Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Winning images on the web

If you would like to see the competition that the New Haven Camera Club is up against in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) competition, the link below will take you to the PSA website with the winning images from the previous competition.  We had only one member's image receive an award:  Paul Peterson has an image in the group.  Good work, Paul!

The winning images from the March EID Interclub Competition are ready for viewing at

Upcoming 'Your Gear' workshop on May 12th


'Your Gear' workshop

Here's a chance to share with your fellow photographers the photo gear you are most pleased with, be it camera bodies, lenses, flash, or those other little gizmos that really help when making photographs. You can also share things that come under the category of "What WAS I thinking". To discuss larger gear, you might want to bring a photo of it if it would be too large to haul.

For folks who are newer to photography, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn first hand, from folks who really use this equipment, what are must-haves and which sit on the shelf most of the time.
This will also be an opportunity to try to sell gear you are no longer using. Bring it along, with a price tag and your name and we'll put it all on a table for folks to peruse. This will between you and whoever is interested in the gear to work out price, etc.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 12th @ 1PM at the photo studio of the Castigliones in North Branford. Address and directions will be sent to those that sign up approximately one week before the workshop.

To sign up, please email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com.  Please include your name, phone number and email address.

Please note that while anyone can attend our programs and monthly meetings, you must be a paid member in order to attend our workshops and field trips...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Fw: Amended Winter Interclub Competition Results

The New Haven Camera Club tied for 2nd Place – nothing changed for us here but the corrected results are available for viewing at the website listed below.
Due to the disqualification of an image after the Winter Electronic Interclub results had already been posted,  a new report and standings have been developed.  The amended report can be found on the NECCC website at:  http://neccc.org/New_Outline_4.htm
Those clubs that were affected have been notified.  Note that only the Pictorial Class A was affected.  An updated image gallery for Pictorial A has also been created. 
Thank you,
Cindy Gosselin and Bill Barnett

Fw: Monochrome Images for PSA Council Challenge

Dear Club Reps,

Back in February I asked you to ask your members send me monochrome images for possible use in this year's PSA sponsored Council Challenge. Since then I have received a nice selection of images. However, It would be nice to have additional image to choose from when we make our selection. The instructions are as follows:


  • Due Date: May 1, 2012 (that will give us several weeks to make the final selections)
  • Where to send: Send entries to NECCC@optonline.net (put "Monochrome Images" in the subject line). You may gather and submit images as a group for your club or your members may send them in individually.
  • What: Send one or two monochrome images (no more) per person (we can only submit one image per person)
  • Naming: In the file name include the maker's name, the maker's club name, and the image title
  • Sizing: Size the image to no more than 1024 pixels horizontal and no more than 768 pixels vertical.
Please remind your members one last time that we are still seeking monochrome images and that members who have not yet sent images still have time to do so.

If there are any questions, please ask.

Thanks so much for your help.
 



Best regards,

Bill

William B. Barnett, AFIAP, MNEC, MPSA
66 Jasmine Circle
Milford, CT  06461-1788
USA

Co-Director, NECCC Electronic Interclub Competition
Phone/Fax: (203) 877-1639
E-mail: NECCC@optonline.net

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The monthly scores for the March competition have been posted

The monthly scores for the March competition have been posted


Just a reminder that you can view the monthly image scores and the cumulative scores for the season here on our website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/scores.htm

Attracting Wildlife for Nature Photography

Attracting Wildlife for Nature Photography
Gail Hansche Godin http://www.featherfotos.com/

Gail's program was great! Informative and inspiring!

Attracting Wildlife for Nature Photography
 
Gail Hansche Godin
Resource Lists
 
Flowers for Hummingbirds – preferred colors are red and orange
  • Azalea
  • Columbine
  • Bee Balm
  • Daylilies
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Hanging Fuchsia
  • Cigar Plant
  • Penstemon Salvia
  • Phlox (provides seeds for other birds)
  • Trumpet Vine
Flowers for Butterflies – preferred colors are yellow and purple
  • Aster Blazing Star (Liatris)
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Coneflower (seeds)
  • Black-eyed Susan (seeds)
  • Cosmos (seeds)
  • Bachelor-buttons (seeds)
  • Coreopsis
  • Iris
  • Marigold
  • Petunia
  • Sunflower (seeds)
  • Sedum Zinnia (seeds)
  • Host plant for Monarch butterfly is Milkweed H
  • ost plant for Spicebush butterfly is Spicebush (also provides berries for birds)
Shrubs – provide shelter and food
  • Arrowwood
  • Blueberry
  • Bayberry
  • Blackberry
  • Elderberry
  • Grape
  • Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon)
  • Raspberry Viburnum (High bush cranberry)
  • Winterberry (native wetland holly)
Trees – provide food and shelter

