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Meet A Member

Emil Powella, Decatur Chapter

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

When did you join GNPA? 2018

What is your occupation? Retired

How did you get into photography? I just decided to pursue as a hobby in early 2018.

What are your favorite photography subjects? Landscapes, wildlife (especially birds), car shows, public events, old barns and buildings.

What are your favorite places to shoot? Many of the parks in the Atlanta area.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”?  Alaska is a desire.

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often? Canon R5 mirrorless with the Canon 24-105 lens; Canon 100-400 lens; Tamron 90 macro; Canon 50.

What are your go-to website for photography information?
David Akoubian at http://www.bearwoodsphotography.com/
Tony Northrup at https://northrup.photo/tutorials/camera-tutorials/
Mike Moats at https://www.tinylandscapes.com/

Have any photographers inspired you? David Akoubian for birds and wildlife; Mike Moats for macro; Horace Hamilton for landscape.

Whats your favorite part of belonging to GNPA? The interactions with giving, like-minded photographers.

Something interesting about you that most people don’t know: I am a member of the Lilburn City Council.

Where are you from? I grew up in Lakeland, FL

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided:

Marina Boats

Scipio Creek Marina Sunrise. This was shot at 35mm on the Canon EOS R at sunrise in Apalachicola, FL. I love the light and color of sunrise in this very peaceful setting.

 

Blue hour in Smokies

Blue Hour in the Smokies. This was shot at 105mm on the Canon R5, from Clingman’s Dome in the Smoky Mountains. It was about 25 degrees and windy. The textures and the colors tell me why it’s called “blue hour.”

 

Stone Mountain in fall

Stone Mountain in the fall is marvelous.

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Meet A Member

Janet L. Poole, Roswell Chapter

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

When did you join GNPA? June 12, 2017

What is your occupation? Accounting – CPA

How did you get into photography? I travel a lot, and it was a way to document the beautiful animals and scenery.

What are your favorite photography subjects? Water, gardens, big animals (moose, bear bison, elk, pronghorn, etc.) and birds, especially hummingbirds.

What are your favorite places to shoot? National and state parks.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”?  I have already taken it. That was to Alaska, at Kenai Peninsula, Kenai Fjords and Katmai National Park. Spending time with the bears, moose and whales in their home was incredible. I would love to return and also go to Denali. Yellowstone and the Tetons are a very close second. Outside the USA, I would love to do an African safari and photograph the big five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard).

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often? Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600 mm G2.  I love this combo.

Have any photographers inspired you? Ansel Adams, Thomas D. Mangelsen and David Akoubian.

Whats your favorite part of belonging to GNPA? Learning how to become a better photographer and meeting so many nice people who are willing to share tricks of the trade.

Something interesting about you that most people don’t know: I have visited all 50 states (some many times) with Hawaii (the 50th state), being the last one I visited.  I have also been to 42 out of the 63 National Parks.

Where are you from? New Carrollton, Maryland

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided:

This is the first time I got a picture of a hummingbird that was in focus and did not look like an ant. I used the Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600 mm. I was so excited. This was taken at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado. It’s the world’s highest botanical garden at 8,200 feet, and a beautiful spot.

After a fantastic flight from Homer, AK, into Katmai National Park on a beautiful day, I was blessed to meet this cute baby brown bear with its mom. It’s famous, having been featured in a Disney movie called “Bears” that came out in 2014, the same year we visited.

 

This is the Nāpali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii, viewed from a helicopter. It’s one of the most gorgeous and magical spots on earth. This is my happy place!

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Meet A Member

Art Stiles, Griffin Chapter

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. In this issue, it’s Art Stiles, of the Griffin Chapter.

How long have you been a GNPA member?

Ten years.

What is your current occupation (or if retired, your former one)?

28 years in the Regular Army Combat Arms, 17 years teaching third- and fifth-grade students.

How and when did you get into photography? I really got into photography when my daughters were little (early 1980s); however, I never really knew what I was doing. That didn’t happen until around 2006 when my wife bought a Nikon D40 DSLR. (I could afford to experiment then!)

What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

 I love wildlife, flowers, and macro. I love landscapes too, but I’m not very good at that.

Name one of your favorite places to shoot.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”?

My dream trip would be a “no time limit” trip where I would fly to Patagonia and take perhaps a full year to travel from there up the Andes spine, with side trips to local areas of interest, all the way to the mouth of the Amazon.

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often?

I currently use a Nikon D850, with the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f-2.8 II ED and the Nikon AF-S Micro 105mm f-2.8 G ED lenses.

What are your go-to websites for photography information?

