Austin Shutterbug Club Newsletter
SHUTTERBUG Austin, Texas • October, 2002
ASC Texas Gulf Coast weekend fun
Nineteen ASC members and relatives
participated in the club 2002 coast out-
ing that took place in Corpus Christi,
Texas on Friday through Sunday, Sep-
The venue was complete with superb
weather perfectly designed for land-
scapes, black & white, infrared, archi-
tectural antiquities, people photography
and much more.
The schedule included photography
from sunrise to sunset and even after-
ward around Chorpus Christi and Mus-
The long weekend was filled with
many outstanding photographic oppor-
tunities. See page 7 for a collection of
images from the coast.
Those attending were Alan and Mary The Austin Shutterbug Club Corpus Corpus Christi weekend outing included, from left:
Kay Hann, CA and Linda Thorne, Brian Loflin, Roberto White, Linda and CA Thorne, Lindsey Allen, Patrick Daniels,
Lindsey and Glenna Allen, Roberto and Charlaine Matthews, Alan Hann, Lois Schubert, Robert Gardere, and Rose Epps.
Dolly White, Gary and Linda Alford, Photo at the USS Lexington by Shirley Loflin, not pictured.
Jack and Ruth Cox, Brian and Shirley
Loflin, Patrick Daniels and cousin Rob-
Bassett Maguire compares digital
ert Gardere from Waco (who joined our
club while on the trip), Rose Epps, Lois
photo images with film in October
Schubert and Charlaine Matthews. My first camera, a Mercury Univex “photographer of the year” in the Capi-
II, was bought in 1946 or -47. It was a tol Camera Club. When I built my house
Call for Entries “single frame” 35 mm camera, and most in 1963, I built a nice-sized dark room,
The entries required for ASC partici- memorable (aside from the photos them- and enjoyed using this for years. My con-
pation in the November GSCCC com- selves) were the chuckles from the rest version to digital photography started
petition will be collected at the October of the audience at a bathing suit beauty several years ago, and most of the im-
ASC meeting. The Prints needed are for contest when I had continued taking pic- ages I now take are with one of my sev-
the Small Print Division [B&W or tures, without changing film, for 50 – eral digital cameras.
Color]; and for Pictorial Slides [any sub- 60 exposures. (They did not realize that The October program is designed to
ject, made at any time]. From those sub- with “36 exposure” film, I was able to give some comparisons between film and
mitted, we will send 4 prints, and 4 slides get 72 images on one roll.) A year or digital images, including some of the
from different makers to represent our two later, I won $50.00 (not bad for those strengths and weaknesses of each. Then
club in the November competitions. days) as the grand prize in the all Air there will be a “live” demonstration of
Force photo contest. The photo was of a some digital image modification tech-
NEXT MEETING “G. I. Party” (men in shorts and under- niques, how one can (for some subjects)
Thursday, October 10, at 7:00 PM shirts washing the barracks floor with greatly increase the effective dynamic
at Northwest Recreation Center. soap suds, mops, and lots of water with range of a photograph and have an im-
Find us in our home in the first nice reflections); the photo was a black age which is sharp from very close to
large room to your right upon
and white taken with a combat graphic. infinity. If time remains, I’ll put together
entering. Visitors are welcome!
Later, in Austin in the early 60’s, I won a panorama.
September Competition THE PREZ SEZ . . . --Shirley Loflin
High Points - General Slides
Lois Schubert Sunset @ Study Butte Yikes! I have good news and bad 5. The ability to meet every second
Betty McCreary Morning Glory news! The good news is that we now Thursday of the month.
Rose Epps Agave @ Sunset boast 91 members at this writing. And 6. We must be able to completely
Charlaine Matthews Sand Dunes the bad news is that we are getting a little darken the room for our projections.
High Points - Assignment Slides too crowed for comfort. Our club is 7. A storage space for us to secure our
Betty McCreary Water Slide definitely suffering growing pains as we club’s equipment or a spot for us to in-
High Points - General Prints had 63 people attend our last meeting stall a storage cabinet.
