2016

St. James' Camera Club July 2016

Meeting Minutes

 

Tuesday July 12,  2016

 

  • Fieldtrips: Vanderbilt Mansion Nat’l Historic Site - Wednesday July 13th 9 AM

  • Glen Arden Exhibit, “Spur of the Moment”, meet the photographers reception,

 on Sunday July 17th  (3 - 4 PM) in the Renaissance Room in the main building. Each photographer will be doing a short talk about their image during the reception. Guests will include Glen Arden residences. 

Jack Miller sold an image from the show.  Congratulations!

  • Next month - Greg will cover “How to print your Photographs”. How to choose the best quality

 inks, paper, settings output resolution, printer options to use and how to scale your image to fit your desired frame size, etc. Bring in one printed photo for discussion.    

  • Guest Speaker lined up for September is Joe Brady  

  • John treasurer - dues collected - treasury at $1000

  • Ron encouraged members to participate in the Orange County Fair's Photography Contest

  • July’s Theme was, “Piles”

 

  • Guest speaker:  George Smyth

 

Topic of discussion:  George discussed the Bromoil Process and offered examples of the combination of digital negatives with 19th and early 20th century printing techniques.

Lumen prints using expired photographic paper was discussed. George gave us a brief overview of an old camera-less process. He also left us with a box of old photographic paper to try Lumen printing at home.

Visit George’s web page at:   www.GeorgeSmyth.com   see this link on how to make a Bromoil Print

http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/processes/bromoils/making-a-bromoil-print

Visit George’s web site http://glsmyth.com/  HandMade Photographic Images

 

 

ST. JAMES CAMERA CLUB

June 2016

MEETING MINUTES

 

 

  • New members -   The membership welcomed 5 new members to our club.  

 

  • Fieldtrips: Mary & Larry R. for June and July

Dave Albrecht’s photo shoot on the Hudson took place June 11th   

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, located in Hyde Park, NY - Wednesday, 7/13 9AM

Note: Please inform trip organizers Marry & Larry if you are attending, also if at the event you plan on exploring the

rounds on your own please inform the organizers!

  • Guest Speakers: July’s guest speaker will be George Smythe.  September’s guest speaker will be Joe Brady

       And we have professional bird photographer lined up for fall.

 

  • Members donated images for Gardens of Goshen Tour and Fundraiser for St. James’ Church.

       Dana, Eric and Carl volunteered to photo shoot Garden Tour event for John, for next year’s next year's event.

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  • Glen Arden Exhibit hanging at 1PM on June 23rd.  If you cannot make the 23rd bring your images on the 22nd at 7pm

  • and Jack Miller will meet you at the St. James Church parking lot.

  • New submissions were juried - inform Jack Miller of any new images that will be shown at the Glen Arden exhibit.  All other submissions should be from the Warwick exhibit only.

  • If you submitted new work that was previewed at our Tuesday meeting you need to get your titles and prices to Jack

  • this week or by Monday.  If you are new at exhibiting and we don’t have a bio for you please contact Sheila. 

          

   The Orange County Fair Photo contest is in the month of July. For those interested in competing in this

             contest, you can get details and the entry forms at: Orange County Fair - 239 Wisner Avenue –

             Middletown, NY - 10940. http://www.orangecountyfair.com/premium_book/  Click on Entry and entry book. 

             Entry forms will be accepted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday -Friday, at the Orange

      County Fair Office.

  • Greg Miller’s Workshop Series VI Topic “Lens’ Explained”

Greg brought in several lenses’ he uses and explained how and why some are good for landscape, portraiture or Macro work,

from zoom lens’ to prime lens’. Greg went over how to understand everything about camera lenses, which can be very

difficult starting out. Topics covered included zoom lenses, prime lenses, wide angle, mid range, and telephoto lenses.

As well as focal length, how to achieve the best depth of field, Bokéh, UV filters, and all the rings, switches, buttons and

what they do. And there was an open discussion on what all the letters and numbers on your lens mean and how

to care for your lens’.  Thank you Greg!

  • Members Theme's & Images from Greg Miller's Harriman field trip were critiqued.

  • New submissions for Glen Arden Exhibit – were previewed and all were accepted to show.

  • August Theme: is  “Roads”   Also check out the clubs web page for the latest assignment that you can do any time. www.sjccny.org

Minutes taken by: Tom Mormile for SJCC    

St. James' Camera Club May 2016

MEETING MINUTES

 

Renée (club Pres) called the meeting to order at 7:15 pm and welcomed everyone.  She invited the new attendees to

sign-in to get emails and the agendas for upcoming meetings.

 

The members reported that the HV Photography Network Workshop at MSMC had good content, but due to the sound

system failure it was difficult to follow.  Renée reported that the continued support by the major sponsors is based upon

attendance at these conferences; Sigma may not be able to support the program as it has in the past.  Therefore, the

cost for the conference in the future will probably be greater than $26.

 

Treasurer John , urged anyone that has not paid their dues to do so as soon as possible. They are now overdue. 

 

John is collecting donations of any 8 x10, matted photo for door prizes for the Goshen Garden Tour Auction.  This is the club’s way to show appreciation for the use of their meeting room every month.  Bring photos to the May and June meetings.

 

Pete , guest speaker co-coordinator, reported that he is working on a guest speaker for the June and July meetings.

 

Larry, field trip co-coordinator, passed out a schedule for upcoming field trips and signup sheets for each event. Signup is recommended so we know you are coming and will look for you.  

