Meeting Minutes: 9 March 2020

 

April meeting is cancelled

 

The Brattleboro Camera Club met on March 9th.  Below is an outline of the agenda. 

Sunderland Library Exhibit:
John Taylor outlined the upcoming photo exhibit.  He will be soliciting club members to determine who is interested in participating.

 

Mocha Maya Coffee Shop - Shelburne Falls, Ma:
Our club will have a group exhibition at Mocha Maya from August 24th to October 11th.  More information will be forthcoming.

 

NECCC Color Print Competition:
Roger Turner presented the annual NECCC print competition.  The comments from the adjudicator were very positive and constructive.  We wish to send our congratulations to Donald Miller for his 3rd place finish.  His photo of a winter scene was highly praised by the judge.

 

Theme of the Month - Green:
We had 23 examples of Green. 

 

Inter-Club Digital Competition Winter 2020:

Congratulations to Paul Birner for his award of Honorable Mention in this very competitive competition.  

 

Meeting MInutes: 10 February 2020

The Brattleboro Camera Club held their monthly meeting at the Vermont Center for Photography on February 10th.  There were 13 members in attendance.

NECCC Digital Commentary:

The "Nature" commentary of this annual review was shown.  There was general agreement that the Nature commentator was more "gentle" with his comments and suggestions.  Due to the length of the program the "Open" commentary was not shown.  Anyone wishing to hear this can bring a thumb drive to the March meeting and Bill will transfer the program to his/her drive.

NECCC InterClub Digital Competition - Spring, 2020:

The spring interclub digital entries should be sent to Bill by March 10th.  There are two sections, Nature and Open.  Each member can submit one jpg to each category.

NECCC InterClub Digital Competition - Winter, 2020: 

The results of the winter competition have been received.  If you wish to see the submissions from all the participating NECCC clubs please go to  http://neccc14.neccc.org/Interclub/GalleriesWinter2020/PictorialB/index.html

Below are the entries from our club:

 John Taylor
 Linda Sperry
 Donald Miller
 Tom Singleton 

 John Walsh
 Cyndee Meese  - Honorable Mention
 Lee Lloyd
 Paul Birner - Honorable Mention 

 

NECCC Conference 2020 - Complementary Entry:  NOTE: The conference has been postponed until 2021!

In July the annual conference is held at UMass Amherst.  Each club is allowed to have one Complementary Entry.  Here are the general guidelines:
 
Candidates must be at least eighteen years of age as of July 1, 2020 
Candidates must be a member of an NECCC member club whos dues are paid for the current year 
Candidates must have never attended a previous NECCC conference

 the enrollment co-pay of $40.00 [ paid by the member, not BCC ] covers only the registration fee. The recipient will be responsible for their own room & meals. 
 Enrollment will open on January 1, 2020 and will be completed by March 1, 2020 

If you are interested in submitting your name as a candidate to represent our club at this conference please forward me your name by February 27th.  

For a full description of the rules see the attachment below.

Inter-Club Print Competition - Spring 2020:

Just a heads-up that the spring print entries [ black-and-white / color ] must be in Roger Turner's hands by March 25th.

 

Theme of the Month - Hearts:

John Walsh 
Linda Sperry 
Paul Birner 
Sean Kelley 
Paul Miller 

 

What;s On for the Future:

Bratteboro Camera Club:

March: Roger Turner will present the NECCC Print Commentary.
April: Karl Jacobson will do a workshop / presentation on the use of artificial lights in portrait photography.  NOTE: The April meeting has been cancelled.
May: Frank Ward will show prints and talk about his photographic projects in states associated with the former Soviet Union.
June: Local photographer and long time VCP member Judy Unger Clark will talk about her photographic work. [ tentative ]

Crowell Gallery, Newfane Free Library:

Bill Dixon will have an exhibition at the Crowell Gallery during the month of March.  Photos will be of "Bees, Beehives, and Beekeepers of the NorthEast".  There will be an opening reception at the Crowell from 5 - 7 on Friday, March 6th.  Below is information on exhibit dates and gallery hours:

March 3rd - 28th (during library hours)
Artist Reception Friday, March 6th, from 5 - 7 pm 
Crowell Art Gallery at the Moore Free Library
23 West Street, Newfane, Vermont
**Tues. Thurs. 1-5pm, Wed. 2-6pm, Fri. 2-8pm, Sat. 10-2pm.  