Stacey Hervey Afternoon Tea and we were packed in like sardines. I am almost certain that one of you has
High Points - Assignment Prints Mind you, I couldn’t be more thrilled to the answer to this dilemma. Here are
see how many photographers are inter- some places for you to consider: a meet-
Karen Estes 16 Seconds to Home
ested in our club but let’s face it—we ing room where you work, a room at your
High Points - Digital General Prints
CA Thorne Butterfly #1 need more room. church, maybe you attend a different kind
David Cree Washington on the Mountain I need each and every one of you to of meeting somewhere that their room
David Cree Guatemalan Girl help us find a great place to start meet- might work for us also, if you are mili-
CA Thorne Butterfly #2 ing in January 2003. We have a good tary retired perhaps you have access for
Alice Drake Juicer on Ilford deal with NW Recreation Center. We our club. If you have an idea or think of
Linda Phelps Cathredral of Annunciation can stay where we are for as long as we something, please give them a call to see
High Points - Digital Assignment Prints want at no charge! But as we are con- if they meet our requirements. If they
Max Layard Don’t try this at Home tinually growing we must start planning do...call me and I’ll get right on it.
ahead. We may not be as fortunate with We are already in the largest room that
GSCCC Results the next meeting place, there may be a Austin’s recreation centers have. The
Here are the results from the Septem- charge. It took us a long time to find Libraries would want us to be out by nine
ber Small Prints Competition: “Under this great spot, but with your help I know and we couldn’t bring in food or bever-
Mothers’ Close Eye” by Tarra Warnke - we can figure this out. We may have to ages. The churches on either side of
10 Points; “360 Bridge & Shadow” by pay for the next place we find, but I don’t where we now meet don’t have anything
Erik Pronske -10 Points; “Butterfly think we can manage more than a hun- available either. Wild Basin Wilderness
Beauty” by Nancy Carroll -12 points; dred dollars a month, if that. Preserve has offered to let us meet there
“That Call Was So Bad, I can’t Look” These are what the requirements are free of charge, but I believe we would
by William Ricks -8 Points. The winning for our club at this time: need to hire security to watch our vehicles.
prints had scores ranging from 12-13 1. A large room that will accommo- Ok, everyone, put on your thinking caps
points. date at least one hundred to one hun- and help us solve this problem as soon as
dred and fifty people at a time. you can. I always appreciate your coop-
2. The ability to bring in food and eration and know we can work this out.
beverages, it goes without saying that Thank you!
we will clean up after ourselves.
3. Chairs and tables should be avail- Fall Scavenger Hunt
able to us. It would be nice if they could The club fall scavenger hunt will be
set them up for us held in Fredericksburg on Saturday, Oc-
4. The ability to meet from say, tober 19. The kickoff meeting will be at
6:30pm to 10:30pm. the Vereins Kirche Museum at the Mar-
ket Platz on Main Street at 9:00 AM.
CAMERA CO/OP The scavenger hunt will require that
participants complete a list of 20 photo-
OF AUSTIN graphic assignments in the town on that
fine new and used photographic day only. Print and slide makers can com-
equipment and supplies pete. Both media forms shall be judged
together with only one award for each
assignment. The rules and visitors guides
to Fredericksburg will be available at the
October meeting. The assignments will
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the morning of the hunt.
Austin Shutterbug Club
Minutes of the September 12, 2002, Meeting
Shirley Loflin, President of ASC, called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m. Eighteen guests were introduced and welcomed by
Charlaine Matthews. They were: Paul Munsch, Jane Moss, Monica Rosco, Dan Emerson, Mike Stone, Aleita White, Shaoxiong
Yang, Chris Dietche, Jennifer Hale, Kumar Pandian, Peggy Hersich, and D. O. Nan.
Eddie Jennings, Sue Ann Chandler Steve White, Fritz Meitzen, Frederick Fung and Dan Collier also visited and joined as
new members of the club. Club attendance was 65. Several visitors remarked they attended because they had seen the club’s
website. (Thanks, Kevin!)
Shirley thanked Alan Hann and Glenda Embree for providing refreshments for the evening. Linda & Gary Alford and Tarra
& David Warnke will provide refreshments for the October meeting. Shirley solicited volunteers to assist with Christmas Party
planning. Linda Alford, Pat Johnson, Phyllis Rummel, and Glenda Embree volunteered.
