challenges really get the juices flowing! Finding natural and
manmade reflections, our members recorded slices of life from many
different venues. Check out the offerings from our members, some of
whom even crossed borders to get their shots!
Reflections - June 2004 Assignment
June 15, 2004 Meeting Notes:
June 15 was BEN
LUNA NIGHT at the Digital Camera SIG meeting at Parkdale Library. At
a previous meeting , Ben had presented his digital production
Hawaii, A magical land to a delighted audience. As a result he was
asked to share his knowledge and know how and give us all a lesson
on producing and presenting programs with our own digital photos.
began with another feast for our eyes and ears, Haiga, a six and
one-half minute VCD production featuring beautifully simple
portraits of flowers, each accompanied by an apt quotation and
hauntingly beautiful oriental music. Following an enthusiastic round
of applause, Ben began his second production, a visual step by step
lesson on the process of creating a program. He covered such topics
Why am I doing this show?
Who am I
What do I
want my audience to walk away with?
opening images, body, closing images using only those that tell
your story. "An eloquent image needs no explanation"
Length of programs: 15 minutes maximum! (Haiga was six and one half
Sound Tracks: Use music to support and compliment your message, not
At several points in the lesson, Ben answered questions from the
audience and shared the software that he uses. Ben also graciously
agreed to share the entire lesson on
the Digicam SIG website. Check it out for inspiration and much
more complete information. Special thanks again to Ben Luna for
sharing his many talents and knowledge with us.
The photographic assignment for the evening was "Reflections".
Although Bill Draper was away attending his granddaughter's wedding,
he emailed a lovely image ... a reflection of the clasped hands of
the bride and groom.
DB Kline captured a boat in the harbor reflected in his window,
reflections of Christmas lighting 2002, a grey scale of the Bay
Yacht Club reflected in the harbor and the glorious color of a
Ben Luna showed the reflection pool in Balboa Park in San Diego,
reflections of water lilies, a stop action shot of a bird diving
into water and his granddaughter's cute face reflecting in four
mirrors at the Albuquerque Museum.
Patty Beasley had a unique self portrait reflected in the nosecone
of an old airplane and a tufted titmouse (bird) in serious battle
with the titmouse in the rear view mirror. Others by Patty included
reflections in brewpub copper vats, Chihuly glass sculptures, water
birds and marshes, the Bay Yacht Club at night, and a wonderful
John Hoffman presented blue and yellow kayaks mirrored in the water,
the full moon in the water, his daughter's Rottweiler in a mirror,
harbor reflections and golden water under the bridge.
Among Susan Fabisch's reflections were a lovely bowl of shells,
flowers in a bowl, a man shaving in the mirror, a boat at sunset in
golden water, sunlight on a statue and beach birds reflected in the
Drew Jacobs caught nice reflections in the downtown area including a
great modernistic rendition of Harbor Bridge captured in a window of
the Civic Center, an American flag in a window, the old HEB building
windows reflecting the old courthouse. There were oohs and ahs for
her reflections of the tattoo shop murals.
Sharon Hord went all the way to Mexico for her reflections and found
an Aflack duck reflected in a pool, roots of trees in water, and
several tropical Mayan jungle scenes.
Just for grins, David Burke also shared
a photo he took of the June full
moon, shot with his digital camera through the lens of his
telescope. David said he'd heard this could be done, but wanted to
try it for himself. David (aka The Chief Nerd) allowed as it was
quite a rewarding experience. You can see why from the size and
clarity of his shot! Good job, Chief!
Assignment for July 2004: July 4th holiday!
Be sure and check out the links for fireworks and holiday hints and
tips on the main page. Have fun!