Wednesday, October 22, 2008


The New Haven Camera Club field trip will be taking a trip to the NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS on Saturday Oct 25th.

There is an outdoor monumental sculpture exhibit by Henry Moore, as well as beautiful fall foliage and flowers. The indoor Conservatory also provides great opportunities for flower photography. Cost is $20 or $18 for seniors. The parking fee is $12.50 which can be shared by those carpooling. The carpool will meet at Exit 40 off I-95 at 8:30 AM sharp.

If you are interested in going please contact Ann or Art Yost at 203-931-9943 or

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

portfolio review workshop

Bill Barnett will hold a portfolio review workshop at his home in Milford on Thursday evening, October 30 , 2008, at 7:00 p.m.

This workshop will give members, particularly newer members, an opportunity to receive detailed comments on a few of their photographs and ask questions on digital photography in general. Each participant should bring up to 15 photographs divided into groups of 5, either prints or digital photographs (no slides please) that he/she wants reviewed.

We will review the first 5 and then, depending on the number of attendees, look at additional photographs if time permits.

If you plan to attend send Bill an e-mail to BarnettW [at] and he will put you on the list and send you directions to his house . Bill has limited space so if too many members sign up a second workshop will be scheduled later for the overflow. If you sign up and then change your mind for any reason, please let Bill know so that he can accommodate any members on the waiting list.

Monday, October 20, 2008

October Competition

Our second competition of the NHCC 08-09 season is almost upon us.

Your images must be emailed to

The deadline is midnight Oct 24th

Photographs must be in the JPEG format and scaled to a maximum of 1024 pixels wide and a maximum of 768 pixels high.

Don't forget that the assigned subject competition has been changed:

Our handbook with the complete rules and instructions can be found on the NHCC website:


1. Prints must be between 8 by 10 inches and 16 by 20 inches.

2. 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".

3. Prints may be matted conventionally or electronically as long as the maximum dimensions are not exceeded.

4. 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.

Electronic Photographs

1. Photographs must be submitted as JPEG photographs with the .jpg extension.

2. Convert files to the sRGB color space if not already in that space or convert to Gray Gamma 2.2 if submitting an untinted monochrome photograph.

3. Photographs will be projected using a projector having 1024 pixels in the horizontal direction and 768 pixels in the vertical direction. Photographs must fit within those dimensions. See Figure 1 (pg 17 handbook). Unless your photograph’s proportions are in the exact ratio of 4 to 3, one of these dimensions will be less than the maximum. For example, if you have a vertical photograph, the height will be 768 pixels, but the width will be significantly less than 1024 pixels. A square photograph will be 768 pixels by 768 pixels under these rules. Smaller photographs are acceptable. This means that a horizontal photograph will normally be 1024 pixels wide and may be as tall as 768 pixels, for example Figure 2 (pg 17 handbook). If the photograph is not 768 pixels tall it will be projected with black bars above and below the photograph as shown in Figure 3 (pg 17 handbook). A vertical photograph will normally be 768 pixels tall, but will be less than 1024 pixels wide and it will be projected with black bars on the two sides as shown in Figure 4 (pg 17 handbook).

In order to provide all of the information needed and to allow the use of automated tools, image files must be named as follows:


Where “x” is the class (A, B, or S for special category) “#” is the sequence number for the competition (1 or 2), “LastName” is the last name of the maker, “FirstName” is the first name of the maker, “Title” is the photograph’s title without spaces (use the underline character “_” instead of spaces), and “Year-Month” is the competition being entered in the format “2005-11” for November 2005. It is suggested that normal capitalization rules be followed for the last name, first name, and title. The dollar signs (“$”) are used to separate the fields of information. An example file name formatted correctly is A1$Jones$Bill$Red_Skier$2005-11.jpg This is Bill Jones’ first photograph for class A entitled “Red Skier” entered into the November 2005 competition. Note that file names may not contain spaces because we may post some or all of the entries and results on our club Internet site which runs on a Unix operating system that does not allow spaces. Use the underline character (“_”) instead of spaces in titles. It is very important to adhere to this naming convention so that the Vice President of Inside Competition or his designated assistant can use automated tools to prepare score sheets and keep records. The dollar signs ($) are recognized as field separation characters by automated tools such as spreadsheet programs. Be sure that all fields are in the correct order. If you run into problems because your computer operating system does not allow file names as long as required, complete the name as far as possible and put the full file name in the body of the submitting e-mail and the chairman will fix your titles for you.

• If you are submitting make-up photographs, use the year and month of the competition being made up rather than the year and month of the competition into which entered. If entering make-up photographs for the October 2005 competition in the January 2006 competition, the year and month should be “2005-10”, not “2006-01”. • When inserting the competition date, use a 4 digit year (for example 2007) followed by a dash (“-“) followed by a two digit month (09, 10, 11, 01, 02, 03, 04, or 05)

See all of you on the 27th!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Digital mini slide shows (holiday party)

As in past years Bill Barnett will be bringing his computer to the holiday party on December 8 and is willing to show electronic (digital) mini slide show sequences for other members as long as he has them before the event so that he can make sure they will run properly.

