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, www.gnpa.org.
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.

ANCIENT BARNS PHOTOGRAPHED IN PEAK FALL COLOR!!!

ANCIENT BARNS PHOTOGRAPHED IN PEAK FALL COLOR!!!

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

Location: Western North Carolina

Spaces:  6 max

ANCIENT BARNS PHOTOGRAPHED IN PEAK FALL COLOR!!!  OCTOBER 21-24, 2019

SIX (6) GNPA MEMBERS WILL HAVE AN exceptional OPPORTUNITY TO PHOTOGRAPH  SOME OF APPALACHIA’S OLDEST BARNS SURROUNDED BY PEAK FALL COLOR IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA LED BY GNPA AND APPALACHIAN BARN ALLIANCE!

 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, horaceh@charter.net

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 Jamie@CoastalGeorgiaPrints.com.

REGISTER FOR THE FIELD TRIP

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

Schedule:

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 Jamie@CoastalGeorgiaPrints.com .

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.

REGISTER FOR THE FIELD TRIP

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 www.CoastalGeorgiaPrints.com to see more of my work.

Awards:

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.

Associations:

Georgia Nature Photographers Association
Tybee Arts Association

 

GNPA Fall Smokies Photo Weekend 2020

GNPA Fall Smokies Photo Weekend 2020

Registration Is Open

for this year’s Smokies Photo Weekend:
November 05-07, 2020.

Don’t Miss Out!

This year’s Smokies Photo Weekend will be very different due to COVID-19 Safety Concerns.  We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable during this pandemic.  GNPA has a new COVID-19 notice which is part of registration.

Please read and accept the terms and conditions of the notice when you register.

This year we will only have field trips, beginning with a sunset shoot on Thursday evening, followed by 1/2 day and full day field trips on Friday and Saturday.  We will be following safe COVID-19 guidelines which mean limiting field trips to a maximum of 12 people, using social distancing at all times (even when asking field trip leaders for advice or help), no touching or sharing other peoples’ equipment, and not carpooling unless with people you feel safe with.  We will not have a Thursday night welcome, pizza dinner and speaker.  There will not be a Sunday morning meeting with a speaker and live photo competition winners.  Instead, you’ll have Saturday evening and Sunday to prepare your images for the competition.  See the photo competition section below for more details.

This year we’ll have an online photo competition with 3 categories: Wildlife, Landscapes and Macros/Close Up photography.

You’ll have more time to edit and submit your images to the judges.  Submission will be done online and must be submitted by 11:30 P.M. on Monday, November 9.  Winners will be selected by the judges and announced no later than Saturday, November 14 via email, our GNPA webpage and GNPA Facebook page.

This year there will be ribbons and cash/gift card prizes for 1st place ($100), 2nd place ($75), and 3rd place ($50) in each category, and ribbons for honorable mention.  Plus, there will be a $125 cash/gift card prize for Best in Show selected from the winners in each of the three categories. Winners will be announced Saturday, Nov. 14 via email, online on the GNPA webpage and on the GNPA Facebook page.  Prizes will be mailed to the winners.

Join us to photograph landscapes, water, wildlife, flora, the historic structures and buildings that all have been preserved to reveal the rich tapestry of the region.

The Smokies is well known for its wonderful fall colors, but in November, the crowds thin out, the leaves change, and the forests reveal old growth trees, old structures, feeding bears & other wildlife, waterfalls, reflections, etc.  In years past we have still had good color in early November.  We have the privilege of GNPA members who have agreed to be field trip leaders and who will share their knowledge and love of both the Smokies and Photography!

As we get closer to the dates of our Fall Smokies Photo Weekend we will send out additional information regarding the Townsend and Great Smoky National Park area, including info on restaurants that are open (and whether dine in or take out, or take out only), and updated guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety measures. In the event of travel restrictions, National Park closing, or stay at home requirements, GNPA will make a decision on whether to cancel the event.  Also, our normal guidelines for cancellations will be more flexible during this pandemic time.

