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North Texas Asian Photographer’s Association (NTAPA) was established in 2003 by a group of people who share the same passion for photography, personal well-being, and environmental stewardship. We aim to promote the art and science of photography through educational experiences, informational sessions, inspiration, and opportunity for self-growth and camaraderie for all persons interested in photography. NTAPA is a Section 501©3 nonprofit organization.

Every year we organize various field trips, near and far, led by our experienced members in order to exchange photographic knowledge and promote fellowship. In our monthly meeting we regularly hold art critique sessions and photograph contests. Our members are encouraged to participate in all forms of professional seminars and competitions. We host multiple local photograph exhibitions at major art centers every year. NTAPA offers public photography education programs, publishes weekly newspaper column, and provides community photography services.

Our members range from dedicated amateurs to devoted dedicated professionals. Our Special Interest Groups (SIG) includes Canon/Nikon camera system, tripod/lenses/lighting equipment discussion, Photoshop / Lightroom postprocessing, hiking for personal well-being groups, and is growing continuously. We welcome you to join us. Membership fee is $40 annually.

Photography Trips

Dear all,

The followings are tentative plans for 2018 group trips. Since the planning is always prospective, sometime it is hard to predict one’s schedule in the future. We are grateful to those who are willing to lead. As we are soliciting more trip planners we surely will continue to add more trips to the plan.

The following trip categories are suggested, but not limited to:

A. Flowers and foliage
1. Dallas Arboretum, Mid-March (planner: Paul Wang)
2.

B. Wildlife and nature
1. Texas coastal birding, Shangri-la Botanical Garden, March 9-11 (planner: Lei Zhang)
2. Caddo Lake, late Oct. or early Nov., 3 days (planner: Wenchi)
3. Birding, UT Southwester campus, May 19 (planner: Mike He)
4. Birding, Bosque del Apache, NM, Nov 21-25 (planner: Mike He)

C. City architecture and urban life
1. Dallas skyline, Feb. 8 (closed. planner: Guangming Li)
2. Tennis photography, May or June, Frisco (planner: Xiaopeng Li)

D. Wild, wild West
1. Location TBA, Fall, 7-10 days (planner: Robin Lee)

E. Performances and shows

F. People and Studio
1. Model-shoot, Downtown Plano, Jan. 28 (closed, planner: Shirley and executive committee)

G. Night
1. Milky way, Ft. Griffin, West Texas, July (planner: Wenchi)
2.

Questions can be directed to Lei Zhang 210-834-3508 or Yipin Wu 734-214-1271

Thank you. Happy releasing!
Zhang, Lei

2017焰火摄影比赛结果

一等奖一名

1  Jin Li  (File name: 10_Firework)

二等奖三名
2  Li Xiang Peng (File name: 01_Firework)
3  John Shi (File name: 02_Firework)
4  Lijuan Jing  (File name: 13_Firework)
三等奖五名
5 Jean Zhao (File name: 06_Firework)
6 Alice Yang   (File name: 33_Firework)
7 Lei Zhang  (File name: 07_Firework)
8 Li Xiang Peng (File name: 36_Firework)
9 Lijuan Jing  (File name: 31_Firework)
鼓励奖六名
10 Serena  (File name: 16_Firework)
11 Ricky Han (File name: 21_Firework)
12 Yun Xia (File name: 11_Firework)
13 Karen Wang (File name: 32_Firework)
14 Jin Li  (File name: 44_Firework)
15 Karen Wang (File name: 14_Firework)

Utah photo trip

One of NTAPA 2017 activity is a week long New Mexico/Utah photo trip in May led by president Dan Tian. It is a big success. There are more than 20 people participated. Everyone enjoyed the trip and took home a lot of good memories. Please see some of their photos.

 

2017 exhibition photo

NTAPA 2017 exhibition are open to the public at Eisemann Center in Richardson till the end of July. Here are the small size of digital copy. By the way, please vote one image you like the most. Thank you.

在 Deep Ellum 街拍 (文:冉靜/攝影:冉靜,李瑾) – 摄影专栏 2017-04-07

春天的清晨,乍暖還涼,略帶冷冽的晨風徐徐而來,輕柔地拂去殘留的睡意,讓人一下子就神清氣爽起來。在太陽剛剛跳出地平線的時候,我們攝影學會 Shirley 組一行六人,相約來到 Dallas Downtown 的 Deep Ellum Station, 開始了今天的街拍。

Deep Ellum 位於 Dallas 市中心東面,是著名的藝術和娛樂場所。在 19 世紀末開始修建成為 Dallas最熱鬧的住宅和商業區,擁有當時 Dallas 最大的商業店面,是 Dallas 最具歷史意義的街區。Deep Ellum 的真正成名是從上世紀二十年代開始湧入的大量的音樂家和藝術家,讓它成為早期爵士樂和藍調音樂的溫床,加上從八十年代開始城市允許藝術家們在墻上涂鴉宣傳音樂和藝術,眾多的色彩豐富風格迥異的涂鴉和餐館咖啡店夜總會紋身店畫廊,讓這裡熱鬧非凡,成為著名的藝術街區。

