P H O T O N E W S
April 2007

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


IN THIS ISSUE:
March 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: 
Cecilia García won the mini contest with this tiger photograph taken during the Houston Zoo field trip with a 400 mm lens and a teleconverter. Nice picture!

March Activities
At our regular meeting on March: Special thanks go to Pam Moore and Letha Kobulnicky for the refreshments.


Capturing the Action with Jason Jump, professional sports photographer specializing in local high school sporting events.  He presented to us principals that carry over to many other areas of photography as well.  So even if we shoot wildlife, kids at play, races, festivals or any other action shots, we learned how to improve our craft.  Questions and Answers were answered. Thank you Jason for sharing your tricks.

FIELD TRIPS
We had a blast with two spectacular field trips:
1) Horse Race Track - We had the opportunity to photographs the action during the horse races. It was challenging, interesting and fun.

2) Antique Private Car Collection - We were allowed to photograph an amazing car collection with more than 200 antique cars in perfect shape. Certainly interesting and a unique opportunity.

BREAKING THE NEWS
WOL wrote an article from The Woodlands Photography Club, take a look at http://www.woodlandsonline.com


PHOTO TIPS: IMPROVING SHARPNESS
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How sharp a photo appears depends on several factors. One is focus control, whether the lens is properly focused on the image and if there is enough depth of field to render the subject acceptably sharp.
Another is subject movement. If the subject is moving, it is easier to get a sharp photo when the subject is moving towards you, or away from you. If it moving from one side of the picture towards the other, a faster shutter speed is needed to prevent motion blur.
Camera movement has a big influence on sharpness. Since telephoto lenses magnify camera movement along with subject size, a faster shutter speed is needed than with a wide-angle lens to achieve the same level of sharpness. A common “rule of thumb” states most photographers can expect sharp pictures when hand-holding a camera, provided the shutter speed is no slower than the reciprocal of the lens focal length. This means 1/60th sec. for a 60mm lens, 1/30th for a 28mm lens, 1/250th for a 250mmlens, etc. If you are in a situation where you can’t use a support and you have to shoot hand-held, use a wide lens and move in close. The short focal length of a wide lens minimizes camera movement, so you’re more likely to have sharp photos.
(Extracted from Porter's Camera)

APRIL

Sunday, April 1st, 8 AM- 6 PM

GERLACH'S SEMINAR -- John & Barbara are accomplished speakers/teachers. They are Nature and Wildlife photographers published in calendars, magazines, stock photography and nationwide well known. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from the masters. Take a look at the program. For details contact More info

MONTHLY MEETING

Monday, April 9 -- 6:30 - 9 P.M.

SPEAKER: BYRON WILLIS -- Studio Lights and Flash Photography. Bring your camera, it will be a hands on presentation.  We will have a model to take portraits with professional lights. Join us to practice your photography.

MINI CONTEST: HORSES
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.

Saturday, April 14 -- 9 AM-2 PM
EARTH DAY at The Woodlands High School, Woodlands Earth Day Festival, to celebrate Preserving Our Natural Environment. The event at Millennium Forest Dr. and 6101 Research Forest Dr, Woodlands High School, from 9 AM - 2:00 PM. Bring your pictures, share your hobby, photography, and have fun meeting all kind of people interested in photography. Please sign in as a volunteer.

Sunday, April 15 -- 8 AM - 12:30 PM
FIELD TRIP -- Butterfly Center and Frog Exhibit, just for WPC members. We will have the opportunity to enter the exhibits before the public hours to photograph at our leisure the butterflies and the frogs. Limited room. Please sign in there will be a $10 donation fee per person. More info


Saturday, April 28 -- 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

SPRING PHOTO SHOW & COMPETITION
-- Time to submit your pictures for the Spring Contest at the South Branch Library in The Woodlands. Please notice the time 12:30 PM until 2:30 PM. Late entries cannot be accepted. We need volunteers, please sign in for the set up exhibit


PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:

Sunday, April 1st -- Japan Festival. The tranquil Japanese Gardens in Hermann Park draw 22,000 people annually to a weekend celebration of Japanese culture. (713) 963-0121 www.jashouston.org

Saturday, April 21 -22 -- Fiesta Siciliana. A celebration of Italian culture, held at the Sacred Heart Church in Houston. www.theitalianfestival.com

Saturday, April 21 -- San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Re-Enactment. A reenactment of the battle for Texas independence, won on April 21, 1836. More info (281) 479-2421 www.sanjacinto-museum.org

MAY

Monday, May 14-- 6:30 - 9 P.M.

