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Featured Image from the Quad Cities Photography Club
Written By: Administrator
Section: Art

Category: Photography

2016-02-10 15:27:28

(The River Cities’ Reader each month will feature an image or images from the Quad Cities Photography Club. Click on the photo for a larger version.)

Photo by Carolyn Meuer-Pickering

Many photographers in the Quad Cities Photography Club make use of image-editing software such as Photoshop to execute creative ideas with their photos. Carolyn Meuer-Pickering did just that for a recent competition with her Blue Phlox, which was awarded a high score. She captured this image in September at Houmas House Plantation in Louisiana using a Nikon D3000 and a Nikon 18-200-millimeter lens. It was set at f/9, 1/100th of a second, and ISO 200, using natural light and a tripod. Carolyn explains that with the computer the “flowers were extracted from their natural background and placed upon a soft-blurred-blue background, then two different textures were blended on top of the flowers, as well as a vintage French sales bill. All of the blendings were done in layers in Photoshop. The soft-blue color was my initial inspiration. I really didn’t have anything specific in mind; it just all came together, ideas ebbing and flowing. One thing led to another until I had what I found visually appealing and pleasing to my eye. That is what usually works best for me.” And it was pleasing to the judges, as well.

The Quad Cities Photography Club welcomes visitors and new members. The club sponsors numerous activities encompassing many types and aspects of photography. It holds digital and print competitions most months. At its meetings, members discuss the images, help each other to improve, and socialize. The club also holds special learning workshops and small groups that meet on specific photography topics, and occasionally offers interesting shooting opportunities. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month September through June at the Butterworth Center, 1105 Eighth Street in Moline.

For more information on the club, visit

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