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October Meeting Minutes

Linn Area Photo Club Monthly Meeting

October 14, 2018

Patti Sampson, Secretary

The October Linn Area Photo Club monthly meeting took place at Wickiup Learning Center on October 14, 2018.

President Rick Young reported that elections will be held at the November meeting. The following are running for office:

President – Justin Tedford

Vice President – Rick Young

Secretary – Patti Sampson

Treasurer – Doug Hoeger

If anyone is interested in running for an office, they should let Rick know.

November will also be our annual contest.

Amy Muggenberg stated there will be no club photo shoots in November or December.

The Church of Latter-Day Saints will have hundreds of nativity scenes on display December 1 and 2. Pam Olson is checking on our being able to take pictures the Thursday before.

Amy also reported on Help Portrait on December 1. She still needs photographers, editors, family guides, photographer assistants and food. If members know of anyone that would like to help they can go to the website and sign up. It will be held at the same place as last year plus two senior centers.

Our program this month was mounting. Rick talked about and showed a video on the choices of mounting materials which include corners, strips, adhesive tape or sprays. Ways to remove excess adhesive was also discussed such as Goo Citrus, Ultra Citrus, and orange oil fresheners.

The categories for annual contest next month are: People and Portraits, Animals, Landscape/Scenery, Close Up/Macro, Silhouette, Club Sponsored Event/Photo Shoot, Anything Goes, Emotion and Club Member Judged Category. Members can enter two photos in each category except Club Member Judged Category. It was also announced that our photographs can be from any time. There is no time restriction any longer.

Rick also announced members who ordered foam board could pick it up.

The contest this month was Paint with Light. First place was Connie Wedenmeier, second place was Sally Harms and third place was Steve Thompson.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Waterfalls reminder

Waterfalls Photo Shoot Caravan

Waterfalls reminder

It's finally feeling like fall and October is coming fast! Don't forget to RSVP for the Oct. 6 photo shoot and road trip to Decorah.

For more details:


Techniques for Fall Color Photography

Waterfalls Photo Shoot Caravan

Waterfalls Photo Shoot Caravan

When: Saturday, October 6

We will meet in the Lowe's parking lot, in the NE corner (closest to Freddy's) at 6 a.m.

Maps will be provided.

We will leave Cedar Rapids and drive to Decorah, arriving app. 8-8:30 am at Dunnings Springs.

After spending the morning at Dunnings Springs, we will eat lunch in Decorah.

After lunch we will go to Siewers Spring/Decorah Fish Hatchery/Decorah Eagles.

After that we will have two choices:

Choice 1:  Continue will waterfalls. Malanaphy Springs (25 ft., 2 mile round trip hike) near Deborah, then driving to Spook Cave Campground, west of Macgregor, to Beulah Spring.

Choice 2: Stay in Decorah. Options include Seed Savers exhibition gardens, downtown and the historic architects district.

Please RSVP to

When you RSVP please include:

whether you can drive, and how many can ride with you, or if you need to ride

any special dietary needs (so we can do our best to find a place to eat that everyone can enjoy)

cell phone number (to be able to communicate between vehicles or if we get separated)

None of this information will be passed along or used for any other purpose.


all photos taken at Dunnings Spring ©️Rae Lowenberg

Please send any questions to or

LAPC Snapshot

LAPC Snapshot

August photo contest – Eyes

we had 13 entries
1st place Steve Thompson – Steely Eyes – 17 votes
2nd place Esther Bartels – Eye of the Pelican – 15 votes
3rd place Esther Bartels – Who-oo you lookin at – 13 votes

Upcoming Photo Opportunities


Midwest Old Thresher's Reunion – Mt. Pleasant, IA

FYI… it will be bumper to bumper traffic in Mt. Pleasant until noon on Saturday & Sunday, so if you go early, you'll most likely end up sitting in traffic. Seriously, in Mt. Pleasant. It's crazy.



Tri-State Rodeo

FYI… There is a large parade Saturday morning, lots of horses, lots of clowns cleaning up behind the horses… This is one of the top rodeos on the circuit, I saw Leon Coffey there multiple times, so you will see known rodeo performers.



P&N Flight School 1st Annual Balloon Glow – Marion Airport



Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride



LAPC Waterfall Road Trip – more details coming soon…





LAPC Snapshot

LAPC Snapshot

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June Meeting Minutes

Linn Area Photo Club Monthly Meeting

June 17, 2018

Patti Sampson, Secretary

The June Linn Area Photo Club monthly meeting took place at Wickiup Learning Center on June 17, 2018.

President Rick Young asked for members’ vote on speakers for our annual workshop next year. The option preferred was a speaker on photographing animals.

President Rick Young announced the following upcoming meetings:

July – Rae Lowenberg, a photo shoot Edward Weston inspired.

August – Doug Shaffer, On/Off/In Camera Flash.

September – Bob Randklev, Smart Phone Photography.

October – Ken Boardrow, Mounting and Matting.

November – Radim Schreiber,Lightening Bugs.

Our speaker this month was Caleb Howard on Drone Aerial Photography. After a presentation on types of drones and how he uses his drone in his commercial business, Caleb took members outside to demonstrate his drone.

