Maroon Bells at Sunrise: The Story Behind the Photo

By Jay Gosdin

Photo of Maroon Bells near Aspen, CO., at sunrise by Jay Gosdin

Maroon Bells by Jay Gosdin

The Maroon Bells outside of Aspen, Colorado, is an iconic shot that I wanted to add to my portfolio. Many years ago, we visited with our young daughter, and I got a shot of her with the flowers and lake in the background. There were few people there.

In 2017, I wanted to visit this spot again during my favorite time of the year in Colorado.

My wife and I got up at 4 a.m. and thought we would beat the crowd. With my headlamp on, we walked the short way to the lake through the dark. To my surprise there were at least 75 to 100 photographers around the lake with their tripods and cameras ready for the magic shot! I squeezed in and protected my spot for the duration of the sunrise show. Using a two-stop graduated filter, I carefully made many shots of the perfect morning sunrise.

This was a one-time event for me since I don’t like crowds. I got the shot I wanted and won a ribbon in the club. And I will be displaying at the Bedford Library with my first metal print!


80% Chance of Rain; 100% Chance of Color: The Story Behind the Photo

By Bill Webb

Photograph of pink and yellow tulips with raindrops by Bill Webb.

80% Chance of Rain; 100% Chance of Color by Bill Webb

It was an overcast, drizzly, blustery day as a friend and I escorted a group of seniors from our church to the Dallas Arboretum. All thoughts of cold and wind were soon forgotten though as we saw the flowers.

Because I was there to help with photo questions from the group, I didn’t take my usual DSLR, extra lenses, tripod, etc. but rather just pocketed a point-and-shoot camera. You know, it was a very liberating experience to not have to worry about finding a place to set up the tripod, attaching the shutter release cord, deciding upon which filter to use (or none), selecting the best combination of aperture, shutter speed and ISO, peering through the viewfinder for just the right angle and composition… This day it was just a little point-and-shoot camera making most of the decisions.

When I got home and viewed the photos on my computer, I was a bit bemused that they turned out so well. Once again I was reminded that photography is NOT about the equipment or the fussing about settings or the megapixels. It is about the light and the image and capturing a photo that allows you to share the feeling of the moment or the place. Photography is also about stepping back, relaxing, enjoying the moment, and sometimes not trying so hard.

Friday Night Fireworks Field Trip – June 2018

Fireworks photo by Lynne Rogers Harris

Photo by Lynne Rogers Harris

Trinity Arts Photo Club (TAPC) members are attending the Friday Night Fireworks in Grapevine and getting fantastic results. This free event runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Parking is very limited, so get there early. You’ll also need time to find your setup spot. Bring your camera, a remote shutter release, tripod, and INSECT REPELLENT.

Come join the fun!

Fireworks photo by Nancy Abby

Photo by Nancy Abby

Fireworks photo by Debby Hoover

Photo by Debby Hoover

Flaming S not FlamingO: The Story Behind the Photo

By Bill Webb

Flaming S not FlamingO by Bill Webb

Flaming S not FlamingO by Bill Webb

While checking out some flamingos one afternoon I found them all napping. I had started out for that typical “portrait” shot, you know the one, but the birds just were NOT going to cooperate. However, I found that by merely walking a few paces to my left I could get an entirely new (to me) perspective on these birds that I was even more captivated with.

Over the years I have found that many times when we are all set and focused on a particular image (or outcome dealing with “whatever”), we often find ourselves not getting what we wanted, expected, or sought. In those situations when I have decided that I will just make the best of it, I often find that the outcome is better than what I was originally going after.

It’s all in how you look at it.

Smart(er)phone Shooting

By Darren Wiedman

Phone cameras have come a long way in a very short time. It may not be as good as your DSLR, but it’s a lot easier to carry. Here are a few tips for better shots.

Keep it clean

Our phones take a lot more abuse than our regular cameras. And it’s really easy to get your fingers on the lens. Take a few seconds to clean it before shooting.

Pokus focus

Remember to tap the screen at the point you want in focus. This also sets the exposure based on that spot. Some phones have tap-and-hold options for even more control.

Get closer

Most cell phones use digital zoom. Swiping your fingers to bring the image closer is really just cropping, which creates a grainier image. It’s better to move in as close as you can, get the shot, and crop it in post.

Use the grid

Go into your camera settings and turn on your grid. This will help you keep the rule of thirds in mind when you’re composing your shot.

Go steady

Camera shake is a common problem with phone photography. (You have to “tap” it just to capture the image.) When possible, set your camera on a stable surface (table, fence post, etc.) especially in low light. It’s easy to get blurry photos otherwise.

Post your images

Make use of your phone’s post-production tools or third-party apps to tweak the image. It’s not cheating. Here are a few that the internet seems to like. (Use at your own risk.)

Smartphone camera taking picture out airplane window

Photo by Matthew Kerslake on Unsplash

  • Camera +
  • Camera FV-5
  • Camera Zoom FX
  • Diptic
  • EyeM
  • Gelo
  • Instagram
  • Paper Camera
  • Photo Editor by Aviary
  • Pixlr
  • Prisma
  • Snapseed
  • VSCO Cam
  • XnViewFX

Fossil Rim Field Trip – May 2018

Photo Club members shoot giraffe in vehicle at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas.

Photo by Debby Hoover

Giraffe at Fossil Rim WIldlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas

Photo by Lana Macko

The Trinity Arts Photo Club went a little wild this month. Several of our members visited the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. While this area of the state is known for its fossilized dinosaur footprints, some slightly smaller animals still roam the area. Check the Meetup site for more great outings like this one.

Cheetah at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas

Photo by Lynne Rogers Harris

Addra Gazelle at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas

Photo by Bill Webb

My Mirage: The Story Behind the Photo

By Leanna Mendoza

Star Wars Stormtrooper being filmed in the Grand Canyon

My Mirage by Leanna Mendoza

We were traveling in the Utah desert with nothing around except beautiful landscapes surrounding us. From a distance, I saw a white image. Unable to make out the figure, I used my zoom lens to see this! I had to rub my eyes and do a double take. I told my driver (Teresa) “Go, Go, Go!” We got close enough to take this image. It was the most bizarre shooting experience I have ever had. This was literally a movie moment! I was told the next day, while in the Grand Canyon, that Transformers and Star Wars movies had been shot there, since it was so desolate and Marslike.