• Coffee & Critique - Virtual Edition

    Online event

    Join us for another “virtual edition” of SPS’s monthly Coffee & Critique!

    Regulars know that we meet every month to share images and provide constructive feedback to each other on how to improve our photography. We normally alternate each month between digital and print critiques, and the meetings are for newcomers and seasoned photographers alike. During this period of “social distancing,” though, we are conducting our monthly C&C meetings online until it is safe to meet again in person.

    Because of the online format, participation is limited to 100 people. In addition, you must RSVP on the MeetUp site to attend because only folks who RSVP will be sent the link needed to join the meeting.

    For these online C&C’s, participants may submit up to two images each for feedback. (A “before” and “after” pair of images will only count as one submission for those who want to “show their work.”) Please size your images as you would for an SPS competition — see instructions here:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F0xzqEXvRfPl4T48zNbbasDSZ4beaOEU/view

    ******Please Note: Because of time constraints, we will accept images for critique from no more than 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. When we reach 25, I will send an email letting everyone know we have maxed out on submissions. Even if you don’t submit images, though, we encourage you to join and participate in the MeetUp. Our experience is that the critiques are a valuable learning experience even for folks who don’t submit images.******

    Submissions must be emailed to [masked] no later than 9:00 pm on the Thursday before the meeting. Please put “critique” in the subject line. I will acknowledge receipt of submissions, so if you don’t hear back from me, it means I didn’t get your images.

    Your images should be titled with your name and a number showing the sequence of the submissions — e.g., JaneDoe1, JaneDoe2 — with the number reflecting the order in which your images will be shown.

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me.

    Jeff

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    SPS has three standing meetings each month for its members and guests. The First Friday meeting features an outside speaker and a competition. While competition entries at these monthly meetings are restricted to currently paid-up members, we ALWAYS welcome visitors interested in photography to attend. The Learnshops (fourth Tuesdays) and Coffee & Critique (second Saturdays) are intended for members, but again, we welcome visitors. 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!

    To pay your SPS dues, visit:
    https://form.jotform.com/spsatlanta/club-membership-registration-form

    To find out more about SPS visit:
    https://sites.google.com/view/spsatlanta

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    LIABILITY NOTICE: By signing up and attending a Meetup sponsored by the Southeastern Photographic Society, I acknowledge that these activities can be hazardous and that I could be injured or my property damaged. I agree that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume any risk of physical injury or damage to my property.

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  • Copper Creek Sunflower Farm

    Copper Creek Farm

    Join Southeastern Photographic Society for a fun summer meetup at Copper Creek Sunflower Farm. The farm has a 6 acre sunflower patch with trails throughout the patch, an overlook in the center of the patch, and many colorful zinnias!!

    The farm opens at 10:00, but the owner will let us enter at 8:00 AM! He would like everyone who wants to enter at 8 to be at the ticket booth at 8:00. If you can't make it by 8:00 then you will have to enter with the public at 10:00. The restaurant at the farm will not be open at 9:00, however we will have access to the bathrooms and will be able to purchase bottled water ($1 a bottle) if needed.

    It will be HOT so plan accordingly! Hydrate yourself the day before and the day of so that you can do some walking. Wear plenty of sunscreen and it might be a good idea to bring bug spray.

    Cost of Admission is $17.76 +tax

    After paying the admission you can add on a big bucket of U-pick sunflowers for an additional $6

    Visit the website at http://www.coppercreekfarm.com

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    LIABILITY NOTICE: By signing up and attending a Meetup sponsored by the Southeastern Photographic Society, I acknowledge that these activities can be hazardous and that I could be injured or my property damaged. I agree that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume any risk of physical injury or damage to my property.

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  • Finding Your Vibe and Tribe with Travis W. Keyes

    Online event

    We all understand that we need to work on our technical skills to improve our photography, but where do we find our inspiration and guides to help us in our development? In this Meetup, Travis will discuss where and how he discovered his own Vibe and Tribe. Your Vibe: truly developing a style that sets you apart from the hordes of other photographers out there. Your tribe: finding that circle that will keep you inspired, motivated and give you real useful feedback.

