Blog Archive 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

MEETING NOTES FOR Dec 3, 2007

GRANBY CAMERA CLUB
MEETING NOTES FOR Dec 3, 2007

Rob opened the meeting, welcomed our guests and asked us to introduce ourselves. The last meeting Rob had asked us to talk about our favorite photograph. Some members brought in theirs to share with the group.

Treasurer’s Report: Balance Dec 3, 2007 $764.59

Old Business:
1. The Simsbury Bank Calendar
The representative from the bank attended to announce that Rob, Lani, and Vern had pictures chosen for the calendar. Congratulations!!!! $ 300 will come to the club through their talent!
2.Kelly Lane School Exhibit
New fall pictures have been hung and Rob will get his picture of Christensen’s pond to Paula to be added to the exhibit.
3. Granby Pub and Grill
They are still waiting but plan on using old pictures from the Salmon Brook Historical Society that Peter had scanned and brought back to life.
4. Club Social
The party will be at Paula’s home on Jan. 19 with a back up date of the 26th. Please let me know if the 19th is bad for you so we can get a feel as to which date works best. We will order a main chicken dish from Kanes and have members bring the rest. At the next meeting Paula will have a sign up sheet to for things to bring and to get ideas as to beverages we all like!

5. Programs Planned
Jan.7: Photographer Wendy Van Welie
We will meet at her studio
Feb.4: The Process of Taking a Picture
Tom Burbank
March 3: Photographing Wildlife
Gary Melnsyn
April 7: Critiquing Photographs
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6. Field Trips
Ideas for December
Bright Lights: Nancy will get information
Wadsworth : Andy will get information
Other Winter Ideas
Ski Jumping in Salsbury: Dick will get information
Eagle Trip: Gary will get information

In June, we will plan a trip to Innisfree Gardens.

7. Projector for viewing images: Now that our treasury has grown it was agreed to look into buying a projector for viewing images. Dick reported that the best price was a Dell and next a Canon. Members are going to google to check out reviews. A good site to check out electronics is: www.newegg.com

Program for the Evening: Digital 102
We had another interesting and informative evening of digital discussion.

Winners for November Scavenger Hunt:
Remember to email Rob your files so they can be put up on the blog!
Opposite: Vern and Lani
Favorite: Aurelle
Hinge: Vern
All winning photos will be posted on our Camera Club blog. The winners and other entrees can be seen at the Granby Senior Center Community Room.

Scavenger Hunt Words for December – Favorite Picture, Frost, Decorations
Please note that it was decided to have the favorite pictures be at least 5×7 or larger. The other categories can be 4×6 and larger. Remember these are pictures you have taken this last month!

Our Next meeting:
Monday, January 7, 2008 at 7:00 PM at Indigo Images, Wendy Van Welie’s studio in Granby.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Addtional Saw Whet Owl Images




Here are some additional images of these diminutive creatures. These owls are approximately 6 inches in height and redefine the word “adorable”. They of course, hunt after dark and fly low to the forest floor in search of voles. They are temporarily netted and particular vitals are documented. After a brief visit with the giant humans they are off and hunting again. I particularly like the phot of Rob holding the stuffed owls they sell to help the banding efforts. :>)

Saw Whet Owl shoot With Gary Melnysyn 11-13-07

Here are some photos that I got while out shooting owls. Animal activists stop writing emails, we were shooting them with our cameras. I would like to say thank you to the fine folks that were banding these beautiful creatures for your very warm hospitality on a clear chilly night. Thank you to Gary as well for sharing this opportunity with me.





Saturday, November 10, 2007

MEETING NOTES FOR Nov. 5, 2007

Rob opened the meeting, welcomed our guests and asked each person to introduce themselves and share with us the favorite photo they have taken and tell us a little bit about it. Next month please bring in that picture for us all to enjoy!

