Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A 21 TOY SALUTE!!!

Great food, fun, friendship, programs and generosity - all occurred at the New Haven Camera Club's annual holiday party on Monday at Pompeo's. There were 39 in attendance and everyone was very generous as we donated toys or cash to the Toys for Tots program run by the Marines. There were 21 toys - all new and ready to be given to a needy child. And $100 was donated to supplement the toys. I will be taking them to a drop off point this weekend.

And our entertainment consisted of 10 digital programs, including 3 by new makers who haven't entered before. The winner by popular vote was Lisa Cuchara with her program entitled "Snow Geese". CONGRATULATIONS, LISA.

May everyone reading this have a happy holiday season and a healthy new year.

And I hope to see you at our first meeting of 2009 on January 12th with a program by our own Vic Krasenics called "What You See is What You Get."

Ann Yost

Sunday, December 7, 2008

PSA Electronic Imaging Division Results

The results of the first interclub competition sponsored by the Electronic Imaging Division of PSA have arrived.

The competition was judged by the Cobb Photographic Society in Georgia. The six photographs sent to this competition and the results are:

Maker Title Score Award

Barnett, William Lake Cara Boats and Clouds 14 Award
Cuchara, Lisa Great horned Owl 10
Dease, Kelli Taking a Break 14 Award
Peterson, Paul Dutchman's Breeches 9
Prestash, Gary Cedar Waxwing on Crabapple Tree 10
Sisken, Harold Flower Bud 10

This competition was judged from 1 to 5 for each judge or 3 to 15 total possible points. The best in show received 15 points and awards received 14 or 15 points and HMs received 13 points.

Overall, out of 13 clubs in group 1 were were third with 67 points. The St. Louis Camera Club received 73 points and the West Cumbria Photo Group received 72 points.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Deadline for Holiday Party approaching fast

Come one, come all to the annual Holiday Party (and slideshow competition) of the New Haven Camera Club

MONDAY DECEMBER 8TH at POMPEO'S RESTAURANT 485 West Main Street Branford, CT

Please send your reservation to Ann Yost, 163 Woodvale Road, West Haven, CT 06516. The deadline for reservations is December 4th.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

NHCC Holiday Party

The deadline for reservations is December 4th. Please see the earlier Blog post for all of the details. The blog also contains information about the slideshow competition. Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

NHCC Holiday slideshows due to Bill Barnett by 12-1

This is a reminder...

Anyone who wants him to project his/her NHCC Holiday slideshow will have to mail a CD to Bill (William Barnett, 66 Jasmine Circle, Milford, CT 06461-1788). Be sure it arrives on or before December 1, 2008, so that he has time to make sure it will run properly. If you have any questions you can contact Bill at BarnettW@optonline.net.

For the full post please see the Blog http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/digital-mini-slide-shows-holiday-party.html.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Annual Holiday Party of the New Haven Camera Club

Come one, come all to the annual Holiday Party of the New Haven Camera Club

MONDAY DECEMBER 8TH
6:00 PM Drinks and appetizers
6:30 PM Dinner
POMPEO'S RESTAURANT
485 West Main Street
Branford, CT
488-3384

We will have appetizers and then enjoy a delicious buffet dinner all for $28, tax and tip included.
Please make checks payable to New Haven Camera Club

And remember we will have our annual mini digital competition (5 minute max) on any subject after dinner. If you want Bill Barnett to run your show on his laptop, images are due to him by December 1st. Otherwise, you may bring your own laptop.

As we have done the last couple of years, instead of a grab bag, we will give to a charity. This year it will be TOYS FOR TOTS. toysfortotsnewhaven.org New, unwrapped toys can be brought to the party with a value of $10. If you prefer, a money contribution can be given - checks to be made out to "Marine Corps Toys for Tots" Toys for all ages up to 17 are appreciated, but the greatest need is in the 0-2 or 15-17 age brackets.

Please send your reservation to Ann Yost, 163 Woodvale Road, West Haven, CT 06516. The deadline for reservations is December 4th. Don't delay - send your reservation now for a great time!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

The results of the individual entries in the Fall NECCC Electronic Photograph Interclub Competition are shown below.

Pictorial competition:
Name Title Score Award
Peterson, Paul Dutchman's Breeches 23
Balen, Joan Dawn on Lake Winnipesaukee 23
Parisi, Bob Bass Harbor Lighthouse 24 HM
Sisken, Harold Flower Bud 25 1st

Nature competition:
Prestash, Gary Whitebreasted Nuthatch 24
Asarisi, Richard Broadbill 27 1st
Krasenics, Vic Green Heron w Moth 26 HM
Peterson, Paul Golden Eagle 26 HM

Congratulations to all of you, particularly Harold and Richard who won one of the 1st place awards in their competitions, though as part of a 5- or 6-way tie. Your entries will automatically be included in the photograph of the year competitions at the end of the year.

Continuing last year's winning ways, New Haven was first in both competitions, though the scores are close. Keep submitting the excellent photos into competition that allow us to compete with the best clubs of New England.

Pictorial competition, first five clubs:

Club Score Place
New Haven 95 1st
Seacoast 94 2nd
Boston West 94 2nd
Photo Society of RI 93
Gateway 93

Nature competition, first five clubs:

Club Score Place
New Haven 103 1st
Gateway 101 2nd
Stony Brook 99 3rd
Cape Cod Viewfinders 97
Charter Oak 97

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Last Call for November Digital Images

Due to a PICNIC* the NHCC Blog master (i.e. ME) listed two different dates for the deadline of the November competiton digital files. The deadline is TUESDAY 11-18. The assigned subject is sunsets and sunrises.

