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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

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