Meeting Minutes: 8 April 2019

The Club met on April 8th at VCP.  The agenda consisted of two presentations by club members, plus the Theme of the Month images.

Linda Sperry took us on a beautiful summer trip to her home country of Norway. 

There were scenes of mountains, fjords, farms, and food. 

Linda Norway1 Linda Norway2

 

 

Dianne Interlande talked to us about the world of wedding photographers. 

Being prepared seemed to be the slogan of the day and Dianne lugs multiple cameras, lens, batteries, and snacks with her as she prepares her shoot.

DianneInterlande wedding1  DianneInterlande wedding2 

 

THEME OF THE MONTH - DETAILS:

 (coming soon to the theme page)

 

CLUB NEWS:

Congratulations to Dianne Interlande for her 3rd place at the spring NECCC Digital competition. 

Her dramatic image "Studio 1" received a high score of 24/30 by the judges.

Studio One at the NECCC site.

 

GILL TAVERN EXHIBIT: 

John Taylor has spent an inordinate number of hours to have BCC work displayed at the Gill Tavern in Gill, Ma.  The photos will be on the wall in mid-April. 

A sample of the images will be presented at our May meeting.

 

It was nice to see John Fish, one of our long-standing members, attend the meeting.  

 

The next gathering of the club will be held at VCP on Monday, May 13th.  The Theme of the Month is "Missing".

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Meeting Minutes: 11 March 2019

The monthly meeting of the Brattleboro Camera Club met at the Vermont Center for Photography on Monday, March 11th.

INTERCLUB PRINT COMPETITION - SPRING:

Club scores:

Color Print:

  • Donald Miller: Enchanted Riverbank - 21
  • Paul Miller: Sunrise at the Cape - 22
  • John Walsh: El Establo Sunset - 23
  • Debbie Rittall: The Eye - 23

Momochrome Print:

  • John Walsh: Osprey - 23
  • Debbie Rittall: "Wired" Tree - 19
  • Donald Miller: Keeping a Sharp Eye - 19
  • Kathy Carr: Headed to Work - 17

 

INTERCLUB DIGITAL COMPETITION - SPRING:

The final digital competition for the year will be held in early April.  If you wish to enter jpgs please read on:
. deadline for submissions is March 16th 
.two categories: Nature and Open
.jpgs limited to two per member per category
.send your pics to Bill Dixon [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] by March 16th

GILL TAVERN EXHIBIT:
John Taylor has set up an exhibit of BCC member photos at the Gill Tavern in Gill, Ma.  The process he has set up includes the following:  
    ▪     Send jpgs to John [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;] by March 18th
    ▪     John, Brenda, and Cindy will look at the jpgs and choose about 15 pics
    ▪     John and Cindy will meet with the owner of Gill Tavern and he will choose the photos he wants to hang
    ▪     John will notify BCC members if his/her jpg has been chosen for the exhibit
    ▪     Prints, ready to hang on the wall, will be delivered to John or Bill before April 1st
    ▪     These prints should be anywhere from 10" x 10" to 16" x 20" [ not including matte or frame ]
    ▪     Each print must have a title and a selling price
    ▪     Prints will remain at the Tavern for about two months [ negotiable ]
    ▪     Please contact John if you have any questions [ see email address above

PADRE TRAILS CAMERA CLUB - IMAGES:

We enjoyed, with a tint of California envy, the slide show presented by our California partner, Padre Trails Camera Club.  After viewing these slides our members expressed interest in reciprocating with a series of photos.  We will work on this over the next few months.

PadreTrailsClub

STEVE UPTON - NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER:

Our club was privileged to have Steve Upton, a highly-respected nature photographer, come to our meeting.  Steve put together an informative, interesting, and humorous talk on his experiences related to a research project in the far north.  Along with slides, Steve had several large-format prints on display and two of his cameras that were used in the field.  His work illustrated the importance of dedication and determination in producing high-quality work.  

Here is a description of his project as posted on his website  https://steveuptonphotography.com/


"These images are taken in the sea ice of the North Pole from a small ice cutter. This was difficult and risky. You depart from Svalbard, Norway and there are strong possibilities the sea ice has moved too far North and captains won’t make the dangerous voyage. You will be left searching the Svalbard Archipelago for land bound polar bear. In July, when I was there, we were about 25 hours in open sea before reaching the sea ice of the North Pole. We were the only humans, no other captain would make the crossing at that time. By the way, our return trip to the islands was in 25 foot seas on a 40 meter boat. There is a reason for caution amongst the captains."

