February 7, 2012–Winter Photography

Twenty-two members of the group attended the first meeting of the year (there was no January meeting) and were welcomed by Marv Goldschmitt who chaired the meeting.

New members Daniel Eppelsheimer and Carl Geyer were welcomed and provided some information about their interest in photography.

Marv, Bob Bass, and Julie Turner reminded the Group that we are sponsored by the Bedford Center for the Arts and urged members to become members.  BCA provides our meeting space free of charge.  It was noted that most camera clubs have dues.  We don’t, but we propose that all members should join BCA in lieu of any dues.  Group members can join by following directions at www.tinyurl.com/JoinBCA.  An individual membership is $25.  All members of BCA are welcome to attend a potluck dinner, March 1 at the Old Town Hall.

Our photography group will have a juried show in the basement of the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington the month of October.  After discussion, we agreed for the theme of the show to be Water in all it’s states.  Details about submitting of images and how they will be juried will be worked out in the next few months.

Janie Weinberg suggested that our group should join the New England Camera Club.  The NECC is a club whose members are other clubs. NECC holds its annual conference at UMass Amherst in July.  Any member of a club that belongs to NECC is eligible to submit pictures for their show.  Dues are $15 and will be covered by BCA.

Bianca Bauer showed us some pictures that she has had printed on aluminum by ImageWizards. The consensus of the group was that they look great.  For more details see www.ImageWizards.net.

Marv gave a brief presentation on the new Lightroom 4 beta that is available free. Two new modules are now additional panels—Book and Map.  The Develop module is much improved: adjustments are more sensitive and you now have the same controls for local adjustments as you do for the global ones.  Other new features include e-mail, soft proofing, print brightening, and channels in tone curves.  Marv’s summary was that what is “good” about LR will be better in the new version, and what is “new” is very promising.  See Marv’s slides in the files section of the BCA Photography Groups pages on Yahoo Groups at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/BCAPhotographyGroup/files/ .

The topic for the major presentation of the meeting was Winter Photography chosen in December when we all thought that there would be a winter.  Marv and Mark Levinson split the topic with Mark leading off with some practical information including equipment and recommendations for staying warm.  A major part of Mark’s presentation was the use of the Zone system, popularized by Ansel Adams, for setting exposure and its application for dealing with the special problems caused by snow.  Mark’s slides (Winter Photography Techniques) are also available on Yahoo Groups in the files section at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/BCAPhotographyGroup/files/.

Marv’s presentation dealt with “lots of ways to look at winter photography that make winter special”. He showed us some of his images of every day scenes transformed by snow or ice in color, black and white, and HDR.  These images set the stage for discussion about what is special about winter photography and hopefully inspired us to get out and capture our ideas (should we ever have some winter scenes!).  Marv’s slides are also available in the files area of Yahoo Groups at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/BCAPhotographyGroup/files/ .

The meeting concluded with viewing of winter images sent in by group members. Members wishing to share winter images (or any others) can do so using the photos section of the Yahoo Groups or on the BCA Photography Group Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/BCA-Photography-Group/ .

The next meeting of the group will be held on March 6th at the BCA space in Old Town Hall.  Presentations will be on backing up images (Bob Bicknell) and wildlife photography (especially birds) by Mike Milicia.

Submitted by Bob Bass (rwbass5@comcast.net)

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