Minutes from the August meeting were published in the newsletter and accepted without correction. Treasurer Lois Schubert
reported the club has a total of 84 members; it has $12.49 in the kitty and $723.64 in its checking account.
Vice President Pat Johnson announced next month’s program will be presented by ASC member Bassett Maguire. He will do
a demonstration of the procedure of digital printing from beginning to end.
GSCCC Representative William Ricks provided August 2002 GSCCC results. David Cree had 1st Honorable Mention with
a large color print. William gave ASC’s standing among other clubs–we rate in the top 10 in several categories.
Newsletter Editor Brian Loflin thanked contributing members for articles. He also discussed the agenda for the upcoming
Corpus Christi weekend field trip. Sign-ups were taken for motel rooms which had been reserved at a group rate.
Brian also discussed proposed changes in meeting procedures. The club has grown—more time is needed for programs and
competition. Suggestions from the recent leadership meeting were:
1.Program one month and competition the next.
2.Images would be submitted at one meeting (or given to competition chair prior to judging date),
judged off premise by trained judges (any member can attend), and then critiqued at the next meeting.
3.No change, except images must be logged in prior to 7 p.m.
There was discussion. C.A. expressed concern that twice as much time would be involved for the competition chairmen.
David Cree expressed concern that judges would discuss images during the judging process. Brian assured members that the
judges would not converse until after judging when they prepare their critiques. Brian addressed Tarra’s concern that new
judges will be trained.
Voting was held, and the results were:
Option 1. Alternating months - 8 votes;
Option 2. Judging off-premise - 30 votes;
Option 3. No changes; images in by 7 p.m. - 3 votes.
Shirley again asked for recommendations for a larger meeting place.
A motion was made at the leadership meeting that there be no changes in dues ($20 individual; $30 family), but they would
be paid on a calendar year basis due in January of each year. Mid-year joiners would be prorated by six months. The member-
ship approved this motion overwhelmingly.
Shirley displayed a recent Austin American-Statesman article with C. A. Thorne’s winning “9-11” photo.
The fall scavenger hunt will be held on October 19, and the November meeting will be a viewing of the images. Brian gave
a brief definition of a “photography scavenger hunt.” Thirty-two attendees indicated an interest in going. Wayne Hillman and
Brian have selected the location; it will be announced in the October meeting just prior to the trip.
Pat Johnson introduced ASC member Becky Vertrees who presented a slide program on her visit to Egypt and Israel. Becky
had maps for everyone showing the locations she had visited. The group broke for refreshments at 8:45 p.m. After the break,
door prizes for the month went to Betty McCreary, Max Peebles and Shirley Loflin.
Club competition began with B&W. Judges were David Pinckney, Lela Jane Tintsman and Rose Epps.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:10 p.m.
Rose Epps, Secretary
Digital Pros and Cons-Interesting Musings
--by Cindy Dyer trusted to inexpensive film labs now must Let’s pull back from the edge of the
[Ed. note: These are interesting musings be done by the photographer or by an abyss and look at the following solution.
from my long-time friend in Washington, DC expensive digital lab. I keep a prosumer digital camera around.
on the pros and cons (financial versus
There’s no overall gain if the photog- I think the Nikon 5700 is the low-end
immediacy) of digital vs. traditional film
cameras and how she would/should/might
rapher only desires to duplicate with digi- and a D1x is the high end. Both — and
add digital to her repertoire when she starts tal what once was done with film. Since all in between — serve well but differ-
doing a greater commercial volume. She’s most consumers — families, brides, pub- ently.
currently a graphic designer with her own lications, and service bureaus — don’t The digital camera is a constant com-
business. She’s made many good points.] need the finished digital product first, panion on every shoot. I can use it like
My friend Ed is shooting almost all of they are still searching for the product Polaroid film. I can shoot images I know
his weddings and portraits on his 35mm that film produces. In other words, the will go directly to computer or print. I
digital camera (an old Kodak digital cam- consumer is neither sufficiently educated can shoot images I know I will certainly
era based on the Nikon Pronea body), nor motivated to ask for the effects and be manipulated (like a series of images I
and he raves about the ease and cost sav- products that film produces. That means know I will stitch together in a pan-
ings, but he spends an exorbitant amount that they are really still asking photog- orama). It is a security blanket. I still
of time at the computer with retouching, raphers to produce the finished film prod- shoot everything else with the film cam-
color correcting, etc. — not to mention uct. Doing that with digital is contra-in- era.
