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TPS 25th Annual Members' Only Show

The Texas Photographic Society 25th Annual Members' Only Exhibition premiered in the Options Gallery on January 9, 2012. The exhibit, juried by Henry Horenstein a widely published and exhibited professional photographer and the author of more than two dozen books, including the classic texts Black & White Photography, Beyond Basic Photography, and Color Photography, as well as monographs such as Creatures, Canine, and Racing Days. His work has appeared in Life, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, and Town & Country. Horenstein has taught photography at the Rhode Island School of Design for more than twenty years and is currently a professor at RISD. Mr. Horenstein reviewed over 900 photographic images submitted by 150 artists from around the United States of which 62 artists were selected for this 25th Anniversary of the Members' Only Show. First Place Award went to Stephen E. Strom. The exhibit runs until March 9 and then travels across Texas and the region. Please call Steve Goff at 432-335-6497 for additional information about the exhibit and Gallery hours. Clich here to view local Univision TV story.

photo by Stephen E. Strom


OC Photo Majors and faculty selected for the TPS 25th Annual Members' Only Show.

Photo majors Rebecca Tucker, Gerardo Vasquez, Stephanie Lares and Photo Department Chair Steve Goff had works accepted in the Texas Photographic Society Members' Only Exhibition. The exhibit is a national photo competition juried by Henry Horenstein that will open in the Options Gallery on January 9, 2012. Henry Horenstein is a widely published and exhibited professional photographer and the author of more than two dozen books, including the classic texts Black & White Photography, Beyond Basic Photography, and Color Photography, and monographs such as Creatures, Canine, and Racing Days. His work has appeared in Life, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, and Town & Country. Horenstein has taught photography at the Rhode Island School of Design for more than twenty years and is currently a professor at RISD.

 


OC students and faculty exhibit in the 11th Annual High and Dry Exhibition in Lubbock

Odessa College photography students and faculty have works accepted in the 11th annual High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World’s Dry Lands at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Photo majors Ashley Harris, Gerardo Vasquez, Stephanie Lares and De’Andra Tanksley each had one photograph accepted in the competition.  Bruce Arzate had two works accepted. OC adjunct faculty Beckwith Thompson and program chair Steve Goff also had works accepted and Steve was awarded 3rd place.  All accepted participants were part of the OC summer landscape trip to northern New Mexico this past August. Accepted works were created during the week long trip to photograph the landscape and visit photography museums and galleries in Santa Fe. Students and faculty will attend the opening reception in Lubbock on Friday December 9 and see Juror O. Rufus Lovett talk about the exhibit. The photographic competition at the International Cultural Center runs through January 13, 2012. Click here to view all images in the exhibition.


Prerequisites notice!

The Photography Program Advisory Board has made a recommendation that we update the prerequisites within our curriculum. Since we are doing more and more digital, it is necessary for the students to have the digital experience before taking our upper level courses such as Portraiture, Illustrative, Landscape and Expressive. Please know that PHTC 1300 (ARTS 2348 Digital Art I) is now a required prerequisite to enroll in any upper level photography course.


 

OC students and faculty selected to exhibit in the
national photographic competition Illuminance 2011 in Lubbock

Odessa College photography students and faculty have works accepted in the national photographic competition Illuminance 2011 at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock. Photo majors Fran Sherpa and Rebecca Tucker each had two photographs accepted in the competition. OC photography adjunct faculty Beckwith Thompson and program chair Steve Goff each had three works accepted. OC Art Professor Barry Phillips the Elder had two works accepted. New York City photographer Jill Enfield jurored the competition and selected 70 works from nearly 300 submissions. Beckwith Thompson won the 2nd Place Award for her portrait shown below. OC students and faculty attended the opening reception and Gallery Talk on May 5th in Lubbock.

