Sunday, September 22, 2019

Drone photography to be featured at October meeting

Retzer Nature Center 
Camera Club 
October Newsletter 

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

Program Randy Scherkenbach – Drone and Aerial Photography: Randy will discuss techniques and his experiences taking photos using drones and other methods for aerial photography.  He will share some of the amazing images he has created from this unique vantage point.

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: Jocelyn Ritger, Roy Schneider, Caryl Sedushak, Jyoti Sengupta and Brian Sprague.

Please email your images to Tom Wright ( ) by Tuesday, October 1stWhen 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 2020.  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:  

• October 17, 2029  Special Joint meeting with Unlimited Vision Photo Club.  See details below.
• November 6, 2019– Neil Jaehnert – Creating videos
• December 4, 2019 – Holiday Party
• January 1, 2020  Happy New Year! – no meeting
• February 5, 2020
• March 4, 2020
• April 1, 2020
• May 6, 2020
• June 3, 2020
• July 1, 2020
• August 5, 2020
• September 2, 2020
• October 7, 2020
• November 4, 2020
• December 2, 2020

Special Club Meeting Opportunity:  The Unlimited Vision Photo Club has invited us to join them at their October 17thmeeting 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.  The Unlimited Vision Photo Club meets at Citizens Bank – 2109 Corporate Drive, Waukesha.  Enter through the front door and take the stairs / elevator to the second floor meeting room.  The meeting starts at 7:00 PM with the doors opening at 6:30 PM for some social time. Mark the date on your calendar!  

December Meeting Information:  Our December meeting will be our annual Holiday Party.  Spouses and guests are invited to join in this opportunity, so make sure you invite them and have them get the date marked on their calendars!  This will be a good opportunity for them to meet your fellow club members and see some of the wonderful images our club members create.

As in the past, we will give members a chance to show off some of their best images from the year.  This year each member may submit up to eight of their favorite images from 2019.  We will put your images into a program for the evening.  We will also be asking members to bring some light refreshments.  Additional information on how to submit your images and a request for refreshments will be in the November Newsletter.

Club Officers:

Our club meetings and activities are planned and managed by a group of officers who make up our Board of Directors.  The officer positions are President, Vice President, Treasurer, Program Chair and Outings Chair.  The officers serve a two-year term.  All officer terms will be expiring at the end of this year.  This is your opportunity to take a direct role in helping the club plan its future activities.  If you would like to be considered for an officer position or would like additional information about the officer duties, please contact our President Tom Wright (

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:

Wisconsin Print Circuit:  We will again be participating in the WI Print Circuit competition.  This is an individual competition where all prints are judged by members of the participating clubs.  Prints should be given to Elizabeth Whitcomb at the October meeting.  If you want to participate and are not able to be at the October meeting, please contact Elizabeth (lizannwhit@gmail.comto make arrangement to get your prints to her.

Here are the general rules you need to know to participate:
A. The circuit will consist of two (2) divisions – Color and Monochrome.
B. General Guidelines: 
A member of a participating club may submit only one (1) print in each division. 
1. Subject matter in both divisions is open.
2. Post production processes of any type are allowed. 
3. Images submitted in previous Print Circuits are not allowed. 
D. Prints submitted: 
1. Size of paper should be between 8 - 12 inches on its longest dimension. The other dimension is limited 
to a maximum size of 8 12 inches. Therefore, the largest image size that a print may be is 8 12 x 12. 
Paper may be trimmed to remove excess.  This allows for the most basic image sizes - 8x10, 8 1/2x11, 8x12
2. Square prints are limited to a maximum size of 8 12 by 8 12. 
3. Images that are larger than 8-12 x 12 or 8-12 x 8-12 will be disqualified. Images submitted on paper 
larger than 8-12 x 12 will be disqualified. 
4. Prints must be loose – no mounting allowed. 
5. Monochrome prints are defined as “representations in black & white or in varying tones of only one (1) 
color”. Prints that include a second color will be disqualified. 
6. Each print must have TITLE, photographer NAME and CLUB listed on the back of the print. 
7. Being a member of more than one WACCO affiliated club does not entitle the entrant to submit more 
than one (1) color print and one (1) monochrome print. 

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 ExpoAll 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
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:

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 

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. 

Annual dues: $15.00 / member, $25.00/ couple.