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May LAPC club shoot options

We've got lots of options for you the first weekend in May.  I'm sure you'll find familiar friendly faces at each of the events below.


Amy, your fearless Activities Leader, will be set up in West Market Park in Pella during Pella Tulip Festival.  If you've always wanted to go shoot tulips, now is a good time.  You are welcome to drop gear under the tables in her booth or meet up there with other club photographers.  She'll have a list of who's there and where they are headed.  That's Thursday May 2 through Saturday May 4th, 9am to 7pm each day.  Meet at booth #470 – the 9th booth from the corner of Franklin & W 2nd Street – along W 2nd Street – down the sidewalk across from the playground – GPS coordinates: 41.406302, -92.921938.  


On Friday evening May 3rd, there is a NewBo photo walk sponsored by Photo Pro.  Cost is $25 and you must pre-register.


Also on May 3rd & 4th, Midwest Pride in your Ride Truck & Tractor show at the Tri-State Raceway in Earlville.  Admission is $10.


And even more opportunities Saturday May 4th & Sunday May 5th in the Amana Colonies at Maifest.  


Its spring, get out there and shoot.




LAPC camping (RV/Cabin) weekend

I've been talking for a couple years about a LAPC family camping weekend at or near a state park that has both RV hookups and cabins.  In my chatting at meetings, there seem to be several people in club who are interested.  Some destinations that have been brought up are Starved Rock State Park in central Illinois, Neil Smith Refuge, Ledges, etc.  Somewhere within a couple hour to half days drive.
We would do sunrise photo shoots both mornings, on your own in the afternoon, potluck dinner Saturday night, campfires, smores, happy hour, etc.
I want to know who would be interested.  From there we can discuss via email/chat the weekend and then vote on the destination.
Email me at if you are interested in a weekend family camping/cabin mini trip this summer.

Sunday Meeting Reminder & New Meeting Location


Eric Burson – Des Moines

Iowa Nature Photographer and contributor to: Iowa Nature Photography

Eric will give us a presentation on his Iowa nature photography and share with us his success stories.

Monthly Photo Contest:   Heart Shaped  


Reminder:  Meeting is at our new location:

1:30 to 4:00

Sunday, February 10th

Studio Reserved

1200 2nd Ave SE,  Cedar Rapids

Brian Shul: Riverbend Photo Club Event

Our friends at Riverbend Photo Club in Bettendorf are holding a presentation on Saturday January 26th.

Take a look and email them if you wish to attend…. sounds like a great presentation!



Riverbend Photo Club



Meeting Reminder: Sunday, Jan 13th

At the January meeting we will discuss:

  • Change of meeting location for the remainder of 2019       Justin T.

  • 2019 Club Plans & Events:      Justin T.       Meetings, Annual Spring Workshop, Other

  • 2018/2019 Annual Photo Contest:     Doug S.      2018 Results, 2019 Plans/Thoughts

  • Membership Contact Info Update:  All

  • Showcase Photographer:  Amy M./Rick Y.      “2018 Help-Portrait Event”

  • 2019 Monthly Photo Survey    Amy M.

  • Photographer Needed Local Event       Amy M.


This months photo contest:     Broken

Meeting Location:  Wickiup (last one at this location)

Meeting Time:   1:30 to 4:00

Photo Opportunity: Kites – Polar Bears – Chainsaw Carving

Wintry Warm UP

We’re taking winter fun to the sky with awe-inspiring mega kites to kick off the fourth year of Beat the Bitter!

Join us in Centennial Park, 1565 St. Andrews Drive, for an afternoon of free family fun from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.

Great American Kites & Events will launch some two dozen giant character kites—including the world’s largest windsock, towering up to three stories high and stretching 200 feet long—above the park’s frozen 40 acres for breathtaking views. Kite games will give attendees the chance to race against other competitors — and the wind — and collect goodies during candy drops throughout the event.

