Denise Bossarte’s “Poppy Dream”

Photographer Denise Bossarte
Title Poppy Dream
Category April 2013 /Bronze/ Color/Second Place
Location Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
Reason For Making the Image I love discovering and capturing the true essence of flowers, particularly when doing macros where the flower becomes a dance of color and form.
Camera Fujifilm Finepix HS10
Lens non detachable lens (Aperture priority setting + macro setting)
f-stop f/8.0
Shutter Speed 1/20 sec
ISO 400

Laszlo Perlaky’s “Cinderella”


Photographer Laszlo Perlaky
Title “Cinderella”
Category April 2013 /Gold / B&W / Third Place
Location Cades Cove, Grate Smoky Mountains N.P., TN.
Reason For Making the Image Blooming dogwoods are fragile beauties. We look for those in Spring every year. Last year we photographed in Cades Cove and explored a hidden meadow where several dogwoods were in full bloom. I felt I am the Prince who selected the most beautiful one for a dance. The other trees looked at me and my selected beauty enviously. Under this impression, I selected my soft focus portrait lens and captured the moment.
Camera Linhof Master technika 4×5
Lens and focal length Cooke PS945 lens 229mm
f-stop f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/60 sec.
ISO Kodak Ektar 100 film, ISO 100

Next Week: Monthly Print Competition

The Monthly Print Competition is next week on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at the Tracey Gee Community Center.

This month’s Special Assignment is your interpretation of “Beyond Appearances.”

Our Critique judge is Frank White. His website is

You can see all of the upcoming Special Assignments here.

For some basics on matting your work, click here.

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 “Beyond Appearances”

Lexi Nemeth’s “Lunch Time”


Photographer Lexi Nemeth
Title “Lunch Time”
Category April 2013 /Gold / Color / First Place
Location Armand Bayou Nature Center Boardwalk
Reason For Making the Image I visited Armand Bayou Nature Center with a group of photographers from the Houston Photographic Society lately. We spread and walked on the boardwalk when I saw this leaf chewing caterpillar glowing in the back-lit leaf in a green monochromatic surrounding. I went close then I placed a close up diopter to my zoom lens to go even closer. I selected large aperture to isolate my subject, decrease the depth of field and increase the bokeh.
Camera Nikon D800
Lens and focal length Zoom Nikkor AF EDIF 70-200 mm f2.8 at 200 mm + Canon 500D close up diopter
f-stop f/3.5
Shutter Speed 1/125 sec.
ISO 200

Laszlo Perlaky’s “My View From Above”


Photographer Laszlo Perlaky
Title “My View from Above”
Category April 2013 /Gold / B&W / Third Place
Location Roaring Fork Parking, Grate Smoky Mountains N.P., TN.
Reason For Making the Image I was walking back to our car at a Scenic Overlook Parking when I noticed my and the tree shadow patterns on the textured ground. I  took the snap shot: My view from above, for the assignment.
Camera Canon PowerShot G10
Lens and focal length Canon zoom 6.1 – 30.5 mm f2.8
f-stop f/4.5
Shutter Speed 1/400 sec.
ISO 200