  • Apple
  • Choke Cherry
  • Crabapple
  • Dogwood
  • Mulberry (attracts large variety)
  • Juniper
  • Mountain Ash
  • Serviceberry
  • Cedar
  • Spruce
Water – very important – heat in winter to attract more birds

Birdbaths, pre-formed ponds, waterfalls – find at garden centers

Moving water attracts a wider variety of birds Feeders – Hopper, tube, tray, suet, nectar, butterfly, peanut

A variety of food in a variety of feeders will attract a variety of species

KEEP THEM CLEAN with a 10% bleach/90% water solution-rinse well

Preferred food
  • Black-oil sunflower – largest variety of birds attracted including Cardinals, Chickadees, Nuthatch, Wrens – offer in a hopper or on a tray (preferred by Cardinals)
  • Peanuts – Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Chickadees, Cardinals, Flying Squirrels
  • Nectar (1 part sugar/4 parts water) – Hummingbirds, Orioles, Catbird
  • Suet – Woodpeckers, Orioles, Bluebirds, Indigo Bunting (Spring Migration) Niger(thistle) – Goldfinch, Pine Siskin
  • Oranges - Oriole, Catbird
  • Fruit Trees – Orioles, Catbirds, Cedar Waxwings, Robins, Warblers in spring
  • Rotted banana – butterflies (will also attract flies)
  • Gatorade in a dish with a clean scrubby (rinse well in water first) will attract butterflies
  • Dried fruit (chopped) and raisins soaked in water will attract Bluebirds and Robins
  • Mealworms will attract Bluebirds and any insect loving birds
If you don’t have a yard but you do have a deck, container plants will attract butterflies and Hummingbirds. Small water attractions with waterfalls are available that will create a wonderful space for you and the birds. A dead tree in a Christmas tree stand can provide an attractive perch and prop. Use your imagination!

Resources for further information

National Wildlife Federation http://www.nwf.org/
Cornell Lab of Ornithology http://www.birds.cornell.edu/netcommunity
Massachusetts Audubon http://www.massaudubon.org/

Vermont Wildflower Farms – Great for native wildflowers and broadcast seeds http://www.vermontwildflowerfarm.com/

Birds and Blooms – Wonderful magazine with lots of information http://www.birdsandblooms.com/

Friday, April 13, 2012

Monochrome Images for PSA Council Challenge


Dear Club Reps,

Back in February I asked you to ask your members send me monochrome images for possible use in this year's PSA sponsored Council Challenge. Since then I have received a nice selection of images. However, It would be nice to have additional image to choose from when we make our selection. The instructions are as follows:

  • Due Date: May 1, 2012 (that will give us several weeks to make the final selections)
  • Where to send: Send entries to NECCC@optonline.net (put "Monochrome Images" in the subject line). You may gather and submit images as a group for your club or your members may send them in individually.
  • What: Send one or two monochrome images (no more) per person (we can only submit one image per person)
  • Naming: In the file name include the maker's name, the maker's club name, and the image title
  • Sizing: Size the image to no more than 1024 pixels horizontal and no more than 768 pixels vertical.
Please remind your members one last time that we are still seeking monochrome images and that members who have not yet sent images still have time to do so. If there are any questions, please ask. Thanks so much for your help.  


Best regards, Bill William B. Barnett, AFIAP, MNEC, MPSA 66 Jasmine Circle Milford, CT  06461-1788 USA Co-Director, NECCC Electronic Interclub Competition Phone/Fax: (203) 877-1639 E-mail: NECCC@optonline.net

The deadline for the next competition is Friday April 20th.

The deadline for the next competition is Friday April 20th. Please see the handbook, the competitions tab on the NHCC Blog and the NHCC Blogpost from 9/18 for more details.

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.) See illustrations.

