Camera club announces competition winners

The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club has named winners of the March competition in prints and slides.

The print winners for the topic of the month “Silhouettes” were Don Roberts, first place; Barb Momyer, second place; and Angela McClain, third place. In the open category, the winners included Becky Mikesell and Roberts, first place; Taerie Kelly, second place; and Diane Bannister, third place. The special effects winners were Roberts, first place; Deb Snider, second place; and McClain, third place.

The winners’ pictures can be found on Facebook at the Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club page.

The slide winners for the topic “Silhouettes” were Jack Hatala, first place; Vince Trupiano, second place; and Claudia Norris, third place. The open category winners included Steve Whiting, first place; Norris, second place; and Trupiano, third place. The special effects winners were Hatala, first place; Whiting, second place; and Trupiano, third place.

Guest speakers William Isaac and Leroy Sharpe of the Thunder in the Ville Festival committee invited members to participate in the festival on June 28-29 by setting up a booth and asked members if they could take photographs of various activities associated with the festival. They also suggested someone from the club could take some aerial shots.

Club members Stephen Mihopulos and McClain were guest speakers. Mihopulos spoke about creating “Car Trails” by adjusting the camera manually on various levels for longer exposures. A tripod is needed to take the photos. He showed a digital slide show with different examples of pictures he had taken at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville.

To show the trails of the lights of the cars making streaks of movement, the photos need taken during twilight when the sun has gone down, but there is still some ambient light in the sky. With the longer exposures, it creates interesting effects with the cars and car lights.

Mihopulos also spoke about taking pictures of street lights and cityscapes. He said shooting at twilight for street lights can create deep shadows and textures. On the topic of photographing fireworks, some suggestions were to scout a location beforehand; find a location to add some landscape to make the picture more interesting; and use a manual “bulb” setting to layer fireworks to create multiples.

Mihopulos also taught the club about light painting. By leaving the camera on a longer exposure, taking the photo in the dark and having the subject stand still, one can paint glowing edges around a person by using a flashlight. He showed examples of the various topics with a digital slide show of his pictures.

McClain gave a presentation of photographing “Star Trails.” She showed digital slides of her pictures which were taken at various exposures from many seconds to 25 minutes or longer. Her suggestions were to mount the camera on a tripod to get these exposures showing the curve of the movement of the stars; use an interval timer; put the camera on the “bulb” setting; don’t use long exposure noise reduction, such as for graininess, on the camera; and to make any adjustment or improvements of the pictures later in a photo shop program.

McClain said that the winter season is best for getting good pictures of stars. Her star pictures were taken different ways to add interest including using landscape and buildings in some of the pictures with star trails in the night sky. She also used a fish-eye lens for some. Examples of “Star Trails” can be found on the Internet.

The camera club welcomes people of all ages and all levels of experience to participate, from the beginner to the more advanced photographer. Members use digital and film cameras, and workshops and competitions are held monthly.

Anyone interested in joining can contact Whiting at (740) 546-3923.