 

SJCCNY.ORG

 

Renée reported that the club’s webpage is a valuable resource.  She showed the page and the new tabs, Calendar, Events, Agenda and Meeting Minutes, Themes, Assignments, Photography Tips, List of popular Photography books and Exhibit Guidelines. Many new members have contacted us via our web page. She emphasized that we always want feedback and suggestions.  (www.sjccny.org)

 

New members that wish to have an image posted to the page need to contact Renée.

Please consider your submissions and only submit your best images in high resolution.

 

Greg Miller’s Workshop Series Presentation

Greg continued his monthly lessons with a presentation about Layer Masks in Photoshop.

 

Member Photos

The grouped reviewed and critiqued member photos of themes and other images. Image of the month will be posted

to the clubs Facebook page banner. Pete's image of fruit, using a “light painting” technique was selected as image of

the month and was posted to the banner.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted by

Jay Beaumont

Vice-President

 

 

ST. JAMES’ CAMERA CLUB APRIL 2016

MEETING MINUTES

 

Vice-President Jay Beaumont called the meeting to order at 7:15 pm and welcomed everyone.  He invited the new attendees to sign-in to get emails and the agendas for upcoming meetings.

(Renée was on vacation and not in attendance at this meeting )

 

There were two new members – Samuel and Chip 

Jay introduced Larry Randall and Mary Shields, who passed out a schedule for upcoming field trips.  Please see the attached sheet.  They also reported that there is appending trip with Dave Albrecht to the West shore of the Hudson River, North of the “Walkway over the Hudson”.  Larry and Mary are working with Dave to finalize the date.  It will be around June 19th.  Date needs to be confirmed with Dave, a notice will go out prior to the event 

 

Gardens of Goshen Tour and Fundraiser for St. James’ Church

John Strobl is collecting donations of 8x10, matted photos for door prizes for the Goshen Garden Tour Auction.  This is the club’s way to show appreciation for the use of their meeting room every month.  Bring photos to the May and June meetings.

 

Warwick Exhibit

Ron Weathers prepared a binder with the comments the public made about the photographs in the exhibit.  The binder was passed around and Ron gave individual sheets to each of the exhibitors.

 

Upcoming Spring Photography Conference

 

Renée announced at last month’s meeting, that the Hudson Valley Photography Network is supporting the Canon & Sigma sponsored, Spring Photography Conference, this year on May 7th, at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh. To register go to: http://hvphotonet.org/MAY_7__2016_CONFEREN.php.

 

Deadline for Pre-registration is May 1st. ($26.00 includes lunch).  At the door fee is $26.00 without lunch.  Conference starts at 9 am and runs till 4 pm.    

 

Jack Miller and Linda Fairweather volunteered to staff the SJCC table during breaks and before the programs begin.

 

Two well known photographers will present.

  • David FitzSimmons is one of nine “Sigma Pro” photographers in North America. He founded FitzSimmons Photography 17 years ago, committing to artistic integrity and environmental conservation. He will explore the world of landscape photography through subject, composition, technique, and art history.    www.fitzsimmonsphotography.com

  • Parish Kohanim, a Canon Explorer of Light photographer since 1994, will be discussing the importance of proper composition, unconventional lighting, techniques for creating dynamic visual impact and getting the most naturally posed portraits. Throughout his presentation, he will point out and share some simple and fresh techniques and tips on how to make your pictures stand out from the crowd. He will take you behind the scenes of some of his major assignments and discuss his approach and methodology for making any assignment or shot a success. www.parishkohanim.com/home.html 

 

Pete Strickland announced that the Professional Photographers of New York State has their convention and trade show at Villa Roma on April 2-4, 2016.

 

 

Video presentation by member Al Konikowski

 

Al, shared a video compilation of the photos he takes at Warwick High School Football games, entitled “Best of Warwick Football 2015”.

 

Greg Miller’s Workshop Series for April - Topic: “Black and White in the field and in the digital darkroom”.

 

Next month’s presentation will be about “Layer Masks”.

 

Member Photos

The grouped reviewed and critiqued member photos.

 

April Theme

The theme for May is “Openings”.

 

Also see the “Assignments” Tab under the “Themes” Tab to challenging photo assignments.

 

Our club web page   www.sjccny.org

 

Respectfully Submitted by

Jay Beaumont

Vice-President

 

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ST. JAMES CAMERA CLUB MARCH 2016

MEETING MINUTES

 

President Renée Zernitsky called the meeting to order at 7:07 pm and welcomed everyone.  She invited the new attendees to sign-in to submit their emails and we will send them the agenda for upcoming meetings.

Renée introduced the officers and the membership chairwoman.  She also reminded everyone that 2016 dues are now overdue.  (does not apply to new members)

 

Questionnaire results:

Vice President Jay Beaumont tabulated the results of the questionnaire that was distributed at the last meeting and reviewed the results.  All members received the tabulation via email.  It will serve as a great guide as the club plans future workshops and activities.

 

Members who signed up for a committee need to contact Renée.

 

Club Donation to Goshen Garden Tour & Luncheon 2016 @ the St. James’ Episcopal Church

 

Our clubs treasurer, John Strobl who is also very active in the St. James’ Church, is collecting donations for the Goshen Garden Tour Auction. Each year we give back to the church to say thanks for letting us use the Parrish hall for our club meetings, for over 14 years now at no cost to us. As a way of saying, “Thanks”, we donate an image or two of our choice that they can use as a door prize each year.  Suggested size: 8 x 10 prints, matted not framed or an 8 x 10” matted and framed image. Note cards, canvas and metal prints accepted.  Tickets are on sale for the Tour and Lunch – (see John S)

 

Field Trips – Signup required

The field trip to Little Stony Point/Cornish Estate in Cold Spring had to be rescheduled due to very cold weather.  More members preferred to reschedule the trip for Saturday March 19th at 6.30 AM – Signup is requested emails have been sent - Renée said that if you decided to do the Estate only we will meet at the parking lot at 8:30. Estate trail head is across the street from Little Stony Points trail head. Bring water, batteries, and extra memory cards. And wear boots. Renée will wait for you if she knows you are coming so please signup.   Her cell 914-924-1108

 

The exclusive 4:30 Am opening of Innisfree Gardens in Millbrook, NY, will be on May when they open early for photographers. 

