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Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Join us for our June field trip at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Augusta, Georgia! Time permitting we will also visit Audubon’s Silver Bluff Sanctuary and Brick Pond Park.

I hear the possibilities for bird photography in these areas are huge! Dr. Bill Lutin who lives in the area and is an avid bird photographer will be our guide.

“Our mission is to provide leadership for sustainable watersheds and economic vitality through research, education and by connecting people with nature.

The vision of Phinizy Center is that every community will have a healthy environment that includes clean water and watersheds.” ~Phinizy Center for Water Sciences

We will meet in the parking lot of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park at 7:30AM. The address is 1858 Lock and Dam Rd., Augusta, GA. Call me at 912-659-7064 if you are going to be late or can’t find us.

It is about a 25 minute drive from Phinizy Nature Center to Audubon’s Silver Bluff and another 25 minute drive from Audubon’s Silver Bluff to Brick Pond Park.

Bring your preferred lenses. Suggestions: A long lens for photographing wildlife, and a shorter lens or wide angle lens for landscapes or macro. Tripods will also be very helpful.

There will be no fees for Phinizy Center, Silver Bluff or Brick Pond Park.

There are restrooms at Phinizy Center Nature Park.

Bring water, snacks, comfortable walking shoes, rain gear for you and your camera, insect repellant and hat if needed. Check the weather forecast beforehand and dress for the weather and come prepared.

Group size: 15 max. GNPA Field Trips are for PAID GNPA MEMBERS ONLY.
Not paid up? Visit:

Do not leave anything out in your car while on the trails. Keep any possessions in your car trunk or out of sight; do not provide temptations.


GNPA will make every attempt to execute each trip, workshop or event as planned and as described. However, circumstances beyond GNPA’s control may arise that that affect GNPA’s ability to complete a Trip.

If a Trip is cancelled by GNPA for any reason prior to its start date, GNPA will not provide any compensation for payments made by registrants such as non-refundable hotel deposits or car rental fees. GNPA reserves the right to make changes to the trip including changes to the itinerary and trip leaders at its sole discretion.

PERSONAL SAFETY is of utmost importance.
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.

By registering, you are AGREEING to the standard GNPA Warranty and LIABILITY RELEASE:
As a condition of participation with the Georgia Nature Photographers Association [“GNPA”], I agree to release from liability and to hold harmless the GNPA and its officers, agents, employees or assigns for any injury, including illness, accident, emergency and death, and for damage to or loss of personal property, including equipment, film, and memory cards, while participating in any activities affiliated with the GNPA.

Coronavirus, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a mean to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in any activities affiliated with the GNPA could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. GNPA in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in any activities affiliated with the GNPA.

I do hereby give the GNPA permission to use my photo and its likeness for any and all print and video purposes it deems necessary but not limited to: newsletters, brochures, instructional and promotional videos, and press releases. The GNPA will not be required to reimburse me for use of my photo or its likeness.

Thanks and enjoy nature and your fellow GNPA members.

Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) Presentation-Cheryl Tarr

Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) Presentation-Cheryl Tarr

We will be meeting in person as well as on Zoom for our May presentation. Zoom will be available to paid GNPA members for your convenience. We encourage you to attend the meeting live if you are able.

Welcome to our speaker for May: Cheryl Tarr!

“Do you ever grow weary of photographing things and places in the same old way? Do you like to play and experiment with different approaches to creatively expressing yourself? Intentional camera movement (ICM) can open up an entirely new way to photograph familiar subjects. ICM techniques result in impressionistic images and abstracts that can convey deeper meaning and emotions by distilling complex scenes into simpler colors, textures, and shapes through the application of intentional motion blur.”

“From landscapes to intimate portraits of flowers, Cheryl has used ICM as one of her primary tools to create the soft painterly images that she is known for. She will show photographs that illustrate the different approaches she uses depending on the subject matter, and she will review the specific equipment that she uses. She will also show what can be done with multiple exposures in the Nikon D850 as well as the iPhone. Tips and techniques for post-processing images in Lightroom and Photoshop will also be discussed. Lastly she will share how developing a coherent series of images that tell a story has deepened and expanded her photography into new directions and inspired her to integrate writing into her creative practice.”

