January 23, 2017 Meeting Minutes

The Dubuque Camera Club meeting on January 23, 2017 was rescheduled from the previous Monday due to weather. The club judged the Digital Black and White category in the N4C competition.

To start off the evening, club president Ron Tigges talked about future club and photography related events.

The Dubuque Camera Club will give a presentation about Nature Photography on Sunday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. at the E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center as part of the Friends of the Mines of Spain winter program series. Members are welcome to bring prints to put on a table that day, submit some photos for the presentation, or speak in front of the group. If you are a club member interested in presenting, please contact Ron or Jennifer.

Nearby events
Kevin McTague let us know about an event sponsored by the Quad City photography Club on February 4-5, 2017. More information here

Another upcoming seminar is the Peoria Seminar is March 18. More information here.

More news
Bald Eagle Watch update. Thanks to all who volunteered by staffing our table during the 2017 Dubuque Bald Eagle Watch!

Congratulations to club member Gary Fagan who was recognized at the recent Professional Photographers of Iowa convention!


Judging black and white images
121 images were judged by Lois Pancratz, Ron Tigges and José García. Documenting the numbers and comments were Eleanor Schueller, Ken Kiss and DeWayne Beecher. Ten additional members were in the audience.  Thank you to all. Hopefully, the new members in attendance enjoyed and learned more about the process.

January results

The following club members earned recognition in the January N4C competition:

  • Gary Fagan, “Lunchtime,” 2nd Place, Digital Nature
  • José García, “In the Woods,” Honorable Mention, Digital Creative
  • José García, “Friends,” Honorable Mention, Digital Creative
  • Shannon Woulfe, “Michigan City IN Lighthouse through the Pier,” Honorable Mention, Digital Pictorial

Congratulations to our terrific photographers! You can view all the winners in the Winners Galleries.

Upcoming meetings

  • February 6, 2017  at 6:30 p.m.

We can submit double Black and White submissions. Submissions are due as soon as possible to Cara. If you cannot access the Smugmug galleries to make comments to vote (via a Facebook account, Google+ account or Smugmug account), please email Ron or Jennifer, and we will help you to create a guest account.

  • February 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

The February 20th meeting will be a work session in preparation for the Nature Photography presentation on March 5. Bring your images and stories, and we will organize the presentation.

What type of camera did you use the most in 2016?

Please answer a Camera poll

Photo by Slawek Puklo on Flickr

The Dubuque Camera Club uses only digital format for photography, although some club members may have used film or slides in the past. Most of the information given out or discussed during club meetings pertains only to Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras.

However, many other camera choices exist, and many of us have owned more than one camera over the years. The poll below will help us to find out what types of cameras are being used by club members and by visitors to our website.

Thinking back over the past year — 2016 — when you were doing photography to create still images, what type of camera did you use the most?

If you’re unsure how to answer, here’s an article that describes different types of cameras. Please answer only once. After answering, you can view the poll results.

January 2, 2017 meeting minutes

Sean and his wife welcomed the first baby of the year.

The Dubuque Camera Club held the first meeting of the New Year on January 2, 2017. The meeting was attended by 17 people and led by club president, Ronald Tigges.

The news was shared that Sean MacDonald, owner of Everything Photography Store, just became a new Dad. Since it was Dubuque’s first baby of the year, he and his wife were featured in a story in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald on Jan. 2nd.

Preliminary announcements were made about upcoming photography events [see the Events Listing on this website],

Bald Eagle Watch

The Dubuque Camera Club will staff an informational table at the Bald Eagle Watch at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque on Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Member volunteers are needed. Please contact Jennifer if you are interested.

This is our chance to promote the club to other people in the tri-state area who are interested in photography. Nature photographers are likely to attend. 

One of the talented nature photographers to be present at the Eagle Watch will be club member Gary Fagan, who will have his own table to show his work.

A slide show of photos by Dubuque Camera Club members will be playing on the club’s new display monitor.  In addition, we have an updated brochure to give out.  [Click here to see the new brochure].

At the Bald Eagle Watch, the Illinois Raptor Center will do three programs on raptors at 9:30 a.m., at 12:15 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m. Hoo’s Woods Raptor Center will also do programs at 11:00 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Both presenters specialize in rehabilitation and education about birds of prey. It’s definitely worthwhile to attend this free, day-long event, which is sponsored by the Dubuque Audubon Society.

N4C Competition

The new system of narrowing down N4C submissions did not go as smoothly as hoped, due to unforeseen problems with logging in. So the club selected from submitted entries using the group discussion/show of hands method. Some photos were moved to other categories.

Ron will work on fine-tuning the system. Even if we can’t get online voting to work, the club’s new SmugMug account provides a wonderful archive. “I find it extremely valuable to go back and see what photos were submitted,” said Ron.

It’s also nice to see submissions ahead of the meeting, said Ellie, so we have more time to think about our favorites. This makes the process more fair by removing the pressure to make quick decisions during meetings.

The club decided to keep the submission deadline pushed up. The new deadline will be the 20th of the month preceding the submission month. For instance, if members want to submit photos to the February 2017 N4C competition, they will need to send them to Cara by January 20, 2017.

No matter how big our club grows, we can send in only 8 entries for each category (16 when we judge). Our current membership is 30 individuals. Only paid members can submit to N4C competition or participate in group exhibits. Given the high caliber of winning photos, we are all learning!

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The club will judge the Digital Black and White category. Member volunteers are needed to serve as judges or to help with the judging process.

“You learn a lot,” said General Bob Felderman. The three members who judge will get to view the images on the new monitor. Audience members will get to see all the photos on the projection screen. There are typically many awesome photos to judge. So please add the date to your calendar and join us!