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Salon Acceptances – April 2019

Here are the Salon acceptances for April – Congratulations to you all – your images will be moved forward for judging in the end of year competition. The year end images will be showcased and the competition results will be announced at the May meeting


John Anderson Pounce 8
Paul Kammen Great Gray in Flight 8
Mike Sweet Woodcock 8
Deanne Probst Crex Meadow Trees 8
Eric Gustafson Kettle River 8
Joyce Russotto Winter Dawn 9
Jordan Randall Wood Duck 10
Joe Fierst Tossing Bohemian 10
John Pennoyer Poplar Lake sunrise 9
Alan Schulz Prairie Chicken Fight 10
Don Specht Osprey – Balancing Act 8
Gene Lange Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker 8
John Anderson Northern Lady 10
Paul Kammen Pertrubed Pine Martin 9
Mike Sweet Orb-Weaver 10
Deanne Probst Shy 2 Eye 10
Eric Gustafson Soaring Eagle 8
Michael Thompson Icey Loon 9
Paul Cheng Sandhill Crane 9
Dennis Randall Elegance 10
Jordan Randall Redhead 10
Berry Mulin Osprey 9
Karl Fiegenschuh Family Portrait 10
Joe Fierst Curious Eared Grebe 8
Rick Graves Gnarly Tree 10
John Pennoyer Twilight on Oak-Savanna Prairie 9
Dave Perez Great Egret with Fish 9
Alan Schulz Calling Bald Eagle 8
Don Specht Great Blue Herons – Bad Hair Day 10
Kathy Bishop Snow Geese Rising 8
Scott Landsiedel Prairie Chickens Dance 10
Gene Lange Song Sparrow 8
Phillip Bush Badlands Sunrise 9

Story behind the 10s – Water Lily Environmental



From the Photographer: John Pennoyer

One of my favorite wetland flowers to photograph is the White Water Lily (Nymphaea tuberosa).However it can be a challenge to get a good wetland landscape image because of their environment.  Water lillies are unique in that they are only open during the middle of the day so the best time frame for an image is around 10 am to 2 pm. As the season wears on the pads begin to curl up so the best time is early in the season. I was looking for ‘clouds with character’ to work with.

I think one of the best places to photo water lillies is Crex Meadows WMA, WI . However last year Phantom Lake was drained so I really had to search out a good spot.  I found this location right off County Road F.  I put on my chest waders and waded into the muck and yuck.  I like some lillies close to the camera and others creating a pattern to the background. It took a while to achieve but I liked this composition.

Side note: If you like to wade into this type of environment be sure to have lens and filters already installed, do not switch while in the muck. I still have a $120.00 GND filter in the bottom of Phantom Lake.

Technical Data: Nikon D800,Tamron Lens 24mm-70mm @ 24mm, F-16,  1/200s, ISO 400, Daylight sunny WB, Polarizer, Gitzo tripod RRS BH 55 Ball Head

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Salon Acceptances March 2019

Here are the Salon acceptances for March – Congratulations to you all – your images will be moved forward for judging in the end of year competition. The year end images will be showcased and the competition results will be announced at the May meeting

Diane Herman Puffin Portrait 8
Eric Gustafson Badlands Ram 8
Marc Ye Ice Fall Tettegouche State Park 8
Jeanette Mayo Dew Covered Mayfly 9
John Dykstra Bog Pine Marten 10
Joe Fierst Hunting Great Gray 9
Ron Lahr Elm Creek Frost 8
John Pennoyer Flehmen display 9
Dave Perez Snowy Egret 9
Alan Schulz Five Magellanics Running 10
Don Specht Chasing a Minnow 9
Scott Landseidel American Kestrel Take Off 8
John Anderson Bard Dusk 8
Paul Kammen Hunting Great Gray 9
Diane Herman Crex Milkweed 10
Mary Williams Soaring High 8
John Foty Aspen Underside With Dew 9
Jeanette Mayo Night Heron Chicks 8
John Dykstra White Pelican 8
Joe Fierst Curious Pacific Loon 9
John Pennoyer Gobblers in snow storm 9
Dave Perez Osprey with Fish 9
Alan Schulz Feather Goose Portrait 8
Don Specht Winter Solitude 8
Roger Williams Just Hangin’ Out 9
Kathy Bishop Bowling Ball Beach 10


Story Behind the 10s – Cascade Canyon Clouds

From the Photographer: Ian Campbell

This shot was taken on a family trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons in August. For most of the trip there was a lot of hazy smoke in the air, at times completely hiding the peaks.
When I saw this scene I had to find the next pullout and try to capture it. I placed the sun behind the clouds for the edge lighting and the sun rays created by the smoke in the air. I also selected a wide angle lens aimed upwards to include more of the clouds in the sky, matching some shapes with the mountains below. I converted it to monochrome to focus on the many shades from light to dark, the high contrast and the silhouettes from foreground to back.

Technical Data: Full frame dslr, 16mm, f/11, 1/250 sec.

Story behind the 10s – Play Joust

From the Photographer: John Dykstra

This image was made in our front yard in Shoreview Minnesota.  Unlike most of the neighbors, we don’t have any grass or landscaping, so the local deer are frequent visitors.  We don’t interact with them, but they’re certainly used to seeing us around and are reasonably comfortable with us.

These two bucks were also comfortable with each other. We had seen them peacefully browsing together even during the height of the fall rut.  However, this November afternoon, the smaller buck kept initiating jousting sessions.  I managed to catch the moment that the dominant buck half-heartedly lowered its head and pushed its companion back three feet, before resuming its feeding.

