Our next meeting is Tuesday March 24, 2015. We will still have refreshments and socializing at 7:00pm, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm. Unless you have not been paying attention, it was announced that we will be meeting on new nights and weeks of the month, as well as at a new location. We will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month; for those who have been with us for a while, it will be the same days we had before our last move.
We will meet at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church (BAUUC), 17503 El Camino Real, 77058, in the Cockrell Hall. Click on the link to pull up a map where you can plug in your starting location for directions to the new meeting location.
Our program for this meeting will be similar to what we did years ago, and it was very popular with the membership. We have several club members who will be located at different stations or tables around the room. Each of those members will be there to answer questions about photography and gear in general, but also specific types photography; their specialties.
Steve Schuenke will answer questions about Portrait and Flash photography. He has some home made light modifiers he will display; explaining their uses and how they were made. He will try to answer any Nikon specific questions you might have for him. I'm sure he will also have some samples of his photography on hand.
Mark Westerman will answer questions on High Speed Macro photography, as well as macro in general. He will also be able to speak to any focus stacking questions you might have. Focus stacking generally utilizes specialty software to expand the Depth of Field in your photos. He will also be able to answer questions on Canon gear. Mark may have some of his photography on hand.
Bob Dempsey will do his best to be the answer man for Canon cameras/gear. He will be showcasing some of his landscape photography from recent trips to Bhutan and London. Besides landscapes, he is also the one I would go to for any questions related to night photography.
Doug Haass will answer any questions on Bird, Wildlife and Nature photography. He too will have some samples of his photography, as well as the actual gear he uses. Doug will try to answer any Canon camera and gear questions you might have for him.
The whole idea or concept of this meeting is to keep it casual and informal. You will be able to move around from table to table, asking questions or just enjoying the social aspect of it. Anyone one of these individuals will either answer your questions, or be able to point out a member who probably has an answer for you.
This format will be a good kick-starter for our first meeting in our new location. It will give everyone a lay of the land, so to speak. If you are running a little behind, you will still have plenty of time to check out each table and ask your questions. Please do come out for this and bring your camera if you have questions about it. Invite your friends who might be interested in photography. It's going to be a fun and informative meeting.
I look forward to seeing each and every one of you.
The Gallery and website photos and where have they gone? Our host company performed a massive upgrade to all their servers, including the one we were on. It was all hands on deck, as they had thousands of customers to upgrade. We had a slight communication blip, understandable but unfortunate. So we were down for several days with no contact with them.
So, that's what happened to the site. But where are our photos? Well, the gallery software we use is not compatible with the upgrade. It's similar to an old piece of software you just don't want to give up. Everything else moves forward with new versions, and at some point that software just doesn't work anymore, or it's not even available anymore. It's pretty much the same story for our site software too. There is no easy upgrade path to make it compatible with what is currently out there.
We are actively looking for a long term solution. We are also looking at any short term solutions to allow us to see those photos on our pages. We are visual people and that is what photography is all about, yes? So stayed tuned...
The Big Move: we are moving to new meeting days and a new location. We say new days, but in reality 2nd and 4th Tuesdays are days this club met on for years, before our last move conflicted with that and was changed. We understand this could be a problem for a few members, but they are the only days we can be accommodated at the new location. We had the same issue with our last move, and anticipate a few people may miss some meetings as a result. We apologize for that.
The new location is the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church (BAUUC), 17503 El Camino Real, 77058, in the Cockrell Hall. Click on this link to bring up a map where you can plug in your starting location to get directions. We look forward to seeing everyone there at our next meeting. Visitors are welcome.
A final note about the next meeting. We have already had our Honors Night for the month, so even though the schedule shows 2nd and 4th Tuesday, we will not have a meeting this week (2nd Tuesday). Our next meeting (Program night) will be Tuesday March 24th. I will be posting more detailed information for the next meeting's topic in a new post.
Bay Area Photo Club
2015 Assignments and Open Entries
Here is the list of Honors Night assignments for 2015. As always assignment images must be shot during the 3 months preceding the Honors Night monthly meeting that they are listed for.
February Out of Context
April Environmental Portrait
Also remember that in 2015 we will be scoring the Open entries as well and awarding a prize at the end of the year.
As we announced in our meeting in August, we are looking to expand our pool of judges next year. There are no specific qualifications except that you would need to go through a process of learning the judging criteria and Honors Night protocols. Following that you will want to sit in on 1 or 2 sessions judging off the record. Once you are comfortable, you can join the action.
Let me know if you are interested in judging. We need the help.
From Larry Armer:
An image of mine, taken on our Bay Area Photo Club field trip to Brenham several years ago, is featured on the cover of the newly released summer edition of Capital Farm Credit’s glossy magazine “Landscapes.” It’s a quarterly publication that features excellent photography and reminds me a little of “Texas Highways” magazine. I wasn’t familiar with it until they contacted me. In learning more about it, I became impressed with its quality. I consider it an honor to be in the company of other photographers who have been selected for the cover spot.
You can learn more about the magazine at https://www.farmcreditbank.com/landscapes-magazine, although it hasn’t been updated with the summer issue yet.
Note from Doug: The image used was from a Bay Area Photo Club field trip to Brenham, Tx to photograph bluebonnets in April 2010. If you click on the link in the previous sentence you will note the original was in landscape orientation. They used a portrait rendition, to good effect, for their cover.
The magazine actually contacted Larry about the photo. So, you never know what may come of your photos or where they may lead you. Field trips are a good way to shoot things you might not otherwise try to capture. Who knows, you might make the cover of a magazine.
Next time you see Larry, make a point to ask him about it and congratulate him.