Camera Club Competition Meeting 04/17/2020

Hi everyone,

Here is the info for the upcoming competition meeting to be held online on 04/17/2020 at 7:00 pm:

The competition subject is “The Unknown”. Present an image that engages the viewer in a mystery. Ideally your image should tell a story or part of a story that leaves the viewer with some question(s) in mind. Just to be clear, this is quite different from an abstract photo. An abstract photo can stand on it’s own as a pleasing visual arrangement of colors and/or patterns without necessarily telling a story or leaving questions in the viewers mind.

Please observe the submission deadline of midnight, Wednesday April 15th so that we have time to prepare everything in advance for the meeting on Friday.

For technical details on using the Zoom video platform or submitting images click here.

We are making a few improvements to our virtual meetings for members. First, we are increasing the number of submissions that you can make. You are now allowed to enter up to a maximum of 3 digital entries. Here is how that breaks down: If you enter only one image it may either assigned or general. If you enter two images they may both be assigned, or they may both be general, or they can be split as one assigned and one general. If you enter three images they must be split as either two assigned and one general, or two general and one assigned.

Second, since no one needs to drive home from the meeting we are extending our targeted ending time to 9:30 to accommodate the additional entries. Anyone is welcome to exit the meeting at any time they wish as this will not pose a distraction or cause an interruption to the proceedings. We don’t want to rush through the critiques.

Third, board members are being given moderator privileges during the meeting. Please observe our typical meeting etiquette. You are always free to comment and participate but please keep it on topic if possible and avoid creating visual video distractions or unnecessary audio distractions if possible. Please be aware that we can all hear extraneous noise in your environment such as other people, nearby televisions, you typing on your keyboard etc. Any board member can now anonymously mute your audio or blank your video temporarily if they deem it necessary to maintain the flow of the meeting.

Lynn recommends the following short video from Larry Becker for anyone that is interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeJ17CX_wbg

Looking forward to seeing everyone online! – Jim Sykes

May Technical Night -Macro/Close Up Photo Contest and Celebrity Judge – TBCC Members Only

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST FOR ALL THE DETAILS!

During our forced stay at home time, macro and close up photography has become a way to keep from being totally bored and keeping our photography skills honed!   So with that in mind, we are opening up a special Macro/Closeup Photo Contest for our 2020 paid TBCC members.

Renown macro/closeup photographer, Mike Moats, has agreed to be our celebrity judge and he will be awarding a lifetime membership to his Macro Photo Club to the winning entry.  This is a $99 value.

Mike will join our May 22, 2020 Technical Night meeting via Zoom and talk about some of the entries (based on the number of entries), announce the winners and give us an overview of what he has to offer in regard to the Macro Photo Club and his other educational offerings.

Mike’s Bio:

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, professional macro photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Mike’s love of photography, which started out as a hobby in 2001, has since evolved into a full-time business. In addition to creating his own images, Mike added Close-up/Macro Photography” workshops into the mix in 2006, and he now also makes speaking appearances at photo conferences nationwide, leads intensive Macro Boot Camps around the country, and now has an online Macro Photo Club to assist photographers with their macro goals.

Recruited as a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team in 2006, Mike is also honored to be a Tamron “Image Master” and a Vanguard Pro. He has won numerous local, national, and international awards. Mike’s first book, Tiny Landscapes, was released in 2008, and his images and how-to articles have been published in various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best Photography, Shutterbug, PC Photo, Nature Photographer, Photo Life, Whisper in the Woods, and Michigan Fish and Game Finder; in photography collections such as the North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA’s) Expressions book and the Pure Michigan tourism companion; and in various corporate collateral, including on the Tamron USA blog and in Fujifilm newsletters.

Examples of Mike’s work:

Contest Details:

We will accept only 2 entries of a macro/closeup image from each paid member (if you have not paid your 2020 membership dues please pay here , Paypal).

We will only be accepting entries via email, lynnwiezycki@gmail.com, from April 15th up to midnight May 15th, 2020.

Please follow the instructions below for configuring your JPEG image in Lightroom as I will be sending the images up to Mike to judge.

Cost:

Free to paid 2020 TBCC members.

