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  1. Announcements
  2. Tips
  3. Christmas Dinner pictures
  4. PSA, NECC competion rule changes
  5. Program schedule
  6. HCC Enrollement form
  7. Visit and participate on our Facebook site
  8. Black and White assignment pictures
  9. Pinnacles National Park by Dawn Dingee
  10. Pictures submitted by members
  11. Our Flickr site pictures
  12. Latest Photography News


“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

Dorothea Lange





Mist by Steve Balkin

“Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” Elliott Erwitt

Webmaster: Lazlo Gyorsok lazlo1@optonline.net

HOUSATONIC CAMERA CLUB REPRESENTATIVES for 2019/2020 season

President: TBD

Vice-President: TBD

Treasurer: Dawn Dingee
Membership/Dues: Dawn Dingee
d1295@aol.com

Publicity: Jeff Breitman
Special Events Coordinator: Jeff Breitman
Program Director: Jeff Breitman
sylvan4570©comcast.net

Webmaster: Lazlo Gyorsok
lazlo1@optonline.net

Newsletter: Lazlo Gyorsok
lazlo1@optonline.net

Hospitality:Karen Consolago
consolago8@aol.com

Secretary:Denise Rueger
rrueger2roadrunner.com

Competitions:Bert Schmitz
bschmitz@att.net

Salon Committee:
Brian Wilcox
ctphoto@comcast.net
Lazlo Gyorsok
lazlo1@optonline.net
Bill Devoti
abundancehill8@gmail.com

Projector Coordinator: Brian Wilcox
ctphoto@comcast.net


Liaison Representatives: PSA - Jane Rossman
jrossman222@gmail.com NECCC - Bert Schmitz
bschmitz@att.net

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Noble Show coming up

The next Noble show for HCC is January 24, 2020 — Reception will take place Friday, January 24th at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm; closing at our February meeting 2/18/2020. Drop off dates are Saturday and Sunday, January 18th and 19th between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm
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HELP WANTED (!)

Both Jeff and Dawn are stepping down as Co-presidents of the camera club. The club is currently looking for one or more of our members to step in as President. There are several other committee positions open such as VP and Salon Committee. If interested in any of these positions, please let Jeff or Lazlo know


Assigned Topic

Assigned Topic for the next month will be: "The winter cold"

Christmas dinner, December 18 2019

The weather was predictably cold on the night of December 18th, but our valiant group of shutterbugs convened at the Cobble for a most enjoyable holiday dinner.
The entrée’s were plenty and deserts were grand,especially Erick’s mousse cake. So only Jeffry and I were aware of the absence of his chocolate egg cremes.
Click on any one of the pictures to see them in full size. ~Steve Balkin.
Pictures by Lazlo Gyorsok and Steve Balkin


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Christmas dinner #18
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Christmas dinner #14
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Christmas dinner 2019 #1

“Photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson



Photography Tips







“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

Dorothea Lange



Changes for the NECCC and PSA competitions by Bert Schmitz

I hope all members had a good summer with lots of great photographs that you will submit for the NECCC and PSA competitions this year. There are some changes for the competitions in this new season, the most important one is the bigger size of the images we can now submit.
Please read the changes below and start preparing your images. For NECCC and PSA competitions, images can now be 1400 pixels in the horizontal direction and 1050 pixels in the vertical direction. Photographs must fit within those dimensions.
Unless your photograph’s proportions are in the exact ratio of 4 to 3, one of these dimensions will be less than the maximum. For example, if you have a vertical photograph, the height will be 1050 pixels, but the width will be significantly less than 1400 pixels. A square photograph will be 1050 pixels by 1050 pixels under these rules. It is suggested (though not a requirement) that entries be saved with the proper amount of compression so that the file size does not exceed 800-1000 KB. If saving from Photoshop, a quality setting of between 7 and 9 is usually sufficient to produce a high quality file. Keeping the file size small makes e-mailing and handling easier. It is strongly suggested that all photographs be converted to the sRGB color space. That color space most closely approximates the capability of monitors and projectors to display color and usually results in the best presentation of your image.
By entering these competitions you give NECCC/PSA permission to reproduce your photographs in connection with the activities and publicity of the NECCC/PSA including display on the NECCC/PSA Internet site. The copyright, however, remains with the photographer and the photographer will receive credit when his/her photograph is used. If you object to this stipulation, please do not enter your photographs.
Once a photograph has been entered by the Housatonic Camera Club into a NECCC Interclub Competition (either pictorial or nature), it may never be entered again. Entering a photograph into the NECCC pictorial category means it may never be entered in the NECCC nature category; also, a photograph entered in the NECCC nature category may never be entered in the NECCC pictorial category. (Note: This rule is for photographs the Housatonic Camera Club sends out to the NECCC competitions, not for the in-house club competition.)
Photographs entered by the Housatonic Camera Club in the NECCC competition, can be also entered in the PSA competition.

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Black and White



A few pictures from the "Black and White" assignment. Click on any one of the pictures to see them in full size.

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Pictures submitted by our members



P ictures submitted by Nancy Zannini, Birgitt Pajarola, Dawn Dingee, Lazlo Gyorsok and Steve Balkin. Click on any one of the pictures to see them in full size.

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Impressionist cows #1 by Steve Balkin
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Winter scene #1 by Birgitt Pajarola
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Sunset over Lake Waramaug by Lazlo
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Icy pond by Steve Balkin
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Winter folly by Steve Balkin
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Impressionist cows #2 by Steve Balkin
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Little Man by Dawn Dingee #1
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Bluejay by Lazlo
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Winter scene #2 by Birgitt Pajarola
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Bald Eagle #2 by Nancy Zannini
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The curious pig by Nancy Zannini
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Bald Eagle #1 by Nancy Zannini
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Little Man by Dawn Dingee #2
   

Pinnacles National Park by Dawn Dingee



P innacles National Park is our newest national park. It was originally established as a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, and was re-designated as a national park by Congressional legislation in 2012 that was then signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2013.
The park is located in Salinas Valley in Central California about 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesake comes from the leftovers of a volcano that originated from the San Andreas Fault. My work takes me to Salinas CA 3 times a year. On my last visit in early December, I was able to do some hiking at the park with my sister. Several day trails have been created which take you to the top by following a series of switch backs that seem to never end. Between the top and bottom of the High Peaks trail, just one of many trails available, are 1,325 feet of elevation change and panoramic views. The trail is only about 5-6 miles long but it seems much longer!
We were hoping to see the condors as we were told they were plentiful in the park but sadly we saw none. Actually, the only wild life we saw on our hike all day was a few birds including a single crow. ON the drive out of the park, I was complaining to my sister that I carried my camera and 2 lenses all the way across the country only to take a picture of a crow and I was quite disappointed. BUT then on our drive out of the park, we saw a coyote which I was able to capture so that made it all worth it.




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