20178 07 Perrys water garden 1The Smyrna and Gwinnett Chapters of GNPA are hosting a field trip to Perry's Water Gardens on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  You Must be a GNPA member to attend this event!

This is an opportunity to photograph different types of water flowers, including lotus, lilies, and other nymphaea.  There are multiple ponds to walk around and also get good reflections.  There is also an opportunity for dragon flies/damselflies and other insects.  Ducks have been seen in the ponds.

Perry’s Water Gardens were named for Perry D. Slocum, internationally known hybridizer, who received the Water Lily Hall of Fame Award in 1986.

To register, you must be a Current (paid) Member. If you are a Current Member and do not see the Register Here Button, Log In.

If you are not a member, join the GNPA today.

Perry’s Water Gardens is a Wholesale/Retail Aquatic plant nursery established in 1980 by Perry D. Slocum and is known for shipping high quality mature plants. 

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It is located in Cowee Valley, located in the beautiful Western North Carolina Mountains. Perry’s Water Gardens is located at 136 Gibson Aquatic Farm Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

Detail directions and additional information on timing, what to bring, and where to meet is located on the registration page.

Costa_Rica_2018_Trip.pdf

Join GNPA member and workshop leader Rob Knight with his guest Tom Simpson for a brand new Costa Rica photography workshop that is exclusively for GNPA members. Rob has been leading photo workshops in Costa Rica since 2009. His annual Cost Rica Photo Adventure workshop each September is a mix of nature, wildlife and cultural subjects, but this GNPA trip is specifically geared toward nature photography. There will be lots of learning opportunities in addition to the unbelievable array of nature photography subjects.

2018 01 costa rica waterfallJoin GNPA member and workshop leader Rob Knight with his guest Tom Simpson for a brand new Costa Rica photography workshop that is exclusively for GNPA members. Rob has been leading photo workshops in Costa Rica since 2009. His annual Cost Rica Photo Adventure workshop each September is a mix of nature, wildlife and cultural subjects, but this GNPA trip is specifically geared toward nature photography. There will be lots of learning opportunities in addition to the unbelievable array of nature photography subjects.

2018 01 costa rica 5You'll spend seven days and six nights at the beautiful Leaves&Lizards Volcano Cabin retreat. Leaves&Lizards offers a comfortable home base with easy access to lots of great shooting without the need for long drives every day. Each private cabin offers unbelievable views of the Arsenal Volcano from its large front porch. The on-site restaurant features delicious farm to table meals, and cocktails with a view at the tiki bar.

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To register, you must be a Current Member. If you are not a member, you can join here.

In order to provide a more personal experience for each guest, GNPA Costa Rica Photo Adventure is limited to six photographers.

When: February 4-10, 2018

Where: north central Costa Rica

Instructors: Rob Knight and Tom Simpson

Price: $2450 per person for double occupancy. Single supplement $550

You can reserve your cabin with a $1000 deposit. The balance is due no later than November 1, 2017. Register at

http://gnpa-costarica.eventbee.com

All lodging, meals, and transportation within Costa Rica are included in the price of the workshop. Attendees are responsible for their own flight to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) to arrive no later that noon on February 4, 2018.

Sponsored by LUMIX USA and Hunts Photo

Itinerary

2018 01 costa rica 1Sunday:

1:00pm: Pick up at SJO airport for transportation to Leaves & Lizards Retreat
(lunch stop on the way)
6:00pm: Cocktail hour and orientation meeting at the Lava Lizard restaurant, followed by the welcome dinner

Monday:

Morning (all day): Las Iguanas & Caño Negro river cruise
Topics include:

  • wildlife photography
  • long lens techniques
  • flash for wildlife photography
  • Evening: Lightroom organization and field workflow

2018 01 costa rica 4Tuesday:

Morning: Horse trek to a private waterfall
Topics include:

  • landscape photography techniques
  • Visual storytelling
  • mindful photography

Afternoon: Macro photography workshop
Topics include:

