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Meet A Member

Meet A Member

Photo by Travis Rhoads

Travis Rhoads, Alpharetta Chapter

 

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. In this issue, it’s Travis Rhoads, from the Alpharetta Chapter.

When did you become a GNPA member?  2018.

What is your occupation?  Architecture Project Manager.

How did you get into photography?  I grew up with photography. My dad always had a film camera with us on family trips. In college I took many photography classes and would have liked to minor in photography.

What are your favorite photography subjects?  I shoot a lot of different things throughout the year – people, sports, architecture, race cars and just about anything in between. But what I enjoy most are the opportunities to immerse myself in nature and work on landscape photography.

What are your favorite places to shoot?  The Great Smoky Mountains are my favorite place in the country. I have been there so many times, yet still manage to find something new every trip. In recent years I have been to many places, and a new favorite is Death Valley National Park.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”?  I have thought about this idea many times and the dream trip changes from time to time. The current dream would be to have a year off to travel the country in an off-road RV, exploring places off the beaten path.

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often?  I currently shoot with a Sony A9 and A1, along with a variety of Sony lenses in focal lengths from 12mm to 400mm.

What are your go-to websites for photography information?  I have always had more success at learning by doing, with trial and lots of errors. YouTube is a great resource anytime I want to learn something new, and I am always watching videos on things I want to do better.

Have any photographers inspired you?  Dan Mitchell, Jennifer Renwick and David Kingham are some of the modern photographers whose work I admire.

What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA?  Meeting new people that are passionate about nature photography. I’ve done presentations for most of the chapters and have enjoyed all of them.

Something interesting about you that most people do not know:  I used to take my car to the race track and was a high-performance driving instructor.

Where are you from?  I was born in Kansas, grew up in Texas and moved to Georgia in high school. I’ve been here ever since.

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided: 

 

My favorite place in the country is the Great Smoky Mountains and this image is one of my all-time favorites. On this occasion I was leading a photography club into the park to shoot sunrise at this iconic location.

 

Death Valley has become a recent favorite place to wander and explore. On my most recent trip we camped in a van that allowed us to be more remote and photograph in places that are harder to get to.

 

One of my more memorable trips was my first time visiting Mt Rainier. The fog and weather had the mountain hidden all day, right until sunset when the clouds started to break and a classic photography tale began to take shape

Meet A Member

Meet A Member

Photo by Armetrice Cabine

Armetrice Cabine, Roswell Chapter

 

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. In this issue, it’s Armetrice Cabine, of the Roswell Chapter.

When did you become a GNPA member?  I don’t recall.  I purchased my DSLR camera in 2015, and joined GNPA shortly after.

What is your occupation?  I am currently retired.  Prior to that I was an engineer with AT&T for 32 years.

How did you get into photography?  It started as a hobby when I was 14 years old.  I put my camera down during college and picked it back up when I began traveling as an adult.

What are your favorite photography subjects?  I love photographing children, landscapes and wildlife. I also enjoy flower and macro photography.

What are your favorite places to shoot?  I love the Smokey Mountains and any of the national parks.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”?  Tanzania, to see the great migration.

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often?  I use my Nikon D850 and my 70-200mm lens most often, but I just purchased the Nikon Z9 and I look forward to making that my go-to camera.

What are your go-to websites for photography information?  Not really. I love YouTube for learning to edit and enhance my photographs.

Have any photographers inspired you?  Yes, I love the work of Bryan Peterson and I have traveled with him on several occasions.

What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA?  Being around other photographers who enjoy nature photography as much as I do and seeing all of the great photographs that our members create.

Something interesting about you that most people do not know:  I’m a bookworm. When I’m not out photographing, you can find me listening to a good book.  I moved to audio books after donating over 70 books to the Woodstock Public Library.

Where are you from?  I was born in Arkansas but raised in Flint, Michigan, so I consider myself a Flintstone and a Michigander.

