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The GNPA Gwinnett Chapter is moving to a new location. Beginning June 2021 our new home will be The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway Bldg 300, Duluth, GA 30097. The Gwinnett Chapter is one of the older GNPA chapters established December 2, 2011.

GNPA is an organization dedicated to helping nature photographers of all skill levels improve their photography, learn and grow, meet other outdoor photographers, participate in great trips and events, help others understand the value of the natural world and give focus to a special area of interest in photography.

Watch for upcoming events and we invite you to visit one of our monthly meetings. We usually meet at 7:00pm, although members begin arriving at 6:30pm to visit and find a good seat. Regular meetings are the 4th Wednesday of each month except Nov & Dec, too many other demands on families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We don’t even try to compete, so we combine those months and have a Christmas Party on the 1st Wednesday of December.

It is our goal to make the Gwinnett Chapter and GNPA as a whole the best nature photography club in the Southeast, and we want you to help guide and mold it into exactly the kind of club you want.

It is simple to join GNPA. Simply go to WWW.GNPA.ORG, select "Join the GNPA" button and follow the instructions.

Join us as a MEMBER of GNPA for nature photography field trips, our annual EXPO conference, workshops, competitions, etc.

If you are not sure, go ahead and register on our Meetup Page. However, some activities such as Field Trips and Competitions are NOT open to non-GNPA Members. PLEASE understand and keep in mind, registering on our Meetup Page does NOT make you an actual GNPA member. You can continue to attend our monthly meetings as a Meetup Visitor and when you are ready....join GNPA at WWW.GNPA.ORG.

We sincerely hope to see you at our next monthly meeting.

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For more information about our chapter, visit past Meetup Events, the Photos on the menu.

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GWINNETT: DATE CHANGE! Cheryl Tarr, ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

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ALERT!!! Date change from our normal meeting day of the month! A couple of weeks early, Oct 12 instead of the 26th. The Gwinnett County Election Board has bumped us due to early voting and it is necessary to secure the room 24/7 during this time. Sorry for any inconvenience.

WELCOME!

Another great meeting and program planed for tonight. Bring a friend with you to The Hudgens. Arrive a little early 6:30 pm find a seat and socialize with old and new friends. Parking right next door with a short walk to The Hudgens, off Satellite Blvd. Not a Zoom meeting.

The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning, is our home and for the last 3 year our "Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” competition & exhibitions has been held here. KEEP IN MIND, the 2023 8th “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps" will be opening for entries. Think about your black & white images and watch for details soon to be released. Always hald in February, as a nod to Ansel Adams for his birthday, February 20, 1902.

TONIGHT

We will briefly touch on some announcements taking place in next few months and beyond. So, be ready o put on your calendars. In particular, next Great Smoky Mountain's Weekend, which will be Nov 4-7, 2022 in townsend TN on the west side of the GSMNP.

Please welcome, Cheryl Tarr and her presentation on ICM (Intentional Camera Movement).

If you get a little tired of photographing things and places in the same old way? Think about how much fun it would be to experiment and stretch your creative approach to nature photography! Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) can open up an entirely new way to photograph familiar subjects. ICM techniques result in impressionistic images and abstracts that can convey deeper meaning and emotions by distilling complex scenes into simpler colors, textures, and shapes blur.

Cheryl has used ICM as one of her primary tools to create the soft painterly images she is known for. From landscapes to intimate portraits of flowers, she will show photographs that illustrate the different approaches she uses depending on the subject matter, and review the some of the specific equipment she uses. Also what can be done with multiple exposures in the Nikon D850 as well as the iPhone.

Some Tips & Techniques for post-processing images in Lightroom and Photoshop will also be discussed. Cheryl will share how developing a coherent series of images has deepened and expanded her photography to tell a story. How it has opened new directions and inspired her to integrate writing into her creative practice.

About Cheryl Lea Tarr, a retired biologist with a PhD in conservation genetics. After working over 20 years as a microbiologist, in 2016 she wanted to redirect her creative energy towards photographing flowers, birds and landscapes both big and small.

Cheryl creates painterly images that convey her emotional connection to the natural world. She uses Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and her Lensbaby lenses create her images. Her images have been in juried shows throughout Georgia and she has published an article and ICM images in the international e-magazine ICM Photography Magazine. She has contributed images to multiple conservation partners which have been used to promote their missions.

