P H O T O N E W S
December 2007

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


IN THIS ISSUE:
December 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 won the mini contest this month with this "FOOD" picture, very talkative photograph by itself; donuts and diet coke. Congratulations, Jeff we caught the message.

November Activities
At our regular meeting in November, Mark Barbieri gave us an educational overview presentation on Adobe Lightroom program. He demonstrated the highlights and processes this software offers. Thank you Mark for sharing your knowledge with us.


Field Trips -
Fire Department at The Woodlands Fire Station 5. We had the opportunity to photograph an old fire truck. It was very interesting and fun to photograph.
Park Hopping Field trip with the kiddos. We ventured out to some of the hidden parks in The Woodlands area.  Members were mentoring 4H photography kids ranging in ages from 10 to 15 on landscape and wildlife photo techniques.  It has been educational and fun.

Senior Living Community Portrait Shoot Just for WPC Members, we had the opportunity to make some senior portraits as community service.

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum Due to inclement weather we could not be there. This field trip will be re-scheduled in the near future.

PHOTO TIPS: How to Improve Your Sunrise and Sunset Photos -- Just as an outdoor light at night attracts bugs, shutterbugs are naturally attracted to sunrises and sunsets. There are many ways to improve your sunset pictures beyond the ordinary. First, scout locations in advance, since the light changes quickly when the sun is near the horizon. Find something of interest to include in the foreground. A body of water is good, an interesting building or other object in silhouette adds interest, as does a moving object such as a boat, or a string of autos with trails of color from the tail lights, or people. Use a graduated neutral density filter to hold detail in the foreground. Experiment with various lenses or zoom settings—wide-angle for a panoramic vista with a wide swath of sky, a telephoto to compress the perspective and make the setting sun large in the picture. Use a solid tripod to get the sharpest images. Check out the scenery 180° from the setting sun, too. Sometimes the light coming from a low angle and the warm color give you breathtaking shots of buildings, cityscapes, and landscapes that are far superior to the sunset you originally went out to capture. (Extracted from Porter's)

DECEMBER

MONTHLY MEETING

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 2008 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. We will welcome our new board officers for 2008.

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] .

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

December 1st. at 7 PM -- Lighted Horse & Carriage Parade, Market Street, Parade will feature brilliantly illuminated and ornate, horse-drawn carriages from the Houston Area Carriage, more info at www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com

December 1st.-2nd. --34th Annual Dickens on The Strand, where bobbies, Beefeaters and the Queen herself will recreate the Victorian London of Charles Dickens, with events Friday thru Sunday, November 30th thru December 2nd. More info http://www.galveston.com

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

Saturday, December 15th -- Galveston Island's Harbor Parade of Lights, a dazzling display of boats decorated from stem to stern with glittering lights and decorations. More info http://www.galveston.com

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.

JANUARY

MONTHLY MEETING

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

SPEAKER: MAS Presenter, Vinod Hopson, who is Public Relations Director for FotoFest, will talk about FOTOFEST International Biennial Festival, what is it, how can we participate with them.

We’will have a new board members for 2008. Let's hear about their plans for the year, come and share your photo related ideas. Everything you would like the club to plan on like field trips, workshops, seminars, kind of speakers, etc. This is the time to put our ideas together for the rest of the year. Do not miss it!

MINI CONTEST: "RED"
Bring any two "RED" 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]

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Rocky Mountain School of Photography Weekend Photography Course --January 19-20 in Austin. From Photo Basics to Advanced techniques in Photoshop. More info at www.rmsp.com WPC Members will get a group discount, please contact us for more info

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

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.

January 25 through Feb. 5 -- Mardi Gras Galveston at Galveston Island becomes a sparkling spectacle with colorful parades, elaborate masked balls and outdoor concerts.
More info at http://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/

FEBRUARY


MONTHLY MEETING

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

PROGRAM: TBA

MINI CONTEST:
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]

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

Through Feb. 5 -- Mardi Gras Galveston at Galveston Island becomes a sparkling spectacle with colorful parades, elaborate masked balls and outdoor concerts.
More info at http://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/

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.

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

BOOKS
1) Unused, new work book for $10.00:The Artist's Marketing and Action Plan Workbook (Paperback) by Jonathan Talbot, Geoffrey Howard ( $16.95 on Amazon.com) If you are interested please email Barbara at [email protected]

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:

November - 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 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

Through December 8 -- International Discoveries, Contemporary Artists from around the world Photo Exhibit from FotoFest
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm, Sat, noon - 5pm. For more information on this exhibition and the artist presented here, please contact FotoFest at 713.223.5522 ext 19 or [email protected]



CLASSES:

December 12 -- Adobe Photoshop Creativity Tour in Dallas Convention Center, Room: Ballroom C, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, Texas 75202, Phone: (214) 939-2700 More info

Rocky Mountain School of Photograph
y Weekend Photography Course --January 19-20 in Austin. From Photo Basics to Advanced techniques in Photoshop. More info at www.rmsp.com WPC Members will get a group discount, please contact us for more info

HCP and LLU are offering photo classes on regular basis, take a look at our calendar

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


"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus."  
~Mark Twain

See you MONDAY the 10th. for our December 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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