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“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
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

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 )

"Eyes"



Photography Tips















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

Dorothea Lange



"Your Best Shots"



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

Novice_Monks_-_Thailand.jpg

Novice monks by Bert Schmitz
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In her Easter bonnet by Nancy Zannini
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Best shot #3 by Patricia Vanicky
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The bride by Nancy Zannini
Lotus_Pond_Dance_-_2.jpg

Lutus Pond Dance by G.A.Mudge
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Best shot #5 by Patricia Vanicky
Elk_Lake_Evensong_-_2.jpg

Elk Lake Evensong by G.A.Mudge
Yosemite_December_2021_DawnDingee.jpg

Yosemite, December 2021 by Dawn Dingee
HartfordSkyline_LazloGyorsok.jpg

Hartford skyline by Lazlo Gyorsok
Chipmunk_3_29_2021__-_By_Karen_McMahon.jpg

Chipmunk by Karen McMahon
Moose_in_Grand_Teton_National_Park_DawnDingee.jpg

Moose in Grand Teton National Park by Dawn Dingee
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Best shot #4 by Patricia Vanicky
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Summertime by Nancy Zannini
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Squirrel hangs on for more by Karen McMahon
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Sunset at the pond by Bruce Dechert
Ian_Peters_Santa_has_a_Training_Day.jpg

Santa has a training day by Ian Peters
against_all_Ods_LazloGyorsok.jpg

Aginst all odds by Lazlo Gyorsok
Flying_Goose.jpg

Flying goose by G.A.Mudge
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Best shot #6 by Patricia Vanicky
Last_of_the_Glaciers_DawnDingee.jpg

Last of the Glaciers by Dawn Dingee
Grand_Canyon_of_Yellowstone_DawnDingee.jpg

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone by Dawn Dingee
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Best shot #2 by Patricia Vanicky
Indian_bus_passenger.jpg

Indian bus passenger by Birgitt Pajarola
Ian_Peters_The_Race_is_on21.jpg

The race is on by Ian Peters
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One goes, the other one stays by Nancy Zannini
Ian_Peters_Trevor_at_Arctic_Circle_and_Cod_Liver_Oil_YUM_YUM21.jpg

Trevor at Artic Circle and Cod Liver oil by Ian Peters
Chapel_of_Transfiguration_Dawn_Dingee.jpg

Chapel of Transfiguration by Dawn Dingee
Paduang_Woman_and_Child_-__Myanmar.jpg

Paduang woman and child by Bert Schmitz
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Innocence by Nancy Zannini
Wet_Daisy_-_By_Karen_McMahon.jpg

Wet daisy by Karen McMahon
Diminuendo_by_G__A__Mudge.jpg

Diminuendo by G.A.Mudge
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Best shot #1 by Patricia Vanicky
Mudge_Pond_-_A.jpg

Mudge pond by G.A.Mudge
Squirrel_Brings_Flowers_6_17_2021_A.jpg

Squirrel brings flowers by Karen McMahon
Leg_Rower_-_Myanmar.jpg

Leg Rower by Bert Schmitz
Butterfly_in_garden.JPG

Butterfly in the garden by Bruce Dechert
HeronAndFishermen_LazloGyyorsok.jpg

Heron and the Fishermen by Lazlo Gyorsok
   

PSA Pictorial competition pictures, February 2022

Click on the pictures to see the full size images !



Barn_Owl_-_By_Karen_McMahon.jpg

Barn owl
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Cardinal unfazed
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Marilyn
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Sipping nectar
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Still Life
Microbes_of_Mudge__BWilcox.jpg

Microbes of Mudge
Flower_Child_-_By_Karen_McMahon.jpg

Flower child
Portugese_Botanicals_-_Pamela_Peeters.jpg

Portugese botanicals
Stroud_Farmer_s_Market__Ian_Peters.jpg

Stroud Farmer's market
Broekie_at_speed21___Ian_Peters.jpg

Brokie at speed
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Japanese Maple
Hudson_River_Light_BWilcox_.jpg

Hudson River light
Eyeing_a_Sailor_by_Bert_Schmitz.jpg

Eyeing a sailor
Indian_bus_passenger.jpg

Indian bus passenger
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New Mexico Store Front
Salmon_Run_DawnDingee.jpg

Salmon run
Old_Red_Barn_by_Bert_Schmitz.jpg

Old red barn
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Housatonic Valley Regional High School
Shelter-from-the-coming-storm-Bela-Selendy.jpg

Shelter from the coming strorm
Greenlandic_Lace_-_Pamela_Peeters.jpg

Greenlandic lace
Autumn_Flow_-_Raphael_Swift.jpg

Autumn flow
HartfordSkyline_LazloGyorsok.jpg

Hartford skyline
Wired_Jewel_-_Raphael_Swift.jpg

Wired Jewel
CoveredBridgeSunset_LazloGyorsok.jpg

Covered bridge sunset

PSA Nature competition pictures, February 2022

Click on the pictures to see the full size images !



