Wednesday, January 29, 2020

February Meeting to Include Judging & Service Discussion

Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
February Newsletter

February Meeting Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, 7:00 PM

Program:  This month we will have the opportunity to judge the Wisconsin Print Circuit.  Members of Wisconsin camera clubs have submitted color and monochrome prints to be judged.  This will provide us with some great images from Wisconsin photographers to view and evaluate.  Please bring a pen/pencil to mark your ballots.

In the second part of the meeting we will provide an update on our partnership with Retzer Nature Center.  This will include discussing some ways in which we can provide some photographic services for the nature center as well as opportunities for us to promote the camera club and potentially gain some new members.

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: Margie Wheaton, Elizabeth Whitcomb, Tom Wright, Jill Arth, Mark Blackman.

Please email your images to Jim Hobbick (  ) by Tuesday, February 4th. 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

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:         

·         March 4, 2020
1. PSA Wisconsin Showcase judging
2, Making Money as an Amateur Photographer – Randy Scherkenbach & Kevin Thomas
·         April 1, 2020 – Long Exposure Photography – Spencer Jelinek
·         May 6, 2020
·         June 3, 2020
·         July 1, 2020
·         August 5, 2020
·         September 2, 2020
·         October 7, 2020
·         November 4, 2020
·         December 2, 2020

Membership Dues:   Membership dues for 2020 are due now.  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:

Wisconsin Public TV Garden & Landscape Expo – February 7-9, 2020:  The results of their photo contest will be on display (The entry deadline has passed).  Categories include Macro, Landscape, Food and Abstract.  Additional information is available at

Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show – February 8 – March 22, 2020.  Photographers are allowed to use tripods on Tuesdays from 8:15AM – 9:45AM.  For more information and directions, go to:

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 2/5/2020, $75.00 after 2/5/2020.  For more information and to register, go 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:

WACCO Spring Competition – May 2, 2020:   Information on the WACCO Spring 2020 Competition is now available.  The competition judging will be held on Saturday, May 2nd.  The deadline for submitting images is April 12th.  Members may submit prints and/or projected images in a variety of Open and Nature categories.  For more information and entry instructions, see the WACCO website: .  This is an easy competition to enter and members are encouraged to see how their images compare to other Wisconsin photographers.  Members are also encouraged to attend the judging on May 2nd.

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!

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:

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 sites: 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:

Jim Hobbick
             Vice President 
Elizabeth Whitcomb
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.