Monday, May 20, 2019

Sign Up for NHCC Field Trip to Stillmeadow Alpaca Farm – Thursday, May 23


Sign Up for NHCC Field Trip to Stillmeadow Alpaca Farm – Thursday, May 23

Come along with us to visit a fairy tale farm to capture images of the cutest animals, beautiful architecture and  landscaping at Stillmeadow Alpaca Farm.

The property consists of 300 acres, two beautiful homes, one which looks like a rustic barn, a real barn for animals, numerous large paddocks for over 50 alpacas, goats, a beautiful white horse and 2 brown burros, plus 2 large ponds with breathtaking views. There are trails to follow around the property, cobblestone driveways, and landscaping that you expect in a park setting.

The animals are curious and friendly. You will be able to go into paddocks with them.
The farm is in Stonington, CT, very close to Mystic Aquarium, Exit 91 on the north side of I-95. 

We will be shooting from 8:30 to 11:30 am followed by lunch at McQuades Marketplace which has what seems like a football field long of food ranging from sushi to fried chicken, salads to sandwiches. And several bakery counters from heaven!  

In early May the alpacas are sheared for their soft fleece so they will have a slimmer look for our visit. They are also expecting the birth of some baby alpacas.    


Please Note:
The utmost respect for the animals and property are top priority for us. If you want to enter the paddocks, only a few can go at a time. We don’t want to frighten or overwhelm these gentle creatures.
As a thank-you for allowing us to visit their farm, we ask each photographer to contribute 2 photos that we can give to the owners for use on their website.

This place is so peaceful and full of such good cheer that you won’t want to leave! So come join us for a day of great image making, lots of fun with friends, and delicious food.

To sign up: Contact Trip Organizer, Colleen Reilly, at  colleen@halleycomm.net 
Please include your name, email, cell phone no., and town you live in. We will contact you via email to announce carpool meeting time & place depending on where people live. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

NHCC - photo competition images due

NHCC - photo competition images due the Friday before competition.

  • Sept 24 2018 Competition
  • Oct 22 2018 Competition
  • Nov 26 2018 Competition
  • Jan 28 2019 Competition
  • Feb 25 2019 Competition
  • March 25 2019 Competition
  • April 22 2019 Competition
  • May 20 2019 Competition 6th floor common area 
  • June 10, 2019 Annual year of year banquet and slide competition

We have friendly photography competitions once a month (8 times a year, plus an "End of Year" competition). Reminder we are also starting our meetings at 7pm and you have to enter thru the main doors, not the doors near the CAC auditorium like we used to.

Please refer to the NHCC handbook for questions, please download it from the NHCC website and read it, it is your responsibility to know the rules. The New Haven Camera Club expects that its members will adhere to the highest ethical standards when complying with its competition rules. It is especially important that all photographs entered into competitions be the exclusive work of the maker (except for commercially made prints or digital photographs scanned from a slide original allowed by the rules).

Highlights:

  • Mark a C next to any competition image that you would like critiqued
  • All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer (Clipart, Textures, etc. are NOT permitted) (Except in the image artistry category where anything goes but the main image must have started with a photograph taken bby the photographer).
  • Images of a similar nature may not be submitted again once that image has won a ribbon.
  • The winning same image (or a very similar rendition taken at the same time) may not be submitted into a different competition or in a different season.
  • Please note that there are NO makeups
  • Please note that there no way to email images late if you have problems, so we urge you please do NOT to wait until the last minute to submit your photographs.
  • Setups (images where someone else set up the composition, or you "plug inot" lighting at a conference or workshop) are ONLY allowed in Class B

The NHCC has competitions in the following categories once a month (typically the 4th Monday of the month).

  • digital (open category) (2 entries per maker)
    • class A 
    • class B
  • digital (assigned subject) (1 entry per maker)
    • class A
    • class B
  • creative/image artistry (1 entry per maker)
    • class A
    • class B
  • Monochrome (1 entry per maker)
    • class A
    • class B
  • Image Critique (no scores, just feedback, especially useful for new members, or new techniques, open to ALL members) (1 entry per maker)
Upload your images to the monthly contest before the competition deadline (competitions are the fourth Monday, deadline is the Friday before the Monday) competition).
http://www.photocontestpro.com/Default.aspx

There is a one-time registration with the Photo Contest Pro system in order to be able to upload your images for competition.

For more information or questions contact Paul Peterson pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net

Instructions for uploading competition images

Please do not wait until late Friday night to discover that you need help.
For more information or questions contact Paul Peterson pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net (individual members should NOT contact Jack, the author of the software that club uses, Jack will be contacted by Lisa or Paul only).

