Saturday, December 26, 2009

How to Create a Globe

These directions are from Howard -- after seeing his winning image people were asking him how he envisioned and created it. Howard was nice enough to share this with everyone! Lisa


How to Create a Globe

1: Crop your photo into a square

2: From the Filter Menu apply Distort-Polar Coordinates

3: Select “Polar to Rectangular” cick OK

4: Rotate image 180 degrees

5: From the Filter Menu apply Distort-Polar Coordinates
This time select “Rectagular to Polar” click OK

Done

I asked Howard to send me his winning photo too!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sandy

Hi Everyone,Please read the info below from Kathy about Sandy. I am not sure who sends out the news on email about NHCC, but I would appreciate if a email could be sent about Sandy so he could receive get -well cards. Jan

Jan, We transferred Sandy to the Saybrook Healthcare Center at 1775 Boston Post Road, Old Saybook CT 06475 room 401 --he was resting comfortably at 8:45pm tonight--he would LOVE to see you!! You know how much he loves you--he may still be on oxygen, but he is looking none the worse for wear--the more people who can send cards will be great--I am working hard to keep him oriented--he is very positive about wanting to live life and get out of there, so his spirits are fine. I will be there after church on Sunday. KK

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Interclub competition results

Dear Club Members,

One or more of your images were used in either the NECCC nature or pictorial competitions or the Electronic Imaging Division of PSA interclub competition.

NECCC PICTORIAL COMPETITION

The individual scores of the Pictorial competition were as follows:

Antov, Andrey-Heading for Naples-21-HM
Barnett, William-Sheep and Threatening Sky-21-HM
Dionne, James-Jester-17
Vietzke, Barbara-Very Busy-19

In this competition the judges score 3 to 9 for a total between 9 and 27. We scored a total of 78 points. Greater Lynn won with 85 points and Boston West was in second with 83 points. This is the first year the competition has been divided into two classes; as a result we are in Class A with 14 of New England's best clubs.

NECCC NATURE COMPETITION

The individual scores of the Nature competition were as follows:

Sisken, Harold-Egret-22
Mahon, Gerri-Death Valley Sand Dune-22
Antov, Andrey-Eastern Tiger Swallowtail-20
Prestash, Gary-Yellow Warbler Calling-24-2nd (6-way tie)

Again, this competition is scored between 9 and 27. We received a total of 88 points which put us in 4th place. Gateway Camera Club was first with 93 points and Cape Cod Viewfinders was in second with 91 points. This competition was also divided into two classes this year for the first time; we are in Class A with 12 of New England's best nature clubs.

ELECTRONIC IMAGING COMPETITION

The individual scores of the EID competition were as follows:

James Dionne-Jester-10
William Barnett-Birds on the Dock-Award-12
Andrey Antov-Diagonals-11
Barbara Vietzke-Very Busy-10
Gary Prestash-Yellow Warbler Calling-HM-13
Frank Gilroy-Winter Light-10

The scoring for each of three judges in this competition was 1 to 5 producing a total between 3 and 15. I checked with the chairman and he reported that awards and HMs are decided by the judges after scoring and are not necessarily score related. I thought that a 12 getting an award and a 13 getting only an HM was an error, but he assures me that there was no error.

In this competition we scored 66 points. Three clubs scored more points: Ridgewood (NJ) Camera Club 71, Santa Rosa Photographic society 67, and St. Louis Camera Club 68. The Terra Australis Digital Image Group tied with us at 66 points. There are two classes in this competition; we are in class A along with a number of clubs from other countries. There is stiff competition.

Best regards, Bill

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Results of Fall Inter-club Print Competition

Results of Fall Inter-club Print Competition

The NHCC participates only in the color print competition.

There were 28 clubs participating and the individual scores ranged from 17-25. New Haven Camera Club tied for first with Stony Brook with a club score of 91. Two clubs tied for second with 90. They were Charter Oak and Photographers Forum. Club scores ranged from 74-91.

Individual honors from our club went to Vic Krasenics (HM) for "Upper Yosemite Falls from Valley" (23pts.), and to Art Yost (3rd. place) for "Monarch on Mohonk" (24points)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Images from November's competition now online

Thank you Bill for creating the image galleries from November's competition images. You can view them on the NHCC website under images: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/images.htm

Thank you Jim for the monthly scores and cumulative scores, which can be viewed on our website here under scores:
http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/scores.htm

There were many, many winners last months, but I would love to get copies of the FIRST PLACE images, along with some technical information about how they were captured and some aesthetic information about the location, the inspiration, etc. Please email me at photographer67 [at] comcast.net and I will post them for all to see.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Annual Holiday Party -- Last call

Annual Holiday Party of the New Haven Camera Club at POMPEO'S RESTAURANT485 West Main StreetBranford, CT on MONDAY DECEMBER 14th 6:00 PM Drinks and appetizers 6:30 PM Dinner

There will be a somewhat different menu this year (fewer hot appetizers and a veggie platter and an upgraded buffet). The cost will be $30.00 each (tax and tip included). Please make checks payable to New Haven Camera Club

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. http://www.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 December 4th deadline for reservations is VERY COSE so do not delay, send your reservation now for a great time!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Last call for holiday slideshows

NHCC Holiday slideshows due to Bill Barnett by the 11-23 meeting (or by 12-1 if mailing a CD to him)

This is the last 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). You could also use Yousendit.com but if you do please be sure to email Bill and let him know that it will be arriving.

