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Somerset County Photography Club


Opening Comments for 2012-2013

Assigned Topics for 2012-2013
Use of Google Images for suggestions may not fit assigned topics.

 Club Contest Results  Portraits [Oct 9]
Macro [Nov 13]
High-Key or Low-Key in B&W/Monochrome [Dec 11]
Back Lighting [Jan 08]
Prints only: Color; and B&W/Mono (+1 color allowed) [Jan 22]
Painting with Light [Feb 12]
Still Life Mar 12]
Nature [Apr 09]
Somerset County [May 07]
We meet at the Bound Brook Memorial Library on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings.  Our meetings start at 7:00 PM because we have to vacate the building before 9 PM[Street Map] [Bound Brook area]

Most of our competitions are projected digital image contests, with three digital images per maker per contest submitted up to and including the day before our meeting.  We will have one print competition night on Jan 22

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Program for 2012 - 2013   (#planning)

About the Club  (#aboutclub)

Our meeting place was changed Sept 2007

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.  Annual dues is $35.

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 at least 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 day prior to the competition.  We must leave by 9:00 PM.

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Officers  (#officers)

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

SCPC -- 2012-2013 Overview  (#overview)

First meeting of the 2012-2013 year:  (Show & Tell)
  For the first meeting of the year, bring samples of your Summer vacation images or anything you want to display.  This is not a competition so you can submit 12-24 images for projection of pictures plus additional prints which can be in albums or mounted. 

Competition nights:  During the 2012-2013 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.org/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 3 images per contest.  Show and Tell and critiques will allow additional images. 

Your email address must have been entered into the contest server by an 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. 

To print the Program make a selection using left+drag, Ctrl+drag, Ctrl+shift the selection area does not need to be contiguous. Then click on this link → view selection *

2012 - 2013 Program Calendar  (#calendar)

2012 - 2013 Program Calendar - Somerset County Photography Club
2nd & 4th Tues 7:00 PM at the Bound Brook Memorial Library
website:  http://somersetcountyphotoclub.99k.org/index.htm
Contact:  David McRitchie, 732-469-8481, dmcritchie @ verizon . net

11:  Show and Tell:  12-20 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.)
25: Presentation: "Introduction to Digital Editing" by Phil Witt (images on Flickr),
      bring some of your pictures on a thumb drive so you can see how to
      improve pictures that you have already taken through editing.

09:  Competitions: Portraits, and Open, Judge:  Klaus-Dieter Schleim [Bio]
23:  Presentation:  "Unique Approach to Shooting in New Jersey" by Larry Zink [site] [Gallery],
       Larry is the photo editor for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (www.nynjtc.com),
       wrote an article The Beauty of Central Jersey offering insights into locations and photo tips to
       improve your images and photography.

13:  Competitions:  Macro, and Open, Judge:  Nancy Ori [site][fine art portfolio]
27:  Presentation:  "Painting with Light ", by Arik Gorban [notes]

11:  Competitions:  High-key or Low-Key in B&W/Mono, and Open, Judge:  Phil Echo, see his photos at CamNats Gallery
25:  No Meeting - Happy Holidays!

08:  Competitions:  Back Lighting, and Open, Judge:  David Mills, see his photos at CamNats Gallery
22:  Print Competition(s): Open and Black&White/Mono (+one added color highlight allowed) -- Limits 4/contest, Judge: Nat Clymer [site]

12:  Competitions:  Painting with Light, and Open, Judge:  Arik Gorban
26:  Presentation:  "Real People, Real Life", by Mike Peters

MARCH, 2013
12:  Competitions:  Still Life, and Open, Judge: Ben Venezio
26:  Presentation:  "Shooting the Story of your Trip" by Anthony Bianciella [bio] ...

APRIL, 2013
09:  Competitions:  Nature, and Open, Judge: Marie Kane
23:  Presentation:  "The Secret to Spectacular Black & White Conversions" by Bart Zoni

MAY, 2013
07: Competitions:  "Somerset County", and Open, Judge:  Paul Boyer
      (This meeting is on the 1st Tuesday, instead of the usual 2nd Tuesday.  Library is closed on May 14th)
28:  Presentation:  "Self Assignments-Challenging yourself to be a better photographer " by Brien Szabo (links)

JUNE, 2013
01:  SCPC club picnic and planning meeting
11:  End of Year Competition -- Digital Images:  Judges:  Diane Dugan, and Jim Alfano
25:  Planning Meeting for 2013-2014 Season; all members welcome
      (this is our planning meeting as originally scheduled)

Club Members as Presenters: This area (and judge/speaker links above) will be updated after brochure is printed.