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday,
Nov 5, 4:00 pm       4 Sunset Field Trips to various locations
Sunset will be around 5:30 P.M.
Dinner will be on your own.

Friday & Sat.
Nov. 6, 7                Field trips as detailed in the Field Trip schedule.

Sunday

Nov 8                     Check out – return home, process images for photo competition.

Register EARLY

Who? How Much?           GNPA members only.  $50 registration fee.
All meals will be on your own.
Beverages or incidentals are not included.
NOTE: Wine is not available for purchase in Townsend, so BYO. Some restaurants allow you to “Brown Bag” wine into the restaurant.  There may be a ‘corkage fee’ charged to serve the wine.

Where?                  Highland Manor Inn & Conference Center, Townsend, TN.
This is the SAME LOCATION as last year.
Room rates will be $109.50 per night (plus 14.25% taxes = $125.10).

When?                   Call Highland Manor Inn at 800-213-9462 or (local number) 865-448-2211.  Mention GNPA when you register to get the discount.
Room Reservations can be made now.
Room Registration CLOSES Saturday, Oct. 10.

Event registration CLOSES Friday, Oct. 30.

 

PLEASE NOTE – ALL FIELD TRIPS LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS

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Thursday Registration

Thursday P.M.THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET – VARIOUS LOCATIONS

  • JERRY BLACK – LOCATION ALONG NEW PARKWAY (RED FLAG)
  • MARY JO COX – LOCATION ALONG NEW PARKWAY (BLUE FLAG)
  • TOM SIMPSON – LOCATION ALONG NEW PARKWAY (YELLOW FLAG)
  • HORACE HAMILTON – LOCATION – CLINGMAN’S DOME (GREEN FLAG)

Friday Registration

*AM or Full Day as Indicated

FRIDAY A.M. 02-01 – 1/2 DAY – 6:00 A.M. – STEVE LAYMAN – SUNRISE FROM ICONIC LOCATION (FOOTHILLS PARKWAY), TREMONT STREAM SCENES AFTER SUNRISE (PURPLE FLAG)

FRIDAY A.M. 02-02 – 1/2 DAY – 6:15 A.M. – ART STILES – EARLY LIGHT & MORNING AT CADES COVE (ORANGE FLAG)

FRIDAY A.M. 02-03 – 1/2 DAY – 6:00 A.M. – TOM SIMPSON – SUNRISE ON FOOTHILLS PARKWAY, THEN ELKMONT FOR LANDSCAPE AND WATERSCAPES (YELLOW FLAG)

FRIDAY A.M. 02-04 – 1/2 DAY – 6:00 A.M. – TRAVIS RHOADS – DAWN AT TREMONT & SLOW SHUTTER STREAM SCENES (BLUE FLAG)

FRIDAY A.M. 02-01 – FULL DAY – 6:30 A.M. – HORACE HAMILTON – BREAKFAST TOGETHER, DRIVE TO BIG CREEK, MOUSE CREEK, SUNSET AT MAX PATCH (BREAKFAST, LATE LUNCH/EARLY DINNER AT CRACKER BARREL EN ROUTE) – (GREEN FLAG)

FRIDAY A.M. ON YOUR OWN – VISIT YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO PHOTOGRAPH ON YOUR OWN, WITHOUT JOINING A GROUP.

*PM Field Trips

FRIDAY P.M. 03-01 – 1/2 DAY – TOM VADNAIS – ELKMONT STREAM SCENES (LITTLE RIVER, JAKES CREEK, SCENIC SITES, MACROS & HISTORIC BLDGS), ENDING WITH SUNSET (RED FLAG)

FRIDAY P.M. 03-02 – SUNSET – JERRY BLACK – CLINGMAN’S DOME (RED FLAG)

FRIDAY P.M. ON YOUR OWN – VISIT YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO PHOTOGRAPH ON YOUR OWN, WITHOUT JOINING A GROUP.

