September Meeting: Lee Reeder


Sue Craft our President welcomed 47 members and 7 guest to our September General meeting this evening.

David Wilkins introduced our guest speaker this evening, Lee Reeder – “You Can Make a Living from What You Love.”  Lee Reeder has been photographing scenery and nature since the age of 12 while hiking and backpacking with his first cameras (a Mamiya, a Miranda and a Konica) in Southern California. He has been developing his own photos since the age of 15. At the age of 19, he began working professionally as a photojournalist in the U.S. Army in West Germany.

Photography has been a big part of a lifelong journalism career that has put Lee at the editorial and creative helms of several national and international magazines and journals. Although writing and editorial management have been the bulk of his work, photography has always been his passion. In 2004, at the age of 47, he created his scenic and nature photography business, 1000 Words. Since then Lee has traveled extensively in the West, capturing moments in nature. People consistently tell him that he has "the eye," meaning a different perspective that sets his photography apart from that of others. It's partly that, but it's also the result of much patience and hard work. Anyway, Lee hope it all results in him sharing his passion for the natural beauty of our world through his own perspective, and for our enjoyment. We appreciated the time he spent with us answering our questions after his presentation. We gave him a check for $75 travel expenses, a Certificate of Appreciation and a Honorary Membership for the excellent program this evening.

Tylene Trout welcomed 7 new members and guest this evening.

Sue announced that Bill Sutton had to step down as Field Trip chair but Douglas Wade is taking over as Field Trip chair!

We are now looking for a new Workshop chair, so if you are interested or have any questions, please contact Sue Craft.

We are now looking for a new Newsletter Chair also as Faith W. has stepped down and Terri Garner will be the editor until we can find a permanent editor.

If you have Membership questions please see Terri Garner.

We would like to thank Sue Craft for bringing the refreshments.  Volunteers are needed to help Tylene with holiday dinner and donations are needed for dinner.  Our Goal $250.

David Wilkins announced the upcoming programs  Nov –TBD; Dec – Holiday Dinner & Holiday/Winter Photo contest. 

David Wilkins also announced on Thurs Sep 22 – 6pm – Prime Desert Woodland Preserve to see the new Flat Screen TV and plaque honoring Dean Webb .

Workshop Chair announced the upcoming workshops  Sep –Expert Series – Bring Your Camera – led by LPA members; Oct –Beginning Photography by Tylene Trout. Nov – Navigating the LPA website; Feb – Portrait Workshop 

Christine Wilkins reminded us of the upcoming Competitions, Oct Monochrome, Jan – Nature (Win Crafton-Judge), Mar – Portraits (Prints Only), May – AV Events. One entrant provision for all competitions

Field Trip report and agenda-Oct 7 – Santa Anita Racetrack Photographers Day - $20 - Bill Sutton & Sue Craft; Nov 4-7 – Yosemite in the Fall – Bill Sutton & Sue Craft; Dec 10 – Clark Court Holiday Lights & A Magical Christmas on Blvd – leader needed;  Jan TBD – Elephant Seals & Morro Bay – David & Chris Wilkins. May 5 – Downtown Lancaster Walkabout – Douglas Wade

Dave Anderson the AV Fair Chairmen gave his report stating if you had suggestions to please send to him. We need a new chair and co-chair if anyone is interested, please contact Sue Craft.

Lyle Trusty gave his S4C report stating the judging for this year will begin Oct 1st and our pictures are needed by Sept 30th. Be sure to have your UEN’s

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

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. at 6:30pm. Bring your camera, manual, questions and …..

Terri Garner reminded us to turn in pictures and/or articles for the newsletter by the 26th of the month

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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