Awards:

1st Place – Lifetime Membership – Mike Moats Macro Photo Club and a 13 X 19 print of your image printed by JRS Photos (Jim Sykes)

2nd Place – 13 X 19 print of your image printed by JRS Photos (Jim Sykes)

Questions?

If you have any questions, please email Lynn at lynnwiezycki@gmail.com.

Technical Night Meeting:

Jim will send out a Zoom invitation just prior to the May 22nd Technical Night meeting to all members.

We are looking forward to hearing from Mike and seeing everyone’s macro/closeup images!

Stay well!

Lynn Wiezycki

Vice President TBCC

Special Speaker at April Technical Night – 04/24/2020

In these difficult times, we still need to keep learning and sharing.  We are very fortunate to have Jackie Kramer of Phlorography and Luvblooms.com as our speaker at 7PM on April 24, 2020.

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Jackie’s Bio:

Jackie has been passionate about photography since her dad gave her a camera in high school. Orchids, hibiscus, and bromeliads at Selby Gardens and wading birds at Lido Beach and Longboat Key became Jackie’s favorite subjects.  Although her photography has expanded to include weddings and portraiture, she remains an avid floral photographer. Jackie teaches individual and group workshops and also maintains an active online group, Phlorography – Artistic Floral Photography, with thousands of passionate floral photographers from around the world.

Jackie will be speaking via Zoom about the artistic side of flower photography.  She will also tell us about Phlorography, her new online educational offerings, and her upcoming workshops.

Here are some examples of her beautiful work!

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Please join us at our Zoom meeting on April 24, 2020, and learn from this nationally known photographer.

Jim will send the Zoom invitation out and post it on the website just prior to this meeting.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the meeting.

Stay well!

Lynn Wiezycki

 

Competition makeup video meeting April 3rd, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Hello Everyone,
Thanks to all that attended last Friday night’s video meeting. We will have a video meeting this Friday night as a makeup for the missed competition night of March. It will also serve as our first test of a video conference competition night. If you did not attend the last video meeting and are unfamiliar with the technology we are using then please go to the newly published page on our website that has some instructions and links to some tutorials. It’s actually very easy to use.

Because this will be our first test of a video competition meeting please understand that in order to accommodate the fact that it may take extra time to accomplish some tasks and deal with any technical issues that arise we will be limiting the entries. As we smooth out the process we expect to increase the number of entries allowed at future meetings.

Participation will be simple. Join the meeting by simply clicking the invitation link at the bottom of this message. You can attend the meeting from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. It’s best to use a device that has a camera and microphone. Refer to our website page for detailed information. All scheduled video meetings will also be posted in advance on the home page of our website and you can join the meeting from there if you wish. During this meeting Jim, Robert, and Lynn will be the judges. If you need technical assistance during the meeting you may use the chat function in the Zoom interface to privately contact Bryan S for help.

If you wish to submit image files for competition the detailed instructions follow. For this particular meeting 2 digital entries will be allowed per member. One assigned entry and one general entry.

Images must be submitted via email to mytbcc@gmail. Image file attachments should be a maximum size of 10 MB per file to accommodate the email submission process. Depending on your service provider you may be able attach 2 files to a single message or you may need to send them in separate messages. There is an image at the bottom of this message that shows exactly what to do in Lightroom to prepare your image files appropriately for submission. In the body of your email please follow this format to ensure that we have the necessary information from you:

Your name (This is important because your email address may be different from your name and we need to make sure we can you can give you your score.)

Image One – Assigned or General

Image One – Title (Make absolutely sure the digital file is named identically – this is very important.)

Image Two – Assigned or General

Image Two – Title (Make absolutely sure the digital file is named identically – this is very important.)

Please note that if you do not do this part correctly we may not have time to contact you for corrections in order to be able to include your submission(s) in the meeting.

