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.
During 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.
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 email@example.com or call 309-696-0677.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our photo shoot is this Saturday, February 17th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We’ll provide the set ups, models, and a variety of props. The workshop is open to Peoria Camera Club and KodaRoamers Club members only. The workshop is free but to help cover model and refreshment expenses we are asking for a maximum donation of $10 per person. Refreshments will be provided in the morning and many restaurants are nearby for lunch.
We’ll be setting up on Friday, Feb 16, starting at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, We will break for lunch from 12:00 PM to 1:00. We could use some help setting up Friday and packing up after the photo shoot Saturday. Please let me know if you will be available to help
The workshop is from 9 am to 4 pm – First United Methodist Church- 116 NE Perry Ave, (Corner of Main and Perry) Peoria. Room 215. Use the church entrance facing Perry. Parking is in the lot on Perry across the street from the church. Park in the area designated as church parking.
The February 20 meeting will be showing the results of the Open 3 and Nature 3 competitions.
2/20 is also the deadline for the Photojournalism 2 and Nature 4 competitions. See the Club Contacts page for handler emails. We were light on Nature 3 submissions, so it would be great to have a good turn out. This will be judged by a PCC member.
For tonights meeting, club member Julie Dodge will present a program on “Printing and Mounting Your Photos”.
Julie will demonstrate on the computer how to adjust your images for the best printing results. The program will cover techniques to brighten your photos to get optimum whites while retaining dark colors for contrast and impact. We’ll discuss how different papers produce different results and view samples so you can judge for yourself.
When the print is dry we’ll move onto the mounting process. Julie will share her techniques that will make it easy for you to enter a securely mounted print in competitions. She will also share tips for matting and framing, as some competitions require a more finished look.
Throughout the demonstration you will learn what supplies you need to set up shop, where to purchase them, and how to value shop for the best bargains.