OldHouseGate_HusnainAhmed.jpg

Old House Gate
Stockholm-evening-Bela-Selendy.jpg

Sockholm evening
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The Pendleton Roundup
Registan_in_Samarkand_28229.jpg

Registan in Samarkand
La_Boca_Mural.jpg

La Boca mural
ProudNativeAmerican_LazloGyorsok.jpg

Proud Native American woman
Beaching_the_Fishing_boat_by_Bert_Schmitz.jpg

Beaching the fishing boat
Sailing_Alaska_DawnDingee.jpg

Sailing Alaska
Old_Faithful_DawnDingee.jpg

Old Faithful
Boston_Blizzard_-_Pamela_Peeters.jpg

Boston blizzard
Timber_Treasure_-_Pamela_Peeters.jpg

Timber treasure
Stockholm-old-town-Bela-Selendy.jpg

Stockholm old town
Trains_HusnainAhmed.jpeg

Trains
Tienda_Don_Mane_by_Bert_Schmitz.jpg

Tienda Don Mane
Hurtigruten_s_Nordlys__Steams_South___Ian_Peters.jpg

Hurtigruten's Nordlys steams south
OnBroadway_LazloGyorsok.jpg

On Broadway
Hurtigruten_s_Nordlys_at_anchor___Ian_Peters.jpg

Hurtigruten's Nordlys at anchor
 

Message from the President by Dawn Dingee



I t's been a crazy winter so far. The Omicron variant has thrown us a curve ball just as things were starting to get back to normal...or at least close to the 'new normal'. I'm starting to hate that term but unfortunately, it's become a reality. I know it’s winter, but take this time to get out and enjoy the sunshine...and snow if you can. Go someplace that is quiet, where the mind can relax and you can breathe the fresh air. And take some pictures. It will do the soul good to get away from the craziness, enjoy nature, and take a few pictures. I find winter to be the perfect time to visit new places due to less crowds. Even in winter, you can find things to photograph, you just may need to look a little harder. Until next time, everybody please be safe! Happy Shooting!

 

Here are a few upcoming winter photo opportunities for February :

1. Ice Palace at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival
will be held Friday, February 4 - Sunday February 13th
https://www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com/


2. Lake George Winter Carnival
will be held weekends in Feb - 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20 and 26 & 27
https://www.visitlakegeorge.com/events/ice-castles

3. Teatown Hudson River EagleFest 2022
Friday, February 4 - Sunday February 6
https://www.teatown.org/events/eaglefest/



Visiting Yosemite by Dawn Dingee



W hen Abraham Lincoln signed legislation in 1864 establishing a public trust to preserve parts of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove, it was the first time the U.S. government had ever set aside land for the benefit of the public, although it was not the country’s first national park. The land was originally managed by the state of CA and did not become a national park until 1890, 18 years after Yellowstone was established.






There’s so much to see in Yosemite - El Capitan and Half Dome rising from the valley floor, the Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls and the enormous trees of Mariposa Grove. I was lucky enough to visit Yosemite twice in 2021. My work took me to CA twice last year (August & December) and each time, I added an extra day to the trip so that my sister and I could visit Yosemite for the day. We only had one day to explore each time, but with a plan, you can see most of the significant sights in one day and can even fit in a few hikes. Visiting in the winter requires some planning because many site and services are closed. We stayed in a hotel in El Portal which is just 2 minutes outside the highway 41 entrance. We entered the park just as the sun was rising so that we could avoid the traffic. The first major sight we came to besides the entrance itself was ‘tunnel view’. In August, we experienced a lot of the smoke from the surrounding area forest fires but in December, we had a clear view.





The sun was just rising and we could see a slight sliver of orange at the top of El Capitan. Sadly, since we only had 7 hours in the park, we were not able to wait to see the spectacular orange glow that we saw in so many photos before we went. On our December trip, our next stop was Mariposa Grove. I had always wanted to see the sequoia trees that I had only seen in pictures. Two of its trees are among the 30 largest giant sequoias in the world. Sometimes we take for granted that the sights will always be there and we will get there some day, but in the case of the giant sequoia trees in Mariposa Grove, sadly, time may be running out. We hiked the 1.8 mile trail through the snow to get to the Mariposa Grove welcome center – which was closed as was the main road in due to the previous week’s snow. What we didn’t know was that the trails within the grove were also closed because of a previous storm that damaged many of the boardwalks. So after walking more than an hour in the deep snow, we were not able to walk through the grove to the famed Grizzly Giant or the Tunnel Tree. But we did sneak around the barriers to capture a few shots of the enormous trees.

Mariposa Grove was closed earlier in the season due to the risk of the Creek Fire. Currently, all fires in Yosemite are 100% contained. As of October 2nd, Yosemite has had 50 fires started by lightning and 12 human-caused fires for the 2021 calendar year. Some of the trees in Mariposa Grove are 2,000-3,000 years old. Fires have threatened the trees for centuries and many of the trees have basal fire scars that bear witness to the fires.









Next up was Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Valley is a 7.5 mile section of Yosemite formed by glaciers which offers towering views of El Capitan and Half Dome and when conditions are right, you can see them both reflected in the Merced River. I was surprised to discover that Yosemite Valley has a dentist’s office, jail, courtroom, auto garage, and church, as well as the more expected mix of lodgings, campgrounds, restaurants, and other guest services. The Yosemite Valley Church is the oldest structure in Yosemite at 130 years old. Across the road from the church is a fantastic view of Upper and Lower Falls. In August the falls were just a trickle, hardly worth photographing but in December, after several bouts of rain, the falls were spectacular. Upper Yosemite Falls is the seventh highest waterfall in the world, or part of the third highest if the lower fall is included!









On our drive out of Yosemite Valley, we captured a few more views of Half Dome, the Merced River and the beautiful forest of pines.







Although sites and services are limited in winter, I much preferred that visit over the summertime visit for a couple of reasons. First, the crowds were much less. We were able to find parking at all the major sites and it was easy to get beautiful photographs without people in the photo. I was very happy to not have to clone anyone out. Second, the water levels were much higher in winter than in the spring so we were able to get many more reflections in the Merced River. And lastly, with less people and more snow, the silence and beauty were magical. I will definitely return, hopefully in the spring next time.

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