April 2005 assignment
This has become
an annual favorite. Spring in Texas is generally pretty spectacular
for the variety, breadth and numbers of wildflowers strewn
throughout the state's major highways and many other popular spots
throughout the state. At the March meeting, we reviewed tips on
shooting wildflowers: how, where and when. Winter rains have
been good this year and though some of the southern regions are
starting a bit slow, what's currently peeking up
through the grasses indicates we're going to have another
eye-busting season this spring! While this year didn't bring the
anticipated megatons of wildflowers, the turnout was quite decent.
The season started a little later than in previous years, so we'll
hold over the assignment for May, with the April-May photos to be
shown at the June meeting due to a special presentation on wildlife
photography by Dr. Juan Bahamon at the May meeting.
Camera SIG met on April 19 at the Library with 17 present, including
three who attended for the first time. The Wildflower assignment was
expanded to include a Photo Fling at the Botanical Gardens earlier
Bill Draper - emphasized bluebonnets, trying to learn the macro
option; arrangements of bluebonnets with other flora, winecups, and
a prickly poppy hosting a spider.
Patty Beasley - Her leadoff photo, a macro shot of a perfectly
shaped white Indian Paintbrush. Call some of the flowers a
botanist's delight, beautiful, dainty and colorful. Sunflower petals
filtering the sun; a solid red Indian Blanket, close-ups of prickly
poppies - some catching the sky, a mother and young children in a
blue bonnet patch. See her Texas-shaped bed of bluebonnets.
John Hoffmann - His signature now is macro shots, and he is good.
Background in lantana and prickly poppy photos barely show -
brilliant red Indian Paintbrush, bluebonnets, winecups, colorful and
in intricate detail. A field of bluebonnets is really blue, more
than just the season. And catching a butterfly on a thistle is neat
feat. See his roses and orchids, also macros, from his fling in the
Drew and Brian Jacobs - gave us exceptional shots of Rockport
Cemetery, bluebonnets, phlox, yellow flax and more, against the
backdrop of very old live oak trees. A thistle nests a black bug,
prickly poppies catch the light; a monument with sharp lines,
flowers in front, outlined against the sky; a sharp shot of
bluebonnets, Indian Blankets and daisies stands out.
Bruce Switalla - brought the results of his morning Photo Fling at
the Botanical Gardens, gorgeous close-ups of orchids and various
kinds of aloe vera. Note the way he has obscured backgrounds and the
way he uses light to soften and blend the colors. He makes the SLR
talk! Be sure to review these.
Chuck Guion - presented his photos in Movie Maker movie, also saved
here. See his "new camera," gigantic, from a 1900 photo history.
Paintbrush, in light pinks and celadon; bluebonnets, daisies and
flax among the monuments in the Rockport cemetery, and included some
macros. He has a shot of a patch of winecups as well as close-ups.
Ken Parsons - had the distinction of subjects being within 200 feet
of his house. A neighbor cultivated bluebonnets for years with
limited success, sold the house and they came out prolific and
beautiful. Excellent macro shots, one with a bee between two
bluebonnets, and the bluebonnets are exceptional.
Bruce submitted several photos from Robert Ramert, member of our
sister computer users group in San Antonio, PC Alamode. A bed of red
and white geraniums; and macros of orchids and a passion flower.
Ken Parsons also showed a movie spoof of Bruce Switalla. The two
were together at the Botanical Gardens Photo Fling. He also got in
some beautiful photography.
We have a super great treat for those attending our May 17 regular
meeting. Dr Juan Bahamon, a Corpus Neurologist, will make a
presentation. Juan is well known for his photographs of small
animals. He was the first place winner in the HEB snow pictures
contest. Dr Bahamon's pictures hang in hallways of medical building
in Corpus. His pictures are truly inspirational and really really
Juan will speak to us about digital camera work flow. We could all
use this information. He will also show some of his photos which is
worth the trip to our meeting.