Discusson Group Notes June 12, 2009

Discussion Group

Seven again. At our club gatherings I keep hearing excuses for people not joining us but these are really not necessary. Our meetings are totally casual and anyone can join or not as they wish. But if it makes someone feel better I'll listen patiently and sympathize. :-)

I started off with telling Mary about how this discussion group got started. Then we moved onto questions like F-stops and how we try to remember what they mean. My way is how Tylene taught me: the bigger the number the bigger the depth of field and vice versa. Trying to convert a big number to a small aperture (hole), then thinking about how the physics of how light works, then what it does to the depth of field just took too long. Tylene's way is better.

I gave a long description of my Trona Pinnacles trip. Some of the other folks had been there before, but not recently. A good time to go there is during a full moon. Then Dave, Terri, and Cheryl described the Anacapa trip. Mostly lots of gulls. I enjoyed the stories about being strafed by the gulls, though no one got hit. Someone reminded us that there is no such thing as a "seagull," though the word is in very popular use. There are many types of "gulls" but none of them are properly named "seagull." The ones at Anacapa were "Western Gulls" http://www.wbu.com/index.html. The attendees also described the sea lions, though they couldn't get close to them, and the lighthouse, which they couldn't get close to either.

I mentioned the Corpse Plant at the Huntington http://www.huntington.org/thehuntington_full.aspx?id=4132 which was expected to bloom soon (it actually bloomed June 17 sometime before I wrote this). These blooms are very rare with this being the third recorded in California, second at the Huntington. This could make a winning photo for the AV Fair.

Dave talked about having been in Tennesee and getting ready to go again. He'll also visit other parts of that lush, green country. I like green too but it usually comes with hot muggy summers, muddy winters, and so many flying bugs that you can't enjoy yourself outdoors without lots of bug repellent (which comes off with the sweat). Speaking of green, Deborah and I have made an offer on a house up in the forest, East of Redding, CA. If it goes through we could be moving by the end of the summer. It's green there during the winter and spring but the grasses dry to brown in the summer.

Someone reminded us that next Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m., there will be a Wilderness Photography Walk at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve http://www.cityoflancasterca.org/Index.aspx?page=101 led by Lee Bergthold, "a local documentary photographer and wilderness survival expert." It's free. This rolled into some pottie talk. For those who haven't been there early in the morning the only restroom is inside the locked building so if you gotta go you have to drive to the local McDonalds (or other place) which reduces the visitors' enjoyment of the place (especially after two cups of coffee to wake up by 6 a.m.). So, next time you see one of your Lancaster city representatives you might mention that they need to provide a porta pottie for visitors. A good opportunity for this will be at the Bird Watching Walk on Saturday, July 11, at 7 a.m. with Ron Smith, Lancaster's Vice Mayor. How's that for rolling into another photo opportunity?

The upcoming AV Fair is always a hot topic this time of year. We discussed decorating ideas, trophys (and where to get them), and the LPA workshop next Saturday, June 20, at 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in the Van Dam building. I plan to bring my mat cutting equipment to get some personal tutoring on how best to use it.

While not mentioned at the meeting, Lancaster is having its fifth annual "Celebrate Downtown Lancaster" on July 17, which includes free live music, a farmer's market, and arts and crafts http://www.cityoflancasterca.org/Index.aspx?page=534. This might be a good opportunity to practice night and street photography, perhaps even as a group.


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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