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
Webite http://Naturalperl.com
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

Dwight Theall’s “A Caterpillar’s World”


Photographer Dwight Theall
Webite Theallimagery.com
Title A Caterpillar’s World
Category April 2013 / Silver / Color / First Place
Location Armand Bayou Nature Center
Reason For Making the Image Nearing the end of the 4/20/2013 HPS photo outing, while walking back to my car along the boardwalk after a generally unproductive morning, the sunlight falling on this caterpillar demanded photographic attention.  Although the caterpillar’s movement wasn’t exactly speedy, the scene was dynamic enough that the use of a tripod would have been too restrictive.  I opted instead for hand-held shots at ISO 1000, allowing me to easily reposition the camera and thereby the composition of the overall images; spot metering provided acceptable control of the high-contrast scene and avoided overexposure of the brightly lit caterpillar.  Post-processing in Lightroom allowed me to create this low-noise, low-key image of a “graceful” world composed only of the caterpillar and the gently leaning fronds of nearby plants.
Camera Canon 60D
Lens and focal length Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS zoom at 135mm
f-stop f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/500 sec.
ISO 1000

George Phile’s “The Far North”

Photographer George Phile
Title The Far North
Category April 2013 / Bronze/ Color /  Third Place
Location Klaksvik, The Faroe Islands
Reason For Making the Image We were on a cruise and I am an amateur photographer. ..so I take pictures wherever I go to show the beauty I see in the world.
Camera Nikon D700
Lens and focal length Nikkor 28-300mm at 90mm
f-stop f/ 11
Shutter Speed 1/3000 sec
ISO 3200

Michael Sanderson’s “Predawn Promise”

Photographer Michael Sanderson
Website www.natureoflight,com
Title Predawn Promise
Category April 2013 /Silver / Color/Second Place
Location Elm Lake, Brazos Bend State Park
Reason For Making the Image Fellow HPS member Murali Santhana and I went to Brazos Bend State Park very early, intent on getting some blue hour and sunrise images. We enjoyed a hike out to our location on Elm Lake. It was cool with little wind and there was a thin convective fog lifting from the calm water on the lake. I chose my location for this image because through the trees on the island across from me I could see the color of the coming dawn on the horizon. I wanted to get a sense of peering through those trees into the distance and to see them back-lit by the glow while in silhouette. This was also reflected very nicely in the still water. I set up my tripod and camera to get a little bit of the foliage on the bank where I was standing for a foreground. I thought the tree on my right would be a problem but I decided to use it as an anchor to weight the image on that side and to frame the part of the horizon where the sun was going to rise. I checked my exposure settings and because it was a slower shutter speed, I compensated by -2/3 to ensure I preserved any details in the brighter clouds. I took a series of images at different focal lengths, but wound up choosing the image with the widest focal length. After selecting the final image, I adjusted contrast, black levels, and added some clarity and vibrance using Adobe Lightroom. I also added a post-crop vignette to enhance the center of the image.
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, 25mm
f-stop f/8
Shutter Speed 1/5 sec
ISO 100