October Meeting Info

October 4th, 2012

We are starting this month to have a social time from 6:30 to 6:55

Meetings start at 7:00 Town of Menasha Community Center, 1000 Valley Road, one block north of the Hwy 441 Hwy 47 exit. We meet

the second Tuesday of each month September thru May.

1) October 9th speaker is club member Mary Ellen Vicksta who will share things she learned at workshops she attended this summer in Canada on creative expression. She will share a couple of the exercises to expand your “seeing”. The workshops were put on by Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant.

2) WACCO Print Circuit contest. Must bring your prints (1) Color (1) Black & White, just prints no matting or mounting is allowed. FYI prints will be subject to handling damage when going from club to club for judging. Must have your Fox Valley Camera Club dues paid for 2012 to enter contest. Maximum print size: 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 Make sure to put your name and Fox Valley Camera Club photo title and an arrow for which way is up on the back of the photo.

Jackie Boyd has volunteered to handle shipping the prints for this competition. Thank you Jackie.

3) Fox Valley Camera Club dues $30 individual, $35 family. Dues covers PSA club fees, WACCO club fees, Meeting room rental, Salon entry and awards, Equipment purchases (digital projector ect. ), Web site up-keep, PSA local high school photo contest award of $100.

4) Octobers 9th club photo contest theme: Macro get up close and personal to something small and make it big!
Bring (1 to 3) digital photo files to October meeting or E-mail to LarryJPhotos@aol.com to enter. Mark as club contest October.

5) November 13th club photo contest bring your best photos of three places. 1) Trestle Bridge off of Lawe Street Appleton 2) City Park Appleton 3) Your favorite setting along the Fox River from Menasha to Green Bay

6) November presenter to be Pat Murray of Murray Photo downtown Appleton. Pat will talk about lens selection to get the outcome you desire in your photos. Pat offers classes that he instructs on photography that I found very beneficial.

7) Sara Hillestad and Larry Janssen have volunteered to be our clubs representative for WACCO this year. We need one more volunteer to be an alternate. Larry will attend the August 11th meeting. Thank you Sara and Larry.

8) Tentative dates for our Salon contest, Entry deadline April 9th meeting, Judging Saturday April 13th, Salon Dinner is Friday April 19th all 2013. Categories yet to be determined. More info to follow.

9) December speaker is club member Jackie Boyd who will give a presentation on Plug-ins, Add-on’s and Actions with your photo editing software.

Meeting Tuesday September 11th

September 11th, 2012

See you at our September 11th meeting 7:00 PM Town of Menasha Community Center, 1000 Valley Road, left one block north of the Hwy 441 Hwy 47 exit.

For your camera bag

August 27th, 2012

Well, not for your bag exactly.

Last year I posted the worlds most expensive photograph, today I present the worlds most expensive camera lens (ever produced for civilian use). Its the Leica APO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm, and it was bought for around 2,064,500 US dollars.

The reason I say its not really for a camera bag is because its big, heavy, and because the guy who bought it configured a Mercedes 4×4 to carry the lens.

The story can be found here.

BTW, the lens should be setup to accept 2 of Leica’s teleconverters, making it 1:8/2240mm or 1:11/3200mm.


Ansel Adams

August 23rd, 2012

Love him or hate him (or in between), there is a showing of Ansel prints in Oshkosh at the Paine Art Center, and I would encourage all to go if you can. The show will be up until October 12th. A link to Paine’s website is here.

Along with the showing, Paine also has an Educational Program Series where experts come in and talk a little about the artist. The listing of these programs can be found here.

The image selection is from what is called “The Museum Set”, and I can find no more information on what specific images they have (although they are using the “Mount Williamson, The Sierra Nevada from Manzanar California” image online). I haven’t gone yet, and am hoping to see “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico” in the mix.

Salon Dinner

April 20th, 2012

Here is the form the Salon Dinner

FVCC 2012 Salon Dinner Form

Friday, April 27th, 2012

6:00 Drinks

7:00 p.m. Dinner

Fox Valley Technical College,

Seminar room, entrance 16

Appleton, WI

See you there!


Progressive Appleton: Through the Lens of W.D. Schlafer

March 14th, 2012

The History Museum at the Castle presently has an exhibit of photographs called “Progressive Appleton: Through the Lens of  W.D. Schlafer”

An explanation on their website says…

“Through a collection of 3,000 photographs, amateur photographer W.D. Schlafer captured this rapidly changing environment during the Progressive Era in the Fox Cities.”

The progressive era being 1890 thru 1920.

Here is a link to the website for the exhibit…



March Meeting

March 12th, 2012

Hi All,

 It’s March and time for spring to make an appearance. To start the season off right we have our March meeting on the 13th at the Town of Menasha Community Center at 7pm.

This month our challenge theme is green. As usual you can email ahead to me at ian.9993@gmail.com, or bring your images to the meeting.

 Don Lorenz has agreed to give us presentation on digi-scoping, which is using a digital camera with a telescope for very long distance shooting. Time permitting; we will also have another photographer review from Jim J. as well as all the usual get together benefits of our meetings.

 Our annual Salon contest and dinner is coming along. Judging will be on April 21st, that’s a Saturday, and the dinner will be on the 27th, a Friday evening. I will have the menu available at the meeting, but we will have the dinner at Ione’s in the FVTC main building. Judging’s location will be announced then also. Everyone is welcome to attend the judging, and in fact, it is encouraged as it can be very interesting.

 Salon info will be updated soon, but the basic info from 2011 will mostly still apply. We haven’t yet chosen a theme. You can view the PDF’s by following the links on the club web site, http://foxvalleycameraclub.org/ under “pages” at the top of the right hand column you find “Annual Salon Info.”

We also have a few notices and a request this month. Kathy Somers has passed on a request from Appleton West HS. They currently have 53 students on photography classes and only just over a dozen cameras. If you have working film SLRs that you are no longer using, their donation would be greatly appreciated.

WACCO’s presentation by Moose Peterson is March 10th (this Saturday) from 9-4 at the Midway Hotel in Brookfield . This is a  100 S Moreland Rd , just at the Moreland exit of I-94. Moose will be presenting on his nature photography, and perhaps some of his work at EAA’s fly-in. Pricing is $125 for the day, including lunch.

The latest PSA newsletter, The Projector, is linked here: http://psa-photo.org/my_psa/the-projector/


Information on the following activities and programs is included in this issue:


  • PSA 74th Annual International Conference
  • PSA Club Forums
  • PSA Youth Photography Showcase
  • PSA Club, Council, & Chapter Newsletter Contest
  • PSA Club, Council, & Chapter Web Site Contest
  • PSA Council’s Challenge
  • Lincoln Camera Club Children’s Zoo Project
  • Red River Paper in a Box Program


There will be an open house at the Picture This Gallery by Dave Heim and his sons on Saturday March 24th from 6-9 pm. The show, “Waterfalls, Landscapes and Lake Superior” will show case images Matson, Paul and Dave have taken over the past six plus years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; specifically Alger County, Hiawatha National Forest and Picture Rocks National Lakeshore Park.


 Finally, the Louisville Art Association’s 2012 National Juried Photo Show is putting out a Call for Entries: “Last year we had entries from 21 states and we would very much like to expand that this year. This year’s awards pool has been expanded to over $8,000 in cash and other awards and there are 8 categories, more than most other shows. The link to the prospectus is http://www.louisvilleart.org/LAA_About.html (click on “shows”, then “prospectus”) and entries are submitted at CaFEhttps://www.callforentry.org/festivals.php?apply=yes. Please call me if you have questions.


Louisville Art Association 2012 National Juried Photo Show


Bob Maynard, Chairman








I think that’s all for now, so see you Tuesday the 13th!




Ian Simpson

February Meeting

February 13th, 2012

Hi all,

It’s time for the February meeting, which will be the 14th at our usual location at the Town of Menasha Community Center. We’ll get started at 7pm. This month we will be exploring some of the things to do with all those images taking up that bank of three hard drives (you are making extra copies, right?). Over the last year or two I’ve heard several suggestions for topics, and figured that we could combine a number of these together. So if you are into prints, collages, photo books, scrapbooking, or some other results, bring it along to show.

 Our challenge theme for this month is “Love” so bring along some images to enter. You can also email them to me ahead of time at ian.9993@gmail.com if you’d rather.

  For the rest of the season our challenges will be:

March: “green”

April: “humor”

May: “cliché”

 WACCO is sponsoring a seminar with Moose Peterson on March 10th. Details at WACCO’s website, but I’ll also have flyers at the meeting.

 I’ve also received information on a few contests and I will bring along printed copies to the meeting also, but in the meantime, check these out.

 Here’s a new wildlife photo contest to benefit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee . There are some great prizes offered and they’ve got celebrity judges like Dan Small from Public TV’s Outdoor Wisconsin, and Jim Stingl from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Here is a link to the contest web page:  http://www.wihumane.org/calendar/wlphotocontestguidelines.aspx

 Here’s another one that focuses on farm images and is sponsored by the Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation in Illinois . The link for full info is http://www.lchff.org .


PSA Wisconsin Chapter has the 2012 Wisconsin Circuit Exhibition of Photography with a due date of March 10. http://wisconet.com .


See you next week,

Ian Simpson

January meeting

January 4th, 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

Next week is our first meeting for 2012, and we will be looking at and judging the prints from the WACCO Print Circuit. This is a traveling collection of prints from all of the clubs in WACCO, so there is usually a great variety of images to look at.

We will also have our usual features, including our monthly challenge theme, which for January is “winter”. Remember that February’s theme is “love”.

Also please feel free to bring along any other prints or images for our open discussion.

The Appleton Library show has ended and prints will be available at the meetings. We’d like it, however, if you’d be willing to either let us hold on to them or perhaps resubmit them for a show in May at Muehl Public Library in Seymour .

We will be back at our usual location of the Town of Menasha Community Center on Valley Road . 7pm on the 10th of January.

See you next week,

Ian Simpson


Tonights Meeting

December 13th, 2011

Tonight’s meeting will be held at Photo World, at 3115 N Roemer Rd in Appleton. Call 731-5463 for directions. Bring your own beverages (no matter what type) and pictures to pass!