7:00 PM Sharp
The Life Long Learning
Building on the Left)
This Evening’s Program
(Wagner Building on the
by Brian Wilcox
Late one afternoon last July, members of our club
to be invited
to visit and
photograph the truly lovely and extensive gardens at the home of Mike and Katie Gannett of West Cornwall. This
is one of those best kept secrets sort of places and we thank the Gannet's for their kind
hospitality. Tonight we will be
treated to a
tour of the gardens through the lenses of those members who attended. ð
I wish to welcome everyone
to our first meeting for the 2004-2005 season. We meet the third Tuesday of every month from now
till May at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Noble Horizons at 7 P.M. except for some dinner
meetings which will be announced.
Being your new President will be a difficult task
for me after the years of our wonderful President Bill DeVoti. I do not plan on
trying to keep up with him especially in jokes! We have just put together a
great program for you for this year. All the old favorites will be back but we
have added two new lecturers, one is Tom Zetterstrom, a super photographer, and
the other is Barbara Winters who works in restoration on PhotoShop and is nothing short of
will be showing you how to meld [stitch] 2 pictures together for a panorama.
I have decided to go totally digital and will go to
George Lepp's Institute for a week of concentrated work on the computer with
Adobe PhotoShop. I will report to you about how that was if I can
still see and sit after 5 days from 8AM
to 5PM at the computer.
We will have our competition days as usual. Judy
Becker will tell you all about those. We really need more entries to get some higher
scores at NECCC. Do not be shy. Bring in your slides, and prints for judging.
Our web site is up and running. Chris Bleuher will
introduce all of us to the site at our first meeting and show you how it can be
I have been reading the Photo Mags and it is astounding
how digital they are getting. The big news in new items are all for digital cameras. The
number of pixels captured moves up although not as fast as I would hope. The
major camera companies have pro SLR's with Kodak leading the way with 14 megapixels
and down to 5.47 megapixels in the Nikon D1X. There are literally hundreds of
consumer digital cameras. The better ones have at least 6 megapixels and the
best ones have 8. You film lovers have all sorts of new films that are faster,
better, and finer. Now that the scanners for slides are all at least 4000 dpi
resolution the digitized and film people can meet at Adobe PhotoShop and do the same kind of
work no matter how the photo was captured. It should be an exciting year and we
will try to keep you all abreast of the moves in the camera world. Join us,
join our exhibits, join our contests and join our dinners and outings, and do not forget to
bring your cameras!
Rita Mathews ð
Our club just seems to
get better as the years pass by. The new administration baton has been passed on once again as it has been over the years in accordance with our by-laws and, at times, even to the same person(s). The normal term of
office for our president is two years. Bill DeVoti served faithfully and productively for the past four as did some others who preceded him. Now we welcome Rita
Mathews as our new President and Chris Bleuher, Vice President. Enthusiasm in and knowledge of
photography would well describe them both. But that's not enough to fill
the bill these days. Our medium is changing before our eyes in such leaps and
bounds that truly, no one person can stay ahead of it let alone even keep abreast of it. Of course, I'm talking about the
digital age. Film
is still with us and widely used by the likes of yours truly but we have really turned the corner. Needless to say, digital technology has turned
our world upside down. Chemistry is much on the wane though still, thankfully, practiced by labs such
as The Snap Shot
Here you can still have B&W reproductions chemically processed by Tony and rest
assured that they are in safe hands and that the finished product will be
liking. Additionally, don't forget; B&W
track record exceeding
160 years, a feature yet to be
proven digitally. Think ancestry and images you wish to leave for
future generations. Old fashioned mind set you say? Yes, most likely. But still
worthy of consideration.
For those of you, like me, who for whatever reason
have opted to stick with film, don't despair and think you are being left out in the cold. Your "film world"
can stop the moment your negatives are developed. At this point you can start being just as digital as you
just a matter of equipment and your pocket book. Starting with a computer system you add such
items as printers, scanners, CD burners; the whole array. Then you start adding software such as one of
the PhotoShop products and voilà, you're off and running with the pack.
Now for the zinger. You have to learn
how to use all this stuff. And it ain't easy folks.
But we have a BIG
advantage; leadership and in-house
members who do know the process and are willing to give
of their time to advise and guide us through the rough spots. You still have to get into the trenches
and do it on
your own but it's nice to know you have back up. Rita, Lazlo, Chris and others will be the first to tell
you that they
don't have all the answers. But each of these members are "paying their
dues" learning through study, practice and investing in equipment to one degree or the other.
So get out there gang no matter your camera's technology. Expose those frames. Remember, when all is said and done
it's the human eye that sees the picture and one click of the shutter
that paints it.
Larger than ever this year is our Salon Committee
chaired by Bill DeVoti. Expect some exciting activity from this department. Comments?
Tonight, we need to select judges for this seasons competitions.
Very important is
exploring options regarding our
new WEB page. Lazlo is our WEB Master but he deserves input from the membership [committee?] regarding all aspects of it's construction. Don't leave him
hanging. This includes the melding in of the Newsletter and the possibility of the WEB page [supplanting] the [paper] edition without leaving out members who do not have access
to the internet. Editor ð
Yes! Thank you Nancy. Volunteers should come forth tonight to fill in for the rest of our season.
Don't leave Nancy holding the bag. SEE NANCY NOW AND SIGN UP! ð
= = = Ebb Tide = = =
Richard J. DeProdocini, 43, son of long time HCC
member, Cynthia (Johnson) DeProdocini and the late Bruno DeProdocini, passed
away at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital June 30th after a long convalescence. He attended
Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Memorial services were held at the
North Canaan Congregational Church. We extend our sincere condolences to
Cynthia and her family. ð