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As many of you are aware Google has abandoned the Nik Collection and will no longer be updating or supporting this free software suite. It is just a matter of time before these apps stop working and many of us will be scrambling for replacements, but one of them may already be here. For those of you who enjoy using NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 an alternative is about to be released for Windows and Mac called Aurora HDR 2018.
Brought to you by the makers of Macphun and Co-developed with Trey Ratcliff this release is poised to be a robust HDR application as Trey is one of, if not the top, HDR photographers out there. Per ordering now will save you 64% off the regular price. At $89 bucks it is tough to pass up.
For a full list of features head on over to the Aurora HDR site:
If you’re unfamiliar with Trey Ratcliff I suggest checking out his blog and website.
It isn’t even September yet but there is a nip in the air to go along with a few leaves that are surprisingly turning in my yard. Hard to believe but summer is nearly over and it will soon be giving way to the beautiful colors of autumn, a landscape photographers paradise. To help you capture that perfect shot I found a great interactive foliage map.
Just use the slider under the map to pick a date and the map will update with its predictions. While they claim this map wont be 100% correct it sure can help with some long range planning of your foliage adventures this fall.
Some additional resources are:
The Milford Camera Club will be hanging out at the Milford Public Library for the month of September. From Wednesday September 6th through Thursday September 31st stop by and see the work of your fellow members on display in the Library Gallery.
Here is a look at our display from March of 2015:
In addition to the framed prints hanging in the Gallery be sure to have a look in the Exhibit Cases on each landing of the main staircase. There you will find more prints for your viewing enjoyment.
For hours of operation please check the Milford Public Library website.
Milford Public Library
I can’t believe it but that is a wrap! We are all done with the 2016-17 season at the Milford Camera Club and it is now time to make your selections for the Final Competition which will be on Wednesday May 24th.
Below are instructions on how to access and fill out the form:
First click on the Final Competition Form link from the Competitions menu.
Next enter your credentials as you would for any monthly competition.
Once logged in you should see the following:
To fill out the form start out by filling in your Member Number and Name in the first to input boxes.
After that scroll the list on the right hand side down to your name so you can see all your images for each category. You will see that each category is colored to match the fields for that category on the form. Once you’ve decided on your entries, simply copy and paste the title into of each of your three selections for each category into the corresponding fields in the form. If your image is of an animal, this includes insects, you can click the next to each entry to make that image eligible for the Conrad Palmer Award.
Your form should look something like this:
Once you have completed the form click on the submit button and your selections will be entered into the Final Competition.
If you make any mistakes feel free to fill out the form again and drop us an email to let us know that you’ve done so.
If you have any questions or issue with the form please feel free to contact me.
Keep in mind there is no need to send me any digital files as I have them already, you’ll just need to bring the prints you selected with you to the competition.
Good Luck to Everyone!
Milford Photo Expo 2017
Milford Photo Expo 2017
Show Dates: May 11th-June 22nd, 2017
Viewing Dates: Tues/Thurs 10AM-4PM, Wed/Fri, 12PM-4 PM
Reception: Thursday, May 11th, 5:30-7:00 PM
Receiving: Friday, April 28th from 12PM-4PM & Saturday, April 29th from 10AM-12PM
Artist Entry Fee: $10 per entry. 1-3 pieces per artist accepted
Location: Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford, CT 06460
Art Pick Up: Friday, June 23rd from 12PM-4PM, or Saturday, June 24th from 10AM-12PM
Theme: The Milford Arts Council and Milford Photo are pleased to announce Milford Photo Expo 2017. Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work to this open themed show. All photographic mediums, styles and processes are welcome. Milford Photo will offer 10% off framing for pieces being submitted in the show. Please contact Milford Photo at 203-882-3415 for additional information. Please see Artist Eligibility for additional requirements.
Prizes: $1000 in Milford Photo gift certificates and cash prizes to be awarded in several categories
Only original, recent work will be accepted.
All work must be properly framed and wired for hanging or will not be received.
Items must not to be smaller than 8” x 10” or exceed 16” x 20” framed/outside dimension.
This is an open entry show. Download Prospectus: Milford Photo Expo 2017 prospectus
Milford Arts Council reserves the right to decline any entries.
For additional information please call the Milford Arts Council at: 203.878.6647 or
visit www.milfordarts.org Or also visit: www.milfordphoto.com
This Wednesday we’ll be at the Greater Bridgeport Camera Club for a special program:
BIRDS OF THE NEW ENGLAND SWAMP -by Peter Christoph
BIRDS OF THE NEW ENGLAND SWAMP – Wildlife photographer Peter Christoph presents a narrated slideshow, sharing both his award-winning images and his photographic secrets as he brings you inside a typical New England swamp. Peter provides an intimate look into the many varieties of birds that inhabit our swamps, including ospreys and herons, shorebirds, woodpeckers, and other cavity dwellers. Sloshing and crawling through the swamp so you don’t have to, Peter captures the bird’s many activities including building the nest, feeding their young, and catching their prey. You’ll almost want to bring your own wading boots and bug spray for protection as you sit down to watch this captivating presentation.
Greater Bridgeport Camera Club
First Congregational Church
2301 Main St, Stratford, CT 06615
Hosted by Scott Bourne and Marco Larousse the Inspiration Podcast at PhotoFocus is a wonderful podcast between two photographers who’s niches are quite contrasting but this helps provide great perspectives on the topics they discuss. Here is their show description:
About this show:
On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today’s media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.
What made this episode great is that it touched on the last podcast I recommended offering more examples on the importance of printing your work. I think the line was, “It’s not a photograph until it’s a print” and I couldn’t agree more.
I also enjoyed them going back and forth on bokeh and what they called, “The religion of shallow depth of field”. In their discussion they offer some great examples of when and when not to use the shallow depth of field.
Also be sure to check out their selection for Inspirational Photographer of the Month as well as their pic for Book of the Month.
In addition to listening on the PhotoFocus website you can find them on iTunes or here on SOUNDCLOUD where you can also view the show notes:
Meredith Images Presents: Creative Photography Conference
So what are you all doing May 20th and 21st? I would double check your plans because one of our good friends from the Greater Bridgeport Camera Club is hosting a wonderful photography conference. You all know Hazel Meredith. Aside from judging many of our competitions she’s also done several programs for us ranging from texture overlays to plugins and even Adobe Lightroom. Maybe some of you have seen her in Amherst at the NECCC Conference where she also has done many programs. But if you haven’t had the pleasure of attending one of her programs don’t worry because those of us that have will attest to the fact that they are fantastic and this is great opportunity to see her speak.
And as if this wasn’t enough to get you excited, check out the speakers she’s bringing along with her…
Enough of me babbling, check out all the info below:
Episode of the week:
February 2, 2017
PRINTING WITH MARTIN BAILEY – ITL 06
I found this to a be a fascinating discussion between Don Komarechka and his guest, Martin Bailey. This certainly is not aimed at the first-time printing crowd as they’re using some high-end printers but it is chock full of inspiration and some tips that can be applied at any level. The underlying emphasis on this podcast is … PRINT! We are certainly missing a major aspect of photography if all we’re going to do is leave our pictures on our PC’s and Phones.