    Travis W. Keyes
    After a career in the nightlife and entertainment industry, Travis Keyes forged a new path, finding fulfillment in photography. The main focus of his photography is portrait, but his camera is always on the go indulging in travel photos too.. He has worked with clients such as Sony, Adobe, NBC, Airbnb Plus, the Clinton Foundation, and the Philadelphia 76ers. His commitment to photography goes beyond his in-demand aesthetic. As Chairman of the Board of APA/NY - American Photographic Artists - Travis is just as focused on his work behind the scenes to help build the photography community and give back to the industry.

    www.traviswkeyes.com
    https://www.instagram.com/twkeyes/

    Competition

    Travis will judge our members' digital images submitted for the July monthly competition. Our theme is "Inside."

    Please note:
    - We are limiting entries to TWO per paid member - one color and one B&W.
    - The deadline for the images is 9:00PM on Wednesday, July 7.
    - All are welcome for the presentation, but competition entries will be limited to paid members only.
    - Please refer to our document on monthly competitions.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WfjNcur10e7Xkg2FIXp7c8xMRJ7MSvIK/view Follow the instructions for digital entries.
    - Send to [masked] as usual.
    - Directions for resizing your images may be found here:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/17-daV-kW5-6riHRLTGj_u3GaNTTm23eB/view
    - A video about resizing your images may be found here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSnf3Ac1Yas&list=PLCmhlcoTbzivgt77Y2u0cy6YMB_Y4bg2c&index=3&t=324s

    Join us for our July Meetup via Zoom. Limited to the first 100 to sign up. The link will be sent to all RSVPs 24 hours before the meeting.

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    SPS has three standing meetings each month for its members and guests. The First Friday meeting features an outside speaker and a competition. While competition entries at these monthly meetings are restricted to currently paid-up members, we ALWAYS welcome visitors interested in photography to attend. The Learnshops (fourth Tuesdays) and Coffee & Critique (second Saturdays) are intended for members, but again, we welcome visitors. 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!

    To pay your SPS dues, visit:
    https://form.jotform.com/spsatlanta/club-membership-registration-form

    To find out more about SPS visit:
    https://sites.google.com/view/spsatlanta

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  • Closing of the 2021 SPS Members' Choice Photography Exhibit

    This is your last chance to see the 2021 SPS Members' Choice Photography Exhibition. The exhibition will be closed and no longer available after July 7. You can see all the images in a virtual gallery setting at the following link from now until midnight July 6. Thanks to all of those SPS members who submitted images. It's a beautiful show.

    https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/5863642/2021-sps-members-choice-exhibition

  • June Learnshop - “Seeing in Sixes” (with apologies to Brooks Jensen!)

    Drawing inspiration from Brooks Jensen’s insightful project-based concept, “Seeing in Sixes,” we are asking members to stretch their creative wings and share a “project” of six images with fellow members. No competition, no critique, no judgment — just an opportunity to share a personal “project.”

    What is a “project?” For our purposes, we are looking for a series of exactly six images portraying a common theme, exploring a place or person, telling a story . . . there is really no limit to what you can include in your personal project so long as something ties the six images together. It can be something you’ve recently shot or something you’ve been playing with for years. The only criteria (aside from good taste!) is that the images have something in common that makes them suitable for viewing in a collection.

    Size your six individual images according to SPS guidelines and submit them, with a project title (I just need a title for the project, not for each individual image), to [masked] by no later than June 18th. (Note - we are looking for six separate images, not one image that combines six photos, and they can be any combination of formats -- verticals, horizontals, squares, whatever.) We’ll ask each photographer to say a few words about their project, either before or after their images are shown.

    Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or a newbie, we hope you’ll share a project. And, even if you don’t have a project to share, please join us for what promises to be a fun night of inspirational photography!

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  • Coffee & Critique - Virtual Edition

    Online event

    Join us for another “virtual edition” of SPS’s monthly Coffee & Critique!

    Regulars know that we meet every month to share images and provide constructive feedback to each other on how to improve our photography. We normally alternate each month between digital and print critiques, and the meetings are for newcomers and seasoned photographers alike. During this period of “social distancing,” though, we are conducting our monthly C&C meetings online until it is safe to meet again in person.

