Meeting Minutes - July 10, 2017


We met at VCP.  Liz LaVorgna facilitated.

Upcoming Events

  • SEPT  - Mocha Joe’s - BCC Exhibit

  • OCT 7 - Scott Kelby Photo walk in Brattleboro VT - Tom Singleton/Liz LaVorgna

  • NOV    - I-91 Visitor Center - BCC Exhibit


Business Announcements/Updates:

1.  NECCC Color and Black/White Circuit - Images due 7/23


  • The prints for the color and b&w circuits need to be submitted by 7/23.  If you would like to submit a print please email Roger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and he will make arrangements with you to get the print(s).   (Roger 802-257-5608)

  • Our club will have 4 entries in each of the color and b&w circuits, and we will endeavor to see that everyone who submits a print will get a print into one of the competitions.   

  • Bill Dixon will be notifying people of how to submit entries for the NECCC digital print competition. 


2.  Upcoming exhibits at Mocha Joe’s & Visitor Center

  • Forward images to Kathy for both exhibits 

  • Mocha Joe’s images could be more edgy 

  • Visitor Center more tame like VT landscapes/flowers (minimum size 16x20)


Welcome New Members!
       
Guest Speaker: Liz LaVorgna - Photography/Art for Social Change
Photographer Liz LaVorgna discussed various photo projects on Social Change and how to get motivated to create change. Liz feels that having empathy and anger/passion for change is the key to doing these projects.
View the presentation here.


What’s in the bag:

  • Body: Nikon D7500, D200, D90

  • Lenses: Nikon 50mm f 1.8, Nikon 150mm f2.8, Sigma 18/300 f.3.5, Tokina 12/24 f4 (wide angle)

  • Extras: Rogue flashbender,  Westcott Speedlight Modifier w/beauty dish

  • Pro Tip: Love what you do, connect with your subject.


July Photo Theme: iPhoneography/different equipment than your 'go to' images

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Next Meeting:      Aug 14, 2017 6:30pm Vermont Center for Photography (VCP), 49 Flat St Brattleboro
Program:             Photo Share - Bring/email Kathy a project (5-10 images) you are working on for feedback from the club
Photo Theme:     OPEN Category - It’s summer, bring/email your favorite image (2 max) to Kathy    

See "News And Announcements" for any updates on the next meeting.


                     

Meeting Minutes - May 15, 2017


We met for dinner at Evening Star Grange in Dummerston. Bill Dixon facilitated.


Upcoming Events
● NECCC Conference - July 14,15,16 UMass Amherst NECCC Info
● BCC Exhibit - September Mocha Joe’s
● BCC Exhibit - November I-91 Visitor Center


Announcements/Updates:
1. Club Meetings Year Round!
    The board agreed that starting in June 2017 we will have club meetings every month of the year. Historically we
    have taken the summer off but decided there are great photo opportunities/photo walks & wanted to keep
    excitement up for the club all year. Location will be at Vermont Center for Photography (VCP).
    Meeting Structure:
    ● 6pm - Start with Business (typically board members but attend if you wish)
    ● 6:30 - Meeting/Program Start
    ● 7:30 - Photo Theme Review
    ● 8:00 - END
2. Board Members/Officers chosen 2017/2018
    Nominations were read and voting took place/approved for the following board members:

  •  Bill Dixon - President
  •  John Taylor - VP
  •  Liz LaVorgna - Secretary
  •  Gary King - Treasurer
  •  Kathy Carr - Exhibits
  •  Donald Miller - Web
  •  Roger Turner
  •  Lee Lloyd


Guest Speaker: Mike Roman
  Portrait photographer and NECCC judge joined us for dinner and gave feedback on images that were submitted to the
May KeyBank exhibit and on the monthly theme images . When judging an image, he tries to be kind to everyone and
provide constructive feedback. He noted that all judges are different and PPA has a 12 point merit system however he
focuses on the following:
● Impact - does it grab the viewer
● Lighting, Composition
● Humor, Emotion
● Storytelling
● How the image compares to the others
In summary he said; Have fun, experiment, look at images & shoot what moves you.

Notes by Liz LaVorgna/Secretary
Next Meeting: June 12, 2017 6pm Vermont Center for Photography (VCP) , 49 Flat St Brattleboro
Program: TBD
Photo Theme: Open Category . Bring prints or send digital files (1 or 2 images max) to Bill Dixon by June 9.
Notes by Liz LaVorgna/Secretary


Meeting Minutes - April 10, 2017


We met at Brooks Memorial Library. John Taylor facilitated.


