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February 2012 Newsletter

February 13th - 6:30-9:00 pm
South Montgomery County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Road

Our Speaker This Month
Frank Farese ~ Texas Wildlife Photography

Frank's photography background began in the black and white dark room during his high school days, and was honed shooting slides for years with its 2 stop unforgiving limitations. He started employing a photojournalistic style and still does today with his nature and avian photography, preferring the grab shot walk-about or little-sit in a remote setting doing studies of behavior and especially birds in flight.

"The more I learn about birds, the more my bird photography improves-the one guaranteed secret to enhancing bird photography-love and learn birds."

Frank took Ornithology while working on his Biology Degree. This proved to be a gift for a lifetime as he thoroughly enjoys being a 'birder' and being out in the many local bird sanctuaries, state parks, wildlife refuges, and at the coast. Kleb Woods Nature Preserve continues to be his favorite local spot. He has made many friends from participating in bird walks at Kleb, and with the Ornithology Group & Texas Ornithology Society seminars, field trips and workshops. Frank tries to give back with a bit of volunteering, which has been tremendously rewarding. Recently, he has also provided bird photos to two local area State Parks for their interpretive displays.


It's the beginning of another year and that means we all must pay our dues! Membership prices are the same as before.

To participate in the club field trips and workshops you must be a member. Join or renew your membership - $25 Single, Family $35, Student $15

Please note we have a new policy regarding dues! Membership dues paid after the Fall Contest will now include membership for the following year!

Registration Form can be found on the club's website - Here

Mailing Address:

The Woodlands Photography Club
PO Box 9183
Spring, TX 77387

President Needed for 2012

A big thank you goes out to Dennis for filling the role of Field Trip Coordinator!

We still have need for a President for 2012! Please talk to any of the board members if you are interested in this position.

Field Trips

Check out the shooting opportunities in the Events section below! Two great chances to get out and use your camera!


Photo 101 Workshop

Date: Saturday, March 31st
Location: Community Center - Craft Room
Time: 9-2 PM
Cost: $20

The wonderful Pam Moore will be instructing our Photo 101 workshop. During this workshop, we will be discovering how the camera works to get those magnificent images we all aspire to capture.

We will look at how the aperture, shutter speed and ISO work together to control the light entering the lens.

If you are awed by images in magazine that have the sharp subject and fuzzy background, you will learn the secret to achieving that effect. We will explore back lighting, selective focusing, depth of field, stopping motion, and color temperatures.

Bring your camera and manual. This will be a totally hands on workshop. Bring your questions. Be prepared to practice what you learn as we venture outside and capture the world around us. Be prepared to be amazed at what your camera can do when you know what buttons to push. Be prepared for your next adventure into the world of photography.

Sandwiches, chips and water will be provided for lunch. This is a great opportunity for hands on learning about how to better use your camera! There is a maximum of 20 people for this workshop so sign up and pay at our next meeting to reserve your spot!

Please Note: This class is located in one of the smaller rooms at the Community Center, not our monthly meeting room.

Macro Workshop

Date: Saturday, August 18th
Location: Community Center
Time: 9:30-3:00 PM
Cost: $40

Join Kathy Adams Clark for a day long, hands on Macro Workshop. A variety of work stations will 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.

Lunch will be provided. There is a maximum of 20 people at this workshop so sign up quickly!


Conroe Cruisers Car Show

Date: March 31st, April 1st
Location: On the square in downtown Conroe
Time: 10:00 - 3:00 PM Saturday
10:00 - 2:00 PM Sunday
Cost: Free

Join the Conroe Cruisers for their 20th Annual Spring Classic Kickoff Car Show. There will be 1st and 2nd place prizes in 28 classes, including Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Interior, Best of Show Car, and Best of Show Truck.

This will be a good event to come and go as you please. The best time for photos will be between 10 and 2 while the judging is taking place. Everyone will have their cars in tip top shape!

Check out the Conroe Cruisers website for more information.

34th Annual Corvette/Chevy Expo

Date: February 11-12
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A
Time: 9:00 - 7:00 PM Saturday
9:00 - 6:00 PM Sunday
Cost: $15 Adults, Children 12 and under are free

Check out the largest indoor Corvette and Chevy event in Texas spread over more than 130,000 square feet! There will be plenty of Corvettes, Camaros and other Chevys buffed and polished for your photographic delight! You can purchase tickets online at their website.

Mini Contest

Submit your images (up to 2) to Blake by Friday, February 10 to participate in our monthly mini-contest! Please size images to 1024 pixels on the longest side!

February - Love
March - Rain
April - Cars
May - Flowers
June - Reflections
July - Architecture
August - In Your Backyard
September - Food
October - No mini-contest; Annual Fall Contest
November - Night photography

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 Blake by the Friday prior to the monthly meetings.

Check It Out!

Every month we'll be highlighting websites that we find to be great resources for photography education, inspiration, gear and more!

This month's feature is Digital Photography School. This website has a wealth of information for photographers and includes a forum for discussions, competitions, shooting assignments, and critique. You can also sign up for weekly emails which contain photography tips, instruction and information.

Like Us!

The club has a facebook group - The Woodlands Photography Club.This is a place to easily share what you are shooting and what is happening between meetings.

Thank You Dianna Montoya!

Dianna gave a great presentation at our January meeting giving us insight into choosing backgrounds for our photos in challenging locations. She presented some great pull-back shots to show us how she achieves simplified backgrounds and finds great natural light in client's homes.

Club's Website

All members are welcome to attend board meetings which are held from 6:30-8:00pm 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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