April Technical Night – Long Exposures and Double Exposures – by Robert, Lee & Lynn

Since two of our upcoming Competition Assignments are Long Exposures and Double Exposures, we will be going over these photographic techniques for our April 23, 2021 Technical Night!

Robert, Lee and Lynn will be tag teaming the discussion with their images and suggestions on how to make artistic creations of your own.

These techniques are a bit outside “normal” photography but they are great ways to get more creative and have a lot of fun with the equipment and software we all have! You can even do this with your phone camera!

So please join us as we go down this creative rabbit-hole and have some fun getting your “altered realty” on for our June and August assignments!

HOW TO ATTEND

We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 04/23/21.

Please remember to renew your TBCC annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE MEMBER INFO FORM, HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL. THIS IS FOR RENEWALS AS WELL AS NEW MEMBERS!

Non -Members are Welcome! If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, we will send you a Zoom Invitation for our Competition Night only. Please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for MEETING on (appropriate date)” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on April 16th and for this Technical Night on April 23rd.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC VP

March Technical Night – Lightroom Updates, Tips & Tricks presented by Robert Rostick

Our own, and very special, Robert Rostick, will be presenting Lightroom updates, tips & tricks for our March Technical Night on March 26, 2021.

  1. We will explore some hidden features inside Lightroom Classic that you may not know about as well as some Brush Tricks
  2. LR Range Mask in depth
  3. LR Color Grading and replacing color
  4. LR Print Module and Map features
  5. Also any questions you might have about LR that have never been answered to your satisfaction

We hope to see you at this technical night that will certainly help all of us!

HOW TO ATTEND

We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 03/26/21.

Please remember to renew your TBCC annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE MEMBER INFO FORM, HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL. THIS IS FOR RENEWALS AS WELL AS NEW MEMBERS!

Non -Members are Welcome! If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, we will send you a Zoom Invitation for our Competition Night only. Please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for MEETING on (appropriate date)” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on March 19th and for this Technical Night on March 26th.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC VP

Mark your Calendar for our Next Outdoor Adventure – Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Robinson Preserve in Bradenton, FL.

As a followup to our wonderful Photocamp in January we getting together for a morning plus lunch outing at Robinson Preserve in Bradenton on April 25, 2021 at 9 AM.

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST.

This is a terrific park with many photographic opportunities.

I made a visit to check it out and was blown away and, I only saw part of it! I carried my long lens for birds and my wide angle on the infrared converted camera for landscapes. There were some birds but I spent most of my time shooting landscapes.

Woodpecker – I also saw many egrets, some raptors and other small birds.

The Observation Tower was a fairly short walk from the main parking lot but it is several stories high. There are decks on the lower levels so you can see some of the salt marsh from the lower levels. From the top deck you can see the Skyway Bridge and get an overview of the entire preserve.

Observation Tower
View from the Tower.
View from the Tower – Used the birding lens for some landscape images!

The salt marsh has a great variety of plant types and there are long boardwalks and many bridges going over the marsh and small streams that flow in and out of the bay.

I even tried a little ICM with my iPhone and the Slow Shutter Cam app!

I have booked Pavilion #1 (below) that is adjacent to the parking lot and main trailhead at the 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209 entrance. If anyone wants to just hang out there it will be a pleasant spot and it is screened in. Also, everyone please bring a picnic lunch for yourselves and we can enjoy each others company at lunchtime. We will have the pavilion until 5:30pm so if you want to stay past lunch you are welcome to!

We will meet at the pavilion at 9 AM EDT. I will have maps of the preserve so you can decide which of the many trails you want to checkout. There is a long paved trail and some unpaved but fairly smooth crushed shell trails. The trail to the Observation Tower is mostly crushed shell.

Be sure to bring insect repellant and fluids for hydration!

We hope to see everyone there!

ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Lynn W.

Some info from their website:

Tucked into the corner of northwest Bradenton, Robinson Preserve includes 679 acres of coastal grasslands, saltern, marsh, and mangrove habitat. These systems support a variety of rare wildlife, presenting careful observers with an opportunity to see roseate spoonbills, wood storks, white pelicans, bald eagles, and least terns in their natural environment. Sprouting up from the salty soil are a vast array of intriguing plants, including saltwort, glasswort, and succulent sea purslane.

Robinson Preserve offers visitors numerous ways to explore the coastal habitats. Scale the 40-foot tall observation tower for a view of four counties and five water bodies or check out the view from the camera in the Valentine House Visitor’s Center. Bike or roller blade on 2.5 miles of trail, and hikers can explore more than 5 miles of shell and coastal trails. For paddlers, Robinson Preserve’s 2.5 miles of blueways present a chance to navigate through mangrove tunnels, marshes, and more. The opportunities are endless.

