Discussion Group Notes July 18, 2008

Discussion Group

Finally, a break so I can write up the minutes of last Friday.

This time we had 13 folks in attendance, which I believe is a record. So much for the idea of a summer slowdown.

Bonnie showed us some very nice pictures she had taken. One in particular was of an old livestock barn near Lake Elizabeth that I had wanted to photograph but she says it's now torn down.

Speaking of old, last week I visited what I believe to be what's left of the town of Lockhart which is between Hinkley and Four-Corners a few miles North of Hwy 58. There's an old general store that's been abandoned, a wooden water tank that's leaning, some empty motel rooms, and more. If the date on the Google satellite map is correct then there has recently been extensive demolition in the area and the possibility of the rest of it going away before long.
The general store is of the 1950's style and would likely look good in sepia. There's also a viewing area nearby on Harper Lake, which I didn't get to.

Bonnie had Costco do her prints and was having problems with them cropping where they shouldn't have. Dennis gave her some pointers and said that he'd talk more about it at Tuesday's workshop. Dennis suggested that she take them back, which she will, but the cost of gasoline for travel is now more than the printing itself.
  Dennis and my end of the table talked some about sepia and how to photoshop pictures into sepia.

Paul, a potential new member, said that he was part of an old-west shooting group and wants to take portraits. He has a source of mountings in the old-west style and Photoshop Elements. He had many questions about composition, distance to subject, lighting, and using flash. Several members offered advice and suggestions giving him a range of ideas to work with. Dennis also recommended that he look into Picasa which is free photo editing and photo management software (http://picasa.google.com/). Lee Garner suggested GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/).

Other discussions included the upcoming fair competition, 3-D photography, movie sites, Apollo Park, cameras, and much, much more.



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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