Discusson Group Notes April 17, 2009

Discussion Group

First, I'd like to thank Bonnie for taking notes for me on the 10th while I was in Redding with family.

This last Friday, the 14th, we had an even dozen attendees which almost matched the record of 13. Our table was so long, and I ended up left of center, that I missed half the conversations. It seemed that most of the guys were at the far end while I got to snuggle up with the gals. No complaints from me. But if this happens again I'll try to con someone at the other end of the table into taking notes for me so I can give a better representation of the many topics that are covered.

Terri brought her sister-in-law (I hope I get this all right) Cathy and friends Alex and Deborah. Alex got her Nikon about 1-1/2 years ago and has the photo bug. Deborah bought her digital camera last fall to get better photos on trips. She especially likes landscapes. During the conversations Alex or Deborah mentioned getting "something different" in poppy photos which prompted Cathy to suggest taking a photo of a "dead poppy." This rolled into suggestions like a poppy in a glass of milk rather than water, a poppy on a dead guy in a coffin or having a face covered in poppies. I thought it might be fun, next year, to dress Julia up as Dorothy with a basket and a small dog in a field of poppies. Someone else suggested a kitten in the basket instead of the dog. It was all in good fun but got the creative thoughts flowing.

Terri gave me a copy of an article "The Need for Speed" to help me out with setting up a club field trip to Willow Springs coming up in late May, early June. The actual dates have not yet been set but since the meeting I have spoken with the folks at Willow Springs. Terri said that the club BBQ is set for June 13th so that day is out.

Bonnie said that she is still having problems with her Canon 50D locking up. Stokely, at King Photo, said that it might be her memory card. Bonnie said that it typically occurs after 300 photos.

I described my right-angle lens to Cathy, Alex, and Deborah and how it really helped me get good photos of wildflowers this year. Then, of course, I had to show them some examples from my portfolio.

Dave said that the poppies this year were bigger than last year but fewer and in different places. He went on to describe how the large blooms of flowers move around the valley and other folks chimed in on their experiences.

The Shea castle (many references on Google "shea castle") was discussed at length including its history and current status. The club has, in the past, gone out to take photos there. Lyle took an award winning photo with the dawn light reflecting off the windows as if it were lit from within. Alex told of how she has even been through the crawl space underneath and Dave talked about how he used to visit there. I think someone said that they would look into the possibility of a field trip to the castle.

Don said that he and Sharna had gone to Willow Springs earlier in the day but saw nothing exciting. He said that the next day should be better. In talking with the folks running the race track Saturdays are often warm-ups and qualifying events while Sundays are more competitive.

When we got on the subject of software Alex said that she uses Nikon Capture which came with her camera and serves her well.

Deborah asked about carrying a tripod on an airplane and luggage in general. Bonnie and Lee (I think) pointed out that a tripod is considered a potential weapon and therefore must be checked in as luggage. I suggested that, if she didn't have hard-sided luggage, that she wrap clothes all around the tripod to protect it from the rough handling at the airports. Terri recommended putting only your name and e-mail on the tags of your luggage so that it's less obvious that your home may be unattended while you are gone. Someone else suggested (and I usually do) putting a note in your bags with your name, phone number, and address to make it easier for the airlines to return your luggage when it gets misplaced.

Art and I passed our portfolios around to the new people. Later I forgot and left mine at the restaurant and finally realized it was missing on Tuesday. Denny's manager was very impressed with my Mojave Green photo.

Alex said that Sue uses a soft sided cooler on wheels to carry her camera gear. This sounds like a cool idea to me.

Terri told Alex and Deborah about Photographer's Day at the LA Zoo.

John said that he was planning on going to the Renaissance Faire which continues to May 17 http://www.renfair.com/socal/. He said that he wants to go on a cloudy day, especially for the portraits. Then we asked John when he was going to bring in his new 5D so we could look at it. Someone promised that they would wipe the worst of the catsup off their fingers first. Then it got into opening it up to look (and poke) at the 5D's full frame sensor, and other absurdities that made John give us all a really dirty look. :-) I don't think he'll bring it in now.

That's how it went at my end of the table. The other end, I'm sure, was equally interesting.


I would again like to extend a special invitation to both new members and the more expert members who would like to participate in these informal discussions.

If you can, please join us each Friday evening at Denny's at the corner of Ave K and 20th West. We begin at 6:30 PM and usually go to at least 8:30 PM. You can drop by at anytime and stay for as long as you like (you don't even have to buy anything).


Glenn Olson
Coordinator and Moderator

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