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New Meetup: TWiP/SV-SMUG February meeting - Joe Decker, culling photos, and photo critique

From: jcdill
Sent on: Monday, February 15, 2010 3:31 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The This Week in Photography (TWiP) Meetup Group!

What: TWiP/SV-SMUG February meeting - Joe Decker, culling photos, and photo critique

When: Monday, February 22,[masked]:00 PM

San Jose Library (West Valley Branch)
1243 San Tomas Aquino Road
San Jose, CA 95117

Joe Decker is a nature photographer, writer and educator living in San Jose. He will share with us about his fine art landscape photography. He will also give us a demonstration of how he culls photos after a photo shoot. If you would like to see Joe cull a set of your photos, bring a thumb drive with ~100 raw (unculled, unprocessed) photos from a single photo shoot.

After Joe's presentation, we will have a group critique. Everyone is welcome to bring a jpeg on a thumb drive that we can quickly load onto the laptop to display with the projector. Everyone in the group is invited to make constructive comments.

About Joe Decker:

Exhibited across the country from the Smithsonian to LACDA in Los Angeles and awarded an Artist Resdiency by the National Park Service, Joe Decker is a nature photographer, writer and educator living in Northern California.

Born in 1961 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Joe Decker received a B.S. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1984, which in turn led to a successful and diverse career in the technology industry. His work in visual perception during that time provided a foundation for his understanding of color and how people "see photographs."

Joe remembers the day he first "saw the light" and began his pursuit of fine art photography--it was New Year's Day, 1991--he woke at dawn to see the mile-high face of El Capitan glowing gold through a faint mist, and he was profoundly affected not only by the beauty of the scene but also by its spiritual quality. Joe's desire to capture and communicate such experiences inspired his study into photography.

Self-taught early in his photographic career, Joe began studying with other masters of nature photography in the late 1990s, including Galen Rowell, Richard Knepp, and Bill Atkinson. In 1999, Joe published his award-winning body of work October, entirely taken from images created during a particular month in the Eastern Sierra.

Joe's nature photography is a descendant of the West Coast school of landscape photography, showing influences by such artists as Galen Rowell and Frans Lanting. Color, often intensely (but still accurately) saturated, is often a forward element of his work, while composition is often used to signify deeper, more personal levels of the captured experience.

In 2003, one of Joe's landscape photographs, Granite and Snow, Little Lakes Valley was "highly honored" by the Nature's Best Foundation at the National Museum of National History, part of the Smithsonian. In 2005, his image Frightened Tree and Pogonip was awarded first prize in the show Monochrome by Mark Citret, photographer and former assistant to Ansel Adams. In 2006, his "wildlife" photograph Aphid and Desert was awarded first prize in the show Flower Power at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California.

In 2008, the National Park Service named him an artist-in-residence at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.

Joe teaches a variety of photographic workshops around the Western United States.

Joe utilizes a synergy between modern and classical photographic techniques. Digital capture is used as a "digital darkroom" to recreate the power and veracity of the natural scene. Digital techniques are used only to overcome the limitations of prints, and to recapture the color, the sharpness and the interplay of tonalities that were present in the original experience. The final printing process utilizes the LightJet digital enlarger, Fuji Crystal Archive paper and traditional photo chemistry to produce powerful photographic prints that will, with proper care, last a lifetime.

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