Number of entries per contest:

OPEN SUBJECT Each member may enter a maximum of 2 photographs into the open electronic competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 16 open electronic entries.
FYI, there is no need (and even a slight disadvantage) to choosing an assigned subject image for the monthly OPEN category. OPEN means anything goes.

ASSIGNED SUBJECT Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into the Assigned Subject category in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 assigned subject entries.
Please note that the electronic image assigned subject competition is in addition to the regular OPEN subject (anything goes) monthly competition.

MONOCHROME Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into image monochrome in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 image artistry entries

CREATIVE Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into image artistry competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 image artistry entries.

CRITIQUE Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into Image Critique in each of the 8 monthly contests, for a year's total of 8.

Cumulative Score is the sum total of all print or electronic photograph scores to date. At the end of the competition year the highest 6 - 12 scores of each maker (depending on the category) are summed to determine the cumulative score. Makers can compete in more than one category and can have cumulative scores in each category. These points will count toward an award for highest cumulative point total for the year presented at the Annual Dinner.

To be ranked in class B electronic open, the maker must have submitted at least 10 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have up to 6 zeros).

To be ranked in class A electronic open, the maker must have submitted a total of 12 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have up to 4 zeros).

To be ranked in image artistry, monochrome and/or Assigned Subject, the maker must have submitted a total of 6 photographs (8 contests times 1 photograph per contest, two zeros allowed).

Time to pick your topics for the 2019-20 assigned subject competition

Time to pick your topics for the 2019-20 assigned subject competition: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHCC2020

Sunday, May 12, 2019

NHCC Field Trip to Stillmeadow Alpaca Farm – Thursday, May 23


Sign Up for NHCC Field Trip to Stillmeadow Alpaca Farm – Thursday, May 23

Come along with us to visit a fairy tale farm to capture images of the cutest animals, beautiful architecture and  landscaping at Stillmeadow Alpaca Farm.

The property consists of 300 acres, two beautiful homes, one which looks like a rustic barn, a real barn for animals, numerous large paddocks for over 50 alpacas, goats, a beautiful white horse and 2 brown burros, plus 2 large ponds with breathtaking views. There are trails to follow around the property, cobblestone driveways, and landscaping that you expect in a park setting.

The animals are curious and friendly. You will be able to go into paddocks with them.
The farm is in Stonington, CT, very close to Mystic Aquarium, Exit 91 on the north side of I-95. 

We will be shooting from 8:30 to 11:30 am followed by lunch at McQuades Marketplace which has what seems like a football field long of food ranging from sushi to fried chicken, salads to sandwiches. And several bakery counters from heaven!  

In early May the alpacas are sheared for their soft fleece so they will have a slimmer look for our visit. They are also expecting the birth of some baby alpacas.    


Please Note:
The utmost respect for the animals and property are top priority for us. If you want to enter the paddocks, only a few can go at a time. We don’t want to frighten or overwhelm these gentle creatures.
As a thank-you for allowing us to visit their farm, we ask each photographer to contribute 2 photos that we can give to the owners for use on their website.

This place is so peaceful and full of such good cheer that you won’t want to leave! So come join us for a day of great image making, lots of fun with friends, and delicious food.

To sign up: Contact Trip Organizer, Colleen Reilly, at  colleen@halleycomm.net 
Please include your name, email, cell phone no., and town you live in. We will contact you via email to announce carpool meeting time & place depending on where people live. 

Join us May 13th at the New Haven Camera Club for "Infrared Photography: Beyond the visible spectrum" by Melvin Guante

Join us May 13th at the New Haven Camera Club for "Infrared Photography: Beyond the visible spectrum" by Melvin Guante






NHCC meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00pm (September thru May) at the Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. Come ~6:30 to socialize. For more information please contact Paul Peterson pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net

NEW MEMBERS: Our meetings are open to the public. Please join us. The best way to meet people is to sign up for field trips and workshops. Workshops are also a great learning tool. Membership Application

Infrared Photography: Beyond the visible spectrum

IR Photography is mysterious as it is awe inspiring. It elicits such a wide-ranging response as spooky and eerie to ethereal and surreal. It gives you as much creative liberty as you desire. When done well, you will produce images that will take your breath away.

We will discuss briefly about what is IR, from definition to history to application. Next, we will cover how to get started. The different option available to you and the cost associated with each one. Following the pro and cons of Conversion vs external filters. We will cover the science behind IR so we can make unpredictability a little more predictable. We will go over the different nm, and the expected results of each to help your creative process.

We will look at how IR is use in portrait, fashion and wedding photography. Also, how to add IR to your Fine Art capture of Landscape images.