    Because of the online format, participation is limited to 100 people. In addition, you must RSVP on the MeetUp site to attend because only folks who RSVP will be sent the link needed to join the meeting.

    For these online C&C’s, participants may submit up to two images each for feedback. (A “before” and “after” pair of images will only count as one submission for those who want to “show their work.”) Please size your images as you would for an SPS competition — see instructions here:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F0xzqEXvRfPl4T48zNbbasDSZ4beaOEU/view

    ******Please Note: Because of time constraints, we will accept images for critique from no more than 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. When we reach 25, I will send an email letting everyone know we have maxed out on submissions. Even if you don’t submit images, though, we encourage you to join and participate in the MeetUp. Our experience is that the critiques are a valuable learning experience even for folks who don’t submit images.******

    Submissions must be emailed to [masked] no later than 9:00 pm on the Thursday before the meeting. Please put “critique” in the subject line. I will acknowledge receipt of submissions, so if you don’t hear back from me, it means I didn’t get your images.

    Your images should be titled with your name and a number showing the sequence of the submissions — e.g., JaneDoe1, JaneDoe2 — with the number reflecting the order in which your images will be shown.

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me.

    Jeff

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    SPS has three standing meetings each month for its members and guests. The First Friday meeting features an outside speaker and a competition. While competition entries at these monthly meetings are restricted to currently paid-up members, we ALWAYS welcome visitors interested in photography to attend. The Learnshops (fourth Tuesdays) and Coffee & Critique (second Saturdays) are intended for members, but again, we welcome visitors. 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!

    To pay your SPS dues, visit:
    https://form.jotform.com/spsatlanta/club-membership-registration-form

    To find out more about SPS visit:
    https://sites.google.com/view/spsatlanta

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    LIABILITY NOTICE: By signing up and attending a Meetup sponsored by the Southeastern Photographic Society, I acknowledge that these activities can be hazardous and that I could be injured or my property damaged. I agree that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume any risk of physical injury or damage to my property.

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  • The Photographic Project: Finding Your Vision and Voice with Mark Maio

    The goal of this presentation is to help serious photographers jump-start the process of taking their work to the next level. No matter how passionate or dedicated, artists require practice and commitment to develop their vision and voice. Maintaining discipline is often the biggest obstacle to becoming better photographers. ​The focus of this presentation will be on​ the discovery of a unique, personal way of seeing and ​locating a project that fits.

    Mark Maio divides his time between personal fine art documentary photography and imaging in the field of ophthalmology.

    From 1989 through 2005, Mark worked on a documentary project centered on Buffalo’s Old First Ward neighborhood and the Irish men from there who unloaded the grain boats carrying cargo from the Midwest. Work on the project, entitled “Against the Grain” took him from Buffalo to a family wheat farm in Kansas, down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and a trip across the Great Lakes on a grain boat from Duluth to Buffalo.

    His fine art photography has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country in addition to being included in public and private collections. In 2007, a (12) print portfolio of his “Against the Grain” work was purchased by the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film for their permanent collection. He is represented by Lumiere Gallery in Atlanta. Mark also teaches workshops, which can be found at his website: www.markmaio.com

    Competition

    Mark will judge our members' digital images submitted for the June monthly competition. Our theme is "Shadows or silhouettes."

    Please note:
    - We are limiting entries to TWO per paid member - one color and one B&W.
    - The deadline for the images is 9:00PM on Wednesday, June 9.
    - All are welcome for the presentation, but competition entries will be limited to paid members only.
    - Please refer to our document on monthly competitions.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WfjNcur10e7Xkg2FIXp7c8xMRJ7MSvIK/view Follow the instructions for digital entries.
    - Send to [masked] as usual.
    - Directions for resizing your images may be found here:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/17-daV-kW5-6riHRLTGj_u3GaNTTm23eB/view
    - A video about resizing your images may be found here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSnf3Ac1Yas&list=PLCmhlcoTbzivgt77Y2u0cy6YMB_Y4bg2c&index=3&t=324s

    Join us for our June Meetup via Zoom. Limited to the first 100 to sign up. The link will be sent to all RSVPs 24 hours before the meeting.