 

We also will try to arrange a trip to Mohonk Mountain House at a reduced rate that does not include lunch.

 

Warwick Library Exhibit

Jack Miller reported that the exhibit was a great success.  He said the photos were great, and we received many nice comments.  Jack thanked everyone who helped with the exhibit.  Both Jack and Tom Mormile sold images at the exhibit.

 

A photo of the Hudson River at sunrise by Dana was chosen as the “People’s Choice photo”.  Ron will tabulate the results of the People’s Choice voting and comments left by the visitors. The librarian said that they will hang the image as the featured image of the people’s choice for February. Congratulations Dana. 

A thank you note was sent to the librarian for all of her help getting our exhibit set up.

A date for March of 2017 has been booked for our next exhibit at the library.

 

May 7, 2016 Photography Conference   -   Please pre-register to assure your spot.

Renée announced that the Hudson Valley Photography Network is sponsoring a workshop on May 7,

At Mount St. Mary College.  http://hvphotonet.org/MAY_7__2016_CONFEREN.php.  Pre-registration of $26 includes lunch, or $26.00 at the door without lunch.  Two well-known photographers will present.

  • David FitzSimmons is one of nine “Sigma Pro” photographers in North America. He founded FitzSimmons Photography 17 years ago, committing to artistic integrity and environmental conservation. He will explore the world of landscape photography through subject, composition, technique, and art history.    www.fitzsimmonsphotography.com

  • Parish Kohanim, a Canon Explorer of Light photographer since 1994, will be discussing the importance of proper composition; unconventional lighting, techniques for creating dynamic visual impact and getting the most naturally posed portraits. Throughout his presentation, he will point out and share some simple and fresh techniques and tips on how to make your pictures stand out from the crowd. He will take you behind the scenes of some of his major assignments and discuss his approach and methodology for making any assignment or shot a success. www.parishkohanim.com/home.html 

 

Pete Strickland announced that the Professional Photographers of New York State will be having their convention and trade show at Villa Roma on April 2-4, 2016.

 

April Theme/Assignment

The theme for April is “fruit”.  Greg Miller noted that the members should interpret that title in many different ways.  Renée noted members need to check the clubs website for the latest assignment.

 

Presentation

 

Greg Miller gave a presentation on using Aperture Priority, Manual Priority and Shutter Priority. And

discussed editing software on Photoshop/Lightroom and Bridge.

 

Here is Greg’s web page if you would like to learn more about Greg.

 

http://www.gregmillerphotography.com

 

Member update:

 

Larry and Mary have agreed to assist in running the clubs fieldtrips and will be collecting sites for us this year.

 

Member Photos – Themes and Assignments

 

The grouped reviewed and critiqued member photos of February’s theme and club web page assignments.

 

Renée also suggested that the members check the clubs website for the latest assignment. All themes are

posted to the Clubs Facebook page and we will make an image of the month selection.

 

 

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St. James’ Camera Club 2016

 

 

 

St. JAMES CAMERA CLUB FEBRUARY 2016

MEETING MINUTES

 

President Renée Zernitsky called the meeting to order at 7:08 pm and welcomed everyone. 

 

Reminder to use the new email address    sjccny@gmail.com for all email  correspondence with the club going forward.

 

Warwick Exhibit

Renée thanked everyone who participated in the exhibit, and the Exhibit Committee for all their hard work getting the exhibit ready for the opening. The reception on Saturday was a huge success. Over 80 people attend the opening.

 

New Members

Renée welcomed new members, Ed, Michelle and Larry.

 

Renée noted that you can access the club’s agenda, Meeting Minutes and fieldtrips on the clubs Facebook page, Website, and cubs email each month. Field trips are also posted on these web based pages. Members can choose what activities work for them.

Anyone wishing post their images to the web page gallery need to let us know.

 

Member Questionnaire

Renée passed out a questionnaire to the members to help the Board of Directors gage the interests of the members and what they would like to get out of the club.  The members completed their questionnaire during the meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

John Strobl reported there is $940 in the club account.  He reminded the members that the annual dues are due; $12.  Members should be sure their name is on the checklist and that their email address is correct.  Renée added the Board of Directors is always trying to keep an accurate email list.

 

Field Trips and Guest Speakers

Carl Gilbert reported he is working on a possible field trip to the framing studio of Eric Jarmann of Newburgh.  Thursday evenings are the preferred time for Eric and he prefers to meet in his studio. Other guest speakers are being contacted for spring.

 

Jay Beaumont reported that David Burnett of “Photographers for Hope” is a Newburgh resident.  The Photographers for Hope did a photo shoot in Newburgh and it is being exhibited at the Ann Street Gallery.  Jay will work with Carl to try to arrange a field trip to the gallery.

 

Photo Workshops

Greg Miller announced he will be giving two workshops on 2/20 and 2/21 on behalf of the Digital Photo Academy.  Spots may still be available.  He also reported he will be presenting his work at the NY Photo Salon at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, on 2/18 at 7pm.  Check their Facebook page for details.