Be sure it arrives on or before December 1st, 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/ for details

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

new PSA Nature Division definition

Hi Lisa, It is probably worth sending out a blog blast to our members with the new PSA Nature Division definition of what constitutes nature. This new definition was adopted at the recent PSA Convention held in West Yellowstone.

The new definition is as follows:

"Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining a high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural.”

This new definition means we have new freedoms to use digital techniques to enhance our nature images. In two recent communications Dan Charbonnet added the following clarifying comments which help to understand the new rules:

“For most people, this means that the various HDR techniques are now allowed and it means blurring the background is now allowed, provided the results look natural.”

“All images must be considered “Digital Realism”, where a photographer may perform any enhancements and modifications that improve the presentation of the image to make it more closely represent the original scene photographed but that does not change the truth of the original nature story. Cropping and horizontal flipping (equivalent to reversing a slide) are acceptable modifications. Removing spots due to dust on your sensors is allowed. Removing rounded slide mount corners on scanned images is allowed. Adding elements to your images, removing pictorial elements from your image other than by cropping, combining separate images or rearranging and/or cloning and/or copying elements in your image are not still acceptable and can lead to disqualification of your image in the competition.

Since HDR techniques and Helicon Focus techniques are techniques that enhance the presentation without changing the pictorial content, they are now considered allowable techniques. Please note that all adjustments must still look natural. Just because a technique is legitimate does not guarantee the image it was used on will get a good score.”

I request that any member who enters a nature image in our competition that does not meet the above definition because of manipulations performed on it please send me an e-mail so that I do not enter it in either the NECCC or PSA nature interclub competitions. Our competitions are open without any restrictions, but we must adhere to these rules when submitting entries into the nature interclub competitions.

I would also appreciate it if you would give your nature entries descriptive names since titles are read before judging the PSA Nature Interclub. Also, try to size your entries to 350 killobytes or less as this is a requirement of the PSA EID Interclub competition and it will save me having to resize the images before I send them out.

Best regards,Bill

Monday, November 23, 2009

Easy Directions for Filing, Sizing, Titling Images for Competition

Easy Directions for Filing, Sizing, Titling Images for Competition

Photographs must be submitted as JPEG images with the .jpg extension.

Convert the photograph to the sRGB color space. Your images may already be in that color space. If the color of your images seems off when they are projected, you may want to check this.

Our projector requires that images be no more than 1024 WIDE and no more than 768 HIGH. (If you submit a vertical image, it will typically be approximately 500 wide to allow it to be 768 high.) See illustrations.


From looking at the illustrations, you can see that images which are vertical or square will be smaller than horizontal images.
Titles - Please use the following format.

Class&Image Number$LastName$FirstName$Title$Year-month (numeral).jpg

Examples B1$Jones$Bill$Red_Skier$2009-11.jpg

B2$Jones$Bill$At_The_Beach$2009-11.jpg

S1$Jones$Bill$Glassware$2009-11.jpg

S is used for the assigned subject.

Do not leave any spaces. Use the underline character “_”instead of spaces.

Note: Your computer may automatically put .jpg at the end of the title. If that is the case, you should not put .jpg at the end or you will end up with .jpg.jpg

Look carefully at your completed title to make sure that it is correct.

Have you used the dollar sign $ to separate fields?
Have you used the underline “_” between words in the title?

Are the year and month correct?

Does it end in .jpg ?

Attach your images to an email and send to nhccwin@yahoo.com

Organization Hint: Make a folder for NHCC Possible Comp images. These should be duplicates of your better photographs. Make another folder for NHCC Competition 2009-10. Don’t put anything into this folder unless it is sized correctly and titled correctly. When you open this folder, all of your images will be in the same format and you can simply copy what you have
previously done.

I hope this helps. Paul Peterson pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Annual Holiday Party of the New Haven Camera Club

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 14th 6:00 PM Drinks and appetizers 6:30 PM Dinner

POMPEO'S RESTAURANT485 West Main StreetBranford, CT

There will be a somewhat different menu this year (fewer hot appetizers and a veggie platter and an upgraded buffet). The cost will be $30.00 each.

Please make checks payable to New Haven Camera ClubAnd 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. http://www.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!!

The images below were chosen to represent the club in the first PSA Nature Competition for this year. The results are shown below:

New Haven Camera Club

Image Title Score Award Maker

Golden Eagle 8 Paul Peterson

Green Heron w Moth 1 13 Vic Krasenics

Orangutan Baby 9 William Barnett

Immature Osprey 12 Tom Cuchara

Bluebird with Moth 13 Lisa Cuchara

Yellow Warbler Calling 12 Gary Prestash

67

This competition was judged by the West Cumbria Photo Group of Great Britain, the first time the competition has been judged outside of North America. This year the competition has been divided into two classes, A and B. We are in class A along with a number of very strong nature clubs. For this competition Boston West Photographic Society was in first place with 76 points. We were near the middle of the pack with 67 points. In this competition, which was scored from 3 to 15, it took a score of 14 to earn an HM. Best regards, Bill

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Our next NHCC competition deadline is tomorrow.

Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@yahoo.com before midnight Nov 20th.

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

If you need help entering the digital competition for the first time please see a current member.
These directions are very simple to do, but sometimes simple things appear complicated when written down. Ever try to write down directions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich? Showing someone is much easier.

Our digital competition requires that only you

(1) resize your image to 1024 x 768 and save it as a jpg and

(2) that you name it properly so that it can be competed, the scores databased and the image displayed on properly on the NHCC website competition gallery. 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.

