Retzer Nature Center
March 2021 Newsletter
March Meeting – Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021, 7:00 PM
Club Meeting Covid Safety Procedures: Our club meetings will continue to be conducted in a manner that will provide a safe environment for all. The following guidelines will be used for our meetings until further notice:
1. Face masks are mandatory for indoor gatherings. Please bring your mask to the meeting.
2. Standard 6-foot social distancing must be followed.
3. Chairs will be spaced out to allow members to keep an appropriate distance from each other.
4. Hand sanitizer will be available.
5. We will not be using name tags to avoid personal contact.
6. The attendance sign-in sheet will be at the door. Please sign in as you enter so we can avoid passing it among members.
7. And, as always, if you are not feeling well or are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, please stay home. We will miss you, but it is better to remain safe.
Zoom Meeting: I addition to the in-person meeting, we will be using the Zoom application to allow members to join us from remote locations. Sign-in information will be provided to members in an email.
Program – Member Question & Answer Roundtable. Our March meeting will be a member Question & Answer Roundtable discussion. We know that you all have questions about different aspects of photography and wish someone were available to help you. We also know that our club members have a wealth of information and are willing to share it. This is your chance to bring the questions and answers together! Questions can be of any photography topic – equipment, technique, subjects, where to find the best…, lighting, composition, post-processing, etc. If it is on your mind, we will try to get the answer. Please think of some questions you would like to have answered. Send them to Randy Scherkenbach ( email@example.com) and/or Jim Hobbick (firstname.lastname@example.org ). If you send your questions in advance, we can make sure someone will be able to provide an answer. We will also take questions at the meeting and trust that someone will be able to help.
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, Randy Scherkenbach, Caryl Sedushak, Brian Sprague, Kevin Thomas, Pat Toicen-Dycee.
Please email your images to Jim Hobbick ( email@example.com ) by Tuesday, March 2nd. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images.
2020 Club Programs:
We need your help! Our Program Chair, Randy Scherkenbach, has done a great job finding interesting and informative speakers for our monthly meetings. But he can use your help. We want to provide programs that are interesting to you! Please let Randy know what topics would interest you for future meetings. If you are aware of any speakers that might be of general interest to club members, let Randy know that too. Any input you can provide to Randy will help our future meetings be interesting for all members. Please forward your ideas to Randy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our future programs and meeting dates are listed below.
2020 Program Schedule:
· April 7, 2021 - Astrophotography - Jeffery Shokler
· May 5, 2021
· June 2, 2021
· July 7, 2021
· August 4, 2021
· September 1, 2021
· October 6, 2021
· November 3, 2021
· December 1, 2021
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 (email@example.com) 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.
2021 Field Trips: None scheduled at this time.
Our camera club 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:
March 6, 2021, 9:00 AM - Noon - WACCO Webinar: Bryan Hansel Seminar.
WACCO presents its annual seminar in Webinar form this year. Bryan Hansel is an award-winning professional landscape photographer and outdoor educator. He will present two topics: Composition for Landscape Photography and Hot Spots of the North Shore. Each topic will be about 1 ½ hours. The cost is $25.00. To register go to: https://wacco-spring-seminar-hansel.eventbrite.com . Sign up now! The WACCO seminars in past years have been highly informative and are provided by WACCO at a bargain price.
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:
Saturday, May 1, 2021 - WACCO 2021 Spring Competition. Members may enter images in several Nature/Open, Color/Monochrome categories. Entry submission opens on February 6, 2021 and closes on April 12, 2021. Please see the WACCO website ( www.wicameraclubs.org ) and click on “Competition Info – Uploader” for more information, rules, category definitions and instructions on how to submit your images.
If you are aware of any photo contests or exhibits, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht at Rvollb@wi.rr.com
Photographic Society of America (PSA): PSA is an international organization providing abundant resources for photographers, from the novice to the professional. PSA offers on-line learning, webinars, study groups, competitions, mentors, and consultants. Membership is open to individual members and camera clubs. Our club and many of our members are members of PSA. There is also a Wisconsin chapter which has quarterly meetings and an annual weekend outing.
PSA membership is available for $45/year. There is a small additional dues charge for the Wisconsin Chapter. You can check out the PSA at www.psa-photo.org. Contact Linnea Matthiesen
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information
Retzer Club Page on WACCO Website: The WACCO website (www.wicameraclubs.org) 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 ( email@example.com ). 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!
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.com) 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.
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: www.Artscameras.com and www.MikeCrivellos.com 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: www.RetzerCameraClub.blogspot.com
WACCO (Wisconsin Area Camera Clubs Organization): www.wicameraclubs.org
PSA Wisconsin: www.PSA.wisconsin.org
Friends of Retzer Nature Center: www.FriendsofRetzer.org
Jim Edlhuber’s blog: http://www.windowtowildlife.com/
Our club officers are:
President Jim Hobbick firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Elizabeth Whitcomb Lizannwhit@gmail.com
Treasurer Jim Edlhuber JimEdlhuber@gmail.com
Program Chair Randy Scherkenbach email@example.com
Outings Chair Elizabeth Whitcomb Lizannwhit@gmail.com
Caryl Sedushak Caryl.Sedushak@me.com
Members should feel free to contact the officers with any questions and suggestions they may have for the club.