November 2006

Special Events You Won't Want to Miss...

October Activities....Special Article...What's Ahead....Member Notices.... About Our Club....Parting Shot

Visit our club web site www.WoodlandsPhoto.org for the latest in activity, images, galleries, and other things of interest to those who love photography.

Photo at the top: 
Piero Toffano, won BEST OF THE SHOW at our Fall 2006 Photo show and competition. Congratulations Piero! You did a great job!.

October Activities
At our regular meeting on October 9: FALL PHOTO SHOW & COMPETITION -
Just prior to our regular meeting, Catalina Montaño and Madeline Yale judged our exhibit. We had plenty of entries and not much space left on the library walls. Many thanks go out to all the participants and to all the volunteers that had helped with the exhibit. Catalina end Madeline discussed many pieces at length during the awards ceremony. You can visit our exhibit at the South Branch Library in The Woodlands.

Congratulations to all the winners who are:

BEST OF THE SHOW: Piero Toffano, Nature Botanical category, untitled.

MEMBERS FAVORITE: Don Rueter, Nature, "Mushrooms"

HUMOR: 1st. Place Debbie Alamilla, 2nd. Place Stephanie Carter, 3rd. Susan Long.

MACRO: 1st. Don Rueter, 2nd. Mrinal Shah, 3rd. Pam Moore, Honorable Mentions: Piero Toffano, Don Keyes

NATURE-BOTANICAL: 1st. Letha Kobulnicky, 2nd. Jerry Costin, 3rd. Dianna Montoya, Honorable Mentions: Don Rueter, Mike Guidry.

PEOPLE ON THE STREET: 1st. Mrinal Shah, 2nd. Dot Mullinax, 3rd. Piero Toffano.

SPECIAL EFFECTS: 1st. Dot Mullinax, 2nd. Mrinal Shah, 3rd. Dianna Montoya.

STILL LIFE: 1st. Pam Moore, 2nd. Don Rueter, 3rd. Susan Long.

NEW MEMBERS CORNER: We welcome Cindy Abbott as a new member to Woodlands Photography Club.

SPECIAL THANKS go to Jerry Costin and Susan Long who helped us with the setup of the Photo Show & Competition exhibit. Also, we would like to thank Letha Kobulnicky, Sally Underwood and Jerry Costin for the delighting snacks and refreshments they brought to our last meeting.

SPECIAL ARTICLE "FILL FLASH WITH NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY" by Eric Gudger -- My technical approach to nature photography includes an element of preparation.  An approach where I feel prepared for any situation. This approach allows me to increase the probability of capturing a successful photograph and allows me to stay slow and deliberate in my setup strategy.  Many are surprised that my approach generally includes the use of fill flash ... read full article here



Monday, November 13 -- 6:30 - 9 P.M.

SPEAKER: Aric Hoek, his expertise in weddings, portraits, marketing, business, etc. makes his presentation very educational and interesting. Take a look at his work at http://www.solarisstudios.com/

SPECIAL NOTE: Please bring your $20 fee to keep your spot at Kathy Adams C workshop on December 2nd. Remember we have a waiting list for this workshop.

FALL 2006 PHOTO SHOW & COMPETITION Take down and entry pick up: Monday, Nov. 13, during the monthly meeting.

MINI CONTEST THEME: LEAVES Bring one or two images for the mini-contest.

Saturday November 11 from 9 AM to 1 PM
Lake Houston Park photo shoot, just for members. Perfect field trip for nature photographers. We will have a guided tour for 2 hours and then spend our time at our leisure taking pictures from scenes, wild life, wet lands, plum grass, Isabel lake... and... much more! More info


November 11-12 -- Houston: Annual Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow PHOTO OPPORTUNITY at Traders Village. The Pow Wow brings together American Indian dancers, singers and artisans for a weekend of historic entertainment. Free admission. 7979 North Eldridge, Houston, TX 77041. More info call 281-890-5500 or visit www.tradersvillage.com.

Through November 18 -- Texas Renaissance Festival Photo Opportunity. The nations largest and most acclaimed renaissance theme park, where the sights, sounds, tastes, and beauty of the 16th Century, comes alive for 8 weekends. 800-458-3435 or visit www.texrenfest.com

November 18 - January 7 -- Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens kicks off the holiday season with Santa Claus parachuting in to switch on the lights. (800) 582-4673; www.moodygardens.com

November 23 -- Washington Mutual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Wave to the giant turkey and Santa floats, massive balloons and marching bands as they travel through downtown Houston.

