Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Meeting Agenda: Judging WI Print Circuit

Retzer Nature Center 
Camera Club 
February Newsletter 

February Meeting  Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, 7:00 PM

Program  Wisconsin Print Circuit Judging, Photo Composition:

This month we will be judging the Wisconsin Print Circuit.  Photographers who are members of Wisconsin camera clubs are able to submit one color and one monochrome for the competition.  All participating club judge the images, with the results being tabulated to determine the print scores and winning prints.  Please bring a pen or pencil for scoring.  You will be viewing some excellent prints!
The second part of the meeting will be a brief program on photo composition by Randy Scherkenbach.  Randy will give us some ideas on what elements of composition can be used to create a superior image.

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: Craig Kasseckert, Richard Knisbeck, Mary Krajak, Jim Kurovsky and Ramona Lenger.

Please email your images to Tom Wright ( ) by Tuesday, February 6th. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images.

2017-18 Club Programs:

Our 2018 programs and meeting dates are listed below.  Other program information will be added as speakers are confirmed.  We are always looking for ideas for future programs that are of interest to our members.  If you have any ideas for speakers or program topics, pleas forward your ideas to Randy Scherkenbach ( ).

The following programs / speakers will be presented this year.  Specific dates for these programs are being determined:
Shooting Wildlife – Sunil Gopalan
Natural Light Portraits – Suvi Tory
Travel Photography – Kevin Thomas
Drone Photography – Randy Scherkenbach
March 7, 2018 – Derek Ace – Infrared Photography
April 4, 2018
May 2, 2018
June 6, 2018
July 4, 2018 – No Meeting
August 1, 2018
September 5, 2018
October 3, 2018
November 7, 2018
December 5, 2018 – 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 Co-chairs, Elizabeth Whitcomb and Caryl Sedushak, are working on a schedule that will include some of our traditional outings plus a few new ones. They are always looking for your ideas of some places you would find interesting for a club outing.  If you have any ideas of places you would like to have us shoot, please send your ideas to our Outings Chairperson, Elizabeth Whitcomb (  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.  Perhaps you have a favorite place for fall colors or winter scenery.  

Thursday, February 8th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM– Harley Davidson Museum.  We have been invited by the Unlimited Vision Photo Club, to join them for an evening shoot at the Harley Davidson Museum.  The cost is $14.00 and includes one hour where the museum will be closed to the general public.  Tripods and on-camera flash will be allowed.  You must register to attend this event.  Register no later than February 2nd, by sending an email to Rick Petersohn at

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. 

WACCO Presents a Photography Seminar by Roman Kurywczak - Saturday, March 3rd:
The seminar will be held at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Roman will cover topics including night photography, wildlife portraits and action, macro photography and landscapes.  At the early registration cost of $45.00 (including lunch), this is a bargain.  Early registration ends February 5th.  After that date, the cost will be $65.00.

Photo Contests and Exhibits:

If you are aware of any photo contests or exhibits, 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 (Rvollb@wi.rr.comso 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:  

Club dues for 2018 are now due.  Dues are $15.00/member, $25.00/couple.  Dues may be paid to our Treasurer, Jim Edlhuber.

Our club officers are: 

Tom Wright
Vice President   
Jim Hobbick
Jim Edlhuber 
Program Chair   
Randy Scherkenbach  
Outings Chair   
Elizabeth Whitcomb, Caryl Sedushak

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