2020 Photography Group – meeting 2

King’s Highway Togs took to the Santa Margarita Community Hall again for their annual light and shadows photoshoot. This is a fun activity where the togs learn to see the differences in how light affects the pictures our cameras capture. We talked about light exposure in low light settings and experimented with directing light sources on our subject by moving our light sources around and keeping our subjects still, yet also interested in their environment. We learned that happy animals make for better pictures and chickens are very happy to work for grain. 

Front lighting is when the light shines from the front onto your subject
side lighting is when the light shines from only one side
Rim lighting is when the light captures the outer edge of your subject leaving the rest in shadow

Next meeting is at the Santa Margarita Community Hall on March 18th, 2020  from 1800-1900

2019 Salinas Valley Fair ( King City )

Some Highlights of the Salinas Valley Fair

Additional pictures from club members who attended are welcome! please send them to JV and they will be included 🙂 

Setup day in the Dairy Goat barn

Dairy Goat Show

Market Lamb

Photography results

February Photography Meeting

This meeting we discussed light and shadows. We talked about the different types of light sources and how light makes our photos look more textured or ‘flat’ based on where the direction of light faces our subjects. We experimented with changing the direction of light to see how it affected our pictures and played with shadows to make art from absence of light.

We experimented with different light sources. We added and removed light sources to see what changed. We moved light sources around a subject, and briefly talked about lumens. the way we measure light intensity.
Shadows show us the angle of light against a subject. Shadows can be long or short based on where the light source is facing your subject.
When light comes from behind you can create a silhouette. It blacks out all detail in the shadows. The light that catches along the edge of your subject is called ‘rim lighting’. Rim lighting can create depth to a shadowed figure.

We also talked about how to work with animals. How to keep their attention and interest to produce pictures where the animals look happy, not stressed. Much of it has to do with setting up the shot as much as possible before bringing in the animals and being quick on the shutter release button. We can also train our animals to hold still, look in particular directions, or keep eye contact. The difference between a happy and stressed animals in a picture can change the whole feel of your composition. You can make a good picture better, just by getting some ears forward, some heads high and eyes that gleam for the prospect of treats.

Our meeting could get some things signed off, but there was more than an hour’s worth of stuff to cover. so there’s a few fun projects to do at home.

You can download tonight’s meeting notes and home assignments here:

Next month’s meeting will be held at the Atascadero Grange Hall as we voted to hold all our project meetings at the general meeting every month to help with attendance. Upcoming topics are to talk about composition. Composition is the way things are arranged in your pictures. We’ll talk about perspective, distance, focal points, and if we have time, we can do some fun ‘special effects’ with our pictures.

February Meat Goat Meeting

Tonight’s meeting set up showmanship practices starting this  Sunday at 1 pm at the Templeton school farm. We will practice weekly. We will deworm, have a weigh in, check hooves, and practice. We are ordering teeshirts and sweatshirts for anyone interested. 

February Poultry Meeting

Tonight’s meeting we discussed the concerns and threats of the Newcastle disease and how it is affecting local fairs and what we should do as poultry Fanciers during this outbreak. We decided to continue to raise our meat bird projects even if we are unable to take them to fair. It will still be a fabulous learning project for all kids involved. We talked about level testing opportunities at field day in May.

GOAT Keeping 101

Have you ever wanted to have your own source of Fresh Milk? Would you like to give in to your inner goat addiction or just learn more about these charming creatures??

A beginning course in dairy goat keeping is available through the educational outreach of the Atascadero Agriculture Hall of Atascadero,Ca.- Hosted By Kathleen Vieira
Topics covered:dairy goat selection, health care, housing needs, feeding, Ect
Cost is $5 a person collected at the door


Mid-State Dairy Goat Show date announced

The Mid-State Dairy Goat Show to be held Saturday, May 4th

Here are the details from the website flyer, you can download the entry form here:


Where: The Paso Robles Event Center (formerly the “Mid-State Fairgrounds”) just SW of the junction of Highways 101 and 46 on 2198 Riverside Ave.

ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY: SATURDAY, April 27, 2019 (to avoid late entry fees)

Mail Entries to:
Colleen Childers 19505 Walnut Ave.
Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 610-6330
Email: colleenachilders@gmail.com

Make Checks Payable to:
Colleen Childers – Mid-State DG Show
in the memo section write “MSDGS entries”

Showmanship: pre-entries and Friday night sign-up only!
ENTRY FEES: $6.00 per Doe or Buck per Show ($5.00 if more than 10 entries per show) $9.00 per Doe or Buck per Show late entry (post marked after Apry 27, 2019) PEN FEES: $8.00 per stall/pen. Fee does not include bedding. Shavings will be available for purchase or bring your own. You can pre-purchase shavings using the entry form. Sorry, our fairground does not allow straw for bedding. Pen fee includes cleanup after the show. Pre-paid pens will be assigned. Maps with pen assignments will be posted at the at the ends of the barns. Pens will be available after 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4th. Location of pens will be on a first come first serve basis.

Pen and Entry Fee payments must accompany the entry. Absolutely no refunds given!

Showmanship will be only available to those who send in their entries before May 1st or those who sign up at the show on Friday by 7 PM. No Saturday morning entries accepted for showmanship!

CHECK-IN: Friday, May 3rd, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. or Saturday, May 4th, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. The fairgrounds close at 8pm Friday night. Lights go off at 9 pm. Contact Colleen Childers if you are going to be late. (805)610-6330

Note: The original registration certificate is required for all animals six months of age or older and MUST be shown to the Show Secretary before the start of the show. The original registration certificate or duplicate application stamped by the ADGA office is required for all animals under six months of age and this MUST be shown to the Show Secretary before the start of the show. No copies of the registration certificate or the stamped duplicate application, telegrams, faxes or phone calls will be accepted in lieu of the original certificate. Don’t forget your papers! Animals must be in place by 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and will be released at the end of the show.

Please bring your own bedding this year or purchase it from us. You can pre-purchase it using the entry form ($9.00 per bale), or buy it once you get here. The fairgrounds allows only shavings for bedding. Please do not bring straw.

Feed: A small amount of alfalfa hay and shavings will be available for purchase at the show

Health Policy: All animals must be in apparent good health. Animals with visible abscesses or obvious contagious diseases such as soremouth, pink-eye, or ringworm will be asked to leave. Entries will not be refunded. Decisions made by the show committee are final. PLEASE EXAMINE YOUR STOCK BEFORE LEAVING HOME!