Technical Data: Nikon D850, 200-400mm @400mm, f/4, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 1000

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Story Behind the 10s – Drop TIne Buck


From the Photographer : Scott Landseidel

I have become a little bored with the deer at Fort Snelling so I have been out to greener and a little more wilder pastures.  I actually spied this guy last year at about this time, and vowed to do my best to find him during the next rut.  As luck would have it and after numerous trips and many hours searching I finally spied him one morning. He was partially hidden by the trees and about 250 yards away.  He posed there like the King of the forest long enough for me to see it was the drop tine buck. He had a massive rack and his neck swollen with the rut in full gear.  That was enough to keep me going.   Within the next week I was waiting in a natural blind, basically a group of trees, and I saw him come out of the brush about 100 yards away walking towards me.  I started to get ready but before I was actually set he popped up in the brush about 15 yards away.  I know I was more startled than he was.  I had to adjust my zoom back and started shooting hoping my settings were okay.  I felt there was too much brush around his face but I kept at it and hoped I got one image with his eyes and nose clear of the brush.  I did get a couple.  I processed this image in black and white in Lightroom.

Technical data:  Nikon D500 with Tamron 150-600mm lens; ,1/200th s, f6; ISO 2500

Story Behind the 10s – The Grebe Family




From the Photographer: Karl Fiegenschuh

A friend and I rented a boat and went out to try to photograph loons and grebes one early June morning on Clearwater Lake.  We were very fortunate to find this grebe family in great light so I took dozens of photos. I liked this one which captured the mother and the chicks in nice light and with a decent reflection.

Technical detail : Canon , 500mm lens, hand-held, 1/640 sec. at f/8, ISO 400.

Salon Acceptances February 2019

Here are the Salon acceptances for February – Congratulations to you all – your images will be moved forward for judging in the end of year competition. The year end images will be showcased and the competition results will be announced at the May meeting

Diane Herman Prairie Chicken in Flight 9
Michael Thompson Eared Grebe Profile 8
Marc Ye Dreaming in Maui 9
John Dykstra Eagle and Snow 10
Joe Fierst Bald Eagle Checking Catch 8
John Pennoyer Bighorn Flehmen display 8
Alan Schulz Antarctica Sunset 8
Don Specht Red-winged Blackbird 10
Roger Williams Mom and Cub 8
Kathy Bishop Doorway 8
Scott Landseidel Bird on Bending Stick 8
John Anderson Buffalo Whiteout 8
Diane Herman Western Grebes Rushing 9
Deanne Probst Barred Owl Stare 9
Patti Jones Froozen In Time 9
Michael Thompson Second Try Ruddy Duck 8
Phillip Bush Escalante Sunrise 8
John Foty Reaching for the Stars 8
Karl Fiegenschuh Windy and Cold 8
Ron Lagerquist Spiderweb 8
Dave Perez Gull at Sunrise 8
Alan Schulz Bald Eagle Takes Fish 10
Don Specht The Last to Leave 9
Roger Williams I See You 10
Kathy Bishop Sparkles on the Rocks 9
Jeanette Mayo Song Sparrow Fluffball 10

Story Behind the 10s – Lava Field


From the Photographer : Rick Graves


October Salon – Lava Field

In my opinion a visit to Hawai’i is incomplete without visiting Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.  During a visit in January 2018 I was fortunate to be able to hike out onto the lava fields just outside the park to view and photograph the fresh, hot lava coming from the PuʻuʻŌʻō vent.  The approximately 7 mile round trip hike started at 4 am (because it is easier to photograph lava at dawn).  The hike was over rough broken lava with no marked trail in the dark in the rain.  This is one of several images that I captured that rainy morning.  The hot lava at this point is actually cool and firm enough to walk and stand on.  Of course I did just that.  The flow was moving very slowly.  I set up my tripod to capture this image of the lava flow with the hills and steam/mist in the background.

Technical data: Canon 7D, Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS lens, Manfrotto  055MF4 tripod, Kirk BH-3 ball head, ISO 400, f/8, 1/15s, 17mm , two second timer with live view, Lens Coat rain cover.

Story Behind the 10s – Palouse Falls


From the Photographer Mark Ye :

Palouse Falls, located in Washington State, was taken during a photo workshop with the Cold Snap Photography group lead by John Gregor on May 16, 2018. Out of all the locations we photographed this was the location I was looking forward to the most. This location offers dramatic scenery. The weather was typical for early Summer evenings with high heat during the day and cooling temperatures during the night. We were all concerned, however, due to reports that bad weather was moving in quickly from the West. We had to rearrange our schedule to beat the weather or getting the perfect shot of the falls was going to be challenging or perhaps even a total wash.

Upon our arrival temperatures were dropping and overcast clouds were moving in fast offering us the drama the falls are known for. It was perfect! The excitement seeing Palouse Falls for the first time was like being a small boy waking up on Christmas morning. I found a precarious spot, a ledge with no border protection overlooking the falls where if I had taken one wrong step I could have easily fallen to my death. I was nervous setting up my camera being careful and making sure my footing was solid.
I took several shots each with varying exposure times, ISO’s and aperture settings. My goal was to get the emotional feeling of the swirling water below, the simplicity of the falls and the colorful, setting sunset in the background.

Technical Data:  Nikon D850, 6mm-35mm wide angle lens set at 16mm, f9, 25 seconds, ISO 64;  4 stop ND filter along with a 3 stop ND GRAD, 5 stop ND GRAD and a circular polarizer
Camera Raw feature for  exposure, contrast, sharpness editing and minor touch ups such as burning, dodging and color corrections in Adobe Photoshop

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