Thursday, April 17th Program - Lou Vest, Ship Pilot for the Houston Ship Channel

 Our program for this Thursday night April 17, 2014 will feature a slide presentation of images by Lou Vest, a Ship Pilot for the Houston Ship Channel.

Lou Vest would certainly have you think he was just an unassuming ship pilot, nothing special.  Delving a little deeper, I found him to be much more than that.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.  He served in other capacities during his career, before becoming a ship pilot in 1986.

"Lou started carrying a camera to work in 2005 to document the experience of working on the Houston Ship Channel.  His goal was to bring attention to what was a virtually unknown port, in the region and throughout the nation".  He began using his camera to show others how vibrant and complex the port of Houston really was.  I obtained the preceding information from Houston Arts Alliance website, where Lou allowed them to post his photo essay on the port, located here.

Lou had a story written about him in the Houston Press Blog in October 2013 here.  In 2011, one of Lou's images was named Best Photo of the Year at the Houston Web Awards.  He participated in a 2010 Fotofest exhibit at City Hall and had a show at the Arts Alliance during Fotofest 2012.  He has recently been learning to print his own work.  We will ask him to share whatever insights he has learned about that process.

His website can be found here  Do not miss this presentation.  I truly believe what he shares with us on Thursday, as photographers, will leave a lasting impression on all of us.

The meeting will start with club provided snacks and socializing at 7:00pm.  The presentation will start at 7:30pm.  The meeting is held at Butler Longhorn Museum in League City.  Visitors are welcome!

Honors Night Results for April

Title Photographer Points Total Award
Lady Down on Luck Patrick, Larry 21 189 Gold
Super Heros To The Rescue Efting, Bill 18 135 Gold
The Road Past Hana Clayton, John 19 114 Gold
My Only Sunshine Stewart, Will 16 96 Silver
Fannin Street Timme, Jeff 14 84 Silver
Overgrown Stewart, Will 14 56 Bronze


Title Photographer Points Award
P K Timme, Jeff 21 Gold
Gone Fishing Stewart, Sharon 21 Gold
Dawn LeMaster, David 18 Silver
Texas River Road Samaranayake, Nuwan 18 Silver
Feed Me, Seymor LeMaster, David 16 Bronze

Nuwan Samaranayake - BAPC Photographer of the Year

Our annual Photographer of the Year recognition dinner was held on January 16th.   It was our usual pot luck dinner with a spectacular assortment of side dishes and desserts brought in by our members to accompany Texas’ statutory requirement of a Pappa’s barbecue main course.  Everyone in attendance gained 2 pounds.  If you noticed me carrying a plateful of desserts home after the meeting go ahead and assume I was taking it to someone else.

In order to boost the post-meal energy levels, we held our annual annoying quiz.  This year, despite many notices that there would be a general knowledge quiz, members were still unprepared for my quiz on ‘generals’.  Nevertheless, grading on the curve, we had 2 winners who walked away with small prizes. 

The main event was the presentation of the 2013 Photographer of the Year Award to Nuwan Samaranayake, who edged out a very competitive group of photographers this year.  During the year, Nuwan brought in many stunning images that really need to be seen.  Take a few minutes to browse Nuwan’s gallery of gold award images to understand why he received this honor for 2013.  Lewis Hall was 3 percent behind Nuwan and also has an incredible gallery of photos.

Finally, we conducted about 2 minutes of business in announcing the new slate of officers and committee chairpersons.  Barry Armer will be taking on the president’s position for the next 2 years.  Prior to his inauguration I explained all the cool things about this job.  Now that he is in charge, I will tell him the rest.   Good luck Barry. 

Bob Dempsey

Immediate Past President 

Color Scheme Designer

There was some discussion at our December 5 meeting about the upcoming assignment “complementary colors” for January. Steve Schuenke mentioned a web-based tool called Color Scheme Designer, an interactive color wheel. Below is the link to the web site along with a tutorial on complementary colors where it is used on Phlearn.

BAPC Meetings

Bay Area Photo Club meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month at the Butler Longhorn Museum in League City.  Honors Night is always the 1st Thursday of the month.  The 3rd Thursday will either be a tutorial or a program.  Go to the link above for directions.

Meeting Schedule 2014

April 2014

Apr 17 Program Night

May 2014

May 01 Honors Night

One-light Portrait

May 08 Officers Mtg

May 15 Program Night

Nature & Wildlife Photography

June 2014

June 05 Honors Night

The Beach

June 19 Program Night

July 2014

July 03 Honors Night


July 17 Program Night


Click on any links for more details.

BAPC Photographer of the Year 2014 Standings

New Members/Visitors

April 2014

New Members 



Photo Events/Contests

Always read the submission guidelines concerning copyright and ownership retention prior to submitting images to any contest.