The Woodland Camera Club
THIRD Tuesday of each Month
at 7:15 PM.
Norton Hall (the Old Ag Bldg.),
70 Cottonwood Street,
The Membership dues are
$20 per person per year or
$30 per couple per year.
Anyone with an
interest in photography
The Photographic Society of America
Gold Rush Chapter
I am sorry, I scheduled something on Friday afternoon when I was coming to Woodland to get the key.
I will try to set something up in the next couple weeks.
Are we going to experience the adage “In like a Lion, Out like a Lamb” for this March? Weather watchers and photographers (and those who want to water their lawn) are keeping a close eye on those clouds over head.
And, with that being said, since there is going to be cloudy, rainy weather, I thought that perhaps I could hold a class at Norton Hall on Saturday evening. I will be there from 6:30 PM until about 9:00 PM. I will be the Docent at Viewpoint that afternoon. So, if you have a photo that you want to know how to do more with, I will try to give you some ideas. Also, if there is any interest, I can come on Sunday, from about 1:00 PM until about 5ish. But, you need to contact me so that I know whether to come out or not. If there are no takers, you can find me napping on the couch – at home – with at least one of the kitties sitting on me.
Remember that March is our Members Only Show of Shows!! We can put in up to 12 each of Digital and Prints. This is the time to get working on your craft. Finish up that stuff you have been putting off and amaze us with the beauty of your work!
By the way, if you want to see a really fun show about a town near you, come to Viewpoint. Jim Klein has his work about Willows on display. Just ordinary people and places shown in fun and extraordinary ways!!! Saturday is the last day of the show.
And, going backwards, Friday is the Woodland First Friday Art Walk. So get out there and see what is going on in the world!
I made a quick list so that we can get started on the July Scavenger Hunt Photos. The Photographs should be ones that have been taken in the year prior to the Picnic date. So, that would be from January 1, 2013 until July14, 2014. (I opened up the date a bit more to 18 months versus the 12 months). They should all be on a thumb drive and brought to the Picnic on July 15. They all count toward the End of the Year Member Competition, if you want to choose from them. They should be in JPG format and sized down to 1000 at the longest side.
Following are the subjects that will be for the Scavenger Hunt:
4. 14 (inches, feet, yards, miles, meters) from home (The object should be “exactly” this length from your home/door. Add that into the title.)
5. Meet the Neighbors
10. Just the One
21. Black and White
23. My Best of Show (What you think is your favorite or best piece of work)
24. The Artist (self portrait – may be creative but recognizable, please)
Time goes by fast when our meetings are close together! Our January competition gave honors to Susan Bovey and William Wagnon. The engraver will have little problem getting their names correct as they are repeat winners from last year! So, go check out their winning photos (and they are good) at the Common Grounds Coffee Shop on Main at Third Street. The display will be up through February.
Our next meeting is coming up fast! Next week!!! So the main thing you need to know is that we will not be having a member print or digital critique. The speaker needs a bit more time and so we are just offering the whole meeting time to his presentation.
We will use March as a Member Critique night and allow both prints and digital. We are also changing the number for this particular meeting. Members can bring up to 12 Prints and up to 12 Digital images. That should cover any month we might have to adjust our critique section.
But for February 18, we have AstroDon. His work is out of this world. Really. Literally. Don is an astrophotographer. He considers himself to be a technical artist; a landscape photographer on a cosmic scale.
Through the adventure of his demanding hobby of famous and rarely photographed galaxies, nebula and star clusters, AstroDon developed a set of filters that handle the intricate world of gases. Don also started the Advanced Imaging Conference in 2004, whose first time conference attendance was over 100 people. It is now the premiere astrophotography show in North America hosting nearly 300 attendees and dozens of vendors.
“One of my greatest joys is the moment when I combine monochrome master frames taken with red, green and blue filters and the first color image appears on the computer screen. Realizing that no human being has seen the full extent of those colors visually is a humbling experience. When I see dozens of tiny Milky Way galaxies in the background, I am humbled by the thought that someone may be using their telescopes and looking back at us with the same thoughts of wonder. It reminds me of the movie Contact based upon the Carl Sagan book of the same name, where Jodie Foster's character proclaims after her journey into space "how small and insignificant, but how rare and precious we all are". Astrophotography is a humbling experience.”
Is True Color in Astrophotography a Myth?
“Astronomical objects are too weak to activate the cone color sensors in the retinas of our eyes. No one has seen these objects in complete full color, even with the largest of telescopes. They will see greenish hues, because our weak color vision peaks in the green, but not the vibrant reds or blues. Some say there is no such thing as true color in astrophotography, but I disagree. The ocean is filled with sounds that you cannot hear when you scuba dive, but sensitive hydrophones can pick up those sounds. Butterflies have UV markings on their wings that you cannot see, but perhaps they can. Insects have amazingly complex, compound eyes, but you cannot see the fine structure without a macro lens or microscope. So, all we are doing is amplifying light signals from galaxies and nebula that are really there and following the rules. Our eyes are perhaps 2% efficient and refresh (expose) in fractions of a second. Our CCD cameras are often 80% efficient and can take exposures of 15 - 30 minutes where the weak signal is amplified. There are some rules to obtain true color. Just like the white point setting in your Canon or Nikon DSLR camera, we have a similar white point balance in astrophotography. We just use the known colors of certain stars for that. The color is real and the equipment used in our hobby brings it into the computer in our homes. What is now standard for an average backyard telescope and CCD camera rivals the best astrophotographs taken with large, professional scopes and film twenty years ago. If you do not believe me, compare good, modern images taken with CCD cameras and modest amateur telescopes with professional images taken with photographic plates at the Anglo-Australian telescope by the renowned astrophotographer, David Malin, several decades ago. Technology progresses.”
