Monday, January 28, 2013

Meeting tonight CANCELLED rescheduled for Feb 4th


Meeting tonight CANCELLED rescheduled for Feb 4th 

Hi Folks,
 
Even though the weather isn't really that bad right now, I still think it is prudent to cancel. Some of our members come from a distance and live to the north. Lisa is going to post this on the blog about 5 PM when she returns home from class. The church hall is available next Monday, Feb 4. The judges are able to make that date as well, so let's postpone until then. Stay warm and dry.
 
Paul

Saturday, January 26, 2013

regarding Monday's meeting!! Important!!

Attention NHCC members and visitors -- there is a possibility of inclement winter weather this Monday Jan 28th, which could interfere with our regular meeting. 

We might have to cancel for Monday the 28th and reschedule the competition for a later date. 

We will post the cancellation of the Blog by 5pm on Monday -- so please check the blog Monday BEFORE you head out for the meeting. 

Remember, you are used to getting emails with new blog posts sent to you automatically from the blog, but in this case you need to actually go to the blog using your browser. Hopefully all of you have it bookmarked, but http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/ just in case you do not. 

Application Requirements for NECCC Scholarship Grant

Please email Ann at "Yost, Ann" before the second February meeting. 


NEW ENGLAND CAMERA CLUB COUNCIL, INCORPORATED
Application Requirements for Scholarship Grant

1. The applicant must be a legal resident of one of the New England states.
2. The applicant must have been accepted in or continuing in, a program leading to a degree in some aspect of photography in an accredited school or institute. The degree program may be either a two or four year program. The degree program can be at the undergraduate level or graduate level. A certificate is not a degree and does not meet this requirement.
3. The application must be processed through a Camera Club affiliated with NECCC. (I can help with this if the student is not associated with such a club.)
4. The applicant should submit current letters of recommendation, references and other such statements concerning work, school and professional achievements. These should be from teachers, professors, clergy and other associates who know and have worked with the applicant.
5. A letter written by the applicant should be submitted. This letter should tell us about you, the student - what you have done in the photographic field, what you have done academically, what your goals are, how you plan to achieve them and what other interests you may have. We would like to get some insight about the applicant through this letter.
6. Include an official transcript of the applicant's recent grades; college if recent and high school if college is not applicable.
7. Submit a statement, attested to by an official of the school being attended, declaring that the student has been accepted into the degree program and what degree will be conferred.
8. Submit a brief statement of need for financial assistance. Do not submit family income, tax statements or other confidential information.
9. Please submit a disc with 15 to 20 images of your work so we can review a mini-portfolio of your work.
10. The deadline for completed applications to be received by the Committee Chairman is March 15th

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Antoinette Gombeda, HonNEC
817 Chickadee Lane
Stratford, CT 06614
Phone: 203-377-4914 agombeda@optonline.net

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Join us March 9th for Nature’s Elusive Beauty by Jennifer Wu

Register NOW

Join the New Haven Camera Club 

on Saturday March 9th 2013
for a presentation 
by Canon Explorer of Light 
Jennifer Wu

Sponsored by Canon





Who -- Canon Explorer of Light Jennifer Wu

What -- Nature’s Elusive Beauty – Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography

Where -- Whitney Center 200 Leeder Hill Drive Hamden, CT 06517-2749 (203) 281-6745

When -- Saturday, March 9, 2013 -- 9am to 4pm, plan to arrive by 8:30am

How much -- the program is FREE
Optional lunch $10.50 per person 
Lunch: Assorted Sandwiches, Beverage (Soda, Water), Chips, and Cookies
Note that while lunch is optional,  there are not a choices in the vicinity of the seminar. 

To register please mail your registration (and optional check made out to New Haven Camera Club for lunch) to Denise Saldaña 52 Westminister St, Hamden CT 06518 -- your registration arrive by by Feb 21st (we need to provide the head count on Feb 22nd)


Name _______________________________________________________________
Address  _______________________________________________________________
Email  _______________________________________________________________
Phone number   __________________________________________________________

All tickets will be held at the door. 
If you wish confirmation, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

For questions please email Tom at tlcbam@comcast.net



Nature’s Elusive Beauty – Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography

This inspiring and entertaining presentation is a must see for any one interested in nature and landscape photography. Jennifer will teach you the elements of photographic composition and share her techniques to get those great shots. She will discus five elements of composition. You will learn about selecting specific lenses and how each lens makes visual impact. Discover how creating depth in an image creates visual interest and how isolating the subject will make a striking image

Short Break

Tips and Techniques: Jennifer will discuss techniques for getting great shots including tips on using polarizing and neutral density filters, use of white balance settings, keeping the contrast in the photograph, using reflectors, use of hyperfocal distance focusing and more. 

