Birds! - October 2004 assignment
Yep, just what it says. Birds, all shapes, all kinds, all sizes,
water and land. Our members came through again and not only did we
get photos of all kinds of birds, those birds literally were all
over the world! While on assignment to have fun, Ken Parsons
included the DigiCamSIG assignments in his tour of Europe this fall
and sends his submissions to us each month from his port of call for
the day! Now THAT'S the kind of spirit that sets our folks apart
from your average run-of-the-mill photography buffs! Awesome! Also,
due to timing situations, Pam Bomar's photos didn't make it to me in
time for the meeting, but I'm including them in the presentation
anyway, and we'll look them over in full size at the November
gathering. Now, let's check out the offerings ... you know, we got
almost as many submissions for this assignment as we did for our
traditional big topic, December holidays! Way to go, everyone!
lesson on white balance
CAUG Digicam SIG
October 19, 2004 meeting
CAUG's Digital Camera SIG, supported jointly by Parkdale Library,
had about twenty camera enthusiasts present on our October 19th
Assignment for the month was Birds.
John Hoffmann presented an excellent slide show on White Balance.
Both the technical and practical aspects were covered, See it at on
the LESSONS page - this is a must review for novice and intermediate
digital camera users.
The following comments cover a small number of the excellent photos
submitted by our digital camera group.
Ken Parson emailed his offerings from the Old World countries. We
recognized the mallard and another "genus duck." Other local bird
were complemented by local scenery backgrounds and the birds'
perches, one on the head of a statue.
Patty Beasley, our naturalist, featured photos of "kettles" (meaning
a lot) of broadwing hawks, a magnificent shot of Ranger, a male
Harris's Hawk, a caracara in flight, golden eagle, peacock, pair of
ruby-throated hummingbird, a pyrrholoxia, green jay, great shots. We
really owe her: she executes our programs.
Ben Luna, unable to attend, challenged us with great white and blue
herons, a swan and gulls in flight, having been given Ben's special
flair with light, shadow, and reflections. We missed you, Ben.
Joan Stephens showed exotic birds of South America, colorful macaws,
flamingos, and touton penguins from her Antarctica experience. She
and the penguins were literally cool!
Chumbe Salinas/Bill Draper - Chumbe included her "brush country"
birds (she lives in Benavides). Hers was a roadrunner, a Great
virtually posing, Vermillion Flycatchers, and others from the Brush.
Bill provided shore birds, a black crowned night heron, seven cattle
egrets on his deck, and a hummingbird, wings stilled, on a
John Hoffmann became the master of hummingbird photography. Look at
his seven photos of hummers, with wings stopped, and their features
great detail, even to the eyeballs. He added wild turkeys, a great
shot of a long-billed curlew, and a curious red-headed vulture.
Linda Toth gave us great white and great blue herons against a
background of surf and foam. One Great Blue was in an unusual strut.
caught the backgrounds at a good time - nice colors.
Brian and Drew Jacobs - Drawing on a 10x optical zoom, they got a
belly shot of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird, a pair of Laughing Gulls
chattering, a colorful Green Jay in an even more colorful
background, very close-up shots of pelicans. The shot of Roseate
floating brush with wings spread, is especially impressive.
Pam Bomar mined the Aquarium for her birds, a Swainson's hawk on a
perch and the plethora of shore birds that hang around the water
side, many photographed in flight.
Susan Fabisch provided super close-ups of two Great Blue Herons,
enough to count the feathers, against backgrounds of the JFK
Causeway and Laguna Madre.
Chuck Guion went DVD - a movie of swarms of hummers in his yard, and
included his Rockport themes, like birds occupying each post in a
of pilings. We very much appreciate our Rockport friends who make a
100-mile round trip to participate with us.
For the Scribe,
Also - we ask
you bring your pictures you took of the Red Moon last Wednesday (Oct
27) - the skies were mostly clear so we should have some great moon
Assignment for October 2004:
Have we lost our
minds? Only in trying to decide just which luscious veggies to put
in front of our lenses! Okay, so when you quit laughing, just
consider ... we're now in fall season, and there are all kinds of
neat fall season-only veggies now available in our grocery and local
restaurants. Putting that wonderful creativity to work that I know
we all have in abundance, go out and find some of these natural
works of art and bring them to the screen with your digital camera.
I'll post some hints and tips on the main page, starting with some
wonderful spreads of Indian maize and colorful gourds in Port
Aransas at the Moby Dick newly-reopened tropical restaurant! Check
out the menu while you're there ... the Zeiglers have done a
wonderful job in reclaiming their business and bringing it back in
full force and quality from former proprietors!