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Congratulations to our President, Dawn Dingee . Her picture titled" Alaska Sailing " received Honorable Mention in the last PSA Travel competition


Webmaster: Lazlo Gyorsok lazlo1@optonline.net


“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

HOUSATONIC CAMERA CLUB REPRESENTATIVES for 2019/2020 season

President: Dawn Dingee

Vice-President: Heidi Hoeller

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

Publicity: Jeff Breitman
Special Events Coordinator: Jeff Breitman
Program Director: Jeff Breitman
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Webmaster: Lazlo Gyorsok
lazlo1@optonline.net

Newsletter: Lazlo Gyorsok
lazlo1@optonline.net

Hospitality:Karen Consolago
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Secretary:Denise Rueger
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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

HELP WANTED (!)

2021-2022 season is here

We went through some hard times in 2020 and 2021 but hope that the new season will be much kinder to us. Support you club and your newsletter with active participation because we cannot survive without that.

There are several committee positions open such as Salon Committee. If interested in any of these positions, please let Dawn or Lazlo know


Check out

the videos of our previous meetings


The Housatonic Camera Club show is up at the Housatonic Highschool library.




Get in touch with Pat Vanicky in case you plan to stop by.

The Housatonic Camera Club Landscape Book

is finished. Thank you Jeff Breitman for your hard work on the project, selecting the pictures, putting it altogether, arranging the printing, etc. The book should be in your hands shortly ( if you paid for it) but meanwhile you can download and view a copy ( not the final version) of it
here
.
Get in touch with Jeff if you want a copy of the book.

Assigned Topic ( no more than 5 pictures/members )

Spring Flowers


Photography Tips















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

Dorothea Lange



"Critters"



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

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Cows by Joni Hinchman
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critters #2 by Steve Balkin
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Critters #1 by Ralph Swift
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critters #5 by Steve Balkin
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critter #1 by Nancy Zannini
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Snake in the grass by Bert Schmitz
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Bunny by Karen McMahon
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Snack time by Karen McMahon
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Chipmunk by Karen McMahon
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1 Critter or 2 ? by Nancy Zannini
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critter #6 by Nancy Zannini
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Spotted critter by Nancy Zannini
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Salamander by Bert Schmitz
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The biggest critter I could find in Chicago... by Nancy Zannini
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Crocodile rush
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Critters #4 by Ralph Swift
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Hawk by Gail Goldberg
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Black and white garden spider by G.A. Mudge
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critters #1 by Steve Balkin
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Hopping critter by Nancy Zannini
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Impala didn't spot the hyenas by Ian Peters
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Very large bird by Ian Peters
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Pelican fishing by Karen Consolato
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Bobcat by Bert Schmitz
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Critters #2 by Ralph Swift
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15 Bovines by Joni Hinchman
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Bear #2 by Bela Selendy
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Cat by Karen Consolato
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Water critter by Nancy Zannini
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critter #3 by Nancy Zannini
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Skinny-legged critter by Nancy Zannini
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Ground hog by Karen McMahon
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Bear #5 by Bela Selendy
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Bear #3 by Bela Selendy
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Malibu stork and ex crpcpdile by Ian Peters
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Crazy tailed critter by Nancy Zannini
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Hedgehog by Joni Hinchman
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Bear by Joni Hinchman
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Pelicans by Karen Consolato
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Roseate Spoonbill by Joni Hinchman
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Hippo sirge by Ian Peters
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Hawk up close by Karen McMahon
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critters #4 by Steve Balkin
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Frog by Bert Schmitz
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Tarantula by Nancy Zannini
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Critters #5 by Ralph Swift
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Critters #3 by Ralph Swift
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critters #3 by Steve Balkin
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White Pelican by Joni Hinchman
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77th Subway by Steve Goldberg
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critter #2 by Nancy Zannini
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Bear #1 by Bela Selendy
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Bear #4 by Bela Selendy
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critter #5 by Nancy Zannini

NECCC Pictorial competition pictures, March 2022

Click on the pictures to see the full size images !



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Great blue heron
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Selfie #1
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The Artist and the Art
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Reflection on ice
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Panorama Canyon Lands N.P
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Selfie #2
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Dandelion drops
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The dreamer
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Island view, maine
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Fog in harbor
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Raven trio
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Pelican and monkey picnic
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All quiet at the water hole
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Sandy Hook bay
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Fading lines
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Roberto's kitchen
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Yes we are beautiful
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The Maverick
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Almost lunch
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The Breakers
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Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca
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The Dock
   

NECCC Nature competition pictures, March 2022

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Aster macro
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Swimming upstream
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Elephant triumphant
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At the marsh
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Puffballs
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Thaw becomes deco
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Yellow Billed stork
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Patagonia sunset
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Reflections
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Natures ice
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Visitor up close
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Big ears
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Calm hunter
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The snarl
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The kissing fish
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Find the owl
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Solomanseal
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In the falling snow
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Bee up close
 

It’s time to go out and smell the… daffodils?! by Heidi Hoeller



I f you’re looking for a spot to capture the essence of spring with your camera, I recommend you head over to Laurel Ridge Foundation in Litchfield where there are thousands of the cheery spring flower blooming in a 15-acre field. Don’t forget to bring a photogenic friend, walking shoes, and a picnic lunch, because you’ll want to stay a while and take lots of photos!

Although the land is privately owned, it’s generously open to the public. This magical springtime sight was founded in 1941 by Remy and Virginia Morosani, according to a monument on the site. They started a non-profit foundation to keep the flowering fields for all to enjoy.