The contest this month was square format. First place was Pam Olson, second place was Rick Young and third place was Cyd Graft.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.


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June Contest Results

Theme: Square Format

1st place: Pam Olson

2nd place: Rick Young

3rd place: Cyd Grafft


July Contest Results

Theme: Selective Color

1st place: Sally Harms – Pick Me  – 16 points

2nd place: Tie

Dean Traver – Red Barn St. Donatus – 6 points

Dean Traver – Outstanding – 6 points

Upcoming Photo Shoots

Light Painting

When: August 25th at 7:30

Where: in Palo in the green space behind the bank on 1st Street

What: Light painting two 60’s vintage muscle cars

It is recommended that you bring bug spray, tripod, cable release, flash lights (biggest we can get)

Please RSVP:

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What: Eastern Iowa Circus Collective

Where: Studio Reserved * 1200 2ndAve SE, Cedar Rapids

When: Sunday September 16

Time: 1pm to 3pm

For September, we are heading inside, back to a place we’ve been a couple times before. Studio Reserved. But this time, we are shooting the Eastern Iowa Circus Collective. There will be hula hoopers, jugglers, aerialists and people doing partner acrobatics.

Our shoot is free to attend. There will be a free will donation out and I’ve promised a handful of photographers will donate a few images back as a thank you.

Please RSVP to so I can let our contact know how many from LAPC are coming.

For more information and visual examples:

2018-9-16 September LAPC group shoot – circus



July Meeting and Photoshoot

For our July meeting we will be having an Edward Weston-inspired photoshoot. Edward Weston is one of the great Masters of American Photography, and is considered one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century.

Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.  – Edward Weston


The idea is to be inspired and learn from one of the great photographers, not to copy. The club will provide a variety of produce to photograph, and lights will also be available. However, if you have something from your garden, see an interesting shape at the Farmer's Market, have a collection of shells, or something else you would like to photograph, you are more than welcome to bring them. Also, if you have anything you would like to use as a prop like backgrounds, bowls, etc. or lighting, please bring it. There are also the grounds of Wickiup if you would like to use natural lighting (as Weston did) or photograph plants and/or flowers.

Weston used natural, simple forms and lines, and exquisite lighting to create his iconic photographs. If you aren't familiar with his work, I urge you to look him up.


The September contest theme is Minimalism. This will be an excellent opportunity to create an image for that contest.

If you have any questions please contact

LAPC Snapshot

LAPC Snapshot

March Contest

Topic: Glass
14 entered
1st place – Rick Young 21 votes
2nd place – Cherie Flint 11 votes
3rd place tie – John Baldwin & Doug Nauman 9 votes each

It's spring!

A couple of links to help with your summer photography planning
Iowa DNR Recreation Atlas:
Iowa DNR Alerts and Closings:

LAPC Member Highlight

Had the privilege of photographing Carol Montag and Carlis Faurot at the Lowe Park Coffee House. They had standing room only. Catch their work, I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Dave Maley

Don't forget to sign up for the May seminar with Chuck Kimmerle


Annual Contest Results

Annual Contest Results

36 Members participated, with 355 total entries.

People & Portraits

1st place – Rick Boots Days End

2nd place – Darren Swartzendruber Old Timer

3rd place – Marla Henry Sword Women

HM – Rick Boots The Contender

HM – Darren Swartzendruber Pondering

HM – Doug Hoeger Nola


1st place – Darren Swartzendruber Catch of the Day

2nd place – Darren Swartzendruber Bald Eagle

3rd place – Esther Bartels Heron in the Triangle

HM – Mike Stark The Flip

HM – Doug Hoeger Just Lion Around

HM – Marla Henry Fish for Dinner

Anything Goes

1st place – Marla Henry Mt. St. Helens

2nd place – Rae Lowenberg San Francisco de Assis Mission Church

3rd place – David Claiborne Suislaw River Bridge

HM – Sherry Schoons Eclipse at Totality

HM – David Claiborne Antelope Canyon

HM – Bill Schoon Panorama


1st place – Rick Young Drive Up

2nd place – Joyce Schoon An Autumn Run

3rd place – John McMillen Split Window

HM – Sherry Schoons Sailboat Model

HM – Jan Crites The Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Ill

HM – Rae Lowenberg Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Close Up/Macro

1st place – Amy Mueggenberg Life in the Greenhouse

2nd place – Mary Howes Purple & Green Leaf

3rd place – Doug Hoeger Wild Geranium

HM – Shari Braise-Smith Red Red Rose

HM – Gary Siegle Spider Web

HM – Sherry Schoons Dandelion in Flight


1st place – Darren Swartzendruber How Low Can You Go!

2nd place – Tim McAdam Liquid Gold

3rd place – Cherie Flint Humming Bird

HM – Ester Bartels Cedars in Motion

HM – Rick Boots Quarterback Sneak

HM – Cherie Flint Off Roading

Low Light

1st place – Rick Boots Contemplation

2nd place – Chris Kardos The Heaven & Earth

3rd place – Rick Young Potters Hands 2

HM – Tim McAdam Under the Spotlight

HM – Dean Traver Smith Mountain Lake

My Favorite Photo

Larry Guilds

LAPC T-shirts

There are a couple of t-shirts left. If you ordered one and haven't received it, please contact