Saturday, March 30, 2013

Long time NHCC member

Had a nice surprise last week.  For those of you who have been members of the New Haven Camera Club for many years, you will know the person I am going to mention.  While working at the Fat Robin last week, Shirley Mangler came in to get some bird feeding supplies.  I hadn't seen Shirley in many years and I'm sure many of you haven't either.  We talked for a while and she was in good spirits and upbeat and said to say "hello" to all of you.
Gary Prestash

Thursday, March 28, 2013

2013 Glennie Club Results

To the members of the New Haven Camera Club -
Attached is information concerning the results of the 33rd annual George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon, sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Camera Club.  While the New Haven Camera Club did not finish in the top 5 clubs, we did finish very high in the standings.  As you can see from the chart below, images were received from 32 clubs from 7 foreign countries, and from 59 clubs from 32 states in the USA – 91 clubs in all.  This is a MAJOR nature competition!
If you click on the attached PDF. file above, you will see the scores for the various clubs and can see that the NHCC just missed finishing as one of the Top 5 by one point.  Our 10 images averaged a score of 25.3 points – not too shabby!! – so our total score was 253 points.  The club taking First Place was the Greater Lynn (MA) Photographic Association with a total score of 261 points; Boston West (MA) Photographic Society took Second Place with a total of 259 points; there was a two way tie by two clubs from Ontario, Canada, at 255 points (that counts as 3rd and 4th places); three clubs tied at 254 points (for 5th, 6th, and 7th places); and we tied with a camera club from Australia at 253 points for 8th place.  All in all, I think the New Haven Camera Club did quite well and one member – Lisa Cuchara – took an award for the Best Amphibian image in the program.  Of the 10 images we submitted, 8 were accepted into the final program (approximately only 1/3 of all the images make it into the final program so as a club, we had a much higher than average acceptance rate).  When ribbons are received, we will present them to the NHCC members whose images were accepted into the program.
As is their practice, the Merrimack Valley CC will make a video of the accepted images available.  As we did with the previous Glennie program, we will download this program for presentation to the club at a future date.




George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon Results:
March 16, 2013

Report:

The judging for the thirty-third (33rd) George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon was conducted on March 16 at the Greater Lynn Photographic Association's club house. The judges for this year's salon were Jake Mosser, Art Vaughan, and Mike McNeill. It was a challenging competition with 900 images from clubs around the world. We had clubs representing the following 7 countries & 21 U.S. states (totals in parenthesis):
International (32)
United States (59)
Australia (16)
California (2)
Maryland (3)
Pennsylvania (3)
Canada (8)
Colorado (1)
Massachusetts (14)
Rhode Island (1)
England (4)
Connecticut (6)
Michigan (2)
South Carolina (1)
New Zealand (2)
Florida (3)
Montana (1)
Virginia (2)
South Africa (1)
Illinois (2)
New Hampshire (4)
Washington (1)
Zimbabwe (1)
Iowa (1)
New Jersey (1)
West Virginia (1)

Maine (1)
New York (6)
Wisconsin (1)
Judging was challenging due the number of high quality images submitted across a wide range of categories. The totals for each category follow:
Animals
Other Categories
Amphibians (21)
Mammals (136)
Botany (68)
Birds (334)
Marine & Freshwater Life (49)
Landscapes (148)
Invertebrates (101)
Reptiles (43)


Club Competition
Awards are given to the top five clubs based upon cumulative points for their submission (up to 10 images).  The scores were quite close with seven points separating the top six clubs.

Following are the top club standings and top awards summary for the competition.
Standing
Total Points
Club Location
1st
261
Greater Lynn Photographic Association MA, USA
2nd
259
Boston West Photographic Society MA, USA
3rd
255
Richmond Hill Camera Club Ontario, CAN
3rd
255
Toronto Camera Club Ontario, CAN
5th
254
North Bethesda Camera Club MD, USA
5th
254
Quad City Photography Club IL, USA
5th
254
Merrimack Valley Camera Club MA, USA

Diversity Award

While "Fur & Feathers" are always strong contenders in a nature competition, the Glennie Salon has a long tradition of recognizing some of the other animal families, botany and landscapes.  In that spirit the Diversity Award recognizes clubs based upon their top scoring images from six of the eight Glennie Categories.  For the second year in a row the Diversity Award winner was the Toronto Camera Club.  They proved that not only do they take good images (placing third overall), but are also diverse in what they photograph.
Club
Location
Points
Place
Toronto Camera Club
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada
158

1
Greater Lynn Photographic Association
Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
156
2
Cranbury digital Camera Club
Cranbury, New Jersey,
United States
154

3
The Photography Club of Lower Fairfield County
Stamford, Connecticut,
United States
151

4 (Tie)
Gaithersburg Camera Club
Gaithersburg, Maryland,
United States
151
4 (Tie)
Photographic Society of Rhode Island
Warwick, Rhode Island,
United States
151
4 (Tie)
Poulton le Fylde Photo Society
Poulton-le-Fylde, England
151
4 (Tie)
Photo Adventures Camera Club Port Charlotter, Florida,
United States
151 4 (Tie)


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Our next program -- Monday April 8th -- Mark Bowie


Our next program -- Monday April 8th -- Mark Bowie

Exquisite Waterscapes:  The Art of Photographing Water

Water is one of the most photogenic subjects of the natural world, a quintessential compositional element.   It opens views and doubles the landscape’s beauty through reflection.   Mark will cover field strategies and state-of-the-art digital darkroom techniques for producing incredible images of lakes and ponds, rivers and other flowing waters, waterfalls and marine coasts.   He will address scouting subjects, reading and shooting the light, photographing from the shore and from a boat.   He’ll discuss photographing water in all seasons and in combinations of its three phases, with tips and techniques on: shooting reflections, framing creative compositions with your full suite of lenses, the effect of shutter speed on moving water, macro opportunities, creating impressionistic waterscapes, photographing water at night and shooting multiple exposures for panoramas, HDR’s and layer masks.   Educational, enlightening and inspirational, this presentation is geared for both amateur and professional shooters who want to take their water imagery to new levels.

