November 2015 Newsletter





Patti Gary Bio

For as long as I can remember I have loved photography. Back to before high school, I was the one with the camera, always taking photos. Even today, not a day goes by that I am not shooting something. It could be a bird on my back patio or one of my doggies or setting up a photo shoot with flowers. I also enjoy photojournalism and recently was 1 of 6 finalists in CNN's Annual iReport Awards in the category In Depth Storytelling Category (out of a field of 11,000 reports!). I truly enjoy capturing moments in time of people. These moments create an emotion, usually joy, sometimes sorrow or sadness. If you feel something when looking at my photos then I have achieved my goal.

Time and Location

Our monthly meeting for the month of November will be held at the South Montgomery Community Center, 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, Room 110

6:45 - 7:00pm - Social time, grab a snack, vote for Mini Contest,

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 2015 Advisory Board Positions are vacant

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

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


Congratulations to all our winners in the Fall Contest. Thank you to all that participated and Kudos to the new members who participated.


Valarie Holstead


Valarie Holstead

Black and WHITE (Geometric Shapes)

1st Place ~ Dorothy Mullinax - Las Vegas
2nd Place ~ Mac Rodgers - Carriage House/Whitney Plantation
3rd Place ~ Zoraya Stern - Structurally Exposed
Honorable Mention ~Judy Volper - Geometry Lesson

PEOPLE (Three or More)

1st Place ~ Judy Volper - Dance Team
Honorable Mention ~ Zoraya Stern - Summer Joy

NATURE (Animals - Non domestic Animals - No pets)

1st Place ~ Dorothy Mullinax - Male Elk
2nd Place ~ BeaAnn Kelly - Lunch Time
3rd Place ~ Vic Estes - Elephants Out of the Morning Mist
Honorable Mention ~ Zoraya Stern - Sunset Stroll


1st Place ~ Valarie Holstead - Welcome to my parlor
2nd Place ~ Amy Butler - Sparling Lime
3rd Place ~ Judy Volper - Tiny Bubbles
Honorable Mention ~ Valarie Holstead - Praying Mantis

WILD CARD (Photos from 2015 Field Trips and Workshops)

1st Place ~ Judy Volper - Hummer
2nd Place ~ Amy Butler - Ole!
3rd Place ~ Zoraya Stern - Hopeful

NEW MEMBERS (Joined in 2014 or 2015) Leading Lines

1st Place ~ Amy Butler - Evening Walk
2nd Place ~ Mac Rodgers - One WTC - Reflections

OPEN (Digital alterations permitted)

1st Place ~ Christine Martin - Approaching Storm
2nd Place ~ Dorothy Mullinax - Stroll on the Beach
3rd Place ~ Christine Martin - Lighthouse in Blue
Honorable Mention ~Jerry Hunter - I love Books

Work Shop

No workshops are planned at this time

Field Trip

Bayou Wildlife Zoo
(Open Range Animal Zoo)

Date: November 21, 2015
Time: 10:00am
Where: Bayou Wildlife Zoo
Address: 5050 FM 517 Road Alvin, Texas 77511
Admission: $20:00 plus tax ((ages 2-11) $10:00 plus tax.. Cash or check only - No credit cards.
Phone #: (281) 337-6376
Web Site:

Join us as we take a photography trip to the Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin, Texas and enjoy exploring and photographing with an experienced guide from the comfort of a tram. The tram takes you over 80 acres of prairie and woods as your guide delivers an exciting talk about all the animals you are meeting.

The specially built trams will allow you see and photograph every thing the vast zoo has to offer without trekking through the vast premises on foot. Each ride last approximately 45 minutes.

In addition to the wide range of natural habitat where you can mingle with their animals, they also have three Monkey Islands and alligator ponds.

They also allow guests to bring their own lunches and eat in their covered picnic area. the space can accommodate up to 300 people and features drink machines, but no cooking is allowed..


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


The Science of Photography –
Photographic Noise
by Andy Howard --- [email protected]

“You’re picture is too noisy.” “If you look in the dark areas, you will see a lot of noise.” Wait! My photos don’t have audio! What does this mean, my pictures have “noise in them”? Is this a good or bad thing? How do I control the level of noise?

All digital cameras have a sensor that collects light particles using very small receptors. (A 10 megapixel camera would have 10 million small receptors.) Each receptor converts the amount of light it receives during an exposure into an electrical signal. All these different signals are combined into a picture. At this very “micro” level of electricity, it is easy for stray currents to be interpreted as light during the conversion, erroneously added to the picture, and cause distortions. (The ratio of electrical signal from light compared to stray currents is called “signal-to-noise ratio” [SNR]. A “high” SNR is preferred). The distortion manifests itself as “dots” or “grain” in the picture. Generally (but not always) “grainy” pictures are considered “bad”.

So, if we don’t want “noise” in our pictures, what can we do? One option is to use a larger sensor. The smaller a receptor on a sensor is, the bigger effect stray currents have (lower SNR) and the “noiser” your picture. A “point and shoot” (PNS) camera will have a smaller sensor than a “full frame” DSLR camera. If both are 10Meg cameras, the receptors in the PNS camera can be 15+ times smaller than the receptors in the DSLR, resulting in a high probability of “noisier” photos.

The sensitivity of the sensor (called ISO) can affect the amount of noise in a picture. Each camera has a “best” native sensitivity, usually around 100 – 200 ISO. To increase the sensitivity of a camera sensor (e.g, change ISO from 100 to 1000), the camera has to amplify the electrical signal that is converted from the received light. Any stray currents are also amplified. The SNR decreases and the picture becomes “grainier”. The option to control this type of grain is to use the lowest ISO possible and still get a proper exposure.

In low light conditions (such as shadows or night time), the received light at each receptor generates a small electrical signal and the SNR will decrease, increasing “grain”. As we saw above, increasing the ISO can also decrease the SNR and increase “grain”. Our option here is to add light to the scene/shadow (e.g. strobes/flashes, constant light, reflectors) or “embrace the grain” and strive for an “artistic” photo. Additionally, “noise” can be adjusted in post-processing programs like Lightroom or Photoshop.

“Noise” is always present in digital photography (as is “grain” in analog/film photography). Your challenge, as a “scientifically enlightened” photographer, is to control it and use it to your best advantage.

You can find more detailed information about “camera noise” at these links.

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.

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, November 6, 2015

Looking forward to seeing your photos!


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. We are now accepting dues for 2016 to members please complete 2016 Membership Application Form.

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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