Thanks to digital technology, everyone is taking more pictures these days with cameras, tablets, and cell phones. Waiting to see your developed prints is a thing of the past as you can delete your mistakes instantly. Viewing, editing, and saving your pictures on your computer or laptop is easier than ever. If you would like to step up your photography skills, then Terry Fiskin’s class Taking Better Photos will help you.
Terry is a Long Beach native, who went to school in Long Beach and USC prior to serving two years in the U.S. Army. In 1956, he opened Terry’s Auto Parts in Wilmington, a business he operated for thirty years. For the next fifteen years he served as Executive Director of the Southern California Auto Dismantlers Association until he retired in 2000.
Terry became interested in photography as a youngster of about ten. A mid-life passion of flying private planes and other aircraft never deterred Terry from taking pictures. Although he never worked as a professional photographer, he was a pioneer in the switch from film to digital photography. Commercial use of his work has appeared in numerous magazines and even a Playboy centerfold.
Today, his Long Beach home is a veritable museum, displaying years of his photographic work on walls in every room and in strategically placed display bins. He modestly claims his skills are self-taught, but proudly admits that he studied with the world famous nature photographer Ansel Adams.
Do you want to know where to place your horizon or how to create impact with powerful colors? These practical skills, along with a keen sense of composition, deem Terry well suited to teach shutterbugs of all skill levels how to take better photos. He says: “I always look forward to answering students’ questions and critiquing
by Sydelle Pomi
The Marriott Hotel was the scene of the fifteenth annual OLLI holiday extravaganza on December 13, thanks to the ongoing efforts of Janie Payan. This was another awesome party, which came together through her dedication and hard work along with help from other members. The main party planning from start to finish–including such items as entertainment, menu selection, and gifts for the raffle—were all put together by Janie and her crew.
Robert Fields provided the dance music, and in no time he had us up on our feet as usual. When Alan Rosen and Sylvia Manheim took to the floor and did a swaying foxtrot, things really got moving. Alan also danced with Dolores Volpe, and he even had “moi” swaying to the rhythm. The women enjoyed spinning on the dance floor with him as their partner. Everyone quickly got into the holiday spirit, and good cheer filled the room.
The party started jumping when Penelope Doherty did a solo rock and roll number, and then everyone was rocking out, at least those that could! Penelope, who requested the song “YMCA,” led the last dance, and she had everyone up and moving.
John Donohue was our very own Santa Claus and wore a terrific red hat, which looked fabulous with his full mane of white hair. Jeanae Noble, who played the guitar and sang, also entertained us.
There were a number of appealing gifts for those lucky winners of the raffle. The last gift was won by Cheryl Clark. It was a small icon statue with the words "Joy to the World" on it. What a lovely way to end the afternoon with that thought and hope for the New Year.