Retzer Nature Center
July 2017 Newsletter
July Meeting – Wednesday, July 5th, 2017, 7:00 PM
Program – What Makes a Great Image?:
Did you ever wonder what makes a great image? What makes an award-winning image stand out from all the rest? Sometimes it can be the small things that can make a big difference. Elizabeth Whitcomb will show us some of the elements and techniques that can make major improvements to our images. She will also explain how these elements can affect how images are judged in photo competitions. Come to learn how to take your images to the next level.
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: Bob Wickland, Milt Wilson, Tom Wright, Bob Zastrow.
Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht (Rvollb@wi.rr.com) by Tuesday, July 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 always looking for ideas for future programs. If you have any ideas for speakers or program topics, pleas forward your ideas to Elizabeth Whitcomb (Lizannwhit@Gmail.com). We are always looking for program topics that are of interest to our members.
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
Wisconsin PSA Club Showcase Results:
The results are in from the 2016-2017 Wisconsin PSA Club Showcase. This year fifteen clubs participated in the Showcase. Each club submitted seven images representing their club for a total of 105 images. The images were judged by all participating clubs and an average image score calculated for each image.
I am pleased to report that our club finished in third place – missing second by .07 points! Well done!!! Here are the scores (on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being best) for our member’s images:
Kevin Thomas The Farmer’s Wife 3.9234 7th overall
Jim Kurovsky Patient Frog 3.8428 9th overall
Rick Vollbrecht Look at Me 3.5683
Jim Edlhuber Hungry Heron 3.5597
Tom Wright Where’s Mom 3.4135
Mary Graves Bluebird in the Snow Storm 3.3641
Caryl Sedushak Look What I Caught 3.1529
Congratulations to all our members for a great showing.
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:
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.
Tentative 2017 Field Trips:
July – Wildflowers at Retzer Nature Center
July – Downtown Milwaukee at night
August – Manitowoc County – Farms, barns, old cars, night sky.
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.
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 www.SWMCCC.org
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. The new UW Waukesha catalog is now available. 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 PSA (Photographic Association of America): www.PSA-photo.org PSA Wisconsin: www.PSA.wisconsin.org
Friends of Retzer Nature Center: www.FriendsofRetzer.org
Jim Edlhuber’s blog: http://www.windowtowildlife.com/
Our club officers are:
Members should feel free to contact the officers with any questions and suggestions they may have for the club.