Rex Dolby’s photo of a praying mantis near his house.
Rex Dolby’s photo of a praying mantis near his house.

The Wassenberg Camera Club will meet Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. in the Wassenberg Art Center, 214 S. Washington St. in Van Wert. The competition theme in prints and slides that evening is wildlife. There will also be a make up competition for slides only in night photography. Following the business portion of the meeting, Tracy Sterling and Will Hawkins will make a presentation on low light photography.

Although behavior after an unexpected team win may be associated with a wildlife theme, what will be considered wildlife for the competition are animals, birds, fish, insects and reptiles living in their own environment without human interventions. Choice of lenses will vary with the size of the subject and how close you can get to it. In all circumstances, you want a good depth of field and a shutter setting fast enough to freeze any movement as well as preventing camera shake.




Consider taking close ups for dramatic effect as well as backing off to include some of the background to reveal something about the subject’s habitat. And above all, be patient. Waiting for just the right moment may pay off with a spectacular image rather than just an average one. Remember also that protective clothing and sprays are always good choices when spending long hours outside.