The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, May. 28, 2020

 

Camera Club News

By: Rex Dolby

 

As the curtain is about to be drawn on its final act, the Van Wert Area Photography Club will disperse all of its financial assets within Van Wert County. Thanks in a large part to the efforts of Karl Gribler, a lifetime member and former treasurer, checks for significant amounts will be given to eight recipients, seven of which are photography related, while the eighth provides the club with a place to meet at no charge.

A check to the Van Wert 4-H Council will be given to Heather Gottke for expenses related to the Van Wert 4-H Photography program.

A check to the Van Wert County Fair will be given to Susie Sanderson to pay, in the name of the Van Wert Area Photography Club, the Photography Exhibit’s Best of Show awards to the junior and senior winners in Color and B/W for 18 years.

A check to the Miller-Warner Foundation Inc. will be given to Maria Miller. Even though this check goes out of the county, it will support the John Flagg Youth Award, which goes to the first and second place photos in color and B/W of 18 and younger entrants in the annual October Photo Exhibit. John, his wife Donna, and Maria are former Photography Club members and this check will underwrite his awards for six years.

A check to Van Wert High School will be given to Bob Priest for photography-related expenses made by the yearbook and Digital Design programs.

A check to Lincolnview Schools will be given to Brad Mendenhall for photography-related expenses created by the yearbook and Graphic Arts programs.

A check to Crestview will be given to Kristie McCormick for photography-related expenses generated by the yearbook and Graphic Arts programs.

A check goes to the Van Wert Civic Theatre for providing the club with a place to meet at 114 S. Race St. rent free. That was greatly appreciated.

After having its start in the late fall of 1960 at 643 S. Washington St. here in Van Wert, the Van Wert Area Photography Club will soon become just a memory. Before that happens, however, it is pleased to present a check to Cindy Pirani for expenses as she tries to keep the spirit of the VWAPC alive by getting the Van Wert Photography Club organized and functioning.

The Van Wert Area Photography Club wishes you all well!  It’s been quite a ride.

POSTED: 02/20/20 at 8:21 am. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News

In last week’s article, it was reported that the Van Wert Area Photography Club had accepted bids on the laptop speakers, projector, and projector stand. Still remaining were the 6-foot Dalite screen and the HP Pavilion laptop.

Larry Dickerhoof called and said he thought that Heather Noble, manager of Homestead Village (1254 S. Shannon St., behind the Dairy Queen) might be interested in the screen and laptop for their activity room. A meeting was arranged for January 28 to display and tell how the VWAPC used the equipment during its meetings. Rex Dolby brought the laptop, as well as the computer speakers and projector, and Larry said he’d supply the projection stand and table whenever needed. 

After seeing the equipment, (Larry and Rex had brought the screen out earlier) and how it all worked together, Heather was convinced they could provide new activities for the residents, and pending approval from her supervisor, would take all of them. The next day she received an okay to acquire the equipment. 

Cindy Pirani, Homestead Village resident and driving force behind the Van Wert Ohio FB Photographers Club, saw the equipment as an opportunity to draw residents and members of the community into informal meetings in the Village’s activity room. These meetings would be free, photography-related, and provide instruction on how to use your camera. 

Cindy set Thursday, February 6, at 6 p.m. and Monday, February 17, at 9 a.m., as get-acquainted meetings and a time to talk about the content of future meetings. For additional information, call Cindy at 419.604.9375 or email her at aworkinprogress2@yahoo.com.

The VWAPC has now found new homes for all its physical resources and will turn its attention to the distribution of its financial resources within Van Wert County. Any former Camera Club members wishing to offer ideas on where the money should go, are invited to a meeting at 6:45 p.m. Friday, February 7, at 431 Boyd Ave. Call, text, or message your opinions to Rex at 567.259.8951. You can also email him at rexdolby1@gmail.com with your suggestions.

POSTED: 02/07/20 at 1:13 am. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News

On Monday, January 20, workers at the Goodwill, hospital, and Salvation Army thrift stores all said they would accept a donation of cameras from the Van Wert Area Photography Club.

On Tuesday morning, the cameras were first sorted so that no store received duplicate units. Next the cameras were checked to assure all stores received some older models as well as later models, and finally, 40 cameras were placed in 3 boxes and padded with newspaper for delivery. That afternoon, each store received their requested number of cameras.

On Wednesday, a call was made to Larry Herndon of Waynesfield, who had purchased 10 cameras in November and 10 more in December. Larry asked that he be called back on Thursday with a list of what was left. After hearing the list, he said he’d be here on Friday, around 2 p.m.

As it turned out, he came to do business. It seemed that the more he packed, the more he selected, and by the time he was done, he had purchased everything in the cabinet that was for sale!

Only the laptop and projection screen remain. They very well could be the subjects of the next progress report.

