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Somerset County Photography Club


Opening Comments for 2009-2010

Assigned Topics for 2009-2010

Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles [Oct 13]
Food [Nov 10]
Places of Worship [Dec 8]
Shadows/Silhouettes [Jan 12]
Close-up/Macro [Feb 9]
Creative Abstracts [Mar 9]
Nature [Apr 13]
People Portraits [May 11]

Our meeting location is the Bound Brook Memorial Library meeting on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings.  We will be starting our meetings at 7:00 PM because we have to vacate the building before 9 PM[Street Map] [Bound Brook area]

We are now able to project digital images for competitions and presentations.  Members will still able to submit prints for competitions as follows:  Four digital images per maker per contest submitted up to and including the Sunday before our meeting.  Prints will compete separately with a limit of  4 prints per maker per contest.

Because of more emphasis on digital media, we will have one presentations relating to digital photography.

Important Notice:  Geocities will no longer be hosting websites after Oct 26, 2009, and incidentally hadn't allowed archiving since 2004, so we have relocated site from http://www.geocities.com/somersetcountyphotoclub to http://somersetcountyphotoclub.bravehost.com (best to link directly to this page http://somersetcountyphotoclub.bravehost.com/index.htm).

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Program for 2009 - 2010  (#planning)

About the Club  (#aboutclub)

Our meeting place was changed two years ago

We will continue meeting at the Bound Brook Memorial Library  and our meetings start at 7:00PM on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings.  Please come earlier for informal discussions, but we must start at 7:00PM because we have to vacate the building by 9PM.  [Street Map] [Bound Brook area]

No program changes are currently anticipated, but this HTML document will be more up to date than our flyer (but not before the flyer has been printed), and will include names of judges as they become know.

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About Us  (#aboutus)

The Somerset County Photography Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and enjoyment of photography.  Competitions and critiques include projected digital images, as well as prints.  Presentations include instructional meetings, travelogues and other shows by club and out-side speakers.  We are affiliated with the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs.  Annual dues are $30.

Our club is affiliated with the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs (NJFCC), which maintains a list of member clubs in New Jersey and a few clubs close to NJ in Staten Island and PA.

Most of our membership is in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties and nearby areas of Middlesex County.

Meetings  (#meetings)

The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, September through June, at the Bound Brook Memorial Library in Bound Brook, NJ.  -- Guests and visitors are welcome:
Presentations and Competitions are open to the public, only members may submit prints or projected images for competition.  Guests are encouraged to come in 15 minutes before 7:00 P.M. to discuss photography with members – bringing in some of your pictures adds interest. 

Meetings begin promptly at 7:00 P.M. -- (Digital projected media must be submitted online on or before the Sunday prior to the competition.  We must leave by 9:00 PM.

Not getting your club email:  Try emailing yourself to see if it gets through, maybe your mailbox is full, maybe you changed your ISP, maybe you gave us your old email address (or meant .net instead of .com).  If you change your email, or other contact information don't forget to tell us.

Officers  (#officers)

  President:David McRitchie
  First Vice President:Anthony Peluso  (Presentations)
  Second Vice President:Evelyn Wahl  (Judges)
  Treasurer:George Hall   (also NJFCC Delegate)

SCPC -- 2009-2010 Overview  (#overview)

First meeting of the 2009-2010 year:  (Show & Tell)
  Tue Sept 09 Open House: Bring samples of your Summer vacation images or anything you want to display.  This is not a competition so you can bring in 8 to 20 images for projection of pictures plus additional prints which can be in albums. 

The first meeting Tue Sept 8th, 2009 will be .  Bring your Summer vacation images or anything you want to have shown.

At the September 08 meeting returning members, guests, and visitors are welcome to participate in a "show and tell" of what they've been doing.  About 8-18 projected images (digital) from each person should be fine.  Tables will be set up to help with display of prints, which can be any number, and can be in albums.

Competition nights:  During the 2009-2010 club year:
There will be Eight competition nights which will each have an Assigned Topic and an Open competition for digital projected images and for prints. 

Preparation of digital images for contests.  Images will be projected at 768 pixels on the long side as described at http://somersetcountyphotoclub.bravehost.com/contests.htm, and it would be best to do your own resizing even though the software will do some limited resizing.  Directions on that web page tell you how to resize and submit your digital images for projection.

