November 2014 Newsletter NEW LOCATION!!! The November & December meetings will be at the Library next door to the Community Center. The meeting roo


November 2014 Newsletter


The November & December meetings will be at the Library next door to the Community Center. The meeting room is in the front of the library. They have a real projection screen. Woo Hoo! We can enjoy our photos on a white screen.

South Montgomery Library

2101 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands

November 10th, 2014

Slight change in format.

6:30 – 6:45 p.m. – Social Time – Visit with fellow members and guests

6:45 – 8:00 p.m. – Program

We need to be out of the room by 8:30 p.m. Helpers welcome to help put all the chairs away.

November Program

Slide show from member “Composition Challenge” (see article below)

Survey Results from our recent Membership Survey

Selection of 2015 Board

NEEDED - 2015 Board Members

We are in desperate need of board members for 2015. The club cannot operate without a board. We are following up on the persons who have expressed an interest in some of the positions. We have had NO volunteers for President, Vice President and Treasurer.

Please seriously consider volunteering for a board position at our November meeting. If we do not have a board by our December meeting, then our holiday party will be our “going out of club” party.

Survey results indicate that members are enjoying the club. So please help to keep our club alive.

Board positions and descriptions of duties can be found on our website. A transition meeting will be held to familiarize the new board members with their responsibilities.

Contact Shirley Cusack at [email protected] or any of the other board members listed on our website.

Composition Challenge

For those of you who did not attend the field trip to the flea market, you can still participate. This is just a fun (no prizes) exercise to practice composition and just have some fun. Participants may be asked comment on their compositions.

Purchase five (5) (inexpensive/cheap) items of your choice.

Take photos of ALL five of your items trying different compositions. You may add other items to your composition, but it must include your five items.

Select your favorites (up to 4 images) and submit to Cindy Wickizer by Friday, November 7.

Bring your five items to the November meeting. If you want your item back, then put your name on the bottom.

Your items will be randomly mixed with the other participant’s items during the November meeting.

Take home your new five random items to again practice composition. Use those five items and anything else you want.

Email your favorite (up to four) composition photos to Cindy Wickizer no later than the Friday before the December meeting.

Bring your items to the December meeting for pickup or donation.

Cindy Wickizer – [email protected]


Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual photo contest. We had a lot of wonderful photos compliments of our members. Our judges for the event were Clark Lara and Paul Gregg.

Below are the winners:

Best of Show

Valerie Holstead - Lizzy's Leaf

Members' Choice

Beth Goetzman - After the Masquerade

B&W - Transportation

1st Dot Mullinax - Steam Engine

2nd Jerry Hunter - Travelin

3rd Jerry Hunter - Black Beauty

Honorable Mention - Shirley Cusack - Chennai Police

New Member - Flowers

1st Drew Nalley - Cockrell Butterfly Center

2nd Valerie Holstead - Sweet Scent

3rd Drew Nalley - Texas Blue Bonnets

Nature - Water in Nature

1st Dot Mullinax - Mono Lake

2nd Beth Goetzman - Salt Marsh Beauty

3rd Lenora Stein - Turmoil

Honorable Mention - Christine Martin - Morning Surf


1st Judy Volper - Birds

2nd Valerie Holstead - Berry Delicious

3rd Dot Mullinax - The Gate

Honorable Mention Judy Volper - Dia de Los Muertos

People - People at Work

1st Cindy Wickizer - Surpirse Tenant

2nd Dot Mullinax - Clean her Up

3rd Valerie Holstead - Hoping for the Lottery

Honorable Mention Bea Ann Kelly - Toe Lathe

Technique - Shallow Depth of Field

1st Christine Martin - Keys

2nd Lenora Stein - Pretty in Yellow

3rd Beth Goetzman - Atlantic Puffin

Honorable Mention Judy Volper - Eye Pod

Honorable Mention Cindy Wickizer - Queen Ann's Farm

Wild Card - Field Trips and Workshops

1st Lenora Stein - Morning Dip

2nd Christine Martin - Take Off

3rd Shirley Cusack - Butterflies

Honorable Mention Beth Goetzman - Morning Dew

Upcoming Meetings

December Meeting

Composition Challenge - Part 2 & Holiday Party

Field Trips

SAVE THE DATE! Woodlands Equestrian Club's Spanish Dancing Exhibition

Date: Saturday, November 15th 2014
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Place: Woodlands Equestrian Club
Address: 10422 Hufsmith Rd, Tomball. Texas 77375
Cost: No Charge
Parking: Street or Lot

Join us at the Woodlands Equestrian Club to photograph a Spanish Horse Dancing and horse jumping exhibition. We are to meet on the grounds by the bleachers at 2:30pm.


Photo Tips

Three Rules of Composition

Composition is defined as the combining of distinct parts or elements to form a whole. In photography that definition is very important in taking quality pictures. The following rules of composition should be learned and considered but not necessarily used in every photo. Once you have learned these rules you will be more observant of the possible photo opportunities that surround you. But keep in mind that the really famous photographers usually find a creative way to stretch or break the rules of composition.

The Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds has been used through the centuries and is probably the most recognized rule. The rule of thirds directs that the frame can be divided into three vertical sections and three horizontal sections. Wherever the separating lines connect is an ideal spot for a subject or point of interest. By positioning your main subject at any of the four intersection points, you are giving your subject more emphasis than If it is right in the middle of the photo. The intersection points can also work if there is more than one main subject in a photo. Most famous photographs and paintings have the rule of thirds applied to them in some way or another.


The simplicity rule directs that you should keep the items in your photo relatively simple. If your main subject is close to the lens, then your background should be very simple in order to avoid distractions. Another good idea is to avoid objects or lines that lead the eye away from your main subject.


The contrast rule directs that light subjects should be placed against dark backgrounds and vice versa.



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

November - Fall
December - Holiday
You can submit two photos and increase your chances of winning that $20.00 prize.

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.


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.

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