  • Macro focusing techniques
  • tools and tips
  • Flash for macro photography

Evening: night hike at Leaves & Lizards

2018 01 costa rica 2Wednesday:

Morning: Proyecto ASIS Wildlife Rescue
Topics include:

  • Wildlife photography techniques
  • Wildlife in captivity tips
  • Community participation

Afternoon: Timelapse photography workshop
Topics include:

  • Subject selection
  • Tools and settings
  • Output options

Evening: Hot springs visit

Wildlife photography techniques

Wildlife in captivity tips

Community participation

Afternoon: Timelapse photography workshop
Topics include:

  • Subject selection
  • Tools and settings
  • Output options

Evening: Hot springs visit
Topics include

  • relaxation
  • fun

2018 01 costa rica 3Thursday:

All day: La Paz Waterfall gardens

La Paz features nature photography subjects from tree frogs to waterfalls and everything in between.

Friday:

Morning: Shooting opportunities around Leaves & Lizards

Afternoon: Lightroom live critiques and Q&A

Evening: Cookout and closing dinner with a local family

Saturday:

Breakfast at Leaves&Lizards and transportation to San Jose

2017 08 21 Solar Eclipse

Photograph the solar eclipse with
Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA)!

This is a GNPA MEMBERS ONLY field trip.

WHEN: August 21 from 12:00 Noon – 4:30 PM
WHERE: Niota, TN 37826

The field trip location is private property (an open field that is a 200 yard walk from where we will park the cars). We will set up almost at the dead center of the eclipse path. A building at the parking area contains two restrooms.

The field will be mowed before the event. A few days prior to the event, detailed information will be sent out to registered participants (including directions, exact address, coordinates, recommended equipment, creature comfort needs, etc.).

REGISTER FOR THE FIELD TRIP HERE

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To register, you must be a Current Member. If you are not a member, you can Join Here.

The actual physical address and coordinates will be provided after you complete the registration out of respect for the owner's property. For planning information on your drive time, use Google Maps for Niota, TN.

Prior to the event, you should familiarize yourself with the equipment needed (filters) to protect your eyes and camera while shooting. Come prepared! GNPA will provide attendees with one pair of Solar Viewer Eye Glasses. Bring your own if you are more comfortable with your personal equipment.

You are responsible for your own safety, especially for your eyes and your camera. GNPA is providing the glasses as a courtesy to attendees, however is in no way liable for any damage you may incur during the trip to your eyes or camera.

It is also important that you are “practiced” with the equipment you will be using. The field trip leaders, while willing to assist somewhat, will be setting up their own shots of this unique event.

For a head start to understanding how to capture an eclipse, attend our June 17, 2017 event at Alpharetta City Hall (https://gnpa.org/index.php/events/workshops-2/888-how-to-photograph-the-2017-solar-eclipse).

At the field trip location, the duration of the TOTAL eclipse will be approximately 2 minutes and 39 seconds, starting at 2:32 PM. The PARTIAL eclipse begins at 1:03 PM and the exit phase ends at 3:58 PM. Be there at 12:00 Noon for set up.

If you have any questions, please contact Ed Zawacki, .

The Gwinnett Chapter of GNPA is happy to announce a field trip to Poole’s Mill Covered Bridge & Gibbs Gardens, on Thursday June 22, 2017, at 7:30 AM.

You must be a GNPA member to attend The event is open to all active GNPA members.

QUESTIONS

Contact: Ed Zawacki 404-431-6371 email:

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This field trip will take place in two locations.

2017 06 pools mill covered bridgeThere will be an opportunity to photograph historic Poole’s Mill covered bridge, as well as surrounding water features. Then we will go to nearby Gibbs Gardens to photograph water, day lilies, reflection ponds, and many other blooms.

