Friday, September 13, 2019

Save the Date: CAP Scavenger Hunt Planned



Save Saturday, November 2nd 
Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. 
429 Old Colchester Road, Salem, CT 06420
Teams of photographers will travel the local area to
designated spots to photograph selected elements or items.  
There will be monetary awards for the top image in each category
in addition to team awards for the three highest scoring teams. 
Teams will be drawn at the start of the event.
Lunch will be served at the firehouse while teams edit their images and submit them for judging. 
 Entry fee will be the cost of lunch only.
Must be a CAP member to participate
(if you are not yet a member or need to rejoin, you can join CAP for only $8). 

See CAP Blogfor further details to become a member or renew.

Further details including times and lunch cost will be sent out once they are finalized.

To register please email: mattcollen@gmail.com

Friday, September 06, 2019

Reminder of CAP Field Trip on Thursday, Sept. 19

Two photo opportunities will be available on this trip. 

During the morning we will shoot in and around  Norwich, CT. Details are being worked out, but may include such sites as the very interesting town hall and Yantic Falls.

Later in the day we head towards Plainfield, CT, to photograph at HAY BURR INN HORSE RESCUE. [Note, in the previous post we said Plainville. we goofed, Sorry for any confusion]. We have made arrangements to photograph horses/donkey at the rescue facility. Sturdy footwear is a rule of the sanctuary. (no heels or sandals) You might want to consider having bug spray. Run by volunteers there is no charge, however CONTRIBUTIONS are greatly appreciated. In addition to monetary contributions, clean cans/bottles and old clothes/shoes are happily accepted. 

YOU MUST be a paid CAP member to attend. Dues are due, so please send your $8 to Jim Dionne at 131 Pembroke Court, Meriden, CT 06450

Please contact Linda Thomas at humbrd001@yahoo,com to sign up. Please include your cell number and the town where you live for organizational purposes.

Further details will be emailed to those who sign up. Please note the short time line for the September 19th date.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Two CAP Day Trips Coming Up

CAP will be running two day trips, one on Thursday, September 19, and the other on Saturday, October 26th.

1. Thursday, September 19

Two photo opportunities will be available on this trip. 

During the morning we will shoot in and around  Norwich, CT. Details are being worked out, but may include such sites as the very interesting town hall and Yantic Falls.
Town Hall in Norwich, CT
Yantic Falls in Norwich, CT

Later in the day we head towards Plainville, CT to photograph at HAY BURR INN HORSE RESCUE. We have made arrangements to photograph horses/donkey at the rescue facility. Sturdy footwear is a rule of the sanctuary. (no heels or sandals) You might want to consider having bug spray. Run by volunteers there is no charge, however CONTRIBUTIONS are greatly appreciated. In addition to monetary contributions, clean cans/bottles and old clothes/shoes are happily accepted. 

2. Saturday, October 26

Back by popular demand is a trip to SOUTHWICK ZOO in Mendon, MA. There are over 100 species in a natural setting at the zoo which includes a 25 acre deer forest and a petting zoo. Since it is near Halloween, the zoo runs a two week special where children in costume receive free admission, but this should not impede our ability to get some really nice photos. We expect the animals to be more lively in the cooler weather. There also may be some fall foliage to enhance our photography.

Admission $22 for seniors (62 and over) or $28 for adults.

Both Trips

YOU MUST be a paid CAP member to attend. Dues are due, so please send your $8 to Jim Dionne at 131 Pembroke Court, Meriden, CT 06450

Please contact Linda Thomas at humbrd001@yahoo,com to sign up. Please include your cell number and the town where you live for organizational purposes.

Further details of both trips will be emailed to those who sign up. Please note the short time line for the September 19th date.

Friday, August 30, 2019

PLEASE BE ADVISED! E-mail Scam Hits Photographic Community

There are many scams out there on the internet requesting money in one form or another or asking you to verify a purchase which you have never made. There is one such scam making the rounds from Antoinette Gombeda as President of NECCC asking you to give an amount of money to an organization because she is out of town and can not do it herself. Neither NECCC nor Antoinette would NEVER, EVER, EVER ask anyone to do this. Please beware of this and do not respond. 