paying for inks and high end digital pa- tuitive and counterproductive. If the customer doesn’t want immedi-
per (even at the cheaper prices he gets Thus, my strategy still depends most ate product, then they can wait the one
on those consumables from on line heavily on film and the film camera. I day it will take the lab to process and
sources). can shoot 2,000 rolls of film without proof my film. When I see the proofs I
It’s a trade off, most definitely. Save buying anything except the film, process- can edit and scan them on a professional
time and money up front — after the ing and maybe proofs. The hidden costs film scanner with higher resolution than
camera purchase, of course — but then of shooting 72,000 frames of digital are any 35mm-equivalent camera can offer.
you give up time and cost at the other either editing or storage. (I am really impressed with the Polaroid
end. The upside is that you have control Editing during shooting means time. Multi Scan Pro; 35mm and medium for-
over your images, quick turnaround when Editing after storage means storage — mat; 35mm scanned to 105MB scans.)
you do it yourself, etc. At first glance, and then time. I can shoot 30 rolls of film Once scanned, I can electronically ma-
you see that you immediately save money during a standard, single-day job. The nipulate the few images I’ll use. It just
on film and processing, but then you add equivalent memory cards would cost me seems like a good use of tools.
up all the computer/software/hardware $$$$$. I can buy fewer cards but must The prosumer camera can cost as little
equipment you need (assuming you don’t have a download system on-site that in- as $500, or $2,000 -or more. The film
already possess said tools) and suddenly cludes a computer and disk drive that will scanner is about $3,000 and covers 120
$5.00 for a roll of slide film, followed cost me $$$$$. Storing these images in film, too. A 35mm film scanner might be
by $7.50 for processing, seems like a their biggest format available means as cheap as $400.
bargain. Wouldn’t you agree? about 17MB to 25MB per image,or What’s wrong with this picture? I look
Ah, but we love that new technology - about 25 frames per CD. Burning im- at this solution and think I’ve covered
gimme, gimme, gimme! ages on CDs requires costs for media, myself. I’m not a catalogue shop. I don’t
The more I look at things, the more I time, and equipment which means $$$$$. shoot all day and I don’t have a full staff
think my own digital strategy has the If I’m honest about my costs, my day to “process” my digital images. And ex-
following look: one prosumer (high end rate is not going to diminish — it will cept for the catalog shops, have you no-
consumer / professional) digital camera, increase. If I’m honest about my costs, ticed that digital shops are no longer
plus, one professional film scanner and my film costs will be replaced by higher cheaper than the other shops? They’re
film cameras and all that goes with them digital costs and fees. And going digital more expensive. Duh!
(just like now). will cost me about $10,000 to $20,000 So my digital choices don’t start nor
The quest for ease and safety draws if I want to convert just at the 35mm end with the camera. I view the camera
scores of photographers into the finan- level. If I want to convert at the medium (a photographic play on words) as a very
cial and education trap as they discover format level, I can count on at least an- small component in the photographer’s
digital “film” is not cheap, digital pho- other $50,000 investment and possibly system.
tography requires an entire computerized as much as $80,000. Doing both is not a That may be anathema to most pho-
support system, and what was once en- decision, it’s a commitment. tographers’ philosophies.