 

Renée announced that the Hudson Valley Photography Network, of which we are a member of, is sponsoring their Annual Spring Conference on May 7 at Mount St. Mary’s College.  http://hvphotonet.org/MAY_7__2016_CONFEREN.php.  Cost $26, includes lunch if you signup ahead of time. 

Two well known photographers will present.

  • David FitzSimmons is one of nine “Sigma Pro” photographers in North America. He founded FitzSimmons Photography 17 years ago, committing to artistic integrity and environmental conservation. He will explore the world of landscape photography through subject, composition, technique, and art history.    www.fitzsimmonsphotography.com

  • Parish Kohanim, a Canon Explorer of Light photographer since 1994, will be discussing the importance of proper composition; unconventional lighting, techniques for creating dynamic visual impact and getting the most naturally posed portraits. Throughout his presentation, he will point out and share some simple and fresh techniques and tips on how to make your pictures stand out from the crowd. He will take you behind the scenes of some of his major assignments and discuss his approach and methodology for making any assignment or shot a success. www.parishkohanim.com/home.html 

 

Photo Exhibit Opportunities

Dana reported that the Crawford Arts Association is sponsoring an exhibit.  The entry fee is $18 for one photo and $25 for two photos.  The Association charges a 30% commission on sales.

 

Presentation

Greg Miller gave a presentation about Composition and Image Design.

 

 

Member Photos

The grouped reviewed and critiqued member photos, of the monthly theme and

web Assignment.  Theme images get posted to the club’s FB page banner if chosen as the image of the month

 

Minutes taken by Jay Beaumont

 

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ST. JAMES CAMERA CLUB JANUARY 2016

MEETING MINUTES

 

President Renée Zernitsky called the meeting to order at 7:18 pm and welcomed everyone. 

 

Webpage

Renée announced changes to the webpage (sjccny.org).  New tabs have been added for ease of navigation.  If you want to have member access to the webpage, contact Renée.  Dorrell is in charge of putting events on the calendar, and Roxanne is putting photos on the webpage.  Members are encouraged to add new photos to the webpage.  Contact Renée if you have questions.  Renée will be creating a page with links on the Web page for workshop info and camera info.

 

Renée announced the new club email address is sjccny@gmail.com.  There have been problems with the Yahoo email.

 

The monthly themes are listed under the Themes tab on the website.  The theme for January is “Cold”.  Bring “Cold” related photos to the February meeting.  The February theme is “Lonely”.

 

There is a subtab for Assignments under the Themes tab.  A great way to improve photography skills is to administer assignments. The discipline rewards photographers with a productive way to learn new techniques by trial and error.  Whether there is time to do one photography assignment a week or one a month.  Example: your best black and white photos, landscape, travel, wildlife, weather, seasons, or sports images. Use your editing skills to enhance your images.

 

  • Our first Assignment -  "Your Best Black and White Photo"

  • Our Second Assignment  -  "Any Kind of Light but Natural"

  • Our Third Assignment - "One Beautiful Thing"

  • Our Fourth Assignment  - "Color Challenge" - Pick a color any color

  • Fifth Assignment - "Deliberately Out of Focus"

 

Guest Speakers

Carl has arranged for guest speakers.  Renée will email a list to Carl to contact them. 

Suggestions welcome.

 

Field Trips of Workshop

There is the possibility of a field workshop with Greg in February

 

Membership

Linda passed around a list for members to check their email addresses.  Dues for 2016 are now due.  Please put your dues money ($12) into the envelope provided by John and check your name off of the list as being paid in full.

 

February Photo Exhibit Location

 

The address of the library is 1 McFarland Dr. Warwick, NY 10990.

 

The library will prepare name tags to be placed adjacent to the photos.  Jack Miller reported the space is terrific. There is plenty of room for the photos, and they have a very nice photo hanging system. 

The bios will be placed in a binder at the exhibit for visitors to review.

 

Members were asked to give your bio and image information to Sheila by tonight.

 

Renée spoke with Kathleen at the Library, dates for the hanging; reception and take down are as follows:  

 

  • Hanging: will be on Sunday January 31st at 12:00 Noon to 3:00

  • Drop of Promptly at 12:00

  • Reception: "Meet the Artist", will be February 6th,  3:00 to 5:00 PM

  • Take Down:  February 29th at 3:00 PM 

  • Photos must wired and ready to hang

  • The maximum photo size is 18 inches x 24 inches. 

  • White matting in a Black frame, ( to keep it uniform)

  • If you are interested the Library has large boards to which unframed matted art may be pinned. 8x10 - quality prints  Show participants only

 

Everyone will need to contact Jack to confirm they are dropping off their images at the library on the day of the hanging if you cannot make it on Sunday.

 

The library has requested the names of all participants if an image sells so they can contact you. (Remember the Library gets 10% of all sales) There is no hanging fee.

 

For the hanging and take down: We will need at least 3+ people – Jack, Jay, and Renée, have signed up so far, if you want to help contact Jack. 

 

Reception: Mary will organize the food and refreshments. A food list went around at the meeting – if you didn’t get on the list please let Jack or Mary know ASAP.

Jay will bring two coffee urns.

 

Mary needs a head count of guests you will be inviting so we know how much food to prepare.    Advise your guests of library hours if they choose to go to the show on another day.

 

Ads: Peter has contacted local press and art outlets.  The library will run its own ad. We will not need a poster for the entry way.  They will supply that for us.  Renée prepared a flyer and a postcard to give out and an email version to send to your friends. 

