• Members' Exhibit at Wesley Woods

    Wesley Woods Towers

    Wesley Woods Towers, an senior living facility, invited us to display a set of photos on their "art wall." Pete Connally and I hung the exhibit today. The photos were all gathered from the matted prints displayed at our March meetup. The theme was patterns and there was space available for 18 images. It is a nice representation of our group's work. Please feel free to drop by and take a look. The photos will hang until approximately the end of May, at which point we hope to hang a new group. (This group of images will then be returned to their owners at the following Friday night meetup.) A special thanks to those who allowed us to borrow their images for this exhibition. We had many positive comments from the residents today. They love them! -David Woolf If you have any questions, please contact me at [masked].

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  • 2019 Southern Disc Dog Nationals

    PIEDMONT PARK

    There are typically two different events at this competition. One of them is the Toss and Fetch which is where the human stands in one place (typically at the end of the field) and tosses the frisbee. The dog starts by its handler and runs down the field and attempts to catch the frisbee. Points are awarded for the dog catching the frisbee and if the frisbee is caught with all four paws off the ground. The dog then takes the frisbee back to the handler. They have about 30 (?) seconds to see how many total points they can score. The other competition is the free style which is where the dog and handler interact with one another. It is usually set to music and there are required elements that the handler and dog must perform. The more difficult the element, the more points it is worth. The freestyle routine is generally 60 - 90 seconds. The image posted for this meet up is from the free style. This particular individual (his name is Dean Wertz) generally has two dogs that he competes with and generally does one of the best routines. Personally, I really like to capture the interaction between the handler and dog. Our upcoming competition theme is "people performing" so this is an excellent opportunity to catch some images. Hopefully they will post a schedule in the next couple of days that gives an order for Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for updates...and let me know if anyone has any questions. *****Note-I changed the date to Saturday April 13. This is actually a 2 day event and does take place on Sunday too. As of this moment, the weather appears to be the best for Saturday.**** This will be an unhosted meetup! This is a fun event to shoot. It is held in conjunction with the Dogwood Festival so parking will be challenging. I would suggest using Marta and then walking to the park. You could also park at Ponce City Market and walk on the BeltLine. Either way may be a mile or two. If you get there early enough, you could also use the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. This event is held on both Saturday and Sunday (see schedule below). You will want your fastest and longest lens. They have bales of hay scattered on the sidelines, otherwise, there is no seating. You may want to bring a chair. http://www.dogwood.org will give you the latest info on the festival in regards to parking. There is also a map showing the layout of the artist's booths and where the Disc Dogs will be in relation to the artists. Check out the MARTA guide to festivals (google MARTA guide dogwood festival) for some detailed info on how to use MARTA to get to the festival. Hosted by The Greater Atlanta Dog & Disc Club The Meadow off 10th Street You can check their website www.atlantadiscdogs.com for the schedule of events. As of now, they plan to start Saturday’s show/competition at 12:00p.m. On Sunday the show/competition starts at 11:00 a.m. ********************** 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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  • Coffee & Critique - Digital Edition

    Emory Presbyterian Church

    Join us for the “digital 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 alternate each month between digital and print critiques, and the meeting is for newcomers and seasoned photographers alike. Guests are also welcome. Even if you don’t have photographs to share, feel free to come and participate. For the digital C&C, photographers may submit up to three images for feedback. Please size your images as you would for an SPS competition (see instructions here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3rb7eGNEir3NjE2RGhaTktvc3c/view?usp=drivesdk). Emailed submissions are preferred and should be emailed to [masked] no later than 8:00 pm on the Friday before the meeting. Please put “critique” in the subject line. You may also bring your images to the meeting on a PC-compatible thumb drive, but please come a few minutes early so we can get your images loaded before the meeting starts. Although certainly not required, participants are encouraged to submit “before and after” images that show the original capture and the final processed version. A “before and after” set only counts as one image toward the three-image limit. This also applies if you want to submit a color and B&W version of the same image for comparison.