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    SPS has three standing meetings each month for its members and guests. The First Friday meeting features an outside speaker and a competition. While competition entries at these monthly meetings are restricted to currently paid-up members, we ALWAYS welcome visitors interested in photography to attend. The Learnshops (fourth Tuesdays) and Coffee & Critique (second Saturdays) are intended for members, but again, we welcome visitors. 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!

    To pay your SPS dues, visit:
    https://form.jotform.com/spsatlanta/club-membership-registration-form

    To find out more about SPS visit:
    https://sites.google.com/view/spsatlanta

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  • Shady Dale Rodeo, Shady Dale Georgia

    Shady Dale

    The Shady Dale Rodeo is presented in an outdoor arena that is very photo friendly. Excellent access to the animals, performers, and a full range of events makes for great shooting. Though the Rodeo starts at 8 PM, be there at least two hours early to find your way around. Lots of good animal and people pictures. We will have pretty good natural light for the first couple of events, with decent lighting later on. A fast medium range telephoto works best for the action. They have a fun parade at 3PM in town.

    Located on Hwy. 83 just south of the red flashing light at the intersection of 83 and Hwy. 142 in downtown Shady Dale, this year’s rodeo will feature the best cowboys and cowgirls from the International Professional Rodeo Association competing for $20,000 in prize money, matched against the toughest livestock from the Southern Rodeo Company.

    Parking is free and adult tickets are $15 each, and can be purchased at the gate. During the day on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, Shady Dale’s Rodeo Roundup Festival will entertain rodeo fans with music, venders and eats with the mile long Al Sihah Shrine parade.

    Proceeds go to various Masonic charities and scholarships.

    For more information call[masked] or go to shadydalerodeo.com.

    PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN UNHOSTED MEETUP!

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  • Historic Churches of East Georgia (Second Trip)

    Needs a location

    Join us for a photographic tour of four historic churches in East Georgia! These country churches are all well over a hundred years old and range in condition from somewhat dilapidated to somewhat preserved. We will have access to shoot inside and out, so it will be a great photo opportunity regardless of weather. This will be a full day of shooting.

    The churches we will visit are located approximately 90 minutes east of Atlanta, just off I-20 in Greene and Hancock Counties. We will plan to meet at the first church at 9:00 a.m. If time permits, we’ll also include a stop at Heavy’s BBQ, where we can grab lunch and photograph some of the vintage trucks and other antiquities on the property. Also note - there are no “facilities” at these churches. Plan to bring water and snacks (and a bag lunch if you want) and be sure to make a pit stop before you get to the first stop!

    This Meetup is limited to fifteen paid SPS members. Because of the limited number of spaces, please RSVP only if you will definitely attend. If you RSVP and later find you cannot attend, please change your RSVP as soon as possible so that someone can take your place. Specific directions will be sent to the folks attending a few days before the Meetup.

    If anyone has questions about this Meetup, please contact Linda Nixon at[masked] or [masked]

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  • Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race

    Helen

    The 48th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race will be held June 3, 4 & 5, 2021. This is the south's oldest balloon event and the only long distance hot air balloon race in the United States. If the weather cooperates the hot air balloon race competitors will take to the sky at 7:00 a.m., Thursday, June 3, 2021.

    If the weather conditions are too windy or storms are forecast, the take off will be postponed until conditions are acceptable.

    The launch field is located across the river from Cool River Tubing and Helen's River Park on the Wilkin's property. To enter the field, go across the bridge at Cool River Tubing and turn left. While the majority of the balloons will use this launch field, a few balloons may launch in various places around town.

    Map to the Launch Field
    https://helenballoon.com/field%20map.html

    Please check with Balloon Race Headquarters at the Helendorf Inn to confirm that the balloons are flying and to get more information about where the hot air balloons will be located. For more information call[masked].

    48th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race website for up to date information:
    https://www.helenballoon.com/?fbclid=IwAR2UINS2hn07yC0FiHlrcojcLSvHLAZ9fnndlKItvA9iYCXk043P0KyC6S0

    PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN UNHOSTED MEETUP!

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