September 2014 Newsletter

SEPTEMBER 8th, 6:30 - 8:00pm





We are excited to announce that our next meeting on September 8 Kathy will be critiquing our pictures. This is a wonderful opportunity and we encourage everyone to participate. How do I participate you ask? It's easy. You just need to follow the instructions below:

Number of images to submit: No more than 5

Size/type of the file: 1024 long side, 75 dpi, jpeg format at 8 bit

Name of file: Your name (first or last) then a number. Example Martin1, Martin2, etc. This will guarantee that all of your files are together during the critique.

Where to send them: Email all images to Cindy at [email protected]

Deadline: No later than Wednesday, September 3.

There will not be a members slide show this month

Questions May be referred to [email protected]

Upcoming Meetings

October Meeting

2014 Annual Fall Photo Contest

This meeting will be held at the South Montgomery Library, which is next to the Community Center (regular meeting location) on Lake Robbins. Complete rules for the Fall Contest are located on our website.

November Meeting

Composition Challenge - Part 1 and Club vote on officers and Club structure for 2015.

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.

Club Survey coming soon. Expect an electronic survey to arrive in your email later this month. This survey is from the current board and will give us some valuable feedback on our club. This is for club use only. We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. Of course, we always want your ideas about how to improve the club, so your feedback is welcome at any time.

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

Annual Kleb Woods Hummingbird Festival

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

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm. However we recommend arriving between 7:30 - 8:ooam for prime photographing positions.

Hummingbird expert Sumita Presad will be capturing and banding Hummingbirds throughout the day..In addition to seeing these feathered jewels up close you may ask Sumita questions about their unique structure and amazing biology.

At 10:00am, Gary Clark, Naturalist, Arthur and newspaper columnist will present a program entitled Amazing Tropical Hummingbirds. Gary will be available to autograph books before and after the program.

Houston Audubon Society Education Director Mary Ann Weber will display live owls. She will field questions and show her owls from 10:00am to 1:30pm. At 2:00pm she will present Feathers - The essence of Being a Bird. This program will give everyone a chance to see several live raptors.

At 11:15am Sumita Prasad will present Hummingbirds of the Houston Area. Did you know Ruby Throated Hummingbirds may not be the only visitors to your feeders? learn about the other hummingbirds species you could find in your yard.

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

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

Any other questions about the activities for this event, you may call the Kleb Wood Nature Center at 281-357-5324.

Composition Challenge

First part of challenge:

On Saturday, October 4 we will meet for lunch in Cleveland, TX at 12:00 (place to be determined) and then go to the Olde Security Square Flea Market to begin our challenge (meeting at 1:00 for those who can’t make lunch). Everyone must purchase 5 items that you want to photograph; you may spend as much or as little as you would like but you MUST have five items for your photo. We will be taking photos along the way so make sure to bring your camera!

Go home and compose the photo or photos you have in mind, using anything else you’d like to add to the photo but you MUST use all five items. These photos will be displayed in the member slide show at November’s meeting (the October meeting is only for the annual Fall Contest – no slide show).

Second part of challenge – and the fun part!

Bring the items you purchased at the flea market to the November meeting. We will be mixing up everyone’s items into new groups and handing them out again. Each participating member will draw a number and take the corresponding group of items home to compose a new photo or photos. You may add anything else to the photo(s) you would like but you must use all five items in the group.

This challenge is all about composition and thinking outside the box. Photography is a creative hobby so the more creatively you use your items the better! We will be showing the second set of photos as part of the December member slideshow.

If you can’t make the trip to the flea market you are welcome to find five items on your own; just bring things you don’t mind lending out. If you want your items back, please put your name on the bottom of them; otherwise we will be taking everything to the Goodwill to donate.

Please note that you must complete the first part of the challenge to be included in the second part of the challenge so that we have enough groupings to go around.

This is not a competition, it is all in fun so please do exactly that…have fun!

