Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Holiday Party: January 4th

Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
January 2017 Newsletter

January Meeting – Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, 7:00 PM

Annual Holiday Party – Please read carefully!

Our January meeting will be our annual Holiday Party. Your spouse / guest is invited and encouraged to attend.  This will be an opportunity for them to see what we do at our meetings and to meet other club members.  Make sure to extend an invitation to your spouse / guest so they can get the date on their calendar.

We will be sharing our Scavenger Hunt images.  Now is the time to get any of those last minute shots you need to complete the scavenger hunt list.  Please email your ten images as jpeg attachments to Rick Vollbrecht as soon as possible (  It would be helpful if you would rename the images to correspond to the category – i.e. 01-Music, 02-Happiness, etc.  We are looking forward to seeing your creativity!  For further information on the Scavenger Hunt, please see the next section of the Newsletter.

As in past years we will also be sharing your “Best of 2016” images.  This is a great way to show our guests and fellow club members some of the interesting images you captured this year.  Please email  five of your best images taken in 2016 to Rick Vollbrecht. 

We would also like to have some light refreshments to share at the party.  If you can provide something, please let me know by email what you will provide.  Please keep it simple.

Photo Scavenger Hunt:

Our Photo Scavenger Hunt has become a popular annual event which we will be doing again this year.  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 in 2016. 
The topics for our 2016 Scavenger Hunt are:
  1. Music
  2. Happiness
  3. Flavor
  4. Wind
  5. America
  6. Backlit
  7. Geometric
  8. Contrast
  9. Sparkle
  10. Texture

2017 Club Programs:

Our 2017 programs and meeting dates are listed below.  We are still working to firm up some of the speakers, so the schedule is subject to change.
February 1, 2017 – Judging PSA Wisconsin Club Showcase.
March 1, 2017 – Image editing - correction and enhancement presented by Tom Wright.  Members will receive images in advance and given an opportunity to show how they would improve them.
April 5, 2017 – Landscape Photography
May 3, 2017 – Marketing Photographs
June 7, 2017 – Architecture Photography (inside and outside)
July 5, 2017 – What makes a good image?  How to evaluate and judge photographs.
August 2, 2017 – Selection of images for PSA Wisconsin Showcase.
September 6, 2017 – Street Photography
October 4, 2017 – Daytime long exposure photography
November 1, 2017 – Portrait Photography
December 6, 2017 – Annual Holiday Party

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.  Our Outings Chairperson, Randy Scherkenbach, will be organizing more outing for 2017.  If you have some ideas of where you would like to see us go, please let Randy 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.

Future Events of Interest:
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 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: 

Club Organization:

Annual dues will be due starting the first of the year.
Club dues for the 2016 club year are:
            Individual - $15.00
            Couple / Family - $25.00
            Student (16-25) - $10.00
Please see our Treasurer, Jim Edlhuber, to pay your dues.

Our club officers are:
            President                      Rick Vollbrecht
            Vice President              Tom Wright
            Treasurer                     Jim Edlhuber
            Program Chair              Elizabeth Whitcomb
            Outings Chair              Randy Scherkenbach

Members should feel free to contact the officers with any questions and suggestions they may have for the club.