Photo Finish

Three members sharing their favorite images will be the program kicking off the new year at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, Jan. 9, Arlene Bonnett, Suzette Paduano and Bill Smith will present and talk about some of their favorite photographs and how they were taken. At the 6:30 p.m. meeting, they will describe how the shots were approached and techniques used.

The “member favorite images” is a great way to get to know the members and their interests. Photo subjects include a wide variety of subjects such as animals, birds, flowers, people, macro, landscapes and even alternative old-time photo processes.

“Toning an Image” and “Holiday Lights Bokeh” are the themes for the Project Time that follows the speakers, building on November’s tech talk topics presentation. Toning can be done in-camera or in the digital darkroom. Bokeh, meaning the appearance, or “feel,” of out-of-focus areas of an image, here uses a cutout in front of the lens to turn out-of-focus holiday lights into shapes.

Flash compensation and balancing flash with existing natural lighting are the topics for the technical “Camera Corner” part of the meeting. Fill-flash supplements the existing light and so fills in where the natural light didn’t go.

A social time follows the program and will include some members’ photography books to peruse.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, special gifts and giveaways from sponsors, field trips, and the right to show photos at club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.

For more information, call Suzette Paduano, club president, at 763-9492, email or visit the club blog at