 

All images must have the photographers contact information on the back

(Jack passed out a release form required by the library for participants to sign)

 

Member Photos

The grouped reviewed and critiqued member photos.

 

Presentation by :

Greg Miller "Preparing for an Outing and Basic Camera Settings."

  • Set up your gear before hand

  • Have a good outdoor hiking camera bag

  • Lens Choices 

  • Camera Presets to use

  • Auto White Balance preset on "Cloudy"

  • Format your cards in camera only

  • Set Diopter

  • Adjust gear to outside temps to prevent condensation on lens

  • Chose your ISO for your conditions

  • Prepare for rain - but never stop shooting because of rain

 

Prepared by Jay Beaumont

Jb: rz

 

 

 

 

ST. JAMES' CAMERA CLUB DECEMBER 2015

MEETING MINUTES

 

President Renée Zernitsky called the meeting to order at 7:27 pm and welcomed everyone.  Renée welcomed new member Andrew

 

February Photo Exhibit

 

Members were asked to give the photo information to Sheila tonight.  The library will prepare name tags to be placed adjacent to the photos.  Jack Miller reported he and Tom Mormile visited the exhibit space. There is plenty of room for the photos, and they have a very nice photo hanging system.  He asked all of the exhibtors to complete a form to be placed on the back of the photos. We still need bios from Angelo, Carl, Inez, and Gary.  The bios will be placed in a binder at the exhibit for visitors to review.

 

Matting and framing with a wire hanger are required for the exhibit.  The maximum photo size is 18 inches x 24 inches.  Renee spoke with Kathy at the Library, and she gave the dates for the hanging, reception and take down they are as follows:  

 

  • Hanging: will be on the 1st of February at 3:00 PM  - Library closes at 8:00 PM

  • Reception: "Meet the Artist", will be February 6th  2:30 to 4:00 PM (her choice because of availability of the room)

  • Take Down February 29th at 3:00 PM  

 

For the hanging and take down: We will need at least 3+ people 

 

Reception: Mary will organize the food and refreshments 

 

Ads: Peter is taking care of that for us, but he needs images for ads from submissions.

Renee will get them for him.  She will send out a request to a few members.  Deadlines for this are late December to early January.  The library will run its own ad. We will not need a poster for the entry way.  They will supply that for us.  Renee will do a flyer. 

 

All images must have the photographers contact information on the back (Jack passed out a form). Pictures should have a white mat, black frame, and be wired and ready to hang. Everyone will need to contact Jack to confirm they are dropping off their images at the library on the day of the hanging.  The library will need the list of names, if something sells and she needs to contact us or the photographer.

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

John Strobl reported that there is $720 in the treasury.  The members agreed that the dues for 2016 will remain the same as for 2015 - $12 per year.

 

Themes for 2016

 

January - Cold

February - Lonely

March - Night

April - Fruit

May - Openings

June - Weather

July - Piles

August - Roads

September - Embrace

October - Passion

November - Mirrors

December - Spirals

 

Assignments

 

Renée invited the members to go the club web site and go to the Assignments tab under the Members Heading on the Home page.

 

A great way to improve photography skills is to administer assignments. The discipline rewards photographers with a productive way to learn new techniques by trial and error.

Whether there is time to do one photography assignment a week or one a month

Example: your best black and white photos, landscape, travel, wildlife, weather, seasons,

or sports images. Use your editing skills to enhance your images.

 

We will post a photography assignment that you can use to get your creative juices flowing.  They are designed to help you grow.  Everyone's welcome to contribute their best shot to open assignments. It’s a good way to build up your confidence

 

These challenges all relate to your camera and limiting yourself in some way to either switch off some element of the automated aspects of your camera, limiting yourself

to really  hone a skill or to practice some kind of technique.

 

Our First Assignment - Your Best Black and White Photo  

Our Second Assignment - Any Kind of Light but Natural

Our Third Assignment - One Beautiful Thing

Our Fourth Assignment - Color Challenge - Pick a color any color

 

Year-end Photo Contest

 

Jay passed out the ballots and explained that everyone should vote for their first, second, and third place photos.  First place votes will get 3 points, second place will get 2 points, and third place will get 1 point.  The tie breaker will be the number of first place votes.  The second tie breaker will be the number of second place votes.

 

The winners were:  First Place – Sheila Almond, Second Place – Gray Tham, and Third Place – Jack Miller.

 

Prepared by Jay Beaumont, Vice President        

       

 

ST. JAMES' CAMERA CLUB NOVEMBER

                                             MEETING MINUTES 2015

 

President Renée Zernitsky called the meeting to order

Welcomed new Member, Jack P

 

Photo Exhibit Judging event

 

Judges Gray Tham and Frank Dispensa were on hand to judge which photographs will be in the exhibit.  As it turns out, there is enough space at the Warwick Library to accommodate about 48 photos.  Therefore, each member who submitted photos will have at most three photos displayed at the exhibit.

 

Details for the Exhibit

 

Renée reminded the club that we will be sponsoring an exhibit at the library in February.  The group discussed possible themes and agreed to use the theme suggested by Patti – “Where We Live”.  Matting and framing with a wire hanger will be required for all submissions. The maximum photo size is 18 inches x 24 inches.  Reminder that the

AWP Library is asking for a 10% donation of all sales.

 

Reception and take down are as follows: 

 

• Hanging: will be on the 1st of February at 3:00 PM -

• Reception: "Meet the Artist", will be February 6th 2:30 to 4:00 PM

• Take down will be February 29th at 3:00 PM 

 

Hanging and take down: We will need at least 3+ people – Contact Jay if you are interested in helping with this.  All images will be dropped off on the day of the hanging and same for take down.

