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Friday, December 23, 2011

Fall 2011 Scavenger Hunt Winner Announced!

Fall 2011 Scavenger Hunt Winner Announced!
And the winner is....Nan Schefcick!
Congrats Nan, you are the winner of the Auburn Photography Club Fall 2011 Scavenger Hunt!
Here's one of the fine images she submitted:

Get your camera ready for the Winter Scavenger hunt.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The APC Camera Library!

Introducing....The APC Camera Library!
Now found under the GEAR tab on

Friday, December 9, 2011

APC's 2011 Book Published!

The 2011 APC book has been published.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday of Hope

Hello Auburn Photography Club!
My name is Jessica Wrench and my husband and I are putting together a Christmas event for families in need in Cayuga County. It's called Holiday of Hope. At the Holiday of Hope we provide dinner, free haircuts, a toy for each child from Santa, games, clothes and a family portrait. All free of charge. Our heart in this is to give families who may not have the best Christmas, a fun family event that will bring hope joy and love.
To make this event happen, we are looking for more photographers. And this is why I come to you! :) We are looking for photographers to volunteer some time to take family portraits at our event. It is on Sunday December 18th from 2-5pm at the old Steve & Barry's location at Finger Lakes Mall.
If any of you are interested, please message me on Facebook or email me at jessica (at)
Thank you!
Merry Christmas!! :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

We're doing it again. That's a good thing. Newer members, and perhaps some older APC folks may not know this, but last year APC self published a book. It's actually still available here:
It turned out fairly well, and generated a small amount of revenue for the club, and individual members. We are planning to do it again, but there are a few minor changes. To help improve the overall look of the book, I'll be performing some image post-processing for people who allow me to do so. Blurb has done some things that make this a little easier. If you have a fair deal of confidence in your monitor calibration skill, you may want to opt out of this step. Another change is the timing. Last year, we published after Christmas. This time around, the book should be shipping in time for the holidays. In the interest of inclusion, nobody will be left out. It doesn't cost the club anything to print the book, so there really isn't an upside for excluding people. We want to publish a body of work that represents the current level of achievement for the club at this point in time. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

For complete details, send an email to auburnxc (at) with APC BOOK in the subject line. The body of your message can be something as simple as "I'm in!."
Please respond by November 29.

Thanks, Don
Nuptials! Congratulations to Auburn Photography Club members, Dean Aversa & Rhonda Miller, who were married on November 12th. See photos from the big day in a book:

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fresh New Look Now has a fresh new look!
Check it out!

APC members should submit links to the Flickr discussion, if they would like their personal or business pages to appear on the new site.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Winterfest Photo Contest?

Call for volunteers! APC is looking for members who may be interested in helping out with a tentatively scheduled (TBA) photography contest, held in conjunction with Winterfest. A lot needs to be done to put this together. Right off the bat, we would like to have at least one person representing APC at the Winterfest planning committee meeting, held 9:00 Tuesday, October 11, at the BID office in downtown Auburn. Please drop me a line if interested.
auburnxc (at)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Auburn Photography Club Fall 2011

The Auburn Photography Club Fall 2011 Scavenger Hunt is underway!
Topics chosen by popular vote are the following:
1. Pattern
2. Copy Cat
3. Colors at Night
4. Boredtography
5. The Old Camera
6. Overexposed
7. Jerk
8. Cool Guy
9. Red
10. Back-lit
11. Tough Guy
12. The Sun is my Enemy!
13. Diner

The Flickr group can be found here:
You will need a flickr account in order to participate. The contest is open to the public, but you may need an invite to join the group. If you have not already received one, please send a private message to one of the group administrators.

Group rules:

1. Please post only one image per topic. Picture cap for group is set at 13 per person.
2. Participants earn one point per submitted picture/topic.
3. Ties to be decided by voting, performed by impartial judges from another flickr group TBD.
4. Contest runs from Fall to Winter. One day will overlap with the next season.
5. Only submit photos taken from September 23, 2011 through December 22, 2011
6. Winner to be crowned Seasonal Photography King.

Happy shooting!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New York State Fair 2011

If you are headed to the Great New York State Fair this year, be sure to stop by the Harriet Mills Art and Home Center. You’ll find 10 images from the Auburn Photography Club hanging on the walls of the third floor! In a two-phased judging process, our work was among those selected from over 800 entries. The photography of Dean Aversa, Don Miller, and Drew Mosley gathered a whole bunch of ribbons, including a First, Second, and Third prize. This is by far the best showing our club has had in a contest of this magnitude. We couldn’t be happier. Congratulations to all entrants, and a big thank you to all Auburn Photography Club members for providing encouragement and inspiration.

Here’s a great image from Drew, titled Pirate Diver.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Spring 2011 Winner Announced!

Fermatau is the official winner of the Spring 2011 Scavenger Hunt! They are entitled to full bragging rights, and may wear the crown for a minimum of one full season. Hooray!

You can check out Fermatau's stream here:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Voting results are in. Here are the rules and topics for the Auburn Photography Club Spring 2011 Scavenger Hunt.

Scavenger Hunt General Guidelines

1. Please post only one image per topic. Picture cap for group is set at 13 per person.
2. Participants earn one point per submitted picture/topic.
3. Ties to be decided by voting, performed by impartial judges from another flickr group TBD.
4. Contest runs from Winter to Spring. One day will overlap with the following season.
5. Only submit photos taken between March 20, 2011 and June 21, 2011
6. Winner to be crowned Seasonal Photography King.

