Newsletter August 2014 FIRST ANNUAL SCAVENGER HUNT Welcome to our first Annual Scavenger Photo Hunt. This months meeting will consist of showing eve


Newsletter August 2014


Welcome to our first Annual Scavenger Photo Hunt. This months meeting will consist of showing everyone's Scavenger Hunt Photo finds in a slide show presentation. . We will then discuss rules and presentation for the Annual Fall Photo Contest. Afterwards there will be Question and Answer period.

We will not have the Monthly Members slide show this month, but we will still have the Mini-Contest.

Upcoming Meetings

August Meeting

From now until the August meeting we are having a Club Photo Scavenger Hunt. Join in the fun by taking pictures of the categories below. Submit up to 5 pictures (Only one picture per category please) to Cindy ([email protected].) and we'll present everyone's finds at the August meeting.

You will need to send your photos to Cindy no later than Friday, August 8th at midnight. Please resize your photos to 1024 on the longest side. Happy Hunting!

There will not be a members slide show this month. We will still have the Mini-Contest.

The Categories Are:
Texas Star
Image in the clouds
peeling paint
Musical Instruments
Reflection other than mirror reflection

September Meeting

Kathy Adams Clark - Members Photo Critique

2015 Board Member Positions

It is that time of the year. Please consider volunteering for a board position for 2015. This club is not possible without members volunteering their time to plan events and speakers to our club.

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

Houston Museum of Natural Science - Cockrell Butterfly Center

When: August 16th
Address: 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
Admission: Adults $8 (Children ( 3-11) Seniors (62 +) $7
Parking: Curb parking is available near the museum entrance and in Hermann Park. On weekends additional parking is available at Park Plaza Garage at the corner of Caroline and Ewing Street one block North of HMNS. Rates range from $5 to $9 maximum.
Time: We are to meet at the front entrance of the museum at 8:45am and purchase tickets at 9:00am

Due to small walkway tripods are not allowed.

No need to chase butterflies in parks or yards. The Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Museum of Natural Science is a stunning living exhibit that showcases hundreds of live butterflies in a naturalistic rainforest setting. The Central Conservatory is a dramatic three-story glass cone filled with tropical plants and expect to see 50 or 60 of different species of the worlds largest and most colorful butterfly species flying through the balmy air. hovering over flowers or sipping fruit juices - or occasionally landing on visitors.

All questions may be directed to Jerry at [email protected]

Annual Kleb Woods Hummingbird Festival

When: Saturday, Sept 13th
Where: Kleb Woods Nature Center, 20303 Draper Rd, Tomball, Texas 77377
Time: 7:30 am
Admission: Free
Parking: Free
Tripods: Yes

We are to meet in the parking lot at 7:30am to get an early start and position for photographing the birds

Hummingbird expert Sumita Presad will be capturing and banding Hummingbirds throughout the day. You may ask Sumita questions about their unique structure and amazing biology.

At 9:30am, Sarah Kuzio will present "Discovering the birds of Kleb Woods

10:00am - 1:30, Mary Ann Weber will display live Owls. At 2:pm she will present
silent hunters, a program to give everyone chance to meet an Eastern Screech Owl, Barred Owl, and Great Horned Owl.

At 1l:00am Kleb Woods Naturalist Kendra Kocab will present all you ever want to know about Hummerbirds.

Patrons are encouraged to bring their own refreshments. Drinks and snacks will not be sold. Also bring insect repellent.

Any questions about this field trips may be referred to Jerry, [email protected]@com.


Photo Tips

Butterfly Photography

When Photographing Butterflies, patience is important. As with all of natures creatures, Butterflies cannot be forced to go somewhere they don't want to go, so you may have to wait for the right moment. Be observant and keep your camera equipment at the ready. The images that you obtain will be rewarding, striking, and will be ones to be proud of.

When you are photographing Butterflies, three things are almost always moving, the camera, the Butterfly and the flower it's perched on. To help freeze the action and increase your chances of getting a sharp photo, use a fast shutter speed by increasing your ISO to 400.

A sure fire way to catch some butterflies in action is to watch flowers that they are fond of (this will require some pre-planning and research on your part). Once you have found these flowers, focus your camera on that area and use a wide aperture (f/2.8-f/5.6) and a relatively fast shutter speed (maybe 1/1600s) and then wait for a butterfly to appear. Look for colorful flowers and use continuous shooting mode if possible as the moment may pass in seconds. While it might not be possible to predict exactly what a butterfly will do, it’s important to use the continuous shooting mode to get as many photos possible and review what you have later.



(Not associated with the Woodlands Photography Club)

2nd Annual Open Theme for Photographers who are over 18 years of age.
All processes of photography are acceptable.

lst place $500
2nd place $250
3rd place $125
3 Honorable Mentions $50 each
Submission Fee: Non-Refundable $30 dollars for 3 images. Up to 2 extra images for $10 each.

For further information go to or call (512) 321-8055


Come join us Saturday, August 9th at the Montgomery County South Regional Library to learn about Cool Photography Gadgets; flash diffusers and triggers, remote switches, close up flashes, macro lenses, camera vests, bags and travel cameras. The workshop is from 9am to 1pm with Q&A from noon to 1pm. The cost of the workshop is $15 and lunch is provided.

Registration is available on the day of the workshop.

Questions may be referred to Allison, [email protected]

Mini Contest & Slide Show


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: There will not be a Members Slide Show Presentation this Month.

How to submit photos for the Mini-Contest. 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 that they are for the Mini Contest , and make sure your full name is also included.

You will need to send to me no later than Friday, August 8th 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 July in order to participate in the Fall Photo Contest...with the exception of new members who must have joined by August.


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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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.