POSTED: 02/01/20 at 8:20 am. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News

The deadline for bids on items the Van Wert Area Photography Club has for sale is Saturday, January 11. Only hard copies arriving either by hand or mail will be accepted.  

The items for sale to an individual or group are: Acer PD 1200 projector and case, Altec Lansing computer speakers and case, HP Pavilion dv6 PC notebook and case, Kokin filter set and case, DA-Lite 6-foot pull down wall mount screen and pull rod, and a SafeLock projection table with shelf.

Those bidding are asked to:  Address an envelope to: Rex Dolby, 431 Boyd Ave., Van Wert, OH 45891-2313, and in the lower left corner list the items(s) you are bidding on. On your enclosed bid sheet provide: Your name, phone number or email by which you should be contacted if yours is the top bid or is a duplicate bid.  Next list the item/s on separate lines, each followed by your bid for that item. A group of three will notify the winning bidders by Saturday, January 18. A bid payment in cash is necessary for pickup and the club will provide a receipt for the transaction.

Anyone wishing to inspect the club’s equipment, or purchase cameras, should call, text, or message Rex Dolby at 567.259.8951 for an appointment and can hand in your bid at that time, as long as it’s by January 11. 

All proceeds from these sales will be distributed within Van Wert County after all the items have been sold or dispersed.

POSTED: 01/09/20 at 12:37 am. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News

When you consider that sealed bids, with one bid per piece, for items the Van Wert Area Photography Club has for sale, must arrive either by hand or mail by Saturday, January 11, there’s not a lot of time left to comply. 

Anyone wishing to inspect the club’s equipment, or purchase cameras, should call, text, or message Rex Dolby at 567.259.8951 for an appointment and can hand in your bid at that time. 

The items for sale to an individual or group are: Acer PD 1200 Projector & case, Altec Lansing computer speakers and case, HP Pavilion dv6 PC Notebook and case, Kokin filter set and case, DA-Lite 6-foot pull down wall mount screen and pull rod, and a SafeLock projection table with shelf.

Those bidding are asked to: Address an envelope to:  Rex Dolby 431 Boyd Ave., Van Wert, OH 45891-2313 and in the lower left corner list the items/s you are bidding on. On your enclosed bid sheet provide: Your name, phone number or email by which you should be contacted if yours is the top bid or is a duplicate bid. Next list the item/s on separate lines, each followed by your bid for that item.  A group of 3 will notify the winning bidders by Saturday, January 18. A bid payment in cash is necessary for pickup and the club will provide a receipt for the transaction.

All proceeds from these sales will be distributed within Van Wert County after all the items have been sold or dispersed.

POSTED: 01/06/20 at 7:31 am. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News

The Van Wert Area Photography Club has a large inventory of old film cameras that the collector in your family might find interesting.  It is offering any and all of these cameras and their associated accessories at $5 cash per unit.   

Anyone wishing to purchase cameras or inspect the club’s equipment, should call, text, or message Rex Dolby at 567.259.8951 for an appointment. 

The club’s equipment is offered by sealed bids, one bid per item. Those bidding are asked to:

Address an envelope to: Rex Dolby, 431 Boyd Ave., Van Wert, OH 45891-2313, and in the lower left corner list the items/s you are bidding on. On your enclosed bid sheet provide: Your name, phone number or email by which you should be contacted if yours is the top bid or is a duplicate bid. 

Next, list the item or items with your bid on the same line after that item. Bids must arrive by Saturday, January 11, 2020. A group of three will notify the winning bidders by Saturday, January 18.

The items the club is offering for sale to anyone or group are: Acer PD 1200 Projector and case, Altec Lansing computer speakers and case, HP Pavilion dv6 PC notebook and case, Kokin filter set and case, DA-Lite 6-foot pull-down wall mount screen and pull rod, and a SafeLock projection table with shelf.

All proceeds from these sales will be distributed within Van Wert County after all the items have been sold or dispersed.

POSTED: 12/25/19 at 9:55 pm. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News

The Van Wert Area Photography Club is offering any and all of its remaining cameras and their associated accessories at $5 cash per unit. This decision was made after 13 mailings on October 31 offered cameras free of charge to historical groups, civic groups, schools and programs like 4-H in Van Wert County.  On November 6, 15 mailings went out to the same groups in the Ohio counties adjacent to Van Wert County.  Now, anyone wishing to purchase cameras or inspect the club’s equipment, should call, text, or message Rex Dolby at 567.259.8951 for an appointment. 

The club’s equipment is offered by sealed bids, 1 bid per item.  Those bidding are asked to:

Address an envelope to: Rex Dolby, 431 Boyd Ave., Van Wert, OH 45891-2313 and in the lower left corner list the items(s) you are bidding on. On your enclosed bid sheet provide: Your name, phone number or email by which you should be contacted if yours is the top bid or is a duplicate bid.   Next list the item or items with your bid on the same line after that item. Bids must arrive by Saturday, January 11, 2020.  A group of three will notify the winning bidders by Saturday, January 18, 2020.