Lunch

Maximizing Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop:  Learn as Jennifer demonstrates the incredible capabilities of Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Jen will show you how you can take care of much of your image optimization in ACR and she will show you her workflow for processing images. She'll discuss the tools and best practices when adjusting your images; touching on features like the tone curve, lens correction and local adjustment tools. She shares her tips  

Short Break

The Amazing Night Sky: Photographing after sunset and before sunrise offers a whole new world of images and photographic opportunities. We mistakenly  think it is too dark to photograph, but the camera can pick up the subtle light. The seemingly infinite darkness of the night is lit by the stars and planets. The camera picks up light from the gasses of the Milky Way and more stars than our eyes can see. Learn how to photograph the stars, the full moon and the crescent moon, and get tips on when to photograph them, and how to appreciate the quality of light at night and how to use evening  light in your photographs. Twilight displays beautiful light after sunset and before sunrise. Jennifer discusses light painting techniques for illuminating  trees, rocks and buildings, adding another dimension to night photography. Jennifer will takeyou on a dramatic visual journey through of the night sky in time-lapse movies. This inspiring and entertaining presentation is a must-see for any one interested in photographing  twilight, the stars, and the moon.


About the Photographer:
Jennifer Wu, a professional photographer since 1992, is a nature and landscape photographer as well as a photographer of the stars and the night sky.


Jennifer was named by Canon USA to the elite group of photographers, The Explorers of Light.  Canon states, "The Explorers Of Light program is a group of 62 of the world's best photographers, united in their love and passion for photographic excellence. They also share a common desire to contribute back to the industry with a willingness to share their vision and passion with others."  Jennifer enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and passion for nature photography in lectures and workshops for Canon. She is especially proud that Canon publishes her spectacular sky photographs in their professional camera brochures.
Her images, featured in numerous magazines and books, have won a wide variety of prestigious awards. Whenever she is not on nature expeditions at some of the most beautiful locations in the world, she exhibits her images at galleries and art shows.

Jennifer, born in Illinois in 1968, grew up in Davis, California. She moved to Sacramento to attend California State University, Sacramento, where she received a BA in Photography. She currently lives in Sacramento.

She taught photography and digital imaging at California State University Sacramento. She now enjoys lecturing, teaching seminars and speaking events as well as leading workshops for Canon and aFilm International Film Workshops Barcelona, Spain. She leads workshops to Alaska, Hawaii, Yosemite, Death Valley, Namibia and Iceland. 

View her images at www.jenniferwu.com. 







Tuesday, January 22, 2013

High School Students as NECCC Conference Guests

Please email Ann at "Yost, Ann" before the second February meeting. 


NEW ENGLAND CAMERA CLUB COUNCIL, INCORPORATED
High School Students as Conference Guests

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 68th Conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts Campus at Amherst, MA on July 12 - 14, 2013

The number of students accepted for free conference tuition and 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).

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 March 1, 2013. Club representatives submitting a candidate for consideration will be notified of the results in writing on or before May 1, 2013. If you have any questions please call.

Hope to hear from you soon!
Sincerely,
Karen Geaghan
NECCC Youth Activities Director
High School Students as Conference Guests

The New England Camera Club Council recognizes that one of its most important responsibilities is to propagate and nurture in our youth, an interest in the art and science of photography.

Each year, through the individual NECCC member-clubs, the Council invites photo-enthusiastic New England high school students to attend the Conference. The venue for the Conference is the Amherst Campus of the University of Massachusetts, where their host is the NECCC Youth Activities Director. Registration and room and board for the three-day conference is free to the student guests. However, transportation to and from the conference are the responsibility of the student.

From applications submitted by a representative or President of sponsoring NECCC Clubs (one candidate per club limit), the Youth Activities Director selects six students to attend the conference. Successful candidates are chosen based on: promptness in applying, completeness of application, degree of interest, skill, references, and sponsor's endorsement. Although a definite plus, the student need not be a member of a participating NECCC Club. When there are a great number of responses, choices will be made considering the student’s credentials and questions such as: "Has the candidate been a previous guest?", "Does he/she still have future high school years left to reapply?".

