April 2015 Newsletter OUR NEXT MEETING IS APRIL 13, 2015 LANA KELLEY PHOTO CRITIQUE Lana Kelley is a native Houstonian educated in the science and


April 2015 Newsletter




Lana Kelley is a native Houstonian educated in the science and art of photography at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has led photography seminars throughout Texas and trained industry professionals in the science of photography for multiple photography retailers. With years of experience, she is an expert in the language of the novice and has perfected her teaching methods to help others understand photography.

Lana will be critiquing photos submitted by members of the club.

You can submit up to five photos. Because we are limited on time, we will review photos from everyone who makes a submission. However, we may not be able to review all of your photos. Therefore, when you name your photos, make #1 your top choice, #2 your second best #3 your next best, etc.

How to submit: Please send your photos to [email protected]

Size/Type of file: 1024 Long side, 72dpi.JPEG Format at Bit.

How to name your file: Your first or last name and then the number.

Example: Ellen Critique #1, Ellen Critique #2, Ellen Critique #3

Deadline: All photos must be received by midnight April 8, 2015.

There will not be a member slide show this month.


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, vote for Mini Contest, visit the question corner.
7:00 - 8:15pm - Meeting

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 Ellen Taylor
Webmaster - Christine Martin
Historian – Judy Volper
Guest Speaker Coordinator - Ellen Taylor

Field Trip

Gator Country Wildlife Adventure Park

Gator Country is an alligator Theme Park where guest can see the life span of an alligator and get up close and personal with natures wild with hands on activities like holding the baby alligators to helping feed them. Visitors can also hold or have boa constrictors draped around their neck and take photos. You may also have your picture taken sitting on an alligators back. You can also wade with the alligators for an extra $10 dollars. You will be required to sign a waiver.

Gator Country has over 350 Alligators and four species of crocodiles along with caimans, alligator snapping turtles, snakes, and other reptiles. This field trip is a perfect opportunity to photograph reptiles for our July Mini-Contest and Fall nature category.

We will meet at the entrance to the Gator Adventure Park at 10:00 am and photograph the area. We will attend the Gator show at 12:00pm. Other Gator show times are 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Date: April 18 2015
Time: 10:00am
Address: 21159 FM 365, Beaumont, Texas 77705
Tele: (409) 794-9453
Admission: Adults $15, Seniors (60+) $12, Children (2-12) $12
Directions: Take I-10 towards Beaumont, take exit #838 and turn on 21159 FM 365
Web Site: http://wwwgatorrescue.com/


Lisa Griffis is organizing a Kenya Wildlife Safari Trip for 2016!

She has secured a private trip for 2016. The trip is offered by Go Ahead tours and departs on Sept 16th 2016 for 9 land days. The cost is $5269.00 which INCLUDES AIRFARE from Houston, MEALS and HOTELS. This cost includes a $250.00 discount if we fill the date with 15 people. Otherwise it increases to $5519.00 per person. For more details please go to the link.. To ensure that we book the tour. NOW is the time! A down payment of $450 is the only requirement. Goaheadtours.com

Lisa has traveled with Go Ahead Tours several times and highly recommends them. What a wonderful opportunity to travel with a group of friends to one of the prime wildlife photo locations in the world! Be sure to sign up now! First Come, First Served.


Don’t be afraid to play with the shutter speed to create some interesting effects. When taking a night time shot, use a tripod and try shooting with the shutter speed set at 4 seconds. You will see that the movement of the object is captured along with some light trails. If you choose a faster shutter speed of say 1/250th of a second, the trails will not be as long or bright; instead you will freeze the action. This technique works well if you are using a tripod and if you are photographing a moving object.


Bird Photography Workshop with Paul Gregg

Location: Sabine Woods

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Time: Try to arrive by 9:00a.m. and meet just inside the area.

Entrance Fee: $7:00

Cost for Workshop: No Fee

Directions to Sabine Woods: http://www.goldentriangleaudubon.org/focus-areas/sabine-woods

Driving east on I-10, when you get to the Winnie area, continue on HWY 73 toward Port Arthur, continue to MLKing Drive (HWY 82) and you will come to a stop light in a refinery area. Take a right on HWY 87 and continue until you come to Sabine Pass.

At the stop sign, take a right, continuing on HWY 87 and drive for around 4 to 5 miles and you will come to Sabine Woods on the right. Park off the road and enter the turnstile and look for our group.

Gear to bring: Camera and lens(es): I would recommend no less than 300mm, and ideally 400mm and up for decent bird shots. Those who have the 500mm or more lens and don’t have problems carrying them or hoisting a tripod or monopod, that will be okay. I will be using my Canon 7D, Mark II with my 100-400 zoom lens and will probably use my tripod. Don’t forget backup media in case you fill your memory card, and also have a backup battery. You don’t have to carry your camera bag as you will not be too far from your car. They have a couple locations for their water drips. One will be good for your 1.4x teleconverter on your 500, light permitting.

Binoculars: For those who can juggle binoculars and your camera, I would recommend a good pair (8x or 10x) binoculars for spotting birds high in the trees.

Food: Bring your sandwiches and drinks for lunch in a cooler you will leave in your car. Back in Sabine Pass, there is a convenience store in case you forget something like chips

Clothing: By April 20, there should be fewer mosquitos, except for the fact they have had a lot of rain over there recently. I highly suggest long sleeve shirts and long pants. Also, hiking boots/shoes are recommended. The paths are not paved like Laffite’s Cove and there is a high possibility of coming across a snake or two. Mosquito repellent should be counted in the list of clothing because if the mosquito count is heavy you will wear repellent like an extra piece of clothing! I have an Avon spray that is 30SPF and contains repellent and another spray that is both for sun and mosquito protection.

Sunsets and Nighttime photography with Kathy Adams Clark

Date - June 24
Time - 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Place - Community Center, Room #109 (behind the front desk).
Cost - $15 - Space is limited to the first 20 paying members.
Equipment: Camera and tripod
Description: Kathy will teach the class and then determine what time we will go outside and photograph the sunset and do nighttime photography.

Hummingbird Photography Workshop in Kleb Woods with Carlos Hernandez on Saturday, September,12 2015

Monthly Mini Contest & Slide Show

Please share your photos taken within the last two years for the slide show and mini contest photos. You can share all kinds of images you have in your digital library. The winner of the monthly mini contest is selected via secret ballot by the majority vote from the members in attendance at the meeting and receives a $20 cash prize. You can submit up to two photos for the mini contest and up to five photos for the slide show.

April - Showers
May -- Flowers
June - Silhouettes
July - Reptiles/Amphibians
August - Four or more
September - Doors/Windows/Arches
October - No Mini Contest/Annual Fall Photo Contest
November - Harvest
December - Holiday

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: Animals - Non domestic Animals (no pets, zoo 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 all members who assist set up before and after meetings and those who bring snacks!

From the president - Allison acknowledges and sends a thank you to all who extended their condolences and warm wishes upon her mothers recent passing.


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 gotten 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.

TWPC Membership

To participate in the club field trips, mini contest, workshops and have access to our Facebook page, 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 Membership Application Form.

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

The annual Membership Application Form can be found on our club's website http://www.woodlandsphoto.org/membership

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

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