Kite activities and the display are weather dependent.



Time Fun
12-3 p.m. Horse-drawn trolley rides
12-4 p.m. Kite display
12-4 p.m. Giveaways
12-4 p.m. Free hot chocolate
12-4 p.m. Chainsaw carving demonstration
12-4 p.m. Disc golf
12-4 p.m. Races wearing parachute-like kites
1 p.m. Kite candy drop
1:30 p.m. NLPD K9 Falco demonstration
2 p.m. Polar Plunge to benefit the NLPD K9
2 p.m. Kite candy drop
2-4 p.m. Anna & Elsa meet and greet
3 p.m. Kite candy drop
4 p.m. Event concludes

LAPC Snapshot

September and October Contest Winners

September Contest: Minimalism


October Theme: Paint with Light


November Meeting Minutes

Linn Area Photo Club Monthly Meeting 

November 11, 2018

Patti Sampson, Secretary

The November Linn Area Photo Club monthly meeting took place at Wickiup Learning Center on November 11, 2018.  

Vice President Justin Tedford presided over the meeting.  

Amy Mueggenberg, Help Portrait, reported they are short three photographers, 15 family guides and 16 editors.  They hope to serve 306 families this year.  The church is under construction, so there will be no elevators this year.  The volunteer meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30.  Set up will begin at 2:30 p.m., on Friday, and any help anyone can give the photographers to set up would be appreciated.  On Saturday, December 1, the doors open at 6:30 a.m., volunteer day of meeting at 7:15 a.m., and photographing will start at 8:00 a.m.  They are still looking for donations of food.  Volunteers will be served lunch in the kitchen.  Parking will be across the street from the church.  Amy will send an e-mail with this information for volunteers.

Amy also reported that she is looking for someone to help her with the photo shoots—to have a committee.  The requirements are be there early, set up and communicate and help keep track of attendance.  As of now, there are no photo shoots lined up.

Justin stated the following individuals are running for office:

President – Justin Tedford

Vice President – Rick Young

Secretary – Patti Sampson

Treasurer – Doug Hoeger

A motion and second were made to cease nominations.  A motion was made with a second that a unanimous ballot be cast.  Motion carried.

Dave Johnson from Photo Pro thanked the members for being amazing customers and for their support.  He also announced they have a job opening at Photo Pro.

Doug Shaffer reported the following number of photographs submitted in each category:

People and Portraits – 26

Animals – 34

Landscape/Scenery – 40

Close Up – 32

Silhouette – 15

Club Sponsored Event – 16

Emotion – 14

Anything Goes – 39 

Doug also reported that the Contest Committee is looking for one or two people who would like to be on the Contest Committee.  If one or two join the committee, then one or two old committee members will leave.   

The contest theme for January is “broken” and the theme for February is “heart shape.”  No other monthly or annual contest theme or categories have been decided so that any new member(s) will be able to help decide.

Doug reported the Contest Committee meets when needed.  They hold a meeting to establish monthly and annual contest rules and themes/categories.  They are also in charge of voting chips for the monthly contests, setting up tables and chairs for the meeting, counting chips for contests and judging of outside groups.

Doug announced the judges for today’s annual contest are Caleb Condit, Rebecca Nordine and Liz Martin.  Winners will have their pictures taken afterwards.  He also stated the Gazette will be running a two-day spread for the winners.

A break was taken for members to vote on the member voted category of the Tree of Five Seasons.

Our speaker Kim Pagel from Photo Pro spoke on what’s new in mirrorless cameras.  He stated mirrorless cameras are simpler, lighter and less bulky.  He also spoke on the closing of many camera stores and how lucky Cedar Rapids is to have one.

