Artist Talk GNPA’s Opening Day, 5th Annual ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps”

Artist Talk GNPA’s Opening Day, 5th Annual ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps”

Artist Talk for the Opening Day of GNPA’s 5th Annual ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Competition and Exhibition at The Hudgens Center for the Arts & Leaning. Public is invited to attend, no fees.

The concept and goal of “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” is to shoot in Black & White (monochrome) to emulate as close as you can the style, look and feel of his work.

TWO DIVISIONS (All Amateurs):
1. Novice Division: Someone who has never entered or placed in any photographic competition and less than 3-years photography experience. Unless, said photographer wants to compete in the Enthusiast Division.
2. Enthusiast Division: Someone who has entered or placed in any photographic competition and has more than 3-years photography experience.


1. LANDSCAPE, think wide vistas, storm clouds, fog shrouded trees or meadows, moving water
2. UP CLOSE & PERSONAL, typically macro/detail & textures of Nature
3. OPEN theme, more creative, still think how Ansel Adams may have executed this final category.

MARK GREEN, our judge will speak of his connection to Ansel Adams, his career as a professional photographer and his love and passion for Nature Photography.

Mark is an accomplished award-winning commercial photographer, videographer and a licensed Drone pilot, who has traveled on assignments around the US and the world. His client list over the years includes many Fortune 500 companies. Recognized for his photographic work by the Art Directors Clubs of both New York and Houston. He has twice been featured in Communication Arts “Best Of” series. From 2011-2017, Mark served on the American Society of Media Photographer’s (ASMP) Board of Directors. He and his wife relocated to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2016 and has returned to his early love of landscape and nature photography. Mark enjoys the Bald Eagles, Bears and the Seasons of the Blue Ridge and southern Appalachian Mountains so near to his new home.

In 1976, as an 18-year-old, he was fortunate to attend a two-week workshop with Ansel Adams in Yosemite. He actually was able to photograph Ansel using his 4/5 view camera (see photo below). Mark has studied and viewed many of the great black-and-white masters such as Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand and his major influence, Ansel Adams.

“I knew at that time I wanted a life in the industry,” says Green. “I imagined myself as a landscape photographer like Ansel, as I have always loved the outdoors and nature, or perhaps a National Geographic photographer.”

Mark may have relocated, but he is back in the outdoors and with nature, where he stated. Welcome back, Mark.

His website can be found at

Larry Winslett’s Favorite and Little-Known Places of Stone Mountain

Larry Winslett’s Favorite and Little-Known Places of Stone Mountain

Larry Winslett, an award-winning nature photographer, who has chronicled the natural world in many parts of the United States and Canada. A longtime friend of GNPA, some of you probably know Larry, have been on field trips, workshop or had a class with him.

His emphasis is on the Southern Appalachian Mountains, specializing in native wildflowers, rivers and streams, and granite outcrops such as at Stone, Arabia, and Panola Mountains in Georgia. Over the last few years he has lead photographers on an annual early spring Monadnock Madness Triple Hike Challenge beginning at Stone, then Arabia and ends at Panola Mountain. All in a single day. You might like to join Larry this year, watch for it on the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area web site,

Tonight, with Larry’s intimate knowledge of Stone Mountain you will learn about some of his favorite and little-known places on and around this great Monadnock. Maybe even learn a surprise or two about its highly diverse flora and fauna. Come tonight, gain insights and watch for a follow-up field trip to Stone Mountain in the next few weeks.

Larry leads workshops and tours all over North America and just returned from New Mexico. He teaches photography and Photoshop at the Atlanta School of Photography, the University of North Georgia’s Continuing Education Department in Dahlonega and Cumming, GA, and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Murphy, NC.

Larry and his wife, Julie, co-authored the book Wildflowers of Stone Mountain Park. They have recently published a photo book of nature scenes for Stone Mountain Park. This new book is titled Stone Mountain – a walk in the park and is currently available at bookstores and through his web site, Larry’s work can also be seen in the books, This is Stone Mountain Park and Stone Mountain Park – a Pocket Guide Book, published and distributed by I.D. Gear.

Many of Larry’s photographs have been featured in publications, such as Sierra, Wilderness, and Wild Mountain Times. His fine art prints can be seen at Stanford University and Cox Communications, and major exhibits at Stone Mountain’s Memorial Hall Museum and the Fernbank Natural History Museum. His photos have also been used by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia Poetry Society, and the Dahlonega Chamber Music Festival.

Mill Creek Nature Center Field Trip for GNPA Members ONLY!

Mill Creek Nature Center is a wetlands/wildlife preserve in Gwinnett County that is owned and managed by the Georgia wildlife Federation (GWF). Between Mall of Georgia and I-85. Meet in the dirt Parking area to the Left of the Bird Watcher Supply Store.

Nice Gwinnett county location, not well known. Opportunity to photograph different types of birds, trees, streams, ponds. Located, a short walk away, west down the Ivy Creek Greenway is the old Woodward Mill Dam and pond site.

Tom Wilson: Accomplishment, Goals & How to be Part of the Conservation Committee

Tom Wilson: Accomplishment, Goals & How to be Part of the Conservation Committee

Not a stranger to the Gwinnett Chapter, here for a repeat engagement our speaker this month is Tom Wilson. Tom has been a member of GNPA since 2011, a member of the Alpharetta chapter and chair of GNPA’s Conservation Committee.

He will update everyone about the accomplishments and goals for the next year by the Conservation Committee. Answer any questions regarding how you can become more involved with the Conservation Committee.

To learn more and see many of his Tom Wilson’s wonderful collection of images, visit his website at and Facebook posting at

Tom believes strongly that nature photographers should be nature advocates and use our cameras to inform others as well as to protect and preserve our vanishing natural world.

Tom really started seriously making photographs at age 40. He works extensively on the Chattahoochee River providing images for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, Georgia River Network, The Atlanta Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy and other conservation-oriented organizations.

To learn more and see many of his Tom Wilson’s wonderful collection of images, visit his website at and Facebook posting at