Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Haven Camera Club Trips 2014

New Haven Camera Club Trips 2014

Linda and the trips committee have two upcoming day trips lined up. See below for dates and to sign up. The best way to get to know other NHCC members, become involved in NHCC and learn about photography is to attend the workshops and field trips that NHCC holds.

When I first joined NHCC in 2000 I found the meetings very busy and the established members busy getting the competition going and the new members did not know anyone.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: For The Blog Trips NHCC
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:46:48 -0400
From: Linda Thomas
To: Lisa Cuchara



New Haven Camera Club Trips 2014 KENT FALLS/SOUTHFORD FALLS/WEST CORNWALL BRIDGE/LAKE WARAMOG FRIDAY OCTOBER 3rd 2014 (rain date Oct.4th Sat.) CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS STURBRIDGE VILLAGE FRIDAY DECEMBER 5th, 2014 (rain/snow date Dec. 6th Sat.) Contact Linda Thomas Humbrd001@Yahoo.com for sign up and details

Monday, September 29, 2014

2014-2015 Season

2014-2015 Season

Sept 15 "Costa Rica - Nature's Paradise" [note date]

Sept 29 Competition [note date]

Oct 13 "Image Critique" (like March 2014, organized by Paul)

Oct 27 Competition

Nov 10 Gail Hansche Goden "Oregon"

Nov 24 Competition

Dec 8 - NHCC holiday party Bellini's

Jan 12 - Natalie and Rich Asarisi "iphoneography"

Jan 26 Competition

Feb 9 Competition [reminder we are moving the two competition month from May to Feb]

Feb 23 Competition [reminder we are moving the two competition month from May to Feb]

March 9 Paul Peterson "Europe"

March 23 Competition

March 30th Bob Harrington "food photography" program tentative, depends upon Whitney and speaker

    April 6th Bob Harrington "food photography" workshop, tentative

April 13 Rich Asarisi "Astrophotography"

April 27 Competition

May 11 Adam Woodworth "Landscapes and Night Landscapes" see below

June 8 EOY at Whitney

Our October 13 program will feature an "Image Critique."

Back by popular demand...

Our October 13 program will feature an "Image Critique." 

This should prove helpful to our members, especially our newer members, as it will review the features which make for a successful camera club photograph. The fact that this Image Critique program is being presented early in the season means that members can use the information gained to improve their work throughout the season. The format will be similar to the image critique night which was held last March. The informal discussion will be led by Paul Peterson and other senior members of the club. Digital images will be projected and any members to wish to comment on them will be allowed to do so. Paul will have a number of digital images available for us to critique. However, members are also encouraged to submit some of their own images if they would like them to be critiqued. If you would like some of your images reviewed, attach them to an email and send them to Paul Peterson. (nhccwin@yahoo.com) Images must be received by Friday, October 10.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

NAME TAGS

The New Haven Camera Club is made up of all volunteers, and they work very hard for this hobby of ours. A big thank you to Joan Balen and Barbara Vietzke for their efforts in maintaining and re-organizing the name tags! If you are a paid member and do not have name tag please lave a note, talk to Joan or email Joan beadnik2@gmail.com


NAME TAGS

In order to make it a bit easier for you to find your name tags at Camera Club meetings, we are trying a new system. 

We now have TWO filing boxes and the names are listed alphabetically, by your surname. One box contains names from A-L, and the other from M-Z. You only need to find your last initial, and your name tag will be right there!

At the end of the meeting, when you return your name tag, we request that you wind the cord a few times around your finger and gently tuck it inside the plastic holder BEHIND you name, and then return it to the file box behind the appropriate initial. This will be a tremendous help, as the cords were getting hopelessly tangled after each meeting.

We hope this helps you in finding your name tags quickly, and helps us deal with the tangling issue.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Photo competition deadline THIS Friday

Photo competition deadline THIS Friday

The NHCC handbook has been updated, please download it and read it, it is your responsibility to know the rules. The New Haven Camera Club expects that its membership will adhere to the highest ethical standards when complying with its competition rules. It is especially important that all photographs entered into competitions be the exclusive work of the maker (except for commercially made prints or digital photographs scanned from a slide original allowed by the rules).

Highlights:

  • All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer (Clipart, Textures, etc. are NOT permitted).
  • Images of a similar nature may not be submitted again once that image has won a ribbon.
  • The winning same image (or a very similar rendition taken at the same time) may not be submitted into a different competition or in a different season.
  • Please note that there are NO makeups (in electronic images only, makeups are allowed in prints) 
  • Please note that there no way to email images late if you have problems, so we urge you please do NOT to wait until the last minute to submit your photographs.
  • Setups are ONLY allowed in Class B
We have friendly photography competitions once a month (8 times a year, plus an "End of Year" competition)


  • We compete images: digital (open category), digital (assigned subject) and prints once a month (4th Monday of the month). Please see our handbook which contains the rules and instructions for competing your images.
  • There is a one time registration with the Photo Contest Pro system in order to be able to upload your images for competition.
  • Upload your images to the monthly contest before the competition deadline (competitions are the fourth Monday, deadline is the Friday  before the Monday competition).  http://www.photocontestpro.com/UploadPictures3.aspx 
  • Instructions for uploading competition images
  • Please do not wait until late Friday night to discover that you need help.
  • If you have questions please email Denise denisesaldana@hotmail.com (individual members should NOT contact Jack, the author of the software that club uses, Jack will be contacted by Denise, Lisa, John, or Paul only. 
  • You can save the pdf with the instructions for uploading images into competition 

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.

Cumulative Score is the sum total of all print or electronic photograph scores to date. At the end of the competition year the highest 6 - 12 scores of each maker (depending on the category) are summed to determine the cumulative score. Makers can compete in more than one category and can have cumulative scores in each category. These points will count toward an award for highest cumulative point total for the year presented at the Annual Dinner.

a. To be ranked in prints (class A or B) for cumulative score, the maker must have submitted at least 12 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have 4 makeups or 4 zeros).

b. To be ranked in class B electronic photographs, the maker must have submitted at least 10 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have up to 6 zeros).

c. To be ranked in class A electronic photographs, the maker must have submitted a total of 12 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have up to 4 zeros).

d. To be ranked in image artistry, the maker must have submitted a total of 6 photographs (8 contests times 1 photograph per contest, two zeros allowed).

e. To be ranked in assigned subject, the maker must have submitted a total of 6 photographs (8 contests times 1 photograph per contest, two zeros allowed).

Each month we have the following image competitions:

(1) Prints (must be turned in by 7:15). Two classes: Class A (advanced level) and Class B (entry level, top scorer gets promoted to A at end of year)

(2) Electronic (uploaded via website prior to deadline). Two classes: Class A (advanced level) and Class B (entry level, top scorer gets promoted to A at end of year)

(3) Image Artistry category (emailed prior to deadline)

(4) Assigned subject, see topics (emailed prior to deadline). Assigned Subjects for 2013-2014 season. Please note that the electronic image assigned subject competition is in addition to the regular OPEN subject (anything goes) monthly competition.

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 sheets 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.

6. If you miss a meeting you are allowed to enter makeups (in prints only). The lowest 4 (class A) or 6 (class B) scores are dropped so it is your choice to take a zero for the missed print or enter a makeup print.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

member's spotlight

member's spotlight

Happy New Season!

New members, let us spotlight you, send me the following, along with 3-4 images

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? 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

NHCC -- 2014-2015 Season

2014-2015 Season

Sept 15 "Costa Rica - Nature's Paradise" [note date]

Sept 29 Competition [note date]

Oct 13 "Image Critique" (like March 2014, organized by Paul)

Oct 27 Competition

Nov 10 Gail Hansche Goden "Oregon"

Nov 24 Competition

Dec 8 - NHCC holiday party Bellini's

Jan 12 - Natalie and Rich Asarisi "iphoneography"

Jan 26 Competition

Feb 9 Competition [reminder we are moving the two competition month from May to Feb]