From looking at the illustrations, you can see that 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$2011.09.jpg
B2$Jones$Bill$At_The_Beach$2011.09.jpg
S1$Jones$Bill$Glassware$2011.09.jpg
C1$Jones$Bill$Abstraction$2011-09.jpg

S is used for the assigned subject.
C is used for the new Image Artistry category.

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 2011-12. 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 have previously done.

Remember, the number of entries per contest has changed this year. Please note the numbers in each category below. (from the NHCC Handbook)
9. Number of entries per contest:

a. Each member may enter a maximum of 2 photographs into the print competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 16 entries.

b. Each member may enter a maximum of 2 photographs into the open electronic competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 16 open electronic entries.

c. Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into assigned subject in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 assigned subject entries.

d. Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into image artistry competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 image artistry entries.

I hope this helps. Paul Peterson
203-488-0267

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

NHCC 'Your Gear' workshop

NHCC 'Your Gear' workshop


Here's a chance to share with your fellow photographers the photo gear you are most pleased with, be it camera bodies, lenses, flash, or those other little gizmos that really help when making photographs. You can also share things that come under the category of "What WAS I thinking". To discuss larger gear, you might want to bring a photo of it if it would be too large to haul.

For folks who are newer to photography, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn first hand, from folks who really use this equipment, what are must-haves and which sit on the shelf most of the time.
This will also be an opportunity to try to sell gear you are no longer using. Bring it along, with a price tag and your name and we'll put it all on a table for folks to peruse. This will between you and whoever is interested in the gear to work out price, etc.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 12th @ 1PM at the photo studio of the Castigliones in North Branford. Address and directions will be sent to those that sign up approximately one week before the workshop.

To sign up, please email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com.  Please include your name, phone number and email address.

Please note that while anyone can attend our programs and monthly meetings, you must be a paid member in order to attend our workshops and field trips...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Passing of Carmen Civitelli's mother

If you would like to send a card please email Gary gprestash28@comcast.net or Linda humbrd001@yahoo.com for their address NHCC did send a card to Carmen.
Lisa

Passing of Carmen Civitelli's mother

I happened to see in the obituary page of the NH Register the other day  that Carmen Civitelli's mother had passed away. I don't think Carmen is  technically a current member of the NH Camera Club, but he was a very
loyal, hard working, and long time member, and he amazed the membership for years with his superb macro photography. I know that Carmen lives in West Haven but I do not have his full address. I think it would be
proper for the club to send a condolence card to Carmen, considering his long relationship with the club. Perhaps we could even let the membership know of his mother's passing via the NHCC blog. I would not put his address out via the blog, but indicate that folks can email one of us (perhaps Linda as President) for his home address if they too would like to send a condolence card to Carmen.
Gary

Monday, April 9, 2012

Workshop: Taking Great Close-up Images Indoors Using Natural Light

Taking Great Close-up Images Indoors Using Natural Light


Paul Peterson has once again agreed to give this always popular workshop, in which he shares his techniques of taking striking close-up (macro) images of flowers.

Paul will begin by explaining his techniques for lighting, using natural light, use of backgrounds and other techniques he has perfected over the years. This will be a hands-on workshop, so please bring your camera, a tripod and a macro lens if you have one. If you don’t have a macro lens, just bring what you have. Some of the flowers are large enough that they don’t really require a macro lens. Paul will have flower setups in a number of stations in his home, so everyone will have ample opportunity to try their hand using his techniques. If you’d like, you may bring a bloom or two. No live creepy crawlies, please!

The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 8AM. To sign up, please email me at beadnik2@gmail.com. I will send out an email with directions to Paul’s home in a few days to all who have signed up. (If you have already signed up at the camera club, no need to contact me again).

Please note that workshops are FREE, but you do need to be a member to attend workshops (and to compete images and to participate on field trips)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Attracting Wildlife for Nature Photography next NHCC Program April 9th

Attracting Wildlife for Nature Photography is a 45 minute program featuring photographs choreographed to music with a fun narration. The program suggests native plants, water features, trees and shrubs that can be planted to make your yard more attractive to wildlife. Create a wildlife haven full of photographic subjects that you can enjoy all year.
http://featherfotos.smugmug.com/Nature/Attracting-Wildlife-for-Nature/16477951_kZVDXW#!i=1240007461&k=PV7Gd





Gail Hansche Godin is an award-winning nature photographer with a special passion for birds. A life-long naturalist, Gail’s passion is taking portraits of wildlife. She has been published in Massachusetts Wildlife and National Wildlife magazine. Gail has won numerous awards in international photography competitions. The purpose of her work is to use her photographs to encourage people to conserve habitat for future generations. If we all do our part to conserve habitat we can continue to enjoy these beautiful creatures that share their world with us.