Photo opportunities are aplenty. As you wander through the field of narcissus, you’ll see pathways, a small lake, various trees, hills, and even a small like with a little island. Each of those elements is surrounded by tufts of yellow and white flowers everywhere you look. It’s all so beautifully arranged, it seems they had photographers in mind when creating the landscaping.

The first time I visited, I thought it was a little tricky to find. If you simply enter Laurel Ridge into the GPS like I did, it will take you to the beef farm! The more accurate address for Laurel Ridge Foundation is actually 160 Wigwam Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Just beyond that address, you’ll see the daffodil field on your left. There’s not much signage, just a small white sign attached to a tree that reads “Laurel Ridge Foundation”. However, you’ll know you’re there, because you will see lots of flowers and several cars parked on the side of the road, especially if you go on a weekend.

I believe peak season varies depending on the weather. However, according to sources online, the best time to go is the end of April or early May. Last year, I didn’t make it there until July. There were still many flowers in bloom, although some were starting to fade. This year, I have it marked on my calendar for late April. It’s all outdoors and open every day from dawn to dusk, as long as the narcissus are still in bloom. Admission is free.











Message from the President by Dawn Dingee



Well finally spring is here! Hopefully we’ve seen the last of the snow until next winter. Five years ago this month, we actually got 2 feet of snow in a single storm…I hope history does NOT repeat itself. It was so nice to sit on the back porch and watch and hear the birds, a sure sign of spring. Although shortly, we will need to put our feeders away or we may attract the bears to our yard again!

Hopefully you have been able to get outside now that the weather is nice. We should begin planning a field trip or two so that we can enjoy the nice weather as well as each other’s company. I’ve been wanting to get some folks together for a trip to Stone Church. I will send out a separate email and see if we can get this coordinated. I went there this past week and the water level is high making for some very nice photographs of the falls. They have also installed a new bridge near the cave which gives more access to the cave and offers different views than before.

Our April meeting will be in-person. The location is still to be announced, though it will likely be back at Noble Horizons in Salisbury. I am waiting to hear about any restrictions or requirements they may have before we finalize the location. They met last week to discuss this and I need to follow up with my contact to see what those are. The topic of the April meeting is basically an ‘informal gathering’ to celebrate the ability to meet in person and to take advantage of having us all together where we can ask questions about the club, our equipment, and places to photograph as a means of sharing knowledge with fellow photographers. We will have coffee, juice and snacks on hand.

Thank you to all who contribute to the newsletter. Lazlo does a great job for us but we can make his job easier by contributing articles, reviews and other things of interest to help fill out the newsletter each month. And remember to submit your photos, correctly sized, when we have the PSA and NECCC competitions. Even if you don’t submit photos, you can still vote. It’s nice to have your work recognized by your fellow HCC members as well as the judges from other participating camera clubs. I always enjoy the diversity in the photos submitted. Hope to see you all at the April meeting!

Happy shooting until then.

Photographing Birds and Animals by Dawn Dingee



P hotographing birds and animals in the wild is very exciting whether you are photographing predators, large animals or even the tiniest of small creatures such as birds, chipmunks, bugs and insects. Even creating images of common animals in your backyard or the park can be exhilarating. My favorite place to photograph wildlife is Yellowstone National Park but unfortunately, that is too far away and costly so I am only able to go every few years. My 4th trip is planned for this June. Yippee!

It is important when photographing animals or birds in the wild that you not disturb their behaviors, habits and environment in order to be able to photograph them in their natural habitat. These make the best photographs. Early in the morning or at dusk in the evening make the best time of day to capture the most amount of active wildlife.

Hopefully you have been able to get outside now that the weather is nice. We should begin planning a field trip or two so that we can enjoy the nice weather as well as each other’s company. I’ve been wanting to get some folks together for a trip to Stone Church. I will send out a separate email and see if we can get this coordinated. I went there this past week and the water level is high making for some very nice photographs of the falls. They have also installed a new bridge near the cave which gives more access to the cave and offers different views than before.

Besides the obvious - a camera - you will need a long lens (anywhere from 200mm to 600mm are standard). A Tri-pod is always good to have but not as necessary as when taking landscape photos since you often will want to track the animals that don’t necessarily sit still for you. What brand, sensor size and type of camera and lens is up to you of course. I typically use a Canon Mark III 5d and a 100mm-400mm Canon lens. Shoot with what you have but be creative and most of all, patient. This is the recipe for successful wildlife photography.

Sometimes the best way to photograph wildlife is to get low. For this fox photo, I got down on my stomach so that I could be at the same level as the fox.



Also have patience. When photographing this moose and her baby in Grand Tetons National Park, the two subjects were quite a distance apart. I waited quietly while the mother was feeding and eventually the baby wandered over to its mother and I was able to get both in the same shot.



This deer was drinking from a small stream in South Dakota. I took several pictures of her drinking but then I waited and eventually, she raised her head and I was able to get her with her tongue out which made for a cute shot.



When photographing wildlife, remember to always look up or down as you never know what you might see.





When taking photos of wildlife in action or birds in flight, use a fast shutter speed such as 1/1000th second with continuous focusing on. Take several photos per second to ensure good results. You may want to try using the Shutter Priority setting on your camera. This allows you to choose the speed your camera will take for each shot but the camera will handle everything else such as aperture and exposure.





When framing your subject, remember the rule of thirds. When photographing birds in flight, remember to leave space for them to ‘fly’. Another tip is to focus on the eyes of your subject. Try to catch the light in your subject’s eyes, this adds more interest to the photo.



Try getting up close to your subject but when that is not possible, you can attract the viewer’s attention with negative space too. The goal is to attract the viewer’s attention to the subject so try a background that is not too busy.







And above all, enjoy the wildlife and all its beauty!

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