Thursday, October 16, 2014

Story of Winter

Dear Camera Club Friends,

As many of you know I have been working on a movie about winter in Minnesota for the past two years. Well, we did it! We have finished our movie, are ready to screen it, and would like to invite you to be part of the experience with us. Please join us at the Parkway Theater ( on Saturday October 25th for the premiere of our film, The Story of Winter.

Enjoy watching the movie trailer:
Tickets are available at: (

  • Doors open to general public at 6:30 pm, with mingling and cash bar;
  • From 7:00 pm - 7:40 pm we will host a pre-screening program on stage;
  • Film screening begins at 7:45 pm, Q&A/discussion to follow;
  • We expect to be wrapped up between 9:00 pm and 9:15 pm, but the movie team will stick around for further mingling and questions;
  • Ticket prices are $15 for 1, $25 for two (plus a small service fee) using Brown Paper Tickets ( In the event that we have any remaining seats available, we will sell tickets at the door for $20 each. We strongly encourage you to buy online, as it will save you money and will really help the venue plan its staffing needs.

Other items of note:

The Parkway is in a residential neighborhood. Parking is limited. Pepito’s Restaurant (who owns the theater) does have a valet service. You can either use that, or give yourself the extra time to find a spot.  A cash bar will be available when doors open to the public, and after the screening as well. If you would like to eat, we encourage you to make reservations at Pepito’s for a meal before the screening.  You may also order food from Pepito’s and bring it into the Parkway, though they will likely be extremely busy during the mingling time and the screening. We are very excited to share our film with you, and we look forward to seeing you on the 25th.

Alec Johnson

Monday, September 1, 2014

N4C Convention Sept 11-13

September 11-13, 2014

Hudson House Grand Hotel
1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI 54016
(only 19 miles east of St. Paul)

The public is welcome

There is less than two weeks to register…so don’t delay!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Need a wet darkroom or thinking of trying one?

This is the e-mail sent to us from Bob Kosmalski:  651-771-7669;  e-mail

"Moving to Oregon.

Know of anybody who needs a wet darkroom?

Prized possession is a 36 inch drying drum.

I really would like to trade the big drum for a smaller one.  Or buy a smaller drum.



Friday, June 27, 2014

Aperture and iPhoto being replaced

Apple replacing Aperture and iPhoto with Photos for OS X.

"With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X." - Apple

Mike Moats and his macro Workshop coming to the Twin Cities

Macro Workshop near Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hampton Inn, Minnetonka, Minnesota, October 10,11,12, Cost $199
The "MACRO BOOT CAMP" is three days of in depth learning, fun, and entertainment. You will need a camera, macro lens, tripod, as you will be shooting in the classroom. It is for the beginner to the intermediate photographer wanting to learn more about the macro world in nature.
Times for the Macro Boot Camps,
Friday 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm
Covered in the Macro Boot Camp:
The Best, Cameras / Lenses / Tripods / Heads / Accessories.
Controlling light with diffusers and reflectors, and LED lights / working with natural lighting
Camera functions for Macro
How to control depth of field with f/stops / macro and ISO / focus stacking with Helicon Focus
Learn how to compose properly / finding character in nature / elements of design / textures
contrast / lines / light / visual weight / learning to work camera angles for blurred backgrounds / Two Subject Compositions / What not to do when composing.
Finding Subjects
Learn when, where, and how when looking for subjects through out the four seasons.
How to shoot macro indoors.
Post Processing
Learn how to process images with photoshop and Topaz.
Enhancing images using Nik Software's Color Efex Pro / Viveza 2 and Topaz.
Four hours of shooting in the classroom.
Mike Moats | June 20, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:

Monday, June 23, 2014

Photography in the National Parks

Photography In The National Parks: A Wildlife Advocate's View Of Wildlife Photography

A good article on how to behave in the National Parks, which will probably have more people at good photo spots than you might expect. If the major parks are new to you, it might be wise to go with experienced photographers like Rikk Flohr and learn the ropes before you head out. Small mistakes can bring hurt to you and the animals.