Deadline for projected images:  Try to at least aim for the Sunday before the contest, images will be accepted the day before the contest but not later.  The limit is 4 images per contest.  Show and Tell and critiques will allow additional images. 

Your email address must have been entered into the server by the administrator for your images to be accepted on the server.  If you have never submitted digital images before, be sure to submit them well ahead of time to be sure that you have been set up properly.  (see our contests page)

Prints:  and separate print competitions (4 prints total per contest per maker), Prints must be 8"x10" up to 16"x20", digital prints are eligible. 

Judge(s) may be an outside judge or a club member, and will be announced before each competition. 


2009 - 2010 Program Calendar  (#calendar)

2009 - 2010 Program Calendar — Somerset County Photography Club
2nd & 4th Tues 7:00 PM at the Bound Brook Memorial Library

September, 2009
08:  Show and Tell:  8-15 samples of recent work
      (Please get your projected images submitted well before the meeting date,
      you need to be entered into the system before you can submit images to
      the server.)
22:  Presentation:  "Bad Weather Photography" by Arik Gorban  [Press Release]  [notes]

October, 2009
13:  Competitions:  Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles & Open;  Judge:  Tom Icklan
27:  Presentation:  "Color managed printing workflow using Photoshop Elements,
     Photoshop CS3/CS4 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom" by Andrew Darlow [Press Release] [website] [podcast]

November, 2009
10:  Competitions:  Food & Open;  Judge:  Roman Kurywczak
24:  Presentation: "Using the HDR Process: developing contrast and tonal range with Photomatix" by Harry James

December, 2009
08:  Competitions:  Places of Worship & Open;  Judge:  Joe Thomas
       There will be a limit of 3 entries per contest per maker for this meeting.
22:  NO MEETING- Happy Holidays!

January, 2010
12:  Competitions:  Shadows/ Silhouettes & Open;  Judge:  Nancy Ori
26:  Member critique

February, 2010
09:  Competitions:  Close-up Macro & Open;  Judge:  Dave Mills
23:  Presentation:  "From The Field To The Final Presentation" by Brien Szabo

March, 2010
09:  Competitions:  Creative Abstracts & Open;  Judge: David DesRochers
23:  Presentation:  "Real People/Real Life?" by Mike Peters

April, 2010
13:  Competitions:  Nature & Open;  Judge:  Ben Venezio
27:  Presentation:  "Using Color as Both the Primary and Supporting Themes in Photography!" by Ed Barry

May, 2010
11:  Competitions:  People Portraits & Open;  Judge:  John Sandstedt [bio] [xtra].
25:  Presentation:  "How To Take Better Photographs" by Victor Glass [Bio] [Outline]

June, 2010
08:  End of Year Competition -- Digital Images and Prints;  Judges(2):  Marie Kane (Ridgewood, [Bio]), and   Ralph Bellantoni (Art columnist for the Courier News)
22:  Planning Meeting

Club Members as Presenters:

Ed Barry, began teaching photography courses locally in 1976, workshops in 1989, and is a past president of SCPC (1982-1985), will give a presentation entitled “Using Color as Both the Primary and Supporting Themes in Photography!”.

Arik Gorban has been judging competitions and giving presentations throughout NJ for clubs with the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs, is very active in photopoints.com and his website is www.agphotoworks.com.  Arik is a past president of SCPC, and will be giving the presentation “Bad Weather Photography” presentation

Harry James, will be giving his first club presentation and it will be on one of his favorite techniques High Dynamic Range Imaging on Nov 24.   The HDR process is an answer of sorts to the frequent problem of capturing high range scenes with low range camera sensors.  This presentation will overview the HDR process, showing many examples of the process and the results. presentation/discussion

Other Speakers and Judges: Many of our speakers have web sites, click on the links in the program and on our links page.

If a presenter or judge has their own photography website please use contact email so it can be added to our site somewhere on links page.

Guidelines  (#guidelines)

Open Competition:  Pictorial no restrictions.

Nature Competition (PSA rules):  must not show the hand of man, no man made trails, roads, structures, power lines, cultivated plants.  No people, no domesticated animals.

Assigned Topic Competition:  subject must fit the assigned topic, please don't make the club or the judge disqualify your entries.

