Reflections guidelines

Photography by members of the Dubuque Camera Club will be on display this fall during the club’s 7th annual exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art in downtown Dubuque. The exhibit is scheduled to be on display from September 21 to November 10, 2019.

The club discussed details during the April 1 meeting. General Bob and Pamela are helping to organize the exhibit this year, and have been looking at printing options. One option is to have the images printed on metallic paper, then buying a bunch of identical frames, and holding a special summer meeting to frame and mat our own prints. This option would probably be the cheapest. However, it was vetoed during the meeting as being too complex to organize.

Instead, the club decided it would be simpler to have them printed on aluminum, like last year. It works better to send in one large order, as opposed to ordering individually. If we order all at once, nobody gets prints that lack vital hanging hardware, or are different than the rest (as unfortunately happened in the past).

Remember, exhibit details may change as we move forward. For that reason, it’s important to attend meetings and read your club emails. For the latest exhibit guidelines, see below:

Reflections theme. Use your creativity when responding to the theme. For instance, it’s OK to submit a portrait of somebody pondering a deep thought, because that is a “reflection.” Also think of mirrors, bodies of water, refraction, shadows, and windows at night. Think about what sort of image you would like to have hanging on your wall, because you will get the print back after the show ends.

Image dimensions. We will again be ordering 12-inch by 18-inch metal prints (optimal size in pixels: 3000×4500). Orientation can be either landscape or portrait. Submit JPGs only (use RGB). 200 dpi or greater. No watermarks. Remember, unlike N4C submissions, there are no strict upper limits on file size.

Filename. Use your member number in the filename, along with the title of the image. Do not put your name in the filename. We are doing it this way because the museum needs to curate the images anonymously.

Deadline. Reflections submissions are due before our potluck picnic on June 3rd. Submissions will be posted in the club’s Smugmug gallery. We are still working out how to process the submissions. Right now, if you have an image to submit, send them to Ron or Ken and make it clear in your email that it is for Reflections. Use“Reflections submission” in the message subject.

Inclusion. Participating in club exhibits is one of the perks of Dubuque Camera Club membership. The exhibit is limited to club members in good standing ONLY. There will not be a call for artists and it is not open to the public. To participate, your club dues need to be paid for the current season AND, ideally, you need to pay your dues punctually in September when the new N4C season starts.

Cost. We hope to have (at least) one print chosen by each member who wishes to be the exhibit. The cost of each print will probably be in the range of $50-70. Each participating photographer will need to decide how many prints they are willing to pay for, and whether they would be open to having multiple prints in the show. (Last year the club had a total of 20 prints in the show.) Tentatively, the club will give each participating club member a $20 subsidy toward the cost of one print only. Prints will need to be paid for in advance, with exact details to be sent out by email to participants.

Timeline. We will look at the submissions during our June 3rd picnic (Submissions are due by June 3). Sometime in June or July, the museum curator will choose which images to include in the show. After final selections are made, payment will be collected from participating club members, and then prints will be ordered as a group. Each participant will be asked for biographical information (or a brief artist’s statement) and will also need to sign an Incoming Loan Agreement for the museum.

Again, these details may change as we move forward. For that reason, if you would like to participate in this year’s DuMA exhibit, it’s important for you to attend meetings and read your club emails.

Reflections timeline (future dates are tentative/subject to change)
Jan/Feb: Discussion of exhibit theme ideas.
Feb 18: Club members vote in a poll. Reflections chosen as a theme.
March 4: Exhibit committee chosen: Robert Felderman, Pamela Brandt
April 1: Club decides to order 12×18-inch metal prints like last year. Various other details decided.
May 20: Reflections images may be (but don’t have to be) submitted for Critique Night.
June 3: All reflections submissions are due. Members can send initial images to be posted in an online gallery.
June/July ___? Art museum staff will make selections. Club members with image(s) in the show must send in final high res images. Payment will be required before prints are ordered. Any subsidy will be per photographer (NOT per print).
Aug. ___? The prints will be ordered as a group.
Sept. ___? Prints to be delivered to museum.
► Sept. 21, 2019: Exhibit opens.
Oct. 4? First Fridays reception / Fall Into Art gallery tour (tentative)
Nov 10, 2019: Exhibit closes. Club picks up prints from museum.
Dec. 2, 2019. Remaining prints may be picked up during the club’s holiday party.



