Houston Audubon Nature Photography Association
Houston Audubon Nature Photography Association (HANPA) is an informal photo club for Houston Audubon members. Meetings are held September through May on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Edith L. Moore Sanctuary headquarters library.
March 15, 2017: Raptors and More with Joseph Smith
Have you ever wondered how photographers get those great in-flight pictures of hawks and other raptors? Joe Smith will tell you some of the different ways to take such images. He will present images taken in South Texas at the Santa Clara Ranch in November 2016. Focus will be on different shooting techniques, camera settings and equipment used to capture raptors in flight. Other wildlife and bird images will be shown too. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Images will include raptors, turkey, javelina, deer, rabbits, Green Jays and other smaller birds. The presentation will include different flight sequences taken at both ten frames per second and at five frames per second. Come and see the differences.
The Santa Clara ranch has two morning and two evening in ground blinds located in front of small water sites each large enough to accommodate up to 6-7 photographers. The ranch has two above ground blinds devoted solely to shooting raptors. The 300 acre private ranch in Starr County is available for rental all year long. In addition to the blinds, there is a guest house that is available for rental.
Joe began his photography career when he was 13 with a Bosley 35mm camera, a Rolleicord twin lens reflex camera and a photo class at Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. He is self-taught in nature photography primarily by participating in wildlife photo contests in Texas. He has been a winning photographer in the 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contests. In 2002, he finished in the top 25% of all photographers in the 2002 Valley Land Fund Photo Contest with three prize winning class pictures.
Joe is a member of the Houston Photochrome Club, the Houston Center for Photography, Photo Forum at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Photographic Society of America. He was President of the Houston Photochrome Club in 2004-2005 and 2009-2010. He judged the annual competition of the Chinese Photographic Society in 2004. Joe has taught introductory photography seminars and classes for seventh and eighth graders at various schools in Houston, TX. He organized photographers to contribute images for Houston Wilderness’ Atlas of Biodiversity. He has had his images published in Houston Wilderness’ Atlas of Biodiversity, Progressive Farmer and Thomson Safari Catalogue, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.
February 15, 2017: The Bald Eagle with William Morris
William Morris will discuss the beauty and will to survive of the Bald Eagle on the Texas Gulf Coast. William has always been passionate about nature. He developed an interest in photography during his time in the Navy. He started off by photographing the places he traveled to with his first camera, a Canon AE-1 he'd purchased in the ship's store. He's now been shooting for 30 years. When he was asked to share photos of a cougar and black bear he took in a small publication for Big Bend National Park, the notion that others might enjoy or learn from his passion was born. He's spent the past 4 years photographing almost exclusively the Bald Eagle.