Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Forensic Photographer Brian Havican to Present at June Meeting

Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
June 2015 Newsletter

June Meeting – Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 7:00 PM 

You have watched “CSI” and “NCIS” and observed crime scene investigators using photography to help solve a complex crime in one hour.  How do they do it?  Our guest speaker this month will be forensic photographer Brian Havican.  Brian will show us how photography really works in solving crime.  Join us for an interesting and informative presentation.

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: Travis Allen, Robert Beitz, Mark Blackman, Craig Brown, and Shane Carlton.
Also, members who participated in the tabletop photography last month should send several of their most interesting images to share with the club. 
Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht    ( ) 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 2015 programs are listed below: 

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.

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.  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.

The tentative schedule for photo outings:
            June 21 – 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

Photo Scavenger Hunt:

We will once again be conducting a 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.    Capture 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.  We will review them at our December meeting
4.    Have fun!
Here are the topics for our 2015 Scavenger Hunt:
  1. Delicate
  2. Decay
  3. I can’t believe I captured that!
  4. Graffiti
  5. Doorway
  6. Bloomin’ Beautiful
  7. Stormy
  8. Shadow
  9. Bridge
  10. At night

Club Logo:

We would like to design a logo for our club.  This would be something we could use on our Newsletter or other communications.  We are also considering offering members the opportunity to purchase club apparel (shirts, jackets, etc) that would display our logo.  So, dust off your design skills and let us see what you can design!  Even if you are not good at drawing, just give us a rough sketch or a description of what you have in mind.  Get your ideas in to Elizabeth Whitcomb or Rick Vollbrecht.

Future Events of Interest:

Out of Chicago Photo Conference, June 25-28:  The conference is based at The University Center in Chicago and offers a variety of seminars and workshops at the Center and other downtown Chicago locations.  For more information go to:

Summer Weekend of Photography July 30th-August 2nd Holland, MI:  Sponsored by the Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs (SWMCCC) the weekend offers a variety of presentations, workshops and field trips.  For more information go to

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:

WACCO Spring Competition – Judging was held on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  Members of our club brought home many awards:
Elizabeth Whitcomb: 1st 2nd and third place in Color Open Small Prints, plus four Honhorable Mentions
Jim Edlhuber: 2nd and 3rd place in Mono Open Projected, plus seven Honorable Mentions
Milt Wilson: Five honorable Mentions
Randy Scherkenbach: Four Honorable Mentions

Lake Country Photo ContestDue date: June 23, 2015.  Submissions must be original images of the natural lakes, rivers, streams ponds and waterways of Lake Country.  Winning images will be on display at the Lake Country Clean Water Festival on June 27th.  For more information go to   

Old World Wisconsin 2015 Photo ContestDue date: October 16, 2015.  Photos must be taken at Old World Wisconsin.  Categories include: Pionee Life, People, Ariculture, Nature, historic Structures.  For more information go to:

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

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 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.

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:

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: .  If you are aware of other photography classes or seminars, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht
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:
Jim Edlhuber’s blog: