May 1, 2018 Topic – Henry Matthiessen

Henry Matthiessen is based out of Galena, IL and the owner of Stoned Art Studio. During his presentation Henry will cover the following topics:

Panorama Photography

Panorama photos deliver very impactful photo statements. We’ll explore the why’s and how’s of making stunning panorama photos, with demonstrations of how to execute, merge and post process via Lightroom and Photoshop giving you another medium to deliver excellent images to your viewers.

Artist Touch in Photography

Artists were the original recorders of events and emotions long before cameras were invented. We’ll discuss art techniques used by old masters as they relate to light, composition, and post process helping you deliver more impact in your photos to your viewers. Lightroom will be used to demonstrate how to take advantage of many of the art techniques.

For more information and to view some of Henry’s work, please visit: http://www.stonedartstudio.com/welcome.html

Open 4, Creative 2 and Nature 4 Results

Here are the winning entries from the following competitions. Congratulations to all the winners. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers are the first three photos at the top.

Nature 4

Creative 2

Open 4

CICCA Spring Salon

Hello PCC Members,  I have been receiving emails regarding the upcoming Spring Salon.  I am the new CICCA rep, so I thought I would fill you in before we have  a train wreck on our hands. ( See what I did there).  The turn in is on the 24th of this month, April for those of you not aware.  The cost for the Salon is 4 puny dollars per digital and print.  That’s 8 dollars if you enter both digital and print. 4+4=8.  Mom would be so proud. Please go to the ciccaclubs.com website, click on the spring salon documents menu and open the spring salon invitation to gain all of the knowledge needed to enter.   If you need any assistance, please feel free to email me and I will try my best to assist you. You can also email the webmaster for CICCA, again me, so either way you can’t loose. Please put CICCA in your email title so I don’t send you to spam.

Tomr@peoriacameraclub.com

4/3 Program: “Find your Shot Where You Are-UK Edition” by Jim Burnham

JF6 6015During the question and answer at Ian Plant’s seminar last month, one of the attendees asked him something similar to this:

“So, you’ve gone to all these remote and fantastic places and taken all these fantastic photographs, what about someone who really can’t travel all around the world to find images. What do we do?”

Basically, the answer was to practice taking photos at home. If you can take good photos here, you can take good photos when you do eventually get to these places.

I wanted to do a presentation on just that, finding good photos here in Illinois. But I also promised Sam Black I would cover England and Scotland at some point. So, I decided to do both. On three separate trips over the last 20 years to England, Scotland and Wales, I took pictures of where I was at the time, rarely venturing out to the ultra-spectacular locations. It was combination vacation and photo excursion when I could get the time. So time was short on my own, or I had to find the shots where I was.

I’ll be covering different themes and subjects I am always looking for when I am out and about. This is the United Kingdom Edition.

      Hope to see you at the meeting Tuesday.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

Join Us – How to Become a Member!

How to Become a Member

Peoria Camera Club is open to anyone with a desire to improve their ability as a photographer. Membership is fun, educational and inexpensive. Our dues are only $20 annually. Attend a few meetings and get to know us.

Be our guest and come to the next club meeting at the First United Methodist Church at 116 NE Perry Ave in downtown Peoria. Map

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If you want further information or have other questions, please contact us.

Join Us… March 27th for the “UNSEEING QUEST”

This week’s program, “The UnSeeing Quest“, presented by club members’ Rich Seeman, Ray Keithley and Vicki Padesky, will offer a practical application of lessons learned from Ian Plant’s Seminar by challenging club members to “UnSee” and “shoot like Ian”.

The speakers will provide an overview of Ian Plant’s creative seeing process… learning to “UnSee” what the average photographer sees and create images that “stand out from the crowd.” You will be encouraged to think like Ian, creatively interpret the subject, and impose your own artistic vision. For the “UNSEEING QUEST” you will be encouraged to embrace Ian’s idea of Discovery, Revelation, and Transformation, then go out on your own to find, shoot, and experience Ian’s approach to creative photography.

The April 24th and May 15th club meetings will provide opportunities for participating members to present and share your artistic interpretation and thought process behind making your final image(s). Even if you didn’t attend the seminar, ALL members are invited to participate. The March 27th meeting will provide important details you won’t want to miss.

Members are encouraged to put together a short (5-10 min) program of their images on a thumb drive, or as a PowerPoint show.

Be prepared to share your story and consider including the following:

  • An image of the overall scene you were shooting that includes your subject
  • An image of how you would normally “See” it, and shoot it
  • How you applied the “UnSee-It” process… Discovery, Revelation, Transformation
  • Your final image
  • The techniques or ideas you tried
  • Your thoughts on the “UnSeeing” process, how you used it, and how you may use it to shape your photography going forward

Anyone interested in participating or needing additional information, please contact Vicki Padesky at vickipadesky@comcast.net or call 309-696-0677.

Join us March 24th for a Seminar with Ian Plant

UNSEEING: TAKING PHOTOS WITH ATTITUDE

UNLEARN how you see the world

UNDO your perception of reality

UNLEASH your creativity

A camera changes our perception of reality in several significant ways. See the way your camera sees.

Technical choices can transform your subject profoundly and artistically.  Then consider other important factors such as perspective, position, composition, light and moment.

Join Ian for this enlightening and exciting seminar as he shares his insights about the use of composition, storytelling and light to make photos that grab attention and never let go.

March 24, 2018

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Illinois Valley Central High School

  1300 West Sycamore in Chillicothe, IL

Eternal Mirror ©Ian Plant

 

World-renowned professional photographer Ian Plant is known for his inspiring images and dedication to capturing the beauty of our world. Ian’s mission is to inspire and educate others in the art of photography. He is a frequent contributor to many leading photo magazines, managing editor of Outdoor Photography Guide, a Tamron Image Master and the author of numerous books and instructional videos.

You can see his work at www.ianplant.com

Ian Plant

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  1. Online with a credit card – Go to our seminar page
  2. At a Peoria Camera Club meeting with cash or check
  3. Mail a check – You can download the Seminar flyer here

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You won’t want to miss Peoria Camera Club’s event of the year!

Nature 3 and Open 3 Results

Best of Show, Second and Third place images and are the first three photos in each category. The rest are accepted images. Congratulations to the winners! You can see all competitions here

Open 3

Nature 3

3/6 Program: “Experiencing Vs Seeing, Using Your Senses for Better Images” by Hank Erdmann

Hank Erdmann is making a special trip from Lockport, IL to give us his presentation “ Experiencing Versus Seeing, Using your 11 Senses for Better Composition” Hank has been with us in the past and we are very fortunate that he was willing to make the trip all the way down here.

From Hank’s Blog:Experiencing Versus Seeing; Your 10? Senses and Image Making

Experiencing nature versus just seeing nature is what brings us as human beings to truly cherish it. By paying attention to our five human senses; vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste and to our five artistic senses; feeling, awareness, contrast, beauty, and simplicity, our photographs can start to match our awe and love for the natural world and share those feelings with those who view our images.1496247057610-ydbxejh50od-6c985fd62d8e7cce4214f2de1e568ebf

At some point in the progression of becoming an artist, and more specifically a photographer, we understand that seeing and documenting subject matter is not enough no matter technically proficient one is. At some point we realize we need more than just technical skill to make images that offer the viewer feeling and inspiration. Eventually we learn that there is more than going to a place or scene, holding up the camera or cell phone and pointing it at a subject and clicking the shutter button.  We either learn enough of the technical side or nowadays with advances in photographic equipment and in software, we just ignore that side and let our gear and software do OUR work for us.  I’d make a case that wouldn’t be prudent but that’s another argument and another article for a later time.  As we progress in our artistic life and grow as an artist, we start making the effort to learn more on the aesthetic side of the equation versus that on the mechanical and technical side. 1496246407454-ewlaaoc9lk-6c985fd62d8e7cce4214f2de1e568ebf

      Hope to see you at the meeting tonight.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

2/27 Program: “Drones and Still Photography” by Dave Vernon

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David Vernon will do a presentation on drones and still photography at our February 27th meeting.
From David’s website http://www.escapesphoto.com

I wear many hats. I am a commercial, portrait, and fine art photographer living and working in Central Illinois.

I picked up and began using my first camera when I was eight years old. For all of those years, photography was a companion who was either a half step ahead or behind. There were years where I was deeply immersed and there were years when other things in a busy life intruded. In all that time, this companion sat on the edge of my life waiting patiently to capture the moment when the light of recognition clicked on over my head. During that time, I’ve come to understand two things: that my art is what makes me truly happy and that life is too short not to follow one’s passion.

      Hope to see you at the meeting tonight.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church
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