June 4, 2018 Meeting Notes


Here are the club members who have graciously volunteered their time thus far:

  • Leo Heim has been appointed official documentary photographer for Blufftops & Visions. He will also assist with setup and teardown in the N4C print room.
  • Jose Garcia is serving as our speakers’ coordinator.  He will also lead a post-processing workshop and provide lodging for one speaker.
  • Lois Pancratz is processing convention registrations and doing the record-keeping. She is also facilitating the river cruise and (possibly?) the t-shirt orders.  At the convention, she will staff the check-in table.
  • Eleanor Schueller is printing nametags for attendees. She will help to staff the check-in table.
  • Cara Pusateri will also assist at the convention check-in table, and as needed during the weekend.
  • Jennifer Tigges is the chief organizer of the entire event, including technical details and financial budgeting. She is also handling digital communication and social media, as well as face-to-face planning and promotion.
  • Pamela Brandt has been handling digital communication, website updates, and social media.
  • Ron Tigges is facilitating the Shot Tower photoshoot and the Millwork & Models shoot. He will also lead the bird photography panel presentation and the refractography seminar.
  • Kevin McTague and Ken Kiss will be presenters in the bird photography panel presentation.
  • John Leicht will introduce keynote speakers at banquets and be the voice of the N4C awards presentations.
  • Greg Nauman is a co-organizer of the Millwork & Models shootout and will assist with visitor hospitality as needed.
  • Lori Burrows will assist with Millwork & Models.
  • Laura Schuster is in charge of banquet planning, including the Edward Curtis Lunch & Learn. She will be assisted by Cindi Simon.
  • Chris Ross will provide vocal music and guitar on Friday before the banquet.
  • Rick Noel will assist as needed.
  • Jesse Green will assist as needed (available in the evenings only).
  • Robert Felderman will assist as needed (not available Saturday evening).
  • Jaime Gordo Perez and Erin Diekman will be greeters at the American Lady cruise.

NOTE: If your name is not on this list and you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer or Pamela.

All volunteers will be asked to attend a volunteer meeting on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Please plan to attend if at all possible. Details will be sent out closer to the date.


Our potluck picnic on June 4 was a success! Twenty-five people attended. The food was excellent. Much discussion happened and next year’s officers were (re-)elected. The company was lively and the food was terrific!

2018/2019 Dubuque Camera Club Officers
• President: Ron Tigges
• Vice President: Ken Kiss
• Treasurer: John Leicht
• N4C Reps: Cara Pusateri and Ken Kiss
• Communications: Pamela Brandt
• Public Relations/Events: Jennifer Tigges

Also at the meeting, Jennifer gave us an overview of Blufftops & Visions. The American Lady river cruise will be a highlight, so please put it on your calendar and plan to go! Remember, in order to make this convention a success, we need volunteers, models, swag bag items, door prize items, financial sponsorship, and volunteers.

INCENTIVE! It has been proposed that club members who are convention volunteers will receive a discounted price for Blufftops & Visions registration. Watch your email for details. All club members will still need to pay for any add-ons during registration, including the banquets and the cruise. This is because the club needs to pay for these items. You can choose which ones to attend.


Thanks to everyone in the club who sent in their RED photos for this year’s Dubuque Museum of Art exhibit. About 60 photos were submitted. The museum staff selected the images to be exhibited.

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)

Remember, members will need to pay up front for their prints ($44.76). However, if the convention is a financial success, it has been proposed that each member whose photos are selected for the exhibit will receive a stipend. For that reason, it is vital that we all work together to make Blufftops & Visions a success!

Update: The art museum has made their image selections for the exhibit. Everybody with an image chosen should have received an email with specifics. A high res image AND a signed release must be returned in order to participate in the exhibit. Contact Jennifer or Ron if you have questions.


The club discussed and approved the idea of ordering club shirts. Matching shirts will make it easy for out-of-town participants to identify Dubuque Camera Club members at the upcoming Blufftops & Visions convention. We can also wear them at other club events.

Lois volunteered to chair the t-shirt committee. Jennifer has also come up with some alternate options for shirts. Baseball-style caps are a possibility too. Our Facebook group has seen some discussion about these options.  Our club logo will be on any shirts or hats that are ordered.

Right now, there is an online poll to gauge interest in various colors and styles.  As of June 23, the results were leaning toward gold. Club members only, you are welcome to vote in the t-shirt poll. Responses must be received by July 1st.

If you have questions or would simply like to add your name to the list to get a shirt, please contact Lois with your size and let her know (est. cost $12-15). See your email for contact details.

Upcoming events

The current exhibit at Art @ Your Library, located in the rotunda area of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library,  contains a couple of photos by club member Gary Fagan. An upcoming exhibit, opening in August, will feature photography by General Bob Felderman.

