Meeting Minutes: 9 December 2019

The Brattleboro Camera Club held its monthly meeting on Dec. 9th art VCP.


Guest Speaker:

Our guest presenter, Ciri Gillespie, gave an interesting talk on her photographic travels to Cuba.  Her black & white photos depicting the street life of the island were exceptional.  Ciri talked about her interaction with the local residents and their interest in being photographed.  Several of her portraits captured the spirit and enthusiasm of the people she met.  For additional information on the work that Ciri has done please visit her website .

Theme of the Month:

The Theme of the Month was "Complicated".  Here are a few examples submitted by our members:

Club Exercise:

Tom Pitta and Donald Miller distributed two images.  Club members were asked to freely edit either or both the original jpegs. 

This is what they came up with: Club Processing Challenge

The next meeting of the club will be on January 13th.  Please check the BCC website for the list of the 2020 Theme of the Month.



Meeting Minutes: 11 November 2019

The Brattleboro Camera Club held their monthly meeting on November 11th.

Tim Blagg:

The guest speaker was Tim Blagg, the former editor of the Greenfield Recorder, gave an interesting talk on the role of photography in the newspaper industry. His "inside" stories of the ability of a small newspaper to complete with the news helped us appreciate the importance of the photographer on a newspaper staff.

Theme of the Month:

The Theme of the Month was "Man-Powered Transportation". Here are a few of the ipgs:

How to Photograph Lightning:

Sean Kelley brought in his camera adaptor which allows the view, at least according to Sean, the ability to photograph lightning without leaving the friendly and safe confines of the pub! Here is a link to the device:
How to Take the Extraordinary Lightning Photos

Editing a Photo:

Finally, Tom Pitta and Donald Miller submitted two separate images to the club. Our members are asked to freely alter the jpgs as they see fit - e.g. cropping, lighting, conversion to b&w, saturation, etc.

Download the original and send your version of the photo to Bill. The results will be shared at our December meeting.


Meeting Minutes: 8 October 2019

The Brattleboro Camera Club had its monthly meeting at VCP on October 14th.



Interclub digital competition: DEADLINE is  October 25th -  categories are Nature and Open - please send up to three  jpegs   to Bill 

Interclub print competition: DEADLINE is  October 20th -   categories are Color and Black&White - maximum dimensions of matted print is 16" x20" - please drop off your prints to Bill at 114 Morningside Commons, Brattleboro



Liz Lavorgna is teaching a photography class at Turning Point [ ]  .  She has asked the Club to support the participants of the class by inviting them to our club meetings and encouraging them to share their work with us.  We all agreed to send an invitation to Liz's class.



If you are interested in having one or two of your prints displayed at the Gill Tavern please contact Cindy Meese [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ].  The next change in photographs will be early January.



Several of our members visited the Medfield State Hospital site a few weeks ago.  Thanks to Ea Maples for organizing this trip.  Here are a few photos from the day.  Special thanks to Cindy for her video on her work that day.

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Annual membership fees to the club are due.  The fees are $25 / individual and $35 / group.  If you wish to become a member and participate in the competitions and exhibitions please send your check to Bill Dixon [ 114 Morningside Commons, Brattleboro, 05301 ].



Victoria Heisler, the Executive Director of Insight Photography, visited our meeting.  She shared with us the mission and goals of Insight.  Victoria gave us a guided tour of the photographs on the walls of VCP.  These photos are part of the 21st Annual Auction which is an annual fund-raising event for Insight.  For additional information on Insight and the Auction please visit one of these websites:



The theme of the month was "Rock Solid".  Here are a few of the photos.


Meeting Minutes: 9 September 2019

The Brattleboro Camera Club met on Monday, September 9th at the Vermont Center for Photography.

1 ] Cindy, Debbie, and Dianne had organized an evening photo walk at Turners Falls on August 23rd.

     A sample of photos from club members were shown.

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2] Donald Miller introduced an interesting photo project for the club. It involves each member editing a common photograph. More details on this assignment will follow in early October.

3] Members were reminded of the upcoming photo walk at the Medfield State Hospital on September 15th. Ea Maples has organized the event. Photos from the walk will be shown at the October club meeting.

4] Bill Dixon did a presentation on his recent work, "Bees, Beehives, and Beekeepers of the Northeast". Through the photos Bill took us through the seasons of the bee and the beekeeper.

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5] The Theme of the Month was "Branching Out'. Here are a few examples. September Theme: Branching Out

    One of us took the theme conceptually (I never shoot people) instead of literally.

6] Tom Singleton has been working on the Meet-Up page. To become a BCC "member" in Meet-Up, go to this link and click the red Join This Group rectangle.

7] Bill Dixon has a photographic exhibit at The River Gallery School, 32 Main Street, Brattleboro. The gallery contains ten black & white portraits of school crossing guards in the town of Brattleboro.

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8] The next meeting of the club will be on October 14th.


Meeting Minutes: 12 August 2019

The Brattleboro Camera Club met at VCP on August 12th.  



The meeting began with Joshua Farr, executive director of VCP, giving a talk on the present exhibition at the gallery.  Josh discussed the timeline of the project as well as the overall process of selection and presentation of the prints.  

Kathy Carr guided us through the seven portraits she has in the show.  These large-format color portraits of Brattleboro residents are excellent examples of how technical skills plus physical setting contribute to a strong "story telling" portrait.  



Tom Singleton is looking for a volunteer to conduct the Photowalk on October 5th.  For more information contact Tom [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]


Bill Dixon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will collect jpgs for the NECCC digital competition.  See the information below:

Categories: General and Nature

Size: 1400x1050 px

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Cyndee and Dianne have organized a photo walk in Turners Falls.  Directions and a map of participating stores will follow.

When: August 23, 2019 at 5:00PM


Ea Maples has been in contact with a guide who will take BCC photographers through the closed Medfield, Ma. state hospital.  The tour is set for Sunday, September 15th, beginning at 10:00 a.m.   There is still room for more participants.  Please contact Ea [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] if interested.  Please note that there is no electricity in the buildings so a tripod may be needed.

As the date approaches Ea will be in contact with those interested

A Final Note:

Lee Lloyd, who has been a longtime member and contributor to the club, will be moving to Texas in a few months.  She plans on continuing as a "member from a distance" from Galveston, sending us theme photos plus views of south-eastern Texas.  We wish her will in her new home.
The next meeting of the club will be on Monday, September 9th  The theme of the month is "Branching Out".