April 21, 2014 By admin
April Competition: Mon April 28th, 7:00pm at the Huntsville Public Library. Only members may compete. Our April Judge will be Charles Seifried and the topic is “Open”. Digital entries are due by midnight April 21st!
Tips from Charles: “I like clean work, I am not into gimmicks and I look upon photos as a work of art.”
April 7, 2014 By admin
April Program – Composition: Art in the Landscape
by Dusty Doddridge
Dusty grew up in West Tennessee where he fell in love with the great outdoors while fishing with his Dad and Grandfather. In about the year 2000, work and other commitments were keeping Dusty indoors too much so he began hiking and backpacking to get back to his great outdoors. He began intently photographing his world around 2003. Although digital was really taking hold at this point, Dusty was still intent on learning film. He shot a lot of Fuji Velvia and continued learning everything he could about nature and landscape photography. By 2007, he had finally made the switch to digital and has been loving it ever since. He especially enjoys the freedom and possibilities that the digital world open up.
His primary end goad is fine prints and he has worked hard to learn the three phases that lead to a successful print: craft in the field, digital darkroom strategies and the craft of printing. Dusty explained, “I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t work and it’s really exciting to connect with other photographers and share what we’ve learned.”
He has photographed all over the world including Iceland, Sweden and America’s wonderful nation parks. His publications include an e-book about Iceland, an e-book about the Great Smoky Mountains and work with the Tennessee Conservationist.
Dusty’s home base is in middle Tennessee but he conducts tours and workshops throughout the United States and some foreign locations. You can learn more about his workshops and tours through his Focal Point Academy website at http://www.focalpointacademy.com You can see more of Dusty’s work at http://www.dustydoddridge.com
Dusty’s presentation to HPS will focus on the art of composition, using the elements of 2-D design to construct successful images in the landscape. If time permits, he will talk about locations, craft in the field and touch on the digital darkroom. Start making plans to attend Dusty’s presentation to the Huntsville Photographic Society on April 14th at 7:00 pm.
March 2, 2014 By cesewall
Well, I hope you got out and took lots of photos in and of the snow. Can you believe how much we had? I tried to find a cardinal on a bare, snow-covered limb, for that beautiful red on white image, but just couldn’t find one. Based on recent weather reports, we may be in for some more snow this month, so I may still have a chance. Hopefully by the end of the month, early blooming flowers may be peeking out for us to capture, so make sure your macro lens is ready. Don’t forget about the Botanical Garden, if you don’t have flowers of your own coming up.
Our February program presenter was Cecil Holmes, one of our own. Cecil discussed High Dynamic Range, or HDR, photography. Though he demonstrated with Photomatix, he mentioned the other HDR applications, and they all are easy to use. Usually, HDR images are loved or hated, with little emotion in between, but Cecil showed us how to use HDR to get the entire range of a scene and portray it in a variety of ways, from very realistic to grungy. In case you didn’t know, Cecil has started his own photo workshop business; several HPS members went with him to Old Car City and had a great time. Check his site out (www.cecilsphotos.com) for beautiful photos and upcoming workshops.
Our judge for “Peace/Tranquility” last month was Muril Robertson. Muril is a past President of HPS and a fantastic photographer and instructor; check out his site at www.finelightimages.com. I really liked the way he spent the time up front discussing his photographic philosophy and how he would judge the photos. He then provided great critiques to the images during the judging process. He also spent time with several members after the meeting discussing/critiquing their images. Be sure to check out the winners on our website gallery and in the newsletter.
Make sure you don’t miss our March program. Roger has managed to get us Adam Jones, a Canon Explorer of Light photographer, who will present “Through the Lens of Adam Jones.” Plan on coming, so we can have a great turnout and show Canon that Huntsville is worthy of future sponsored events.
March is a five Monday month, so don’t forget about our 5th Monday meeting on March 31st. Besides the usual open forum, the HPS Board will be there to answer any questions you may have about how we function, decisions made, etc.
I want to thank Dolores Burns for volunteering to be our Historian. The Board positions are now filled. Though we are early in the year, please start thinking about whether you might want to take on a Board position for next year, since a few members are completing 3 or more years and may be looking to step down.
Our March competition topic is “ Beyond the Doorway.” This is a topic where you might want to consider HDR, since the two sides of the doorway may be in very different light.
Go out and take some photos!!
February 3, 2014 By cesewall
Wow, winter beat on us last month, though the last week of January offered a little bit of snow for photographs. Hopefully, February will be better weather-wise. If not, it’s a good time to go through your camera manual and make the effort to really understand all of its capabilities; this will be invaluable when the perfect shot appears and you’re not really ready.
I’m sorry I missed the “Ansel Adams California Caravan” program given by Joy, Henry, and Tom, but the crud going around had me down that night. Going on a trip like that is something I really want to do soon, and I was anxious to hear about the nuts and bolts of how it works, as well as see the resulting beautiful photos.
Our competition on Color/Noir was quite interesting, since this was a topic wide open to interpretation. Joe Fikes stepped in at the last moment, when our primary judge got sick like many people last month. Joe, who has degrees in Physics, is an accomplished local photographer who has exhibited in the Museum of Art, the VBC, and the Library. He has judged for us in the past, and he has done a couple of programs for us. Joe provided relevant and meaningful comments on the winning images, and spent time after the competition to answer members’ questions about their submissions. Be sure to check out the winners in the newsletter and on our website gallery.
As I mentioned in the last Newsletter and our last meeting, Dave McGuiness is stepping down as Treasurer, after serving HPS for 8 years. One of our new members, Sam Alexander, has volunteered to take the position, so we will have a vote on Sam at our next meeting. Thanks to Sam for doing this! We still need a Historian, as Liz Smith resigned for personal reasons.
The 50 images that will be displayed in our third Huntsville Museum of Art exhibition have been selected. Quite a few new members’ photos were selected, which is fantastic. The images are available for viewing on our website. Congratulations to all of the exhibiting photographers. The exhibition opens on March 1st and will run for a few months.
Our competition topic for this month is “Peace/Tranquility.”
Go out and take some photos!!
January 29, 2014 By admin
All You Really Need to Know About HDR
Cecil Holmes is an award winning, self taught photographer based in Huntsville, AL. Due to his love of nature, Cecil mainly focuses on outdoor photography. He teaches small classroom style workshops both in the Huntsville area and across the southeastern United States. He strives to teach his students how to get fabulous images at the moment of capture.
On February 10th, Cecil will be delivering a presentation to the Huntsville Photographic Society. He will be discussing his techniques for HDR photography, and demonstrating how he captures his images. Cecil then plans to walk us through is HDR processing techniques plus showing us how he does basic editing in Lightroom. You can see Cecil’s impressive work and get information about his upcoming workshops at
January 23, 2014 By admin
January’s judge will be Joe Fikes.
January 23, 2014 By admin
January’s program ”Ansel Adams California Caravan” presenters Joy Henderson, Tom Bryant and Henry Smith had some additonal slides they wished to share. Ansel Adams California Caravan-PDF
November 26, 2013 By admin
Don’t forget the year end banquet starts at 6:00pm Dec 9th, followed by the awards for best of year photos.
The cost for this years dinner will be $15 and Dave McGuiness needs to receive your check by Wednesday, December 4th if you plan to attend.
November 8, 2013 By admin