Competition & General Meeting Night- Oct 18, 2011


Sue Craft our President welcomed 74 members and guest to our October “Monochrome” Competition and General meeting this evening. 

We started our evening off with Wayne Staley introducing our judge, Donna Pattee-Ballard  for this evenings Monochrome competition. For this evenings competition, we had 107 entries in 7 categories distributed as follows. 3 Slides; 11 Prints Master 4 Prints Amateur;  28 Digital Master; 20 Digital Advanced Amateur;  36 Digital Amateur; 5 Novice There were not enough entries in the  Novice or Advanced Amateur Prints to have a competition in those classes.  Congratulations to all who won and thank you to all who participated. A Certificate of appreciation, honorary membership and $75 travel expenses were presented to Ms. Pattee-Ballard. Thank you to everyone who helped make tonight a success.

Welcome New Members & Visitors – Tylene Trout

Edwards Air Force Base Teen Center Coordinator, Paul Labella thanked the LPA for the camp this past summer and presented  a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Air Force to the Lancaster Photography Association.  “On behalf of the 95th Force Support Squadron and Edwards Air Force Base Community we wish to thank the Lancaster Photography Association for providing a Youth Photography Camp during the week of August 15-19, 2011.  The photography camp provided 20 youth of Edwards AFB a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a various aspects of photograph.  This would not have been possible without the dedication of Sue Craft, Nan Carder and especially Faith W.  These individuals delivered excellent instruction and developed a great rapport with our young photographers.  Other noteworthy people who assisted in this project were Tylene Trout, Anita Kratofil, and Brent Paull.  The Edwards AFB Military Community is exceedingly grateful to the LPA for conducting this camp and enriching the lives of Edwards AFB younger citizens”.  Signed by Director, 95th Force Support Squadron, John “Carlos” Bassut. As a thank you to the LPA, a very generous donation of brand new photography books was made to the LPA library.  Books include Photographing the Southwest (Volume 1 & 2), The Photographer’s Guide to Death Valley, Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide, Composition From Snapshots to Great Shots, Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers, and the Art of Posing.

Holiday Party Donations – See Terri Garner or add to the donation jar that will be near entrance.

Douglas Wade was appointed new Field Trip Chair and AV Fair Chair.  Sue  gave Douglas Wade the Oath of Office.

Programs were announced: November – Kristina Jacob – LA Photographer; December – Holiday Dinner & Holiday/Winter Photo Competition. Need volunteers and donations for dinner.  $250 goal ($109 so far).

Douglas Wade our temporary Workshop chair announced the upcoming schedule: Oct –Beginning Photography by Tylene Trout; Nov – Navigating the LPA Website; and Dec – Dark. Jan –TBD; Feb - Portrait Workshop by LPA Members.  Sue announced we needed a new Workshop Chair.

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

Douglas Wade gave us the Field Trip report: Nov 4-7 – Yosemite in the Fall – Sue Craft & Bill Sutton; Dec 10 – Clark Court Holiday Lights & A Magical Christmas on Blvd – Douglas Wade; Jan TBD - Elephant Seals & Morro Bay – David & Chris Wilkins
Feb – Death Valley? – Douglas Wade; Mar – Griffith Park at Night & Lights of LA – Douglas Wade; Apr 1 – Acton Rangers Gymkhana – Sue Craft; May 5 – Downtown Lancaster Walk About – Douglas Wade.

Nan Carder gave her PSA report stating LPA was awarded the club service award in recognition for it's photography related philanthropy projects with the Antelope Valley Fair, Prime Desert Wood & Preserve, the EAFB Photography Camp & other past projects.  April 2011 issue of the Desert Exposure tied for first in the PSA's large club international newsletter competition out of 19 entries. It also tied for best calendar presentation. Nan Carder received the PSA Club Representative of the Year for Large Clubs, & will assume the responsibilities of PSA VP or Charters, Clubs & Councils. Nan Carder received the PSA Club Representative of the Year for Large Clubs, & will assume the responsibilities of PSA VP or Charters, Clubs & Councils.

Terri Garner is the temp Newsletter editor and wants to remind the members they can submit articles and pictures to her for the newsletter by the 26th of the month. We still need a permanent editor.

Terri Garner announced the Friday Night Discussion Group is the 2nd & 4th Friday night at 630pm at Denny’s at 20th W and Ave K Lancaster.

Saturday Monthly Breakfast is the 3rd Sunday of Month at AM Café on Sierra Hwy.

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.

All of the entries can be viewed here

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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