Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A DAY IN THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY (DUTCHESS COUNTY) SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 2015

A DAY IN THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY (DUTCHESS COUNTY)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 2015

WHAT:  Starting in Beacon, NY we will photograph beautiful waterfalls, interesting buildings, and perhaps foliage.  Then we'll take a scenic drive to the  Poughkeepsie area where we will explore the grounds of some mansions, colleges right along the Hudson River and have lunch in the EverReady Diner, an old-fashioned 50's diner.  Our explorations will end at the banks of the Hudson River between the Hudson River Bridge and the walkway where we plan to shoot in late afternoon light and see a sunset before we head home.

WHEN:  Saturday October 17th.  Time of departure to be determined depending on numbers and location of participants.  You will receive an email with final plans.

COST: Meals and the sharing of the cost of gas for the drivers.  Carpooling encouraged.

SIGN-UP:  Send an email to Linda at humbrd001@yahoo.com to sign up.  Please indicate your cell phone and town you are coming from so we can determine the carpooling location.

You must be a member to compete, attend workshops and field trips.

Friday, September 25, 2015

NHCC Dues are overdue

NHCC Dues are overdue

  • 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 field 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 Ann Yost 163 Woodvale Rd West Haven, CT 06516
  • New members (only first time 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...

Monday, September 21, 2015

NHCC - photo competition images due Friday.

NHCC - photo competition images due Friday. 
  • Please refer to the NHCC handbook for questions, 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).
We have friendly photography competitions once a month (8 times a year, plus an "End of Year" competition)
    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
    • 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 compete images: digital (open category), digital (assigned subject), creative/image artistry and black and white (monochrome) 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 Paul pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net  (individual members should NOT contact Jack, the author of the software that club uses, Jack will be contacted by Lisa or Paul only. 
    Number of entries per contest:

    a. Each member may enter 2 prints into the "member's choice" photo display and contest each month.

    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 black and white/monochrome in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 image artistry entries.

    e. 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.

    • 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).
    • 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).
    • 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).
    • 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)
    • To be ranked in monochrome 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). Friendly display and member's choice award.

    (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) Monochrome category (emailed prior to deadline)

    (5) 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.

    Monday, September 14, 2015

    bring your dues to art and ann on monday

    NHCC Dues are 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 field 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 Ann Yost 163 Woodvale Rd West Haven, CT 06516
    • New members (only first time 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...

    Sunday, September 13, 2015

    looking for mentors and mentees

    Barbara Vietzke will be passing around a sign up sheet at the next two NHCC meetings. On one side sign your name and email address if you are a NHCC member willing to mentor a new member, and on the write your name and email address if you are a NHCC member looking for a mentor. You could email the mentor with questions about competitions, field trips, workshops, photography settings and/or post-processing. The mentor may not know all of the answers (say you inquire about infrared or focus stacking), but they can put you in touch with another member who could help.

    prints

    See everyone Monday!

    A print table will be set up for prints to be brought in for viewing on competition nights. NHCC members may bring in any size, matted or unmatted printed photographs to be viewed by members at the monthly meetings. Scott Hudson, MaryEllen O'Donnell and Margo Bury will "man" this print table. They will put out red solo cups and hand out voting slips so that each member can place their vote into the cup corresponding to the photo that they want for member's choice that month. A ribbon will be awarded for member's choice for prints each month.

    NHCC IS still competing in NECCC interclub print competition this month. Scott will be collecting prints (11x14) matted to 16x20 and/or asking digital makers to print  images competed during the year for entry into the interclub competition.

    NHCC is also hosting the Spring interclub print competition

    Remember that NHCC has dropped the print category. The board discussed combining class B and A for prints, but in looking at the list of print makers, there were only two people in class A and one person completing class B and moving up to class A that would be competing next year. The decision to drop prints was not easily made and generated lots of discussion at the meeting. Holding a competition with 3-4 people is not as meaningful and eliminating the time for print setup, take down, scoring and comments will allow us to have more time for comments on the other image competitions. We have decreased the total number of images entered each month from 6 to 5 so hopefully that too will leave more time for comments. Membership enjoying changing the competitive slideshow competition to a show and tell, hopefully changing prints to more of a show and tell will encourage more people to share photographs!

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    “The Art of Photographing Trees” with Erik Gehring -- Monday starts the NHCC 2015-16 season!

    “The Art of Photographing Trees” with Erik Gehring -- Monday starts the NHCC 2015-16 season!
    Doors open at 7pm for socializing and catching up.
    Meeting starts at 7:30.
    Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.


