"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away." ~Eudora Welty

Events

My First Major Exhibition

Last weekend, as a part of Houston Fotofest, some of my work was displayed as Jomar Visions Studio.

The series is titled “Up a Tree”. The photos included in the theme were taken all around the Houston area. The good thing about the type of shots used is they can be taken anywhere, even in your backyard. As I mention in my series statement below, there is a unique view for every tree.

Series Statement

The photos in this series were all taken around the Houston area.

I think my interest in trees stem from childhood. My mom would always take me with her to visit my Grandparents’ grave sites, and the cemetery they rested in was full of big, beautiful oak trees. Of course, as a child, she had a difficult time keeping me away from them.

I took the photos for this series in the Fall, when the leaves are saturated with color,  and Winter, when there are no leaves at all. The view I see when walking up to the trunk of a tree and looking up is unique from tree to tree. The texture of the bark, the network of limbs, the sky color all play a role in the uniqueness of the photograph.

To this day, when I see a big, beautiful oak tree, I think of the days I spent with my mom as a child.

My hope is that others will also see the uniqueness and beauty of the images in this series.

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My Full “Up a Tree” Set on Google+ | Flickr

“All life is of a past nature, photography enhances this fact.” – Patrick Summerfield

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March/April 2012 Events

Below are some events I am looking forward to over the next month or two:

1) Late this week, my friends – Katherine, Jeff and I will have our work displayed at Jomar Visions Galleries for Houston Fotofest [3/16-3/17].

2) My friend Katherine’s daughter Tessa will have a piece of art on display at the Art Alliance of Clear Lake for their "Young at Art" exhibit [3/22-4/5].

3) Several friends (Katherine, Robin, David & Lauro) from the League City Photo Group will have their work hung at the Art Alliance in Clear Lake for their "Fresh from the Bay" exhibit [3/22-4/5].

4) My friend Jeff will be a featured artist at RAW Houston’s Menagerie event [4/5]

5) My friends – Katherine, Jeff and I will have our work displayed at Texas A&M for the Fourth Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the Forsyth Center Galleries [4/21 – 8/19] .

I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have coming up as well as the opportunities for my friends! We all help each other grow and that means a lot to me!

Additional Information

The Art Alliance of Clear Lake – Exhibit Schedule

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"The more you understand what inspires you, the more readily you can put yourself in it’s path." – David duChemin

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LCPG Monthly Meeting – 02.02.12

The February 2012 League City Photography Group’s monthly meeting took place on 02/02/12. Below are my notes.

Announcements

Upcoming Posted Events

Other events

Topic – White Balance

Mike Fisher gave a detailed talk titled “Raw Files and White Balance or …Do you trust your histogram”.

Summary ::

A gray card reflects all the light falling on it in equal amounts.

Your camera’s light meter essentially sees the world as a gray card and will try to set the exposure so that the average brightness of all the things in the image is the same as the brightness of a gray card.

Most digital sensors use a Bayer filter to record an image.

Your camera’s sensor records a set of three numbers at each pixel site – one for the brightness of the red light falling on it, one for the brightness of the green light, and one for the brightness of the blue light.

Differences between JPEG and Raw

    • JPEG uses eight bits to record a brightness level. That means each value can range from 0-255.
    • Raw files, depending on the camera, use twelve or fourteen bits to record a brightness level. Using twelve bits means the values can range from 0-4095. Using fourteen bits allows the values to run from 0-16383.

Color Spaces: Most cameras will allow you to set a color space, usually sRGB or AdobeRGB. The camera usually defaults to sRGB. Raw files themselves don’t have a color space.

Histogram: Even when you shoot raw, you still get a JPEG. That’s because the camera develops a JPEG using the white balance and camera profile information you set. The histogram the camera displays is based on that JPEG, not on the raw file.For that reason, the histogram may not correctly show the light levels actually recorded by the sensor.

Link to Mike’s presentation slides: Raw Files and White Balance or …Do you trust your histogram

Additional Information & Links

Photos from the Group

Jan2012

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” -Ernst Haas

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LCPG Monthly Meeting – 01.05.12

The January 2012 League City Photography Group’s monthly meeting took place on 01/05/12. Below are my notes.

Announcements

Upcoming Posted Events

Other events

Galveston Featherfest – Apr 12-15

Topic – ISO

David Paulissen  gave a great talk and review of the article What is ISO? from the Photography Basics website.

Summary ::

ISO is actually a common short name for the International Organisation for Standardization.

100, 200 or 400, 800, 1600, ect — refers to the film’s sensitivity to light

Low sensitivity means that the film has to be exposed to light for a longer period of time than a film with a high sensitivity in order to properly expose the image. With a lower sensitivity you also get a better quality image too which is why you should always try and use the lowest sensitivity you can get away with.

