- Bird Shoot
Wednesday, March 31 we're heading out to High Island. We'll be reaching High Island around 8, which is after sunrise, but that's the plan.
We'll be meeting at the Smith Oaks Sanctuary.
We'll be heading back to Houston around 1:00 but you're welcome to stay later
- DEMYSTIFYING FOCUS STACKING
Ever struggle with getting both the first petal and the far petal of a flower's corolla is sharp focus? Focus Stacking might be your solution.
If you bring up the subject of Focus Stacking among a group of photographers, be prepared for furrowed brows, quizzical looks with plenty of head scratching. Yet FS is a great tool/technique for those photographers wanting the best possible sharpness in not only macro shots but with landscape too.
Next Tuesday will be your opportunity to learn not only what FS is but what equipment is required, which software is needed and how to put it all together.
We have several club members with experience in applying FS in various situations to get the best shots. Dan Fritz and Harry Conte have put together a focus stacking program for our next ZOOM Meeting on Tuesday May 5th, 7 p.m.
An email invite with the link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to every paid club member.
- Put a spin on Art - Virtual Meeting
Hello fellow photographers. For this weeks meet up I would like to propose something "artsy". Walk around your house and look at some of your favorite pieces of art. Then take another look, look at it from a different angle, play around with lighting, try to put a different spin on it!
Share one or several of your favorite art pieces that you photographed and try to put a different spin on it.
As always, even though this is a 2 hour event, you can post pictures anytime afterwards. It would be wonderful if everybody took the time to leave a comment for the artists! Since we can't meet up in person just yet, this is our form of communication.
I can't wait to see your art pieces, and how you photographed them. Let the fun begin!
- NEW VIRTUAL MEETINGS: Photographing Rain, Wine optional
Well fellow NWHPC members, we are living in challenging times. Being the inquisitive persons that we are, that is not all bad.
Photographers as a whole are very inquisitive, always wanting and willing to try something new; new equipment, new lighting, new software, new angles, new subjects.
In that light, our April 7th Programs meeting will be something NEW.
It will be online, but you can participate in viewing and interacting from the comfort of your own home while enjoying a glass of your favorite beverage, red, white, cold amber or hot java, while in front of your computer.
Together we'll learn how to best utilize this online camaraderie, learning some new photography tricks, sharing photography ideas and learn the etiquette of interacting online as a group.
Every paid NWHPC member will receive an email with a link to the virtual meeting. You will not need any special software to participate.
When the time comes on April 7th, click on the link to enter the virtual classroom. Don't worry if this is new to you, it is for most of us. We'll learn together how to make this online classroom work with presentations and all.
How can you make this work better for you?
1. You will join in using your desktop computer, laptop computer, iPad, even a smart phone. If you have not received an email with the link by April 5th, check your spam folder or email me at:
[masked], then I'll resend you the link.
2. Make sure the speaker and microphone on your computer are working and the sound level is comfortable.
3. Is best to use earbuds or headphones plugged into your computer, before you log on. Your quality of sound will be better plus you can control your personal volume level.
4. Try to find a nice quiet comfortable spot where you can hear and participate. I.e. do not sit in the same room with a blaring TV, barking dogs, or six other persons carrying on a conversation.
5. If possible, close off the room so others do not walk in and start talking to you. We will hear that even if we can't see them.
6. Set up a light in front of you, or slightly to the side so your face is illuminated. If a strong light is behind you, all the members will see is a silhouette of your head. If you do not want to be seen, you can turn off your video feed. As moderator, I can turn your sound and video on and off. Let me know which you prefer.
7. Remember we will all see what is behind you (dirty dishes, unmade bed, art work, etc, etc) so if you have something you do not want everybody to see, find a better location or cover those items. If you have a laptop and a strong wifi connection, you can even sit outside while participating in this session. Again, be aware of the sounds/noises around you.
8. Last but not least, find a comfortable chair, pour a glass of your favorite evening beverage and let's all learn something new together.
Be prepared for a few glitches as we all learn this new way of meeting, be patient... This first session will not be long, our time limit is 40 minutes. If this proves to be productive, we can always upgrade for longer sessions.
See you virtually on the 7th of April.
