About Photography By Steve daPonte

Florida Native with a love for the sights and sounds around us that are often overlooked. Welcome to Photography By Steve daPonte The world around us is full of images that are dynamic and ever changing with time. Photography captures these little slices of time, moments that pass mostly unoticed and taken for granted in our daily lives. Every photograph a visual story of life and being alive in a glorious world of line, space, color and motion.

Upcoming LCC Club Member Events

We have a speaker on Wednesday, January 18, at 6:00 pm at NPB Library, so please attend.   The speaker is DAN FRANKIAN, who is a falconer and works with Busch Wildlife, as well as his own business, to train birds of prey.  

He is also an expert photographer with great stories about his adventures.  He will be bringing an owl with him, so bring your cameras.   Here is a link to find information about Dan’s business in Canada and his website, www.Hawekeye.ca.  .  https://www.hawkeye.ca/dan-frankian-biography   

NOTE: To participate in LCC Club events you must have a valid club  membership.

How to Join the Lighthouse Camera Club

          

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Also – we need a few photographers at the Hot Cars and Chili festival  on January 28 at Anchorage Park.  

The event starts around noon, and the Village Recreations Department wants some specific photos from our group for their newsletter.   If you can make it from 12 until around 4:30 (the awards photos will be taken at 3:30), please let Dina know (LitigatorBarbie@comcast.net) and she will provide further instructions on the types of photos they want.

We will attempt to include a slideshow  of the pictures you Car Photographers will take at the show at our February meeting, along with the Doors, Gates, and Windows (the February theme).   (Car windows could be rather interesting as well. )

OUR NEXT MEETING IS JANUARY 10

It’s time to renew your membership to, (or join!) the Lighthouse Camera Club

At the upcoming January 10 meeting, we will have some mini educational discussions and will be collecting your dues.  For all members and new members, the price remains as $30 for individual memberships and $50 for a couple.  Please bring your checks payable to Lighthouse Camera Club to the January 10 meeting at 6:00 pm at the NPB Library.  The dues are important to us, as they pay for our LCC events and speakers.  And we have some good ones coming up!  You will not be able to attend our workshops unless your dues are paid for this year.   The membership application form is here 2023 Membership Application.  You can print and fill it out at home and bring with you to the meeting.  You can also use the “fill in” form and do it on your home computer, SAVE it once filled in as a new document (e.g. “Yourname LCC Application.pdf”), print, and return it at the meeting.     

Theme for January 2023 is Pets

The theme for January is “PETS” and we all look forward to seeing your creations.  Photo PDFs are due to Jeff Ornstein by Sunday, January 8.  We also need your Alter Images (the January Alter Image is attached to this email) and any you would like your colleagues to Critique.  All members can submit up to six (6) images based on the monthly THEME  for the slide show we present at each meeting.   

HERE IS THE ALTER IMAGE WHICH YOU CAN DOWNLOAD

As always, please send your images to Jeff (email above) or Steve DaPonte (he will forward to Jeff) at 72 dpi, with the long side at 1200 pixels (same as always).  

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING is 8:00 p.m. Sunday night, January 8.

  • On Wednesday, January 18, Dan Frankian will be here to talk about his birds of prey, show his photographs, and might be bringing an owl for us to photograph, so bring your cameras to this workshop. 

What’s coming up? 

  • Saturday, January 21, FIELD TRIP.   North Palm Beach Hot Cars and Chili Festival at Anchorage Park –NPB wants photographers to give them some photos for their website. 
  • We are looking for a date to schedule a field trip to Busch Wildlife again, possibly in late February. 
  • Our February Club Meeting will be pushed from our regular Tuesday meeting to Wednesday Feb. 15 because the second Tuesday falls on Valentine’s Day and your officers will be stuffing themselves with chocolate!  
  • On Wednesday, February 22, photographer and author Julie Adair King will be speaking about composition and showing us how to use layers to correct photographs, will discuss best tips for capturing moving objects, and correcting your photographs.  She is a great source for answering questions about features on your Nikon and Canon cameras (she has written several guidebooks on those models). See, e.g., DSL Photography for Dummies – an excellent reference book with all tips well explained!   https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photography-Dummies-Julie-Adair/dp/111960964X 
  • Late March on a Saturday – plans in the works for a LCC Picnic at Anchorage Park. 

