LPA General Meeting - April 17, 2012


Sue Craft our President welcomed 62 members  to our April General meeting this evening.

We started off this evening with David Wilkins introducing our guess speaker, Steve Sieren,  who is a Fine Art Landscape Photographer from Southern California.  He presented his program tonight called “Creative Dramatic Landscape Photography”.  You can find his work displayed in National Park visitor centers, California State Park Foundation Headquarters, local art gallery shows, restaurants and scenic calendars. He enjoys leading workshops in California’s wild mountain, deserts, rugged coastlines and rolling oak hillsides. Steve spoke about how he creates dramatic landscape photography and offered tips on how to creative dramatic images.  To name a few of the tips he shared:  tonal range-light to dark; silhouettes;  3 things to making better B&W photography: shape,  tone & texture; weather leads to interesting opportunities; shots can be shot either vertical or horizontal-check both;  minimalism; experiment; use light painting; change perspective and others. Check out Steve’s Blog at stevesieren.wordpress.com. A Certificate of appreciation, honorary membership and $75 travel expenses were presented to Steve, and before the meeting he had dinner at the Greenhouse Café with some of the members. Thank you for a very educational program, everyone walked away learning something new tonight!

Tylene Trout welcomed 7 visitors to our meeting this evening.

Bonnie Matthews our library chair announced she brought in a few of the newest additions to the library if anyone would like to check them out during the break. She also announced the library list is on the website and is updated. She brought in a binder with the LPA Newsletters in it if anyone would like to look at it during the meetings, she will be bringing it to all meetings from now on.

Thank you to Holly Peskin for bringing the refreshments this evening. There is a donation jar set up on the table. If you sign up to bring the refreshments, there is up to a $30 reimbursement.  June volunteer?

Lyle Trusty & Dale Ware were the Nominating Committee and Lyle presented the following slate of nominees:  President:  David Wilkins;  VP : Douglas Wade;  Secretary: Holly Peskin; Treasurer: Terri Garner;  and 2 Board Mbr positions: Helen Henry and Bonnie Matthews. He then opened the positions to the floor and then the positions were closed. Next month we will vote on each position

Programs –June – Year End Competition, George Glennie Slide Show, Installation of Officers.

Workshops -  Apr – LPA Swap Meet & “How to Enter LPA Photo Competitions”;  May –Posing- William Edwards- (Maybe); June –Sports Photography - Christine Romas (AVPress); June 1- How to mount your prints for the fair.;  July – Wedding Photography (maybe).

Competitions - May – “AV Events” ; June – Year End Competition, bring your 1stplace print winners. We already have your digital 1st place winners. Themes for the 2012-2013 year:  July 2012 – Action; Oct  2012 – Structures; Jan  2013 – Pictorial; March 2013 – Abstract.

Field Trips –May 5 – Downtown Lancaster Walk About – Douglas Wade; May 12 – Jet Hawks Stadium Photo Event $5 admission, shoot players, etc, info on website;  June 1 – Hot Air Balloon, Temecula – Douglas Wade; Jun 10 – Cherry Picking in Leona Valley  Douglas Wade.

PSA – By Nan Carder: Registration is now open for the PSA conference will be held September 16-22, in San Francisco, CA. There will be extra workshops and tours before the conference. The conference hotel will be the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Burlingame, CA. Room rates start at $126.
There are not any results released for the PSA PJ third round.  The third round results of the PSA Creative have not been announced. Entries this time are the following: Eryn Avatar (Kurtiss Humphreys), Fairies in the Forest (Helen Henry), Lady in Pink (Nan Carder), Mustang Horsepower (Diana Edgel) Tulips (Pat Ware), and Old Diner (Dale Ware). Entries for the third CPID Interclub competition have been judged and Barn Owl Take Off  (Sue Liberto) won an Honorable Mention.Entries for the third round of the PSA Nature competition have been submitted. The entries were taken from the top six scoring images from the George W Glennie Nature Salon that have not won any awards or HMs in the PSA Nature Competition in the past. The following images were submitted: The Wave 2 (David Wilkins), Barn Owl Take Off (Sue Liberto), Lion (Wes Burcham), Elephant Seal Gladiators (Chris Wilkins), Yosemite Valley View in Fall (Sue Craft), and Cheetahs (Don Bennett).The PSA Southern California Roundup Chapter: The members that attended the PSA Southern California Roundup Chapter meeting in January, or have been attending the Chapter’s meeting Some of our LPA members were asked to submit images for the PSA Chapter Gallery to be displayed on the PSA Website. These should be available to view soon, as the PSA website is in the process of changing servers. Please check them out. LPA members Helen Henry, Bonnie Matthews and Pat Ware are in the process of judging the last PSA CPID Interclub competition. Three of our members will be judging the PSA Nature Interclub next month. George Glennie: LPA entered the George W. Glennie Nature competition. This was the first time trying a different judging system where all entrants did the voting. Our club did very well receiving a tie for 17th place of 94 competing clubs from around the world. Diana' Edgel's Moonbow won Best Landscape. Don Bennett (Cheetahs), Sue Craft (Yosemite Valley View in Fall), and Chris Wilkins (Elephant Seal Gladiators) all won Merit Awards.  Here is the link to the winning images and slide show: http://www.mvcameraclub.org/Glennie/2012/ResultsSlideShow/default.htm. The last PSA Photojournalism Interclub competition will also be open to all members to submit and select images. Hopefully there are as many entries in this competition as there were for the George W Glennie Nature Salon. 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. We are starting to receive entries. PSA Clubs, Councils and Chapters Web Site contest due June 1, 2012. LPA’s entry has been submitted. 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:  http://psa-photo.org/divisions/cpid/individual-creative-comp/ ; CPID Individual Competition: http://psa-photo.org/divisions/cpid/individual-portrait/ ; EID Individual Creative Competition: http://psa-photo.org/divisions/eid/individual-creative-competition/;  Print of the Month: http://psa-photo.org/divisions/print/print-of-the-month/


Entries for the S4C Skill Level A for April are the following: Cassie (Doug Wade), Juvenile Golden Eagle (Marv Brimer), Alpha Bull Elk (Ed Duley), and Avian Post Office (Tom Van Langenhoven).
For the Skill Level AA the April entries are the following: Piute Pond (Michael Harris), Yosemite Valley View in Fall (Sue Craft), Barn Owl Take Off (Sue Liberto), and Kitten (Dee Hunter.


S4C Banquet is June 2nd and you can pay online. Next Competition won’t be until September 30th for Oct 2012

AV Fair – Fair Entry Registration opened on avfair.com April 2nd;  Volunteers sign-up sheets for LPA will be on website soon.

Poppy Festival–Passes available for volunteers on Sat/Sun.  Time change for set up – Friday 1pm-5pm.  Lancaster City Park April 21-22 10am-6pm

Southern CA Photographer’s Conference (SCPC) – June 16, 2012 at AV Fairgrounds –Presenters: George Lepp, Susan/Larry Cowles, Noella Ballenger, and more! LPA  members-no charge to attend.

Photographers Day at Poppy Preserve – Helen HenryThe Lancaster Photography Association (LPA) will be hosting a photography contest for images taken at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, Saddleback Butte State Park and Ripley State Park. All parks are located in the Antelope Valley, CA. The images must be taken between March 25th, 2012 and closing date of May 1st, 2012. Entries should reflect the flora, fauna, and activities available at these scenic State Parks

Newsletter- Terri Garner our temp Newsletter editor wants to remind the members they can submit articles and pictures to her for the newsletter by the 23rd of the month. We still need a permanent editor.

Friday Night Discussion Group- 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.

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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