Camera club announces February winners

The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club has named the winners of the February competition.

The print winners for the topic of the month “Vintage” were Andy Tindor, first place; Sam Rees, second place; and Dave Rees, third place. In the open category, the winners included Melissa Bendle, first place; Sam Rees, second place; and Dave Rees, third place. The special effects winners were Dave Rees, first place; Angela McClain, second place; and Lindy Hilty, third place.

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

The slide winners for the February competition for the topic “Vintage” included Claudia Norris, first place and Steve Whiting, second place. In the open category, the winners were Norris, first place, and Whiting, second place. For special effects, the winners were Norris, first, and Whiting, second.

Sam Rees presented the February workshop on the topic of “Contrast” in pictures. Rees used his laptop computer and a digital projector to show examples of how to adjust contrast. He showed a photo of a dark rock with a curved opening in the middle in the foreground through which snow-covered mountains were seen in the background.

By working in Light Room and Adobe Photo Shop programs, he was able to make adjustments with a layer mask to balance out the dark and light. Adjustments were made to lighten the rock with a “shadow” adjustment and to darken the snow-covered mountains with the “highlights” adjustment. The dodge-and-burn tool also can be used to darken or lighten aspects of a photo. He said that when taking a picture and there is much contrast of dark and light, balance in the photo can be made by using a neutral density filter which can be attached to the camera lens.

Whiting, club president, made various suggestions of possible field trips that the club could take in the spring. McClain mentioned that club members were invited to participate in another astronomy lesson at Faith Ranch in Jewett.

Club Vice President Debra Snider arranged a day of winter activities for a field trip held Feb. 15.

Special arrangements were made with the Wheeling Nailers hockey team at the Wesbanco Arena to attend a practice in the morning. Those attending were able to move freely around the arena to take pictures.

Afterwards, club members met at Uncle Pete’s Restaurant for lunch, and some went ice skating or took pictures during a visit to the Wheeling Park Ice Rink.

Several members and guests attended a Nailers’ game that evening.

The camera club’s exhibit at the Summit Gallery in Weirton at 3393 Main St. at the top of WV Convention and Visitors Bureau continues through March 21 and can be seen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on week days.

Saturday tours can be arranged by calling Alecia Ford at 304-797-7001. The pictures are for sale or to order.

For information about the club, contact Whiting at (740) 546-4497.