Note that this same scam hit the previous NECCC president so it isn't new. Be careful. If in doubt about any message simply delete it. That is one of the best ways to protect yourself.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Connecticut Invitatiional

Greetings everyone! The CAP Board has voted to discontinue the Connecticut Invitational due to low participation. It may come back in the future, but for now, it will be replaced with other events. The Board is working on putting together a Scavenger Hunt type of event for October or November. We are checking on some locations for part of the day (for lunch and processing images). As soon as we have all of the info put together, we will get it out in the blog.

Thanks,
Hazel Meredith & Loretta Paul-Goldin, former CT Invitational Chairs

Friday, July 05, 2019

A Letter from the CAP President

Dear CAP Members,

As we celebrate the United States of America’s 243rdBirthday, please take a few minutes to give thanks to our ancestors along with our military service members. Our country’s volunteers in 1776 kept our enemies at bay to help form this great nation. 

Volunteering

As with any organization, CAP runs with the help of its members. (You may see a theme developing here in my message.)

Many of us will be headed to the New England Camera Club Council’s 74thAnnual Conference at UMASS, in Amherst next week. As Summer continues, we need to think about the Fall fair season as many fairs have photography contests. I have entered a few images myself in the past as many of you have. While on this subject, the Durham Fair is looking for volunteers to help with their photography division competitions. They will also be in need of judges. Many CAP members have judged and volunteered in the past and I hope to see a few new volunteers offer to help. If you are interested, contact Jennifer Schulten, Asst. Superintendent, at 860-287-3291; or Matthew Kabel, Asst. Superintendent, 860-347-0131, phototeacher@gmail.com.

CAP EVENTS

Connecticut Invitational 2019. At the last board meeting we discussed possibly changing the format of the Invitational as we have had very few clubs enter the past couple events. Hazel Meredith and Loretta Paul-Goldin are the co-chairs of the event. Loretta and Hazel plan to continue on as chairs (though Hazel & I will be relocating to TN later this year, so we will need a new co-chair for 2021). We are looking for alternative event ideas for the contest. Should it be opened to all CT photographers (like the TOPS event is)? Should we have a “theme” for the images (such as black and white, buildings, transportation, crazy creative, artist creative, portraiture, cellphone/tablet entries)? Please submit ideas to Hazel@meredithimages.com or lmpaul67@aol.com

TOPS in Connecticut is the premier venue for Connecticut photographers to compete and share their excellent work. This competition is held every two years in even-numbered years. The 2018 event had almost 125 Connecticut photographers enter, competing with 734 images!  

The Co-Chairs of TOPS have been Antoinette Gombeda and Bill Barnett. They are retiring from this position and would need to pass along the management of this event to new Co-Chairmen. Ideally, two individuals will handle this competition. Some of the responsibilities include: receipt of entries, organization of entries for the competition, obtaining judges for the event, reserving venues for the competition and subsequent awards dinner, ordering awards, etc. Please contact me at Dave@MeredithImages.comif you are interested in co-chairing this event.

Watch for more news soon on other upcoming CAP events. Hope to see you at Amherst!

Dave Meredith
CAP President

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Rockport Field Trip-May 3, 4, and 5, 2019

CAP is holding an exciting weekend field trip to the beautiful Cape Ann Peninsula!  Although it is early in the season and we won’t be swimming yet, there are numerous opportunities for photography in and around Rockport and Gloucester.  We will visit these locations in the best lighting conditions (primarily early morning and sunset).  Both towns have “downtown” areas with quaint shops which are fun to photograph.  Of course, shopping is always a possibility!  The group will be staying in a motel facing the beach which will provide even more opportunities for creative photography.  
HOWEVER - space is very limited – so if you are interested, please email Linda Thomas (humbrd001@yahoo.com) or Ann Yost (ayost4@aol.com) as soon as possible.  
We are looking forward to a fun and productive weekend!  