Poole’s Mill covered bridge was built in 1901 by Bud Gentry. It is 94.6 feet long by 14.5 feet wide. Its truss is town lattice. It runs across Settendown Creek, which offers some rocky water features.

http://parks.forsythco.com/Parks-and-Facilities/Parks/Pooles-Mill-Park

2017 06 pools mill liliesgibbsThe Gibbs Gardens house and gardens include 220 acres, making it one of the nation’s largest residential estate gardens. In addition to all the flowers in bloom, there are many reflection ponds, as well as water lily ponds. http://www.gibbsgardens.com/

Email: ed_zawacki@yahoo.com

Phone: 404-431-6371

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2017 09 GLACIER COVERGlacier National Park is a well known destination for photographers offering stunning landscapes, water, and macro photographic opportunities.   What is not so well know is it's also a fantastic location for getting once in a lifetime shots of Grizzly Bear, Wolves, Mountain Lion, Fox (three varieties), Bobcat and Lynx.

It’s an adventure that will leave you with lasting memories and plenty of pictures to commemorate the experience.

Next year the GNPA is offering 14 lucky photographers the opportunity to photograph Glacier and wildlife. There are two dates, each limited to 7 photographers plus the trip leader:

  • Group 1:  September 9 to September 17
  • Group 2:  September 13 to September 21

Whether you are looking to photograph beautiful white snow-capped mountains, the zigzag patterns of split rail fences, lake reflections, wildlife or colorful aspen groves, this small and personal tour has a little bit of everything for you.

The month of September provides beautiful weather, and you will enjoy the crisp cool mornings and the rugged beauty of the mountains. The beautiful golden Aspens together with the colorful underbrush provide stunning foreground focal points to capture the beauty of the region.

Each day we will plan a sunrise shot, morning photography, mid-day break, afternoon photography and sunset shots.

The Triple D Game Ranch is considered one of the premiere captive wildlife photographic operations in North America and is often used by the biggest names in video and wildlife photography to get realistic shots of animals in native habitat.   There, you'll shoot animals in fall colors, up close and in best light. 

All animals are photographed in natural settings (in the forest, on rocks and near ponds).  Eight animal sessions are included in the photo shoot.  They include the following:  Grizzly Bear, Wolves, Mountain Lion, Fox (three varieties), Bobcat and Lynx. We'll have run of the Triple D Game Ranch with no other photographers and with two big bonuses: 2 extra hours of shooting and two extra animals beyond what a regular visitor gets.

IT'S A HUGE VALUE

Compare the GNPA PRIVATE TRIP to the regular shoot at the Game Ranch. The regular shoot, on sale, only lets you shoot 6 animals and the large animals may not be available unless three people want to pay to shoot them. You'll also be shooing with 10 people you don't know which is crowded for some locations. And we've all run into those jerks on public shoots who believe they own the place. You won't experience that shooting with just 8 GNPA members on this private shoot.

Additional animals available at extra cost each. Refer to their website for more information:  http://www.tripledgamefarm.com

Typically all animal photos are done in the early morning light.  If weather doesn’t allow for an early morning shoot, late afternoon will be used to get the best light.  You can go on the entire trip for virtually the same as you'd pay for just the public price of admission to the Triple D Game Ranch , all thanks to the GNPA. And you'd still he shooting more people and possibly not the big animal of your choice.

The Bison Range is another opportunity for landscapes and additional wildlife.  Wildlife typically found at the Bison Range include bison, elk in rut, deer, antelope, bears, and smaller animals.

Your trip leaders and hosts will be Mary Jo Cox and Stewart Roach.  You won’t want to miss it, this trip will sell out quickly.

TRIP DETAILS

  • Leaders: Mary Jo Cox and Stewart Roach
  • Maximum of 7 in each group plus one leader.
  • Cost for each member $1,239.00.  Nonrefundable deposit of $300. Reserve your spot with an initial payment of $300 with the balance of $939 due by July, 1, 2017.
  • Mary Jo will lead first group. Stewart will lead second group.  Both will lead in Glacier together.
  • Group 1:  September 9 to September 17
  • Group 2:  September 13 to September 21