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SPS July Meeting—July 5, 2013–7:30 p.m.

No fireworks, just great photos at July’s First Friday Meeting.


Yes, we are meeting the day after the fourth of July.


This month’s theme is Architecture. Images should highlight architecture (man-made structures) as the primary subject. Images of whole structures (buildings, bridges, etc.) or architectural details are typical. On the other hand, maybe the atypical will be what catches the eye of our judge.

Our speaker and judge will be Dustin Grau, a software developer by profession and a passionate photographer in his spare time. Contrary to advice to pick a niche and concentrate on that if you ever want to go pro, Dustin enjoys every type of photography and refuses to settle on just one. Mostly it’s because he prefers to create whatever images make him happy and are also enjoyable to others.

Dustin has done action and sports, wedding and engagements, families and portraits, modeling and studio, architecture, and urbex. He’s a gear-head and loves the technical aspects (cameras, lenses, accessories), Dustin is fluent with computers and therefore understands the software (Photoshop, Photomatix, Lightroom, etc.). He knows the rules of composition and how to break them (often, and usually unintentionally).

For a portfolio of Dustin’s work and his blog, go to

Dustin Grau's Presentation

Whether driven by popular post-apocalyptic TV shows, the

ever-present lure of the unknown, or just the art of decay itself, there has certainly been more interest in the “underground” hobby known as Urban Exploration (UrbEx) in recent years. However, there are certain risks inherent in visiting abandoned locations, as well as unwritten rules observed by those within the subculture. In Dustin’s presentation of “UrbEx Basics” these risks and rules will be discussed, as well as helpful tips for getting the most from your photos of these dangerous yet alluring locations.




SPS Monthly Meetings are for its members and guests. While competition entries are restricted to currently paid-up members, we ALWAYS welcome visitors interested in photography to attend. If you attend regularly, we ask that you help support the club (which pays for the rental of the facilities, supplies, and equipment) by becoming a member!

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  • Mikki Root D.

    Presentation was wonderful....well made and executed. Would have liked a bit more info in critique though.

    July 6, 2013

  • Gina Lynde S.

    Interesting subject!

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it after all. I have a video shoot.

    July 1, 2013

  • Mary M.

    Want to My husband and I will be getting back from a trip to TN on Fri.

    June 30, 2013

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