Dee Zunker’s “Mirror on Main”

Photographer Dee Zunker
Title Mirror on Main
Category May 2013 / “Special Assignment – Beyond Appearances”/ First Place
Location Downtown Houston, TX
Reason For Making the Image Staring and focusing at the reflections on the moving train seemed to transport my mind to a different place. Looking at the train, the reflection becomes a portal to somewhere else. You notice the man in the reflection and wonder if he is really here, or is he in another dimension.
Camera Nikon D600
Lens Tokina 11-16 mm f2.8 at 16 mm
f-stop f/11
Shutter Speed 1/6 sec
ISO 125

Laszlo Perlaky’s “Green Leaf Stamen in Blue”


Photographer Laszlo Perlaky
Title “Green Leaf Stamen in Blue”
Category May 2013 /Special Assignment/ Third Place
Location Washington on the Brazos State Park, Texas
Reason For Making the Image On one of my Wildflower workshops at Washington on the Brazos State Park, we photographed a large patch of blue color flowers. I remembered for the assignment and I started to look the flowers differently. Using my old makro Killar lens braced with a strong diopter lens, I laid down to the flowers placing them against the green grass background and looked for a special angle, when one of the flowers hairy leaf looked like a green flower petal but showing the other flower’s stamens as its own.
Camera Nikon D2X
Lens and focal length Makro Killar 90 mm f2.8 with a +6 diopter lens
f-stop f/2.8
Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec.
ISO 200

Geoffrey Koslov’s “Light Impression”


Photographer Geoffrey Koslov
Title “Light Impression”
Category May 2013 /Gold / Color / Third Place
Location Paris, France
Reason For Making the Image Image is part of my “On Light Series”
Camera Nikon D800
Lens and focal length 70 mm
f-stop f/10
Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.
ISO 320

Michael Sanderson’s “Cloak and Drape”

Photographer Michael Sanderson
Website www.natureoflight,com
Title Cloak and Drape
Category May 2013 /Silver / Monochrome /First Place
Location Old Horseshoe Lake, Brazos Bend State Park
Reason For Making the Image I love early mornings and fog. There is a low lying area between Old Horseshoe Lake and Elm Lake at Brazos Bend State Park that has some of the most majestic old live oaks in the park. Like many of the trees there, they are draped in long strands of Spanish moss. On the right mornings, when they are cloaked in fog and the wind is very still, they stand in majestic silence with their long and twisted branches heavy with the damp moss. On this early morning, the weather was very cool and the fog fairly dense. I walked out to one of my favorite spots and took several images of this tree. It is a little more open than the other trees which allows more light to fall on the interior branches. I like that it draws you high up into the tree where you can see all the moss draping the limbs.
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, 70mm
f-stop f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/50 sec
ISO 400

Monthly Print Competition – Special Assignment “Nocturnal Exposure”

Our next Monthly Print Competition is next Tuesday.You can find more about it on our meetup site.

Special Assignment “Nocturnal Exposure”

The evening outing this Saturday is a great opportunity to capture an evening shot for the special assignment.

Crritique Judge – Kathy Adams Clark  Her Website:
You may bring up to 2 matted prints to the competition and enter them into one of the seven categories.

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

Competition Overview
We divide our prints into 7 categories:

Bronze – New members
Bronze Black & White
Bronze Color
Silver – Member with at least 1 year in HPS
Silver Black & White
Silver Color
Gold – Members with at least 2 years in HPS
Gold Black & White
Gold Color
Special Assignment – Assigned each month (Includes all levels)
If one of the categories has less than 3 prints, it will be moved up to the next higher level.

Each ribbon counts towards the following:
1. progression to the next category for the following year,
2. participation in the annual print competition,
2. the Excellence in Photography annual award, and
3. inclusion in exhibitions during the year.

Our club is somewhat unique relative to other clubs in that our competitions are judged by outside photographers who not only pick the winners in each category, but also give a short critique of each submitted photograph. Each of our club members values this critical feedback so they may improve.