Treasurer’s Report: Balance Nov. 5, 2007 $709.59

Old Business:
1. Fall Photos for Kelly Lane School. Bob, Harry, Nancy, Del, Gary will get their 8×10 photo to the Senior Center by Friday or call and leave at Paula’s house over the weekend.. (As I write, I have photos from Bob, Del, and Harry and Nancy
will get hers to me.)
2. The Simsbury Bank Calendar Contest accepted three of our member’s photos. They were wondering why more of our club members did not participate. If you have any concerns about their rules let Rob know and he will pass them on .
3. Programs Planned
Dec 3: Digital Discussion 102
Continue our questions and discussion.
Jan.7: Photographer Wendy Van Welie
We will meet at her studio
Feb.4: The Process of Taking a Picture
Tom Burbank
March 3: Photographing Wildlife
Gary Melnsyn
April 7: Critiquing Photographs
4. Club Social will be held in January. We will pick a date and details at the next meeting.
5. Field Trips
Gary will research information.for an eagle photo opportunity on the CT River in Jan or Feb.
In June, we will plan a trip to Innisfree Gardens.

New Business:
1. Projector for viewing images: Now that our treasury has grown it was agreed to look into buying a projector for viewing images. Dick will look into prices etc. Kerry confirmed our Granby tax free status.

Program for the Evening: Digital 101
Our discussion ranged from media cards, camera lens, and file sizes. Most of us shot using J Peg, which is a 8 bit file. Tiff is also a 8 bit file but non compressed so you have more of the original information. Raw is a 12 bit file and records all information the camera sees. It allows more editing before working in either jpeg or tiff.
All agreed that it was important to save your original pictures, unedited. Rename your file and start your editing.

Winners for September Scavenger Hunt:
Remember to email Rob your files so they can be put up on the blog!
Abstract: Rob
Favorite: Gary
Spooky: Nancy
All winning photos will be posted on our Camera Club blog. The winners and other entrees can be seen at the Granby Senior Center Community Room.

Scavenger Hunt Words for November
Favorite Picture, Hinge, Opposites
Please note that it was decided to have the favorite pictures be at least 5×7 or larger. The other categories can be 4×6 and larger. Remember these are pictures you have taken this last month!

Our Next meeting:
Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 PM at the Granby Senior Center.
Program: Digital Discussion 102
Bring your camera and manual. We will break into groups and explore our cameras!
Email Rob with your questions or bring them with you.

November Scavenger hunt winners

Spooky by: Nancy Canfield
Abstract by: Rob Fisher
Favorite by: Gary Melnysyn

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Scavenger hunt winners from Oct 1, 2007 meeting

Fence: by Del Shilkret

Distortion (Tie): by Lani Ralston

 

Distortion (Tie): by Rob Fisher

 

 

Favorite: by Rob Fisher

Friday, October 05, 2007

GRANBY CAMERA CLUB
MEETING NOTES FOR Oct 1, 2007
http://granbycameraclub.blogspot.com

Rob opened the meeting and asked each member to introduce themselves and share which shooting modes( Auto,P,A,S,M) they use.
Treasurer’s report: Balance Oct. 1,2007 $699.59

Old Business:
1. The pictures that are hung at Kelly Lane School will stay until Nov. At that time we will put up pictures we have taken of the fall colors. They should be 8×10 unmatted pictures of fall colors. We can put up six pictures so please let Paula know if you would like yours in the display. Pease bring them to the Nov. meeting. Rob will make name- plates for each of us for our pictures.
2. Three photo contest opportunities:
Simsbury Bank Calendar: Rob will deliver our entries.
Holcomb Farm Contest: Go to their web page for rules and entry form. www.Holcombfarm.org
Granby Land Trust Art Show: Check out their web page for information: www.Granbylandtrust.org
3. Club Social will be held at Paula’s house on Sat., Nov.10. We will do finger food and plan what we bring at the next meeting.