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

The first letter is A, B, OR S for special category.You can enter TWO images in A or B and in TWO images in S. The A or B open competition photographs do NOT have to be the same subject as the special category.

For information on the assigned subject competition see
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. Must be brought in by 7:15 in order for the print handlers to have time to write the titles on the score shhets and organize the prints

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

3. 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".

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

5. 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.

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 2008 competition in the January 2009 competition, the year and month should be “2008-10”, not “2009-01”.• 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, November 18, 2009

another member spotlight!

Name: Denise Saldaña



Spouse: Michael Sheehan

Children: 2 Pets: Yellow Lab (Bella) and 2 cats

Profession: Retired after 34 years in elementary education

Favorite comfort food: chocolate

Favorite childhood memory: swimming in the clear, blue ocean in Puerto Rico, where I grew up.

My other hobbies include: nature, gardening, art, book club

Prized Possession: Health

I’ve never been able to: look down from great heights

I’d give anything to have met: My great-grandparents

Major personal accomplishments: speak Spanish, French, English fluently

Three words that best describe me: very active, curious, tropical

My personal goals are: Try to understand why I like retirement so much!

My Camera: Olympus E-510

Year that I joined NHCC: 2008

I am also a member of (other photo clubs): n/a

The reason I joined the NHCC): Retirement has allowed me the time to become a more serious photographer. The NHCC is an excellent place to learn more about photography. I learn so much from all the great photos that are shared and from the workshops.

Favorite Photography Subject matter: Macro- flowers, dragonflies, insects, nature… I like to combine photography with my art.

Favorite photography trip: I had the opportunity of going to Paris with my sisters in May. That was a wonderful photography trip!! The best part of being a photographer is: Creating an artistic photo is like a spiritual experience for me. It is exciting and I lose track of time.

I became interested in photography when… I received my first Brownie camera! Later on, my father gave me his Leica camera, which he had purchased in Europe right before WWII. That camera was incredible. I was hooked.

My advice to other photographers is: Take Photoshop one day at a time (I need to remember that advice too!).

What is something about you that NHCC members do not know? I am so lucky to have 2 grandchildren.









NHCC Holiday slideshows due to Bill Barnett

NHCC Holiday slideshows due to Bill Barnett by the 11-23 meeting (or by 12-1 if mailing a CD to him)

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 1st, so that he has time to make sure it will run properly. You could also use Yousendit.com but if you do please be sure to email Bill and let him know that it will be arriving.

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/ for details

Sunday, November 15, 2009

NHCC Nubble Lights Winter Field Trip

December 5th – Nubble Light Decorated and Lighted for the Holidays
Please sign up at the next meeting or call Linda Thomas at 203.239.9341 if you are interested.
Please note that while anyone can attend our meetings you must be a paid member to attend our field trips.

Winter 2010 Potential Trips


Sleigh Rally at Green Mountain Horse Association - Late January or February


Hebron Maple Festival - March

Thursday, November 12, 2009

next NHCC competition deadline - one week away

Our next NHCC competition deadline is just now one week away.

Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@yahoo.com before midnight Nov 20th.

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

If you need help entering the digital competition for the first time please see a current member.

These directions are very simple to do, but sometimes simple things appear complicated when written down. Ever try to write down directions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich? Showing someone is much easier.

Our digital competition requires that only you

(1) resize your image to 1024 x 768 and save it as a jpg and

(2) that you name it properly so that it can be competed, the scores databased and the image displayed on properly on the NHCC website competition gallery. 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.

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

The first letter is A, B, OR S for special category.You can enter TWO images in A or B and in TWO images in S. The A or B open competition photographs do NOT have to be the same subject as the special category.

For information on the assigned subject competition see 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. Must be brought in by 7:15 in order for the print handlers to have time to write the titles on the score shhets and organize the prints

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

3. 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".

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

5. 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.

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 2008 competition in the January 2009 competition, the year and month should be “2008-10”, not “2009-01”.

• 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).

Monday, November 9, 2009

A few more WINNERS from October

A few more WINNERS from October' competition!

Photographs by Linda Kane Brinckerhoff



Me & Dad – 2nd Place – Digital A - this photo was taken during a client photo session with 10 week old Hunter and his dad, Glenn. The pose was directed but the lighting was a happy accident – a the studio strobe on the right side did not fire by accident. The main light at 45 degree angle was an Alien Bee 800 watt studio light with a beauty dish and additional “sock” diffuser. (not sure of power setting on this light, but probably 1/8th power) TECHNICAL : F7.1, 1/160 shutter speed, -2.33 exposure compensation, ISO 200, Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8 Nikon lens set at 38mm



Seize the Day – 2nd place – prints – Another photo of a client - Mayson. Alien Bee 800watt (not sure of power setting on this light, but probably 1/8th power) with beauty dish and sock to the left and 60 watt light with Soft box on right.

I placed one-year-old Mayson in the flower pot with the giant flowers and just shot away while she got all excited by the dish of Cheerios hidden in the pot. ECHNICAL: F5.0, 1/200 shutter speed, -1 exposure compensation, ISO 320, Nikon D700, 24-70mm F2.8 Nikon lens set at 34mm

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Annual Holiday Party of the New Haven Camera Club

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 14th

6:00 PM Drinks and appetizers

6:30 PM Dinner

POMPEO'S RESTAURANT485 West Main StreetBranford, CT

There will be a somewhat different menu this year (fewer hot appetizers and a veggie platter and an upgraded buffet). The cost will be $30.00 each (tax and tip included).