NECCC asks that affiliated club presidents and representatives to support this effort. You can be a positive influence on talented youths seeking creative opportunities such as this.

TIMETABLE:

• Late winter Youth Activities Director mails cover letter and application to club representatives, apprising them of the Student/Guest opportunity.
• March 1st Postmark Deadline for accepting applications.
• Early May Youth Activities Director notifies Council President, applicants, sponsors, and Conference Accommodations Registrar of the selection results.
• June 4 Postmark Deadline for receiving “intent to attend/medical information” form and “room registration” form.
• Mid June Youth Director sends letter of last-minute information and instruction to students.
• At Once For timely resolution, any discrepancies, problems, or cancellations should be brought to the immediate attention of the responsible officials.
• Mid July The Conference.

For further information contact: Karen Geaghan
15 Addison Rd
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Phone: 413-596-2227 or 413-537-3001 ogeaghan@aol.com

FREE CONFERENCE WEEKEND FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
(this section to be filled out by applicant ~ please type or print)
Name of Student: ____________________________________________________________________
Parent(s)/Guardian(s): ________________________________________________________________
Street Address: _____________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________ State: _____ Zip: ____________ Tel: _____-_____-__________
E-mail: ____________________________________________________________________________
Name of School Attending: _____________________________________________________________
Check off Current School Status: Freshman ___ Sophomore ___ Junior ___ Senior ___
Age as of July 1, 2013: __________ (must be included) M ___ F ___
Camera Club Attending: _______________________________________________________________
How Long: _______________ (membership not a requirement)

Attach Essay Composed by Applicant ~ Include Photographic Background & Goals
(this section to be filled out by sponsoring club ~ please type or print)
Sponsoring Camera Club’s Name: _______________________________________________________
Proposer’s Endorsement Rep or President: _______________________________________________
Attach pages or use reverse side if additional space is needed. References may be added.
Name of Proposer: _____________________________ Circle Office Held: Rep. Pres.
Address: __________________________________________________________________
Phone No. of Proposer: ____-____-________ E-mail: _______________________________
Date Proposal Mailed: ___________ Deadline: Must be Postmarked by March 1, 2013
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED
Return completed form to: Karen Geaghan
15 Addison Rd
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Phone: 413-596-2227 or 413-537-3001 Ogeaghan@aol.com

Monday, January 21, 2013

Email Application for Courtesy Enrollment to NECCC


Please email Ann at "Yost, Ann" before the second February meeting. Names will be drawn at the second February meeting.

NEW ENGLAND CAMERA CLUB COUNCIL, INCORPORATED
Email Application for Courtesy Enrollment

The New England Camera Club Council, Inc. invites each NECCC member camera club to select one of their camera club members to receive free registration to the next annual NECCC conference, held at UMass, Amherst, Mass. on July 12 - 14, 2013). The complimentary registration gives the person submitted by your club all the learning experiences, photo opportunities, and inspirational programs that go along with the conference. Please note, that the enrollment covers only the registration fee. The recipient will be responsible for his or her own room, meals, and transportation.

Rules governing the courtesy enrollment:

1. Candidates must be at least eighteen years of age as of July 1, 2013.
2. A candidate must be a member of an NECCC member Club in good standing (i.e. dues paid for the current year).
3. Candidates must have never attended a previous NECCC conference.
4. Selection of the candidate will be the responsibility of the individual clubs.
5. Applications may be made by email from the club President.
Applications will not be accepted after the deadline (March 1, 2013).
6. The application cannot be transferred to another person. Once someone has been submitted, accepted, and has received the key paper work, that person must register for the conference. If he/she cannot attend, another person cannot take his/her place. The club’s courtesy enrollment for that year will be forfeited.
7. NECCC’s decision in all matters relating to this courtesy enrollment will be final.

For 2013 we will be receiving all applications by email -- Simply email us
1: The club name, city, & state
2: President’s or Rep’s name, address, phone no., & email address
3: The candidate’s name, address, phone no., & email address

Email all information to s.jmosser@comcast.net by March 1, 2013. Accepted candidates will be contacted by April 1, 2013, with further registration information. All candidates are accepted unless we find that they have previously attended the conference.

Upon acceptance recipient will be supplied with a special registration form to complete and mail in (do not use standard form).

