October 2007

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

September 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: 
Jeff Rohling one of the three winners at the mini contest this month entered this beautiful orchids picture. It is a very artistic photo. Excellent work, congratulations Jeff!

September Activities
At our regular meeting on September,
Ken Allen, Nature Photographer, NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY IN AFRICA, how to take these photos and recommended equipment to carry. Take a look at his website
http://www.visionsofnature.biz/-/visionsofnature/ WPC thanks him for sharing his photo experience.
His presentation was an approach on photography techniques and skills to produce the best nature photos when you are in the field.

SPECIAL THANKS go to Janet Marroquin, Sally Underwood and Bill Smith for their kindness bringing the sweet, salty snacks and refreshments for our September regular meeting.

Field Trips -
Art Car Museum. WPC had 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

WORKSHOPS -- Sony Style Digital tutorial this special presentation allowed attendees to familiarize with Sony equipment, specifically with Sony A700, how to take digital pictures, and some new features that this camera has, upload them to your TV or computer. Even though, it was Sunday morning, we had one more opportunity to share our camaraderie.

PHOTO TIPS: When is the best time of day to photograph fall color? -There's no bad time of day to photograph fall color. As with most landscape work, the morning and late afternoon often provide the most interesting shadows. "It's best to photograph outdoors when your shadow is longer than you are."
Early morning may bring fog or mist that will provide a soft background, along with long shadows. The rich golden light just before sunset transforms not only leaves on trees, but those on the ground as well.
However, there are also opportunities mid-day. With the sun overhead, you can use backlighting to make leaves glow in your photographs.
(Extracted from Photo Alley)



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 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.  There 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.
Longhorns, barns, fence posts and pastures.  This is sure to be a fun 'western' style photo shoot. If you are interested please sign in

Saturday, October 27, from 4-6 PM -- Arbor Gate Nursery, photo shoot. JUST FOR WPC MEMBERS. Join this field trip that will also include lots of garden art and other unique items.  Please sign in


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

Saturday, October 6 through November 25 -- Texas Renaissance Festival Photo Opportunity. 16th Century comes alive every Saturday and Sunday for 8 weekends from 9 AM to dusk. More info at 1 800 458 3435 In Magnolia, TX

October, Saturdays-- Lake Houston Park Programs: Sneak Peek of New Nature Center, Oct 6 @ 8:30 AM, Off the Beaten Path Safari, Oct. 13 @ 9 AM, Peach Creek Peekers Guided Bird Walk, Oct. 20 @ 8:30 AM, Identifying our Native Snakes, Oct. 27 @ 2 PM. Park location 22031 BAPTIST ENCAMPMENT ROAD, NEW CANEY, TX 77357.  (281) 354-6881



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

SPEAKER: Mark Barbieri, ADOBE LIGHTROOM PRESENTATION, he will give us a tour through this great program.  He will demonstrate the highlights and processes this software offers.  Guests are welcome.

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] .

Saturday, November 3rd. from 10 AM - 4 PM -- Architectural Seminar, Jan Barfield at Best Western, The Woodlands.

$25 for Woodlands Photography Club members 

$35 for non WPC members
Discussions will include commercial, fine art and casual snapshots. Techniques and equipment will be covered as well as how to shoot well without the fancy equipment.
Please sign in and check our program

Saturday, November 10 --WPC Park Hopping Field trip with the kiddos. We will venture out to some of the hidden parks in The Woodlands area.   Members will be mentoring 4H photography kids ranging in ages from 10 to 15 on landscape and wildlife photo techniques.  Come join the fun. Please sign in

Saturday, November 24 --The 1940 Air Terminal Museum Field Trip JUST FOR WPC MEMBERS, at 8601 Travelair Rd. on the western boundary of Hobby AP is accessed off Telephone Rd. They told us that the east and west sides of the building have beautiful relief depictions which would best be photographed for lighting purposes in the a.m. for the east and afternoon for the west side. Please sign in More info


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

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.



Monday, December 10-- 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.

MINI CONTEST: ARCHES Bring any two arches 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] .



Friday, December 7, Saturday, Dec. 8 from 6:30-9:30 PM --2007 Heritage Society from 45th Annual Candlelight Tour – The Sights and Sounds of the Holidays




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.

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) 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:

October - 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 October 5 -- Visions From FotoFest Gallery Exhibit, from September 6 through October 5 from 10 AM to 5 PM in Downtown at Vine Street Studios, 1113 Vine Street. (713) 223 5522 ext 19

Through October 21st -- HCP Return Light 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

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

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


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


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


"Do not call yourself an "artist-photographer" and make "artist-painters" and "artist-sculptors" laugh; call yourself a photographer and wait for artists to call you brother."  

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

See you MONDAY the 8th. for our October 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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