September 2015 Newsletter OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE SEPTEMBER 14 2015 WOODLANDS PHOTO WALK For this months meeting the members are requested to brin


September 2015 Newsletter



For this months meeting the members are requested to bring their cameras and lenses to the meeting. We will be walking the Woodlands Waterway and taking photos We will then return to the library and have a discussion about what we learned.


Time and Location

Our monthly meeting for the month of September will be held at the South Montgomery Library 2101 Lake Robbins Drive.

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 – Vacant
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

2016 Board Member Positions

The majority of the 2016 Advisory Board Positions are vacant

At this time, there is a vacancy for the President, Vice President, Newsletter Coordinator, Field Trip Coordinator, Webmaster, and Historian.

The club cannot continue to exist in 2016 without those key roles being filled.

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 Allison Pitre at [email protected]
Thank You,
2015 WPC Board*

Work Shop

Hummingbird Photography Workshop with Carlos Hernandez

Date: September 12, 2015 at 9am

Place: Kleb Woods Headquarters building

20303 Draper Road

Tomball, TX 77377

(281) 357-5324

Time: from 9:00am - 1:00pm

Cost: No Fee

Participants will photograph hummingbirds using remote flashes to freeze them in flight around feeders. At the end you will be able to photograph them in your back yard using these techniques. We will take turns using the equipment and you will have several pictures.


Remote flash trigger, 2.4 Ghz type. If you use a Canon Carlos has the equipment. If not you need to purchase this.

Bring: A medium zoom telephoto(70-200) 70-300, or 300mm f/4, 200mm fixed, Macro lens in case you want to use it while photographing butterflies.

Bring water, and a hat. Although we are going to be in a shaded area, it is September and hot. Bring food if you want to have a picnic there.

Carlos will have: All flashes and wireless triggers, you just bring a camera with lens, and a picnic chair.

If you would like to attend this workshop please contact James Fallon at [email protected] This workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Field Trip

Kleb Woods Annual Hummingbird Festival

When: Saturday, September, 19, 2015
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Kleb Woods Nature Center
Address: 20303 Draper Rd, Tomball, Texas 77377
Admission: Free
Tripods: Yes

Kleb Woods Nature Preserve in Northwest Harris County is ideal place for area residents to watch the fall migration.

Glinting like precious gems, the hummingbirds zip in and out of sugar water feeders and nectar plants situated all around the spacious center.

A 14 foot wide porch that circumscribes the building enable visitors to all views.

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

At 10:00am Sarah Kuzio, one of the Wednesday morning bird walk participants and photographer will present, Discovering the Birds of Kleb Woods.

At 1:00am, Kleb Woods Naturalist Kendra Kocao will present all you ever wanted to know about hummingbirds. She will also start you down the path to identifying and documenting what you see as you observe these wonderful birds.

Meet the Houston Audubon raptors and get a chance to take some great raptor photographs at the Houston Audubon raptor round-up booth. Mary Ann Weber, Education Director will be showcasing all the raptors throughout the day.

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


The Montgomery County Animal Shelter is in need of photographers to volunteer their time on Sundays to photograph rescue dogs. Volunteers at the shelter try to take better pictures of the animals than their original intake picture so it can be posted on the shelters Facebook page to hopefully to help get them adopted. The shelter has over 64k followers who see these pictures and have come to love seeing the animals dressed up.
If there are any photographers in the club who are interested in volunteering their time on Sunday’s from 1-4pm (it doesn’t even have to be that long, even an hour would help, and it doesn’t to be every single Sunday) to help take pictures at the shelter.
There are three people who currently take pictures at the shelter and they can’t always be there so they are looking for more volunteers to help out.

Volunteering is a great way to help the animals get adopted while also getting your images out there in the community and gaining experience in animal photography.
Montgomery County Animal Shelter, 8535 TX 242, 77385
(936) 442-7738



Flash can look harsh and unnatural especially for indoor portraits. Therefore, there are various ways you can take an image indoors without resorting to a flash. First, push the ISO up-usually ISO 800 to 1600 will make a big difference for the shutter speed you can choose. Use the widest aperture possible. This way more light reach the sensor and you will have a nice blurred background. using a tripod or an I.S. (Image stabilization ) lens is also a great way to avoid blur.

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.

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/Slide Photos to [email protected],

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: Ellen Taylor Slide show 1, Ellen Slide show 2

Deadline: Midnight Friday, September 11, 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: Animals - Non domestic Animals (no pets)
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)

In order to participate in the contest, dues for 2015 must be paid by the July meeting 2015

Thank you from TWPC

Thank you to all members who assist set up before and after meetings and those who bring snacks!.

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

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

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This is a place to easily share what you are shooting and what is happening between meetings.

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