I'm happy to announce that Charlie O'Neal who gave a brilliant presentation to us a few months ago will join us again.
"I have always loved the outdoors. I grew up hiking in the mountains along Skyline Drive and through the swamps of south Georgia. I remember my dad documenting our trips with two Yashica cameras; a 2x2 and a 35mm. I started with a 110 instamatic and bought my first 35mm in college, a 35mm Pentax MES, which I still use today. I didn’t switch to digital until two and a half years ago when my son started shooting digital and realized the quality was decent enough to convert. I still like film and hate computers, but am practical enough to realize the cost and time effectiveness of digital. Being retired now, I primarily shoot what I like, nature and scenic photography. I have an Associates degree in General Studies. I was formally trained as a Crime Scene Technician in Virginia for a police department, worked on a school newspaper, more recently I have taken a few courses at Augusta State University. I have photographed weddings, portraits, groups, events, concerts, as well as different scenic locations all over the country. "
"While we are working out the details of lighting and screens for our new space, we are planning to have a practical exercise in the use of the aperture on our cameras to create a diverse looking background. Bring a camera and tripod if you have one and we will set up a few different shots to take with different aperture settings. When you see the difference in a full size photo, it will help you understand some various possibilities available."
Charlie will bring some prints to show the different aperture settings and how these settings can affect your image creatively. Anyone who wants to bring a vase of flowers, etc. so we can all practice.