Photo of the Month – March 2017

Congratulations to Jim Loomis for winning
the March Photo of the Month Contest

This photo was taken in the fall of 2016, in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. It was near the end of a 3 week trip during which I had been carrying my full frame Nikon camera and a 28-300 lens (a great travel combination). I decided I wanted to leave the Nikon and bring a compact camera. My wife, Betty and I had been standing on a bridge admiring the main river running thru Prague when I happened to turn around and saw this view behind us.

A little background….. Prague is bisected by the Vltava River. It is nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” and is known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints.

The photograph was shot with a 11 year old 6 MP Canon Powershot SD800 IS at f4, ISO 75 and 1/320 sec.
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Workshop Offered – The Perfect Exposure: The Exposure Triangle

When: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 –  9:00 A.M. to Noon

Location: The Photographers Guild, 212 W Washington St, Goshen, IN, west side green door, 2nd floor.

Fee: $30 non-members, $10 Guild members

Instructor: Danny Graber

A perfect exposure can best be attained if one masters the knowledge of the three camera settings that control the correct exposure – the shutter speed, the aperture (or f-stop), and the ISO setting.

You will learn, in practical terms:

  1. Which of the three settings is most important in differing situations.
  2. What happens when you change one setting and how it affects the other two.
  3. How to shoot on “auto exposure” and still control the ISO?
  4. What the ISO actually does and why it is important.
  5. How the f-stop controls the artistic nature of your photograph.
  6. How and when the shutter speed can make or break a photo – capturing action or freezing it, avoiding blurry images.
  7. Where to meter your light source.
  8. Where to focus your camera.

There will be handouts of the topics discussed. We will also do outside (weather permitting), hands-on work.

Bring your camera, camera manual, and lenses.

You must preregister. Payment (cash or check, payable to The Photographers Guild) can be made on day of workshop.

Free midmorning snacks; bring your own beverage. Next door Anna’s Breads (formerly Rachael’s) is not a good place to get coffee/beverages because of the extremely long Saturday waiting lines.

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Photo of the Month – February 2017

Congratulations to Danny Graber for winning the February Photo of the Month Contest

Photo by Danny Graber

February 2017 – Danny Graber

On a dark, heavily overcast, and dreary day, I stumbled through Iowa fields of decaying cornstalks. I had a crazed determination, which had enveloped my mind at the time of breakfast, of maybe capturing an Eagle.  So I had to do it. The temperatures were unpleasantly low and I was leaning into even colder, howling and gusty winds. My camera, slung around my neck, was bobbing violently and gleefully in the gusts, taking full flight and then slamming back into my body. I have black and blue bruises that are still healing and will confirm the veracity of all this. My hands were cold and I knew camera shake could be an issue.

All of the Eagles I spotted at a distance always took flight whenever I was within a half-of-a-cornfield of their perch – except this one. It had sympathy, I guess, and remained in place until I was close enough to capture a shot. By the time I got to this one I knew it was my last chance of the day. It was evening, getting even darker and I was weary. So, I bless this Eagle with kindness.

Camera info: Shutter 1/1000, F/5.6, ISO 1600 (it was dark outside), Nikon D800 with a 300mm prime lens and a 1.4 teleconverter for a 420mm equivalent.


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“Snow Shoot Workshop”

Photo by Danny Graber

Instructor: Danny Graber

What: Join us for a three-hour, outdoor workshop on how to correctly and creatively photograph a snow landscape. We  will work with getting a correct exposure for optimum effect.

Bring a camera and tripod. Dress warmly. Once everyone has gathered we will carpool to our destination somewhere nearby. At some point, either on late Monday, or on an agreed upon date, we will gather again to review our photos.

When: Monday, January 30th, 1:00pm.

Where: Meet at the Guild parking lot. (For those who cannot attend because of work, I will try to do another on a weekend when we have snow.)

Instructor: Danny Graber

Cost: Guild Members free; non-members $15 and must enroll by filling out form, emailing me at or calling me at (574) 370-6192.
– Danny Graber

Questions: Call or text 574-370-6192 if you have questions. – Danny

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