Our May 14th Club Meeting

Our next meeting will be a Club Meeting Event and is Monday, May 14 at 6pm in the Auditorium of the Hatley Building, which is part of the Health Technology Campus on 750 Laffoon Street, Madisonville. You won’t want to miss it!!!!
Our program , “Off Camera Flash, How it works and how to get started”, will be presented by John A. McCubbin, from Hopkinsville. John is a retired Ophthalmologist who is also a very accomplished photographer, well versed on all of the technologies of cameras, equipment, and software.
The West Kentucky Photography Club invites all of the regional photoclubs and all photographers who are interested in developing and growing their skill level to come to this event.
John will provide an equipment list of the items he tested on the cheap flash setup. Bring your notepads if you want, as there will be a “question and answer” period afterward.

In addition, there will be a demonstration with lighting set-up, with 2017 Miss Rodeo USA, Brittany Howard, from Slaughters as our model who will be dressed in western attire. She modeled for our club meeting event on April 9th, and she is outstanding.

Brittany Howard, Photography by John A. McCubbin

 

About John A. McCubbin

I am a Kentucky  native, born in Bowling Green, KY.  I went to Western KY University and afterwards University of Louisville School of Medicine on a scholarship from the US Army.  That was followed by an internship in Internal Medicine at Fitzsimons. Army Medical Center in Denver, CO.  Afterwards, I went to Pirmasens, Germany for two years as a general medical officer, after which I did a residency in Ophthalmology in Denver, CO.  I moved to Hopkinsville after being stationed at Ft Campbell as Chief of the EENT clinic and left the military after 8 years.  I practiced in Hopkinsville and. Russellville for 30 years in private practice after that.
I developed an interest in photography at 15 years of age and started with a Canon fixed lens rangefinder (very cheap one) and shot Tri-X 400 film for the first few years, but really enjoyed seeing those images to the point I was hooked.  I shot with that camera through my college years.  After my college years I purchased a Canon F1 and a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens (which I still own and use on mirrorless cameras) and shortly after that purchased a Hassleblad 500 C/M that I found at a ridiculously low price. I also set up a darkroom and began developing my own film.  I backpacked those cameras and a metal tripod all over the mountains of Colorado during my internship and residency and developed a lot of the Kodachrome slide film myself.  I printed them on Cibachrome using my own enlarger and still have several of those prints today.
During the 80’s I did a lot of diving and underwater photography using a Nikonos V camera with a 15mm underwater lens.  I also did a lot of macro work using twin Nikonos flashes and over times accumulated around 5000 underwater slides, which were later scanned when that digital technology matured.
Around 1991, I developed an interest in astronomy because of questions my then 8 year old son asked.  Thinking that this would be another great field to explore with regard to photography, I bought a telescope not having any idea how it worked and drove to Colorado with Austin to a “star party”.  After enduring three days of rain, snow, and cold weather, the skies finally cleared and once we saw Saturn, we were both hooked.  Shortly thereafter, digital cameras showed up in the astronomy world as “guiding cameras”, but people quickly figured out they could be used as imaging cameras.  This was before there were any popularly available digital cameras.
I began imaging through a small and very crude 240×160 pixel camera, but was amazed at what I could capture.  From there and several years later after getting tired of the two hour setup time, I had built an observatory and had permanently mounted telescopes with improved cameras.  I did a lot of astroimaging for almost a decade.  But advances meant deeper imaging and they were taking literally hours of exposure sequences and processing times were measured in hours, not minutes.  So while I still do limited imaging, I decided I enjoyed general photography to much to spend all my time in the dark watching a computer click off time.  I still observe regularly and enjoy astronomy by being there and looking more than imaging.
I now use Nikon and Fujijfilm camera systems.  The Nikons do the super serious work, and the Fujis allow me to explore the mirrorless world, which I am convinced will eventually take over the photography world and they fully mature.  I enjoy all types of photography, and enjoy integrating flash photography in both classical and experimental ways. I also enjoy just keeping up with the hobby, even more so as I am now retired.
I look forward to learning and trying new things as cameras and software progress.  To me that is the fun part.  As this has been a lifelong experiment to me, I never plan to do this professionally, as I am sure it would take a lot of the fun out of it.

Our April 9th Club Meeting

Our April 9th club meeting program will focus on “Portrait” photography, and to direct us with that will be portrait photographer, Tate Graham from Benton, Kentucky.  We will have our “club meeting event” at Mahr Park instead of the usual location at the Health Campus.   We will have Brittany Howard,  2017 Miss Rodeo USA and Karol Welch’s daughter’s family to model for us in exchange for some digital images of them that we capture during the shoot.  The print contest for April is “Churches”.  We will delay judging until the May club meeting.  Email April entries to wkpcweb@gmail.com just the same.

