Friday, February 27, 2009

Next Program: Out West

Join us Monday March 9th for "New Haven Camera Club Goes Out West" by NHCC members.

This show will combine the work of several NHCC members who traveled to Death Valley, Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon and Sedona.

Meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7:30 pm (Sept. thru May) at the Bethesda Lutheran Church (450 Whitney Ave. New Haven). Please visit www.newhavencameraclub.org

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

NHCC Upcoming Organized Trips

NHCC Upcoming Organized Trips. Please note that you must be a paid member to attend NHCC field trips.

Spring & Summer 2009:

NYBotanical Garden Orchid Show March 7th – Please sign up at the next meeting or call Linda Thomas at 203.239.9341 if you are interested.

June 13th- Bronx Zoo - Please look for sign-up sheets at future meetings if you are interested.

June 20th- Sky Meadow Studio with Les Campbell - Photograph hummingbirds and his beautiful grounds. Please look for sign-up sheets at future meetings if you are interested.

July or August - Buttonwood Farm - Photograph fields of sunflowers - Please look for sign-up sheets at future meetings if you are interested.

May 7th – May 17th, 2010 – Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks. Call Linda Thomas at 203.239.9341 if you are interested in coming. We will want to make hotel reservations shortly after May 17th.

Photographic Opportunities You May Want to Explore on your own:

March 14 & 15 - 19th Annual Hebron Maple Festival
Follow this link for more information: http://www.hebronmaplefest.com/

Sunday March 1st Call number below first to make sure they are still racing- Ice Racing at the Sturbridge Fish and Game Club right off Exit 3 on Rt 84 in Sturbridge MA. Take Rt 20 towards Sturbridge and hang a right just after you pass under 84, you'll see a sign for the club on the corner. These races typically run on Sundays through February depending on the weather. It's a fun event to watch as it's real "grass roots" racing with dirt bikes, flat track bikes, side hacks, and quads all studded up with ice screws plus classes for non-studded quads so you quad guys could get in on the fun with zero set-up time or cost. Go check it out, it's a good time. Practice starts at 11am and they have a club house if you get cold. We were only able to find limited information, so call the number below to make sure they are having the races before taking a trip up there.

Sundays, January - March 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Hamilton Rod and Gun Club24 Hamilton RoadSturbridge, MA 01566 $10 Adults; 10yrs and under – free E-mail: rickmath@gis.net Phone: 413-245-6586 You Tube Video of Ice Races http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zSN023nFO4&feature=related

Garden in the Woods – Located approximately 20 miles west of Boston, on 45 acres of land, in Framingham, Massachusetts. This botanical garden is home to more than 1500 native plants of North America. Opens April 15–Labor Day: daily, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. After that open until October 16th with limited hours. http://www.newfs.org/visit/Garden-in-the-Woods

White Flower Farms – White Flower Farm maintains 5 acres of display gardens, open to the public free of charge. The retail store and grounds are located on Route 63, 3.5 miles south of the center of Litchfield, Connecticut. The store & grounds are open daily from 9 am to 5:30 pm, from April through October. http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/customerservice-directions.html

16th Annual Fields of Lupines Festival June 5 - 21, 2009 in Sugar Hill, NH near Franconia Notch http://franconianotch.org/special-events/lupine-festival.aspx

Sunday, February 22, 2009

NHCC PROSHOW GOLD WORKSHOP

PROSHOW GOLD WORKSHOP
A workshop on how to create professional looking slide shows using Proshow Gold will be presented by Rich Ziemba on Monday, March 2nd at 7PM. It will be at Rich's home in the Spring Glen section of Hamden. Rich will cover starting a slide show from scratch, creating titles, transitions, adding music, and creating an output onto a cd.
Note: ProShow Gold software is only applicable to PC's! Sorry, Mac!
There is a maximum of 12 people, but we still have several slots open. Please e-mail Joan Balen at beadnik2@gmail.com to sign up. There will also be a sign up sheet at Monday's meeting. Rich's address and directions to his home will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Feb competition deadline SOON (FRIDAY)

Our February NHCC competition deadline is just TWO days away. Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@comcast.net before midnight Friday Feb 20th .

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

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. 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

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.

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 photos do NOT have to be the same subject as the special category.

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).

Monday, February 16, 2009

2nd PSA Electronic Imaging Division interclub competition

The results of the second PSA Electronic Imaging Division interclub competition have just been received. This competition is judged on a 3 to 15 system. The results for the six images entered by our club in the competition are shown below.

MAKER NAME IMAGE TITLE AWARDS POINTS

Joan Balen Water Lily 10

Richard Asarisi Broadbill 11

Kelli Dease Peter 11

Andrey Antov Embroidery Award 14

Lisa Cuchara Butterfly Dreams Award 13

William Barnett Sheep And Threatening Sky 9

At the 1/2 way point (2 competitions out of a total of 4) NHCC is in second place with 135 points. The Ridgewood Camera Club (NJ) is in first place with 138 points and the West Cumbria Photo Group (Great Britain) is in third place with 131 points. There are 14 clubs in our competition group.

