Great Falls Camera Club

Friends. Fun. Photography. Since 1946.

February 21st, 2015

The February Winner!

The Winner of the February Competition on “Macro/Close up” is:


1st Place 8  Jan. 2015 Feather of Ice


April 1st, 2015

Group Photo!

Here is a late entry!  The 2014 GFCC Christmas Party Photo!

2014 Club Christmas Photo-a Click on it to enlarge it!

March 21st, 2015

The March Message from the Club President

Hello to all,

It has been so good to be back in Big Sky country this month. Arizona was beautiful, but there is no place like home.

This has been a great month for outings for Great Falls Camera Club. Alan Herrig, our chairman of the outings and trips committee, arranged a great visit to the Paris Gibson Museum of Art. The original plan was to go to Lost Lake, but the weather did not cooperate, so he found a super substitute. We were welcomed there and so many lovely photos were taken. Next up was a visit to Black Eagle Falls to look for the elusive eagle that lives near by. A quick stop at Giant Springs fit in the schedule just right. The eagle never appeared and the nesting box was unoccupied. We did take some impromptu photos for a couple who had just got married. Our last trip was to the junk pile aka bone yard at our farm. The wind blew like crazy, but the light was nice and lots of photos were taken. If you follow along on the club’s Facebook page, you will have seen some of the images that were taken on our trips.

Our next outing is this Saturday, March 21, to Freezeout Lake. We will be meeting at 8am in the parking lot in front of Kmart and Buffalo Wild Wings. The snow geese will hopefully cooperate and give us some beautiful photographic opportunities. We plan to make a day of it and have lunch in Choteau. We originally planned to go on March 28, but the geese are reported to have arrived early, and this weekend may offer greater numbers of birds.

Our next club meeting is Thursday, March 26th. Mike Nussbaum will be doing a very informative presentation on Compostion.

Due to a scheduling conflict at the Ursuline Center, our April 9th meeting has been moved to Wednesday, April 8th. We will be in the Gold room and at 6:45pm. Please put that date change on your calendars. There will be a presentation on the upcoming photography exhibit at the Montana State Fair. Your open category images for April are due April 9th by midnight. Open images can be anything you wish.

We tried a new format for presenting the contest/critique images at our last meeting which seemed to meet with members’ approval. Images were put up on the club’s website for all to see. All members were emailed the comments and critiques before the meeting, so there was time to visit the website to match images with their comments/critique. The comments for the winning images only were read at the meeting when the winners were announced. This seemed to work very well.

Norman Anderson is available to collect any photos that you may be wishing to donate to the Lewis and Clark Festival auction. These are due by April 28 and should be delivered to Norman as soon as possible. The club is considering having a booth to sell our photos at the Lewis & Clark Festival June 19-21 in Gibson Park. If you are interested in being part of this project let me or Norman know.

I noticed this morning that www.pictureitoncanvas.com is having a really good sale on everything on their site. This is one of the places, that several of our members use for printing canvas or metal. Everything is 70% off right now. Be sure to use the code, SPRINGTIME70, when you check out. The other place that I have ordered my canvases from is www.canvasondemand.com. Both do a great job and have regular specials.

The Sharp-tailed Grouse will soon begin their spring courtship dances at Benton Lake. There is a drawing that is held on March23 for a spot to use the blind there for photographing. If you are interested, you need to get an email to bentonlake@fwp.gov by 8am March 23 when the drawing takes place. They need your name, addrs and phone number along with your three preferred dates. Only one party of six people are allowed each day. The blind is available starting April3-May and only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Benton Lakes NSF Facebook page has more information. Thanks to club member, Xavier Springer, for the information.

There will be a star party on April 3 at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center for all those interested. President, John Thomas, of the Astronomy club hopes to have a great sky that evening. for viewing and taking photos.

Our final meeting of the year and end-of-year party is scheduled at the Golden Corral on June 11 at 6pm. The 2014-15 awards for images of the year and photographer of the year will be announced. You do not have to eat there to attend. That is another date to add to your calendars.

Thanks so much to all of the members who have sent me images for the club Facebook page that were taken on the club outings. It is much appreciated. Please feel free to send me photos that you take anytime. I love featuring our members’ work on the page. I hope you enjoy seeing them too.

Keep shooting away!

Robyn Mehmke
President, Great Falls Camera Club
mehmkefarm@wildblue.net
mehmkefarm@gmail.com

March 10th, 2015

A Message from the President (slightly delayed…)

Hi, all, from sunny Arizona. Well, lately, not so sunny, just lots of rain. We are heading back to Montana this weekend and sure hope the weather greets us with a sunny smile, not a blizzard.

I wanted to remind you of our club meeting tomorrow night, Feb. 26, at 6:45 at the Ursuline Center. We will have a brief business meeting followed by a presentation on PinHole Camera by Curtis Barrow. It promises to be an interesting educational demonstration.

Images are due for the PSA competition March1st. So if you are interested in entering, get them to Ken Murphy at pjguy@q.com, in the next couple of days. I would think he needs them by Friday, to get them in, in time. There will be a reminder about this at the meeting too.

Images for the Black&White/Infrared contest/critique are due by our March 12th meeting. We have an excellent judge for this contest, that I am very excited about. They can be sent to contest@greatfallscameraclub or brought to the meeting on a flash drive.

We are changing up how we are presenting the February contest/critique images at our March 12th meeting. Curtis will be putting up all the entries, in both contest and critique, on the club website. As soon as I get the comments from the judge on the photos and the critiques from those who did the critiques, I will email them to all the members. You can then have the opportunity to see the photos and read the comments and critiques, before the meeting.  All photos will be shown in the slide show at the meeting and the winners will be announced at the end. The comments for the winning photos will be the only comments read at the meeting.  We will see how this works and welcome any suggestions for improvement on how to present the contest/critique photos and the judge’s comments. It is wonderful to see all the wonderful photos everyone is entering.

I will be watching for photos from the attendees of the recent trip to Yellowstone National Park. Each person needs to send me up to 4 images that they took. They can be sent to mehmkefarm@wildblue.net or mehmkefarm@gmail.com. These will be presented in a slide show at the March 12th meeting. Please get them to me soon, so that we can get the slide show put together. A good time was had by all, even with the bitter cold weather. It was cold, but gorgeous; perfect for photographing.

I don’t know how many of you have heard of the Glacier Institute or the Yellowstone Association. They both have websites that are worth taking a look at. There are several photography workshops offered through them, that are very reasonable in cost and some even include lodging. And the best part, they are close! I have taken several classes through the Glacier Institute and thought they were very worthwhile. You can’t beat what they charge for lodging at the field camp if you need to come a day early or stay a day after.  Tom Ulrich and Rick Sheremeta both teach photography education classes at the Glacier Institute. I have taken from both of them and they are excellent instructors. I have not attended classes in Yellowstone, but the write ups are really good. The websites are: www.glacierinstitute.org and www.yellowstoneassociation.org. Let me know if you are interested, as I know several of our members have been talking about attending some of the classes at the Glacier Institute this spring/summer. There is a macro photography one in June and a wildlife/landscape one and a nature one in July.

Hope all are well and avoiding the nasty bug that has been making it’s rounds. It will be good to set my feet back on home soil in Montana. It is beautiful here in Sedona, but there is nothing quite like being home in Big Sky Country.

Robyn Mehmke

President, Great Falls Camera Club