February 2021 – Technical Night – Special Presentation by Eileen Sklon – Intentional Camera Movement (ICM)

Introduction

Have you ever unintentionally hit the shutter button while you were moving your camera? Maybe you deleted the image or maybe you had a masterpiece on your computer! Well, those unintentional movements are difficult to recreate but how about intentional camera movement (ICM)? Making this type image can be fun and get your creative juices going BUT it can be frustrating as well.

Our special guest speaker, Eileen Sklon, has taken ICM up to the level of fine art! Her impressionistic images give you the essence of the scene but also make you wonder what it is. Eileen will be giving us some tips and tricks for making your ICM images into masterpieces. She will talk about shooting technique (with both your camera & phone) and will touch on some post processing as well.

Eileen’s Bio

Eileen has been making Impressionistic images for many  years. She enjoys the many different ways of making her images painterly and the thrill she  gets shooting these kind of images. She really enjoys sharing this love with others and showing how to create Impressionistic images using your camera and mobile phone. Eileen is proud to be a member of the team of presenters for  Jackie Kramer’s Workshops, in person and online. She has been a presenter for Phlorographers Unite Ashville, Denver and Gainsville,  Macro Masters 1 & 2 Online and the upcoming Phlorography Online 21. Eileen has also presented at Photography and Art Clubs around Florida.

Her Website: https://eileensklon.myportfolio.com/

Sample Images from Eileen

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Don’t miss this fun presentation for a photo technique you can do with no extra equipment or software, just some time, an appropriate subject and a good bit of imagination!

How to attend

Jim will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 02/26/21.

Please remember to renew your TBCC annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE MEMBER INFO FORM, HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL. THIS IS FOR RENEWALS AS WELL AS NEW MEMBERS!

Non -Members are Welcome! If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for MEETING on (appropriate date)” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on February 19th and for this Technical Night on February 26th.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC VP

January 2021 Technical Night – Judging and Being Judged with Jim Sykes and Robert Rostick

For our first Technical Night of the new year on January 22, we have our own Jim Sykes and Robert Rostick doing a panel discussion about image judging.

You might ask, why judging, I’m not a pro? But getting insight into how a professional looks at your images not only will help you with judging, if you get that opportunity on a TBCC Competition Night, but it also makes you more cognizant of what judges are looking for and what is important to them. Always remembering that all of this is very subjective.

This insight will make you more comfortable when you are called upon to judge others’ images but more importantly, it should give you a new “set of eyes” when you are looking at and evaluating your own images for competition and exhibition.

So please join us at 6:30pm on Friday, January 22, for the pre-meeting social time and then at 7:00pm we will start the meeting.

Jim will send out the Zoom invitation a couple of days prior to the meeting to all current members.

Please remember to renew your annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE NEW INFO FORM AND TO HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL.

If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for Technical Night Meeting” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on January 15th and for this Technical Night on January 22.

Happy New Year!!

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC VP

September Technical Night – Special Presentation by Colleen Miniuk – Human Perception in Composition

Please join us on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7 pm EDT for a presentation on Composition that I know you will enjoy and learn a great deal from!

Colleen’s Bio:

Colleen Miniuk is an ex-software engineer who fled Intel Corporation in 2007 to pursue a meaningful life as a full-time outdoor photographer, writer, publisher, instructor, and speaker. Her credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways, AAA Via, National Parks Traveler, On Landscape, and a broad variety of other publications. She has served three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park. She authored the award-winning guidebooks, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How and Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, & How (1st and 2nd editions) as well as the instructional ebook, Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography (1st and 2nd editions). She also writes a weekly advice column called “Dear Bubbles.” Colleen leads photography workshops and all-women photography workshops (called “Sheography™”) through her own company, CMS Photography, as well as for numerous camera clubs, national-level organizations, conferences, and private clients.

Description of the Presentation:

Anyone who has spent even a little time dabbling in photography has likely heard about the many “rules” of composition. And the emphasis on such topic is for good reason, for how a photographer arranges the visual elements within the frame directly affects how viewers perceive his or her photograph. But oftentimes photographers spend much time forcing their scenes to fit the rules (which yields technically “perfect” but perhaps boring photographs) rather than arranging the subject matter based on emotional responses, meaning, and human perceptions.

Join outdoor photographer Colleen Miniuk for a different way to approach composition. This insightful and educational presentation goes beyond reviewing the predominant rules and shares how we can leverage the reasoning behind human perception to help elicit specific responses from our viewers. Hear how people respond to subject matter placement, visual weight, lines, light, color, and other elements of visual language to help us arrange our scenes to communicate more meaningful messages with our audiences.

