Thursday, October 29, 2015

Night Sky and Light Painting To Highlight November Gathering

Retzer Nature Center

Camera Club

November 2015 Newsletter

November Meeting – Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:00 PM 

Our November meeting will feature shooting the night sky and light painting.  We will venture outside to photograph the moon and stars.  Light painting will involve techniques to paint scenes with alternate light sources.  Of course, this is dependent on the weather, so we will need to be flexible.  If the weather does not cooperate, we will experiment with light painting inside.  Bring your camera, tripod and a cable release or wireless remote.  Also bring a small flashlight to help you see the controls on your camera, and a more powerful flashlight for the light painting. You should also familiarize yourself with how to get long exposures with your camera.  The “bulb” setting is handy for what we will be doing.  If you are not familiar with this function on your camera, it may be time to dust off the manual! This will be a night of creating some interesting images!

Member Image Sharing:

Because the program this month will keep us busy, we will not have any image sharing.


2015 Club Programs:

Our 2015 programs are listed below: 


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.

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:

UPDATE:  We will be viewing member scavenger hunt images as part of our December program.  You may begin to email your images to Rick Vollbrecht ( as soon as you have them ready.  The images should be named with the appropriate number and name (i.e. 01-Delicate, 02-Decay, etc.)  This will allow them to be projected in the proper order.  Please send your images all at one time.  You may need to send them in several emails because of file size.  Images should be sent as JPEG attachments.  We look forward to seeing your creativity at the December meeting.

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

Future Events of Interest:

The Chicago Area Photographic SchoolThe Chicago Area Camera Club Association is sponsoring a two day program November 21-22 in Elgin Illinois.  Featured speakers are Tim Grey and Jennifer Wu.  Various programs will be held during the two days.  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:

Friends of Retzer Nature Center Annual Photography Contest – The deadline for contest submissions has passed, but you may still be interested in attending a reception on Sunday, November 1st 1:00 – 3:30PM to view the photographs and hear the announcement of the winning photos.

WACCO Fall Competition – The deadline has passed for contest submissions, but you should consider attending the competiton judging on Saturday, November 7th at 11:30 AM.   The judging will take place at the Waukesha State Bank, Lower Level, I-94 and Hwy 67, exit 282 ( turn north) Oconomowoc, starting at 11:30.  This will be an opportunity to see many excellent photographs from Wisconsin photographers.  You will also be able to see how the judging takes place.  This year our club is also expected to provide several members to assist in the preparation and showing of the images for judging.  If you are willing to help, please let me know.

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 ( in the future.

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.  WCTC Spring 2016 classes have just been announced and registration starts November 17th.


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: