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Sept Newsletter from Camera co

From: Brian S
Sent on: Saturday, September 8, 2012 10:17 AM
See below if interested.

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From: the camera company photographers group <[address removed]>
Sent: Wednesday, September 5,[masked]:30 PM
Subject: August 2012 Newsletter

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September 2012
Armored Tractor 
Photo By Cheryl Schiltz 
In This Issue
About The Photographers Group
Last Outing
Next Outing
Upcoming Event
Meet Ken Hubbard
Hey Dave!
More Group Member Photos
A couple of things
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links
View our photos on flickr
Find us on Facebook
Byrne and I are thrilled to be continuing another year with The Camera Company Photographers Group.
If any of you have ideas for outings or events please post them on the group's Flickr page so we can get some feedback from our members. Or email your thoughts to [address removed] 
If you would like to have some of your pictures featured in this newsletter please send an email to [address removed] and state in your email that you grant me permission to use your photos that you have posted on Flickr. 
About The Camera Company Photographers Group 
This group was formed with the idea that people might have fun going to various locations in and around Dane County to photograph places of interest while sharing tips and ideas with others. The group was two years old in April and we have made a lot of good friends during this time. We feel lucky to have so many fantastic and talented people in the group who have all been happy to help each other out on the shoots. If anyone you know would like to join us for the fun we would love to have them. Oh, I almost forgot. The group is free! The only cost would be when we go someplace that charges an admission. We are a shooting group so we don't spend time sitting in meetings or banging gavels. So if you want to get out and shoot with a great bunch of people we are the answer for you. We do have a flickr group where we share our photos and if you want to click on the groups logo you can see the page. Feel free to join our Flickr group and post some of your pictures.
Our first meeting and photo shoot occurred on April 24, 2010  
Last  Outings: Pewitt's Nest and the Badger Gas and Steam Show 
These events went off without a hitch and people got some great shots.

Photo by Byron Sande
Photo by Cheryl Schiltz
Photo by Sonja Gayle
Photo by Bryon Sande

Next Outings: Hummingbird Garden Tour    
Hummingbird Garden Tour, from 1:00PM to 5:30PM.
On Sunday September 23, 2012 we will meet at the Westside store located at 6742 Odana Rd. at 12:30PM. Following a short meeting we will leave the store at 12:45 sharp.
Our destination will be the home of Michael and Kathi Rock for the Hummingbird Garden Tour that they host. This event should provide opportunities to photograph Hummingbirds as well as the many flowers that attract these birds. We predict that we will see many Hummingbirds at this event. However, the birds themselves will have the final say as to that. I think that zoom lenses in the[masked],[masked],[masked] or any similar telephoto lens will work great for the birds. If you have a macro lens I would bring that as well for photographing the flowers. Hummingbirds will fly very close to you if hold still so it should not be too difficult to get some fantastic shots.

The following text is from an email announcement from the hosts.

If you would like to bring a small snack (vegetarian items preferred), a bag of white table sugar, some potting soil, or other garden item, that would be wonderful---but this is totally OPTIONAL and absolutely not required.There is no cost to attend our tour.

A few other helpful guidelines:
  • The event will take place rain or shine, heat or cold.
  • All minor children must be supervised at all times by an adult during the tour
  • If you are allergic or extremely fearful of bees and wasps, we caution you that we have an unusually high number of those insects this year.We find if you don't bother them, they won't bother you, but you may want to bring insect repellent and we will also have some available.Avoiding the use of strong fragrance in body care products will also be helpful in staying safe with bees and wasps.On the positive side, the extreme dryness of this summer has greatly decreased the number of mosquitoes.
  • We recommend that you wear flat, comfortable, closed toed shoes for your own comfort and safety.
  • Cameras and video equipment are allowed and encouraged.
  • Please do not pick or disturb any of the flowers you see---they are planted for the hummingbirds and your viewing enjoyment---if you love a flower and can't live without it, please take a picture!

For more information click the link below.

Hummingbird Garden Tour

Photo by the Author

Upcoming Event: Villa Louis, Sponsored by The Camera Company and Tamron  
This article has been intentionally reprinted from the August Newsletter.   
The Camera Company and Tamron are sponsoring a field trip to the Villa Louis State Historic site at Prairie du Chien.  
This is a two day event and will run Friday, October 5th through Saturday the 6th.
Tamron's Ken Hubbard will give a class on Friday night on the second floor of the Fur Trade exhibit building on the southwest corner of the Villa grounds (this is not handicap accessible). Ken will discuss Landscape and Architectural photography from 6PM to approximately 9:30 PM.
At 9:00AM. on Saturday morning we will divide up into small groups and go through the Villa with site guides. Tripods are not permitted inside. The Villa is lit with electric light bulbs correct for the period, thus, it is not super bright inside the house. Fast lenses and flashes are going to be helpful.  
You will have the opportunity to shoot at several locations within walking distance. The Villa and ponds are beautiful and there are a lot of huge trees that will be fun to photograph.  
There is also a statue garden across the street and just east of the Villa. We plan on shooting some old rail cars just north of the grounds.  
It is then a short drive just across the Mississippi into Iowa  where we will visit the Effigy Mounds and Pikes Peak for a fantastic view of the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. This we will plan to do in the afternoon so the sun will be at our backs.  
We will have other locations to tell you about at the class.  
Tamron will have Nikon, Canon and Sony lenses for you to try all during the day. Lunch will be on your own. There is rather good bar type food available at the Depot Tavern just south of the Villa.
We have made arrangements for a special rate of $105.00 at one of the nearby hotels. These will include two queen size beds, and a very good breakfast. The rooms will be on a first come first serve basis. Reservations will need to be made by September 7th or the special rate will be expired.
When you sign up for the event you will receive a code for the special room rate. This weekend is the beginning of the fall colors so rooms are going to be very tight.
I would suggest you make your decision very soon if you think you want to attend this fun and informative photo outing.
The field trip fee is $70.00. This does not include a hotel room.
For more hotels and motels in the are click this link.  
 For more information on Villa Louis click this link
Click the link to sign-up!
Pool Table at Villa Louis
Photo by the Author
Fur Trade Museum at Villa Louis
Photo by the Author
Old Railcars Near Villa Louis
Photo by the Author

Pikes Peak, Iowa
Photo by the Author

Meet Ken Hubbard  
KEN HUBBARD is the Field Services Manager for Tamron. He is responsible for the company's events,
Ken Hubbard
including Tamron's popular consumer workshop series. Ken has had nationwide gallery showings of his portrait and landscape photography and teaches enthusiasts how to take better photos at numerous events.
Ken's extensive background in the field of photography is unique and diverse. He has travelled extensively throughout the United States and the result is a consistent output of breathtaking photographs that continually challenge the boundaries of the genre.

Click the link to see more of Ken's work.

Hey Dave! Anything new? 
Well they are not exactly new but we just got in some of the great Black Rapid camera straps.
I have used the strap that came with my Nikon camera for years and I always thought it was a good strap.

Fact is that Nikon strap was pretty darn good. It is strong and durable so I never worried about the camera when it hung from that strap. One thing I could not say is that the Nikon strap was comfortable. The thing is that after carrying the camera around my next for an hour or so my neck would get a little bit sore. Second to that, when I had one of the bigger, heavier lenses like my Nikon[masked] on the camera and had the camera hanging around my neck for a couple hours to say it was uncomfortable would not hardly tell it.

So when we got in these highly touted Black Rapid straps I took a look at them and thought, "ok I'll give one a try". So I bought the Classic, went on a little photo trip and used it for a few days. That was it, I am sold! These are super comfortable even with a heavy camera wearing a heavy lens. The strap hangs from your shoulder not around your neck so it far more comfortable and your camera is ready at your side. The strap has an added benefit for portrait and event photographers because with the camera at your side it does not announce to everyone, "hey, I am going to take your picture". Many portrait photographers do not wear a camera around their neck - they carry their camera in their hand down at their side. This keeps subjects a little more relaxed. Then when the photographer wants to shoot they lift the camera and fire before the subject gets tense about having their picture taken. Anyway, that is just an added benefit of the strap that occurred to me when I was using mine while photographing bears.
The bears seemed more relaxed than I was.
I suppose I am not sure if it was the Black Rapid strap that was making those bears so relaxed about having their picture taken. But after hours of carrying my camera I did not have a stiff neck and that was great.

I still have my Nikon strap that came with my camera and I may yet find a use for it. It just will not be as a camera strap because for me, it's Black Rapid from now on!

If you have ever experienced a sore neck after carrying your camera around your neck you might just want to have a look at these straps

You can watch a video about the Black Rapid Classic by clicking on the box below.

BLACKRAPID Classic (RS-4) Basic Setup & Features
BLACKRAPID Classic (RS-4) Basic Setup & Features

More Group Member Photos
Photo By Perry Brokaw
Photo by Byrne Chapman
Photo by Gary Morstad
Photo by Austin Cope
Photo by Jim Bradley
Photo by Lindsay Kaun 
A Couple Of Things 
We have placed the Photographers Group on The Camera Company website and I would like to be able to have some members comments about the group on there. So if any of you would email me your comment on the group and our activities that would be great. You can sign your first name, first and last name or make up a name.
If we can use this to help gain more members it is better for all because the more the merrier!

We always like to hear about our fellow group members.
Why not write a little something about yourself and share it with us all. Tell us about your interest in photography and how you got started. It is easy once you get going.

Byrne did it. 
Kathy did it. 
Lindsay did it. 
Rosanne did it.
Gary did it.  
Now it is your turn. 
It won't hurt a bit. 
Write it up and send it to: 
[address removed]

This newsletter would be more fun for us all.
And easier for me to produce if I had more people give me permission to use their Flickr pictures in it.
However, I can not use your pictures unless you email me permission to do so.
So come on! Help me out. Shoot me an email stating that I have permission from you to use your pictures and please include your Flickr name and your real name.  
If you have already given me permission and have not seen your pictures in a newsletter let me know because I think I have used everyone that I have permission for.
If you have restricted downloading on Flickr you may have to friend me.
We hope to see you at the outings!
David E. Fiala
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