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided: 

 

“Oregon in the Fall”This was taken in Oregon, using intentional motion blur.

“Oregon in the Fall” This was taken in Oregon, using intentional motion blur.

 

”Who’s There?” This photo was taken at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida.

”Who’s There?” This photo was taken at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida.

 

“Pure Michigan”I took this image on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan

“Pure Michigan” I took this image on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan

SAVE THE DATE: GNPA Smokies Weekend is Nov. 3-6, 2022

SAVE THE DATE: GNPA Smokies Weekend is Nov. 3-6, 2022

Plans will soon be finalized for GNPA’s annual Fall Smokies Photo Weekend— the committee is working on the plans for a safe and fun trip, filled with fantastic photography opportunities with experienced trip leaders.

Early November is one of the most beautiful times of the year to be in the Smokies.

We can’t wait to see all our friends at this year’s event.

Stay tuned for more information soon!

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Meet A Member

Lowell Sims with Tucker. Photo by Ansley Wilbanks.

Lowell Sims, Smyrna Chapter

 

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. In this issue, it’s Lowell Sims, of the Smyrna Chapter.

When did you become a GNPA member?  I joined during the initial meeting of GNPA. I believe it was 2010.

What is your occupation?  Retired since May 2002. I’m the former IT/Administrative Services Director for Hartford Financial Service’s Omni Automobile Insurance Divisions.

How did you get into photography?  Soon after my wife and I married, we planned a trip to Lookout Mountain. I purchased a point-and-shoot camera for pictures and I’ve been hooked ever since,

What are your favorite photography subjects?  Birds are at the top of my list of favorites.  I also like to photograph dragonflies, animals, amphibians, flowers and landscapes.

What are your favorite places to shoot?  Cades Cove (for wildlife), Cataloochee Valley/Cherokee (elk), Hiawassee Wildlife Refuge (Sandhill Cranes), Merritt Island, FL (water birds), Alligator River NWR near Outer Banks, NC, Lake George, FL, (St. Johns River) and Blue Cypress Lake, FL are all at top of my list. I’d be hard-pressed to pick a top spot.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”?  Galapagos Islands (#1) and Machu Picchu, Peru (#2).

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often?  Most of my DSLR life, I’ve used a Nikon body with a 150-600 mm lens, but now I’ve moved to a Sony A7Rlll with a 200-600 mm zoom lens and only recently obtained a Sony 100-400 mm G Master lens. I have an adapter that accepts all my Nikon brand lens on the Sony body.

What are your go-to websites for photography information?  Mark Galer on YouTube is probably my first “go to” for tutorials on Sony equipment. I would still be fumbling through Sony’s menu system were it not for him explaining various set-ups (and I still have a lot to learn).

Mark Denny is another favorite on YouTube. His tutorials are geared more toward technique than equipment. He once was a Sony user but has recently switched to Olympus.

Another weekly subscription is Digital Photography School’s newsletter. Sometime it is quite rudimentary, but occasionally I find a little gem to “chew on.”

Steve Perry’s Back Country Gallery is a really good source of knowledge on how cameras work and setup advise. He has several e-books available that explain various camera functions (Nikon equipment exclusively).

Have any photographers inspired you?  I am in sheer awe of Arthur Morris’s ability to photograph birds. I am totally incapable of capturing bird photos that in any way come close to rivaling the quality of his images. Art Wolfe is another photographer I admire a lot. Leonard Lee Rue III through his book “How I Photograph Birds and Wildlife” showed me how I didn’t have to go to the forest or nature area to photograph birds.

What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA?  Camaraderie at GNPA events. Reticent by nature, I really feel at home when attending GNPA events, especially photography outings.

