Discusson Group Notes January 9, 2009

Discussion Group

The lucky number 7 participants participated this past Friday. However, since Julia is now taking photos I may have to start counting her.

Bonnie showed me her new web site, http://www.matthewscreativephotography.com/, which has been added to the LPA web site list of Member Websites. She said she uses Wordpress2, http://wordpress.org/development/2005/12/wp2/, for which the software template was free. This software allows you to show off your photos as well as sell them online. She's still working to fill it in but she already has entries in "Animals," "Flowers," "Pictorial-Land," "Pictorial-Water," "Portrait," "Step Into The Past," and "Structures."

Of course, since she showed me hers I showed her mine at http://home.earthlink.net/~photo_johns_1/index.htm which is not yet on the LPA list. Mine is much more austere since I use basic HTML code and I'm currently limited in host memory. Nor do I sell my photos, they're mostly there to show off to family and friends.

We talked a little about "Street Photography" as shown in some of the video clips Arley posted on the forum. I had Julia try her hand at it during the Protest March earlier in the day but hadn't had time to sort through them. I hope to have them for show-n-tell at tonight's (Jan 16) meeting.

I talked a little about the Protest March and have since posted my notes on the LPA Forum here.

Bonnie and Terri brought us up to speed on the discussions for the updated LPA Club Bylaws.

Bonnie said that she was unable to find a photo paper variety/sample pack and wondered if anyone knew of a source. Jerry suggested she look at B&H's catalog.

Don said he bought Manfrotto mono- and tri-pods. I own a monopod, which I used a couple of times then loaned out a year ago and haven't really missed it. I suggested a gun-stock camera holder for birds and other moving objects. No one suggested mounting a camera on a shotgun, but they should have.

Bonnie described a 10" computer notebook for storage and viewing. A couple of us suggested places like Best Buy which may have the same thing cheaper than what she was looking at. Today I heard on the radio that Circuit City is selling out and closing up shop so there may be some deals there.

Bonnie did a demo on Tiffendfx, http://www.tiffen.com/dfx_v2_home.html, which has 2000 filters including fog, infrared, nightvision, pencil, x-ray, and many more. She said that it's $99 for the stand-alone version but $299 for the PhotoShop plug-in version. The examples she showed us were very interesting and well worth considering.

Bonnie (she made up for missing several meetings) mentioned a problem with self photography where she doesn't have enough time to get into place, her remote switch is too short, and she didn't want to invest in a wireless remote. Since the remote connector is just a standard stereo mini (or sub-mini) I told her that she can get long extensions from Radio Shack. Actually, anywhere that sells stereo headphones (such as WalMart) should have them.

We talked a little about the LPA Forum portrait challenge and what we might do to come up with a photo. Myself, I'm thinking about something like where the classic artists painted themselves into group pictures.

Well, those were the highlights. I hope to see everyone there tonight.

Refrain: 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. Bianco's will keep the lights on for you.


Glenn Olson
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