Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mirrorless Cameras Featured Topic for October Meeting

Retzer Nature Center 
Camera Club 
October Newsletter 

October Meeting  Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, 7:00 PM

Program - Mirrorless Cameras – Jim Kurovsky

You have heard about mirrorless cameras, but do you know what they are and what they offer?  Our member, Jim Kurovsky, will explain what mirrorless cameras are all about.  He will explain how they work, how they are different from DSLRs, what they offer to photography and how they may be of interest to you.  Come to the October meeting and learn about this technology.

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: Jill Arth, Mark Blackman, Deb Bloede, Chris Braker and Tom Brandt.

Please email your images to Tom Wright ( ) by Tuesday, October 2ndstWhen submitting your images, please change the file name to include your name as the first information in the file name. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images.

2018 Club Programs:

Our 2018 programs and meeting dates are listed below.  Our program chairman, Randy Scherkenbach, is looking for your ideas for programs for 2019.  If you have a topic you would like to see presented, please let Randy know now. Please forward your ideas to Randy ( ).

2018 Program Schedule:  

• November 7, 2018  Caryl Sedushak – Photographing with Lensbaby
• December 5, 2018 – Holiday Party - Member Scavenger Hunt and Best of 2018 Images.

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.  

2018 Field Trips:  No trips are planned at this time.

New Members:  We had two new members join our club at the September meeting.  Please welcome Jyoti Sengupta and Kathy Malach.  Look for them at the meeting and introduce yourself.  

Guests are always welcome at our meetings.  Come to a couple meetings and see what we are all about.  If you would like to join, annual dues are $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple.

FacebookOur camera club now has a Facebook page!  If you are on Facebook, simply put Retzer Nature Center Camera Club in the search box and you will find us.  Click on the Join button and Elizabeth or Randy will approve you.  This is a Closed Group and open only to club members.  This means that anything posted here can only be seen by members of the group.  You can feel free to share your work here without fear that someone outside the club will have access to it.  Anything posted here is private, so feel free to ask questions – don’t be embarrassed or shy about it.  The monthly Newsletter, meeting topics and outings will also be posted here.  Check it out!

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 2018
Your scavenger hunt images will be shown at our Holiday Party in December.  

The topics for our 2018 Scavenger Hunt are:
1. Angle
2. Awakening
3. Close encounters
4. Delicious
5. Depth
6. Electric
7. Eyes
8. Patience
9. Play
10. Work

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:

WACCO Fall 2018 Competition – Saturday, November 3, 2018.  Submission deadline: October 13, 2018. This competition is open to all members.  Categories include Projected Open, Projected Nature, Small Prints and Large Prints.  There are two random categories: Birds (Nature) and Portraits (Open).  Please see the WACCO website - – for details and entry instructions.  You will find the information under “Competition Info – Uploader”.  This is a great opportunity to see how your images can do in a competition.  Then come to the judging on November 3rd to see all the images as they are judged.

Wisconsin Print Circuit – Prints due November 7th. Members may submit one image in color and one image in black & white.  Subject is Open, so any subject and digital manipulation is allowed.  Prints must be 8.5 x 12 or smaller (typical sizes are 8x12, 8.5x11 or 8x12).  Your name, club name and image title must be on the back of the print.  Draw an arrow on the back of the print to indicate the top of the image.  Print must be given to Elizabeth Whitcomb no later than our November meeting.

Garden Expo Photography Contest – Application deadline: December 15, 2018.  Sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television, this is the inaugural year for the contest.  It is designed to bring another form of art, imagery and perspective to the Garden Expo.  Additional information is available at: . 

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
WACCO (Wisconsin Area Camera Clubs Organization): PSA (Photographic Association of America): PSA Wisconsin:
Friends of Retzer Nature Center:
Jim Edlhuber’s blog  

Club Organization:  

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.