Camera Club: The main objective of the Camera Club is to encourage Yʼs Men to participate in and enjoy photography. We do this by having lectures on the subject, “show and tells”, field trips, competitions, showings and displays of membersʼ work, all in a congenial atmosphere. Our members have a broad range of skill levels.
We generally meet the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the basement meeting room of the Seton Academy located to the left of the main building on the St. Vincent's Behavioral Hospital (Hall Brooke) campus.
Update - May 3, 2017
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EXPO Rules 2017
Y’s MEN Camera Club Fourteenth Annual Photographic Exhibition Co-sponsored by the Westport Center for Senior Activities Located at the Westport Center for Senior Activities 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport October 16, 2017 to January 13, 2018
ELIGIBILITY – Open to Y’s Men members, their spouses, and Senior Center participants. Photos must be original work of the entrant and not previously shown at a Y’s Men Annual Exhibition. Professional photographer entries may be displayed, but not judged. “Professionals” are persons who solicit or promote their photos for sale on an ongoing basis.
MEDIA OR FORMAT – Black and white or color prints, from film or digital images, including smart phone images.
PRESENTATION – Prints must be mounted using a 16”x20” white mat board. The opening in the mat must allow for a 1” minimum border on all four sides. The standard print sizes for a 16 x 20 mat are 11x14, 11x15 and 12x16. The submitted photos can be any of the three sizes indicated above or other custom sizes. The print must fill the mat opening without margins. No backing allowed. Mats with an 11x14 opening will be available for purchase from the Camera Club.
IDENTIFICATION – Clearly print your name, phone number, title of the picture, and the category on the back of the mat, at the top in the center. The maximum number of letters and spaces in the title is 50.
NUMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHS – Maximum of four entries per person.
ENTRY FEE - $3.00 per photo, payable by check to Y’s Men of Westport/Weston Camera Club.
CLASSIFICATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS – Entrants should classify images into the following categories: Landscape, Waterscape, Architectural, Portrait, Nature, Critter, General, Black & White, Action/Motion, and Smart Phone. The Critter category is intended for all animals, birds, insects, and the like. A Smart Phone image may be submitted for the Smart Phone category or one of the other listed categories but not for both. The Camera Club reserves the right to change the entrant’s classification, add or drop a category based upon the number of entries or reject prints that do not meet the Club standards.
JUDGING – Entries will be judged by a panel of three professional artists/photographers. Judges will consider composition, technique, originality, impact, human interest and fitness to category in selecting the winning entries. The photos will be judged based upon the prints submitted, but the JPEG files of the images must also be submitted.
AWARDS – Best in Show, Best in Category and Second in Category awards will receive both a certificate and a ribbon. Honorable Mention ribbons will be rewarded to the five highest scoring photos of photographers whose photos did not win either first or second place. Only one Honorable Mention ribbon will be awarded to a photographer.
OPENING RECEPTION – Friday, October 20, at 4:00 PM. - The Camera Club and The Center will host a reception for the general public, the Y’s Men and their guests.
NOTE: Although proper care will be exercised, the Camera Club and the Center for Senior Activities cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to prints submitted. 2 Y’S MEN CAMERA CLUB EXPO 14 OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM DATE: NAME ____________________________________ E-MAIL _______________________ PHONE________________________ STREET _______________________________ CITY__________________________________ ZIP_________ NOTE: The maximum number of letters and spaces in the title is 50.
ENTRY 001: CATEGORY _____________________________
TITLE ___________________________________________________________ ____________
ENTRY 002: CATEGORY _____________________________
TITLE ___________________________________________________________ _____________
ENTRY 003: CATEGORY _____________________________
TITLE ___________________________________________________________ _____________
ENTRY 004: CATEGORY_____________________________ TITLE______________________________________________________
The Board has decided to switch to a new gallery at the Senior Center every two months instead of every month.
