New York’s Williamsburg Bridge by Will Hawkins was the first place print.
The Wassenberg Camera Club’s recent meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13, at
the Wassenberg Art Center was both interesting and educational. A photo
taken by Will Hawkins of the Williamsburg bridge which spans the East
River and connects Queens and Manhattan in New York City placed first
and his picture of fireworks at the last Hot Air Affair took second in
the club’s monthly competition, Night Photography.
best slide however, was another matter. A historical first occurred when
not being able to open the file containing the slides forced a
postponement of selecting the best slide till next month’s meeting. Seth
Baker, executive secretary of the Van Wert County Foundation and former
interim director of the Wassenberg Art Center, introduced himself to
the club. He shared information about foundation’s history, mission, and
sources of income as well as about himself. Will Hawkins demonstrated
his MeFoto RoadTrip travel tripod which folds to only 15.4 inches long
and extends to 61.6 inches high. The unit can support 17.6 pounds and
can be converted into a monopod. This monopod conversion is a feature to
keep in mind for those considering a tripod purchase.
President Stuart Jewett then led the discussion about the monthly
competition and details concerning the photos to be submitted. The
discussion was necessary because there had been an unofficial
understanding about conducting the monthly competition, but nothing
could be found in writing that would provide consistent ways of entering
pictures and selecting the winners. Some rules were easily agreed upon,
but other rules were obviously more controversial and would require
more time to reach a conclusion that the majority could accept. As a
result, the monthly competition rules will be finalized at the next
Stuart then demonstrated how he had achieved the appearance of
placing a ghost into a picture. Basically, you lock your camera on a
tripod and take two pictures. One with the total image (ghost and
background) and one without the selected image. Place the two images
exactly on top of each other and adjust the opacity of one picture till
the other picture shows through to the desired amount.
effect is a method of blurring the background to emphasize the subject. A
tripod and a low f-stop (large lens opening) will accomplish this
Producing a star effect can be achieved several ways. You
can program this effect in some cameras. There are a lot of different
filters available that can be attached in front of the lens. Even
stretching a woman’s hose in front of the lens will produce a star
effect, but any time you are shooting at a light source that is brighter
than its surroundings, the star burst will be created by the lens
opening used. The wider the lens opening the shorter and softer the
flare, the smaller the lens opening, the longer the fingers of the flare
It was announced that the Fort Wayne Photography Club is
sponsoring a program by two professional photographers, Steve Vorderman
and Tim Brumbelor, who will highlight their travel experiences around
the world and emphasize a fine art approach to travel photography. The
meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Townhouse Retirement Community on
St. Joe Center Road in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Travel plans and directions will
be published later.
The production of more special effects will be
demonstrated at the club’s next meeting Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m.
Winter Scenes will be the competition theme that evening.