Click here to view all student and faculty accepted works


Circus Gatti

Odessa College Photography students were invited to photograph at the March 7th performance of Circus Gatti in Midland, Texas. Students Carime Muniz, Carlos Garcia, Rebecca Tucker, Cecilia Romo and Program Chair Steve Goff had access to circus performers and animals during the program. It was a fabulous experience for all of us. Carlos Garcia was awarded a $100 scholarship from the Circus for his photographs created that night. Click here to view the best of the student works.

photo by Cecilia Romo


Carlsbad Caverns

Student field trip

OC photography students traveled to Carlsbad Caverns this spring semester to photograph the underground wonders at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. Emily Sotelo, Amanda Dorsett, Shayla Busby, Gerardo Vasquez, Bruce Arzate, Rebecca Tucker and Becki Smith participated in the field trip. Click here to view the best of the student works.

photo by Gerardo Vasquez


OC students and faculty to exhibit in the
10th Annual High and Dry Exhibition in Lubbock

Odessa College photography students and faculty have works accepted in the 10th annual High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World’s Dry Lands at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Photo majors Emily Sotelo, Amanda Dorsett, Jasmine Peters, Fran Sherpa and Rebecca Tucker each had one photograph accepted in the competition along with OC adjunct faculty Beckwith Thompson and program chair Steve Goff. All accepted participants were part of the OC summer landscape trip to northern New Mexico this past August. All of the accepted works were created during the week long trip to photograph the landscape and visit photography museums and galleries in Santa Fe. Students and faculty will attend the opening reception in Lubbock on December 10 and see Juror Roy Flukinger talk about the exhibit. The photographic competition at the International Cultural Center runs through January 14, 2011. Click here to view all images in the exhibition.

 


High and Dry X at International Cultural Center

 

Photographers from across the United States and Canada submitted a total of 495 images to High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World’s Dry Lands. This year’s juror was Roy Flukinger. He is the present Senior Research Curator of Photography and former Department Head and Senior Curator of Photography and Film of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as a curator since 1977. Subjects in the eighty-image exhibition range from the desert oases of Egypt to workers in China’s semiarid cotton-growing region to the people, animals, and landscapes of the American Southwest. The exhibition will be on view at Texas Tech’s International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana, through January 14, 2011 (M-F, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.—closed during TTU holidays). The opening reception will take place at the International Cultural Center on December 10 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. During the reception, Mr. Flukinger will give a talk in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call (806) 742-2974. Click here to view images in the exhibition.

 


Basic b&w Photography

There were two sections of the fall semester 2010 basic Photography classes. Students learned and applied knowledge of camera fundamentals, film exposure and development, basic enlarging controls along with mounting and presentation methods. The photo shooting exercises consisted of expressive portraits, landscapes, abstract subject matter, still lifes and self portraits. Click here to view images from the two courses.

 


Intermediate Photography

The fall semester 2010 Intermediate Photography class just completed a rigorous semester of training in the technical aspects of black and white film photography. Students learned and applied techniques that allow for proper film exposure, film development and advanced printing controls while addressing aesthetic challenges.

Click here to view course images


Summer Landscape Trip

La Madera, NM

Photographing Northern New Mexico, is an annual 5 day field trip to La Madera, New Mexico and post trip meetings, lab work and critiques. This field trip was from July 25-29. There were daily field trips to photograph the natural landscape of Northern New Mexico and trips into Santa Fe to visit photography museums and galleries. Owlpeak B&B is a rustic establishment catering to artists. The owner, Felipe Ortega, is a renown potter and holds many workshops and classes at his B&B. All food is cooked with wood, no electric or gas, and is mouthwatering. Click here to view the student portfolios.

Emily Sotelo


Our Town: Odessa

Jean Watson Mark Swindler Elias Cervantez

D. Clarke Evans

Over 16,000 towns and 1,200 incorporated cities are listed in the Texas Almanac. The places are as varied as the Texas landscape. To celebrate the people and places of Texas, the Texas Photographic Society (TPS) will hold three sequential photographic workshops in designated cities. Each year, TPS plans to host 3 or more workshops in cities and small towns throughout the state. Odessa is the second TPS destination, preceded by Amarillo. Future workshops are planned for Longview and Galveston. Each workshop location will culminate with a local exhibition. TPS is working to secure funding for a catalog of the Odessa exhibition. The Odessa event will be held in the spring and subsequent workshops will be offered thru the summer. The courses are designed sequentially to build upon each other but may be taken individually. While this program will concentrate on Odessa, anyone may take the workshops and enter the exhibition. The strength of the Our Town project is Texans interpreting the uniqueness of their immediate area. Participants will be encouraged to take all the workshops, but this will not be necessary for inclusion in the exhibit and/or catalogue. The workshops will be held in the Photography Department at Odessa College. Details for the workshops and the Call for Entries will be mailed to interested parties and is posted on the TPS and Odessa College website. TPS will engage local media outlets during the workshops and subsequent exhibitions. Our goal will be to have the workshop participants' images and text reprinted in local newspapers (Odessa American and Midland Reporter Telegram) and online. For additional information on Our Town: Odessa contact Steve Goff at 432-335-6497 or sgoff@odessa.edu. Class meets in Sedate Hall room 202 of Odessa College. 432-335-6497. To register for a Our Town: Odessa, go to the TPS website www.texasphoto.org and click on TPS Fee Payment/Workshop on the leftindex bar. Or call Clarke 210-824-4123. Each workshop is $125.

