This month, we
review two assignments. The traditional wildflower assignment that
carries through the spring bloom period and a shoot-around (field
trip) assignment that found us at Robert's Point Park in Port
wildflowers. Or lack of them, as happened this year. It's a seasonal
thing; some years we get bumper crops and the entire state looks like a
rainbow. Other years, they're so-so, but good blooms can still be found
in traditional areas. And in rare years, they're practically
non-existent. I think we set a record for rare this year. We were all
hard pressed to find any kinds of stands of wildflowers thanks to a
severe drought condition that started in winter and got worse into
spring. Still and all, our intrepid, never-say-die photographers hit the
dirt and managed to scare up some blooms. One even went halfway around
the world to complete his assignment!
To view the
wildflower results, just click the button below!
assignment shown at the May meeting, for April, was from a
shoot-around. Instead of holding a regular meeting in April, we did
a field trip and met at Robert's Point Park in Port Aransas, Texas.
The fun in this assignment was having everyone on sight, all seeing
the same things, and shooting from each person's unique perspective.
It was fun to see how we all saw the same things! At the end of the
evening, we agreed it was so much fun, we'll be doing more field
trips and shoot-arounds this year!
To view the
shoot-around results, just click the button below!
Digital Camera Special Interest Group (SIG) met at Parkdale Library
on May 16 with 11 regulars present. The Rockport contingent was
absent and we missed them. This was show-and-tell time for those who
attended the Roberts Point shootout, and for a few enterprising
souls who photographed wildflowers during this extreme dry blooming
Port Aransas Shoot-Around:
On April 18,ten hard-core digicammers made the trek to Roberts Point
at Port Aransas for a shootout, our monthly "meeting." The
Hoffmann's brought refreshments, the shooting began and the fun did
not stop. Boats and ships, birds sitting and flying, the piers, the
fisherman, the port structures, daylight, twilight and dark, nothing
was sacred to these revelers. Also caught a couple 'cammers shooting
for stitched photos, and others at action shots.
*Bill Draper - His Robert's Point shots included novel shots of
birds, and sunsets with port structures in the foreground.
*Ben Luna - Ben zoomed out to capture beautiful close-ups of
pelicans near the water, one at splash-point. Photos are
exceptionally sharp, great detail.
*Patty Beasley - Closeups of gulls, literally seeing their eyeballs;
a rusty treble-hook, shadow on very weathered wood - very nice..
*John Hoffmann - Shots of the jetty, geometrical designs next to
blue water. He produced the Boat Parade, getting great zoom shots.
*Dale Switalla - Dale blew us away with his first ever presentations
of finely detailed shots birds and piers. Structures with sunset
background; sunset colors blending with the cloud colors.
*Bruce Switalla - Closeups of great blue herons. Unusual composition
of heron and sunset, with heron's head obscuring much of the setting
*Bill Draper - Pretty Rockport Cemetery bluebonnet among dry-brown
foliage; wildflowers in neighborhood - large bunch of (looks like
small Huisache Daisies,) Indian Blanket in a brush pile; morning
glories, almost a luminous white.
*Patty Waits Beasley - Bevy of beautiful flowers, most from Hill
Country. Patty, our naturalist-in-residence, has given us lessons in
excellent photography. Sharpness, fine composition, blurred
backgrounds. Look these over - they run gamut of colors, purples,
metallic reddish, deep reds and yellows. Gorgeous.
*John Hoffmann - He did it in his own yard, good photography on a
backeyed-Susan, Indian Blanket and lantana.
*Ken Parsons - He breaks the mold again with flower from all over
the world. An orchid, poppies, agave - exotic flowers from Cape
Verde, Canary Islands, Morocco, The Casbah, Mijhas, Monserrat, San
Remy, Rome, Sorento. Very pretty and impressive.
*Bruce Switalla - Three photos of the same perfect sunflower,
showing changes in composition. It takes a pro!
Assignment for next month is night photography, anything goes.
Next meeting: 7 PM, June 20 at Parkdale Library
For the scribe: Bill Draper