Photowalk: Early Entry into 1892 Bishop's Place, Galveston

1892 Bishop's Place is one of Galveston's most interesting and well known buildings. It is toured by thousands of people each year.

About Our Visit

HoustonPhotowalks has been invited to visit one hour early so photographers can enjoy the beautiful home for a while before the general public arrives. See the "Please Note" section below for more information.

They request we limit the group size to 40 photographers, no tripods, lighting equipment or models.

The self-guided tour starts at 9am, and HoustonPhotowalks wil be donating $10 per-person to the museum.

About Bishop's Place

The Bishop's Palace, also known as Gresham's Castle, is an ornate Victorian-style house, located on Broadway and 14th Street in the East End Historic District of Galveston, Texas. The Gresham mansion was made all of stone, and was sturdy enough to withstand the great hurricane of 1900.

The house was built between 1887 and 1893 for lawyer and politician Walter Gresham The home is estimated to have cost $250,000 (over $5.5 million today).

The Galveston Historical Foundation provides self-guided tours of the house daily. Funding from the tours go to help the preservation and restoration of the house.

It has many distinctive touches, ranging from varicolored stone to round Romanesque and depressed Tudor arches. Its facade features highly articulated carvings of plants, animals, people and other creatures.

The nearly 21,000 square feet of interiors are as lavish, with rare woods and ornate and idiosyncratic details. The front parlor boasts a large fireplace mantel made of Santo Domingo mahogany. In the adjoining music room is a mantel made of onyx, pewter and silver.

Please Note

As a condition of our visit, they ask that no tripods or lighting kits be included in our visit.  Anything hand-held is welcome.  They have specific fees for modeling or portraits, you will need to arrange that on your own directly with the venue.  Please do not bring models.

You must be able to negotiate tall stairs, it is three stories above a raised basement.  Please maintain your gear so you do not rub bags or gear against walls, artifacts or banisters.  Please do not ware sandals, flip-flops or shoes with heels or straps (you will be asked to leave or you will fall and break a hip).



RSVP / PAYMENT / EVENT FAQ:

(This is the "read this before posting a question" section)



I am all signed up, when do I pay?

Before midnight tonight.  Folks that haven't paid by end of the day are removed to make room for other folks wanting to join.

I am all signed up, how do I pay?

Check out this quick walkthrough: How to use Paypal to pay.

I had an emergency / my fish tank went green / I have to change my RSVP.  / I had to no-show / I need a refund.

We always expect people not to show up for various reasons.  Life happens.  Unfortunately we have to pay for your seat if you are there or not.  Refunds are not available for this event.

Even though I can't get a refund, I have to change my RSVP for the event that starts in 10 minutes.

Please change your RSVPs with plenty of time for someone on the waiting list to attend.  RSVP changes with less than 24 hours notice will be considered a no-show.

The "Waiting List" is huge, should I even bother signing up?

Absolutely.  The more people on the waiting list, the more likely we will repeat the event.  Also, many (MANY) people sign up but never pay, so the waiting list moves rather fast.

I'm on the "Waiting List", should I go ahead and pay now?

Nope.  Wait until you are promoted into the "Going" list before trying to pay please.  Also, make sure you have edited your email settings so that you are receiving all email from the group.  That way, when a spot opens up, you will receive an email.

I am on the "waiting list", can I just show up anyway?

No.  The waiting list folks will get moved in on a first-come-first-promoted basis.  Please respect the RSVP list.  Unexpectedly showing up creates havoc and confusion of epic proportions that usually lead to being marked as a 'no-show' even though you didn't RSVP.

I was on the "List" yesterday, but I just got an email saying I've been removed!

HPW does not require people to instantly pay to secure their initial RSVP.  This gives folks the ability to quickly RSVP for a spot, even if they are on a smart phone and cannot paypal the funds.  However, we do like to see the money within 24 hours.  After 24 hours, if your RSVP isn't paid, we hand your spot to someone on the waiting list.  (NOTE: I'm flexible.  If you need a few extra days for your payment to paypal to complete, just send me an email BEFORE you lose your spot.)

I am on the "waiting list", but we're good buddies and I've been in the group for years, can you move me up on the list, good-ol'-boy style?

Nope.  I love you like family.  And just like family, I hate drama.  The wait-list will move in order of first-come-first-promoted.  Its the only fair way.

I have a complant and I want to post it in open-air comments?

Please address your comments / complaints / gripes to me via personal email.  If you think something's not right and I agree, it will get addressed ASAP.  The "comments" section is for things you think would be interesting to the entire group -- if you have something *I* need to know, address it to me.

I'm seriously new to the group / This is my first event.  I don't understand what to do next.

No problem.  A couple of nights before each event, I send out the "last minute updates".  This email contains a lot of extra info not posted on the open meetup.  If you are horribly confused after reading that email, reply back and I'll walk you through your questions.

I don't use PayPal.  What are my options?

Start using paypal.  Unfortunately people who pay "when I get there" rarely show up.  RSVPs are secured by your paypal payment.  Paypal is a big part of how we manage this group.

How does the RSVP policy work?

The RSVP, Paid RSVP, and No-Show policies are posted here: http://www.houstonphotowalks.com/about/

There were too many words in this FAQ, so I didn't bother reading it, is that a problem?

Not really.  I wrote it and didn't bother reading it.  But if something goes screwy, we both will be referring to it for answers.

I have another question not listed here, how do I contact the group organizer or host?

Information about how to contact a Meetup group organizer can be found at this link: "How do I contact an organizer?"

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  • Animish

    Is there a way to look at the EXIF data on the uploaded photos?

    July 24, 2013

    • Joe L.

      LightUP? That old thing? Does anyone actually still use it (other than me)? LOL The version I've been using uses the Meetup.com API to add the exif. But no one uses it so I haven't published an update. Plus, I don't own LR5, so not sure if the plug in works for that version.

      July 25, 2013

    • Calvin H.

      yes I am using it and no it is not putting the exif in using LR5

      July 26, 2013

  • Wayne B.

    I had wanted to tour the place for years, but never took the opportunity. Thanks for setting this up Joe. I had a great time, even though my flash was not working. I should have changed to fully manual after I figured that out, my pictures would not have been so grainy. "It is a poor workman who blames his tools."

    July 24, 2013

  • Pat S.

    I thought I left a message about how great the shoot was. Thank you for coming up with such wonderful ideas. I am still trying to up laod my pictures from my apple computer. Keep up the fantastic work, Joe. Enjoy this group allot.

    July 24, 2013

  • Bob K.

    My first outing and it was excellent. Thank you.

    1 · July 21, 2013

    • L H.

      Bob, it was a pleasure meeting you. We crazy ladies had a blast with you and hope to see you next time!

      1 · July 22, 2013

  • L H.

    Thanks Joe for organizing another fun day with the group!

    July 22, 2013

  • Melissa G.

    As Bill and Ted would say, "Excellent!" Loved the variety of subject matter, the differences in lighting, and getting to play with my flash a bit!

    July 22, 2013

  • Brenda Whitmire S.

    My first outing with the group and it was a great experience. I'll be watching for more!

    July 22, 2013

  • Pat S.

    Got any ideas on down loading picture? I have apple computer. I have a few that are different from other. Thanks agin Joe, had a great time.

    July 21, 2013

  • Dianna C.

    Thanks again for a terrific photo walk - it was terrific being able to go inside before hours and taking time with each photo - everyone made some very interesting, creative and beautiful photo's

    July 21, 2013

  • Paul G.

    Great venue for a photowalk and a must have for any photographers portfolio. I've decided that if I ever win the mega lotto I'm going to buy it - for a summer beach house.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my 1st meetup with the group. I was pretty much in heaven with all of the architectural elements. It was nice to get to briefly meet a few of you. Look forward to next time. Thanks Joe for organizing cool pho events...

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots to see and explore.

    July 21, 2013

  • Darby D.

    Hilariously funny! And was so happy when the group was labeled as "special" and allowed entry to the third floor! Awesome, Joe!

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Pat S.

    Thanks for another great photo shoot. Maybe this time I will be my pictures up loaded. Maybe next time we can get something to eat or drink so we can mix and mingle a little more.?
    Thank you Joe, I really thought this was a great idea..

    July 20, 2013

  • Lori H.

    Had a great time. I wish I'd realized on-camera flash was ok - I know carry it with you at all times.

    1 · July 20, 2013

    • Joe L.

      [SMH] the policy for hand-held flashes was in the event description. I'm always ignored. LOL

      1 · July 20, 2013

    • Lori H.

      No I didn't ignore you. When I read the first part that says no lighting I made note. I didn't put 2:2 together when I read the hand held part applied to light.

      July 20, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Hope everyone had a blast today! Soon I will be sending out an email about what to do next, like showing images. But just a quick reminder, pick your favorite 5 or 6 images to share in our albums. Posting more than 6 or so appears like flooding. Have a good weekend, and be looking for that email!

    4 · July 20, 2013

  • Phyllis

    Paul. I've left the bishops palace and am currently at Texas seaport museum. Will you be in Galveston for a while. I'll be back from the dolphin watch around 12:30.

    July 20, 2013

  • Joe L.

    The flash is for Paul. He has on a red shirt with stripes.

    July 20, 2013

  • Melissa G.

    We can just park in front of the building and along Broadway, right?

    July 20, 2013

  • Melissa G.

    Having breakfast at ShyKatz Cafe (near Bishop's Palace) if anyone is interested.

    July 20, 2013

  • Joe L.

    I didn't do a "last minute updates" for this one tonight. I think all of the relevant info has been posted in the comments, FAQ and in the meetup description. See you in a few hours.

    July 19, 2013

  • Janet A.

    I am on the watting list.