Upcoming Events
● VCP Photo Salon- April 20 Details Here
● Key Bank BCC Exhibit - May 1-12
● NECCC Conference - July 14,15,16 UMass Amherst info here
● BCC Exhibit - September Mocha Joe’s
● BCC Exhibit - November I-91 Visitor Center


Announcements/Updates:
1. NECCC 72nd Annual Conference July 14,15,16 2017 at UMass Amherst Campus
Experience 3 days of workshops, lectures, photo ops, networking, gear testing/buying and knowledge to last a
lifetime. NECCC Conference Details here.
2. Board Members/Officers to be chosen 2017/2018
It’s time to elect new officers! If you are interested in being on the board: President, Vice President, Treasurer,
Secretary, Exhibits/Social Media, Members ‘at large’. Please send names of nominees to Bill Dixon by May 14.
Voting will take place at our year end dinner.
3. Annual Year-End Dinner
Monday May 15 at Grange Hall in Dummerston VT. 6pm.
Menu: Chicken/Fish/Ham/Veg ($15). Members who wish to attend, please pay Gary by May 7.
Mail check (payable to Brattleboro Camera Club) to: Gary King 385 South Main St., Brattleboro, 05301
4. Treasurer’s Report
Ending balance as of 3/12 is $2900.14
5. Key Bank Exhibit - May 1-12
A great opportunity to show off the club’s work! The images will be on display, in full sun key bank window.
Open theme, Images should be 16x20 minimum (20x24 framed)
If interested in being part of this show, please email jpegs to Kathy by 4/24. Only 20 images will be hung so this
will help with the selection process.


Photo Review
1. Monthly Theme: On the Street
Images were reviewed for this month’s theme. See monthly themes here
Happy to report that participation has increased even more this month with 45 entries!
Notes by Liz LaVorgna/Secretary


Guest Speaker: Sarah Holbrook
Sarah discussed her various photo series including; “Surfacing”, “Driving Home” and “ Liquid Edge, the Polar Regions ”.
It was a pleasure to listen to her adventures and experience her enthusiasm for glaciers. “Ice is so alive”.
Sarah got started with photography at the Camera Club of NY and was happy to be part of our speaker series.
Sarah’s next exhibit in May 2017 Liquid Edge Exhibit link
What’s in Sarah’s Bag:
Camera: Nikon D800/D810
Lenses: 14/24mm f2.8
80/200mm f2.8
24/70mm f2.8


Ellis Island by Tom Singleton
Tom showed several images that he took on his recent trip to Ellis Island. Haunting, beautiful images.
Link to Ellis Island Photos


Next Meeting: May15, 2017 6pm Dinner at the Grange Hall in Dummerston VT
Program: TBD
Photo Theme: Planes, Trains, Automobiles . Bring prints or send digital files to Bill Dixon by May 10.
Notes by Liz LaVorgna/Secretary

Meeting Minutes - March 13, 2017


We met at Brooks Memorial Library. Bill Dixon facilitated.


Upcoming Events
● VCP Photo Salon- March 16 Details Here
● BCC Exhibit - Brooks Memorial Library (Winter - Date TBD)
● BCC Exhibit - May 1-12 Key Bank (more details to come from Kathy Carr)
● NECCC Conference - July 14,15,16 UMass Amherst info here
● BCC Exhibit - September Mocha Joe’s
● BCC Exhibit - November I-91 Visitor Center

Announcements/Updates:
1. NECCC 72nd Annual Conference July 14,15,16 2017 at UMass Amherst Campus
  Experience 3 days of workshops, lectures, photo ops, networking, gear testing/buying and knowledge to last a
  lifetime. NECCC Conference Details here.
  ● Courtesy Enrollment: Congratulations to Lee for winning this year!
2. Welcome New Members
  Debbie & Chip
3. Annual Year-End Dinner
  Monday May 15 at Grange Hall in Dummerston VT.
  Menu: Chicken/Fish/Ham/Veg ($15). Members who wish to attend, please pay Gary by April 10
4. Treasurer’s Report
  ● Ending balance as of 3/12 is $2879.87
5. BCC Meeting Location 2017/2018
  Update: Discussion from January meeting of moving the meeting to another location in town such as VCP, The
  Coop, Marlboro College. Many people wanted VCP as it seems a natural alignment with our club. The board will
  meet in June and decide on location. If you have any concerns please contact any board member.
6. Continuing Photo Education Classes
  Club members discussed several opportunities for continuing educations classes noted below:
  ● Greenfield Community College More info click here
  ● Creative Live (online presentations by Lindsay Adler & Art Wolfe) More info click here (sometimes free)
  ● KelbyOne Training More info click here

Photo Review
1. Monthly Theme: A River Runs Through It
  Images were reviewed for this month’s theme. See monthly themes here
  Happy to report that participation has increased even more this month with 32 entries!