WE DO NOT REGISTER THE RECIPIENT

Any questions go to: Courtesy Enrollment
c/o Jacob Mosser III, FPSA, HonNEC
173 Central St.
North Reading, Mass. 01864
H 978-664-2620
s.jmosser@comcast.net
For more information on the conference, please visit our website at www.neccc.org

Sunday, January 20, 2013

March 9th Nature’s Elusive Beauty – Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography

SAVE the DATE!! March 9th 

Join the New Haven Camera Club 

on Saturday March 9th 2013
for a presentation 
by Canon Explorer of Light 
Jennifer Wu

Sponsored by Canon




Who -- Canon Explorer of Light Jennifer Wu

What -- Nature’s Elusive Beauty – Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography

Where -- Whitney Center 200 Leeder Hill Drive Hamden, CT 06517-2749 (203) 281-6745

When -- Saturday, March 9, 2013 -- 9am to 4pm, plan to arrive by 8:30am

How much -- the program is FREE
Optional lunch $XX (price to be determined this week).
Box Lunch: Assorted Sandwiches, Beverage (Soda, Water), Chips, and Cookies
Note that while lunch is optional,  there are not a choices in the vicinity of the seminar. 

To register please mail your registration (and optional check made out to New Haven camera Club for lunch) to Denise Saldaña 52 Westminister St, Hamden CT 06518 -- It must arrive by by Feb 21st (we need to provide the head count on Feb 22nd)

Name _______________________________________________________________
Address  _______________________________________________________________
Email  _______________________________________________________________
Phone number   __________________________________________________________

All tickets will be held at the door. 
If you wish confirmation, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

For questions please email Tom at tlcbam@comcast.net

Nature’s Elusive Beauty – Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography

This inspiring and entertaining presentation is a must see for any one interested in nature and landscape photography. Jennifer will teach you the elements of photographic composition and share her techniques to get those great shots. She will discus five elements of composition. You will learn about selecting specific lenses and how each lens makes visual impact. Discover how creating depth in an image creates visual interest and how isolating the subject will make a striking image

Short Break

Tips and Techniques: Jennifer will discuss techniques for getting great shots including tips on using polarizing and neutral density filters, use of white balance settings, keeping the contrast in the photograph, using reflectors, use of hyperfocal distance focusing and more. 

Lunch

Maximizing Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop:  Learn as Jennifer demonstrates the incredible capabilities of Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Jen will show you how you can take care of much of your image optimization in ACR and she will show you her workflow for processing images. She'll discuss the tools and best practices when adjusting your images; touching on features like the tone curve, lens correction and local adjustment tools. She shares her tips  

Short Break

The Amazing Night Sky: Photographing after sunset and before sunrise offers a whole new world of images and photographic opportunities. We mistakenly  think it is too dark to photograph, but the camera can pick up the subtle light. The seemingly infinite darkness of the night is lit by the stars and planets. The camera picks up light from the gasses of the Milky Way and more stars than our eyes can see. Learn how to photograph the stars, the full moon and the crescent moon, and get tips on when to photograph them, and how to appreciate the quality of light at night and how to use evening  light in your photographs. Twilight displays beautiful light after sunset and before sunrise. Jennifer discusses light painting techniques for illuminating  trees, rocks and buildings, adding another dimension to night photography. Jennifer will takeyou on a dramatic visual journey through of the night sky in time-lapse movies. This inspiring and entertaining presentation is a must-see for any one interested in photographing  twilight, the stars, and the moon.


About the Photographer:
Jennifer Wu, a professional photographer since 1992, is a nature and landscape photographer as well as a photographer of the stars and the night sky.


Jennifer was named by Canon USA to the elite group of photographers, The Explorers of Light.  Canon states, "The Explorers Of Light program is a group of 62 of the world's best photographers, united in their love and passion for photographic excellence. They also share a common desire to contribute back to the industry with a willingness to share their vision and passion with others."  Jennifer enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and passion for nature photography in lectures and workshops for Canon. She is especially proud that Canon publishes her spectacular sky photographs in their professional camera brochures.
Her images, featured in numerous magazines and books, have won a wide variety of prestigious awards. Whenever she is not on nature expeditions at some of the most beautiful locations in the world, she exhibits her images at galleries and art shows.

Jennifer, born in Illinois in 1968, grew up in Davis, California. She moved to Sacramento to attend California State University, Sacramento, where she received a BA in Photography. She currently lives in Sacramento.

