December 2006

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

November 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: 
Cesar Vargas, won the November mini contest with this picture, it is not a Photoshop composite. He took this picture with a P&S Canon camera Power Shot G7 10 Mpx. He saw this leaf on the ground, and this is the tree where it came from. So he decided to pluck the stem of the leaf in the outer bark of the tree to hold it. Different perspective, good job, Cesar.

November Activities
At our regular meeting on November: Arik Hoek, our guest speaker shared his expertise in weddings, portraits, marketing, business, etc. which made his presentation very educational and interesting. Take a look at his work

SPECIAL THANKS go to Dianna and Jerry Costin for the delighting snacks and refreshments they brought to our last meeting.

PHOTO TIPS: PAINT WITH LIGHT - Painting with light is a technique that studio product photographers have used for decades. To do this, the light source is moved around a stationary product while the shutter is open on the tripod-mounted camera. The lighting effect is much softer and shadows are controlled to a greater degree than is possible with one light alone. The same thing can be done outdoors at night, using multiple bursts from a flash unit or a powerful battery-powered light to illuminate your subject.



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. Meet the new board officers for 2007. Share with them your ideas.

FLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES Bring any two images containing flowers and butterflies in the same picture for the mini-contest.

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

WORKSHOP Saturday, December 2nd. from 9 AM to 4 PM:
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 2 through January 7, 2007 - Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens photo opportunity kicks off the holiday season with Santa Claus parachuting in to switch on the lights. (800) 582-4673; www.moodygardens.com

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 new board officers 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.



Monday, February 12-- 6:30 - 9 P.M.

Join us to share your photography ideas, guests are welcome.

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 ·

SPECIAL REPORT: Nolan & Janice Braud have been spotlit in a beautiful two page spread in the Dec/Jan issue of "Birds and Blooms", with an article titled "Picture Perfect" and subtitled "Even though one of them is legally blind, this Texas couple always gets their shot." It includes 5 large images, 3 from Nolan and 2 from Janice. They are flowers, birds, and butterflies. The article is very well written. Congratulations to the Braud's we are very proud to have them in our team. What an incredible accomplishment!


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) MINOLTA LENS FOR SALE - Teresa Boyd has two Minolta lens AF 70-210 and AF 35-70 to sell for a very minimal price. If you are interested in email her

2) 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

3) 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

4) 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:

December- 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.

December - 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

Through 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

December 1st - 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 1st - Jan 20, 2007 - Photofest
City of Night, The Vargas Brothers Studio Peru 1912-1930. http://www.fotofest.org

December 2nd. - 30 - 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


"If you're photographing in color you show the color of their clothes - if you use black and white, you will show the color of their soul. " ~Author Unknown

See you MONDAY the 11th. for our December 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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