February Photo of the Month

Congratulations to Danny Graber for winning this month’s contest  

Morning Snow, Fog, and Cold 

This was taken on February 12, 2018, in Elkhart County. I have found it very difficult in many different tries to capture a true sense of fog, snow, and sun. This one seemed to work for me. In spite of it being shivering cold that morning, the sun was extremely bright (coming in from the right) so the contrast was high. I photographed in manual at ISO 100, f/8, at shutter speed 1/4000 using a 70-200mm lens. Because of the high shutter speed and because I was standing on a county road with noticeable traffic, I did not use a tripod. In Photoshop I toyed with varying color balance in order to give the photo a soft and slightly warmer-than-cold-snow appeal. Simply said, the color balance was the artist’s (my) choice rather than depicting the cold snow but at the same time retaining the feel of snow and fog.    


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February Photo of the Month

Congratulations to Don Hershberger and Joe Tinervia for winning this month’s contest  

“All but two will fit in the closet” by Don Hershberger.  What started out as a fairly straightforward photo of the model furniture against a plain background progressed to become a pieced together simulation of a wall in a house as the background with electrical outlet and a picture hung on it.


“Wu in the Wild” by Joe Tinervia. This image was captured during the Guild’s outing in St. Joseph Michigan along the shore. You can see the Wen is walking along the edge of the metal seawall. The hills in the background are actually ice formations with sand blown over them to give them that unique texture of an alien planet. I wanted to get him in silhouette with some lens flare so I ran over to get into position as he was walking along. I am happy with the resulting image.

I shot this on a Canon 6d with my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 73mm, f/3.2, 1/1000sec ISO 100, +2 Exposure compensation set due to the strong back-lighting. I cropped, raised the contrast and clarity, adjusted overall exposure down a bit and lightened up the shadows and Wen’s face in Lightroom.

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Next Photographers Guild Meeting – Rescheduled

Photograph by Larry Baumgardt

Because our February meeting was cancelled (due to flooded roads) this past Wednesday, it has been rescheduled for Wednesday February 28, at 6:00.

  • Educational Topic for February: The challenge topic for March is “multiple exposure/compositing to create an image”. We will have a demonstration of how to do this on your camera (some models will not have this feature) or how to composite photographs in Photoshop.
  • Branden Beachy will discuss and demonstrate a new hot-ziggity selection tool in Photoshop and also    demonstrate how to take an salvageable photo and make it salvageable.
  • Discussion of Upcoming/ongoing events
  • Photo of the Month Contest – Voting/Critique
  • Challenge-photo and open-photograph critique
  • Adjourn promptly at 8pm


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Zine Workshop – February 24th, 2018

WHEN: February 24th, 2018 – Zine Workshop from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Taught by Mike Goodwin

COST: Free

Preregistration required….

WHAT’S A ZINE?  Not sure about the difference between a magazine and a zine? Here’s a quick definition: a zine is an independently published booklet, often by a single person. They used to be created by physically cutting and gluing text and images together onto a master flat for photocopying, but now it’s more common to produce the master by typing and formatting pages on a computer.

What you will learn:

  1. What is a zine
  2. History of zines
  3. Go over examples of zines from basic to more complex
  4. Other options for publishing your own work.
  5. Over view of zine making tools including photoshop
  6. Zine templates and tools
  7. Open discussion and hands on.

What to bring:

  1. Your laptop
  2. 15-20 images you might want to make into a zine
  3. If you can’t bring your PC you can print your images out in draft Quality to start the formatting process.  I will cover both approaches.

I will provide some templates and supplies to produce a basic zine.  We will have time to start a zine or developed an idea for one.

The workshop will be a relaxed discussion and hands on morning. I hope to give you tools and ideas on publishing you work, without breaking the bank.