She taught photography and digital imaging at California State University Sacramento. She now enjoys lecturing, teaching seminars and speaking events as well as leading workshops for Canon and aFilm International Film Workshops Barcelona, Spain. She leads workshops to Alaska, Hawaii, Yosemite, Death Valley, Namibia and Iceland. 

View her images at www.jenniferwu.com. 








Saturday, January 19, 2013

Workshop -- The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night


The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night


FYI, registration opens to NHCC members first. Members get first dibs. After Feb 1st registration will be open to all, so if you are interested then register early! 

1-Day Seminar and Night Photography Session with Mark Bowie

Date: Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Indoor Instruction (Branford, CT): 1pm – 5pm

Dinner: 5:30-6:30pm. We will eat locally, as a group (not included in the registration fee). 

Night Shooting Session: 7pm – 11pm

Fee: $99/person

Group Size: 6-12

Who Should Attend: All photographers are welcome, from beginner to advanced, using either digital or film cameras. 

Overview:
Some of Nature’s most spectacular beauty is reserved for the landscape at night.  And at night, the camera allows us to record phenomena we are physically incapable of seeing.  Long exposures capture celestial objects in motion, creating metaphors for the passage of time and seasons.  They register incredible detail and rich colors.  The photographer can’t be sure what he or she will create, and that’s part of the allure and the excitement!

Night shooting specialist Mark Bowie, author of The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night, will lead an indoor instructional session followed by a nighttime field session.  He’ll cover strategies, tips and techniques, including:

•    Camera settings — RAW, BULB, ISO, white balance
•    Consulting the histogram
•    Composing and focusing in the dark
•    Using LiveView at night
•    Determining nighttime exposures
•    High ISO test shots
•    Shooting long exposures by ambient light
•    Shooting time intervals
•    Shooting base exposures and multiple exposures
•    “Painting” with artificial light
•    Photographing moonlit landscapes, the stars, planets, meteors, the Northern Lights and other celestial phenomena
•    Photographing lightning and fireworks
•    Noise Reduction in-camera and in post-processing
•    Processing night images
•    Combining multiple exposures, Layer Masks

Your registration is guaranteed only after Lisa receives your  check for $99 (made out to Mark Bowie).  Email Lisa at photographer67@comcast.net 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Alaska -- this Monday!


Our January program on Monday the 14th will be presented by Loretta and Josh! Join us!


A  multi-media presentation of photography by Josh Goldin and Loretta Paul-Goldin.  All images were taken on a trip in  late Spring of 2011. They were in Alaska for 11 days.


 
 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

1-Day Seminar and Night Photography Session with Mark Bowie

FYI, NHCC Members get first dibs -- registration opens to NHCC members NOW. After Feb 10th this workshop information will be posted publicly and registration will be open to all, so if you are interested then register early!

The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night

1-Day Seminar and Night Photography Session with Mark Bowie

Date: Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Indoor Instruction (Branford, CT): 1pm – 5pm

Dinner: 5:30-6:30pm. We will eat locally, as a group (not included in the registration fee). 

Night Shooting Session: 7pm – 11pm


Fee: $99/person

Group Size: 6 participants minimum, 12 maximum

Who Should Attend: All photographers are welcome, from beginner to advanced, using either digital or film cameras. 

Overview:
Some of Nature’s most spectacular beauty is reserved for the landscape at night.  And at night, the camera allows us to record phenomena we are physically incapable of seeing.  Long exposures capture celestial objects in motion, creating metaphors for the passage of time and seasons.  They register incredible detail and rich colors.  The photographer can’t be sure what he or she will create, and that’s part of the allure and the excitement!

Night shooting specialist Mark Bowie, author of The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night, will lead an indoor instructional session followed by a nighttime field session.  He’ll cover strategies, tips and techniques, including:

•    Camera settings — RAW, BULB, ISO, white balance
•    Consulting the histogram
•    Composing and focusing in the dark
•    Using LiveView at night
•    Determining nighttime exposures
•    High ISO test shots
•    Shooting long exposures by ambient light
•    Shooting time intervals
•    Shooting base exposures and multiple exposures
•    “Painting” with artificial light
•    Photographing moonlit landscapes, the stars, planets, meteors, the Northern Lights and other celestial phenomena
•    Photographing lightning and fireworks
•    Noise Reduction in-camera and in post-processing
•    Processing night images
•    Combining multiple exposures, Layer Masks

To attend please send Lisa a check for $99 made out to Mark Bowie. 
Email Lisa at photographer67@comcast.net