Olde Security Square Flea market

20024 Hwy 105

Cleveland, TX 77328


Pontoon Boat tour, dinner and nighttime photography, Saturday, October 18, 2014

Join us for an evening of fun taking photographs along Buffalo Bayou, dinner and then photographing the downtown Houston skyline and surrounding areas. You can participate in one, two or all three events. The pontoon boat tour must be pre-paid in advance to Allison Pitre by October 9. The cost is $25 per person which includes a tip for the captain.

Availability for the boat tour is first open to only members through September 26. After that, we will open the boat tour to non-members. Remember, space is limited to 21 persons and your reservation is confirmed only with advanced payment by October 9. In the event we do not have at least 18 paid reservations by October 9, the boat tour and dinner will be cancelled. We will meet around sunset to start the nighttime photography.

Part 1 (21 people maximum) - Take a 1½ hour guided tour along the bayou's waters through the heart of downtown along the historic Buffalo Bayou. See We will meet at 4:00 PM and board the boat just before 4:30pm, returning at 6 PM. Once the tour has been confirmed, more details will follow which will include meeting point, parking and dinner options.

Part 2 - Dinner at a nearby location TBD. We will gather after the boat tour, grab a bite to eat and collaborate on Part 1.

Part 3 - After dinner, just before sunset, we will move back to where we started near the Sabine Bridge for nighttime photography of the surrounding area.

If you have any questions, please contact mailto:[email protected] or 832-515-9294.


Photo Tips

How to Photograph Hummingbirds

Use continuous focusing on your camera

Most SLR cameras have an autofocus setting that will continue to refocus the lens as the subject moves. Enabling this feature will help keep the birds in sharp focus as they dart through the air.

It’s also important to setup your camera to use the center AF point only, and then to keep this center point on the hummingbird at all times. This will prevent the focus from searching and drifting away into the background.

Use a fast shutter speed

Because hummingbirds flap their wings so rapidly, you’ll have to use an extremely fast shutter speed to “freeze” the action of their wings (the slowest speed you can get away with on a sunny day is 1/800 sec). Here are a few tips for getting a faster shutter:
•Use a higher ISO (try 400 or 800–anything higher will have too much noise)
•Use a wider aperture (as long as you can still keep the entire bird in focus)
•Underexpose your shot (this only works well if you shoot in RAW)
•Use an external flash unit (this is the only way to really freeze the action of their wings.

Take lots of photographs

When shooting wildlife or any kind of fast moving subject, the only way to get a nice sharp photograph is to simply take lots and lots of shots.

Once in a while though, you’ll get a hummingbird to stand still for a split second.

You may also want to consider shooting in JPEG, instead of RAW. With RAW, you’ll be severely limited to how many photos you can take in a burst (one right after another), but with JPEG you can usually double the amount of photos you can take in a burst before the camera needs to pause and write the photos to the memory card.



16th Annual YMCA Dragon Boat Races

September 25, 2014 - September 28, 2014

The 16th Annual Dragon Boat Races are scheduled for September 25-28 on Lake Woodlands at NorthShore Park. This exciting event helps build community spirit throughout local corporations, civic groups, schools, churches and community organizations. Each 20 person team will compete in four - hour brackets.

Thursday, September 25: 2:00 - 6:00pm
Friday, September 26: 8am - Noon & 2 - 6:00pm
Saturday - September 27: 8:00am - Noon & 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Sunday, September 28: 8:00am - Noon (High school) & 2:00pm - 6:00pm.


We are currently working on a workshop

Mini Contest & Slide Show


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.

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, September 5th 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!

There will not be a Members slide show this month

Cindy Wickizer
[email protected]


It is almost here. The submission for photos is Saturday, October 11 between 9:30 - noon at the South Montgomery Library. Contest judging and announcement of winners is Monday, October 13. Prize money will be awarded for first, second and third in each category, Best of Show (selected by judges) and Members Choice. Be sure to be familiar with all the contest rules, which are posted on our website.

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.