Vol. 2                                                                                                   March 2, 2009




Have you gotten your writing and research tools, computer, and photographs together to start producing a publication or book?  What an inspiration given to our club from Kathy Adams Clark and her husband Gary.  They have been a great benefit to our club and the Woodlands community.  We have had so many great lessons from Kathy and I wish to thank her and Gary most heartedly from the club.  I hope everyone is enjoying their book.


Are you waiting for Spring to arrive?  What we wouldn’t do to be in a field of bluebonnets.  It’s not easy getting in the mood to photograph when the days are gloomy.  That is why we have been putting on our thinking caps to come up with some great ideas to get out there either on a field trip or workshop.  We always welcome your ideas and hope you will be willing to assist others in getting the great capture. 

Dot Mullinax





Judging will be held Monday, March 9, 2009. Our judge is Ted Washington.  He will share comments and criticisms on the photographs.  First, Second, Third, “Best of Show”, and Honorable Mention will be awarded.


SUBMIT ENTRIES -- Saturday, March 7, 2009, from 9-11 AM. at the South Branch Library in The Woodlands.  Late entries not accepted.  Wired, Framed, Mounted, Matted

ATTEND THE JUDGING -- Monday, March 9, 2009 at 6:30 PM for critique/cash awards presentation.

PICK UP YOUR ENTRIES -- 1st prize, Best of Show, and Members Choice will be displayed in the library until March 27.  All other submissions shall be removed from the library after the critique and awards.  If you cannot be there, please make arrangements with somebody to pick up your entries.

The subjects will be:
WESTERN, FOOD, BLACK & WHITE [Daily Life], WATER, PAINTING WITH LIGHT, and OPEN [can be digitally altered].



March 15:   Heritage Village, Woodville, Texas is a living museum of pioneer history, with a main street that is right out of the mid 1800's to early 1900's.  Walk through an old-time blacksmith shop. Check out a railroad depot, a livery stable, or any one of the community's log cabins. Stroll through the East Texas forest.  See demonstrations of the old ways from people who have either studied the art or lived it.  $4 fee.
Also, visit the world famous Pickett House Restaurant which serves boarding house style all you can eat fried chicken, chicken & dumplings, country vegetables, cobbler, biscuits & cornbread.  It still is one of the best homestyle eating places in all of Texas. Folks come from all over, some even fly in by plane, to enjoy a meal here.  http://www.heritage-village.org

Carpool leaving the library by 8:00 am.

Our field trips need mentors, if you have a talent, gift, knowledge – share it with your neighbor.  A little bit of knowledge can go a long way to those that don’t know what you do.



March 15  5:00 pm - Location TBD (if anyone knows of a large indoor venue, that would be great, otherwise we'll do it outside)

Strobist - Small flash on location

Learn how to use your speedlight off camera to create dramatic images.  We will talk about gear, off camera flash techniques, Canon/Nikon specific infrared wireless setups.  Bring any and all flash equipment that you might have and we'll show you how to use it.  An external flash with manual controls is a must.  More basic units will not allow you too much if any off camera work. Don't worry if you don't have all the flashes and light stands, we will have some for people to share and try out. 

*Familiarize yourself with your gear manuals so you know how to get into different modes beforehand.  There are too many different camera models and we want to spend the bare minimum troubleshooting and as much time as possible learning about lighting.

Minimum requirements:
Practical knowledge of camera exposure f-stops, Aperture, Shutterspeed
Camera with a Flash Hotshoe
Camera with Manual mode
Know how to operate Manual Mode on your camera
Charged batteries

Flash with manual controls (Nikon SB-24, 25, 26, 28, 600, 800 or Canon 430EX, 430EXII, 550EX, 580EX, 580EXII or Vivitar 285HV)
A Nikon SB-24 thru 28 and 800
Canon 580EXII are preferred as they have build in PC sync ports



Mixed Media Workshop
March 21, 2009
South Regional Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Drive
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 to cover supplies
Turn photographs into works of fine art using a variety of media and techniques. Caryn Rock, WPC board member and high school art & photography teacher will lead this exciting workshop. Techniques will include creating a textured background with media such as chalk, charcoal, paint and found papers, magazine & acetone transfers, creating invented textures, and more. What to bring: Any type of photographs you want to work with, 1 large (up to 16x20) or several small (5x7 or 8x10) mat boards or canvases for support, any decorative or found paper or flat material you want to include such as fabric, lace, etc., and several magazines with images or photographs to cut up, and inspirational music and/or lyrics.




Photoshop Elements, Janice Braud [July]



Photo by Doug Wilson

The Racer
Camera – Nikon D300
Lens – Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm + 1.7x Teleconverter
Focal Length – 510mm
ISO – 200
Shutter Speed  - 1/200 sec.
Aperture – f/14




Photo by Doug Wilson
Camera – Nikon D3
Lens – Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm
Focal Length – 70mm
ISO – 200
Shutter Speed - 1/90 sec.
Aperture – f/4
Taken 5:50 PM 2/6/2009











March       Spring show – no assignment
April                            Retro Vintage
May                             Movement
June                             Textures
July                              Things that Fly
August                                    Weather
September                   Skyline
October       Fall Show – no assignment
November                   Shadows
December                    Things with Holes

Photos for member slideshow and assignment must be resized, renamed, and sent to Jim Kelly by the first of each month.  There will be a limit of 2 pictures per person.  The photos need to be JPEG resized to 1024x768 72 PSI. 
[email protected]

Please rename your photo per the following example: 


Photos may be published in our newsletter and I wish to acknowledge whose photo it is.  If you do not wish to have your photo put in the newsletter, please do not rename your photo.

Photo by Jim Kelly

Photo by Jim Sandham






While my 3-year-old son was playing at Terramont Park, I was playing with my camera.  He moves quickly, so it's good practice for me.  This is one of my current favorite shots of him, and probably one of the "luckiest."  He was running away from me as I shot it.  
Nikon D80, 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, at f/5.6, ISO 100.


Photo by Caryn Rock






Wayne Atkinson
Wendy Dow
Leonard Collins
Ninamay Fink
Jason Hinojosa
Alexander Geser
Ann Greene
Pia Johal
Rich Klein
George Loughran
Ruth Ritter
Johanna Rodriguez
Mercedes Reyes
Dorothy & Eddie Salge
Jim Sandham
Jay & Lily Standefer
Robert & Carol Witt  

Will Kennard
Iliana Esparza & son, Diego Chapela
Corey & Todd Hayden
John & "T" (Thelma) Michon
Birgit Ritter
J. T. Thomas
Keith Thomas
Steph Tulloch




Photo by Philip Shryock

Taken at Silverado Community Service Project


Ice                   NEED VOLUNTEERS
Drinks             Autumn Teesdale
Salty                Janice & Nolan Braud
Sweet               Pam Moore

Ice                   NEED VOLUNTEERS
Drinks             Doug Wilson
Salty         Mary Kennedy/Ninamay Fink
Sweet        Cindy DuPaul/Wendy Don


President                    Dot Mullinax
Vice President            Lenora Stein
Treasurer                     Bea-Ann Kelly
Hospitality                   Susan Long
Advisor                        Autumn Teesdale
Workshops                  Vu Banh
Field Trips                   Caryn Rock
Historian                      Barry Dolton
Webmaster                 [email protected]
Photographer              Pam Moore
Presentation                Jim Kelly

WPC members are welcome to our Board meetings on the last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 8 PM at Cafe Express in the Market Street, The Woodlands, TX

See the web for contact information