Holidays! - December 2004 assignment
Holidays! It's that wonderful time of
year again when the holidays hold sway over our lives and
photographic subjects are everywhere! Down here in south Texas, the
magic jumped up several dozen notches with a surprise Arctic express
storm of the century that brought snow by the inches to our
communities on Christmas Day!
And for a cherry
on the top of 2004, our peerless and undaunted SIG leader John
Hoffmann arranged for another contest for our intrepid photographers
for all the wonderful work produced in 2004! Results can be found
through the link towards the bottom of the page. What a
contest it was! John really put on the dog by presenting the winner
in a DVD presentation. Alas, bandwidth precludes its posting here,
so we'll have to be satisfied with still images -- hum
along to yourself and provide the appropriate sound effects in your
mind as you view along with us!
In addition to the
HOLIDAYS assignment and SNOW STORM impromptu secondary event, John also
called for us to go through our archives and select 10 photos that we
think are among the best we've ever shot over all of the years we've
been shooting (not just our years in DigiCamSIG). We hope you enjoy them
as much as we did taking and sharing them!
The CAUG DigiCam
SIG meeting was held on January 18 at the Parkdale library (no
meetings in December due to the holidays).
Interest Group (SIG), a joint venture with Parkdale Library, met
January 18 with about 20 photographers, including three attending
for the first time. The assignment, Holiday photos and our Best-Ever
photos, was almost superseded by photos from the historic 100-year
snow. Only a few of the photos shown at the meeting are described
below. See all the photos from this meeting in the links above.
Patty Beasley - The old Blanco Courthouse, framed in white lights,
the moon in the left background; the Johnson City Courthouse,
elegantly decorated, with the colorful red dome; the Pedernales
Electric Coop provided unusual shots. Art!
Pam Bomar - Crocheted stocking and decorations, Christmas tree with
Santa girl; Christmas-born kittens.
Bill Draper - Decorated boats in the Padre Island LaPosada boat
parade, and a White Christmas snow-dusted wreath on a front door.
John Hoffmann - Large Santa banner is flying over snow on wooden
fence and foliage. Nice effect. Colorful photos of Christmas
PHOTOS OF THE HISTORIC SNOW:
Bill Draper - Great blue heron perched on the post of a NO WAKE
sign, feet in 4 inches of snow. Grapefruit on a heavily laden tree,
the fruit half covered with snow.
Joan Stephens - Swimming pool framed in snow; a banana tree with
leaves holding snow.
Patty Beasley - Husband Bill with first snowman, ever! Patty, her
first one in 30 years. Snow-covered street under street lights, mail
box in the corner for perspective. Highlight - bright orange beak of
Bird of Paradise protruding from the snow.
David Burke - Martha's ducks, snow, under foot; dog out making
track; bird bath topped with early snow.
D. B. Kline - unusual designs in walks with erratically melting
snow; exceptional scenes from a high-rise, snow-covered scenes to
panoramic photo of the city to the Bay. Competition has returned!
Welcome back, D. B.
Pam Bomar-Big snow-covered trees. Snow-covered street with car
tracks; birdbath topped with snow.
Bruce Switalla - Features county courthouse - oblique view of
snow-covered steps, bare black manhole cover, snow still around it;
building rooftop's snow covered angular walls contrasted with no
snow on the warmer rooftop. Highlight: snow caught in the top row of
a chain link fence. Art, for sure, and something to learn for the
rest of us.
Chumbe Salinas - Open spaces, a white world. Windward side of large
trees with deep snow; her dog, snow to his knees; wooded scenes
colored by the light of early sunrise. Highlight: a Great Kiskadee
atop the flag pole with a snowy tree far below.
BEST EVER PHOTOS:
We were asked to show our Best Ever photos as part the monthly
Chuck Guion - A gorgeous spider lily, a colorful patriotic kite,
tails streaming; gulls sitting on lines of old bridge pilings
seemingly to infinity; a multi-hued table setting.
Pam Bomar - Photos of beautiful grand children.
