Discusson Group Notes October 2, 2009

Discussion Group

This night we were back to our typical seven participants, mostly the usual suspects.

When Julia and I arrived we found Bonnie and Dwight fretting over Denny's new nutrition list which tells how many calories and other nasty stuff is in each of Denny's foods.  I assured Bonnie that all foods are bad for us so we might as well just enjoy ourselves.

Bonnie reported that she got in her snoot (an interesting Google search topic) and is preparing for a portrait shoot on Sunday.  She has a variety of colored filters that can go on her strobes.  She also explained that the snoot and filters don't go directly onto the strobes, you have to have a mod kit to attach them.

I described my attempts to take photos of wine glasses in my studio, which I've named "The Cave."  Unfortunately, I've been too busy with other things to do much with my camera lately.  Art described his work with photographing wine being poured into a glass.  I asked him if all my talk of wine was rubbing off on him and he just smiled.  I know that smile.

Dale brought in a "Stock Workbook" which was very heavy but had hundreds of interesting photos in all different categories.  He said that it's a great book for reviewing and getting ideas.  He'll be donoating it to the LPA library.  Pat brought in "One Day for Life" which was a day in the British Isles.  This book was also heavy and contained a large number of beautiful photos ranging from the countryside to the cities.  Pat will be donating this book to the LPA also.  I mentioned that Jon D. Ayres, in an article on Flikr, said that a lot of magazines and newspapers are going to Flikr to find photos instead of the stock companies. http://www.photographybb.com/PBB_Magazine/issue_19/PhotographyBB_19.pdf

Bonnie brought us up to speed on the incorporation.  Then she went through the costs and options associated with going to Bodie.

We talked about the upcoming Fall Colors field trip to Frasier Park on October 24th.  Bonnie wondered about other locations for fall colors and I suggested the valley between Tehachapi and Bakersfield.  Because of the steep slope the turning of the leaves will start high and slowly move downhill giving us weeks, if not months, to go out and take photos.  This is no substitute for the vistas of Lone Pine or Bishop, but it's a lot closer.  There's also Lake Elizabeth Road and the three canyons going toward the Santa Clarita area, plus Green Valley, Spunky Canyon Road, and all the other areas around there.


If you can, please join us each Friday evening at Denny's at the corner of Ave K and 20th West. We begin about 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). Denny's has graciously provided us a section to ourselves and the service is great.

All photography related subjects are fair game and there's never a planned agenda. You can bring in your questions, your stories, your equipment, your photos (paper or digital), or even just yourself to sit, listen, and/or talk.

I would again like to extend a special invitation to both new members and the more expert members who would like to participate in these informal discussions.

You are welcome to visit the LPA forum and leave your comments......


Glenn Olson
Coordinator and Moderator

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