New Business:
1.Programs Planned
Nov.: Digital Discussion101
Bring in your camera and questions
Dec 3: Digital Discussion 102
Continue our questions and discussion.
Jan.7 : Photographer Wendy Van Weli
Paula will contact Wendy after the artists weekend!
Feb.4: The Process of Taking a Picture
Tom Burbank

2. Other Program Ideas
Matting,
Making $ with Photography,
Introduction to Photoshop Workshop using the Drummer computers to get a feel for what it can do!
Digital Ideas: exploring our Menus, types of files( raw, j peg, tiff), white balance, using your histogram.
Indoor photography with and with out a flash
Tripods
Organizing our pictures in the computer
The Process of taking a picture

3. Field Trips: Please share with Rob any ideas for field t rips.
Del will organize a trip to Innisfree Gardens
Please bring in some more ideas!
4. Andrea and Rob will email to our interest and level of expertise for Photoshop.
That will give us a better idea how to set up a program on Photoshop.
5. Yahoo Groups: Andrea will set up the club with a Camera Club yahoo group. Keep your eye out for her email and an invitation to join from Yahoo.
Program for the Evening: How your Camera Catches Light
Rob Fisher, Dick O’Donnell, and Vern Wells gave a very informative presentation from that covered the three important factors in controlling Light!

ISO : level of sensitivity to light :on the digital camera’s sensor and of your film .

Shutter Speed: Amount of time the shutter opens to record light. Rules are the same for digital and film cameras.

Aperture: Is the hole, an opening in the lens through which light passes to a digital camera’s sensor or film camera’s film A diaphram constructed of flat blades opens and closes to control the amount of light.

The relationship of these three will control what our camera records. It was an excellent program and gave us all a lot to think about as we use our cameras.
Thanks again to Vern, Rob, and Dick!

Program: Winners for September Scavenger Hunt:
Fence: Del,
Distortion: Lani, Rob
Favorite: Rob
All winning photos will be posted on our Camera Club blog. The winners and other entrees can be seen at the Granby Senior Center Community Room.

Scavenger Hunt Words for October
Favorite Picture, Abstract, Spooky
Please note that it was decided to have the favorite pictures be at least 5×7 or larger. The other categories can be 4×6 and larger.

Our Next meeting:
Monday, November 5 at 7:00 PM at the Granby Senior Center.
Program: Digital Discussion 101
Bring your camera and questions!

Monday, September 17, 2007

September 2007 meeting minutes

Rob opened the meeting and asked each member to introduce themselves and to give their thoughts about what they want to gain from this years meetings.

Treasurers report: Balance Sept 10, 2007 $ 619.59

Old Business:
1. The Camera Club exhibit at the Library in June was a great success. After it was taken down the pictures were hung in the community room at the Senior Center. They will stay there until our next meeting in Oct. All decided they would like to do the same next year in June. Del will pass on the information to Joan Fox at the Library.
Congratulation to Peter Dinella, whose picture was chosen for the new library card.
2. The pictures that are hung at Kelly Lane School will stay until Nov. At that time we will put up pictures we have taken of the fall foliage.
3. Three photo contest opportunities:
Simsbury Bank Calendar: Rob will email the rules. Your CD with your pictures and 4×6 prints need to be left at the Senior Center by the end of Sept.
Holcomb Farm Contest: Paula will email the rules.
Granby Land Trust Art Show: Check out their web page for information
4. Club Social will be held at Paula’s house with a Nov. date to be firmed up at the next meeting.
5. The Granby Grill is still looking for some pictures for their walls as they get ready for opening. Peter suggested using some of the old historic pictures that have been scanned from the Historical Society files. If you have Granby pictures that you would like to share put small jpeg files on a cd and contact Rob.
6. There seems to be a lot of interest in learning about Photo Shop. We will continue the discussion as to how we manage this. One option would be to use the Drummer computers when available. The Senior Center lab has an older version of Elements that the club bought. It might also be possible to have someone come in and teach an introduction using a computer and screen.

New Business:
1. Elections of Officers
President: Rob Fisher
Vic-President: Harry Fischer
Secretary: Paula Johnson
Treasurer: Del Shilkret
2.Dues: $10 for Granby residents and $15 for non Granby residents.
Dues were collected and 07-08 stickers added to our Senior Center Cards.
3.Meeting time has been changed to 7pm.
4. Rob’s email survey concerning our wishes for programs for this year.
There were four responses who said they like the scavenger hunt and want more critiquing and field trips. Please share with Rob any ideas for field trips.
5. Scavenger Hunt: Words will be coordinated by Vern and Maddie.

