Meeting Minutes: October 8,2018

  The Brattleboro Camera Club monthly meeting was held on October 8, 2018 at 6:45 at the Vermont Center for Photography on Flat Street in Brattleboro, and led by Bill Dixon, President.

  There were 18 people attending and two new members. Welcome to John Walsh and and Larry Smith!

  After four years Gary King has handed over his duties as club treasurer to Tom Singleton. Thank you Gary and Tom.

  First discussed was the annual Kelby Photography Walk led by John Taylor. It was well attended by 18 people, many who were new to the area.There were even two walkers who were visiting the area from California. One of these was Carol Fuessenich from Pacific Grove, California. She is the vice-president of the Padre Trails Camera Club. She is very interested in connect our two clubs to share photography and competitions. We welcome any ideas about how to facilitate that. We finished our walk at the Marina in Brattleboro for lunch.

  Bill Dixon asked that the Brattleboro Camera Club would like each participant to submit one or two of their best shots to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Prizes will be awarded to two photos after they all are evaluated by the members at the November meeting.

  Kathy Carr has stepped in to reactivate the Meet-Up group. This will notify members and others interested in photography about upcoming events and get-togethers in New England. Members have indicated the need for this online contact opportunity. Please contact Kathy Carr if you learn about or organize a meet-up. Thank you Kathy!

  Entries for the NECCC Interclub digital and print competition must be submitted no later than October 20th:

  Digital entries must be submitted to Bill Dixon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (six nature and six pictorial)

  Print entries must arrive at Bill Dixons address, 114 Morningside Commons, Brattleboro, Vermont. (802-257-9524) (four color and four black and white – maximum dimensions including mat is 16” X 20”)

  Cynthia Meese is featured as the latest “Member Profile” on the Brattleboro Camera Club website. Her stunning portraits taken in “worlds” she has created tell a compelling story. Learn more about Cindy here:

  John Taylor and Tom Pitta presented the first installment on the use of flash in portrait photography. John presented ideas on modifiers and showed samples of a portrait taken with different techniques. Tom stepped in to explain the science behind the light and the technical aspects of the functioning of the strobe, off camera and on. They will continue the discussion at the November meeting and finish at the December meeting with a studio set up with models and an opportunity to take our own shots. Bring your camera and flash to that December meeting to participate.

  Member Ea Maples has shared a unique opportunity for photography education. A workshop called the Art of Photographing the Circus Arts, is taking place in April 2019. The amazing dance photographer Rose Eichenbaum will lead, bringing her years of expertise to NECCA, including leading sold out dance photography workshops at Jacob's Pillow. For more information see the website for the New England Center for Circus Arts.

  The Monthly theme for October was Golden Hour/Blue Hour. Here are a few that were submitted at the meeting. See more on the BCC website. The November theme will be Long Exposure. You may send your jpg images to Bill Dixon or bring prints to the meeting.

Meeting Minutes: August 13, 2018

The August meeting of the Brattleboro Camera Club was held at Vermont Center for Photography on August 13, 2018.

There were 17 people in attendance. Bill Dixon led our meeting.

The exhibit at Mocha Maya in Shelburne Falls was taken down and images returned to members who participated.

The Bellows Falls exhibit will be taken down by Lee and Bill on 8/26/2018.

The theme of the month was Back to Nature and member images were reviewed.

The theme for September is environmental portraits.

  NECCC honorable mentions awards were given to Kathy Carr, Lee Lloyd, and Paul Miller. Tom Singleton attended this year’s annual conference at UMASS Amherst, Mass and said it was very well done and organized.

  Paul Miller offered a slide show of bird images taken at a ranch in south Texas. The scenes were set up beautifully and baited to draw the various species in. He mostly used a 200-500mm zoom. Photographers in the group were challenged to capture images using many different techniques.

  John Taylor discussed possible workshops with Rick Friedman (lighting) for $800/day for 6-7 people in the club plus photographers brought in by Rick. John says he is traveling often and difficult to reach. We discussed workshops by our members and shooting on location. John and Tom will begin by organizing a lighting workshop.

  Alan Fowler of Fact TV and the local Bellows Falls bookstore has requested that we submit high quality tiffs in native format taken of Bellows Falls. He has an arrangement with the Rockingham Opera House to create local videos and advertising to display for the half hour before movies are shown. He would like to create a slide show with the Bellows Falls images giving credit to the photographer and Brattleboro Camera Club. The club agreed to participate. Lee will get more information.

  Also discussed was developing the story starting with video shot of the group in the Bellows Falls walk.  The participating photographers agreed to submit 8-10 images each to Alan and also video an individual interview in the Fact TV studios. Lee will follow up on this.

  John Taylor mentioned an excellent photography exhibit in Salem, Mass at the Peabody Museum.
He also mentioned a bird photography exhibit at the Fish and Wildlife in South Hadley, Mass until the end of August.

Mike Zide, nature photographer, will be the presenter at the September meeting. 

October 6th is the annual Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. There will be a walk held in Brattleboro. More info to come. Tom Singleton may be unable to lead this year and John Taylor will take his place if needed.               
The club next meeting will be held on September 10th. 


Meeting Minutes: July 9, 2018

The Brattleboro Camera Club met at the Vermont Center for Photography on Monday, July 9th at 6:30 pm. There were 10 members attending. Roger Turner led the meeting.

This monthʼs theme was ‘imitate a master.ʼ Ansel Adams, Georgia OʼKeefe, Minor White, William Mortensen, and Rembrandt were among those represented.