  • Kentucky Bluegrass Photography Weekend – April 11-14

    Kentucky Bluegrass Photography Weekend – April 11-14 If you ever envisioned yourself visiting Kentucky in the springtime to take advantage of photographing horse farms, capturing live racing at Keenland racetrack and sleeping in a century old village, this is the weekend for you. Join Greg Comstock as he hosts another Bluegrass Photography Tour (his 4th) at the height of Kentucky’s springtime activities. Look at a quick video https://gregcomstock.smugmug.com/Event-Photography/A-SPS-Kentucky-Bluegrass-Weekend-/i-bZdgSxX/A or a few images of previous Kentucky Bluegrass Photography Weekend trips. https://gregcomstock.smugmug.com/Event-Photography/A-SPS-Kentucky-Bluegrass-Weekend-/ The tour starts early Friday morning so it will require Thursday afternoon travel of 6-7 hours from Atlanta to Lexington KY via I-75. During this busy weekend, you’ll be visiting at a minimum two distilleries, Keenland Racetrack, including live races, and staying the night at Shaker Village with a return on Sunday to Atlanta. Dates: Travel to Lexington KY on Thursday April 11, 2019 returning Sunday April 14, 2019 Requirements: 2019 Paid SPS Member Cost: No cost for the weekend other than your own paid lodging and food expenses. (Information to Follow) Hotel: Thursday and Friday Night in Lexington with 10 blocked rooms for SPS. Approximate price per Dbl. Room $200/night. Saturday Night at Shaker Village with 10 blocked rooms for SPS. Approximate price per Dbl. Room $160/night Attendees: 6 Minimum – 12 Maximum. A waiting list will be available for cancelations. We will be traveling together in 2-3 cars starting Friday morning while we are in Kentucky. A preliminary schedule is as follows: Friday • Friday Morning 9-9:30 leave for the Woodford Distillery for a distillery tour between 10 and 11:00. We'll stop to photograph the horse farms on our way. • Noon time on Friday. We’ll plan to stop in Frankfort KY for lunch. • In the afternoon, we’ll take a “Behind the Scenes” tour at Buffalo Trace Distillery. We will be there 2-3 hours before we leave to photograph a Castle on our way back to our hotel. • We’ll plan a group dinner for those wishing to join and rest up as the next day will be even busier. Saturday • We will begin Saturday early at Keenland Raceway. We’ll plan to be there by 7:00 AM to practice your Panning Skills as the track is used to work the horses until about 9:00AM. • After you are done with your panning practice (1250-2500+ Shutter Speed), walk the Horse stalls in the back of the park for a up-close look at the horses and the behind the scenes activities as they prepare for the daily races. • Have lunch in the clubhouse and take in 4-5 races with your well-honed panning skills. You will want to walk around the track North and South End to take images of the races for different perspectives. • We’ll leave Keenland Race Track around 3:30-4:00PM and head down to Shaker Village (about 45 minutes travel time). • When you leave for your next stop at Shaker Village, you may want to drive behind the Keenland Race Track via the back gate and head west to Rte 1969 then head east to the Manchester Farm via Van Meter Rd. There are a couple of nice shots along the way as you head back to New Circle Road South on your way to Shaker Village. • Shaker Village is only about 25 minutes from New Circle Road in Lexington. You are traveling back in time on this leg of your trip as you will be staying the night there by Previous Reservation. Lots to shoot inside and out. Make sure you go outside at night. It has a nicely lighted main street (dirt road). You’ll also want to make dinner reservation in the main house when you make your hotel reservation. There is nothing around the area so make sure you do. Sunday • After breakfast and a few more images, you're off to return back home. More details to follow upon registration for the weekend.

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  • SPS Community Photography Series

    Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library

    The Toco Hill/Avis G. Williams Branch of the DeKalb Library System asked if our club would present a series of photography programs for their members and the general community. The program is primarily aimed at folks new to photography, but we wanted to make it available to SPS members as well since we know we have some less experienced photographers who might find the programs helpful. The meetings will take place every other Thursday at 10:30 a.m., beginning on April 11th and concluding on May 23, 2019, and will be conducted at the library, which is just off Clairmont Road near our usual Friday meeting location. The topics and speakers are listed below. I am posting this four times on the MeetUp site so that the notice will show up for each date. If you have any questions about any of the programs, please contact me at [masked]. April 11 “Beyond the Snapshot – Simple Tips for Taking Better Pictures” Jack Martin April 25 “Getting the Most from the Camera in Your Phone” Greg Comstock May 9 “Travel Photography – Capture and Share Those Great Memories!” Harriet Dye May 23 "Preserving Your Photographic Memories” Jeff Milsteen

