Hands on "Wildlife" Lesson October Meeting 2015
Our October meeting was extra special with a secret guest to photography. He was handsome, very colorful in nature, affectionate and patient granting all of us the perfect opportunities to photograph him from every angle.
"Bailey is a Caique Parrot found in the edges of the forest and secondary growth forest of the Amazon Basin in South America. A well raised Caigue bonds well with humans and has a reputation of being a playful and energetic bird loving to play with its toys .
This parrot without a doubt is truly a lover of life a sweet bird who likes everyone, Betty you have raised him right ! LOL Bailey has visited schools
"Bailey" you are the best... Thank you Betty for bringing Bailey to meet us
Hands on "Macro" Lesson September Meeting 2015
At our last meeting we had a lot of fun with the hands on approach shooting "Macro" shots. Paul Fisher our new education director for 2016 took Andi Hopkins innovative approach and laid it all out on the table so to speak bringing a vast array of items in which to practice with. As you can see from the pictures this meeting was a big hit... He has more of these planned for us next year too. Thank you Andi & Paul !
First & Founding President Jim True Presents at Festus Rotary Club on Photography Introducing JCPC
Jim True, widely known for his photographic talent and knowledge was asked several months ago if he would speak on the subject of Photography before the Festus Rotary Club and with an endearing request he asked if we could aid him in his presentation. Twenty photographers submitting their work as well as some of their individual thoughts were sent to be used in his topics of discussion. Jim is able to blend the perfect mixture of knowledge and sheer appreciation in his heart felt delivery to stir any doubting Thomas to pick up a camera.
It was with great pride we were able to help and join him in this endeavor. We would like to thank him for sharing our love for photography and our club. <><><>
Jefferson County Photo Club Members soar with Grandview's Gifted Students . . . April 2015
On April 2nd, some of our photo club members returned to Grandview Elementary for a "Show and Tell" session that highlighted our upcoming Fall Photo Competition. During the two hour session, club members Jack Walters, Terry Scott, Scott and Leah Villmer talked to the students about things to think about when entering a photo in contests. They covered ideas such as photo quality, interesting subject matter, the significance of focal point and how to decide category placement. Students were encouraged to enter their photo based on not only the elements of the photo but also based on their feelings about a photo. Several times club members pointed out that even a bad photo could become a really great photo by editing and placing it in the Manipulation category.
The students had an opportunity to look at club members' previous competition entries and to question photographers about how they chose their photos. S.O.A.R.s students were extremely interested in learning why certain photos were chosen by judges to win or place while others weren't. Members were able to share their personal experiences of entering a photo in one contest and not winning but upon entering that same photo in another contest, it won or at least received an honorable mention.
At the end of the visit, Mrs. Smith and her students thanked the club members for sharing their experience with them and expressed their excitement about the following week's On-Campus Photo Field Trip.
On April 10th, Jefferson County Photo Club Members Andi Hopkins, Gary Eaves, Jack Walters, Terry Scott and Leah Villmer returned to Grandview for the much anticipated On-Campus Photo Field Trip with Grandview Elementary's S.O.A.R. students. Some of the children's parents and grandparents came to school to help out with the field trip which was very helpful for everyone. The weather was beautiful with temperatures in the low 70s and a nearly cloudless sky. The light breeze made it a little tough to photograph flowers, bees, wasps and one lone old yucca stalk but all the photographers were persistent in getting their shots.
Before going out onto the campus, students split up into five groups so each group would be able to have a photo club member with them. The groups headed out the door with great enthusiasm and not just a million ideas of what they wanted to take pictures of but what effect they wanted to achieve. Grandview School was gracious in that they granted permission to field trip participants to wander over almost all of the campus, with that in mind the groups eagerly took off to explore the campus, cameras in hand. Groups visited the playground, track/football field, grounds around the elementary, middle and high schools, and the baseball fields. There was even a bonus event which was a "Show & Tell" by Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept. Deputies and some of the Jefferson Co. K-9 Unit that was being presented to the Grandview High School students.
Two hours went by entirely too quick to suit the students. Upon returning to the classroom, they were still talking about what they would have taken a photo of had there been more time. A feeling all photographers can relate to, I think. Mrs. Smith, her students, the parents and grandparents thanked the photo club members for taking time from their busy schedules in order to come out to teach them about photography. The club members thanked the class for inviting them to be a part of their education. It was a fun and exciting day for everyone.
They will be eagerly looking forward to the return of club member, Terry Scott, who generously offered to help students edit photos.
Our Yard Sale was a Success!
We reached our donation goal that will be presented next month to the Relay for Life Committee April 18th, 2015 at the Northwest High School.