A founding member of the Conservation Committee. Cheryl has also served as the Decatur chapter co-coordinator. With over five years of intense study of photography under her belt she is now ready, willing and able to teach others what she has learned. She hopes by sharing her knowledge and images she can help kindle respect and appreciation for this beautiful and amazing place we call Earth.

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Not a GNPA Member yet? For information on joining the GNPA, visit state website at https://gnpa.org/membership-join-us/ .

Looking for any ideas for the Gwinnett Chapter in the next year. Programs, field trips, workshops any ideas you wish to share. Any and all will be most appreciated.

If you would like to become more involved with the Gwinnett chapter and GNPA, please let us know. It takes active members to plan and conduct these many events. As well as many activities behind the scenes to make it happen. Seriously, we need a few new members to setup and help.

Our chapter meetings are OPEN to the public, however, other activities, fioled trips, competitions or events you must to be an active dues paying member of GNPA (www.gnpa.org). It is easy and well worth joining, we can help you with that as well.

Remember come early 6:30 pm to park, find a seat and socialize with old and new friends before we begin promptly at 7:00 pm. As always, be sure to bring another GNPA member or friend with you.

EVERYONE ONE IS WELCOME!

Looking forward to seeing everyone and let's enjoy getting back together.

Thanks

PLEASE NOTE: We MUST leave the building by 9:00 pm!

Photography Basics - A Workshop for Novice Photographers

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Photography is a fun hobby. That's one of the reasons you joined GNPA. But if you are new to photography, then you have questions, lots of them. There are things you don't understand and don't know where to turn for help. And then there are the things you don't know that you don't know. It can be challenging to learn photography well enough to feel confident about using your camera beyond Auto mode and being able to take photos that you are proud to share. We want to help you.

Specifically, we have a group of seasoned photographers who have been where you are now and are willing to lend a helping hand, offer a word of encouragement, and give some free advice. They will share some of their favorite personal photos and backstories on them as well.

What to expect at the GNPA PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS workshop.
- Getting off Auto mode and exploring other modes
- Introducing the exposure triangle
- Tripods and other non-camera gear
- Places to practice your nature photography
- Continuing education and skill sharpening
- The opportunity to shoot with your instructors
- Q&A

Where: Freeman's Mill Park in Gwinnett County
When: Saturday, October 22, 2022, 8AM
Meet in the parking lot at the restroom (the little brick building on the right of the parking lot)
Bring: camera, tripod, shoes/boots to get in the river

Freeman's Mill Park
1401 Alcovy Road SE
Lawrenceville, GA

You must be a dues-paying member of GNPA to attend this event. Not a member? Go to www.gnpa.org to learn more about our organization and to join. We look forward to meeting you!

There is no fee to attend this event.

Maximum number of participants: 12

Because this event will be outdoors, a forecast of inclement weather will force us to cancel. We will notify participants through the email address on file with Meetup the evening before the event if we need to cancel.

GENERAL INFORMATION - PLEASE READ

Do not leave anything out in your car while on the trails. Keep any possessions in your car trunk or out of sight; do not provide temptations.

BY REGISTERING FOR THE EVENT, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:

EVENT CANCELLATION POLICY
GNPA will make every attempt to execute each trip, workshop or event as planned and as described. However, circumstances beyond GNPA’s control may arise that that affect GNPA’s ability to complete a Trip.

If a Trip is cancelled by GNPA for any reason prior to its start date, GNPA will not provide any compensation for payments made by registrants such as non-refundable hotel deposits or car rental fees. GNPA reserves the right to make changes to the trip including changes to the itinerary and trip leaders at its sole discretion.

PERSONAL SAFETY is of utmost importance.
Nature photography includes inherent risks which all participants must evaluate for themselves as to the safety of any activity based on their personal abilities. Be constantly aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards which could result in injury to you or others.
DO NOT PLACE YOURSELF OR OTHERS IN DANGER!

By registering, you are AGREEING to the standard GNPA Warranty and LIABILITY RELEASE:
As a condition of participation with the Georgia Nature Photographers Association [“GNPA”], I agree to release from liability and to hold harmless the GNPA and its officers, agents, employees or assigns for any injury, including illness, accident, emergency and death, and for damage to or loss of personal property, including equipment, film, and memory cards, while participating in any activities affiliated with the GNPA.

