January 24th, 2018 club minutes, as follows.
Gary Collins called our meeting to order. Members David Clark, Mr. Sonny, Mr. Junior, David Young, Jo Nell all brought in pictures and discussed them and answered questions. Our theme for next month is "Mardi Gras." We discussed fundraisers and tabled until next month's meeting.
New officers were elected and are as follows:
David Young, President
Louis Price, Vice President
Jo Nell Burr, Treasurer
Tommie Brigham, Secretary
Dues will continue at $5 a month, or $50 a year. The group decided on a 2 person signatory for banking purposes, designated as Jo Nell and Tommie. Also, it was suggested that members bring camera stuff to donate to be auctioned off at our next meeting, if you have anything.
Mr. Junior provided pizza at tonight' meeting, Mr. David Clark provided ice, and yours truly, Tommie, brought drinks, so thanks are in order.
And last, but certainly not least, our beloved Mr. Junior Johnson will be this year's Grand Marshall at the Cloutierville Mardi Gras parade on February 3rd in downtown Cloutierville!
Our meeting then was adjourned and pictures taken of officers and the group.
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CPRS SECRETARY Tommie Brigham
President Gary Collins was unable to attend, therefore David Clark presided over the meeting.
Those in attendance discussed the current meeting day (third Wednesday of the month) and what days of the week would work best to have the most attendance. Junior Johnson discussed that he had seen the schedule for the groups utilizing the Natchitoches Arts Center and noticed how few days there were to choose from. According to Junior, the 4th Tuesday is available.
How I shot It
David Clark shared information about his images, including the gear and settings used for his bird photos and how they differ from other subjects.
June's Photo Challenge: Natchitoches Landmarks
There were several photos presented to the group taken by Jo Nell Burr, La Jean Sigler, Hollis Walker, David Young, David Clark, and Billy Ogle.
July's Photo Challenge: Famous
Take a photo of a famous landmark, person, or something that evokes the feeling of famous.
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1. Use Household objects to create light trails in your still life Photos
Darren Turner's tutorial on PetaPixel shows you how to create fascinating light trails for your images using a plastic soft drink bottle, flashlight, and a long bulb exposure.
2. Try Out Levitating Like a Jedi
Simple photography and editing techniques can create magical images. The images and accompanying video from Mathieu Stern are easy to follow and make for a great study in compositing.
3. DIY A $10 Reflector Holder
4.Try Your Hand at Product Photography
5. Add Some Unique Bokeh to Your IMages
6. Add Pizazz to Your Gear
7. Turn Your dSLR Into a Pinhole Camera
8. Make V-Flats for Gorgeous Indoor Portraits
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When we moved to Stephens Avenue in 1991, part of our yard tended to hold water, and so after some rain, you couldn't mow. I discovered after a few weeks that an unmowed yard yielded wildflowers, hundreds of pink, blue and purple spiderworts. They're a challenge to photograph, and I like them. The ones we get here are Bracted Spiderwort (T. bracteata) also known as "Cow Slobber."
The curious name comes from the sap, a stringy gelatinous fluid that reminds you of cow drool, especially when you try to mow a few hundred of them just after bloom.
The flower is related to lilies, irises, and orchids, it's a wildflower that has made it to garden culture. You can even buy them from nurseries. Once you have them established it is hard to get rid of them, so you might as well enjoy them!
They're fairly difficult to photograph due to the small bloom size, and that the flowers usually come in twos and threes, making depth of field an issue, though the stalks usually present them high and easy to see.
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Freelensing is the practice of removing the lens from your camera body and holding it in place. When used for portraits, it can have a similar effect of a tilt-shift lens. The focal plane will be tilted and uneven, leaving some parts of your subject out of focus. There will also be more blur and out of focus areas in the corners, and accompanying that will be light leaks. The amount of light leakage you have depends on how far away or off-center your lens is on the body of the camera.
Reverse Freelensing is almost exactly like freelensing, but you turn the lens so the front element is facing the camera body. While looking through your viewfinder or using your live view mode, you can focus on your subject by moving your camera and body back and forth.
depth of field
Achieving specific depth of field to make sure your subject is in your preferred level of focus can be tricky. Most dSLR cameras have a Depth of Field Preview button that activates the aperture so you can check what will and won't be in focus before pressing the shutter. Usually, this button is on the underside of the lens mount.
In order to keep your aperture closed down for better control of depth of field, you need to set your aperture with the lens mounted, then, while pressing the Depth of Field Preview button, remove the lens. Once you look through the lens, you'll see the aperture is still closed down.
The Canon EOS 6D Depth of Field Preview button is located on the underside of the lens mount.
Because you've removed the lens from the lens mount, you can't adjust the aperture quite so easily, so I recommend setting that first to achieve the specific depth of field you'd like. As far as shutter speed and ISO, it's dependent on how much light you have coming into the lens and what you're photographing. Freelensing has more light coming onto the sensor than reverse freelensing. Your ISO will need to be much higher in the same lighting conditions while reverse freelensing.
Are you going to try freelensing?
Freelensing and reverse freelensing are great ways to get different looks while using the same equipment. If you try either of these techniques, please post a photo of your results on the Cane River Photographic Society Facebook group. We'd love to check them out!
If you have any questions about this technique or if you'd like to see more posts like this, please leave your comments below.