Cheryl Tarr-Biography

“Cheryl Lea Tarr is a retired biologist who wanted to be a photographer but she set aside that childhood dream to do something more ‘practical.’ After earning a PhD in conservation genetics and then working as a microbiologist for over 20 years, she redirected her creative energy in 2016 towards photographing flowers, birds and landscapes both big and small. Cheryl uses Lensbaby lenses as well as intentional camera movement (ICM) to create painterly images that convey her emotional connection to the natural world. Her images have been shown in juried shows throughout Georgia and she has published ICM images and an article in the international e-magazine ICM Photography Magazine. She is a founding member of the Conservation Committee and has contributed images to multiple conservation partners which have been used to promote their missions. She has also served as the Decatur chapter co-coordinator. With over five years of intense study of photography under her belt she is now ready, willing and able to teach others what she has learned. She hopes that by sharing her knowledge and images she can help kindle respect and appreciation for this beautiful and amazing place we call Earth.”

Image Copyright- Sunflower -Cheryl Tarr
Image Copyright-Bio Photo-Cheryl Tarr

Masks may be required in the public areas of Oatland Island Wildlife Center, but are optional in our meeting room.

The Live Meeting at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center is free and open to the public. Let them know at the entrance kiosk that you are attending the Georgia Nature Photographer’s Meeting so you don’t have to pay the $5 entrance fee. We encourage all GNPA Members who live in the area to attend the Live Meeting for a meet and greet. If you would like to walk the trails and photograph wildlife after the meeting, please donate the $5 at the help desk.

For Paid GNPA Members only who do not live in the area, the meeting will be available via Zoom for your convenience. Registration for the Zoom meeting is via your Member Login portal at . The Registration link in your Member Portal will be available very soon.

Not a GNPA Member yet? For information on joining the GNPA, visit . Thanks!

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Shoot and Eat

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Shoot and Eat

Join us for a GNPA field trip to Savannah National Wildlife Refuge as we meander through the 4 mile one way system photographing the unique and varied wildlife and lush landscapes.

Bring camera, varied lens, bottled water, snacks, sunscreen and most importantly, bug spray. Dress appropriately for the day to avoid bugs and sunburn.

Be mindful of where you walk as alligators and snakes are sometimes on the water’s edge and nearby grassy areas.

After a great morning of shooting, we will stop and eat breakfast at the Sunny Side Restaurant in Garden City, Georgia

Field Trips are for Paid GNPA Members Only.

B&W Nature Photography – Landscapes and More- Eric Bowles

B&W Nature Photography – Landscapes and More- Eric Bowles

We know the classic images of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, as well as the modern classics of John Sexton and Vincent Versace. Their black and white images are still striking for their use of light, tone and composition. Early photographers did not have the option of color, digital processing, and the other capabilities we use for image making. How can we build on classic ideas for B&W images using today’s tools?

What is the difference between a black and white image vs. a color image. What gear do you need? How do you learn to “see” in monochrome tones? What camera settings help to optimize your images? What post processing tips can enhance monochrome images? There is a lot more to B&W than reducing saturation or removing the color.

We’ll take a look at some of the legends and modern icons of black and white photography. Then we’ll look at a series of image pairs – the color image and the black and white version of the same scene. Why does black and white work, what makes it successful – or not. Finally, we’ll look at several approaches to B&W conversions using software to help you make great B&W nature photographs with today’s digital equipment.

Bio – Eric Bowles
Eric Bowles is an Atlanta based nature photographer specializing in the southeastern states. Eric is a photo educator providing photo tours, workshops and training both independently and Nikonians Academy. Eric’s work has been exhibited in galleries, purchased by corporate and individual collectors, and published in books and magazines. Eric provides individual instruction for photographers of all skill levels.

Eric’s specialties include landscape, wildlife, macro and close-up photography, as well as infrared image making using modified cameras. He is the director of Nikonians Academy. Eric is a Board member of North American Nature Photography Association and a Board member and President of Georgia Nature Photographers Association. Eric is a frequent visitor and speaker for photography groups throughout Georgia and the Carolinas and co-host of the NANPA Webinar series. For more information about Eric, visit his website at

Images copyright Eric Bowles

This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.