March 4, 2019 Meeting notes

Fifteen club members attended the Dubuque Camera Club meeting on Monday March 4, 2018. Ron and Jennifer opened the meeting with a discussion of upcoming events and photo opps. Below are a few items that were mentioned:

  • The N4C mini-con is coming up on May 3-5, and will be held at a location in central Iowa that is only a short drive from the Pella Tulip Festival. Send in your registration by April 17. Panorama prints are one of the specialties that will be judged during the mini-con. Jennifer is on the ballot for a director position with N4C. This will be a one-year appointment. More info and a link to the mini-con registration form is on the N4C website.
  • The Dubuque Audubon Society will sponsor its annual bird banding program at the Mines of Spain on Saturday, March 24 @1:00 p.m. If you love photographing birds, this event may offer you some photo opps. You will get an up-close view of chickadees and other birds that frequent the feeders near the nature center.
  • The Dubuque Area Writers Guild is taking B&W photo submissions for its Gallery anthology. Several club members have had work included in the past. This year the subject matter is wide open. However, we do not have info about dimensions or filesize. It might be a good idea to team up with a writer in order to have your photos illustrate their work. Deadline is April Fool’s Day.
  • Depending on the weather (and who knows about that lately?!), the 2019 Galena St. Patrick’s Day parade may make a good photo opp. Not only are you likely to see leprechauns but also people wearing Civil War era costumes. The parade will be held on Sat. March 16 starting at 4:00 p.m. It is sponsored by the Galena Elks Lodge.

REFLECTIONS — Dubuque Camera Club photography exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art, Sept. 21 to Nov. 10, 2019.

REFLECTIONS will be the theme of our 2019 exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art. The exhibit will be on display from September 21 through November 10, 2019.  BE LOOKING AT YOUR PHOTOS FOR SUBMISSION IDEAS! Deadline to submit your images: June 3rd.

Participation is limited to current club members. Initial image submissions will be due by our June 3rd picnic with the museum staff to make final selections. We plan to print on metal or on metallic paper. The club will offer a stipend toward the cost of prints. We may hold a workshop this summer to frame and mat our own prints.

Exhibit committee: Robert Felderman, Pamela Brandt.  More details will be announced at future meetings.


Our club will judge Digital Travel at the meeting on Monday, April 15th @ 6:30 p.m.

In other news…

The club voted to purchase and provide refreshments on judging nights. Jennifer offered to organize the goodies. Our next judging event will happen during the meeting on Monday, April 15th @ 6:30 p.m. We will be judging the Digital Travel category of the N4C competition. More fun with munchies for the audience! [Note that since we will be judging, we cannot submit to this category in April.]

About 40 people attended the sequel to Andreas Exner‘s Storytelling in Wildlife Photography presentation on Sunday, March 3rd. The program had been pushed back one week due to winter weather. Good job again, Andreas!

Robert Felderman is going back to college in an online photography program at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. His work was recently juried into the college’s annual student exhibition. Congratulations, General Bob!

José Garcia had his photography noticed again on the official CanonUSA Instagram account. Congrats, José!

♦ ♦ ♦ A reminder to tell your friends about the Magic of the Histogram presentation on Monday, March 18th. We are all looking forward to seeing Henry’s lovely photos and hearing his tips and techniques. More info here. ♦ ♦ ♦

Congratulations to these photographers…

The club reviewed submissions and returns. Four photographers received recognition in last month’s competition:

  • David Smethers, First place, Digital Journalism. Two merit awards.
  • Kevin McTague, Merit award, Honorable mention.
  • Karen Johannessen Durrant, Merit award.
  • James Durrant, Merit award.

Good job! We are very proud of everyone who entered!


Mirrorless Cameras

As the keynote discussion of the evening, club member José Garcia demonstrated the advantages of using a mirrorless camera. He owns a Canon EOS R. It is lightweight and comfortable, can use any Canon lense, and has an awesome focus assist and other features.