It has been hectic trying to get everything done in preparation for our CAP field trip to DelMarVa. We leave Thursday so the images renamed, randomized, score sheets made and loaded onto Paul's computer on Wednesday.

Please remember to send your NHCC digital entries in for the November competition by Tuesday, November 18th. Digital Images due by 11/18.

* PICNIC = problem in chair not in computer

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Digital Images due by 11/18

Please remember to send your NHCC digital entries in for the November competition by Tuesday, November 18th by midnight.

Monday, November 10, 2008

PSA Nature Digital Interclub Contest 1 Results

This just in from Daniel Charbonnet...Nature Digital Interclub Contest 1 Results

New Haven was tied for 3rd in this contest. I will be mailing you the club and individual ribbons shortly. Congratulations to New Haven and its members. Lisa's Great Blue Flying with Stick will be in the Image of the Year at the end of the Season. I have attached the Summary Report. The closing date for Contest #2 is February 15, 2009. Dan


Thursday, November 6, 2008

November competition digital entry deadline CHANGE

Our third competition of the NHCC 08-09 season is almost upon us.

Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@comcast.net

Please note that the deadline is midnight Nov 18th (Tuesday)

Photographs must be in the JPEG format and scaled to a maximum of 1024 pixels wide and a maximum of 768 pixels high.

Don't forget that the assigned subject competition has been changed: http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/nhcc-changes-to-category-competition.html

Our handbook with the complete rules and instructions can be found on the NHCC website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/handbook.htm

Prints

1. Prints must be between 8 by 10 inches and 16 by 20 inches.

2. Prints must be mounted on mat board or foam core board. Any size mat board or foam core board is allowed up to 16"x20".

3. Prints may be matted conventionally or electronically as long as the maximum dimensions are not exceeded.

4. On the back of each print clearly print your name and address, title, order designation (1 or 2), and an arrow indicating which edge is the top. This information may be printed on one or more labels affixed to the back if you prefer not to write on the mount.

Electronic Photographs

1. Photographs must be submitted as JPEG photographs with the .jpg extension.

2. Convert files to the sRGB color space if not already in that space or convert to Gray Gamma 2.2 if submitting an untinted monochrome photograph.

3. Photographs will be projected using a projector having 1024 pixels in the horizontal direction and 768 pixels in the vertical direction. Photographs must fit within those dimensions. See Figure 1 (pg 17 handbook). Unless your photograph’s proportions are in the exact ratio of 4 to 3, one of these dimensions will be less than the maximum. For example, if you have a vertical photograph, the height will be 768 pixels, but the width will be significantly less than 1024 pixels. A square photograph will be 768 pixels by 768 pixels under these rules. Smaller photographs are acceptable. This means that a horizontal photograph will normally be 1024 pixels wide and may be as tall as 768 pixels, for example Figure 2 (pg 17 handbook). If the photograph is not 768 pixels tall it will be projected with black bars above and below the photograph as shown in Figure 3 (pg 17 handbook). A vertical photograph will normally be 768 pixels tall, but will be less than 1024 pixels wide and it will be projected with black bars on the two sides as shown in Figure 4 (pg 17 handbook).

In order to provide all of the information needed and to allow the use of automated tools, image files must be named as follows:

x#$LastName$FirstName$Title$Year-Month.jpg

Where “x” is the class (A, B, or S for special category) “#” is the sequence number for the competition (1 or 2), “LastName” is the last name of the maker, “FirstName” is the first name of the maker, “Title” is the photograph’s title without spaces (use the underline character “_” instead of spaces), and “Year-Month” is the competition being entered in the format “2005-11” for November 2005. It is suggested that normal capitalization rules be followed for the last name, first name, and title. The dollar signs (“$”) are used to separate the fields of information. An example file name formatted correctly is A1$Jones$Bill$Red_Skier$2005-11.jpg This is Bill Jones’ first photograph for class A entitled “Red Skier” entered into the November 2005 competition. Note that file names may not contain spaces because we may post some or all of the entries and results on our club Internet site which runs on a Unix operating system that does not allow spaces. Use the underline character (“_”) instead of spaces in titles. It is very important to adhere to this naming convention so that the Vice President of Inside Competition or his designated assistant can use automated tools to prepare score sheets and keep records. The dollar signs ($) are recognized as field separation characters by automated tools such as spreadsheet programs. Be sure that all fields are in the correct order. If you run into problems because your computer operating system does not allow file names as long as required, complete the name as far as possible and put the full file name in the body of the submitting e-mail and the chairman will fix your titles for you.

• If you are submitting make-up photographs, use the year and month of the competition being made up rather than the year and month of the competition into which entered. If entering make-up photographs for the October 2005 competition in the January 2006 competition, the year and month should be “2005-10”, not “2006-01”. • When inserting the competition date, use a 4 digit year (for example 2007) followed by a dash (“-“) followed by a two digit month (09, 10, 11, 01, 02, 03, 04, or 05)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS field trip

The New Haven Camera Club field trip will be taking a trip to the NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS on Saturday Oct 25th.

There is an outdoor monumental sculpture exhibit by Henry Moore, as well as beautiful fall foliage and flowers. The indoor Conservatory also provides great opportunities for flower photography. Cost is $20 or $18 for seniors. The parking fee is $12.50 which can be shared by those carpooling. The carpool will meet at Exit 40 off I-95 at 8:30 AM sharp.