Please make checks payable to New Haven Camera ClubAnd 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.

http://www.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!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

NHCC RAFFLE

At our next Camera Club meeting (11/9) we will have two raffles. The first will be our regular 50:50 raffle for $CASH$. The second will be a raffle for a brand new ProShow Gold. ProShow Gold is the industry standard for making professional looking slide shows with ease.... so easy a Caveman could do it :-) Tickets for the ProShow Gold raffle will be $2 for one ticket and $5 for three tickets. Denise Saldana will be selling the regular raffle tickets, and Joan Balen will be selling the ProShow Gold tickets.

************Joan

Friday, November 6, 2009

November program: Photoshop as a tool in the Digital Darkroom

A copy of ProShow Gold will be given away at this next program. Lisa also has a discount code for 20% off anyone wishing to purchase a photodex product.

Please note that Gary from Fiddlehead photography had to reschedule his November presentation of "Wilfelife Photography" that he was supposed in November. I have agreed to swap with Gary and present in November and Gary will present in April.

November 9th -- Lisa will discuss the use of Photoshop as a tool in the ‘digital darkroom’. In this basic Photoshop program she will demonstrate ‘non-destructive’ editing techniques such as adjustment layers, some of the most often used filters (Sharpen, Blur, Artistic) and demonstrate some popular editing tools (Crop, Clone, Patch, Heal, Hue Saturation, Color Balance, Black and White).

In addition, she will show you how to apply an effect to a selected area of your photograph. This introductory program is designed for people who are computer literate but new to Photoshop.

The notes for this program have been posted on our Blog at http://lifethrulisaslens.blogspot.com/2009/07/neccc-basic-photoshop-where-do-i-begin.htmland
and
http://lifethrulisaslens.blogspot.com/2008/07/nhcc-members-lisa-tom-cuchara-present.html

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Digital mini slide shows (December Holiday Party)

Digital mini slide shows (holiday party)
As in past years Bill Barnett will be bringing his computer to the holiday party on December 14th 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. Please bring your slideshow to Bill by the Nov 23rd meeting (or make sure that it is mailed to Bill and received by Dec1 st)

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. 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.

Bill has a MacBook that can handle shows in both Windows and Macintosh formats.

You can also mail Bill a CD containing your slideshow (William Barnett, 66 Jasmine Circle, Milford, CT 06461-1788). Be sure it arrives on or before December 1st so that he has time to make sure it will run properly. You could also use Yousendit.com but if you do please be sure to email Bill and let him know that it will be arriving.

If you have any questions you can contact Bill at BarnettW@optonline.net.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Slideshow program

We had a good turnout last night with 10 people (plus Tom and I) attending the slideshow workshop last night.

I do have a discount code for 20% off Photodex products. Email me or see me at the next program and I can share the discount with you.

We also took at look at animoto and I have a $5 coupon off an Animoto subscription for everyone. http://animoto.com/?ref=oktlubph

Lastly, I have a copy of ProShow Gold to give away at the next NHCC meeting 11-9 when I give my Photoshop program.

~Lisa

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

some more ribbon winners from October's competition



More winning images, HM and second place from October's competition...

Hi Lisa, This my dog Max. I caught him on my bed and thought would make a good photo. I went to get my camera and he was still there. Camera is a canon sx10. flash was used and hand held. Ron D'Amico


1) Dutch Iris -2nd prize. My garden inspires much of my photography. I brought these irises inside and used a translucent softbox with lights on the outside to take this photo. I used a dark blue backdrop and my macro lens (100mm). Both color and light are very important to me, and with these flowers the blue/purple hue was a challenge. I find that specific color hard to reproduce in digital images and had to play with the white balance and the hue to get it just right. Also I knew I wanted some diagonal effects and I arranged the leaves to create the composition I wanted.



2)Flaming Tulip-Honorable Mention. This tulip also grows in my garden. Again, I brought it inside but this time I used a window to light the photo. I am interested in paper marbling and have created many different marbled papers which I use as a background for some of my photos. I chose a paper that I felt complemented the tulip and spent much time deciding where I would place the tulip in relation to the designs on the background. Also the distance between the flower and the background became very important. As the photo session went on, the tulip opened wider and wider, which I felt was improving the photo. My mind saw whorls of color and light. Thanks, Denise Saldaña
The title of the image is "Mr. and Mrs. Duck". It was taken with a macro lens, hand-held at Elizabeth Park in June 2009. I was trying to get an image of a bird(s) and they would not stay still. Laura Messina

Attached is my Class b HM image, "The Greenhouse Door". It was taken in August 2009 at Harkness Memorial Park on a CAP Trip. The Greeenhouse at Harkness are to be rebuilt perhaps next year. I took the photo with my Nikon D40x camera, Nikon lens 18-55 mm lense. It was taken hand held. I was trying to capture the mood and paradox of a derelict greenhouse door and what is growing there. Jo-Ann Messina

Monday, November 2, 2009

Member's Spotlight: Rich Ziemba

Yes! Another member sent in their questions and photographs! Thank you Rich!

