Thursday, March 30, 2017

April Meeting to Feature Tips from Tim Holte

Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
April 2017 Newsletter

April Meeting Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, 7:00 PM 

Want to learn how to create those stunning landscape photographs?  Our April meeting is for you.  Landscape photographer Tim Holte will show some of his outstanding images and tell us how he created them.  Tim says: “I take photos to fulfill some kind of subconscious need to document time and memory.  I am concerned about beauty and how it can be found all around us.  I keep things simple and enjoy the process more and more as I get older.  Nice light, an interesting subject and basic compositional elements are what I look for and try to capture.”  Come to the meeting to learn techniques that will help you to improve your images.

Note: Dues for 2017 are due at this meeting.  If you have not yet paid your dues, please see our Treasurer, Jim Edlhuber, at the meeting.

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: Linnea Matthiesen, Dave Merritt, Don Monteleone, Rick Petersohn, Edna Pfeiffer.

Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht ( by Tuesday, April 4th. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images.

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.
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

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 2017.
Your scavenger hunt images will be shown at our Holiday Party in December. 
The topics for our 2017 Scavenger Hunt are:
1.    Fun
2.    Patina
3.    Detail
4.    Liquid
5.    Dew
6.    Fungi
7.    Feather
8.    Creature
9.    Motion
10.  Soft

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.

Tom Bamberger: Hyperphotographic – March 25 – May 21, 2017 - The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend is featuring an exhibit of photography by Wisconsin photographer Tom Bamberger.

Out of Chicago, June 23-25th – A weekend in Chicago featuring classes, photowalks, panel discussions, workshops and more.  For more information go to 

Southwest Michigan Camera Club Council (SWMCCC) Summer Weekend of Photography and Digital Imaging, July 28-30, 2017:  This annual event features three days of workshops on many aspects of photography and digital imaging.  Fieldtrips include Birds of Prey and night shoots.  For more information go to

Photo Contests:

WACCO Spring Competition – Saturday, May 6th Entry deadline is April 15th! Sponsored by Wisconsin Area Camera Clubs Organization, this competition offers our members an opportunity to enter images in a number of formats and categories including projected and prints in monochrome or color.  This is an easy competition to enter and is a good way to see how your images stack up against other Wisconsin photographers. Details are available on the WACCO website: 

Wisconsin Images for Conservation – Registration May 1, 2017 – This is a photo contest featuring images that show off the diversity of Wisconsin wildlife, plants and landscapes.  For more information see their website: 

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.  The new UW Waukesha catalog is now available.  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 are due now! 
Club dues for the 2017 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:

Rick Vollbrecht
             Vice President 
Tom Wright
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.