Retzer Nature Center
May 2017 Newsletter
May Meeting – Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, 7:00 PM
Have you ever thought of selling your photographs? This month our guest speaker will be Martin Moore, who will speak on marketing your photography. Martin is a Commercial/Wedding Photographer, Videographer and Vlogger based in Milwaukee. Aside from producing over 250 YouTube videos, he has also worked with over thirty companies such as Koss, Honda and Hyatt. Martin has been recognized by various local media outlets including the Sheperd Express, NEWaukee and OnMilwaukee. Martin’s vision and aesthetic for creating is a combination of honesty, creativity and hard work. Come to learn what is involved in selling 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.
The following members will be featured this month: Frank Remfrey, Randy Sherkenbach, Roy Schneider, Caryl Sedushak, and Carl Simmerman.
Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht (Rvollb@wi.rr.com) by Tuesday, May 2nd. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images.
2017 Club Programs:
Our 2017 programs and meeting dates are listed below. We are still working to firm up some of the speakers, so the schedule is subject to change.
June 7, 2017 – Architecture Photography (inside and outside)
July 5, 2017 – What makes a good image? How to evaluate and judge photographs.
August 2, 2017 – Selection of images for PSA Wisconsin Showcase.
September 6, 2017 – Street Photography
October 4, 2017 – Daytime long exposure photography
November 1, 2017 – Portrait Photography
December 6, 2017 – Annual Holiday Party
Photo Scavenger Hunt:
Our Photo Scavenger Hunt has become a popular annual event which we will be doing again this year. Photo scavenger hunts are a fun and challenging way to get your imagination and creative juices flowing! The rules are simple:
1. Capture one image of each topic.
2. Be creative - think of a unique way to express the topic.
3. Images should be taken in 2017.
Your scavenger hunt images will be shown at our Holiday Party in December.
The topics for our 2017 Scavenger Hunt are:
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 Chairperson, Randy Scherkenbach, will be organizing more outing for 2017. If you have some ideas of where you would like to see us go, please let Randy know. 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.
Tentative 2017 Field Trips:
July – Wildflowers at Retzer Nature Center
August – Manitowoc County – Farms, barns, old cars, night sky.
Future Events of Interest:
If you are aware of any events of general interest, please let us know so we can share them with the club.
Tom Bamberger: Hyperphotographic – March 25 – May 21, 2017 - The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend is featuring an exhibit of photography by Wisconsin photographer Tom Bamberger.
Out of Chicago, June 23-25th – A weekend in Chicago featuring classes, photowalks, panel discussions, workshops and more. For more information go to www.outofchicago.com.
Southwest Michigan Camera Club Council (SWMCCC) Summer Weekend of Photography and Digital Imaging, July 28-30, 2017: This annual event features three days of workshops on many aspects of photography and digital imaging. Fieldtrips include Birds of Prey and night shoots. For more information go to www.SWMCCC.org
WACCO Spring Competition – Saturday, May 6th – The entry deadline has passed, but you can still attend the judging. Sponsored by Wisconsin Area Camera Clubs Organization, this competition offers our members an opportunity to enter images in a number of formats and categories including projected and prints in monochrome or color. This is an easy competition to enter and is a good way to see how your images stack up against other Wisconsin photographers. Details are available on the WACCO website: www.wicameraclubs.org.
Wisconsin Images for Conservation – Registration May 1, 2017 – This is a photo contest featuring images that show off the diversity of Wisconsin wildlife, plants and landscapes. For more information see their website: www.wisconsinimagesforconservation.org.
If you are aware of any photo contests, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht at Rvollb@wi.rr.com
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.
A variety of non-credit, reasonably priced classes on photography and Photoshop are available at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and UW Waukesha. The new UW Waukesha catalog is now available. Check their web sites for more information.
UW Waukesha: www.waukesha.uwc.edu
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: www.Artscameras.com . 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 (Photographic Association of America): www.PSA-photo.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:
Members should feel free to contact the officers with any questions and suggestions they may have for the club.