February 2011 Meeting: Aviation Photography


Sue Craft our President welcomed 51 members and guest to our February General meeting this evening.

We started our evening off with Douglas Wade, introducing our guest speaker tonight, Aviation Photographer, Kevin Robertson.  Kevin Robertson's photos have appeared in various aviation magazines, books and company marketing materials.  He currently heads the Promotional Photography and Multimedia for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Palmdale.  Previously, he was the Lockheed Martin Senior Flight Test Photographer at Edwards AFB supporting the F-22 and F-35 Flight Test programs.  Kevin has logged more than 800 flying hours for air-to-air photography in various military aircraft.  Prior to Lockheed Martin, Kevin worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation as a photographer on the B-2 Bomber program. Kevin spoke about the challenges of aviation photography and then shared some of his photographs.  He spoke about his experiences in taking photographs from the back seat of high performance aircraft.  He answered our member’s questions about aviation photography. Kevin uses Canon equipment, zoom lens and UV filters. We gave him a honorary membership and certificate of appreciation.

Nan Carder welcomed new members and guest this evening.

Terri Garner reported we made our goal to purchase the monitor for the Dean Webb Memorial.  Donations in excess of the amount needed will be given to the Red Rock Interpretive Association.  GREAT job members

The member being showcased this month is Faith W. 

David Wilkins our Vice President reminded us of the upcoming programs: Apr 19 – Brent Paull – Nature Photographer.

Douglas Wade our Workshop Chair announced the upcoming workshops:

  • Feb 22 – Portrait/Lighting Workshop -  LPA Members, 5pm to setup, bring your cameras, manuals, tripods etc.
  • Mar 22 – Specialty Night – Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements, Gemp – LPA Members
  • Apr 26 – Smart Phone Photos, Monitor Calibration. & Costco Printers – Douglas Wade;
  • May -  “Tamron Presentation” by John Van Steeburg.

Helen Henry our Competition chair reminded us of the upcoming Competitions:

  • Mar 15 – Portraits – Judge Julie Sutton (pre register before midnight Mar 8);
  • May 17 – Step Into the Past; 
  • June 21 – End of Year Competition; and 
  • July 19 – Prime Desert Photos (Oct 10-July 11).

Bill Sutton our Field Trip Chair gave his report and announced the following agenda:

  • Feb 19 – Calico Ghost Town – Bill Sutton & Sue Craft;
  • Mar -5- Field trip planning mtg Roxies in Palmdale;
  • Apr 15-18 – Yosemite for Moonbows – Bill Sutton & Sue Craft.

Lyle Trusty gave his S4C report stating the judging this month will be on the 28th of February due to the loss of the meeting room this month. Deadline did not change.

Sue presented Nan Carder with her first membership star. Nan Carder gave her PSA report and presented awards. This has been another great month for the Lancaster Photography Association.

The PSA 2nd Interclub Nature entries are by the following: David Wilkins, Arliss Dawson, Nan Carder, Helen Henry, Michael Harris and Sue Craft. Results are pending.

The PSA 2nd Interclub Photojournalism entries include the following: Sue Craft, Helen Henry, Michael Harris, Terri Garner, Tylene Trout and Sharon Martinez. Congratulations Terri Garner for her image Shoe Shine Man 2 receiving an Honorable Mention.

The PSA 3rd Interclub (ICIC) entries are by the following: Bonnie Matthews, Lee Simmons, Helen Henry, Jerry Henry, Diana Edgel and Sue Craft. Sue Craft won an Award and her picture will be up for BOB at the PSA International Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado in September 2011.

We received the results from the second EID competition, and Larry Boswell (Cleveland Brain Center), Diana Edgel (Dutch Iris) and Sue Liberto (Poppy Puppy) all received HMs.

LPA members will be judging the ICIC and Creative competitions in February. For ICIC the judges will be Helen Henry, Nan Carder and Sue Craft. For the ICCC (Creative) the judges will be Helen Henry, Nan Carder and Bill Sutton. We also will be judging the PSA Nature Interclub contest in May 2011, and the judges will be Helen Henry, Nan Carder and David Wilkins.

Please watch for the PSA feature article on Lancaster Photography Association, which is in the February issue.  There also is an article on the LPA having the Lightroom Presentation presented by Helen Henry.

Upcoming Dates to Remember: February- Judge Creative Interclub Group B; February-Judge ICIC Interclub Group A; February 28, 2011 EID Individual Creative; March 1, 2011 EID 3rd; Competition #3 March 19, 2011 PSA Roundup.

This year our club will be entering the Merrimack’s George Glennie Nature Competition. Entries close March 17, 2010 (our club entries close March 5th). Categories include Botany, Landscape, Animals, Birds Mammals, Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians, Marine and Freshwater Life. Last year Sue Craft won a Gold Medal with her Yosemite Valley View Landscape. David Wilkins and Sue Craft also won Honorable Mentions. Judges will be Sue Craft, Helen Henry and Lyle Trusty. Information and upload may be found here: http://www.lpaphotography.org/photocomp/index.php?eventID=21.

PSA Youth Showcase for 2011: Faith Whalen, Helen Henry and I have started contacting high schools in our area for this competition due at the end of April. We hope to get many of our youth involved.

S4C Interclub Group A February:  Christine Wilkins, Larry Boswell, Jodi Champagne and P Dale Ware. S4C Interclub AA entries for February were the following: Mel Carll, Michael Harris, Lee Simmons and Paul Craft.

LPA will be entering the PSA best club’s website and newsletter competition for the 2010-2011 year.

The next PSA Roundup will be Saturday March 19, 2011 from 10AM. There will be a presentation given on Lightroom Magic, then The Photo and Travel Experiences Antarctica and Miramar Air Show by Dr. Jim and Linda Lenthall. More information on this program can be found here: http://www.s4c-photo.org/Roundup/index.htm . Please be sure to check out Helen Henry’s Region 10 blog http://helenhenry.com/blog/psa-region-10-3 Keep those images coming for all of our PSA and S4C competitions. We need all of your help getting pictures this year for the PSA Interclub Competitions. Pictures need to be 1024 x 1024. Please upload them to the LPA website, or send them to me. If there are any questions or if any needs help, please contact me. Please join the Photographic Society of America. Please use Helen Henry or myself as your reference. https://psamembership.wufoo.com/forms/z7x4z5/.

Faith W. our Newsletter edition reminded everyone she needs pictures and articles by 23rd since it is a short month.

Terri Garner the Friday Night moderator for the Discussion Group announced the next meeting will be Fri 2/18/11  and will be every other Friday for the month of February.  Terri will decide if the meetings will be 1st & 3rd or 2nd & 4th Fri of every month beginning in March.  If there is a location change Terri will also advise us of that.

Cheryl Ross the chair for the 2011 Poppy Festival April 15-16.

Cheryl Ross our library chair has books, magazines and information out on non-competition night for all to view. 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.  Items available for checkout can be found on the LPA website, under the Members Only section. 


Submitted by Bonnie 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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