So, please let your friends know that we are about to explore the skies like never before! Woodland Camera Forum’s meeting will be February 18 at 7:00 PM. Don will be our featured speaker after we do our announcements. The location is Norton Hall, 70 Cottonwood Street, Woodland, CA. For questions, please call Susan Bovey, vice-president (530) 219-0955 or Betti Clark, president (916) 541-3980.
With the fall colors in their glory, now is a great time to photograph trees!
California ReLeaf is pleased to announce the 2014 California Trees photo contest. This contest seeks to encourage California residents of all ages to appreciate their local trees and capture their beauty through photography. We are looking for great images in the categories of “My Favorite California Tree(s)” and “Trees in My Community.” All photographs must be taken in California. The submission deadline for entries is March 31, 2014. Top winners will receive a $100 cash prize.
Start taking photos now and pass along information about the California Trees photo contest to other photo enthusiasts you know. Photo contest rules and the Photograph Submission and Release forms can be found at California ReLeaf’s website. The rules are at the bottom of this article
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and good luck!
Kathleen Farren Ford • Program Manager
916.497.0036 • fax 916.497.0038
2014 California Trees Photo Contest
Trees provide many benefits to California’s communities. They clean our air and water, save energy, raise property values, foster neighborhood pride, provide wildlife habitat, revitalize neighborhoods, and create an inviting outdoor environment for people to play, exercise, and socialize. Submit your photos to help us remind Californians that trees aren’t just beautiful, but also beneficial!
My Favorite California Tree(s)
Trees in My Community
March 31 by close of business (5 PM)
See below for submission guidelines.
All photos must be taken in California.
An individual may submit one photograph per category.
Each photograph must be submitted with a signed and complete Photograph Submission & Release Form.
If the photographer is under eighteen (18), a parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the form.
Photos that include a recognizable person or people also requires permission from those individuals.
Photographs cannot include borders, frames, dates, watermarks, signatures, or copyright images.
Digital enhancements for minor cropping, contrast, saturation, or red-eye removal are allowed, but significant enhancements or manipulations will be disqualified.
Minimum resolution of 300 ppi/dpi
.jpg, .eps, .png, or .tif format preferred
Prints are acceptable.
Email gro.faelerainrofilacnull@tsetnocotohp or call (916) 497-0037.
How to Submit Your Photo
Submissions can be sent via e-mail or by regular mail (prints or digital images on a CD).
By e-mail: Include the digital photographs and scanned copies of the required forms. Entries without the Photograph Submission and Release Form will be considered incomplete and ineligible for the competition. Email entries to: gro.faelerainrofilacnull@tsetnocotohp.
By mail: Include the photographs on a CD labeled with the photographer’s name and the required form linked above. Submitted materials will not be returned.
Mail to: California ReLeaf, Attn: Photo Contest, 2112 Tenth Street, Sacramento, CA 95818.
California ReLeaf recognizes that the photographer owns the photograph and the copyright to the photograph. California ReLeaf reserves the right to crop photographs as necessary. The photographer allows California ReLeaf non-exclusive rights to use and publish the photograph on California Arbor Week and California ReLeaf websites, in publications, press releases, brochures, or displays to promote California Arbor Week and urban forestry in California.
All submissions will be screened for acceptability. Acceptable submissions will be judged by personnel from California ReLeaf and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). The judges will review the photographs based by category. Staff from California ReLeaf and CAL FIRE are excluded from this contest. Each photographer may only win in one category. The decisions of the judges are final. Winners will be announced in April.
For each category, the winner will receive a $100 cash prize and a subscription to California ReLeaf’s California Trees newsletter. The winning photograph from each category will be posted to the California Arbor Week and the California ReLeaf websites.
California ReLeaf reserves the right to change the rules of the California Arbor Week photo contest as necessary. Any rule changes will be posted on the California Arbor Week web page.
This month's display will show off the winning images of the 2013 WCF image competitions.
Best Print image, "Raptor Feathers" by Susan Bovey.
Best Digital image, "Remembering the Good Old Times" by Bill Wagnon.
Stop in and sip some coffee and admire the prints on display.
Woodland Camera Forum members are blessed with the opportunity to have an Art Wall at Common Grounds Coffee Shop. And, to make that happen, our club has just purchased some really nice frames.
We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity with your work. Each show will run for one month and change out on or about the first of each month, so that people who are enjoying the First Friday can take advantage of your show as well. As this is your show, you can choose any prints that you would like to show.
February 2014 will showcase the winning images from the digital and print competitions in 2013. We invite WCF members to show their prints for the upcoming months of March, April, May, etc.
Contact Susan Bovey with the month that you would like to have your prints up for your very own art show.
The outside of the frames measure 16 x 20 inches. There is a double mat included (white over black), or you can use your own mat. The inside dimension of the mat is 11 x 14 inches. So, all you need to do is supply three photographs measuring 11 x 14 inches with a ¼ inch white border. You will also need to supply a small artist statement (about you) and your photography.
The use of these frames does come with a charge of $1 per frame per month. This comes up to $3, payable to Sarah Gould, Treasurer. This is to pay for the frames by the people who are using them. If you are using your own frames, there is no charge.
Now, after all the members have had their chance to show for one month, we can do it all over again. And, if you are not calling to schedule your month, Susan will call you and give you a month.
This is your chance to shine. Even if you are shy about it, ask someone in the club and there are plenty of people who can help you get over your obstacles.
Shy? You do not have to be present – just present your photos. Inexperienced? Well, this is your way to get some experience. Feeling like your work is not good enough? Ask someone to help you evaluate a selection of photos and help you with any improvements you think you would like.
You can contact the coordinator, Susan Bovey at (530) 219-0955, for more information.