Some assignments are
timeless, and this is one of them. Use your imagination. Glass, in all
its forms, in all its uses, in all its glory! Even the most ordinary
day-to-day piece of glass can take on championship characteristics under
the right conditions.
Special Interest Group (SIG) Our group met at Parkdale Library on
February 24 with 12 enthusiasts attending. The subject SIGNs was
selected for the March program. We are expecting a skimpy wildflower
output this year due to dry weather, so will shoot wildflowers in
March and April for presentation at the May meeting.
The assignment for February was Glass. We found the subject
challenging and requiring experimentation and providing new lessons.
*Patty Beasley - Patty’s introductory slides were blocks of colored
glass reflecting vary degrees of light and color. She had her
bluebonnet cup with Dr. Pepper bubbling, condensation drops and
frosting outside; blown glass tumbler; Dr. Pepper fizzing off the
ice; glass dolphin art; lab tubing shot at an angle, glass screw
threads standing out; Bamboo Garden dinner reflections.
*Ben Luna - a cut glass shot glass, delicate lines delineated,
picking up muted colors from the background. A footed cut glass
tumbler with "eyes," the lines reflecting background (or layered)
color. He also "Photoshop-ed" a collage with vase and flower; jade
and gold necklace, lines and surfaces luminous in dark blue
back-ground; a desert mirage with superimposed martini foreground.
*Bill Draper - cut glass crystal, blue and red backgrounds colors
accentuating lines and curves; a glass tree with pastel blooms and
foliage; and a hanging stemware rack, mirrored, lit with the color
of the setting sun.
*Bruce Switalla - a documentary of a stained-glass factory; showing
the shop’s intricate stained glass signs; several gorgeous stained
glass windows; etched glass windows; colorful sun catchers; all done
with a professionally managed SLR.
*Buddy Stevens - glass top table with bottle, goblets and rose,
picking up distinctive color and reflections of marbled gold
background; the same photo dull in comparison, before tweaking
Levels; Padre Island church stained glass, two angles; and the
stained glass using the Kaleidoscope special effect.
*Brian and Drew Jacobs - Brian’s father’s avocation is stained glass
- their resource is both beautiful and plentiful. Low light and full
light color reflections; a gorgeous pole of multi-colored glass
curls and shapes at museum entrance; Brian’s father’s stained glass
panels and sun catchers of various themes, some southwestern.
*Mira Guion - a large collection of unusual beach glass, some the
frosted surface from sand abrasion looking icy- like in light,
others a cloisonné effect, Her own stained glass, in several styles
and shapes, globes, dangles, and panels, are distinctive and
*Ken Parsons - a DVD presentation of a glass blower making a glass
cat, tricky and interesting skill. Still image of the glass cat,
poised to pounce is shown online.
*John Hoffmann - starts with a reflective blue-bottle tree; stained
glass church window with organ pipes providing composition lines
(thinking the shot); stained glass panels including church window;
cognac goblets with and without the kick; cut glass and etched
Lesson on Composition - Bruce Switalla gave a presentation on The
Rule of Thirds in photo composition, with examples and references to
show desired effect.
March 21 7 PM, at Parkdale Library.
Public and novices invited.
For the Scribe: Bill Draper