Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sky Meadow trip full

Lisa -

At your convenience, would you add this info to the next NHCC blog you can fit it into please? We now have well over 20 people signed up for the Sky Meadow trip and I have to stop taking any more names at this point. Even with car pooling, we are going to have a rather large caravan going up there and we have to go through several small towns in Massachusetts and we will have trouble getting all through traffic signals together in some of them. Additionally, it is going to take 4 or 5 hours to cycle everyone through the hummingbird rig, even at only 15 - 20 min per person, so adding more than the large number we have will only compound the problem, so again, we have reached the max that we can take up to Sky Meadow this year.

Gary

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Change of the Bronx Zoo Trip

Lisa, Will you please blog the change of the Bronx Zoo Trip from June 13th to the 6th of June? Thanks, Linda

NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB YEAR END BANQUET

NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB YEAR END BANQUET

Date: Monday June 8, 2009

Time: 6:00 PM - Drinks and Hors D’oeuvres; 6:30 Dinner

Place: Eli’s on Whitney, 2392 Whitney Avenue, Hamden CT

Cost: $28.00 (includes tax and gratuity)

Come and join the members of the New Haven Camera Club for the end of the year banquet and the competition for the print of the year, digital image of the year, the Joe Dichello Memorial Landscape/Seascape Award and the Jane Sibley Nature Honor Award. Each member may submit up to 4 prints or 4 electronic images as well as 2 additional electronic images for the two special awards. See handbook for details. Three expert outside judges will select the winners!

Menu choices for the dinner are as follows:

____ Baked Scrod topped with snow crab and cracker crust

____ Sliced Roast Porkloin topped with an apple onion demi glace

____ Stuffed Chicken Pomodoro - spinach, tomato, garlic & herb stuffing

Each meal includes fresh seasonal vegetables, starch, bread and butter, coffee/tea and dessert.

Deadline for reservations is June 4. Please mail to: Ann Yost, 163 Woodvale Road, West Haven, CT 06516 or email ayost4@aol.com.

NAME:_________________________________

MEAL CHOICE:__________________________ AMOUNT__________

Thursday, April 23, 2009

April NHCC competition deadline is TOMORROW.

Our April NHCC competition deadline is TOMORROW. Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@comcast.net before midnight Friday April 24th .

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

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

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).

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

IDEAS FOR CATEGORIES

We have not received any ideas yet...

Please put this out on the NHCC blog before the meeting of April 27th. Thanks so much Ann

IDEAS FOR CATEGORIESFOR 2009-2010Put your creative thinking caps on and let us know what you would like as a special category for next year. Please email Bill Barnett at BarnettW@optonline.net with your suggestions. He will compile a ballot for us to vote on at the May 11th meeting. You may also bring your ideas to the next camera club meeting on April 27th and give them to Art Yost in my absence and he will get them to Bill Barnett. So let's hear your ideas!!

Here are the subjects used over the past few years so that we do repeat ourselves...

Friday, April 17, 2009

April NHCC competition deadline one week away

Our April NHCC competition deadline is just now one week away. Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@comcast.net before midnight Friday April 24th .

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

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

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).

IDEAS FOR CATEGORIES

lease put this out on the NHCC blog before the meeting of April 27th. Thanks so much Ann

IDEAS FOR CATEGORIES
FOR 2009-2010

Put your creative thinking caps on and let us know what you would like as a special category for next year. Please email Bill Barnett at BarnettW@optonline.net with your suggestions. He will compile a ballot for us to vote on at the May 11th meeting. You may also bring your ideas to the next camera club meeting on April 27th and give them to Art Yost in my absence and he will get them to Bill Barnett. So let's hear your ideas!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

workshop on Judging SOON

Paul Peterson will give a workshop on Judging on Monday, April 20th at 7PM.

This workshop is not only for those who would like to be part of our judging crew, going to other camera clubs to judge their competitions. It is also for those who want to improve their images by learning what judges look for, what makes the difference between a so-so image and one that really pops.As part of the workshop, Paul will hold a 'mock judging', so begin thinking about a couple of images you have that can be included.

To sign up for this workshop, email Joan Balen at beadnik2@gmail.com , or sign up at one of the NHCC meetings.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Electronic Imaging Division interclub competition results

Images were entered in the third (of four for the season) Electronic Imaging Division interclub competition.

The results were as follows:

Name-Title-Score-Honor Received

Antov, Andrey-Brimstone-10

Asarisi, Richard-Male Bluebird-14-Award

Dease, Kelli-Baby Blues-13-HM

Peterson, Paul-Stellar Jay-13-HM

Barnett, William-Framed Bryce Hoodoo-11

Cuchara, Lisa-Hummer with Pink Dahlia-11

In this competition the three judges each vote 1 to 5 for a total of 3 to 15. In this competition the best in show photograph received 14 points.After 3 competitions New Haven CC is in first place with 207 points. The Ridgewood (NJ) camera club is in second with 203 points and the Seattle Photographic Society is in third place with 202 points. We are in class A with 13 clubs participating.

Best regards,BillWilliam B. Barnett66 Jasmine CircleMilford, CT 06461-1788USAPhone/Fax: (203) 877-1639E-mail: BarnettW@optonline.net

Results of Glennie Nature Interclub Competition

Photographs were used to represent New Haven Camera Club in the 2009 Glennie Nature Interclub Competition sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Camera Club.

The entries are listed below and show that we won four special awards.

