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The North Central
Camera Club Council (N4C)

N4C is an organization of about 40 camera clubs in the North Central States area of the United States of America. Individuals are encouraged to join one of the affiliated camera clubs in their area thereby qualifying as a member of N4C and eligible to participate in contests and activities of the Council.


Our Purpose

N4C is a non-profit organization dedicated to public education and learning in the science and art of photography:

bulletto stimulate invention and research in photographic techniques and the general application thereof;
bulletto accumulate and disseminate information on the science and practice of photography;
bulletto issue regular bulletins and publications necessary to record the progress currently being made in the field;
bulletto transmit to members information useful in their practice of photography and allied arts;
bulletto promote and encourage advancement of its members in the knowledge and practice of the science and art of photography;
bulletto render such other services to its members’ clubs as may increase their abilities
bulletto advance in the practice of photography through membership in the local camera clubs;
bulletand to provide a means of communication among the various clubs for the exchange of ideas and accomplishments in this field.

The North Central Camera Council
has been a PSA member
since 1956.

North Central Camera Club (N4C) Convention
Open to the Public
Hudson, WI Wisconsin
September 11-14, 2014

See the link at the top of this web page for a pdf with pictures
about the N4C Convention.

Registrations involving meals must be made by August 22.
Registrations at the door permitted providing seating is available. See the registration form.