Ed Barry, began teaching photography courses locally in 1976, workshops in 1989, and is a past president of SCPC (1982-1985), last gave 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, gave the presentation “Bad Weather Photography”, in 2010 gave “Digital Photography – Tools of the Trade” on Nov 23, 2010, last year "Enjoying Street Photography" [Doc] on Sept 27, 2011 and this year "Painting with Light" on Nov 27, 2012 [notes]. Judge Feb 12, 2013 Painting with Light, and Open.

Harry James, on May 22, 2012, presented “Landscape in Art and Photograhy” -- Land expresses itself in rocks, waterfalls, forests, clouds, heights, vistas, reflections, sunsets… and the list goes on. Why do we go out into wild land, to visit and spend time in it? And what do we hope for when we make images of the natural landscape? — This presentation will examine images of the natural landscape from the 1800’s to the present. We will view images of the North American landscape made by painters and photographers in many styles including utopian, dystopian, pictorialist, realist, abstract, surreal, expressionist and impressionist. The images and ideas will invigorate your own landscape photography.

On April 26th, 2011, Harry presented “A Study of the Styles of Famous People-Photographers”.   Description: To inspire our people photography we will look at the photographs of people taken by five famous photographers.  The study will include portraits, candids and street photography.  Though some of the work is photojournalism, the selected photos will focus more on people and less on events.  The photographers surveyed: Walker Evans, in a style he called documentary, took his most famous photos of poor people in the rural South during the Depression.  Henri Cartier-Bresson did street photography and also portraits in France and the USA.  He said he was looking for the moment of inner silence in his subjects who he called his "willing victims." From 1936 to 1975 Charles "Teenie" Harris photographed life in the black neighborhoods of Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Courier.  Arnold Newman was noted for his portraits of artists and politicians in the "environmental" style, where the surroundings of the subject add to the composition and the understanding of the subject.  And finally, William Klein, who is famous for his street photography in a style he called pseudo-ethnography, produced photobooks on his wanderings through Rome, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow and New York.

In 2009 Harry gave his first club presentation on one of his favorite techniques “High Dynamic Range Imaging” on Nov 24, 2009.   The HDR process is an answer of sorts to the frequent problem of capturing high range scenes with low range camera sensors.  The presentation gave an overview the HDR process, showing many examples of the process and the results.

Phil Witt, "Photo Composition Workshop", October 25, 2011, basic principles of composition--rule of thirds, watching the edges of the images, capturing the moment, choice of focal length, and so on. Participants will learn what equipment can be used to achieve different effects. By the end of the workshop participants will understand lenses, camera bodies (mostly digital single-lens reflex cameras), megapixels, shutter speeds, f/stops, focal lengths, apertures, exposure histograms, and depth of field - and how all of these can be used to take good nature photographs. Beyond equipment, the workshop will begin to cover the principles of composition and digital editing. Although the focus will be on nature photography, many of the same principles and equipment needs apply to other kinds of photography as well. "Introduction to Digital Editing", September 25, 2012.  Phil Witt and Dave DesRochers run a series of Digital Photography Workshops at the NJ Audubon center in Bernardsville, next series will begin Sat. 10/22, in case any of our members are interested.

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.

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 three, and prints total per contest topic per maker is also three.  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.

Assigned topics 2012-2013:   “Portraits”, “Painting with Light”, “Macro”, “High-Key or Low Key in Black & White/Monochrome” are described in Assigned Topics Definitions 2012-2013 provided by Arik.

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.org/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 (traffic light) onto Union Avenue (Route 28).
The fifth light is Mountain Ave, continue past.
  (control light over 287, Tea St, Thompson Ave, Vosseller, Mountain, East Street)
Turn right onto East Street at the very next light.
Take the second right onto High Street (traffic light).  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.
  (Tea St, Thompson Ave, Vosseller, Mountain, East Street)
Turn right onto East Street at the very next light.
Take the second right onto High Street (traffic light).  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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When you review your list at the "Pages" tab at Watch That Page, the "http://" prefix will not be shown, and the webpage title will appear on the right side.  When you receive email of changed pages you are also provided links for reviewing/changing your profile, and watched pages.

Viewing Requirements of some webpages linked from here (#viewing)

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Our pages at http://somersetcountyphotoclub.org are ad free so even users not using Firefox and the AdBlock extension will not be bothered by ads on our current site.

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Viewing Suggestions for PDF format files  (#pdf)

An abbreviated HTML listing with just the 2012-2013 program can be brought up for viewing and printing (not yet available).

PDF and/or printed copies of our program are not currently available. The last printed version was **2010-2011 Program in PDF formatAcrobat (Service Mark) Portable Document Format.  Such copies were never corrected during the year. 

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