Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Field Trip: Coca-Cola bottling plant tour

We'll join the tours of the former Coca-Cola bottling plant on Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Indy, hosted by Indiana Landmarks. The “before” tour will provide an opportunity to photograph the art deco designs of the historic Coca-Cola bottling plant that Hendricks Commercial Properties will soon convert to Bottleworks—apartments, restaurants, retail shops, movie theaters, and a boutique hotel. Unfortunately this tour sold out just as quickly as the first one back in August. You can, however, sign up for the wait list to be entered into a lottery to win tickets.

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Jan
11
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: Macro photography

Photo Venture members Karl Zemlin and Scott Kinzie will tag team to present: "Macro Fundamentals & Demonstration" for approximately 30 minutes. Then for 50 minutes, all members are invited to participate in a hands-on macro shoot with practice and mentoring opportunities. The board and committee members will provide some still-life items to photograph. Bring your cameras, macro lens, tripods, and something to photograph such as feathers, flowers, sand, etc. This will be a hands-on evening. Also, board and committee members will be available with equipment to mentor as requested.

 

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Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

Weekly meeting: Holiday party

We'll have our annual holiday party at M10 Studio. Bring a wrapped photo (matted but not framed) if you want to participate in the White Elephant fun!

Here's how to get to M10 Studio:

M10 Studio is located in downtown Indianapolis less than ¼ of a mile from the east end of Massachusetts Avenue (Mass Ave).  Most people come east from either Mass Ave or 10th Street. Either road goes under the Hwy 65 overpass.  Once through the overpass turn left at the 2nd light (the first one will be immediately past the overpass.  The second light is Brookside Avenue.)  By now you will have seen the CCIC (a big blue building) on your left.  Turn left onto Brookside Avenue and follow Brookside around the curve.  Do NOT park in the first parking lot on your left.  You will be about half a building away from the studio.  Continue around the curve until you see the large parking lot on your right.  Turn right into the parking lot at the main entrance to the lot.  There is no gate and parking is free.

Once you park your car walk directly across Brookside and look for the glass door.  The correct door has a LARGE round red & silver "gear" sign to the immediate right of the door.  The sign says "CCIC Indy-Made."  There is a large silver mailbox to the left of the door.  After entering the building walk through the second glass door.  Do NOT go upstairs or you’ll get lost.  Once past the second door just walk back, turn right at the Coke machine and then turn immediately left.  The entrance to M10 Studio will be on your right.

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Nov
29
5:45 PM17:45

Weekly meeting: Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

We'll meet at the Pike Performing Arts Center to photograph the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's rehearsal of its production of the Nutcracker.

Note three important changes!

  • The meeting/field trip is on Wednesday, not our usual Thursday.
  • Photographers should arrive no later than 5:45 pm -- the rehearsal starts at 6
  • The rehearsal is at the Pike Performing Arts Center, not the Tarkington in Carmel where we often photograph the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.

 

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Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: Still life photography

Our guest presenter is Lisa Bell Jamison. About her program on creating still life images, she says, "I will be sharing my still life photos and explaining what inspires me to do this type of photography. I will also be describing the equipment, materials, props and other elements needed to get started doing still life and providing tips for composition and lighting."

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Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Field Trip: Shirley Tresner's horse farm

  • 3052 North County Road 450 West Greencastle, IN (map)
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Photo Venture will visit a horse farm owned by Shirley Tresner, which is located next to the Bainbridge Saddle Club.

LOCATION:  3052 North County Road 450 West, Greencastle, IN (DO NOT USE GPS ROUTES AS THEY ARE NOT ACCURATE!!) See directions below.
DATE:  Saturday, October 7th (rain date is Sunday, October 8th)
TIME:  10:00 am arrival time
PARKING:  Please try to carpool as parking may be tight.  We will try to post a sign at Brick Chapel and at Co Rd 450 to help with finding your way.

Note: If you plan to attend please RSVP to Joe Phillips at phillipsbaird @ comcast.net.

Shirley will give a talk at 10:30 at the stables about the farm, the horses, her interest in racing and how photography fits in the picture.  She will show us a mare, stallion and the babies, and if Festus the miniature donkey is up for it, she will bring him out, too.  (He's a hoot!)
 
A continuation of fall colors photo ops is also available after the horse farm tour.  Rachel Curtis' tree farm is just around the country corner from Shirley's (literally, just 3 miles away).

Shirley asks the following of each guest:

  1)  No flash photography (the flash scares the horses and this is a BIG no-no)

  2)  No smoking (everything is extremely dry and highly flammable)

  3)  Wear comfy shoes for hiking, and appropriate clothing (you're on a farm, so ....  :-)  )

  4)  The woods on her farm are close for some fall colors, but Mother Nature cannot be coerced!   A second location to visit is also available after the horse farm tour.

  5)  Please be mindful that this is a WORKING HORSE FARM.  She raises race horses here, and therefore there are certain protocols that need to be followed to keep all visitors and animals safe.  She is not responsible for accidents.

For those who would like to stop by after the horse farm tour, Rachel will lead a tour of her tree farm.  Owl Creek (sadly, not much water this time of year) is easily accessible, so we will trek down - and across it to the 85 acres of natural hardwoods (maples, oaks, hickory, sycamores, cherry, poplar/tulips, walnuts, etc...) to snap photos.  We will hike up a tree logging road to the back pasture where you might see signs of wildlife (deer, turkey, coyote, squirrel, raccoons, etc...)  It's about a quarter of a mile from the creek to the pasture - and uphill - so those who have mobility issues may choose to stay down by the creek.  Lots of deer trails meander through the forest with valleys all throughout the terrain.  Our forest is State Classified and is currently under a Conservation Reserve Program, and has one of the largest groves of White Walnut trees in the state.  The main logging road opens up to a 10 acre pasture where in the past we have planted food plots of sunflowers, turnips and milot for the wildlife.  If Mother Nature is kind to us, the colors will just be magnificent!

