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Minutes from the October 11 Zoom Monthly Meeting

Linn Area Photo Club Monthly Meeting 

October 11, 2020

Patti Sampson, Secretary

The October Linn Area Photo Club monthly meeting was held by Zoom on October 11, 2020.

Our presenter was not able to join us, so discussion was held by those in attendance on the future of the club.

It was discussed suspending all activities of the Club until June 2021.  We would also waive the Bylaws regarding the need to elect a new leadership team in November until we can start meeting in person, at which time we would vote for new leaders.  The current leadership team would continue to serve until then unless members want to volunteer to be on the five person executive leadership team now since several current members will be resigning.

It was mentioned that finding presenters and organizing meetings are the hardest parts.  Some ideas shared were a separate committee could line up speakers and that all members be on a committee.

It was also discussed that members could do presentationsfor the meetings.  Doug Nauman stated he has a light presentation ready to go but would like it to be when we have in-person meetings.  It was also suggested a section of our meetings could be for beginners.  David Maley said he could do a presentation for cell phone photography.  

Connie Wedemeier suggested we ask the members what they do best, and they could share it with the group.  Connie enjoys the artistic side with Lightroom and post processing.  Terri Thayer likes to do portrait, senior, landscape and photo stories.  Amy Muggenberg likes landscape and suggested doing a five-minute presentation of trips of members at meetings.  Julie Coder enjoys birds and is learning light painting.  It was suggested asking members not in attendance what they could contribute.

Discussion was then held about having a new Face Book Group page for our Club.  Connie is the remaining member of the communications committee, but Pam and Terri said they would help until more people are found for the committee.

It was suggested to have a meeting in November with Justin Tedford doing his presentation and see what the response is.  It was also decided to have a vote at the November meeting about waiving the bylaws until Juneand holding a vote then for a new leadership team.

Sally Harms moved we adjourn the meeting and Patti Sampson seconded.  Meeting was adjourned.

Thoughts for the November Meeting

Just a reminder of the vote to be taken at our Zoom meeting on November 8 at 1:30. Please attend so you can be part of the voting process. 

The Executive Leadership Team has determined that the LAPC will go into hiatus until June of 2021.  No in person meetings will be held until then. In the unlikely event that it is safe to gather in large groups before then, we may resume sooner, but that is the current plan.  Since our bylaws state that elections for new officers are to be held in November, we will be putting forth a vote at the November meeting to waive the bylaws so that the election can be held at the June 2021 meeting.  

At that election, a new slate of leaders (ELT) will be chosen.  Our recently revised leadership format, the Executive Leadership Team, consists of five positions, with one of those being the treasurer.  Additionally, one of those five members serves as secretary. The team members function equally, with consensus being the preferred method of decision making.  All are tasked with the overall running of the club, as per the bylaws, including planning for monthly meetings.  The first ELT had decided that each team member would have the responsibility of planning one to two monthly meetings, and that committee chairs would be offered the opportunity to do the same. No one person would bear the burden of planning for 11 monthly meetings. 

A new ELT may determine to function differently, depending on those leaders.  But the goal is to take the LAPC forward in new and exciting ways.  Coming back from the pandemic will offer both challenge and opportunity:  challenge, as we will have been apart for over a year and membership and interest will have changed;  opportunity because it will be a time of rebirth out of necessity that opens the way for new visions.  

The current committee structure may also need to be expanded and/or updated when we regather.  The ELT chooses committee chairs and the chairpersons are welcome at full Executive Board meetings.  Volunteers are always welcome to chair committees or to serve on committees.  Please let current or future ELT members know if you are interested in committee work. 

We will be seeking members to run for the ELT prior to the June meeting. If you are enthusiastic about the club, please consider joining with others to lead us into a new future.  If you have questions, feel free to contact any current ELT member. 

Reminder of Club Meeting This Sunday at 1:30

The club meeting this month is via Zoom, starting at 1:30 on Sunday, October 11. The program will be on Photographing the Heartland, by Justin Tedford. We will also discuss how the club will continue during the pandemic.

To join the meeting, click this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81847134241?pwd=VHdyN0RvcUZwS2QxOEx0bWNwMFNSUT09

or log on to Zoom and join Meeting ID: 818 4713 4241 with Passcode: 279115

Notice of Meeting to Waive Bylaws

The Linn Area Photo Club will meet electronically at its regular meeting time, the second Sunday of November, Nov. 8, at 1:30 PM, to vote on the following proposal from the Executive Leadership Team:

  1. The election of officers, specified in the bylaws to be held at the November meeting, will be deferred until June, 2021.
  2. All operations of the club will be suspended until June 1, 2021.
  3. At the June, 2021 meeting, the election of officers for the remainder of the 2021 year will be held, and club operations will resume.

The reasons for this proposal are:

  1. Many vacancies are opening up in the Executive Board, and people willing to fill them have been hard to find.
    • Executive Leader and Treasurer
    • Executive Leader at large
    • Executive Leader at large
    • Chair, Communications Committee
    • Chair, Contest Committee
    • Chair, Membership Committee
    • Past President
  2. Enthusiasm for club activities during the pandemic has been low.

The Executive Leadership Team would withdraw this proposal, and conduct a normal election of officers at the November meeting if enough members are willing to fill these board positions that are coming vacant.

If you wish to step up to keeping the club in operation, please contact one of the members of the executive leadership team, or leave a reply to that effect.

Photographing the Heartland — October 11 Zoom Meeting

Justin Tedford, a member and past president of LAPC and professional photographer, will present on Photographing the Heartland. This will be an interesting look at how to get great images of the environment close to us all.

We will also discuss how the club will continue during the pandemic. The approach proposed by the executive leadership team has been announced in the notice for the November club meeting. If you are interested in helping the club continue, be sure you participate in the October meeting.