2020 NWHPC Programs
- Oldies but Goldies
Hello fellow photographers! I hope this message finds all of you healthy and eager for a little photography challenge. Since we're all in this quarantine together, what better time to go through some of our old files, find that picture we've always been meaning to edit, but never did. Well here is your chance to shake off the dust, and give it the love and attention it deserves. Let's all post a picture or two of something we photographed a while back. Please put in the title or comments when the picture was originally taken and where. I can't wait to see everyones creative posts!
This is another one of our virtual meet-ups, and even though the timeframe for the meeting is two hours, pictures can be posted anytime during or after the meeting. So please join us and let's see your awesome "Oldies but Goldies".
- Virtual Photoshoot - Anything Spring
Due to the Corona Virus and Social Distancing, we are hosting a virtual photoshoot. The theme is "Anything Spring". We would love to see your pictures of wildflowers, baby animals, birds, butterflies, spring showers! Feel free to share your pictures with us, and if you have a favorite location with the most beautiful Bluebonnets, or Longhorns etc. please share that as well.
Happy Spring, looking forward to everyones pictures!
- Cancellation of March Competition
I am sorry to announce that we are canceling the March print competition. We hope to provide more information about how we will make up the competition or proceed with the print competition program in the near future. In the meantime, please keep tuned to this website for announcements about other photography activities and future meetings. Thanks for your understanding.
- Frank White - 50 Year Career in Photography
50 Years in Photography with Frank White
Seems like it was just yesterday when I bought my first camera, learning how to load 35mm film. Yet here I stand, fifty years later having had a long and successful career in photography.
Was March 1970, President Nixon was still in the White House, when I laid down my hard earned dollars to buy that first camera. Over the next four years I taught myself camera functions, composing photos, processing film and printing. My desire to create artistic images with a camera was formulated in those early years.
After high school, the next four years were spent pursuing a degree in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating magna cum laude.
Moved to Houston in 1978 to work for three different photographers, fired all three only to open my studio in 1979.
From there it was working hard day and night for large advertising agencies in Houston, Chicago and New York. My specialty was illustrative photography.
Over the years my work achieved recognition, was awarded accordingly. Progressing my way up from local competitions to regional to national and finally, international. Along the way winning awards for my images. The awards of which I am most proud are: the ADDIE, the 1986 Leica Medal of Excellence for commercial photography. (other honorees: Alfred Isenstaedt, Lee Friedlander, Ernst Hass, and Beaumont Neuhall - incredible company) and the first Nikon self promotional award, 1986, 2nd place.
My photos were placed on exhibit at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
On a fine art level, I am represented locally by Nicole Longnecker Gallery. My works are found in numerous collections, including the Houston Museum of Fine Art and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Still today, fifty years later, the challenge of creative photography keeps me going strong. I have worked as an artist from day one and continue to do so.
Come hear Frank White talk of those years, growing, learning and winning with photography. Frank will share many of his memorable moments from that 50 year journey.
“You can’t depend on your eyes, when your imagination is out of focus!”
1889 Mark Twain ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’
VOTE early Tuesday, then come on over to the meeting. Looks to be a great turn out.
- Photography at Mercer Botanic Gardens
It has been almost two years since we have had a photo shoot at Mercer Gardens. It's time we got caught up. This is a great place to work on composition, colors, macro and small wildlife. There are no limits to creativity with our group at Mercer!
To learn more about Mercer Botanic Gardens, visit: https://www.hcp4.net/parks/mercer/
(If there is substantial rain in the forecast, we will re-schedule this event.)
There is no admission fee for the gardens. You may bring a tripod. There are a few limits on use of flash or other equipment listed on the website for the protection of the gardens and pathways.
- Houston Livestock and Rodeo Parade
We will do as we have done in the past, that is meet at Dennys on Washington and I-10 at 8 AM for breakfast. After eating we go down Washington Ave to Sabine. Go south(right) on Sabine till it dead ends into N. Memorial Way. Turn right and try to find a parking spot. We take the walkway over Memorial Dr. to the staging area for the trail riders on Sabine St. For those of you that have not done this, we don't actually shoot the parade, but instead we photograph the trail riders at the staging area where you can get better pictures of the individuals, the horses and wagons. The parade doesn't start till 10 AM, so this gives us a chance to photograph before it begins.