We’re Back!!!! Join us September 8th, 2021 as we gather at 510 Johnny’s in Bel Air, Md. for our first in-person meeting in over a year! This meeting will also be available to attend over Zoom for anyone not comfortable coming in person. Click here to view this event on Meetup.com!!
Geff Bourke definitely caught the photography bug and his interests branched out from family vacations to nature photography, such as landscapes, birds, and flowers; travel photography with the goal of capturing the culture of his destinations; and urban landscapes… street, people, and decay.
Since Geff started with film, he was compelled to learn every aspect of development and at one point had built his own darkroom so that he could process his images. Geff has, like many, converted to the digital format. For his nature photography, he is a purist… and uses post-processing software at a minimum.
Geff Bourke returns to HCPG to teach the ins and outs of Bird Photography. The doors open at 7pm and the presentation will begin at 8pm.
There are two ways to attend this event:
In Person – $5.00 Zoom – $5.50
If you pre-paid for the year, you are all set and will receive the Zoom login the day of the meeting. If you attend i person, just check in with our greeting table when you arrive.
If you did NOT pre-pay for the year, you can pay at the door, or use the following link to pay for Zoom access to the meeting:
HCPG’s Adventure Series is Back! Join us on July 9th (rain date July 10th) as we venture out to Cambridge, MD. to photograph the stars! The Adventure Series will kick off with a Zoom workshop to teach the ins and outs of Astrophotography. The workshop date is June 27th at 7pm. We will then venture out to Blackwater Refuge at 8PM to shoot the stars. This shoot may last well into the night as the prime shooting time for the Milky Way is not until around 11PM-12AM! There may be an opportunity to meet earlier in Cambridge, MD. for dinner if enough people are interested.
Given the location and time of day of this shoot, please email us at HCPGLeadership@gmail.com if you are willing to carpool and/or split the cost of a motel room with another member. Please also indicate if you are interested in meeting in Cambridge earlier for a group dinner.
Motels with Locations in the area (Cambridge, MD. 21613) include: Holiday Inn Days Inn & Suites Oxford Inn The meeting place will be The BestPitch Ferry Boat Ramp. There is no street address, but inputing BestPitch Ferry Boat Ramp Cambridge, MD. 21613 into your GPS will work. More details will be given at the Zoom Workshop.
Right now, signup is limited only to pre-paid members, it will open to all members on 6/23/21. Please check our Meetup on that date for the general admission posting.
Click the link below to view the Pre-paid/Gold member signup for this event on Meetup.com.
The Harford County Photography Group is happy to present a new photoshoot opportunity – HCPG On The Go! Each month, we will feature a different local shoot based on that month’s presentation. On February 20th, we will embark on our first shoot at The Plumpton Park Zoo to practice techniques learned at January’s presentation of “Wildlife Photography with Irene Hinke-Sacillotto”. Space is limited so sign up today by click the link to the event’s Meetup page below. Pricing and other info is included in the Meetup post.
The Harford County Photography Group is pleased to announce its 1st annual Photography Contest, judged by the one and only Mr. David Blecman!
Eligible photo(s) must have been taken between March 1 and November 1, 2020.
Subjects (open to interpretation):
1. Masks – Open to interpretation 2. Humanity – the good, the bad or ugly
1. 1st place which will receive $100; 2. 2nd place which will receive $75 3. 3rd place which will receive $50
3 Honorable mentions which will include an HCPG Gold pre-paid membership for 2021.
You may submit a maximum of three entries in the above categories. Photos must have been taken within the period of March 1 and November 1, 2020. The photos must be sized with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch and saved in the sRGB color space.
HCPG has teamed up with The Cool Kids Campaign to provide volunteer photographers for the 2020 Ken Singleton Golf Classic. The events will September 13th-14th 2020 in Baltimore County, MD. Volunteer photographers will be tasked with taking candids, portraits, and action shots of the the September 13th Crab Feast and Auction as well as the actual tournament on September 14th. For details and to volunteer, please contact us at HCPGLeadership@gmail.com. Here is a list on celebrities confirmed for the tournament:
Astrophotography, a new way of experiencing the night sky. From sunrise to sunset there is so much to see and photograph, but don’t forget about the night and what it has to offer the photographer. There are trillions and trillions of objects out there waiting for you to find them, from the moon and planets to galaxies and nebula, the night sky will provide amazing images if you only take the time to find them.
