Jan. 4, 2021 — Meeting notes

Seventeen people attended the virtual meeting of the Dubuque Camera Club on Monday, January 4th, 2021. This was the first virtual meeting of the New Year.

Kudos. Before the official business started, club member Casey Klein shared that she had another photo selected to appear in Illinois Country Living magazine. Good job, Casey!

Submissions. At tonight’s virtual meeting, the club looked at the January submissions to the N4C contest. The photographers who were present said a few words about their images. It’s always a highlight of club meetings to be able to share with and learn from other photographers.

Open spots. Typically, our club can send in 8 total images in each category. At the time of the meeting, two categories still had open spots. Remember, if a category isn’t full, it’s first-come-first-served. Email your submission to the appropriate club rep as soon as you can after the meeting.

Dimensions. The ideal size for an N4C submission is 1920px wide by 1080 tall, and just under 750KB. You can opt for vertical orientation, but be aware that the viewing monitors of the judging clubs will likely be widescreen.

DP Judging. In February, our club will do virtual judging of the Digital Pictorial category. For that reason, we cannot enter DP in February. The following month, we’ll get double DP submissions. See the winners’ galleries on the N4C website for photos rated highly in the DP category.

Adobe & others. Before the meeting closed, there was some discussion about Adobe products, upgrades, and plugin blips. The question of alternatives to Lightroom and Photoshop was also raised. If you have thoughts or questions on these topics, club meetings are a good time to discuss.

Creative Stuff Critique at the next meeting!

Send in up to three manipulated images for a Creative Stuff Critique at the next virtual meeting of the Dubuque Camera Club. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Please share composites or Photoshopped images that would be suitable for the Digitally Altered Reality competition. Get feedback and tips from other club members. You may also share presets, techniques, tutorials, or other image editing advice.

Club members: Send your images to Ron, Cara, or Ken before the meeting. Watch your email for a reminder!

Get your photos out there!

Need a challenge over winter break? Here’s a round-up of photo contest winners and opportunities…

Inspirations. Don’t forget, the Galena Center for the Arts is looking for Inspiration-themed photos and artwork for an upcoming virtual exhibit. Submit up to 3 images at 300dpi (the virtual exhibit will be printed too). You’ll need a headshot and some text to go along with your images. Deadline is Jan. 22, 2021. See their past virtual exhibits for ideas. For more information, email: gallerymanager@galenacenterforthearts.com

Aviation Photo Contest Winner. Here’s a shout out to Robert Felderman of General Bob Photography. He heeded a call for submissions and entered the Iowa DOT 2019-2020 Aviation Photo Contest. Two of his photos were selected as winners! In the “Air to Ground” category, Bob took home both 2nd and 3rd place! Good job, General Bob!

Note that if you are a South Dubuque homeowner who receives Neighbors of South Dubuque magazine, you will also see two of General Bob’s drone photos published in the January 2021 issue.

Transportation Photo Contest. There is still time to have your photo recognized by the Iowa DOT. Deadline for their Transportation Photo Contest is Feb. 1, 2021. Click here for details.

Jose Garcia, another local photographer and prior club member, was recognized in the 2020 Photographic Society of America (PSA) Council’s Challenge. His image “Smoke” won first place in Black and White and also earned Best of Show. Dubuque Camera Club members will recognize Jose’s portrait as a prior N4C winner from our club. The photo previously earned second place, Digital Black and White, in the N4C end-of-the-season competition in 2018/2019. Jose plans to lead a photography workshop on January 16, so tune into his online presence if you want to learn his digital secrets!

Keep Iowa Beautiful. If you didn’t enter the Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest this year (deadline was Dec. 18), that’s okay, because you can still enjoy the winners. According to their website, in January the public will be able to vote on favorite entries on their social media accounts.

Buchanan County nature photos. If you ever get over to nearby Buchanan County, Iowa, the Fontana Nature Center is sponsoring a nature photo contest. You don’t have to be a resident, but the pictures DO need to be taken (by an amateur) in Buchanan County. Deadline is Oct. 1, 2021. See more info on their website.

Silos & Smokestacks. All the 2020 entries to the “Capture the Heart of America” photo contest are now posted to the Silos & Smokestacks Flickr account. This is an annual rural/agriculture themed contest. Scroll down to *Tags* to see the name of the photographer. You can also see just the winners on their website.