For instance, with the touch-screen, adjustable LCD, you can use your finger to select the focus points and not take your eye away from the viewfinder. Meanwhile, in the viewfinder, what you see is what you get. There’s no “click” sound, which is convenient for church weddings (or wildlife).

The camera’s low light focusing ability makes it “amazing for night photography,” said José. It’s got eye detection for portraits and a real-time histogram. When you change the lenses, a curtain closes so you don’t get dust inside the body of the camera.

Every photographer at the meeting had a chance to take a closer look at Jose’s new Canon when he passed it around the room. It felt like passing the baby during a family gathering. However, the technobabble and photography jargon made it clear we were at a meeting of the Dubuque Camera Club.

Thanks to José Garcia for sharing his expertise in this presentation!


Here’s a 5-minute video from Sony that talks about the difference between DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

Upcoming events

  • March 18, 6:30 p.m.  — Club meeting.  “The Magic of the Histogram.” Free photography presentation by Henry Matthiessen. BRING YOUR FRIENDS! More info here.
  • April 1, 6:30 p.m. — Club meeting. N4C submissions are due before the meeting. No DT submissions this month.
  • April 15, 6:30 p.m. — Club meeting. Our club will judge Digital Travel (DT). We will have refreshments! Please attend!
  • May 3-5 — N4C mini-con at Wesley Woods, Indianola, IA. More info here.
  • May 6 — Club meeting. N4C submissions due. We can submit double DT.
  • May 20 — Club meeting. Presentation or workshop, TBD.
  • June 3rd, 6:00 p.m. — Annual picnic. Open to club members only. Last meeting of the regular N4C season. DMA “reflection” submissions are due.

Top ideas for the 2019 DMA exhibit

Because the club needs to decide on a theme for the upcoming 2019 Dubuque Camera Club exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art, club members were asked to vote in a poll. Information about the poll went out by email, and it was also discussed at the Feb. 18th meeting. Seventeen people chose between five options. The poll closed the day after the meeting. See below for the voting results.

The club will make a final decision about the DMA exhibit theme at a future meeting. If you are a club member and wish to participate in the exhibit, please be aware that digital submissions will be due by our June 3rd picnic. After the museum makes selections, we will order prints (dimensions TBA). This year, the club will give participants a stipend toward the cost of prints. We will possibly frame and mat our own prints in a workshop this summer. The exhibit will be on display from September 21 through November 10, 2019.

Poll results

Click on the links below to learn more about the top choices:

Long exposuresBeginner’s TipsExamples
More examples
ReflectionsIdeas and TipsExamples
More examples

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!

September 18, 2017 Meeting Notes

Seventeen people attended the meeting on Sept. 18, 2017. Our club judged 79 images in the Digital Travel category.
Judges: Dave Smethers, John Leicht, and Kevin McTeague. Judging facilitators: Cara Pusateri, Pamela Brandt, Ron Tigges.

Treasurer DeWayne Beecher collected annual dues. [Reminder: Annual club dues are only $20 and allow you to submit images for competition and participate in exhibits and other events.]

At the start of the meeting, Jennifer Tigges gave an overview of the organizing that will need to go into the 2018 convention. She and Ron will be attending this year’s Presidents, Pixels & Pines event in South Dakota and taking notes. If anybody else is attending the event, please bring back ideas!

Remember, everybody will have to pitch in to make the 2018 event next year a success. It will be headquartered at the downtown Dubuque Holiday Inn with many events within walking distance. The name of the event is Blufftops and Visions. Be sure to like the new Blufftops and Visions page on Facebook.

The club meeting on Oct. 16 meeting will be a preliminary planning meeting. Think about potential partners, who you would like to see as a presenter, or what you would like to have as a workshop or field trip, and be ready to toss out ideas!

If you want to see terrific examples of photography by club members, be sure to visit the Dubuque Museum of Art. The Dimensions of Photography, an exhibit of photographs by the Dubuque Camera Club,  will be on display in the upstairs balcony through October 29, 2017. 

Remember, all tri-state photography enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Dubuque Camera Club.

Photography by the Dubuque Camera Club was featured in an exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art in Sept.-Oct. 2017.