Wednesday, October 31, 2018

November Meeting: Creating Macro Images With Lensbaby

Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
November Newsletter

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

Program – Lensbaby, Seeing Things Creatively – Caryl Sedushak

Caryl tells us this about her program: 

I love to take macro images of flowers and, sometimes, bugs. But I was running out of ways to photograph them. Everything in focus was starting to bore me.

Two years ago, I watched an online video at “Creativelive”. They were showing a free class called “Creating Painterly Photographs” by Kathleen Clemons. I was so amazed at the images she was getting. This is what I wanted to achieve with my images!

I bought a Velvet 56 Lensbaby four months later. This lens enables me to shoot macros with bokeh, shallow depth of field or a blurred background. The lens gives a “glow” which draws your eye into the image.

I’ll have information about the lenses and some images to show you what they can do.

Learn from Caryl how she uses the Lensbaby to create her images.

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: Wayne Christensen, Lisa Conley, Carl Courtois, Jim Edlhuber, Karen Geisel.

Please email your images to Tom Wright ( ) by Tuesday, November 6th. When 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.

December Meeting – Early Information: 

Our December meeting will be our annual Holiday Party.  We want to give you some information to help you get ready:
1.     Your spouse / guest is invited to the Holiday Party!  This is an opportunity for them to meet the club members with whom you spend one night a month.  They will also get a chance to see some of the great images our club members create.  So, invite them now!  Make sure your spouse / guest gets the date on their calendar.
2.    At the Holiday Party we will show the results of the 2018 Scavenger Hunt.  See details later in this Newsletter.  Check to make sure you have taken images for all the topics and get those last minute shots.  You can send them to Rick Vollbrecht ( any time you have all of them ready.  Please rename the images to have your name, image # and the topic in the file name.  For example…RickV-1-Angle, RickV-2-Awakening, etc. 
3.    We are also asking members to send in five of their best or favorite images from 2018.  We will put these images into a program to share with our guests, highlighting our member’s “Best of 2018”.  This program has been very well received by our guests in the past.  So, start getting your images ready and send them to Rick Vollbrecht.  Again, please rename each image to start with your name.  We are looking forward to seeing some great images again this year!

2018 -2019 Club Programs:

Our 2018 -2019 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:         

·         December 5, 2018 – Holiday Party - Member Scavenger Hunt and Best of 2018 Images.
·         January 2, 2019
·         February 6, 2019 – PSA Wisconsin Showcase judging
·         March 6, 2019
·         April 3, 2019
·         May 1, 2019
·         June 5, 2019
·         July 3, 2019 – No meeting
·         August 7, 2019
·         September 4, 2019
·         October 2, 2019
·         November 6, 2019
·         December 4, 2019

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 - 2019 Field Trips:  No trips are planned at this time.

Facebook: Our 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 CompetitionSaturday, November 3, 2018.  Entry to this competition is now closed, but you have an opportunity to watch the judging.  Judging takes place at the Waukesha State Bank, lower level, starting at about 11:30 AM. The bank is located on Highway 67 just north of I-94 in Oconomowoc.  This is a great opportunity to see how judging takes place and how your images can do in a competition. 

Wisconsin Print CircuitPrints due November 2nd.  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 this Friday, November 2nd.  Please contact Elizabeth to make arrangements to get your prints to her.

Garden Expo Photography ContestApplication 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 ( 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:
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.