AV Fair Mounting Workshop - July 25th, 2017


“How to Mount Your Photos for the AV Fair Photography Exhibit”, July 25th 

On July 25th at the Antelope Valley Senior Center starting at 6:00 P.M. the Lancaster Photography Association (LPA) is hosting a free workshop to assist those in our community who want help in preparing prints for the AV Fair Photography Exhibit.  Bring your prints and 3/16” thick foam core backing. We will demonstrate the process, provide assistance, and supply the additional items needed to mount your photos: cutting blades, straight edges, newspaper and spray adhesive. 
View How to Mount your Prints for the Antelope Valley Fair. 
Fair Rules can be reviewed here


Year End Competition - June 20th, 2017


On June 20th at 6:00 P.M. LPA members will get to vote for the 2016-2017 End of Year photo awards. All 1st Place digital winners and Excellence Award print winners are eligible to compete for awards. Remember to bring your prints, or send in with a friend.

Recognitions & Awards Presentation

Installation of 2017-2018 LPA Board Members

Creating Abstract Photography inside the Camera and in Post Processing - May 23rd, 2017


Shirl Airov-Bieling will be giving a workshop on Abstract photography at the Senior Center in Lancaster from 6-8PM, Tuesday, May 23rd . Kathy Newman will also be a guest speaker.

Shirl Airov Bieling is rather new at photography, but she has won many awards, including awards for her abstract photos. This is because she is not new to the fine art world. She has been a fine art artist most of her life. When she lived on Long Island in New York, she won a lot of recognition for her work. She also exhibited in shows and galleries in East Hampton and elsewhere. Because of her background, she has had great success creating her abstract photography using many techniques. 

Abstract photography can be created by taking pictures of objects in a way to produce an abstract photo. Abstracts can also be produced in the post processing procedures using Photoshop. Shirl will show many techniques so all of you can explore and have fun producing your own masterpieces. 



Picture taken in the camera this way and then dodged a little in Photoshop.


Taken in camera and then turned into


This image was created from the first image in Photoshop

And this image was created from the second image in Photoshop.


Desert Wildflower and Scene Competition - May 16th, 2017



The May 16th competition theme is:

DESERT SCENES – Scenes depicting the environment, plants, animals and birds of the southwestern deserts.

DESERT WILDFLOWERS – Close-ups and landscapes dominated by desert wildflowers

It is open and you can upload images here

[image1_left]Judged by Photographer Nancy K. Varga

Nancy got started in photography at age 12 when her interest was piqued by 16X20 prints made from 35mm. negatives. The wonder of it was there. The maker shared his knowledge and gave her some darkroom equipment, and she was on her way!! She progressed to the 35 mm. Argus C3 when she graduated from high school and soon graduated to an SLR. She converted to digital photography in 2004. 

She has been active in the Photo Naturalist Camera Club in San Diego since 1988. She enjoys photographing all areas of nature from flora and fauna to landscapes and macro work. Whenever she travels, she takes along camera gear to take advantage of any good photo opportunities.

Most of her photography has been done here in the Western United States with travel to Colorado to the East, Alaska, and Canada to the North, Baja California to the South, and all points in between.  She has also traveled to Botswana, Africa to photograph in the Okavango Delta, and Patagonia, Chile, to photograph fall color and the landscapes of Torres del Paines National Park.
She has won honors in the Nature & Eye Contest of the San Diego Union-Tribune, at the Del Mar Fair, the Scott Watson Salon, and Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego. Her work has been displayed at Nelson’s Photo Store in San Diego and at Bob Davis Camera in La Jolla. Several of her photos have been used in publicity brochures for Mission Trails Regional Park. She has won honors in International Salons sponsored by the Photographic Society of America.  She has put on some programs for the various clubs of SCACC (Southern California Association of Camera Clubs) as well as interested Senior Groups and photography classes. She taught a short course in photography at the North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park where she volunteered as an Interpretive Ranger in the summer for ten years.

