The Woodlands Photography Club

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2021

Alicia Kominek

Alicia Kominek

Thank you to Mac Rodgers for creating this slideshow of the November Mini-Contest.  

Congratulations to Zoraya Stern.

TWPC Members!

Wow, we’re almost to the end of 2021, and what a year it has been! We’ve had great field trips, photo walks, photo deconstructions, an incredible Annual Contest, and so much more! And we survived many Zoom meetings!!

We are hoping that our December 13th meeting will be our last Zoom meeting for a while!! The club meeting will consist of breakout sessions to hear what you need and want from your club! The goal is to focus on learning opportunities, interesting areas and subjects to photograph, places to go, challenges, and fun! The breakout sessions will ask for your ideas for workshops and photo walks, fieldtrips, mentoring, mini contest, and other interests for club members. Please come with your suggestions for how we all can become better photographers, learn from one another, and others!

We have learned a lot over the past 18 months, with Covid having a big impact on our lives. We have worked hard to keep the club going and growing by moving to virtual meetings, expanded workshops/photowalks, online payments, and registration systems, all of which have increased the cost of operating the club. In addition, our monthly speakers require slightly higher fees, all while our dues have remained constant for many years. To cover these costs, the Leadership Team has approved a $5 increase to the annual dues. We are committed as ever to providing you with the programs you want to learn, share and have fun with photography. Please renew your membership online and join December’s meeting to have your ideas to make our club what you want it to be.

Lastly! If all goes well, we plan to start the new year by meeting in person at The Glade on January 10th at 7pm!! We will use more space to spread chairs further apart and maintain distance to be safe. Watch for more details just in case there are changes!

Happy Holidays to all!!

Joan, Tom, and The Leadership Team


MONTHLY CLUB MEETING

December 13, 2021

7 pm Central Time

via Zoom

The Zoom session will begin at 6:45 pm and the meeting will kick-off at 7:00 pm.

Zoom details and link are in the TWPC Newsletter email. Just click on that link and you will be directed to the meeting.  We will send you a reminder email with this information on the day of the meeting.


CLUB CHALLENGES

December Facebook Challenge: My Accomplished Photographs


You need some inspiration? New ideas of what to explore in your photography?  The monthly Facebook Challenges offers a new opportunity to practice, get inspired, and inspire others by sharing your work.


All members can participate in posting up to 3 photos on TWPC Facebook page, according to the monthly subject, with the correspondent #tag. Every Challenge starts on the first day of the month and ends on the last day.  The Showcase Presentation will be created with a minimum of 4 participants and will be published on Facebook the first week of the following month.



FIELD TRIPS

The Painted Churches


Schulenburg, TX


January 2022


Watch for the date on the Website and Facebook





WORKSHOPS & LEARNING


Workshops



Please submit suggestions for 2022!


Photo Walks


POSTPONED


Night and Astro Photography Zoom Workshop & Photo Walk


Due to the cloudy skies, the Astro Photography Photo Walk will be postponed to a later date.  Please watch the newsletter, website and Facebook for the new date.


Postponed  - Part 2 – December 4th (December 5th alternate night), Janet Bartsch’s Ranch near Chapel Hill, Texas. Sunset is scheduled for 5:24 PM, arrival and set up by 5:00 PM. Photo Walk leader: Tom Flink Cost: Free Registration is required: https://form.jotform.com/213005289556154 Join us for a fantastic photo walk and opportunity to shoot the stars in a location outside of the Houston lights. This photo walk will be led by Tom Flink and an experienced group of fellow members to act as mentors and be available for guidance and questions. We will explore techniques for stars, long exposure, star trails, light painting, and others. If we are lucky, we may even be able to get in a few sunset shots and blue hour. We encourage beginner and advanced members to join us. Our location is being graciously provided by member Janet Bartsch. Her property is located just outside of Chappell Hill, Texas which is about a 1-hour drive from The Woodlands. December 4th is also a New Moon, so we will have the best opportunity at stars (obviously not the moon). If for some reason the weather does not cooperate with us on December 4th, we will try again on the 5th. If both days are overcast or rainy, we will try again in January. To prepare, we will hold a Zoom Workshop on November 29th to cover equipment, techniques and explore how to make the most of this photo walk. We want everyone to be ready to shoot while on location, so the Zoom Workshop is required for everyone attending. Recommended equipment:  Camera with remote shutter release or delay timer, wide-angle lens, tripod. Note: Every attendee will be required to sign a liability waiver to visit the ranch in Chappell Hill. Finally, registration for this photo walk is required (and may be limited) so that we can manage the number of people expected in Chappell Hill and ensure a safe and wonderful experience for everyone.


Next Photo Walk will be scheduled in February 2022




Photo Deconstructions

Monday, January 24

Zoraya Stern

via Zoom

(see email or Facebook Event for Zoom Link & Details)


Join us on Zoom in January to kick off Photo Deconstructions in 2022 with this in camera “kalaidescope” effect! Please email workshopstwpc@gmail.com if you would like to present a Photo Deconstruction!


Photo Credit: Zoraya Stern

Last month Mike Schaffner showed us how to create digital art with custom brushes and a dispersion effect in photoshop. Remember to give it a try and post your results on our facebook page.

Photo Credit: Mike Schaffner


WORKSHOP & LEARNING COORDINATORS: ALICIA KOMINEK & ZORAYA STERN workshopstwpc@gmail.com


MINI CONTEST - SHARE & LEARN

December Mini Contest Theme

Sports

Deadline:  Friday, December 10, 11:59pm

VOTING will be the same as our last virtual meeting. About 24 hours before the meeting (Sunday evening), we will send out a MailChimp meeting reminder. This reminder will contain two Mini-Contest links: one that will lead you to the online gallery where you can view the entries and decide your favorite; and another link that will lead you to an online ballot where you can vote for your favorite. Balloting will remain open until 6:45 pm Monday. The winner will be announced during the virtual meeting.

Submission of entries for our DECEMBER VIRTUAL MEETING will be EXACTLY THE SAME as for our live meetings: Remember to remove your "watermarks" from all submitted photos. You upload high-resolution jpeg images (up to 2 per member) with the word “Mini” in the file name, by clicking on this link and following instructions:


DECEMBER SHARE & LEARN

Deadline:  Friday, December 10, 11:59pm

Max Photos: 4


Submission of entries for the DECEMBER SHARE & LEARN will be similar to previous meetings:  you can upload high-resolution jpeg imageswith the word “Slide” and a sequence number (Slide-1, Slide-2, etc) in the file name, by clicking on this link and following instructions:

For questions contact Mac Rodgers at MacRodgers@gmail.com


MEMBERSHIP

JOIN THE WOODLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB! 


For information and to join The Woodlands Photography Club, click the link below to go to the Membership Page. 



Our Club Thrives On The Efforts of Our Volunteers!


To meet The Woodlands Photography Club Leadership Team click the link below.


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