April 10, 2015 By admin
April Program: Improving Your Springtime Photos with Cecil Holmes.
It’s finally getting a little warmer. Spring flowers are beginning to come from the ground. I hear birds singing. This can only mean one thing: Spring is finally arriving! It’s time to dust off those cameras and lens that have been gathering dust all winter and get out there and shoot something. Cecil Holmes is going to be our guest speaker on April 13th and he is going to share some of his tips and techniques to help this be your best year of spring photos yet. Cecil is coming to us fresh off a spring shooting excursion that has taken him from Charlotte, NC to St. Augustine, FL. Expect him to have some great new landscapes, nature and animal shots to share and talk about. I understand that some of his targets include shore birds and alligators. Not at the same time, I hope.
Cecil is a widely published, self-taught outdoor photographer and workshop instructor based in North Alabama. His passion for nature and fine art drive his quest to capture the moods, characters and spirits of some wonderful and amazing locations. Cecil states, “I think photography says as much about the photographer as it does the photograph, so I strive to show you a little about myself and my view of the world in each image I share.”
Some of his published credits and clients include Nature Photographer, Vanguard Photo, American Alpine Club Library and Tamron Lenses.
Cecil teaches small, field based workshops and also offers classroom based instruction near his home. He comes from an IT background so his teaching methods reflect getting a fabulous image at the point of capture and then enhancing that in the digital darkroom.
You can check out his web site at www.cecilsphotos.com.
Join us for this fun and educational program on April 13th. I know I’ll be there.
March 26, 2015 By Charles Gattis
Jose Betancourt will be or judge for the category of “Shadows and Silhouettes,” on April 27, 2015. Jose is professor art at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. His speciality is photography. With degrees from Hunter College and the University of South Florida, he teaches classes in Photography:Introduction, Photography: Experimental and Historical 1, and Photography: Documentary 1. In his biography, he says:
I consider music a large influence in my photographic style. Rhythm, time, silence and syncopation are all a part of my work. My studies in jazz improvisation in college along with the study of the documentary genre of modern photography have inspired me to continue a spontaneous style of taking photographs. Photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Andre Kertesz, and Robert Frank contributed to my interest and appealed to my sense for the spontaneous. The results were photographs about how we all relate to our environment both physically and psychologically. This later developed into more complex compositions of the juxtapositions of shapes, objects and people. These more graphic formal photographs became about environment and space which would become part of my half-frame camera panoramas.
The half-frame camera became an instrument that could allow me to establish a scene of consecutive frames to form a panorama. This technique facilitates my interest in the spontaneous happening and attempts to address the notions of time and space. When printing multiple frames, the viewer experiences a familiar scene but after further inspection notices the single images that form the altered panoramic view. This is especially true of the “Half-Seen” series where the locations are different between groups of three or four frames. These examples are more complex for me, the photographer, because there is a certain loss of control due to the in-camera editing.
You will find copies of his work at http://josebetancourt.com/. We welcome Jose once again as our judge for April.
March 1, 2015 By admin
O.K., I have a confession to make. When I first heard about Ken Boyd and his new book, The Art of the Locomotive, I didn’t have really great expectations. At that time, I had not talked with Ken and had not seen any of his work. I had, however, seen a lot of very good train and locomotive photos by many others, so I was expecting this to be just more of the same thing.
(Here comes the humble pie) Well……… “I was very wrong!” There, I said it. When I first looked at Ken’s website and saw his photos of locomotives, and all the other great photos he has there, I was simply blown away. All I could think was, “Boy, this guy is good! We have got to have him do a presentation to HPS.” Fortunately, he agreed my request.
Ken will be at the Huntsville Photographic Society on March 9th at 7:00 pm, to show us some of his work and talk about how he made all those great shots happen. I’ve also ask him to talk some about all the work that was involved in getting his book published. I have asked him to bring along several of his books in case some of us want to purchase one and have him sign it while he is here. I know I want one! His book has received a five star rating and is for sale now on Amazon, if you just can’t wait until he gets here.
I recommend that you check out his website at www.kenboydphotography.com . I’m marking March 9th on my calendar to make sure I don’t miss this one. You might want to do that too.
Roger Hunter, HPS Program Officer
Ken Boyd – The Art of the Locomotive
Ken Boyd holds a B.S. degree in chemistry and an MBA and has spent his career working in the electric utility industry. He has been an avid photographer since the mid-1970s and a train and railroading enthusiast all his life. Ken has taught photography courses part time at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University since 1985 on subjects such as darkroom techniques, creative digital compositions and photographic processes of the 1800s. He has traveled extensively over the years to study and photograph locomotives and other historic subjects including watermills and antique vehicles. He has achieved Master of Photography status through the Shades Valley Camera Club in Birmingham.
Beginning with the new millennia, he embraced and participated fully in the transformation of photographic imaging from film and the wet darkroom to digital capture and the computer. His approach to photography has evolved over the last four decades and today is totally unique for presenting subjects like the locomotive and other subjects in a very exciting and fresh manner. He and his wife, Dj, live in Birmingham, Alabama.
