No May 2005 assignment
or photos shown
Special program instead by Dr. Juan Bahamon
Wildlife photography and digital
The CAUG DigiCamSIG's regular Tuesday meeting, attended by 24
photographers/would be photographers, was dedicated to a photo
presentation by Dr Juan Bahamon, a Corpus Christi Neurologist.
Juan's presentation started with a slide show, with sound, of
hummingbird pictures. WOW what beautiful colors of hummingbirds
feeding on various flowers. Some of the techniques use to capture
these photographs were explained.
Juan won first prize in the recent HEB snow photo contest. Juan's
entry was of the Texas state bird - the Mocking Bird - perched on a
tree limb partially covered with snow. The black and various shades
of grey colored bird has a red berry in its beak. These colors
beautifully complemented the winter brown foliage partially covered
with bright white snow (our Xmas eve surprise in 2004). If I got
this right, the photo setting were - 600mm lens, 1/1000 of a second
with an f stop of 10. The camera was set at center weighted focus,
white balance set at auto using a 400 ISO setting. This produced a
16 mega bit picture whose image size was 5000 by 3300.
Juan then took the audience through many of the Adobe Photoshop
graphics program enhancements that can be made to his prize winning
bird photo. Some jargon here but he mentioned/demonstrated cropping,
3d contrast, use of layers, and use of filters like sharpening. Juan
color enhanced/modified the grey parts of the Mocking Bird, the
brilliance of the red berry (saturation), and the green foliage on
What an experience watching all these high tech possibilities for
ones photography efforts.
Juan showed us a year 2006 calendar, under construction I guess,
that had Hummingbird pictures for each month. Truly beautiful
pictures. These pictures and I guess his calendar offering can be
seen at his website which is
If Juan's presentation was not enough, he also gave away (won by
Brian Jacobs via the winning ticket) a large picture of his HEB
prize winning photo. How come I am never lucky at these drawings?
From all of us, THANK YOU Juan for your presentation.
Our next meeting is on June 20th at Parkdale at 7 PM. The assignment
is ICE. Wish that was a typo but it really is the assignment
(Editor's note: Awww, come on! It's not as bad as you think!). Be a
better assignment if it were January in Minot North Dakota but alas,
use your imagination and computer photo enhancements to come up with
great pictures to be shared with the group. Good luck.
We will also show wildflower pictures taken since our April meeting
so bring them or send them to Patty.
For the Scribe