Meeting & Competition, October 20, 2009


We had 64 members and visitors attend our Depth of Field Creatively Competition and General meeting.

We started our evening off with Bonnie Matthews handing out and briefly discussing a Membership Survey. This survey will be evaluated, and used to help plan future programs, competitions, workshops, field trips and other events that will best meet the needs and interests of our membership.

Then Sue Craft introduced our judge Ted Dayton, President of the Santa Clarita Photography club. Our theme was "Showing Depth of Field Creatively" this month and our members entered a total of 18 prints, 54 digitals, and 13 slides for the competition. Great participation and wonderful pictures enter by all!

This was Ted Dayton’s third visit to LPA. He came first to the LPA to do a program on HDR Photography, the next visit was to do a workshop on Multi-Processing of RAW files, and tonight to judge our competition.  The evening was long, but we heard many compliments and words of thanks for his honest and informative critiques. It was definitely a good learning xperience. Ted started out by explaining the use of Depth of Field. This is where the maker uses DOF to create or to change the story presented in the picture. When he was critiquing the pictures, he gave special attention to the use of DOF in each picture and how the photographer could create a better photograph with some simple steps. If the picture told the story and needed no correction, Ted was sure to tell the photographer how much he enjoyed what he was looking at. By the end of the competition, I am sure all the members attending this event had a better understanding of DOF!. Thank you TED!

Thank you to all the volunteers who assisted, and made the evening happen! Too many to list, but would like to give a special thank you to Jodie Champagne, and Julia Mullins. Jodie, never having been to the LPA before, was standing in line, waiting patiently to check in for her photo entries, and when Sue Craft asked for help, she jumped right up to volunteer. Even though this was her first LPA meeting, she entered the photo competition and won a 1st place in Novice Digital. Being short on help, and seeing cute young Julia Mullins, she was asked if she’d like a job. Her eyes lit up and she said YES!!! Julia put on those cotton gloves and handled the photos with tender loving care and was a big help. Julia won a 1st place in Novice Prints!; She came up afterwards and said… “if you have any more jobs for me to do, I want to help.”     Just love those young members!!!

Kay announced new members and visitors.

Dave Anderson thanked everyone who helped at the fair.

Our upcoming workshop is October 27 – Photoshop by Bill “K9” Kuhlemeier. The subject will be "The Magic and Power of Layers". 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.

Sue Craft gave her programs report starting off with Nov- Underwater Photography by Lawrence Fealy. For Dec we are having a Lasagna dinner & Holiday Photo Contest. Details will be on the website and in the newsletter.

Our LPA website won 2nd place in the PSA website contest for photo clubs with over 50 members. Thank you to Arley Clark our LPA Webmaster for putting together such an informative and artsy looking website. Thank you to all the contributors too.

Lyle Trusty reminded us of upcoming deadlines for S4C and PSA.  Check out Lyle’s article on Landscape Photography in the November PSA journal.

Our upcoming competition are Jan 19 – “Human Interest” – Judge Susan Cowles; March 16 – “Open but in the Panorama Format” – Judge Stuart Lynn; May 18 – “Nature”;  Jun 15 – Year end  “Best of the Year.” Be sure to go the web site for more information.

There is going to be a Fall Color fieldtrip to Frazier Park on October 24, 2009 @ 8AM. We are meeting at the Flying J restaurant for breakfast in Frazier Park. Our new Field Trip Leader April Bielefeldt will lead us to fall color in the area.

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 Cheryl Ross for winning $20 at the 50/50 drawing and thank you to her for donating it back to the club.

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 Sue Craft for the refreshments this month.

Meeting adjourned.

By:  Bonnie J. Matthews


Congratulations to all who participated!

Unless otherwise noted, webpage, photos and photo reproductions by Arley Clark



Digital Winners

Master Digital


Helen Henry
Baby Fox
Nan Carder  
Nan Carder  
Poppy Trio
Nan Carder  
Lee Simmons  
Pink Rock Rose


Advanced Digital


Diana Edgel
Point of View
Bonnie Matthews  
Pink Flower
 Diana Edgel  
Alabama Rabbit Brush


Amateur Digital

Maryann Ryan
Sweet Nectar
Arliss Dawson
End of Life
Sharna Lee
Lavender Orchid
Gerald Stowell  
Onion Field

Novice Digital

Jodie Champaigne
Water Drops
Chris Wilkins
Chris Wilkins
Lone Gazania



Print Winners

Master Prints

Michael Harris
Michael Harris
Fall Color
Michael Harris

Advanced Prints

Glenn Olson
Glenn Olson
Barbed Wire
Arthur Barnett
Sorry, No Peaches


Amateur Prints

Bill Sutton
Canada Goose
Mary Crooks
Bill Sutton


Novice Prints

Julia Mullins
Ugly Duck
Don Bromaghim


Slide Winners

Darlene Sprunger
Dry Bones
Bertha Plummer
Red Flower
Darlene Sprunger
Baby Long Eared Owl



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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