Discusson Group Notes May 22, 2009

Discussion Group

Nine of us engaged in conversation and consumption (food, that is).

Art showed off his new Nikon D5000 with its flip-out LCD, which he bought from Adorama. Jim asked about the differences in sensors & megapixels and Lyle gave a brief explanation. Then Art described his lighting settup with flashes, floods, and a softbox for his table-top photography.

Later in the meeting Art described his methodology for taking photos of drinking glasses with the venitian blinds as a background. At the end of the meeting a couple of us discussed the idea of a workshop on table-top photography. My thoughts are to have three or more people take a few minutes to describe their preferred approaches (and equipment) some of their favorite shots, and answer questions.

I mentioned the motorcycle wreck at Willow Springs that Sharna photographed (see LPA Past Events). Lyle described the sequences of shots that he and Arley got of it which seemed to complement each other into a full time-line.

Someone mentioned that the Space Shuttle was returning the next day and I talked about my experience taking photos of the shuttle, and 747 carrier aircraft, on it's maiden test flight. I only had an Instamatic at the time but I was nearly under the wingtip of the 747 as it went past me.

I asked Lyle about restrictions on photojournalism because I had recently seen an accident and a fire. Lyle said that you can shoot anything, so long as your not in the way and your shots are not defamatory. In competition you can crop your photos so long as you don't change the meaning of the image. One of these days I hope to learn more about photojournalism and get in some practice. This would make a good presentation and/or workshop topic.

The AV Fair is coming and will be a recurring topic of discussion for the next few months. Lyle said that judges tend to give first place to what catches their eye. First, the photos need impact, as in strong colors and contrast. Second comes composition, then technical (sharpness, rule of threes, etc). Scenic photos with sharp foreground, middle, and backgrounds tend to get good scores. Also use complementary colors.

Lyle then described the judging process at S4C and their methodology for scoring.

Lyle (he didn't really dominate the discussions, I just sat across from him so I caught more of what he was saying) talked about his medium format film Mamiya that he used to have. He said that it took great shots but was difficult to use and, by itself, wouldn't do everything he wanted to do.

Lyle and I talked about possible future workshops and field trips. We rambled through photographic subjects like gardens, cars, architecture, scenic, portraiture (including environmental portraiture - someone at work), farm equipment and others. We ambled through texture (various locations not too far away), rural life, hiking trails, and such. Lyle (I think) said that there are monthly Indian Pow Wows in the town of Willow Springs, which is an interesting place to visit.

Art showed us how he increases the stability of his camera by placing the camera strap behind his head and pulling it taught. This reduces much of the quick shaking that hands can give to a camera.

Because of the fast service we received and the absence of some of the meeting regulars we postponed any discussion of moving to a different location.


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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