6.Program ideas for the year were discussed.
Oct.: How your Camera Catches Light
Nov.: Digital Talk
Other ideas; Wendy Van Welie, Matting, Making $ with Photography,
Introduction to Photoshop Workshop. Please share your ideas
and help our program committee!
7. Field Trips: Please share with Rob any ideas for field t rips.

Program: Our program centered around our scavenger hunt using Peter’s assessment criteria.
Winners for Summer Scavenger Hunt: Favorite: Rob’s two pictures
Performance: Paula, and Summer: Rob
All winning photos will be posted on our Camera Club blog. The winners and other entrees can be seen at the Granby Senior Center Community Room.

Scavenger Hunt Words for September
Favorite Picture, Fence, Distortion
Please note that it was decided to have the favorite pictures be at least 5×7 or larger. The other categories can be 4×6 and larger.

Our Next meeting:
Monday, October 1 at 7:00 PM at the Granby Senior Center. Program: How Your Camera Catches Light

Friday, September 14, 2007

September scavenger hunt winners

Favorite (tie): by Rob Fisher

Performance : by Paula Johnson

 

 

Summer : by Rob Fisher
Favorite (tie): by Rob Fisher

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Selling your old film cameras, etc.

I recently had a very good experience selling ALL my old film equipment, lenses, strobe, and a D100 Nikon digital camera. I got a good price. The New York oufits I called didn’t even want to discuss buying my stuff.

I got this organization thru the Nikonian web site.

It’s:

usedcamerabuyer.com for an online quote.

(866)735-5444 x27

Monday, August 27, 2007

NIKON D100 – SOLD

Ignore my previous e-mail. The camera and lens have been sold.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Nikon D100 plus 28-200 lens FOR SALE

This is a 6.1 megapixel digital single lens reflex camera in outstanding condition. It includes a Nikkor 28-200 lens, two batteries, a charger, and a memory card. A perfect way to get started in digital photography or graduate from the snap shot, digital point-and-shoot world that immediately defines you as an amateur!
This limited offer to only GCC Blog readers will not last forever.
All for $450. Compare to ebay prices, but buy from someone you know.
Why am I selling it? I own a Nikon D200 and don’t need an extra DSLR.
Note: A decent point-and-shoots will cost at least $350.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

A-10 Landing – 160 knots

Taken at about 100 feet with a Nikon D200 using a Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR lens. Set camera for continuous high-speed shutter and continuous focus at about 1/400 sec., ISO 200.
Plane passed me going about 160 knots according to the pilot.
I has special permission to be on the median between two runways.
The plane is an A-10 designed to knock out tanks with 30mm rapid -fire canon in the nose. You’ve seen it at the Granby Memorial Day Parade flyovers.
The plane was flown by my neighbor.
The tire smoke was supplied at my request.
This plane is a flying gray card, so white balance was a snap.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Kayakers

More pictures from Tariffville gorge

Harry



Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Kayaks in Tarrifville

We went down to Tarrifville and shot some folks from Westfield Water Sports on the whitewater. You can learn more about them at www.weu.com.







Sunday, June 10, 2007

June scavenger hunt winners

Flower – Del Shilkret

Weathervane – Del Shilkret

Favorite – Rob Fisher

Thursday, June 07, 2007

MEETING NOTES FOR June 4, 2007

Rob opened the meeting and asked us to all to introduce ourselves with a comment about what we most like to photograph. A new visitor was Chris Larsen.

Treasurers report: Balance June 5, 2007 $681.80

Old Business:
1. Granby Library Card Pictures
It was noted that Peter Dinella has submitted a picture and the Library board and Joan Fox have not chosen the picture they will use for the new card.
2. Library Photography Exhibit
The exhibit is in place and will remain for the month of June so make sure you all stop in to see it. Job well done!
3. Kelly Lane Photography Exhibit
The pictures are hung and can stay until we decide to replace them.
4. Simsbury Calendar
Don’t forget to be taking pictures for next years calendar. The guide lines for submissions will be posted on the blog. The photos need to be ready early September.

