Through The Lens Cheyenne Camera Club Cheyenne Wyoming



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Through The Lens




Cheyenne Camera Club

Cheyenne Wyoming



www.cheyennecameraclub.org
January 2018
President – Paul Bobenmoyer Vice President – Judy Myers Secretary – Judy Berkley Treasurer – Gerry Lancaster Program/Contest – Judy Berkley and Pete Arnold







From The President


Hello Fellow Shooters!

Well, we have entered into another new year and placed one behind us once again.  Seems like we do this at least once a year right?  Why yes, yes we do every year.  Every year we bring in the new year with hopes and promise of this year being better than last.  Well I am firm believer that that outcome solely depends on what we do with the opportunities given, or better yet, the opportunities we make for ourselves.  It really is a relentless cycle, I see it in the gym every year, the first couple weeks of January there are an abundance of folks showing up at the gym, with no gym etiquette what so ever, trying to fulfill their new year's resolution.  We all know how that story goes, by the end of the month, most are no where to be seen.

Now, how does this have anything to do with us as photographers? Well, it falls on the same line.  The premice for the story is dedication and desire.  We as shooters, like it or not, have to have dedication to make ourselves better.  We have to have the desire to learn new aspects of our craft to make ourselves better.  You can not skip leg day at the gym if you don't want to be a well, rounded, well developed mind, body and soul.  Same with our photography, we have to learn more than one facet of this hobby, trade, obsession, however you want to label it, in order to be successful!

My goal every year, I have never made a new years resolution, it really does ME no good.  What I have done for myself, mind, body and soul, is pretty simple.  I look at the things that I did not get done and put those at the top of my list to do for the year.  Like for instance, last year I did not feel I grew enough educational wise, so this year I will educate myself in terms of reading more, taking a couple classes etc.  This way my own personal list gets smaller and I benefit from it in a more productive way.
Last year, however you look at it, good, bad, or indifferent, is simply last year.  It presented myself and everyone else with challenges and opportunities that we either took advantage of or did not.  I look at the club as a whole and see how we have grown both collectively and individually.  We have members that have really put themselves out there and won numerous accolades for their talent.  I absolutely love seeing these endeavors!  We have grown as a club opening ourselves to new ideas and experiences.  I whole heartedly feel we have benefitted from all these experiences.  This is how we grow, this is how we bring in new photographers and continually challenge ourselves to be better.
There are aspects to my own photography that I did not get to last year, and like I said, they go to the top of my "To Do List" for this year. I will tackle those not necessarily in order or put a timeline to them.  I will tackle them in a monotonous, item by item way until I feel satisfied with myself on the outcomes.  I mean let’s face it, how many times do we get "That Shot" in one click?  Not that it can't happen, but practice really does make perfect.

This year for me top of my list is Whale watching.  It has been on my bucket list since I was a kid, now I have the opportunity, a plan, it’s time to execute!  I have a few on my list that are sitting in the top spots waiting for me to cross them off.  I find that it is too overwhelming to over load your own lists of yearly accomplishments, couple big ones, couple small ones and you’re already out of the gate and running, it is Jan 3rd!  

Now that my rambling is done, whatever your yearly goals are, I hope that you tackle them head on and be able to smile as you put them behind you.  If there is anything that I or the club can do to assist you in any of your goals, please do not hesitate to ask.  I as well as any other member of the club would be more than willing to give a hand.  So whatever you have planned, whatever you are going to accomplish this year, I know you will succeed in those goals and I look forward to hearing all about them!  So make your list, plan your year and just go for it!
Remember, stay focused and stay behind the lens!

Paul 


Club Meetings
Camera Club meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6:00 PM in the Pub Room (second floor above the east entrance) at the Primrose Retirement Center on Dorothy Lane at Powderhouse Road in The Point Subdivision.
Thu Jan 4 Education Program – Clouds & Wildlife

Thu Jan 18 Contest: Clouds (CL) and Wildlife (WL) Non-captive mammal


Thu Feb 1 Education Program at Civic Center

Thu Feb 1 Cheyenne Parks and Rec Reception

Thu Feb 15 Annual Awards Program and Potluck
Thu Mar 1 Education

Thu Mar 15 Contest: Scenic – Moving Water (MW)


Upcoming Events


February 1 Meeting Location Change

The camera club meeting for February 1 has been changed to a different location for that night. It will be held at the Civic Center in conjunction with the Cheyenne Parks and Recreation Show reception. The event will be used as an education program discussing the show entries. The reception is 5:30-7:00 pm.