Summer meetings:  The regular N4C meeting season has finished. However, due to the impending photography convention, we WILL have impromptu club meetings this summer. Notice of summer meetings will go out by email. Club members, make sure to read any and all emails from the Dubuque Camera Club! They will contain important information!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4 @ 6:30 p.m. – First regular club meeting of the upcoming season.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to noon – Volunteer meeting
  • September 13-14-15, 2018 (Thursday-Friday-Saturday) Blufftops & Visions N4C Photography Convention in Dubuque!

Remember, if you have news about area photography-related events, or any information that is of general interest to club members, you are welcome to post it to our Facebook group.

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.

April 2, 2018 meeting notes

Sixteen people attended the Dubuque Camera Club meeting on April 2, 2018. We were happy to say hello again to new member Julie Johnson. Remember, all tri-state area photography enthusiasts are welcome to attend our regular club meetings! We meet twice a month, September through May, at E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center in the Mines of Spain.

Club President Ron Tigges led a planning discussion for the 2018-19 season. The goal is to challenge both beginners and experienced photographers. “I’d like to see more hands-on interaction or workshops we could do as a group,” he said. “The club is for people to learn, to share, and to get feedback from others.”

Here’s the tentative meeting ideas we came up with for next season:

  • Macro night.
  • Creative night. “We’ll use the lab downstairs and make a mess down there,” said Ron.  It can be oil & water or anything using water. Look on the internet and bring your ideas.
  • Post-processing.  This would be similar to the presentation on Photoshop techniques that we enjoyed in January.
  • Night photography. This would be an offsite club night. We would meet somewhere else to take photos. Weather dependent.
  • 3 judging meetings. Our club has committed to judging the N4C competition three times next season: 
    • September 17, 2018 – Judging Digital Pictorial
    • February 2019 – Judging Digital Black and White
    • April 2019 – Judging Digital Travel

N4C competition. Remember, the resolution size for competition submissions has increased to 1920 pixels on the longest side. File size is still limited to no more than 500KB.  If a photo receives a first, second, third, or merit award, it must be retired. Photos receiving an honorable mention may be resubmitted.  A photo collage that tells a story (like a three-photo filmstrip) is acceptable in the Digital Journalism category; however, longest side is still limited to 1920px. 

In Digital Travel, add the state to your filename or it may be disqualified by whatever club is judging. Even obvious landmarks (like the Statue of Liberty) run the risk of being disqualified for not having a state in the filename, so always be sure to add the state to travel submissions. For more detailed information about the monthly competition, see the N4C website.

Absent members. Sadly, two of our most experienced photographers, DeWayne and Gary, have been dealing with health issues that prevent them from attending meetings. We hope they will both be feeling better and back with us soon!

Now that Lori B. is back from her luxurious Florida vacation, we hope to also be seeing her at meetings again soon. More female representation is needed to keep the boys in line!

Dubuque Museum of Art show. We have agreed to organize an exhibit for the Dubuque Museum of Art. This will be our sixth annual exhibit at the art museum. Ron met with the curator to discuss. The tentative theme revolves around the color red. Selective (de)saturation is fine.  We will be ordering  12″x18″ metal prints.

The show will run from Sept. 22 to Nov. 4, 2018. Prints need to be delivered to the museum the week prior to the show’s opening. Club members can submit as many images as they wish, keeping in mind that prints will run about $65 apiece. Our SmugMug website will be used for photos submitted to the show.  If he is available, General Bob Felderman has been appointed as committee leader for this exhibit.

Blufftops & Visions

Thanks go out to everyone who has been generously giving their time to the Blufftops & Visions planning sessions. What a lot of exciting ideas have been tossed around! There is so much to do!!! Some committee leaders have already been named, but there are still plenty of ways to get involved.

For instance, we will need an official event photographer for the Blufftops & Visions convention. This will allow us to showcase photos in a gallery at the end of the convention. Are you interested? Naturally, everyone who attends is welcome to take pictures.

  • When you post your pictures on social media, use this hashtag: #blufftopsandvisions 
  • We also have a hashtag for the club: #dubuquecameraclub

Attend the April 16 club meeting for a brief overview of Blufftops & Visions planning, and to find out ways you can get involved.

Upcoming Events

  • Next regular club meeting: Monday, April 16 @ 6:30 p.m. Judging digital black and white.
  • Blufftops & Visions Planning Sessions: Saturday, April 7 @ Convivium. Saturday, April 14 @ Mines of Spain.
  • N4C Spring Mini-Convention will be held May 4-6 in Panora, Iowa. Find more information on the N4C website. On Sunday, May 6, mini-con attendees will hear our plans for Blufftops & Visions. [Jennifer is looking for tourism-related photos for this presentation. Email her to discuss contributing your photos].
  • The Linn Area Photo Club’s annual photography workshop is on May 19, 2018. Visit their website for more details.
  • Dubuque Camera Club Annual Potluck Picnic: June 4, 2018
  • Blufftops & Visions: Sept. 13-14-15, 2018

March 19, 2018 meeting notes

Sixteen people attended the Dubuque Camera Club meeting on March 19, including one new member. The March 5 meeting was cancelled due to severe winter weather, so this was the first time we’ve met since February. Jennifer started the meeting with a few announcements. 