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 WARNING DISCLAIMER
Coronavirus, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a mean to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in any activities affiliated with the GNPA could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. GNPA in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in any activities affiliated with the GNPA.

PHOTO RELEASE
I do hereby give the GNPA permission to use my photo and its likeness for any and all print and video purposes it deems necessary but not limited to: newsletters, brochures, instructional and promotional videos, social media sites, and press releases. The GNPA will not be required to reimburse me for use of my photo or its likeness.

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Come and Photograph Eagles in February with GNPA in Moline, Illinois.

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WHERE: QUAD CITY/MOLINE, ILLINOIS
WHEN: 2/16 - 2/19, 2023
COST: Registrants pay for FLIGHT/HOTEL/CAR RENTAL/MEALS ONLY!
No other GNPA FEE to join us.
WHO: GNPA MEMBERS ONLY/ Any skill level
REGISTER: LIMIT 20 , REGISTRATION CUT-OFF DATE 1/19/2023

Come join your GNPA friends and travel with us to Moline, Illinois to photograph thousands of Eagles. The Eagles congregate on the Mississippi River every year to feed on the bountiful fish before continuing their arduous journey home. Other wildlife can also be seen such as Wild Geese, Ducks and White Pelicans.
We suggest arriving in Moline, IL on 2/16/2023 so you will be ready to start on Friday morning 2/17/2023. Returning to Quad City airport after a morning shoot ending at noon on 2/19/2023.
We will be visiting a variety of locations during our visit traveling up to 90 minutes away to many different shooting opportunities in the area.
Carpooling and sharing the expense of a car rental is recommended.

For equipment: Telephoto lenses with a range up to 500mm minimum. Tripod, extra batteries, rain gear (for wet snow), layers for a cold climate, hand warmers might be advisable and warm winter boots.
Specific hotel and flight details upon registration.

You must be a dues-paying member of GNPA to attend this event. Not a member? Go to www.gnpa.org to learn more about our organization and to join. We look forward to meeting you!

Most locations will be just a short walk from your vehicle. Ice and Snow can be treacherous on walkways and sidewalks, snow boots are recommended.
Hand warmers would be advisable.
Group size - 20 GNPA members. Waiting list once full.
Our guide will be another GNPA member Ray Silva who lives close to the area in Moline and knows all the best places to shoot.

GENERAL INFORMATION - PLEASE READ

BY REGISTERING FOR THE EVENT, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:

EVENT CANCELLATION POLICY
GNPA will make every attempt to execute each trip, workshop or event as planned and as described. However, circumstances beyond GNPA’s control may arise that that affect GNPA’s ability to complete a Trip.

If a Trip is cancelled by GNPA for any reason prior to its start date, GNPA will not provide any compensation for payments made by registrants such as non-refundable hotel deposits or car rental fees. GNPA reserves the right to make changes to the trip including changes to the itinerary and trip leaders at its sole discretion.

PERSONAL SAFETY is of utmost importance.
Nature photography includes inherent risks which all participants must evaluate for themselves as to the safety of any activity based on their personal abilities. Be constantly aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards which could result in injury to you or others.
DO NOT PLACE YOURSELF OR OTHERS IN DANGER!

By registering, you are AGREEING to the standard GNPA Warranty and LIABILITY RELEASE:
As a condition of participation with the Georgia Nature Photographers Association [“GNPA”], I agree to release from liability and to hold harmless the GNPA and its officers, agents, employees or assigns for any injury, including illness, accident, emergency and death, and for damage to or loss of personal property, including equipment, film, and memory cards, while participating in any activities affiliated with the GNPA.

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 WARNING DISCLAIMER
Coronavirus, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a mean to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in any activities affiliated with the GNPA could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. GNPA in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in any activities affiliated with the GNPA.

PHOTO RELEASE
I do hereby give the GNPA permission to use my photo and its likeness for any and all print and video purposes it deems necessary but not limited to: newsletters, brochures, instructional and promotional videos, social media sites, and press releases. The GNPA will not be required to reimburse me for use of my photo or its likeness.

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