Headed Back to The Woodlands

Posted January 31st, 2018 by   |  Photography, Workshops  |  Permalink

TWCC Photo Walk

I have a really great relationship with a vibrant community of photographers in The Woodlands, Texas. For quite a few years, I’ve been running classes and workshops with The Woodlands Camera Club (TWCC) and for some reason, they keep asking me back! They have a membership of a couple hundred photographers and their monthly meetings are packed. In between club meetings, they regularly meet in smaller special interest groups called SIGs to teach each other and improve skills. TWCC is truly inspirational – so much so that I think other camera clubs around the world could learn a lot from TWCC. To a person, they are good-natured, positive, and encouraging. They are exactly the type of people you want to hang out with.

You’re Invited to TWCC Workshops This May

My partner in crime, Rick Hulbert, and I are headed back to TWCC from May 7-11, 2018 to run a week-long series of workshops. You don’t have to be a TWCC member to attend. In fact, the last time we ran workshops with TWCC we had quite a few people attend from all around the USA. We’d love to have you there and all levels of photographers are welcome.

Mike and Rick

I promise you that these workshops will be great. Rick and I have taught hundreds and hundreds of workshops over the years and we are both intimately involved in the photo world. We love art, we love technology, but most important, we love teaching and mentoring in the craft of photography.

Event Summary

Here’s a link to the workshop information page for more details –> The Woodlands Workshops 2018.

Dates

May 7-11, 2018.

Venue

Aldersgate Hall
The Woodlands United Methodist Church
2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380

Events

Monday, May 7, 2018

Keynote presentation with The Woodlands Camera Club
All are welcome
7:00 PM – 8:45 PM
FREE

Rick Hulbert – Photographing the Great Indoors vs. the Great Outdoors … From the Texas State Capitol Building to Antarctica

Mike Hagen – Proven Techniques for Wildlife Photography. Methods and Gear to Create Stunning Photos of Animals.

Tuesday May 8, 2018

Photo Lecture Series Day 1
Morning: Candid Photography in Urban Settings
Afternoon: Beautiful One Flash Portraiture and Lightroom CC Retouching
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Tuesday May 8, 2018

Photo Walk: The Woodlands Waterway
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
FREE. Everyone welcome. Please RSVP.

Wednesday May 9, 2018

Photo Lecture Series Day 2
Morning: Create Powerful Multi-Media Presentations with Your Images
Afternoon: Photographing Heritage Structures
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Thursday & Friday, May 10-11, 2018

Workshop Track 1 – Architectural Photography that Sings
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM both days

Workshop Track 2 – The Art of Travel Photography
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM both days

Questions?

As always, feel free to send me a message if you have any questions. I’m always happy to help.

Art Travel





More pics from Galveston

Posted June 16th, 2010 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

I was down in Galveston, Texas a few weeks ago, photographing the local scene. Here are a few shipyard photographs from Galveston Bay. Had a great time capturing some of the industrial areas.

Dry dock, Galveston, TX. D700, 70-200 f2.8

Dry dock, Galveston, TX. D700, 70-200 f2.8

Red tug boat, Galveston, TX. D700, 14-24mm f2.8

Red tug boat, Galveston, TX. D700, 14-24mm f2.8

Unloaded tanker, Galveston, TX. D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TCII-E

Unloaded tanker, Galveston, TX. D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TCII-E





Photoshop CS5 HDR

Posted June 2nd, 2010 by   |  Photography, Software, Travel, Uncategorized  |  Permalink

I ran my first HDR image through Photoshop CS5’s new HDR pro utility. I must admit that the program did a very good job of producing a “believable” HDR image. I ran four 14-bit Nikon D700 NEF images through the utility and was impressed with how quickly CS5 rendered the preview. So far, so good.

These images were taken last week in Galveston, Texas.

HDR Image processed through Adobe CS5's new HDR Pro utility. I used four NEFs from a handheld Nikon D700 with 14-24mm f2.8 lens.

HDR Image processed through Adobe CS5's new HDR Pro utility. I used four NEFs from a handheld Nikon D700 with 14-24mm f2.8 lens.

Here's one of the original images. You can see that the new HDR image doesn't look too heavily processed. I like the results I'm seeing.

Here's a single shot (i.e. non-HDR) from the same vantage point. You can see that the new HDR image doesn't look too heavily processed. I like the results I'm seeing.





Galveston, TX Photo Excursion

Posted May 25th, 2010 by   |  Photography, Travel, Wildlife  |  Permalink

I had a free day between workshops for the Nikonians Academy and decided to head down to Galveston, TX for some photos. The weather is awesome and the town is a great place to take photos. Here are some pics.

Moody Mansion. D700, 14-24mm f2.8

Moody Mansion. D700, 14-24mm f2.8

Surfer. D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TC

Surfer. D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TC

Surfer at sunset. Nikon D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TC

Surfer at sunset. Nikon D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TC

Galveston Bay ship yards. Nikon D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4xTC

Galveston Bay ship yards. Nikon D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4xTC

Egret hunting fish. D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TC

Egret hunting fish. D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TC

Laughing gull in flight. D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TC

Laughing gull in flight. D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TC





Dallas has great food

Posted June 23rd, 2009 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

One of the greatest things about running photo workshops in Dallas, Texas is all of the food! Dallas has one of the highest restaurant per capita rates in the USA. BBQ, steak houses, Mongolian grills, delis, pasta, seafood, Tex-Mex, burgers, wings … you name it. I had a great time finding new restaurants. I think I gained ten pounds! Here’s a small sample of some meals.

Crawfish and shrimp pot.

Crawfish and shrimp pot.

Texas BBQ with a Big Red soda.

Texas BBQ with a Big Red soda.

Pappa's BBQ. Great food. Messy fingers.

Pappa's BBQ. Great food. Messy fingers.

Mongolian Grill.

Mongolian Grill.





Off to Dallas for Workshops

Posted June 17th, 2009 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

I’m in Dallas Texas to lead workshops with the Nikonians Academy. The 100 degree temperature here is quickly reminding me why I live in Washington State! The workshop venue is pretty close to a big concentration of restaurants and one of them, Pappasito’s Cantina, had the perfect remedy for a hot day … pink lemonade! I think Pappasitos is my new favorite restaurant chain. Good, fresh, plentiful food at a great price.

Pink lemonade from Pappasitos Cantina.

Pink lemonade from Pappasitos Cantina. The perfect remedy for a 100 degree day.

Here's the Guadalajara plate. Too much for me to eat!

Here's the Guadalajara plate. Too much for me to eat!





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