Topcs list:
1. Lighting Experimentation
2. Shadows
3. Black on Black
4. Macro
5. Texture
6. Up
7. Fun
8. Ambiguous
9 Body Parts
10. Colors
11. Grocery Store
12. Fear
13. Underneath

Here is a link to the group.
Link to flickr
Please contact a group admin if you need an invite.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring is in the Air!

Invites for the Spring 2011 Scavenger Hunt will most likely go out Monday. Until then, please vote for topics.

Spring 2011 Voting

The above link will take you to the Spring Scavenger Hunt Topic Survey. Please select topics you would like to see in the Spring 2011 Scavenger Hunt. The top 13 vote-getters will be chosen for the contest. Voting Closes Monday Morning.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Funky Nests in Funky Places

Third Annual "Funky Nests in Funky Places" Contest
Cornell Lab challenge spotlights wacky avian real estate

Victoria Jostes of Indiana says this American Robin laid four beautiful blue eggs in her floral door wreath and all of them hatched.
Ithaca, NY—The Celebrate Urban Birds project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is bringing back its "Funky Nests in Funky Places" environmental challenge for the third year--the most popular of its seasonal challenges. Participants have sent in hundreds of images over the past two years showing nests in wreaths, shoes, signs, farm equipment, traffic lights, and many other funky places. Celebrate Urban Birds is a free year-round citizen-science project focused on birds in neighborhood settings.

For the 2011 Funky Nests in Funky Places challenge, participants may take photos, do a painting, write a story, or shoot a video showing a bird’s nest built in some out-of-the-way or out-of-this-world place.

"We've had such fun with this challenge," says project leader Karen Purcell. "The theme really struck a chord with people. You wouldn't believe how many people showed us bird nests in barbecue grills, garages, garden tools, and signs. We've seen bird nests on statues, windchimes, a cannon, and even on bathroom fixtures. I can't wait to see this year's entries!"

Kathleen Petter of California found a hummingbird nesting in her frog windchime and says she loves that it looks like the frog is cradling the nest.
Prizes include bird feeders, nest boxes, sound CDs, guides, posters, and books including Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds That Built Them, by Sharon Beals. The first 50 entrants will receive a copy of our "Silhouette" poster and selected images and videos will be posted on the Celebrate Urban Birds website.

How to enter:
1. Email entries to If you submit a video, post it on YouTube and send the link.
2. Write "FunkyNest_yourfirstname yourlastname yourstate" in the subject line.
3. Include both your mailing address and the location where you saw the bird in your email.
4. Explain why you submitted your entry and what it shows.
5. One entry per person, please.
6. Read the terms of agreement.

Deadline for entries is June 1, 2011

Visit the Celebrate Urban Birds website for more information.


Project Contact: Karen Purcell, Project Leader, (607) 254-2455,

Media Contact: Pat Leonard, (607) 254-2137,

Monday, January 24, 2011


Fellow club members: As I sit here and think about all the great fun I have had with scavenger hunts over the last couple of years, I wonder if taking it up a notch would be even more fun. With that in mind, I came up with an idea for a massive and exciting project. How thrilling would it be for the club to create a collection of work focusing on the people of Auburn, in an assortment of people portraits?

The idea is fairly simple. Track down fascinating people in Auburn, arrange to take their picture, and submit your work. Here’s the catch: the first phase of the challenge
would involve generating a list of interesting people around town. People who are
well known (famous, infamous, opinion leader, civic leader) will perhaps generate greater interest than someone who may be lesser known. Although, it is certainly
possible to take a captivating image of someone who is not well known. My hope is
that we could put together a list of about one hundred people.

What’s the reward? The game could potentially serve many purposes. Club members will be able to further their portrait skills while putting together a stronger portfolio. The club could also stand to gain a profit from book sales, if we decide to publish the project. That’s something we can all talk about. Everything is still very preliminary.

Sound interesting? Interested in participating? Let me know.
Text: 631­-779­-9083

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Celebrate Urban Birds

Photo contest: Cornell Lab of Ornithology has announced its 'Flights of Fancy' challenge! Click the link below for more information.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Survey Results Are In!

The votes are in! Here is a list of winning categories.
1. Double Exposure

2. Motion

3. Interesting Mundane

4. By Moonlight

5. Picture that tells a story

6. Light Painting

7. Minimal Landscape

8. White on White

9. Bokeh

10. Jumping

11. Self Portrait

12. Background

13. Funny.

As always, topics are somewhat subjective and therefore open to individual interpretation.

The site we have been using for viewing and storing scavenger hunt images is They offer free accounts, which are more than enough for contest participation. He is a direct link to the Winter 2011 Scavenger Hunt.

Invitations have already gone out to people hooked up with APC on flickr, but have not yet gone out to APC members on facebook. Please send me a message if you are one of those people, and would like an invite. The scavenger hunt is open only to APC members (on facebook and flickr,) to help prevent spamming.

The general scavenger hunt guidelines are as follows:
Scavenger Hunt General Guidelines

1. Please post only one image per topic. Picture cap for group is set at 13 per person.
2. One point per picture.
3. Ties to be decided by voting, Performed by impartial judges from another flickr group TBD.
4. Contest runs from Winter to Spring. One day will overlap with the following season.
5. Only submit photos taken between December 21, 2010 and March 20, 2011.
6. Winner to be crowned Seasonal Photography King.

While winning the hunt does carry some bragging rights, it is also a great tool to view the work of other area artists, and help local members build an improved portfolio.

Good luck, and happy shooting.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Winter Scavenger Hunt Topic Survey

Happy New Year!
Scavenger Hunt Topic Survey
The above link will take you to the Winter Scavenger Hunt Topic Survey. Please select topics you would like to see in the next scavenger hunt. The top 13 vote getters win.