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March Monthly Meeting Tonight, Wednesday the 19th!

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Hello NANPA MeetUp Members,

Our next monthly meeting is Wednesday, March 19th, 6:00 PM at French Broad Imaging. Here's the low-down on what we'll be doing...

PROGRAM: This month we're going to introduce the critique process to the group. Tom Crook, with Bob and Susanna, will discuss what constitutes a good critique.

Fear not. "Criticism" is not what critique is about. Consider it feedback -- which can help us grow as photographers, and evolve our vision and technique. It's about learning, through another, the aspects of an image that "work" and those that "don't work."

Another "pair of eyes" on an image can frequently help to identify characteristics that might have completely escaped one's attention -- which if corrected could turn a pretty nice shot into a stunner: Things like distracting backgrounds or edges, light or color; composition and cropping options; or alternative processing. And remember, you are free to use the suggestions, or not.

So, we'd like to suggest that each of us put one or two images on a jump drive and bring it to the meeting. The images will be transferred to a computer, viewed and discussed.

Get set for a great learning experience!

SNACKS: If you'd like, please bring a snack to share with the group.

FIELD TRIPS: I've been to the Biltmore Estate's conservatory on several Tuesday or Wednesday mornings since our last meeting. Last week the flower beds were coming alive! While waiting for them, I've had wonderful photo-ops in the Conservatory, a few of which I'll share at the meeting.

And wildflowers are on the way. If you'd like to lead a field trip, let us know; we'll post the information. Also, check out the Meetup group, Hiking With Cameras, as well as CNPA-Asheville's ( ) calendar for a range of outing options.

PHOTO SHARING: Just a reminder that Bob Young's NANPA photo blog is waiting for you to either provide feedback or post your own favorite images! The address is

APRIL MEETING PREVIEW: Kevin Fitzpatrick will introduce us to the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory or ATBI Project in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and will talk about how to do a bio blitz in your favorite place. A presentation will be shown of a bio blitz in Acadia National Park. Finally it will also include a brief look at a technique used by photographers to shoot all kinds of species in the field. It will amaze you!

OTHER: If you would like to give a presentation on a topic related to nature photography, use of the camera, software, printing, etc., or would like to have a topic addressed, let us know at the meeting. We welcome member involvement.

Looking forward to seeing our new and ongoing members at the meeting!