Name: Rich Ziemba



Spouse: SO Marta Toro
Children: 3
Pets: 0
Profession: Retired advertising executive
Fav Comfort Fd: Pringles
Fav Child Memory: neighborhood friends
Hobbies: Reading, volunteering at Yale NH Hospital & the Smilow Cancer Center
Prized Possession: An 1860 Colt percussion cap revolver
Never been able to: Win a ribbon!!
I’d give anything: Actor William Holden
Major personal accomps: Graduating college after 10yrs part time via GI Bill.
Three words: : like meeting people
My personal goals: Traveling to India and china
My Camera: Nikon D 90
Year I joined NHCC: 2005
Member Other Clubs: Wallingford Camera Club
Reason joined NHCC: Social and technical
Favorite Photo Subject: People
Favorite Photo Trip: Arcadia national Park, Maine
Best part of being/photog The ability to be creative
Became interested/photog: In college
My advice to other photogs: Continue learning and experimenting
About me ??: Sold my house . Moving to new condo Nov 18!!!!!!!
Here are some of Rich's photographs

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Images from October's competition now online

Thank you Bill for creating the image galleries from October's competition images. You can view them on the NHCC website under images: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/images.htm

Scores for October competition posted

The scores for the October competition have been posted on our website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/scores.htm and thank you Jim (Dionne) for entering in all the titles for the prints -- a first!

The scores are now posted on our website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/index.htm

NHCC Program Change

Please note that Gary from Fiddlehead photography had to reschedule his November presentation of "Wilfelife Photography" that he was supposed in November. I have agreed to swap with Gary and present in November and Gary will present in April.

November 9th -- Lisa will discuss the use of Photoshop as a tool in the ‘digital darkroom’. In this basic Photoshop program she will demonstrate ‘non-destructive’ editing techniques such as adjustment layers, some of the most often used filters (Sharpen, Blur, Artistic) and demonstrate some popular editing tools (Crop, Clone, Patch, Heal, Hue Saturation, Color Balance, Black and White).

In addition, she will show you how to apply an effect to a selected area of your photograph. This introductory program is designed for people who are computer literate but new to Photoshop.

The notes for this program have been posted on our Blog at http://lifethrulisaslens.blogspot.com/2009/07/neccc-basic-photoshop-where-do-i-begin.htmland
and
http://lifethrulisaslens.blogspot.com/2008/07/nhcc-members-lisa-tom-cuchara-present.html

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

September Assigment Image First place

September: Special Theme: Slow Shutter Speed

Winning image by Andrey Antov


Fish River, Poland, 6000 feet above sea level.

Nikon D200, f16, 2s, tripod, rainy day.

October Class A First Place image

October Class A First Place image by Gary Prestash



This Barn Owl (captive) was photographed in Ontario, Canada, at a photo shoot at a raptor conservancy there. Static shots were a snap but the BIF was TOUGH - tougher than I ever thought! I had a low keeper percentage on this, my first real attempt at this type of photography but, I did capture several images that I liked and that I felt were sharp and which had the whole bird in the image. Tech Data as follows for this one;

Camera: Nikon D300 (what else?!!) in Continuous Mode at 8 frames/second; Auto Focus set to 21 points; Exposure mode - Center weighted; Exposure index set to -0.7 so as not to blow out the whites on the owl; ISO was 640 and the shutter speed was 1/3,200 second. The Image was taken using a Sigma 300mm f2.8 lens set to f4. I also photographed with my Nikon 70 - 200mm f2.8 VR lens which was a bit lighter and easier to hand hold for long periods than the heavier Sigma 300mm lens was, but this particular image was one was through the Sigma lens. Following a fast moving bird is quite a challenge! The final image shown here is pretty much the whole captured image - don't think I cropped it at all - or very little. Some tweaking in CS3 and Nikon NX, was used in the post processing, especially to tone down the white dots (open milk weed pods) in the lower part of the background.

BIF seemed to be the next logical step up in bird photography and a way get more dynamic images of wild birds, so I did did the 17 hour round trip up and back to Ontario to have a crack at it. Several other different raptors were made available for photographing during the three hour workshop and my arms were absolutely exhausted from hand holding for the full three hours, but the good images I made there made up for it! ~Gary Prestash

October Assignment First Place image

I asked the three first place winners to send me their images. Here is one of the winners

Hi Lisa,

Here is my assignment winner from last evening. It was taken at Magic Wings using an 90 mm macro lens and a flash unit positioned off to the side an a jerry-rigged bracket.
Best regards, Bill

Monday, October 26, 2009

October competition winners

Would the first place winners of the October B, A and S images please email me (at photographer67 [at] comcast.net) the winning images along with the technical (camera, lens, tripod, shutter speed, fstop, etc.) and behind the scenes (where was the image taken, what inspired you, what helped you create the image, what did you see in your mind's eye when you tripped the shutter, etc.) information about the winning image.
Thank you!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Member's spotlight: Frank Gilroy

Name: Frank Gilroy



Spouse: None
Children: My 5 year old boy/Cooper
Pets: 6 year old Newfoundland named Nala

Profession: Professional Photographer/Roof Design Consultant

Favorite comfort food: Cannoli's
Favorite childhood memory: Catching all living creatures with my brother
My other hobbies include: Fishing, Winter Mountaineering, Travel, Jet-skiing, Parenting

Prized Possession: My son
I’ve never been able to: slow down
I’d give anything to have met: Pamela Anderson

Major personal accomplishments: I climbed Mt Washington In winter, I was a regional Jet-ski Champion and top ten nationally, becoming a dad
Three words that best describe me: Passionate, Personable, Driven
My personal goals are: To make my entire living from my photography

My Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Year that I joined NHCC: 2008
I am also a member of (other photo clubs): none
The reason I joined the NHCC: to learn from others and share what I know Favorite

Photography Subject matter: The Natural World
Favorite photography trip: The Maine Coast
The best part of being a photographer is: I get to show everyone how beautiful our planet is.
I became interested in photography when…I was a boy. My dad was a pro Photog
My advice to other photographers is: To get great pics you have to be there and have your camera.

