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Mill Creek Nature Center is a wetlands/wildlife preserve in Gwinnett County that is owned and managed by the Georgia wildlife Federation (GWF). See more at http://www.gwf.org/millcreek Meet at 7:30 am, in the south Parking Lot at Mall of Georgia across from the Bird Watcher Supply Company. Kip Stahl[masked] (mobile) and Don Stewart. Opportunity to photograph different types of birds, trees, streams, ponds. Located, a short walk away, down the Ivy Creek Greenway, is the old Windward Mill Dam site. As with all Field Trips, you must be a current member of GNPA. To join GNPA, visit our website at www.gnpa.org. You may want to bring water, snacks, or lunch (can also go to one of the many restaurants/fast food places located in/near the Mall of Georgia). Depending on the weather, you may need bug repellant and Sun Screen. Wear comfortable walking shoes that can get wet/muddy (hiking boots or shoes). If the weather looks like rain the event will be cancelled because the area tends to get very muddy and even flooded. Also, it is important to stay on the path because of the mud and muck in the swamps. Equipment: Tripod, multiple lenses from Macro to Telephoto. Polarizer or other filters are also recommended. Remember, as with any field trips, do not leave anything out in your car while on the trails. Keep any possessions in trunk of your car. Always take a trash bag to pick up and clean while on field trips. Only leave footprints behind, nothing else!
The concept and goal of “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” is to shoot in Monochrome (Black & White) photograph to emulate as close as you can the style or feel of his work. Open to any current GNPA member regardless of home chapter. 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 A brief on the competition follows, however, the Complete Posting and Rules can be found on the GNPA Website under GNPA Competitions (https://www.gnpa.org). Photographer Divisions: NOVICE and ENTHUSIAST. NOTE: A Professional Photographer shall be deemed as any photographer whom derives more than $5,000 in revenue a year will be considered a Professional and may not participate. Categories: 1. LANDSCAPE, 2. DETAIL & TEXTURES of NATURE and 3. OPEN THEME, as long as it is Nature. FIRST STEP: Send your digital entries to Stewart Woodard, Chapter Coordinator at [masked]. Deadline: February 22nd. Please, this is important and will help anticipate the number of entries, help organize and facilitate judging. Entries must be in JPG format with a maximum 1200 pixels on the longest side. Individual files should NOT exceed 1 MB in size. Name each of your electronic files individually, see example on Complete Rules, found on GNPA website. Bring your final matted photographs and pay your entry fees. Entry Fees: For 1-2 entries $7.00, for 3-4 entries $18.00 and for 5 or more entries $20.00. Only cash or personal checks will be accepted. NO CREDIT CARDS! No refunds on entry fees. Eligibility & Restrictions: Must be a current GNPA member from any chapter. No restrictions on geographic location or when photograph was taken. Must have identifying label on back (see below) and no identification of photographer on front. Matting & Labels: Matted on backing board with identifying label. • Single matted, no framed work. • Print sizes between 8” X 10” min & 16” x 20” max. Panoramas keep longest side at 20”. • Only identification, must be the identifying label placed on the back, see example on Complete Rules, found on GNPA website. NO signatures, copyrights or identifying markings visible on photograph or mat. Deliver print entries from 5:30 to 6:30 PM Wednesday, February 27th at monthly meeting. Ribbons awarded in each category for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place and Honorable Mention. A Best of Show ribbon in each Division and either “Ansel Adams – Knowing Where To Stand” or “Ansel Adams – Photographs of the Southwest”. Our Judge – John Mariana is a renowned photographer and photography educator. He has conducted numerous workshops across the United States. His website at http://www.jmariana.com. Grand Prize in Outdoor Magazines’ 9th Annual Nature’s Colors Photo Contest. Winning image is a three-image panorama, it provides the scale and the breadth of the scene. Any questions, please send them by email to Stewart Woodard, Chapter Coordinator at [masked].
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!
Yellowstone National Park
Join fellow GNPA members for a photo safari to Yellowstone National Park. Attendees will stay in Bozeman, Montana for daily trips into one of our most stunning national parks. You must be a GNPA member to participate. ITINERARY: Fly in to Bozeman, MT (BZN) May 11, 2019 Flights to Bozeman, MT can be expensive if you wait to make a reservation. Book early and you'll save about half the cost of your ticket. Check in at the Days Inn will be on Saturday, May 11, 2018 after 1pm. Checkout is Saturday AM on May 18. We will turn in our cars and drive back to Bozeman, MT and turn them in. We'll be transported to the airport from the rental company. Fly out of Bozeman, MT May 18, 2019. For full details, prices, itinerary and to join GNPA, visit https://www.gnpa.org/index.php/events-workshops/field-trips-events-workshops/8-gnpa-wide-events/field-trips/1077-may-11-18-2019-yellowstone-spring-bears-bighorn-sheep-buffalo-and-more. FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chris Dekle ([masked]) or Bob Waters ([masked]).