Volume 5
January Newsletter
January 2010

Meeting - January - 6:30-8:00 pm
The Woodlands Community Center
2525 Lake Robbins Road


The January meeting will serve as our kickoff and planning meeting for the year. A facilitated discussion will be led by the Board to get member input on what they liked/disliked about 2009 programs and topics of interest for meeting programs in 2010. We will also be looking for ideas and suggestions for field trips and workshops in 2010 that will help our members learn and grow in their photography activities. One of the things we will be trying to achieve in 2010 is even more member participation in our club activities.

Will Kennard will lead a discussion on the successful completion of our project with the Montgomery County Hospital District that will include a slide show of many of the photos taken during our ride along sessions. We will also be discussing our similar current project with the Woodlands Fire Department.

Come to the meeting prepared to talk and interact with the Board! Bring your ideas for workshops and field trips! Help us identify and create lots of opportunities for member participation during the year!

And, don’t forget to send your photos to Mike Guidry for the mini contest! The January topic is “Sculptures located in The Woodlands"

Don Rueter
President - WPC Board

December Holiday Gathering

Christmas Party
December Festivites
Photo by Pam Moore

The December meeting served as the annual holiday party and social networking event. There was plenty of good food and discussion of the club’s activities for the year. Members were able to spend the evening talking with each other about any subject of interest, but most of the discussions were about photography and holiday plans. One of the highlights of the evening was the “What is it?” contest. After viewing a very small section of a photo, the members were asked to guess what was on the complete photo. Small prizes were awarded to the first person to shout out the correct answer.

2010 Monthly Mini Contest Themes

Start the new year off by practicing with the club's mini contest. Simply take a photograph based on each month's theme. Bring an 8x10 print to the meeting OR email a digital file (resized to 1024x768) to Mike Guidry by the Friday before the meeting.

The following are the themes for the monthly mini contests:

Photo by Pam Moore

Photography Tip

When taking images of pets, take the time to see that the clutter is removed from the background.
Get the pet engaged in watching or doing something of interest. Focus on the eyes.
For added interest, have a toy or leash in the foreground.
Be sure to vary your shots, take vertical and horizontal as well as full length and close ups.

Spring Photography Contest Categories

As we start a new year we would like ALL of our members to participate in our Spring Photogrpahy Contest, March 22. This is an opportunity to expand your photographic knowledge and skills.Themes are set for specific categories for instance -
Black & White - submit photos of architecture taken in black & white.

1. Black & White - Achitecture
2. Nature - Landscape
3. Techinique - Motion Blur
4. Look Alikes
5. People - In Motion
6. Open - this is the only category that can be digitally altered

Field Trip Information
January 23rd
Natural Bridge Caverns
New Braunsfel, TX
Carpoosl to leave from South Montgomery County Library promptly at 8:00am
Tour allows tripods - be prepared for 1/3-3/4 mile walk
Cost $17.95

To sign up for upcoming field trips contact Doug Wilson


Membership Renewal

January is the time to renew your membership to the Woodlands Photography Club. For, $25 individual $30 for familes, members receive newsletters, updates and the opportunity to participate in club field trips and workshops. Don't wait and renew your membership today!

All members are welcome to attend board meetings which are held from 7:00-8:00pm the last Wednesday of each month at Cafe Express in The Woodlands. For a complete listing and contact information of current board members please visit our website.

Club's Website - www.woodlandsphoto.org