If you have particular topics you want us to discuss at our club meetings, please reply by return email to Jeff Ornstein and Dina Biblin (LitigatorBarbie@comcast.net).

Dina

Dina Biblin, President

Lighthouse Camera Club

It’s time to renew your membership to, (or join!) the Lighthouse Camera Club. 

It’s time to renew your membership to, (or join!) the Lighthouse Camera Club

At the upcoming January 10 meeting, we will have some mini educational discussions and will be collecting your dues.  It is $30 for individual memberships and $50 for a couple.  Please bring your checks payable to Lighthouse Camera Club to the January 10 meeting at 6:00 pm at the NPB Library

The dues are important to us, as they pay for our LCC events and speakers.  And we have some good ones coming up!  You will not be able to attend our workshops unless your dues are paid for this year.    

The theme for January is “PETS” and we all look forward to seeing your creations.  Photos are due to Jeff Ornstein by Sunday, January 8. 

2023 List of monthly photo themes

On Wednesday, January 18, Dan Frankian from will be here to talk about his birds of prey, show his photographs, and might be bringing an owl for us to photograph, so bring your cameras to this workshop. 

Our February Club Meeting will be pushed from our regular Tuesday meeting to Wednesday Feb. 15 because the second Tuesday falls on Valentine’s Day and your officers will be stuffing themselves with chocolate!  

On Wednesday, February 22, photographer and author Julie Adair King will be speaking about composition and showing us how to use layers to correct photographs, will discuss best tips for capturing moving objects, and correcting your photographs.  She is a great source for answering questions about features on your Nikon and Canon cameras (she has written several guidebooks on those models). See, e.g., https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photography-Dummies-Julie-Adair/dp/111960964X 

More information coming to you soon from your Board of Directors.

Dina

Dina Biblin, President

Lighthouse Camera Club

CLUB MEETING DECEMBER 13 2022

We will need your images for Member’s Choice or Family  by Sunday night, December 11,  but if you have them earlier, wouldn’t that be nice to send them to Jeff Ornstein now?      We also need your Alter Images and any you would like your colleagues to Critique.  All members can submit up to six (6) images based on the monthly THEME  for the slide show we present at each meeting.   

Also, please send us your ALTER IMAGES (pictures you have altered in any way you choose, using the photo attachment to this email (ALTER IMAGE), and any image that you would like us to anonymously CRITIQUE.  As always, please send your images to Jeff (email above) or Steve DaPonte (he will forward to Jeff) at 72 dpi, with the long side at 1200 pixels (same as always).  

This is the Image to use for the Alter Image submission. To download this image – right click and click on save image as – save to your desktop and edit it in your software of choice. Once complete send the edited image to Jeff.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING is 8:00 p.m. Sunday night, December 11.  The Alter Image for DECEMBER  is above for your convenience. 

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WHAT IS PLANNED FOR OUR  DECEMBER 13  CLUB MEETING: 

VIDEOS of your Music  Pictures, show Alter Image creations, and also critiques for those who submit them. 

And a light Holiday Party.  We will have sodas, cookies, and light pickup foods.  Feel free to bring your favorite holiday cookies, snacks, and/or your favorite beverage.  The Club will not be purchasing “adult” stuff.  But you can. . .  

Our SPEAKER for the meeting will be BOBBY WUMMER , who specializes in photographs on landscape,  wildlife, especially alligators, and lightning, among other things, and enjoys answering your questions about how he uses lighting, and prepares for the excellent photographs he has captured.  We hope you will be there to hear this interesting speaker.   https://www.facebook.com/BobbyWummerPhotography/

We will talk some more about a Lighthouse Camera Club Photo Contest.  And, one of our members suggested we come up with a Club “Project” in addition to our regular projects, such as the Zoo Poster (a visit to be scheduled).   Think of some ideas for themes for such a project or what to do with it?  At the October meeting, we discussed creating photos that would assist a charitable organization, such as photos of shelter pets to assist encouragement for their adoption.  If time permits, maybe more Photography Trivia?  