April 9th Club Meeting Event Update

We have been working out final details for our photoshoot at Mahr Park next Monday at 6:00 p.m.  We will locate on the west side of the lodge so that we can take advantage of the late evening sunset.  We will only have about one hour of daylight, so we ask everyone to bring their on-camera external flash along with their cameras.   If you prefer using a tripod, bring it.  There will be no strobe lighting setup.  Since we are limited on daylight, we will start the photoshoot at 6:00 p.m., so if you can be there a little early that would be good.  Also, we need to demonstrate with a variety of lenses 24-70 mm, 70-200 mm, and 50 mm or 85 mm, so if you have any of these, please bring them.  I personally don’t have any of these except the 70-200 mm, so if you have one of the others specified here, and are going to use it for our photoshoot, please let me know.  Donna Stricklin, from Mahr Park is going to try to make it, and if she does, we will have on site restroom facilities at the lodge.  If she is unable to make it, we will have to drive a short ways to the porta potties by the maintenance building.

Everyone is welcome to come!!!  In addition to our club members, members of the other regional clubs are welcome.  If you are not a member of any of the photoclubs, you are welcome!  If you don’t want to participate in the photoshoot, bring a lawn chair and just enjoy!  In the event that the weather does not cooperate (rain or storms), we will do our best to reschedule for the following week!!!  And I will post that information on our Facebook group the day of our photoshoot.

If there are any changes, I will post it here!!!

Tate Graham

Tate became actively interested in photography in 1996. While going through engineering School in her senior year, she thought she couldn’t make it through one last semester without something fun in her life. Along with the engineering classes she enrolled in a black & white film class with a dark room developing lab. This was one of her hardest classes because of the time that it took to take and process two rolls of film per week….while meeting the criteria for the week. She was hooked and has been involved in photography ­ever since.

Tate started out with film, then slides, and then went totally digital in 2002. She is self taught in Photoshop and Lightroom and various other software programs.  It was 2002 when she first became active in a camera club. By 2004 she had advanced to the Master Photographers status within the club. She has been involved with several different camera clubs since then and is currently a member of the Paducah Photography Club.

Tate has been a portrait photographer primarily. She most recently worked with Gene Boaz Studio in Paducah as a photographer and retoucher. Strobe lighting and posing were essential skills necessary for the job. The studio closed over a year ago and Tate now chooses to photograph nature and enjoy retirement.­­­

Winners of the March monthly print contest – topic was “frame within a frame”

March 2018 – 1st Place, West Kentucky Photography Club – Topic “Frame within a Frame” – Amy Yates © 2018

March 2018 – 2nd Place, West Kentucky Photography Club – Topic “Frame within a Frame” – Karol Welch © 2018

March 2018 – 3rd Place Tie, West Kentucky Photography Club – Topic, “Frame within a Frame” – Lara Ramsey © 2018

March 2018 – 3rd Place Tie, West Kentucky Photography Club – Topic, “Frame within a Frame” – Josh Todd © 2018

Our next monthly meeting is Monday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Our next meeting is Monday, March 12th at 6pm in Room 214-215 of the Hatley Building, which is part of the Health Technology Campus, on 750 Laffoon Street in Madisonville, Ky.

Program:

  • For our club meeting on March 12th, Steve King will be doing a presentation and demonstration of water drop photography with high speed trigger and flash! We ask you to bring 3-5 photos to talk about, either printed or emailed to wkpcweb@gmail.com at least one day before out meeting so that we can preload them.  We look forward to seeing you in March!
  • March’s winning print will be judged. Topic is “frame within a frame”.  Winner receives $25.00  In order to enter, you must be a paid member.  You will need to send your print entries to wkpcweb@gmail.com prior to March 12th (the day of our meeting). This will allow us to start our meeting on time as all entries will be preloaded.
  • We will have a donate, trade, or sell tub.

Invite anyone to our meetings who is interested in photography.  See you in March!

Our next monthly meeting is Monday, February 12th, at 6:00 p.m.

Our next meeting is Monday, February 12th at 6pm in Room 214-215 of the Hatley Building, which is part of the Health Technology Campus, on 750 Laffoon Street in Madisonville, Ky.

Program:

  • The program for February is about Composition and Technique. We will also do some “live” Photoshop and talk about the interface and talk about the different types of layers and how and when to use them. Warrena will edit a photo with Lightroom and Photoshop. Don’t bring your laptops this month as we want you to focus on the editing. Next Lightroom and Photoshop session, we will all edit the same photo at the same time, and we want you to bring your laptops then.
  • February’s winning print will be judged. Topic is “viewpoint”.  Winner receives $25.00  In order to enter, you must be a paid member. Beginning this month, you will need to send your print entries to wkpcweb@gmail.com prior to February 12th (the day of our meeting). This will allow us to start our meeting on time as all entries will be preloaded.
  • We will have a donate, trade, or sell tub.

Invite anyone to our meetings who is interested in photography.  See you in February!

 

President, Leslie Todd resigns

Due to unforseen circumstances, Lesie Todd, President has resigned.  In the best interest of carrying out the functions of our club, Officers, Steve King and Warrena J. Barnerd have agreed to share the duties of president.  Since our club is a non-profit organization, research indicates that the IRS doesn’t care what you call your officers or how many you have, and the presence or absence of a president will, by itself, have no effect on your 501(c)(3) charitable exempt status.