Monday, April 08, 2019

Thank You from the CAP President

April 8, 2019 

Dear Connecticut Association of Photographers Members,

I want to take a couple of moments of your time to say thank you!

Thank you to all of our CAP members and friends who entered the TOPS in CT competition for 2018. We had a great turnout for the winning images show and buffet dinner Saturday evening at The Whitney Center in Hamden. The members of the CAP Board wrote the critiques that were used for the commentary.  Antoinette Gombeda and Bill Barnett, who were the co-chairs of this great event, deserve more than a simple ‘thank you’. 

For close to 20 years they have promoted this bi-annual event and turned it into one of the best photography events for Connecticut photographers. It has also become a great social event for the attendees who come to watch the show of amazing images. It is always good time when you get to catch up with friends in person. While social media is a great way to keep in touch, there is still something to be said about shaking hands, hugs and comradery.  

I especially want to thank Cynthia Gosselin, as she takes the position on the board as the immediate past president of CAP. Cindy was great help to me in my role of vice-president. Her leadership and attention to detail has made my transition into the position of President for the next two years much easier.

Another big thank you to Matt Collen for stepping up to join the board in the position of Vice President of CAP. I look forward to working with him on future photography events that we are looking to present to the CAP membership over the next two years.

And most of all, I want to say thank you to all of our other board members: Treasurer, Loretta Paul-Goldin; Secretary, Hazel Meredith; Membership Chair, James Dionne; Field Trip Committee, Linda Thomas, Art Yost & Ann Yost; Webmaster, Bill Barnett; NECCC Rep, Lisa Cuchara; and Directors: Bob Fedder, Collen Reilly, Scott Hudkins, Pat Benham & Donna Owens.

And one last big thank you to YOU, our CAP members. You are why we do what we do! If you have suggestions for events or field trips, feel free to contact me with your ideas.

Sincerely,

Dave Meredith, CAP President

Sunday, April 07, 2019

TOPS in CT 2020

TOPS in Connecticut is the premier venue for Connecticut photographers to share, exhibit and boast of their excellent work.  The TOPS competition, sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Photographers (CAP), is presented every two years.  For the 2018 event, about 125 Connecticut photographers entered the competition, competing with about 734 images!  
The Co-Chairs of TOPS, starting in 2006, have been Antoinette Gombeda and Bill Barnett. Antoinette and Bill would now like to pass along the management of this event to new Co-Chairmen.  At least two individuals will be needed to take over the obligations for the TOPS competition.  Some of the responsibilities include receipt of entries, organization of entries for the competition, obtaining judges for the event, reserving event venues for the competition and subsequent awards dinner, ordering awards, etc. 
The next TOPS competition is scheduled for the Fall of 2020 with the TOPS awards dinner scheduled for the Spring of 2021.  Antoinette and Bill will help the new Co-Chairmen for TOPS in Connecticut 2020 as they learn their new roles and will provide lots of templates and examples for rules, entry forms, etc. 
Please contact any of the individuals below if you have an interest in Co-Chairing future TOPS competitions.
Dave Meredith, CAP president, at racenfish@aol.com
Cindy Gosselin, past CAP president, at cgosselin@sbcglobal.net
Bill Barnett at WBBBarnett@gmail.com
Antoinette Gombeda at agombeda@optonline.net
Thank you,
Cindy Gosselin
Past President, Connecticut Association of Photographers 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Reminder to Make Reservation for CAP Dinner and Tops in CT Show

This is just a gentle reminder that the Tops in Connecticut show and CAP dinner are scheduled for April 6, 2019. Deadline for receipt of reservations is March 28, 2019. The show will contain 101 images selected at the judging last December along with commentary written by some of Connecticut's most experienced photographers. Come and see the excellent and varied work by many talented Connecticut Photographers.

Details
  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • Time: Show begins at 5 p.m. followed by a short business meeting and presentation of the awards followed by a buffet dinner
  • Location: Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Road, Hamden, CT
  • Cost: $25 per person


Deadline for receipt of reservations is Thursday, March 28, 2019.