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March 2011 program meeting

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter Dr., Houston, TX
What: Canon Cameras, Color Management, and more…
Join us as we welcome Michael Morris from Ritz Camera as he will discuss an array of interesting topics getting into the nitty gritty information that might help you know your equipment better! It’s not just about Canon’s either…

February 2011 print competition slideshow

February’s print competition took place Tuesday, February 22, 2011 and was judged by photographer Hugh Hargrave. The slideshow from this meeting is courtesy of HPS member Leslie Stessel. The special assignment theme for the month was “Small Town USA.”

This month’s print competition winners’ photos will be posted in the near future once all photos have been received.

February 2011 print competition

When? Tuesday, February 22, 2011 : 7-9 p.m.
Where? Tracy Gee Community Center
What? Join us for our monthly print competition. HPS members may bring up to two total prints in their respective group (bronze, silver or gold – new members begin in the bronze group). All members may enter the monthly Special Assignment but keep in mind that doing so still counts towards your two total prints.

This month’s Special Assignment theme is “Small Town USA.”

Afterwards, feel free to join us for the meeting after the meeting as many of us will drive a very short distance to La Madeleine French Country Cafe (10001 Westheimer Rd) for some social interaction and late night snack.

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.

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