If you are interested in going please contact Ann or Art Yost at 203-931-9943 or anny43@comcast.net.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

portfolio review workshop

Bill Barnett will hold a portfolio review workshop at his home in Milford on Thursday evening, October 30 , 2008, at 7:00 p.m.

This workshop will give members, particularly newer members, an opportunity to receive detailed comments on a few of their photographs and ask questions on digital photography in general. Each participant should bring up to 15 photographs divided into groups of 5, either prints or digital photographs (no slides please) that he/she wants reviewed.

We will review the first 5 and then, depending on the number of attendees, look at additional photographs if time permits.

If you plan to attend send Bill an e-mail to BarnettW [at] optonline.net and he will put you on the list and send you directions to his house . Bill has limited space so if too many members sign up a second workshop will be scheduled later for the overflow. If you sign up and then change your mind for any reason, please let Bill know so that he can accommodate any members on the waiting list.

Monday, October 20, 2008

October Competition

Our second competition of the NHCC 08-09 season is almost upon us.

Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@comcast.net

The deadline is midnight Oct 24th

Photographs must be in the JPEG format and scaled to a maximum of 1024 pixels wide and a maximum of 768 pixels high.

Don't forget that the assigned subject competition has been changed: http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/nhcc-changes-to-category-competition.html

Our handbook with the complete rules and instructions can be found on the NHCC website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/handbook.htm

Prints

1. Prints must be between 8 by 10 inches and 16 by 20 inches.

2. Prints must be mounted on mat board or foam core board. Any size mat board or foam core board is allowed up to 16"x20".

3. Prints may be matted conventionally or electronically as long as the maximum dimensions are not exceeded.

4. On the back of each print clearly print your name and address, title, order designation (1 or 2), and an arrow indicating which edge is the top. This information may be printed on one or more labels affixed to the back if you prefer not to write on the mount.

Electronic Photographs

1. Photographs must be submitted as JPEG photographs with the .jpg extension.

2. Convert files to the sRGB color space if not already in that space or convert to Gray Gamma 2.2 if submitting an untinted monochrome photograph.

3. Photographs will be projected using a projector having 1024 pixels in the horizontal direction and 768 pixels in the vertical direction. Photographs must fit within those dimensions. See Figure 1 (pg 17 handbook). Unless your photograph’s proportions are in the exact ratio of 4 to 3, one of these dimensions will be less than the maximum. For example, if you have a vertical photograph, the height will be 768 pixels, but the width will be significantly less than 1024 pixels. A square photograph will be 768 pixels by 768 pixels under these rules. Smaller photographs are acceptable. This means that a horizontal photograph will normally be 1024 pixels wide and may be as tall as 768 pixels, for example Figure 2 (pg 17 handbook). If the photograph is not 768 pixels tall it will be projected with black bars above and below the photograph as shown in Figure 3 (pg 17 handbook). A vertical photograph will normally be 768 pixels tall, but will be less than 1024 pixels wide and it will be projected with black bars on the two sides as shown in Figure 4 (pg 17 handbook).

In order to provide all of the information needed and to allow the use of automated tools, image files must be named as follows:

x#$LastName$FirstName$Title$Year-Month.jpg

Where “x” is the class (A, B, or S for special category) “#” is the sequence number for the competition (1 or 2), “LastName” is the last name of the maker, “FirstName” is the first name of the maker, “Title” is the photograph’s title without spaces (use the underline character “_” instead of spaces), and “Year-Month” is the competition being entered in the format “2005-11” for November 2005. It is suggested that normal capitalization rules be followed for the last name, first name, and title. The dollar signs (“$”) are used to separate the fields of information. An example file name formatted correctly is A1$Jones$Bill$Red_Skier$2005-11.jpg This is Bill Jones’ first photograph for class A entitled “Red Skier” entered into the November 2005 competition. Note that file names may not contain spaces because we may post some or all of the entries and results on our club Internet site which runs on a Unix operating system that does not allow spaces. Use the underline character (“_”) instead of spaces in titles. It is very important to adhere to this naming convention so that the Vice President of Inside Competition or his designated assistant can use automated tools to prepare score sheets and keep records. The dollar signs ($) are recognized as field separation characters by automated tools such as spreadsheet programs. Be sure that all fields are in the correct order. If you run into problems because your computer operating system does not allow file names as long as required, complete the name as far as possible and put the full file name in the body of the submitting e-mail and the chairman will fix your titles for you.

• If you are submitting make-up photographs, use the year and month of the competition being made up rather than the year and month of the competition into which entered. If entering make-up photographs for the October 2005 competition in the January 2006 competition, the year and month should be “2005-10”, not “2006-01”. • When inserting the competition date, use a 4 digit year (for example 2007) followed by a dash (“-“) followed by a two digit month (09, 10, 11, 01, 02, 03, 04, or 05)

See all of you on the 27th!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Digital mini slide shows (holiday party)

As in past years Bill Barnett will be bringing his computer to the holiday party on December 8 and is willing to show electronic (digital) mini slide show sequences for other members as long as he has them before the event so that he can make sure they will run properly.

According to our Handbook the rules for electronic shows are:

"Presentation of the electronic shows requires a computer to connect to the Club’s projector. Participants in the electronic category have the option of bringing their own computers and assuming responsibility for connecting them to the Club’s projector. There is usually a Club member, however, who brings a laptop computer and is willing to project members’ shows (including a set of speakers for the sound). The shows he/she will be able to project will depend on the type of laptop he/she has, for example Windows only, Macintosh only, or a computer that can run both types of shows.

