Discusson Group Notes May 29, 2009


Discussion Group

It looks like nine is now our official (because I say so) average and typical attendance.

We got on the topic of King's Photo and the changing times and Jim said that, years ago, King's had one wall of cameras and another of all different types of film. Times have really changed.

Terri said that she was getting ready for the Anacapa field trip and asked for suggestions on what to take photos of so we offered things like "birds," "animals," "water," and other non-helpful ideas.

Cheryl pointed out the "Arts in the City" section in the new Lancaster Outlet magazine. This section lists "An Unforgiving Land: The Trek Photography of Lee Bergthold," June 6-July 26 exhibit and the Lancaster museum/Art Gallery (LMAG). This will be followed by "A Fool's Paradise: The Art of Tom Miller." Also, Lee Bergthold will conduct a "Wilderness Photography Walk" at the Prime Desert Woodland Interpretive Center on June 20 at 10 AM. The Western Hotel Museum will be hosting a "Pioneer Family Day" on July 11 from 1 to 3 PM. On July 18 the LMAG will host a "Lecture: Photography's Many Forms" panel discussion from 1 to 3 PM. It looks like there are some good opportunities to take and view photos coming up.

We talked about the fair. Terri wants to enter her M&Ms and lions. I want to do a theme on the agriculture of the Antelope Valley. I already have a few photos but need to take more.

Jim talked about the different lights he has for his studio. Bonnie said that she has a combination of softboxes, soft hot lights, and one complete with the barn doors.

Art, in describing his work, said that most of his ideas come from other people. Then we discussed the idea of having a workshop on tabletop photography with several speakers. Art liked the idea and it has since been passed on to John Shedrick.

Art has a project that he wants to do which is taking one shot per hour throughout the day of a building to show how the light changes. I mentioned that some of the Impressionist of the late 1800's made series' of paintings of scenes like this to show how light and shadows changed throughout the day.

Bonnie described how she took some photos of cactus by shooting into the sun highlighting the needles. She said that she had to go to Manual Mode to get the right exposure. With this technique she got some interesting colors. A good place to practice this is at the Ripley preserve.

I talked about the conversations I've had with Lyle on field trips. Bonnie described a place somewhere near Lake Hughes where there is a wall with pots and pans stuck in it with some netting and old vehicles, but she couldn't remember just where it was. We talked about the cat house and someone said that, if you call in ahead of time, groups can get in early when they are feeding. Twice a year they open up early to the public for this. Shambala was mentioned but it seems that they are not real enthusiastic about having visitors.

A bit farther away in Chico is the Honey Run (or Butte Creek) covered bridge http://www.colmanmuseum.com/coveredbridge.html which sounds interesting.

Art showed us his latest photos of a bowl with tomato soup, crackers, spoon, and etc. I asked him where he bought his glassware and he said that he got the pieces from Goodwill for about 60 cents each and his tabletop is a sheet of glass on two sawhorses. His colored liquids are water with food coloring. I guess you don't have to spend big to get great photos. He said that he needed to reshoot this still life scene because the spoon was off about 1/4 inch from where he wanted it.

Terri mentioned her upcoming trip to Canada and Bonnie (and I) suggested that they take copies of their receipts for their camera equipment to make sure they don't have to pay customs on their cameras when they return. Lee described the backpack he bought from WalMart which will hold their laptop, camera equipment, tripods, and etc. Now he just has to do some weightlifting exercises so he can carry it.

I mentioned the "Beach Bus" which takes people from the Antelope Valley to Santa Monica and back three days a week for only $6 each ($2 for seniors). This would give you about 4 1/2 hours at the beach to do your photography without the hassle and expense of driving your own car.
http://ladpw.org/PDD/Beach_Bus/ANTELOPEVALLEY.pdf

Jim described the use of foam insulation (for water pipes) wrapped around the legs of tripods to protect them in shipping, traveling, and to keep from having to touch the metal during cold weather. This stuff can be bought at most hardware stores in sizes from just big enough for the legs to big enough for the entire tripod.

 


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
glenn@glenn-olson.com
816-8278

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