Bio
Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer and writer.  His work has been published internationally in books, on calendars and posters, and in advertising media.  He has had three coffee table books published on the Adirondacks and is the author of two e-books on night photography: The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night and Night Examples.  He is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute, leading digital and landscape photography workshops throughout New York and New England. 



http://www.markbowie.com/index.html

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Waterdrop workshop Sunday June 9th

Waterdrop workshop Sunday June 9th

Water Drop Workshop with Susan Candelario


Join us for an amazing waterdrop workshop on Sunday June 9th -- be introduced to the exciting world of water drops! The workshop will take you from simple water drops to different colored water collisions, allowing you to get many breathtaking images. No equipment is necessary, as we will provide it for you! All you need is a CF card to attend this workshop. Led by Susan Candelario, she will guide you to some of the equipment that you can use from the basic to more advanced with the ability for you to capture the many phases of water drops as well as water drop collisions. They will cover tips on setups and lighting and every participant will get many chances to go home with their own liquid works of art! Cost is $75 and no previous experience is necessary. 

 Check out some of Susan's high speed photos here: http://sdcphotography.com/hswaterdrop.html


Session #1-- 10am-12pm, limited to 10 participants (5 people per station)

Session #2-- 1pm-3pm, limited to 10 participants (5 people per station)

When: Sunday June 9th 

Where: Stratford, CT

PayPal secure credit card payments are accepted by going to http://www.sdcphotography.com/paypal.htm  

Questions? Contact Susan Candelario PHONE: 201.921.3492 E-Mail: susan@sdcphotography.com

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Image Critique Workshop



Image Critique Workshop
Monday, April 15th @ 7PM
Milford CT
Limited to 5 Participants

Do you want to learn how to improve your images, to make them pop and turn them into competition winners.  Then this workshop is for you.

Bill Barnett has once again generously offered to hold an Image Critique Workshop in his home in Milford. You are asked to bring several images on a flash drive. These images will be critiqued by Bill and the other participants in a positive way, suggesting ways that can improve the shot, make it pop and stand out in competition. You will learn not only from your own images, but also from images of other participants. Due to space constraints, and to give adequate time to each participant’s images, this workshop is available to only 5 participants.

To sign up, please email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com. Please include your name, phone number and email address. Directions to Bill’s home will be sent to participants approximately one week prior to the workshop.

The workshop is free, but you must be a NHCC member to attend.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday April 8th -- Exquisite Waterscapes: The Art of Photographing Water by Mark Bowie

Our next program -- Monday April 8th -- Mark Bowie

Exquisite Waterscapes:  The Art of Photographing Water

Water is one of the most photogenic subjects of the natural world, a quintessential compositional element.   It opens views and doubles the landscape’s beauty through reflection.   Mark will cover field strategies and state-of-the-art digital darkroom techniques for producing incredible images of lakes and ponds, rivers and other flowing waters, waterfalls and marine coasts.   He will address scouting subjects, reading and shooting the light, photographing from the shore and from a boat.   He’ll discuss photographing water in all seasons and in combinations of its three phases, with tips and techniques on: shooting reflections, framing creative compositions with your full suite of lenses, the effect of shutter speed on moving water, macro opportunities, creating impressionistic waterscapes, photographing water at night and shooting multiple exposures for panoramas, HDR’s and layer masks.   Educational, enlightening and inspirational, this presentation is geared for both amateur and professional shooters who want to take their water imagery to new levels.

Bio
Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer and writer.  His work has been published internationally in books, on calendars and posters, and in advertising media.  He has had three coffee table books published on the Adirondacks and is the author of two e-books on night photography: The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night and Night Examples.  He is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute, leading digital and landscape photography workshops throughout New York and New England. 



http://www.markbowie.com/index.html

Monday, March 11, 2013

Nikon Camera body and Lenses for sale

Nikon Equipment for Sale
Nikon D800 DSLR camera body w/extra battery         $2,400.00
Nikon Lenses:
                    60mm AF f2.8 Micro (macro) lens            $350.00
                   105mm     f2.8 Micro (macro) lens             $675.00
                   24 – 120mm AF lens                                $300.00
                   80 – 400mm AF VR f4.5 – f5.6 lens         $1,350.00
Nikon Flash:
                   Nikon SB-800 flash                                  $100.00
All of the above in excellent condition.  
If interested or need more information, call Andy at:  203 - 214 - 9395.

Thanks,
Gary Prestash

Friday, March 8, 2013

March 11 -- Scott Vincent "Go from Taking - To Making Photos"



March 11 -- Scott Vincent "Go from Taking - To Making Photos"

Scott will entertain us with his vision of making photographs.  Many photographs are simply taken “as is” with not much thought on how to improve them.  In this program Scott will outline the before, during and after thought processes he goes through and will teach you the simple categories of conceptualization he uses when approaching a wide variety of situations.  This program is well suited for any experience level, with simple techniques to more advanced concepts being shown.  Scott is known for his fun, fast paced programs which usually feature many example photographs.