DIRECTIONS:

Coming from the West side of Indianapolis: From I-465/Rockville Road exit - head West on US36/Rockville Road for about 45 miles.  Come to the intersection of US36 and US231.  Turn Left/South on US231 for about 3.8 miles to the town of Brick Chapel.  Turn Right/West on CR 350.  Go 3.2 miles to County Road 450 West (there is a wooden sign for Bainbridge Saddle Club).  Come as far as you can (.3 miles) and you end up at Shirley's farm.

Coming from the South side of Indianapolis:  From I-70  to the Greencastle/Cloverdale Exit / US231.  Go north at the intersection to Greencastle.  US 231 goes through the town of Greencastle.  (Yes, you will pass a Starbucks located at the courthouse square.)  US 231 does the "zig/zag" in the heart of town so watch for the signs for US 231 (Left/"ZIG" on Washington Street, Right/"ZAG" on Jackson Street).  Stay on US 231 headed North out of town for about 4.8 miles to Brick Chapel.  Turn Left/West on County Road 350.  Go 3.2 miles to County Road 450 West (there is a wooden sign for Bainbridge Saddle Club).  Come as far as you can (.3 miles) and you end up at Shirley's farm.

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Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: Photographer Chris Williams

This week PVCC welcomes Chris Williams, who was named Indiana State Fair photographer of the year, to show his work and discuss his approach to photography. Chris is executive director of the Winona School of Professional Photography and vice president of the Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild. You can find his work at http://www.chriswilliams.photography.

Tonight is also the deadline to submit photos for the October competition. The topic is "Water" and the format is digital. Images must be submitted by midnight Thursday Oct. 5. How to submit contest entries. This month's judge is Christine Merchant.

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Sep
16
5:30 PM17:30

Field Trip: Minnetrista in Muncie

The club will visit Minnetrista Gathering Place in Muncie. Located about 1 hour northeast of Carmel, the former estate of the Ball brothers includes gardens, an orchard, architecture and a pond full of water lilies.  Weekly summer farmer's market. Meet at Minnetrista at the Orchard Shop at 9:00 a.m.  

Lunch after the shoot at Bird’s Smoke House in Daleville.

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Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: Image share and discussion

Bring two -- just two -- photos and come prepared to describe how you took the images: what you were trying to capture, how did you set up to capture the image (composition and camera conditions), and whether you feel you were successful. Please show the images before and after any post-processing. Images do not have to be your best -- you can bring in work for which you are seeking suggestions or help.

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Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: Managing work flow

So you return from a morning shoot, or a vacation, with a few hundred -- or a few thousand -- images. PVCC member Karl Zemlin will give us his tips on work flow, discussing "How I dealt with 6,000 photos from my trip to Sweden."

This is also competition turn in: Topic: Macro/Close Up (the subject must be less than 3 inches in size), Format: Digital.

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Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: No meeting, but competition turn-in!

Because the Indianapolis Art Center is closed, we will not have a meeting this week (Aug. 17). However, entries for the August digital competition, Primary Colors, are due by the end of the day on August 17th.  You can email your entries to pvcccontest@gmail.com.  Competition rules are here and info on how to enter is here. Judging will take place on August 31.

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Jul
15
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip: Carmel Farmer's Market

We will display prints of previous shots from Carmel Farmer's Market. Bring matted or mounted photos of the market to display.  We will also display some photos on laptop in a slide show. Shots must be of the Carmel Farmers Market: close-ups, landscape, veggies, people (but again, NO Amish people).

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Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Field Trip: Peru Amateur Youth Circus

Our trip to the Peru Amateur Circus at 154 N. Broadway in Peru, Ind., has been one of the favorite trips for several years. Many of the images have been seen in the monthly competitions.

The circus consists of approximately 250 young people ages 7 to 21 from Miami County performing a multitude of circus acts. Flying and multiple trapeze, roman rings, high wire, trampoline, aerial ballet, unicycle, juggling and of course, clowns.  You will be amazed at the talent of these young performers. There are no animal acts.

We have been given access to shoot from the balcony and to go behind the scenes prior to the show to observe the performers getting into costume. Friday night is family night and is a prep for the opening performance on Saturday.

EQUIPMENT:  This is a low light auditorium so you will need a large f stop, f4.5, f2.8, f1.4to capture the action. A monopod or tripod is a good choice while on the balcony.

FYI - We typically return home between 11 pm and midnight.

Check in at the main entrance well ahead of the start time for a badge. This field trip is for current members only.

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Jul
13
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: No Thursday meeting July 13

With two field trips this week (Peru Circus on Friday, Carmel Farmer's market on Saturday) we will not have a weekly meeting this week.

However, you can still turn in your prints for the July competition -- the topic is "Rust." Be sure to remember your Robert's discount cards for your printing needs.

Late entries can be submitted in the northwest corner of the Market District parking lot from 5-5:30 on Thursday, (same location as the Peru Circus meetup/carpool on Friday). Look for Dave Pluimer in a silver Subaru Outback.

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