Sunrise ... sunset ... brings to mind "Fiddler On The Roof" doesn't
some spectacular weather fronts coming and going through the Coastal
Bend, we've had some awesome photo ops for sunrises and sunsets. A
good thing, since that was the field assignment for January 2004.
And the response was overwhelming! Nineteen folks gathered to view
and share their pics at February's meeting, including several new
members who brought pics as well! Thanks to everyone who
participated. I think this was one of the most responsive
assignments we've had to date next to the wild flowers (nice to know
I'm not the only one obsessed with these kinds of shots). For more
information on the evening, here's a report from our wonderful
SIG met Tuesday, February 18, 2004 at Parkdale Library with 19
digital camera fans in attendance. The group welcomed 5 new
photographers as well as two from Rockport. Leader John Hoffman
reviewed some of our past activities for the newcomers and referred
them to our web site where our past lessons and photos may be seen
(courtesy of our own talented Patty Beasley).
A treat was in store as Ben Luna presented a slide show on Hawaii.
When asked if he was from Hawaii, Ben laughed and said "No, San
Diego, but my heart is in Hawaii". The beauty of Ben's show proved
that to be true.
He prefaced the show by explaining the organization. The first
section was called "In the Beginning of Hawaii"; the second was
"Rejoicing" and the last was "Hope for the Future of Hawaii". We
watched, spellbound by the incredible beauty of the mountains,
valleys, the lush vegetation and the awesome power of the beautiful
ocean. As one scene dissolved into another, our ears were treated to
hauntingly beautiful music. Thanks Ben, if most of us never get to
go to Hawaii, we'll always remember the journey you gave us and we
will have a greater understanding of the island of your heart. (Due
to the size of that presentation, it will not be available on this
web site, sorry!)
John Hoffman then started our Show and Tell session of Sunrises and
Sunsets by our intrepid photographers. Ben led off with a California
sunrise, then two local island spectaculars. Bill Draper followed
with an incredible sunrise and cotton candy skies. Chuck Guion's
Rockport scenes looked like paintings. Joan Stevens took us from
Botswana skies, to Galapagos, to our local Padre Island. John
Hoffman whisked us over to Bob Hall Pier, to a foggy sunrise on an
Alabama Gulf beach, to Pensacola and back to our own Padre Island
for an oil rig, and other local scenes.
That Patty Beasley keeps her eyes wide open was demonstrated by her
scenes of lovely light and sky ranging from Port A to Oso Bay and
ending with Brown Pelicans in a burning sky. Pam shared some CC bay
front scenes and Herman Bell joined in, followed by Sharon Hord with
some unique views of Shell Ridge in Rockport, her view from the
Hord's home and some from that magical Valentine trip to Port A,
ending with a surprising view from the What-A-Burger parking lot!
Sharon does her own thing and we love it!
Newcomer BJ, who works with Jack Hord, brought us views from the
Airport control tower. We enjoyed an excellent shot of a Continental
airliner rising out of early morning fog with the refineries in the
background, while another shot showed a Cessna landing in the
sunrise. It seems that BJ and Jack have an unmatched view for miles
around and BJ's tour was great.
From his home, DB Klein was unable to see the sunset, but never to
be outdone, he photographed a brilliant reflection of the setting
sun shining in a window of Shoreline Plaza.. Tracy gave us a grand
finale of the view from her back yard with some incredible views of
a flaming red sunset punctuated by silhouettes of buildings and the
shining water taken from her back yard. Aren't we lucky to live in
the Coastal Bend with our beautiful skies!
- Dauris, Scribe
PS We start our third year on March 16. The assignment, to be shown
that night, is Candle Light. No rules other then the candle - use
your imagination and go for it. Also, start preparing for the
following month's assignment - wildflowers. We did this assignment
last year and it was super great as the wildflowers were blooming
the best in years. Looks like winter rains will favor a great crop
of wildflowers in year 2004.
this link to see the photos for this assignment