Not much to
say about this one; it's pretty self-explanatory. Anything that
moves! Sporting events, kids at play, adults at play, animals, you
name it. If it moves, it's a valid target for our lenses. This one
might sound easy but it can be a challenge, especially for those
digital cameras (most of them!) that exhibit shutter lag. So our
photographers had to be careful and creative. From the results our
photographers turned in, you'll see that it's well worth making the
efforts to get those action shots.
Action Shots - May 2004 Assignment
April 20, 2004 Meeting Notes:
The group met
May 18 at Parkdale Library, with the usual enthusiastic audience.
The monthly assignment was Action Shots.
The evening started with Bruce Switalla's presentation of computer
graphics enhancements for photos. He demonstrated cloning out
unwanted features and objects, changing lightness and contrast,
cropping, and special effects. Programs involved PaintShop Pro and
Adobe Illustrator. Such programs have become relatively inexpensive
and can do much to enhance or make corrections to photos. Bruce has
recently attended special courses and seminars on the subject and is
a good resource person to call on.
Showing of ACTION SHOTS was super great -
Pam Bomar - who would have thought of a pic of granddaughter cutting
grandson's hair, or catching hail as it falls and bounces? That's
Bill Draper got a nice gentle background blur of a kid in a go-cart.
Great blue herons were caught on and after takeoff, as well as
bunches of pelicans.
Chuck Guion's showed a boat blasting off with three BIG Hondas on
the back, followed by other action boat shots. He captured the
action of a blue heron preparing and swallowing a good-sized fish.
John Hoffman snapped Fast Freddie, a spotted ground squirrel,
throwing sand with his lightning-fast sprint and catching background
blur - a great shot. A little girl dropped her Easter basket and
John got the eggs in the air and skittering. Other great actions
shots - seals, dolphins, and a pelican dripping as he left the
Ben Luna's eye for beauty reached out on the Bay to gorgeous shots
of windsurfers, with masterful composition, lighting, and
resolution. We look over his shots and wish we could do what he
Ken Parsons broke the mold with shots of his daughter in a tennis
game, catching her position on each serve and volley and the ball in
flight. Bet the shot of her stretch after the serve, ball a few feet
away, made his day. His finale: a collage of his presentation. Very
Patty Beasley submitted a colorful and diverse selection, a young
hawk coming to a falconer's glove, martial arts, and shots of Native
Americans at a tribal pow-wow dancing, swirling, all in gorgeous
color. She had unusually good Beach-to-Bay shots, with the runners
sweating and panting but happy after their exertions. Artist at
Brian and Drew Jacobs had a potpourri of helicopters, motorcycles,
beautiful girls, crashing waves, seabirds, surfers (one looks like
Drew), and a horseshoe split seconds from a ringer! Creative, very!
D. B. Kline brought his photo contributions from Branson, MO,
introducing The Shoji Tabuchi Show, starting with views of the
lavish lavatories, then proceeding with a slide show of the program.
Lavish costumes, pretty people, creative special effects and
lighting, colorful action for sure. D. B. does it different, and
John Bell did his action via hands on a dolphin. Somebody's hand is
on the dolphin - - so it was John Bell at the camera?
Special (Very Special) presentation for the June meeting. In a
preview of his teaching presentation for the June meeting, Ben Luna
gave a beautiful slide show performance. In the movement of his
slides, pictures overlapped and frames of the pictures faded in and
out. Ben's scheme of blending Hawaiian music and beautiful photos is
an outstanding work of art and grace called "Haiga". What a joy it
would be to emulate this gorgeous work. Ben will teach us how to
plan and lay out multimedia presentations at the meeting on June 15.
Don't miss it - mark your calendar now!
Assignment for June 2004: Reflections. Good Luck!