Feb 23 Competition [reminder we are moving the two competition month from May to Feb]

March 9 Paul Peterson "Europe"

March 23 Competition

March 30th Bob Harrington "food photography" program tentative, depends upon Whitney and speaker

    April 6th Bob Harrington "food photography" workshop, tentative

April 13 Rich Asarisi "Astrophotography"

April 27 Competition

May 11 Adam Woodworth "Landscapes and Night Landscapes" see below

June 8 EOY at Whitney

First competition 9/29 -- the Deadline is 9/26

First competition 9/29 -- the Deadline is 9/26 

Upload here: http://www.photocontestpro.com/Default.aspx

Instructions for uploading competition images. Please take a look at the short summary here, but before you enter for the first time please see the handbookWe look forward to seeing your images!

Each month we have the following image competitions:


(1) Prints (must be turned in by 7:15). Two classes: Class A (advanced level) and Class B (entry level, top scorer gets promoted to A at end of year)

(2) Electronic OPEN subject (sent in via website prior to deadline). Two classes: Class A (advanced level) and Class B (entry level, top scorer gets promoted to A at end of year)

(3) Assigned subject(sent in via website prior to deadline) see topics

(4) Image Artistry category (sent in via website prior to deadline). 

Highlights: 

  • Only two "setups" are allowed per season (a setup is when someone else provided the lighting, like a at a workshop or HiJinx or at NECCC. Setups must be noted as such. 
  • All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer (clipart, textures, etc. are not permitted).
  • Images of a similar nature may  not be submitted once that image has won a ribbon.
  • The winning same image (or a very similar rendition) may not be submitted into a different competition 
  • Please note that there are NO  makeups (in electronic images only) any more and no way to email images late if you have problems so we urge you not to wait until the last minute.
For new users there is a one time registration. You can view and save the pdf with the instructions for uploading images into competition. 

For more information read the blog post here. Please email Denise  denisesaldana@hotmail.com if you have questions/issues. 

Note that this system does not email you anything, but you can tell that you photo(s) has/have been submitted because now you can see the title(s) in the middle screen. First of all when you click "save picture and info" you see the message "saving photo" but after your photo has been successfully submitted you see it listed in the middle of the screen.

If you are using Chrome try the SECOND method, method one has not been working...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Join us for the first meeting of the 2014-15 NHCC Season Costa Rica -- Nature's Paradise Sept 15th (Whitney Center)

Join us for the first meeting of the 2014-15 NHCC Season
Costa Rica -- Nature's Paradise
Sept 15th (Whitney Center)



Program description: This program highlights some of the natural wonders, diversity, beauty, and contrasts of Costa Rica. This small country is a paradise for nature lovers and biologists, and for photographers. I will illustrate how the mountains and volcanoes separating the coastal areas lead to microclimates ranging from very wet to very dry, and from tropical to sub-alpine, and some of the flora and fauna characteristic of each. The program shows many places and species, and it also describes of some of the experiences encountered in the preparation of the photo-based book.




 Bio -- Doug Goodell has had a life long interest in photography, and has focused on nature and conservation subjects since 1998, with a special interest in avian photography. He is contributor to the book In the "Presence of Nature" (2004) and is co-author of a children's book "Duck Enough to Fly" (2005) and a natural history photographic book, "Jungle of the Maya" (2006), about Belize, Guatemala, and Yucatan. His most recent book, "Nature's Paradise - Costa Rica" (2012), is a photographic presentation of the natural wonders of Costa Rica. His work has been exhibited as fine-art prints at gallery's and festivals throughout the United States, and is in numerous private and corporate collections. He lectures and teaches on subjects of nature photography and digital techniques.

