P H O T O N E W S
September 2007

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


IN THIS ISSUE:
August 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: 
Pam Moore won the mini contest this month with this beautiful picture from "Things around home". It is a colorful photo that has been selected as a winner. Excellent photo, congratulations Pam!

August Activities
At our regular meeting on August,
Paul Bozzo "How Did They Do That?" Paul, from Kingwood Photography Club and nature photographer, showed all kind of tricks to make a perfect picture from birds in your own back yard. WPC thanks him for sharing his photo experience. Check his web site his presentation was an approach on photography techniques and skills to produce the best bird's photos in your own garden.

SPECIAL THANKS go to Bob Beard, Brenda Driscoll and Joe Herz for their kindness bringing the sweet, salty snacks and refreshments for our August regular meeting.

Events -
Members Teaching Members, Photo Learning Event. We had our first Photo Learning Event, where WPC members were sharing their photo skills, tricks and tips with people interested in photography. From how to choose your first tripod to Adobe Lightroom sophisticated software. We do not have enough words to thank instructors, volunteers and visitors for all they have done to make our event significant and memorable for us.

MOVIE NIGHT -- We had a relaxing and educational gathering. The night was delighting with pop corn, free pizza, sof drinks, educational photo movies, friendship and fun at the Windrose Club House.

PHOTO TIPS: DISPLAYING YOUR PHOTOS -Good photographs deserve a better fate than to be hidden away in an album, storage box or computer file. Enjoy them on a regular basis and share them with house guests by making wall-size prints and displaying them in your home. The selection of materials and techniques of mounting, matting and attractively displaying photos is a natural extension of photography’s creative process, whether you have a lab make the prints for you, or do it yourself with a good quality photo paper and your personal printer. The first step is choosing the image to be printed. The larger the print, the more highly magnified any flaws will be, so it should be sharp and properly exposed. If it is a digital image, the file size should be large enough to support the print size you wish to make. Once the image has been printed, mount, mat and frame it to hang it for display. (Extracted from Porter's Camera)

SEPTEMBER

MONTHLY MEETING

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

SPEAKER: Ken Allen, Nature Photographer, NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY IN AFRICA, how to take this pictures and recommended equipment to carry. Take a look at his website
http://www.visionsofnature.biz/-/visionsofnature/

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 29, from 9:30-11:30 AM, Fall 2007 Photo Exhibit and Competition Set up. Entries submission. FALL 2007 PHOTO SHOW & COMPETITION RULES Categories:

  • B&W MACRO
  • OPEN
  • PEOPLE, doing something
  • THREE OF A KIND
  • WATER
  • WILDLIFE

FIELD TRIPS:

Saturday, September 15 from 11 AM - 1 PM -- Art Car Museum. WPC will have a field trip to the Art Car Museum. The museum features elaborate art cars, lowriders, and mobile contraptions, as well as exhibitions by local, national, and international artists. An art car is a vehicle that has its appearance modified as an act of personal artistic expression. Art car artists usually drive and own their own work please sign in

WORKSHOPS:

Sunday, September 30 from 8 - 10 AM -- Sony Style Digital workflow. Just for WPC members special presentation this tutorial will go from how to take your digital pictures, upload them to your computer, organize, manipulate, and print them using the state of art software and equipment. This will be a two hours session. We have limited room, some of you are in the list already, please confirm. If you have not signed yet, and you are interested, please save your spot.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

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

Sunday, September 30 through November 25 --Texas Renaissance Festival. 16th Century comes alive every Saturday and Sunday for 8 weekends from 9 AM to dusk. More info at http://www.texrenfest.com/home.html or call 1 800 458 3435 In Magnolia, TX directions

 

OCTOBER

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

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.

MINI CONTEST: NO MINI CONTEST THIS MONTH

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

FIELD TRIPS:

Saturday, October 6 from 8 AM to 3 PM-- Wings Over Houston Just for WPC Members.
The Wings Over Houston Airshow will be held at Houston's Ellington Field. Gates will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for static displays. Aerial performances begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. (Flight times are subject to change.) Our suggestion is to travel as light as you can.  It will be a little or no shade so you are encouraged to bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and possibly earplugs if you are sensitive to the loud noises we will experience through the day.More info and sign in

Saturday, October 13 from 5-11 PM-- Night Photo Shoot
at Downtown and Buffalo Bayou area. JUST FOR WPC MEMBERS. Leave from the library parking lot at 5 PM - Carpooling HIGHLY recommended. We need to allow time to get our bearings, get set up in place and ready for twilight photos. More info and sign