Gail lives in Central Massachusetts and presents programs throughout New England. Gail presents multi-media programs combining images, music and narration for both education and entertainment. Programs range from narratives about bird behavior to traveling the Inside Passage of Alaska. Check out the programs available for your group today at http://www.featherfotos.com/

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Outside competitions!

Many members, especially newer club members, may not know that we as a club participate in several outside competitions. Specifically, we are members of and participate in electronic Open and Nature competitions sponsored by NECCC (New England Camera Clubs Council); PSA (Photographic Society of America) and the George W. Glennie Nature Salon. PSA runs 4 Open and 3 Nature competitions per season; NECCC runs 3 Open and 3 Nature competitions; and the Glennie is a once a year Nature only competition. These outside competitions are staggered throughout our regular meeting season and a synopsis of the results from the competitions to date follows below.
In the first NECCC Open competition, held in Nov. 2011, the NHCC placed 5th out of 13 Class A clubs. In that Open competition, Patricia Brundage took an Honorable Mention for one of her images. In the Nature competition, images by Lisa Cuchara, Denise Saldana, and Gary Prestash all took 2nd place ribbons and Andrey Antov took an Honorable Mention, putting the NHCC in First Place in Nature after the Fall Competition.
The second NECCC competition was held in Feb. 2012, and the club finished in 6th Place in Open competition, with an image by Susan Naumann receiving an Honorable Mention. Overall, after two competitions, the club is in 5th Place in the NECCC Open competition. In the second Nature competition, the NHCC finished in Second Place, with Paul Peterson and Gary Prestash receiving HM’s on their images. After the Fall and Winter competitions, the club is still in First Place in Nature overall, with several clubs right behind us, with one more competition to go.

We have the results from the first two PSA competitions and these are truly international competitions. These competitions are open to Member Clubs in the USA and from around the world, and the level of competition is very high. In the first Open competition this past fall, the NHCC finished in a tie for 5th Place, along with clubs from England, Idaho,Illinois, and Missouri. Patricia Brundage received an Award of Merit and Victor Krasenics and Susan Naumann received Honorable Mentions. In the second PSA Open competition held this past January, none of the club’s images received awards and we finished much lower down the list than we did in the first competition. So, after two PSA Open competitions, the club is in 10th Place – about in the middle of the pack. The leading club is from Poland, followed by clubs from England, Argentina, Australia, Canada, and from New Jersey, Illinois, and California. A group of our images is currently out for the Open competition in March, and there is one more Open competition after that for this season.
We’ve done better in PSA Nature competitions and the level of work is just as tough there too. We tied for First Place with a club from Poland (the same club leads the PSA Open competition) after the first competition this passed fall, with Denise Saldana and Gary Prestash receiving Honorable Mentions for their images. In the second competition, we had only one image which took a ribbon – an Honorable Mention by Paul Peterson – but all our other images finished just a point or two behind that so that we were able to tie for 4th Place in this competition. Overall, we are tied for 2nd Place in PSA Nature after two competitions, with one competition to go.

