HCC Newsletter, May 2022


Housatonic Camera Club Representatives

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:We are still looking for one

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

Proud member of:





The pictures that have got Honorable mention in the latest NECCC Competition



Almost lunch by Dawn Dingee



Dandelion Drops by Karen McMahon



The Breakers by Lazlo Gyorsok



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

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.





Get in touch with Jeff if you want a copy of the book.


Assigned Topic ( no more than 5 pictures/members )

People





Tips and tutorials













Walking in Torrington

A Tribute to Steve Balkin by Dawn Dingee

Photo by Jeff Breitman


The Housatonic Camera Club lost a very good friend recently. Steve Balkin was a long-time member of HCC. He was an active member who participated in our meetings, salon shows and competitions. He frequently sent photos to Lazlo for the newsletter. He was also a lively participant at the Tuesday gatherings at Giffords. His presence will be missed there for sure!

Steve was an interesting character and I say that in a good way 😊 He had many talents and interests….he was a former model, an artist, painter, photographer, a collector of old photographs, an authority on antique toy soldiers, and the father of “Lyrical Expressionism”. Back in the day, he ‘rubbed elbows’ with Andy Warhol, Robin Williams among others.


Early photo of Steve Balkin (photographer unknown)

Steve was a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He owned the Burlington Antique Toy Shop on Madison Avenue in NYC. He retired from that after 33 years. The NY Times featured several articles on him. His store was very unique and was frequented by many famous people who shared his same love of history and antique toy soldiers.


Photo by Julie Glassberg from a NY Times article

Photograph by Allison Michael Orenstein

In addition to his interest in photography, Steve was also an accomplished painter. He’s had several solo shows of his paintings. Several of us attended his 2019 show in Torrington, CT.

Photo taken by Lazlo Gyorsok

Paintings by Steve Balkin

Photos by Steve Balkin







Spring Flowers



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

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Pushing daisies by Dawn Dingee
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Spring flowers #2 by Lazlo Gyorsok
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Dutch tulip fields #2 by Bert Schmitz
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Spring flowers #7 by Heidi Hoeller
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Yellow Tulip by Karen McMahon
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Cuckoo Flower and Orange tip butterfly by Ian Peters
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Dutch tulip fields by #4 Bert Schmitz
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Spring flowers #6 by Heidi Hoeller
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Bee on Hyacinth by Karen McMahon
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Jonquil by Karen McMahon
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Primrose by Dawn Dingee
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Daffodils by Heidi Hoeller
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Daffodils at Gramercy Park by Steve Goldberg
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Spring flowers #4 by Heidi Hoeller
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Orchids and Cowslips by Ian Peters
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Dutch tulip fields #3 by Bert Schmitz
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Snakes head Fritilary by Ian Peters
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Spring flowers #6 by Lazlo Gyorsok
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Spring Flowers by Brian Wilcox
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Desktop daffodil by A.G. Mudge
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Spring flower #3 by Raphael Swift
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Spring flowers #1 by Lazlo Gyorsok
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Wild Daffodils by Ian Peters
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Spring flower #4 by Raphael Swift
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Dutch tulip fields by Bert Schmitz
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Grape Hyacinth by Karen McMahon
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Spring flowers #5 by Heidi Hoeller
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Spring flower #1 by Raphael Swift
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Tulips by Dawn Dingee
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Crocuses by Dawn Dingee
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Spring flowers #2 by Heidi Hoeller
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Spring flowers #3 by Heidi Hoeller
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Early Purple orchid and Cowslip by Ian Peters
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Spring flower #2 by Raphael Swift
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Spring flowers #5 by Lazlo Gyorsok
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Spring is here by Bill Devoti
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Calla lillies by Karen McMahon
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Pretty in pink by Dawn Dingee
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Green winged orchid and caterpillar by Ian Peters
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Spring flowers #4 by Lazlo Gyorsok
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Spring Flowers by Mary Jean Winkler
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Spring flowers #3 by Lazlo Gyorsok
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Tulips in perspective by Bert Schmitz
   

Outing at Sharon Audubon



A       few pictures from our unofficial outing at the Sharon Audubon on April 26, 2022 . Click on any one of the pictures to see them in full size.

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Audubon #1 by Bert Schmitz
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Audubon pictures #2 by Rick Pauline
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Bert and Heidi by Jeff Breitman
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The old barn by Lazlo
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Audubon pictures #3 by Rick Pauline
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Audubon #4 by Bert Schmitz
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Rick, Jeff and Bert by Lazlo
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Audubon pictures #6 by Rick Pauline
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Audubon 25 by Bert Schmitz
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Audubon #1 by Heidi Hoeller
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Audubon #5 by Bert Schmitz
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Audubon #3 by Heidi Hoeller
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Audubon #2 by Heidi Hoeller
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Audubon pictures #4 by Rick Pauline
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Audubon pictures #7 by Rick Pauline
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Majestic bird by Lazlo
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Old Barn #2 by Lazlo
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Bert photographing the old barn by Lazlo
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Audubon pictures #1 by Rick Pauline
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Jeff and Heidi by Lazlo
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Audubon #3 by Bert Schmitz
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Rick photographing the daffodils by Lazlo
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Audubon pictures #5 by Rick Pauline
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The bench by Lazlo
   

President's Message by Dawn Dingee



W       ith spring showers comes May flowers! We have certainly had our fair share of rain over the past month. If the saying holds true, we should have a lot of flowers! Bushes and trees are beginning to bud and birds are beginning to nest. Now if only the temperatures would begin to rise, we’d be able to enjoy these happenings. Let's hope for sunnier days soon. In April, we had our first face-to-face meeting in 2 years! The meeting was our first regular meeting at St. Thomas Church in Amenia, NY. We had a good turn-out and even signed up some new members. The meeting was recorded so an email with a link to the meeting should be arriving in your email shortly. For May, we have a Zoom presentation scheduled and then in June we will have an outside picnic to wrap up our season. More details to follow.
As many of you know, we lost a longtime member Steve Balkin. A tribute to him can be found in this month’s newsletter. Thank you to Jeff Breitman for making arrangements for a memorial service last week. The club will be making a donation to the Amenia Food Pantry in Steve’s name.
Now is the time to begin planning for next season. Hopefully things can get back to normal and we can go back to more frequent face-to-face meetings, scheduled outings / field trips and other activities to keep us engaged in Photography. With this, we will need to recruit members to take on Committee positions that are open such as Secretary, Program Coordinator, Secretary and Salon Show Coordinators. If you are interested in hearing more about any of these positions, please let me know. Currently, the club is being held together by the work of a small few…we could really use your help! THIS IS YOUR CLUB! We would love to hear from your on regarding what you want us to bring to members and would appreciate your help on this.
Lastly, I encourage anyone who hasn’t done so to follow our group in Facebook. Lazlo runs the page and is a frequent contributor but we could really use more posts from members. It’s a great way to share photos, information on upcoming photo opportunities, etc. It’s a good source for reminders and notices about what’s going on in the club.

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