General Meeting Night - February 21, 2012


Sue Craft our President welcomed members and 1 guest to our March “Portrait” Competition and General meeting this evening

David Wilkins welcomed our guest speaker, David Jesse McChesney who presented “The Mojave Desert:  Miles of Wonder” . His program consisted of fabulous images he has photographed over the past 38 years that include 53 of America’s National Parks. He went over the equipment he used, the ins and outs of how he took various images. This was a very informative program that every member could learn something new information from, be it a new tip, trick or procedure.  He has also won a national harmonica championship in 2008 and gave us a sample of how he earned that title.  We appreciated the time he spent with us answering our questions after his presentation and playing us a tune on the harmonica. A $75 travel allowance, dinner and one year Honorary Membership was offered to Mr.McChesney.

Thank you to Pat Ware for bringing the refreshments this evening,

Upcoming Programs –April  – Steve Sieren – fine art landscape photographer.

Upcoming Workshops Feb -  Portrait Workshop – Bonnie Matthews organizer.  Doors open at 5pm. Mar – Amazing Light – Anytime, Anywhere – starting at 530pm! - Scott Robert;. Apr – LPA Swap Meet.

Upcoming Competitions – Mar  – “Portraits” – Judge Larry Cowles -  Portrait defined on the competition tab of the LPA website is: "Portrayal of a person or persons."  This competition will be prints only.  May – “AV Events”; June – Year End Competition; Themes for 2012-2013 on website.

Upcoming Field Trips – Mar 8 – Griffith Park at Night & Lights of LA – Douglas Wade; Apr 1 – Acton Rangers Gymkhana – Sue Craft; Apr 1 – Acton Rangers Gymkhana – Sue Craft; May 5 – Downtown Lancaster Walk About – Douglas Wade; June 1 – Hot Air Balloon, Temecula – Douglas Wade.

S4C – April is the last competition month until Sept. June 2nd is the Banquet. You can pay for your tickets online.


PSA is getting busy!

We now have the results for the first (November) Photojournalism Interclub Competition. Congratulations go to 1st place. Arliss Alabama it is OK, 2nd place Michael Harris Brush Fire and 5th Place HM to Sue Liberto Mounted Shooter. The Lancaster Photography Association won first place in the first round.

LPA has the results of the second round of the PSA Photojournalism Interclub competition, and we did not do as well. Images and their makers were the following: Alabama Tornado Clean Up (Arliss Dawson), Yup Too Cold (Larry Boswell), Working the Dog (Helen Henry), JetHawks 5(Sharna Lee), Mud Run (Sue Craft) and Up in the Air (Nan Carder). There were no Awards or Honorable Mentions.

Entries for the third CPID Interclub competition are the following: Barn Owl Take Off (Sue Liberto), Celebrating Onions (Carol Moss), Moonbow (Diana Edgel), Naples Pier at Sunset (David Wilkins), Racing at Santa Anita (Helen Henry), and Shayna (Bonnie Matthews).

Entries for the second Creative Interclub Competition are the following: Rose in Vase (Dale Ware), A New Moon Rising (Diana Edgel), Balloon Fantasy (Bill Sutton), Butterfly Lines (Michael Harris), Day Tripping in LA (Helen Henry), and Sunset on the Beach Gouache (Pat Ware).

Entries for the second PSA Nature competition entries were submitted in January (see January Board Report for entrants):  There are not any results yet.

The PSA Southern California Roundup Chapter Showcase was held in Glendora, CA, on January 21, 2012. It was a nice rainy day. LPA members attending were the following Pat and Dale Ware, Bryan Hudson, Lyle Trusty and I. Greg Rostami did a nice presentation on some of the Topaz software.

George Glennie: George Glennie nature competition entries still can be entered until February 21, 2012. If a member enters, that member will be one of the judges. It will be fun to see if this new judging system for image selection works.

Helen Henry had two acceptances in the first PSA Individual Creative Competition for Day Tripping in LA and Ship and Moon.
Sue Craft, Helen Henry and Nan Carder completed judging the PSA Creative Interclub competition Group C this month. LPA members will also judge the PSA Nature and CPID competitions later this year.

Here are some PSA events coming up. The PSA web site has been revised with all of these competitions so take a look.
PSA Youth Photography Showcase due April 30, 2012; PSA Clubs, Councils and Chapters Web Site contest due June 1, 2012;  PSA Clubs, Councils and Chapters Newsletter contest due June 1, 2012.

Some fun individual competitions are the following (you must be a PSA member to enter here):  CPID Individual Creative Competition:; CPID Individual Competition:;  EID Individual Creative Competition:; Print of the Month:


Entries for the S4C Skill Level A for January were the following: DMA KH (Konrad Hunter) Honorable Mention, Joshua Tree Sunset (Scott Shackelford) Honorable Mention, McGee Trailhead (Marv Brimer), and Standing on Post (Roger Day).

For the Skill Level AA the entries are the following: Cheetah on Log (Don Bennett), Cindy (Dwight Franke) Honorable Mention, Cooks Meadow after Snow (Paul Craft) Award and Sunset (Michael Harris) Honorable Mention.


  • Photographer needed on Feb 25 to photograph Black History Celebration at Senior Center
  • Photographer’s Day at AV Poppy Reserve –March 25, 2012 – PSA & LPA Members admitted for free. Photography contest, and auction of fine art items to raise money for local state parks.  Donations needed.
  • Poppy Festival – Sue Craft, Tylene Trout, Douglas Wade to chair
  • April 21-22 – Opportunity to promote LPA, talk photography, display framed photos (and offer for sale – 20% donation of sales required).  New members encouraged to volunteer.
  • Southern CA Photographer’s Conference (SCPC) June 16, 2012 at AV Fairgrounds – George Lepp, Susan/Larry Cowles, Noella Ballenger, and more!
  • If you want to check out Library Materials or donate to the library, please contact Cheryl Ross.
  • 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.
  • Friday Night Discussion Group are the 2nd & 4th Friday night at 630pm at Denny’s at 20th W and Ave K
  • Saturday Monthly Breakfast is held the 3rd Sunday of Month at AM Café on Sierra Hwy.
  • AV Poppy Reserve Photography Day is Mar 25. For more information please contact Helen Henry.

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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