Something interesting about you that most people do not know:  When I was a lad we played “livestock technicians and indigenous people” (Cowboys and Indians) and I had a keen interest in archery. In the early 1970s, I joined an archery club (Tomo Chi archery club) and won my first tournament (by default – I was the sole competitor in my basic bowhunter class). I was embarrassed to step forward to receive my winner’s medal and the club president added insult by saying facetiously, “Come back and join us again, we’ll try to be more competitive.” He had just won the “Pro” class. Five years later, not only did I trounce him in a similar club tournament, I was Southeastern Outdoor Field Archery Champion (1977 Clemson, SC), Indoor S.E. Runner up Champion (1978 Greenville, SC), 5-time Georgia State Champion (1975-79) and Georgia State Archer of the Year in 1979.”\

Where are you from?  I hail from South Georgia, born in extremely humble beginnings in Sparks. If anyone is old enough to remember going to Florida via US 41 in the late 1940s to mid-1950s, perhaps you remember Sparks and Adel were like Atlanta and Decatur. Without a sign you couldn’t tell when you left one city and entered the other. The favorite local quip was “Adel was so close to hell you could see Sparks.” In 1948 we moved to Tifton and after a relatively short tenure there we relocated to Ty (an outlying community of Tifton pronounced “tie,” an Indian name derived from the Ti bush that grew along nearby Ty Creek) where we lived until I graduated high school and moved to Atlanta. My favorite quip about Ty is “both ‘Entering Ty’ and ‘Leaving Ty’ signs were on the same post.”

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided: 

 

Hummer on my finger

Hummer On My Finger: Without gloating or bragging, I think this is an amazing photograph. I marshaled at The Tour Championship at East Lake for several years, and the year I took this photo our uniform included a bright red cap. I came home the last day of the tournament and sat down on the deck with my red hat on. Before long I was being buzzed by hummingbirds looking for a place to drink nectar. They were so close I could feel the wind generated by their wing beats. I quickly erected a feeder stand, attached it to the deck railing, set up my camera on a tripod with a wireless remote attached and covered all the fake flower feeder outlets but one. Sitting next to the feeder and resting my arm on the deck rail, I positioned my finger near the only flower outlet. After 4-5 approaches, a hummer finally lit on my finger and I began to fire away with my remote. Several people accused me of “PhotoShopping” the bird onto my finger, but the only “PhotoShopping” of this photo was cloning out the feeder.

 

Blue Jay

Blue Jay: Like most photographers, I can’t wait to see my photos so I “chimped” it onto my tiny LCD. When I saw it there on the screen, I could tell it was a keeper. It won “Best of Show” at a Smyrna photo contest judged by Bob Fitzgibbons. I thought, “Finally, Arthur Morris just might take a look at one of my photos.”

 

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly: This photo was entered in GNPA’s Double Vision contest a few years ago at Chattahoochee Nature Center. The photo didn’t win, place or show, but the lady who painted her version of it placed either first or second. To this day, it’s probably the sharpest photo I have ever taken. Absolutely no post-sharpening has been applied.

OIWC/GNPA 4th Annual Photo Competition Winners

OIWC/GNPA 4th Annual Photo Competition Winners

OIWC/GNPA 4th Annual Photo Competition Winners 2022

Meet A Member

Meet A Member

Mike Ramy, Decatur Chapter

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. In this issue, it’s Mike Ramy, of the Decatur Chapter.

When did you become a GNPA member? I joined in 2016.

What is your occupation?  I own and operate Rock Art, Ltd., doing specialized epoxy applications in the motorsports and aerospace industries.

How did you get into photography? I started as an underwater videographer in the mid 1970s, which led to my transition into full-time still photography in 2011. Editor’s note: Mike’s photography website is www.MikieProductions.com.

What are your favorite photography subjects? Nature and wildlife, as well as the guests I host having fun on my photography tours.

What are your favorite places to shoot? Rivers of the Southeast.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”?  I conduct my two “dream trips” each year in the form of photography tours. One is a sandhill crane tour on the Tennessee River aboard my custom-built camera boat. The other is a spring break tour on the St. Johns River in Florida.

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often? Canon 1DX MII and MIII with a 70-200 and 100-400 telephotos.