Images will be available for viewing on the BCC website. The August theme will be "back to nature".

The NECCC conference is this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are 3-4 members attending.

Lee Lloyd presented an overview of the Bellows Falls photo walk on June 2nd, showing images explaining the many photo ops there. The exhibit was hung on July 3rd at Cafe 7 on the Square featuring photos taken on the walk. Cafe 7 has asked us to extend the exhibit to also include the month of August.

3FBF is an event each month on the 3rd Friday which showcases art, vendors, music, and a farmers market from 5-7 pm. Several members will be attending on July 20th to promote the Brattleboro Camera Club at Cafe 7, and there is also some interest in the August 17th date. The exhibit will also be in place for Bellows Falls Old Home Days on August 4th which features fireworks and special events. This is the most popular and well-attended event of the year.  3FBF on Facebook.

There was talk of organizing a shoot at the Adams Grist Mill museum in Bellows Falls. We have been invited to bring lighting equipment and spend some time there exclusively. Tom Singleton has the contact information for that event.

Tom Singleton presented a slide show of images taken during his recent trip to Iceland with a small group led by Tony Sweet.

Amazingly blue ice and black rocks, colorful lighthouses, pristine churches, and horses. They may be seen on his website at

Club members discussed the importance of backing up images, preferably to a cloud based or remote location. Best practice is to have backup off site. UPS battery backups were also recommended.

Noting the small attendance represented during summer months, we discussed alternate meeting options during these times.

Like those at the NECCC conference, pre-set photo ops were offered - still life or models. Field trips were another, with Cynthia Meese offering to organize a shoot with models. Further discussion at the August meeting.

Cynthia Meese also would like to organize a ‘coffee-klatchʼ in varying locations for meeting and exchanging photography ideas.

The next meeting is scheduled on August 13th.


Meeting Minutes: June 11, 2018

The June meeting of the Brattleboro Camera Club was held at Vermont Center for Photography on June 11, 2018. There were 19 in attendance.
John Taylor led our meeting and mentioned that the exhibit at Mocha Maya in Shelburne Falls, Mass is up and may be viewed through the end of July.

  There were six members at the photo walk in Bellows Falls. The images from that walk will be hung on Tuesday, July 3 at 10:00 am at Café 7 on the Square in Bellows Falls. It will run through the month of July.

  The grist mill museum in Bellows Falls has kindly offered us an opportunity to shoot both floors of the building, allowing total access and the ability to bring lighting. Please let us know if there is any interest.

  The theme of the month was ‘high-key’ and ‘low-key.’ Several images were shown and more may be offered at the July meeting. The June images may be viewed on the BCC website. July’s theme is “imitate a master.’

  Our guest speaker was John Green from Belchertown, Mass. John is an interpretive naturalist and photographer who shared slides and descriptions of his travels throughout North America and the National Parks. He started with Newfoundland, Acadia, White Mountains, Denali, Glacier National Park, Death Valley, and the Everglades. Along with the iconic landscapes, he shared shots of animals including mountain goats, birds, moose, bison, insects, and much more. His narration was educational and conveyed his love and respect for nature. He finished with captures of landscapes, flowers, and wildlife near his home in Massachusetts. John is available to present slide programs, photo walks, and workshops.

  Member Debbie Rittall’s stunning image "Rusian" has been selected by the New England Camera Club Council as a submission to the PSA Council Challenge chosen at the Photographic Society of America’s annual convention. Congratulations, Debbie! Her photo can be seen here: Contest Entries


Meeting Minutes: May 14, 2018


The Brattleboro Camera Club had their monthly May meeting at the Vermont Center for Photography.


  The guest speaker, Rick Friedman, gave an illustrated talk on his experiences as a professional photographer. Rick has photographed every U.S. president from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump, as well as numerous musicians, scientists, and models. His work has appeared in Newsweek [ 7 covers ], Time, New York Times, People, and the Washington Post. Rick is known for his creative lighting techniques. It was this area that Rick devoted most of his presentation. Through photos of people he illustrated his methods in creating strong color backgrounds. Rick also talked about specific lighting equipment and how it enhances the photographs.

  Bill Dixon and Lee Lloyd talked about the upcoming photo walk Bellows Falls on June 2nd. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cafe 7 in Bellows Falls. Photographs from our walk will be part of an exhibition in the Cafe for part of the summer.

  A second members' exhibit will be at the Mocha Maya Coffee House in Shelburne Falls, MA. The show will be on display from June 11th to July 30th. Members are asked to submit framed-and-matted prints to Bill during the first week of June. More information on this exhibit: Mocha Maya Show

  The "Theme of the Month: Self Portrait" contributions were projected on the big screen, with lots of laughs and good-natured teasing. The theme was an interesting challenge to most of us and displayed the creative side of many of our members. Examples will be posted on our club website: Photo Assignment Gallery

  Thomas Pitta shared with us three printed photographs which illustrated the use of focus stacking. This technique allows the photographer to take several images [ in Tom's illustration he took approximately 40 pics ], each with a slightly different focal length. When compressed into one image [ stacked ] the photograph can have exceptional depth of field and clarity. Tom will bring in his equipment and illustrate how this is done at a future meeting.

  Members were asked to provide input on topics they wish to board to discuss at the semi-annual meeting. We have ended our membership to the MeetUp website. A few members noted that they heard of BCC through MeetUp. Two people mentioned that using the social media networks such as Facebook and MeetUp is the best way to keep local photographers informed of our club activities.

The next camera club meeting will be held at VCP on Monday, June 11th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.