Friday, April 30, 2010

May competition deadline is just one week away

May competition deadline is just 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 May 7th.

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.)

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 havepreviously done.

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

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.

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.

Please note: 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”.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

field trip to Sky Meadow

To the members of the New Haven Camera Club -

I've been a member of the NHCC for enough years to know that we only have 1 meeting - a competition - in May each year, yet somehow I did forget this fact and it wasn't until late in our meeting Monday night that I realized that I had scheduled our trip to Sky Meadow (in Belchertown, MA) for Saturday, June 19th, this year, but did not come to the meeting prepared to make an announcement to that affect nor did I have a signup sheet ready. My sincere apology for that! ALso, our field trips are open only to paid up members of the club.

So, for those who have been to Sky Meadow before, you know the drill and what a wonderful 25 acres Les Campbell has. Birds, flowers, old barns and sheds, a pond, etc, are on the property and we have been going to visit Les and have a fieldtrip there for many years now. For those of you new to the club or who just have never made the trip, it is an annual ritual we all look forward to. Les will be 85 this summer and he is still spry and photographing. His gallery with many of his famous images will amaze you, and you may even wish to purchase one of his pictures while you are there. Les developed a system for photographing hummingbirds many years ago and he gratiously sets his rig up and folks take turns sitting on the rig in hopes of a great closeup of a hummer there every year.

I will have a sign up sheet at our next meeting and more information for you but I think what we have done in the past has worked well and we will keep it pretty much the same this year. First, we will all meet at the commuter parking lot on Devine Street in North Haven, almost opposite Health Trax. (Devine Street is a very short street between State Street and Hartford Turnpike. If you do not live in the immediate area, you can access it via I-91 by taking Exit 10 and then the very first exit off of that. You will be facing Health Trax and Devine Street at the light at the end of that first off ramp. Turn left and then turn left again into the commuter parking lot.) We like to shove off at 7:00 AM sharp, so be there by 6:45 AM. We drive up making one stop along the way for "coffee and" as well as to use a restroom, and then continuing on to Sky Meadow. We all donate $5.00 to Les to help him maintain the many bird boxes, plants, the pond, etc, and just for the pleasure of spending the day at his homestead, which has been in his family since approximately 1820. Since we have a 75 mile drive, it helps if we have as few a number of cars in the caravan as possible, so I will make up an email group and frequently send short emails to let folks know what is going on. This will also give you a chance to set up some car pools. We all have lots a gear what with camera bags, tripods, etc, but if we can get 3 or 4 folks to drive up in onw car, that helps keep everyone together. Naturally, those who ride up in someone else's automobile should make an offer to the driver to cover gas, etc, in exchange for the ride.

You need to plan on bringing your lunch since there are no restaurants in the immediate facility, plus Les has a picnic table in the shade by his gallery. You are free to stay as long or as short a time as you like (okay, you HAVE to go home when it gets dark!) so bring a good lunch, shoes/boots and clothing that you would wear on a hike in the woods, etc, and plenty to drink, although Les's gallery does have running water and yes ladies, he has a small bathroom there too! A hat and insect repellent is always adviseable as is a little suntan lotion.

Again, my aplogy for not realizing that we only had one more meeting and not preparing a formal announcement and having a signup sheet for the April 26th competition meeting. As I mentioned above, I will have that signup list at the next meeting. If you do sign up, PLEASE print email addrelss clearly and also add your telepone number, INCLUDING area code so that I can contact you before the trip.

Gary Prestash

Sunday, April 25, 2010

ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET AND COMPETITION

ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET AND COMPETITION

All are invited and welcome to our annual year end banquet and competition for print and image of the year. Come see our members best work!! Bring a friend or family member!

DATE: Monday May 24, 2010

TIME: 6:00 PM

PLACE: The Greek Olive
402 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served starting at 6:00 and dinner will be served at approximately 6:30. All meals include salad, rolls, dessert, soda, coffee and tea. The price per person is $32.00 which includes gratuity and tax.

MEAL CHOICES: 1.) Chicken Marsala 2.) London Broil 3.) Baked Stuffed Sole

After the banquet, awards will be given for the 2009-2010 high cumulative average in prints, digital images, and special assignments. Then the print and digital image of the year competition will be held. This year any image from both open competition and special category can be submitted. You may enter up to 4 prints and 4 electronic images but they must have been entered in this year's competition.

In addition the Joe DeChello Memorial Landscape/Seascape and the Jane Sibley Honor Nature competitions will be held. You may submit 2 images to each of these. They must have been entered in the competition during the year either as a print (converted to digital) or digital image. However, they may not be entered into the open competition for the image of the year. See NHCC Handbook for further details.

To make a reservation for the banquet, print out and complete the form by May 19th.

...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................


Yes, I/we will attend the New Haven Camera Club Awards Banquet

NAME(S) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


_______________ Number of London Broil

_______________ Number of Chicken Marsala

_______________ Number of Baked Stuffed Sole

Enclosed is $32 person $____________________
Make checks payable to New Haven Camera Club and send to:
Ann Yost, 163 Woodvale Road, West Haven, CT 06516

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Our next NHCC competition deadline is tomorrow.

Our next NHCC competition deadline is tomorrow. Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@yahoo.com before midnight April 23rd.

Please see the NHCC Blog and/or the NHCC handbook for instructions.

Friday, April 16, 2010

April competition deadline is just one week away

April competition deadline is just 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 April 23th.

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.)

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 havepreviously done.

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

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.

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.

