Meet a Member – Bill & Heather Hatherley, Alpharetta Chapter

Meet a Member – Bill & Heather Hatherley, Alpharetta Chapter

In each of our newsletters, we’ll be featuring short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. This month, it’s Bill and Deborah Hatherley (and their dog Butterscotch) from the Alpharetta Chapter, one of our Family Memberships.

When did you join GNPA?

October 2016.

What’s your occupation?  

Deborah and Bill are both retired after working 40 years. Deborah spent her career as a school psychologist and Bill worked in computer security.

How did you get into photography?

Bill started in photography 50 years ago with a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic. In 1984, his apartment burned down and he lost all of his photography equipment, prints and negatives. After this dramatic loss, he left the hobby for 25 years. In 2010, when Deborah and Bill began traveling on cruises, Bill’s interest in photography was rekindled and he purchased a full-frame camera with all the “necessary” lenses. He later moved from his Olympus system to Canon, and has recently adopted a full-frame Sony outfit. 

Deborah takes a few photos and videos with her iPhone but her real artistic passion is painting. She joins Bill on GNPA trips and while he takes photos, she paints. One of her most intriguing accomplishments was decorating a walking stick with painted scenes from all the sites she saw while on a GNPA trip in Florida, led by Tom Simpson.

What are your favorite photography subjects? 

Bill shoots mainly landscapes and birding scenes, but his favorite subject is his service dog Butterscotch.  

butterscotch pic

What are your favorite places to shoot? 

Bill and Deb both love attending GNPA trips. The more memorable ventures involved traveling with Tom Simpson to Florida and Larry Winslett to Tennessee and North Georgia, as well as a learning session conducted by Eric Bowles at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”?

“We would love to travel with Larry to Bosque Del Apache or with others to the Triple D Ranch and the Tetons, especially in winter,” according to Bill. 

Bill’s photo “Dad Supporting Junior On First Flight” was recently selected to be displayed for a year at the Emory University Hospital Downtown, as part of an Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) exhibition.

 

Which camera and lenses do you use most often?

“For birding and wildlife, I tend to use the Sony 100-400 or the 200-600. They are great lenses. For landscapes, I lean on the 16-35. It is so sharp and awesome.”

“Bigger Than Life Shadow” is another image by Bill that is on display at the Emory University Hospital Downtown exhibition.

 

What are your go-to websites for photography information? 

“At this point, we are so limited by the Covid-19 virus situation, I’ve got to give a big shoutout to all the GNPA chapters. They are continuing to foster interest in photography by providing Zoom classes with excellent instructors. Both of us attend sessions from all over the state. We recently enjoyed an excellent presentation on the Montana Photo Triangle from the Hamilton Chapter. By the way, these Zoom sessions are posted in the Members section of the GNPA website. A big thank-you goes to Lee Friedman of my chapter, who has been instrumental in facilitating these sessions and posting them online for all GNPA members.”

Have any photographers inspired you?

“David Akoubian, Tom Simpson, Tom Wilson, Eric Bowles and Larry Winslett of GNPA are winners and inspirational. They have shown a strong commitment to facilitate learning and support the GNPA endeavor. We should also add that local photographers Kevin Gaskin, Jeff Milsteen, David Wolf and Amanda Gardner (of ASOP) have also been instrumental in our learning. On a national level, we follow Tony and Chelsea Northrup, Mark Smith, Scott Kelby, Mark Galer, Nick Page, Terry White and Laura Shoe, not so much for their photography but for their commitment and excellence in education.”

What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA?

“By far, it’s the sharing and learning. I am constantly searching for ways to improve my photography.  GNPA is so welcoming and inspirational. Before Covid-19, I regularly attended local meetings at Alpharetta and Roswell but have also traveled to Gwinnett and Smyrna and always been welcome. It’s a great organization.”

Something about you most people don’t know:

 “Deb and I help teach (not train – talk to me about the difference) service dogs for Canine Assistants. We love helping canines grow and develop and get placed with people who need service dogs to help them function in this world. Dogs we work with change the lives of people with disabilities, and it’s so heartwarming to be a part of this important service.” One other piece of trivia: Bill has set foot in all 50 states, an experience he now treasures.