If a member wishes to take advantage of this service and his/her show is compatible with the available computer, the following rules apply:

• The member providing the group computer will make a “best effort” attempt to run the show, though there may be cases where this is not possible.

• The show format must be one that the computer being provided can handle. Shows in the .exe format (from Pro Show gold on Windows) or .app format (from FotoMagico on the Macintosh) are normally the simplest to handle. However, it may be possible to project shows in other formats depending on the capabilities of the computer being provided. Shows consisting of a group of JPEG images numbered in the correct sequence with sound provided by an external player may also be accepted, but the member will have to sequence the timing during presentation of the show.

• Shows to be displayed using the group computer must be given to the member providing the computer at or before the second November meeting of the Club so that the member providing the computer has an opportunity to be sure the shows will run properly before the competition night. Shows will normally be provided on CD, though other media may be acceptable if agreed upon between the person providing the show and the member providing the computer. CD’s should not be configured to “auto run” as this makes it more difficult to copy the files to the hard drive of the group computer.

• The show files (or directory containing multiple files if more than one required) should be named as follows: LastName-FirstName-Title, for example “Barnett-William-Bridges of Somerset County”.

This will allow the shows to be copied to a single directory for projection and be easily identified."See the handbook for additional rules on the competition including the maximum length which is 5 minutes. Slide shows also also welcome, but if you plan to project a slide show be sure to contact Paul Peterson to be sure the projector will be available.

Bill has a MacBook that can handle shows in both Windows and Macintosh formats. However, due to speaking engagements and travel over a long weekend he will not be at any meeting between now and the party.

That means anyone who wants him to project his/her show will have to mail a CD to Bill (William Barnett, 66 Jasmine Circle, Milford, CT 06461-1788). Be sure it arrives on or before December 1, 2008, so that he has time to make sure it will run properly. If you have any questions you can contact Bill at BarnettW@optonline.net.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

CHANGE IN FIELD TRIP ON SATURDAY OCT. 25, 2008

CHANGE IN FIELD TRIP ON SATURDAY OCT. 25, 2008

The New Haven Camera Club field trip has been changed from a trip to the NY Aquarium to the NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS. There is an outdoor monumental sculpture exhibit by Henry Moore, as well as beautiful fall foliage and flowers. The indoor Conservatory also provides great opportunities for flower photography.

Cost is $20 or $18 for seniors. The parking fee is $12.50 which can be shared by those carpooling. The carpool will meet at Exit 40 off I-95 at 8:30 AM sharp.

If you are interested in going please contact Ann or Art Yost at 203-931-9943 or anny43@comcast.net.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

October Program -- Les Campbell

Join us on Monday October 13, 2008 for two of Les' favorite places to capture beautiful pictures.

Les will be presenting two awesome programs:

"Magic Moments at Mohonk" and "Quabbin - For the Joy of It." by Les Campbell.





Les Campbell’s Sky Meadow Studio
Photo Gallery and Little Slide Theater
Belchertown, MA


Located on Ballou Street, off Route 9 in Belchertown
½ mile east of Belchertown entrance to Windsor Dam
¼ mile west of Ware/Belchertown line (Swift River)

Les Campbell, renown for his nature subjects and Quabbin Park scenes, invites you to visit his Photo Gallery at Sky Meadow Studio. You'll find it filled with framed photographs - treasures for your home or office and for gift giving. The Studio is also available for small group functions, workshops, slideshows, retreats and outings. If you are interested in individual or group portraits with a natural backdrop, you'll find a perfect setting in and around Les' Sky Meadow homestead. And, you'd be hard pressed to find a better tour guide for a trip to Quabbin Park. Conveniently located of Route 9 (1/2 mile east of the Belchertown entrance to Winsor Dam)


Hours:

Wednesdays 1-7 PM (June through mid-October)

Free slide shows every Sunday at 4:00 pm

Sundays 1-4 PM (April, May and mid-October to Christmas)


Other times, by appointment.

Groups of up to twenty may schedule private events, including slide shows, for a fee of $75.00. The privacy and beauty of the Sky Meadow studio and grounds make it a special place for small group functions, retreats, outings, birthday parties, and more. Refreshments may be brought in or catered.


Framed photographs for home, office or gifts. Select from hundreds of images Quabbin – Regional Scenics – Nature Subjects

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1065, Belchertown, MA 01007


E-mail: campfarm@juno.com

Please call 413.323.7405 to schedule a visit.

Friday, September 19, 2008

2008-09 NHCC dues

The 2008-09 season is upon us. We opened with a great program by Kathy Katz and William Sanderson. Monday the 22nd is our first competition (digital image deadline is Fri 9/19 at midnight).

Please note that guests are always welcome to attend our meetings, but you must be a paid member to attend field trips, workshops, and to compete.

The dues are $25 for a single and $40 for a family. You can print a membership form from our website.

http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/NHCC%20files/APPLICATION_FOR_NHCC_MEMBERSHIP.pdf

See either Barbara Vietzke or Harold Sisken on Monday.

Also when filling out the membership form please write the email address carefully and clearly we already have had some emails kicked back because of members changing email addresses and not letting us know or it was hard to decipher the new email address given on the membership form.