Upcoming Shows and Contests

There are a number of annual shows and contests in Cheyenne that include photography. Here is a list of upcoming shows. No specifics are included, only the month the show is held. More details will be available as they come out.
CAG Tony James Memorial Photo Show – January 2018

Cheyenne Parks and Rec Show – February 2018

Marilyn, Linda, and Friends Show – March 2018
Keep these shows in mind as you are out photographing.

Cheyenne Artists Guild Tony James Photography Show


The Cheyenne Artists Guild Tony James Memorial Photography Show is being held January 2018 at the Guild in Holiday Park. The reception is Thursday night, January 11, from 5-8pm in conjunction with the Cheyenne Artist Walk.

Cheyenne Parks and Recreation Show


The Cheyenne Parks and Recreation Show will be held February 2018. The theme for this year’s show is “Take Your Best Shot”. The divisions are 18 and Under, Amateur, Intermediate, and Professional. Contest entry is limited to Laramie County residents.
Registration is January 22 – 26 at the Kiwanis Community House in Lions Park, a change of location from previous years. Entry fee is $5 for one image and $10 for three images with a limit of three entries. Entries are to be turned in to the Civic Center on January 30 from 10:00am – 5:00pm.
The reception and awards presentation this year has been changed to a Thursday night, February 1, 5:30-7:00 pm. The camera club is hosting the reception. Our camera club meeting scheduled for that night will be held at the reception.

What’s Happening

What Have You Been Up To? CCC Program

A new program has been implemented at the camera club meetings. The name of the program is “What have you been up to?”. The purpose is for members to share what they have been doing with photography during the previous month, either in images they have shot or what they have been doing with an image in the computer. If you want to participate, submit up to two images to Pete at pgaccc@gmail.com prior to the meeting.

CCC Morning Coffee Meetings


The camera club has started a morning coffee meeting at the Barnes and Noble Starbucks coffee shop. This is an informal get together for folks to meet and talk over a cup of coffee. The meeting time is 9:00am and will be held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come and join your fellow photographers for fun and relaxation.

CCC Christmas Party


The Cheyenne Camera Club Christmas Party was December 21. This year was a chili potluck dinner. Everyone had a great time with visiting photography friends and eating the good food brought in.

New Judging Process for Club Meetings


A new system for judging was implemented in for the club contests in September.  Each member present will be given a judging sheet. The judging will begin with a critique of each image with attention to specifics such as composition, technique, etc.  Each member will have time during this discussion to decide on their scoring.  In this process everyone has the opportunity to get involved and sharpen their judging skills.  At the end of the competition, the sheets will be collected and the results compiled in a spread sheet.

Photo Shows Winners


The 19th Annual RSVP Artfest was held at the County Library during November and December. This was a good show for club members. Allen Bird, Vanda Edington, and Edwin Carlson each sold one of their entries. Congratulations to everyone.
Congratulations to Kim Sharples for her 844 entry winning the Kimble Local Artist Display and Contest last month. Her entry also sold during the show.

New Contest Entry Sizing

The camera club has implemented new sizing for the photographs entered into our contests. The new sizes are double the previous image sizes. The horizontal size should be no larger than 2048 pixels. The vertical size limit is 1536 pixels.

Club Members Website Pages

Cheyenne Camera Club members have the opportunity to have images posted on their own web page in the Cheyenne Camera Club’s website. Edwin is developing a photo page for those club members who would like to be included in this opportunity. If you want to participate, send Edwin seven images to be included in your webpage. He will set up your own personal page.

