Welcome to the Crosstown Camera Club

Whether you are just starting out in photography or are an experienced professional, Crosstown Camera Club is a great place to sharpen your skills, share ideas and socialize with others who share a passion for the art of print and digital photography. Our meetings throughout the year provide opportunities to:

  • Develop, improve photographic techniques (photo capture and post-processing).
  • Learn design, emotional impact, storytelling and other fine-art techniques.
  • Socialize with other photographers.
  • Participate in monthly digital and print salons critiqued by experienced judges.
  • Gain photography-related insights from guest speakers at monthly programs.
  • Join members on photography field trips.

For more information, refer to the General Information menu to the right and click on About Our Club.

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, September through May (with the exception of December when we have our holiday party). The meetings include a digital or a print salon competition and photographic presentations. Guests are welcome but you must be paid members to compete in the monthly salons.

 

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Our April speaker was Carlyn Iverson talking about:

Galapagos Islands Wildlife Photography


 

For three decades Carlyn Iverson has worked as a creative professional bringing art and science together.

 
After graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Carlyn worked in the Biomedical Graphics Department of the University of Minnesota Hospitals learning skills of the medical illustration profession. From there a career in illustration for medical and college textbooks began spanning a period of twenty years contributing to the visual content of over 200 textbooks and many other publications for the general public.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ms. Iverson’s web page is Absolute Science Studios

 

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Salon Topics for 2019-20 Season

  • September: Machinery (digital)
  • October: Tracks (print)
  • November: Bridges (digital)
  • January: Isolated Object (print)
  • February: Shoot from Above or Below (digital)
  • March: Discarded/Abandoned (print)
  • April: Extremely Minnesota (digital)
  • May: Visual Metaphor (print)
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    A list of some things that may be of interest to CCC Members

     

    Outings, Exhibits & Workshops

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    April 2019 Salon First Place Topic Image (Speed):

    Rushing Train by Michael Gilligan

    First Place - Rushing Train by Michael Gilligan

     

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    April 2019 Salon First Place Open Image:

    The Watchman by Betsy Preston

    First Place - The Watchman by Betsy Preston

     

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    Click Here to See all the April Acceptances

     

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    Our April judge was Jerry Mathiason

    Jerry Mathiason is currently working on Historic Documentation photography. Usually large format film based documentation of historic sites, large industrial
    projects such as the Pillsbury “A” Mill, various elevators, meatpacking plants (Iowa), stockyards (Nebraska), dams and
    many bridges. These photographs reside in the archives of state historic collections and the Library of Congress.

    He also does documentation of artworks for artists and arts institutions. Jerry has his work in the collections of MIA, Minnesota Historical Society and The Minnesota Museum of Art.

    Jerry has a Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota and he taught film and digital photography at North Hennepin Community College for fifteen years.
     

    Check out Jerry’s Website to see some of his work

     

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    Our March Speaker was Tom Olmscheid:

    Photojournalism – The Story Behind the Picture

    Tom Olmscheid is a photojournalist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

    He was chief photographer for the Minnesota House of Representatives for over 35 years documenting many of the events at the State Capitol during that time.

    Tom has also been a stringer for 33 years with a major wire service covering professional and college sports as well as political events in the Twin Cities. His images have appeared in USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and many other major cities periodicals. His image of the May Town Hall on election day 2001 was included in Time Magazines first ever Best Pictures of the Year 2002.


     

    Tom’s website is

    TOMO Photography


     
     
     
     
     

    May Town Hall by Tom Olmscheid

     

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    Don Tredinnick spoke at the February Meeting

    Don is offering free Photo Hikes & Lectures at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Check out all of Don’s workshops and classes at his website.

    Frozen Hiker Photography

     

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    Our January speaker was Curt Brown of Brown Imagery

    Check out Curt’s web site

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    To learn more about the image stacking technique that Curt talked about here is a short, easy to follow discussion on Photo Stacking for Night Photography

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    Here is an article by Bryan Hansel about using Low Level Lighting for Nightscape Photography. Bryan does a lot of shooting and workshops on the North Shore.

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    The program (for Mac only) that Curt uses for image stacking noise reduction is Starry Landscape Stacker

    Here’s information on Windows software that does the same thing -
    Sequator – FREE PC Milky Way Stacking software that reduces noise

     

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    Upcoming Club Meetings

    May 16 Meeting:

    Secrets of Great Stock Photography or
    How to Work an Idea to Death and Make Money!

    It’s an evening of information with
    professional photographer Chris Grey.

    Chris sold his first stock photo at age 18, owned a stock agency in the ‘80s and currently has several thousand images available for use. He’ll discuss how to work a shoot, how to frame and compose for various markets, what stock agencies like to see and how they work. How to shoot an idea until you start creating something special.

     
     

    Print Salon, Topic: Portrait

     

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    Wednesday June 19:

    Yearend Banquet and Awards
    We will be back at the Centennial Lakes Park Pavilion again this year. Mark your calendar, details coming later.

     

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    Lightroom User Group Facebook Page
    Photoshop User Group Facebook Page
    Photoshop User Group Webpage
     

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    Crosstown’s top images from 2017-18 are on display at

    Edina City Hall
    4801 W. 50th St
    Edina, MN 55424

    Image of the Year – Silo Storm by Scott Board

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    The top 12 images from Crosstown’s 2017—18 season are on display now through September 2019 at Edina City Hall.

     
     
     
     
    The photos are available for viewing in the Community Room during regular business hours (best over the noon hour when the room is less likely to be in use). Enter city hall, walk up the stairs and head straight back to find the Community Room.