Author: Bob Randklev

Call for Presenters

As our club has grown over the past few years we have a number of excellent photographers with skills and experiences others could benefit from.

We are looking for any club members who would be willing to do a short presentation about their passion of photography.

Don’t worry about it being “perfect”, we want to encourage members to share with other members.

Maybe your good a night photography, sports photography, portraits or landscape?

Maybe you are good with photo editing, printing or ???

Complete the form below or talk to a board member at the next meeting!

RSVP for the Annual Club Cookout

Our September meeting will actually be our  annual club cookout

RSVP by completing the form below.

The club will supply table services and the main dish, we ask you bring a side dish to share.

There will NOT be a showcase photographer or theme.

Bring your camera and take some time to walk around Wickiup and take some photos!

NOTE: We will start at 12:30 for lunch!

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2013 Annual Contest Winners – Submit photos for website

If you were a winner of the 2013 Annual Photo contest held in November 2013, we want to highlight your photo on our website!

Here are the instructions:

  • Please email the photos to
  • JPG format (prefer you export to 72dpi and max size 1500px on the longest side)
  • Image name should be Example:  Your Name – Photo Title – Category won.jpg

If you have any troubles with exporting or file size email for further directions.


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Registration is open for Canon Explorers of Light 2014 with Rick Sammon

Registration is now open for the 2014 Canon Explorers of Light

With special guest Rick Sammon!

The event is free but you can order a boxed lunch as there are no restaurants nearby.

If you’re not a member you can also register and join our photography club!

2014 Canon Explorers of Light - Flyer

Click the link below to register today for the 2014 Canon Explorers of Light

Help us market the event!

Download a 2014 Canon EOL PDF flyer by clicking the flyer image.

Forward by email or print and display for other photographers to join us!

<<<<<< Find Rick Sammon books on Amazon >>>>>>>

Canon EOS M Camera kit for sale: Great gift idea!

A year ago I purchased the new Canon EOS M and love the quality and power of the camera in a smaller form factor.

It has the processing power of a full size 50d and the more recent processor and speed.

BUT half the size, cost and weight!

The package includes:

  • Canon EOS M with 22mm 1:2 lens (you can almost shoot in the dark!)
  • Canon EF 18-55 lens
  • Canon Speedlite 90x
  • Canon EOS M adaptor mount: If you have EF-S Canon lens you can put them on this camera! I’ve seen a 400mm lens on a EOS-M!!
  • Memory card
  • Lowepro sling camera bag

I paid over $1500 for everything last year and current prices are around half that or $750.

I’d like to sell the entire kit for $600, see the details and current prices below:



Contact Bob Randklev at 319-533-6927 or email with any questions or to meet and see the package.

PS: I will post on Craigslist next week but I first wanted the club members to have an opportunity first!

Duck Duck Goose photo shoot 2013 – Cancelled

An update from Bill:


“I just returned from Cedar Lake this morning to check the conditions.

The City has closed off the back side of the lake at the bridges on both ends, so there is no access to the West side of the lake.

l don’t know when the trail will open so I would have to say the Club shoot will have to be canceled until further notice. 


Bill Coulson

Look closer at these photos, amazing talent

Meet Michael Paul Smith.

For over 25 years, he has been creating an imaginary world called “Elgin Park,” filled with scaled models of old cars.

They are 1/24th the size to be exact.

He chooses appropriate surroundings for these models, and then uses his camera to capture the most realistic shot possible.

The kind of shot that you have no idea is within a tiny world.

Here’s the best part: he does it all with a $200 point and shoot camera.

Dive into his world below.

Maybe this could be an idea for an upcoming photo shoot or winter project?




Capture Mexico’s Wildlife in Photos – Robb Report

I saw this article today and tried to find out how to get registered!

Anyone want to go to Mexico and photograph wildlife with National Geographic!

From the article:

Hosted by the National Geographic photographers Steve Winter, Tim Laman, and Brian Skerry, the three-night photography retreat (starting at $4,158 per person) includes guided excursions to photograph the region’s forests and Mayan ruins as well as daily breakfasts, a lunch, and two dinners. Guests will receive one-on-one instruction from the photographers on composition, lighting, metering, equipment, and more. The program is offered from January 24 to 27, with at least three more sessions planned for 2014.

There’s a link to the resort but no information on how to book?

Read more here:

If you find more information on the how to book and upcoming events please comment below!

Camera lens travel coffee mug – cup – Thermos

canon-ef-70-200-coffee-cupMaybe it’s a little early to think about Christmas but here’s a page of ideas for the coffee-tea drinking photographer on your list.

Choose from a 24-105mm lens coffee cup or a 300mm lens Thermos!

There’s even a Canon EF 70-200 F2.8 coffee cup!

Click here to see the list on Amazon: Camera Lens Coffe Mug / Cups / Thermos

NOTE: Be careful you don’t pour hot liquids into the wrong lens!

Enjoy :-)

Product Description for 70-200mm F2.8 Coffee mug


Material:food grade PC



Capacity:500ml It is just a cup for drinking, not real lens cup. You can enjoy milk, coffee, drink or others, its special design and elegant apperance is your best choice. Meanwhile we have some portable models for traveling, hope you like them.

*4 button can switchable

*food grade PC safety

*High quality look like a really Canon lens



Material: food grade PC Weight:550g



Package Includes:

•1 X 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens 1:1 thermos coffee cup/mug

•1 X Lid

•1 X Carrying Bag

•1 X Original printed box

Click here to see the list on Amazon: Camera Lens Coffe Mug / Cups / Thermos

Iowa Tourism best Iowa vacation photo contest

Early HarvestIowa Tourism Office opens call for best Iowa vacation experience photos

Open to both amateur and professional photographers, the Iowa Tourism Office is again hosting an online photo contest to win the coveted cover of next year’s Iowa Travel Guide.

The office is looking to collect the best travel experiences across the state to entice potential travelers to consider a trip to Iowa. 

So far, more than 100,000 Iowa Travel Guides have been ordered and distributed to travelers throughout the U.S. and abroad, while thousands more viewed the guide online. The four-color, 176-page trip-planning publication includes listings from more than 700 attractions, 750 hotels, 220 bed and breakfasts and 350 campgrounds.

• Now through Oct. 20, upload your best Iowa vacation photo via Travel Iowa’s Facebook page.
• The top three photos will be selected and will open for public voting Nov. 4-8.
• The winning photo will be announced Nov. 12
• View full contest rules.

“We’re excited for this opportunity to showcase photographers who have best captured the spirit of Iowa in their photography. Whether it’s a candid family picture from an Iowa getaway or a professional scenic portrait, we will showcase the images that best represent our state and its travel opportunities,” said Shawna Lode, manager, Iowa Tourism Office.

During last year’s contest, more than 600 photos were submitted.

The winning shot, by Jessica Rilling of Cedar Rapids, featured a kayaker on the Turkey River in Elkader.
Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.6 billion in expenditures, employs 64,400 people statewide and generates $841.3 million in state taxes.

The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

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