DNR Winter Project Winners Spotlight – Week 2

DNR Winter Project Winners Spotlight – Week 2

Brian Lucy, GNPA Conservation Communications Chair

This week’s post features the winner’s from the Landscape category.

“Landscape photography is the art of capturing pictures of nature and the outdoors in a way that brings viewers into the scene. From grand landscapes to intimate details, the best photos demonstrate the photographer’s own connection to nature and capture the essence of the world.”  – photographylife.com/landscapes


Week 2 – Landscape Category

1st Place – Art Stiles

“Fishing at Marben PFA” by Art Stiles

Camera:           Nikon D700
Lens:                Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VR II
Focal Length:   185mm
Aperture:          f/8
Exposure:        1/30
ISO:                 200
Location:          Mansfield, GA
Date:                Nov 10, 2017  8:45AM


During our monthly, now Zoom-held, Conservation Committee meeting we were discussing how this series of blogs is a great way to highlight the winning entries from the winter project.  After about ten minutes talking about the winners Tom Wilson reminded us that while showcasing the top shots is important that the real win was hundreds of photos that GNPA was able to provide our conservation partner.  


Week 2 – Landscape Category

2nd Place – Jenny Burdette

“Boat at Sunrise” by Jenny Burdette

Camera:           Nikon D610
Lens:                Nikkor 28-300mm
Focal Length:   62mm
Aperture:          f/13
Exposure:        1/320
ISO:                 1250
Location:          Bryan County, Fort McAllister Park, GA
Date:                July 7, 2015 6:40AM


“The Wildlife Resources Division is so thankful for the Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association and the special partnership we’ve built. By providing beautiful Georgia-based photos, photographers are able help the agency spread the message of conservation while also showcasing the talented residents of the state of Georgia.”   Aubrey Pawlikowski, Assistant Manager for Public Affairs, Communications & Marketing


Week 2 – Landscape Category

3rd Place – Joseph Kovarik

Camera:           Nikon D800
Lens:                Nikkor 16-35mm AF-S F/4G ED VR
Focal Length:   22mm
Aperture:          f/11
Exposure:        3 sec
ISO:                 100
Location:          Dick’s Creek Waterfalls, Cleveland, GA
Date:                July 7, 2015 6:40AM


Now is a great time to go through your photo library to find pictures to share with our conservation partners,  The conservation page in the GNPA website has list of active requests for photos for you to select from.  

To learn more about the GNPA conservation group email us at cons_volunteers@gnpa.org

 

 

 

DNR Winter Project Winners Spotlight – Week 1

DNR Winter Project Winners Spotlight – Week 1

GNPA Members Shoot it Out for DNR

Nearly 400 photos submitted for

GNPA’s Conservation 2020 DNR Winter Project

 

Last week we announced the full list of winners and this week we are putting our focus on the winning shots from the Challenge Category. With 384 submissions from 39 members across 5 categories our judges had their hands full selecting the top photos.

The biggest winner of GNPA’s first annual conservation photography project is Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Division, which now has hundreds of amazing photos to use online and in their materials to help connect people to nature.

“The Wildlife Resources Division is so thankful for the Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association and the special partnership we’ve built. By providing beautiful Georgia-based photos, photographers are able help the agency spread the message of conservation while also showcasing the talented residents of the state of Georgia.”   Aubrey Pawlikowski, Assistant Manager for Public Affairs, Communications & Marketing

 

Week 1 – Challenge Category

1st Place – Dale Asby

Roseatte Spoonbill Landing, Dale Aspy       

 

Camera:           Canon
Lens:                Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM
Focal Length:   140mm
Aperture:          f/8
Exposure:        1/5000
ISO:                 800
Location:          Jekyll Island, GA
Date:                April 6, 2016 9:39AM


The annual project is a key piece of GNPA’s Conservation Committee, whose primary goal is helping GNPA members become aware of how they can engage in GNPA’s conservation efforts, and help members develop the skills to make valuable contributions to conservation in Georgia.


