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?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Tonight's NHCC competition

Wow, we had an amazing start off to this season's image competition. Record numbers in all four competitions, but the most dramatic was 34 prints by 17 different makers!

Actually last season we only had six print makers complete the season. The year before we actually had TWO classes, B and A, but only 4 makers from A and 2 makers from B completed the season so last year we had to combine both classes. With low numbers like that there was not much of a competition. Perhaps IF this record number of makers continues the executive board will consider splitting the prints back into two classes? Hard to predict how many people will continue submitting prints, but if the number and quality tonight are any indication it is going to be a great year for seeing excellent images!

I am asking the FOUR winners (Prints, Assigned Subject, Class A and Class B) to email me their winning image 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? I will post the answers and 4 images that are emailed to me here.

Bob & Laura go up in a balloon on the NHCC field trip

Some NHCC members (15) spent this last weekend in Lake George and Glens Falls at the Adirondack Balloon Festical. Three members went up in a balloon Saturday morning -- Bob and Laura and Carmela. The conditions looked great when we got there at 5:30 am for the sunrise liftoff, but right as liftoff time came the FOG rolled in.

Here are some photos of their liftoff in the Tuxedo balloon.






Sunday, September 27, 2009

NHCC at Natural Stone Caves and Bridges

mor from our field trip...







After the ballon sunrise launch and breakfast we went to the Natural Stone Caves and Bridges in Pottersville NY. "Typically" the last weekend and September and the first weekend in October are PEAK fall foliage colors, but not lately! There were just a few isolated trees with color. But some slow shutter speed images of the water, etc. were still captured there.

NHCC Ballon Festival Field trip

Some NHCC members (15) went to the Adirondack Balloon Festival this weekend. We had a great time, staying the the Surfside and eating at the Log Jam. We got up VERY early Saturday morning, leaving the hotel at 5am for the sunrise liftoff. There were lots of stars out on the ride over, but right at lifoff FOG that rolled in creating very unusual shooting conditions. Here are a few photos that Tom and I took. I'd love to post everyone elses photos from the field trip so send me your photos.

Tom took the group photo Friday evening at the balloon launch.


VERY early!

Sunrise...



On Saturday morning Bill and Tom made their way up a little hiull and really got some nice vantgage points. I cannot wait until Tom prints a few of the prints that he took Saturday morning from this "spot"





I was taking this photo of Tom's shadow while he was taking a picture and a woman came up to me and said "Don't move. I am taking a picture of you taking a picture of him taking a picture" fuuny!





Friday, September 25, 2009

NHCC dues are due before the first competition.

We got a LOT of renewals Monday night, but just a reminder, your annual dues (individual $25, family $40, college student $10) are due before the first competition.

You are always welcome to attend our meetings but you must be a paid member to compete, attend workshops, go on field trips, etc.

Name (s) _______________________________________________________

Name (s) _______________________________________________________

Telephone ____________________________

Address _____________________________________________________________

City _________________ State ___________ Zip ____________

Email Address: _____________________________________

_____ New _____ Renew

How did you hear about us? ______________

Please fill out this form and bring it to the first meeting. Alternatively you can send form and check (made out to NHCC) to: Tom Cuchara 60 Braeside Dr Hamden, CT 06514 FYI. You must be a resident (or student) of Connecticut in order to become a NEW member.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

NHCC First program of the new season VERY popular!

For anyone who did not get to see Jim Zipp's program at our first NHCC meeting last week they missed an awesome display of skill, patience and talent. What amazing images. We had over 55 people attend (about double as compared to a typical meeting).

There were a few people that had not been to Jim's store, the Fat Robin, 3000 Whitney Ave, definitely go check it out. We buy all our seed and feeders there and I often get Christmas and Birthday presents for people there too. I recently got tired of the squirrels in our yard (they chewed thru a 4x4 post trying to get to the seed) and purchased three pole systems for the backyard, love it!