Saturday Registration

*AM or Full Day as Indicated

SATURDAY A.M. 04-01 – FULL DAY – JENNY BURDETTE – WILDLIFE IN THE PARK & SUNSET IN CADES COVE (GREEN FLAG)

SATURDAY A.M. 04-02 – FULL DAY – ANNA DESTEFANO – WATERSCAPES AT TREMONT, ELKMONT & TOWNSEND WYE (ORANGE FLAG)

SATURDAY A.M. 04-03 – FULL DAY – MARY JO COX – CADES COVE & SUNSET (BLUE FLAG)

SATURDAY A.M. 04-04 – 1/2 DAY – TOM VADNAIS – ELKMONT STREAM SCENES (LITTLE RIVER, JAKES CREEK, SCENIC SITES, MACROS & HISTORIC BLDGS), (RED FLAG)

SATURDAY A.M. 04-05 – 1/2 DAY – TRAVIS RHOADS – DAWN AT TREMONT & SLOW SHUTTER STREAM SCENES (YELLOW FLAG)

*PM

SATURDAY P.M. ON YOUR OWN – VISIT YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO PHOTOGRAPH ON YOUR OWN, WITHOUT JOINING A GROUP.

 

DON’T FORGET COMPUTERS, CARD READER & POWER CORDS
TO EDIT IMAGES FOR PHOTO CONTEST

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  1.  KNEE HI BOOTS/WADERS FOR WATER FIELD TRIPS
  2. LAYERED CLOTHING FOR COLD MORNINGS, WARM AFTERNOONS. HATS & GLOVES.   TEMPERATURES COULD RANGE FROM FREEZING TO 70 DEGREES OVER THE COURSE OF THE DAY.
  3. RAIN GEAR FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR CAMERA EQUIPMENT
  4. STURDY HIKING BOOTS/SHOES FOR ROUGH TERRAIN
  5. LONG PANTS TO PROTECT AGAINST INSECTS AND BRIARS.
  6. A CHANGE OF SHOES IN CASE YOURS GET WET
  7. HATS AND/OR SUNSCREEN CAMERAS
  8. BRING ALL YOUR LENSES. THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WIDE ANGLES, MACRO, MID-TELEPHOTO (SUCH AS 70-200MM) , AND LONG LENSES FOR WILDLIFE.  LENSBABY LENSES FOR ARTISTIC MACRO IF DESIRED.
  9. EXTRA BATTERIES AND CHARGERS, EXTRA MEMORY CARDS.
  10. CIRCULAR POLARIZERS TO HELP WITH THE GLARE ON WATER SCENES.
  11. NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTERS TO SLOW DOWN THE SPEED OF THE WATER, GRADUATED NEUTRAL DENSITY FOR SUNRISE/SUNSET SHOTS.
  12. TRIPODS FOR LONG EXPOSURE WATER SHOTS, MACRO, SUNRISES & SUNSETS.
  13. KNEE PADS FOR GETTING DOWN LOW.
  14. BACKPACKS FOR HIKING LONG DISTANCES OR SHORT DISTANCES TO CARRY YOUR GEAR, WATER AND SNACKS.
  15. HIKING POLES FOR LONG HIKES IF YOU FIND THEM HELPFUL FOR BALANCE.
  16. LENS HOODS
  17. DIFFUSERS AND REFLECTORS
  18. EXTENSION TUBES & TELECONVERTERS (ONLY IF YOU HAVE THEM)
  19. REMOTES – WIRELESS OR WIRED FOR LONG EXPOSURES

****** ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF WATER AND SNACKS*********

GNPA 2020 Fall Smokies Weekend Photo Competition

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This competition gets tougher every year as the skill of our photographers increases.  This year will surely be no exception.

