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.


Laszlo Perlaky’s “Crown”


Photographer Laszlo Perlaky
Title “Crown”
Category May 2013 /Gold / B&W / First Place
Location Pilant Slough, Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Reason For Making the Image Forms and shapes are attractive beauties of nature, especially if those are appearing on a larger scale such as trees, bushes with reflections. We have photographed Brazos Bend State Park more than 23 years, but I am still looking for some areas which somehow are communicating with me.  One day, I walked along the Pilant Slough trail and I found a large bush like tree glowing in the late afternoon sun… but when I arrived there, the glow disappeared. I set up my 4×5 camera and waited for the fine light which I saw earlier.  I almost lost my patience, when the clouds opened up and for a short time the tree started to glow with its mirrored image. I recorded the moment.
Camera Linhof Master technika 4×5
Lens and focal length Super Symmar 110 mm f5.6
f-stop f/16
Shutter Speed 1/30 sec.
ISO Kodak Ektar 100 film, ISO 100

This Saturday: Evening/Night Downtown Houston Photowalk

Michael Sanderson and I, Dee Zunker, will lead a photowalk through the theater and historical districts of downtown. We are hoping for some clear skies with the full moonrise at 7:45. We will meet by the bike racks in front of Bayou Place on Smith Street at 7:00 pm.

Our approximate route will be the following:
1. Bayou Place
2. Wortham Fountain
3. Buffalo Bayou
4. Allen’s Landing
5. Lyric Center
6. Jones Center
7. Penzoil Place
8. Market Square
9. Congress street down to the Harris County Court House
10. Back to Main street past Nit Noi, Deans, Majestic, Rice Lofts
11. Main Street Square to see the lights
12. Back to Bayou place for a few cocktails if anyone is interested.

What to bring:
1. Wide angle lens for the full view
2. Telephoto for a couple of shots behind the Wortham center, and probably some cool street light shots after dark.
3. OK…and everything in between….
4. Bring a tripod
5. Bring a flashlight. This is for focusing in the dark.
6. Know how to adjust your camera ISO, shutter, and aperture in manual mode. (We can help with what settings as long as you can make the adjustments)
7. Water

Parking: Use the Theater District parking or there is some free on street parking.

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for our route.

I plan to share a little bit about each of the stops along the way in “Tour Guide” fashion. I love history and architecture, so this is really a lot of fun.

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

HPS Outing – Evening/Night Downtown Walk