Photo Opportunities & Exhibits Calendar
OCTOBER 2002 Oct. 27- Zilker Garden Rose Show-- LOOKING AHEAD
Oct. 5- "Star Party"--Fort McKavett- 1pm to 5pm--Zilker Garden--Austin, Apr. 3-8, 2003- "Legends of Big
-afternoon lecture and evening of star Texas Bend"--LCRA Native Tours--Big Bend
gazing using powerful and sophisticated Oct.31- "Halloween on 6th Street"-- State Park--6 days of exploring with
telescopes sponsored by the Johnson Austin--7 block historic district with Allan C. Kimball, author of the Big Ben
Space Center Astronomical Center-- 60,000 costume wearing revelers-- Guide--(800)776-5272 Ext. 8002 or
(915)396-2358 (512)478-0098 Brian.firstname.lastname@example.org
GSCCC photo activities
October- "Fall Regatta of Lake Aus-
tin"--nautical race with more than 80 keel
boats sailing over Lake Travis. 266-1336
October- "Hairy Man Festival"--Cat On September 19, the Judging Team all categories to be able to do well in the
Hollow Park--(512)244-7439 gathered at the Northwest Recreation End of The Year Competition judging in
Oct. 8-10- " Texas Monarch Watch Center to select the awards for Pictorial April 2003.
Workshop"--Johnson City/Bamburger Slides from the GSCCC Competition for
Oct. 17-20- "Trail Ride and Cattle
September. The job was completed in a
very professional manner, and the results
Look what’s new!
Drive"--Bracketville, Texas-- have been sent to the Editor of the This pair of appointment calendars are
www.alamovillage.com for information. GSCCC News, and to the Competitions produced by the Lady Bird Johnson Wild-
Oct. 19-20- "Guadalupe River State Chairman. In addition, the 77 slides en- flower Center and are now on the mar-
Park"--Natural and cultural programs tered in competition by 21 Camera Clubs ket, You may get yours at the wildflower
with Native American dancing and have all been packaged, and mailed back center gift shop or on line at
storytelling, domestic skills of the old to the clubs. www.wildflowers.org or soon at Borders
frontier, quilting, canning, childrens I want to express my appreciation for Books.
games and stargazing--1(830)438-2656 the work done by the Judges: Shirley Many of the images in both volumes
Oct. 20- "Annual Lone Star Legacy Loflin, Linda Phelps, and Nancy Carroll. were produced by our own Brian and
Festival--Longhorn Cavern State Park-- The effort made by the Scorekeeper C.A. Shirley Loflin. The Loflin’s are also in
(877)441-2283 Thorne, and Projectionist Kevin Knippa the process of publishing their own book.
contributed significantly on this assign- Written, designed and photographed by
WATCH THESE DATES ment for ASC. The results are listed in Brian and Shirley, a Photographis Guide
These dates have been planned in ad- the October GSCCC News, available at to the Grasses of the Texas Hill Country
vance by the club leadership. They may the October meeting. will be available next year. Texas A&M
change, if required by weather or other As a payment for the ASC judging of University Press has expressed serious
factors out of our control. the competition, ASC will receive an interest and is planning to offer a con-
Oct 10 Monthly Meeting average of the scores earned by ASC in tract for the publication.
Oct 19 Fall Scavenger Hunt Pictorial Slides for the competition year,
Nov 9-10 Houston Weekend Trip which ends in March 2003. It is impor-
Nov14 Monthly Meeting tant that we do well in competitions in
Dec 12 Awards / Christmas Party
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10 Ideas for more winning photographs
- by Linda Phelps however offer some good points for us photo outing. 4)It is good to fill the frame
There are a lot of things that contrib- to consider. 1) It follows the "rule" of when it is appropriate, like flowers and
ute towards a winning competition pho- thirds. (All rules can be broken.) You other objects. 5) If it is a animal, human
tograph. Here are a few ideas to keep in can see the thirds in the sky, wall and or otherwise, be sure to leave a little more
mind while you are framing up your shot water. 2) The sky is empty. Therefore it room in front where the eyes are look-
before you press the shutter button. The was cropped to make a more pleasing ing. The animal needs to have room to
first example photograph has a pleasing look as in thirds. 3)When there is empty move forward. 6) Always check the
look to it. It is spoiled by the lamp. The space that does not contribute to the sub- background for things that may become
lamp right in the middle is very distract- ject, crop it off! Don't be afraid to change a distraction. We don't want to see poles
ing. Your eye wanders over there and the dimensions of your photo. coming out of peoples heads. 7) Use the
takes your attention from the subject, the The second photo illustrates some DOF button on your camera to check
Donskoi Monastery. This photo does more points to think about while on a about having the depth of sharpness as
far as you want it.
