This years Lighthouse Tour was begun in Port Clinton, OH on Lake Erie and is our fourth Great Lake we’ve visited for Lighthouses. Those attending were Bill Trudo, Liz Fox, Clint Strever, Dave Scharenberg, Deb Smart and myself. We went to four lighthouses, South Bass Island, Lorain Pier, Port Clinton and Marblehead and also a visit to Mad River Railroad Museum, an outdoor museum that didn’t disappoint. Our first lighthouse, South Bass Island, began Saturday morning with a 20 minute ferry ride over Lake Erie and then a short walk to the lighthouse grounds. Our next stop was a quick drive to Bellevue, OH to tour the grounds of the Mad River and Nickel Plate Railroad Museum. After closing the museum and rescuing Clint from deep within bowels of a rail car because he was locked in, we drove up to Lorain, OH for evening and night shots of the pier head lighthouse there. The Lighthouse was lit up in Orange in observance of Halloween. The night ended back in Port Clint to photograph their pier head light. Sunday morning brought spotty rain showers, but we ventured out to Marblehead Lighthouse anyway. Even though the light tower was encased in scaffolding due to much needed repairs, the grounds were spectacular. The tower itself sits on a rocky shelf as close to the waters of Lake Erie as I’ve ever seen a lighthouse sit which adds to the beauty. The general consensus of the group is that we’ll definitely be going back there once repairs are finished.
Mike Baker of Photogenesis Photo Club in Naperville, presented an amazing program on March 14th called “Adventures in Black-n-White.” Being a seasoned photographer with many awards & publications under his belt, he did a great job explaining how he “sees” in black-n-white and is always composing pictures as he moves about life every day. He went over principals of pre-visualization, composition elements, shapes and directional lines, pattern and texture, lighting, subject matter, and even adding a human factor to images for interest, impact, and focus. It’s about training yourself to look and think in black-n-white. He was able to show us his comparisons in his work with images in color vs. black-n-white to give his opinion of how he saw it best and letting us draw our own conclusion of how we would choose.
Overall, it was an amazing program with Mike being a great personable speaker with so much knowledge that he inspired our entire group! We thank him for sharing his knowledge and program with us and we look forward to having him back with us next season for more!
Our January competition was held on Jan. 24th 2019. It was cold and windy outside but we still had a great attendance and a lot of photos to judge. Thank you all for your participation. Some of the photos have been submitted to be posted on in our gallery. You can view them here.
Many thanks to Mario Cortez for taking his time to put on a studio portrait class for the club. The class included Mario's philosophy on lighting and post-processing. Mario demonstrated use of a three light setup including the key light, fill light and the hair or separation light. He explained each including photos of the effects of each. All attendees were encouraged to use the setup to photograph our models.
After everyone had an opportunity to get some photos using the studio lighting Mario then demonstrated the use of natural window light to accomplish a similar looking photograph.
After the shooting was completed Mario demonstrated his workflow for post-processing the images.
I believe everyone had a great time and went home with some great information that will be used on our next studio shots.
I would also like to thank the Sandwich Library for the use of their meeting room and our models Jennifer Hagemeyer, and Bridget Fox.
Saturday Dec 8, I attended Christmas in the Trenches at Midway Village in Rockford, IL. This reenactment of the 1914 Christmas day truce between the British and German troops on a frozen French field was well done and kudos go to the men who laid on that cold plot of ‘no man’s land’ for most of the hour!
It was attended only by a small audience- most preregistered with a few walk ins. Outside temps were around 29. I actually liked this a lot as it created an intimate setting where the narrator of the event and the audience felt free to interact occasionally with comments. After the reenactment of events the audience was invited into the German trench and offered a warm drink and a Christmas cookie and was encouraged to stay and ask questions.
Historically the story is intriguing. The truce between troops starts slowly and carefully with white flags of surrender but soon moves to singing of Christmas carols, exchanging gifts from home like beer, cigarettes, pudding and kicking around a home-made soccer ball. To me the most poignant point is that after you befriend the enemy how can you be enemies anymore? History tells that after that day no one wanted to be the first to fire another shot. Both sides knew misery from the cold and wet. Both sides leaders where not happy that this happened, and France criticized the Brits for it. It seems the troops were weary of fighting and had more in common as men than the differences that war demanded.
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On Thursday November 8th the Sandwich Photographic Society held their second competition of the season. Another great showing and some new names at the top of the list this time. Congratulations to all. You can view the results in our gallery pages under November 2018 Competition.