Finally, we will go over the Post Processing. We will discuss step by step the different software and use for each to make your stunning breath-taking masterpiece.

Come and together we will take this magical ride that is IR Photography!





BIO
Since an early age, I was fascinated by The Arts. I looked at my uncle in amazement as he played with his enormously huge and shiny new camera. It had all the bells and whistles. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a photographer.
While in High School, my art teacher inspired my creativity and did not allow me to settle for the ordinary and encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, so I could be more innovative. I went on to drawing, painting and making clay sculptures that were exhibited in a year-end art displays. She taught me patience and perseverance. In college, I was exposed to African Art which led me to explore and immerse myself in everything it had to offer. This had a profound lifelong influence on my work.
I am a passionate photographic artist, with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. I currently an active member on the Board of The Professional Photographers of Massachusetts (PPAM), currently President. I hold a Craftsman, and a certification degree, CR Photog, CPP, by PPA. I have the honor of serving as PPA Council member and Liaison for the CPP program for MA.



Saturday, May 11, 2019

NHCC End of the Year Dinner

NHCC End of the Year Dinner
Bellini’s Restaurant 2 Broadway North Haven  203-234-2221
June 10, 2019
Doors Open @ 5:30, Dinner @ 6:00
Menu:  Mixed Greens/Vinaigrette Dressing/Bread/Butter, Penne Pomodoro, Chicken Francene, Roast Beef Au Jus, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans, Coffee/Tea/Dessert
Price:  $32

Name:
Number Attending:
Phone:
Make checks out to NHCC.   Send to Jan Doyle.  Email Jan for home address:  jmdteach@comcast.net

Enter your images in the End of Year Competition

Please join us for our End of Year Banquet and Image of the Year Competition
June 10 at Bellini's Restaurant in North Haven, CT

Whether you can attend or not, you are still eligible to enter images into the competition.

Eligibility: Open category electronic photos, Image Artistry photos, Monochrome photos,
Assigned Subject photos entered into the year's competitions are eligible as follows:

1. Open - enter up to 4 images (from the monthly open competitions)
2. Monochrome - enter up to 2 images (from the monthly monochrome competitions)
3. Image Artistry - enter up to 2 images (from the monthly image artistry competitions)
4. Joe DiChello Landscape/Seascape - enter up to 2 images (from any category)
5. Jane Sibley Nature Competition - enter up to 2 images (from any category)

This means you can enter up to 12 images.

Please Note:
1. Images must have been competed during the 2018-19 season.
2. The image did not have to win a ribbon.
3. NO duplicate images. Each photo may only be entered once in an end of 
    year competition. Example: If a photo is entered in one of the Open categories, 
              it may not be entered into the Nature competition or the Landscape/Seascape 
              competition,etc.
4. Deadline is Wednesday, June 5, but please try to enter as early as possible.

If you did not keep track of your images, the images are available for viewing on the NHCC website. Go to the Photographs tab. click on Photographers. Click on your name to find all of your images submitted this season.

You do NOT enter through Photo Contest Pro. Paul Peterson has all the images from this season. Email him - pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net to give him your choices. Put
NHCC EOY Images in the subject line. In the body of the email, list all the images you wish to enter for each category.

For each image, list the category you want to enter (Class A Open, Class B Open, Class A Image Artistry, Class B Image Artistry, Class A Monochrome, Class B Monochrome, Joe DiChello Landscape/Seascape, Jane Sibley Nature). Then list the title, the month when the image was competed, and the original category in which it was competed. See example below.

Example:
To: pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net
From: Happy Photographer
Subject: NHCC EOY Images

Enter into EOY Landscape/Seascape category
1. Pretty Waterfall from September 2017 assigned subject
2. Blue Hour from November 2017 open

Enter into EOY Nature
1. Pretty Bird from May 2018 open
2. Canyonlands from October 2017 open

Enter into EOY Monochrome (B or A)
1. City Buildings from March 2018 monochrome
2. Little Girl from January 2018 monochrome

Enter into EOY Image Artistry (B or A)
1. Flower Power from September 2017 image artistry
2. Planets from February 2018 image artistry

Enter into EOY Open (B or A)
1. Falling Water from October 2017 open
2. Eagle from November 2017 open 
3. Lines from February 2018 assigned subject
4. Abandoned from May 2018 assigned subject

Take care to make sure your titles, dates entered, and categories originally entered are all correct.

If you have any questions, email Paul - pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net
When he finally enters your images into the competition (this may take a few days), he will send you an email to confirm your entry.



Hope to see you and your images at the banquet.