New Business:
1. A program committee was formed to plan next year’s programs. Dick, Nancy, Tom, and Rob agreed to serve! Please do some brain- storming and let them know what you would like!!!!!!!
2.Field Trip Planned
Kayaking at the Tariffville Gorge field trip has been planned. Those interested in joining this trip meet at the Granby Senior Center on Wednesday, June 13 at 5:15 pm to car pool. Bring insect repellent and your camera gear!
3.If anyone is interested in a field trip to Stanley Park email Rob to coordinate a time etc.
4. We will plan a social for the fall.
Program:
Vern gave an excellent presentation on Composition using his study guide and slides to demonstrate the principles for improving the composition of our photographs! Thanks Vern!!!!!!

Winners for May Scavenger Hunt:
Flowers and Weathervane: Del
Favorite: Rob Fisher
All winning photos will be posted on our Camera Club blog. The winners and other entrees can be seen at the Granby Senior Center Community Room.
Scavenger Hunt Words for Summer: Performance, Summer and Favorite.
Please note that it was decided to have the favorite pictures be at least 5×7 or larger. The other categories can be 4×6 and larger.

Our Next meeting: Monday, September 10 at 7:30 PM at the Granby Senior Center. Program to be announced.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

MEETING NOTES FOR May 7, 2007

GRANBY CAMERA CLUB
MEETING NOTES FOR May 7, 2007

Rob opened the meeting and asked us to all to introduce ourselves with a comment about any photographic web sites we like.
Nikonians.org, Goggle, Our blog, KenRockwell.com, Kodak.com, Adobe.com Bytephoto.com, Pbase.com

Treasurers report: Balance May 7, 2007 $681.80

Old Business:
1. Granby Library Card Pictures
Joan Fox would like some more pictures to choose from. Remember that the library information will be printed over the picture. Please leave your 4×6 pictures at the Library for Joan.
2. Library Photography Exhibit
Each club member is asked to bring in:
2 photos 5×7 matted in black frames
1 photo 8×10 matted in black frames
If you wish you may also bring in 4×6 matted in a black frame.
The pictures need to be brought to the Senior Center Office by Wednesday, May23. If you have any questions email Rob! paintblr@cox.net
3. Kelly Lane Photography Exhibit
We will hang six 8×10 photos at Kelly Lane. It was decided we would have nature/animal theme. Maddie, Dick, and Del will leave their unframed pictures at the Senior Center for Paula to pick up by Wednesday May 23. Rob and Paula will also have pictures and Gary will be asked also.
4. Simsbury Calendar
The Bank asked if we were willing to resubmit our pictures from last year. Those of us that participated in the contest agreed to this suggestion.
Don’t forget to be taking pictures for next years calendar.

New Business:
1. It was recommended and voted that we donate $50 to Fidelco Guide Dogs in Gretchen Orr’s memory.
2. A program committee was formed to plan next year’s programs. Dick, Nancy, Tom, and Rob agreed to serve! Please do some brain- storming and let them know what you would like!!!!!!!
3.Field Trips
A trip to Stanley Park in Westfield was discussed. Email Rob if you are interested and give him some ideas as to day and time.
Harry and Andrea will get more information about the Kayaking at the Tariffville Gorge, so a field trip can be planned.

Program:
Rick Matheny gave a most informative talk on Macro Photography.
Some of the highlights:
Informative book on macro photography: Close Up in Nature by John Shaw
Equipment needed:
Study tripod and Camera
Lens with a macro setting. Rick recommends 100-200 focal length.
Focusing Rail
Flash and flash bracket that can be positioned as needed
Optional equipment
Close up lens
Extension tubes
Teleconverter
Bellows
Biggest Challenges
What should be in focus (focal point)
Light: always add one stop, use fill flash
Movement: use a shutter release cable or self-timer

Winners for April Scavenger Hunt:
Flow: (TIE) Nancy Canfield & Rob Fisher
Falling: Nancy Canfield
Favorite: Rob Fisher
All winning photos will be posted on our Camera Club blog. The winners and other entrees can be seen at the Granby Senior Center Community Room.

