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Salon Acceptances – February 2018

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


John Anderson Playin Chicken 9
Paul Kammen Cerulean Warbler. 8
Mike Sweet Longtailed Duck 8
Ian Campbell Misty Pigeon River Overlook 8
Deanne Probst Tombolo Rocks 8
Eric Gustafson Breaching Humpback Whale 8
Michael Thompson Northern Hawk Owl 8
John Dykstra Eagle and Snow 8
Karl Fiegenschuh Bison in Fog 9
Rick Graves Feather 8
Ron Lahr Chipmunk 9
Dee Hunnisett-Dritz On the way to Cattleman’s Bridge 9
Dave Perez Black Skimmer Skimming 8
Roger Williams Cleared for Landing 8
Kathy Bishop Blood Moonset at Pfeiffer 8
Scott Landseidel GH Owlet Out Of The Nest 8
Gene Lage Black-Crowned Night Heron 8
John Anderson Rivals 8
Mary Mullett Drying my Wings 8
Paul Kammen Great Gray Taking Off 9
Mike Sweet Northern Pintail 9
Ian Campbell Stormy Canyon Sunset 9
Patti Jones Fall Abstract Pano 8
Michael Thompson Aurora Moonlight Convergence 8
John Foty Antelope Canyon 8
John Clouse Arch 8
Adam Haisman Icy morning Lake Superior 9
Karl Fiegenschuh Red Crowned Cranes in Freezing Mist 8
Ron Lahr Foggy Deer 8
Alan Schulz Gentoo Feeding Chicks Detail 8
Don Specht I’ve Got My Eyes On You 8

Story Behind the 10s – After the Rain

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From the Photograper Diane Herman

In August 2017, I went to Colorado for a “Goats & Gods” photography workshop with Russ Burden (the author of Outdoor Photographer’s Tip of the Week).  The first two days were mostly spent at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and then we traveled to 14,271’ Mount Evans near Idaho Springs in the front range of the Rockies.  Mount Evans boasts the tallest paved road in North America paved to an elevation of 14,120 feet.  On the first drive to the summit, we headed through sleet, wind and snow.  I wasn’t even sure I wanted to use my camera in the weather.  But, on the drive back down the mountain, the snow finally stopped, the wind calmed, and the clouds dissipated a bit.  About 20 minutes before sunset, we stopped to get pictures along the road and this lovely mountain goat posed for a minute before heading over the edge out of sight and down the mountain.

Technical Data: Nikon D500; 50 mm, f/13, 1/50 second, ISO 1270

Story Behind the 10s – Totality


From the Photographer: John Anderson

We set up to photograph the “The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017” on isolated rangeland near the town of Lost Springs, WY (pop 4). Located in Converse County, it is 78 miles East of Casper.   This was our fourth choice for viewing the eclipse and the farthest from the Twin Cities (744 miles). We preferred Kansas City, MS (436 miles), Lincoln, NE (433 miles), or Alliance, NE (653 miles), but we could not be assured there would be clear skies at any of the these locations.  In Wyoming the skies were clear, although there was a light haze at low altitudes due to fires in the West, but the elevation of 4,997 feet and sustained winds in excess of 10 mph kept the smoke to a minimum.

The eclipse began at 10:24:13.6 MDT and ended at 1:12:10.9 MDT.   Totality was for 2 minutes 18 seconds, from 11:45:16.9 to 11:47:34.4 MDT. This image was taken approximately 50 seconds into the totality phase at 11:46:06 MDT.

Eye protection and camera filters were necessary during the partial phases, but not during totality. I shot with two camera bodies, one set for the partial phase, the other for totality.  This allowed me to make the best use of the limited time available.   I also used a heavy tripod loaded with additional weight along with remote triggers to minimize movement.

Even though we had to drive 12 hours each way, it all seemed worth it. Planning has already begun for the next American Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.

Technical Data:

During totality – Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 500mm f/4, 1.4 TC (totality); 1/500th @ f/5.6, ISO 3200

During totality I went with a higher ISO (3200) to gain shutter speed (1/500th),  to prevent motion blur given the windy conditions.

Partial phases – Sony a6300, Canon 500mm f/4, 1.4 TC; 1/1000th @ f/11, ISO 1600

Story Behind the 10s – Midsummer Monsoon


From the Photographer : Ian Campbell
This shot was taken on an extended weekend trip to Arizona in late July 2017. We spent our first day near Page, before heading down to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. On the drive down we passed many isolated thunderstorms. We arrived at the farthest East viewpoint late afternoon to witness this great storm blowing down the canyon over the Colorado River. The viewpoint was busy so I had to get my camera and tripod ready, get into position and compose quickly. I chose a wide angle lens and composed with various leading lines to guide the viewers eye down the canyon to the downpour, and to accentuate the storm clouds above. We watched the storm come down the canyon for a few minutes and arrived back at the car just as the torrential downpour hit. Quite the welcoming to this wonderful place.
Technical Data : 16mm Full Frame, ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec. on tripod, edits in Lightroom

