Recent Club Activities


June
In June, we had William McEwen return as a print competition judge when our scheduled judge could not make it. The theme was "The Rule of Thirds" (and some similar so-called "rules" of composition). Submissions are limited to three per photographer and we had 60 entries. Lynne Necrason hit a near trifecta by getting 1st and 2nd in Monochrome, plus an Honorable Mention in Color. Dawn Willis was 1st in Color.
On June 5, Mark Buckler gave a presentation entitled "Landscape Photography & the Rule of Thirds". Mark gave a very thorough presentation on composition, discussed techniques in detail and showed some examples of his work to illustrate.

May
Club member and local professional photographer, Christer Berg provided a critique session examining member prints. These critiques offer added value in that members may discuss the evaluations with the reviewer. Members felt Christer's comments were helpful.
Local professional photographer, Jerry Blow, talked about shooting architectural photography. Jerry pointed out some of the criteria for composing commercial architectural photographs and as opposed to other types of photographs and he showed some examples.

April 2017
On April 8 some club members participated in a field trip to the Duke Gardens.
Monday night's meeting was a presentation "B&W: Concept & Capture, Print & Present" by Mary Louise Ravese. See bellavistaphotography.com

March
On the night of March 20 Christian Fowler discussed some issues associated with publishing a photo book. Christian runs a small photo book publishing company in Raleigh. His discussion covered choosing the proper color space and image resolution, choosing book sizes and paper. He also discussed photo publishing alternatives, the capabilities of his company and realistic expectations for the results of publishing.
In March, the club created a new exhibit at the Mayton Inn in Cary. About 38 prints were hung in two rooms, much to the delight of the inn keepers.
For this first meeting in March, Sue Rakes gave a thorough discussion of the criteria for judging photographic prints. She followed that discussion by applying some of those criteria to sample prints. Attendees had the opportunity to discuss the sample prints.

February 2017
This February 20th meeting consisted of a print competition with Simon Griffith evaluating the images. The theme was open. 79 prints in total for the two categories of color and monochrome were submitted. The results of the judging may be seen in the
print competition page.
On Saturday, February 18 we held a field trip to the Vintage Village on Durant Road in Raleigh. About a dozen members searched the Vintage Village for interesting shots of antiques. Most gathered for lunch afterwards.
On Monday night February 6th we had a presentation "African Safari" by Ed Braz. Ed leads Safari Photo Tours of Africa and moved here several years ago from South Africa. Some of Ed's work may be seen at
ed braz photography

January 2017
Two club members presented on the night of January 23. David Strevel gave a thorough overview for the public service work done by some club members. David has coordinated these activities for a number of years. Fran DeRespinis discussed his journey into IR photography, provided helpful suggestions and discussed workflow. Notes from Fran's presentation are available online.

December
The Annual Meeting and Dinner was for 2016 was held on December 5. New officers for the 2017 year were elected and the President reviewed the club activities for the past year. Membership has grown to more than 120 active members.

November
The presenter for the November 21 meeting cancelled hours before the meeting. As the alternative an interesting movie about the photographer, Sally Mann was shown.
On November 7 a print competition was held with the theme of "Light and Dark". Ned Winn evaluated the nearly 50 prints were submitted across a wide range of subjects. Ned gave a very detailed critique of the prints. The competition results may be seen at Results.

October
For the October 3 meeting Chris Ogden gave a very entertaining and informative critique of some prints submitted by club members.

September
Barbara Blaisdell presented her photos of her journey to Iceland during the September 19 meeting.

August
On August 29 Hal Goodtree presented "The History of Night Photography" wherein he showed a range of mostly night photographs starting in the late 1800's. A number of photographers and works were discussed. Hal used much of the discussion to define his view of what it means to be a documentary photograph.
On Saturday August 20 some club members assembled at The Magic Wings Butterfly House at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham to photograph butterflies. There were a number of colorful butterlies and interesting tropical plants in bloom.
Portrait photographer William McEwen volunteered as judge for this print competition. The theme was open to all subjects. More than 60 color and monochrome prints were entered. See the results of the judging at Fourth Competition .
Portrait photographer Brooke Meyer gave an in-depth presentation on "Composition".

July
The destination for our field trip on July 23 was the Jim Hunt Library at NCSU. 17 members were in attendance. This futuristic library offers interesting opportunities of shape and color for investigation with photography.
We enjoyed local pro, Chris Ogden, who presented "Cuba" from his workshop to the nearby land stuck in time. Samples of his presentation are at www.chrisogden.com in the "Cuban Flavors" album.
On July 16, in conjunction with JC Raulston Arboretum, we co-sponsored a Tim Grey seminar on "Optimizing Photos with Lightroom and Photoshop". Tim is a well-known instructor, book author, and expert on Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The seminar was well received. About a 120 photographers enjoyed the day with Tim's humor and excellent instruction.

June
We invited the Bass Lake Camera Club to join us at Water & Garden Creations in Johnston County. About 20 photographers enjoyed a good morning for shooting flowers and a few critters. Lunch was held at the Cleveland Draft House.
Melissa Southern judged the print competition with theme "Lines in Nature". 20 Monochrome prints and 40 Color prints were submitted for this competition. See the winners here .
Interpretive Nature Photography by Jamie Davidson. Jamie discussed a number of techniques for interpreting nature photography in order to express a personal vision in each image.

May
For this second meeting in May Charlie Brown provided critical comments on prints submitted by members. This was a great opportunity to have one-on-one conversations between the print maker and an accomplished photographer.
On May 2 Justin Cook presented "Made in Durham".

April
On April 30 we had a Field Trip in conjunction with Carolinas Nature Photographer\'s Association Triangle Region to the Plant Delights nursery. A cordial lunch was held at the Cleveland Draft House.
On April 18 Peace Camera's Jim White judged our print competition. The theme was "Open". Members submitted more than 75 prints combined in color and monochrome.
On April 4 we enjoyed a presentation by member, Melissa Theil called "African Safari." Melissa described her adventures among the big cats and other African creatures.

March
On March 21 Jim Ruff presented showed some of his photos and videos taken in the North Carolina Mountains and on some of his photography trips. Jim pointed out some of his favorite locations in the mountains. He also discussed his techniques for producing time-lapse videos.
For the March 7 meeting, Bernard Chen presented "Last Standing Giants". Bernard discussed his path into photography and showed some of his incredible photographs. The presentation title video showed adventure in which he accompanied tree climbers in a California redwood forest. He also showed some scenes and videos of his trips throughout the US.

February
On the evening of February 27 members had an enjoyable and educational night learning about light painting and the endless possibilities for creating long exposure images. David Spector demonstrated different techniques using spinning wisks with steel wool which he ignited to create orbs at 30 second exposures, wheels with light sticks and images created using a pixel stick. We made several test runs in groups of 5 and then created the grand finale, a scene with a star wars theme designed by David.
On February 15 the first print competition of 2016 was held. The theme for this competition was "Along Country Roads". The number of partiticapnts was smaller than usual because of difficult weather. Even so more than 50 prints were entered in the competition. We are thank Sue Rake for serving as judge. The winning photos may be seen here.
On February 6, some 20 club members met for a photo shoot in Cameron, NC about an hour south of Raleigh. The subject was the old tobacco barns that were painted with murals some years ago. The barns and the paintings had deteriorated quite a bit and presented interesting subjects.
For this first meeting of February, Chris Morgan gave a presentation on his wet plate Collodion photographic processing. Chris discussed the techniques he uses and the goals he has for producing images. He stressed the hazards in the use of chemicals required for the process and demonstarted some techniques and equipment. He showed some slides of his work as well.

January
For the January 18 meeting, J. J. Raia gave a presentation entitled: "Abstracts and Extractions." JJ discussed several techniques for turning photographs into more abstract representations.
On Saturday January 16 a number of club members attended then Fort Fisher celebration.
The first meeting of 2016 provided a presentation by Mike Ligett called "Imagine an Island." Mike discussed his photobook project about Bald Head Island and offered lots of practical information from his experience with this project. He provided references to a review of 12 photobook publishers https://thedailydigi.com/12-different-photobook-printer-reviews and 3 approaches to publishing http://petapixel.com/2015/02/26/three-approaches-to-publishing-your-photo-book/.

December
For the last field trip of the year, 13 people participated in a "Raleigh Holiday Photo Walk." Most attended a lunch at Vic's in the City Market.
We hold our Annual Meeting in December and include a pot luck dinner. President Jim Lamb reviewed the year, which included going from 85 to 103 active members. New officers and programs were presented for 2016.

November
On November 28 many club members participated in the Annual Print Hanging at the City of Raleigh Museum on Fayetteville Street. Each year the club displays prints for an Annual Photo Exhibit. The exhibit will run until January 2, 2016. At that time members will meet to take down the prints. This display provides an excellent method for members to make their prints available to the public.
For our second meeting in November, Melissa Southern judged a competition containing approximately one hundred prints. The subject was "Open". This competition provided the last large point awards for the 2015 Photographer of the Year (POY).
For the November 2 meeting, we had a presentation called "Refuge Reflections" by naturalist, Mike Dunn. Mike has appeared before and as usual was very informative. He discussed the Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina and showed images he has taken in those locations of various creatures.

October
On this October 5 meeting past CCCC President and current Vice President, Dick Cicone gave a "Back to (Photography) School" presentation covering lighting, depth of field and perspective. The presentation was entertaining as well as informative.

September
For this September 21 meeting our past Photographer of the Year, Christer Berg, acted as judge for the print competition with the theme "People". Nearly 100 prints in color and monochrome were offered for judging. Christer offered many very constructive comments. The members enjoyed and appreciated his comments.

August
For this August 31 meeting Brian Fullington evaluated member prints in another critique session. Members had the opportunity to discuss his evaluations. The conversations were informative. Brian picked Mary Doherty's prints as his favorites.
The scheduled presenter was unable to attend the 2nd August meeting. Instead we viewed a news video and a movie presentation on the life and work of Vivian Maier. Her work was discovered shortly before her death and is being cataloged and made available for gallery presentation. More information and portfolios may be seen on vivianmaier.com
For the August 3 meeting, David Kelley provided hints and tips for the effective use of Adobe Lightroom. His presentation was titled "Neat Lightroom Tricks". More information can be found on David\'s website DEK Photography".

July
During the July 20th meeting Mary Doherty judged the "Something Old” print competition. A large number of color and monochrome prints were entered. The results may be seen on the 3rd Print Competition page.
For the July 6th meeting David Spector gave a presentation of some of the light painting techniques he uses to produce some very intriguing images. David discussed long exposure techniques and the use of fire, steel wool, home-made lighting devices, the pixel stick and other items to produce his images. See more photos at here.

June
On Thursday, June 25th, a dozen members went to "Carolina Barn Finds" between Siler City and Ramsuer.
Corey Lowenstein, a Staff Photographer with the News and Observer, presented: "images from both my daily assignments and some longer-term projects."
Mark Buckler presented "Ingredients to Great Nature Images". Mark presented some techniques and concepts for making better nature photographs and discussed some of his experiences in photographing the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

May
Charlie Brown conducted a critique of club member prints. There was opportunity for discussion between Charlie and each photographer.
For this May 4 meeting Alan Clark presented his birding trip through Florida and Mary Doherty discussed her evolvement as a photographer, including shooting for Getty Images. More of Mary's images may be seen at www.mdohertyphotography.biz and www.flickr.com/photos/25385722@N07/ .

April
The April 20 meeting was a print competition open to all subjects. Dr. Brenda Scott, a fine art photographer and musician based in Durham, was the judge. Brenda gave a very detailed analysis of the prints and offered many helpful comments.
The April 6 meeting enjoyed a presentation by Stephen Fletcher, photographic archivist and photographer at UNC-CH. Stephen chronicled his travels through the Rochester Institute of Technology to fine art photography and its preservation.

March
At the March 16 meeting Diana Bloomfield judged this print competition. The topic was abstract images.
On this first meeting of March Sue Rakes presented photos and comments from her many photo adventures in Alaska and ANWR. Polar Bear, Polar Bears, more Polar Bears and Aurora. Her adventures stretched from Fairbanks up the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay then over to Kaktovik and the barrier islands.

February
Peter Finkelstein presented beautiful images and travel info from his trip into Southern Utah. Petra Glorie presented images from her "Humans of Raleigh" project and discussed her experiences meeting those people.

January
During the month of January the CapCityCameraClub Annual Print Exhibit is on display in the City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Ste. 100, Raleigh, NC. In addition to more than 50 prints a slideshow of additional photos provided by club members is on display.
The first meeting of 2015 was very interesting. Christer Berg discussed his project "People with Purpose". Christer gaves some details on how he came to start the project, how he has picked some of the subjects and how he prepares for the photo shoots.
Joel Collins gave a stimulating discussion of Lightroom and provided some tips for establishing a digital workflow using Lightroom.