What are your go-to websites for photography information?  They are www.naturephotographers.network/ and www.naturephotographers.net/audioslideshows/wnpbirds.html

Have any photographers inspired you? Yes, especially Mark Seaver (http://seaverphotos.zenfolio.com), Brad Hill (http://www.naturalart.ca), Howard Cheek (http://www.howardcheekphotography.com), Alan Murphy (https://www.alanmurphyphotography.com) and   Max Waugh (https://www.maxwaugh.com).

What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA? The membership of fine people and talented photographers.

Something interesting about you that most people do not know: Not sure what people find interesting anymore. I am finding truth in the old adage: “The older I get, the less I seem to know.”

Where are you from? Atlanta.

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided: 

 

Chickamauga Chickadee

Chickamauga Chickadee – During a visit to the Chickamauga National Military Park to feel the history and enjoy the fall colors, I was privileged to have this Chickadee share some time with me. As one of my favorite images in the series, with the late afternoon sun setting the background leaves aglow, it gave me the feeling of how it may have appeared back in September of 1863 as the cannons fired during this historic battle in Northwestern Georgia. The Chickamauga Chickadee allowed me to see the beauty of nature in a place where you can feel the sadness of war. Canon 7D Mark II at 1/250, f9, Flash Exp Comp -1, ISO 400 at 400mm.

 

Apart from the Crowd

Apart from the Crowd – A very thick fog lay over the Tennessee River during our predawn departure from the marina at Bluewater Resort, so thick that you could hardly see the front of the boat.It was a slow go towards our planned position to see the Sandhill Cranes leaving the roost in and around the Hiwassee National Wildlife Refuge for their daily feeding excursions. Wave after wave, thousands of cranes head north for nearly two hours but this morning was different as the group take-offs were in a weather delay. This image was one of the many sandbars on the east side of the river between the marina and the refuge, and shows the cranes backlit by the rising sun filtered through the thick fog and the trees on the distant shoreline. Canon 1D X Mark II: 1/800, f6.3, Exp Comp +1 2/3, ISO 200 at 400mm.

 

Waiting

Waiting – Julie Newsome, a participant on Mike’s Spring Break Photogaphy tour, provided the coments for this image: “…we glided with the current along the Ocklawaha River through the Ocala National Forest near the St John’s River. These beautiful Cattle Egrets, photographed by Mike, appear clearly intent on an unrevealed focal point; most likely a consideration for a potential meal or a birdcall from an unseen origin. Only if a slight breeze ruffles their perfect feathers is there a hint these birds are alive. Poised in rapt attention they appear as exquisite, detailed carvings by a master sculptor. I am deeply moved by the diversity of the environment surrounding me, and changed from the exposure to the wonders I’ve had the privilege to witness first-hand on this beautiful river. Once isn’t enough. I must go back again.”

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Meet A Member

Kathy Aspy, Roswell Chapter

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. In this issue, it’s Kathy Aspy, of the Roswell Chapter.

When did you join GNPA? I attended the very first meeting of GNPA and joined that night.

Which chapter do you belong to? My husband, Dale, and I are co-chairs of the Roswell Chapter.

What is your occupation? I’m a database manager for the Georgia Department of Education.

How did you get started in photography? I love arts and crafts, and photography gives me an opportunity to be creative. I also enjoy nature and hope my images encourage people to preserve and conserve our environment.

What are your favorite photography subjects? I love color. I don’t see creatively in black and white, so I am much more attracted to bright and colorful objects than interesting lines in a landscape. I like taking photos of dragonflies and damselflies. My second-most favorite subjects are water birds, followed by flowers.

What are some of your favorite places to shoot? Gibbs Gardens, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Alligator Farm, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Smokey Mountains on the annual GNPA trip, and the boardwalk on the Chattahoochee River.

What would be your photographic dream trip”? Without a doubt it would be the Galapagos Islands. 

