May 13, 2018 News Release

May 13, 2018


Blufftops & Visions

DUBUQUE —  Members of the Dubuque Camera Club are eagerly preparing for “Blufftops & Visions,” the upcoming 62nd annual N4C photography convention, to be held in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 13-14-15, 2018.

If you are planning to attend, you will find much to see and do in Dubuque, pop. 58,000, the oldest city in Iowa. Historic architecture is one of the unique features of this Mississippi River community. Landscape photographers will enjoy the dramatic wooded hills and bluffs.

Blufftops & Visions headquarters, in the downtown Dubuque Holiday Inn at 450 Main St., will put many of the city’s photogenic sites within convenient walking distance.

The convention welcome program on Thursday night will include a visit to the Mississippi Riverwalk and Stone Cliff Winery. The Historic Shot Tower, which dates to 1856, will be lit for a spectacular dusk photoshoot.

Blufftops & Visions keynote events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15. Fine art photographer Brandon Erdman will present during the banquet on Friday evening. Spanish landscape photographer Iván Ferrero will present during the N4C awards banquet on Saturday. A goodbye breakfast buffet will round out the convention on Sunday.

 Offsite field trips will include:

  • a “Millwork and Models” creative photo shoot in Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District;
  • a visit to the renowned Tiffany windows of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church;
  • a “Lunch and Learn” at the Dubuque Museum of Art, with viewing of Edward Curtis’ images of The North American Indian,
  • and a Mississippi river cruise on the American Lady ($25 preregistration required).

Convention registration is now open. Stay up to date by adding your email to the Blufftops & Visions email list.

More information about the Blufftops & Visions N4C photography convention is available at the Dubuque Camera Club website:


If you have questions or need more information, contact us.

Seeing Red – Club members, submit your images!

Sixth annual Dubuque Camera Club photography exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art

Exhibit dates: September 14 – November 4, 2018 (On display during Blufftops & Visions.)
Gallery Reception: Saturday, September 22 (details TBA)
Fall Into Art: October 5, 2018 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (free admission)

ONLY CLUB MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT: Club members may submit up to five images that contain the color “Red” in some shape or form. Send your images to Ron Tigges by email. Complete details, including file naming and file size were in the email that was sent out to club members on May 10. The size is tentatively 12-inches x 18-inches. Submissions will be placed in the club’s Smugmug gallery.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Entries may be submitted until Monday, June 18, 2018. Printing costs will be paid by the artist. All prints will be returned to the photographers after the exhibit closes.  We need all prints ready, with artist agreements signed by August 30. Contact Ron if you have any questions.

Remember, participating in club activities, exhibits, and events, is one of the perks of Dubuque Camera Club membership!  Our club is made up of a terrific group of talented individual photographers. This is an opportunity to show and share your creative work!

Seeing Red — Timeline
These dates are subject to change.
May 10: Call for images went out to members.
June 18 (2 weeks after picnic): Deadline for members to submit images.
July ??: Selections made by museum staff.
July 30: Send for printing. Cost per print $44.76.
August 30: Prints ready, artists’ agreements signed.
Sept. 4-12: Deliver prints to museum.
Sept. 13-15: Exhibit opens during Blufftops & Visions convention.
Sept. 22: Opening reception
Friday, Oct. 5: Gallery reception during Fall Into Art.
Nov. 4: Exhibit closes.
Nov. 6-9: Pick up prints.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Monday, May 21 @ 6:30 p.m. – Regular club meeting.
  • Monday, June 4 @ 6:00 p.m. – End of year Potluck Picnic.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 4 @ 6:30 p.m. – First regular meeting of the upcoming season.
  • September 13-14-15, 2018 (Thursday-Friday-Saturday) Blufftops & Visions N4C Photography Convention in Dubuque!

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April 16, 2018 meeting notes

Ten brave photographers attended the Dubuque Camera Club meeting on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Only the most courageous creative spirits dare to attend club meetings on judging nights. Typically, more experienced club members realize that they may be called on to either judge the N4C competition, or stay up past their bedtime, so they wisely stay away.  Thank you to these brave souls:

Judges: Greg Nauman, Cecil Pfeiffer, and Andreas Exner
Facilitators: Ron Tigges, Cara Pusateri, and Eleanor Schueller

We had 108 photos in the Digital Black and White category to evaluate. Photos were judged by three judges on a scale of 0 to 5 in three categories:  technique, composition, and interest. Many of the submitted images were simply awesome.

Remember, looking at photos from other clubs can be educational. When our club judges a competition category, the images are shown on a high-res TV as well as on a bigger projection screen. This way, the audience can see what’s happening and admire the submissions too.  (All the more reason to attend on judging nights!)

If you missed this meeting  (or had to run away early because it was past your bedtime) don’t forget that you will be able to see all the winning photos on the N4C website.

2018 DuMA Exhibit Theme

The color red will be the theme for our upcoming annual photography exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art.  For ideas, Google “red photography.”   

If you are using Lightroom CC (the newer, cloud version of Lightroom), you can — theoretically — search your own uploaded photos for “red.” (Please report back if you find this tip useful.)

Each member in good standing (i.e. with annual dues of only $20 paid up-to-date) may submit up to 5 images to the art museum show. They will be uploaded to our Smugmug site, then the museum curator will choose among them. Submission deadline June 18 (two weeks after the club picnic).

We will probably be doing metal prints again (12″x18″). Remember, every photo that is chosen will cost you about $65 to have printed and mounted. It’s OK to decide that you only want one of your images selected. Tell Ron about any suggestions regarding financial sponsorship of the show.

Upcoming Schedule

  • May 6: Final, drop-dead deadline to submit your images to the N4C competition this year. Because we judged, our club can submit double black and white. Members, send your images to Cara or Ken by following the instructions in your membership packet. Longest side: 1920px  
  • Monday, May 7 @6:30 p.m. Regular club meeting. Mines of Spain. All tri-state area photography enthusiasts are welcome.
  • May 21 @ 6:30 p.m. Club meeting
  • June 4. Annual club potluck picnic. 6:00 start time. Final meeting of the 2017/2018 season.
  • June 18. Deadline to submit images to Seeing Red. Email them to Ron.
  • Sept. 4. First official meeting of the 2018/2019 season. Frantically finalize convention preparation. [Expect more convention-oriented planning meetings to be scheduled].
  • Sept. 13-14-15, 2018. Blufftops & Visions photography convention in Dubuque.