Welcome to the Gateway Camera Club

 

Our goals are to share ideas, knowledge, and insight; to help improve the skills and abilities of our members; and to have some fun while enjoying photography. We recognize photography is changing, growing and with ever-emerging technologies, more exciting than ever!  Gateway was one of the first local camera clubs to embrace digital photography and, as a result, we have some very knowledgeable digital photographers. Many award-winning members of Gateway Camera Club honed their talents and abilities through the mentoring they found at Gateway.

Our club is very active and we meet on most Tuesdays from September to June 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Want to compete, learn and share? Check out our exciting schedule. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Just stop in and introduce yourself. We hope you'll soon find an aspect of Gateway that fits your interests. Please browse our website, learn more about what we do, and enjoy. And remember, enthusiasm is catchy. Come and catch some!  

The slideshow to the right are images from our  May 2024 Competition

 

Interested in seeing what Gateway Camera Club is all about? You are welcome to join as a Guest Member for 30 days.  Just send us an Email and you will be added to the attendee list for the next 30 days.


 

 

Upcoming Events

    

  

Competition Night - Zoom - May 28th - Image of the Year - Judges Christine Cooke, Polina Plotnikova and Doreen Sykes

 

Gateway Annual Picnic - Saturday June 1st  at 11:00 AM- Ashland State Park

Registration is open for our third annual Gateway Club Picnic. We will be at the Pavilion at Ashland State Park (156 W Union St, Ashland, MA 01721) again this year.  The picnic will be from 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday June 1st. Rain or shine.

We will provide sandwiches, salads, chips and drinks (water, lemonade, iced tea) included in the very reasonable fee of $10 per person. If you wish, feel free to bring other non-alcoholic beverages for your own consumption. We are suggesting that members bring a dessert of your choice to share with others.  

Guests are welcome and you must register yourself and your guest on the club website home page. Registration will close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, 5/26.

The fee of $10 per person will be due prior to the picnic. Please mail your check to Fred Floru, 208 Parker St. Newton, MA 02459 no later than Monday, May 27th to arrive before the picnic. Make the check out to Gateway Camera Club and indicate "Club Picnic" in the check memo field.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking at the park is $8 but is waived for vehicles with a Handicapped license plate or placard, a Purple Heart Recipient license plate, or a Disabled veteran license plate. Parking is also free if you have a state senior parking pass (valid at most state parks). If you do not have a Mass state Sr. Parking Pass they are available to Mass residents age 62+ by mail or online for $10 and are valid for a lifetime. Information for obtaining the pass is available at: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/get-a-senior-parking-pass   If you do not have a permit, you can pay the daily parking fee at the payment kiosk at the park entry.

We are looking forward to another great opportunity to socialize with our fellow members and renew acquaintances with significant others.

Education Night - Zoom - June 4th - "Event Photography, Including Ballet" presented by Ron Wyatt

 

Professional photography of events is the art of taking striking pictures at gatherings of people who care deeply about something. All of us snap pictures of events occasionally.

I will describe the techniques I use to photograph massive public gatherings like conventions, concerts, and even the grand debuts of roller coasters and amusement parks. I'm hoping you'll like this account of my experiences as a photographer.

During this program, these and other topics will be covered:

- How to prepare for a shoot, including what camera and lenses to consider.
- What settings and focal lengths to use for your DSLR or Mirrorless cameras and lenses to help ensure sharp and striking photographs?
- How to anticipate the action and capture “decisive moments” with the help of continuous (burst) shooting.
- A description of “Back Button Focus,” and why it can make a huge difference in your photography.
- How to take portraits off-stage, with both on- and off-camera lighting

On tour with the Moscow ballet: Ron will talk about his experience photographing the Moscow ballet for their 35-city tour of the US. He will discuss the experience of sleeping on a bus, the equipment he uses, and how he was able to produce spectacular photos from the tour.

How to Capture Stunning Dance and Performance Images On and Off the Stage - If you want to up your game when it comes to photographing actors, dancers, and other performers on and off the stage (whether at a Preschool or Carnegie Hall), this is a program you won’t want to miss. Ron Wyatt, International Photo Tour Leader, and Two-Time Olympic Games Photographer will cover a wide range of topics as he displays his inspiring work from two recent US tours with the Moscow Ballet.

 

 

 

 

Field Trips, Events of Interests, SIGs

 

 

Lighting SIG - Saturday June 8th 10:30 AM TO 1:00 PM - South Natick Dam, Eliot St side of River

 

Welcome!  Terry Anderson will present some of his lighting knowledge at June's interactive meeting.

Terry will cover High Speed Sync (HHS), using a circular polarizing filter (CPL) and neutral density (ND) filters for shooting on a sunny day. We will also cover using an ND filter to do landscape. And discuss using color filters when shooting black and white.

As always, Terry will attempt to answer individual questions off today's topics, as time permits.

Our lighting workshops are for every member.  If you've never used lighting, you may be intimidated by how it all works, but do not be intimidated by our lighting workshops.  These meetings are a great way to learn in the supportive company of fellow Gateway members.  

Registration:   /club/Event_Registration.aspx?EventId=671fd3a1-404d-42ca-91bb-4a1f4f7c2d7c


 

 

Focus Stacking Hands-on Tutorial - Sunday June 9th 1:00 to 3:30 PM - Framingham Library, McAuliffe Branch

 

Focus stacking is a technique used in photography to achieve a greater depth of field than would be possible with a single exposure. It involves taking multiple images of the same scene, each with a slightly different focus point, and then combining these images into a single photograph where all parts of the scene are in sharp focus.