The Workshops

 

Bob Howen & Randy Gay– San Antonio, Texas
HDRI - Concepts and Practice April 10 & 11, 2010 9:00am to 5:00pm

The year 2000 ushered in a host of changes. For photographers the changes were huge and they are still coming. The release of Nikon's D1 SLR with a 2.7MB sensor at less than half the price of the Kodak DCS 2MB camera was a major event. Now, ten years later, we are seeing SLR's with over 20MB sensors and a laundry list of incredible features. During this same time period there have been equally dramatic advances in image processing software. Today photographers have the capability to capture available light images that were virtually impossible in the past.

This workshop will provide participants a basic workflow for selecting, capturing and processing multi-shot High Dynamic Range Images (HDRI). Instruction will include both classroom and field presentations.
*Topics include:
*Problems with “available light” photography;
*HDRI-Theory, Applications and Limitations;
*Evaluating scenes for HDR captures;
*Camera setup and shooting techniques;
*Image transfers, organization and processing in Lightroom
*Other multi-image software options
*Special Interest HDR-Single Image, Action, Panoramas

Bob Howen: Bob has been an award winning video producer and photographer since the mid 1980's. His photography is showcased in numerous exhibitions including a permanent exhibition in the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Bob also participated in the FotoSeptiembre 2007. His images can be found in numerous professional offices, banks and corporate offices in San Antonio. Website: www.bobhowenphotography.com

Randy Gay: Randy has 20 years of experience in digital imaging, color management, and digital printing. He prints all of his own work as well as the work of many well-known photographers. His commercial clients include USAA, SWBC, City of San Antonio, La Quinta Inn San Antonio, Catholic Life Insurance, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital System, Stewart Title Corp., and Valero Energy Corporation. Website: www.randygay.com

Cost of the two day workshop is $125. registration is completed online with the Texas Photographic Society by clicking here

 

 


Save-a-Student Program

The Photography Program is seeking donations of 35mm SLR film cameras for students. With the rise of digital popularity and the small point and shoot camera, we are certain that film cameras are being “ignored” and not used.

We still use film and feel it is an important element in photographic education. Our students need film cameras, and the cameras are getting more and more difficult to find for our classes. We need donations of film cameras to meet the needs of our semester courses. If our program could provide cameras for the students, this would allow students to escape a large cash outlay and could keep them enrolled in the course.

If you are upgrading or ignoring your old camera, please donate it now to the OC Photo Department! Old, sorta new or ancient film cameras are out there wanting a new home. Digital cameras, especially SLRs, are also pining away for a new lease on life. All donations are tax deductible.

So, help a student stay enrolled. Clean off a shelf in your closet. Give a gift that keeps on giving...semester after semester. Recycle--It’s good karma!

Email or call Steve Goff: sgoff@odessa.edu 432-335-6497



Competitions

You can get updated competitons announcements by joining our Competitions Email Group. Email me at sgoff@odessa.edu to be included.

Cell Phone Photography Contest II Deadline is June 1, 2011. For complete information and prospectus go to www.texasphoto.org/2011_Cell/contest.html First, Second, and Third place winners will receive a printed exhibition catalog and their choice of one print from the TPS print program. Three Honorable Mentions will receive a signed copy of Dan Burkholder’s iPhone Artistry (to be published September 2011). For pdf file, click here.

Stormy Weather Dealine is Monday, May 2nd. Download a prospectus at www.vtphotoworkplace.com/id108.html

America Dealine is May 16. Click here for submission guidelines and information.

Open to Interpretation Early dealine is August 23rd. Click here for submission guidelines and information.

Because of the revolvling nature and dates of Photographic Competitions, you may check my primary source of competitions by clicking here.

 
 
   
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