I am running a little behind on this one. Alan Cox was the presenter at our last club meeting. He had a great talk on optimizing your photographs. His demo included multiple images from his award winning collection. On each image he explained what he had done to the image to bring out his vision. After showing his images he took some time to take images from the club members and worked some of his magic on them. It was very informative. If you missed this one you missed a great event.
As a side note we even have a smaller version of Bob Bannon heading up the raffle collection for the evening. Watch out Bob I think someone is gunning for you position.
I traveled to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Friday evening so there was basically
just Saturday for the actual “Lighthouse Tour”. Although we only saw one lighthouse,
there were a number of other places we visited making it a full day of traveling to go
from place to place with a variety of scenes for the picture taking. And it was nice
to have lunch at a restaurant together and a beach cookout to chat with each
other and share humorous stories and expertise on picture taking techniques
with other members of our Photo Club. These are some of the pictures I captured
on Saturday including some of other club members during our supper cookout. Post By Donald Barnes
Here are a few photos of the SPS Lighthouse Tour to Marquette and Munising, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Marquette Lighthouse, Munising Front and Rear range Lights, Grand Island Lighthouse (abandoned), plus a couple of waterfalls near Munising were visited. At the park in Munising, we did another cookout which was quite tasty. Also, the fall colors were extraordinary.
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SANDWICH PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
Our First Meeting of the Season!!!
Thursday Sept. 13, 2018
“Intro to SPS & Competitions & Some Critiquing!”
This week is our FIRST meeting of the new 2018-2019 season & we
are excited to start back up!
Come join us for an Intro to Sandwich Photographic Society as well as a How-To for competing(our next meeting is our first competition…be ready!!!)! This will include some critiquing of images – SO BRING ANY IMAGES on boards or printed and digital (dpi) (please email them ahead of time to Bruce Van Pelt at firstname.lastname@example.org). The club will offer critiquing and advice on how to compete & answer any questions! (We will also continue critiquing throughout the year…stay tuned for that!)
Another incentive to be there are our first meeting…FREE RAFFLE!!!
If you’ve ever been to one of our meetings, you’ve seen how great our raffles are & what kind of money you can win! This week’s raffle will be FREE (no money needed from members) & we will have 3 (yes, count ‘em, 3) winners!!!
Can’t wait to see you all there for some friends, food, photography, & fun!!!
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Sandwich Photographic Society ~ www.sandwichphotographicsociety.com
7pm Meeting 2nd & 4th Thursdays of every month in lower conference room at Valley West Community Hospital 1302 N. Main St. in Sandwich, IL 60548
Because some have asked, and it is that time of year again, so here is the UNOFFICIAL list of categories for the 2017 Sandwich Fair Challenge. (I say "unofficial" because Jennifer Hagemeyer will release the categories officially with the rules, and flyers can be picked up at the Sandwich Fair.)
For this year's competition, we thought we'd bring back a "greatest hits" from each year since we restarted the Sandwich Fair Challenge in 2011. With the exception of 2015, we picked 1 category from each year (2015 has 2).
1). Motion (from 2011)
2). Carnies (from 2012)
3). Faces (from 2013)
4). Oooohh, Shiny! (from 2014; thank Matthew Crowley for this one).
5). Tails (from 2015)
6). On Stage (from 2015)
7). Stop Motion (from 2016)
*NEW FOR 2017*
8). Home Arts Building - Outside/Exterior (that's the Big Yellow Building and the center of the Fairgrounds)
9). Farm At The Fair
10). Four-Legged Events
12). After Dark **NO RIDES**
13). Selies At The Fair (This one is for fun, and is not for competition, but will be shown after competition).
I thought I did until I watched this short video from Glyn Dewis's YouTube page. If you have a lot of Photoshop repetitive processes this will be interesting. If you are interested in learning more about Glyn you can visit his website at www.glyndewis.com. Post by Hal Brown
Last Saturday night being the first mostly clear night to photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower as Liz Fox, Bill Trudo, David Scharenberg and Bob Bannon headed into LaSalle County looking for the perfect spot. We met up in the tiny village of Harding at a cemetery which turned out to be across the road from a school with lots of security lights. Since there was too much light there, it was decided to try Shabbona County Park about a mile or so north. Jackpot! Dark, except for a waxing moon, secluded, good parking, and virtually no mosquitoes! We saw a few nice sized meteors to the south, a very nice and bright Iridium Flare before the clouds began moving in. We will definitely be going back to this park in the future.
September - Sports
October - Harvest
November - A Stranger
December - Celebrations
January - Books
February - Cold
March - Old Technology
April - Architecture
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