For inspiration, Outdoor Photographer https://www.outdoorphotographer.com/tips-techniques/ for Nikon Cameras Fstoppers https://fstoppers.com/originals/seventeen-new-tricks-nikon-d850-and-how-theyll-help-your-photography-193751) and for photography skills & techniques Digital Camera World https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/tutorials/147-photography-techniques-tips-and-tricks-for-taking-pictures-of-anything

Can you name any photographers who have inspired you? Jim Henderson was the first, as well as my first photography teacher. Since then, there have been many, like Horace Hamilton of GNPA.

What is your favorite part of belonging to GNPA? The best part of belonging to GNPA is the willingness of every member I’ve met to freely share techniques, expertise and locations.

Something interesting about you that most people do not know:

Before going into the Army, I worked on a cattle ranch in Colorado and rode bulls in the rodeo circuits.

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in northern Louisiana and grew up in Texas and Louisiana.

Tell us a little about the photos you’ve provided:

My wife took this shot of me as I was showing the horse the photo I had taken of him.

I had intended to shoot the John Moulton barn this morning; however, as I was getting my gear out of my truck in the dark, two busloads of tourists pulled up and swarmed the place. I left and went down to the T.A. Moulton barn and waited for the sunrise. I am grateful to those tourists. If not for them, I would have never gotten this shot.

I had been to Yellowstone many times, but never in the winter. In February 2020, my wife and I went there with Chris Dekle. This red fox, more than any other animal, captured my heart with his relentless effort to find food and survive.

 

 

 

Meet A Member

Meet A Member

Cheryl Tarr, Decatur Chapter

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

When did you join GNPA?

I joined in 2016. Photography has been a hobby since childhood, but in 2016 I wanted to hone my skills and become a better photographer. I joined GNPA because I love nature photography.

What is your occupation?

Biologist.

How did you get into photography?

I selected a little point-and-shoot camera as a reward for delivering newspapers when I was about 10 years old. My parents recognized my passion for photography and bought me a “real” camera in high school that took 35mm film (a Yashica Electro) and I used that in my high school photography courses. I moved up to Olympus SLRs, and then I went digital in 2006 when I bought a Nikon D70s with money I had saved for something else. I have upgraded considerably from there.

What are your favorite photography subjects?

Flowers top the list: I love their expressiveness and I love to capture their interactions with each other. Abstract impressionism makes my heart sing and beautiful light reflecting from water will stop me in my tracks. And rendering the big landscapes of the Colorado plateau in black and white is something I don’t get to do often enough!

 What are your favorite places to shoot?

My favorite local spots are Arabia Mountain, Sweetwater Creek State Park and my back yard. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been a special place since I camped there with my family as a child. Any of the desert environments of the Southwest are high on my list, and I’m looking forward to traveling out there again in the near future.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”? 

A three-week rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often?

I have a Nikon D850, and my Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens spends a lot of time on it. The Lensbaby Sweet 50 optic is another favorite. I am also very fond of my Nikon 70-200 mm lens for flower photography and intimate landscapes.

Have any photographers inspired you?

Of course Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Edward Weston were among the photographers who inspired me when I was in high school. David Muench was also an early inspiration for landscape photography. These days it is Kathleen Clemons for flower photography, and Guy Tal, Colleen Miniuk and Wayne Suggs for landscapes. Guy Tal in particular inspires me because of his unique style of capturing mesmerizing abstracts and intimate landscapes in an environment where most people are shooting the big wide landscapes of Utah.

What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA?

GNPA is a welcoming and supportive club. I’ve learned a lot from many different members!

Something interesting about you that most people do not know:

I worked at the National Zoo in graduate school and my PhD work was set in the Hawaiian Islands, where I did genetic analyses of endangered birds for conservation management. On several trips I was helicoptered in to the remote rainforest on the slopes of Haleakala Crater.

Where are you from?

Bloomington, Indiana

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided:

Reaching For The Light: Yellow daisies on Arabia Mountain seemingly reach for a sunlit meadow. Taken with a Nikon 70-200mm telephoto lens.

Gossamer Sunflower: A white sunflower captured with an iPhone 11 Pro using “Average Camera Pro,” an app that does in-camera multiple exposures.

 Tickle Me White: A cheeky fern frond tickles a trillium growing along Tremont Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Captured with a Lensbaby Velvet 56 on a Nikon D850.

 

 

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Meet A Member

Don Saunders, Smyrna Chapter

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. This month, it’s Don Saunders, a founding member of the Smyrna Chapter.

When did you join GNPA?

I joined the formation meetings that led to the creation of GNPA. I had several different roles in GNPA. The most demanding role was Program Chair, where I scheduled all speakers and meetings for over two years. At this time, GNPA had only a single meeting and individual chapters had not been formed yet.

What is your occupation?

