Field Trip: Newman Wetlands Center

Field Trip: Newman Wetlands Center

In October, in lieu of our monthly meeting, join GNPA for a members only field trip to the Newman Wetlands Center. The Newman Wetlands Center, located approximately 20 minutes south of Atlanta, offers a variety of opportunities to photograph the diverse flora and fauna of the southeast wetlands. As we stroll the board walk that circles the wetlands, we will keep an eye out for woodpeckers, songbirds, hawks, herons, wood ducks, turtles, frogs, lizards, and insects of all sorts.

Expect to walk up to 1 mile. Wear comfortable walking shoes. You may want to bring water, snacks, or lunch. Depending on the weather, you may need bug repellant and sun screen.

Equipment: Tripod, multiple lenses from Macro to Wide-Angle to Telephoto. Polarizer or other filters are also recommended.

Remember, as with any field trip, do not leave anything out in your car while on the trails. Keep any possessions in the trunk of your car. And always take a trash bag to pick up and clean while on field trips. Leave only footprints.

Due to liability issues, you must be a current GNPA member to participate in a GNPA fleld trip.
Please be aware that if you have registered on the Meetup site, but have not registered on the official GNPA website, you are not yet a GNPA member.

To join GNPA, go to the GNPA Website to join and register,
Print your Name Badge/Membership Card as identification. We will be checking against the Field Trip Roster. Thanks. Remember, for liability concerns, no guest or non-GNPA members can accompany or register for any field trip events.

Safety first. Nature photography includes inherent risks which all participants must evaluate for themselves as to the safety of any activity based on their personal abilities. Be constantly aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards which could result in injury to you or others. No photograph is worth your health. Do not place yourself in danger.

By registering, you are agreeing to the standard GNPA Warranty and Liability release.



Start:  Monday, October 21st thru Thursday, October 24th

Location: Western North Carolina

Spaces:  6 max



 Leaders:  Oct. 21-24. Horace Hamilton, GNPA

                 Oct. 22. Taylor Barnhill, Appalachian Barn Alliance  

All food, travel, lodging and other expenses are the responsibility of the attendee. Contact info will be shared with all attendees (with your permission) so that you may arrange for carpooling if you wish.

 Description:  The pioneering history of the Appalachians is rapidly disappearing.  GNPA has partnered with the Appalachian Barn Alliance to provide six (6) of our members with an outstanding opportunity to photograph beautiful scenes of several of these historic structures surrounded by peak of the season fall color.

 Day 1:  Horace Hamilton will lead the group in photographing two barns selected to take fullest advantage of late day light, and (hopefully) incorporating a beautiful sunset.

 Day 2:  Taylor Barnhill of the Appalachian Barn Alliance, and an architect with deep knowledge of the structural designs of these barns, will lead a dawn to dusk day of photographing barns along with sharing stories of the barn’s history. Barns will be selected for uniqueness and for the most photogenic settings.  Horace Hamilton will be available to assist with questions on composition, camera settings etc.

 Day 3 and 4:  Horace Hamilton will lead the group on a full dawn to dusk day (Oct. 23) and a half day (Oct. 24) of more barns, farm buildings and abandoned homes.  Each of these locations will be carefully chosen for its uniqueness and to maximize the complement of fall colors with these old structures.  We will conclude with lunch on Thursday Oct. 24.

Bonus:  Attendees will receive a document detailing other photo opportunities including waterfalls, sunrise/sunset opportunities and night skies opportunities. (Moonrise varies but is after midnight from Saturday Oct. 19 through Thursday Oct. 24.) 

Lodging:  Info to be provided by Horace after registration.

Transportation:  Carpooling in North Carolina

Organizer name & email:  Horace Hamilton,

Pricing:  $250 (Paid in full, no deposits)

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds after registration

Jekyll Island – Sunsets to Sunrise Workshop in August 2020

Jekyll Island – Sunsets to Sunrise Workshop in August 2020

Have you ever wondered how to take those awesome, colorful, clear and tack sharp sunrise and sunset photos without silhouetting the foreground or blowing out the colorful highlights? How about those Milky Way shots that seem to capture every star in the sky?

Hello, my name is Jamie Anderson and I hope to teach you everything I’ve learned about how to take and post process these amazing photographs. I hope to teach you in just one weekend the Skills, tips, and tricks that I’ve learned and worked to improve over the last 10-20 years.

In the Jekyll Island – Sunsets to Sunrise workshop, we will concentrate on how to take and post process sunrise and sunset photography using a manual High Dynamic Range (HDR) process that allows you to take full control of the process from start (capturing the photos) to end (post processing a masterpiece) using your camera and Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Not every photograph needs HDR, so I will also cover when to use it and when not to use it. When HDR is used, I will cover everything from importing your photos into Lightroom to creating and editing luminosity masks in Photoshop and all the other adjustments that you can use to create a masterpiece.

For the night photography, again I will concentrate on how to take and post process night photography and cover everything from start to finish using your camera and Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

The Jekyll Island – Sunsets to Sunrise workshop will take place at the Villas by the Sea Resort just down the road from a photographer’s paradise, Driftwood Beach. The dates are August 14-16.

Price: $295

This workshop is for the intermediate to advanced photographer with some knowledge of manual camera settings and post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop who is ready to take their photography to the next level.

At this time, the workshop will be limited to 12 attendees and will fill up quickly so don’t wait! 

SOLD OUT If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, email Jamie at


You’ll also receive a GNPA Expo discount code for the Villas by the Sea Resort after you register.


August 14th:

2:00PM – 3:30PM – Sunrise/Sunset Photography indoor training – Equipment and Lens selection. Camera Settings, Technique, Bracketing shots for HDR, and Composition.