 

Food and refreshments will be organized by Mary Shields – She will send out an email with details 

 

Ads: Peter is taking care of that for us, but he needs images for ads from submissions.

Renée will get them for him.  She will send out a request to members who submitted images for judging only.  Deadlines for this are late December early January.  The library will run its own ad and have a poster available in the library entryway. We will have flyers made up

 

All images must have the photographers

  • Contact information on the back.

  • Pictures must have a white mat, black frame, and be wired and ready to hang. Everyone will need to contact Jack to confirm they are dropping off their images at the library on the day of the hanging.

  • The library will need all of your contact information if something sells and they need to contact you.

  • Make sure you have submitted your bio to Sheila.  Also, she needs the following information ASAP -- artists name, title and price. Jay has extra blank business card stock for Sheila to use for the picture labels.

 

Upcoming Photo Opportunities

Orange County Community College Holiday Display – Morris Hall – Middletown Campus

Orange County Arboretum Display of Holiday Lights

 

Future Speakers

 

Carl is working on guest speakers for the 2016.  Possible speakers include Francisco Mastalia and Frank Ferrara.  Francisco has an exhibit at Gallery 66 in Cold Spring.  Frank is a portrait photography expert. Anyone that has a suggestion please send a note to Carl.

 

 

Presentation by Frank Dispensa

 

After the picture judging, Frank gave a presentation about the following topics:

 

  • Picture titles , Compression and depth of field,  Adding and subtracting f-stops

  • Raw versus jpeg image storage ,  Using the camera histogram

 

Several members offered their exhibit images for critique by Frank Dispensa to get input from an experienced judge.

 

The November theme is “Ugly”.  The December theme is “Culture”.

 

 

Prepared by Jay Beaumont, Vice President        

 

 

                  

St. James’ Camera Club September’s Minutes

                             

                                                                                            Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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  • Welcome to our new members - Liz, Paul & Angelo

  • Monthly theme participation encouraged

  • John Strobl  - New member dues will be prorated for the rest of year

  • Carl Gilbert - Future speaker Francesco Mastalia. He will be exhibiting at Orange County Community College in October  -   MC Wet Plate Collodion in the Digital Age Monday, October 19, 2015 9am SUNY Orange Hall Gallery.

 

  • February Exhibit – Theme “Where We Live” ideas and details for submitting images. Getting images prepared for this event – Please have your image choices made by November.

  • Juried event will take place at November meeting.

  • Biography’s needed by December 1 - .  Please get your information to Sheila Almond

  • Tags for images  - Titles and your information on each image - Sheila will be printing these for us

  • Fieldtrip planned, for September – (pending) to be announced ( next on the list is Dorrel/Simon)

  • Current list of committee people helping with exhibit  Jack, Tom, Sheila, & Jay Renee

  • We need an Ad committee person -

  • Labs for printing: AdoramaPix, Miller’s Pro., White House Custom Color Labs, SimplyColor Lab, Bayphoto Lab, to name a few - allow 2 weeks for these labs

  • Discount at Main Frame in Middletown for club members – limited time only.

  •   Michael’s has a huge Fall Sale on frames too.

  • Pricing issues:  tag your images at a lower price until you are established

  • Jack Miller and his wife Rachelle, exhibiting at Noble Roaster Café, September 1st – 30th

9/9/15 - 4pm exhibiters will be present at the show

  • Future locations for a place to take photos:  - Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring, NY, Storm King

Guest Speaker: Member & Prof. photographer, Gray Tham

  • Gray discussed what it takes to prepare an image for an exhibit and all other details.

  • Photo should fit the theme

  • Have others review your work

  • Crop, remove distractions

  • Paper considerations: fine art paper, glossy images behind glass may produce glare

  • need permission if you use a person in your image if the image is sold as an AD.

  • American Society of Media Photographers web page for release forms:

                                   https://asmp.org/tutorials/property-release.html#.VfcJRxFVhBc

 

Greg brought in his new book “The Gift of Nature” images taken in Tuxedo Park. It is now in print and available through Greg. A copy was available at the meeting for us to preview.

 

http://www.gregmillerphotography.com/#!/p/tuxedo-park-the-gif

 

 

  • Greg’s Workshop Series Topic:

“Preparing your images for Framing & How to professionally frame an image.”

 

  • Use ACID FREE materials (Museum quality)

  • Wood or Metal Frame (Greg likes the metal frame)

  • Acid free mating and an 8 ply foamcore mat board for back

  • Photo glass or Acrylic  

  • 1 attachment point with the acid free tape, “T” hinge

  • Use craft paper to cover work area and seal back of frame

  • anti-static brush to clean surface before putting on the frame

  • Artists gloves

  • create a dusty using 3m double sided tape and craft paper

 

  • Aaron ran the slide show of images brought in by members

 

 

Next Month’s Theme is “Signs”

 

Minutes taken by Tom                       

 

 

 

   ST. JAMES’ CAMERA CLUB AUGUST 2015 MEETING MINUTES

 

President Renée Zernitsky called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. 

 

Renee introduced two new members – Paul and Pete 

 

Treasure John moved that Greg be given free membership in recognition of his many educational contributions.  Jay Beaumont seconded the motion and it passed by acclamation.

 

Upcoming Photo Opportunities

 

The group discussed various places for photo trips.  Jack Miller reported that Storm King Art Center has free admission on the last Thursday of the month during the Summer.  A check of the Storm King website confirmed that there will be free admission on August 27th.  The Center hours are from 10am until 5:30 pm.  We will meet at the center as close to 10 am as possible.  Jay Beaumont will lead the trip.  jaybeaumont49@gmail.com

 

Dorrell reported that there will be a Storm King Member Event:  Twilight Photography on Saturday, September 19 at 6:30 pm.