Scavenger Hunt Words for May: Flower, Weather Vanes, and Favorite.
Please note that it was decided to have the favorite pictures be at least 5×7 or larger. The other categories can be 4×6 and larger.

Our Next meeting : 7:30 PM at the Granby Senior Center.

Programs: June 4: Composition – Vern Wells
Vern prepared a very comprehensive study guide for the program. If you did not get one let me know and we can leave some at the Senior Center Office for you.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Want to learn how to take Panoramas?

Enders Falls panorama.
You need a tripod, levels, Photoshop, and a digital camera.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Ender’s Fall Early Morning…best times?

This was taken early in the morning on a hot and humid summer day. Has anybody taken photos of Enders at sunrise/sunset? What’s it like? Best times?

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Fun making panoramas

Stephen & Nancy Hayes house and goat farm on North Granby Road. I stitched about 6 photos together to get this shot. Panoramas are good to document farms, etc. to show entire farm rather than pieces. It would be impossible to get this shot except with a fisheye lens, but that distorts and is not apporopriate for this kind of work. This photo covers about 180 degrees.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Rob over Enders

Ignoring his imminent plunge into oblivion, Rob pauses to smile for the camera!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Enders Falls

Enders Falls last weekend –

Monday, April 23, 2007

Bo, #493, and his buddies want out!

Local farm scene. The younger crowd is not satisfied behind bars.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Indoor Lighting

I’ve had some fun recently learning the art/science of indoor lighting. Using two umbrella flood lights and a bounce flash, I took this photo of my niece’s son. One-year old skin is a real challenge and without soft lighting I would have never captured it. It’s worth thinking about expanding your understanding of all light situations. Wendie Van Welie helped me to better understand the intricacies of this type of lighting.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Storm waters

This is a photo of the Crag at Siver Street and Rt 189 in North Granby on 4-16-07. Totally full.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

“Blazing a Trail”

In my last post I referred, erroneously, to the falls on Firetown Road as “White Blazes.” More accurately, “blazes” are the marks on a tree to indicate a trail. Now, at least, I know the derivation of the expression “blazing a trail.” My ignorance from the misfortunes of living in New Jersey for 62 years.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Idiot-Proof Directions to “White Blazes” – Firetown Road

I know these directions are idiot proof because I wrote them! After several failed attempts to find the falls, I finally did…with my ears.
Anyway, the falls (White Blazes) are exactly 2.0 miles after making the right turn onto Firetown Road off Simsbury Road. On the left there will be a sign reading “Eddy Loop Trail” – McLean Game Preserve. There are spaces for about 4-6 cars.
The falls are across the street (compass reading 240 degree SW). You’ll hear them.
I took this photo with a polarizer, a split neutral density filter, using a 17mm. Nikkor lens. Bring boots.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Andrea’s Photo – Mary Edwards Property

Mary Edwards Birch, Storm Sky

This is the photo that Peter refers to below. A nearly black storm sky to the north, and sun coming through the clouds to the south, lit the tree in a striking way against the dark sky. This kind of lighting can’t be arranged. You just have to be willing to chase it when it happens, and have your camera ready.

Scavenger hunt winners from April 2

Clouds: Rob Fisher

Favorite: Paula Johnson

Frozen: Rob Fisher

MEETING NOTES FOR April 2, 2007

GRANBY CAMERA CLUB

Rob opened the meeting and asked us to all to introduce ourselves with a comment about camera equipment we wish to buy or sell.
We have another two new members who joined tonight. Welcome to Georgianna Kaleen and Tom Burbank

Treasurers report: Balance May 7, 2007 $681.80
$735.27 on hand (4/2/07)

Income:
Dues Collected:
Granby Resident: Georgianna Killeen (check) $10
Out of Town: Tom Burbank (cash) $15
Expenses:
Dues to Senior Center: $15
Frames( pd to Paula Johnson) $63.47

Total Cash: $760.27
Expenses: $78.47

Old Business:
1. Del received Pictures from club members to give to the Granby Library as they design a new card.
2. Rob will coordinate a picture display at the Granby Library. We can use the new frames and mats that were purchased.
3. Kelly Lane would also like a picture display. It was decided we would set that up after the Library display, using the same frames. How often we change the pictures is up to the club. Paula will coordinate. We plan to put up pictures before September.

