Blog Archive 2009

Monday, June 08, 2009

GRANBY CAMERA CLUB
MEETING NOTES FOR June 1 ,2009
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President Andy Farber opened the meeting and asked us to introduce ourselves and to provide ideas for programs for next year. Ideas are listed below that the program committee can use to plan programs for next year.
Program Ideas
1. Using the printer/ the process of printing.
2. How to take a sharp photo: Vern to present.
3. How to take better action shots.
4. Raw Format
5. Black and White photography in digital photography
6. How to prepare a video program
7. Editing photos using Adobe/Elements
8. Using flash, filters
9. DVD on historic photographers/Tom has these available
10. Using your histogram
11. Making digital Albums
12. HDR: Rob to present.
13. Portrait competition/ ask Wendi to get us started!
14. Photographing the Heavens: ask Scott Tracy to present
15. Photo Essays
16. Program/Introduction to our new Web Page: Rob
17. Other Suggestion: more field trips, more exhibits.
18. Scavenger Hunt: Tracy has a new thought to get more people involved that includes a point system and drawing at the end of the year.
19. Critiquing with Rob

Treasurer’s Report: Balance: $934.55
Old Business
1. Simsbury Calendar
Pictures need to be ready late September so start or keep on taking pictures. The rules are posted on the Forum.

New Business
1. Snow Policy: We do not meet if the Senior Center is closed for programs. We meet the next Monday.
2. Dues: It was voted to raise our dues for next year: It will be $15 for Granby residents and $20 for non Granby memberships.
3. Granby Camera Club Web Site: It was voted to have Rob develop a web site for the club using Host Monster.com. Rob will get two domains: The main one will be Granby Camera Club.com and the second not to use but hold will be Granby CC.com. Paula offered to use her credit card and Rob will work out the best options for the club. This web site will be one place to go for a forum, a blog, having individual sites for sharing pictures and comments and lots of other interesting options.

Program for the Evening:
Rob presented a very informative program using member photos to critique. It was
interesting to see the different options one can use when taking and editing a picture. He used a bridge program from Adobe CS to open jpegs into the raw format editing page and was able to pull out the best in each picture. Thanks Rob for a very interactive and interesting program.
Scavenger Hunt: Winners of this month’s scavenger hunt
Patriotic: George Virdokian
Spray: George
Favorite: Ed Judge

Summer scavenger words: Door, Edgy and Favorite Photo
At the Sept. meeting George will have the words for the next scavenger hunt.

Next meeting: Sept. 14, 2009 at the Granby Senior Center at 7 PM
Program to be announced

Have a happy photography filled summer!!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

May Scavenger hunt winners

Favorite by: Rob Fisher

Spring by: Rob Fisher

ARCH PHOTO
MIA AT
THIS TIME

Arch by: George Virdokiam

GRANBY CAMERA CLUB
MEETING NOTES FOR MAY 4, 2009

Vice President Nancy Canfield chaired our meeting in the absence of Andy Farber.

Nancy opened the meeting by asking each of us to introduce ourselves and tell us what new camera equipment we wanted to purchase next.

Treasurers Report: The current balance is $914.55.

Old Business:

· Simsbury Bank calendar – Discussed the rules and rewards of the Simsbury Bank
annual calendar program. Reminder that bank needs pictures for each month,
and to take pictures with the bank calendar in mind. The more pictures we
submit, the better chance we have of having our pictures selected. Pictures are
submitted to the bank in September.

· Club Forum: Reminder that the Forum is a great place to discuss issues, post
pictures, suggest trips, etc.
Rob suggested we create our own web page rather than rely on the current forum.
Apparently the cost is reasonable. Rob said he would research design options and
cost estimates and report back to us.

· NE Whitewater kayak competition: Rob showed us a slide show of the pictures he took at the NE kayak competition.

· Jeff Feldman: We discussed having Jeff Feldman make a presentation to our club at one of the meetings in the fall of this year or next year. Jeff takes pictures of many Connecticut waterways and recently gave a slide show of his photos to the Simsbury Camera Club. We believe he charges $75.00. The program committee will consider inviting Jeff at their meeting this summer.
An addition to the minutes – only a few members turned in photos for the Library Exhibit. The deadline date for submission for the show has been extended to May 15th. Details about the exhibit are on the forum – turn in the framed photo to the Library (let them know it is for the Exhibit).

New Business:

· Program Committee: At next months meeting we will organize a Program Committee to decide the monthly programs for 2009 – 2010. It was agreed that each of us would bring one idea to next months meeting for the program committee to consider for next year.

Harry has compiled a partial list of past club programs. He will complete the list and post it on the forum for future reference.

