KVPAC Amateurs play

We have been assisting KVPAC for a few months now with their plays and family photography needs.  They are a good group of people helping the community with daycare and performing art type services.  Every now and then we get an adult cast play and they are always witty and very well done.  Definitely worth checking out!  This play was called, “Amateurs”.

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Great job again and thanks!

Skeet shoot

A few photos from the club skeet shoot event for charity.  Good people for a good cause!  We did each team’s photo, made prints for each person and handed them out by the time they returned from the competition.  Thanks everyone!

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Good job again everyone!

Pita’s Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Pita!

Pita and six of her friends went on a spa day.

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They were limo’d to “Naty Salon & Spa” in Pasadena, Texas where they got a bit of makeup done while they ate cheese and fruits and had some juice.  The staff there was very nice and professional.  Thanks ladies!

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Here are a few finished photos of the girls.

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The Party came next at Demers Banquet Hall (one of their smaller rooms, but very large for a small party!)  The ladies got to paint sculptures and a few other things while they ate and chatted.

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At the end they brought out her birthday cake.  When they poured on the hot chocolate, the outer crust melted away revealing the ice cream and brownie inside.   All the ladies were in awe!  Being a home made dish that I had only see on facebook, I was in awe too.  Good job mom and dad!!

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Thanks Pita and family/friends!!

The Houston Zoo March 2016

The Houston Zoo March 2016

I have been part of the Katy Photography Meetup for about five years now.  We occasionally do fun outings such as this group Houston Zoo trip where users can practice with their cameras, ask for help and meet other photographers from the Katy area.  This Houston Zoo event was designated our beginners group, so I decided to use this time to assist others and also play with one of the lenses I do not normally use, a 1976 Reflex-Nikkor F/11 1000mm with manual focus and no image stabilization.  It was a major pain and I fought with it all day!

This “Reflex-Nikkor” lens is known for… “donut bokeh”.  To understand what this means, you need to know that “bokeh” is.  Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.   Basically bokeh is the “pretty” blurry background behind a subject.  The use of it is supposed to make the subject pop!

Sample of normal “pretty” bokeh that makes you focus on the subject.

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Donut bokeh is also blurry, but blurry in a bad way.  It creates circles (resemble donuts) that cause your attention to focus on it rather than the subject.

Here is an out of focus picture of nothing, but showing the donut bokeh.  Your eye will focus on the circular donuts in the photo and will distract you from the main subject.

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Here are three photos from the Zoo event that show this pretty well.

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The Houston Zoo March 2016

The Houston Zoo March 2016

I do not recommend this lens to anyone other than if you want to challenge yourself.

Altogether, I was surprised to get this many keepers.

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Thanks everyone who attended, it was a great time!

Macy’s at Memorial City Mall – An American Heart Association event

Here are a few photos from Macy’s at Memorial City Mall.  The American Heart Association had an event for the public.

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Memorial Hermann was there doing blood pressure readings and handing out goodies.macy's american heart association at memorial city mall macy's american heart association at memorial city mall

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HEB had a long line at their booth – yummy and healthy free food samples!  macy's american heart association at memorial city mall macy's american heart association at memorial city mall

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And thanks to everyone who helped spread the message about heart disease awareness!

Ziggy, Sandra and Debi

Myself, a few fellow photographers and a well dressed son decided we would run out to Brenham, TX looking for old barns and bluebonnets.

We made it past Chapel Hill without finding any barns or bluebonnets.  After an hour of searching we decided to take a break at a community park, stretch our legs and pose.

Say Cheese Debi!   Attitude Sandra!

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And playtime Ziggy!

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Ziggy enjoyed the break!

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After the break we hopped back into the car and drove around back roads for another thirty minutes, finally ending up on a pretty hill overlooking a small valley.  Ziggy didn’t want to walk out there without momma.

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But once out there, he was fine.  Don’t move Ziggy!!  (snap snap!)  Good job!

 

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Alright, time to head on to the next spot!

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As we were driving out, we found this fella trying to decide whether to sleep or eat.

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And onward we went until we ended up in … Winkelman TX?  Definitely a Ghost Town.

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And finally we stopped for BBQ on the way home.  By this time Ziggy was out cold.  Too much excitement for him today!  More BBQ for us!  🙂

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Thanks Ladies and Thanks Ziggy!