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Hector Astorga

Hector D. Astorga is a professional nature photographer based in South Texas.  His love of nature and the outdoors began as a child in his native country, Honduras. He is a professional guide for visiting photographers at the Santa Clara Ranch and also serves as the ranch manager. He conducts photography workshops there and at other locations in North America, Central America, and Africa.

He is a four-time Grand Prize winner of the Texas big nature photography competitions. In 2013 and 2015, he was the Grand Prize winner of the Wildlife in Focus Nature Photography Contest. In addition, he was the top recipient of the Valley Land Fund Nature Photography Contest in 2010 (Professional and Open Divisions) and in 2008 (Small Tract Division). He won top honors in the 2009 National Wildlife Federation Photography Contest and in the 2012 Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers Photography competition. In 2016, one of his images was selected as a “Best of Show” by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) in their Annual Showcase competition.

His work has been featured in Nature’s Best Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Federation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic Guide Books, The Chicago Tribune and other national and regional publications.

Hector is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers (RMOWP), Texas Nature and Environmental Photographers (TexNEP), Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) and of Nikon Professional Services (NPS).

Visit www.hectorastorga.com to learn more about Hector and view his work.

What’s in the bag?

Hector carries: Nikon D5, Nikon D500, and Nikon D810 cameras.  His lenses include the Nikon 500mm f4; and the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 for wildlife.  For landscape and photo trap images, he uses the Nikon 24-70 f2.8, Nikon 16-35 f4, and Nikon 16mm f2.8 fish-eye.  The Nikon 200mm Micro is his choice for macro photography.  His top choice for a tripod is the Gitzo tripod with a Wimberley gimbal head or a Really Right Stuff ball head.

 

Upcoming Events

April 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hector D. Astorga is a professional nature photographer, photographer guide and photography workshop instructor. Since 2008 he has had success in photography contests. He has won many regional and national Nature Photography competitions including: Grand Prize Winner - 2008 Valley Land Fund Nature Photography Contest (Small Tract Division) Grand Prize Winner - 2010 Valley Land Fund Nature Photography Contest (Professional and Open Divisions) Grand Prize Winner - 2011 and 2013 Wildlife in Focus Nature Photography Contest First Place - 2009 National…

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Come learn different lighting techniques to create some unique and unusual images while photographing at a beach located on the west end of Galveston Island. Topics will include: Light Painting and Long Exposure Effects, Steel Wool Photography Tips and Tricks, Light Drawing, Repeating Flash Mode Tricks and other interesting and fun techniques.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am

Combine the movement of horses on the beach with the glow of sunrise. What better setting to learn about creative photography techniques? On this trip to nearby a Galveston Island beach we will be met by horses and riders. Topics to be covered will be: photographing moving subjects, creating blurred images to show movement, panning, and high speed photography to freeze moving subjects and water.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Photographic Composition refers to the arrangement of visual elements in a photo. During this workshop we will talk about how to approach photographic composition. We will discuss numerous related topics including: Filling the frame Placing your subjects off center Leading lines Anchors Foreground, middle-ground, and backgrounds

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Hector Astorga on this unique experience on Galveston Bay to photograph birds in flight from a boat. One of the best ways to learn to photograph birds in flight is to practice and this trip will provide a great opportunity to do that. The number of birds, Brown Pelicans in particular, is amazing, providing many photo opportunities as they come and go from the islands. Within Galveston Bay there are man-made islands where a large numbers of breeding birds…

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