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often? My current camera is a Canon 90D. For dragonflies and flowers, I typically use a Sigma 180 macro to achieve a good working distance. For birds, I use a Tamron 150-600 Gen 2 zoom lens.  

Do you have a favorite website(s) for photography information? I like looking at National Geographic and studying the techniques those awesome photographers use in their photography. I’m interested in the angles, the use of light, etc., that give a photo a voice.                                                         

Have any photographers inspired you? I learn best by hearing someone talk or by seeing them demonstrate a technique, so my biggest inspirations are people in GNPA and speakers we have featured. I can honestly say the many outstanding photographers in GNPA have inspired me by demonstrating what great photographs people I know can create. I enjoy impressionistic art like Monet. I love the photographic style of Charles Needle, who has spoken a couple times at GNPA meetings. Nancy Rotenberg was at the first Expo and was a big inspiration to me. Bill Lea is a great speaker and photographer, and I learned how to watch for bear behavior from him on our Smokey Mountains field trip. David Akoubian is a very thoughtful naturalist and we have tried to incorporate some of his teachings in our own backyard.

What have you gained by being a GNPA member? I have learned so much from other GNPA members on topics ranging from improving my in-camera captures to post processing. I learned how to use Live View at the first Expo and I utilize it all the time now. At a GNPA meeting, Robert Hice taught me how to set up a perfect hummingbird shot, and I use those lessons every year. The exchange of knowledge and helpful information has been fantastic. The Expos and field trips are great opportunities to learn and put those lessons to use.

Something interesting about you that most people don’t know: At age 16, I was a member of the original volunteer group that helped to build the Chattahoochee Nature Center, after my high school biology teacher asked for volunteers. Also, I am very fortunate that nature photography is a family activity, with my husband and daughter joining me on photography shoots.

Where are you from? I was raised in Dunwoody and remember I-285 and Georgia 400 being built. Perimeter Mall was a farm with cows then. I can remember when the bridge over the Chattahoochee was one-way and you had to keep your tires on the wooden tracks.

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided: 

“Dragonfly”

This was taken in our yard. Photographers are taught that the eye follows a leading line. I like the way the viewer is drawn along the stem of the canna to the vibrant colors in the wing of the dragonfly. The angle of the wings reminds me of a colorful whirligig.

“Frog Princess Parasol”

I captured this at Gibb’s Gardens on a hot summer day. The frog found a perfect pink parasol to enjoy some shade.

“Butterfly”

This image comes from the Chattahoochee Nature Center during their annual butterfly festival. I was drawn to the bright, contrasting colors.

GNPA EXPO REGISTRATION EXTENDED-LAST DAY:  SUNDAY, MARCH 20

GNPA EXPO REGISTRATION EXTENDED-LAST DAY: SUNDAY, MARCH 20

We are excited to extend registration for EXPO 2022!

Additional spots added to many activities to meet the requested demands.

Register now or add more activities to your present registration.

Check out the following list of openings and sign up before it is too late:

                          • 4/7 Okefenokee Sunrise Cruise – 1 spot
                          • 4/7 Arthur Morris, Wildlife Workflow – 20 spots
                          • 4/7 Arthur Morris, Birds at Sunset at Jekyll Point-1 spot
                          • 4/7 Mark Buckler, Extraordinary Wildlife Workshop-14 spots
                          • 4/7 Larry Winslett, Macro Photography-5 spots
                          • 4/7 Sara Keith, St. Simons Photography Tour-10 spots
                          • 4/7 Okefenokee Sunset Cruise – 3 spots
                          • 4/8 Arthur Morris Critiques – 4 spots
                          • 4/9 Arthur Morris Critiques – 2 spots
                          • 4/9 David Akoubian  Critiques– 1 spot
                          • 4/10 Astrophotography Sunrise, Driftwood – 11 spots
                          • 4/10 Arthur Morris, Sunrise & Bird Photography – 1 spot
                          • Post Expo, Arthur Morris, Instructional Photo Tour – 10 spots

 

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