I am retired now. My occupation was medical sales and most of that was diagnostic ultrasound systems (contrast resolution and detail resolution).

How did you get into photography?

I received a Kodak Brownie as a Christmas gift. Later I “upgraded” to a Kodak Instamatic, placed it in an underwater housing, and took underwater photos of fish with it.

What are your favorite photography subjects?

I love to photograph wildlife, landscapes and macro subjects.

 What are your favorite places to shoot?

The North Georgia mountains and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are my favorite places for landscapes and mammals. There are several locations in central Florida that are great for photographing birds. 

What would be your photographic “dream trip?” 

Banff, Yoho, Jasper, and Kootenay national parks in the Canadian Rockies. Those would be followed by Glacier, Yellowstone, Tetons, Zion and Bryce national parks, the Wave, Antelope Canyon, Bandon, OR, Cannon Beach and the national parks at Grand Canyon (North & South Rims), Canyonlands, Death Valley, Yosemite, Redwoods, Crater Lake, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier and Olympic. Also Denali NP and Lake Clarke NP for brown bears.

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often?

Canon R5 with 16-35, 24-105, 180 macro and100-400 lenses. If traveling by air and there are weight and size restrictions, I’ll use the Olympus E-M1X & E-M1.3 with 7-14, 12-100, 40-150, and 300 lenses.

What are your go-to websites for photography information?                                                                                               

Recently, I have been watching YouTube videos by certain photographers, like Mark Denney, Erin Babnik, Marc Muench, Kathleen Clemons, Sean Bagshaw, Joshua Cripps, Matt Kloskowski and Tim Grey.

Have any photographers inspired you?

John Shaw was my primary inspiration since he excelled at photographing landscapes, wildlife and macro and wrote several outstanding instructional books covering these subjects. Others are Ansel Adams, George Lepp, Bill Fortney, Art Wolfe, John Netherton and Rick Sammon.

What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA?

Shooting with fellow GNPA members at beautiful locations and learning from the other members.

Something interesting about you that most people do not know:

I am passionate about scuba diving. As a young boy in central Ohio, I watched the “Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” and was hooked. I became a certified diver at age 17 and dove for nearly 20 years. In 2015, I jumped back into diving by beginning my training from the basics. In a year and a half, I had earned my Master Scuba Diver certification. Last year was a dry (no diving) year, but I am hopeful that I will get wet in 2021.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Granville, Ohio.

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided:

Aurora Borealis in Iceland. My first and only time seeing the Northern Lights. We were on a trip with Iceland Photo Tours and arrived at Kirkjufell in the afternoon. After dinner, we went outside and saw the lights. We hurried to the mountain overlook and photographed it continuously for two hours. The lights constantly moved and changed colors.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers. While photographing birds at the Venice Audubon Rookery, I noticed two photographers by this dead tree. I joined them photographing this mated pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers as they explored a nesting cavity. Of all my images, this one had the most compelling composition, color, head angles and catch lights in the eyes.

Black bear cub in tree. I joined Chas Glatzer for one of his workshops in Minnesota. This cub’s mother had just sensed another bear approaching and made a warning sound to her cub, sending it scurrying up a tree. I walked up on a boardwalk, which put me at eye level with the cub, and photographed it. It was cold and wet that day, and the look on the cub’s face with its wet fur made a connection with me.

Meet A Member

Meet A Member

Robbie Medler, Coastal Chapter

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. This month, it’s Robbie Medler from the Coastal Chapter.

When did you join GNPA?

January 2017

What’s your occupation?  

I’m a retired teacher.

How did you get into photography?

After our sons went off to school, taking their toys with them, I started watching the birds in my backyard and began taking photos of them, and went from there. I still love taking backyard photos of all things nature-related.

What are your favorite photography subjects?

Birds, insects, flowers, landscapes – anything to do with nature. And now a grandson, too!

What are your favorite places to shoot?

Anywhere outdoors, but I love wildlife refuges and parks, and of course my backyard.

What would be your photographic “dream trip?”

So many to dream about. Maybe Alaska and photographing bears.

Which camera and lenses do you use most often?

I have a Canon body and I use the 400mm and 100mm Macro lenses, along with a couple of wide-angle lenses.

What are your go-to websites for photography information?

I honestly don’t have a go-to website. I Google a lot!

What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA?

The members. Everyone has been so kind and forthcoming with their knowledge. I have learned so much, and I’ve been so inspired by the members, photographers and others.

Where are you from?

My dad was in the Air Force, so we lived many places, finally settling here in Georgia.

Ibises Morning Bath. Photo by Robbie Medler.

Life in the Flowers. Photo by Robbie Medler.

Oatland. Photo by Robbie Medler.

 

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