As always, your QUESTIONS will be ANSWERED.   We try to provide time to answer questions on your Camera, Lenses, composition and Post Processing at every meeting, so bring your questions and your suggestions for other presentations from our group of experienced photographers and other local experts.   

For those of you who also connect with our FACEBOOK page, Steve DaPonte posted a link to a mini-learning Video about use of Histogram and Exposing To The Right.  Take a look.  He will be talking more about this and showing the Video at the November Club Meeting.   

                We ask you to wear masks at our meeting if you feel more comfortable!

DISCOUNTS ON PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS: 

            ROCKY NOOK is the finest photography book publisher in the world and we are fortunate to have a very long and great relationship with them. As you have seen from the books Jeff and others have brought to the Club, the quality and information can’t be beat! Jeff Ornstein, our Vice President and Energizer Bunny, does book reviews for their new books.  Jeff urges you all to go on their website at rockynook.com to check out the books. ALSO! Our club members get a 35% discount by using the code LCC35.


Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events

North Palm Beach still needs photographers for these holiday events in December:   If you are available to help at any of

these activities, please respond to Jeff and Dina (LitigatorBarbie@comcast.net)

Tree Lighting Ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m..    Veteran’s Park, (near the NPB Library), with performance by the North Palm Youth Symphony.

Santa’s Trolly Rides.  Friday, Dec. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.    At Veteran’s Park. 

January 10, 2023 (Tuesday) Club Meeting.  Our theme this month will be PETS and we will be planning for an outing where we can create something for a charitable cause.  We also plan to have a Workshop in January with Linda Brinckerhoff, a professional member who specializes in Still Life and, as you recall from last year, Portrait Photography.   She will share her tips for Still Life and we will have opportunities to work with her settings later that month, date to be scheduled. 

January 21, 2023 (Saturday).  Tentative Date for a field trip to be determined.  Bring your ideas to the December meeting please!

February 14, 2023 (Tuesday) Club meeting.  Might be rescheduled if Valentine’s Day plans conflict for most members.  Theme for February is Doors, Windows, and Gates. 

February 15, 2023 (Wednesday).  Possible alternate date for February meeting. 

March, 2023.  The theme for March is Sunrises and Sunsets.  Plans in the works for a Lighthouse Camera Club Picnic.

See you soon.

Dina Biblin, LCC President

Jeff Ornstein, LCC Vice-President

Next Club Meeting Tuesday October 11

To the Lighthouse  Camera Club Members:         

As you will see from the below upcoming events, your Board of Directors has been busy planning programs and learning topics for the coming year….

REMINDER!   Our Next meeting is October 11 (Tuesday) at the NPB Library.   But we haven’t received your monthly themed photos yet!  

We will need your images for TRAVEL  by Sunday night, Oct. 9,  

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING is 8:00 p.m. Sunday night, October 9.  The Alter Image for OCTOBER

Travel pictures don’t necessarily have to be pictures of TRAVEL per se, but feel free to share you favorite captures of what you saw wherever you roamed over the past year.    

All members can submit up to six (6) images based on the monthly THEME  for the slide show we present at each meeting.   

Also, please send us your ALTER IMAGES (pictures you have altered in any way you choose, using the photo attachment to this email (ALTER IMAGE), and any image that you would like us to anonymously CRITIQUE.  As always, please send your images to Jeff (email above) or Steve DaPonte (he will forward to Jeff) at 72 dpi, with the long side at 1200 pixels (same as always).  

