Nature Group meets at 7 pm Nov 13 & noon Fri Nov 15

The Nature Interest Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. The new Friday Nature Interest Group meets at noon on the Friday following the Wednesday evening meeting.

November's topic will be "Turkey" and for December will be “Trees”.

We show and discuss images of nature, topics of interest to the group, and share info on upcoming activities. Voluntary monthly themes are selected to challenge your creativity yet feel free to bring your best images. For more information, contact the group leader Dick Wieboldt.

Black & White Group meets 7 pm Thu, Nov 14

The B&W Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm. The November 14 meeting will offer a double feature. First, Jim Thornbery will offer a presentation on various techniques for making black and white conversions. Jim will be followed by our RAW Processing Challenge where attendees will share their processing approach to a set of images provided by Keith Meyer's film-scanning presentation last month. If you'd like a link to the images contact Tim Mulcahy (below).

Following the double feature, the group will review and discuss images submitted by members in attendance. Attendees are invited to bring up to 5 B&W photos for review and discussion. Contact: Tim Mulcahy or John Gauder.

Friday Nature Group meets at noon Fri, Nov 15

The Friday Nature Interest Group meets at noon on the Friday following the Wednesday evening meeting.

November's topic will be "Turkey" and for December will be “Trees”.

We show and discuss images of nature, topics of interest to the group, and share info on upcoming activities. Voluntary monthly themes are selected to challenge your creativity yet feel free to bring your best images. For more information, contact the group leader Dick Wieboldt.

Third Thurs, 7 pm Oct 17: Tom Yin, Adventures in the Australian Outback

Letter-Winged Kite, by Tom C.T. Yin. All rights reserved by Tom C.T. Yin.

This presentation features photos and stories about an unusual biology field trip to the far outback of Australia in 1991 while on sabbatical in the laboratory of Prof. Jack Pettigrew at the University of Queensland. The focus of the study was a rare raptor, the letter‐winged kite, which is the only hawk that hunts at night. The bird is found exclusively in Australia and predominantly in the semi‐arid grassy outback of Australia. The diet of the kite is almost exclusively rodents, in particular the long‐haired rat, which can be found in plague proportions during the occasional years with heavy rainfall in the outback.

I accompanied Jack and another student for a 12 day trip in one small study area in which we photographed (pre‐digital) the kite and its environment, climbed coolabah trees to count eggs in nests, and caught and banded juvenile kites. It is thought that the kite has an unusual visual system and we were testing the hypothesis that the hunting success correlated with the available light, i.e., the phases of the moon. In addition we documented many of the other unusual animals of the outback.

Tom C.T. Yin, is a PhotoMidwest member and Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience, UW‐Madison.

Third Thurs 7 pm Sep 19: Photogravure & Handmade Books with Paul Nylander

Photogravure and Handmade Books: Going Beyond the Exhibition with Paul Nylander
7 pm Thursday, September 19 at PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr., Madison WI

Isolation, by Paul Nylander. All rights reserved by Paul Nylander.

Artist, designer and former PhotoMidwest Board Member Paul Nylander returns to Madison for this special Third Thursday talk featuring the culmination of his Isolation work: a hand-printed, hand-bound, limited-edition book of photogravure images and letterpress text.

Paul will explain how the creation of the book became a work of art in and of itself: Through design, the artist can control the progression, pacing, and impact of images in ways which borrow from both static exhibition and video presentation, yet create a tangible artifact that will last well beyond the lifetime of the artist.

Highway Rememberance, photogravure by Paul Nylander. All rights reserved by Paul Nylander.

In this presentation, Paul will talk about his process to create the images and prints, and how a hand-made book differs from traditional “print-on-demand” photo book.

About the artist
History of photogravure

Page Turn Triptych, by Paul Nylander. All rights reserved by Paul Nylander.

Third Thursday 7 pm Jul 18: PhotoLucida Portfolio Review Panel Discussion

Carolyn Knorr, Anne Connor and Jennifer Bucheit discuss their preparation, experience and take-aways from participating in the 2019 PhotoLucida Portfolio Review in Portland Oregon. This is 5 day event held every other April in Portland OR. It includes lectures, workshops, and exhibition collaborations. Intensive portfolio reviews are the centerpiece. Reviewers are selected for their experience, involvement, and commitment to advancing the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Come join us to learn about their experience of taking it to the next level.