    Trees, because of their branching breadth and trunk height, can be challenging subjects to
    photograph. In this lecture Erik Gehring will provide tips, tricks, and photographic
    theory to help you create unique and dramatic images of trees. Using images from his
    own teaching library, he will discuss what features you might want to emphasize,
    composition and framing, and what conditions might best complement your subject.

    Erik will have copies of his 2016 Trees of Boston calendar for sale, he is picking up the first copies on Monday so they will be literally hot off the presses!


    Erik Gehring is the President of the Boston Camera Club and a freelance photographer who specializes in natural landscapes.  He lives in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston with his wife Julie and sons Carl and William.  Although Erik enjoys photographing natural environments all over New England, his favorite destination is Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, and for the last seven years he has published a calendar of images taken in the Arboretum landscape entitled Trees of Boston.

    Erik’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston Metro, the Cape Cod Times, Northern Woodlands, E the Environmental Magazine, and AMC’s Outdoors among other publications, and he has shown his fine art prints at galleries throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


    Erik also has lectured and taught classes at the Arboretum, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, the Concord Art Association, the Hyde Park Art Association, and many different camera clubs throughout Greater Boston.  You can visit him online at www.erikgehring.com.

    Sept 14 Erik Gehring "Trees"

    Reminder If you have not mailed your dues then please bring them to the first meeting on 9/14

    Sept 14 Erik Gehring "Trees"

    Dramatic landscape images are rarely the product of simply being in the right place at the right time - they are usually borne of hard work, forethought, planning, and patience.  In this class you will learn about composition and technique, but more importantly you will learn how to imagine and predict what conditions will best complement your subjects.

    In the spring of 2014 Erik Gehring was asked by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Olmsted Tree Society to photograph the Necklace’s Heritage Trees, some of the biggest and oldest tree specimens in the parks (not including those in the Arnold Arboretum). These trees were identified as part of the comprehensive Emerald Necklace Tree Inventory, Assessment and Management Plan spearheaded by the Olmsted Tree Society in 2013. This exhibition and portfolio are the result of that project. The Emerald Necklace’s string of parks in Boston and Brookline were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 1800’s and include the Back Bay Fens, the Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, the Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park.  In the spring of 2014 Gehring was asked by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Olmsted Tree Society to photograph the Necklace’s Heritage Trees, some of the biggest and oldest tree specimens in the parks (not including those in the Arboretum).  These trees were identified as part of the comprehensive Emerald Necklace Tree Inventory, Assessment and Management Plan spearheaded by the Olmsted Tree Society in 2013.  “I was very pleased to have gotten this opportunity as I have focused my creative energies at the Arnold Arboretum for so many years, and I was looking for an excuse to broaden my horizons,” said Gehring.  “This project was a wonderful chance to explore and photograph the rest of the Emerald Necklace.” Gehring is the current President of the Boston Camera Club. You can view Erik's Emerald Necklace gallery here

    Monday, September 7, 2015

    Sept 14 Erik Gehring "Trees"

    Reminder If you have not mailed your dues then please bring them to the first meeting on 9/14

    Sept 14 Erik Gehring "Trees"

    Dramatic landscape images are rarely the product of simply being in the right place at the right time - they are usually borne of hard work, forethought, planning, and patience.  In this class you will learn about composition and technique, but more importantly you will learn how to imagine and predict what conditions will best complement your subjects.

    In the spring of 2014 Erik Gehring was asked by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Olmsted Tree Society to photograph the Necklace’s Heritage Trees, some of the biggest and oldest tree specimens in the parks (not including those in the Arnold Arboretum). These trees were identified as part of the comprehensive Emerald Necklace Tree Inventory, Assessment and Management Plan spearheaded by the Olmsted Tree Society in 2013. This exhibition and portfolio are the result of that project. The Emerald Necklace’s string of parks in Boston and Brookline were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 1800’s and include the Back Bay Fens, the Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, the Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park.  In the spring of 2014 Gehring was asked by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Olmsted Tree Society to photograph the Necklace’s Heritage Trees, some of the biggest and oldest tree specimens in the parks (not including those in the Arboretum).  These trees were identified as part of the comprehensive Emerald Necklace Tree Inventory, Assessment and Management Plan spearheaded by the Olmsted Tree Society in 2013.  “I was very pleased to have gotten this opportunity as I have focused my creative energies at the Arnold Arboretum for so many years, and I was looking for an excuse to broaden my horizons,” said Gehring.  “This project was a wonderful chance to explore and photograph the rest of the Emerald Necklace.” Gehring is the current President of the Boston Camera Club. You can view Erik's Emerald Necklace gallery here