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April 2010 Newsletter

April 12th- 6:30-8:00 pm
South Montgomery County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Road
Speaker - Robert Seale - Sports Portrait Photographer

Congratulations to all the entrants and winners in the Spring Photo Contest!! Our meeting on April 12 should be very interesting with a presentation by Robert Seale regarding lighting and how he creates the awesome shots shown on his website. Don’t forget to submit your photos for the mini contest – In the Kitchen - and for the members slideshow.
Don Rueter

Spring Photography Contest

Our Spring Photo Contest was a wonderful success and the judges were very impressed with all the images. They had difficulty choosing the top 3 images in each category since there were so many worthy of recognition. Many thanks to Cliff Roe and Valerie Yaklin-Brown for serving as our judges! Cliff recalled judging a WPC contest 10 or more years ago and felt that the member’s photos overall have improved significantly since then.

Results are as follow:

Black and White

  • First Place - Dot Mullinax
  • Second Place - Nalin Trivedi
  • Third Place - Ansel Arnold
Nature - Landscape
  • First Place - John Breitenstein
  • Second Place - Christine Martin
  • Third Place - Patty Chimene
Technique - Motion Blur
  • First Place - Dot Mullinax
  • Second Place - Joseph Freeman
  • Third Place - Nalin Trivedi
People - In Motion
  • First Place - Dot Mullinax
  • Second Place - Jon D Kingsley, Jr.
  • Third Place - Patty Chimene
Look Alikes
  • First Place - Dot Mullinax
  • Second Place - Doug Wilson
  • Third Place - Don Rueter
  • First Place -Tom Skeen
  • Second Place - Dot Mullinax
  • Third Place - Tom Skeen

Best of Show - Tom Skeen

Member's Choice - Tom Skeen

Spring Texas
Best of Show & Members Choice
Spring, TX - Tom Skeen

Thanksgiving - Christine Martin

Ready to Go - Don Rueter
Ti Quan Do
Ti Quan Do - Dot Mullinax

Carnival - Joseph Freeman

Photography Tip - I'm Seeing Spots

by Doug Wilson

If you are seeing spots in your images, it most likely that you have dust on your digital sensor. Technically, it would be the low-pass filter that covers the digital sensor, but it's dust that is your problem nonetheless. This is perfectly normal and it happens to everyone, even the Pros.You will notice dust on your sensor when reviewing images, generally images with lots of blue sky and images that were taken with small apertures like f/16 and f/22. Dust on your sensor will look like little specs or dark spots. You can easily remove the spots from the image in post processing, but it is always easier to keep you sensor clean and spot free. Dust can enter the sensor area anytime you are changing lenses and this is why it is suggested never to change lenses in dust prone areas, change lenses quickly and to point your camera slightly downward when changing lenses. At some point you will have to clean the sensor and you have several options. You can send your camera to an authorized dealer for cleaning or you can clean the sensor yourself. Great care should be taken when cleaning yourself. You should thoroughly understand the procedure and use the appropriate tools. Any Houston camera store will sell you the cleaning solution and swabs for the job, they may even walk you through a brief lesson. There are many "How To" videos on YouTube as well.

If you see dust spots within the view finder and not on your images, then your dust problems are on the Penta-Prism screen just above the mirror or on the eyepiece itself. These dust spots can easily be blown away with a hand-squeeze blower device.

Clean gear is happy gear!

Brazos Bend State Park

Members had a good time shooting the creatures and the scenery at the state park

Brazos Bend - Doug Wilson

Field Trip Information

Mercer Arboretum
April 7
April 17

The April WPC Field Trip is a Double-Header to Mercer Arboretum. WPC members shoot April 7th in the evening and April 17th in the morning.

Go here for more info: http://www.hcp4.net/mercer/

Go here for the Photography Guidelines: http://www.hcp4.net/mercer/policies/photography_guidelines.htm

To sign up for upcoming field trips contact Doug Wilson


Macro Workshop
June 19th, 2010
South Montgomery County Community Center

Join Kathy Adams Clark for a day long, hands on Macro Workshop. A variety of work stations be set-up around the room. Some subjects will be supplied, but participants are encouraged to bring flowers, scarves, and small objects. All participants need to have a camera with adjustable f/stop and shutter speed along with a tripod. Additional equipment such as a flash, reflector, release/remote release, close-up diopter, and/or extension tubes make the workshop a lot more fun. Please bring camera manual, flash manual and extra batteries to the workshop. A $35 fee is payable in advance. Participation is limited to the first 20 paid WPC members only.

To sign up or for further information on field trips please contact: David Meine

Welcome New Members


In The Kitchen

Digital or Print Photos (8x10) Please submit you pictures to Mike Guidry. The photos need to be resized to 1024x768 and submitted Friday prior to the meeting. There is a limit of 2 photos per person.

Members Slide Show

Have you been someplace interesting or just gotten some great shots? Each month a portion of the meeting will be devoted to seeing and talking about the creative experiences of our membership. Please share your shots with members by participating in members slide show. Submit your photos (limit 5) to Mike Guidry by the Friday prior to the monthly meetings.
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.

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