According to our Handbook the rules for electronic shows are:

"Presentation of the electronic shows requires a computer to connect to the Club’s projector. Participants in the electronic category have the option of bringing their own computers and assuming responsibility for connecting them to the Club’s projector. There is usually a Club member, however, who brings a laptop computer and is willing to project members’ shows (including a set of speakers for the sound). The shows he/she will be able to project will depend on the type of laptop he/she has, for example Windows only, Macintosh only, or a computer that can run both types of shows.

If a member wishes to take advantage of this service and his/her show is compatible with the available computer, the following rules apply:

• The member providing the group computer will make a “best effort” attempt to run the show, though there may be cases where this is not possible.

• The show format must be one that the computer being provided can handle. Shows in the .exe format (from Pro Show gold on Windows) or .app format (from FotoMagico on the Macintosh) are normally the simplest to handle. However, it may be possible to project shows in other formats depending on the capabilities of the computer being provided. Shows consisting of a group of JPEG images numbered in the correct sequence with sound provided by an external player may also be accepted, but the member will have to sequence the timing during presentation of the show.

• Shows to be displayed using the group computer must be given to the member providing the computer at or before the second November meeting of the Club so that the member providing the computer has an opportunity to be sure the shows will run properly before the competition night. Shows will normally be provided on CD, though other media may be acceptable if agreed upon between the person providing the show and the member providing the computer. CD’s should not be configured to “auto run” as this makes it more difficult to copy the files to the hard drive of the group computer.

• The show files (or directory containing multiple files if more than one required) should be named as follows: LastName-FirstName-Title, for example “Barnett-William-Bridges of Somerset County”.

This will allow the shows to be copied to a single directory for projection and be easily identified."See the handbook for additional rules on the competition including the maximum length which is 5 minutes. Slide shows also also welcome, but if you plan to project a slide show be sure to contact Paul Peterson to be sure the projector will be available.

Bill has a MacBook that can handle shows in both Windows and Macintosh formats. However, due to speaking engagements and travel over a long weekend he will not be at any meeting between now and the party.

That means anyone who wants him to project his/her show will have to mail a CD to Bill (William Barnett, 66 Jasmine Circle, Milford, CT 06461-1788). Be sure it arrives on or before December 1, 2008, so that he has time to make sure it will run properly. If you have any questions you can contact Bill at

Tuesday, October 14, 2008



The New Haven Camera Club field trip has been changed from a trip to the NY Aquarium to the NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS. There is an outdoor monumental sculpture exhibit by Henry Moore, as well as beautiful fall foliage and flowers. The indoor Conservatory also provides great opportunities for flower photography.

Cost is $20 or $18 for seniors. The parking fee is $12.50 which can be shared by those carpooling. The carpool will meet at Exit 40 off I-95 at 8:30 AM sharp.

If you are interested in going please contact Ann or Art Yost at 203-931-9943 or

Thursday, October 9, 2008

October Program -- Les Campbell

Join us on Monday October 13, 2008 for two of Les' favorite places to capture beautiful pictures.

Les will be presenting two awesome programs:

"Magic Moments at Mohonk" and "Quabbin - For the Joy of It." by Les Campbell.

Les Campbell’s Sky Meadow Studio
Photo Gallery and Little Slide Theater
Belchertown, MA

Located on Ballou Street, off Route 9 in Belchertown
½ mile east of Belchertown entrance to Windsor Dam
¼ mile west of Ware/Belchertown line (Swift River)

Les Campbell, renown for his nature subjects and Quabbin Park scenes, invites you to visit his Photo Gallery at Sky Meadow Studio. You'll find it filled with framed photographs - treasures for your home or office and for gift giving. The Studio is also available for small group functions, workshops, slideshows, retreats and outings. If you are interested in individual or group portraits with a natural backdrop, you'll find a perfect setting in and around Les' Sky Meadow homestead. And, you'd be hard pressed to find a better tour guide for a trip to Quabbin Park. Conveniently located of Route 9 (1/2 mile east of the Belchertown entrance to Winsor Dam)


Wednesdays 1-7 PM (June through mid-October)

Free slide shows every Sunday at 4:00 pm

Sundays 1-4 PM (April, May and mid-October to Christmas)

Other times, by appointment.

Groups of up to twenty may schedule private events, including slide shows, for a fee of $75.00. The privacy and beauty of the Sky Meadow studio and grounds make it a special place for small group functions, retreats, outings, birthday parties, and more. Refreshments may be brought in or catered.

Framed photographs for home, office or gifts. Select from hundreds of images Quabbin – Regional Scenics – Nature Subjects

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1065, Belchertown, MA 01007


Please call 413.323.7405 to schedule a visit.