Camera Obscura


The concept of camera technology has been around for thousands of years in the form of the camera obscura. The technique of passing light through a small hole into a darkened room projects an inverted image of the outside scene onto the room’s opposite wall for viewing. This has been known as the camera obscura phenomenon. Writings as early as the third and fourth centuries BC have mentioned the device. In the 1500s simple lenses improved the resolution of the technique. The first images published that were drawn with the aid of the camera obscura occurred in 1558. The camera was further improved with a portable version and a reflex mirror in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. These improvements make it possible for artists to use it in their drawings and paintings. All photographic cameras today descend from the reflex camera obscura.

First Camera Lens


When photography was initially introduced to the public in 1839, the first camera lenses were a simple single glass element. These lenses had no light gathering capability and had no image correcting functions at all, resulting in really degraded images. With these first lenses, photographing landscapes in full sunlight required exposures measured in the fifteen to twenty-five minute range.

With photography and cameras less than a year old, the Petzval Portrait lens was developed in 1840. The lens was constructed with four elements and tremendously improved the imaging of the camera lens. The lens shortened the exposure time from minutes to just a few seconds.

Photography Beginnings

The world of photography as we know it began 179 years ago. On January 7, 1839, Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre demonstrated his technique of making permanent images with light. This technique became known as the daguerreotype. Further refinements in the next few years resulted in the daguerreotype being used successfully for years in commercial enterprises.
At about this same time, a paper negative process was being developed. This calotype process allowed numerous prints to be made from one negative. Not sensitive enough to be used in a studio, this process never reached the commercial success of the daguerreotype.
The niepceotype process using glass negatives was invented in 1846. While this process had extremely good resolution, the sensitivity was less than the calotype. This led to the wet collodion process in 1851, which had very high resolution and much faster exposures. This technique was called the wet glass technique because the glass plates had to be wet for the exposure. After processing, the glass negatives were used for printing onto paper prints.
The wet collodion process was further developed to direct positive variations of the ambrotype and the tin type. These were more sensitive and cheaper than the daguerreotypes.
At this time, cameras were being manufactured that allowed the use of the daguerreotype, calotype, niepceotype, and the colodion processes. The wet colodion process was never as sensitive as the daguerreotype, but being able to make multiple prints from one negative became the standard through the twentieth century. Most daguerreotype studios had switched to the collodion process by the end of the 1850s.

The collodion process became obsolete with the introduction of the silver-bromide gelatin emulsion technology in the mid-1880s. The technology initially layered the emulsion to a paper backing. After exposure, the gelatin layer was transferred to a glass sheet for printing. This was the first film to be used in Eastman’s Kodak camera of 1888.

Shortly the paper backing was replaced with clear nitrocellulose plastic, allowing prints to be made right through the backing. This type of negative contributed immensely to photography becoming available to the average person. This technique continued in use until the digital revolution.
The above information was obtained from the book 500 Cameras.

Winter Photography


Winter photography can be challenging at its best. But photographing at this time of the year can be good with its advantages. The sun is low, the golden hour is longer, and you can shoot with low sun angle most of the day, especially at our latitude. There are tips to help get great images at this time of the year.
Composition. Use the forms shaped by snow, the snow shadows, and the lines of snow to your advantage to compose the image. The snow will cover the texture of the land, so other elements in the scene can be used in the composition.
Mood. Portray the mood and weather conditions of the day. Fog, falling snow, frost, and coldness are all elements that should come across in your images.
Color. Winter and snow scenes tend to be monochromatic, so a little color will go a long ways. Add some color in the scene; it doesn’t need to be a bold splash, just a little spot, item, or shading to compliment the image.
Details. Shoot close-ups for the details. Winter is not just the vast snowy scenes, but also the more intimate shots. Ice details, snow drifts, and snow on tree limbs are all winter subjects that can be shot up close for details. Use a macro lens for more detail with ice crystals. Don’t forget back lighting for a sparkling result.
Exposure. The camera will render snow scenes to a neutral 18% gray, not the white you see. Open up one to two stops to over ride the camera’s exposure.

Morning shoots. Shoot early in the morning. The sun is low, frost is still on everything, the snow is fresh, atmospheric conditions are still there, and hopefully the wind hasn’t started.