November 23 -- Uptown Holiday Lighting. The 21st annual Uptown Holiday Lighting kicks off the holiday season on Thanksgiving evening. As music fills the air, a crowd-pleasing flip of a switch illuminates the half-million lights in Christmas trees lining Post Oak Boulevard. (713) 621-2011 www.uptown-houston.com.



Monday, December 11 -- 6:30 - 9 P.M.

We’re having our Christmas Party and ask all members to bring a dessert, a salad, or a casserole to share. Time to renew your 2007 membership. Membership evaluation of this year events. Bring your fresh ideas to the table though we will have a lot of success with our next year events.

Bring any two photos for the mini-contest.

SLIDE SHOW: Bring couple of your recent best images, if you want to share for the slide show.

Photo Workshop and field trip with Kathy Adams Clark, professional Nature Photographer, at Mercer Arboretum with a morning classroom presentation and an afternoon field hands on practice. Learn how to take nature pictures from the masters! Just for WPC members [email protected]


December 7-8 - 33rd. annual Dickens on the Strand festival. Taking their cue from the characters of 'A Christmas Carol', hundreds of performers dressed in authentic Victorian attire mingle with the holiday crowd. Even Scrooge would be happy with six stages providing continuous entertainment and wandering minstrels singing on every corner. Three parades. 2100 Strand St., Galveston, TX 77550, ph 409 763 5326



Monday, January 8 -- 6:30 - 9 P.M.

We’will have a new board members for 2007. Let's hear about their plans for the year, come and share your photo related ideas. Everything you would like the club to plan on like field trips, workshops, seminars,kind of speakers, etc. This is the time to put our ideas together for the rest of the year. Do not miss it!

Bring any two photos for the mini-contest.

SLIDE SHOW: Bring couple of your recent best images, if you want to share for the slide show.


January 1st-7th - Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens photo opportunity switched on the lights. (800) 582-4673; www.moodygardens.com.





Visit WPC resources to ask our Consulting Photographers
Basic Photography · Digital Photography · Matting & Framing · Nikon Capture · Photoshop · Underwater Photography · Website Design ·


The Woodlands United Methodist Church Camera Club TWUMC for all skill levels gathers the first Monday of every month, except holidays from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr. More info



1) CANON EOS 1N RS - professional 35mm film camera. This is the rare one built with a pellicle mirror which means that there is no blackout during exposure since light travels through the mirror to the film and the mirror does not need to flip up during the exposure. This allows the camera to have an incredibly fast shooting rate of 10 frames per second when set on continuous high, great for sports and action shots. This camera is no lightweight since the body and motor drive are built as one unit. Camera body is in great shape but is missing the rubber eyecup. This camera sold new for $2700.00. It has been a great camera but I don't use it now that I have my digital bodies. Best offer gets it but I would like to get $500. Contact Jim Stoner 936-273-4388

2) Medium format 4X5 Sinar camera. Sinar camera body with complete system....excellent condition, great price. $1500
Contact Robert Mathias If interested, will e-mail pictures of each component.
*One 210 mm Schneider lens in lens board
*One focusing magnifying hood
*One wide angle bellow bag
*One focusing loupe
*One Polaroid film back
*One 4x5 camera bag
*One filter holder or call 281-350-5292

3) Canon EOS Digital Rebel 6.3 Megapixel, $1,200. This camera was bought because of a job I was taking w/ a newspaper. I ended up not getting it, so it has been waiting for someone to use it. It works great and comes with TWO lenses: The 18mm-35mm and Canon Zoom lens EF, 75-300mm, f4-5.6 with image stabilizer. This is a great camera. Contact Gabriel García for details.

STUDIO FOR RENT Clark Lara has a full studio with Norman Lights, High Key white wall, as well as 3 different muslins. No props you would have to supply your own. SPECIAL PRICE $50 an hour. The high key is great for everything from product shots to high fashion.

PHOTO WORKSHOP Costa Rica Photo Workshop Adventure with Kathy Adams Clark She is a professional nature photographer. www.kathyadamsclark.com More info at Strabo Tours 607-756-8676 www.phototc.com

LOCAL EXHIBITS:Seeing the work of other artists and photographers can give new insights and ideas for our own work. Check out the following local exhibits:November- For Several Weeks - Barbara Edmondson and Cecilia García, members from WPC, are having a photographic exhibition at K Reneé on 3100 Timmons, Houston, TX 77027. This exhibition features beautiful photographs from these valuable members.

November - For Several Months -"Window Shopping on Main Street, 1920-1930," uses historic photography from the Story Sloane Collection to give visitors a glimpse of downtown's heyday as a shopping destination. http://www.ghpa.org/windows2.htmlOctober - For

Several Weeks -
DeSantos Gallery, Houston’s premiere fine art photography house, is pleased to announce a new exhibition. Evolutions Photographs by Cara Barer DeSantos Gallery

Nov 3rd - Dec 17--
Retrospective Exhibition including work by Sian Bonnell, Gay Block, Gregory Crewdson, Richard Misrach, Nic Nicosia, Eugene Richards, Aaron Siskind, and Joel-Peter Witkin and many more!
Photo Exhibit at Houston Center for Photography, 1441 W Alabama, Houston TX ph 713 529 4755 www.hcponline.org

November 9 -
“The Photographers Series: Keith Carter", 7pm Documentary film directed by John Spellos Screening and introduction by the Director. Free admission

November 28 –
“On Collecting Photography”, 7pm. Presentation and discussion led by John Cleary, collector and owner of John Cleary Gallery Free admission

Through November 19 -- FotoFest Native Sons photo exhibit opening reception will feature music from the Honky Tonk Heroes and food by Tacos a Go-Go. The exhibit is open to the public, free of charge, Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm; Saturday, noon - 6pm, from October 12, 2006 through November 19, 2006 at FotoFest Headquarters at Vine Street Studios, 1113 Vine Street, Houston, Texas. For other information, please call 713/223-5522 ext. 19.

Through November 26 -
Perspectives 153: Demetrius Oliver
is the first solo museum exhibition for the Houston-based artist who works in a range of media, including performance, photography, and sculpture. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. (713) 284-8250

November 27- February 18 --Where Rivers Join the Sea
: Photographs by Robert Adams and Marcos Zimmerman.The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. (713) 639-7390; www.mfah.org

December 1st. - 21- Jung Center Photo Exhibit Fully Conscious: Mindful Views. Artist: June Russell. Russell’s photographic prints capture color, shape and mood in scenes that pull the viewer in to contemplate what’s outside and the bring it within. http://www.junghouston.org/

December 2nd. - DeSantos Gallery will present Remnant Beauty
Photographs by Roman Loranc

December 12 - Patsy Cravens - Leavin' a Testimony: Portraits from Rural Texas. Artist talk and Book signing, 7pm Free admission www.hcponline.org


We need club members who have digital cameras to volunteer to document our field trips and special events. Our friends John Masters and Nolan Braud have been providing digital images of our meeting presenters and other activities but could use some help.  If you are willing to help, please e-mail to our newsletter editor.


Each member of our club gets a free online gallery of your favorite images. For details on how to get yours set up, contact Nolan Braud ([email protected])


Help us continue to have the most interesting and informative activities by sharing your ideas for the best experiences you've had. E-mail your ideas for each activity below to the club officer in charge of that activity:

Presentations - Brett Rodríguez
Other Activities - Dianna Montoya

Web Site, Newsletter - [email protected]


The Woodlands Photography Club
is an organization formed
to support area photographers of all ages, skill levels, and interests to advance in their ability to create truly satisfying images.  In the process, we all become great friends, enjoy field trips and outings together, and learn from each other.

 We meet on the second Monday of every month from 6:30 to 9 P.M. at the Library just west of The Woodlands Pavilion (The Montgomery County South Branch Library
at 2101 Lake Robbins Dr.) in the meeting room immediately to your
as you enter the front doors. Visitors and the curious are always most welcome!

MEMBERSHIP. Anyone interested in photography, no matter what your age or level of experience (professional, amateur, or wannabe), is most welcome to join our club. Membership is a measly $20/person or $30/couple per year (worth getting married for!).

NEWSLETTER. Our monthly online newsletter goes out around the first week of each month (you are reading the current issue).  We keep all back issues archived on our club website.

MEMBER GALLERIES. Each member can have a gallery of his or her best images online. Contact Nolan Braud for gallery help ([email protected]).


Vice President
Advisory Committee


"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution."
~Ansel Adams

See you MONDAY the 13th. for our November Meeting!

PS -- Check out our club web site often.
We will update it with new monthly content, photos,
member galleries, and the latest list of events
of interest to photographers.

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