The third photo shows us some things
about photography of flowers. 8) Place
the flower in the upper third of the frame.
9) To be sure the whole flower is in sharp
focus use a small aperature to provide
enough depth of field. 10) However, use
an larger aperature to make the back-
ground into a soft blur, thus making the
flower to pop.
[This combination is subjective, and
often tricky. This is where a depth-of-
field preview button on your camera is
most helpful. -ed.]
Remember, these are tips, guidelines,
not hard fast rules.
I write out a little list of the things to
Photo 1 (Above): Donskoi Monastery next to the Moscow Kemlin. Photo 2 (Below): check when I go out in the field with my
Largest cast canon inside the Moscow Kemlin near the military building. Photo 3 camera. If you are like me, you just can't
(Below, right): Tiny Texas wildflower captured using a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS with a remember everything!
2X extender, ISO 100, f22.
Corpus Christi photographic memories
Early mornings on the beach at sun- became captive subjects. Not only were
rise brought many images saturated with the boats good subjects, but they pro-
reds, oranges and golds. vided a foreground for the city skyline
The Corpus Yacht Basin at the Tee and a habitat for many species of birds.
Heads provided photographic opportu- The dunes provided a myrid of plant
nities as varied as the imagiunation. Slick and animal life ready for the lens. Sea
yachts, sailboats and bay shrimpers all Oats, several Primrose varieties and
Goatsfoot Morning Glory,
were just a few of the natural
subjects to be captured.
Between all the photogra-
phy sessions, the day was di-
vided by several good stops
at favorite resturants. There
was good eating interspersed
with camera lies between
many now good friends.
This was truly a memo-
rable weekend and shall be
followed my many to come
in the future.
Hosts, Brian and Shirley Loflin
organized three days of fun, photography, good food and great
cameraderie for the 20 ASC members and relatives who traveled to
Corpus Christi for the 2002 Club Coast Weekend.
13301 TICHESTER COURT
--Sangre de Christi by Brian Loflin
AUSTIN SHUTTERBUG CLUB
SHUTTERBUG CLUB Assignments: 2001-2003
The Austin Shutterbug Club (ASC) was founded in 1998 as a nonprofit photographic
organization. The purpose of ASC shall be to encourage an interest in photography, (In addition to Regular Competition)
to provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, to provide an enjoyable forum Each member may enter two slides
for the development of artistic and technical photographic skills and to promote a and/or two prints of the assigned sub-
healthy spirit through educational programs, exhibition and through member com- ject. To qualify for competition the im-
petition. age must have been made at any time,
MEETINGS but after the publication of this list. Mem-
Every 2nd Thursday of each Month bers are encouraged to use imagination.
7:00 PM until 10:00 PM The images will be scored on
The Northwest Recreational Center intrepretation of the assignment, photo-
2913 Northland Drive graphic quality and impact.
One Block East of MoPac at Hwy 2222 October .................................. Animals
OFFICERS November ...................... Architecture
President .................................... Shirley Loflin ...................... 257-2227 December .................. No Competition
Vice President ............................ Pat Johnson ........................ 291-9144 January ‘03 ........................ Landscape
Secretary .................................... Rose Epps ........................... 502-0608 February ‘03 ............................... Door
Treasurer ................................... Lois Schubert ..................... 280-7522 March ‘03 ....................... Self Portrait
Competition Co-Chairman ....... C.A. Thorne ........................ 345-8035 April ‘03 .................................. Texture
Competition Co-Chairman ....... Jack Cox ............................. 267-7868 May ‘03 ............................... In Motion
GSCCC Representative ............ William Ricks ..................... 442-3832 June ‘03 ........................... Photo Essay
Newsletter Editor ....................... Brian Loflin ......................... 257-2227 July ‘03 ................. Macro or Close-up
Field Trip Chairman .................. Wayne Hillman ................... 928-0141 August ‘03 Sandwich/Double Exposure
Member Club, Gulf States Camera Club Council September ‘03 ............. Selective Focus
October “03 ............... A Harvest Scene