This Sunday, August 11, Paul Schmitt will lead a close-up and macro photography outing at the Cornell Botanic Gardens from 7:00am – about 9:30am. He’ll be at the Nevin Welcome Center and the adjacent herb garden. Everyone is welcome!
by Paul Schmitt
You likely have noticed that CNP is modifying our program to offer more variety in our activities, including meeting agendas and increased field events. While our sharing on a theme contributes a great deal to each member’s personal growth, we are seeking a wider range of interesting content to complement the sharing. Devan Accardo coordinates the schedule and welcomes your ideas for programs. Here is our current agenda:
August 1 Meeting : Close-Up Photography by K. Rasmussen
August 2 or 3 Outing: Close-Up in the field
September 5 Meeting: Webinar on Types of Photographic Light.
Our first webinar will feature master landscape photographer Greg Miller. This program is titled Understanding Light to Make Better Landscape Photos.
Fall Foliage Outing- Date and location to be determined
October 3 Meeting: Member Photo Sharing on types of light
November 7 Meeting: Speaker- Telling a story with your photos (details pending)
December 5 Meeting: Sharing on theme of telling a story with your photos (pending)
January 9 Meeting: Sharing your best of 2019
February 6 Speaker: Todd Bittner- Photo Locations in Cornell Natural Areas
March 5 Meeting: Photo Sharing on theme of hidden places in Cornell Natural Areas
On July 3 we will meet by the fountains at Ithaca College to photograph the fireworks display at dusk. Here’s a map; the fountains are between Job Hall and the Dillingham Center. We will set up to the south of the fountains, between the fountains and the Center for Health Sciences. To get there, go in the main entrance off of 96 and take the first right up the hill. There is a parking lot on the first left that serves the theater. Walk along the path and you will find the fountains. There is more parking by turning left from the entrance road with a longer walk to the fountains.
For our first meeting of 2019, please bring your best three images of 2018 to share. Selecting our best also encourages each of us to look critically at our work. Going back through an entire year seems to build our skills based on what images had lasting appeal. Furthermore, we get ideas from other’s best three. The images shared last year were inspiring and demonstrated how our sharing process on a monthly basis brings us all forward in our skills both technical and artistic.
The photo sharing theme for our November meeting will be “hard light”. We will also discuss our favorite lenses and the pros and cons of prime versus zoom lenses.
Paul Schmitt will share highlights of his recent Alaska trip concentrating on bubble feeding Humpback Whales and Brown Bears fishing the salmon run.
Our successful exhibit at Kendal will be removed on October 31 (or earlier if necessary). It is worth seeing if you haven’t yet been there.
Nancy Ridenour’s work, including canvas prints of flowers, cement sculpture abstracts, birds, and a Manhattan abstract, will be on display at Zaza’s Cucina starting with a reception on October 26 at 5:30 – 6:30pm. Come and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres!
The assignment for our next meeting will be three images on a personal project you have been working on this summer (but not the theme for the Kendal show). It could be a particular camera technique, improving your skill with Lightroom, working with a new piece of software, a trip, or anything else.
We are working on a separate field trip in the local area, probably a Saturday or Sunday in mid-October to catch some fall color. More info soon!
Our September meeting will be next Thursday, Sept 6, at 7:30 at Kendal, Conference Room A.
A large number of CNP members worked to hang images for a really great display of our art. We and Kendal residents were impressed with the quality of the display. We will devote our Thursday meeting to a critique of the printed images and discussion of issues related to printing, mounting, and displaying images. Most of our time will be spent in the gallery space.
We will assemble in Conference Room A and proceed to the gallery to talk about the images displayed.
The theme for our July 12 meeting is “water”.
Please let Brian know if you would like to participate in the fall CNP show at Kendal. Kendal has offered their first-rate exhibit space for September and October. At our meeting last week we decided to have an overall theme of “New York,” meaning images taken in NY.
Each exhibitor should then have a theme that links their images. The exhibitor individual theme can be your choice.
The gallery space can accommodate quite a few images. We may be able to display as many as five images per exhibitor.
Please let Brian know if you plan to participate or if it is a “maybe” right now. If you know what your theme will be, please let him know that too.
The meeting theme will be “Getting Closer.” At the request of several members, Mark Malkin (pictured here) will be leading off with a presentation on macrophotography. This will include some of the specialized equipment Mark uses in his work. Following this discussion, we will share up to three images on the theme of Getting Closer.