Jennifer Wu Saturday sponsored by Canon!
John Gregor Saturday night!
Mike Moats Friday Night sponsored by Tamron!
Doug Beasley Friday!
Gordon Dietzman Friday!
Clare O’Neill Friday
Field Trips !
Thur: Little Log Cabin Pioneer Village
Friday: Fort Snelling or Prairie/waterfall shoot
Download PDF containing speaker bios, field trip descriptions, and registration forms at or
• Know your camera and N4C colleagues
General Information
Hudson is located just 30 minutes east of the twin cities of
Minneapolis/St. Paul. The Hudson House can be reached
From I-94, Take exit 2, then go south on Carmichael Road to
Crest View Drive West. The Hudson House Grand Hotel is
located at 1616 Crest View Drive. Blocked rooms(50) at the
convention rate of $86.99 + tax will be released 30 days prior
to the event. The hotel room price includes a hot, sit-down
breakfast(waitstaff tip not included).Camping is available at
nearby Willow River State Park. This is a VERY popular park
and reservations WELL in advance are necessary.
The hospitality room will be open with snacks Thursday
evening. Please note the hotel does not permit outside
alcoholic beverages. The hotel does have a bar.
Kaposia, North Metro, and Women’s Color photo clubs are
very excited to host the convention. We have been able to
obtain a variety of speakers for broad interest and have
planned field trips for all ability levels. Lectures are available
for those locals who may not wish to visit locations with
which they are already familiar.
!So come KNOW your N4C colleagues as well as your cameras!
Prairie and Waterfall Field Trip
• At first glance a September prairie can look
barren but, a closer inspection will uncover
photographic gold. This field trip will be at
Homestead Park on Perch Lake( the
homestead of Linda Rutherford’s greatgrandfather).
The trip will be led by Linda who
has experience photographing the prairie in all
weather conditions. In order to be in place for
the pre-dawn glow, we will need to leave the
hotel at 6 a.m. Departure could be delayed if
overcast/rainy conditions are expected. There
is a paved, handicapped accessible trail
through the prairie. Rain gear for you and your
camera, and boots would be useful in the
event of heavy dew/rain should you wish to
depart from the trail. Other useful items would
be tripod, cable release, lenses capable of
wide angle to mod telephoto and close-up,
reflectors/diffusers, stakes, off camera flash,
and polarizing filter. Linda will have some
spare equipment to use and instead of
photographing, will be available to provide tips
on what is located where in the prairie and how
she has handled weather conditions.!
• Weather permitting a local falconer will have a
golden eagle at the park for photographs
between 8-9 a.m. (Free will donation).!
• We anticipate leaving for the waterfall at
Willow River State Park about 8:30 a.m. While
the sun is getting harsh on the prairie by this
time, the falls are not hit by direct sun until 11
a.m. at this time of year. Parking at the falls lot
is limited, so we will need to carpool on this
field trip. There is a paved trail 2/3 of the way
to the falls. It is a VERY STEEP trail that we
will have to come back up. !
• Those wishing to just do the prairie shoot could
drive together and perhaps meet up with the Ft
Snelling tour or join the later morning seminar.!
• Snack boxes are available from the hotel with
advance notice.
Photo from Ft Snelling website
Built in the early 1820s, Historic Fort Snelling is a great place to
learn about military history from before the Civil War through World
War II, fur trade history, slavery in Minnesota, the U.S.-Dakota War
of 1862, and much more! Its location – at the junction of the
Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers – has been significant for
centuries to many American Indian communities.
Historic Fort Snelling is a National Historic Landmark.
Starting with opening at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, we will be able to
explore the fort and grounds with our cameras. If school field trips
are present we would also be blessed with living history actors. A
guide will be provided to our group. Optional box lunch is available
from the Hudson House.
Little Log House Pioneer Village Field
The Little Log House Pioneer Village is a site to see for any one who enjoys stepping
back in time and history. With their passion for preservation, Steve and Sylvia Bauer
created a restored pioneer village to display some of southern Minnesota’s most prized
historical artifacts. The site of the Little Log House Pioneer Village was once used for
farming and was a part of Steve and Sylvia’s 160 acre farm.
The creation of the village began in 1987 when Steve was helping a neighbor tear down
a home in the Hastings area. During the demolition process, Steve discovered logs
under the siding of the home that dated back to 1856-57. Instead of continuing to
demolish the structure, Steve saved the cabin and moved it to his farm.
The village has grown tremendously over the years and has some forty-five restored
buildings, a replica of the Hastings Spiral Bridge, a flower garden designed by Sylvia
Bauer that spans over 40,000 square feet and even a dirt track for tractor and truck
Whether you are interested in architectural or horticultural
photography; this place has something for you. This venue is only
open to the public once a year. N4C has it reserved from 3-5 p.m.
on Thur afternoon for the early birds to the conference. We will be
able to photograph building exteriors and the grounds.
Jennifer Wu!
Jennifer is the main speaker Saturday
Jennifer Wu is a nature and landscape photographer, specializing in
creating stunning images of the night sky and stars. Since January 2009
Canon U.S.A. selected Jennifer to be one of the world’s 36 best
photographers for the Explorer Of Light program, an elite group of
internationally recognized photographers. Jennifer is the co-author and
photographer of the book, Photography Night Sky: A Field Guide to
Shooting After Dark (2014, Mountaineers Books). With a BA in Photography
from California State University, Jennifer has spent over 28 years
photographing, dedicating 10 years to traditional black and white
Jennifer’s images have been published in numerous magazines,
newspaper articles and advertisements including: Fortune, Popular
Photography, Photo District News, Sierra Club, Sierra Styles, ProfiFoto,
Outdoor Photography, Digital Photo, Shutterbug, Bloomberg,
BusinessWeek, Time, Canon U.S.A., and many more. Her work has also
been exhibited at nationally recognized galleries and art shows.
Jennifer has taught photography and digital imaging at The California State
University of Sacramento. She enjoys sharing her passion and techniques
for shooting nature photography through seminars and workshops for
Canon U.S.A., Light Photographic Workshops, aFilm International Film
Workshops in Spain and other photographic groups nation wide. She leads
workshops in the US in Yosemite, Eastern Sierra, Death Valley, Big Sur,
Alaska, Hawaii and internationally in Iceland, Tanzania, Namibia, Greenland
and more.
When Jennifer is not shooting in world’s most unique locations or leading a
workshop, she resides in Sacramento, CA.!
John Gregor!
John Gregor has a Masters of Education
through St. Scholastica College with an
emphasis in photographic literacy (go to: He earned his BA from the
University of Minnesota with a degree through
the University Without Walls program, his
degree was entitled “Documentary Expression
of American Culture Through Photography” a
combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine
Art Photography.!
During his career Gregor has worked on some
interesting projects and photographed for some great
publications, they include: 2 years as the Official Track
Photographer at Canterbury Downs Racetrack, a month
long photographic project in Africa documenting the first
attempted kayak decent of the Blue Nile from Lake
Victoria to Lake Albert, an on-going photography /
research project on horse-mounted military musical
bands remaining worldwide with trips to England,
Belgium, Austria, Denmark, and Sweden, funded by the
University of St. Thomas, photography documentation of
over 75 Scientific and Natural Areas in Minnesota funded
by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and
the Nature Conservancy resulting in numerous
publications including Worlds Within A World, 1999
winner of the Minnesota Book Award. Gregor has four
other book projects with title page credit including:
Growing Home; Stories of 32 Ethnic Gardeners, UofM
Mike Moats!
! !
I would like to introduce myself: I am Mike Moats, an award winning, professional
Macro Photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. I started shooting as a hobby in
2001 and it quickly grew into a full-time business. To date, I write for Tamron’s blog,
and I’ve had articles and images published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Natures
Best Magazine, PC Photo Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Photolife,
Whisper In The Woods, Michigan Game Finder, NANPA’s Expressions Books, Pure
Michigan Book, and Fujifilms Newsletter (Cable Release). I’m proud to have won
numerous local and international awards, and I was asked to join the Fuji Pro Talent
Team in 2006 and was added as a Macro Master on the Tamron Website in 2009. I’m a
former moderator of the Macro galleries at, and
own a macro forum at In 2006, I started offering
Close-Up/Macro Photography Workshops. My first book was released in October 2008
and is called Tiny Landscapes. I also have two e-Books sold through my storefront.
Check out my three day “Macro Boot Camps” that are held in cities throughout the
Clare O’Neill!
Working in mixed media Clare O'Neill combines her photographs with
pigments, wax and oils which adds a sense of mystery and intrigue to her
contemporary photo encaustic paintings. Clare uses rich imagery, bold brush
strokes, and playful drips to create paintings full of gesture, spontaneity, and
motion. It’s a labor-intensive process where the photographs are printed on
tissue paper in multiple pieces, and then carefully imbedded into the layers of
hot beeswax. The result—a stunning, modern, ethereal design with a warm
textural appeal.!
Clare O'Neill is a contemporary PhotoEncaustic artist. Inspired by traditional
oil painters, Clare uses her photography as a starting point to create works
with a three-dimensional quality using molten beeswax, pigments, and layers
of texture. Her process adds a sense of mystery and timelessness to her
work, producing a dream-like quality that creates levels of interpretation for
the viewer.!
Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred
is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings and are meant as a
departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey. After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, where he also studied Eastern Religions and Native American culture, he worked for several prominent commercial
photo studios as a photo assistant and darkroom slave. Both helped him develop a appreciation for detail and technical
proficiency but left him longing for artistic self-expression. He then opened his own studio in Minneapolis, MN emphasizing
commercial and editorial fashion. As a strong feminist, he considers himself the world’s most unlikely fashion photographer.
This evolved into shooting throughout the country for various advertising, educational, public service and non-profit clients.
He currently works on fine-art based commercial projects around the world. Much of his personal
work is supported by grants and commissions and is widely exhibited and collected. In 2010 he
had a permanent installation at the Castillo D’Albertis Cultural Museum on Sacred Places of
North America. He has been published internationally and featured in numerous photo magazines
such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W, PDN, Shots and PhotoVision. His first book Japan; A Nisei’s First
Encounter, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s Japanese homeland. His most recent
book Earth Meets Spirit was published by 5 Continents Editions of Milan, Italy and is distributed
by Abrams. As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Beasley provides
workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. He believes in
helping each student find their own voice rather than making anonymous ‘pretty pictures’. His workshops are held at art and
cultural centers across the US and in Ireland, Peru, Italy, Guatemala, Norway, Japan, and China as well as the Trade River
Retreat Center, his cabin/retreat center in Northwest Wisconsin.
Gordon Dietzman Gordon has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Environmental
Interpretation from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. He is first a naturalist and secondly a
nature photographer, but those respective domains--science and art--fit together so tightly that one
informs the other and in his life have become indivisible. He has worked much of his professional
life with wildlife and organizations such as the international Crane Foundation, the Ferry Bluff Eagle
Council, and the US National Park Service. His photographic travels have taken him to most of
North America from Florida to southern California, from Alaska to Maine. While working for the
International Crane Foundation he took two trips to Southeast Asia where he helped to
photographically document a population of Eastern Sarus Cranes once thought to be extinct, along
with conducting surveys for many other species. While he enjoys photographing landscapes,
large mammals, and birds, he recently become fascinated by macrophotography, especially of
insects and other small denizens of the world. When not working for the National Park Service as a
park ranger, he travels widely, including hiking and canoeing into remote wilderness areas. He also
leads nature photography workshop for various organizations and, despite not actively marketing
photography, many of his photos have been published in magazines, books, and on websites.
! ! ! ! 2014 N4C Convention Schedule! !
Thursday Sept 11 !
1:00pm Registration open at Hudson House !
2:30pm Leave for Pioneer Village Field Trip (3-5p.m.) !
Dinner on own !
6-10pm Hospitality room open !
Friday Sept 12 !
6:00 am Leave for Prairie/waterfall field trip
8am Registration Desk open
9:15 depart for field trip Ft Snelling Field trip
8:30-9:30 Clare O’Neill Photo Encaustic
10:00-1130 Doug Beasley !
Lunch on own or optional snack box !
1-3:00pm Gordon Dietzman
3:30-5:30pm General member/board meeting
6-7pm Dinner Keynote Speaker-Mike Moats(sponsored by Tamron)
Topic: Macro Photography-Beyond Flowers & Bugs
7-9:30 Best of N4C and photo essay winners !
Saturday Sept 13 !
7am Registration open
8am Opening remarks
8:30am-9:30 am Jennifer Wu(sponsored by Canon)
9:30-10am Break-print room open/venders
10-11:00am Jennifer Wu
11:00-1:00pm Lunch/venders/print room open
1:00-3pm Jennifer Wu
3-3:30pm Break print rooms open/venders
3:30-4:30 Jennifer Wu
5-6pm Print room closes for packaging.
6-7pm Dinner Keynote Speaker John Gregor
Topic: Photographic Literacy
7-9:30 N4C Awards presentation !

