General Meeting, April 2010


Seasons of Beauty and Bounty

by Graham Owen


We had 61 members and visitors attending our Nature program this evening. In which our guest speaker, Graham Owen gave a wonderful program titled “Seasons of Beauty & Bounty.” 

Graham has established himself as a natural photographer and artistic fly tyer. The detail of Graham’s “realistic insects” has won him International acclaim and award. Graham’s photographs reflect his eye on the natural world, demonstrating a unique style and melding of Realism and Artistic Impression. “Seasons of Beauty & Bounty” is a visual presentation displaying the natural delights of Southern California, from wide landscapes to individual flowers, leaves, and birds…all captured with an artistic flair.


Graham told us places he frequents for these beautiful shots, the tools required such as lenses, diffusers and reflectors, to tame and shape the results. He answered our questions, staying through our meeting and answered questions after the meeting. We thoroughly enjoyed his program, thank you Graham!

Dave Anderson thanked Doug Wade for the refreshments this month. Please volunteer to bring snacks for the monthly meeting. You are reimbursed up to $30. Sign up on the LPA Webpage.


Congratulations Mary Crooks for winning $63 at the 50/50 drawing.


Thank you to Glenn Olson for leading the Art Deco Walking Tour to Downtown L.A. fieldtrip.


April 26th Doug Wade will be leading a Composition workshop and May 25th Ted Dayton will lead a workshop in “High Dynamic Range”


David Wilkins gave his newsletter report. He is looking for “Wildflower” photos for the newsletter. Keep in mind if you go on a trip you can share a few of your pictures with the club. Just submit the pictures to the newsletter and a small article of your adventures. We would all love to see where you have been.


Sue Craft wanted to remind us that April 24-25 is the Poppy Festival and the LPA booth will be located in the Fine Arts area. This is our 6th year participating. Great job members!


Sue also wanted to remind us of the upcoming S4C Banquet on June 6th and to be sure to send in your reservations to her.


Helen Henry reminded us the next competition theme will be “Nature” on May 18th and our judge will be Diane Racey.


Lyle Trusty reminded us of upcoming deadlines for S4C and PSA. Lakes & Valleys Master Salon Gallery-July 2010. J. Stolte will be the Judge. He wanted to remind us that S4C competition runs October-April with the end of the year Banquet in June.


If anyone wants to donate to the Library, please contact Cheryl Ross. If you would like to check out books, magazines or items in the Library, please contact Cheryl.


Glenn Olsen once again invited everyone to attend 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.


Lyle Trustee named the positions available, the candidates the nominating committee is nominating. He then opened the positions to the floor and then the positions were closed. Next month we will vote on each position. Here are the nominations: President: Sue Craft; Vice President: David Wilkins; Secretary: Bonnie Matthews; Treasurer: Terri Garner; 2 Board Member positions: Diana Edgel, Helen Henry, Cheryl Ross, Bill Sutton, and Douglas Wade.



Nan Carder reminded us of some of the benefits PSA has to offer. She also stated the Bonnie Matthews was the first member in the club to complete the 1st Years Photography course PSA offers. Helen Henry and Nan Carder both completed the Critique class. Helen Henry is working on the Beta 2nd year course. She also wanted to let us know about Yellowstone.


Chris Wilkins announced The LPA October competition will be for images of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve (PDWP) shot beginning April 21, 2010. All types of images are acceptable, flora, fauna, people, & structures. Images from the competition will be used to produce a DVD for the PDWP to be shown in the PDWP Interpretive Center.


This will be a community service project. The PDWP is located at 35th St. West and Ave. K-8. It is approximately 100 acres with 3 miles of trails and is open from 6am until sunset. Admission is free It has desert flora and fauna as well as migratory birds. Chris will do an introductory interpretive walk there on Tuesday, May 4 at 5p.m for anyone interested.


In addition on May 8, Chris will be in the Interpretive Center as a volunteer and will be happy to show anyone else around the preserve. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Wilkins.


By Bonnie Matthews

Photography by Arley Clark

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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