2019 05 Mill Creek Nature Ctr 190504 resizedCornerstone Coworking
279 W Crogan Street,
Lawrenceville, GA

Join members of the Gwinnett Chapter of GNPA and Hank Ohme, a retired computer programmer and Program Manager at the Mill Creek Nature Center, near Mall of Georgia.

Photographing birds is fun, but you need to know a few important things, so you don't disturb the birds any more than necessary. 

Hank will share some of the things he has learned over the years about birds and how to avoid intimidating them. He will also show you images of birds he has seen in the local area and tell you where to find them.

2019 05 Ohme Hank May 5 2019 resizedHe loves photography, hiking, and birding and holds membership in the Southern Wings Bird Club, Over the Hill Hikers Group and the Georgia Native Plant Society.

If you are new to the Gwinnett Chapter, we have had several short photo outings to the Mill Creek Nature Center, January 2019 was the last. 

Mill Creek Nature Center is a wetlands/wildlife preserve in Gwinnett County owned and managed by the Georgia wildlife Federation (GWF), http://www.gwf.org/millcreek.

Our monthly meetings are at Cornerstone CoWorking, 279 West Crogan Street, Lawrencevillle GA 30046.  The main doors lock after 6:00 pm, but a greeter will be at the doors. It is for building and members security, sorry but we must adhere to these measures.  Please remember to arrive a little early about 6:00 to 6:30 pm to socialize and get a good seat.              

Our next regular meeting will be June 26st (4th Wednesday of the month).

Corner2019 03 Marcia Brandesstone Coworking
279 W Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA

Many of us use and love Lightroom for processing our photographs, but are intimidated by its big brother, Photoshop.  There are wonderful features in both, and together they make a great package.  Yes, Photoshop is complicated, but you don’t have to learn everything – just what you need to enhance your images.

Marcia Brandes was in the art business before she became a photographer and has been using Photoshop for over 20 years.

Step by step, she will introduce you to Photoshop’s Photographer tools, demystify layers, and show you how to print diptychs and triptychs.   She will show how to remove unwanted telephone lines, objects, and even people; how to remove lens distortion and how to straighten a parallelogram into a right-angled rectangle. She will demonstrate some simple fixes with Blending Modes and show how to turn your photos into greeting cards or other projects.

Then a little time for Q&A.

Marcia is a member of the GNPA Roswell chapter and a charter member of the new GNPA Conservation Committee.

It should be another great program, don’t miss it!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6:30 PM to bring print & 7:00 PM Meeting starts

Cornerstone Coworking
279 W Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA

The concept and goal of “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” is to create a Monochrome (Black & White) photograph to emulate as close as you can the style or feel of his work. Only open to current GNPA member regardless of home chapter but must be present at February meeting.

As most of his work was great black and white (monochrome) landscapes from the Western U.S.  Remember, as he did…study your scene and consciously decide how and what you will photograph.  Visit YouTube for videos and interviews with Ansel Adams.

Ansel Adams was born on February 20, 1902 and died April 22, 1984. A major visionary figure in nature photography and wilderness preservation.

While we are not in the western U.S., several nearby locations could be used such as Stone Mountain, Arabia Mountain or Panola Mountain, as well as the Great Smoky Mountains, eastern coastline shores, the many waterfalls and wonderfully rich environments of Georgia and the Southeastern U.S.  Or, if you are lucky, some of those same Western U.S. sites loved by Ansel.  No restrictions on geographic locations. 

 “You don’t take a photograph, you make it”                – Ansel Adams

For complete rules go to the GNPA.org website or link on this link CLICK HERE

Some of the Rules of the Competition:

Photographer 2 Divisions:  We are beginning to provide separate divisions for new amateur Novice photographers will NOT be competing against more experienced, Enthusiast photographers.  NO professional photographers, please. 

Three Categories: All Monochrome or Black & White either converted color image or original monochrome image (Sepia or Duotones accepted):

  1. LANDSCAPE, think wide expansive vistas
  2. DETAIL & TEXTURES of NATURE, typically close-up/macro
  3. Open THEME, be creative, as long as it is Nature.  Ideas could be, but not limited to:
  4. a) weather - think clouds, rain, snow … what most people consider bad weather
  5. b) a single tree – focus on a single tree
  6. c) water – seashore, waterfall, stream, lake, etc…
  7. d) abstract – basis MUST be from Nature
  8. e) shadows - of nature, NOT man-made shadows
  9. f) Hi/Low Key - in nature, images with tonal range pushed to the Highlights or Shadows

Our Judge  John Mariana is a renowned photographer and popular photography educator. He has conducted numerous workshops across the United States. You can view his website at http://www.jmariana.com.

In 2018, he was named the Grand Prize winner in Outdoor Magazines’ 9th Annual Nature’s Colors Photo Contest, seen here.  

“Morning At The Elk Rut – Cataloochee Valley”

Morning at the Elk Rut

REMEMBER: For complete rules go to the GNPA.org website or CLICK HERE.


Contains all monthly meeting Categories

An introduction to the chapter, goals, etc. and the Chapter Leadership, etc.

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