June 2008

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

May 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: 
Ron Bautsch, won the BEST OF THE SHOW recognition at our Spring 2008 Photo Show and Competition with this beautiful photograph worked to perfection. Congratulations, Ron, you did a great job!

May Activities

Wendy Watriss, FotoFest Curator and Co-founder, and, Catherine Couturier, John Clearly Gallery Director of fine art photography,
after judging our exhibit, gave us a photographic critique. Their very well addressed comments were very impressive and educational.
Congratulations to all participants that made this event a success! Please stop by the library and look at this great exhibit through June 9th. The winners at this Photo Contest are:


MEMBERS CHOICE: Debbie Alamilla

Black & White: 1st. Place Ron Bautsch, 2nd. Place Ron Bautsch, 3rd. Place Cesar Vargas, Honorable Mention: Pam Moore

Bugs & Butterflies: 1st. Place Dot Mullinax, 2nd. Place Dot Mullinax, 3rd. Place Stephen Andreas, Honorable Mention: Cindy Abbott

Glass: 1st. Place Ron Bautsch, 2nd. Place Cesar Vargas, 3rd. Place Cindy Abbott, Honorable Mention: Pam Moore

Natural Light: 1st. Place Cesar Vargas, 2nd. Place Cesar Vargas, 3rd. Place Holly Henry, Honorable Mention Ron Bautsch

Open: 1st. Place Ron Bautsch, 2nd. Place Stephen Andreas, 3rd. Place Holly Henry, Honorable Mention Pam Moore

Seasons: 1st. Place Autumn Teesdale, 2nd. Place Pam Moore, 3rd. Place Phil Shryock, Honorable Mention Phil Shryock


Heritage Village WPC visited this living museum of pioneer history, with a main street that is right out of late 19th. century. Walked through an period black smith shop. Checked out a railroad depot, a livery stable and one of the community's log cabins. An educational and fun outing.

St Andrews Church, Bryan. We had a guide for the St. Andrews Church tour and were be able to use tripods, flash and also, other historical, architectural and landscape areas and attractions in Bryan. It was a nice outing, sharing camaraderie and photography.

NEW MEMBERS CORNER: We welcome Ed & Mary Findley, Carlos Hernandez, Linda McAfee, Roy & Carolyn Rice, Lenora Stein, Stephanie Weiss, Tom, Carol & Amy Wolff, and, Vivian & James Richards and their family Chris, Breanna, Michael and Victoria, as new members to Woodlands Photography Club.

Special thanks go to Bea Ann Kelly, Bill Smith and Cecilia García for supplying snacks, cookies and drinks for our May meeting.


It is time for you to get: Back to Black-and-white!
Black-and-white is back because it's part of the power of photography.
Black-and-white is back in print advertising. In today's saturated-color manipulated-image world, black-and-white feels real. To many, it looks fresh.
* Black-and-white is back because brides want to see black-and-white photos in their wedding albums.
* Black-and-white is back because it's still a great way to learn about how film "sees" light.
That's why good photo educators have never abandoned teaching beginners how to work with black-and-white film and images.
The bottom line? Black-and-white photography is back because it is beautiful!!! (
Extracted from NYIP)



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

PROGRAM: Studio Lights and Flash Photography-- Bring your camera for a time to practice with studio and tabletop lighting sets. Studio lighting experience is not required, members will be available to assist you with your lighting questions. Please join us for this learning opportunity.


MINI CONTEST: SHADOWS, bring any two SHADOWS images for the mini contest.

SLIDE SHOW: Please, email 5-8 of your favorite recent images that you would like to share at the meeting to Jim Kelly The club loves seeing great shots.


Saturday, June 21 from 9 AM to 1 PM-- Adobe Lightroom Workshop with Mark Barbieri, just for WPC Members at the Woodlands Library on Lake Robbins. More info & sign in


Saturday, June 7, from 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Town Green and Waterway in The Woodlands, Night Photography
-- Join us to take pictures of the brand new, 120 feet long, water fountains. Just for members. More info and sign in

Saturday, June 14 from 6 PM - 9 PM -- Market Square Downtown guided tour. WPC Members only. $10 FEE Join us in exploring Houston's birthplace and original commercial district as part of the American Institute of Architects Houston's Architecture Month celebration. More info and sign in



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

This year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. What an accomplishment! We are very thankful to all that have made this possible, from the 13 pioneers that started this group to all WPC board officers past and present, but especially to the continued support of all members.

