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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, Pinholeday.org listed HPS as one of their worldwide pinhole photography day events.

January print competition slideshow

The first print competition for the 2011 year was judged by photographer Bob Warren. Slideshow of the meeting is courtesy of HPS member Leslie Stessel. The special assignment theme for the month was “The Narrow View.”

Print competition winners and photos will be posted in the near future once all photos have been received.

Special assignments for 2011

HPS Print Competition Vice President Bob Jump announces the special assignments for 2011.

The special assignment for each month’s print competition is voluntary and every paid member can enter this category. The goal is to challenge our members to interpret the theme thematically and receive input as to whether they “pulled it off” by the guest print judge.

Additional points are awarded for first, second and third place in this category, which goes towards member point totals at the end of the year. The point total determines whether the member can advance to the next group the following year.

  • January – The Narrow View
  • February – Small-town USA
  • March – Ant’s Eye View
  • April – Pinhole Photography
  • May – Signs of Spring
  • June – Abandoned, Deserted, or Left Behind
  • July – Strangers (photograph a stranger)
  • August – Emptiness
  • September – Adverse Weather
  • October – Monumental Task (photograph a monument in a new and unique way)
  • November – Textures

In addition, the first three months for 2012 have also been assigned as follows: January – Twilight: Between Night and Day; February – Silhouette; and March – Picture within a Picture.

January 2011 print competition

HPS Print Competition - June 2010 judge, Kathy Adams

HPS members, don’t forget about the first print competition meeting for 2011 is coming up next Tuesday, Jan. 25th from 7—9 p.m. at the Tracy Gee Community Center.

This month’s special assignment is “The Narrow View.”

Paid members can submit up to two total matted prints of their most recent works in their respective groups. The prints are divided in color and monochrome (or black/white) categories and by skill level (Bronze, Silver, or Gold). New members start off in the Bronze group.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in the special assignment category. However, the total of two prints still applies.

Reminder: You must be a PAID HPS member to enter the competition! So, if you haven’t paid for 2011, please don’t forget to bring a check made out with the appropriate membership dues amount to the “Houston Photographic Society” and give it to HPS treasurer Bernie Levy or the president, John Kleb.

See you there!

First Meeting of 2011

The first meeting of 2011 will take place Tuesday, January 11 beginning 7 p.m. It is our Program Meeting and the first January meeting is always comprised of the year-end photo competition awards announcement, the transition of officers, and a potluck dinner.

The year-end judges are invited to speak about why they felt compelled to select the winners so we can learn from their thought process.

So, bring your appetite, a potluck dish (coordinate with Rachel Burychka) and let’s roll in the 2011 HPS year!

As always, visitors are welcome to participate, but please keep in mind that this meeting is a departure from the typical Program Meeting.

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