Discusson Group Notes February 26, 2010

Discussion Group

Lucky number seven was the count for this evening.

Art recited the quote "If I had a million dollars I'd have a million babies," though he didn't claim ownership of it.  But he did show us a picture (he didn't take it) of a well-dressed woman with six kids around her. This was an example of the photo following the title.

Art then showed us some of his recent tabletop photography.  I was partial to the ones with wine glasses, especially the one with wine in it.  Seriously though, I studied that one in great detail and I think it's world class.  It's as good as, or better, than anything I've seen in any magazine or anywhere on the internet.  I could be influenced by the subject, but I don't think so.  This photo was of a solitary wine glass, about half full with a rose', against a soft gray (as I recall) background, a soft diffuse light on the glass, and the background center lit.  The glass, wine, and background were flawless and the lighting on everything was complimentary and well selected to please the eye.  His background was created by shining a light on a piece of frosted glass behind the wine glass.  His other photos were also good, especially the white flower petals.

Art then passed around the photo book "Masters of Contemporary Photography" by Bert Stern.  This book had an eclectic array of photos in both color and B/W.  You can see some of them at Bert's website.  http://www.bertstern.com/home.html

Deborah mentioned that we were planning on getting a kitten the next day (which we did).  Now all we need is a basket and we can take winning photos.  That morning I had gone out and taken photos of birds on a stick.  I put out a bird feeder over a month ago and have since had a flock of small birds hanging around.  I also have to wash my car every other day.  About three weeks ago about 20 redwing blackbirds joined in the fray.  I think they must be fairly young because none of them have very distinctive red patches.  We still have Chuck the Lucky Chucker hanging around.  He's got me trained to throw pour bird seed on the ground in front of him whenever he comes running up to me.  He also goes through his call at first light.  I think he's trying out for the job of rooster.

We talked about the portrait workshop and I explained what I could of the light setup and why it's so standard.

I mentioned the idea of going out some Sunday morning with little traffic and nice side lighting to get photos of Lancaster architecture.  There really are a number of old and modern designs along Lancaster Blvd. including the Western Hotel, the strange rounded-front building, and more.  There are also some interesting architectural designs in Palmdale, Saugus, and other nearby towns.

Jerry told us the tale of his raccoon adventure.  I guess they're fairly common in Lancaster because Cheryl has had similar encounters.



If you can, please join us each Friday evening at Denny's at the corner of Ave K and 20th West. We begin about 6:30 PM and usually go to at least 8:30 PM. You can drop by at anytime and stay for as long as you like (you don't even have to buy anything). Denny's has graciously provided us a section to ourselves and the service is great.

All photography related subjects are fair game and there's never a planned agenda. You can bring in your questions, your stories, your equipment, your photos (paper or digital), or even just yourself to sit, listen, and/or talk.

I would again like to extend a special invitation to both new members and the more expert members who would like to participate in these informal discussions. You are welcome to visit the LPA forum and leave your comments......


Glenn Olson, Coordinator and Moderator



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