A high ISO setting is needed for indoor work, where flash isn’t allowed and the light levels are fairly low. Or you can use it deliberately to get the grainy gritty feel to the image.

Link to Original Article: What Is ISO?

I provided a handout listing my favorite photography podcasts

Suggested Photography Podcasts

Full list — http://rtiptonphoto.com/photo-podcasts

Additional Information & Links

Photos from the Group

Dec

“All life is of a past nature, photography enhances this fact.” – Patrick Summerfield

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A Weekend for Art

Last weekend was a busy time for Art in Downtown Houston. Both Art Crawl and Via Colori were going on.

I spent time at Art Crawl 2011 on Saturday.

Friends and photographers Jeff Narron and David Paulissen had their work on display as a part of Jomar Visions in the Hardy and Nance Street Studios.

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Full Art Crawl galleries – Google+ | Flickr

Via Colori 2011 on Sunday. Below are some of the photos I took.

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Full Via Colori galleries – Google+ | Flickr

It was definitely a weekend for art. The works in Art Crawl and Via Colori were AMAZING and I totally recommend both of these events for future outings.

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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11/11/11 – A Day Of Remembrance and Thanks

Veteran’s Day is a day to honor military veterans and to remember those who lost their lives serving in the Armed Forces to protect our country. So again, thank you to all who served to keep our country free.

Below are some photos I have taken over the past few years that have a relay a sense of remembrance. Please visit the full galleries to view all the photos.

Remember The Fallen

There is a nice man in Angleton, Texas that maintains a Memorial Fence at his residence. I visited there in 2007 (before Hurricane Ike) and again in October 2011. He had to rearrange things after Ike destroyed part of the fence and at the end of all the crosses, he has sheets of paper listing more names that he is still working on crosses for. I am saddened by the drastic change in casualty numbers between my visits.

Stars  Lest We Forget

I just happened upon a Veterans Memorial in Friendswood, Texas this week. It is a very nice homage to those who served in the Armed Forces.

This photo (and the rest in the full gallery) from Houston National Cemetery was taken last Christmas (2010) during the Wreath for Every Soldier event. I found this particular photo moving for two reasons. The “Lest We Forget” inscribed on the front tombstone and the blank tombstones.

Morning Memorial  Tribute

Both of these photos were taken at the Pilgrim Knights and Daughters Cemetery along FM 1492 in Rosharon, Texas. I happened upon this because I arrived at Brazos Bend State Park too early one morning and was driving around waiting for the gates to open. Pays to be early sometimes. :-)

Full Galleries

Additional Information

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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League City Photography Meet Up – 11.03.11

The November 2011 League City Photography Meet up took place on 11/3/11. Below are my notes.

Announcements

Upcoming Posted Events

Other events

The Art Alliance Center At Clear Lake (TAACCL) – Winter 2011 Juried Exhibition – Submission deadline is November 12th.

Art Crawl Houston – Nov 19 Sat 10:00AM

Topic – Pro Tips for Outdoor Photography

Mike Fisher gave a great talk and review of the article 25 Pro Tips for Outdoor Photography from Outdoor Photographer magazine.

Summary of Tips

    • Set Up For A Complex Shot Ahead Of Time
    • Try Predictive Autofocus For Birds In Flight
    • Include People In The Landscape
    • "F8 And Be There!"
    • Dial Down Exposure By A Half-Stop
    • Look for Details At Your Feet
    • Stack NDs For Detail In The Clouds
    • Less Is More
    • Use Exposure Compensation To Be Efficient In The Field
    • Check Moon Phases
    • Experiment With Long Low-Light Exposures And Your DSLR
    • Increase Your Portable Flash Output
    • Use Flash When Shooting At Sunset
    • Take Your Time
    • Lose The “I’ll Fix It In Photoshop” Attitude
    • Simple Flash Reflector
    • Pay Attention To Your Surroundings
    • Use Mid-Range Telezooms To Isolate A Subject In A Landscape
    • Your Feet Make The Best Zoom
    • Carry Neutral-Density Filters
    • Quality And The Tripod
    • Use A Polarizer And Graduated ND Filter For Landscapes
    • Lines Leading In
    • Keep The Camera Level
    • Use Low Angles For Close-Ups

Mike Fisher’s Slide Deck

Link to Original Article: 25 Pro Tips for Outdoor Photography

After Mike’s talk, David followed with some tips on gear for outdoor photography.

    • Recommends at least a 200mm lens + 1.4 teleconvertor for outdoor shots
    • Better Beamer
    • Wimberly Gimbal Mount
    • TheCinecity.com
    • Use Back Button focus – I found a good article on Back-Button focus | FAQ – Back Button Focusing – Melissa Jill Photography
    • Shutter speed should be 1/500 for faster for 300mm+

Additional Information & Links

Photos from the Group

October

“All life is of a past nature, photography enhances this fact.” – Patrick Summerfield

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