 

Renee announced that there will be a free photo walk at the Vanderbilt Mansion this Saturday August 15th, from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

 

Patti  reported that seniors older than 62 years can get into the State Park at Cragsmore/Sam’s Point on weekdays for free.

 

Museum Village is hosting a Civil War reenactment on September 5th and 6th.  Members are encouraged to take photos.  The club will sponsor a field trip to Museum Village this fall.

 

Renee announced that long time member, Martin Bend, who works at Mohonk Mountain House, has offered to lead a photo tour of the grounds. Cost will be $27 with no access to the main house and bring your own lunch.  The cost with access and lunch is $63.  Anyone interested should contact Renee or Martin Bend <bendscastle@gmail.com >  845-423-9666  

 

Dana (Alice) Giro is organizing a bus trip to the Big E in Springfield, MA on October 3rd.  The Big E, also known as The Eastern States Exposition, is billed as "New England's Great State Fair". It is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard, and the fifth-largest fair in the nation.  The cost is $50 which is due to Dana by August 22nd.  The bus will leave Middletown at 8 am on October 3rd.  The ride is 2.5 hours long.

 

Future Speakers

 

Carl is working on guest speakers for the fall.  Possible speakers include Francisco Mastalia and Frank Ferrara.  Francisco is currently exhibiting at Gallery 66 in Cold Spring.  Frank is a portrait photography expert.

 

Orange County Fair

 

Jack , Dana  and Ron, submitted photographs for the photo exhibit  at the fair.  Dana won a First and Second Place award and Ron won several First Place awards.  There was more than one category to submit photos to. Jack’s wife,  Rachelle won two Blue Ribbons for her paintings.

 

Exhibit February 2016 - at Warwick’s Albert Wisner Library

 

Renee reminded the club that we will be sponsoring an exhibit at the library in February.  The group discussed possible themes and agreed to use the theme suggested by Patti – Where We Live.  A jury of expert photographers will judge the photos at the November meeting.  Photo should be printed for the judging; matting and framing is not required at that time.  Matting and framing with a wire hanger will be required for the exhibit.  The maximum photo size is 18 inches x 24 inches.  Members may submit up to three images for judging.  The whole fee to the library will be $25.  Renee is working on getting a donor for the fee. 

 

Presentations by Greg Miller

 

Greg is always looking for presentation ideas.  The members are encouraged to reach out to Greg.  Renee emphasized that no question is too silly.  Tom Mormile would like to learn more about taking portraits, and Jack Miller would like to learn about using a flash off of the camera. Other members wanted more info on filters and what to buy.

 

Other Business

 

Renee encouraged the members to use the club webpage at www.sjccny.org.  There is a password protected area on the page entitled “MEMBERS”.  The password is:  sjccnygoshen

 

The new club brochure is available to share with the public to promote the club. Copies are available upon request. We will have them available for our February exhibit in 2016.

 

Dorrell, Jay Ron and Larry showed some of their photos. Leslie and Al submitted images for the theme.

 

The August theme is “Industrial”.  The September theme is “Signs”.

 

Prepared by Jay , Vice President               

 

 

 

 

 

   ST. JAMES CAMERA CLUB JULY 2015 MEETING MINUTES

 

President Renée Zernitsky called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. 

 

Renee introduced three new members – Sheldon Morgenstein, Simon Byun &  Barney Scantleberry.

 

Renee reported that the Dutchess County Balloon Festival went very well.  Many members got great shots from many different vantage points.  Some members shared their balloon photos at the meeting. (Organized by Sheila Almond.)

 

Renee encouraged the members to use the club webpage at www.sjccny.org.  There is a password protected area on the page.  Aaron will send an email with instructions to access that area.

 

Renee is calling on members to lead field trips. We are going alphabetically through the member list. Everyone gets a turn to organize an event for the club.  First on the list was Sheila and next is Jay Beaumont. He will be organizing a trip upon his return from vacation. Stay tuned.

 

Renee has arranged an Exhibit for February.  Please start getting your images ready.  Selection will be in November, and photo preparation and framing will be in December and January.

 

The club received a letter from St. James’ Church thanking us for our support of the

Goshen Garden Tour Event.  Thank you everyone that donated to this event.

 

Clif reported that a Trolleys of Orange County exhibit will open at the old Chester Railroad Station on July 29th.   http://www.iloveny.com/includes/calendar-of-events/The-Trolleys-of-Orange-County/26445/#.Va6G3PlVhBc

 

Dana reported that she is trying to arrange a bus trip to the Big E in Springfield, MA. Anyone, wishing to attend please contact sjcc

 

The new club brochure is ready and available to share with the public to promote the club. Copies are available upon request.

 

Greg  gave a presentation about polarizing filters. How to use them and explained the different types that are available.

 

The members reviewed photographs from several members.

 

The July theme is “Paint”.

The August theme is “Industrial”.                 Prepared by Jay Beaumont, Vice President

 

 

 

 

ST. JAMES CAMERA CLUB JUNE 2015 MEETING MINUTES

 

President Renée Zernitsky called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

 

The St. James Church Goshen Garden Tour will be on June 20th.  John Strobl is selling tickets.  Only 200 tickets are available.  The tour is self guided, and the OC Arboretum will be included.  Lunch will be served at St. James Church.  John reminded the members of the tradition of past years donations of matted photographs to be given as door prizes.  Bring the images to John.

