General Meeting Night - August 21,2012


David Wilkins, our President, welcomed 52 members to our August General meeting this evening.

The meeting started off with Douglas Wade introducing our guest speaker Rick Edwards, who delivered to us a beautiful presentation featuring “The Beauty of African Wildlife” and shared his insights into wildlife photography.  He was assigned as the official photographer for Kenya Wildlife Service, and provides photos and stories to the BBC Wildlife Magazine and National Geographic. He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, and perfected his photography while living in Nairobi watching wildlife in the many parks in Kenya and East Africa. He photographs from inside his vehicle with a 600mm f4.0 lens, which allows him to photograph outside the “ring of confidence” with the animals, and he tries to capture ‘action & reaction’. He answered many members questions regarding technique and such, and also touched on his post production procedures. He added that through the months and years of being around the some of the same animals, and as they became  more familiar with him and his vehicle, that he was able to start shooting some shots within that “ring of confidence”.
Like the cheetah  that literally came into his jeep and was sitting on his lap !  A Certificate of Appreciation and Honorary LPA Membership was presented to Rick, as well as dinner at Greenhouse Café before the meeting . Thank you for a great program with amazing photographs that inspired many of us to one day visit this magical continent, Africa !

Tylene Trout welcomed 5 new visitors to our meeting this evening.

Bonnie Matthews, our library chair, announced she brought in a couple 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 Tina Crowe for bringing the refreshments this evening, and to Pate Ware for serving them. 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. Looking for a Sept volunteer !

Programs –Sept – Jodi Champagne, Oct – TBD, Nov – TBD, Dec – Holiday Dinner

Workshops –Aug – “Photoshop and the Photographer” by Douglas Wade, Sept – “Portraiture & Posing” by Suzanne Gonzalez

Competitions - Themes for the 2012-2013 year: Oct 16,2012 – Structures; Jan 15, 2013 – Pictorial; March 19,2013 – Close-Up.

Field Trips – Sept 14-15 Mono Lake & Bodie with David and Christine Wilkins, Oct 20–LA Arboretum, Nov 3 - La Purisma Mission Village Days, Nov 10 – Civil War Reenactment in Moorpark, Dec – Randsburg, Jan – Downtown LA/Disney Concert Hall Feb – Bolsa Chica Wetlands, May – Willow Springs, and Jun – Catalina Island

AV Fair – Douglas Wade and Sue Craft did a fantastic job organizing this years fair that had 35 volunteers donating  a total 646 hours of time. The judges were Joanne Stolte, Lin Craft, and Stuart Lynn.

The PSA conference will be held September 16-22, in San Francisco, CA. It still is not too late to sign up, but there now is a $25 late fee. The class list is now posted. There will be a macro workshop offered again this year. Another interesting lecture will be on Studio Portraiture. More information may be found at this link: Please be there for the presentations for the PSA Youth Photography Showcase winners.

Here are the PSA Interclub Final Standings for the Lancaster Photography Association 2011-2012.

  • Color Projected Imaging Division Creative Group B: 1st Place: members participating – Larry Boswell, Nan Carder, Arliss Dawson, Diana Edgel, Michael Harris, Helen Henry, Kurtiss Humphrey, Carol Moss, Bill Sutton, Pam Vick, Dale Ware, Pat Ware.
  • Photojournalism Division (only one Group): 3rd Place Tie members participating – Larry Boswell, Bruce Cable, Nan Carder, Tina Crowe, Arliss Dawson, Sue Craft, Michael Harris, Helen Henry, Sharna Lee, Sue Liberto, Glenn Olson, Tom Van Langenhoven
  • Electronic Imaging Division Group 1: 5th Place Tie members participating – Don Bennett, Nan Carder, Sue Craft, Arliss Dawson, Helen Henry, Diana Edgel, Dee Hunter, Bonnie Matthews, Sue Liberto, Doug Wade, Dale Ware, Wendy Ware, Chris Wilkins, David Wilkins,
  • Nature Division Group B: 9th Place members participating – Don Bennett, Wes Burcham, Paul Craft, Sue Craft, Arliss Dawson, Diana Edgel, Helen Henry, Sue Liberto, Chris Wilkins, David Wilkins
  • Color Projected Imaging Group B:  10th Place members participating - Don Bennett, Arliss Dawson, Diana Edgel, Michael Harris, Helen Henry, Dee Hunter, Sue Liberto, Carol Moss, Bonnie Matthews, Bill Sutton, Dale Ware, Pat Ware, Wendy Ware, David Wilkins, Nola Zhang,

Any image that received an award in the Color Projected Image Division or Color Projected Image Division Creative will be considered for the end of year Best of the Best.
Helen Henry recently found out that she won the PSA EID Creative Competition Session 2 Best of Show. Helen’s Image "A Bleeding Heart Vortex" won the Medal, and her "Three Puzzled Masks" won an Honorable Mention.

This year, LPA had quite a few members competing in the 2012 S4C 47th PSA International Exhibition of Photography that was held July 21, 2012. Some of the members receiving acceptances were Bonnie Matthews, Scott Shackelford, Pat Ware, Dale Ware, Tina Crowe, Diana Edgel, Terri Garner, David Wilkins, Holly Peskin and Nan Carder. Dale Ware was the Chairperson in charge of the Photojournalism Section competition. LPA members that assisted him were the following: Pat Ware, Doug Wade, Wayne Staley, David Wilkins, and Tina Crowe. Lee Garner also was very involved with the Exhibition. Thank you all for donating your time for this event.

LPA won Honorable Mentions in the PSA Website and Newsletter Contests. Great jobs Terri and Lee Garner.

S4C:  This is the time to now sign up for the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C). Please go to this link so that LPA members can sign up for their Universal Entry Number (UEN).

Please take the time to look at previous Standings and Catalogs, plus the 2011-2012 End of Year Banquet Presentations to get an idea of the competitions offered through this organization. If any member needs assistance, please let us know.

Thank you to the following members who contributed images to S4C Interclub Competitions this season:

Skill Level A: Larry Boswell, Brent Bremer, June Burcham, Marv Brimer, Wes Burcham, Roger Day, Ed Duley,  Lee Garner, Konrad Hunter, Fran Marroquin, Carol Moss, Scott Shackelford, Wayne Staley, Tom Van Langenhoven, Pam Vick, Doug Wade.

Skill Level AA: Don Bennett, Paul Craft, Arliss Dawson, Dwight Franke, Michael Harris, Dee Hunter, Anita Kratofil, Tylene Trout, Dale Ware, Pat Ware.

We hope more members will take advantage of the opportunity to compete and be involved with S4C this season. There is no cost.

Announcements: Next S4C Competition won’t be until September 30th for Oct 2012.

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.

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