The items the club is offering for sale to anyone or group are: Acer PD 1200 Projector and case, Altec Lansing computer speakers and case, HP Pavilion dv6 PC Notebook and case, Kokin filter set and case, DA-Lite 6-foot pulldown wall mount screen and pull rod, and a SafeLock projection table with shelf.

All proceeds from these sales will be distributed within Van Wert County after all the items have been sold or dispersed.

POSTED: 12/05/19 at 8:46 am. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News

Here are some tips for achieving some good Thanksgiving photos.       

  • Make a list that includes what equipment you’ll need, as well as batteries charged, lenses cleaned, individuals and groups to be recorded, plus shots of decorations, food preparations and table settings to name a few.
  • Another preparation plan is to practice holding the camera steady, pressing the shutter with your finger on the release and your thumb under the camera. As you close the “C” you’re less likely to tilt or shake the camera. By keeping both eyes open during framing, you may catch movement that can be avoided as you trip the shutter.
  • Turn on lights, open curtains and blinds to use as much natural light as possible.  If you must us a flash, bounce it off a light surface, drape a thin handkerchief or tissue over it or use a transparent container to diffuse the flash.  Ask folks wearing glasses to slightly tip them downward to avoid the flash reflection bouncing back to the lens.
  • Most shots are taken at eye level. By standing on a stepstool or stairs, you create a different view of the table or activity, which will also generate more interest in your photos. If there is a large mirror in the room, see if you might be able to capture what it shows for a different view.
  • Close-ups of yummy food or trimmings are good, but for people I’d suggest taking 2 or more pictures (possibly one unannounced) so if one or more blinked or moved, you can clone their better picture into this one.  Also consider leaving more space around the subject or group to allow for straightening without cropping some of their body out of the picture, for resizing or cropping to a different size ratio, or to have space for adding a caption. 

I hope you have a great day and give thanks.

POSTED: 11/23/19 at 8:19 am. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News

On Sunday, November 3, the Van Wert County Historical Museum gained three additional film cameras for its photography exhibit. The cameras came from the Van Wert Photography Club’s collection. 

Museum Trustee Larry Webb selected a Peerless sliding box camera produced from 1887-94 by the Rochester Optical Company in Rochester, New York; an Argus C3 rangefinder camera produced from 1933-66 in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and a Mamiya C3 Professional twin-lens reflex medium-format camera made from 1962-65 in Japan.

Historical Society Trustee Larry Webb (center), with Camera Club representatives Larry Dickerhoff (left), and Rex Dolby, hold the new museum acquisitions.

The Peerless is a front-focusing view camera with a 4 x 5 brass lens. The back is 4 x 5 and is non-reversing with a single swing. The body is made of mahogany and cherry.

The Argus (nicknamed “the brick” because of its appearance and durability) was “the most commercially significant 35mm camera produced in this country selling over 2 million cameras during a 25-30 year period,” according to Henry Gambino.

The museum’s Mamiya is based on the Mamiyaflex series built from 1949-1956. The C series began in 1956 and upgrades continued till 1994. Initially, the camera was intended for professional photographers, but was later modified for the amateur market as well.

The Camera Club’s remaining film cameras will first be offered free of charge to historical groups, civic groups, schools and programs like 4-H in Van Wert County and then to similar groups outside our county. Contact Rex Dolby at 567.259.8951 to schedule an appointment. 

POSTED: 11/14/19 at 9:50 pm. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News

Once the Van Wert Area Photography Club’s camera distribution for individuals begins, the club will invite anyone or group wishing to purchase any of the club’s equipment to submit a bid.  Since we have no way of knowing when that will take place, the following information will be repeated in more detail at that time.

On the envelope place the address: Rex Dolby, 431 Boyd Ave.,   Van Wert, OH 45891-2313, and in the lower left corner list the items(s) you are bidding on. On your bid sheet provide: Your name, phone number or email by which you should be contacted if yours is the top bid or is a duplicate bid.   Next list the item or items and your bid on the same line after that item.  We will supply a date when bidding opens, closes and the winning bids will be announced. These will appear in the Van Wert Times Bulletin, the Van Wert independent’s Community & Columns section, and on the Van Wert Photography Club’s Facebook page. 

The items the club will be offering for sale to anyone or group are: Acer PD 1200 Projector & case, Altec Lansing computer speakers & case, HP Pavilion dv6   PC Notebook & case,  Kokin Filter Set & case, DA-Lite 6-foot pull down wall mount screen and hook, and a SafeLock projection table with shelf. 

All proceeds from this sale will be distributed within Van Wert County after all items have been sold or dispursed.

POSTED: 10/23/19 at 4:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News