 

 

Butterscotch. Photo by David Akoubian.

 

Where are you from?

Deborah is a native Atlantan. Bill was born in Florida but only lived there six months. After that, he traveled with his family to many military bases before finally settling in Atlanta.

 

Meet a Member – Lisa Westberry, Griffin Chapter

Meet a Member – Lisa Westberry, Griffin Chapter

In our newsletters, we’ll be featuring short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. This month, it’s Lisa Westberry from the Griffin Chapter.

When did you join GNPA?

Five years ago.

 

What’s your occupation?  

Ecologist for Georgia Department of Transportation.

 

How did you get into photography?

It started as a hobby while in graduate school, but turned into a full-time passion around seven years ago.

 

What are your favorite photography subjects?

Landscapes, wildlife, macro and architectural.

Photo by Lisa Westberry

 

What are your favorite places to shoot?

The Georgia coast.

Sunrise on Driftwood Beach taken on a birthday trip to Jekyll Island in 2012. Undoubtedly one of my favorite photos that I’ve ever taken. Very little editing was needed.

 

What would be your photographic “dream trip?”

A road trip west, with stops at all the iconic national parks.

 

Which camera and lenses do you use most often?

Nikon D500/Tamron 70-200 mm and Canon 70D/Tamron 90mm macro.

 

What are your go-to websites for photography information?

For inspiration I go to National Geographic (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/).   For my Camera System, I visit Nikon (https://www.nikonusa.com/en/index.page) and PetaPixel (https://petapixel.com/).

To improve my photography skills & techniques, I use Digital Photography Review (https://www.dpreview.com/) and Kelby One (https://kelbyone.com/).

 

Have any photographers inspired you?

There are so many photographers who inspire me, from Ansel Adams and Annie Leibovitz to many of my fellow GNPA members.

 

What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA?

Developing new skills, finding my creative side, and probably most importantly, taking pride in how my photography has improved while being a member.

 

Something about you most people don’t know:

I received my MS in Biology studying the life history of biting midges in Glynn County, Georgia.

 

Where are you from?

Born and grew up in Griffin, Georgia.

 

Meet a Member – Gordon Wilson

Meet a Member – Gordon Wilson

In our newsletters, we’ll be featuring short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. This month, it’s Gordon Wilson from the Gwinnett Chapter.

When did you join GNPA?

Seven years ago.

 

What’s your occupation?  

Retired. I was Senior Systems Developer on Student Systems at Emory University.

 

How did you get into photography?

My father was a studio photographer with his own darkroom in the basement, so I’ve been around cameras all my life. Unfortunately, his skills did not rub off on me. I’m still learning.

 

What are your favorite photography subjects?

Wildlife, structures and landscapes; sometimes small events and street scenes.

A cardinal in my front yard, waiting his turn at the feeders. Nikon D810, Tamron 150-600G, f/8, 1/160, ISO 400.

What are your favorite places to shoot?

I really enjoy the Georgia coast and the barrier islands.

 

What would be your photographic “dream trip?”

New Mexico and some of the southwestern states. Possibly Maine coast or Canadian Rockies.

 

Sandhill cranes from one of Larry Winslett’s Tennessee trips, back when Show Case (now Atlanta School of Photography) was still around. Nikon D600, Tamron 150-600mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO 500.

Which camera and lenses do you use most often?

Nikon D800 or D810 camera body with Nikkor 28-300mm or Tamron 150-600G, or 15-30mm lenses.

 

What are your go-to websites for photography information?

I am a very visual person, so I find a lot of my information on YouTube-type tutorials.

 

Have any photographers inspired you?

Ansel Adams is one of my favorites, not only for his great images but also because he, like John Muir and others, was an environmentalist and advocate for the West and the protection of our resources.

 

What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA?

The programs are great, and the members are so willing to help no matter what your skill level.

 

Something about you most people don’t know:

I’m interested in my Scottish heritage, so I am a director for the Stone Mountain Highland Games, and a director on the board of The Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center in Franklin, NC. I performed with a bagpipe band for more than 40 years.

 

Where are you from?

 Atlanta GA

 

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