 

Renée welcomed new members Al, Simon, and Michael. 

 

There are two exhibitions of note:

  • Greg Miller’s Majestic Hudson Exhibit at SUNY Orange in at First and Grand Streets through July 16.  There will be a special showing during the Newburgh Illumination celebration on June 27, 2015

  • Middletown Art Council at SUNY Orange Middletown Cultural Affairs from May 11 thru June 15.

 

Renée described the Photography Conference at Mt. St. Mary College in May.  The keynote speaker was George Lepp.  Organized by:  Hudson Valley Photography Network. The turnout was better than expected.

 

The club web is up and running at www.sjccny.org. Submit your photos to Roxanne.

 

The new club brochure is ready and available to share with the public to promote the club. Copies are available upon request.

 

Greg  gave a presentation about depth of field and asked that we give it a try and share your results.

 

Dave Albrect, gave a presentation about equipment and preparation for doing landscape photography.  Dave will lead a field trip to Plum Point along the Hudson River in New Windsor on Saturday June 13th at dawn.  All are welcome.

 

Goshen Art Walk submissions require that you get your name on the list. The Village of Goshen, Goshen Art League, Goshen Chamber of Commerce and Orange County New York Arts Council are jointly hosting a monthly Art Walk in Downtown Goshen!

 

Join us every 1st Friday, to support our local art community and downtown businesses.

Each participating business will be featuring the work of a different local artist.

 

 

Prepared by Jay Beaumont, Vice President

with help from Tom  

 

 

 

 

ST. JAMES CAMERA CLUB MAY 2015 MEETING MINUTES

 

Vice-President Jay Beaumont called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

 

Carl – Workshop Chairman, reported he is working with Dave Albrecht, a photography instructor at SUNY Orange To speak at the June meeting and also a do a follow- up field trip sometime after the workshop.  The best date appears to be June 27th.  Carl is also working to get a local framing expert to speak at the July meeting.

 

The St. James’ Church Goshen Garden Tour will be on June 20th.  John Strobl is selling tickets for the tour and lunch.  Only 200 tickets are available.  The tour is self guided, and the OC Arboretum will be included.  Lunch will be served at St. James’ Church.  John asked that members continue the tradition of past years and donate matted photographs to be given as door prizes.  Bring the images to the June meeting.

 

Aaron  has completed our club website using WIX web builder. 

 

Roxanne  will be accepting images from each member for the main page slideshow and gallery.  Dorrel  will assist Aaron in maintaining and updating the page. There is a password protected area for the member directory.  There is also a tab for calendar events and fieldtrips for interested members. Suggestions and comments appreciated.  

 

Greg ’s Monthly Series Topic was a presentation about taking photographs in tough situations. He said “do not let your camera or equipment limitations stop you; go take photos anyway.”  He showed a series of images of mountains near his hotel in Utah; taken during a very busy business conference from his hotel balcony.

 

Gray , a professional portrait photographer, shared some of the photos she submitted to the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International and the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.  She shared the requirements and the work involved to produce a prize winning photograph.  One of her mentors gave her the following advice:

 

What it takes to win an award

Is it unique?

Is it dynamic?

Is the story clear?

Is it memorable?

Does it seriously move you in some way?

Is it exceptional practice?

Has it been printed beautifully and on the RIGHT PAPER for the image?

Is there a wow factor?

 

 “Any one of these combinations equals success.

  The more of these combinations the more success.”

 

 

Prepared by Jay Beaumont, Vice President.

 

 

ST. JAMES’ CAMERA CLUB APRIL 2015 MEETING MINUTES

 

President Renée Zernitsky called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

 

She announced that Sheila Almond is working on a club brochure.  They hope to distribute it to the members via email in pdf format for review.

 

 Renée asked the members to please register for the HUDSON VALLEY PHOTOGRAPHY NETWORK PHOTO CONFERENCE on Saturday May 9, 2015.  The featured speaker is George Lepp, one of America’s best known nature and outdoor photographers.  (www.georgelepp.com).

 

The conference will be held at Aquinas Hall at Mount St. Mary’s College in Newburgh, NY from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Sign in begins at 8:15 AM

Sponsored by Canon with support from Artcraft Camera and Digital and Hunt's Photo and Video   

 

Cost $26 includes lunch.  Go to http://www.hvphotonet.org/Conference.html for more details.

 

The St. James Church Goshen Garden Tour will be on June 20th.  John Strobl is selling tickets.  Only 200 tickets are available.  The tour is self guided, and the OC Arboretum will be included.  Lunch will be served at St. James Church.  John asked that members continue the tradition of past years and donate matted photographs to be given as door prizes.  Bring the images to either the May or June meeting.

 

Carl reported he is working with Dave Albrecht to set up a field trip with Dave to do nature photography.  The best date appears to be June 27th.  Dave also will speak at the June meeting.  Dave is an instructor at SUNY Orange. 

 

Aaron Babcock is setting up a club website on www.wix.com.  He will be requesting via email one image from each member for the main page slide show.  There will be a password protected area for the member's gallery.  There also will be a calendar and a club directory for interested members.  To get a site with no ads, our own domain name and more space for photos the cost is $10 per month.  Jay Beaumont moved that the club allocate $120 for a one year site cost. Tom Mormile seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

Aaron Babcock gave a presentation about photo post processing using Corel AfterShot 2, software similar to Lightroom and Photoshop.

 

Members had the opportunity to take macro photos at several stations.

 

Prepared by:  Jay Beaumont, SJCC Vice President.