DNR Winter Project Winners Spotlight – Week 3

DNR Winter Project Winners Spotlight – Week 3

“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   This week we are focusing on the winners of the Close Up category winners from our conservation photography project for Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Division.  Close Up photography is a type of shot that tightly frames a person or object. Close-ups display the most detail, but they do not include the broader scene. (Wikipedia)   Week 3 - Close Up Category 1st Place - Sara Asby   Camera: Lens: Focal Length:   8.7mm Aperture:          f/4 Exposure:        1/1000 ISO:                 160 Location:          Jekyll Island, GA Date:                April 4, 2014 9:39AM The annual project is a key piece of...

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From the President – Welcome to Your Newsletter

From the President – Welcome to Your Newsletter

  We are delighted to share with you the first issue of the GNPA newsletter. This is something we have wanted to provide our membership for a long time. The newsletter is intended to deliver valuable, practical information about photography, GNPA and your membership. And, of course, good photos.   We’ve had a great team, headed by Tom Wilson, working to build the GNPA Communications platform. This newsletter is the first big step.  We’re very lucky that Ken Dunwoody has agreed to be the editor of the publication. Ken has a wealth of experience as the editor of a number of outdoors-related magazines. The team also includes Brian Lucy, Stewart Woodard, Chris Dekle and Alfie Wace, all of whom have contributed articles and expertise. Brian is taking on the heavy lifting of leading the development of the newsletter format, layout and design. Our newsletter will feature plenty of member content, so thanks to all of our early contributors. Likewise, thanks to these team members for the hard work required to produce this first edition, and develop a platform...

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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. 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.   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...

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Where to Shoot Now – Dragonflies and Damselflies

Where to Shoot Now – Dragonflies and Damselflies

Reusset-tipped Clubtail, Tom Wilson, GNPA   Editor’s Note: As a part of each newsletter, we will explore some of the best places in Georgia for nature photography. This issue, Tom Wilson tells us about his favorite May destination for dragonflies and damselflies.   By Tom Wilson I miss being able to visit GNPA Chapters to share my favorite photography locations, so I’m happy to feature one of them in our first newsletter. JJ Biello Park, at Riverside Athletic Complex (610 Druw Cameron Dr, Woodstock, GA 30188), is a great choice this month for finding both dragonflies and damselflies.   Located adjacent to the Little River, its wide-ranging habitats offer a tremendous variety of species and settings. You can expect to find pond species in the small ponds near the parking lot, gliders in the fields, and many river and swamp species on the back trails that parallel the river. I’ve photographed over 40 species of Odonates here in the past six years, and May is an ideal time to take a loop hike and look for dragonflies.   JJ Biello is actually a...

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Through the Lens – Rivers and Waterfalls

Through the Lens – Rivers and Waterfalls

By David Akoubian I have always found solace in rivers and waterfalls. When I need to relax, listening to the sounds of water can be very calming. I grew up fishing and photographing the streams and rivers of North Georgia, and have continued to do so all my life. These days I photograph more than I fish, but the enjoyment is still as great. When I set out to photograph rivers and waterfalls, I try to choose an overcast day to lessen the contrast in the scenes, and to expand my shooting hours. Because I don’t always know what my subjects will be, such as a large waterfall or detailed cascades, I pack both wide-angle and short telephoto lenses. My preferred lens for waterfalls is somewhere in the 17mm to 24mm range. For more detailed images, 50mm to 210mm usually gets the job done. I always bring a sturdy tripod, since many of my exposures are one second or longer. My tripod is also waterproof, so I can set up in the water. Other essentials for me are circular polarizers and neutral density filters. Circular polarizers reduce the glare and increase the saturation...

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How to Renew Your Membership

How to Renew Your Membership

Each year, when your GNPA membership is about to expire, you’ll receive an email renewal notice. You can use that email to renew your membership, and/or change your membership category. We encourage you to use the link in the email to renew, rather than going directly to your Member Page. The email you receive should look similar to this, with your invoice attached: Just click the ‘Click here to view this invoice’ link at the bottom and you will see your complete renewal invoice, with the invoice number, invoice date, amount due and membership category. If you agree with all this information, click on the first grey PAY button (circled in red) toward the bottom of the example invoice shown to the left.  That should complete your renewal. However, you may want to change your membership category, or have questions about the information in the invoice. Perhaps it’s about your expiration date, or you want to upgrade to a Lifetime or Family membership. In that case, save and forward your email to membership@GNPA.org with an explanation of what you’d like to change....

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Tips and Tricks – The Western Eye

Tips and Tricks – The Western Eye

Make Your Images More Compelling By Alfie Wace  Whenever my photography is displayed, whether at an art show, festival or gallery, one of the most frequent comments I hear is “great composition!” Initially, I would attribute those kind remarks to the fact that I was following the Rules of Thirds and utilizing leading lines in my images. But as I analyzed my work more carefully, I realized there was an additional element at work, one that I learned years ago as a student at Southeastern Center for the Arts in Atlanta. During my studies, I had the supreme privilege of working with some phenomenal photographers, including Neil Chaput de Saintonge, Bruce Barnbaum, Alison Shaw and, especially, Cole Weston. At that time, digital photography was far off on the horizon. Shooting in manual mode was the norm, and we relied on the basics: aperture, shutter speed, film ISO and composition. But I came to understand and appreciate an additional composition element, which I refer to as “The Western Eye.” And no, this has nothing to do with cowboys and Indians! Rather, it’s...

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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 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...

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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 -...

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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...

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