September 2009: Noella Ballenger's "Nature by Design"


We had 65 members in attendance this evening for our September General meeting.

Sue Craft introduced Noella Ballenger our guest speaker for this evening. Ms. Ballenger met with a few of our members for an early dinner and very interesting conversation before the meeting.

Ms. Ballenger presented her program called “Nature by Design.” Ms. Ballenger is a professional nature and wildlife photographer and writer. Her experience has included photographing some of the world's most pristine and spectacular locations. Ms. Ballenger leads photographic workshops and also lectures throughout the United States and New Zealand.


She celebrates her 22nd year of teaching photography and her 25th year as a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. Ms Ballenger showed many photographs giving examples of the Elements of Designs including but not limited to Line, shape & form color, texture & pattern, value and time & space. Her program was informative, interesting and her photographs were spectacular. We had many questions and she graciously answered them for us.

Noella's program “Nature by Design” took us back to the basics of composition. For some a refresher, for others filled in the missing gaps, and for others, a whole new learning experience.

Noella has a workbook “Nature by Design” which the photo club purchased and added to our library, and is available for check out. If you’d like your own copy, it is available from Noella for $25.  Go to


Tylene Trout our hospitality chairperson introduced visitors and new members.

Please volunteer to bring snacks for the monthly meeting. You are reimbursed up to $30. Sign up on the LPA Webpage. We would like to thank Cheryl Ross for the refreshments this month.

Dave Anderson thanked everyone who helped at the fair. Next Tues (22nd) 5pm all the clerks who worked at the fair, a critique of the fair. The fair normally has a critique but nothing yet.


John Shredrick gave his workshop report beginning with

  • Sept- David Wilkins Depth of Field, hands on 4-5 stations, tripod, release, macro lens, wide angle, any lens will do. David Wilkins getting depth of field correct can make the difference you need to have a superb photo. What is depth of field and how do you control it? David will spend a few minutes going over the technical details and then straight to the hands on workshop. Multiple displays will be set up with objects to photograph so each person can work with depth of field. Some objects will be set up for macro work and others for wide angle lenses. Bring your camera, tripod and lenses to work with. A tripod and a cable release are essential tools for macro work.
  • Oct-Bill Kuhlemeier; Photoshop; “The Magic and Power of Layers” bring laptop. Photoshop This will cover what layers are all about, not only in Photoshop, but in all image processing software that use layers. He will cover from basic to advance use of simple layers to layers that work magic that can be controlled and undone. Bring your laptop for hands on help. Nov-TBD but open for suggestions

Sue Craft gave her programs report starting off with Nov-which Sue states she is working on it. Dec we are having a Lasagna dinner- Holiday Photo Contest, not a competition: winter theme.

David Wilkins gave his newsletter report. He encourages members to go out and shoot. He is looking for photo’s and articles, will help write articles if you have writer’s block.

Lyle Trusty gave his S4C and PSA report. He reminded us of upcoming deadlines etc.

Helen Henry gave her competition report stating our next competition is Creative Depth of Field.. Be sure to go the web site for more information.

Our new field chairs are April Bielefeldt & Lori Murphy. Upcoming field trips are Sep 18-19 - Mono Lake/Bodie (photographer’s day $50 Sat) and the Leader David Wilkins. There is possibly going to be a Fall Color fieldtrip to Frazier Park led by our new chairs. There is still discussion about a field trip to Yosemite possibly the 3rd week in Feb,3rd. Ideas for field trips: San Diego Wild Animal park, San Diego Zoo, Lake Havasu.

Dave Anderson told the membership we are still working with the state of California with the Incorporation and the IRS with regards to the paperwork involved. We are officially Incorporated as of June 2009.

Cheryl Ross gave her Library report and stated if anyone wants to donate to the Library, please contact Cheryl. If you would like to check out books, magazines or items in the Library, please contact Cheryl.

Glenn Olson invited everyone to the Friday night discussion group which meets every Friday night, 6:30pm at Denny’s, 20th West and K, Lancaster. Everyone is welcomed regardless of knowledge and all subjects covered.

Congratulations to Joanne Miles for winning $49.50 tonight in the 50/50 drawing.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00



Tylene Trout introduces new members this month.


Photos by Arley Clark
Article by Bonnie J. Matthews

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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