Meeting Minutes – January 8, 2018
The January meeting of the Brattleboro Camera Club was held at the Vermont Center for Photography on January 8th. There were eighteen members in attendance. Bill Dixon facilitated.
Theme of the Month - Geometry: Lines and Shapes
Eight members submitted images : Gary King, John Taylor, Karen Hesse, Bill Dixon, Roger Turner, Sean Kelley, Donald Miller, and Tom Singleton.
Best Shots of 2017:
Members were asked to review their photographs from 2017 and pull out one or two exceptional shots. Gary, John, Karen, Bill, Roger, and Tom shared with us their choices. Both Karen and Bill
commented on the minimal number of "best" shots they had taken in the year 2017 perhaps illustrating the difference between a "good" photo and an "exceptional" photo.
Ea Maples distributed a one-page related to interest in organized photo shoots by the club. The responses to the questions will be posted at a later date.
Upcoming Member Competitions:
- InterClub Print - two categories [ color / black&white ] - deliver prints to Tom Singleton [ 21 Howard Street, Brattleboro : 609.602.9310 ] by Feb. 6th - please call Tom before you drop off your print(s)
- The Glennie Nature Photo Competition - see information below. If there is sufficient interest from the members the club may contribute to the entry fee.
(Note: This is an image - the links don't work!)
NECCC Color Print Competition:
Roger introduced the photographs from the NECCC color print competition.
There were twenty-five prints in the judging with four of them coming from BCC members [ Tom Singleton, Bill Dixon, Paul Miller, and Roger Turner ]. We wish to congratulate Roger for his Honorable Mention award. There was a lively discussion of the apparent extensive photoshop manipulation of the winning photograph, leading us to question what exactly was in the original scene of brook, tree(s), and building(s). It was suggested the club contact NECCC to obtain some guidelines and clarification of the extent that raw photos can be electronically altered.
p.s. Roger assured us that he did not clone additional sheep onto the hillside of his HM photo.
What Constitutes a Nature Photograph [ or Can You Have a Plowed Field in your Nature Photo ] :
Here is a link to the NECCC guidelines. Please note the last sentence of the guidelines regarding "authentic wildlife." "The NECCC Electronic Inter-club Nature Competition uses the PSA definition of nature that is posted on the PSA Internet Electronic Photograph Inter-club Competition Rules Page 4 site at http://www.psa-photo.org/index.php?nature-nature-definition. Our nature competitions are open nature competitions and entries do not have to meet the additional authentic wildlife definition that is also posted on the same Internet page."
We wish to welcome a new member, Robert Brown, to our group. Robert is interested in street photography and has experience in the world of video photography. Helio Ha also joined us and we look forward to seeing some of his work at future meetings.
Spring Bulb Shows:
John Taylor informed us of two upcoming floral events in the Northampton area. He will have more information at the February meeting.
The monthly themes for 2018 will be posted well before the next meeting.
The next meeting of the club will be on Monday, February 12th at VCP with the business/social activity beginning at 6:15 and the presentations at 6:30.
Notes by Bill Dixon