 

THEME OF THE MONTH - SHADOWS:
Thirteen of our members contributed to the Shadows theme.  Compositions ranged from shadows of tombstones, jugs, trees, alleys, and lots of people. 

For samples from the slideshow go to our website: (coming soon to the theme page).

The theme for April is "Details".  Please send your jpgs to Bill Dixon [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] before April 8th.

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Meeting Minutes: 11 February 2019

  The Brattleboro Camera Club’s monthly meeting was held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Vermont Center for Photography. Bill Dixon led the meeting.

Guests to the meeting were Kevin Hart, Stephen Dysert, and Robert Crispino. The monthly theme was “Perspective” and there were over 40 submissions by members.

  John Taylor discussed several exhibit opportunities in Massachusetts. One was the Gill Tavern http://thegilltavern.com/ which would like the club to provide a permanent exhibit of 10-12 prints, each for 60-90 days.

Please contact John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  Roger Turner presented the color prints entered in the New England Camera Club winter inter-club competition, accompanied by the recorded judge evaluations.

Several members of the Brattleboro club received high marks, honorable mention, and second place went to Cyndee Meese, with her stunning portrait.

Results of the electronic competition also gave high marks to Brattleboro Camera Club members, with Honorable Mention to Tom Pitta. Members and scores below:

Kathy Carr – Spider – 16

Lee Lloyd – Winter Sunset – 17

Donald Miller – Tree Trunk #2 – 16

Paul Miller – Texas Rattler – 18

Cynthia Meese – Self Portrait – 19

Tom Pitta – Brother and Sister – 21 - HM

Roger Turner – Family Farm – 18

John Walsh – Spanish Lane - 17

Spring Competition. The third NECCC Electronic Photograph Interclub Competition will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, hosted by the Seacoast Camera Club at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road (27 Elwyn Road for GPS), Portsmouth, NH 03801 beginning at 6:00 pm. The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday, March 18th. For questions or to submit your images contact Bill Dixon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Canal Street Art Gallery, Bellows Falls. http://canalstreetartgallery.com/
The opening for a photography exhibit was held on Friday, February 15th from 5-8.

  Among work by artists Spaulding Dunbar, Karl Jacobson, and Jeffrey Spring were exhibits by Brattleboro Camera Club members, Kathy Carr, Marek Jagoda, Don Kalfus, Ea Maples, and Linda Carlson Sperry. The opening was well attended and many came to support BCC members.

  The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Vermont Center for Photography at 6:30 pm. The monthly theme is “Shadows.” Please send to Bill Dixon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

They should be sized at 1024 X 768 px.

Our guest speaker for March is Steve Upton. https://steveuptonphotography.com/ He will share his images and story-telling of travel photography of landscapes and animals.

You may preview his beautiful images on his website.

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Meeting MInutes: December 10th, 2018

The Brattleboro Camera Club met on Monday evening, December 10th, at the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro.

Jon Mack was our speaker and presented commentary, video, and a slide-show of his visits to cold places such as Chile, Greenland, Sweden and Norway.
His photographs included wildlife - including polar bears and birds- and amazing icebergs, glaciers and landscapes. He emphasized the effects of global warming on the land and the wildlife, as glaciers melt and hunting for food becomes more difficult.

The flash photography session held in Vernon on Sunday, December 9th, was a great success. Tom Pita and John Taylor provided lighting set-ups and guidance for participants to experiment and take their own shots.
The setups ranged from high end equipment to those that can easily be used in a small home studio or outdoor portrait setting.

 

FlashDemo 1 

FlashDemo 2 FlashDemo 3 FlashDemo 4

  The next annual photography conference sponsored by the New England Camera Club Conference will be held at University of Massachusetts at Amherst on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019. A courtesy pass is given each year to a member from each club. If you are interested, please contact Bill Dixon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the end of December.

  The Interclub competition included many winners from the Brattleboro Club. Tom PItta won first in the black and white. Tom Singleton won 2nd place and Cyndee Meese won honorable mention with the color images. Other high-scoring participants were Bill Dixon, Donald Miller, Paul Miller, and Roger Turner.

The Red Clover Commons in Brattleboro will host an exhibit for our club from January to April, 2019. The these is “Best Shot of 2018,” happy and colorful out of respect for the people who live in the complex. If you are interested in participating please send one or two jpg photos to Cyndee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Bill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to consider for the exhibit. Please put “Clover Commons” in the subject lines. The final decision on the prints will be made by December 28th.
The exhibit will consist of about nine large, frames prints or more if there are smaller prints. 16X20 is max; 10x10 is minimum. We will need titles and prices from the contributors for photos chosen at least three days before we install the show.