Monday, September 15, 2008

September NHCC Fall Trip to Vermont

Fall Trip to Vermont:

Friday, September 26th, Saturday the 27th, & Sunday the 28th

We will be staying in central Vermont near Woodstock and Quechee Gorge.We have held a block of rooms ($79-$99 per night) at the Ramada Inn in Rutland, so please hold your place as soon as possible by contacting one of the following:

Linda Thomas 203-239-9341 humbrd001@yahoo.com
Gerri Mahon 203-265-2579 gerrimahon@sbcglobal.net
Ann Yost 203-931-9943 anny43@comcast.net
Bob Parisi 203-484-2400 raparisi@hotmail.com

Saturday, September 13, 2008

NHCC Images due for 9-22 Competition

Our first competition of the NHCC 08-09 season is almost upon us. Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@comcast.net

The deadline is midnight Sept 19th for our first competition.

Photographs must be in the JPEG format and scaled to a maximum of 1024 pixels wide and a
maximum of 768 pixels high.

Don't forget that the assigned subject competition has been changed:
http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/nhcc-changes-to-category-competition.html

Our handbook with the complete rules and instructions can be found on the NHCC website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/handbook.htm


Prints

1. Prints must be between 8 by 10 inches and 16 by 20 inches.

2. Prints must be mounted on mat board or foam core board. Any size mat board or foam core board is allowed up to 16"x20".

3. Prints may be matted conventionally or electronically as long as the maximum dimensions are not exceeded.

4. On the back of each print clearly print your name and address, title, order designation (1 or 2), and an arrow indicating which edge is the top. This information may be printed on one or more labels affixed to the back if you prefer not to write on the mount.

Electronic Photographs

1. Photographs must be submitted as JPEG photographs with the .jpg extension.

2. Convert files to the sRGB color space if not already in that space or convert to Gray Gamma 2.2 if submitting an untinted monochrome photograph.

3. Photographs will be projected using a projector having 1024 pixels in the horizontal direction and 768 pixels in the vertical direction. Photographs must fit within those dimensions. See Figure 1 (pg 17 handbook). Unless your photograph’s proportions are in the exact ratio of 4 to 3, one of these dimensions will be less than the maximum. For example, if you have a vertical photograph, the height will be 768 pixels, but the width will be significantly less than 1024 pixels. A square photograph will be 768 pixels by 768 pixels under these rules. Smaller photographs are acceptable.

This means that a horizontal photograph will normally be 1024 pixels wide and may be as tall as 768 pixels, for example Figure 2 (pg 17 handbook). If the photograph is not 768 pixels tall it will be projected with black bars above and below the photograph as shown in Figure 3 (pg 17 handbook). A vertical photograph will normally be 768 pixels tall, but will be less than 1024 pixels wide and it will be projected with black bars on the two sides as shown in Figure 4 (pg 17 handbook).


In order to provide all of the information needed and to allow the use of automated tools, image files must be named as follows:

x#$LastName$FirstName$Title$Year-Month.jpg

Where “x” is the class (A, B, or S for special category) “#” is the sequence number for the
competition (1 or 2), “LastName” is the last name of the maker, “FirstName” is the first name of the maker, “Title” is the photograph’s title without spaces (use the underline character “_” instead of spaces), and “Year-Month” is the competition being entered in the format “2005-11” for November 2005.

It is suggested that normal capitalization rules be followed for the last name, first name, and title. The dollar signs (“$”) are used to separate the fields of information.

An example file name formatted correctly is
A1$Jones$Bill$Red_Skier$2005-11.jpg

This is Bill Jones’ first photograph for class A entitled “Red Skier” entered into the November 2005 competition.

Note that file names may not contain spaces because we may post some or all of the entries and
results on our club Internet site which runs on a Unix operating system that does not allow spaces. Use the underline character (“_”) instead of spaces in titles.

It is very important to adhere to this naming convention so that the Vice President of Inside
Competition or his designated assistant can use automated tools to prepare score sheets and keep records. The dollar signs ($) are recognized as field separation characters by automated tools such as spreadsheet programs. Be sure that all fields are in the correct order. If you run into problems because your computer operating system does not allow file names as long
as required, complete the name as far as possible and put the full file name in the body of the
submitting e-mail and the chairman will fix your titles for you.

• If you are submitting make-up photographs, use the year and month of the competition being made up rather than the year and month of the competition into which entered. If entering make-up photographs for the October 2005 competition in the January 2006 competition, the year and month should be “2005-10”, not “2006-01”.

• When inserting the competition date, use a 4 digit year (for example 2007) followed by a dash (“-“) followed by a two digit month (09, 10, 11, 01, 02, 03, 04, or 05)

Slides

1. Slides must be 2 x 2 inches in size; they may be cropped with masks; they may be mounted in glass for protection.

2. Turn the slide so that the subject is right side up (as you would view the slide on the screen when projected). Put a spot in the lower left corner. (Figure 4 - pg 19 handbook)

3. Now turn the slide upside down so that the spot is in the upper right (Figure 5 - pg 19 handbook).

4. Place the title at the top (Figure 5 - pg 19 handbook).

5. Place your name and address at the bottom (Figure 5). You may place your phone number on one of the sides if it fits. Note that with vertical subjects, sometimes there is not enough room at the top and bottom. Then it is OK to put title and your name and address on the sides. The SPOT remains at the top as shown. (Figure 6 - pg 19 handbook). The name and address is important to minimize the chances of the slide becoming lost if it is sent to outside competitions.

