Kansas City Zoo Photo Club Meeting Minutes

May 20, 2002


Vice President Marie Bohndorf presided in the absence of President Dan Paulsen. Marie passed out two rolls of film, which had been purchased with club funds, to each member present. One roll is 36 exposure Provia 100F slide film, and the other is Kodak Select - Royal Gold 200 print film. This film is to be used when we have our walkthrough on June 1st.

            Marie said that Conrad Schmitt had agreed to escort us on our walk through on June 1st. We should meet at the Zoo Ops building at 8:00AM. If it is raining that day, the make up day will be June 15th. We should not park in the lot next to the building, as that is for employees, but should park in the south part of the main Zoo parking lot.

            Marie said that there is room for a few exhibits at the Schlagel Library near Wyandotte Lake. Terry Fretz will do the May 25th to June 20th slot. Stuart Riley said he would take the July 30th to August 22nd slot. They also have openings from November to May of 2003. Images should be nature related. You can just exhibit or you can sell as well.

            The library is open from 10 - 4 Tuesdays through Saturdays, and is an environmental institution. It has computers and exhibits instead of books.

            The Zoo Photo Club will be on exhibit at the Wyandotte West Library in December 2002. It is a very nice place to display our images. They need to be pictures taken at our zoo, should matted and framed and have wire hangers.

            Barbara Chase brought up the subject of the newsletter. Since every member except one has E-mail, we could save some money and a lot of the Editor's time if the minutes and the newsletter were E-mailed to each member. Hard copies can be printed from your E-mail.

            Copies will also be sent to the webmaster so they will appear on the website. It was moved, seconded and passed to try it this way.

            Wayne Hickox gave the treasurer's report. After paying for the film and the newsletter for January, February and March, we have a balance of $793.88. We have 25 single memberships and two family memberships.

            Jim Rendina mentioned that "Eternal Egypt" is an excellent exhibit showing at the Nelson-Atkins Gallery of Art.

Linda Hanley recommended "Lewis and Clark" on the Extreme Screen at the Union Station.

Wayne gave a very excellent program about Photographing birds. He said he used to be a biology teacher, and became interested in photography on a field trip to Colorado. He said he likes to photograph large birds because it is too hard to see the small ones.

            He recommends a book entitled "Art of Bird Photography". He says it is an excellent book, and he has gotten more out of it than all other bird and/or photography books combined. He also suggested that if you go travel somewhere, you should pick up a bird guide from that areas, as it will save you a lot of time in finding where the best locations are for capturing photos.

            He suggested that when you take a roll of film, that information such as roll number, film type, dates, speed, focal length, subject matter and mailer number should be recorded. Then when the film comes back you can identify each shot and record the information. He said when he first started photographing birds, he kept all his prints in notebooks with all this information recorded, plus the species of bird photographed. He did this mainly for his own learning experience. He passed one of the books around to show us how he did it. He doesn't keep these notebooks anymore. When he first started photographing birds, he shot mainly prints, but now he prefers to shoot slides.

            He gave us each a handout that explained things like Automatic Exposure Modes and Applied Exposure Theory. It included a quick guide to correct exposure.

            He uses a piece of mat board for a gray card, but mainly relies on the camera for proper exposure. He compensates on his exposure according to how dark the background is or if there is white on the bird. You need to be sure to check your settings each time you take a shot. He usually uses a 400 lens. He has tried using a 2x extender but his pictures came out a little blurry.

            We had a break to sample some of Marie's cookies, and then Wayne showed us some slides. Most of the slides were of shore birds or other large species. Some were taken here at the Zoo, and some were taken when he was traveling. Some are from as close as Missouri and as far away as Hawaii. He showed cockatoos used for training new docents, a mute swan from Branson and birds of prey from the Zoo.

            He always tries to either go + or - exposure in order to bring out the eye of the bird. He uses the smallest depth of field possible in order to blur the background. He says, "Always focus on the eye!"

            Marie said that about half a dozen of our members attended the April 20th meeting of the Great Plains Nature Photographers in McPherson, Kansas. After the meeting, she and Crystal went to Quivera National Wildlife Refuge and took some pictures of birds. Her best ones were of a Yellow Headed Black Bird. They were taken early in the morning and she got pretty close. They also went to the Zoo in Great Bend.

            The meeting was adjourned at 9:07 PM.

                                   --Barbara Chase