Rules for Images and submission:

Deadline for submission:  11:30 P.M. Monday, Nov. 9 online (exact submission rules to follow)

Capture dates: Images must be captured between Thursday Nov. 5 and 11:00P.M. on Saturday Nov. 7.  Check your exif/metadata data for accuracy.  Images that do not show the correct dates/times will be rejected.

Prizes: One best in show will receive a $125 gift card, 1st place in each of the three categories will receive a $100 gift card, 2nd place in each category will receive a $50 gift card and 3rd place in each category will receive a $25 gift card. Honorable Mentions in each category will receive a ribbon.

Post processing:  Limited image manipulation, such as dodging and burning, spot healing, exposure changes, contrast changes, etc., is permitted. No external element may be brought into any image; however, multiple exposures of the same scene then merged in processing are permitted (such as HDR, focus stacks, panoramas and the like).  Do not watermark or otherwise identify your images except as described below in the naming convention.

Categories:

1-Wildlife including birds but no domesticated animals

2-Landscape including historic structures

3-Macro/Close Up of any natural subject or historic structure.

Submission:

You may submit up to 3 images in each category.

Images should be sized to 1200 pixels on the long side and saved as jpeg files

Naming:  Use the following naming convention:

Category number-your personal photographer ID number-Image title-Y or N.jpg
     Y (yes) or N (no) is to indicate your approval (or not) for GNPA to use your image to promote future events

An image in the wildlife category by photographer number 60 titled Woody Woodpecker permitted to be used by GNPA for promoting future events would be named as follows:

1-60-Woody Woodpecker-Y.jpg

Images that do not meet the proper naming convention will be rejected by the system.

Images must be submitted online NO LATER THAN 11:30 P.M. MONDAY, NOV. 9.  Instructions for online submission will be sent out ahead of the event and handed out at the event.  Winners will be announced NO LATER THAN SATURDAY, NOV. 14.  Notification will be by email and posted on the GNPA webpage and on the GNPA Facebook page.  Prizes will be mailed to winners.

Best of luck to all!

 


FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EVENT, CONTACT:

Mike Thornton – email – mikesthornton@gmail.com; phone 678-362-2144, leave voice mail if no answer.
Tricia Raffensperger – email – triciaraff@gmail.com; phone 770-670-8612, leave voice mail if no answer.

Bird Photography Close to Home

Bird Photography Close to Home

PLEASE NOTE: This is an ONLINE ONLY GNPA Webinar using Zoom Technologies.

It is open to current GNPA Members Only.
To download the Zoom Client use this link: https://zoom.us/download
Otherwise, you’ll have to download it when you try to join the meeting.
Youtube video on Zoom Setup and Use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTSJ0YDoF7o
You do not need to use your own video camera or microphone to attend.

To register for the meeting:
1. Login at: https://www.GNPA.org
2. Look for WEBINAR AND MEETINGS LINKS on the member home page
3. Click on the registration link that corresponds to this meeting.
4. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to the webinar
5. You will get 2 reminder emails, one the day before the event and one an hour before the webinar
6. When it’s time to attend the webinar click on the link in the confirmation email.

To join the GNPA, see: https://gnpa.org/membership/membership-types-and-join/

Have you ever said,”if I could go where those pro photographers go, I could get great bird images”. Emil and Nancy Powella will challenge you to do what most have had to do this last year, shoot close to home. Emil is the photographer and Nancy is the lifelong birder. She has finally gotten Emil onboard with the birds. They will talk about bird habits and the simple processes to get bird images you will love. They will share the “close to home” places they go. You will also get a look at their backyard bird studio which is “at home.”
Emil is a GNPA member as well as a Southeast Photo member. He and Nancy live in Lilburn. He likes to shoot many subjects. Some of his images can be seen at www.emilpowella.smugmug.com.

Using Your DSLR for Videography 101

Using Your DSLR for Videography 101

This event is for CURRENT GNPA members.

This is an ONLINE ONLY GNPA Webinar using Zoom Technologies.

You can ONLY REGISTER for this ZOOM webinar from the www.GNPA.org website. Once registered, you will receive the link to use Zoom Technologies.