Disclaimer: N4C, Kaposia,North Metro, and Women’s Color photo clubs and their members,public
& private property owners, and animal handlers are not liable for any personal injury, equipment
damages, or theft sustained by participating individuals. !
2014 N4C Registration Form !
Name(s) of Attendee(s)_________________________________________________________
Address:_______________________________ City____________________State____Zip_____
Telephone______________________________ Email___________________________________
Photo Club________________________________
FEES Subtotals !
Thursday Field Trip
Pioneer Village $11/person #Attending______ $______________
Friday Morning Field Trips
Fort Snelling $10/person* #Attending_______ $______________
*based on group rate need additional $2 if less than 15 register
Prairie/Waterfall $10/person #Attending________ $_______________
Optional box lunch $10/person Total $_______________
Check choice(s) Turkey______ Ham________ Italian Sub_________
All boxes include chips, apple, and cookie
Friday Speakers(note: field trip participants choose afternoon only)
All day $10/person #Attending_____________ $________________
Afternoon only $5/person # Attending____________ $________________
Door registration $20
Friday Banquet
# each Chicken______ Pork__________ Salmon________ $_____________
No door registration
Saturday Speaker
$10/person #Attending_______ $______________
Door registration $15/person and will not include snacks or lunch
Saturday Lunch $13 #__________ $_______________
Ham___________ Turkey______________
Saturday Banquet
# each Chicken______ Pork__________ Salmon________ $______________
No door registration
TOTAL $_____________
No registrations will be accepted after Aug 22
A $5 service charge will be assessed per refund request received prior to Aug 29. No refunds will be given after this date
Checks payable to N4C 2014 Convention and Mail to:
Robert Falink
11408 Jonquil St NW!
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

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