Examples of her art:

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In the early 1900s, Charles S. Russell and river-running legend Bert Loper set out to make a movie about their whitewater adventures on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. After the first of their two boats sank in Cataract Canyon, Loper stashed the second boat along the river, hiked out of the canyon, and built a third boat out of galvanized steel. The Ross Wheeler, he called it, named after a local. Loper and Russell had a falling out. Russell took the Ross Wheeler and started the trip over with a new crew. The second boat sank. Then a fourth did as well. That was enough for Russell to abandon the third boat, the Ross Wheeler, along the South Bass Trail. Over 100 years later, the boat still rests there, chained to the boulders above the high water mark.
Fiery sunset over the gypsum ledges near East Gypsum Bay in the Virgin Basin in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the Arizona-Nevada border. (Photo from Arizona)

Colleen Miniuk Photography & Writing www.colleenminiuk.com

Do not miss this presentation! It will surely change how you see! It did that for me!

Jim will send out the Zoom invitation the week of Sept 20 for the meeting on Sept 25th. I hope to see you all there!

Lynn Wiezycki

Updated – August Technical Night- Special Presentation by Charles Needle – Impressionistic Photography: How to Use Your Camera (or Smartphone) as a Paintbrush

Speaker Change:

Due to a medical issue our August speaker, Rad Drew, will be postponed until a later date , October 23rd.

BUT Rad referred us to renown photographer, Charles Needle, so he will be doing his own presentation for us.

Presentation:

Unlock your creative potential and discover how to craft painterly photographs using nothing but your digital camera (or smartphone). Charles will describe the process of using long-exposure and multiple-exposure techniques to transform everyday scenes into unimaginable visual masterpieces. His program will be a nuts-and-bolts approach to learning techniques such as, Long-Exposure Pan/Tilt, “Multiple-Exposure Monet” (a technique Charles invented), Multiple-Exposure Rotate & Zoom, Soft-Glow Montage and Composite Montage.  He will also explain how to use a free script in Photoshop to accomplish this same look, if your camera does not have built-in multiple-exposure capability. You’ll learn how to see in new ways and take your photography to an entirely new, mind-blowing level!

Charles’ Bio:

Charles Needle is an award-winning, Colorado-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.

In 2018, Charles earned an honorable mention in the Macro category of the 8th Annual International Mobile Photography Awards Contest. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Winland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest.

In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England). This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom.

A popular conference and camera club speaker for more than two decades, Charles has authored three cutting-edge instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a
Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques (2011).

An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher with international workshops in Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France for 20 years in a row, with exclusive private access), Keukenhof Gardens (Holland) and The Butchart Gardens (Canada), Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team
member and North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner nine years in a row.


Charles’ photographs have been selected for publication in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, Nature Photographer magazine, Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar, The Chicago Tribune, SELF Magazine and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad.

To learn more about Charles’ work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visit www.charlesneedlephoto.com.

Examples of his work:

Jim will be sending out the Zoom invitation shortly so be watching for it in your email or here on the website.

See you all Friday night and let’s get our Impressionism hat on and eyes ready! This should be fun!

Lynn Wiezycki

October Technical Night – Special Presentation by Rad Drew – Smartphone Photography using Snapseed and Lightroom Mobile

Please join us October 23rd at 7 pm EDT as we learn how to better use that camera we always have with us, our Smartphone! Rad is an excellent instructor and I know you will really enjoy his presentation. He is proof that you can make extraordinary images with your Smartphone!

Rad Drew Bio
Teacher, photographer, and tour leader, Rad A. Drew, creates with the iPhone, mirrorless, and infrared cameras. He is a frequent contributor to PSA Journal, and was listed in PSA’s Who’s Who in Photography 2018. His creative images have been recognized internationally and exhibited in galleries around the world including SOHO Gallery and SOHO Arthaus in NYC, the L.A. Mobile Arts Festival, and Obscura Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. Rad is an associate editor for PhotoPXL.com, and the mobile art network, TheAppWhisperer . He is a contributor to The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone, serves as a Topaz Labs Affiliate, and is the creator of the popular webinar series, How I Did It!™. See Rad’s work and tutorials on his websiteFacebookYouTube, and Instagram, and subscribe to his newsletter.

Webinar Description:

In this 90 minute presentation, photographer, Rad A. Drew, from Indianapolis, Indiana, will cover two topics: 

  • The Magic of SnapSeed! Process your Mobile Images to Perfection!, and
  • Create and Process RAW on your Mobile Phone!