Title-Maker's Name-Score-Special Award Won

Burr Pond Waterfalls-Andrey Antov-19

Lesser Yellow Legs-Richard Asarisi-21

Osprey with Flounder for Dinner-Lisa Cuchara-27-BEST OF SHOW

So Many Fish So Little Time-Jan Doyle-21

Kestral Close Up-Paul Peterson-19

Flowerbud-Harold Sisken-22-Merit Award Flower Category

Door Through the Berg-William Barnett-21-Merit Award Scape with Water Category

Green Heron w Moth-Vic Krasenics-21

Great Horned Owl and Chick-Gary Prestash-22

Broadbill Hummingbird-Richard Asarisi-23-Merit Award Small Bird Category

95 clubs participated in the competition. Many were from New England, but the list included 12 from Australia, 2 from New Zealand, 5 from Canada, and 5 from the United Kingdom. Many states from along the east coast were represented including Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and the Carolinas. Of these 95 clubs New Haven CC had the 12th highest score (216 points). Cape Cod Viewfinders CC won the competition with 231 points.

Best regards,Bill

Saturday, April 11, 2009

NECCC Electronic Interclub Pictorial and Nature Competitions

Dear Club Members,

Your photographs were used to represent the New Haven Camera Club in the Spring 2009 NECCC Electronic Interclub Pictorial and Nature Competitions.

In the Pictorial competition the following images were used:

Name-Title-Score-Honor Received

Barnett, William-Dallas Divide Morning View-26-HM

Antov, Andrey-Before Lunch-25

Dease, Kelli-Baby Blues-23

Naumann, Susan-Mirror Image-23

In the Nature competition, the following images were used:

Name-Title-Score-Honor Received

Cuchara, Lisa-Osprey with flounder for dinner-30-1st

Vietzke, Barbara-Lone Tree-28-HM

Asarisi, Richard-Male Annas-28-HM

Prestash, Gary-Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak-26-HM

Special congratulations to Lisa who received a perfect 30 points and first place in the nature competition for her photograph "Osprey with flounder for dinner."

In the nature competition New Haven was in first place overall again this year with 294 points. Gateway was in second place with 284 points, and Cape Cod Viewfinders was in third with 281 points. In the pictorial competition New Haven had 263 points to tie for 7th place. Boston West won first place with 279 points, Bridgeport was in second with 269 points, and Merrimack Valley was in third place with 268 points.

Richard Asarisi and Lisa Cuchara each have one photograph eligible for the Nature Photograph of the Year. Harold Sisken has one photograph eligible for Pictorial Photograph of the Year. The photographs of the year will be chosen by a judge from outside New England and will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday morning at the NECCC conference this summer.
Best regards, Bill

Friday, April 10, 2009

Program for Monday: White Reveals, Black Conceals

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

White Reveals, Black Conceals: Masking Your Way to Better Photography

White Reveals, Black Conceals: Masking Your Way to Better Photography
by Lisa and Tom Cuchara (CT)

Masking is extremely simple; this one mantra “white reveals, black hides” will work for almost all of your Photoshop editing. From exposure to contrast, dodging and burning, blurring the background, selective coloring, selective focus, etc., Lisa and Tom will demonstrate “non-destructive” editing in Photoshop.They will show you how to use layers and masks to enhance your images. Adjustment layers and filters can be applied to an entire image, but sometimes you just want to tweak part of an image, which is where masks come in. The advantage of using layer masks is that you can refine both the effect and the area being changed at any point, even after you save and re-open an image. White reveals, black hides and shades of gray provide a variety of opacities – this one simple concept is essential for anyone using the digital darkroom to enhance their images. You can view our notes at: http://lifethrulisaslens.blogspot.com/2008/12/white-reveals-black-conceals-masking.html

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Les Campbell Sky Meadow Field Trip

Lisa -

Would you please send out a message in the NHCC blog that the annual trip to Sky Meadow will be on Saturday, June 20 this year, please? Also, please indicate that there will be a signup sheet at the next few meetings and that folks should NOT call or email me, asking me to put their name on the list, but should come to one of the next meetings and sign up - we'd like to see their smiling faces at one of our meetings. All the info about meeting places, time, cost, etc, will be available at the next few NHCC meetings.

Thanks. Gary.
Note: While anyone is welcome to attend our monthly meetings, you MUST be a paid member to attend NHCC field trips.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Next Program: White Reveals, Black Conceals

White Reveals, Black Conceals: Masking Your Way to Better Photography
White Reveals, Black Conceals: Masking Your Way to Better Photography
by Lisa and Tom Cuchara (CT)

Masking is extremely simple; this one mantra “white reveals, black hides” will work for almost all of your Photoshop editing. From exposure to contrast, dodging and burning, blurring the background, selective coloring, selective focus, etc., Lisa and Tom will demonstrate “non-destructive” editing in Photoshop.They will show you how to use layers and masks to enhance your images. Adjustment layers and filters can be applied to an entire image, but sometimes you just want to tweak part of an image, which is where masks come in. The advantage of using layer masks is that you can refine both the effect and the area being changed at any point, even after you save and re-open an image. White reveals, black hides and shades of gray provide a variety of opacities – this one simple concept is essential for anyone using the digital darkroom to enhance their images.

You can view our notes at: http://lifethrulisaslens.blogspot.com/2008/12/white-reveals-black-conceals-masking.html Please note that these notes are protected by the U.S. copyright Law. No reproduction of notes are permitted unless granted by the author. Please email us if you would like to use these notes.

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