The N4C Spring Mini-Convention will be held on May 4-5-6 at St. Thomas More Center, in Panora, Iowa. Find more information on the N4C website.  On Sunday morning (May 6) at 9:00 a.m., representatives of the Dubuque Camera Club will promote Blufftops & Visions  to attendees of the mini-con with a Dubuque tourism-related slideshow.

SAVE THE DATE for Blufftops & Visions

The 62nd annual N4C convention will happen right here in Dubuque on September 13-14-15, 2018. Our club will be hosting this adventure! Workshops, photo shoots, good food, and talented photographers to learn from and meet.

We are currently finalizing the details to determine the keynote speaker(s). That information will be announced when it becomes available. To stay up-to-date, sign up for the Blufftops & Visions email list.

“We need  people to commit to that weekend,” said Jennifer. Fun activities on convention weekend will probably include a riverboat cruise on Saturday afternoon, and getting a tour INSIDE the historic Shot Tower.

Estimated ticket cost for the entire convention, including meals, will be around $199.  (This  figure could changes, and does not include lodging.) There is some discussion of a discounted price for club members, volunteers, and students. Tamron, Canon, and Hunts Photo are confirmed as vendors/presenters.

Remember, in order to make this a powerful experience, we will need financial sponsors. Ask your employer or a business that you know!

We will also need donations of small items for “swag bags.” They need to be 80 to 150 in quantity, and suitable for an out-of-town visitor. Dubuque tourism stuff or photography-related stuff would be ideal, but other items can work too.

A preliminary planning session for the September convention is tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 6. Contact Jennifer or Pamela if you are a club member and would like to attend.

The Linn Area Photo Club (LAPC) will be holding their annual day-long photography workshop on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The speaker will be Chuck Kimmerle

Lois and Ellie have gone to this event in the past. “It’s a nice day,” said Lois. “It’s very worthwhile.”

Location: New Covenant Bible Church, 3090 Center Point Rd., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52411. Cost is $30 for the day, including lunch.

Register Now: 2018 LAPC Annual Photography Workshop

Winning photographers

Much of the evening’s meeting was taken up by viewing returns from November 2017 and January 2018.  These photos were submitted to previous monthly N4C competitions and have been returned to our club with comments and results. 

Our club is awesome! Congratulations to the following photographers:

  • Gary Fagan
  • José García
  • Shannon Woulfe
  • Kevin McTague
  • Andreas Exner
  • Ronald Tigges
  • Jennifer Tigges
  • Kenneth Kiss
  • Lori Burrows
  • Gen. Bob Felderman

For complete results, see the winners’ galleries.

EASTER deadline. The deadline for the next round of submissions is on April Fool’s Day, aka Easter Sunday. Get your submissions in as soon as possible so our N4C reps (Cara and Ken) will have time to put them on the voting website.

Next Club Meeting: Monday, April 2, 2018 @6:30 p.m.



February 2018 Meeting Notes

The first meeting of the month, on Feb. 5, 2018, was cancelled due to severe winter weather.  Competition submissions were made as usual. Remember, Cara and Ken are our N4C representatives, and they handle the image submission process.

Being able to submit photos to the monthly competition is one of the perks (and challenges) of Dubuque Camera Club membership. If you have questions, please attend a meeting and ask! Our more experienced members will be happy to help!

Judging Criteria
Technique: Focus, lighting, color rendition, exposure.
Composition: Arrangement of all elements within the picture area so the subject is harmonious and well-balanced.
Interest: Originality, imagination, interpretation, subject, impact, mood, humor.

Twelve people attended the meeting on Monday, February 19, 2018. The top priority on the evening’s agenda was judging the Digital Altered Reality category. There were 96 images, all of them unique, and many of them awesome!

José García, Greg Nauman, and Rick Noel served as volunteer judges. Each photo was judged on technique, composition, and interest. The DAR category showcases image manipulation, so we saw many examples of digital editing techniques. The images were of many different subjects and came from a variety of other photography clubs across the midwest.

Many comments — both helpful and critical — were offered by the group. A few of the photos were simply outstanding! Everyone who attended came away with creative ideas for our own photography.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Monday, March 5 @ 6:30 p.m.  We’ll go over N4C competition returns, and also select the new submissions. Because we judged Digital Altered Reality in February, our club can submit double (16 total images) in this category in March. Club members, send in your submissions before the meeting! The sooner the better!
  • Monday, March 19 @ 6:30 p.m. Agenda to be determined. Possibly a workshop or presentation.