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Birding & Blogging Along the Texas Gulf Coast

Brian Doerfler, an avid birder and wildlife photographer from Brimfield, IL, will present a program on “Birding & Blogging along the Texas Gulf Coast” this Tuesday evening at Peoria Camera Club, 7-9p.

When not exploring the remote corners of Jubilee State Park, Brian and his wife enjoy traveling about the country in search of new sights and wildlife. Brian is also a long time blogger running multiple sites on wildlife encounters and social behaviors.

During this program, Brian will share his photography and birding observations from their multiple trips to the Texas Gulf Coast region. Brian will also include advice on blogging, insights on his digital image workflow and how those images are then featured on his blogs.

Whether you’re a birder, lover of wildlife, or you prefer to shoot other subject matter, Brian will enlighten you on how you can get more out of your photography by sharing photos and stories from your travels through blogging.

Check out Brian’s wildlife photography in their gallery at EddieSoft.smugmug.com and related blog at WildlifeIntrigued.com.

All About the Night Sky

OK, maybe not “all” there is to know about the night sky, but certainly enough to satisfy a craving to learn what’s involved in photographing the night sky and the beautiful celestial objects that live there. On Tuesday, October 2nd, guest speaker, Craig Stocks will discuss astro-landscapes, featuring the Milky Way, as well as approaches to more detailed astrophotography. Post processing will also be addressed since it’s such a critical element to create a successful night sky photo.

Guests are welcome to attend.

Tips & Tricks of Macro Photography

Interested in learning more about macro photography? This week, Tuesday, September 25th, club member Crystal Johnson will present a program on the “tips and tricks” of shooting macros, equipment needed, and creative macro project ideas. Guests are welcome.

There will also be an opportunity for PCC members to participate in a Macro Photography Outing — Saturday, October 13 – Location and time TBA.

Strategies for Creating a Photography Program

Have you ever been asked to present your photography in front of a group and didn’t know where to start?

During this weeks meeting, club member Julie Dodge will present different strategies for “Creating Your Own Photography Program”. This will include how to: choose a topic; select and present your images; add topical notes; speak to the audience; and most importantly… keep their attention. Whether you’re creating a 15 minute show, or a full two-hour program, you’ll learn techniques that will help you feel confident when accepting an invitation to present, and when delivering your program.

This year, there will be opportunities for members to share more of their photography with the club besides competitions. If you have images to share, this is a program you won’t want to miss.

Tuesday, Sept 18, 7-9pm,
First United Methodist Church, Downtown Peoria.

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… 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.

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

2/20 Meeting Schedule and Reminders

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.
Upcoming  speakers:
2/27: Dave Vernon
3/6: Hank Erdman
4/3: Jason Reblando
      Hope to see you at the meetings!
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

1/30 Tonights program: “Printing and Mounting Your Photos”

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