Friday, September 5, 2008

NHCC First Program Sept 8th

Waterways of the Czars -- NHCC First Program Sept 8th



Kathy Katz and Sandy Sanderson will present this ProShow Gold digital program of their fantastic 14 day journey on the Waterways of the Czars—in which they cruised from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Between them, they took over 4,000 images, but you can relax, as they have worked hard and you will only get to see about 350 of the best! Each of the cities could be a show in itself. For this presentation, a combination of dialogue and music will enhance the photography as a travelogue sampler showing highlights of their journey.









Tuesday, August 26, 2008

NHCC Day Trip to New York City: Sept 6th

NHCC Day Trip to New York City: Sept 6th

Day Trip to New York City:
Saturday, September 6th, and the rain date is Sunday, September 7

We will be leaving the Milford Train Station on the 8:42 express train to NYC. We will purchase a $20 all day pass for unlimited use of the water taxis which stop at 10 key locations from 11AM to 7PM. Bring jackets…it is a very breezy ride. You must be a piad NHCC member in order to attend field trips.

Contact Art Yost at 203-931-9943, AYost4@aol.com or Arty43@comcast.net before September 1st if you are interested.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB Schedule 2008-09

NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB Schedule 2008-09

The 08-09 NHCC season is almost upon us and we are looking forward to seeing all of you on Sept 8th for our first program.

The New Haven Camera Club website has been updated:

The membership form is available. In order to compete, join us on field trips, attend workshops, etc. you must be a paid member. Guests are always welcome to attend meetings.

Please fill out the membership form and send Harold your membership dues: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/membership.htm

The assigned subjects were posted back in June: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/assigned_subjects.htm

The programs are now listed: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/NHCC%20files/NEW_HAVEN_CAMERA_CLUB_PROGRAMS_08-09.pdf

Please review the NHCC handbook for competition rules (and changes for the 08-09 season)http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/images/NHCC_HandBook_8-08.pdf

The most dramatic changes that will take place this season:

(1) a new email adress for competitions NHCCwin@comcast.net Deadline midnight Sept 19th for our first competition and

(2) the changes to the assigned subject competition (blogged here in July)http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/nhcc-changes-to-category-competition.html

NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB PROGRAMS -- 2008-09

September 8, 2008 -- "Waterways of the Czars"

by Kathy Katz and Sandy Sanderson

A photo journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow

September 22, 2008 -- Open Competition, plus a Special Category "Children"

October 13, 2008 -- "Magic Moments at Mohonk" & "Quabbin - For the Joy of It"

by Les Campbell

Two of Les' favorite places to capture beautiful pictures

October 27, 2008 -- Open Competition, plus a Special Category "Railroads"

November 10, 2008

New England Camera Club Council Interclub Color Print Competition 2008-09

Judging of color prints from clubs in New England

November 24, 2008-- Open Competition, plus a Special Category "Sunset/Sunrise"

December 8, 2008 -- Annual Holiday Party and Mini Digital Shows by Members

January 12, 2009 -- "What You See is What You Get!"

by Victor Krasenics

Exploring how to get your film & digital photos to look the way you saw the scene

January 26, 2009 -- Open Competition, plus a Special Category "Boats/Ships"

February 9, 2009 -- "Image Enhancement & Optimization: Photoshop CS3 Workflow"

by George Fellner

A power point presentation as well as a demonstration using Photoshop CS3 focusing on basis adjustments made to all images to enhance the quality of the photo

February 23, 2009 -- Open Competition, Special Category "Abstracts"

March 9, 2009 -- "New Haven Camera Club Goes Out West"

by NHCC members

A show combining the work of NHCC members who traveled to Death Valley, Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon and Sedona.

March 23, 2009 -- Open Competition, plus a Special Category "Motion/Blur"

April 13, 2009 -- "White Reveals, Black Conceals: Masking Your Way to a Better Photograph"

by Lisa and Tom Cuchara

Learn how to use layers & masks in Photoshop to enhance your images (exposure, dodging & burning, blurring the background, selective coloring & selective focus)

April 27, 2009 -- Open Competition, plus a Special Category "Patterns/Textures"

May 11, 2009 -- Open Competition, plus a Special Category "Architecture"

June 8, 2009 -- End of the Year Competition; Annual Year End Awards Banquet

Friday, August 15, 2008

So What is a Blog?

So What is a Blog?

The New Haven Camera Club Photo Blog address is: http://NHCCphotoblog.blogspot.com/

You can subscribe so that you receive an email when something new is posted. If nothing new is posted you do not get an email. If multiple posts are blogged for one day you only get ONE email.

The Blog is an actual website -- all the information is now ARCHIVED and EASILY SEARCHABLE -- try it...go to the actual Blog:
href="http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/">http://NHCCphotoblog.blogspot.com/

So...what is a Blog ???

This is from: http://www.blogger.com/tour_start.g

Blog = Web Log

A weblog is a hierarchy of text, images, media objects and data, arranged chronologically, that can be viewed in an HTML browser.

From “Web log.” A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger.”

‘To put it as simply as possible - a blog is a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘post’ (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom.

A blog is a personal diary.

A daily pulpit.

A collaborative space.

A political soapbox.

A breaking-news outlet.

A collection of links.

Your own private thoughts.

Memos to the world.

Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.

Since Blogger was launched in 1999, blogs have reshaped the web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others. And it is just getting started...

