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.


Meeting Minutes: April 9, 2018


The Brattleboro Camera Club had their April meeting at the Vermont Center for Photography. Following are the minutes of that meeting:


Tony Downer - Guest Presenter:

  Tony is a free-lance photographer and former instructor at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls. During his informative talk, Tony talked and illustrated his past work in fields of photography including sports, rural landscapes, portraits, "petraits", and weddings. Tony emphasized the role of imperfection in his photographic work, where unorthodox depth of field, lighting, and cropping helped create an atmosphere in the images. We greatly appreciated his willingness to come to our meeting and share some of his ideas on photography.

For more information on Tony, please see his website:


New Guests / Old Friends:

Malcolm and Kelly Blue were introduced by Lee Lloyd. Malcolm had previously been involved with a Bellows Falls camera group ... and welcome back to Malcolm Moore, Goerges Herzog, and Bob LeBlond.


Theme of the Month:

Ten of our members contributed to the theme "Fill the Frame". Here are some of the images: Theme Of The Month


InterClub Digital Spring Competition:

We had eight members submit jpgs to this NECCC competition. Here are the entries: Competition Entries


Membership / Financial Report:

The club has 30 members which includes four households. Our treasurer Gary King records a balance of $2858.04 in our bank account.


AAA Travel Photo Contest: Home Page




Camera for Sale:

Dianne Interlande has a gently used Nikon 610 for sale. For additional information please contact Dianne at her email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Next Meeting - May 14th - 6:30 p.m. - VCP

Minutes : Monthly Meeting : March 12, 2018

1] AAA New England Journey Photo Contest


2] Interclub Digital Competition - Spring 2018

   Categories: Pictorial / Nature

   Please send your interclub jpgs to Bill Dixon [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] by Friday, March 16th

3] Interclub Print Competition - Spring 2018

   Categories: Color/Black and White - The club can send 4 photo for each category.

   Please deliver your interclub prints [ maximum of 16” x 20” ] to Bill by April 1, 2018.

4] NECCC Conference July 13, 14, 15

   Online registration is open -

We had 23 images from our members. A sample of the jpgs is posted on our BCC website.

The April theme is - Fill the Frame

GLENNIE NATURE SALON juried competition:
Our club submitted a total of ten works from Donald Miller, Kathy Carr, Linda Sperry, Lucia Wilson,
Bill Dixon, and Tom Singleton

NECCC Digital Competition
The annual NECCC Digital juried competition was played. Because of time constraints the Open category dvd was shown.
The Nature category dvd is available from Bill if you wish to view it.
In the Open category our club had entries from Gary King, Bill Dixon, Cindy Meese, Roger Turner, Kathy Carr, and Tom Singleton.
Congratulations to Cindy for her 3rd place award for her photo, “Red”.
There was a lively discussion on the criteria employed by the judge William Barnett as he worked through the images.
In general, Mr. Barnett emphacized three main concepts:

  • The left-to-right movement of the viewer's eye as she/he looks at the photo
  • Vignetting as a way to highlight a certain portion of the image
  • Cropping to remove distracting or unnecessary parts of the work

The next meeting of the club will be on April 9th at VCP.
Minutes submitted by Bill Dixon


Meeting Minutes - February 12, 2018



John Taylor called the meeting to order at 6:30PM.

Announcements and News:

It was announced that Bill Dixon needs jpegs for the Glennie Nature competition by 2/25. Those interested should go to the Glennie site and become familiar with the rules.

John Taylor spoke of an opportunity to rent a boat in Lacoma Springs , Florida in early May. The purpose would be nature photography. John will research this more fully and report back to the club.

Ea Maples gave an update on her visit to a mansion in Orange, MA where she and four other photographers spent several hours on 2/10. She will try to arrange another visit to the mansion for club members who are interested. Several photos taken by Ea and Tom Singleton were presented.

Monthly Theme Photos:

Tom Singleton presented a slide show for members who submitted to this month’s theme of “Negative Space”.

The March theme is "Humor".

NECCC Interclub competition:

Roger Turner presented the black and white prints from the NECCC interclub competition where several BCC members had prints .

The members were Bill Dixon, Paul Miller, Tom Singleton and Roger Turner. Bill Dixon took first place for his portrait of a Native American woman in Santa Fe.

At the March meeting the results of the digital competition will be presented.

Photography Exhibits:

John Taylor has an exhibit at the Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, MA. The exhibit will be up until June.

There is a photography exhibit at the Moore Library in Newfane, VT through March.


There was a discussion of KEH photography, an online market for buying and selling used camera equipment. Some members have had great results with KEH. It was also mentioned that Newtonville Camera near Boston is a good place to buy used camera equipment. NOTE: Newtonville Camera is closed while they relocate. They should reopen in April, 2018.

John Taylor asked for members to suggest speakers for future meetings. Please get to John with your suggestions.

Next meeting will be on March 12th.