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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 Macro 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 2020
April 16 @ 7:45 pm - 10:45 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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April 17 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am

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 ample opportunities to do just that!

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April 17 @ 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Professional PhotoTraps are high speed camera trigger systems. During this workshop, Hector will introduce you to how these devices work and how to use them in the field. The infrared and/or motion detector triggers allow you to capture fast moving wildlife that is almost impossible to capture otherwise. You will learn the basic knowledge needed to get started using these fantastic tools for nature photographers.

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April 18 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am

Come walk with Hector and take a photo tour of the Historic Strand District as Galveston Island wakes up!  This area filled with historic buildings is ideal for wide angle shooting of turn of the century architecture as well as vignette shooting of features with your longer lens. We will capture these buildings in ways to illustrate the history of Galveston as City and as a port. We will meet to begin our walk on the north end of the…

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April 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Histograms are graphical representations of the light levels that our camera captures, understanding them will help us expose our images correctly making sure that all the available data is captured by our cameras. Sounds complicated? It’s not!!! During the program Astorga will show us why it is important to understand and correctly read the histograms on your digital camera. Astorga will explain this in terms that all photographers, amateurs to pros, can understand and benefit from.

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April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This popular photography field trip by boat is so popular we offer it four times during FeatherFest! 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 ample opportunities to do just that! The number of birds, Brown Pelicans in particular, is amazing, providing many photo opportunities as the birds come and…

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