Friday, February 13, 2009

February competition deadline one week away

Our February NHCC competition deadline is just now one week away. Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@comcast.net before midnight Friday Feb 20th .

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

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. 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

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.

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 photos do NOT have to be the same subject as the special category.

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).

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Monday's Program = Image Enhancement & Optimization: Photoshop CS3 Workflow

Join us this Monday (Feb 9th) for our next NHCC program.

Our meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7L:30 at the Bethesda Lutheran Church; 450 Whitney Ave. New Haven, CT. You must be a paid member to attend a workshop, field trip, and to compete, but guests are always welcome at our meetings.

Image Enhancement and Optimization: Photoshop CS3 Workflow

By George Fellner

This workshop will focus on the basic adjustments typically made to all photos in order to optimize the image. Starting with a basic discussion of concepts and definitions, the various aspects of the RAW file is explained. This will be followed by the description of the Photoshop workflow process. Next, using actual photos, the workflow is demonstrated. Starting with the browsing of image files, selecting an image, and phase 1 processing through Adobe Camera RAW, the image will be edited with regard to white balance, exposure, color, and tonality among other variables. After the file is saved, it will receive further editing through phase 2 processing with regard to cropping, tonal fine-tuning, cleaning, sizing, and sharpening. While we all love to take great photos, the reality is that the second part of the creative process involves a minimal amount of computer work to implement the enhancement and optimization of our images.

George Fellner received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florida, and is principal of Fellner Associates Architects. His photographic subjects include landscape, travel, portrait, as well as architecture. For the past 4 years, he has been exploring the macro-photography of stones and crystals, offering limitless material for evocative images. Fellner is the program director of the CT Valley Camera Club (and former president). He is also the co-chairman of the American Institute of Architects - CT Committee on the Environment and regularly gives presentations on architecture, sustainable design, and the environment, as well as photography.

His images have appeared in travel guides, national journals, newspapers, business publications, and the recent book Green Homes: Dwellings for the 21st Century, as well as in juried exhibitions. Fellner’s work was featured in 2007 as part of a 2-person exhibition (with Larry Russ) entitled Surreal Earth at the Exposure Gallery of Photography in New Haven, CT. His work was also featured in 2008 as part of a 3-person exhibition (with Jody Dole and Ellen Carey) entitled Click at the EO Art Lab Gallery in Chester, CT.

NHCC POLL

OK, at the last NHCC executive board meeting the club's Blog was on the agenda.

Currently the Blog is used to convey information pertaining to club operations (programs, competitions, field trips, workshop) ONLY.

The question that we have for YOU -- the NHCC members is

A. Do you want to keep the Blog this way?

OR

B. Would you like to see other topics on the Blog (from NHCC members ONLY)
(such as items for sale, exhibitions, awards, publications, etc.)?

Keep in kind that many of you (and many more non-NHCC members) also subscribe to my own Photography Information Blog which does send out all kinds of photography related information, including items for sale, exhibitions, awards, publications, etc. from anyone with a love of photography. For example I recently sent out posts that Fred, Edie, Pat and Tom & I have photography exhibitions.

We can make the Blog whatever YOU the members want so please give us feedback.

Please email back to me with your preference (or you can answer by commenting on the Blog). I will also bring this with me to the next meeting because there are a few NHCC members that do not get our club Blog.

Friday, February 6, 2009

NHCC PROSHOW GOLD WORKSHOP

PROSHOW GOLD WORKSHOP

A workshop on how to use proshow gold will be presented by Rich Ziemba on Monday, March 2nd from 7-9PM. It will be at Rich's home in the Spring Glen section of Hamden.

Rich will cover the following:
  • The concept of a show
  • Making the show
  • Adding music
  • Setting up timing
  • Making titles
  • The use of dissolves

There is a maximum of 12 people. Please e-mail Joan Balen at beadnik2@gmail.com to sign up. There will also be a sign up sheet at the next meeting. Rich's address and directions to his home will be sent prior to the workshop.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

January Scores

The scores for January have been posted. They are now posted on our website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/index.htm

Scores: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/scores.htm

The electronic images will be posted at a later date as Bill is in warm Florida having fun in the sun while we are shoveling snow ;-0
The images will be posted at a later date: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/images.htm

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wolf Field Trip

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Wolf Field Trip

The NHCC field trip committee is holding a field trip to Wolf Talk on Sunday Feb 15th. The reservation is for 10 people (she can set up a second date if there are 20 people interested) and the cost is $40. http://www.wolftalk.net/ (please note that you must be a paid member to attend NHCC field trips)

Please email Linda Thomas humbrd001@yahoo.com if you want to sign up.

We will likely meet at Exit 13 on I-91 to carpool up to Mass.

From the Wolf Talk website...

Come and join us for a special treat, please be our guest as we introduce you to our animals and facility. Join us for a walk in the woods with Denahee, one of our youngest wolves. Enjoy some quiet time in the woods and feel free to take pictures, capturing memories to cherish forever. After we emerge from the woods, join us for some refreshments and story sharing to end the day. We are located in Gardner, Massachusetts. Snow shoeing rentals - schedule to be announced once we get snowfall. Available on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Week day walks are available by special requests.