Show & Tell from 2013

November 11, 2013

The November 2013 Show & Tell covered a topic of continuing interest among our members which is the art of infrared photography. Our participants, Donna Andrzejewski, Patricia Mann, Stephen Baginski, Carole Bovee and Elsie McConnell (in absentia) displayed stunning photos demonstrating the unique character of the images. Long exposure photographs may be taken through an add-on such as an R-72 IR filter which blocks most visible light, or through a camera with its IR blocking filter removed. Cameras typically employ these filters over the sensor to provide more accurate (visible light) colors. The latter provides faster shutter speeds. Additionally, IR can mask skin imperfections, a feature not necessary for our MAPS members of course.

October 14, 2013

Today we were treated to a beautiful as well as an eclectic series of prints from our own Show & Tell leader, Bob Duke. From hand-of-man hydraulic valves to bucolic woodland images, these photos were really eye-catching and drew a lot of attention from our members. Thanks Bob!

September 4, 2013

Thank you to Mark Bates for sharing his framed photos of Yosemite National Park and iconic landmarks of San Francisco circa 2011. Mark’s skills with lighting and timing are evident in these beautiful pictures.

August 12, 2013

Steven Mayer displayed his images directly from being on display at Gallery 7. As always, there is much interest in Steven’s photographs. I was sorry I could not attend but I thank Elsie McConnell for the photos.

July 8, 2013

Thank you to Chuck Hunnicutt for his Show & Tell photos of, as another member called them, “special birds”. For anyone who believes that there is no place for “hand of man” photographs in a nature club has never been close to these amazing fighter jets.

June 10, 2013

This month’s Show & Tell featured David Schooley demonstrating the series of special effect lenses known as a Lensbabies. There was much interest in the use of these photographic tools as many members brought cameras to try one out. Included here is a photo taken by myself before learning how to aim and focus but you will get the idea. Thanks much to David for making this such a well-attended S&T!

MAPS would also like to thank Steve Stephens for his great display of exotic animals in the Wild.

May 13, 2013

For Show and Tell on May 13 Duane Heaton presented a rotating digital slide show of his stunning images from his voyage to Antarctica.  His images included shots at sea, on the Falklands Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Antarctica Peninsula.  His slide captions gave the date, location, and name of any birds or animals in the photographs.  Many members and guests enjoyed the slide show, some remaining to watch more than once.   Some of Duane’s photographs and his description of his voyage are available in the Destinations section of the MAPS website.   Exclusive to the Show and Tell presentation were the amusing Top 10 Questions from Fellow Travelers.  Show and Tell photographer Andy Dichter’s favorite was “Is the moon there the same as ours?”

Duane Heaton ~ Antarctica
Duane Heaton ~ Antarctica

April 8, 2013

For Show and Tell on April 8 Susan Schmitz displayed bee keeping equipment and actual honey sample. Sweet!  And this was an excellent lead in to the main program on pollinators by Susan and Ken Thompson.  Bill Miotek also displayed his beautiful nature photographs.  Many members and guests arrived early to enjoy the presentations.

March 11, 2013

The March 11 Show and Tell featured two presentations.

John Granata from Calumet Photographic demonstrated several devices for color calibration of monitors, projectors, and printers.  John , who is an award winning photographer, also displayed a number of his images   The images were printed on a variety of materials from rice paper to metal.   John teaches a class “The Essence of the Fine Art Photographic Print” at Calumet Photographic.   The class discusses the properties of different fine art paper and how to choose the paper to be compliment a particular image.  Several MAPS members are currently attending this class and recommend it.

MAPS member Darcy Berg also shared her fabric art.  Darcy prints her photographs on fabric then quilts the fabric.  Depending on the image she may also use textile paint to add additional color and texture.  The end result can be framed or hung from a rod.  Darcy has custom designed racks for displaying small quilts.  Darcy also exhibited note cards and earrings created from her photographs.

February 11, 2013

Two MAPS members shared the spotlight for the February 11 Show and Tell.  Tina Tyson-Dunne discussed matting and framing photographs.   Interest in her demonstration was surely heightened by the upcoming MAPS 2nd Annual Nature Photography Exhibit.

Tina demonstrated how to cut your own mats with a mat cutter that can be purchased for around $100.  She also provided information on Resources for Printing Matting and Framing.  The material for frames and the type of glass is a matter of personal preference. However, Tina recommended spending a little more to get museum quality mat board or precut mats.  These are acid-free and lignin-free, which saves your images from the discoloration that can occur with mats that contain wood pulp.

Steve Stephens

Show and Tell also included Steve Stephens’ slide show of images from his 17 day Russian river cruise.   Steve’s photographs included Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, the Cosmonaut Museum and Kremlin in Moscow, and many beautiful images of the river between the two cities.  And true to his MAPS roots, Steve had pictures of gardens, a close up of flowers, and a picture of a bird.

January 14, 2013

MAPS member Keith McCanless displayed several images using a special technique for creating action wildlife panoramas. Keith discussed his work flow using examples such as the following image.

Mississippi River Eagle