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WHAT IS PLANNED FOR OUR  OCTOBER 11 CLUB MEETING: 

VIDEOS of your Travel Pictures, show Alter Image creations, and also critiques for those who submit them.  Our SPEAKER for the October 11 meeting will be Vasi Siedman, who specializes in photographing pets.  This should be a fun program with tips on how to do your own pet photos.  Vasi’s website can be found at:  https://www.vasistudio.com/animal-art-gallery  

          After watching Vasi’s presentation, start practicing with animals and your own pets for the Theme for January which will be (you guessed it!)  PETS!  Those without pets at home, try going to the West Palm Beach Green Market on Saturdays.  You will see LOTS of cute pets. 

We will talk about a Lighthouse Camera Club Photo Contest with no frames, just prints.  And, one of our members suggested we come up with a Club “Project” in addition to our regular projects, such as the Zoo Poster (a visit to be scheduled this coming October).  Think of some ideas for themes for such a project or what to do with it?  Donate to a charitable organization connected with the theme?  Create a book?  If time permits, maybe more Photography Trivia?  

As always, your QUESTIONS will be ANSWERED.   We try to provide time to answer questions on your Camera, Lenses, composition and Post Processing at every meeting, so bring your questions and your suggestions for other presentations from our group of experienced photographers and other local experts.   

For those of you who also connect with our FACEBOOK page, Steve DaPonte recently posted a link to a mini-learning Video about use of Histogram and Exposing To The Right.  Take a look.  He will be talking more about this and showing the Video at the November Club Meeting.   

                We ask you to wear masks at our meeting if you feel more comfortable!

DISCOUNTS ON PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS: 

            ROCKY NOOK is the finest photography book publisher in the world and we are fortunate to have a very long and great relationship with them. As you have seen from the books Jeff and others have brought to the Club, the quality and information can’t be beat! Jeff Ornstein, our Vice President and Energizer Bunny, does book reviews for their new books.  Jeff urges you all to go on their website at rockynook.com to check out the books. ALSO! Our club members get a 35% discount by using the code LCC35.


Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events. 

November 16  Club Meeting (Wednesday)  Note that we moved date to the following Wednesday for this particular Club meeting.  Our speaker will be Julio DiCastro  https://juliodecastro.smugmug.com/.  His website can be found on Facebook.  (Against the Wind Images).  The Photo Theme for November will be MUSIC.  We also anticipate a Mini Learning Session with our In House Photography Consultant, Steve DaPonte.  He and other in house experts will provide their suggestions for using your Histogram Reading and respond to other questions related to setting up your camera for best lighting .

December 13 (Tuesday) Club Meeting.  The theme for photos this month will be FAMILY OR MEMBERS CHOICE.  Our speaker will be Bobby Wummar who photographs on landscape,  wildlife, and lightning, among other things, and enjoys answering your questions about how he uses lighting, and prepares for the excellent photographs he has captured.  We hope you will be there to hear this interesting speaker.  We might even have a little Holiday party if the Library allows. Details forthcoming.

January 10, 2023 (Tuesday) Club Meeting.  Our theme this month will be PETS and we will be planning for our annual outing at the Palm Beach Zoo.  We also plan to have a Workshop in January with Linda Brinckerhoff, a professional member who specializes in Still Life and, as you recall from last year, Portrait Photography.   She will share her tips for Still Life and we will have opportunities to work with her settings later that month, date to be scheduled. 

February 14, 2023 (Tuesday) Club meeting.  Might be rescheduled if Valentine’s Day plans conflict for most members.  Theme for February is Doors, Windows, and Gates. 

March, 2023.  The theme for March is Sunrises and Sunsets.  Plans in the works for a Lighthouse Camera Club Picnic.

See you soon.

Dina Biblin, LCC President

Jeff Ornstein, LCC Vice-President

July 2022 Meeting Info

REMINDER!   Our Next meeting is July 12 (Tuesday) at the NPB Library.   

But we haven’t received your monthly themed photos yet!  

