March 2011 Meeting: Portrait Competition


Sue Craft our President welcomed 53 members and guest to our March “Portraits” Competition and General meeting this evening.

We started our evening off with Helen Henry introducing our judge, Ms. Julie Sutton, for this evenings Portrait competition. We had 65 digitals including 10 novices, 19 amateur, 16 advance amateur and 20 masters. We also had 13 prints with 3 amateur, 6 advance amateur and 4 masters and closed the competition with 6 slides. Congratulations to all who won and thank you to all who participated. A Certificate of appreciation, and honorary membership were presented to Ms. Sutton. Thank you to everyone who helped make tonight a success.

View the entries and winners here

Tylene Trout welcomed 1 new member this evening.

Sue Craft gave an update in the Incorporation/Bylaws/Constitution. The LPA took a big step forward when we decided to incorporate our organization a few years ago, and was granted Non Profit Status as a Corporation in June of 2009.   Why did we do that?  To protect the members of our organization from personal liability; to become a separate legal entity (corporate liabilities are not the liabilities of the officers or members of the organization), to receive public and private donations; to be eligible for obtaining state/federal tax exemptions. The proposed By-Law changes will be available on line, very soon (you’ll be notified of availability) and hard copies available for review at the April general meeting.  Please look them over, ask questions, and be ready to vote for approval at the May 17 general meeting.  The existing LPA Constitution and LPA Bylaws documents will be merged into one document, and required items added, so it is going to look different. More information to come in the newsletter.

Sue announced that Bonnie Matthews had copies of all model releases from the last Portrait workshop for those who attended. The original model releases will be kept in the Secretary’s Binder for permanent record.

We were reminded of the upcoming programs: Apr 19 – Brent Paull – Nature Photographer.

Douglas Wade our Workshop Chair announced the upcoming workshops:  Mar 22 – Specialty Night – Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements, Gemp – LPA Members; Apr 26 – Smart Phone Photos, Monitor Calibration. & Costco Printers – Douglas Wade; May 24 -  “Tamron Presentation” by John Van Steeburg.

Helen Henry our Competition chair reminded us of the upcoming Competitions: 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: Mar -5- Field trip planning mtg, Roxies in Palmdale; March 19 Dogs in Acton- Faith W; 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 31st of March. S4C dinner coming up in June. We received the projector from S4C. Lyle needs 2 members who qualify to help judge the AVUHSD Art Show.

Nan Carder gave her PSA report.: We are getting closer to the end of the PSA Interclub competition year. There still are a few more competitions left. The PSA 2nd Interclub Nature entries are by the following: David Wilkins, Arliss Dawson, Nan Carder, Helen Henry, Michael Harris and Sue Craft. Congratulations go to Michael Harris for winning an award with a perfect score of 15 for his image Cheetah. The PSA 3rd Interclub Photojournalism entries include the following: Arliss  Dawson, Sharna Lee, Sue Liberto, Jodi Champagne, Nan Carder and P Dale Ware. Member’s images sent in for the EID 3rd competition are the following:  Arliss Dawson, Michael Harris, Larry Boswell, Lee Simmons, Doug Wade and Helen Henry The second Creative entry to PSA (ICCC) had the following member’s entries: Helen Henry, Arliss Dawson, Diana Edgel, Cheryl Ross, Bill Sutton and Nan Carder. Bill Sutton received an Honorable Mention for his great creative image Storm God. LPA members judged the ICIC and Creative competitions in February. For ICIC the judges were Helen Henry, Nan Carder and Sue Craft. For the ICCC (Creative) the judges were 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, Sue Craft and David Wilkins.

The PSA feature article on Lancaster Photo Association is in the February issue.  There also is an article on the LPA’s Lightroom Presentation presented by Helen Henry.

Two of our LPA members participated in the PSA Creative Individual competition and received HMs. Helen Henry for Textured Poppy and Bill Sutton with Storm God. Anita Kratofil had an acceptance.

Upcoming Dates to Remember: March 15, 2011: Photojournalism Interclub- P Dale Ware, Sue Liberto, Arliss Dawson, Sharna Lee, Jodi Champagne and Nan Carder. March 19, 2011 PSA Roundup;    April 1, 2011 Creative Interclub (ICCC);  April 1, 2011 CPID 4th Interclub (ICIC);  April 15, 2011 3rd and last Nature Interclub; May 4, 2011: Photojournalism Interclub 4th.

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). There should be a few days left to enter. 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:

PSA Youth Showcase for 2011: Faith Whalen, Helen Henry and I have been contacting high schools in our area for this competition due at the end of April. So far at least 2 high schools say they will participate. 

S4C Interclub Group A February:  Christine Wilkins, Larry Boswell, Jodi Champagne and P Dale Ware. Congratulations Jodi Champagne (Boy on the Tracks) and Christine Wilkins (Polar Bears 1040) for their Honorable Mentions.  For March S4C A: P. Dale Ware, Sharna Lee, Terri Garner and Jerry Henry’s images have been submitted.  S4C Interclub AA entries for February were the following: Mel Carll, Michael Harris, Lee Simmons and Paul Craft. Congratulations Mel Carll for Beauty from Behind receiving an Honorable Mention. 

S4C Interclub AA entries for March: Tylene Trout, Lee Simmons, David Wilkins and Sue Liberto.  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 & Travel Experiences Antarctica & Miramar Air Show by Dr. Jim & Linda Lenthall. More information on this program can be found here:   Please be sure to check out Helen Henry’s Region 10 blog

New Lancaster Photography Association members joining PSA this month were Doug Wade, Pat and Dale Ware, Bryan Hudson and Bob Lion. Thank you for supporting PSA.

Some of our LPA members who entered the PSA Coachella Valley Desert Camera Club Exhibit have let me know that they had images accepted. They are the following: Bill Sutton, Arliss Dawson, Pat and Dale Ware. There were over 2000 entries in this exhibit. Congratulations to all.

The 2011 PSA Conference of Photography will be held in Colorado Springs from September 18th to the 24th. There will be more information provide in the next few months.

Bill Sutton just received his certificate for competing the Image Analysis Course (in record time). This course helps PSA members learn how to judge images and greatly helps if anyone would like to be a judge. Watch for the new website which will be coming sometime in April. It should be more interactive and educational. 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 list an LPA member as your reference.

Faith W. our Newsletter edition reminded everyone she needs pictures and articles by 28th.

Terri Garner the Friday Night moderator for the Discussion Group announced they will meet the 2nd and 4th Friday’s of month at Denny’s 20th West And Ave K

Cheryl Ross the chair for the 2011 Poppy Festival April 15-16. The 15th is setup,  members donate 10% of gross sales to LPA, work a shift and you receive a free pass to enter the festival.

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.  There will also be a list in the newsletter beginning with the next issue.


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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