Retzer Nature Center
October 2015 Newsletter
October Meeting – Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:00 PM
In previous meetings we have looked at ways for you to display your images including digital “slide” shows and matting and framing prints. This month we will look at two additional ways to show off those great images. Karen Geisel will show us how to create hard cover photo books and various options available to get your books printed. Rick Vollbrecht will demonstrate how to create a photo montage incorporating multiple images. Montages can be another way to create photo scrapbooks or incorporated into photos books. They are also suitable for framing. Join us at the October meeting to learn about these methods for displaying you images.
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:
Pan Greuttner, Tom Grzesiak, Rick Heinze, Kurt Heubner and Jim Hobbick
Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht(Rvollb@wi.rr.com ) by next Tuesday. This will help to streamline theprocess of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images.
2015 Club Programs:
Our 2015 programs are listed below:
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. 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 Fall or Winter outing, please let us know.
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:
3. I can’t believe I captured that!
6. Bloomin’ Beautiful
10. At night
Future Events of Interest:
John & Barbara Gerlach Photographic Seminar – Saturday, October 24th, Midway Hotel, Brookfield. Sponsored by Unlimited Vision Photo Club. This is an all day, intensive photo seminar from which you will come away with new tools and ideas to improve your photographic skills. It is appropriate for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. The Gerlachs are well known in the photographic community and present a very informative program. This is an opportunity not to be missed! A brochure with registration information is attached.
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:
Old World Wisconsin 2015 Photo Contest – Due 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: http://www.friendsoww.org/photo_contest.htm
Friends of Retzer Nature Center Annual Photography Contest – Due date: October 28th, 2015 Photos must be taken at Retzer Natue Center. Categories include: People and Activities, Plants, Scenery, Wildlife, and Black & White. There will be a reception on Sunday, November 1st to view the photographs and awards prizes to the winners.
WACCO Fall Competition – Due date: October 17, 2015 For further details and submission requirements, plese see the WACCO web site: www.wicameraclubs.org.
5th Annual WACCO Exhibit – January 16 – March 12, 2016 at the Reuss Federal Building in Milwaukee. Deadline is December 19, 2015. 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/