Salon Acceptances – January 2018

Here are the Salon acceptances for January – 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

Ian Campbell Waiting for Lunch 8
Terry Kochaver Moun Ida 8
Eric Gustafson Worker Bee 8
Michael Thompson Reaching up 10
Larry Duke Butterfly 8
Karl Fiegenschuh Whooper Swan Spat 8
Dee Hunnisett-Dritz Sunrise – Cattleman’s Bridge 8
John Pennoyer Calypso Habitat 8
Alan Schulz King Feeding Chick 10
Don Specht Early Morning Monarch 10
Roger Williams Great Gray 8
Kathy Bishop Landing Precisely 9
Scott Landseidel Cardinal In Snow 10
Mike Sweet Bufftailed Coronet 8
Michael Thompson Stealth Flyer 10
John Dykstra Feeding Swan 8
Karl Fiegenschuh Peek-a-Boo Moose 8
Ron Lahr Baby Goat 8
John Pennoyer Michigan Lily Trio 10
Alan Schulz Steamer Ducks Entering Water 10
Don Specht Black-crowned Night Heron 8
Roger Williams Northern Hawk Owl 9

Story Behind the 10s – Bee on a Sunflower



From the Photographer:  Dave Perez

In Northfield there was an area with some nice sunflowers.  In the fall, the goldfinches hang out and eat the sunflower seeds, and the bees spend their time getting covered with pollen.  I spent a couple hours photographing the bees, using a long lens with an extension tube.  It let me get close-up while staying far enough away to avoid annoying the bees.  I liked the simplicity of this shot – just two colors, yellow and black and a simple background, so I entered it.


Story Behind the 10s – Mama Grizzly


From the Photographer: Paul Kammen

In September, I went out to Glacier National Park in Montana for a few days to photograph the landscapes and hopefully some wildlife.

At the East entrance of the park along the Going to the Sun Road, I saw some people were pulled over.  They let me know a bear had been in the area with her, now not so little,  cub. The bears were feeding  – preparing for the long Montana winter. Seeing some trees shaking it was apparent the bear was in a thick grove of bushes. Moving down in between some other people, the large grizzly bear emerged and looked at us before moving further away. The excitement admittedly kind of took over as I had to think fast as she emerged from the bushes. I missed out on seeing her the prior day at another spot, so it was nice to get a second chance. It was a thrill to see her in the wild. She is a very beautiful animal. The nice foliage contibuted to the image too.

Technical Data: Canon 800mm lens, 1/500 sec. f 6.3, shutter priority, spot metering, continuous auto focus in multiple shooting mode. “Shoot first ask questions later.”

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December 28, 2017

Story Behind the 10s – Standing Tall

From the Photographer: Michael Thompson

The is a Burrowing Owl owlet found at Cape Coral FL last Spring. The owlets were just learning to fly. They were perching on poles and signs. This piece of driftwood was in the area and we hoped one would perch on it. After a long wait, I was rewarded with this shot for my patience.

Technial Data: 400 mm, f/9, 1/1250 s, 500 iso

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December 26, 2017

Salon Acceptances – December 2017

Here are the Salon acceptances for December – 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 Male Redwing Blackbird 10
Paul Kammen Hollow Rock. 8
Mike Sweet Yum 8
Diane Herman After the Rain 10
Michael Thompson Winter Owl 8
Mariann Cyr Yellow Ladyslipper Environment 9
Ron Lagerquist Milkweed Pod 8
Don Specht Whoopie! 9
Roger Williams Wild Horses at Twilight 8
Kathy Bishop Angels Fly 10
John Anderson Askance 9
Mary Mullett Drying my Wings 8
Mike Sweet Hawk Owl 8
Ian Campbell Mid-Summer Monsoon 10
Diane Herman Cabbage White Butterfly & Flyby 8
Deanne Probst Silver Bay 8
Michael Thompson Call of the lakeside 10
Phillip Bush Blackbird Murmuration 9
Mariann Cyr Mushroom Log Habitat 9
Dee Hunnisett- Dritz Magnolia 8
Don Specht Little Green Heron at Sunrise 9
Roger Williams Buffs in the Fog 8
Kathy Bishop Magical Morning 9
December 3, 2017

Story Behind the 10s – Northern Red Fox Pair


From the Photographer: Karl Fiegenschuh

This image of two northern red foxes was one of many I took during a winter wildlife photography tour in Japan last February. As part of the tour, we flew to Hokkaido and spent three mornings photographing eagles fishing.  On two of the afternoons we went to the Notsuke Peninsula to look for Edo deer and red foxes.  We were fortunate to find four to six foxes, and in one place these two foxes were interacting for about ten minutes. Our guide speculated that they were comparing the sizes of their mouths to establish some sort of pecking order.
This image was shot from the open window of our bus.  The sun was not in the best position, but I was able to pull out the shadow details during post processing in Lightroom. 

Technical Data: Canon 7D Mark II,  100-400mm lens @ 150mm, 1/640 sec, ISO 640 

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