Entered as Critique only (not for points):  some members prefer to have their work critiqued only without assignment of points, so for each contest there will be an alternative critique only topic.  Essentially dropped for lack of use, can be easily reactivated upon member request, but including it had been confusing new members.

Member Nights:  Even less formal than our other informal meetings, as always members, guests, and walk-ins welcome.  No restrictions on print sizes, can be shown in albums.  We will try to have an extra table or two.  To make viewing easier by members.

Projected image total per contest topic per maker limit is four, and prints total per contest topic per maker is also four.  In order to separate critique only images they will be entered as if they are a separate "contest" for their topic, because that is how they would be treated so as not to confuse the judge, and certainly that is how it must be done for software.

Year End Competition:  Entries that placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, HM, and with 8 points and above are all eligible for year end competition.

Contact Information  (#contact)

Somerset County Photography Club
c/o David McRitchie
410 West Maple Avenue
Bound Brook, NJ 08805-1209

website:  http://somersetcountyphotoclub.bravehost.com/index.htm

Phone:  (732) 469-8481 email: send email

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Library closings due to Weather or other Causes  (#weather)

The Bound Brook Memorial Library may close due to weather conditions.  Such decisions are usually made before 3 PM, compatible with businesses in the area.  Although the library will try to notify a member of the club this may not always be successful.  If in doubt call the main number at the library, if the library is closing early the recorded announcement would be changed.

Directions to Our Meeting Place at the ...  (#directions)

Bound Brook Memorial Library
402 E. High St (corner of E. High and Hamilton)
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
(732) 356-0043

[Street Map] [Area Map]     Maps are dragable:  Click and hold on an open area of map and drag to change the centering, use mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

From the North on Route 287: (Exit #13, Bound Brook)
Left turn at end of ramp onto Union Avenue (Route 28).
The fifth light is Mountain Ave, continue past.
Turn right onto East Street at the very next light.
Take the second right onto High Street.  Library is on left-side
Parking is in the street.

From the South on Route 287 (Exit #13B, Bound Brook)
Enter Union Ave (Route 28) heading East
The fourth light is Mountain Ave, continue past.
Turn right onto East Street at the very next light.
Take the second right onto High Street.  Library is on left-side
Parking is in the street.

From the East on Route 22 West
Take the exit for "Bound Brook, U.S. Veterans Hospital, Mountain Avenue",
Turn right toward Bound Brook at end of ramp.
You will be on Mountain Ave heading South.
Continue past the traffic light at Union Ave (Route 28).
Pass Somerset Street on the left.
Turn left onto High Street.
The library is on the next full intersection.
Parking is in the street.

From the West on Route 22 East
Take the exit for Bound Brook you will be on
You will be on Mountain Ave.
Continue past the traffic light at Union Ave (Route 28).
Pass Somerset Street on the left.
Turn left onto High Street.
The library is on the next full intersection.  Parking is in the street.

NEW Parking Restrictions
There are new 2 hour parking regulations near the library, so watch where and when you park.  The purpose is to ease the parking situation for the library but will impact anyone parking on both sides of E. High in the block in front of the library before 7PM on both sides.  Parking on Hamilton and on the other side of Hamilton for E. High is okay after 6 PM. The entrance we use is on E. High.  There are signs posted.

The meeting room is at the top of the stairways to left of the check-out counter.

Small restroom facility is immediately to the left of the check-out counter.

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Viewing Suggestions for PDF format files  (#pdf)

We also have our club 2009-2010 Program in PDF formatAcrobat (Service Mark) Portable Document Format.  The PDF file matches our printed brouchure and will not be updated during the year. 
  (correction#1) font cover - http://somersetcountyphotoclub.bravehost.com,
  (correction#2) June 22, 2010 is Planning Meeting for 2010-2011. 
For updates please refer to program section on this page and your email.

The following directions may be useful in viewing the file online, as well as other PDF format file such as from the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs, "Cable Release", newsletters.

Best viewing of PDF files is directly through the Adobe Acrobat Reader,  use Ctrl+L to toggle to/from full screen viewing, use Ctrl+2 for full width, Esc will return to normal view.  Suggest setting options on View menu to Single Page, and fit width (Ctrl+2).

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