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.

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
Gerri Mahon 203-265-2579
Ann Yost 203-931-9943
Bob Parisi 203-484-2400

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

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:

Our handbook with the complete rules and instructions can be found on the NHCC website:


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:


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

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)


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.