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This structure is about fifteen miles or so south of Shreveport on Hwy. 1. I kept seeing it when I would go to Shreveport and thought it was interesting. Crops were planted around it, and I wondered what it used to be and why the owner didn't cut the trees from around it. I stopped one day several years ago and took this picture
In mid-March of this year I went up Hwy. 1 and was surprised to see that the owner was restoring the structure, so I stopped and took this picture. I asked the workers restoring it what it was, and they said it was an old cotton bin. The owner was going to use it for storage.
About two weeks ago I went to Shreveport, knowing it was probably finished, and took this picture. I thought they did a great job restoring this lonely, run down little structure and turning it into something beautiful.
I love photography because it helps me notice things that most people pass by and never see. I was like that years ago, but photography has opened my eyes.
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President Gary Collins called meeting to order and we discussed the move into the new venue for our June meeting. We will now meet in the old Travel Agency Building next door to the Fire Station on 2nd Street.
Our lack of attendance was discussed and we will bring it up again at next meeting. Perhaps our current meeting time is not working out well and a possible change of days would help.
We agreed that Wednesday's & Friday's would be out of the question, but the 4th Tuesday and every Thursday is currently
open. Just food for thought.
Junior shamelessly sold a few of his books and invited everyone out to his book signing at the Point Place Marina this coming Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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David Clark made a wonderful presentation and displayed beautiful flower shots, and photos of an old round cotton storage house that had been restored.
David Young showed an amazing collection of concert photos that were taken without a flash.
We decided that for next month's photo challenge, we would bring photo's of Natchitoches Parish Landmarks.
We all agreed that even though we only had six people in attendance, it was still a productive meeting, and we missed our dear and talented members who were unable to attend.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM
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Member Junior Johnson will have a book signing for his newly released book, "Tales of a Boy from Cane River" on May 20th at Point Place Marina from 2-6pm. Use this link to purchase his book on Amazon. The book will be available through other bookstores soon.
Jokie's Gallery at 126 Rue St. Denis will be having an Earth Day Spring Artist Reception on Saturday, April 22. For more information including location and a list of activities, please go to their Facebook Event page.
Melrose Plantation will host the 43rd annual Arts and Crafts Festival on April 22-23. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Check out the event flyer on the Melrose Plantation Facebook Page for more information.
Member Gary Collins had a piece selected for a billboard and advertising for a local business.
Member Gary Collins passed out two informative packets on ISO, the third installment in our Exposure Triangle series. ISO is the measure of a camera sensor's sensitivity to light, similar to how film is sensitive to light. and is adjustable to perfect an exposure. Here are some helpful links to more information on ISO:
Member Gary Collins also passed along some very good words of wisdom. Don't compare yourself to anyone else. Your work is your own. Do what you like and you don't have to do what everyone else does to be happy.
The group discussed a photography excursion to the American Cemetery on 2nd Street. Date to be determined, but it will be announced on the Cane River Photographic Society Facebook Group soon.
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Member Sonny Carter presented his print of a Dragon Boat race, one that he had printed to be 4' wide. He explained how he was able to get all of the boats in sharp focus, by angling himself in a specific place so that when the boats passed, they were all on the same focal plane. If he hadn't angled himself that way, one of the boats would have been in focus, while the rest would have been out of focus. Sonny also presented a few of his photos of flowers, and shared with us that he take photos of flowers as one may take portraits of people. The lighting has to be just right. He has a "Friday Flowers" series that you can see on his blog.
Member David Clark presented a few of his flower photos, showing what could be done with a variety of lenses and an understanding of the exposure triangle, including blurring the background not just with a wide aperture, but with a background that is far away from the subject.
Member David Young presented his photos, giving insight and backstory to them.
This month, we asked our members to show us their best spring flower photos. This year, most of the blooms sprung a little early, but as photographers, we're able to freeze that moment and keep it beautiful forever. These images demonstrate the delicate balance between life and death, as flowers are constantly and noticeably shifting from the former to the latter.
In a discussion posted on the April 2017 Monthly Meeting Facebook Event, I asked members to contribute ideas for May's theme. Live music, birds, old buildings, and Mother's Day were all great suggestions, but only one could be chose.
The random generator picked "Live Music".
Go out there and capture some awesome photos!
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Jo Nell Burr
John Paul Thompson
Introduced new officers:
President Todd Westfall
Vice President Gary Collins
Secretary Emilee Self
Treasurer Jo Nell Burr
La Jean Sigler
Don't forget to bring your framed and wired gallery prints to Jo Nell Burr at the Keyser Street branch of City Bank to show at the Many Depot Art Gallery by June 25th. Your print must have a tag with your name, title of the print, and price.
July Photo Challenge: "Red, White and Blue"
Bring a print that goes with the theme and club members will vote on their favorite!
Depot Art Gallery has invited Cane River Photographic Society to be guest artists for the month of July. If you'd like to participate, you can submit a gallery-ready print. Contact the Depot Art Gallery or La Jean Sigler for more information.
Gary Collins suggested pricing your prints at 500% of cost of materials.
Baton Rouge's annual Art Melt is accepting online submissions for the juried art show until June 1st. The exhibit opens July 25 and is free and open to the public. Find out more about the festival on ArtMelt.org
Louis Price suggested members visit the Barksdale Air Force Museum to photograph their collection. Check out http://barksdaleglobalpowermuseum.com/ for information on the museum.
Several of our members are going out to Carmel's Rock Chapel on Memorial day. The plan is to meet up at Burger King at the Interstate at 12 PM to leave at 12:15.
Natchitoches' annual Car Show is October 2-3rd. This year's theme is Return of the 50s. For more information on the car show, go to www.natchitochescarshow.com