You can also find more information on my web site http://www.goodellphotoart.com/ and my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DougGoodellPhotos




Friday, September 12, 2014

Epson R-300M printer

Lisa -
Could you please put this out on the NHCC blog for me please?  Thank you.
I have an older Epson R-300M printer that I have used to use to make quick 4x6 prints (printer goes up to 8x10 print size) but which I no longer need.  If anyone in the club is just starting out in digital photography and would like this printer, along with the Epson manual, any ink cartridges I still have, and several packs of 4x6 glossy paper, they may have it for free.  I can bring all to a NHCC meeting but I do not want to bring it back and forth but only when someone says they want it and will be at the meeting.
Thanks!
Gary Prestash

NHCC Dues are due

FYI - this applies to new members only "join after March 1st and your dues include the following year membership as well." Existing members that pay their dues late do not carry over their membership to the following season. Existing members should pay the season dues before the October competition in order to remain listed in the photo contest pro software to compete. Dues are for one season for all existing members (i.e. if you pay their dues June 2014 because you want to attend a field trip and have not yet paid then those dues are 2013-14 season and do not carry over to the 2014-15 season)


NHCC Dues due

  • APPLICATION FOR NHCC MEMBERSHIPTo join, please download our Membership Form and bring it with you to a meeting or mail it to the Membership Chair.  All members of the NHCC is also required to sign a Liability Waiver in order to participate in club activities, attend programs and workshops, etc...
  • You must be a paid member in order to compete, attend workshops and filed trips. Most programs are open to the public. Your dues must be paid before the October competition in order to remain listed in the photo contest pro software to compete. 
  • Send application and check to: NHCC c/o Frannie Prestash 127 Rocky Top Rd Hamden, CT 06514 
  • New members -- Join after March 1st and your dues include the following year membership as well. 
For those not able to download a pdf the application is copied and pasted below...

September Meeting Date - important change

September Meeting Date - important change

The NHCC meets on the second and fourth Mondays

However, for Sept 2014 NHCC  will be meeting Sept 15th and Sept 29th, the third and fifth Monday. Please make a note of these dates.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Epson R-300M printer FREE

Epson R-300M printer FREE

I have an older Epson R-300M printer that I have used to use to make quick 4x6 prints (printer goes up to 8x10 print size) but which I no longer need.  If anyone in the club is just starting out in digital photography and would like this printer, along with the Epson manual, any ink cartridges I still have, and several packs of 4x6 glossy paper, they may have it for free.  I can bring all to a NHCC meeting but I do not want to bring it back and forth but only when someone says they want it and will be at the meeting.
 
Thanks!
 
Gary Prestash

Monday, September 8, 2014

September Meeting Date - important change

September Meeting Date - important change

The NHCC meets on the second and fourth Mondays

However, for Sept 2014 NHCC  will be meeting Sept 15th and Sept 29th, the third and fifth Monday. Please make a note of these dates.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Costa Rica -- Nature's Paradise Sept 15th

Join us for the first meeting of the 2014-15 NHCC Season
Costa Rica -- Nature's Paradise
Sept 15th (Whitney Center)



Program description: This program highlights some of the natural wonders, diversity, beauty, and contrasts of Costa Rica. This small country is a paradise for nature lovers and biologists, and for photographers. I will illustrate how the mountains and volcanoes separating the coastal areas lead to microclimates ranging from very wet to very dry, and from tropical to sub-alpine, and some of the flora and fauna characteristic of each. The program shows many places and species, and it also describes of some of the experiences encountered in the preparation of the photo-based book.




 Bio -- Doug Goodell has had a life long interest in photography, and has focused on nature and conservation subjects since 1998, with a special interest in avian photography. He is contributor to the book In the "Presence of Nature" (2004) and is co-author of a children's book "Duck Enough to Fly" (2005) and a natural history photographic book, "Jungle of the Maya" (2006), about Belize, Guatemala, and Yucatan. His most recent book, "Nature's Paradise - Costa Rica" (2012), is a photographic presentation of the natural wonders of Costa Rica. His work has been exhibited as fine-art prints at gallery's and festivals throughout the United States, and is in numerous private and corporate collections. He lectures and teaches on subjects of nature photography and digital techniques.

You can also find more information on my web site http://www.goodellphotoart.com/ and my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DougGoodellPhotos