April 2011 Meeting featuring Brent Russell Paull


Sue Craft our President welcomed 61members and guest to our April General meeting this evening.

David Wilkins introduced our speaker, Brent Russell Paull, Key Tactics in Wildlife & Landscape Photography. Mr. Paull is a successful wildlife and nature photographer based in Tulare, California. He has 11 magazine covers to his credit and over 1000 publication credits. He has 28 published articles on photography and travel. His favorite spots are in the American West and include places such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the California coast.  Mr. Paull teaches seminars and leads photo safaris every month. Mr. Paull presented an excellent program this evening which included him illustrating his concepts with his beautiful pictures. He spoke about exposure, image sharpness, composition, exposure compensation, hyperfocal distance and much more. As he states in his website and demonstrate strongly in his presentation “Once your skills as a photographer are solid then you will have a creative medium at your fingertips for the rest of your life.”  See more of Mr. Paull’s work at his website http://www.amwestphoto.com.  Mr. Paull’s website offers tips on Photoshop, photography and more. His blog is at http://amwestphoto.wordpress.com where you can read about and see pictures from his photo safaris. A Certificate of Appreciation and Honorary Membership were presented to Mr Paull. Thank you for a very educational program, everyone walked away learning something new tonight!

Tylene Trout welcomed 4 new members and guest this evening.

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 recording.

Member Showcase – Douglas Wade

The snack this evening was provided by Faith W. thank you.

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: Bill Sutton, and Helen Henry.

David Wilkins our Vice President discussed our upcoming meeting June 21st.  Year End Competition, Installation of Officers, Winning photos from S4C, PSA, & George Glennie

David Wilkins gave us an update on the “Dean Webb Memorial Fund”  The  Plaque is selected and ordered.   The monitor and mounting hardware are purchase and delivered to the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve.   A dedication service will be scheduled as soon as the TV is mounted and the plaque is in place.

Douglas Wade our Workshop Chair announced the upcoming workshops:  Apr 26 – Smart Phone Photos, Monitor Calibration. & Costco Printers – Douglas Wade; May 24 -  “Tamron Presentation” by André Costantini.

Cheryl Ross our Competition co-chair reminded us of the upcoming Competitions: May 17 – Step Into the Past (pre register before midnight May 17!);  June 21 – End of Year Competition; and  July 19 – Prime Desert Photos (Oct 10-July 11).

Lee Garner our Webmaster let us know that as of the May competition we can begin to pay our fees online with Paypal.

Bill Sutton our Field Trip Chair gave his report and said there are no trips scheduled for May as of this date. If you would like to lead a trip or help lead a trip, contact Bill or Sue. The Yosemite Trip was fun and they got some very nice pictures.

Lyle Trusty gave his S4C report stating the judging for this year is now over and the Banquet is June 4th. We have a lot of members who did very well this year.

Nan Carder gave her PSA report PSA Youth Showcase - link on LPA website – local deadline Apr 20, PSA deadline Apr 30.  Nan/Faith. PSA Club Award – Nan Presenter, need local endorsers.  Bill S is willing to be an endorser. 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. 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 third PSA Photojournalism entries are the following: Photojournalism Interclub- P Dale Ware, Sue Liberto, Arliss Dawson, Sharna Lee, Jodi Champagne and Nan Carder. 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. 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: May 4, 2011: Photojournalism Interclub 4th. 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. New Lancaster Photography Association members joining PSA this month were Doug Wade, Pat and Dale Ware, and Bryan Hudson. Thank you for supporting PSA. 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. Faith Whalen has been selected to judge this year’s PSA small club newsletter contest. Helen Henry had three acceptances in the AZPS EID International Exhibit. Nice going Helen. Watch for the new PSA website which will be coming sometime in April. It should be more interactive & 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. https://psamembership.wufoo.com/forms/z7x4z5/.

Faith W. our Newsletter edition reminded everyone she needs pictures and articles by April 26th.

Terri Garner our Friday Night Discussion Group Moderator,  let us know the next meeting will be April 22nd at Denny’s 20th West And Ave K. They meet the 2nd and 4th Friday’s of month.

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. 

Cheryl Ross the Poppy Festival chairperson gave us her report stating it was a wonderful success this year! 14 volunteers and 10 members brought in things to sell. LMAG brought in things to sell.

Dave Anderson our AV Fair Chairperson gave his report. The Fair is approaching quickly! AV Fair Photo Timeline distributed; AV Fair Guides now available on AVF website;  Mounting Workshop by LPA at AVF – June 18, at 6pm; Link for AV Fair needed on LPA website & helpful hints ASAP – Dave A to provide to webmaster; Mtgs re AVF will start next month (May) 1 hour before the Board mtg.

We started our evening off with Sue Craft discussing the Bylaws. Last month at our General meeting, Sue  gave an update on the Incorporation/Bylaws/Constitution and explained why the LPA took the big step going forward when we decided to incorporate our organization a few years ago. The Bylaws is a part of that process and your Board has worked very hard to present them to you. Next month at the General meeting, the general membership will be voting on them. Please take the time to read them and be prepared to vote.

New Business: Sue announced:  we need a Historian.  Dale/Pat Ware provided list of known past officers.  Sue C – Would like to make available on website, and have other members contribute missing information.  Would also like to have short LPA History available on website.  Need someone to work on this.

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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