May 2007

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

April 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: 
Barbara Edmondson won the mini contest with this nice horse photograph taken in a foggy morning with the Canon Powershot G1. Congratulations, Barbara, you did a great job!

April Activities
At our regular meeting on April: Special thanks go to Melinda Culpon and Nalin Trivedi for the refreshments.

Byron Willis presented "Studio Lights". Hands on, members brought their cameras, and Melissa Sánchez graciously modeled under the professional studio lights. Byron during his presentation, explained how to set the lights, the camera and the model to get a professional portrait. Thank you Byron for showing your know how.

We had a blast with
SEMINAR on APRIL 1st. in The Woodlands
"How to Shoot Beautiful Nature Photographs with Digital & Film Cameras"
was an overwhelming success for all of us who attended.  WPC members spent the day learning from this enthusiastic, talented pair of photographers. Valuable technical and practical information was given to us in a manner that all skill levels benefited.  We saw over 600 slides during their discussion on techniques, exposure and lighting issues. They demonstrated how shots were taken and why, equipment do's and don'ts, and most importantly taught us to stop, slow down and really see our environment. If you missed their presentation this year, we hope to have them back sometime in the future.

Field Trip - Butterfly Center and Frog Exhibit, WPC members. We had the opportunity to enter the exhibits before the public hours to photograph at our leisure the butterflies and the frogs. It has been a lot of fun and camaraderie.


Just as selective softness due to movement adds attention to your subject, so does selective focus. In this instance, a wide lens aperture (small f-number) is used so the background goes out of focus. For example, leaves and branches that are sharp may draw attention away from your outdoor portrait subject. By using a longer telephoto lens (which inherently has less depth-offield)
and a wide lens aperture, the busy background foliage will become soft and not fight for attention with the subject.
(Extracted from Porter's Camera)


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


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.


FIELD TRIP May 5 from 2-4 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.

Thursday, May 31st. from 6:30 PM- 9:00 PM

WORKSHOP with Gina Silverstein "Portfolios & Marketing"
GINA, President Photographic Commerce LLC - www.photojobsdatabase.com - Based in California, a former photo agent and ad agency executive. She will do a presentation at the library on the software that she developed and valuable tips on the entire process of building a portfolio (online and offline), how to present it, who to target, and how to reach them. Please sign in


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.



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.

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.



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

SPEAKER: Joe Robbins, "Product & Stock Photography" - www.joerobbins.com - corporate/industrial, stock, studio product, high tech, architecture, people - He has a studio and also teaches photoshop workshops. his presentation is an approach on photography techniques and skills rather than photoshop since we sort of have that covered within the club membership.
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.

FIELD TRIP: July 4th, Woodlands, Fire Works. We will have access to special press spot to take pictures from this spectacular event. Please sign in, room is limited





July 28 - 29 -- Outdoor & Digital Seminar, Learn the art of photographing in the outdoors and maximizing the potential of your digital images from some of the top professionals in the business, Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana St. Houston, Texas 77002. More info at http://www.opseminar.com/

Visit WPC resources to ask our Consulting Photographers
Basic Photography · Digital Photography · Matting & Framing · Nikon Capture · PC Questions · 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) 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:

May - 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

May 3rd - June 8 -- "Under the Radar" eleven emerging photographers at Williams Tower Gallery, 2800 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056 More info 713 526 6461

Through May 19th -- De Santos Gallery Photo Exhibit Presents:
Chen Changfen: The Historical Wall
http://www.desantosgallery.com 713 520 1200

May 16 through June 16 -- "Snapshot 2007"
Photo Exhibit at Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street in the Museum District. The Rice Design Alliance presents an unjuried exhibit of work submitted by Houston's design professionals on architectural photography. More info at 713 348 4876

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.


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.


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


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


"The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep."

~Paul Strand

See you MONDAY the 14th. for our May 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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