MONTHLY MEETING SPRING 2007 PHOTO SHOW & COMPETITION PHOTOGRAPHIC CRITIQUE AND AWARDS CEREMONY

SPEAKERS: Paul Hester, Professor of Photography at Rice University and architectural photographer since 1979, and, Katy Kleinhans from Watermark Fine Art Photographs and Books, after judging our exhibit, will give us a photographic critique.

MINI CONTEST: No MIni Contest

FIELD TRIP May 5 or 12 TBA from 1-4 PM GUIDED TOUR -- Photo Fest invited WPC for a guided tour on with Margot Herster, on Saturday, to their photo exhibit on  Guantanamo. Pictures From Home. Questions of Justice, a rare glimpse inside life of the prison, the men who are detainees, and the U.S. lawyers who represent them. The exhibition presents nearly 100 previously unseen photographs and video vignettes gathered by photographer Margot Herster. The photographs portray detainees from Yemen, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain, and are accompanied by narrative from their lawyers. Limited room please sign in.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:

Tuesday, May 1st. -- Art Car Parade. This whimsical parade of outlandishly decorated cars, bicycles, lawnmowers and just about anything on wheels is the oldest and largest of its kind. The parade is held at the Eleanor Tinsley Park and produced by the Orange Show Foundation Telephone: (713) 926-6368

Tuesday, May 1st. -- Houston International Festival. This event transforms Sam Houston Park into an open-air market of ethnic food, arts and crafts and live performances. For more information: (713) 654-8808 www.ifest.org

Saturday, May 5 -- Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Festivities include a downtown parade and a festival with Mariachi bands, dancers and food at Eleanor Tinsley Park. For more information: (713) 284-8352 www.houstonparks.org

Sunday, May 6 -- Downtown Houston Photomarathon is open to anyone interested in photography. Starts at 9 am at Sam Houston Park, Downtown Houston. Four photo themes for the day. Five hours to shoot and submit your entries at 2 pm. More info at www.photomarathon.org or at Focused Frame Deadline registration April 30, 2007.

JUNE


MONTHLY MEETING

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

SPEAKER: EARLIE HUDNALL -- , from Yates High School, who has almost every other month an exhibit at the Houston Art Museum, accepted to be our speaker on , Monday, June 11 on B&W Photography "There is no better place than your own backyard"
Join us to share your photography ideas, guests are welcome.

MINI CONTEST: PORTRAITS
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.

NOTICES

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PHOTO INFO

SEMINARS & CONFERENCES

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

CAMERA CLUBS:

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

CLASSIFIED ADS

CAMERA EQUIPMENT

1) EPSON 1280 printer $200.00. The 1280 prints up to 13x19 paper which you probably already know comes with an extra ink cartridge for it. Contact  Jim Kelly

2) Minolta Equipment for sale, Judy Trevino is liquidating all of her Minolta camera gear if anyone is interested in purchasing it. Very well cared of. Package A includes Maxxum 9000, strap, manual, two pack batteries, motor drive MD90, Program back super 90, Maxxum flash 4000AF, Maxxum flash 2800x2, Sakar 730 AF flash, cable OC, off camera shoe ex2, flash shoe adapter FS 1100, all these as a unit for $650.
Minolta Maxxum 9xi body -- $250
Minolta Maxxum 7xi body -- $250

Minolta Maxxum 9 body -- $550
A wide variety of lenses, filters, extenders, etc. in excellent price. Please contact Judy Trevino for more details at 281-363-2779

3) 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

4) 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

5) Canon EOS Digital Rebel 6.3 Megapixel, $1,200. This camera was bought because of a job I was taking with 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 Ecuador, Ireland, Costa Rica, North Carolina or Big Bend 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:

March - 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.html

Through April 15 --Houston Center for Photography "6-Pack"
is the US debut for six Mexico City photographers. 1441 W Alabama St., Houston

Through June 3rd -- "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" is a photo exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Address: One Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX 77030, 713.639.4629 www.hmns.org

Through June -- "Generations of Caring" at The Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine, features 28 photographers' interpretations of multigenerational family relationships at Dunn Tower on the 2nd. floor od the Methodist Hospital, 6565 Fannin St.

HELP US SHOOT OUR ACTIVITIES

We need club members who have digital cameras to volunteer to document our field trips and special events. Our friends Nolan Braud, Susan Long and Cesar Vargas 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.

YOUR GALLERY AWAITS YOU

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])

WE WANT YOUR IDEAS!

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 - Dianna Montoya
Other Activities - Jim Kelly
Web Site, Newsletter - editor

ABOUT OUR CLUB


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.

MEETINGS.
 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
left
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]).

BOARD CONTACTS:
President
Vice President
Treasurer
Hospitality
Newsletter
Advisory Committee

PARTING SHOT


"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography."

~George Eastman

See you MONDAY the 9th. for our April Meeting!
TTFN

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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