Kansas City Zoo Photo Club Meeting Minutes
January 20, 2003
Paulsen called the meeting to order around 7:10 p.m.
we had a visitor at the meeting, Michelle Riley. Welcome, Michelle!
discussed old business first. A
question was raised as to whether club members would get a free membership to
Friends of the Zoo (FOTZ). We
don’t have an answer on that issue yet.
Brewer asked about switching to Earthlink as our Web hosting provider instead
of the current company. A
discussion of this topic ensued. Jim
Rendina said we need to engage Malinda Welte on this because she has the
passwords, etc. We have a couple
of people who are willing to work on the Web page.
We have actually gotten members from the Web site, so it’s important
that we maintain it. Apparently
the only way to reach the Web hosting company is via e-mail.
How long is our contract with that company? It should be up soon. Linda
Hanley said she knows someone local who might be able to host our Web site.
Currently we pay $120 or thereabouts annually to a company in Florida.
If we change providers, we can set up new passwords.
Steve said he would check out whether we can capture the stuff on our
Web site and use it on a new site – he thinks we can.
We need to go with a provider who is primary on the backbone and who
won’t disappear. A provider that has redundancy is desirable.
It should cost about $20 a month, Steve thought.
Steve volunteered to contact Malinda, get the information we need, and
check into a new Web hosting provider. Linda
moved and Marie Bohndorf seconded that we go ahead with this plan. The motion passed with no opposition.
said we need to ensure we don’t have too many old photos on the site.
Some members submitted photos two or three years ago and haven’t
submitted any more. We need to
discuss how many images per member and how old they can be.
Old photos can go in the member’s personal gallery.
We may also want to make some design changes.
We would like to shoot for having spring and fall walk-throughs to fill
the site with images.
will update us on what he finds out at the next meeting.
asked if there was any new business.
Riley changed his e-mail address again. It
said he got an e-mail from John Seals, the Northland Camera Club president.
John wanted to know if we were interested in forming an organization of
all the photo clubs in the KC area. We
could have one or two meetings a year and publicize our different groups by
doing some shows and sales. Dan
thought it was a pretty good idea and wanted to open it up for discussion.
We would need to designate two representatives from our club plus two
alternates. The group agreed this
would be a good thing to try. Bill
Pasek moved and Linda seconded that we join in.
The motion passed.
Goodrich asked when we might get a new roster.
Apparently Libby McCord has been contacted about this but we don’t
know for sure when one will be available.
displayed a brochure from a nature photographer named Ralph Paonessa.
Stu said he is quite good and his company is called Nature Photography
Tours, if anyone is interested.
said she would be out of the country for the February meeting and asked if
someone else could take the minutes. Barbara
graciously agreed. (NOTE:
said our guest speaker for tonight is Marla Cravens. Marla started by explaining that she is in a photography club
that meets the first Monday of every month at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
They have 25 to 30 members and are not strictly nature-oriented.
Others are welcome to come to a meeting!
had a slide show to present on her photography. She showed some slides of birds such as the African finch,
taken in the aviary at the Kansas City Zoo.
Marla noted that the aviaries are some of the easiest places to take
photos. The picture of the heron
was taken at the Omaha Zoo in the tropical building.
said she uses almost all natural light and she takes mostly nature shots.
Her first photographic trip was to New Zealand for two weeks.
She said the light was wonderful there.
It’s soft with very little pollution, so there is no haze. Many of her shots are from the rainforest.
She was there in November, which is early spring.
It is a temperate climate and has beaches and mountains.
There is lots of moisture, and the rainforests are so full of
everything that you have to organize the clutter and compose carefully.
All shots were from South Island, an area she recommends.
her shots of the water, she uses a polarizer.
She likes Velvia for the color. She
took some shots in both a horizontal and a vertical format; it makes you think
in different ways.
showed a very interesting macro shot of a rivulet and sand.
She also had a creative close-up of a stained-glass window in a
said many people go to Kaikoura, on the northwest side of the island, to swim
moved on to photos from the southwestern US.
She showed a slide of the cemetery near where the movie Butch
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was shot.
You can find places with no phone lines and with wonderful clouds.
She had images of Zion, Brice, and Newspaper Rock, Utah, which is south
of Arches National Park. She got
some images in a fenced-off area with petroglyphs.
Arches National Park, she took pictures of Mesa Arch, with the sun underneath;
Delicate Arch; Navaho Arch; and Balanced Rock.
