Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sept 9th -- Jerry Monkman" Never Fail Landscape Tips

Sept 9th -- Jerry Monkman" Never Fail Landscape Tips 

      Never Fail Landscape Tips – Jerry’s top ten tips for making great landscape photographs.

Jerry Monkman is a nature, adventure, and conservation photographer based in Portsmouth, NH, where he runs his photo business, EcoPhotography, with his wife Marcy. With Marcy, Jerry has written and photographed nine books, including Wild Acadia, which was named a top photo book of 2007 by Shutterbug Magazine. Jerry has photographed more than 100 conservation projects for conservation organizations, and his images have appeared in publications around the world. He also is a regular contributor on the Outdoor Photographer magazine blog. He has been a featured speaker at numerous camera club meetings, as well as at the annual meetings of the North American Nature Photography Association, the American Society of Picture Professionals, the New England Camera Club Council, and several conservation organizations. A member of the board of directors of the North American Nature Photography Association, Jerry was recently elected to serve as the organization’s president in 2013.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

NHCC 2013-14 Membership dues are DUE

NHCC 2013-14 Membership dues are DUE

Anyone can come to view competition and programs, they are always free to guests, but you must be a paid member in order to compete, attend field trips, workshops, etc. 

For those people competing in the monthly competition your 2013-14 dues are due before 10/14. Only paid members will have their email addresses entered in the PhotoPro contest software. 

NHCC 2013-14 Membership dues are due. Download the membership form here.

Your annual dues (individual $25, family $40, college student $10) are due before the first competition.

You are always welcome to attend our meetings but you must be a paid member to compete, attend workshops, go on field trips, etc.

Please download and fill out this form and bring it to the first meeting along with your check made out to NHCC

FYI. You must be a resident of Connecticut (or a student) in order to become a NEW member.

Please mail the form with a check (made out to NHCC) to: NHCC c/o Frannie Prestash 127 Rocky Top Road Hamden, CT 06514.

Alternatively you can fill out this form
and bring it and a check in an envelope to the meeting and give to to Frannie Prestash. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Exciting News -- NHCC is MOVING to a NEW location

Exciting News -- NHCC is MOVING to a NEW location

Tell your fellow photographers! 

We will be meeting at the: Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.  
Same days and same time [Typically the 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:30 pm (September thru May)]

Directions to the Whitney Center (WC)

From I-95 North or South: Exit onto I-91 North in New Haven. Take Exit 6 (Willow St.). At end of ramp turn right onto Willow and proceed to the end (Whitney Ave.). Turn right onto Whitney and go approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto Putnam Avenue. On Putnam go approximately .07 mi, (3 traffic lights) and turn right onto Leeder Hill (ATT bldg is at that intersection). Go .06 mi. on Leeder Hill to the South Entrance (big sign) of WC on the left. Turn in and take an immediate left into a raised parking area. Meeting is in the South Bldg., accessed via the main door of the portico that is in view from the parking lot. Turn right down the hallway. Cultural Arts Center is a short distance on the left.

From I-91 South: Take Exit 6 (Willow St.) in New Haven. At end of ramp, turn right onto Willow and proceed as above.

From Wilbur Cross (Rte. 15) northbound: Take Exit 61 (Whitney Ave). Turn left at end of ramp, go 2.4 mi., turn right onto Putnam.

From Wilbur Cross (Rte. 15) southbound: Take Exit 61 (Whitney Ave. New Haven). At end of ramp go right. Proceed to Putnam.

Check out our complete current season here. 
  • Sept 9 --  Jerry Monkman" Never Fail Landscape Tips – Jerry’s top ten tips for making great landscape photographs" 

  • Sept 16 -- Competition ** Note that this is the 3rd Monday, not the fourth **

**Check out the NHCC website, which links to and from the NHCC Blog

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NHCC competes in PSA website contest

NHCC competes in PSA website contest

The greatest strength of your website is layout and description of year's programs and the
wonderful links on the Places tab.

The greatest strength of your website is great organization with the displayed images.
A single website would minimize confusion and navigation problems

I have already revamped the NHCC website to address their constructive criticism about having two sites -- check it out:

Monday, August 5, 2013

Les Campbell's 88th birthday

Les Campbell will be celebrating his 88th birthday on Thursday, August 15th.  Many NHCC members have made memorable trips up to Les's home – Sky Meadow – over the years, and have enjoyed Les's land; his slide presentations; and his hospitality.  The last few tough winters and summer storms have made it difficult for Les to keep Sky Meadow the showcase he always wanted people to see and enjoy so the club has not had a field trip up to Sky Meadow in recent years.  Additionally, Les has also had some equipment problems and mowing his fields had become more and more difficult, but Les still perseveres and continues to work on various projections, mostly about the local Quabbin Reservoir area.
Since so many NHCC members have enjoyed the field trips to Sky Meadow over the years, often getting their first photographs of hummingbirds by using Les's flash set up, or made images of the swallows, dragonflies, or frogs by the pond, or taken still life images by the barns, I think it would be wonderful if as many members as possible sent Les a birthday card this year to let him know how much we want to thank him and to let him know we have not forgotten him.  Since Les probably would not know you by name, perhaps after signing the card you might write "New Haven Camera Club" under your signature so Les will know it came from us.  If you are interested in sending a birthday card to Les, his address is:
                Mr. Les Campbell
                PO Box 1065   
                Belchertown, MA   01007-1065
Again – Les's birthday is on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Looking for nature images

Looking for nature images

The NHCC competes in Nature interclub competition in both PSA and NECCC. We are looking for nature images that abide by their rules, whether or not you have entered them into competition. Please email images 1024x768 to tlcbam [at] with "For NHCC nature interclub competition" in the subject line

(According to NECCC)

All photographs must have been captured by light sensitivity, either digitally or on film. Slides or negatives may be scanned (by the photographer or commercially) for entry into the competition.

Nature photographs must strictly follow the Photography Society of America's (PSA) definition of nature:

“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.

Human elements shall not be present, except on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature story such as the presence of scientific bands on wild animals. The "hand of man" should not be present in any
Nature photograph. PSA defines a nature subject as being one found in the natural world without the interference of man, frequently referred to as "the hand of man."

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 elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged or combined. No manipulation or modification is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of the scene.

No special effect filters can be applied. Any sharpening must appear natural.”

Read complete PSA guidelines: