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May Program Meeting – Miksang Contemplative Photography

Miksang, or “good eye” in Tibetan, is a process of learning to synchronize mind and body, allowing one to open to the world without labeling or evaluation. The first level of training in Miksang contemplative photography purifies our visual perception by working directly with the elements of the visual field: color, light, form, and space.  No previous photographic experience is necessary. Meet certified Miksang trainer, Denise Bossarte and see what this discipline is all about.

At the Tracy Gee center, May 14th at 7:00.  Hope to see everyone there!



Born in 1967 in the US Midwest, Denise has spent her life pursuing two loves – science and art. Denise has several advanced degrees in science: B.A. in Chemistry, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, and M.S. in Computer Science. Although science provides for a degree of creativity, Denise always found a need for deeper expression of her way of relating to and seeing the word through poetry, short stories, and most particularly photography. As a photographer, Denise has a passion for finding beauty in unique and unusual places and uses her photography to share those experiences with others. Denise’s abstract photographs are ones discovered in the world as created by nature rather than by her design. Denise is a Certified Miksang Contemplative Photography teacher and has been teaching Miksang in Houston since her arrrival in TX in 2012.

Tonight’s Print Competition and Critique

Just a quick reminder about tonight’s Monthly Print Competition, 7-9, at the Tracey Gee Community Center.

Our Judge for our critique this evening is professional photographer Michael Hart (website)

This month’s Special Assignment is your interpretation of “Seen from Above.”

After the competition, folks meet at the La Madeline to “critique the critiques”.
10001 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas

Click here to go to Meetup to see who has RSVP’ed:

Monthly Print Competition “Seen From Above”

March Competition Results

March Photo Critique Judge – Dion McInnis
Special Category Topic: “Figuratively Speaking”
Placing Photographer Title
1 Myriam Fornage Through the Looking Glass
2 Jim Fife Mood Silhouette
3 Lexi Nemeth Story Teller
HM Humberto A Lara Walking the Dog
Category: Gold Monochrome
Placing Photographer Title
1 Dee Zunker Greek Sandwich Vendor
2 Tom Foster Study & Prayer
3 Laszlo Perlaky Smooth […]
HM Owen Fisher The Eyes of Nemo
HM Vladimir Frumin Lisa […]
HM Bob Jump Washington Cathedral
Category: Gold Color
Placing Photographer Title
1 Humberto A Lara Catch of the Day
2 Lexi Nemeth Forgotten Place
3 Bob Jump White Heron in the Swamp
HM Tom Foster Turkish Woman
HM Robert Green The Painted Desert
Category: Silver Monochrome
Placing Photographer Title
1 Dwight Theall Urban Morning
2 Clayton Gardinier Gerbera Daisy
3 Michael Sanderson Baumgartner Road
HM James Woody Modern Architecture Lines
HM Clayton Gardinier Pleasure Pier, Galveston, TX
HM Michael Sanderson Fractals
Category: Silver Color
Placing Photographer Title
1 James Woody Litlle Girl Looking [for] Little Fish
2 Michael Devereaux Escapism
3 Bob Haring Golden Aspen
HM Dwight Theall Hoodoo at F/22
Category: Bronze Monochrome
Placing Photographer Title
1 Murali Santhana Focus
2 Alex Zaharia Revolving Trio
3 Alexis Hernandez Lacey
HM Myriam Fornage Before the Dance: Father and Son
Category: Bronze Color
Placing Photographer Title
1 George Phile Pollinating
2 George Phile Morning Coffee
3 Murali Santhana Flying Alone
HM Donna Green Half Moon Bay

April Program Meeting – Studio lighting

External light heads, aka “Studio” lights, are more affordable and portable than ever and no longer the domain of only the professional photographer with a large studio.  This program will discuss how to use lights and light modifiers to create the lighting that you envision in your head.  Presented by professional photographer Tom Callins,  Tues, April 9, 7:00.

February Print Competition Results are Posted

I would like to start off by congratulating the youngest member of our group, Bailee Bruce, who placed first in the Bronze Color category and second in the Bronze Monochrome category. Her first place image is shown above.

“Congratulations Bailee and a job well done in your first print competition! We look forward to seeing more of your work.”

We would also like to thank or judge for the evening, Chuck Thompson, who provided a very insightful critique and judging. Everyone appreciated his thorough review and comments.

The rest of the results from our February Print Competition are posted here.

Look for more about the winning images in our upcoming posts. The images that placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd will be featured in a post, and the photographer has a chance to tell us about his/her image.

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on our program night next Tuesday.

Dee Zunker

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