There is currently a deadline for submissions for all competition meetings of Thursday midnight prior to the day of competition. This is because we have to setup some special scoring systems to accommodate the new meeting format and we need plenty of time on Friday in advance of the meeting to have everything prepared.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting on Friday night. Here is the invitation information for the meeting:

Topic: TBCC Competition April 3, 2020
Time: Apr 3, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
(Please sign in a little early if possible)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/299573075

Meeting ID: 299 573 075

Recommended Lightroom settings for digital image file submissions:

Friday night meeting – March 27, 2020

Hello,

Hope everyone is staying well. The board of directors has worked out a solution to continue with our meetings for the time being via video conferencing. Our meeting this Friday night will provide an opportunity for our members to get familiar with the concept and the technology. Please don’t get intimidated by the concept and what you read below, it’s actually very simple once you try it and on Friday night everyone will have the opportunity to do just that. It will be a training and support meeting to help everyone get prepared for future meetings.
Speaking of future meetings – we will have a makeup meeting for last week’s cancelled competition night and we will do it next week on April 3rd at 7:00. The reason for that is so that members can have a chance to participate in an actual online meeting a week after the tech meeting while things are still fresh in their minds.
We are using a service called Zoom to conduct meetings. You can use the service online (Chrome is a recommended browser) or you may install the app on your computer from zoom.us and use the app itself There is some extra functionality available if you use the app but it’s simple and functional enough to use directly online without the app if you wish. You may attend Zoom meetings using your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. There are apps available for all of the above. Regardless of whether you wish to use a computer, a tablet, or a phone, you don’t need an app if you prefer not to install one. For every scheduled meeting you will receive an invitation, in fact there is an invitation to this Friday night’s meeting further down in this message. It contains a link. The simple thing to do is open this email on any device you wish to use and click on the link between 6:30 and 7:00 to make sure you are in the meeting and ready when we officially start at 7:00. You will be connected with 2-way video and audio to the meeting.
Once connected you will have the option to view the meeting in one of two different ways and you can switch back and forth as often as you wish. In the default view your screen will show only the person speaking. Be aware that as conversations take place the screen will switch a lot  in this viewing mode. The other option is a grid view that shows all attendees in a grid on your screen. Don’t worry if you can’t see everyone at first, we will point out an option during the meeting that allows you to see up to 49 people at once. This grid view is probably the easiest way to view the meeting activity as the screen won’t keep changing. Look for a grid icon on your screen to switch to the grid view A computer screen is best for this because tablets and phones only have enough room on their screens to show a few people at once. The default view is probably best on a mobile device. If you use a laptop, phone, or desktop that has a webcam attached your camera will be on by default and all other attendees can see you. If you are on a desktop that does not have a webcam you can still watch the meeting but other attendees will not see you. If you wish to participate with a desktop you need to at least have a microphone attached to your desktop. Laptops, tablets, and phones all have cameras and microphones built in that will work fine. You have the option to stop and start your camera at any time.
When you join the meeting we will have your microphone muted by default. This is simply because if at any point anyone makes any noise or there is any background noise in their environment that their microphone picks up the app will make that person the “star of the show” at that moment. As always you are free to speak at any time, simply click the microphone icon in the app to unmute your microphone and speak.
Don’t worry too much about using the service right now. It’s actually easy once you do it for the first time and that’s what Friday’s meeting is all about. We will make sure that everyone gets all the help they need to be comfortable in order to attend our upcoming virtual meetings. The board has already worked out the details with respect to how the first competition night online meeting will work and we will explain the details during this Friday’s meeting. Robert has researched and is recommending a couple of video tutorials that you can watch if you want to get familiar with the service in advance.
Short version:
Longer version:
Your invitation is below. It contains a link that you can simply click on to join the meeting. If you use the app there is a meeting ID shown in the invitation that you can enter when prompted.
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James Sykes is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: TBCC technical meeting
Time: Mar 27, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/930521680

Meeting ID: 930 521 680

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Florida State Fair 2020

1JRS0524-jrnlHey Everybody, I’m going to the Fair on Tuesday the 11th in the evening. Anyone from the club is welcome to come out and join me. It will not be a formally organized event, let’s just meetup and roam around with cameras and be social. It’s one of the Promo Days at the Fair: $2 admission, $2 select rides, and $2 select sample food items, all after 2:00 p.m. My plan as of right now is to hang out under the giant Ferris wheel until around 5:45 or so to meet up with anyone who can be there by then. After that we will be prowling the midway in search of cool sunset/twilight photo ops. If you get there late try giving me a call at 813-508-8522 and if I hear my phone I’ll let you know where to look for us. We will most likely be somewhere on the midway around the illuminated ride attractions in any case if you arrive late and need to hunt around for us. Looking forward to seeing people there and having a fun time taking photos and indulging in fair food! – Jim S.