Before the Webinar, you should first download the Zoom Client use this link: https://zoom.us/download. Otherwise, you’ll have to download it when you try to join the meeting.

YouTube video on Zoom Setup and Use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTSJ0YDoF7o
You do not need to use your own video cam or sound mic to attend.

To register for the meeting:
1. Login at: https://www.GNPA.org
2. Look for WEBINAR AND MEETING SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION on the member home page
3. Click on the registration link that corresponds to this meeting.
4. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to the webinar
5. You will get 2 reminder emails, one the day before the event and one an hour before the webinar

DESCRIPTION:
The Roswell Chapter is hosting this talk for all members.
Have you wanted to use that new camera of yours to take videos but have been hesitant to try? Have you wanted to capture an exciting action sequence that you can view later but don’t know how? The cameras we use today not only help us take great photos but are also great at making videos. Many of the cameras we use in our nature photography are also used by professional film makers. Please join us on November 9th at 7:30 to learn from Tom Simpson all about getting started in videography as he presents Videography 101-The Camera. Tom will explain all of the basics of how to use your camera to make memorable nature movies, what settings to use in different situations, and how to set up the camera, what type of focusing strategy to use, and what goes into making a good video. Tom will follow this session up with Videography 201-Post Processing to help you with editing you video clips and creating your own work of art.

Tom has served on the GNPA Board in various roles and is Past President for GNPA. He has also been Chapter Coordinator for several GNPA Chapters. Tom is a biologist and following service in the Army Chemical Corps his career has included faculty positions at MTSU, Wake Forest, and Agnes Scott College followed by 35 years in environmental consulting.
His photographic interests cover a wide range but are primarily around nature including landscapes, wildlife, and macro photography with a particular focus on nature video. He has photos published in the book on the Natural Communities of Georgia and the Journal of the National Wildlife Federation and has a collection of prints on permanent display at a local Uptown Café gallery.
Tom will present on how to get started with video including some suggestions on cameras and gear, understanding the parts of your camera’s video menu including basic setup recommendations for video. He will also provide a few tips on getting more out of shooting video.

Attractions for Photographers – Georgia Edition

Attractions for Photographers – Georgia Edition

This event is for CURRENT GNPA members.
This is an ONLINE ONLY GNPA Webinar using Zoom Technologies.

You can ONLY REGISTER for this ZOOM webinar from the www.GNPA.org website. Once registered, you will receive the link to use Zoom Technologies.

Before the Webinar, you should first download the Zoom Client using this link: https://zoom.us/download. Otherwise, you’ll have to download it when you try to join the meeting.

YouTube video on Zoom Setup and Use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTSJ0YDoF7o
You do not need to use your own video cam or sound mic to attend.

To register for the meeting:
1. Login at: https://www.GNPA.org
2. Look for WEBINAR AND MEETING SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION on the member home page
3. Click on the registration link that corresponds to this meeting.
4. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to the webinar
5. You will get 2 reminder emails, one the day before the event and one an hour before the webinar

DESCRIPTION:
During the last few months, all of our lives have been altered due to the COVID-19. The normal has changed to the abnormal. As we have been limited in our travels, most of us have been ready to get out and enjoy nature. This webinar will point out some destinations to photograph nature and some other iconic Georgia destinations.

GNPA Member Phillip Prichard will present Attractions for Photographers – Georgia Edition on November 18th. Phillip has complied a listing of attractions in the southeast that he will happily share. Tonight’s presentation will be limited to only Georgia attractions due to time constraints. Over 300 locations in Georgia are included in the listing.

