Category Archives: EID

March 27th Meeting

Can you believe it’s already April? Where has the time gone. I’m sure that I’m not alone when I say, “I am so ready for Summer”! I want to be able to get out and shoot and not have to lug my coat, my umbrella (for my camera of course), extra clothing and shoes, etc., Bring on the Warm Sunny Days!

First, I want to begin by saying Congratulations to three of our club members, Dina Ratzlaf, Stephanie Low and Nancy Hunt, who took part in the Albany’s Vistor’s Association Photo Contest and came out on the winning side. Take a look at some of the images Here. Great Job Ladies!

Next, John Merrell gave an wonderful presentation on Bird Photography. He gave us all some great advice….., or as he put it, “what works well for him in the field”. For those of you who were not able to make it to this meeting, or for those who just need a recap, here is John’s complete Bird Photography Presentation. John did answer a few questions, including mine. I asked him if he uses Flash, and if so, was it on or off camera. He said when he uses Flash, it’s mainly off camera. He also said that, depending on your subject, you may need to set up 2-3 off camera flashes. For example: when shooting hummingbirds.

Oh yes, FYI, there was one other tip that was shared which I never really thought about and that is that, Geese will tend to land into the wind. Good to know! Now maybe I can get the front end of the goose for a change 🙂

John, Thank you, You inspire many!

Our EID (Electronic Image Display) winners are now uploaded. Follow this Link: March EID 2014. Then once you have browsed the images, take a look at the Scoresheet right under the Album. This is the first time we have listed the results of the scoring and the comments from the Judges.

We finished out the evening with a Presentation on China from Steve O’Hare. He and his wife traveled around China for 29 days. Some would think that would be easy, right? Well, Steve put it in perspective for us. He said that China is roughly the size of the United States. The Population of China is about 1.3 Billion and the U.S. is a mere 311 Million. Can you imagine trying to tour the United States in only 29 days? Wow, I had no idea! Steve also added that all land in China is owned by the Government and that most of their energy is generated by coal.

This is another reason I love coming to these meetings, so much information I just never knew.

Great presentation Steve – Thank you 🙂

Oh yes, last but not least, we have set up a Private Community for VVCC Image Critique on Google+, for our club members only.  It’s by invitation ONLY. So if you are interested in participating in this feature you will need to set up a Google+ (gmail account). If you already have one, great, just shoot me (Helen), an Email saying you would like me to send you an invite and be sure to let me know the email address you wish to use. You will receive your invitation via email, of which you will need to choose to “Follow”. If you have any questions about this Private Community, also email me (Helen). Thank you 🙂

Our next meeting is on April 10th.  Our Print Competition Theme is (Long Exposure). Don’t miss the Presentation by Evelyn & Jerry Smith on Wildlife Photography.

See You All There 🙂



October 10th, 2013 Meeting

Wow!  What a great meeting Thursday night.

Paul Rentz a photographer out of Corvallis, Oregon was our Guest Speaker. His presentation was on getting that picture under any condition.  Paul gave us a quick rundown of where he grew up, his family, places he has worked and how he began his photography career.

He began by showing us a slide show on Writing. What? Why writing you ask? He is a visual person, and by giving us an example of “writing”, and then following it up with pictures of writing back when it was an actual Art Form all the way to present day with our computers, texting and Spell Check, then leading us into his main presentation of the evolution of photography from film to digital and affordable media.

Did you know that what we see with our eyes really isn’t an image or a picture?  Nope, it’s actually light reflecting off shapes and objects and in turn our brain registers it as an image. Well, that’s basically how our cameras work too. Reflecting light and then burning it into the media we have set up for it. Cool Stuff!!

It was nice to have another photographer talk about his Stories of Photography as well as his Trials and Tribulations. Thank you Paul for being so gracious with your knowledge. Oh, yes, I took it upon myself to find Paul Rentz on the Internet and look what I found. This YouTube Slideshow of some of his photography ~ Hope You Enjoy. 

Reminders for the next few weeks

  • The Quarterly EID for 4C’s is due in by October 31st. If you are interested you can email your images to Art at . Read the Rules and sizing requirements before submitting.
  • Speaking of EID, October 19th is the last day to get your EID images in for VVCC this month by emailing them to Mary Collins, our EID Chair Here.
  • The Fall colors have changed dramatically this last week and Jerry and Evelyn mentioned that Mt. Rainier is predicted to be at its Peak for Fall Color in about a week.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera to the next meeting where we will be splitting into a few groups to help others with settings and answer questions.
  • Art says “bring your ideas, images to share, and your questions to the “Third Thursday Meeting Group” , which just so happens to be Thursday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m., also held at the Library.
  • Oh yes, last but not least, the Statesman Journal is having a photo contest. You can find out more here.