October 2014 Newsletter October 13th, 6:30 - 8:00pm SOUTH REGIONAL LIBRARY 2101 LAKE ROBBINS DRIVE Annual Fall Photo Contest The Annual Fall Phot


October 2014 Newsletter

October 13th, 6:30 - 8:00pm



Annual Fall Photo Contest

The Annual Fall Photo Contest will be held during our monthly meeting on Monday, October 13th at the Montgomery County South Regional Library beginning at 6:30pm. Entries will be accepted at the same location on Saturday, October 11th between 10:00am and 12:00pm. The judges results will be announced during our regular meeting time Monday, October 13th at the library. All photos must be picked up after the meeting. First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention will be awarded in each category. There will also be a " Best of Show" and "Members Choice" award. There will not be a members slide show or Mini-Contest this month.

Upcoming Meetings

October Meeting

2014 Annual Fall Photo Contest

November Meeting

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

If you haven't completed the survey that was e-mailed to you last week, please do so as soon as possible. The survey closes this week. The board is very interested in your feedback. The result will be used to determine next years plan for the club. We will be discussing the results at the November meeting.

We need officers for 2015. Without leadership there is no club. So please consider volunteering. Please contact any of the board members to volunteer or for more about what the positions entail.

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 (http://woodlandsphoto.org/board-member)
If you are interested in these positions, please talk to a board member or email [email protected]
Thank You,
2014 WPC Board**

Field Trips

Composition Challenge

First part of challenge:

On Saturday, October 4 we are to meet at 1:00pm at the Olde Security Square Flea Market in Cleveland Texas to begin our challenge 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!

If you did not attend the October 4th field trip, then you may find five things on your own for the challenge.

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 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!

If you have any questions please contact Beth at [email protected]

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. 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.

Space is limited to 21 persons and your reservation is confirmed only with advance payment received 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 and payment returned.

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 http://www.buffalobayou.org/ 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 Allison Pitre at [email protected] or 832-515-9294


Photo Tips

When you take photographs on a cloudy day, use exposure compensation to decrease exposure by 1/3 EV (Exposure Value). This increases the saturation of the colors in the photograph.

Another tool that’s useful on a cloudy day is a UV or polarizing filter. Either filter can help cut through any haze to make distant objects clearer. Another filter that’s useful is a skylight filter, which also cuts through haze and warms the image slightly.

Cloudy days are great for photographing wildlife. The soft shadowless light captures fine detail like beaks, feathers, and eyes. If you photograph a bird in bright afternoon sunlight, harsh shadows hide some of the details that make your fine-feathered friend photogenic. The same rule holds for any wildlife. When your goal is to get photos of wildlife with good details, cloudy days are better than bright afternoon sun.

When you use filters on wide-angle lenses, you may see a vignette (dark area) at the edges of the image. This is because the angle of view is so wide that your camera actually captures part of the filter ring. The solution — albeit not a cheap one — is to purchase filters with a narrow ring. The alternative is to remove the vignette in an image-editing application that has this feature.




Place: George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library (Note this is NOT the library by the community center)

Date: Saturday, November 8

Time: 9:30am – 3pm

Address: 8125 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands, TX 77382

Cost: $15 – Lunch is provided

Come join us for a hands on workshop to sharpen our Lightroom skills. This class will start with a brief review of the library module, catalogs and importing but will mostly focus on editing and exporting. There will be time at the end for specific questions you may have.

For this class you will need to bring a laptop with a working version of Lightroom installed. Also be sure to bring an extension cord. This class is being taught by fellow club member, JT Thomas.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please email Christine at [email protected]

Mini Contest & Slide Show

October - None - Fall Contest
November - Fall
December - Holiday

There will not be a Members slide show or Mini-Contest this month


It is almost here. The submission for photos is Saturday, October 11 between 10:00am - 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 http://www.woodlandsphoto.org/membership

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.