    July 19, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Its unlikely anyone will be moving from the waiting list. This event is now full. Thanks.'

      July 19, 2013

  • Matt

    Are all of the spots paid for at this point? Going to back out of getting up for sunrise if I cannot get off the waitlist on this one.

    July 19, 2013

    • Joe L.

      The waiting list is unlikely to drain any further. With less than 24 hours before the event, the current RSVP list is the official list.

      July 19, 2013

  • Benjamin L.

    Would a 50mm f1.8 be a good lens for this shoot or Gould I stick with the kit lens (18-55mm)?

    2 · July 14, 2013

    • Joe L.

      I suggest bringing both. Its going to be darkish in some areas and you will get a nice depth of field from the 50mm. Some places are going to be a little tight/cramped, and you may want to pull in a larger view, thats where your 18mm will come in handy.

      July 14, 2013

    • Benjamin L.

      Awesome thanks for the heads up Joe.

      July 14, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Just moved a bunch of folks off the list who hadn't paid. If you were on the waiting list and got moved to "Going", please log in and pay. We have several on the waiting list that would like to take unclaimed spots. Thanks.

    July 7, 2013

    • Lori H.

      woo woo I'm paid!

      1 · July 14, 2013

    • Joe L.

      LOL, under the wire by 4 hours, cutting it close. :)))

      July 14, 2013

  • Scott W

    Out of town

    July 14, 2013

  • Nancy H.

    Not going to be able to make it after all. Hope someone on the waiting list can make it in my place.

    July 13, 2013

  • Krys W.

    I would LOVE to go to this photowalk! Argh! I just can't predict when the baby will come, and Galveston is awfully far from Conroe.

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • Krys W.

      Don't worry, Angel. I have no plans to be leaving the Conroe area for the next few weeks.

      July 11, 2013

    • Joe L.

      The groups motto is "interesting and unusual". Just saying. :))

      1 · July 12, 2013

  • Calvin H.

    finally got to a computer so that I could pay.. not sure why paypal does not want to work on my phone. looking forward to a nice event.

    Angel did you find a spot to shot the fireworks at Moody Gardens?

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • Angel

      Not Yet Calvin......on my way home from Brussels right now. Looking at TPE I'm thinking the boat ramp/park on 61st St. Maybe I'll hang around Galveston that day and scout it. Too bad I don't have to time to get it together before then but I'm working this weekend. :(

      July 11, 2013

    • Calvin H.

      if you want company let me was planing on spending the day in the area.

      July 11, 2013

  • Sergio Garcia R.

    Oh man... Something came up and I'm going to have to cancel. Have fun guys!

    July 10, 2013

  • Joe L.

    For those that may not have made the connection, the Sunrise event just posted is for the same day as the Bishop's Place tour. The link to sign up is: http://www.meetup.com/HoustonPhotowalks/events/128428192/

    July 7, 2013

  • Cynthia A. A.

    Well that filled up fast.
    I just got my email and no spots left.

    July 5, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Its ok, join the waiting list. There's lots of time (2 weeks) and several folks haven't paid yet, so the wait list will drain.

      July 5, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Wow, this filled up fast!

    2 · July 4, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Wow, not only did you guys book this one up in less than 10 hours, almost every single person has paid! Nice work folks!! Thanks for taking care of that. It takes a pretty big load of my mind knowing I don't have to beg people to pay for two weeks. :)))

      1 · July 4, 2013

    • Dianna C.

      we are the GOOD children

      1 · July 4, 2013

  • Melissa G.

    So no monopods either? Or flash? Or do they just not want us trying to bring in a lot of gear like reflectors and other bulky items?

    2 · July 4, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Melissa: places like this get cranky about 'pods because they can be a tripping hazard, and can bump into walls and furniture. I would suggest being ok with this one as a hand held event.

      1 · July 4, 2013

    • Melissa G.

      I was more worried they wouldn't allow a speedlight. Was wondering just how strict they were.

      July 4, 2013

  • Calvin H.

    I will get paid as soon as I get to a computer. For some reason not letting me pay from phone.

    July 4, 2013

    • Brad

      try downloading the paypal app first

      1 · July 4, 2013

    • Pam S.

      Meetup application

      July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meetup with the group, so I look forward to it!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Darby D.

    Looking forward to this meetup.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Terry T.

    Joe, just want to be clear on this. By self guided tour I assume you mean we are free to roam the palace on our own for photo opportunities and we don't have to stay together and tour as a group?
    And secondly I also assume no lighting equipment also applies to speedlite's?

    2 · July 4, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Terry: you can tour as a group, but not obligated. The house is open for self guided tours daily, we are getting in an hour before "tourists". Speed lights are fine unless they change there mind when we get there. That's happened at other places. No C-stands and AB1600s. :)

      1 · July 4, 2013

  • Kay S.

    Oh goody!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Diep N.

    Liem Bui will be paying for my donation thru his PayPal account.

    1 · July 4, 2013

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