Third Thursday: In Search of the Darkest Skies with John Rummel, 7 pm Apr 18

Mendocino NF, by John Rummel. All rights reserved by John Rummel.

Mendocino NF, by John Rummel. All rights reserved by John Rummel.

If you missed this presentation or need the links to the websites John mentioned, click LINKS.

The night sky is under attack. Are pristine dark skies still available? Are there any within easy reach of southern Wisconsin? For the past six years, I have been lucky enough to spend several weeks each summer traveling the western US in search of dark, remote and beautiful locations for purposes of camping, hiking and night-sky photography. This presentation will focus on issues related to locating the remaining dark sky enclaves that can be found within the continental United States (including right here around southern Wisconsin), and some of the logistical and planning issues involved in getting to them. I will also show a selection of night-sky shots obtained from some of my favorite dark-sky destinations.

John Rummel is a former president of the Madison Astronomical Society, a retired psychologist, and an avid astrophotographer who has been featured on local television productions including “Wisconsin Life” on WHA.

Third Thursday, 7 pm, Mar 21: Jill Metcoff, Firelines

Jill at work, by Jill Metcolf. All rights reserved.

Jill at work, by Jill Metcolf. All rights reserved.

Jill Metcoff will discuss her 2017 book Firelines. A book signing follows.

Jill was an early member of PhotoMidwest (then known as the Center for Photography at Madison) and now lives in the Spring Green area. In addition to Firelines Jill published Along the Wisconsin Riverway in 1997.

Firelines presents the transformation and regeneration of the American landscape by fire. How to describe fire and its aftermath? Mysterious, menacing, beautiful, fairy-like, an inferno and more. Photographing controlled burns of prairie, forest and wetland, I watch smoke and fire dance through the landscape, and record the moment. I pay attention to the constant flux, second by second, so that no picture is identical. This approach to constant change frees us, — you and me --, taking us away from our daily glances at familiar landscapes and transporting us into a fragile, unknown world that happens only once. Then photography for me becomes meditation.

I work alongside well-trained burn teams, where I am at little risk. Most of my time is spent simply being on site, looking hard, observing the lines that smoke and fire will follow. I restrict myself to black and white film and a large-format camera that only takes four shots before reloading. This way I slow myself down, a practice which requires concentrated focus. Lack of color further directs attention to changing light, line, and forms in order to make images of ephemeral landscapes.

Building Firelines required editing 15 years of work down to 90 photographs, writing two essays, and then researching historic, conservation-related, and literary quotes to accompany the images. Working with the University of New Mexico Press involved negotiations on everything from the cover to the book’s size, paper types, font color, etc. Developing my layout, then refining it with UNMP was another step. Finally I went to China to supervise the printing, a fascinating and demanding process, that turned out to be necessary to arrive at what I wanted.

Copies of Firelines will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. Her website is jillmetcoff.com/portfolio.

Third Thursday 7 pm Nov 16: Eddee Daniel, Parks & Natural Areas in Southeastern Wisconsin

Greenway, by Eddee Daniels. All rights reserved. www.eddeedaniel.com

The Third Thursday speaker for November 15 is Wauwatosa-based fine art photographer and natural areas activist Eddee Daniel on parks & natural areas in southeastern Wisconsin. Eddee is the webmaster for A Wealth Of Nature - Preserve Our Parks, an advocacy organization promoting awareness and the importance of the exemplary parks and natural areas of Southeastern Wisconsin. If you have images of these parks and natural areas you may submit them to this website.

You can see Eddee’s portfolios and projects on his website, www.eddeedaniel.com .

Third Thursday 7 pm Jun 21, 2018: Selling Your Work at Art Fairs & Online. PDF of presentation available.

Art Fair Booth. All rights reserved by Don Mendenhall

Art Fair Booth. All rights reserved by Don Mendenhall

PDF of the presentation slides

Have you ever considered selling your photography at art fairs or online? Join photographers Don Mendenhall, Steve Ralser, and Sarah Stankey who currently sell their photographic work at art fairs and/or online or have worked for art fairs.

They will the whys (and why not's) of selling your photography by participating in art fairs and/or online retail websites including online retailers such as Amazon. We will cover finding and selecting the art fairs or online sites, equipment, preparation before the fair, expenses, payments, and shipping.