His work and his techniques have been published in magazines and journals including Camera and Darkroom, View Camera, Birmingham, Portico, Shutterbug, Shelby Living, Garden Railways, and numerous technical and trade publications and journals, including Power, Power Engineering, and Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Management. His photography has been featured in books entitled, The View Camera, Worthy of Remembrance, a History of Redmont, and Golden Jubilee, a book featuring the history of several Birmingham area Southern Baptist churches. He recently published through Voyageur Press (Quartos Group) an internationally distributed book entitled The Art of the Locomotive.
For more about his work and publications, please visit him at kenboydphotography.com.
February 24, 2015 By Charles Gattis
March 23, will be one of our two “open” competition nights this year. For new members, “open” means there is no subject, just bring your best photography! We are fortunate to have Muril Robertson as our judge for that night.
Muril has been a friend to and associated with the Huntsville Photographic Society for many years. Currently an honorary member of the club, he is one of our past presidents. More recently, he has helped us by judging at least one of our competitions each year.
Still living and working in Huntsville, he has freelanced as a photographer since 1985. He has a Ph.D. in pure mathematics, with particular interests in mathematical analysis and geometry. That combined with his natural love of truth and beauty provides a sound basis for his work in photography..
Muril has photographed widely across the United States, and has won numerous awards both in our local community and in national competitions.
Currently, he has over 100,000 images in stock, many of which can be seen on his commercial website – murilrobertson.com. We appreciate him for joining us on our March competition and look forward to what he has to teach us.
February 10, 2015 By admin
“Digital Darkroom – The Art and Craft of Image Making”
March 14th 2015 (10am-3pm)
Establish a Consistent Workflow
Enhance your Creative Choices
Explore Layers, Masks and Blending Modes
Luminosity Masking Strategies
Creative Sharping Techniques
Register & pay by clicking on the link below. Registration cost for paid-up HPS members is $10 each. Non Members fee is $20.
February 2, 2015 By admin
I’m sure that many of you were as disappointed as I was when thunderstorms prevented our past October program from happening. Well, I’ve got great news for you! Jose Betancourt has agreed to return on February 9th to present his program that we missed last October. Now you won’t have to feel disappointed any longer.
Since 2000 José Betancourt and Susan Weil have worked closely together to develop ways of printing and presenting a body of artwork based on the Cyanotype, also known as the photographic “Blueprint”. Although the Cyanotype is their primary technique, Betancourt and Weil have also worked with Photograms and Van Dyke Brown prints. Their collaborative works can range from personal and autobiographical to formal constructions.
The fragmented canvases and negative space form unique images for the viewer. Betancourt has used visual implications in his panoramic photographs to construct fictional landscapes from multiple continuous frames. Weil also has used multiple shaped panels to investigate time and space. Her retrospective publication by Skira entitled “Moving Pictures” shows this body of work. Their love of the history of photography and historical techniques has produced one of a kind works that transcend to a contemporary context.
José Betancourt is Professor of Photography at UAH Huntsville’s Department of Art and Art History. He has been working with alternative photographic processes for 20 years and has given workshops on his techniques. Jose received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the City University of New York- Hunter College.
Aside from his teaching duties José judges photography competitions, artists’ grants and also exhibits his work nationally and internationally. His “Blueprints” work, in collaboration with Susan Weil, is presently traveling the US with stops in Portland, OR, Youngstown, OH, Asheville, NC, Nashville, TN and Tuscumbia, AL.
Please join us on February 9th as Jose presents his work and talks about this exciting alternative process.
January 28, 2015 By Charles Gattis
Eric Shultz, long time photographer for the Huntsville Times, will be our judge for competition on “Alabama the Beautiful,” held on Monday night, February 23. Eric has been with us several times before and always has helpful suggestions for us as we work to hone or craft of photography. Eric has just opened a new studio at Lowe Mill where he will be teaching, working with other photographers, and displaying his own works. To find out more about him, check out his official web site and blog at http://watchforfallingthoughts.blogspot.com/.
January 21, 2015 By Charles Gattis
Pamela Keller will be our judge for the competition topic, Emotions, on January 26. Pamela is Professor of Art and Department Chair at Athens State University where she has worked since 1981. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) from Indiana University, John Herron School of Art in May of 1979 and went on to receive a Master of Fine Art (MFA) degree from the University of Wisconsin in August of 1981. Her major was in Painting and Drawing with minors in Photography, Art History, and English. Her works can be found in the corporate collections of Eastman Kodak Pharmaceutical Corporation, Malvern, PA; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN; Helen Keller Memorial Hospital, Tuscumbia, AL; and Family Mental Health Institute, NY, NY. Pamela was with us previously in March of 2011 when she was the judge for our topic, Modes of Transportation. We welcome her back to the Huntsville Photographic Society.
December 6, 2014 By admin
Don’t forget the dinner will start at 6:00pm followed by awards presentation.