August 2007

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

July 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: 
Janice Braud won the mini contest this month with this beautiful action shot. It is a female White-necked Jacobin hummingbird, Canon 30D, Lens was Canon 300mm F4 IS L, with Canon 1.4 teleextender, and Canon external flash 580EX. It was on a tripod, and was manually focused. Excellent photo, congratulations Janice!

July Activities
At our regular meeting on June,
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 was an approach on photography techniques and skills.

SPECIAL THANKS go to Janice & Nolan Braud and Cris Woods for their kindness bringing the sweet, salty snacks and refreshments for our July regular meeting.

Field Trips -
July 4th, Woodlands, Fire Works. We had access to special press spot to take pictures from this spectacular event.

We had a successful field trip to St. Arnold Brewing Co. The visit to the micro brewery gave us different photo opportunities. Members enjoyed taking a variety of pictures, from patterns to special perspectives and creative shots. Pictured Cecilia García and Pete Poulsen photographing the bottles very close to the bottling department. The group had time to share their hobby, photography. Fun and interesting field trip, take a look to this field trip gallery.

Private Telephone Collection -- There were over 60 phones on display and everyone photographed the ones of interest to them and hopefully got some great shots. Tabletop lights were set up and we had various backgrounds to choose from.  We were able to share A LOT of photo tips and information

- Images have been accidentally deleted from a memory card, or a card has been corrupted and cannot display images that are on it, what if this happens to a card containing irreplaceable photos? DON’T PANIC! When all the images on a memory card are erased, they actually aren’t. Instead, the file structure is changed, but the images are still there. Stop using that card immediately. Turn off the camera, remove the card and have the image files restored. Do not re-shoot images on the card or reformat it before you attempt to restore the images. To restore them, you’ll need some image recovery software such as Image Rescue that is included with Lexar Pro-Series memory cards. Many other recovery programs can be found by searching the Web, some with free trial offers. Some photo specialty stores offer image restoring services, also. (Extracted from Porter's Camera)



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

SPEAKER: PAUL BOZZO "How Did They Do That?" Find out the basics and tricks to attract birds to your backyard and be able to photograph them. If you enjoy bird photography you DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS ONE. His information is very well presented and demonstrates exactly how to get the GREAT shots that everyone will envy…

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 or email them to [email protected]

Saturday, August 11 from 9 AM - 4 PM - WPC Members Teaching Members Workshop at South Branch Woodlands Library on Lake Robbins and Grogan's Mill. Come and visit, there will be "tips & tricks" for photographers. There will be a special door prize raffle for a lucky individual who attends this event.


¨       Basics of composition, metering, improve your scenic shots – bring your camera 
¨       How to size your photos for different needs (web, printing, slide shows, etc) 
¨       Tripods 101 Choosing your first tripod & why you need one
¨       Unique photographic techniques : mylar mystery, Monet effect, 3D, Vaseline tricks
¨       Simple flashlight photo technique that anyone can use to take fun photos at home


¨       Noise Ninja – How to use this filter to remove or improve your grainy shots 
¨       Demonstration on  ‘ itunes ‘ to download FREE 2-3 minute videos on tips and tricks on how to use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
¨       HDR discussion and demonstration - HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE -  mapping together bracketed images giving the end result a high, often exaggerated dynamic range
¨       Special LIGHTING demonstration – learn lighting ratios, metering, studio lights   
¨       Demonstration of using a SPYDER to color calibrate your 
¨       Photoshop CS2 and Lightroom demo on techniques, and your own questions   
¨       Elements 3 software demo on using levels, and bringing back under and over exposed photos    
¨       Nikon Capture X software questions and answer available   
¨       Using long lenses and all the necessary gadgets and equipment to get those telephoto shots that are crisp, clear and way cool – hands on

 Saturday, August 18 from 6-11 PM - WPC will have a Movie Night, join us for pop corn, free pizza, sof drinks and watch educational photo movies, friendship and fun at the Windrose Club House in the Meeting Room on 5740 Pine Lakes Blvd, Spring 77379. More info

FALL 2007 PHOTO SHOW & COMPETITION -- Time to work on your pictures for the Fall Contest check the RULES

  • OPEN
  • PEOPLE, doing something


Monday, September 10 -- 6:30 - 9 P.M.

