Great Falls Camera Club

Friends. Fun. Photography. Since 1946. ~A Member Club of the Photographic Society of America since the 1st of September, 1946!~

November 19th, 2015

October Contest Winner!

1st Place - Manitou Cliff Dwellings_4-Oct 15 Manitou Cliff Dwellings ~ by Number 4!

October 17th, 2015

October 8,2015 Minutes

Great Falls Camera Club

Club Minutes for 10/08/15


In attendance: Robyn Mehmke, Mike Nussbaum, Pauletta Byers, Gary Byers, Alan Herrig, Barbara Herrig, Amy Legg, Pat McKittrick, John Thomas, Katelyn Rhoads, Karen Rhoads, Xavier Springer, Tom Hendricks, Sarah Cherry, Elizabeth Reid, Bill Reid, Sandy Walker, Damien Mitchell, Julie Nice, Jessica McCandles, Ginnie Miesmer, Molly Saska, Norman Anderson, Sara Harrell, Elaine Forbeck, Coya Williams, Ken Murphy, Bunny Lara, Curtis Barrows.

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Robyn welcomed the group and our newest member Pat McKittrick. He introduced himself and told us a little about his photography background.

Old Business: John Thomas told us about the Star Party on September 27th at Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Lots of activities for the kids. Great presentation on PLUTO by Mr. Alt, and the lucky winner of the telescope was a 9 year old boy who was very excited to receive it. The next Star Party is October 16th.

Norman Anderson gave a report on the Photo Shoot on Saturday, 26th of September at Marysville and Archie Bray in the Helena area. Great weather and was enjoyed by all. Eight (8) club GFCC members & family members were in attendance.

Reminder that PSA contest photos are due to Ken Murphy – by the 15th of October. We need some good pictures so we stay in the A Group.

November 19th Photographer Tom Aldrich will speak at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. The presentation is free; they are asking everyone to bring a can of food as a donation.

Robyn mentioned that she received 68 photos for Contest and 38 for the Critiques. Good turnout. November’s subject is HANDS and due on November 12, 2015.

New Business: Mike suggested checking out a mail order website call Photographers Edge.

Mike, Norman and Chuck are always looking for places to go for Photo Shoots; Saturday, October 10th at 8:00 am do a 2 hour walk from the Central Avenue West bridge to 9th St., either side of the River.

It was suggested if you wants photos of the Elk in rutting season, the Slippery Ann area by the Fred Robinson bridge North of Lewistown is a great place to go. The best time to go is late September to mid October and the best time of day is 7:00 am or 4:00 pm.

October 17 & 18th Bozeman Camera Expo – check it out on the internet.

Robyn was contacted by Terry Wells, she is a member of another camera club, (can’t remember where she is from) she will be in the Great Falls area October 18th thru the 23rd , and would like to take photos with someone from our club and familiar with the area. Check out our FB page for more information.

Saturday, October 24th, club members will meet at the Giant Springs parking lot at 8:00 to do another 2 hour walk from the L& C Interpretive Center to Rainbow Dam. We will regroup around 10:00 to go for coffee somewhere. If the weather changes for the worse, watch your emails for further information.

Sunday, November 1st we are going to Freezeout Lake to take photos of the migrating Snow Geese (hopefully we will see some). We will meet at 1:30 pm at the parking lot East of the Buffalo Wild Wings by the US Bank. Again, if there’s a change in weather watch for an email.

November 28th is the Parade of Lights and December 4th is the Christmas Stroll. Two (2) good opportunities for photo shoot.

We had a discussion about a project that was done two (2) years ago with the Rescue Mission and the Professional Salon Academy. Ken Murphy and Alan Herrig made arrangements for females from the Rescue Mission that wanted to have their pictures taken for Christmas, to have a makeover free of charge. Ken took the photos, Sam’s Club developed them. Checking into possibly doing that this year.

Talking about going back to Yellowstone this February for another snow coach ride but coming in from the Gardiner area. Waiting for more information, more discussion with members at the next meeting.

We viewed the contest pictures for the Summer of 2015. Robyn read the comments from the Judge for the winners and honorable mention. Go to the GFCC web page to see the photos and comments.

Norman Anderson did a Power Point presentation on Tripods, Monopods, and Quick Mount Brackets. Norman brought several examples of different types and brands, and told us the positive and negative points about each of them. It was very interesting and informative.

Robyn asked for volunteers to help organize the Christmas Party on December 12, 2015 – regular meeting night. Barb Herrig volunteered to help.

Our next meeting is October 22nd at 7:00 pm and the Contest/Critiques photos are due at evening. Remember you can send them to or bring them on a flash drive to be download at the meeting.





October 17th, 2015

September 23, 2015 Minutes

Great Falls Camera Club

Club Minutes for 09/23/15


In attendance: Robyn Mehmke, Pauletta Byers, Gary Byers, Curtis Barrows, Ken Murphy, Alan Herrig, Barb Herrig, Chuck Paul, Bob Muzzy, Xavier Springer, John Thomas, Amy Legg, Norman Anderson, Sarah Cherry, Elaine Forbeck, Julie Nice, Jessica McCandles, Sara Harrell, Damien Mitchell, Mike(guest).

Robyn called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. She welcomed two new guests Mike and Sarah, and asked them to introduce themselves and tell a little about when they stared taking pictures and type of camera they use.

Treasurer’s report was read. Starting balance for September was $731.29. We deposited $430.00 and expenditures for printing and rent totaled $406.00, leaving us with an ending balance of $755.29.

Each year there are four (4) International Club Competition contests sponsored by PSA. First one for this club year is due October 15th. Each member can submit 2 or more photos to be judged by Ken Murphy our PSA Rep. He makes the final decision which six photos will be entered in the contest. Anyone who enters has to be a current paid-up member. If you need more detailed information, there is a sheet called International Club Competition in the Welcome packet you received at the first meeting. Several members asked Ken to let the members know if there photos made the final pick, and if they did, how they scored and how well they did.

Robyn talked about the updates to the GFCC Website, both Curtis and Gary have been working on it. They’ve added the results of June 2015 photo contest, Photographer of Year, Image of the year and more. A suggestion was made to remove some of the older photos and information.

Critique entries will be critique by Alan, Barb, Robyn and Curtis.

John Thomas, President of the Astrology Club did a short presentation with photos on taking pictures of the stars and the moon. Friday, September 25th there is a Star Party from 6 to 9 pm at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and we’re all welcome to come and it’s free. They’re giving away a telescope to some lucky youngster.

On Sunday, September 27th is the Lunar Eclipse. John will be in a parking lot across from the Airport around 6:30. He figures the moon should rise around 7:09 pm.

Norman Anderson was talking about the Photo Outing for Saturday, September 26th at Marysville and Archie Bray in the Helena area. They will meet at 7:00 am over in Market Place by Denver Mattress area. Need to bring snacks, water, sack lunches, etc. Carpool/Caravan options.

Contest and Critique photos are due by October 8th to or bring a flash drive to download. The subject is ABANDONMENT and your interpretation of the word using photograph.

End of the meeting we watched a presentations of Summer 2015 photo submitted by club members. Great photos and very enjoyable. See you at the next meeting on October 8th at 7:00 pm