4:00PM – 5:30PM – Night Photography indoor training – Equipment and Lens selection. Camera Settings, Technique, and Composition. How to calculate the proper settings for your camera and lens. How to take photos for a panorama.

5:30PM – 7:00PM – Dinner Break

7:00PM – 8:30PM – Sunset photography outdoor field trip – St. Andrews Picnic Ara

9:30PM – 11:30PM – Milky Way photography outdoor field trip – Driftwood Beach

August 15th:

6:00AM – 8:00AM – Sunrise photography outdoor field trip – Driftwood Beach

10:30AM – 12:00PM – Sunrise/Sunset photography indoor training – Post Processing Techniques using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Merging for HDR. Creating the Masterpiece.

12:00PM – Lunch Break

1:30PM – 3:00PM – Night Photography indoor training – Post Processing Techniques using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Merging for a Panorama. Creating the Masterpiece.

7:00PM – 8:30PM – Sunset Photography outdoor field trip – Jekyll Island fishing pier

9:30PM – 11:30PM – Milky Way photography outdoor field trip – Driftwood Beach

12:00AM – 1:00AM – Milky Way photography outdoor field trip – Horton House

August 16th:

6:00AM – 8:00AM – Sunrise photography outdoor field trip – Driftwood Beach

Digital Camera. Full Frame digital camera is preferred for the night photography. Wide Angle lens is preferred for landscape photography (18MM – 35MM). Wide Aperture lens is preferred for the Night Photography (f2.8 or lower). A 50MM prime lens at f1.4 will also produce great results. Sturdy Tripod. Shutter Release button (optional). If you have any questions concerning your equipment and whether or not it will work for this type of photography, email me at .

Software Needed: To implement the techniques demonstrated, you’ll need Adobe Lightroom CC Classic and Adobe Photoshop CC.

Social Distancing: Social Distancing will still be in effect. Seating will be spaced out 6’ apart in the meeting room. Face masks are encouraged in the meeting room. We will also broadcast through Zoom to attendees only for convenience viewing in your room. 6’ distancing will also be encouraged on the field trips. Carpooling will not be encouraged. No group meals are planned. Everyone is responsible for their own meals. Anyone with flu symptoms or unexplained persistent cough will be dismissed from the class.


Jamie’s Bio:

Hello There! So, here’s my quick story. I grew up in Savannah, Georgia and have lived my entire life near the surrounding rivers and protected barrier islands which make up Coastal Georgia. Fishing and camping in the area were experiences that I enjoyed with my family from childhood into adult life.

The cities along the coast of Georgia are very beautiful and rich in history, southern culture, charm, and all sorts of ‘good ole southern fun’. This, and the adventure of exploring the natural forests, 100 miles of pristine island beaches (some of which are remote and undeveloped), the rivers, wildlife, and the beauty that can be found here is what attracts me and many other tourists, vacationers, nature enthusiasts, fishers, hunters, and photographers, into this area. This is what I love about our home, Coastal Georgia and it is truly an inspiration for my fine art photography.

My own love of nature and outdoor skills were honed when I volunteered as a scout leader for over two decades and I still enjoy fishing, camping, and photographing the outdoors today. I love Coastal Georgia and have dedicated my creative fine art photography efforts to capturing the beauty and charm of this area. 

I am a Coastal Georgia landscape and nature photographer by choice. My goal is to help you create an inspired, exciting home or office space, full of Coastal Georgia memories, that will energize you every time you enter it. Visit to see more of my work.


1st Place and Honorable Mentions – “Stars and Stripes” won 1st Place in the 2019 GNPA/Oatland Island Wildlife Contest, Landscape Category. “Egrets Love” won a 5th Place Honorable Mention in the Wildlife Category and “Fuzzy Sunny” won a 5th Place Honorable Mention in the Macro Category. These images will be displayed at OIWC until January 4th, 2020. There were over 100 submissions in this contest.

Honorable Mention – “Tickle Me Purple” won an Honorable Mention at the Georgia Nature Photography (GNPA) 10th Anniversary Expo in April 2019 in the Landscape Category/Experienced Division. There were over 260 entries in this contest from Georgia nature photographers with photographs from all over the country.

1st Place, 2nd Place, and Honorable Mention – GNPA/Oatland Island Wildlife Contest. The contest was held in the summer of 2018 and the winners displayed their work at Oatland Island from Janauary-March of 2019. I had several winners in the contest out of over 80 submissions. They were: 1st Place – Grey Wolf, 1st Place – Snowy Egret, 2nd Place – Sand Dunes and Milky Way, Honorable Mention – Wild Cumberland Horse, Honorable Mention – Bald Eagle Perch.

State Top 24 – “Keenly Aware” placed in the Top 24 in the ‘Nature in Black and White’ contest and was displayed at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA in the fall of 2018.

Other Winners – “Wicked Beauty” won Top 12 in the GNPA “Double Vision” Contest in the summer of 2018. “Wormsloe Avenue of Oaks” won 2nd Place and “Barred Owl Perch” won Honorable Mention in the GNPA Expo 2018 photo competition. “Driftwood Reflections” won Top 24 in the GNPA “Double Vision” contest in the Summer of 2017. The same piece also won 2nd Runner Up in the Coastal Wildscapes Photo Competition in April of 2018. “Tybee Stars and Sand before Sunrise”, GNPA “Double Vision”, Summer/Fall of 2016. “Beach Dunes Sunrise”, 1st Place/Best in Show in the GNPA Coastal Division, Road to Callaway Gardens Contest, Summer of 2015. “Blue Morning” – GNPA Coastal Division Contest, Fall of 2014.


Georgia Nature Photographers Association
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