· Car Show: There will be an evening car show in Granby every Monday night starting in June. The show will be held on the grounds of Marks Auto Body.

Evening Presentation: Dick O’Donnell – Special Lighting Techniques.

· Tips for sunrises and sunsets:
· Bring a tripod and remote shutter release.
· Neutral density filter.
· Select location – where does sun rise and set.
· Put on manual focus, manual mode or aperture priority
· ISO of 100 or 200.
· Set white balance for twilight mode.
· Don’t look directly through lens at sun – may hurt eyes or sensor in camera.
· Alpenglow – fine particles in atmosphere. Scatters light.
· Can sometimes get the best picture of sunrise or sunset when sun is below the
horizon.
· For sunrises show up about ½ hour before sunrise.
· Meter off to the side of where sun will rise. Then open up one full stop from where
you metered.
· Fog pictures – Lakes and harbors are great. Use a fog filter.
· Look for objects for the focal point in sunrise, sunset and fog pictures.
· Check histograms – Make adjustments as necessary.

Winners of Scavenger Hunt:

ARCH: Trinity – George Virdokiam
SPRING: Stanley Park – Rob
FAVORITE: Pie in face – Rob

Scavenger Hunt words for June:

SPRAY, PATRIOTIC, FAVORITE

Next meeting is June 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM in the Granby Senior Center.

Program for the evening: Rob Fisher – CRITIQUING PHOTOS. Send Rob two photos for the critiquing. Send before Memorial Day.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

April Scavenger hunt winners

Lines by: Rob Fisher
Red by: Rob Fisher

Favorite photo: Invalid photo

Sunday, April 12, 2009

April 6, 2009 – Meeting minutes

GRANBY CAMERA CLUB
MEETING NOTES FOR April 1 ,2009
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President Andy Farber opened the meeting and asked us to introduce ourselves and to tell what we had been taking pictures of this last month.
Treasurer’s Report: Balance: $914.55
Old Business
1. There has been interest in a field trip to the NE Whitewater Championships at Tariffville Gorge. The dates are April 25 and 26. Information can be found on the web site: http://www.frwa.org/ .Check out our forum for car pooling options!
2. Vern collected the pictures for the Kelly Lane Exhibit.
3. Del will be accepting framed 5X7 pictures at the May meeting for the Granby Library Exhibit. These will be up for the month of June and spend the summer exhibited at the Senior Center. Check the forum for more information.
New Business
1. Some new ideas for field trips: Lyme Rock and a Car Exhibit in New York were mentioned. The forum is the place to offer ideas!!!!

Program for the Evening:
Chief Dave Watkins spoke to us about the role of photography in crime investigation. It was very interesting to learn how important photography is and how digital cameras have been integrated into the process. Our many thanks to the Chief for spending such an informative evening with us.

Scavenger Hunt: Winners of this month’s scavenger hunt
Rob won for Red and Lines.
The favorite was taken by either Andy or his son!
Next months word’s: Arch, Spring, and Favorite Photo

Next meeting: May 6, 2009 at the Granby Senior Center at 7 PM
Program: Dick O’Donnell will cover: Special Lighting Techniques

Friday, March 13, 2009

March Scavenger Hunt Winners

Sweet by: Vern Wells
Pink by: Rob Fisher
Favorite by: Vern Wells

March meeting minutes

The March meeting of the Granby Camera Club was canceled due to snow and held on the following Monday.

These notes will be brief as this barrowed laptop has been giving me a real hard time!

Nancy Canfield,our vice president had us all introduce ourselves and tell what the club does for each of us.

Treasurer’s report: total from February:$1,014

Old Business:
Some members went to the ski jumps and orchid show.

New Business
Field Trips:
Many are interested in the races at Tariffville Gorge in April
Kelly Lane Exhibit: Vern will replace the existing pictures. The subject will be flowers.
Next month Nancy, Gene,Paula,Cara,Dick will bring an 8×10 photo for the exhibit.

Scavenger Hunt winners:
Sweet and Favorite: Vern
Pink: Rob

Next Month’s Scavenger Hunt Word:Red, Lines, and Favorite Photo

Program for the Evening was a presentation on critiqueing by Rob. It was excellent. Rob had many pictures that we talked about, covering cropping, ways to adjust color, raw files and how to work with these files.