1. Instead of a field trip for producing gallery photos we introduced a new format in December where we listed a project or theme for the gallery at the Senior Center. The format asks for a minimum of three photos per project/theme and up to nine photos total to be emailed to me by each member with a deadline of two days before the evaluation meetings where we will evaluate and critique the submitted photos and select the 27 that will be hung at the Senior Center gallery.
2. The first two Project/Themes for the January gallery were:
a. Autumn-Winter Trees, and
b. Looking Up/Looking Down
3. The second two Project/Themes for the March gallery were:
a. Cast Shadows and
b. Signs & Symbols
4. The third two Project/Themes for the May gallery were:
a. Lines to Infinity and
b. Lines: S Curves/ Diagonals
5. The fourth two P/Ts for the September gallery were:
a. Deep Depth of Field and
b. Shallow Depth of Field
6. The fifth two P/Ts for the January gallery are:
a. Rich and Colorful and
7. The sixth two P/T's for the March gallery are:
a. Water Reflections and
b. Capturing Motion
Additional Project/Themes for the following bi-monthly galleries are:
In The Forest
Look at the Sky
Going Around In Circles
Our plan is to choose two P/T's every two months. This will allow the photographer to shoot photos for future P/Ts as the opportunities present themselves.
February 25, 2014 - We evaluated the 89 March gallery submissions of photos with the "Cast Shadows and Signs & Symbols" themes. We hung the new gallery on Friday, March 7th at the Senior Center. It will be up through the month of April.
March 11th - We discussed ideas and questions on all things photographic. We also demonstrated some editing techniques using training videos for Lightroom 5. The laptop speaker was inadequate and has been addressed with a new wireless speaker.
March 25th - Another in our series of discussions and sharing of techniques. Plans for field trips are in the works as and if the weather ever warms. Don't forget to take those Project/Theme photos for submission by April 20th.
April 8th - Discussion of camera settings for best exposure/focus
April 22nd - We evaluated the 147 May gallery submissions with the "Lines to Infinity and Lines: S Curves/ Diagonals" themes. We will hang the new gallery on May 6th at the Senior Center. It will be up through the month of June.
May 13th - Fran Gallogly presented two photo presentations the first part of the meeting after which we viewed some award winning professional photographs and entertained a discussion on the reasons we may or may not feel the images are exceptional.
May 27th - Cancelled
June 16th - Field Trip to the Bronx Zoo.
June 24th - Computer foul-up by yours truly prevented the Zoo evaluation so it will be held on July 15th instead.
July 15th - This meeting was our first at the new venue in the basement room of the Seton Academy building on the St. Vincent's (Hall-Brooke) campus. Directions: Drive east on Long Lots Rd. and turn left when you come to the ST. Vincents (Hall-Brooke) driveway. Then take the first left turn towards the red brick building called Seton Academy. Either park on the grass before reaching the building or look for a space in the parking area next to the building. Walk behind the building to the second door leading into the lower level. Our meeting room is just inside to the left.
The room is great for viewing photos as it can be made totally dark.
The Project/Theme approach has resumed for the September gallery. The P/T's to shoot for are: Deep Depth of Field and Shallow Depth of Field.
July 29th - A small but dedicated group of 9 members gathered at Seton Academy for a session on Lightroon 5 which ran 2 1/2 hours and covered topics covering importing photos into LR5, organizing them in the Library module and retouching them in the Develop module that touched on most of the available tools. In attendance were: Balch, Groner, Rubin, Greenlee, Bolle, Perry, Foodman, Messman and Kalman.
Sept. 9th - Our meeting entailed an evaluation of the photos submitted for the Project/Themes of Deep Depth of Field and Shallow Depth of Field. The gallery will be up until EXPO photos are hung the third week in October.
Sept. 23rd - David Kalman presented a slideshow of his photographs from two photographic excursions to Italy. This was followed by a discussion of camera settings for different occasions and editing tips.