We will need your images for STAIRS  by Sunday night, July 10,  but if you have them this week, wouldn’t that be nice to send them to Jeff Ornstein now?   We also need your Alter Images and any you would like your colleagues here to Critique.    If you don’t have any STAIRS pictures and wish to submit some FIREWORKS pictures instead, please do so using the same rules: 

All members can submit up to six (6) images for the slide show we present at each meeting.     Please send your images to Jeff (email above) or Steve DaPonte (he will forward to Jeff) at 72 dpi, with the long side at 1200 pixels (same as always).  

So in summary:  (1) STAIRS or FIREWORKS pictures;  (2) ALTER IMAGE pictures; and (3) Any you wish to have us anonymously CRITIQUE. 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING is 8:00 p.m. Sunday night, July 10. 

The Alter Image for JULY is attached here for your convenience

IMAGE FOR ALTER THE IMAGE – Copy and paste to your desktop and edit in your favorite image editor.

If you would like to copy the Zoo Slide Show to replay at home and to show your friends bring a Thumb Drive to the meeting.  It was a big hit with our Club and the Poster was very much appreciated by the Palm Beach Zoo. 

VIDEOS:  At the July 12 meeting, we also will show videos of the current Theme, your alter images and photos for critiques.   We also will be presenting a slide who of the American West by member Lou Mark.  And, more Photo Trivia!    Don’t forget, this will be the last membership meeting until October.

See you soon.

Dina Biblin, LCC President

Jeff Ornstein, LCC Vice-President

LCC REMINDERS May 27, 2022

REMINDERS May 27, 2022

 We will need your images forWATER by Sunday night, June 12, but if you have them this week, wouldn’t that be nice to send them to Jeff Ornstein now?    We also need your  Alter Images and any you would like your colleagues here to Critique

The Alter Image for JUNE is attached here for your convenience.  Please don’t wait until the last minute to submit your pictures to Jeff. 

If youwould like to copy the Zoo Slide Show to replay at home and to show your friends bring a Thumb Drive to the June 14 meeting.  It was a big hit with our Club and the Poster was very much appreciated by the Palm Beach Zoo. 


ANNOUNCEMENTS May 27, 2022

Our next meeting:   will be on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00 pm at the North Palm Beach Library.  We are always looking for New Members, so, bring along a friend or two!  

            IMAGES FOR THE June 14 CLUB MEETING. 

Our monthly theme for June is WATER  All members can submit up to six (6) images for the slide show we present at each meeting.  We are looking into methods for posting our slide show after each Club Meeting, on our Lighthouse Camera Club Website and our Facebook page. 

          Please send your images to Jeff or Steve (he will forward to Jeff) at 72 dpi, with the long side at 1200 pixels (same as always); DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING is 8:00 p.m. Sunday night, June 12 

Altering an Image and Critiquing.  We had fun with this segment, so we will be featuring it at our Club Meetings.      Altering an Image:           Attached is an image that you can Alter any way you want (get creative). You can alter color, composition, add items, remove items or any other thing you can think of!  Don’t be intimidated; just TRY with whatever software you have (even Microsoft Paint!) and have a little fun with it.  After Altering just send back to me; you can do more than One!   We want your participation!Critiquing an Image:       Members may send me ONE image, each month, which they would like Critiqued (constructive comments only); these will be shown on the screen and the members will make their comments. These will be anonymous – no personal identification on the photograph.  This is fun and educational!  We suggest strongly that every member planning to attend participate in this opportunity to improve your photography and learn from others’ photos, to reap the benefits.

VIDEOS:  We also will show videos of the current Theme, your alter images and photos for critiques. 

Here is the Image for the alter the image

LCC MEETUP THIS COMING SATURDAY MAY 21 2022 at 6:00 a.m.

FIELD TRIP FOR LIGHTHOUSE CAMERA CLUB – THIS COMING SATURDAY MAY 21 at 6:00 a.m.

JUNO BEACH PIER – TAKE PICTURES OF THE SUNRISE with other members of our camera club.   Join us for breakfast afterwards if you wish.

Plan to get there to set up by 5:30 – 5:45 a.m. at the pier for the best light

Sunrise is at 6:33 a.m.

Pier Location – 14775 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, Florida 33408