For people that attended Jim's program, Gary just emailed me this -- if they pick up a the current (Sept/Oct) copy of "Yankee" magazine, Jim has a double page image on pgs 20 - 21. It is the same shot of the hawk set against beautiful autumn foliage that he used as his opening image to his digital slide program.

The Fat Robin aslo has a blog: http://fatrobin.com/blog/

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

NHCC 'Camera Club 101' workshop given by Paul Peterson.

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. It 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.

Monday, September 21, 2009

September NHCC competition TOMORROW

Our September NHCC competition deadline is TOMORROW. Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@yahoo.com before midnight Tuesday Sept. 22nd.
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

Saturday, September 19, 2009

End of Year Awards – 2009

End of Year Awards – 2009


Prints

1st (Print of the Year) Frank Gilroy – Morning Light

2nd Barbara Vietzke – Coming in for a Landing

3rd Barbara Vietzke – Magic At Dusk

Class B

1st (Image of the Year) Kelli Dease – Alex and Jack

2nd Jim Dionne – I’ll Think About It

3rd Linda Thomas – Even Closer To Dinner

Class A

1st Harold Sisken – Flower Bud

2nd Lisa Cuchara – Hummer & Pink Dahlia

3rd William Barnett – Lake Cara Boats & Clouds


Joseph DiChello Memorial Award (Best Landscape or Seascape)

Barbara Vietzke – Magic At Dusk

Jane Sibley Nature Award

Andrey Antov – Yellow & Pink

Congrats!!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

September NHCC competition deadline just one week away

Our September NHCC competition deadline is just now one week away. Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@yahoo.com before midnight Tuesday Sept. 22nd.
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, September 13, 2009

TOMORROW Jim Zipp 1st Program of the NHCC 09-10 season

Sept. 14, 2009 "In Search of Birds of Prey: A North American Journey" by Jim Zipp

We are honored to have our fabulous local photographer Jim Zipp lead off our 09-10 season with this program about birds of prey (hawks, owls, eagles, vultures, etc.). This program is based on the photographic experiences that Jim he has had over the past 35 years in the field. His travels will take us localling right here in Connecticut to the far reaches of Alaska with a plethora of his fabulous photos. The program will conclude with a presentation of Jim's favorite images set to music.
Jim's photos have been published widely in a great variety of magazines, calendars, and books, including a book he and Jim Roetzel just published, The Birds of New England. He is also the owner of The Fat Robin Wild Bird and Nature Shop in Hamden, which he operates with his wife and partner Carol. Jim has been photographing nature and wildlife for over 35 years. His first published photograph was of a Saw-Whet Owl in "The National Audubon Society's Encyclopedia of North American Birds" in 1980. Since then his award winning images have been published regularly and have been featured in hundreds of publications from National Geographic Magazine, Time Magazine, GEO and Audubon to Birder's World, Wildbird, Discovery, Nature Conservancy and ABA's Birding Magazine as well as numerous books and field guides. He travels throughout North America from Alaska to Florida and Mexico in search of new images with Alaska being a favorite that draws him back again and again. Jim is represented by agencies around the world and also keeps his own stock files to work with as well. In addition to being a photographer, Jim banded hawks for 18 years at his hawk banding station at Lighthouse Point in New Haven, CT shich is one of New England's premier hawk migration locations with thousands of hawks being counted there each fall. You can view his images: http://www.jimzippphotography.com/ and http://www.jimzipp.com/

You can view (and/or download) the rest of the 09-10 season programs on our website:
http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/programs.htm

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Welcome back to the New Haven Camera Club.

Welcome back to the New Haven Camera Club. And we are looking forward to meeting new members who have joined over the summer. Our opening meeting is Monday September 14th at 7:30. Our speaker for the night is Jim Zipp who will be presenting on photographing raptors and other wildlife. He has extensive knowledge and experience in this type of photography and his program will be informative and exciting. So please come and join us. You will also learn about our upcoming competition scheduled for September 28th.

