, 2015 – Shooting the night sky, painting with light (outdoor shoot at Retzer)
December 2, 2015 – Holiday Party. Review Scavenger Hunt images and member’s favorite 2015 images. Spouses and guests are invited.
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 coordinate field trips for the club. If you have some 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.
The tentative schedule for photo outings:
June – Bike races in Waukesha
Spring – Evanston, Illinois lighthouse and Bahai Temple
Summer – Downtown Milwaukee night shoot
Summer – Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford
Summer – Tiffany Bridge and Beckman Mill in Beloit
Summer – Chicago Botanical Gardens
July – Wildflowers at Retzer
August – Frame Park flower gardens
August 15-16 – Midwest Freestyle Kayak Championship in Wausau
Future Events of Interest:
Cedarburg Winter Fest Photo Walk: Saturday, February 21st 12:00 noon until 4:00PM. Meet at Historic Interurban Depot (N57W6406). For more details go to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1514965265444127/
Adam Jones Photography Seminar: Saturday, March 21st 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Mequon Nature Preserve. Sponsored by WACCO. Jones is a Canon “Explorer of Light”. His talk will cover workflow, RAW capture, macro techniques, wildlife, composition and travel strategies, and other topics.
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:
If you are aware of 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/