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Adventures in Iceland

Adventures in Iceland

Please join us on June 7th at our usual meeting location for an exciting program presented by Alicia Pastiran. Alicia is a long-time member of our chapter who relocated with her husband to Alabama a couple of years ago. Alicia is returning for a visit to review her photo trip last year to Iceland with photos and other information about her trip.

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.

Painting With Cameras

Painting With Cameras

**This event is for CURRENT GNPA members.**
**This is an ONLINE ONLY GNPA Webinar using Zoom.**
To register:

1. go to the GNPA website and *login as a member.*
2. From your Member Home page scroll down to **WEBINAR AND MEETING SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION**
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

*If you are not a GNPA member, go to []( and please consider joining us! This is the ONLY way for you to register for the webinar.*

Imagination is the faculty or action of forming new ideas, images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.” During David’s program “Painting With Cameras,” he will discuss new ways to see and capture a variety of subjects by using techniques such as intentional camera motion, multiple exposure, and lens zoom. Searching for and capturing subjects that are often overlooked or seldom seen will also be covered.

David DesRochers began his journey as a nature photographer on a trip to Glacier National Park in the summer of 2000. Since then, he and his wife Cathy have traveled the world to witness and photograph the wonders of our natural world.

David is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and has written several articles for Nature Photographer Magazine. He is an accomplished public speaker and instructor and has appeared at events such as the New England Camera Club Council Annual Conference, Connecticut Association of Photographers Annual Seminar, and the New Jersey Audubon’s Birding Festival. He is the 2014 recipient of the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs Citation and his photographs have appeared in books and magazines and on calendars.

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!

How Macro Photography Can Change Your Perception of the World Around You

How Macro Photography Can Change Your Perception of the World Around You

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

To register:
1. go to the GNPA website and login as a member.
2. From your Member Home page scroll down to **WEBINAR AND MEETING SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION**
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

*If you are not a GNPA member, go to []( and please join. This is the ONLY way for you to register for the webinar.*

Over 99% of life on Earth is smaller than your finger. This means that no matter where you live, there is always something amazing to discover and photograph. It is a common misconception that a photographer must travel to a distant continent to find subjects worthy of photographing. In truth, many of the most amazing creatures you’ll ever see can be found just outside your back door, which is a powerful message for young people who are interested in science and conservation.
During this presentation award-winning natural history photographer Clay Bolt will begin by showing you how to work with available light and shallow depth-of-field to create beautiful impressionistic portraits of your subjects. This will include tips on the best times of day to photograph your subjects, how to approach them, and document them safely. Next he’ll introduce techniques for improving sharpness and how to use tools like reflectors and fill-flash to add more life to your images. Clay will also demonstrate how you can use multiple flashes in the field to create dynamic portraits of insect behavior.
Finally, Clay will discuss how to use the white background field-studio technique that has been popularized by the Meet Your Neighbors project that he co-founded in 2009. This is a technique that works great for school groups. He’ll also share his tips for utilizing more advanced topics such as photographing insects in flight and wide-angle macro photography. Throughout this breakout session, Clay will be sharing ways to use macro photography to tell the stories of your subjects for conservation and editorial purposes so that you can become more effective at championing the wildlife in your own community.

Clay Bolt is a Natural History and Conservation Photographer specializing in the world’s smaller creatures. Clay’s work appears in publications such as National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, and National Wildlife. He is an Associate Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and past president of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). His current major focus is on North America’s native bees and the important roles that they play in our lives. He was a leading voice in the fight to protect the rusty-patched bumble bee as a federally protected species under the Endangered Species Act, which became North America’s first federally protected native bee in 2017. In 2019, Bolt became the first photographer to document a living Wallace’s Giant Bee—the world’s largest bee—as a part of a four person exploration team to rediscover the species in the Indonesian islands known as North Maluku