See you on Monday,
Ann Yost, President

Friday, September 11, 2009

revised NHCC Handbook and Changes to Competition Rules

Our club handbook has been revised Handbook and is now posted on the NHCC website

Changes to Competition Rules

At its summer meeting the Executive Committee made a number of changes to the competition rules starting with the first competition in September. These are all described in detail in the revised club Handbook which as been posted on the club's web site.

http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/handbook.htm

The changes are summarized below:

1. For the Special Assignment competitions we used to require that the photographs entered had to have been taken within the last five years. That rule has been dropped allowing you to compete with any digital image in your collection. (See p. 13)

2. Photographs that are entered into Assignment competitions during the year are now eligible for the end of the year competitions in addition to those entered into the Open competitions. (See p. 14)

3. We have a series year-end competitions, Open Prints, Open Projected Digital Class B, Open Digital Class A, Jane Sibley Nature, and Joe Dichello Landscape/Seascape. Previously a photograph could be entered into more than one of these competitions. Starting next year a photograph may be entered into only one of these competitions. (See p. 14, Rule 3).

Thursday, September 10, 2009

NHCC DUES DUE -- MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Your annual dues (individual $25, family $40, college student $10) are due before the first competition.

You are always welcome to attend our meetings but you must be a paid member to compete, attend workshops, go on field trips, etc.

Name(s)__________________________________________
Name(s)__________________________________________
Telephone ____________________________
Address _____________________________________________________________
City _________________ State ___________ Zip ____________
Email Address: _____________________________________

_____ New _____ Renew

How did you hear about us? ______________

Please fill out this form and bring it to the first meeting. Alternatively you can send form and check (made out to NHCC) to: Tom Cuchara 60 Braeside Dr Hamden, CT 06514

FYI. You must be a resident (or student) of Connecticut in order to become a NEW member.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Jim Zipp: First NHCC Program of the 09-10 season

Sept. 14, 2009 "In Search of Birds of Prey: A North American Journey" by Jim Zipp

We are honored to have our fabulous local photographer Jim Zipp lead off our 09-10 season with this program about birds of prey (hawks, owls, eagles, vultures, etc.). This program is based on the photographic experiences that Jim he has had over the past 35 years in the field. His travels will take us localling right here in Connecticut to the far reaches of Alaska with a plethora of his fabulous photos. The program will conclude with a presentation of Jim's favorite images set to music.

Jim's photos have been published widely in a great variety of magazines, calendars, and books, including a book he and Jim Roetzel just published, The Birds of New England. He is also the owner of The Fat Robin Wild Bird and Nature Shop in Hamden, which he operates with his wife and partner Carol. Jim has been photographing nature and wildlife for over 35 years. His first published photograph was of a Saw-Whet Owl in "The National Audubon Society's Encyclopedia of North American Birds" in 1980. Since then his award winning images have been published regularly and have been featured in hundreds of publications from National Geographic Magazine, Time Magazine, GEO and Audubon to Birder's World, Wildbird, Discovery, Nature Conservancy and ABA's Birding Magazine as well as numerous books and field guides. He travels throughout North America from Alaska to Florida and Mexico in search of new images with Alaska being a favorite that draws him back again and again. Jim is represented by agencies around the world and also keeps his own stock files to work with as well. In addition to being a photographer, Jim banded hawks for 18 years at his hawk banding station at Lighthouse Point in New Haven, CT shich is one of New England's premier hawk migration locations with thousands of hawks being counted there each fall. You can view his images: http://www.jimzippphotography.com/ and http://www.jimzipp.com/

You can view (and/or download) the rest of the 09-10 season programs on our website:
http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/programs.htm

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Camera Club 101 Workshop

We already planning new workshops for the upcoming camera club season. We'll be starting with a workshop we're calling 'Camera Club 101'. This workshop is designed for both those new to the Camera Club, and 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.

Joan Balen will have a sign-up sheet available at the first meeting in September.