What is something about you that NHCC members do not know? I love winter, snow and study meteorology.








Thursday, October 22, 2009

next NHCC competition deadline is this Friday

Our next NHCC competition deadline is this Friday.
Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@yahoo.com before midnight Oct. 23rd.
Photographs must be in the JPEG format and scaled to a maximum of 1024 pixels wide and a maximum of 768 pixels high.
If you need help entering the digital competition for the first time please see a current member. These directions are very simple to do, but sometimes simple things appear complicated when written down. Ever try to write down directions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich? Showing someone is much easier. Our digital competition requires that only you (1) resize your image to 1024 x 768 and save it as a jpg and (2) that you name it properly so that it can be competed, the scores databased and the image displayed on properly on the NHCC website competition gallery.
For information on the assigned subject competition see 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

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

NHCC Spotlight on Ron D'Amico

Awesome -- another NHCC member spotlight -- Yes! Keep 'em coming!

Name: Ron D'Amico



Spouse: Judy
Children: 2
Pets: 2 dogs
Profession: Barber
Favorite comfort food: hotdogs and fries
Favorite childhood memory: stick ball
My other hobbies include: golf, model railroading
Prized possession: my truck
I've never been able to: get a hole in one. ( not yet anyway )
I'd give anything to have met: Yogi Berra
Major personal accomplishments: My family and my business
Three words that best describe me: Friendly, Generous and sensitive to others
My personal goals: A hole in one
My camera: Canon sx10
Year I joined NHCC: 1984

The reason I joined the NHCC: to learn photography, fun. I was the progectionist for many years.
Favorite photogaphy subject matter: Railroad, Racing, Lighthouses.
Favorite photography trip: South Dakota
The best part of being a photographer is: Being able to capture a scene
I became interested in photography when: I was in 8th grade
My advice to other photographers is:
What is something about you that NHCC members do not know: I am not to computer savvy.

Monday, October 19, 2009

NHCC Fall Field Trips

The Field Trip committee has been busy planning several trips for the Fall. Please note that while anyone can attend our meetings you must be a paid member to attend our field trips.

Fall 2009:

November 8th – Yale University Photo Walk - Please sign up at the next meeting or call Linda Thomas at 203.239.9341 if you are interested.

December 5th – Nubble Light Decorated and Lighted for the Holidays - Please sign up at the next meeting or call Linda Thomas at 203.239.9341 if you are interested.

Winter 2010 Potential Trips

Sleigh Rally at Green Mountain Horse Association - Late January or February

Hebron Maple Festival - March

Sunday, October 18, 2009

SPOTLIGHT NHCC members

We would like to find out more about each other as NHCC members. So we are going to SPOTLIGHT our NHCC members.

Please email me (photographer67 [at] comcast.net) a headshot of yourself and answer these questions about yourself --they are not very hard so please answer them all :-)

In addition to your self portrait, please send along 5 of your own images that you have taken.

Name:

Spouse:

Children:

Pets:

Profession:

Favorite comfort food:

Favorite childhood memory:

My other hobbies include:

Prized Possession:

I’ve never been able to:

I’d give anything to have met:

Major personal accomplishments:

Three words that best describe me:

My personal goals are:

My Camera:

Year that I joined NHCC:

I am also a member of (other photo clubs):

The reason I joined the NHCC:Positions held (photography related):

Favorite Photography Subject matter:

Favorite photography trip:

The best part of being a photographer is:

I became interested in photography when…

My advice to other photographers is:

What is something about you that NHCC members do not know?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Reminder Camera Club 101 Workshop 10-19

We'll be starting this season's workshops with one we're calling 'Camera Club 101', given by Paul Peterson. It is designed for those new to the Camera Club, and also for those members who've been with the Camera Club for a while, but are not quite sure just how to prepare images for competition, how/where to submit them, what types of images work well, etc.

If they wish, participants may email a couple of their own images to Paul at pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net , or burn them to CD and bring them along to the workshop. This way they can resize their own image as well as get some feedback.

The workshop will be held on Monday, Oct. 19th at 7PM at Paul's home in Branford. Directions will be sent out about one week prior to the workshop to those who have signed up.

Workshops are free, but you must be a member to attend.

To sign up, please email Joan Balen at beadnik2@gmail.com

Friday, October 16, 2009

next NHCC competition deadline - one week away

Our next NHCC competition deadline is just now one week away.
Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@yahoo.com before midnight Oct. 23rd.
Photographs must be in the JPEG format and scaled to a maximum of 1024 pixels wide and a maximum of 768 pixels high.
If you need help entering the digital competition for the first time please see a current member. These directions are very simple to do, but sometimes simple things appear complicated when written down. Ever try to write down directions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich? Showing someone is much easier. Our digital competition requires that only you (1) resize your image to 1024 x 768 and save it as a jpg and (2) that you name it properly so that it can be competed, the scores databased and the image displayed on properly on the NHCC website competition gallery.
For information on the assigned subject competition see 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

Sunday, October 11, 2009

'Camera Club 101', given by Paul Peterson October 19th

We'll be starting this season's workshops with one we're calling 'Camera Club 101', given by Paul Peterson. It is designed for those new to the Camera Club, and also for those members who've been with the Camera Club for a while, but are not quite sure just how to prepare images for competition, how/where to submit them, what types of images work well, etc.