Some of her other interests include bicycling on a recumbent bicycle; hiking; volunteering as a Trail Guide, Staff Volunteer and Trail Patrol at Mission Trails Regional Park; camping, and enjoying the beauty of the night sky.   

Member, Photo Naturalist Camera Club
Member, Darkroomers Camera Club
Fellow, Southern California Association of Camera Clubs
Member, Photographic Society of America

Tour of California (TOC) Individual Time Trial May 19th, 2017


[image2_left]The Tour of California is a professional bike race from May 14th thru May 21st. The individual time trial is to be held on May 19th at Big Bear. In the time trial each rider competes against the clock as an individual. On the other days of the race they race together. The time trial is a great opportunity for photographers as one has the chance to photograph each rider on the course. The course at Big Bear doubles back on itself, so with a well chosen location one can photograph each rider twice.

The course will be closed sometime before the race starts and remain closed until the last rider is through. The start is around 1 P.M., but the course can be closed as early at 9 A.M. Plan on arriving early and staying all day. Bring chairs, sunscreen, food and water. We plan on scouting the course and picking a spot to set up. One can also access the start and finish lines, rather than midcourse, and not be restricted about leaving.

We like to pan with each rider to convey the sense of motion. With nearly 150 riders coming by twice there will plenty of opportunities to practice and perfect panning.

The start order of the riders will be the opposite of the GC standing list the day before. The highest standing riders in the general classification (GC) will start last. The interval between each rider will be one minute until the last 15 or so when it increases to 2 minutes. There will be riders passing on the course, so the order at start will not necessarily be the order they arrive. Each rider will have a number on his back. I photograph each rider from the back to capture the number for identification. Some rider’s bicycles have their number on them, but not all.

The Tour of California website is http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com where one can download maps of the route, results each day and general information.
Please sign up so we can send you the latest information.

You need to be logged in as an LPA member in order to sign up.


Macro Workshop April 18th, 2017


[image1_left] Our April 18th General Meeting will be featuring Charles Needle. He will speak on Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques

Charles Needle will show how you can create unusual and striking artistic close-up images both in the field and in your own backyard and/or home studio. Using examples from his own backyard “home studio” and macro workshops, Charles will guide you through all the necessary steps to take your macro photography to the next level, covering topics such as equipment/accessories, selective-focus macro, “shooting through” with a telephoto lens, close-up lenses/diopters, wide-angle macro, water-droplet macro, and using “props,” such as iridescent glass, mylar, and everyday household objects. Charles will also reveal secrets he has learned from his 15+ years of shooting and teaching close-up photography.

Charles Needle is an award-winning, California-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.



Workshop - Nature Pictures: What Makes Them Award Winners? April 25th, 2017


Christine Wilkins will moderate a Nature Workshop on Tuesday, April 25th, at the Antelope Valley Senior Center at 6:00 P.M.

First, Christine will touch on some salient points about nature pictures. Then she will go over the nature definitions for the Lancaster Photography Association, the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C), and the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and discuss some of the nature definition differences in these organizations. Afterward, some award-winning nature images will be shown and the audience will be asked to judge why these pictures have won awards by various judges locally and internationally.

Come and enjoy viewing award-winning images and learn why these images have won awards.

Fourth Annual Los Angeles County Air Show at Fox Field - March 25-26, 2017

Fourth Annual Los Angeles County Air Show at Fox Field

[image1_left] March 25th-26th is the fourth annual Los Angeles County air show at Fox Field. The Los Angeles County Air Show is proud of their “In the Sky” 2017 performers lineup. Featured are the world famous United States Air Force Thunderbirds, always daring and exciting to kids of all ages. A couple of champion aerobatic performers are also scheduled to appear along with the Patriots Parachute Team. General admission tickets for the Saturday and Sunday performances are detailed under the Event Information drop down menu. www.lacountyairshow.com

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