Jamie Anderson, Coastal Chapter

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. In this issue, it’s Jamie Anderson, of the Coastal Chapter.

When did you join GNPA? July 2014

What is your occupation (or former occupation, if retired)? I’m self-employed with two businesses: FCP Computer Services, which is a data processing business, and Coastal Georgia Fine Art Prints (www.CoastalGeorgiaPrints.com) which is my photography business.

How did you get started in photography? I actually got into nature photography when I was a scoutmaster. When digital photography experienced more widespread use around the turn of the century, I started carrying a digital camera and I photographed scouting events like camping trips. Since I was already geared toward the outdoors, I also photographed nature and wildlife. After serving as a scoutmaster, I got a little more serious about it and continued to develop it, upgrade camera equipment and improve my photography skills.

What are your favorite photography subjects? Landscapes with sunrises or sunsets, the Milky Way, and wildlife.

What are some of your favorite places to shoot? I really enjoy shooting the Coastal Georgia barrier islands. We have 100 miles of barrier islands along our coast, but each island is pretty unique. Some are fully developed, some are partially developed, and some are totally undeveloped. The Coastal Georgia area is also rich in historic sites, state parks, wildlife refuges, and is even home to a National Seashore on Cumberland Island. I grew up in Savannah, so I know the area and the local wildlife well, and continue to learn more.

What would be your photographic dream trip”?  Perhaps when I retire, I would love to to take a trip out west to Yellowstone or Yosemite National Park. I’d also like to visit Scotland one day.

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often? I use a Canon 5D II with the Sigma lenses. I like the 24-35mm for landscape and the 150-600 for wildlife.

Do you have a favorite website(s) for photography information? Early on I used www.Digital-Photography-School.com, which is a good resource for all sorts of photography, and is especially good for beginners. I also took the courses available at www.MyPhotoArtisticLife.com, which is more for creating digital fine art work in post processing. The courses there will teach you all the ins and outs of Photoshop, which is good to know even if you don’t use them to create digital fine art. You can also use the tools to enhance and improve your nature photography and make it look more natural. Today, since Covid, I find it hard to keep up with all the information coming out in video. There is plenty available on YouTube, plus ones created by software manufacturers, as well as our own website at www.GNPA.org.

Have any photographers inspired you? I like the work of all of the legendary nature photographers – Ansel Adams, John Shaw and Arthur Morris to name a few. Their work inspires me to keep trying to create better photos. Later photographers like Doug Gardner of the Natural History Channel on Youtube have also inspired me to learn more about nature photography and to get out and shoot and enjoy the experience. His Wild Photo Adventures video series are both instructional and inspirational.

Whats your favorite part of belonging to GNPA? Always learning more. The GNPA has been a place to learn and share information about nature photography and to grow your skills. It’s a place where you can both learn a new skill and then put that skill into practice during a field trip. And, it’s a place where people of all skill levels are welcome.

Something interesting about you that most people don’t know: I used to teach the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge and would bring the scout troop to Ossabaw Island, where they would experience being stranded on a remote island for a weekend.

Where are you from? Born and raised in Savannah, GA.

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided:

Tricolored in the Cattails

“Tricolored in the Cattails”

I captured this image in July 2021 at Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge. Sometimes the herons will try to blend in with their surroundings and camouflage themselves as they hunt along the edge of the pond or lake. This one was doing a good job of blending in with the cattails.

Black Swallowtail

“Black Swallowtail”

This beautiful black swallowtail butterfly was also photographed at Harris Neck last July. I was able to capture this one’s beauty on a thistle bud as it was searching for nectar. It’s an awesome macro photograph that will work quite well as a fine art piece. I captured it with a telescopic lens, because I was out hunting wildlife that day.

Parrish's Mill Covered Bridge

“Parrish’s Mill Covered Bridge”

This scene was photographed in November 2021 near Twin City, Georgia. The covered bridge is located at George L. Smith State Park. It was originally built by Alexander Hendricks and James Parrish who purchased the land to build the needed mill in 1879. It was considered an engineering miracle back in 1880. After only a few months of construction, the base and dam were completed. By the end of the year the covered bridge that would eventually house a sawmill, gristmill and cotton gin were complete. Its gristmill can still be operated today and the sawmill was used well into the late 1800s. The bridge was not closed to automobiles until 1984 and the dam still holds the water for Parrish’s pond.