Saturday, October 20, from 3 PM - 6:00 PM -- Long Horns Ranch. JUST FOR WPC MEMBERS. This will be a fun photo opportunity. If you are interested please sign in

Saturday, October 27, from 4-6 PM -- Arbor Gate Nursery, photo shoot. JUST FOR WPC MEMBERS. Please sign in

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

Thursday, October 4-7 -- Greek Festival Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral hosts a celebration of Greek culture with authentic Greek food, wine, and dancing. More info at (713) 526-5377 http://www.greekfestival.org

NOVEMBER


MONTHLY MEETING

TUESDAY, November 13 -- 7:00 - 9 P.M.
NOTE:  Different day and time than normal

SPEAKER: TBA
Take down of our FALL 2007 PHOTO EXHIBIT. PICK UP YOUR ENTRIES -- During our regular meeting, at the South Branch Library in The Woodlands. If you cannot be there, please make arrangements with somebody to pick up your entries.

MINI CONTEST: FOOD Bring any two food 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] .

WORKSHOP:
Saturday, November 3rd. from 9 AM - 4 PM -- Architectural Seminar, Jan Barfield JUST FOR MEMBERS at Wdls Library on Lake Robbins in the Children's room 9-1PM and then in Large conference room from 1-5 PM. We will be able to take some architectural pictures during this workshop, please sign in

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

Friday, November 2, 3 & 4th -- Ballunar Festival
$10 Per Car - Free Parking. Here is a convenient summary of links for the event : PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: http://www.ballunarfestival.com/photo.asp http://www.ballunarfestival.com/dschedule.asp http://www.ballunarfestival.com/map.asp
http://www.ballunarfestival.com/safety.asp

Saturday, November 17 through January 5, 2008 -- Sixth Annual Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens This whimsical celebration will kick off the holiday season with Santa Claus parachuting in to switch on the lights.

NOTICES

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PHOTO INFO

SPECIAL REQUEST
Joe Cusack, a member of The Woodlands Photography Club, teaches middle school students about photography and is requesting the donation of non-functioning cameras and camera lens. He would like to use these broken cameras to show the students different parts of a camera during his lecture. Email Joe Cusack if you can help.

SEMINARS, CONFERENCES & CONTESTS
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

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

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

CLASSIFIED ADS

CAMERA EQUIPMENT
1) Manfrotto by Bogen Model 3030 tripod head with quick release plate for $50. Contact Barbara Edmondson at  phone: 281-251-0000

2) 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/

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 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 $250. Contact Jim Stoner 936-273-4388

6) CANON EOS 1D-Mark 2, professional Digital SLR. This camera is a great one for sports shooting, portraits, weddings, nature etc. and is in excellent shape. It's 1.3 crop factor will allow wider ancle shooting with your lenses than most DSLR's. A fast shooting speed of 8.5 fps made it the fastest DSLR for the past 3 years. With 8 megapixels I have made 30x40" prints with no problem. Will sell for $2300. Contact Jim Stoner at 936-273-4388.

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:

September - 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


September 13 through October 21st -- HCP ReturnLight Writes Always in Plural. Large-scale photographic murals span wall lengths in Senstad´s project Light Writes Always in Plural. In 1997 Senstad began working with our sensorial experiences of light and color. Through her photography, she sought to investigate and translate into a visual experience the sensations that arise from our perception of the two elements. In photographing the behavioral patterns of her light sources - fluorescent bulbs - she arrests light´s movement and its effect on architectonic space. The work navigates through color as a monumental phenomenon. Sunburn Chris McCaw stumbled upon the Sunburn series by accident. Playing with long nighttime exposures in the western. And Another Shocking Psychological Thriller, Tracey Snelling´s project, Another Shocking Psychological Thriller, is an installation of ... http://www.hcponline.org

From September 15 through October 20, DeSantos Gallery Diptych, Photography by Spanish Photographer Rafael Navarro. 713-520-1200, or visit www.desantosgallery.com

From September 27 through October 18, TAACCL, 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.

November 2 through December 23 -- HCP presents Reality Interrupted. The Sanchez Brothers create images that surpass the need for photographic veracity. Acting as cinematographers and set designers, the artists use mise-en-scène ... www.hcponline.org

CLASSES:

HCP is offering classes on regular basis, take a look at their calendar for September, October, November

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]) or read the procedures

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 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]

BOARD CONTACTS:
President
Vice President
Treasurer
Hospitality
Newsletter
Advisory Committee

PARTING SHOT


"Photograph:  a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art."   ~Ambrose Bierce


See you MONDAY the 10th. for our September 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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