From http://www.rebeccablood.net/essays/weblog_history.html:

In 1998 there were just a handful of sites of the type that are now identified as weblogs (so named by Jorn Barger in December 1997). Jesse James Garrett, editor of Infosift, began compiling a list of "other sites like his" as he found them in his travels around the web. In November of that year, he sent that list to Cameron Barrett. Cameron published the list on Camworld, and others maintaining similar sites began sending their URLs to him for inclusion on the list. Jesse's 'page of only weblogs' lists the 23 known to be in existence at the beginning of 1999.Suddenly a community sprang up. It was easy to read all of the weblogs on Cameron's list, and most interested people did. Peter Merholz announced in early 1999 that he was going to pronounce it 'wee-blog' and inevitably this was shortened to 'blog' with the weblog editor referred to as a 'blogger.'

Blogs are usually (but not always) written by one person and are updated pretty regularly. Blogs are often (but not always) written on a particular topic - there are blogs on virtually any topic you can think of. From photography, to spirituality, to recipes, to personal diaries to hobbies - blogging has as many applications and varieties as you can imagine. Whole blog communities have sprung up around some of these topics putting people into contact with each other in relationships where they can learn, share ideas, make friends with and even do business with people with similar interests from around the world.Blogs usually have a few features that are useful to know about if you want to get the most out of them as a reader. Lets examine a couple briefly.

Archives - You might look at the front page of a blog and think that there is not much to them. A few recent entries, some links to other sites and not much else. However its worth knowing that there is a lot more going on under the surface that might initially meet the eye. For example in addition to the main page of this blog there are other pages, some of the posts below the surface that I’ve written over the past few months.When I write a post like this one it goes to the top of the front page. As it gets older and as I add more current posts it begins its journey down the page until it disappears from it.This is not the end of its life however, because it goes into the ‘Archives’ of my blog. It sounds like a dusty dark place but its really just like a filing cabinet that is easily accessible in a couple of ways. You can read my ‘archives’ simply by looking on the ’sidebar’ (over on the side of this blog) at the ‘archives’ or ‘labels' section. There you will see links to all the old posts which you can access either by category. You’ll see a category for ‘photoshop’ - click that link and you’ll see all my old posts on that topic with the most recent at the top and the oldest at the bottom.

Comments - Not all blogs use comments - but most do. This blog is not a monologue but a conversation. You can give me feedback on almost everything I write simply by clicking the ‘comments’ link at the bottom of each one of the posts. This will take you to a little form where you leave your name (and a link to your own blog if you have one) as well as your feedback, comment, critique, question, essay on why you love my blog, promise me money…. etc).

Are you still confused? Would you like more information? Below are a few helpful articles on the topic - there are many more on the web - just do a search on your favourite search engine.

Rebecca Blood has written a helpful history of blogging for those who are interested in learning more about the blogging evolution over the past few years.

Harvard Law has a helpful article titled What makes a Weblog a Weblog

Trudy Schuett writes a good article title What is a blog and why do we need one?WordPress: Introduction to Blogging

Monday, July 28, 2008

Upcoming NHCC Field Trips Fall 2008

Hold the dates:

Fall Trip to Vermont:
Friday, September 26th, Saturday the 27th, & Sunday the 28th

We will be staying in central Vermont near Woodstock and Quechee Gorge.We have held a block of rooms ($79-$99 per night) at the Ramada Inn in Rutland, so please hold your place as soon as possible by contacting one of the following:

Linda Thomas 203-239-9341 humbrd001@yahoo.com

Gerri Mahon 203-265-2579 gerrimahon@sbcglobal.net

Ann Yost 203-931-9943 anny43@comcast.net

Bob Parisi 203-484-2400 raparisi@hotmail.com_____

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Day Trip to New York City:



Saturday, September 6th, and the rain date is Sunday, September 7

We will be leaving the Milford Train Station on the 8:42 express train to NYC. We will purchase a $20 all day pass for unlimited use of the water taxis which stop at 10 key locations from 11AM to 7PM. Bring jackets…it is a very breezy ride.

Contact Art Yost at 203-931-9943, AYost4@aol.com or Arty43@comcast.net before September 1st if you are interested.

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Day Trip to New York Aquarium:



Saturday, October 25, 2008A sign up sheet will be available at the NHCC Meetings prior to the trip or you can contact Linda Thomas at 203-239-9341 or humbrd001@yahoo.com if you cannot attend the meetings.

West Trip:

In 2010, we are looking at going to Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, & possibly Glacier National Park.

If you are interested, please contact one of the following:

Linda Thomas 203-239-9341 humbrd001@yahoo.com

Gerri Mahon 203-265-2579 gerrimahon@sbcglobal.net

Ann Yost 203-931-9943 anny43@comcast.net

Bob Parisi 203-484-2400 raparisi@hotmail.com

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Event you may be interested in, but there will be not an organized trip:



Shemitzen: August 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th Call 1-800-CORN for more info.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

NHCC Changes to Category Competition for 2008-09

Changes to NHCC Category Competition for 2008-09

At the Executive Committee meeting in July several changes were made to the Category Competition (sometimes referred to as the assignment competition) for next season. This rest of the rules as stated in the NHC handbook http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/handbook.htm still apply. For example, Category images still must not be older than 5 years old.

The changes will make the Category Competition more like the Open Competitions, will make the Category Competition more meaningful, and will increase the opportunity for more members to have their photographs selected as ribbon winning photographs. The winning images are those who show the best interpretation of the category title which adheres to definition.As was true last year, there will be a Category Competition only for electronic (digital) photographs.The rule changes are:

1. The Category Competition will be scored by the judges using the SAME numerical scoring system that is used to score the Open Competitions. The in and out scoring system will be eliminated.

