Meeting & Competition, May 18, 2009


Competition nights are always fun! Over 40 people were present, and there were 13 Slides, 21 Prints, 57 Digitals entries, all entering under the theme of “Desert Wildflowers & Desert Scenes” Rich Breault was our judge tonight, giving us wonderful critiques on each and every entry. This is beneficial for the novice photographer as well as the master photographer.

John Shedrick stated the fair signup sheet is on the website. Be sure to also sign up for the fair and sign up on line. There will be no book this year as everything is on-line.

John Shedrick announced the workshop for May 26 - Ted Dayton, Pres. Santa Clarita Photo Club, (gave program on HDR Photography) merge 3 versions of one raw file for HDR like photo. The June 20th workshop – How to prepare photo’s for AV Fair @ Van Dam Bldg @ AV fairground and the June 23rd workshop - Photo Gear Questions and Answers.

Sue Craft made the announcement about the June Annual Meeting –the program will be put on by John Haslett “The Manteno Expedition” - “Pictures of the Year” - Members will be voting on entries by class so this year’s winners should bring their winning entries for the competition. 2009-2010 LPA Officers to be installed.

David Wilkins report for the Newsletter was submitted “No problem with the newsletter and I(Wilkins) would like to thank all who sent in photos and articles. Member submissions have been good and I would like to encourage more pictures and also more articles”.

We briefly discussed the field trips for the club which included May 4-6 to Monterey & Pt. Lobos which was led by Arley Clark and May 17 to Willow Springs Raceway which was led by Glenn Olsen & Lyle Trusty. We again would like to thank all three of these leaders. On May 30th we have another field trip coming up to Anacapa Island, with David and Christine Wilkins as our leaders. Everyone should make their own boat reservations with Island Packers if they want to go on this trip. What a wonderful month, having three field trips. Remember…if you are interested in leading a field trip on being in the committee, go to the website under committees and sign up under fieldtrip. We will be in touch with you.

Dave Anderson and Bonnie Matthews explained why the club was Incorporating LPA as a Non-Profit Org. Questions were asked and answered. Dave brought up at the Board meeting the board voted on and passed and is recommending to the membership an increase in membership dues. The main reasons are 1) the Incorporation of LPA, 2) the yearly insurance expense (Liability Insurance for Board of Directors) LPA will incur, 3) the programs LPA provides to the membership and 4) as a Nonprofit Org we will be able to offer many more benefits to our membership. Dave Wilkins made a motion to ratify and approve the boards recommendation of individual membership dues from $26 to $35, family membership dues from $35 to $45 and junior membership dues from $12 to $15. Terri Garner 2nd the motion. Discussion, Hand vote by membership, Passed

Lyle Trusty presented the slate of nominees for the following positions:
Pres-Dave Anderson; VP-Sue Craft; Treasurer-Nan Carder; Secretary-Bonnie Matthews;
Extra board members are Terri Garner and David Wilkins.
Since no offices are contested, a vote was taken by a show of hands from membership and passed.

Terri Garner gave her report on the LPA BBQ Club Picnic, to be held on June 13th at the Lancaster City Park. In order to keep the per person cost down, we are only asking $5.00 per person to cover the cost of the facility rental and charcoal. The LPA will provide the charcoal to BBQ with. You're on your own to bring your own picnic foods, may be even something to share if you wish, and be sure to bring that special (meat or other) item to BBQ.

Tylene Trout welcomed 2 new members. Thank you for joining us.

Our refreshments for the evening were provided by Lee Simmons. Please consider taking a turn in providing snacks for the evening. Reimbursement from the LPA for up to $30 for snacks.

Kurtiss Humphrey was the winner of the 50/50 drawing.


Aritcle by Bonnie J. Matthews
Photography by Kurtiss Humphrey



Digital Winners

Master Digital


Nan Carder
Desert Flower
Sue Craft  
Under the Desert Sun
Helen Henry  
Purple Flowers
David Wilkins  
The White Desert
Sue Craft  
Joshuas in the Goldfields


Advanced Digital


Anita Kratofil
Sunrise Glow, Death Valley
Dean Webb  
Red Rooster
James Pemberton  
James Pemberton  
Organ Pipe
James Pemberton  


Amateur Digital

Glenn Olson
Desert Sunrise
Glenn Olson
Lacy Phacelia
Sharna Lee
Desert Eagle
Scott Shackelford
Wildflower Carpet Grapevine Mtns
Alex Rajadhyaksha
Joshua Bridge

Novice Digital

Sharon Martinez
Yellow Poppy
Sharon Martinez
Wayne Staley
Sand Dunes Sunrise
Sharon Martinez
Daisys in a Basket




Master Prints

Helen Henry
Lupine on Angle
Lyle Trusty
Out To Pasture
Lyle Trusty
Old Boundary Marker
Michael Harris
Poppy Farm

Advanced Prints

Katelyn Humphrey
Wild Poppy
Katelyn Humphrey
Hawaiian Reg
Katelyn Humphrey
Flower with Bee


Amateur Prints

Jerry Stowell
Old, Proud & Prickly
Bill Sutton
Closing for the Night
John Waterbury
Wild Bunch
Bill Sutton
Desert Storm
Bill Sutton
Southern Sierras

Novice Prints

No Entries


Slide Winners

Darlene Sprunger
Walt Old
Red Rock Desert
Darlene Sprunger
Poppy & Lupine
Darlene Sprunger
Joshua Bloom
Walt Old
Yellow Canyon



by Bonnie J Matthews-Franke

Bonnie has been taking pictures since she was a little girl, but she didn�t get into digital photography until about four years ago, just before she joined the club.

Matthews finds the club to be very beneficial to her. “The interaction with other members, being able to ask questions, the workshops and the knowledge that I take away from the club is phenomenal.”

She is very active, attending most of the workshops and field trips. She has missed only a few workshops the last few years and has attended about 70% of the field trips. The fall color trip is one she�s really looking forward to.

When asked what kind of photography she prefers, she said landscapes. She just finished a vacation trip to Oregon where she photographed lighthouses, old barns and covered bridges. “I really like old structures,” she said. She now loves portraits and has her own studio.

Matthews has a Canon 5D MKII and a variety of lenses and accessories. Her favorite lens is a 28-135mm ,70-200mm. & 100mm.

Matthews is our new secretary of the club and has made many changes – to help us grow. One improvement she hopes to make, however, is to archive the meeting notes she takes so new members can have access to them online.

“I�m really proud that the club is growing like it is, and that the workshops are so great.

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