If you go
What: Duluth-Superior Camera Club
When: 7-9 p.m. third Tuesday of the month
Where: Bethany Community Church, 6700 Grand Ave., Duluth
How much: Free meeting; $30 annual membership, $10 college students, $5 high-schoolers
More info: duluthsuperiorcameraclub.org
Kathleen Wolleat wasn't into bird-watching before she picked up a camera. Now, she keeps an eye out for blue herons, trumpeter swans, songbirds. That's one of the gifts of photography, she said. It sparks an interest in the world around you.
Wolleat is a member of the Duluth-Superior Camera Club, a local organization of area photographers who meet regularly to learn, mentor each other and improve as artists.
Founded in 1933, they're made up of veterans, semi-pros, people new to digital photography. They've given presentations on techniques, facilitated competitions, hosted speakers Michael Furtman, Travis Novitsky, Don Tredinnick and Duluth News Tribune photographers Bob King and Clint Austin.
During a recent meeting, participants shared photos from their latest group challenge, "curves." Pictures of water ripples, an upward view of a spiral staircase, an action scene from the Lake Nokomis cranberry marsh made their way through a projector screen as three members, including Wolleat judged on technique, clarity, composition.
Wolleat first came to the group after taking a community education class. She remembers being intimidated comparing her work to professionals'. Years later, she was named club president. Today, she's in charge of memberships, publicity and field trips - the latter included a recent shoot at Glensheen. It's good to go out as a group because members can ask questions in action, on the scene.
Back at the meeting, Jesse Nord, 35, of Superior was visiting for the first time. Photography is "a new addiction," he said.