We all start in photography for different reasons and end up finding that certain genre that fascinates us, for me I have found astrophotography. I am just starting out into the amazing field and in no way am I an expert in it, I just want to share my journey and hope that you will join me in learning. As we go along I will share my thoughts on techniques, celestial objects, equipment and general tips.
For my first post I’m starting with the biggest object we can find, the moon. The moon can be photographed at any one of its phases, from a full moon to the new moon. For best results try shooting it while It’s in either the waxing (increasing illumination towards a full moon) or waning (decreasing illumination towards a new moon) phase, as this will produce a dramatic image. The next full moon is June 5th. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time of year to gather ripening fruit. It also coincides with the peak of the strawberry harvesting season. This moon has also been known as the Rose Moon and the Honey Moon.
Photographing the Moon: The camera should be on manual focus (MF) mode, although auto focus (AF) can be used. Turn on live view mode to make it easier to focus. Any lens can be used. The faster the lens the sharper the image. A wide angle can be used and cropped, while a longer zoom will produce more detail. Use a moon phase app so that you can determine what phase it is in and the rise and set times to plan your shoot. I personally use Moon Phase Calendar.
Settings: The moon will be extremely bright so typical night time settings will cause it to be overexposed. Use a slower aperture F/11 – F/16 for greater detail. ISO should be set to your cameras lowest setting 100 – 200. White balance to daylight or auto. You can also try other setting for creative results. Set shutter speed between 1/60 – 1/200 to start and adjust until proper exposure is achieved Utilize a tripod for sharper images. Be sure to turn off image stabilization. Use manual mode and shoot in RAW image format. Consult your camera specs for procedures on settings and their adjustments.
Focus For best results use manual focus. While in live view, zoom in until the moon fills the frame, slowly zoom in until the image is sharp, zoom back out and take the picture. Auto focus can be used, place the focus point on the edge of the moon and half press the shutter to achieve focus as you would normally to take an image.
Creative images To achieve a cloud covered moon image you will need to expose for the different elements, clouds / moon / foreground items ect., separately. Stack the images in post processing. Use bracketing for more dynamic range in your image. Expose +/- ½ up to a full stop.
The Harford County Photography Group is pleased to announce a very special presentation on June 13th, 2020 at 10:00AM, featuring veteran international photographer Julian Elliott, who will be presenting via Zoom from France.
Julian Elliott has been a professional landscape and travel photographer for 10 years. Having started writing for a number of British UK photography magazines he started selling his work through the World renowned Getty Images. To date his work has sold in over 40 countries and he has travelled in over 30 countries capturing the world around him. View his work at www.JulianElliottPhotography.com.
Mongolia – From Steppe to Eagle Hunters. Journey from Mongolia’s capital to the Altai in the country’s far west. See how Julian’s journey in this vast country unfolded and hear how he captured the vast landscapes and the people that inhabit them. Watch how Julian switches between from being a landscape photographer to travel to sports when the talk finishes with a look at the Eagle Festival.
You can sign up to attend this event on Meetup using the link below. The cost of admission is $10.00, details are posted on Meetup.
Harford County Photography Group is pleased to announce that “Conversations In Photography” will be returning to our regular meeting line-up in a brand new online format. Much like before, “Conversations” will be an open discussion forum, giving our members a chance to discuss various photography topics, news, history, and more. We will be offering every member the chance to head a “Conversations” meeting with a topic of their own choosing in hopes of promoting discussion and conversation.
The first of these new meetings will take place on May 25th, 2020 at 6pm on Zoom and we are pleased to have Mr. Kevin Parks heading up the discussion. A 4×6 color print of a group of children with outstretched arms taken from a balcony landed on the desk of Kevin J. Parks in 2004 when he was the staff photographer for Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Little did he know that single image, slated for an upcoming hospital publication, would start a chain of events that would alter the course of a career and view of the world. The following year, Kevin documented his colleagues and the community they served during a 10-day surgical mission in the desert region of Peru along the base of the Andes Mountains. Kevin will share a series of images from the experience, preparation for his first international trip, challenges while on assignment, lessons learned and how that stretch of time continues to impact his work.
For more information and to sign up to head a meeting, please contact us at HCPGLeadership@gmail.com.