Wisconsin Great Waters Photo Contest and Writing Project. Looking for a place to submit your awesome Mississippi River photos? Here’s an option from the Wisconsin DNR: the Wisconsin Great Waters photo contest. Enter up to three high-res images by Feb. 1, 2021.

Do you know about other photo contests and opportunities? You are welcome to share photography-related news in the Dubuque Camera Club‘s private group on Facebook.

Dec. 7, 2020 — Meeting notes

The Dubuque Camera Club held a virtual meeting and holiday gathering via Zoom on December 7th, 2020. Nineteen people attended. Thanks to everyone who wore a holiday outfit or displayed a wintry virtual background.

N4C news. The N4C has opted to discontinue the print competition through the end of the current season. Due to the pandemic, judging clubs can’t gather to look at prints. Some clubs have also experienced winter weather-related mail issues.

Although our club does not participate in the monthly print competition, this decision will impact the points given out to N4C clubs. It will result in the digital competition — which we do compete in — being given more weight. As Ron said, “Everybody make sure that you submit your best stuff, and that will help with the total points of the club.”

The N4C has also cancelled the panorama print competition that usually takes place at the spring mini-con because that event is postponed. Plans are still underway to hold the 2021 fall convention in Duluth. See the meetings page on the N4C website to learn more.

Competition Results. During the meeting, the club looked at the results of the previous monthly N4C competition. Congratulations to the following photographers:

  • Ronald Tigges, second place, digital pictorial
  • Ronald Tigges, merit award, digital journalism
  • Ronald Tigges, honorable mention, digital altered reality
  • Ronald Tigges, merit award, digital nature
  • Karen Durrant, merit award, digital travel
  • Karen Durrant, merit award, digital pictorial
  • Kevin McTague, merit award, digital pictorial
  • Kevin McTague, merit award, digital nature
  • Kevin McTague, honorable mention, digital black and white
  • Stephonie Schmitz, honorable mention, digital nature
  • Stephonie Schmitz, merit award, digital black and white

Holiday games. Jennifer and Stephonie came up with some virtual holiday games to play during the meeting. Ron served as emcee. Prize winners:

  • Andreas Exner won a winter farmer’s market gift certificate for correctly answering photography trivia questions.
  • Laurie Helling won a camera bag (donated by Stephonie) for correctly identifying the most holiday tunes.
  • Jim Durrant also won a farmer’s market gift certificate for trivia answers.

Other factoids and virtual meeting stuff:

  • Our club earned 78 total points for the 2019/20 N4C season.
  • The E.B. Lyons center will be closed to the public until at least July 1st, 2021, so the club cannot use it as a meeting venue.
  • ISO does not mean “Icy Santa Overture.”
  • Stephonie’s husband is named after a famous photographer, Edward S. Curtis.
  • Ellie was not at the meeting, but rumor is, she has been a club member longer than Santa.
  • Santa was at the meeting.

Next club meeting

The next Dubuque Camera Club virtual meeting will be held on Monday, January 4th, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Club members: Send in your N4C submissions before the next meeting. See the competition page for any questions. Watch your email for Zoom meeting details.

Virtual Holiday Party on Dec. 7th

The Dubuque Camera Club will hold a virtual club meeting via Zoom on Monday, December 7th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. This will be the club’s VIRTUAL HOLIDAY PARTY!! Bring a virtual background or wear that ugly sweater that shows your holiday spirit!

Club members, watch your email for Zoom information. We will have some virtual games with real prizes! So stick around.

The club will also go over returns and comments from the last N4C competition. No N4C submissions this month, because there is no contest in December. The next submissions are due by the club meeting on January 4, 2021.

November 16, 2020 — virtual meeting cancelled

The Dubuque Camera Club cancelled the virtual meeting that was scheduled for Monday, November 16th. 

During this stressful time, please take good care of your loved ones and yourself. Stay safe and healthy!

The next virtual club meeting will be held Monday, December 7th. Returns and comments will be available then. Note that the N4C does not hold a competition in December. The next submissions will be due by the club meeting on January 4, 2021.

If you have information or news to share with other club photographers, you are welcome to post in the club’s Facebook group.