Please note: 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”.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pictorial category of the Spring NECCC Interclub Competition

Dear Club Members,The following images were used to represent the club in the Pictorial category of the Spring NECCC Interclub Competition:

New Haven
Barnett, William
Near the Ground
26
2nd
New Haven
Gilroy, Frank
Lightstorm
21
New Haven
Naumann, Susan
Field of Flags
24
HM
New Haven
Vietzke, Barbara
From My Front Yard
23
In these competitions each of three judges scores from 3 to 9 for a total of 9 to 27.Overall in the Pictorial class we were tied with Gateway for 3rd place with 256 points; Greater Lynn was first with 265 points and Boston West was second with 263 points. There are a total of 14 clubs in Class A.

The following images were used to represent the club in the Nature section:

New Haven
Antov, Andrey
Fall Migration 1
23

New Haven
Cuchara, Lisa
Great Egret
23

New Haven
Cuchara, Tom
This Is My Better Side
23

New Haven
Prestash, Gary
Singing Blue Wing Warbler
25
HM

Overall in the Nature category we were in 4th place with 275 points. Cape Cod Viewfinders was in first with 283 points, Boston West was in second place with 281 points and Gateway was in third with 278 points. There are a total of 12 clubs in Class A.It is the very high quality of work done by our members that allow us to compete well with some of the best clubs in New England.

Best regards,
Bill

Saturday, April 10, 2010

New Haven Camera Club Year End Banquet

SAVE THE DATE

New Haven Camera Club Year End Banquet

DATE: Monday May 24th

TIME: 6:00 PM

PLACE: The Greek Olive
402 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT

MENU: Choice of beef, seafood or chicken

Competition for print, digital image and
special category of the year award

Details, registration form, & directions to follow
in near future.

Ann Yost

Friday, April 9, 2010

New Blog design

I know that you are subscribed to the blog, but come see the actual blog at http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/ -- it has been redesigned.

It is much more modern with links to various social networking places like Facebook, etc.

It also has a slideshow of images taken from last year's end of year competition so you can view some inspiring images.

It also has tabs now, an about us tab, a competition tab, a winning image tab, and a members tab.

On the bottom you will also find archives in chronological order, plus the post labels.

And you can always search to find older information.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Next program "Tips on Successful Wildlife Photography"

Next meeting, April 12th, is a program "Tips on Successful Wildlife Photography" by Gary Melnysyn

http://fiddleheadfoto.blogspot.com/

http://gmelnysyn.zenfolio.com/

"After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains". Walt Whitman

Gary is an avid outdoor enthusiast and has been interested in wildlife from a very young age. As a certified Master Naturalist and Master Wildlife Conservationist he has led and narrated eco tours as well as taught adults and children alike about the coastal ecosystem of Florida and the wildlife of New England’s woods. In his travels throughout North and Central America he has concentrated on digitally documenting a variety of wildlife species. A self-taught photographer, Gary’s travels have taken him from the far reaches of Alaska, across the Canadian tundra, through the wilderness of Montana and Wyoming, southward to the shores of the Sea of Cortez, through the Great Divide and deep woods of Maine. His passion for photography combined with his wildlife background results in stunning wildlife images. Gary is affiliated with a variety of professional organizations and has received various awards. He was most recently an Honoree in the George W. Glennie Nature Exhibition.

Publications National Geographic Magazine – Editors Pick - Best 0f 2008 http:/​/​golbanoooo.​posterous.​com/​national-​geographic-​best-​of-​2008
Gray Whales of the Mexican Baja – Nature Photographers Magazine http:/​/​www.​naturephotographers.​net/​articles0607/​gm0607-​1.​html
Maine – From the Coast to Katahdin – Nature Photographers Magazine http:/​/​www.​naturephotographers.​net/​articles1107/​gm1107-​1.​html
Outdoor Photographer Magazine Nature Photographer Magazine – Field Contributor http:/​/​www.​naturephotographers.​net/​articles0609/​gm0609-​1.​html
Connecticut Audubon Web Gallery – Field Contributor

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Daffodils at Laurel Ridge Saturday

REMINDER: Half day field trip is scheduled for Saturday April 10th to shoot the daffodils at Laurel Ridge near Thomaston. Departure at 8:15 from Exit 58 commuter parking lot off the Merritt Parkway. Please email Ann Yost at ayost4@aol.com or call at 203-931-9943.

Scores for March competition posted

The scores from the March competition have been posted on our website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/scores.htm

Thank you Jim (Dionne) for entering all this!

The images are now posted woo, thaks to Bill (Barnett): http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/images.htm

Monday, April 5, 2010

Results of the Third EID Interclub

Dear Members,

The following images were sent to represent the club in the third Electronic Imaging Division Interclub Competition:

MAKER NAME IMAGE TITLE AWARDS POINTS

Joan Balen, Orange Flower, 9

Lisa Cuchara, Newborn in Drawer, 10

Gerri Mahon, Death Valley Sand Dune, 10



Andrey Antov, Heading for Naples, 11Susan Naumann, Field of Flags, Award 12

Barbara Vietzke, Before the Storm, 10

We are in Group 1 (the highest) of this competition. The competition was judged by the Unlimited Vision Photography Club in Grafton, WI. The scoring range is 1 to 5 for each of three judges for a total between 3 and 15.

Currently after 3 of 4 competitions we are in second place with 195 points. The Foto Club Quilmes from Buenos Aires is in first place with 216 points and the Terra Australis Digital Image Group located in Forester, Australia is in third with 190 points. This is truly an international competition. Out of 21 clubs in Group 1, 6 are outside of the United States: 2 in Canada, 2 in the United Kingdom, one in Australia, and one in Argentina.

Just to repeat something I have said previously, our success is due to the high level of photography being done by our members. We are competing well in a tough group.

Best regards,
Bill