Newsletter February 2015 Newsletter February 2015 February 9th, 2015 OUR SPEAKER THIS MONTH Spike Johnson, Photojournalist Biography Following a


Newsletter February 2015

Newsletter February 2015

February 9th, 2015


Spike Johnson, Photojournalist

Following an undergraduate degree in Fine Art at the University of Derby, England, a process of elimination led Spike to Texas. Mentored by Throne Anderson at the University of North Texas, he embarked on an MA in photojournalism, graduating in 2011. Spike photographs in the documentary style, exploring themes around religious friction and self sufficiency in it's broadest terms, focusing on rural areas of Asia, the United States, and England. In 2014 Spike was funded by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to continue work in rural Myanmar. His work exhibits internationally, publishes with outlets including Vice Magazine, Foreign Policy, BBC World, The Financial Times, The Telegraph, Human Rights Watch, MarieClaire, and The Global Post, and has won awards from the International Photography Awards, National Press Photographers Association, College Photographer of the Year, The Society of Environmental Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press.

Time and Location

Our monthly meetings are held at the South Montgomery County library, 2101 Lake Robbins.

6:45 - 7;00pm Social time, grab a snack and vote for Mini - Contest.
7:00pm - 8:15pm Meeting time.

TWPC 2015 Board Members

President – Allison Pitre
Vice President – Valerie Holstead
Treasurer – Amy Butler
Field Trips – Jerry Hunter/ James Fallon
Workshops – James Fallon/Jerry Hunter
Newsletter – Jerry Hunter /Ellen Taylor
Slide Show Organizer - Richard Houghton/Ellen Taylor
Webmaster - Christine Martin
Historian – Judy Volper

Field Trip



Texas Independence Day Celebration” is an annual two-day celebration on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015 on the expansive 293-acre park grounds of the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site between Brenham and Navasota—and less than 1½ hours from Houston. The birthday celebration features live music, food, traditional crafts, living history presentations, firing demonstrations, historical encampments and commemorative programs.
Guests will step back into history at this state park to experience life in Texas in 1836 by visiting with reenactors; witnessing firing demonstrations in the Texas Army camps; watching cooking, weaving and period craft demonstrations; and walking the same trail as Texas’ forefathers and pioneer families. Texas musicians will provide musical entertainment, including the Lone Star String Band and the Great American Medicine Show featuring Professor Farquar and his “historic narratives, comic chronicles, tall tales, unabashed balderdash and the greatest songs of the 19th century.”
The three attractions on the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site (WOB)—(Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum, and Barrington Living History Farm)—will feature special activities, and all admission and tour fees will be waived during the two-day celebration.

For more detailed information on the weekend’s festivities call (936) 878-2214 or e-mail [email protected]

When: February 28th 2015
Where: Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Admission and Parking: Free
Address: 23400 Park Road 12, Washington, Texas 77880, approximately half way between Brenham and Navasota off of State Hwy 105. From Hwy 105 follow either FM 912 or FM 1155 to Park Road 12.

TWPC members are encouraged to carpool. We are to meet at the front entrance in front of the Star of the Republic Museum at 10:00 am.


TWPC member Byra Vion is downsizing and has lots of photography items for sale. Backgrounds, stands, albums, cameras, etc. Please call Byra at (281) 363-0055.

TWPC member David Meine has a 70-200mm f2.8 Canon zoom lens for sale. It has never been dropped and never got wet. Not IS model. The lens is in good shape and is sharp. You are welcome to try or test the lens. Asking $900.00. Please contact David Meine at [email protected] or call (713) 705-3126.


Perhaps nothing can compete with color as a tool for creating mood in a photograph. Cool colors (blues and greens) can make your viewer feel calm, tranquil or at peace. Reds and yellows can invoke feelings of happiness, excitement and optimism. A sudden spot of bright color on an otherwise monochromatic background can provide a strong focal point. How you use color can dramatically change a viewer’s perception of an image. Pay attention to the colors in everyday scenes and use them according to what you want your viewer to feel when looking at your image.


To Be Announced

Monthly Mini Contest & Slide Show

Please submit photos taken within the last two years for the slide show and mini - contest photos. There is a $20 cash prize for the mini - contest.

February - Feathers
March - Green
April - Weather
May -- Flowers
June - Silhouettes
July - Reptiles/Amphibians
August - Four
September - Doors/Windows/Arches
October - Annual Photo Contest/ No Mini Contest
November - Harvest
December - Holiday

You can submit up to two photos. The winner is selected via secret ballot by the majority vote from the members in attendance at the meeting.

Slide Show:

You can submit up to five photos. You can share all kinds of images you have in your digital library.

How to submit:

Please send Mini- Contest photos to [email protected], maximum of two photos.

Slide: Please send slide show photos to Richard at [email protected] Maximum of five photos.

Size/Type of file: 1024 long side, 72dpi, jpeg format at 8 bit

How to name your file: Your name (first or last), whether it’s for the mini or slide show, and then number.

Example for mini - contest: Ellen Taylor mini 1, Ellen Taylor mini 2

Example for slide show: Richard Houghton slide1, Richard Houghton slide 2, Richard Houghton slide 3.

Deadline: Midnight Friday, February 6, 2015

Looking forward to seeing your photos!

Fall Photo Contest

The categories for the fall photo contest are as follows:
1.Black & White: Geometric Shapes
2.People: Three or More
3.Nature: Non-Domestic Animals
4.Technique: Macro
5.Wild Card: photos from 2015 Workshops and Field Trips
6.New Members (joined in 2014 or 2015): Leading Lines
7.Open (Digital Alterations Permitted)

Thank you from TWPC

Thank you to Byra Vion for the books distributed at the January meeting.
Thank you to Michel Khushf (TWCC) for donating the projector screen to TWPC.
Thank you to Joan Tilton for refreshments at the January meeting and hosting the January Board meeting at her lovely home.
Thank you to all members who assist setting up the room before and after meetings.


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, see Treasurer Amy Butler, or mail payment to our P.O Box. New members please complete 2015 application form.

Membership dues paid after the Fall Contest includes membership for the following year!

Membership Form can be found on our club's website

Mailing Address:
The Woodlands Photography Club
PO Box 9183
Spring, TX 77387

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