Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Can you send out an e-mail to the club as follows:







Sunday, July 25, 2010

Results of Final PSA Nature Interclub Competition

Dear Club Members,

The following images were used to represent the club in the third and final PSA Nature Interclub Competition:

Title Score Award/Honor Maker
Death Valley Sand Dune DQ Gerri Morton
Great Blue Gliding Over the Pond 10 Tom Cuchara
Diagonals (Heliconia) 10 Andrey Antov
Little Blue with Catfish 9 Lisa Cuchara
Tricolored Heron Portrait 13 Award William Barnett
Lesser Yellowlegs at Jamaica Bay 12 Gary Prestash

Unfortunately the judges decided to disqualify Gerri's image for the presence of human elements. Dan Charbonnet wrote: "Unfortunately, Gerri's image was disqualified by the judges as containing human elements that did not enhance the nature story. If you look at the top of the second highest ridge, you will see what looks like human foot prints along the ridge line. Due to the size and shape of the tracks the judges did not feel they could give Gerri the benefit of the doubt and consider them animal tracks. It is still a great shot and should do well in pictorial."

I looked at this image and feel the judges were too harsh, but there is nothing we can do. Unfortunately, as a result, we did not do very well in this competition.

Next year I plan to use a different procedure to recruit and choose nature images to represent the club. The club has become much more sophisticated in using Photoshop and other editing programs, a very good thing, but a development that precludes choosing images from among those entered into monthly competitions. I will be asking members to submit images that comply with PSA Nature rules for these competitions. If a sufficient number of images are submitted we will continue to compete in nature interclub competitions. If there is insufficient interest, then we will compete only in pictorial competitions where the monthly competition images can be used. More details will follow in another blog posting.

Best regards,


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Buttonwood Farm trip

Will you please announce the Buttonwood Farm trip on Sat. 31, 2010. It will be an afternoon trip, as the light does not hit the barns until 4-5pm. I am going to check it out this week-end, and will communicate with anyone who signs up with the details on the Wed. before.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Nature Definition

Dear Club Members,

Our Club has been competing in nature interclub competitions for a number of years, first under the direction of Lisa Cuchara and for the last couple of years I have been handling this competition. In the past we selected entries from the monthly competition to represent the Club, but it has become apparent that doing this may cause us to violate the very strict PSA Nature Division rules that govern both the PSA Nature Interclub and also the NECCC Nature competition category. Our members have become much more proficient in using Photoshop and other editing tools (a good thing), but the resulting images may not be eligible for competitions that operate under PSA nature rules.

The PSA Nature Definition

"Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining a high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural.”

Some Words of Explanation

This definition means we have considerable freedom to use digital techniques to enhance our nature images. For most people, this means that the various HDR techniques are now allowed and it means blurring the background is now allowed, provided the results look natural. All images must exhibit Digital Realism, where a photographer may perform any enhancements and modifications that improve the presentation of the image to make it more closely represent the original scene photographed, but that does not change the truth of the original nature story. Cropping and horizontal flipping (equivalent to reversing a slide) are acceptable modifications. Removing spots due to dust on your sensor is allowed. Removing rounded slide mount corners on scanned images is allowed. Adding elements to your images, removing pictorial elements from your image other than by cropping, combining separate images or rearranging and/or cloning and/or copying elements in your image are not acceptable and can lead to disqualification of your image in the competition. Since HDR techniques and Helicon Focus techniques are techniques that enhance the presentation without changing the pictorial content, they are now considered allowable techniques. Please note that all adjustments must still look natural. Just because a technique is legitimate does not guarantee the image it was used on will get a good score. Note also that black and white images are acceptable, but not infrared images.

The Bottom Line

Rather than simply taking images from the monthly competition where I do not know for sure what editing has been done, I am asking the Club members to send me images that comply with the above definition for consideration. For us to compete we will need at least 35-40 images from AT LEAST 6 MEMBERS. For the PSA competition we need 3 sets of 6 images from 6 different makers and for the NECCC competition we need 3 sets of 4 images from 4 different makers. In reality I need at least twice the minimum number so that I can select images that have the best chance of succeeding. Also, the images must have descriptive titles because titles are read before the images are judged in the PSA competition and, thus, correct identification of the subject is part of the judging process.

If you are planning to supply images that have not been used previously in these competitions, please send me an e-mail before the end of July to BarnettW@optonline.net telling me how many images you can supply. If you belong to another club that participates in NECCC competitions, but not PSA, simply tell me that and I won't use your images for NECCC. We need more images for the PSA interclub competition. Also, if you don't remember which images have been used, I can supply that information to you. I can also send you a PDF containing 3 articles from the PSA Journal that elaborates on the rules. Remember that images used in monthly competitions are eligible as long as they comply with the rules noted above.

If I am promised sufficient images, I will need them by Oct. 15, 2010, in order to make the first deadlines. If there are not enough members who promise images we will not compete in the nature interclub competitions and I will notify those who promised to provide images of that fact. The images for the pictorial interclub competitions will continue to be selected from monthly competition images, though I am always willing to consider other images if you want to send them to me.

Best regards,

Bill Barnett

Sunday, July 18, 2010

NHCC membership

I know that everyone is busy, but please just take a minute to email Tom with the year that you joined NHCC. Thanks!

NHCC is celebrating 100 years as part of our centennial we are looking for the year that everyone joined NHCC.

Would you all please email Tom at TLCBAM@comcast.net with the year that you joined.

Thank you!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

NHCC membership query

NHCC is celebrating 100 years as part of our centennial we are looking for the year that everyone joined NHCC.

Would you all please email Tom at TLCBAM@comcast.net with the year that you joined.

Thank you!

For All Going to NECCC

For All Going to NECCC
July 16-18

As we have done in the past, those from the NHCCC who want to eat out on Saturday night at Bertucci's, please contact me at ayost4@aol,com. I will organize the dinner this year again. We will meet at Bertucci's in Amherst at 5:00 PM and I will contact them with the number of diners.

Please spread the word.

I look forward to seeing everyone for our "unofficial" summer meeting of the New Haven Camera Club.