The results of the George W. Glennie Nature Salon were just released. This competition, affectionately known as “The Gleenie” and named after George W. Glennie, is also a truly international photographic competition and is sponsored each year by the Merrimack Camera Club of Massachusetts, but the competition is strictly limited to Nature subjects. The Gleenie’s follow the same strict definition and rules for Nature competitions that were adopted by PSA and NECCC and which limit which images which can be selected to represent a club. As examples, domestic animals and cultivated plants are not permitted. The “hand of man” cannot be part of the image: ie- a bird on a fence post – which would be “the hand of man” showing - is not acceptable. Additionally, some of the tools in Photoshop which we use to enhance our images are off limits in these Nature competitions. We cannot use images where something has been cloned out or cloned in. Basically, Nature images can only be cropped and modestly enhanced but not changed by the addition or deletion of parts of the image except by simple cropping. So we can’t use your prize winning rose image (cultivated plant); the bird at your feeder doesn’t qualify because the feeder shows “the hand of man”; a dog, cat, horse or cow image is not acceptable as they are domesticated animals; images of zoo animals and other captive animals are not permitted, etc. Additionally, the Gleenies try to encourage photographing subjects other than birds, mammals and flowers, such as reptiles, marine life, invertebrates, etc. They even have a diversity award for the club with the most diversity in their submission and clubs are allowed to submit up to 10 images in this competition. The judging was on March 17, 2012, at the Greater Lynn Photographic Assoc. and there were 930 entries for the judges to score. There were images from multiple clubs in 20 U.S. states and 7 foreign countries. The winning club was Greater Lynn Photographic Association, followed by the Cape Cod Viewfinders; Boston West Photographic Society; Toronto (Canada) Camera Club; and Nashoba Valley Photo Club. ( Four of the five winning clubs are from Massachusetts. The winning club scored a total of 254 points and the NHCC scored a total of 233 points, and took 19th place out of 94 clubs, so we were not big winners but we did finish in the top 20. Beside scoring the images, approximately 1/3rd of the images were “accepted” for inclusion in a digital slide program of the winning and accepted images which the Merrimack club will put together and release for public viewing in the near future. Members Lisa Cuchara, Denise Saldana, and Gary Prestash had images “accepted” and will be included in the digital slide show, and Gary Prestash had one image which received a Merit Award, which will also be part of the digital slide show which will be release for viewing.
We currently have one set of our images out with PSA for Open competition and there is one more Open and Nature competition left to submit images to later this spring, along with one more Open and one more Nature competitions for NECCC we have to submit images to shortly. Please keep up the fine work that all of you bring to the New Haven Camera Club and perhaps we will move higher in the standings in these upcoming competitions as we save all the images from each our our NHCC club competitions to review and as a pool to draw images from. While most of the images we have submitted have come from our Class A workers, there have been a number of images that we selected that came from Class B workers too.

As we receive the results of this season’s remaining competitions, we will both give members the results both at our regular club meetings and post them on the club blog.

NHCC can send one high school student to NECCC

NHCC can send one high school student to NECCC

NEW ENGLAND CAMERA CLUB COUNCIL, INCORPORATED
15 Addison Rd.
Wilbraham, MA. 01095
Phone: 413-596-2227
E-mail: Ogeaghan@aol.com

It is that time of year when the New England Camera Club Council invites high school students to be our guests at the annual NECCC Conference. The 67th Conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts Campus at Amherst on July 13, 14 & 15th 2012
The number of students accepted for free conference tuition, room and board will be limited to six qualified individuals. Accommodations in the conference center hotel provide the students with security and adult supervision. However, due to the shortage of rooms, the number of spots available will no doubt result in the exclusion of some deserving candidates.

We need your club's assistance in recommending a high school student (one applicant per club only) who has a sincere interest in photography. It would be beneficial if each club would assign one member interested in helping a youth pursue their photography interests. They can contact local schools, churches, youth organizations, camera stores or any other location where they may find an interested candidate. I would love to see an increase in applicants to help out a deserving talented youth this year. This can only be done through a greater commitment towards our youth. We urge you to sponsor this person for the highly rewarding experience
The Council pays the student's registration fee, lodging in the hotel and meals. Meals are served with the speakers and officers on the 10th floor of the Campus Center building. The students are responsible for their transportation to and from the Amherst campus and optional fees which include garage parking (lot parking is free) and a $10.00 deposit to have outside-line phone service turned on in the room.

Please use the enclosed application form to propose a student for consideration. Be certain to fully describe the individual’s relevant credentials and photographic interests. The more complete the information provided the better. This will strongly determine who is chosen to attend. Feel free to attach pages or use the back of the form for additional comments and references. Students will also be responsible for submitting an essay of their experience at the conference due by August 1st
The application form must be returned to me postmarked by April 14, 2012. Club representatives submitting a candidate for consideration will be notified of the results in writing on or before May 14, 2012. If you have any questions please call.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely,
Karen Geaghan
NECCC Youth Activities Director