If they wish, participants may email a couple of their own images to Paul at https://mail.google.com/mail/contacts/ui/ContactManager?js=RAW&maximize=true&hide=true&position=absolute&hl=en-GB&emailsLink=true&sk=true&titleBar=false&border=NONE&eventCallback=ParentStub1255049578138&zx=ka4kdjtko1vo# , or burn them to CD and bring them along to the workshop. This way they can resize their own image as well as get some feedback.

The workshop will be held on Monday, Oct. 19th at 7PM at Paul's home in Branford. Directions will be sent out about one week prior to the workshop to those who have signed up.

Workshops are free, but you must be a member to attend.

To sign up, please email Joan Balen at beadnik2@gmail.com . There will also be a sign up sheet at the next meeting.

Macro Photography Made Easy MONDAY 10-12

Oct. 12, 2009 "Macro Photography Made Easy" by Andrey Antov

Most of the people focus their attention in photographing large objects such as landscape and birds, which might require significant investments in equipment, time and resources.With this program, I would like to present a simple and easy way of finding “interesting destinations” and objects in you backyard and taking their pictures with inexpensive and affordable equipment. I will also attempt in convincing you that going micro (macro) brings at least as many possibilities as traveling across the continent for example.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Workshop: Show your photos

Lisa and Tom Cuchara will be holding a NHCC workshop designed to show you some of the ways that you can display your images via various slideshow programs (animoto, pictures to exe, Proshow Gold)

We all love to take images, competition is fine and dandy, and you can only print and frame so many prints to hang on your wall -- well, slideshows are a great way to share your photographs.

It will be held on Monday, Nov 2nd at 7pm in Hamden. Directions will be sent out prior to the workshop to those who have signed up. To sign up, please see Joan at a NHCC meeting or email Lisa at photographer67 [at] comcast.net

Workshops are free, but you must be a member to attend.

I would also like to invite everyone that attended the Mohonk field trip and/or the Balloon Ballon Field trip to attend and have a place to show everyone your images. It is fun to see all the different types of images that everyone creates from our wonderful field trips.

Here is a slideshow created with animoto -- very easy to do! You can save, share, email, and network these videos. You can actually create short videos for free, but you can create longer ones with membership, normally $30 per year but with their oktlubph code http://animoto.com/?ref=oktlubph you can get $5 off.

Here is a slideshow of the 2008 Nature images created via animoto so you can get an idea.

Friday, October 9, 2009

NHCC Field Trips Fall 2009

The Field Trip committee has been busy planning several trips for the Fall. Please note that while anyone can attend our meetings you must be a paid member to attend our field trips.

Fall 2009:

October 18th – Devils Hopyard and Gillette Castle - Please sign up at the October 12th meeting or call Linda Thomas at 203.239.9341 if you are interested.

November 8th – Yale University Photo Walk - Please sign up at the next meeting or call Linda Thomas at 203.239.9341 if you are interested.

December 5th – Nubble Light Decorated and Lighted for the Holidays - Please sign up at the next meeting or call Linda Thomas at 203.239.9341 if you are interested.

Winter 2010 Potential Trips


Sleigh Rally at Green Mountain Horse Association - Late January or February


Hebron Maple Festival - March

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Invitation to Photography Exhibition

Lisa, The New Haven Camera Club membership is invited to attend the Camera Club of Oxford Greens Annual Photography Exhibition at the Ridge Club in Oxford Greens, Oxford, CT on Saturday (Oct 17) and Sunday (Oct 18) from 12:00 to 4:00. The address is: 97 Country Club Drive.

Please join us for cookies and cider while you're viewing over 100 prints provided by our 24 members. There will be a raffle, portraits available, and socializing. (Anyone interested may tour the model homes.)

I would appreciate if you could communicate this to the membership (blog?). If you have any questions, please call me. We appreciate how much the Camera Club of Oxford Greens has benefited from our membership in the New Haven Camera Club. We're moving in the right direction after starting only 3 years ago with 0 camera club experience!

Thanks, Lisa. You and Tom have been a big help.
Don Barry, Secretary 203-888-4397 203-577-7742 (cell)

September scores and images posted

Thank you Bill for creating the image galleries from September's competition images.

You can view them on the NHCC website under images: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/images.htm

The titles and scores, as well as the cumulative competition scores have also been posted (Thanks Jim) on our website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/scores.htm

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Next Monday - Macro Photography Made Easy

Oct. 12, 2009 "Macro Photography Made Easy" by Andrey Antov

Most of the people focus their attention in photographing large objects such as landscape and birds, which might require significant investments in equipment, time and resources.With this program, I would like to present a simple and easy way of finding “interesting destinations” and objects in you backyard and taking their pictures with inexpensive and affordable equipment. I will also attempt in convincing you that going micro (macro) brings at least as many possibilities as traveling across the continent for example.

Monday, October 5, 2009

September competition scores posted

The scores for the September competition have been posted on our website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/scores.htm and thank you Jim (Dionne) for entering in all the titles for the prints -- a first!

The scores are now posted on our website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/index.htm

The cumulative scores will be posted as soon as I have them, as will the galleries for the competition images.

Member's Spotlight: Howard Siegel

Thank you Howard!