Special Program: Special recognition to our club founders, Members Photographic Critique, WPC members that submitted their pictures will be critiqued by our panel of WPC co-founders and celebrating party.

MINI CONTEST: NONE, there is no mini contest this month.

SLIDE SHOW: Please, email 5-8 of your favorite recent images that you would like to share at the meeting to Jim Kelly  An opportunity to share your art.


Saturday, July 12 from 9 AM - 5 PM -- Just for WPC Members, Studio Light Portrait Session with Mark Barbieri, limited to eight people, Saturday hands on with models, ONE HOUR SPOTS. Friday will be 3 hrs. review class from 6-9 PM More info and sign in

Saturday, July 19 from 9 AM to 4 PM-- Adobe Photoshop with Janice Braud, just for WPC Members, morning for beginners and afternoon for advanced.
1. Workflow using Bridge and Photoshop
2. Using Adobe Camera Raw in Bridge (implies at least CS2 or CS3 versions of Photoshop)
(this one might be of interest if more people are starting to shoot in Raw format)
3. Photoshop Basic Tools and procedures
4. More advanced techniques, such as using Layers and Channels in Photoshop.
You can sign on both More info & sign in

July 4 -- The Woodlands to celebrate 4th of July with Concert in The Park, the Star Spangled Salute, 4th of July Parade, Splash Days at community pools, Red, Hot and Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza. This year will be action packed from start to finish. Celebrating 4th of July in The Woodlands promises something for everyone! More info



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

SPEAKER: Dion McInnis-- He is the photographer that states "The magic is in the seeing, not in the taking!!" Do not miss this presentation, it will be very interesting.

MINI CONTEST: STAIRS, please bring one or two STAIRS images

SLIDE SHOW: Please, email 5-8 of your favorite recent images that you would like to share at the meeting to Jim Kelly Let's see all those wonderful fireworks from July.




Visit WPC resources to ask our Consulting Photographers
Basic Photography · Digital Photography · Matting & Framing · Nikon Capture · PC Questions · Photoshop · Underwater Photography · Website Design

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:

Through June 21 -- Photographs by Frazier King at Museum of Printing History, 1324 W Clay St.

Through July 19 --
Houston Architectural Trilogy: Photography of Valentin Gertsman. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W Clay St.

Through July 26 -- De Santos Gallery presents "Proverbs"
Photography by Gregori Maiofis

Through August -- THE DEAD SEA- By photographer
Duby Tal Houston Consulate of Israel. For more information please contact Heidi Mandl, Cultural affair officer: 713-627-3780 (ext. 515) or [email protected]

Through August 17 -- Holocaust Museum of Houston presents eight photographers who have witnessed the atrocities firsthand as a backdrop of a new world premiere exhibit "Darfur: Photojournalists Respond" at 5401 Caroline St., 713 942 8000


Friday, June 11 from 5-10PM -- Making Money with Portrait Art.
A business building seminar for photographers with Rick and Deborah Ferro at Marriott Houston Airport.

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

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.


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]


1) For Sale Arax 60 MLU kit including sport viewfinder; metered prism viewfinder; 80mm 2.8 Arax lens, 120mm MC Vega lens; 65mm 3.5 MC Mir lens; various Bronica, Hoya, Tiffen filters; Underwater Kinetics hard case. Camera and lenses were brought back from Ukraine. All equipment (except filters) has never been used. Incredible inexpensive way to get into 120 6x6 photography. Arax is a small Ukrainian company that buys hand-picked parts from Arsenal (the manufacturers of the infamous Kiev cameras) modifies them and hand assembles what the Kiev 60 should have been. For more information on the company and the camera, see: www.araxphoto.com PRICE REDUCED - Asking $400 for everything. Contact Bob at [email protected]

2) Bogen 3021 tripod with a 3D head  anyone interested? Price it at $110. Contact Jim Stoner 936-273-4388

Sigma 20-40 2.8 wide angle Lens, Nikon compatible for $250, with Lens hood and lens case   also excellent condition. Inquiries Bobby Green at (832)651-0091 or email address [email protected]

4) 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

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 angle 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. JUST REDUCED will sell for $2000. Contact Jim Stoner at 936-273-4388.

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.


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

The Kingwood Photo Club gathers photographers, who share a love for the capture, preservation and sharing of God's creations through
photography. Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month at the Kingwood United Methodist Church, 6:30 pm. More information


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 - Autumn Teesdale
Other Activities - Pam Moore
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



"Look for Light, Look for Color, Look for Gesture   
~  Jay Maisel

See you MONDAY the 9th. for our June 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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