The meeting is via Zoom on Sunday, October 11, starting at 1:30 PM. Please use the link below to join the meeting a few minutes before then.

Join the meeting Aug 9, 2020 01:20 PM Central Time
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81847134241?pwd=VHdyN0RvcUZwS2QxOEx0bWNwMFNSUT09
Meeting ID: 818 4713 4241 Passcode: 279115

September Meeting Cancelled

I apologize for the late notice. Your executive leadership team has been suffering from derecho distraction, and did not get a meeting organized this month. We regret that it happened, but hope that you understand. We plan to have an on-line meeting on October 11.

Reminder: Virtual Club Meeting at 1:30 Sunday

The club meeting August 9 is at 1:30 via Zoom.  Please use the link below to join the meeting a few minutes before then.

If you wish to share a photo or two with the club during the meeting, please submit them by 12:00 noon Sunday. Send your jpg's, sized to no larger than 2400 pixels on the longer side, to [email protected].

Carl Bracken will be the speaker, discussing Astrophotography and photographing the night sky.

Join the meeting Aug 9, 2020 01:20 PM Central Time
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81041663053?pwd=OXFuSWozT2I2c0U1a2dEcFVwcjhuUT09
Meeting ID: 810 4166 3053  Passcode: 228456811

Astrophotography Program August 9 — Live On Zoom

Carl Bracken, a member of LAPC and of Cedar Amateur Astronomers, will present on Astrophotography and photographing the night sky.  His image Sunday Service shows the expertise he brings to the subject.  I don't think you will want to miss what he can teach us.

We will also have a photo share, where we will share pictures submitted by members.  There is no theme for this, but submit one or two of your pictures that are unusual or have good stories behind them to share with the club.  Please send your photos as jpg's, sized to no larger than 2400 pixels on the longer side, to [email protected]. If we have enough photos submitted, we will share only one per photographer, so if you have a preferred image, please specify which it is.

The club meeting will be August 9 at 1:30 via Zoom.  Please use the link below to join the meeting a few minutes before then.

Join the meeting Aug 9, 2020 01:20 PM Central Time
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81041663053?pwd=OXFuSWozT2I2c0U1a2dEcFVwcjhuUT09
Meeting ID: 810 4166 3053  Passcode: 228456811

Virtual Meeting August 9

The club meeting in August will be held online via Zoom.  Please use the link below to join the meeting a few minutes before 1:30 on Sunday, August 9.

Carl Bracken, a member of LAPC and of Cedar Amateur Astronomers, will present on Astrophotography and photographing the night sky.  His image Sunday Service shows the expertise he brings to the subject.  I don't think you will want to miss what he can teach us.

We will also have a photoshare, where we will share pictures submitted by members.  There is no theme for this, but be thinking of one of your pictures that is unusual or has a good story behind it to share with the club.  Details on how to submit your photos will be posted in a couple days.

Join the meeting Aug 9, 2020 01:20 PM Central Time
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81041663053?pwd=OXFuSWozT2I2c0U1a2dEcFVwcjhuUT09
Meeting ID: 810 4166 3053  Passcode: 228456811

Comet NEOWISE is here!!!

Photos and Text by Kerry Lawrence

Have you gone out and observed the new Comet NEOWISE? ( C2020 F3 )   Maybe even thought about photographing it?     I've gone out a few early mornings and have gotten some decent photos.  Yesterday, Monday evening, 7/13, I went out to Pleasant Creek Lake near Palo and shot a few photos with the comet reflecting off of the water.  I thought I would share with you the photos and some of my settings.

Equipment:  

Canon 6d, 50mm lens, 70-200mm lens, tripod, remote shutter release.  This is what I used, but a decent  DSLR or mirrorless camera with a semi fast lens will work just fine. A tripod will be required as the exposure times are 1 sec to 10sec.  A remote shutter release is not required if you don't mind using the 10 second countdown feature on your camera.

Settings:  

 •Apeture: Generally wide open is best. ie: f1.4, f2.8, etc.  No depth of field to worry about so wide-open is good.  ( The more light the better! )

 •ISO:  The lower the better, like ISO 50, or ISO 100. Even up to 800 is acceptable.  Start with the lowest ISO that works, but if your combination of lens and f-stop are still giving you a very dim photo then raise the ISO.  (raise ISO before increasing exposure time. )

 •Exposure time: This depends upon the lens focal length you are using, as the sky and stars are moving.  The longer you expose, the more the stars will move and star trails will appear.  If shooting at 24mm – 50mm,  then up to maybe 10secs is OK.  At 200mm or more, 2-3secs is about as long as you want to go.

When:  

  Morning: 3:45 -4:15AM

  Evening: 9:15 -10:30PM

Comet NEOWISE is currently both a morning and an evening comet.  Its proximity to the north pole is such that it rarely sets.  Over the next few weeks it will become more or less an evening comet as it's path will carry it further from the sun. However, as with most comets, the longer you wait to observe it, the further it will get from the sun, and the fainter it will be become.

Where:

Morning: 90-60 mins before sunrise, look ENE.  Just northernly of where the sun will rise.  Look about 10 degress above the horizon.  You will need binoculars.

Evening: Face north and look just to the left, west.  About 1/3 the way to where the sun set.  Again,  look about 10 degrees above the horizon.  You will need binoculars.

If you stay at it, and the sky is clear, you will be rewarded with this cool sight.  And decent post-processing makes it look .. WOW!

Good luck, Kerry Lawrence

LINKS:

Observing info:

https://earthsky.org/space/how-to-see-comet-c2020-f3-neowise

Online astronomy program

https://stellarium-web.org/