Name: Howard Siegel



Spouse: Widower
Children: None
Pets: 14 Year old Greyhound
Profession: Electronic Technician
Favorite comfort food: Chocolate
Favorite childhood memory: Rodeo Madison Square Garden 5 years old
My other hobbies include: Collecting Elongated Coins
Prized Possession: My Grandfather's Naturalisation Papers
I’ve never been able to:
I’d give anything to have met:
Major personal accomplishments: CPID Star, EID Star
Three words that best describe me:
My personal goals are:

My Camera: Canon 40D
Year that I joined NHCC: 2007
I am also a member of (other photo clubs): MCC, GBCC
The reason I joined the NHCC: Photo ops
Positions held (photography related): VP MCC, Pres MCC, Membership Chair MCC,Equipment Chair GBCC
Favorite Photography Subject matter:
Favorite photography trip:
The best part of being a photographer is:
I became interested in photography when…
My advice to other photographers is:
What is something about you that NHCC members do not know?

Here are a few of Howard's photographs.





Friday, October 2, 2009

Susan Naumann's winning image

Here is Susan Naumann's winning image from September 28, 2009



These "merged" images were taken on July 29, 2009. They day was overcast, drizzly, and dismal, with a storm brewing. In fact, just as we were about to leave, the rain came down. Excellent weather for photographing bright yellow flowers with highly reflective petals :-)

Why did I take the pictures? Because of my passion for sunflowers. Fortunately, Peter & I chose exactly the right day to make our pilgrimage to Buttonwood Farm, Griswold, CT.

I used my Nikon D200 . . . . .
Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED (all-purpose lens)
ISO 100
f/9.0
0.004 sec (1/250)
Flash off (flash not fired)
No tripod (hand-held)

Possibly, my new circular polarizing filter was in place. Being unaccustomed to using the filter, I did not keep it on my lens for my whole sunflower shoot.

I applied Gaussian Blur to the background image so the mass of smiling faces would not "compete" with the star's headshot.

This was my very first creative effort with my brand-new Apple Laptop & Adobe Photoshop CS4. In fact, my very first-ever experiment with the use of layers! Talk about FUN! Before August 11, 2009, I was working with a malfunctioning DELL laptop & Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Member's Spotlight: Hazel Meredith

OOOH I am so excited. Already a response! Thank you Hazel!!



Name: Hazel Meredith
Spouse: Dave
Children: stepson, Dale
Pets: none right now

Profession: Office Manager at CT Home Mortgage; owner Meredith Graphics & Design
Favorite comfort food: macaroni & cheese
Favorite childhood memory: vacations with my parents
My other hobbies include: Auto Racing (watching, not driving - though I'd love to try it!); crafts of all types
Prized Possession: Old photo albums
I’ve never been able to: learn to swim
I’d give anything to have met:
Major personal accomplishments: getting my MNEC in 2008
Three words that best describe me: Friendly; loyal; enthusiastic
My personal goals are:
My Camera: Canon 40D & 20D

Year that I joined NHCC: 2008

I am also a member of (other photo clubs): Greater Bridgeport CC; Huntington Photographic Society; CAP, PSA

The reason I joined the NHCC: Cool field trips! And I know lots of members already!

Positions held (photography related): President & Treasurer, Greater Bridgeport Camera Club; President, Huntington Photographic Society; President, Connecticut Association of Photographers; Editor of "Camera Club News" Column for PSA Journal; NECCC conference committee member

Favorite Photography Subject matter: I like it all! Wildlife, landscapes, macro, sports

Favorite photography trip: Bryce Canyon/Zion National Park or Tuscon, AZ (love both places)

The best part of being a photographer is: Getting to enjoy and appreciate nature's splendor

I became interested in photography when: I was young. Got "re-interested" when I started photographing auto races and then joined a camera club.

My advice to other photographers is: Just get out there and DO IT! Don't worry about what equipment you have (or don't have).

Here are a few of Hazel's photographs. You can see more on her website: http://gbcclub.org/meredith.aspx





Member's Spotlight

We would like to find out more about each other as NHCC members. So we are going to SPOTLIGHT our NHCC members. Please email me (photographer67 [at] comcast.net) a headshot of yourself and answer these questions about yourself.

You can also send along 5 images that you have taken.

Name:
Spouse:
Children:
Pets:
Profession:
Favorite comfort food:
Favorite childhood memory:
My other hobbies include:
Prized Possession:
I’ve never been able to:
I’d give anything to have met:
Major personal accomplishments:
Three words that best describe me:
My personal goals are:

My Camera:
Year that I joined NHCC:
I am also a member of (other photo clubs):
The reason I joined the NHCC:
Positions held (photography related):
Favorite Photography Subject matter:
Favorite photography trip:
The best part of being a photographer is:
I became interested in photography when…
My advice to other photographers is:
What is something about you that NHCC members do not know?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Winning Image from Last night's competition

Wow, that was fast! I think that this will be a nice new feature of the Blog! This is the winning image from Electronic Class A ~Lisa

Hi Lisa, Attached is my winning image from last night.


I'm not sure what the flower is called. Carmel bought a couple of plants and had them on our front porch. I picked a flower which had yellow stamens showing.

I set it up indoors using diffused window light. Blue matboard simulated the sky. I probably used a little fill flash. I really like the way the stamens form a yellow crown around the center of the flower. Paul
I hope that three other winners also email me their images for display here along with some basic information about the picture. Where did you take it? What time of day? what season? What camera? what settings? what lense? tripod? Why did you take it? What makes it special to you?