Newsletter June 2014 June 9th 6:30 - 8:00pm South Montgomery Community Center 2235 Lake Robbins Drive OUR SPEAKER THIS MONTH PAUL GREGG LANDSCA


Newsletter June 2014

June 9th 6:30 - 8:00pm

South Montgomery Community Center

2235 Lake Robbins Drive




Paul Gregg is an avid, advanced amateur photographer. He has been presenting free photography classes to the Academy of life long Learning (All) at the New Caney and Atascocita locations for Long Star State College for four years. The classes are basic birding photography, travelling Texas and other locations, an Iceland photography trip he took in 2011, and a presentation of Zion National Park in Utah. He has made presentations to five of the photography/camera clubs in the area. He also presents a CEU 4 hour course in beginning digital photography at Long Star College in Kingwood.

Upcoming Meetings

July - Steve Goodrich - Printing and selecting Photo Paper

2014 Board Member Positions

The following positions are currently open. Duties of the board consist of attending monthly club meetings and board meetings (the last Wednesday of each month) as well as the specific duties outlined below.

This is your club and it takes more than a few people to make it run smoothly; please consider volunteering a few hours each month.

Secretary: Will keep up with board meeting notes. Make reservations for club meetings, workshops, fall contest and any other meeting that is scheduled for the club. This position is also responsible for maintaining and providing the name badges at the club meetings.

Workshop Coordinator: Responsible for researching, planning & coordinating club workshops.

Field Trip Coordinator: Responsible for coordinating field trips. You do not have to lead the field trips, but find members willing to host each event. Plan for one field Trip per month. Most should be local.

A list of all board positions can be seen at (
If you are interested in these positions, please talk to a board member or email [email protected]
Thank You,
2014 WPC Board**

Field Trips

Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary

When: June 14, 2014
Where: 440 Winchester Blvd, Houston, Texas 77079 (Off Memorial Drive)
Hours: 7:30am - 10:00am
Admission: Free (Donations are encouraged but must be mailed in)

We are to meet at the west gate at 7:30am.

Within it's 17.5 acres of hardwood and pine forest and freshwater habitats, the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary provides an important home for native wildlife, resident mammals, migratory songbirds, shorebirds, birds of pray, and a variety of species of reptiles and amphibians that live within the sanctuary. Within Rummel Creek and the ponds of the sanctuary you can find resident bull frogs, as well as bronze and leopard frogs. Many turtles and several species of water snakes and aquatic invertebrates also call the creek and pond habitants home. Tripods may be used during this field trip.
Questions may be directed to Jerry, [email protected]

See you there.

1940 Air Terminal Museum (Wings and Wheels)

When: July 19, 2014
Address: 8325 Travelair Street, Houston, Texas 77061 (Across airfield at Hobby Airport)
Hours: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Admission: Adults $7.00, Children $3.00 (ages 12 and under)

We are to meet inside the museum at 11:00am. Members may photograph cars in the front of the museum and the inside and outside of aircraft sitting on the tarmack in the back of the museum.

Ticket prices includes: Static aircraft tours, special programs in the Starliner Theater, museum tours, and admission to the museum.

Questions may be directed to Jerry, [email protected]

Food is provided by a drive up food vendor or cooked in house.


Photo Tips

4 Tips for Photographing Insects

(1) Have Patience - While many insects such as flies and bees are often easy to spot because they move around so much (which makes them difficult to shoot anyway), most insects are either slow moving or remain perfectly still when you are trying to find them. Sometimes this is their normal state of being and sometimes they are trying to hide from predators or attract and trap food. If you sit down and stare at a small space of bush, ground or leaves you will often find at least one or two insects sitting patiently.

(2) Get up early - Shooting insects in the morning has a couple of advantages. Firstly, the light is often great and can really work well with insect shots. Secondly, many insects are in the process of waking up to a new day so they are moving around slowly. This gives you a much better chance of capturing a good shot as it give you more time to set it up.

(3) Shooting Angles - Taking images of insects from above tends to produce mediocre shots. Get down low and compose your image. Looking into the face of a bug is far more interesting than looking at its back from the top down.

(4) Hunt Wisely - Each type of insect have places that they prefer to be. Bees and flies are attracted to pollen and nectar producing flowers. Ants are attracted to anything that dies such as worms or insects. Spiders often live between or on tree branches. Know what you are looking for and then go to the more likely places for finding it. Many insects are also attracted to areas where water collects such as puddles and other stagnant water. Often these can be a rich hunting ground when you are looking for photogenic insects.


August - Reagan Atkinson - Cool Gadgets, Houston Camera Exchange

Mini Contest & Slide Show


June - Creepy Crawly
July - Weather
August - Food
September - Summer Fun
October - None - Fall Contest
November - Fall
December - Holiday
You can submit two photos and increase your chances of winning that $20.00 prize.

Slide Show: Any photo to share

Submit up to four photos, and they can be of anything! We’d love you to share all kinds of images you might have of events, trips, people, workshops or whatever else you might have in your digital library.

A two year time frame is suggested for the slide show and mini-contest photos.

How to submit: Email to: [email protected]

It’s easy! Just email your photos to me. Please resize them to 1024 pixels on the long side. If you aren’t sure how to resize, don’t worry . . . send them to me and I will resize them for you. Please note in the subject line or in the body of the email whether they are for the Mini Contest or the Slide Show, and make sure your full name is also included.

You will need to send to me no later than Friday, June 6th at midnight. We would love to have a lot of participation; sharing your photos will inspire others and provide a platform to show off your photos, no matter what level you are at in your photography journey.

Looking forward to seeing your photos!

Cindy Wickizer
[email protected]


Black and White - Transportation
People - People at work
Nature - Water
Technique - Shallow depth of Field
Wild Card - 2014 Workshops and Field trips
New Members - Plants & Flowers

A two year time frame is a requirement for the Fall Photo Contest

Membership dues must be paid by the end of June in order to participate in the Fall Photo Contest...with the exception of new members who must have joined by August.


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, mini-contest and workshops you must be a member. Join or renew your membership - Individual $25, Family $35, Student $15.

Don't forget that 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

Mailing Address:

The Woodlands Photography Club
PO Box 9183
Spring, TX 77387

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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.

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.