Here's how it typically works:

  1. Capture multiple images: You take several photographs of the same scene, adjusting the focus slightly between each shot. Each image will have a different portion of the scene in sharp focus while other parts may appear blurry.
  2. Combine images: Once you have captured the set of images, you use photoshop or other specialized software to merge them together. This software aligns the images and selectively combines the focused portions of each one, resulting in a single image where the entire scene is in focus.

Focus stacking is particularly useful in macro photography, where getting a large depth of field can be challenging due to the close proximity to the subject. It's also used in landscape photography and other genres where achieving sharp focus throughout the entire scene is desired.

Sounds interesting? Join us for a hands on tutorial at the Framingham Library, McAuliffe Branch, 746 Water St, Framingham, MA 01701

For hands-on participation, bring

  1. To make photos, Camera with Long 80mm to 200mm lens or Macro lens and a tripod
  2. Laptop with photoshop to process the images

Join us even if you don't want to actively participate. It's a good opportunity to learn by watching others going through the process. Also, don't worry if you don't have a tripod, or a laptop. I will bring a couple of extra tripods and you are welcome to use my laptop to process your images.

Agenda:

  1. Quick overview of focus stacking
  2. Plenty of opportunities to make photos
  3. Followed by post processing the photos in Photoshop and lightroom
  4. View results discover what works and what doesn't and repeat the above steps until you are comfortable
  5. (Time permitting) Intro to other Software. Harry will introduce Helicon Focus which in many ways is stronger than photoshop at processing focus stacks.
  6. (Time permitting) Camera brand specific features that automate the focus stack creation process.

 

Registration/club/Event_Registration.aspx?EventId=b7038a0a-aa3c-40b9-abe8-95ca0bef1a6e

 

 

International Photo Event - Saturday June 23rd - 10am to 11 am


Join your Gateway colleagues and meet some European photographers at Mojacar beach on the first Sunday of the summer, June 23, from 10:00-11:00.  You won’t need a passport, only a Zoom connection to take part in our First Annual International Photo Event with Vera International Photo Club of Mojacar Spain.  It won’t be a competition, but an opportunity for 20 members of each club to exhibit and discuss an image.  

Vera photo club asked their members to show only photos that were taken in Europe.  Gateway’s only restriction is that photos be taken in North America.  Images that illustrate New England such as fall foliage, lobster pots, iconic architecture, the Boston Marathon, or the solar eclipse are welcome.  These might be selected for Gateway’s introductory slide show as well as the presentation.  Your brief discussion should include why you took the photo and maybe some description of your technique.  We welcome any category of photo including creative images.   

This is your chance to gain international recognition for your work!   All members, even those who don’t submit an image, are welcome to attend the meeting, but those who submit photos will have more fun.    Don’t pass up this exciting opportunity!    Submit up to four of your photos, sized as for competition, to marylouise3@icloud.com  by midnight on Sunday June 9, 2024.  Please rank your photos and label them as follows - 

Name of photo_YourName_1 (for your first choice)….. Name of photo _YourName_2, etc….

 

 

 

Watkins Glen Photography Trip - August 26-30, 2024

Please consider joining other GCC members on a trip to Watkins Glen, NY this summer.

Our main focus will be to do some hiking and to photograph waterfalls (of which there are many in this area). We may also add other places of interest as the group makes plans (Corning Glass Museum, Wineries for example).

We are looking into a few different options for where to stay; we don’t all have to stay at there same place.

Camping on Lake Seneca with boat launch for canoes and kayaks:  Smith Memorial Park in Hector, NY https://www.smithmemorialpark.com

Inns and B&B

The Lodge at Grist Iron Brewing Company: https://www.gristironbrewing.com/the-lodge-rooms
Vineyard Villas: https://thevineyardvillas.com
Magnolia Place B&B: https://www.magnoliawelcome.com

There will be more details to follow for those who register. Registration does NOT commit you to the trip, it only keeps you in the know as plans come together. 

Follow this link to register for the event: /club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=4123d80f-5450-499c-bb2f-2febcb8bbd0c


Photographer's Event List

Buz is creating an events of interest to photographers list.  This is intended to be an interactive list with any member sending Buz an event that they've learned about.  The event can be anything that you think would be of interest to photographers.  These could be larger regional events or small home town celebrations of some kind.   Any theme might be a good event:  specialty sports (nat'l leagues, we already know about), state and local fairs and festivals, flowers and gardens, historic, special visiting exhibits at museums, and events that defy categorization.  As you send Buz events,  he will add to the list and send out periodic updated e-mails. 

All Season  Car Shows  Many, many local and regional motor vehicle related events, weekdays and weekends.  Contact Buz for info.

American Heritage Museumhttps://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/living-history-presentation-life-as-a-roman-soldier/

July 11-14 Quincy and July 25-28 Devens - The Wall That Heals - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund - https://www.vvmf.org/The-Wall-That-Heals/?gad_source=1

 

 






 

  

Instagram

GCC has established two Instagram hashtags to promote our club member's pictures.  These are as follows:

#gatewaycameraclubma

#gcc_ma

We are looking forward to seeing your pictures under our hashtags on Instagram. Please contact anyone on the Social Media Committee (Fred Floru, Beth DeBor, Susan McIntyre or Terry Anderson) if you have any questions.



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