Next Meeting will be Monday, April 6 at 7 pm at the Granby Senior CenterChief David Watkins will talk about crime photography

Friday, February 06, 2009

Scavenger hunt winners from February 2nd meeting

Chilly by: Rob Fisher
Quick by: Gary Melnysyn
Favorite by: Gary Melnysyn

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

GRANBY CAMERA CLUB
MEETING NOTES FOR February 2,2009
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President Andy Farber opened the meeting and asked us to introduce ourselves and to tell what we had been taking pictures of this last month.
Treasurer’s Report: Balance: $1,014
Old Business
1. The Granby Camera Club Party was a great success.
2. Junior Camera Club
It seems most members and their interested children are just too busy to commit to a specific meeting time. Rob will refund their dues.
3. Program Ideas for next year
Shooting Raw
Harry had a suggestion for a program. Jeff Feldman, www.jeffphotos.com, takes pictures on many of CT waterways. It was decided to have Harry and Dick talk with him and ask him to be our featured speaker the first meeting in September. It would be a nice way to reach out to more nature lovers in the community.
4. The Simsbury Camera Club has opened its program to interested photographers. This Wednesday Jeff Feldman will speak and on the first Wednesday in April Dave Middleton will be the featured speaker.
New Business
1.Field Trips for the month: Check the Forum
Two suggestions: The Salisbury Ski Jump on Saturday Feb 7. This includes an opportunity for a Pancake Breakfast and seeing some Ice Sculpture.
February Flower Show at the CT Convention Center: Feb 19-22 : www.ctflowershow.com
Please check the forum under Outings, Event, and Field Trips if you are interested.
!!!!!!!! !2. Next Month’s Program: Critiquing Photos: We need you to email Rob a picture (attachment) you would like critiqued. Please do this ahead of time so Rob has time to put his presentation together. I am planning on giving him a picture I took that didn’t work and get ideas as to how I should have approached the task!
Program for the Evening: All About Lenses
Gary gave a very informative talk about lenses. He covered digital sensors, lens focal length, digital camera lens types and their best uses, apertures and depth of field. Questions were asked and it was a very informative and enjoyable presentation with lots of things for us to think about as we choose the right lens for the job!

Scavenger Hunt: Winners of this month’s scavenger hunt
Chilly: Rob Quick and Favorite: Gary
Next months word’s: Sweet, Pink, Favorite Photo
Dick will pick next months scavenger hunt words

Next meeting: March 2, 2009 at the Granby Senior Center at 7 PM
Program: Rob Fisher: Critiquing Photographs

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mon Jan 9th Scavanger Hunt Winners

Greeting Card by: Nancy Canfield
Gathering by: Vern Wells
Favorite by: Rob Fisher

Friday, January 09, 2009

GRANBY CAMERA CLUB
MEETING NOTES FOR January 5,2009
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President Andy Farber opened the meeting and asked us to introduce ourselves and to tell what we had been taking pictures of this last month.
Treasurer’s Report: Balance: $795.49
Old Business:
1. Granby Camera Club Holiday Party. The date will be Saturday, January 17, 2009 to be held at Paula and Whitey Johnson’s house at 6 pm. Please email Paula: phj38@cox.net if you and a guest plan to attend. Also let her know what you will bring.
2. Junior Camera Club
It seems most members and their interested children are just too busy to commit to a specific meeting time. Rob will refund their dues. It was suggested they could try to have workshop meetings in the summer.
3. Meeting Sign
The GCC A Frame Sign is being put up on the town green before our meeting and taken down after.
4.Old Camera Equipment
Bob Simmons reported that he sold one camera and its lenses on E-bay. The sale will net the club about $218.
5. Don’t forget to keep up to date on our forum. You will find the programs that the Simsbury Camera Club is offering plus ideas for field trips.
6. If you have a picture that you would like to have the club critique at the meeting please email it to Rob. This is an excellent opportunity for us all to learn!!!!
New Business
1. Harry had a suggestion for a program. Jeff Feldman, www.jeffphotos.com, takes pictures on many of CT waterways. It was decided to have Harry talk with him and ask him to be our featured speaker the first meeting in September. It would be a nice way to reach out to more nature lovers in the community.
Program for the Evening: Action Photography
Dick gave a very thorough presentation on action photography. He covered action in sport, wildlife and adventure. Some of his points to remember:
Make your choice of equipment before you get to site and be familiar with your subject.
Bring items for lens cleaning, extra batteries, cards, camera manual, tri or monopod, and drinking water. Know your camera; choose shooting mode (shutter, aperture, manual) and start with iso of 400. Use your histogram to check exposure, use burst mod and pan your subject to show movement. At the beach protect your camera from salt and water, out in the wild keep a safe distance from your subject, and when shooting sports get down to the playing level.
Scavenger Hunt:Winners of this month’s scavenger hunt
Greeting Card: Nancy / Gathering: Vern / Favorite: Rob
Next month’s words: Chilly, Quick, Favorite Picture
Dick will pick next months scavenger hunt words

Next meeting: February 2, 2009 at the Granby Senior Center at 7 PM
Program: Gary Melnysyn: All about Lenses.

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