Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Chris Collins and "One Photo A Day" Will Highlight the January Agenda

Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
January Newsletter

January Meeting Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019, 7:00 PM

Program – 365 Projects (Picture a Day) – Chris Collins

Chris Collins began taking a photo a day in January of 2009. He started documenting the life around him through landscapes, architecture, street scenes and portraits. A number of his daily images have been published in periodicals that circulate the Madison area. As a tribute to the people of Madison, he has also created a collection of 100 (and growing) portraits of everyday people and their extraordinary stories. Chris' mission is simple, to showcase the world he calls home, and to capture what he calls the "Isthmus Portrait."

Some of Chris’ photos can be seen at:

Join us to see how Chris can find an image every day.

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: Mike Gray, John Hasse, Jim Hayes, Bob Hempeck, JoAnn Hempeck

Please email your images to Tom Wright ( ) by Tuesday, January 1st . 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.

2019 Club Programs:

Our 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 ( ).

2019 Program Schedule:         

·         February 6, 2019 – Geri Laehn - Astrophotography
·         March 6, 2019 - PSA Wisconsin Showcase judging
·         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. 

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!

Annual Dues:  Dues for the 2019 club year are $15.00 for an individual and $25.00 for a couple.  You can pay your dues to our Treasurer, Jim Edlhuber, at the next meeting.  Our dues help to pay for guest speaker honorariums and club expenses.

            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 Photography Seminar and Workshop - Saturday, March 2, 2019.  WACCO’s annual seminar features professional photographer Colleen Miniuk-Sperry.   She will be speaking on topics including Finding Your Creative Voice, Composition: No More Rules, Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography and Ebb and Flow: Riding the Waves of Creative Energy.  An optional workshop will be held on Sunday, March 3rd.  For more information and registration, go to the WACCO website: .

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 ( 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.