N4C Convention

President’s Message

Greetings lovers of the lens,

This issue highlights the upcoming N4C Convention: For a discount, be sure to register by August 16th for the Convention in Des

Moines. The convention is September 6-7-8, 2012. The registration form is in this issue, and on the website http://n4c.us/ along

with a schedule of events. There is also a link to a Convention Brochure on this web page. Click the link for the Des Moines

Camera Club Convention web page with the invitation video.

I am really enthused about this convention. Besides being centrally located for our clubs, the programs are going to be outstanding.

The key speaker and workshop leader is Rick Sammon, an enthusiastic, active photographer, and instructor sponsored by the

Canon Explorer of Light program. He writes regular columns for photography magazines, published 30 books, and you’ll find

scads of links from and about him on the web. Here are a few:


Find a link to our convention: http://www.ricksammon.info/p/seminars.html

Get a 5 minute preview – Watch Rick’s “Top 10 Tips” http://youtu.be/W1Unv6DPJiU

http://www.ricksammon.info/ and http://ricksammon.smugmug.com/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108805430409141907975/posts and http://dpexperience.com/

All experts in their fields:

Clint Farlinger, a professional photographer, with a particular interest in landscape photography will present a program “Iowa

Wild Places”.

Elvin McDonald, was garden editor at Better Homes and Gardens, and has authored around 70 books on plants, gardens and gardening

Charley Starnes, an excellent photographer in his own rite, is most respected as the “Superintendent” of the Iowa State Fair Photo

Contest. Each year he must manage over 4,000 entries and cut the field down to a show of around the best 25% from which to pick

the overall winners. He will give us many tips about what he and his judges look for.

Mary Chind, Pulitzer Prize winning Des Moines Register photographer will tell us the “back story” of her winning photo and talk

about photojournalism.

I know you will also like the other speakers as they have provided popular programs at our club meetings and always have new

ideas to present. Two of the Des Moines Club Master Photographers also have great programs prepared – Loren Brown, and Jerry

Ranch. And all the winning prints, slides, and images from the monthly contests will be shown or displayed in the salon.

There is a lot to shoot in Des Moines. The field trips on Friday will stay close to the downtown area — A beautiful Capitol building

inside and out, historical building, botanical center World Food Prize Headquarters & gardens, an attractive skyline and sculpture

garden to mention a few. There are no planned activities on Sunday. The traditional Sunday membership meeting has been combined

with the Friday business meeting. This will let many members return home at a reasonable time on Sunday and let others

visit their choice of sights before heading home. Another great place to shoot is “Living History Farms” http://www.lhf.org/. It is

at I-80/I-35 exit 125 west of Des Moines. You’ll want to plan at least a half day there. Watch for their special “Photography Day”

events and come back September 15-16.

This will be my last article as N4C President. It has been a pleasure having this opportunity on the front page to address members.

Gerald Bonsack from the La Crosse Area Camera Club will be installed at the convention. I hope you will give Jerry, other officers,

chairs, and fellow members all your support that I have enjoyed during my term. There are a wide variety of monthly contests

again starting next month with more digital contests than ever before to keep you busy shooting and sharing. Go to http://n4c.us/

competition.htm and click the Blue Button and print out a copy of the new Contest Rules.

And so I close with my mantra:

Enjoy photography whether or not it is yours – Your legacy is to encourage others to do likewise.

Ken Johnson