Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Main Topic of August Meeting: Travel Photography

Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
August Newsletter

August Meeting Wednesday, August 7th, 2019, 7:00 PM

Program – Jyoti N. Sengupta – Travel Photography

Jyoti, a member of our club, will provide us with some tips and techniques for getting good travel photographs.  He will give us information on how to prepare for travel and share some of his photographs.

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.

This month we are asking members who participated in two club events to share their images.  At our June meeting we did a photo walk on the Retzer property.  On July 23rd we had our annual wildflower shoot at Retzer.  If you attended either of these event, please submit up to five images to share with the club.

Please email your images to Tom Wright ( ) by Tuesday, August 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.

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:         

·         September 4, 2019 – PSA Wisconsin Club Showcase image selection
·         October 2, 2019
·         November 6, 2019
·         December 4, 2019erezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz – Holiday Party

Special Club Meeting Opportunity:  The Unlimited Vision Photo Club has invited us to join them at their October 17th meeting where the program will be a presentation by professional wildlife photographer John Van Den Brandt.  Check out John’s images at  This promises to be an excellent program, and we thank the Unlimited Vision club for inviting us.  Mark the date on your calendar!  Additional information with meeting location will be in the October Newsletter.

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:  None are scheduled at this time.


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!

            Future Events of Interest:

CAPS – 2019 – November 23-24, 2019:  The Chicago Area Photographic School features main speakers, teaching classes, workshops and vendor displays.  It will be held at the Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College in Palatine, IL.  Additional information will be available in the future at the website of the Chicago Area Camera Club Association, .
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:

Retzer Club Page on WACCO Website:  The WACCO website ( has pages for each member club to display photographs from club members.  Check it out to see what our members and other clubs are shooting.  If you would like to see some of your images on our club page, please send several of your images to Caryl Sedushak ( ).  The images should be 2100 pixels on the long side and no larger than 1 mb.  Let’s see some of our great member photos on the WACCO site!

WACCO Fall 2019 Competition – Saturday, November 2, 2019:  It is too early to submit images, but mark this date on your calendar and start thinking about images you may want to enter.  Members may submit prints and/or projected images in a variety of Open and Nature categories.  More information and entry instructions will be available at a later date on the WACCO website: .  This is an easy competition to enter and members are encouraged to see how their images compare to other Wisconsin photographers. 

Wisconsin Public TV Garden & Landscape Expo – February 7-9, 2010:  Entry deadline is December 15, 2019.This competition is in conjunction with the annual Garden & Landscape Expo. All photos must include plant material.  Categories include Macro, Landscape, Food and Abstract.  Additional information contest rules are available at

If you are aware of any photo contests or exhibits, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht at

Wisconsin PSA Club Showcase Results: 
Each year our club participates in the PSA Wisconsin Club Showcase.  Each participating club submits seven images to represent the club.  All participating clubs judge the images and the final results are tabulated to determine the best images and the winning club.  We are pleased to report that this year the Retzer Camera Club was judged the best, placing 1st among the 13 participating clubs!  Congratulations!  The individual images from our club are listed below with their ranking among the 91 images judges and average score based on a 5-point scale.

                                    Member                        Image Title                               Average Score  Rank

                                    Kurt Huebner               Halloween Pennant Dragonfly          4.0257     2nd
                                    Rick Vollbrecht            Family Snack Time                           3.9684     5th
                                    Jim Edlhuber                Graceful Landing                              3.8770     11th
                                    John Hasse                   Gulf Storm Morning                         3.7628     15th
                                    Brian Sprague               Cooter Turtle                                   3.7213     17th
                                    Tom Wright                  HALT!                                               3.2822
                                    Caryl Sedushak            In the Pink                                       3.1262

In September we will be selecting our seven club images for the next Showcase.  Please start to look for your great image now!  Everyone has an image that is worth submitting.  We will provide information on how to submit your image in the next Newsletter.

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:

Mike Crivellos Cameras is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a series of photography classes throughout the year.  Check out their class offerings at: 

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