今天的街拍從抓住朝陽照在市中心高樓上的第一縷陽光開始。因為到的時候太陽已經跳出地平線,我們一陣手忙腳亂,取出相機,支好三角架,看著照在金屬雕塑上的陽光從柔和的金色很快就要變成了熾熱的白色,趕緊開拍!在一陣忙亂中,Shirley 老師不停地提醒大家多從不同的角度看看,尋找不同的景點不同的感覺。

拍過朝陽,我們開始掃街。Shirley 扛著三角架,帶著大家東看看西看看,在一排破舊的窗戶裡看到空曠的倉庫,陽光從有格紋的門外射入,光影斑斕,對面高架橋的倒影正好重疊在門上,形成一組奇異又和諧的畫面。因為是早上,行人很少,我們就自己做模特兒,在各種有趣的墻上涂鴉前或行走,或靜思,或裝酷,拍下想要的畫面和感覺。

在整個街拍過程中,Shirley 悉心指導,給我們耐心講解怎麼選景構圖,光圈大小是怎麼影響畫面的,提醒我們拍照前要想好自己想要表達什麼。我們一邊走,一邊看,一邊不停地拿相機比劃構圖,手腳和頭腦都忙得不亦樂乎!這是一次充滿藝術享受的街拍!

April 10 meeting

We are very honored to invite a famous Chinese painter, Wang Bin, to give us a lecture on our monthly meeting. He is the Executive Director of American Oversea Chinese Artists in US and many of his work have been collected by US museums.

Topic: Artistic Composition and Expression of Style

Time: 6:30 pm Monday, 4/10

Location: QD Academy, 4100 Legacy Dr, Plano

福和市水公園(文:簡嵐/攝影:北德州亞裔攝影學會)- 攝影專欄 2017-03-31

雖然在達拉斯居住了將近三十年,但我對於這鄰近的、共用同一機場、併稱為「達福」的福和市相當陌生。專程進入福和市的次數,不到五次,其中兩次就為了拜訪「福和市水公園」(Fort Warth Water Garden)。

位於福和市城中心的水公園,交通方便,免費進入,而且有許多停車位。1974年建立啟用,由兩位紐約著名建築設計師,Philip Johnson 和 John Burgee 設計。佔地4.3公頃,樹木繁茂,層層疊疊的牆環繞三個大水池和門口一個小水池。

最大的水池呈三角形,由地面矮牆墩內緩緩冒出薄薄一片水來,經過一層又一層的水泥牆面,無聲無息地、深深地流入中心的五角型小池中,水呈淺藍色。最吸引人的是一條走道,以石凳子舖成,一塊接一塊地,可以讓遊客步行到最深入的池中心,體驗四周水牆的震撼。

另一個水池呈多邊形,其中有許多往上的小噴水柱,不停地噴水。到了夜裡,每個水柱打了燈光,藍色、粉色、紅色、橘色…. 變化無窮。

還有一個水池呈長長的五邊形,水色藍綠,池邊走道的外圍四周由一圈高樹和高牆圍繞,牆面緩緩流下一層薄薄的水。夜裡黃黃的燈光,映著藍綠的池水,趣味盎然。

攝影學會Megan組,一行十一人分乘三部車,每人帶了長槍也帶了廣角鏡頭,駕上腳架,浩浩蕩蕩下午天色尚亮就來到水公園。好幾位會員是第一次拍攝流動的水流和夜景的!他們心中充滿興奮與期望。

Megan說了,這次外拍,主要是練習水流的攝影,要以較長曝光速度,將水流以絲狀的柔順拍攝。將來有機會拍攝瀑布時,基本原則是類似的。重點是構圖第一;ISO調到最低;光圈最小(F號碼最大);期望拍攝速度在1秒左右或更長。如果天色還太亮,就先拍別的景物,或加NDX黑鏡。

她挑戰會員,是否有機會先看看網路上 Fort Worth Water Garden 長什麼樣子,先想想到了水池邊打算怎麼拍照。然後她建議:1)五角形水池的全景,無燈、有燈都要拍攝。2)如池中有人,可以長焦或標準鏡頭,拍人當主題。試試不同的拍攝速度。3)下池中的走道,取由下往上的角度。4)其他的水池,各自取景。

大伙兒到了園內,三三兩兩分頭取景。到了傍晚時分,天色仍亮,燈就亮了!幾聲歡呼後,紛紛試槍。緊跟著夕陽西下,雲彩轉紅,燈光打亮的水柱配以雲彩,又一張好片子。大伙兒轉戰三個大水池,試著不同角度、不同設定、不同曝光程度,不亦樂乎!收穫豐盛!