Other benefits of mirrorless cameras are:

  • Smaller/lighter
  • Faster shutter speeds
  • Live preview – while balance/exposure/creative composition
  • No phase detection – mirror alignment issues

Some advantages of mirrorless cameras are:

  • Information overlay
  • Live preview
  • Image review good including in the sun
  • Focus peaking
  • Much brighter display
  • Digital zoom
  • Face/eye tracking
  • Potentially unlimited focus points

Disadvantages are:

  • Continuous auto focus/subject tracking
  • Battery life
  • Choices of lenses

Doug Hoeger gave an update on Tamron lenses.  Benefits of a Tamron lens are:

  • VIP Club/loyalty program
  • Six-year warranty
  • Award winning lenses
  • Competitive pricing
  • Three day turn around for repairs
  • November/December rebates

Photo Pro also offers the option of renting lenses.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.  (See annual contest winners attached.)

People and Portraits Anything Goes

1st Place Sherry Schons 1st Place Gary Siegle

2nd Place Rae Lowenberg 2nd Place Rick Young

3rd Place Doug Hoeger 3rd PlaceSherry Schons

HM Karen Bradley HM Sherry Schons

HM Sally Harms HM Sally Harms

HM Lynn Reihman

Animals Emotion

1st Place Chris Kardos 1st Place Sherry Schons

2nd Place Pam Olson 2nd Place Sally Harms

3rd Place Patti Sampson 3rd Place Joyce Schoon

HM Chris Kardos HM Lynn Reihman

HM Sally Harms

HM Janet Nolte

Landscape/Scenery Club Member Judged – Pam Olson

1st PlaceChris Kardos

2nd Place Bill Schoon Best of Show – Mary Howes

3rd Place Rae Lowenberg

HM Mary Howes

HM Lynn Reihman

HM Ester Bartels

Close UP/Macro

1st Place Mary Howes

2nd Place Sherry Schons

3rd Place Lynn Reihman

HM Sherry Schons

HM Amy Mueggenberg

HM Steve Thompson


1st Place Ester Bartels

2nd Place Chris Kardos

3rd Place Steve Thompson

HM Ester Bartels

HM Mary Howes

Club Sponsored Event/Photo Shoot

1st Place Rick Young

2nd Place Ester Bartels

3rd Place Doug Hoeger

HM Sally Harms

HM Pam Olson

Interested in a crash course in studio portrait photography?

Greater Cedar Rapids Area Help-Portrait is looking for a two separate tag team photographers to pair up with current GCRAHP studios for our event this Saturday Dec 1.
  • Must have 5 CF/SD cards, DSLR (or mirrorless camera),
  • A willingness to learn on the fly.
  • Studio lights and backdrop provided.
  • Will be working tag team with an experienced studio photographer.
For more information, email

Amy Mueggenberg

One Week Left: Get Your Annual Contest Pictures Ready!

Amy Mueggenberg


©️Rae Lowenberg



The 2018 LAPC Annual Photo Contest is just one week away…. are your pictures printed and mounted?

Couple of Key Rules:

  • Photos must be submitted to entry table by 1:30 (not just in building LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED)
  • All entries must be in print form
  • No restriction regarding print media. Glossy, matte, metallic, metal, canvas etc. are all permissible.
  • Entries may be either color or black and white in any category unless specifically restricted.
  • Entries cannot have been a previous LAPC Annual Contest winner (1st, 2nd, 3rd or Best of Show) Honorable Mention photos may be resubmitted.
  • Photos must be securely mounted on 11”X14” backing (except panorama). Metal prints (not metallic paper) need not be mounted.
  • Panoramic photos need to be mounted to a backing the size of the print.
  • All entries must have the competitor’s name, image title, category to be entered into and an arrow indicating up, on the back, lower right hand corner.
  • No Photographer identifying markings is permitted on front of photo.

November 11th Meeting Agenda:

1) Annual Photo Contest
2) Photo Pro Presentation
  • Mirrorless advantages and disadvantages, and new mirrorless offerings
  • Tamron lenses and what they are doing
  • PhotoPro Rental Program
3) Election of Officers

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.