New Business:
1. Rob will organize a field trip to the McLean and Enders Falls.
Program:
Using the new criteria for evaluation sheet that Peter designed we broke up into four groups. Each group was given a photo from the Simsbury Calendar and we judged it using the evaluation sheet. Each group reported its decision to the others and theere was lots of good conversation. It was an excellent way to really study a photo and we all felt it would help us as we take our shots. Thanks Peter for a job w ell done!

Winners for March Scavenger Hunt:
Clouds and Frozen: Rob Fisher
Favorite: Paula Johnson
All winning photos will be posted on our Camera Club blog. The winners and other entrees can be seen at the Granby Senior Center Community Room.

Scavenger Hunt Words for April: Falling, Flow, and Favorite.
Please note that it was decided to have the favorite pictures be at least 5×7 or larger. The other categories can be 4×6 and larger.

Our Next meetings are: 7:30 PM at the Granby Senior Center.
Programs
May 7: May 7: Macro Photography
Rick Matheny

June 4: Composition
Vern Wells

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

This is better…light again

This photo was processed in LAB mode and a standard watercolor filter applied, as provided by Photoshop CS2. Mary Edwards property, 4/3/07. Light-subject-background-conditions.

Andrea’s Tree at Mary Edwards-My lens test

I tested my new 18-70 Nikon lens today on the the same tree Andrea photographed and showed us yesterday. While I’m pleased with the results the lens provided, the photo can’t come close to Andrea’s . Her composition with that sky shows how important light is to the overall visual impact of a photograph, among other things.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Spring is here!

Need proof? Here it is.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Granby Police v. Harlem Rockets

Taken in HS gym today with Nikon D200 and 70-200 Nikkor VR lens. Shot with 1200 ISO and built-in flash.
The balcony is the place to take photos at the gym.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Just bought Nikon Coolpix P5000

I tested my new Nikon (see photo) and was pleased with the color and clarity (10MP). I wanted a serious point-and-shoot in case I captured a good shot. Previously, I used a 6MP Canon P&S but was not satisfied with the color. The P5000 used the Nikon D80 color chip/software and produces the color I am used to.
While it does not replace the fun of shooting with a DSLR, try putting one in your pocket!
Working with a 10 MP P&S is a delight.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Alert! Costco Photo Paper

Costo photo paper, which I highly recommended at one of our meetings, has switched suppliers.

Formerly, the paper was made in Switzerland (125 sheets) and now it is made in the USA (150 sheets) – same price.

I did a quality check and found no difference between the Swiss and the US paper.

I tested the US paper on an Epson R1800 printer against know color pattern prints and found no difference.

Bottom line: 25 more sheets for the same price; I will continue to buy.

This quality control service brought to you by Granby Camera Club Research Department (GCCRD)
Peter Dinella, VP Quality Research GCC

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Light rules!

Same scene; different day.
The light was better today, and you can see the difference compared to the previous day when the light was bluer/overcast.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Shoot panoramas-people ove them

This is at Mary Edwards Pond today. Seven images merged. Hand held using Nikon D100.

Scavenger Hunt Winners for March

Favorite(tie): Gary Melnysyn
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Favorite(tie): Dick O’Donnell
Red: Rob Fisher

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Wood: Gary Melnysyn

Spring is coming

And Winter is almost gone. Granby stream near McLean taken on Sunday.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Granby Oak 100 years ago

I’m going to submit this photo along with others to the library regardless of their “No Granby Oak” position.

I think it would be interesting to have some historic photos on the card and tie in with the Salmon Brook Historical Society.