Shoot the trees. Trees are wonderful subjects in the snow. Emphasize the shape and character of the tree in the snow. Frosted trees make great subjects. Photograph the contrast of tree trunks and intricate branches to the snow. Don’t forget about snow on the tree limbs, especially pine trees. Shoot these subjects early before the wind blows the snow off.
Shooting in the winter time can be fun and rewarding. Dress warm, really warm, and go out and shoot.

Contest Winners


December 7
Sports

1st – Pete Arnold - Fingertips

2nd - Pete Arnold – Hand Off

3rd – Paul Bobenmoyer – Break Thru

HM – Paul Bobenmoyer – End Over

Parting Shot

Happy New Year. Try something different this year.


Edwin Carlson – TTL Editor



2017 CHEYENNE CAMERA CLUB 2018

Beginner - Amateur - Advanced

Meeting Nights: 1st and 3rd Thursday each month at 6:00pm in “The Pub”, Primrose Retirement Dues: $20.00/individual; $25.00/family Center 1530 Dorothy Lane

Contest Entry: Digital entries: deliver to Pete Arnold by Sunday preceding the contest at



pgaccc@gmail.com
2017 Outings and Club shoots tba – as volunteer leader steps forward to organize one
September 7 Education Program: Macro Photography

September 21 Contest: macro (MA)

October 5 Education Program

October 19 Contest: landscape – mountains (MT) – (hand of man ok)

October 22 Scavenger Hunt deadline

November 2 Scavenger Hunt judging

November 16 Education Program


December 7 Contest: Football (FB)

December 21 Christmas party


January 4 Education Program – Clouds and Wildlife

January 18 Contest: Clouds (CL) and Wildlife (WL) – non-captive mammal


February 1 Education at the Civic Center

February 15 Annual Awards Dinner

February 1 Parks & Rec photo contest reception
March 1 Education Program

March 15 Contest: Scenic – moving water (MW) – (no hand of man)


April 5 Education Program

April 19 Contest: reflection(s)


May 3 Election of officers

Contest: pictorial – pick a subject

May 17 Contest: Creative (CR) homemade filter/modification between subject & camera. (Use name of filter in the title of image)
June 2 Planning meeting (Saturday)
President: Paul Bobenmoyer (638-9266 or 256-6695) Program/Contest: Judy Berkley (634-0357)

Vice President: Judy Myers (421-0018) Education: Pete Arnold (634-8077)

Secretary: Judy Berkley (634-0357) Treasurer: Gerry Lancaster (634-5320)

1Cheyenne Camera Club Contest Rules, June 2017

The purpose of contests is to promote active interest in better photography among members of Cheyenne Camera Club.

A. BASIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 1. The contests are open to all members in good standing. (i.e. dues paid up to date.)

2. Submit an index card with entries listing maker, entry titles and categories.

B. TYPES OF CONTESTS



1. Nature: Nature photography embraces the entire physical natural world, a field that extends from a single drop of water to an entire landscape, from sea to sky. Nature photographs are restricted to nature in all its forms including the many facets botany, geology, and zoology. All acts of nature are included. There must be no evidence of the influence of man in your subject matter. The influence of man is considered to be present in subject matter such as a cultivated flower/flowers and domestic animals.

Nature contests are divided into two categories: Nature wildlife (animals) and Nature scenic (no animals)

2. Pictorial: Pictorial can be anything including nature as long as it meets the basic entry requirements.

3. Photo-journalism: Photo-journalism can be considered as picturing “life in our world.” The predominant theme is “humans and their environment.” The subjects may include spot news, sports, dramatic events or commonplace human-interest happenings – items that would be seen in a newspaper, for instance. The photographs must tell a story. Good titles or captions are mandatory and are part of the judging process.

4. Assigned subject: From time to time special subjects or topics will be assigned for a given contest.

C. ENTRY RULES

1. The contest season will be from January 1 through December 31 to be eligible for the annual awards.

2. Entrants must be current members of the Cheyenne Camera Club.

3. Each entrant may enter two images in each contest category unless otherwise announced.

4. Award-winning images from previous camera club contests may not be re-submitted for intra-club competition at any time. Ribbons or certificates will be awarded for the annual awards only.