Notes by Liz LaVorgna/Secretary

Main Topic: NECCC Digital Competition Review - Nature Circuit (pictorial available on request)
  The club reviewed the Nature circuit and we listened to the speaker give constructive feedback on cropping and resizing
images for best presentation of images. It is very important to follow sizing requirements as this can have a negative
effect on your entry. The speaker also made several adjustments to images to show how images could be improved in his
opinion.
  The speaker also went over the 3 criteria for the Nature circuit. This might be helpful for us the next time around:
1. Tells a Story - e.g. woodpecker with the grub; loon and chick; bear with salmon - viewer can imagine what may
have come before or after the instant the photo was taken
2. Pictorial Qualities - balance in the image, lines, texture, shapes, …
3.Technical Qualities - clarity, overexposed, underexposed, lacks contrast and structure [ flat image ], blown out
areas; cropping - all the things we work on with post-processing of an image

Next Meeting: April 10, 2017 6:30pm at Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro VT.
Guest Speaker: Sarah Holbrook discusses Greenland and presenting work to galleries
Photo Theme: On the Street . Bring prints or send digital files to Bill Dixon by April 6.
Notes by Liz LaVorgna/Secretary

Meeting Minutes - February 13, 2017


We met at Brooks Memorial Library. Bill Dixon facilitated.


Upcoming Events
● BCC Exhibit - Brooks Memorial Library (Winter - Date TBD)
● BCC Exhibit - May 1-12 Key Bank (more details to come from Kathy Carr)
● NECCC Conference - July 14,15,16 UMass Amherst
● BCC Exhibit - September Mocha Joe’s
● BCC Exhibit - November I-91 Visitor Center

Announcements:
1. NECCC 72nd Annual Conference July 14,15,16 2017 at UMass Amherst Campus
   Experience 3 days of workshops, lectures, photo ops, networking, gear testing/buying and knowledge to last a
   lifetime. NECCC Conference Details here.
   ● Courtesy Enrollment: One lucky NEW member has a chance to attend the conference FREE . Please
     submit your name to Bill Dixon by Feb 25 to be in the running.
   ● High School Student Guest Enrollment: Limited to 6 students across New England. If you know a High
     School student that would be interested in this please let Bill Dixon know by Feb 25 . In addition, complete
     the application form and send to Bill Dixon, 114 Morningside Commons, Brattleboro VT 05301 (application
form sent with notes).

2. Upcoming Photo Competitions:
   ● NECCC Inter-Club PRINT Competition - Open Category, No Entry Fee
(If you would like to submit a PRINT to this competition, deliver to Bill Dixon by Feb 25.)
   ● NECCC Inter-Club DIGITAL Competition - Pictorial & Nature Category, No Entry Fee
(If you would like to submit a DIGITAL IMAGE to this competition, email to Bill Dixon by March 10.)
3. Annual Year-End Dinner
   Monday May 15 at Grange Hall in Dummerston VT.
   Menu: Chicken/Fish/Ham/Veg ($15), Roast Beef ($18).Members who wish to attend, please pay by April 10
4. Meetup Group
   The BCC board is considering creating a meetup group to help get new members and increase participation in the
   club. Kathy Carr is researching this and more details will be forthcoming. Please reference the Quechee Area
   Camera Club's Meetup
5. BCC Meeting Location 2017/2018
   Update: Discussion from January meeting of moving the meeting to another location in town such as VCP, The
   Coop, Marlboro College. Many people wanted VCP as it seems a natural alignment with our club. The board will
   meet in June and decide on location. If you have any concerns please contact any board member.
Notes by Liz LaVorgna/Secretary

Photo Review
1. Monthly Theme: Doorways
   Images were reviewed for this month’s theme. See monthly themes here.
   Happy to report that participation has increased even more this month with 20-25 entries!
2. NECCC Interclub DIGITAL Competition
   Bill facilitated a slideshow of the images from 9 club members. Images will be evaluated by 3 judges and scored.
3. NECCC Interclub PRINT Competition (VCP)
   Review of images that were part of the Jan 23rd competition at VCP.


Main Topic: NECCC Color Print Competition
Roger facilitated our main topic for the evening by showing the print entries as the speaker gave thoughtful, positive and
creative feedback for each entry with a dash of humor. Honorable mention #2 goes to Roger Turner for “Old San Juan
Street”. Roger encouraged club members to vote for our top 3 and they were very different from what the speaker had
chosen as the top photo.


Next Meeting: March 13, 2017 6:30pm at Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro VT.
Topic: NECCC Digital Competition
Photo Theme: A river runs through it. Bring prints or send digital files to Bill Dixon by March 6.
Notes by Liz LaVorgna/Secretary