2nd Place – Jenny Burdette

Brown Headed Nuthatch, Jenny Burdette

          Camera:           Nikon D500
Lens:                Sigma 150-600mm
Focal Length:   550mm
Aperture:          f/7.1
Exposure:        1/400
ISO:                 900
Location:          Gwinnett Co, GA
Date:                Aug 2, 2019  5:04PM


With 8 official conservation partners of GNPA across the state, there is always a need for your help.  From documenting cleanup events and families in nature to helping build a database of plants and wildlife, you can make a difference!


3rd Place – Paul Thomas

Young alligators in Okefenokee, Paul Thomas

                      Camera:           Nikon D7000
Lens:                Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8
Focal Length:   200mm
Aperture:          f/8
Exposure:        1/1000
ISO:                 1600
Location:          Okefenokee Swamp, GA
Date:                April 2015


GNPA is extremely proud of the difference that our Conservation Group members are making to have their photographs inspire current and future generations to connect with our natural world. 

To join the GNPA Conservation Group email cons_volunteers@gnpa.org

Life’s a beach for the winners of the 2020 GNPA Conservation 2020 DNR Winter Project

Life’s a beach for the winners of the 2020 GNPA Conservation 2020 DNR Winter Project

Ghost Crab at Jekyll Island – Sara Aspy, GNPA member

 

Congratulations to all the winning photographers of the first annual GNPA Conservation Winter Project!

The project was a great way to support one of our Conservation partners, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Georgia.

With 384 photographs from 39 contributors across the state the judges had their hands full selecting the top photos.

To participate in future GNPA Conservation photography events email consvolunteer@gnpa.org

Thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute.  We will be posting a full gallery of the winning photos on the website soon, and featuring a category in a blog post each week over the next five weeks.

And your winners are….

Wildlife

1st Place         Blue Bird with Worms                                Jenny Burdette

2nd Place         Coyote on Fallen Pine                              Joe Berry

3rd Place         White Eyed Vireo                                      Steve Rushin

Landscape

1st Place         Fishing at Marben PFA                               Art Stiles

2nd Place         Boat at Sunrise                                          Jenny Burdette

3rd Place         Dicks Creek Waterfalls                               Joseph Kovarik

 

Close Up

1st Place         Ghost Crab                                                    Sara Aspy

2nd Place         Cicada Metamorphosis                                Ricki Forbes

3rd Place         Gopher Tortoise                                           Steve Rushing

 

Story in 5 Shots

1st Place         Eagle Drinking                                           Steve Rushing

2nd Place         Hummingbird vs Praying Mantis               Diane Yancey

 

Challenge Shot

1st Place         Roseate Spoonbill Landing                       Dale Aspy

2nd Place         Brown Headed Nuthatch                         Jenny Burdette

3rd Place         Young Alligators in Okeefenokee             Paul Thomas

 

Grand Prize Winner

With one first place and two 2nd place photos                  Jenny Burdette

 

 

Creating a Horizontal Image from a Vertical Image for the Internet

Creating a Horizontal Image from a Vertical Image for the Internet

Sometimes you will have a vertical image but it needs to be converted to a 1080 pixel wide horizontal image with a 4:3 aspect ratio for posting on Meetup and the GNPA website.  I’ll walk through the process.  This video from Matt Kloskowski helps to walk through the basic ideas.

Here is a vertical image:  We want to change this to a horizontal image for posting on Meetup and the GNPA website.

Start by Opening the Print Module in Lightroom.  Open the Layout panel on the left side of the screen.  I am creating the 8×6 User template so I can use it for this image and in the future.

First, create a Custom Layout with appropriate dimensions or a multiple of those dimensions.   Select the + to the Right of the Template Browser.  I am going to use 8 inches wide and 6 inches high for a 4:3 aspect ratio.

