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Pinhole outing 2011 was a blur

Photos from the outing
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More than a dozen HPS members made their way to George Ranch, just east of Sugar Land, Texas, this past Saturday, Feb. 12 to participate in a pinhole photography outing.

Organized by HPS activities coordinator Nathalie Brouard, this popular outing followed a successful program meeting about pinhole photography the previous Tuesday evening.

Individuals tested their new “pinhole lens” at George Ranch, which comprised of a drilled out camera body cap with clear plastic for the lens and a pinhole-sized hole fashioned from aluminum tape.

The clear plastic lens was then painted black to keep light from bouncing within the camera body.

On April 26, the special assignment category is “Pinhole Photography” for the April monthly print competition.

This coincides with Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD). HPS is a selected event for WPPD.

Video put together by Nathalie Brouard from the outing.

To learn more about pinhole photography, visit the Wikipedia site.

HPS activity this Saturday

Part II: Test your new pinhole camera

The first activity/field trip for 2011 will take place this Saturday, Feb. 12 at George Ranch Historical Park. Meet us at the ticket office at 11 a.m. This is the second part of three in the pinhole series.

This is also a sanctioned event from the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD). If you like the pictures you produce with your pinhole camera, consider submitting them to the WPPD.

If you could not make it to Part I this past Tuesday, you are still welcomed to join the photo-shoot outing. If you want to try to make a pinhole lens, bring a body cap (which you have drilled a hole 2-5 mm diameter in the center) and Nathalie Brouard will bring aluminium tape and accessories to help you complete your pinhole lens. Of course you can also use your regular lens and simply enjoy the location.

Advice for the pinhole photo-shoot:

  • don’t forget your tripod,
  • clean your sensor if using a dSLR (the smallest bit of dust shows very well with pinhole lens),
  • be ready for a little bit of post processing (low contrast images), and know that
  • pinhole images are very good in monochrome although they look great in color too.

Part II of this pinhole series will take place as the special assignment for the April 26 print competition meeting.

The George Ranch Historical Park is located 30 miles southwest of downtown Houston.

10215 FM 762 Road
Richmond, TX 77469
(281) 343-0218

  • Take US 59 South
  • Exit Grand Parkway/Hwy 99
  • Turn left (south) at the traffic light on Crabb River Road (FM 2759)
  • The Park’s main entrance is located 6 miles down the road on the right


  • $9 (Adults)
  • $8 (Seniors 62+)
  • $5 (Children ages 5-15)

HPS Meetings this week

Program Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 7-9 p.m.
Tracy Gee Community Center

HPS members, don’t forget to bring your camera’s body cap (or purchase one if you don’t have a spare) to the program meeting tonight. It will be turned into a Pinhole Camera lens!

Executive Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 10 from 7-9 p.m.
La Madeleine’s Country French Cafe at 10001 Westheimer Road

HPS Officers and Chairpersons, don’t forget the executive meeting. President John Kleb emailed you the agenda. If you did not get one or need more information, please contact him.

HPS Activity Outing

Saturday, Feb. 12 (Time & Location TBA at Feb. 8 Program Meeting)

Join your fellow HPS members on an outing to practice photographing with your “new” pinhole camera that was created at the program meeting earlier in the week.

Learn, build, test your own pinhole camera!

Pinhole Cap

We have a special treat for February’s program meeting — that is, we’ll be transforming your camera into a pinhole camera. How? Simply by creating your camera’s body cap into a pinhole lens! This exercise will be led by the 2011 HPS activities chairperson Nathalie Brouard.

If you don’t have a spare camera body cap, you can purchase one very inexpensively at a camera shop such as the Houston Camera Exchange or the Camera Co-op.

Note: the lens will be safe and should not to allow dust onto your sensor.

This will take place on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. at the Tracy Gee Community Center.

The following Saturday, February 12, we will go on an outing to test your new Pinhole dSLR camera. The destination will be decided during the aforementioned program meeting. A couple of suggestions have been George Ranch and Hermann Park. Time and location to be determined and will be announced on the Website.

The special assignment category for April 2011′s print competition night is Pinhole Photography, so you may just get your entry for that category captured during this field trip!

A pinhole camera is a very simple camera with no lens and a single very small aperture. Simply explained, it is a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. The result is often an ethereal image that will not be sharp but more focused on a more impressionistic artistry.

Consequently, the April theme coincides with the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, although technically, it is always the last Sunday in April which makes this year’s occuring on April 24. Additionally, listed HPS as one of their worldwide pinhole photography day events.

Attend a “photo walk” at Brazos Bend State Park


HPS members Laszlo Perlaky and Mike Sanderson lead a “photo walk” that takes place each first Saturday of the month at Brazos Bend State Park located 28 miles south of Houston near Needville, Texas. They share their knowledge and experience as they teach art and techniques of nature photography.

Participation is free and it’s a wonderful opportunity to use their vast experience and knowledge at this wonderful natural setting, whether you are a rank beginner or seasoned veteran. The only cost is an entry fee into the park. If you plan to go more than once, consider purchasing a Texas State Parks pass for an annual fee of $60.

If you would like to join them, simply meet them at the Brazos Bend State Park Nature Center (975-553-5122) at the specified time and dates in 2011 as listed below.

Date   Time   Description
February 5, 2011 3 p.m. Bird photography Photo-walk #1
March 5, 2011 5 p.m. Landscape photography Photo-walk #1.
April 2, 2011 5 p.m. Plant photography Photo-walk.
May 7, 2011 5 p.m. Bird photography Photo-walk #2.
June 4, 2011 5 p.m. Close-up photography Photo-walk #1.
July 2, 2011 5 p.m. Close-up photography Photo-walk #2.
August 2011 n/a Summer break, NO Photo-walk.
September 3, 2011 5 p.m. Amphibian and reptile photography Photo-walk.
October 1, 2011 5 p.m. Bird photography Photo-walk #3.
November 5, 2011 3 p.m. Landscape photography Photo-walk #2.
December 3, 2011 3 p.m. Landscape photography Photo-walk #3.
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