Creative Competition- January 19th, 2016


Images for the January's competition (January 19th) can be submitted to the LPA Website from December 22, 2015, through January 12, 2016 ending at 11:59 pm. The judge for this “Creative” competition is Norma Warden. Ms. Warden is a photographer based in Castaic, California. 

You’re invited to join Norma for a no-host dinner at 4:30 PM at the Greenhouse Café, in Lancaster, before the Competition and General meeting.

Our competition Theme is “Creative” which is defined as altered reality that is apparent to the viewer. This definition includes alterations utilizing: colored lights and gels, black light, Mylar, sandwiches, projected images, double exposures, zoomed images, lithograph, birefringence, and computer manipulation. The image should have strong composition, pleasing quality, and color, texture, pattern, and/or tone impact. The appropriateness of the technique selected and pictorial merit is considered in judging. Small amounts of manipulating images (changing opacity, using filters, adding text, fantasy or textured backgrounds, etc) is NOT considered Creative. The content is unrestricted.

About Our Judge:

Norma Warden is an avid fine art photographer with over 20 years’ experience in creating photographic images.  She is the president of the Santa Clarita Artists Association, Treasurer of F-Stops Camera Club, and Treasurer of Valley West Camera Club. Norma is also the Chairman of the Creative Photography Division of the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs. Norma has received many awards and recognition for her work.  She currently has worked on exhibit at La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando, CA.  Her work is also in many private collections. Please visit her website at Residing in Castaic, CA Norma lives in a four-generation home with her mother-in-law, daughter and son-in-law, and four grandchildren.  She has another daughter, son-in-law, and grandson in Studio City.   

We have enclosed 2 of Norma’s creative images All Pink and Bird on Pipe Textured.

Note: Please make sure you know the new Rules, How to Enter, and Definitions. You will find all these on the LPA website under Competitions. Contact Bonnie Matthews-Franke your competition chair if you have any questions.

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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