Add a single custom cell for the vertical image.  You can choose any of the cell size options and then adjust the size as needed.  I used 4.5 inches wide and 6 inches high – a 3:4 ratio that fills the 6 inch canvas height but that could be changed as needed.  Be sure to fill the page height if you want to avoid having excess white space.  You can use any size for the cell as long as it matches the height of your layout.  The sides will simply have white space.

Drag the photo into the cell.  Tweak the image dimensions on the page as needed so it fills the vertical dimension.  If you have a different dimension, make sure the height of the cell matches the height of your layout.

Go to the Page Panel and add a watermark for the photographer credit.

Open the Print Job panel.  Select Print to JPEG at top of panel.  Set PPI so the image width in inches times PPI is approximately 1080 pixels wide.  In this case it is 135 pixels which is 1080 pixels divided by the 8 inch width of the cell.  Choose Standard Sharpening and Glossy Output.  Choose Quality 70-80%.  Set custom file dimensions to 8 x 6 inches to maintain 4:3 aspect ratio.  Render as sRGB with Relative Colormetric.

Select Print to File at the bottom of the screen to create the JPEG.  Name the file as desired and put it in the desired folder.  Here is the resulting file.

 

GNPA Officers, Board and Committee Chairs

At the June 22, 2019 board meeting, after GNPA general elections were held, the following officers and members at large were installed by unanimous board approval. Chairmen for standing committees were also announced. Please reach out to one of our board officers or members with any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.

President: Eric Bowles

Vice President: Mary Jo Cox

Secretary: Ken Dunwoody

Treasurer: Susan Burroughs

Past President: Tom Simpson

Website: Chris Dekle

GNPA Board Members At Large

Jimmy Day
Anna DeStefano
Lee Friedman
Tony Madden
Tom Wilson

Committee Chairs

Communications: Anna DeStefano

Conservation: Marcia Brandes

Expo: Alfie Wace

Membership Chair: Stewart Woodard

Chapter Coordinators

The activities of each GNPA chapter are overseen by one or more chapter coordinators.  You can find the current chapter coordinator on each Chapter’s page. View Chapters

Contacts – Supported Organizations

Currently supported organizations

Chattahoochee Nature Center, cons_cnc@gnpa.org

Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, cons_chair@gnpa.org

Friends of Georgia State Parks, cons_friends@gnpa.org

GA Dept. of Nat. Resources (DNR)
Wildlife Resources Division, cons_dnr@gnpa.org

Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation,  cons_kgbf@gnpa.org

Park Pride,  cons_partners@gnpa.org

Piedmont Park Conservancy, cons_ppc@gnpa.org

Trees Atlanta, cons_newsletter@gnpa.org


 

Resources & Important Info.

GNPA has written agreements with our supported organizations that provide important details on each party’s rights and responsibilities. Each of our partners has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that governs the use of these images for the protection of our photographers. These MOUs state, in part:

The parties understand and agree that the submitting photographer retains the copyright to submitted images, and that the non-exclusive license to utilize images submitted by GNPA members as set forth above is limited to your organization’s use for its own promotional and educational materials and programs.

From time to time, in addition to the GNPA services described herein, GNPA photographers may provide your organization with photographs from photographers’ personal portfolios. These photographs may contain the word “Limited Use” in the file name of the photograph. Unless your organization agrees otherwise in writing with the submitting photographer, photographs designated as Limited Use can only be used for the organization’s website, newsletters, social media channels, and printed material including posters, brochures, educational materials, annual reports and event invitations. Without limiting the generality of that limitation, photographs designated as Limited Use cannot be otherwise published, sold, or transferred to third parties.

Your organization agrees to provide notification to GNPA photographer(s) upon your organization’s use of any image(s) submitted to you by GNPA photographers.

Model Releases

When acting at the request of one of our supported organizations, the organization itself will assure that appropriate model releases have been obtained and you can submit photographs of people to the organization without obtaining a model release.

Other Resources

 

Contacts – Conservation Committee

GNPA’s Conservation Commitee

 

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