2. Ties will not be broken, again like the Open Competitions.

3. The number of photographs that may be entered by a member into a given Category Competition is reduced to 2 from the current 3, again like the Open Competitions.

4. Unlike the Open Competitions, no make-up photographs will be permitted.

5. To qualify for the High Cumulative Score in the Category Competition, a member must submit at least 10 photographs of the possible 16 photographs. A member who submits more than 10 photographs will have his/her cumulative score determined by summing the highest scoring 10 photographs. Thus, it is to your advantage to enter as many photographs as possible since the 10 highest scoring photographs will be used to determine the final score.

The assigned subjects for the 2008-09 season are:

Sept: Children

Oct: Railroad

Nov: Sunrise/Sunset

Jan: Boats or ships

Feb: Abstraction(s)

March: Motion and Blur

April: Patterns or Textures

May: Architecture

Check out the NHCC website for more information... http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/assigned_subjects.htm

Monday, June 23, 2008

NHCC 'End of the Year' competition images

All of the electronic 'End of the Year' competition images have been posted on our NHCC website (class A, class B, plus both honor awards) http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/images.htm

Friday, June 20, 2008

NHCC END OF YEAR COMPETITION – 2008

I just received the names of the End of Year Competition winning images (and their makers).

For those of you that missed the banquet you missed seeing some awesome photographs! The food was good and the company even better! There were sooo many great images and I always love this end of year exhibition because we get to see all those great images side by side.

NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB -- END OF YEAR COMPETITION – 2008

PRINTS

1st Place – Print of the Year Barbara Vietzke Monday Morning Wash Day

2nd Place Lisa Cuchara Osprey Male With Flounder Dinner

3rd Place Lisa Cuchara Heron and Sunrise

COLOR SLIDES

1st Place – Slide of the Year Ken Kwan Ruby Beach Evening

2nd Place Ken Kwan Cape Bon Ami

3rd Place Andrey Antov Sardinian Sunset

ELECTRONIC IMAGES – CLASS A

1st Place Richard Asarisi Annas

2nd Place Gary Prestash Cedar Waxwing With Crabapple

3rd Place Andrey Antov Diana’s Baths 2

ELECTRONIC IMAGES – CLASS B

1st Place Bob Parisi Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Electronic Image of the Year

2nd Place Susan Naumann Keeping Watch

3rd Place Joan Balen New Day Dawning

JOSEPH DI CHELLO MEMORIAL AWARD – BEST LANDSCAPE OR SEASCAPE

Bob Parisi Bass Harbor Lighthouse

JANE SIBLEY AWARD – BEST NATURE IMAGE

Vic Krasenics Green Heron With Moth #1

Here are the winners from our entire year. We compete 16 images but the scores from the lowest four are dropped and then the 'Best of 12' is used to determine the winner of the Highest Cumulative Score Award in each category/class.Highest Cumlative Scores (Best of 12)

Electronic A -- Gary Prestash 321 points (Best of 12 AVG = 26.75)

Electronic B -- Joan Balen 302 points (Best of 12 AVG = 25.17)

Prints A -- Barbara Vietzke 312 points (Best of 12 AVG = 26.00)

Prints B -- Fred Rosenthal 280 points (Best of 12 AVG = 23.33)

Slides -- Linda Thomas 305 points (Best of 12 AVG = 25.42)

Electronic S (Assigned Subject) Barbara Vietzke 14 points

Congratulations to all the winners!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New Haven Camera Club Blog goes LIVE!!!

Hello! Welcome!

The New Haven Camera Club has not been able to find a volunteer to write a formal bulletin or newsletter. I now will be disseminating information via this Blog

http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/

Please check it out!!!

Please put a comment on the Photo Blog and let me know what you think.

(1) You will only receive one email per day from the Blog (after you subscribe) and only when it is updated. No updates, no emails. 10 posts in one day, one email.

(2) I can even post to the Blog when I am on vacation

(3) all of the posts will be archived creating a reference for future use

(4) you can search the blog to find things (like where and when was was that daffodil trip)

(5) members in charge of other activities (for example field trips) can email me information which can be copied and pasted to the Blog

(6) you can leave comments (they will be moderated just to make sure that we don't get viagra ads, etc. posted)

(7) there is an icon at the bottom of each post which enables you to email the post to friends, etc.

(8) There is a box in the upper left corner, enter your email address in the box, verify and then you will be subscribed! Easy! Your emails will arrive once a day only when the Photo Blog has been updated.

(9) You can handle your own subscription, subscribe, unsubscribe, become inactive when you go on vacation, etc. The information on how to do so (via the web and via snail mail) is on the bottom of every email that you will receive.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

NHCC End of Year Banquet

Yesterday the New Haven Camera Club had their end of the year banquet at Eli's on Whitney Avenue in Hamden. The food was good and the company even better!

Everything went very smoothly and we got out much earlier than ever before. Part of that recognition goes to our 3 wonderful judges who very efficiently weeded out the best of the best.

Thanks Lisa, Carmine and Rick!!

They had a tough job with prints, slides, electronic and two honor awards. There were sooo many great images and I always love this end of year exhibition because we get to see all those great images side by side.

Congratulations goes out to Bob Parisi whose image "Bass Harbor Lighthouse" won electronic image of the year. This was especially significant because the photo was taken on a NHCC field trip and also because Bob is in Class B.

I do not have the list of winners yet but I remember that Barbara Vietzke's image of Venice won 1st place in A prints. I will post the complete list of winners as soon as the list is forwarded to me.