5. Images must have been taken by the entrant within the previous five years before the competition submission.

6. The above rules governing classes and eligibility will apply in the annual awards contest, except that an entry must have “placed” first, second, third or honorable mention in a regular intra-club contest or scavenger hunt during the contest season. The annual awards contest will be held at the second meeting in February.

7. The following descriptions were adopted by the club members by ballot vote:


Pictorial, and assigned topics: Alterations allowed. Please see list under digital guidelines.

Creative: Anything goes–any alterations allowed.

All other photos (nature and pj): should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared in the viewfinder. Nothing should be added to an image and aside from minor dust spots, nothing can be taken away. Cropping and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable.

Nature: No computer manipulations or enhancements are allowed in Nature. Elements in the picture cannot be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged or combined. The following adjustments are permitted: resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of the scene.

Photojournalism: In the interest of credibility, photos should represent the truth, with no manipulation to alter the subject matter, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography (as is published in newspapers).

D. JUDGING RULES

1. On the night of each contest, the Presiding Officer will choose from among the members and guests, three persons that he/she feels will be qualified to do the job adequately.

2. Each judge will award points (from 1 to 9), giving consideration to each of the following 3 categories:

a. TECHNIQUE – clear subject, proper exposure, focus, lighting.

b. COMPOSITION – pleasing arrangement of the elements within the picture area, proper placement and harmony of color, camera angle, and absence of distracting elements.

c. INTEREST – impact, originality, imagination, interpretation, subject matter.

3. If one of the judges has a picture in the contest, he enters a score of 0 for his picture. An average of the other two judges’ scores will then be added to the sum of those scores.

4. Altered and unaltered pictures will be judged together.

1Guidelines for Digital Category 2017


1. The use of filters on the camera to correct color balance or exposure are acceptable, as is the correction of these variables in the computer.

2. Removing dust spots, sensor dust, or other minor unwanted elements such as power lines, vapor trails or tree branches is acceptable, as long as this is not detectable.

3. Adding, moving, or combining elements or altering the reality of the subject by any digital or manual means is not acceptable, except in the creative category.

4. In the creative category all options are open.


Acceptable adjustments for competition are as follows.
Cropping Color correction

Overall brightness correction White balance correction

Flare reduction or removal Saturation

Recovering shadow detail Resizing

Straightening Contrast control

Flipping or reversing the image Noise reduction

Sharpening (must look natural)
Follow these steps for creating your files.

1. Open your file and use the save as option and save as a copy. This step is not absolutely necessary if you are familiar with this process, but it will protect your original file from a mistake on your part.

2. If you did not do step one open your image now.

3. From Image in the menu bar select Image Size.

4. In the Image Size pallet make sure Resample is not selected.

5. Change resolution to 72.

6. Now click on Resample.

7. In the pixel dimension box for a Horizontal Image change the width to 2048. If the height is 1536 or less click OK. If the height is greater than 1536 change it to 1536 (this will cause the width to be less than 2048, that’s OK). For a vertical format start with the height of 1536 and accept what ever width you get. At the bottom of the Image Size pallet scroll to Bicubic Sharper for reductions (in PS). Click OK.

8. Go to File and select Save As. Under Format, select the jpg file option. Under File Name, name the file as in the naming convention below. Click Save

9. You should get the JPEG options pallet (in PhotoShop). Select Quality level to be 12, click OK. Other program may call this superfine or something else. It is the level that does the least compressing. File size is not a problem; your file size will probably be between 500K and 1.5 Mb.

10. Do this for each picture you plan to enter; pay attention to the state of the Resample box as you go through the process.

11. You may send Pete Arnold the pictures via email to pgaccc@gmail.com.
Naming Convention is as follows:

Image Title_Your Name_X.jpg where X is the first letter of the category.

Example: Bright Winter _Firstname_Lastname_N.jpg

Use the underscore between the title and your name and between your name and the category. This is to make it easier for the coordinator to read.






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