The presentation will show an overview of Georgia’s photographic possibilities. Georgia has:
159 Counties – At least 159 Possibilities
48 State Parks – Mountains to Seashore and Many In Between
112 State Wildlife Management Areas
9 National Wildlife Refuges
11 National Parks
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
44 Nature Centers
15 Covered Bridges
Plus many more

Phillip is a GNPA Life Member. He is also a member of NANPA, CNPA, Audubon Society – Master Birder, Ducks Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation. He is a retired firefighter with 30 years of service, a safety consultant & trainer, and a contributing writer & photographer for Motorsports America. He tries to photograph something everyday with his grandkids and birds being his favorite subjects.

Fabulous Bird Migrations, Amazing Dunes, and Great Night Skies – Bosque del Apache

Fabulous Bird Migrations, Amazing Dunes, and Great Night Skies – Bosque del Apache

Bosque Del Apache and Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuges near Socorro, New Mexico is the winter home of thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese, ducks, many other waterfowl, and wildlife.  This area is home to one of North America’s greatest bird migrations.  There have been over 350 different bird species observed in the refuges, everything from shore birds to Bald Eagles.  A true wildlife photographer’s bucket list trip. 

The refuges provide breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, including wintering grounds for many species.  Our trip will center on these two great wildlife photography locations but will include much more.

There will be fabulous landscape photo opportunities at White Sands National Monument.  The largest gypsum dune field in the world which is also located in south-central New Mexico. This region of glistening white dunes is in the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert within an “internally drained valley” called the Tularosa Basin.  Many species of plants and animals have developed very specialized means of surviving in this area of cold winters, hot summers, with very little surface water and highly mineralized ground water.

If that’s not enough there will also be some great night sky possibilities, at the above sites and others.  Magdalena, New Mexico (just outside Socorro) is surrounded by night sky viewing opportunities, ranging from the Etscorn Observatory on the campus of New Mexico Tech to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory.  It is also very near to the Very Large Array, one of the largest radio astronomy installations in the world and some of the darkest night skies in North America. 

Magdalena is also home to the Astronomical Lyceum, a fascinating collection of historical telescopes, astronomy books and all-things-astronomy.  Magdalena’s night skies are so full of stars that the local Chamber includes “Gateway to the Stars” in its logo.

Registration Information

Join us for this great photo trip led by Nature Photographer Larry Winslett.  Only 14 spaces are available.

Lodging:  Not Included. Info to be provided by Larry after registration.  Block of rooms reserved.

Transportation:  Carpooling in New Mexico

Organizer name & email:  Larry Winslett, winfog@windstream.net

Pricing:  $395 (Paid in full, no deposits)

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your registration, the cancellation fee is $50 if cancelled by July. 30, 2021.  There are no refunds after Sept. 30, 2021. See GNPA terms and conditions for trips cancelled by the GNPA.

Go to your GNPA Member Login and look for the registration link.

Developing The Final Image – Artistic Stages of Image Enhancement

Developing The Final Image – Artistic Stages of Image Enhancement

Our March 1st meeting will begin at 7PM and will be ZOOM ONLY. Please log in as a member to GNPA.org to sign up for the Zoom meeting.

Our speaker will be John Mariana. John is a renowned photographer and popular educator of photography expertise. He has conducted numerous workshops across the United States, Scotland and Tuscany as
well as volunteering time to speak at functions, museums and prominent photography groups. John is regularly sought by professional photographers for private mentoring.

In 1980 John began using photography in connection with his art
background to create color images. By 1984, large format black
and white prints became his specialty. John’s early artistic training combined with photography gives his images a unique visual and emotional presentation. Today, John makes photos in digital format to bring a new and different look to his work with primary focus on his unique color palette with visual and emotional presentation. He has won numerous awards for his large print images and regularly donates his work and talents to non-profit endeavors.

John’s statement regarding his presentation on March 1st:

I believe we pass through FOUR STAGES of learning and accomplishing enhancing our captured images. This presentation will show the aspects of each stage using images showing the “as captured” image and then the enhanced image.

Each stage will be explained with sample images and images from several of other sources to show the extent of the enhancements.

Please attend the presentation and learn how you can advance from Stage 1 to Stage 4.

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