Oct. 14th - There will be no meeting due to preparing for the EXPO 11 opening on Oct. 24th
Oct. 24th - Our EXPO 11 Gala opening was very successful and elicited many comments on the quality of the submissions. Congratulations to all who contributed and especially to Sal Mollica who headed the EXPO team effort and to Lenny Messman who, once again, went home with the Best In Show photo of a barber chair in an abandoned prison in Philadelphia.
Oct. 28th - We met to analyze and comment on the EXPO photos - making constructive suggestions for improvement. It should be interesting to hear David Pressler's comments on the same images on Nov. 10th.
Nov. 10th (Monday) - David Pressler gave us his critique of the EXPO photographs. There was no meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11th
Nov. 25th - We had a discussion of the January Project/Themes (see above) as well as planning for the Y's Men wide Smartphoneography contest announced at the general meeting. Finally, we will discuss "Lessons Learned" from this year's EXPO.
Dec. 9th - We will work with Lightroom techniques and Q & A.
Dec 23rd - Postponed to Dec. 30th
Dec. 30th - We evaluated and selected from the 138 photos emailed to Bill Balch on the P/Ts of
a. Rich and Colorful and
The 27 selected photos will be hung on Jan. 9th.
Jan. 9, 2015 - Volunteers hung the January gallery at the Senior Center. Most of the EXPO 11 prints were left on the walls at the request of the Center. We have been asked to populate the halls of the Senior Center with matted and/or framed photos at our discretion as to choice of images and length of display.
Jan 13th - We will discuss the approach to take in the future for choice of photos and length of display for the walls of the Senior Center. Time permitting, we will have a general discussion on topics of interest to the attendees.
Jan 27th - Cancelled
Feb. 9th - Cancelled. The March gallery will become the April gallery
Feb. 24th - We will meet in the Conference room at the Senior Center from 10 am to noon. Our nearly completed plans for a permanent Camera Club Gallery on the walls of the Senior Center will be discussed and a plan for creating and maintaining these galleries will be our main focus. This is the most important undertaking for our club since the advent of EXPO so we hope all members make an effort to attend. In addition, we will discuss some ideas for better planning and execution of our club's goals.
Mar. 10th - ( meeting at our new venue at Seton Academy at 10:00am). Our first job will be to select 66 candidates for hanging in the new Senior Center gallery from over 200 images previously selected from EXPOs 2008 through 2014. The photographers whose work is chosen will be asked if they can deliver prints to the Senior Center or at our March 24th meeting or, if not, let us know so others may be selected in their place. The April gallery of 30 photos will be chosen at our March 24th meeting and added to the 66 picked will fill the 96 frames we have available.
The two Project/Theme's for the April gallery are:
Mar. 24th - The email submissions to Bill Balch for the April gallery are needed by Mar. 23rd. We will evaluate them at this meeting and the chosen prints should be delivered to the Senior Center by Monday, Mar. 30th. We will hang them on Tuesday March 31st at 10:00 am in the Senior Center. We will place the April gallery in the new frames and mats in the area around the pool table.
March 31st - A group of 11 volunteers worked for two days and finished installing the gallery complete with transparent labels under each frame. A large banner is planned to announce the gallery to the Center's visitors.
April 14th - We had a discussion on the Senior Center gallery. Plans for Spring and Summer field trips were discussed with the suggestion we take Spring outdoor photos for the June/July gallery and plan a trip to Coney Island in July. Chuck Greenlee will investigate a possible combined fieldtrip with the Gardening Club in June.
April 28th - The meeting had to be cancelled. We hope you go outdoors to take photos for evaluation and critiquing at our May 26th meeting.
Due to a scheduling conflict we have had to cancel the Senior Center Gallery opening planned for May 14th.
May 26th - More general discussion covering camera settings, the new Apple Photos program, the latest changes to Lightroom CC (6), etc.
June 9th Field Trip
Email me with any questions.