Discussion Group Notes June 27, 2008


Discussion Group

Well, I survived my week at the Survivalist Conference where we learned to make fire by rubbing sticks together. I haven't shaved in 11 days (but I have bathed), but more on that later. The waiter at Bianco's said that two or three showed up last week.

Tonight ten us gathered for some very lively discussions. Two potential new members joined us, Paul and Vincent, as well as a Bianco's regular. It's difficult to keep track of who's discussing what when several conversations are going on at the same time, but everyone joined in. We went till almost closing time and everyone left with a smile.

Arthur and I compared attempts at self portraits (which is why I still haven't shaved), lighting schemes, and techniques. Arthur went for the more contemporary lighting where one side of the face is only slightly darker than the other while I went for a much older style where one side is very dark and the overall look is somewhat dark, similar to a portrait by Rembrandt (www.abcgallery.com/R/rembrandt/rembrandt63.html). Arthur used studio lighting for his work while I used natural light from an open window and a mirror to add a catchlight.

I spent much of the evening talking with newcomer Paul who is looking for ideas on what to take pictures of. He asked many questions about pictures in my portfolio such as F-stop and focal length, though I had to guess at what the settings were on most of them. He wanted to learn more about photography so I put in a plug for Tylene and John recommended he join and participate in our workshops, lectures, and field trips.

Terri and Lee spent much of their time talking with Vincent about his Olympus camera, their photos of the Wild Animal Park, Terri's trip to the zoo today, and much more that I couldn't follow from my end of the table.

Arthur's and my portfolios got a lot of mileage and reviews. I'd like to see more pictures and portfolios brought by because, being photographers, most of us like looking at pictures. I know some people feel a little shy showing their photos but at these meetings all photos are wonderful and there are no judges

 

Arthur asked about obtaining square picture frames and John suggested the place in the Mall next to Sears while I suggested he consider making his own, but only if he's going to do several.

I spent much of the evening talking with newcomer Paul who is looking for ideas on what to take pictures of. He asked many questions about pictures in my portfolio such as F-stop and focal length, though I had to guess at what the settings were on most of them. He wanted to learn more about photography so I put in a plug for Tylene and John recommended he join and participate in our workshops, lectures, and field trips.

Terri and Lee spent much of their time talking with Vincent about his Olympus camera, their photos of the Wild Animal Park, Terri's trip to the zoo today, and much more that I couldn't follow from my end of the table.

Arthur's and my portfolios got a lot of mileage and reviews. I'd like to see more pictures and portfolios brought by because, being photographers, most of us like looking at pictures. I know some people feel a little shy showing their photos but at these meetings all photos are wonderful and there are no judges.

Arthur asked about obtaining square picture frames and John suggested the place in the Mall next to Sears while I suggested he consider making his own, but only if he's going to do several.

 

We meet each Friday at Bianco's Cafe at the South end of the Lancaster Market Place, behind and across the street from Movies 12.

The core times are from 7 to 8 PM but there's typically someone there from 6:30 to at least 8:30.

We'll keep the light on for you. Glenn Olson, Coordinator and Moderator oglenn@earthlink.net

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