 

Friday, March 09, 2007

MEETING NOTES FOR March 5, 2007

Rob opened the meeting and asked us to all to introduce ourselves with a comment about the type of photographs we like to take.

We have another new member who joined tonight. Welcome Nancy Canfield!

Treasurers report: $735.27 on hand
Dues collected: $10.00

Old Business:
1.We have adjusted our programs for the remaining months this year:
April 2: Critiquing with Peter
Using the Simsbury Calendar we will break up into groups and use our new Assessment Criteria to critique the pictures.
May 7: Macro Photography
Rick Matheny
June 4: Composition
Vern Wells
New Business:
1. Granby Library has asked the Club to submit photos to use for their new library cards. Bring up to three photos, 4×6 in size. Remember that the cards will be 3×4 or wallet size so take that into consideration as you chose a photo. The pictures should be a Granby picture and preferably not the Oak or Library( per Granby Library Board)!
2.The Kelly Lane Principal, Bob Gilbert called and asked if the Club would like to hang pictures in the entry area of the school. Paula will call him and get more information as to the security of the pictures, how many we hang, and how often we would need to change them. She will also go to Michaels and buy several 11×14 frames that could be used so we would only need to change the picture.
3. The Granby Chamber of Commerce has asked if the Club would contribute Granby pictures for their Web Page. Peter will follow up and get more information: how do we get our pictures to them and could we hyper-link the pictures back to our blog?
4. The Holcomb Farm has expressed an interest in pictures by the club. Paula will follow up.
5. Don’t forget: Our blog has links to member’s web pages.
6. Field Trips: no new ideas so keep thinking!
7. Gary suggested we check out: HawkWatch.com

Winners for February Scavenger Hunt are:
Wood: Gary Melnysyn
Red: Rob Fisher
Favorite: Gary Melnysyn amd Dick O’Donnell
All winning photos will be posted on our Camera Club blog. The winners and other entrees can be seen at the Granby Senior Center Community Room.

Scavenger Hunt Words for March: Frozen, Clouds, and Favorite.

Next meeting is April 2 at 7:30 PM at the Granby Senior Center.
Program: Critiquing with Peter
Using the Simsbury Calendar we will break up into groups and use our new Assessment Criteria to critique the pictures.

New! 10MP Nikon Coolpix P5000 Camera-$400

This is tempting for Nikon owners who want a point-and-shoot they can carry around without lugging a 10 lb. camera bag loaded with SLR stuff. It’s 10 MP and has an ISO of 64 for those big enlargements. While it doesn’t handle RAW, the JPG files are processed with the same engine that’s in the Nikon D80 SLR.

Google it for more information.

I may get one and dump my Canon point-and-shoot.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Roadmap to Outstanding Photos

This model is tied in with our assessment form and basic photo concepts. The guidelines in and around the arrow are processes; the result is an outcome – Visual Impact.
Without Visual Impact you have nothing but a snapshot. That’s the conclusion I came to after working on this model.
Comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome. Models are models not litany, so don’t be shy.

Connecticut Flower Show – March 07





Here are some photos from the exhibit of winning flower displays:

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Composition Website

Get ready for the GCC presentation on “composition” by reading about the subject at the following site: http://photoinfo.com It contains a Photo Composition Articles library.

The third article entitled “Guidelines for Better Photographic Images” is a good start.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

I gave it a perfect “Assessment” Score of 36 – Agree?

Here’s how I (assessed/rated/critiqued/evaluated/) the attached photograph:
COMPOSIOTION – 9
VISUAL IMPACT – 9
TECHNICAL – 9
CREATIVITY/ORIGINALITY – 9
TOTAL POINTS – 36 (Perfect Score)
I wish this were my photograph. It’s Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona by Ansel Adams.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Microsoft Office Picture Manager

If you buy the new Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 software, you also get MS Office Picture Manager with it . A pretty good package to get your digital photos in shape…simple…and pretty sophisticated/powerful. One caveat: it only works with JPEG files, but that’s what most people shoot anyway. Very intuitve; quick learning curve.
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