 

Meeting Minutes: 13 January 2020

The Brattleboro Camera Club met on January 13th at the Vermont Center for Photography. 

Gill Tavern: 

The owner of the Gill Tavern wishes to have our photos collected from the restaurant.  John Taylor has picked them up and they are presently stored at his home.  Please arrange to get your photos from John.  You can pick them up at his home [ 133 Barton Rd., Greenfield : 413-478-3960 : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] or at our February meeting in Brattleboro. 

Sunderland Library: 

John is working with the Sunderland Library to organize a club exhibition.  Below is a copy of a note from the librarian: 

 

"Hi John,

We absolutely accept group shows, and have had several in the past that have been very successful. The number of pieces we can display is completely dependent on the size of the photographs and frames, but we have had shows with 30 pieces in them. We would also accept multiple applications from the same group, but for different shows, so it would work well if the group wants to split up to offer more photographs from each artist.

Right now we the gallery is available for shows in July & August and November & December, or any time in 2021."

 

There will be more details from John at our February meeting. 

 

Worcester Art Museum Photo Exhibit: 

This photo exhibition leaves the Worcester Museum on February 16th.  Please note that members of the Vermont Center for Photography have free entrance to the Museum. 

"Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman" ; see the Museum websitehttps://www.worcesterart.org/exhibitions/ for details. 

 

NECCC B&W Print Competition:

Roger Turner presented the prints from this annual judged NECCC competition.  There were approximately twenty prints from various camera clubs in New England.  BCC had three entries: Donald Miller, The Sacrifice; Roger Turner, Corporate Farming; Bill Dixon, The Real Bill [ no relation ].  Bill's portrait of the Brattleboro exercise fanatic, who goes by the name The Real Bill, received first prize.

 

Theme of the Month:

Nine club members participated in theme "Anticipation".  

 

Next Meeting:

 The next club meeting will be held on February 10th at VCP. 

 

Meeting Minutes: 9 December 2019

The Brattleboro Camera Club held its monthly meeting on Dec. 9th art VCP.

 

Guest Speaker:

Our guest presenter, Ciri Gillespie, gave an interesting talk on her photographic travels to Cuba.  Her black & white photos depicting the street life of the island were exceptional.  Ciri talked about her interaction with the local residents and their interest in being photographed.  Several of her portraits captured the spirit and enthusiasm of the people she met.  For additional information on the work that Ciri has done please visit her website  https://www.cirigillespie.com/ .

Theme of the Month:

The Theme of the Month was "Complicated".  Here are a few examples submitted by our members:

Club Exercise:

Tom Pitta and Donald Miller distributed two images.  Club members were asked to freely edit either or both the original jpegs. 

This is what they came up with: Club Processing Challenge

The next meeting of the club will be on January 13th.  Please check the BCC website for the list of the 2020 Theme of the Month.

Bill

 

Meeting Minutes: 11 November 2019

The Brattleboro Camera Club held their monthly meeting on November 11th.

Tim Blagg:

The guest speaker was Tim Blagg, the former editor of the Greenfield Recorder, gave an interesting talk on the role of photography in the newspaper industry. His "inside" stories of the ability of a small newspaper to complete with the news helped us appreciate the importance of the photographer on a newspaper staff.

Theme of the Month:

The Theme of the Month was "Man-Powered Transportation". Here are a few of the ipgs:

How to Photograph Lightning:

Sean Kelley brought in his camera adaptor which allows the view, at least according to Sean, the ability to photograph lightning without leaving the friendly and safe confines of the pub! Here is a link to the device:
How to Take the Extraordinary Lightning Photos

Editing a Photo:

Finally, Tom Pitta and Donald Miller submitted two separate images to the club. Our members are asked to freely alter the jpgs as they see fit - e.g. cropping, lighting, conversion to b&w, saturation, etc.

Download the original and send your version of the photo to Bill. The results will be shared at our December meeting.