Discusson Group Notes March 20, 2009

Discussion Group

We had quite a crowd, 10 jolly photographers gathered to discuss a variety of topics. I couldn't keep track of all the discussions, especially from the far end of the table, so this is only a partial list. I apologize to those who don't get credited for their contributions.

Bonnie told us that her 50D had locked up so she sent it in to Canon for repair. Amazingly she got it back within a week (mine took almost a month, but that was a year ago). They said that they had updated the firmware and made some electrical adjustments, whatever that meant. Lee and I have had lockups but cleaning the electrical contacts on the lenses and pulling the batteries and reinstalling them seems to fix the problem, at least temporarily.

Bonnie showed her poppy photos. I showed some of my macro shots of wildflowers and my equipment setup. Art showed off his winning photo of a glass of wine, twisted way around. Julia described some of her flower shots, which I should have brought in but forgot.

Don asked about Photoshop elements and Terri explained some of the differences. We all chimed in that we thought that Elements does most of what CS3/4 does.

Bonnie showed us a sale on white balance cards and stuff from Photovision http://www.photovisionvideo.com/store/shop.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=DCT. I described Deborah's cards that she got from the paint store that give different effects to the subjects. Deborah has hole-punched them and strung them on a string. I've tried a bright white sheet of paper but didn't see any difference in the photo.

Terri recommended the "Eclectic Academy's" http://www.eclecticacademy.com/ $30 online 6-week courses.

John described his new 5D which offers ISO's up to 12,800 and an auto ISO feature. Bonnie said that her 5D is now 2 yrs old and going strong.

Art showed us some great prints from Charis Photography http://www.charisportraiture.com/ in Laguna Beach. Even the web site is high class. Charis has an interesting style which includes dark backgrounds to make the subjects (especially faces and hands) stand out. The portraits, at least the ones I've seen, remind me of some of the classic art work I've seen in the art books.

Bonnie is planning a shooting trip with friends to the Cedar City, Utah, area and was asking about Zion and other points of interest. John told us of a trip he made to Oregon and the missed shots, like the one of 3 riders herding horses along a stream, because he had no way to pull over.

Dave was there and we talked for a while about the concerns that some club members had.

Denny's worked out well. Don was the first one there and got us nice table at the North end where we could have some privacy. Denny's always provides good food with a good variety to choose from. The lighting was good for both viewing paper photos and laptops and they have wi-fi. We'll talk at the next meeting and decide where we want to make our permanent home. I'll try to keep everyone posted.

This coming Friday, March 20, we will again meet at Denny's on Ave K and 20th West. Our core hour is 7 PM to 8 PM but most people now arrive by 6:30 PM and we usually go to at least 8:30 PM. Anyone can drop by at anytime and stay for as long as they like.

I would like to extend a special invitation to both new members and the more expert members who would like to participate in these informal discussions. We hope to see you there.


Glenn Olson
Coordinator and Moderator

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