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.