SPEAKER: Ken Allen, Nature Photographer Kenya pictures

MINI CONTEST: FLOWERS 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 or email them to [email protected]


Saturday, September 1st -- Art Car Museum. More details on the way.

Friday, September 14 to Sunday, Sep. 16 -- BEAVER CREEK RANCH one of the finest game ranches in the country. We will be able to take pictures from blinds at two sunsets and two sunrises from exotic animals including: native whitetail deer, wild boar, Addax, Blackbuck Antelope, or Axis, Sika, or Fallow Deer, American Elk or Red Stag. Lodge and five meals included, limited room, please sign in ASAP. More info

Saturday, September 29, Fall 2007 Photo Exhibit and Competition Set up. Entries submission.


Sunday, September 2, from 2-6 PM -- Rice Village Photo Marathon --The Rice Village Photomarathon is scheduled to take place on September 2, 2007. We will begin the pre-event social at Mi Luna from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m., participants will head out with the photo topics in hand. Registration




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

SPEAKERS: Stephan Hillerbrand, photographer and professor of Art at University of Houston, and Delilah Montoya from University of Houston, Art Photography. They will be judging our exhibit prior to the meeting and after our awards ceremony they will give us a photographic critique.


SLIDE SHOW: Bring couple of your recent best images, if you want to share for the slide show or email them to [email protected] .

Saturday, October 20 -- Long Horns Ranch. JUST FOR WPC MEMBERS. This will be a fun photo opportunity. If you are interested please sign in




PHOTOSHOP World 07 in Vegas from September 6-8 take a look

The annual Canon Photography in the Parks contest is now accepting submissions through September 29th for the 2007 contest. The grand prize includes round-trip airfare and 5-day/4-night hotel accommodations for two plus entry fee to a national or state park in the Continental US, an EOS 5D with 24-105 L IS USM lens, and a PIXMA Pro9500 printer. The contest is open to non-professional photographers only, but most semi-pros would still qualify under Canon's definition. Read more at the contest website

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

The 1960 Digital Photography Special Interest Group meets the first Thursday every month at the Cypress Creek Christian Church on 6823 Cypresswood Drive, a diverse group of photographers seeking to improve photography skills with a motto of “members helping members” More info


1) Nikon Lenses and Sony Alpha System for Sale Cesar Vargas is selling his well cared equipment. Sony Alpha Syst with 3 lenses. One of them is the 18-200mm. If you are interested in please contact him at 713 822 8453. You can see this equipment at http://www.phototimeblog.blogspot.com/

2) Canon 10D body, for sale.....$500 obo.  Includes all original adapters, strap, charger, 256MB CF card, software, manuals and tripod quick release plate by "Really Right Stuff".  Great camera - just decided to buy latest model. Contact Colin Wilkinson

3) 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

4) 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

5) 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

6) 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

7) 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:

August - 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 August 2nd -- The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake (TAACCL) is hosting their Open Doors Series: Summer ’07 and open juried exhibition. Twice a year The Arts Alliance Center opens its doors, encouraging emerging talent in the area by offering open juried art competitions. Work submitted by area artists, in all media and of any subject matter, is juried and cash awards are given to reward superior work. These submissions are also used to identify artists for future invitational shows. Call for Entries/Receive Works: Saturday, June 2, 10am-2pm 2000 NASA Parkway, Nassau Bay, TX 77058, ph 281-335-7777

From July 20 - August 19 -- HCP Photo Exhibit Rocky´s Neighborhood at Night. Images by Colin Zelt, 2007 Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship Recipient and, Images by Amelia D´Entrone, 2007 HCP Fellowship Recipient More info 713 529 4755 www.hcponline.org

From September 27 through October 18, TAACCL Photo Exhibit, they will host the Annual Juried Photography Exhibition in conjunction with the Bay Area Photo Club. TAACCL is proud to celebrate 10th Annual Exhibition of Juried Photography.


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]) or read the procedures


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 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 web site.

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


"You don't take a photograph.  You ask, quietly, to borrow it."   ~Author Unknown"

See you MONDAY the 13th. for our August 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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