Sometimes the scene had a bluish-purple cast and you needed a warming
also visited the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Though there are fewer people there, it is more limited in
terms of photography. There was a
foot of sand to walk through on the one trail down, and quite a bit of haze in
the sky, so she tried to eliminate the sky in her pictures.
said her husband went to Las Vegas during March Madness, and she went to Death
Valley to take pictures. At
Dante’s View, you are 5,000 feet above the valley, looking out over the salt
plain. Clouds over Death Valley
are rare. It is a lot of work to
get dune shots; going in the dead of winter is the best chance for conditions
to be right.
doesn’t do lots of city shots, but she shared a night shot of Vegas taken
from her window. She tries to
take some pictures of neon. They
have an outdoor neon museum there, and it is very expensive to restore neon.
Marla talked about a workshop she took in Santa Fe. They went to Los Luceros, which is where the Spanish
governors lived in the 1500-1600s. You
paid a fee and got to shoot for a day. She
found Velvia to be a bit contrasty. She
used natural light for the interior shots.
They were very nice.
showed a slide from Colorado where she was “being a copycat” – she took
a picture of a barn through a barn window, which she had seen done before on a
postcard. She found it
challenging to square it up just right.
Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is great for flowers that grow on the
tundra. Even with the wind, the
flowers are so low and small – a quarter to an eighth of an inch across –
so they don’t move much. They
bloom for a week or two and then something else comes up.
Oregon coast in the Northwest is another favorite of hers.
To shoot in the redwood forest, you need a good overcast day so there
is not much contrast, especially if you are shooting with Velvia.
showed images of Proxy Falls, where she said you need mosquito repellant.
She also shared photos from Olympic Park west of Seattle, and Crater
up were shots of Cameron Lake with canoes in Waterton Park.
She also had a nice shot of yellow slickers and boots in a row in
Toffino, on Vancouver Island northwest of Seattle.
said her lens of choice is usually a 28-80mm zoom. She also has a 75-300mm, but doesn’t use it much when doing
taking horizontal versus vertical shots, Marla said that if you want to send
your pictures to magazines, you might want to do both.
Which the magazine prefers depends on its layout.
Often they need vertical, but sometimes horizontal will work.
showed some slides from Nova Scotia next.
You can take a ferry from Bar Harbor, Maine, or fly from Halifax.
In the town of Lunenberg on the south shore she saw colorful docks.
When she was there, a folk art festival was going on, so she found a
visit to the local cemetery was a good option.
All the buildings on the Lunenberg dock are painted red, because the
fishermen could see the color red best when they were on the way home.
Rocks, Nova Scotia, has lots of fishing shacks that are fun to shoot.
next showed some slides that included close-ups, such as of the Konza prairie
– glazed dew with a weighted wheat stalk, a tulip, and a peony with dew.
Some were shot at Powell Gardens as well.
The camera club she belongs to has assignments, such as patterns in
nature, that encourage you to go out and shoot.
touched on her people shots as well. She
took some pictures of a friend during her pregnancy.
The friend was a little uncomfortable but the images came out quite
nicely. She also had an engaging
shot of some little girls at their ballet class.
In Santa Fe, she shot pictures of three different people who posed nude
in an abandoned adobe. One was a
poet and bookmaker, another was a rock star with tattoos who wanted a shot for
her CD, and the third was a petite Spanish lady who was a bit sad and doing it
for the money. They made for very
discussed her image of the RLDS temple. It
was cloudy that day and she got a nice shot of the spiral.
She hasn’t been able to replicate this shot since.
The black dots in the image are the ceiling lights going up the spiral.
showed a slide of an abandoned, rusted car, in which the metallic colors pop.
She showed how she won a year-end competition with her monochromatic
image of the headlight of a PT cruiser.
then shared a slide of yard art that she took for fun.
This guy lived at 103rd and Nall and had lots of this type
of art in his yard. He kept
adding to it and had four to five cars on his lot.
He passed away recently.
can fix a lot of blemishes in your images.
She does watercolors of some of her pictures, and uses Photoshop
sometimes to bump up the color.
camera club meets the first Monday of every month except for September (or
from September through June?) at Shawnee Mission Hospital in the cafeteria at
Marla’s enjoyable presentation, Dan said he would show a few slides that
Stuart brought in. Stuart said
these were all taken at the Kansas City Zoo.
They included the marsh area, a hippo, the koribustard, a lion, a
cheetah, a cardinal in a thicket, the kite, and elephants frolicking.
Stuart said it was late in the afternoon and the animals were pretty
laid back, except the warthogs were active.
Nice shots, Stu!
meeting adjourned around 9 p.m. The
next meeting is on February 17 at 7 p.m. and will be on landscape photography.