The Woodlands Photography Club


March 8, 2021 Club Meeting (via Zoom)

All TWPC Members and Future Members Welcome!  

TWPC Members!

Wow!  What a month February was!!  As we were hoping spring would be around the corner, an Arctic Freeze stopped us in our tracks!!  And now, for many of us, it’s clean up from broken pipes, getting plumbers and contractors for repairs!  And of course, in between, trying to schedule Covid vaccinations!! 

March will be better!!  We have a great speaker, John Martell from Rockport, TX. John will be presenting at our March 8th club meeting.   He will be giving a slide presentation on how to take outstanding photographs of small birds and hummingbirds.  It will cover techniques for beginners as well as advanced photographers.  This discussion will cover camera settings as well as in field do's and don'ts.  Check out John’s website at

Make sure you read our newsletter and website for upcoming Field Trips, Workshops and Learning opportunities with Photo Walks, Photo Critiques and Photo Deconstructions, and more!  Get ready for our March mini-contest topic, “Texas”!  And our Facebook Challenge this month is “Interior Design Photography”’!   

Joan, Tom, and TWPC Leadership Team

The March 8, 2021, Club Meeting will be done using Zoom again. Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom. Please join us for our 10th Virtual Monthly Club Meeting via Zoom. The Zoom session will begin at 6:45 pm and the meeting will kick-off at 7:00 pm. We welcome guests to our meetings. For information on how to join the meeting, please contact Tom Flink at

The March 8, 2021, Club Meeting will be done  using Zoom again.  

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom.

Please join us for our 10th Virtual Monthly Club Meeting via Zoom. The Zoom session will begin at 6:45 pm and the meeting will kick-off at 7:00 pm.

We welcome guests to our meetings. For information on how to join the meeting, please contact Tom Flink at

Mini-Contest and Share & Learn

(paid members only please)

Submission Deadline for both: 11:59 PM Friday, Friday March 5.

Mini-Contest - The topic for the March Mini Contest is "Texas".  Upload up to 2 high resolution jpeg images with “Mini” in the file name.  Remember to remove your "watermarks" from all submitted photos. Where:

Share & Learn - Upload up to 5 high resolution jpeg images with “Slide” and a sequence number in the file name (Slide-1, Slide-2, etc.)  Watermarks are OK for slides.• Where:

Featured Speaker

Coming up for the March 8 Meeting, John Martell will be presenting Song Birds and Hummingbirds.  This should be a great learning opportunity for all of us.  We hope that everyone can join us for this presentation.

How to Set-Up ZOOM

Please make sure you know how to get into Zoom and set up your webcam and audio before the meeting. We won't be able to address any issues you may have during the meeting. Desktop/laptop is the preferred way to attend the meeting, but smartphones/tablets can also work.

Here are some helpful video tutorials to configure and test your Zoom configuration:

Joining & Configuring Audio & Video

Testing computer or device audio

How Do I Test My Video?

Note:  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, "In person" meetings have been  cancelled.  We will let everyone know when we are able to meet again Face to Face.

2020 Annual Contest Photos and Winners

Special Announcement: The 2020 Annual Fall Contest photos are now posted on the "Galleries Page" .  A video of the Judges' presentation of the winners is currently available for viewing on YouTube.  Just go to and search for The Woodlands Photography Club.

Current Monthly FaceBook Challenges

Need some inspiration? New ideas of what to explore in your photography? The monthly Club Challenge offers a new opportunity to practice, get inspired, and inspire others by sharing your amazing work. All members can participate in posting up to 3 photos on TWPC Facebook page according to the monthly subject, with the correspondent #tag (copy and paste). Every Challenge starts on the first days 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 in the first week of the following month. 

Thank you so much!

The  Facebook Challenge for March, 2021, is:  #Interior Design Photography.

For Details on how to participate in the  Monthly Facebook Challenge click HERE to go to the Club Activities Page and look for the Heading "Monthly Facebook Challenge".

Upcoming Field Trips

‘We will continue to follow CDC protocol and social distance at the WPC March 2021 field trip to Houston Audubon Raptor Photo Shoot in Houston, TX on Saturday, March 13, 2021. We will meet at the Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center in the parking lot at 7:00 a.m. Here is the website about the Houston Audubon Raptor Photo Shoot for more information:

The price of this trip will be $45 per person. The Houston Audubon requires reservations for this event so each person will be responsible for purchasing their own ticket on-line prior to the field trip. Please do this early if you are interested in attending this field trip as they are limiting the number of participants to 15. If you would like to join us, please email me at and I will create a sign-up sheet since our general meetings are still not in-person. Also the event has already been created on Facebook for this field trip and you can mark your attendance intent there. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at Hope to see many of you on this trip! The attached image is borrowed from the Houston Audubon website.'

‘Please keep a lookout for new dates of the postponed February field trip to Brazos Bend State Park in April and to Aunique Ranch tentatively in May.’

 Thanks. Claudia

Please forward any questions to If you know of any neighborhood located in The Woodlands or area that are worth an evening stroll or photographing please also comment on the Facebook post.

Houston Audubon Society Raptors

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Upcoming Workshops & Learning


Our next workshop will be "Matting Your Photos" and is scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd, from 9am-noon.  More details coming soon.

Photo Walks

The next "Photowalk" will be in April.   Hopefully you are practicing with your flashes...we will use them in our next Photowalk.  More details coming soon.

Photo Critiques

Our 1st Photo Critique is scheduled for Monday, March 15th on ZOOM from 7-8:30pm.  And, I’m excited to share that we will have 2 past Annual Contest judges join us for the discussion, Ted Washington and Jeff Parker! Ted Washington’s life-long photography career focused on corporate real estate, industrial and commercial photography as well as sports, events and performance photography. Jeff Parker is an award winning wildlife and nature photographer with several publications who loves to teach others his love for photographing nature. Our goal with these critique sessions is NOT for our previous judges to do all the talking. Instead, we will ask you to have the following “elements of a merit photo” at hand and based on these elements, you give it a try and offer a critique of the photo in our discussion. For a copy of these elements go to:

Once everyone has had an opportunity to critique,  we will ask our guest judges to provide their critique and thus further enhance our conversation, giving us an insight into their thought processes when judging our competition photos. The more we learn to use these elements with a critical eye on any photo, the more we will learn how to improve our own photos.  Look for more information on our Facebook page "Events", and to sign-up and to obtain the meeting Zoom link.

Photo Deconstructions

This learning opportunity will be scheduled the 4th Monday of every month. The second one went really well! Alicia shared the behind the scenes setup, camera gear used, challenges encountered, post-processing used, etc. on the photo of her Pep Ventosa technique. You can see the recording of this presentation and discussion on our Facebook page! And don’t forget to try these yourself!   After your trial of this procedure, post your results on our Facebook page with the tag #photodeconstruction. 

Join us next month, Monday, March 22nd for the next Photo Deconstruction by Dennis Chernov!

Email us at if you are interested in sharing your PHOTO DECONSTRUCTION.

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