Thursday, October 31, 2019

Video Techniques Topic of November Meeting

Retzer Nature Center 
Camera Club 
November Newsletter 

November Meeting  Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, 7:00 PM

Program  Neil Jaehnert – Creating Videos:  Neil ran his own company, Midland Video Productions for over 30 years before retiring in 2014.  He created corporate videos for marketing, training, commercials and documentaries.  He has also traveled extensively and has created videos to showcase some of his travel. Neil will discuss techniques for shooting videos and editing to create quality videos.  

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: Kevin Thomas, Pat Toicen-Dycee, Paul Underwood, Mary Margaret Wacker.

Please email your images to Tom Wright ( ) by Tuesday, November 5thWhen 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.

2020 Club Programs:

Our 2020 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 ( ).

2020 Program Schedule:  

• 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

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 ten of their favorite images from 2019.  Please include only images taken in 2019!  We will put your images into a program for the evening.  You may begin sending your images at any time – the sooner the better to give us time to get the program created.  Images should be sent to Rick Vollbrecht ( Please rename your images to include your name or initials at the beginning of the image name to make individual images easier to identify.  

We will also be asking members to bring some light refreshments – cookies / bars, chips & dip, cheese & crackers, soft drinks, etc.  Please send an email to Rick Vollbrecht ( ) to let us know what you will bring.  

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 (

Membership Dues:  Membership dues for 2020 may be paid to our Treasurer, Jim Edlhuber, at the meeting.  Annual dues are $15.00/member or $25.00/couple.   Our dues help to provide an honorarium to outside speakers and pay minor club expenses.

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.  

2020 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, .

WACCO Photography Seminar by John Gerlach – March 7, 2020:  Sponsored by the Wisconsin Area Camera Club Organization, this annual seminar brings in quality professional photographers at a very reasonable price.  This year John Gerlach will cover topics including Wildlife Photography, Equipment, Close-up in Nature, Composition and Landscape Photography.  The cost will be $50.00 for registration before 2/5/20, $75.00 after 2/5/20.  For more information and to registergo to the WACCO website:
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:  The deadline has passed to enter this competition, but you may want to attend to view a wide variety of prints and projected images from photographers throughout Wisconsin.  The judging will take place at Waukesha State Bank (Lower Level), 1227 Corporate Center Drive, Oconomowoc, WI 53066. (I-94 and Hwy 67, Exit 282).  The judging begins at 11:30.

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:

Art’s Cameras Plus and Mike Crivellos Cameras have 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 and for updated lists of available classes.

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.