March 20, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Jennifer Tigges

We had special guests for our March 20th meeting.

About 20 club members were in attendance along with a few new or potential members. Because of the new members, club president Ron Tigges went over what the N4C is and a bit about the submissions and judging. Also, the perks of being in the club:  patches, ability to be in shows, two parties per year and more.

Scott and Kris Kelly of S. Kelly Photography were in attendance. They have 13 years of experience in portrait photography  and are very involved in PPI (Professional Photography of Iowa), which meets twice a year. The next PPI meeting is in November  2017 with national speakers.

Steve Kelly from ACI (American Color Imaging) was our guest speaker of the evening. He brought many samples along. He described various types of prints using different materials and textures. White base and natural base is available for metal prints. We will be doing metal prints for the upcoming Dubuque Museum of Art exhibit in August.

ACI has a commitment to quality and getting your prints correct. They offer color correction, proofing, calibration prints and more. They even have an event pics area on their website where you can upload and people can purchase from,  and then they drop ship if you want to sell through ACI. Email Steve at or phone 1-800-728-2722 ext 2104.

We may be setting up a tour of the facilities in the future. ACI is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

April Submissions – all information on the new submission guidelines are at the bottom of our website competition page.

April 3, 2017 – Returns/submissions. No Pictorial submissions. Double Travel submissions.
April 17, 2017 – Judging Pictorial category.

Club members – remember to join our Facebook Group!

March 6, 2017 Meeting Minutes

18 people were in attendance.

Digital Creative and Digital Travel each had one more spot to fill. After last night’s meeting these are probably already filled. Please vote using your club member in the comments for up to 5 votes in each category.

Reminder that submission guidelines, link for voting and more information can be found at our website competition page here.

Special Events

The Dubuque Camera Club gave a presentation about nature photography at the Mines of Spain on March 5, 2017.

Mines of Spain Nature Photography — Dubuque Camera Club
March 5, 2017, 1:00 p.m. | E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center at the Mines of Spain
This was a success with almost 50 in attendance. Thanks goes out to Kevin McTague for teaching us about backyard birding, Ken Kiss for sharing about the Owls in the Mines of Spain including some owl pellets, and Ron Tigges for the overview of the N4C, nature photography and macro photography.

Dubuque Museum of Art Summer Exhibit
August-October — We have chosen a name/theme of the exhibit “Dimensions of Photography”
We would have various photos from different categories or types of photos along with a description of that type of photography. We will go with metal prints again. Gary Fagan brought a sample of a metal print from ACI. They currently have a special running if you have other printing needs.

N4C Spring Seminar
Because of a schedule changes with the IDNR, the Springbrook seminar has changed the location and the date to May 5-7, 2017. It will be called the Iowa Camp-In – Mini-Convention and held at Saint Thomas More Center, between Guthrie Center and Panora, Iowa. More information is available on the N4C website

Bird Banding at EB Lyons Center
Sunday, March 19th at 1:00 p.m. is another photo op while birds are being caught outside in mist nets, brought inside to be weighed, banded and finally released.

Future Meetings

Club meeting, March 20, 6:30 p.m. Special guest Steve Kelly from ACI labs will teach us about various printing techniques and samples of papers. Think all printing is alike? Come check this out and see the large array of papers and products available today. Thank you to Gary Fagan for help with getting Steve to drop by.

April 3 Regular Club Meeting- reminder that submissions are now due March 26th and we do not submit in Digital Pictorial category this month. 

April 17 – Judging Digital Pictorial

February Competition Results

Digital Black and White — some tough competition!

  • “Braving the Storm” by Gary Fagan, Honorable Mention
  • “Picking Flowers” by Jose Garcia, Honorable Mention
  • “National Archives at Night: Bob Felderman, Honorable Mention
  • “Nap Time” by David Smethers, Honorable Mention (with a perfect score)

Digital Journalism

  • “Flipping Around” Jose Garcia, Honorable Mention

Digital Nature

  • “Protect Me” Gary Fagan, Honorable Mention

There were many merit awards received as well. Great job, everyone.

Technique Review

Ron Tigges spent the rest of the night showing some examples of various techniques that could be utilized for the Dubuque Museum of Art exhibit.