Happy Hour March 8, 2016

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Happy Hour March 8, 2016
At The O Club of the Day


Geckos Grill and Club

351 N Cattlemen Road
I-75, Fruitville, and Cattleman
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 378-0077

No cost except for what you eat or drink 

No Reservations. 

Spouses and friends are encouraged to attend.

Hope you can join us at the Happy Hour.

Our Chapter holds a Meet & Greet on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Our happy hour recreates the camaraderie we enjoyed at the "O" Club back when we where on active duty. We'll have a few drinks and swap some stories. Members and prospective members have a chance to get to know each other in an informal setting.

Gecko's - Fruitville
351 North Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, FL 34232
(I-75 Exit 210, west to Cattleman; 1st light, go right; Gecko's next right!)
Convenient parking in the parking Gecko's parking lot!!

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March 2017 Breeze

Dear Member

Attached below is the March 2017 issue of the MOAS monthly newsletter, The Sarasota Breeze, as well as a separate Reservation Form for you to use when making your reservation for the March Luncheon on March 17th at Michael’s on East. Our March Luncheon program will feature Dr David Zonies … please make your reservations early.

Ron and Linda Wozniak have volunteered to revitalize the YAHOO program as John and Carol O’Brien have moved from the area. Please review the upcoming YAHOO events, and join us for a good time. Also please consider volunteering to coordinate some of the upcoming YAHOO events.

We are closing out our Membership Renewal Campaign. You should have received your membership renewal notice and if you have renewed your membership for 2017 — Thank you!! If you have not yet renewed your membership — please mail your renewal and your dues to MOAS PO Box 1016 Sarasota FL 34230-1016

Looking forward to seeing you all at the luncheon.

As usual, we hope you enjoy this issue—and ask that you let us know if you have any suggestions for future issues.

Thank you

Len Friedlander,


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As noted last month, Michaels on East has raised their luncheon price - and as a result the luncheon price is now $28.00 per person.

Luncheon reservations are now being coordinated and administered by Valerie McCarthy.  Please note the new address and contact information when making your reservations. 
Valerie McCarthy
7429 Starfish Drive
Sarasota FL 34231

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Taking Excellent Photos by Lynn R. Trusal

Dear Friends,

A number of people have complimented me on my photos and I mentioned that anyone can take good photos by following some basic photography principals.  Here is what I try and follow.

1.  Use a camera other than a cell phone for most cases.  Not that you can not get a good photo with a cell phone camera but it has major limitations compared to point and shoot, ultra-zoom or SLR cameras.  I recommend an ultra-zoom which are much smaller, lighter, and significantly cheaper than SLR cameras.

2.  Be sure the sun or light source is facing the subject and behind you and not behind the subject.  Do not photograph people with the sun or light sky behind them because the camera will shut down the shutter opening and the people will appear dark or washed out. Note light sky in the background causes washed out subjects.  It can also be too dark if you are zoomed out such as at the beach.

The camera is facing the sunny sky and the subjects are washed out.

3.  Use the camera zoom to frame the photo so that your subject occupies the majority of the frame.  So many people never use the zoom on their camera.  They move closer to the subject or further away to do the framing.  Use the zoom feature first.  

Too often people are the subject of interest but the background dominates if the camera is too zoomed out.  There are obviously situations where the mountain, waterfall or statue is of equal interest and therefore that will determine how much zooming you do.  If people are of the most interest do not feel you have to capture them “head to toe”.  Perhaps from the waist up will do since faces are usually of the most interest.  Wait until everyone is looking forward and smiling.  Examine the photo immediately after taking to be sure it is good.

I use an ultra-zoom camera with a Canon 65x optical zoom which is essential for some kinds of nature photography where the animals are in the distance and you can not get closer.  Pocket cameras with a 3-4x optical zoom are only useful for parties and close up use.  There are a wide range of ultra-zoom cameras with different optical zoom capabilities.

4.  Use of a flash can be very important in darker areas or if the subject is moving.  You have to use a flash to stop “motion” and prevent blurring.  Be sure the cell phone is set to automatic for the flash or the camera flash is popped up to be used if needed.  Most cameras will tell you to raise the flash if it is needed when you focus.

There are many instances, such as in a museum, where you can not use a flash.  This is not necessarily bad because as long as the subject is not moving you can often get a great picture if the subject is lighted.  In fact, in many instances a flash can “wash out” the subject and is not desirable.  Take with and without a flash, if allowed, and compare them.  This is a major advantage of digital photography where you can see instant results.

No flash use in the Flagler museum in Palm Beach, FL  If a flash could be used, the photo would be washed out or a reflection of the flash would show.

5.  Focusing is very important to get good photos.  With a cell phone wait until you see the focus box show up on the screen before tapping the shutter button.  It can be hard to not move the cell phone when touching the shutter button.  With a camera also be sure the shutter button is depressed half-way to get the focus box on the screen before depressing it the rest of the way to take the photo.

If I am photographing animals or other subjects that are in motion and I am trying to get a specific shot.  I frame the subject with the zoom, look only through the view finder, push the shutter button half way down to focus, and only push the shutter button the rest of the way when I get the shot I want.  You do not have time to wait for a digital camera to focus in such situations and thus it needs to be pre-focused to get that special shot.

6. If you have a camera with a view finder use it rather than the LCD screen.  Few people use a view finder anymore even when their camera has one. The view finder is easier to see the subject in bright sunlight and resting the camera against your forehead makes it more stead for stopping camera movement and easier focusing.

7.  Once you download your photos into a photo program such as iPhoto or Photos on the Mac, try use of the "magic wand” or similar tool to improve the color of the photo.  If you do not like the result just undo it.

Then use the crop tool to remove unwanted things in the periphery of the photo.

Note the reflection in the bottom right and the beach scene on the right edge.

Cropped version removing both elements.

I had some photos that were not focused properly and some were blurry because the flash was not up, but I deleted them and thus can not show you an example of some of my own bad photography.

I hope these tips are helpful for your personal photography needs.



Lynn R. Trusal, Ph.D.


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