John Hoffmann - Blue bonnets with background of old trees; butterfly
at an open blossom; a canyon waterfall with trees in foreground for
a nice perspective; a spoon holding a stemmed cherry from an art
museum using a Minneapolis skyline background; sunrise on Bob Hall
D. B. Kline - high rise panoramic view of city to the Ocean ; marina
site with boats decorated with lights; 1 A.M. view of the city; sun
setting on tall tower building with the Bay in the background;
marina building mirrored in the water; novel photos of Black Horse
soldier and Texas Rangers.
Ken Parsons - Sunset on mountain range (Grand Tetons?) with
foreground of featherlike-foliage trees.; view from ship's porthole,
in harbor, showing windmill farm.; Elbe River Bridge (lines); photo
of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on the eve of 911
(September 11, 2001.); Parisian rooftop with innumerable lines.
Patty Beasley - Our 2004 Second Place Winner, her baby Ridley
turtles scurrying to the water en masse; sunset reflecting on the
water, swirl of clouds like pieces of thin paper; cotton candy
clouds at sunset; fiery sunset on the water, pelicans in the air;
tall buildings reflecting colorful light in the water at night; baby
Ridley turtles, scurrying to the water en masse; head shot of
Ranger, the falcon; wild flowers, one capturing the 2004 Most
Interesting Award; and gorgeous butterflies.
Second Annual Awards Presentation - 2004
SIG Leader John Hoffmann arranged for a professional to judge photos
presented in 2004. The awards are as follows:
First Place - Bruce Switalla - Gorgeous photo of spider lily,
Second Place - Patty Beasley - Wildflower category, field of yellow
huiache daisies, weathered fence and shed in background, NO
TRESPASSING sign right front for perspective.
Third Place - Patty Beasley - Kemp's Ridley turtles scurrying to the
Most Interesting - Patty Beasley- Unusual lavender passion flower
with green spider, demonstrating Lines.
First Runner-up -
· Lines - Ben Luna - Geckle blended into ribbed palm leaf. Bruce
Switalla-Electrical service cabled outside house.
· Action - Ben Luna - Colorful wind surfers flying in the wind.
· Wildflowers - John Hoffmann - Delicate wine cup with colorful
· Candles John Hoffmann - Candle in jar showing concentric lines and
· Vegetables - The Jacobs-Broccoli stalk on surfboard, catching a
huge wave. Patty Beasley - Photo of Indian corn.
· Wildflowers - Patty Beasley - Longhorn in field of bluebonnets;
Close-up of Indian Paintbrush..
Second Runner-up -
· Fourth of July - D. B. Kline - Fireworks illuminating a wide area.
· Action - Chuck Guion - Fast boat, bow up, throwing heavy wake.
· Birds - Bill Draper - Billowy clouds with pelican diving. - Patty
Beasley - Close-up of Long-billed Curlew, showing great detail and
color. Patty Beasley- Close-up head photo of Ranger, the hawk.
· Wildflowers - Ben Luna - Field of very red poppies, sky
background, probably shot from prone position.
· Reflections - Patty Beasley - Tufted titmouse looking into her SUV
Third Runner-up -
· Reflections - D. B. Kline - Marina scene, building, pilings, white
clouds, reflected in the water. Pam Bomar - Little girls face
reflected x4 - unusual.
· Birds - The Jacobs - Scissor-tailed flycatcher on barbed wire
· Sunrise/sunset - Bill Draper - deep blues and reds, reflections in
the water. Patty Beasley - Cotton candy sky at sunset.
· Architecture - Ken Parsons - Column detail, Old World building.
· Lines - Patty Beasley-Unique pseudo lighthouse and stark
buildings. Also, two lines of marine biology tanks with boarded
· Crop more - emphasize key subject.
· Use softer light, rather than direct sun (harsh.)
· Correct tilt to horizontal (unless desired.)
· Keep lens clean-avoid haze.
· Avoid cutting off main subject at photo edge.
Next meeting: February 15, 7 PM, at Parkdale Library.
Assignment to be show in February is SHADOWS. Go get 'em!
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