Part 1 Description: The Magic of SnapSeed (for iPhone and Android)
SnapSeed is one of the most powerful apps for processing images on mobile devices. It’s like having Photoshop in the palm of your hand! Photographer, Rad A. Drew, will share tips and tricks that you can use to edit and stylize your images using SnapSeed on your mobile phone.
What you’ll learn…

  • You’ll be introduced to the SnapSeed interface and the various tools for processing your images
  • Rad’s simple workflow for processing any image in SnapSeed
  • How to use SnapSeed’s hidden masking feature for eliminating noise in clouds and sky, and selectively sharpening parts of an image, such as the eyes in a portrait.
  • How to stylize your image with textures and filters for a vintage look.

Install the Free SnapSeed App
Install the free SnapSeed app on your iPhone or android phone prior to the presentation.

Part 2 Description: Create and Process RAW on your Mobile Phone! (For iPhone and Android)
Lightroom for mobile is an app that allows you to record images in high quality RAW format and to process those images with Lightroom’s powerful RAW editing tools on iPhone and Android phones.

What? You don’t subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud and you don’t want to? No worries!

There is a FREE VERSION of Lightroom that has everything except three tools – Selective, Healing, and Geometry – none of which are required for creating and processing RAW files. 

If you already subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud, the complete Lightroom for your mobile phone is included with your monthly Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. If you don’t subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud, install the free app on your phone.

  • Get the Lightroom app for iPhone 
  • Get the Lightroom app for Android.

What You’ll Learn in this Webinar: 

  • Why photographers prefer recording and processing RAW 
  • How to make images in RAW format with the Lightroom Pro Camera, including HDR and Long Exposures. 
  • Six steps for processing your RAW files to perfection in about two minutes using Lightroom’s powerful RAW processing tools. 
  • How to save the processed images to your phone’s camera roll. 

RAW images and RAW processing has long been the standard for serious digital photographers, but, until recently, recording and processing RAW was not possible on mobile devices. Today, however, we can tap the power of RAW right from our mobile device. 

Some more of Rad’s smartphone images.

Jim will send out the Zoom invitation a few days before the meeting.

Hope to see you all there! This is one you should not miss! We will not be recording the presentation

Lynn Wiezycki, VP

July Technical Night – Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Cloud presentation by Jim Sykes

If you have Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription, you may have noticed you had 2 versions of Lightroom included in your subscription. Until recently they were both designated as Lr. As the result of a recent Adobe update, the two Lightrooms are now more distinctive. There is Lightroom Classic designated as LrC and Lightroom Cloud designated as Lr.

There are some substantial differences between these applications so our own Jim Sykes will take us through the differences and give some pros and cons of using Lightroom Cloud (Lr).

Lightroom Classic is the version we use for Competition Night and Critiques. With the recent update there were a few changes to Lightroom Classic (LrC) that Jim will tell us about, also.

So join us online for a Zoom meeting Friday, July 24, 2020 at 7pm to learn more about Lr and LrC.

Jim will send out a Zoom invitation just prior to the meeting date.

See you then!

Lynn Wiezycki

Winners of the Macro/Closeup Photo Contest Announced

Thank you to all the members who submitted entries for this photo contest. Our judge and Technical Night speaker, Mike Moats, did a quick critique on all the entries and then announced the 2nd and 1st place winners.

Note: the meeting was recorded so if you missed it is posted on our website.

Our Winners

Our 1st place winner is by Helga Jackson. She wins a lifetime membership to Mike Moats’ Macro Photo Club and a 13 X 19 print of her image from JRS Photo, Jim Sykes.

“Oil in Water II” – 1st Place Winner by Helga Jackson

2nd place went to Karen Robinson! She will receive a 13 X 19 print of her image from JRS Photo, Jim Sykes.

“In the Fronds” – 2nd Place Winner by Karen Robinson

Congratulations to our winners!

Thank you

Thank you to all the members who participated.

A big thank you to Mike Moats for taking the time to judge the entries and to make some minor suggestions and changes to a few of the entries to illustrate what he thought would have been made them stronger images. Also, thank you to Mike for giving us the lifetime membership to his Macro Photo Club to give as a prize. Please take a look at Mike’s website and I encourage you to join his club and attend his educational offerings.

Thank you to Jim Sykes for providing the prints as prizes. Please contact Jim at JRS Photos for all your paper printing needs.

Let me know if you would like to have more contests like this that are outside our normal club competition/critique set up.

Stay well and see you at the next meeting, Friday, June 19, 2020 for our regular competition/critique night.

Lynn Wiezycki