  • Atlanta Sunset From Jackson Street Bridge

    Jackson Street Bridge

    • What we'll do During the timeframe of March 17, 2019 through April 14, 2019 the sun will set behind the Atlanta skyline when viewed from Jackson Street Bridge. Any day in that range of dates should yield interesting shots but we will plan to meet on April 6th at 7 pm to capture the sun's descent - Sunset that day is 8:01pm. After sunset we can also stay around and do some long exposure shots of the car lights. Refer back to this meetup occasionally for possible date changes that may arise due to weather. To view the exact position of the sunset each day, consult The Photographer's Ephimeris: http://app.photoephemeris.com/?ll=33.760225,-84.374316¢er=33.7604,-84.3872&z=16&spn=0.01,0.02&dt=20180324212200-0400 • What to bring Camera, lenses (wide angle and telephoto), neutral density filters, tripod and cable release • Important to know There is generally free on street parking nearby. ******************************** 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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  • ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY TODAY – with John Mariana

    Clairmont Presbyterian Church

    ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY TODAY - ARTISTS RE-PRESENTING REALITY Photographic Artists make Photographic Art, they do not create their images by a single capture. They see the world differently and then show others how they see and feel the world. The final artistic print is their representation of the world through their eyes, mind, heart and creative artistic talents. The tools of the craft are a camera and a lens, but the print is result of their artistic vision. Join us on April 5th, 2019, when John Mariana shares his specialty, “seeing and presenting the world in his own style, color palette, filled with the emotions he wants you to feel”. Ansel Adams has said that the image taken in the field, although very reliant on proper technique, was merely the canvas from which to work his darkroom artistic magic. Digital images today are imported to Photoshop or other editing software where optimization takes place through the process of digital blending of different versions of an image and the use of completely separate images. These techniques allow the creation of truly immersive images. This is a evening that you do not want to miss. You can find more information about John and his work at: http://www.marianaphotography.com. ****************************************************************************** John is a founding member of the Booth Photography Guild at the Booth Art Museum in Cartersville, GA and a long time member and friend of SPS. ****************************************************************************** SPS Monthly Meetings (first Friday of each month) are for its members and guests. 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 Tuesday of each month) 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 find out more about SPS visit https://sites.google.com/view/spsatlanta ******************************** 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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  • Daffodils and Tulips at Gibbs Gardens

    Gibbs Gardens

    I know this is very short notice, but the weather looks good for Saturday and I want to see the daffodils and tulips at Gibbs Gardens. You are welcome to join me if you would like to. And we have an upcoming competition theme (August) of flowers. Check out their website www.gibbsgardens.com for entrance fees and directions. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 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. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Lightroom or Photoshop?

    Clairmont Presbyterian Church

    Lightroom or Photoshop? Lightroom is like one of the all-in-one toolkits from Ikea for doing many household chores. It's got a hammer, a drill, and other odds and ends. Photoshop is the Craftsman 903-piece Mechanic’s tool set. It has almost every tool, so you can mount a cabinet or take apart your 1959 Buick LeSabre. The differences come down to manipulation vs. editing. With Lightroom, you can edit photos. With Photoshop, you can edit and manipulate them. Jim Morgenthaler will show you how to use many of the unique and powerful features of Photoshop that can greatly expand your creativity. ****************************************************************************** SPS Monthly Meetings (first Friday of each month) are for its members and guests. 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 Tuesday of each month) 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 find out more about SPS visit https://sites.google.com/view/spsatlanta ******************************** 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 Saint Augustine Alligator Farm Bird Shoot

    Needs a location

    The Saint Augustine Alligator Farm is one of the very best places to get up close and personal with nesting sea birds. Course there are lots of alligators, but real treat is the hundreds of feet of boardwalks that provide access to many species of Egrets, Herons, Storks, and Spoonbills. Our plan is to arrive on Thursday, March 21 and depart Sunday, March 24. I have reserved several rooms at the Sleep Inn right up the street from the site. Of course you can arrive in Friday if you choose. Daily admission to the Farm is $25.99, with standard hours of 9am to 5pm. A two day Photo Pass priced at $75.00 provides the important benefit of early entry and after hours access. A yearly Photo Pass is prices at $109.95. Please contact the Sleep Inn at[masked] to change a room reservation to your name. Rates are $106.21 for Thur. and $114.71 for Fri. and Sat. I'll be providing lots more details on the trip in the future.

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