The monthly theme for December was ‘holiday cheer.”
The next meeting of the Brattleboro Camera Club is Monday, January 14th at 6:30 pm at the Vermont Center for Photography.
The theme for January 2019 is ‘Everyday Moments.’ Happy New Year!

 

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Meeting Minutes: November 12, 2018

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Red Clover Commons, Jan - April, 2019

The club is invited to place a photographic exhibit at the Red Clover Commons in Brattleboro. The exhibit will consist of approximately nine large framed prints. These photos will be on display at the Commons from January to April, 2019. The theme of the exhibit is “Best Shot of 2018”. The show will be organized by Cyndee Meese.

If you are interested in participating please send Cyndee [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] jpgs of photos you wish Cyndee to consider for the exhibit. A final decision on the prints will be made by late December.

 

Glennie Memorial Nature Salon

 

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The club entry fee for the Salon is $50. It is likely that BCC would enter the competition if there is sufficient interest from its members.

Please let Bill Dixon know if you are interested in submitting photos. The club will have to decide by mid February if we are going to participate.

Deadline for Entries: February 28, 2019
Additional Information:
http://www.mvcameraclub.org/competitions/interclub/glennie/

 

NECCC Complementary Enrollment

Each July the New England Camera Club Conference hosts their event in Amherst, Ma. In hopes on encouraging new participants each camera club in New England is offered a complimentary entry to the conference. Each club is allowed one complementary entry.

Rules governing the courtesy co-pay enrollment:

1. Candidates must be at least eighteen years of age as of July 1, 2019
2. Candidates must be a member of an NECCC member club whose dues are paid for the current year
3. Candidates must have never attended a previous NECCC conference
4. Selection of the candidate will be the responsibility of the individual clubs
5. Applications will not be accepted after the original deadline (March 1, 2019)

Our club should make a choice of participant by mid-February.If you are interested in applying for the complementary enrollment please let Bill Dixon know as soon as possible.

 

Birds of Prey Outdoor Photography Session

This is a 2-hour photography trip to Wingmasters [ www.wingmasters.net ] on Saturday, November 17th ( rain date is November 18th ). This is an opportunity to photograph owls, falcons, and hawks in a controlled environment. The cost is $50 per person. Although the original deadline has passed, Debbie is willing to offer a second session if there is sufficient interest. Please contact Debbie Koundry at 203.558.2372 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

 

FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY - SESSION II:

Tom Pitta and John Taylor presented an interesting and informative session on the use of materials common in flash photography. Through the use of diagrams, models, and a styrofoam head they illustrated the use and varying effects of flashes, softboxes, diffusers, and other items.

Their final session will be held in early December. You will receive an email when the date and location is decided.

Links to more information on flash photography:

The Strobist (main page):  http://strobist.blogspot.com/   

The Strobist (gear guide): http://strobist.blogspot.com/2013/12/without-reservation-recommended-gear.html

Adorama (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Pksdbj37CdE00kmE7Z1dw

Sekonic (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/sekonicvids/videos

 

PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES:

CAMERA FOR SALE

Kathy Carr has a Nikon D500 [ body only ] for sale for $890 or best offer. She also is selling a Nikon 16-80 f 4 -5.6 lens with UV lens protection for $690.00 or best offer. You can contact Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PRINTER INK SUPPLIES

John Taylor mentioned that his ink supplier is Blake Printing Supply. Their products are available from their website http://www.blakeprintingsupply.com/or from Amazon.

TWO-FLASH HOLDER

John displayed a two-flash holder that he uses in his flash photography work. It is available from Roberts Camera [ https://robertscamera.com]. For more information please contact John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

EQUIPMENT DISCOUNTS

Hunts's Photo has expressed an interest in being a resource to Brattleboro Camera Club members. 

When considering vendors for purchases of supplies or equipment, you can call Alan Samiljan at Hunt's and identify yourself as a BCC member to see what Hunt's offer would be or to find out what kind of deals they may have.    Contact:  Alan Samiljan, (781) 462-2383, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

DISPLAYING MEMBERS WORK:

Members entries in the InterClub Print Competition were shown by Roger. Prints are graded on a scale from 10 to 30. Congratulations to Tom Pitta for his “26”!

Bill showed the entries from club members for the InterClub Electronic Competition. The eight jpgs will be evaluated by the judges of NECCC. Results will be available for our December meeting.

A collection of jpgs from the recent Kelby Walk were shown. Good weather and enthusiastic photographers resulted in some interesting photos.

 

November Theme: Long Exposure

We had twenty-three jpgs and three prints presented by our members. Link to images.