Moonset at Dawn by Danny Graber
This photograph is a composite, both moon and Sandhill Cranes were taken from the same spot and only moments apart. I enlarged the moon for effect. The photograph was taken this past fall at the Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife area during the Sandhill Crane migration. I used a Nikon D750 with a 300mm Nikon prime lens with a 1.4 teleconverter for both shots: Cranes 1/4000; F/5.6, ISO 6400. Moon: 1/320; f/8; ISO 640. Composited in Photoshop. 

I used a Gimbel-style tripod head (Promaster) which is very useful for tracking birds in flight. It allows for extremely smooth tracking and as well as avoiding camera shake when leaning on the rapid-fire shutter.
Photograph by Danny Graber – March 2019 Photo of the Month

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Mike Goodwin, a 45-year self-taught photographer will be leading a two-day basic photography class.   Mike is a digital and film black and white photographer who enjoys all forms of photography.  He is also the current Photographers Guild President. 

DATES: Saturday, April 27th and Saturday, May 4th. The class will be divided up into 4 two-hour sessions over these two days.

Session 1: 4/27/19 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Break for Lunch (not provided)
Session 2: 4/27/19 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Session 3: 5/4/19 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Break for Lunch (not provided)
Session 4: 4/4/19 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Some of the topics covered:

Understanding the Exposure Triangle
Understanding ISO Sensitivity
Understanding Shutter Speed
Understanding Aperture
Understanding Photographic Lenses
Understanding Auto Modes on your Camera
Understanding Manual / bulb modes
Histograms, what are they?
Shooting RAW vs. JPEG
Touching on Post Production

Don’t let all the big words scare you away. We will be making sense of these in plan English, and showing you how understanding your camera and settings will give you better photographs. There will be time for hands on and one-on-one instruction. Bring you camera and manual. If you don’t have a manual, Mike will show you where to get one. Mike’s goal is to give you the basics and resources to allow you to continue to grow and enjoy photography. If you have questions or want registration information contact mike at

Cost for this two-day workshop: $80.00. All proceeds will go to further the Guild’s mission.

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Photograph by James Kruis

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was held on Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd. It was a great exhibit and we congratulate all of the winners.

Here are the 2018 Winners: (More winning photos will be featured in upcoming posts).


Best of Show – Wen Wu – Patagonia 

Color Category

  • 1st–John Kallal IV-Sundown Chicago
  • 2nd–Gary Shaffer-Bar Harbor Maine
  • 3rd – Ray Novess-The Crow has Landed –

Black & White Category

  • 1st–Wen Wu-Untitled
  • 2nd–Michael Goodwin-Alternate Reality
  • 3rd – Michael Goodwin-After Hours

Altered or Special Effects* Category

  • 1st – Ray Novess- Headlands Int’l Sky Park
  • 2nd – Brian Warrell-Through the Broken Window
  • 3rd – Joshua Harrison- Chicago Red #1

Not all adult winners are shown…


Best of Show – Nathan Dibley – Inverse Perception

Color Category

  • 1st–Connor Ellis -Chaos
  • 2nd–Zenia Castro-Untitled
  • 3rd – Izabella Barstow-Double the Ducking

Black & White Category

  • 1st–Izabella Barstow- Gentle Petals
  • 2nd–Karla Reyna-Lonely Skies Above
  • 3rd – Jaiden Rangel-Wandering Thoughts of a Child

Altered or Special Effects* Category

  • 1st – Nathan Dibley-Navy Ambition
  • 2nd – Jacquelyn Stout-Blue Spider Web
  • 3rd – Jacquelyn Stout-Alien Pebbles

Special Judge’s Merit Awards – Adults

COLOR – Clayton Miller-McLaren Speed, Clayton Miller-Industrial Reflections, Melodie Rodgers-Lighthouse in Lens ball

BLACK & WHITE – Jeff Longenbaugh-Ghosts, Nate Goodwin-Cliffs of Insanity

Special Judge’s Merit Awards – Students

COLOR – Zenia Castro-Cloudy Day, Nathanial Call-Splash, Zenia Castro-Nights, Lexie Hester-Silence of Fall, Rosa Reyna-5:37pm, Izabella Barstow-Falling or Floating, Perla Vazquez-Winter Wheels

ALTERED OR SPECIAL EFFECTS – Nathan Dibley-Fine Line, Jillian Baker-The Skin Beneath

Our contest judge this year was Barbara Johnston.

Barbara Johnston is currently a university photographer at Notre Dame. She worked as a staff photographer for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1989 to 2008. She has covered local, national, and international assignments, including 2006 Winter Olympics, Kentucky Derby, two Triple Crown Belmont Stakes, and the 2008 & 2009 World Series. Her work has appeared in major publications. including The Washington PostThe New York TimesUSA TodaySports Illustrated, and ESPN The Magazine.