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Congrats to APS’s March 2015 PSA Winners!

Congratulations to Atlanta Photographic Society (APS) members Jim Barbour and Mike Shaefer.  They both had winning images in the Photographic Society of America’s (PSA’s) March 2015 Projected Image Division (PID) competition.

Jim Barbour’s “Snow Shower” received an Honors Award.


And Mike Shaefer’s “Learning to Discover” received an Honorable Mention.


Our late Secretary, Bernd Greulich, introduced our club to the PSA competitions last year. And this year Kevin King has taken over as our PSA competition coordinator. Thanks Kevin for the great job you are doing!

Last Year’s 2014 Results

Last year (2013-2014) was APS’s first time participating in the PSA competitions, and we did quite well; APS finished 7th out of 32 competing clubs in our Division (E). The club’s we competed with were from all around the United States, and around the World.  In fact, the Chorley Photographic Society, hailing from the United Kingdom, took first place in our Division. Our members’ winning images from last year included:

Honors Awards

Blue Pansy by Luis Pita

The Majestic Taj Mahal by Mike Shaefer

Dreaming in White by Enrique Duprat

Elephant Heaven by Mike Shaefer

Honorable Mentions

Ruby Beach by Marth Harich

Praying Mantis by Stan Greenberg

Beginning of a New Day by Mike Shaefer

This Year’s 2015 Competitions

For 2015 we are competing with 24 clubs in Division D, again including the very talented Chorley Photographic Society.  Every club enters 6 images (from 6 different members) for each of 4 competitions during the year - November, January, March and May. About 10% of the entries receive an Honors Award and 10% an Honorable Mention, with one image selected for Best in Show for each competition. Judging is conducted by clubs competing in a different division.  

An amazing ~120 clubs participate in the PSA’s Projected Image Division competitions.  And we all thank Bob Benson, PSA’s volunteer and coordinator of that Division, for his amazing organization of this whirlwind of images, judging and results!

Jim Harrison, APS President

Get Out and Shoot!

2015 Field Trips

Every photographer needs fresh subjects.  The Atlanta Photographic Society’s (APS’s) field trips planned for 2015 provide numerous opportunities to shoot something new and different. Getting out and about with other APS members will invigorate your creative juices, help you see new things in new ways, and sharpen your eyes and camera skills to realize new photographic possibilities.  And, it’s fun!

Our informal field trips for 2015 offer a wide range of situations and subjects to challenge every photographer.  Here are some of the options:

1. Monastery of the Holy Spirit: Sat. March 28  Quiet contemplation may be rare in bustling Atlanta, but at a place close-by, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit near Conyers, peace and tranquility are the norm.


Monks Robe Wall by Gary Bengsch

2. Shields Ethridge Farm: Sat. April 18  Up for some time travel?  The Shields Ethridge Farm near Jefferson, GA will take you back in time to a Georgia Piedmont farm with a multitude of buildings and artifacts from the early 1800’s to the 1930’s.  And on a special day, the Cultivators Market!


Oak Reflection by Jim Harrison

3. Birmingham, AL: May 1-2  We’ll venture a bit farther away too. Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces offer up a healthy dose of large scale industrial decay, with lots of other interesting history and subjects nearby.


Sentinels by Jack Martin

4. Zoo Atlanta: Sunday June 14 (tentative) This is one of the best zoos in the country.  With a wide spectrum of animals, and people, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel - your camera can’t miss.  I got lucky at the zoo a few years ago and found one of my long lost relatives, deep in thought.


Thinker by Jim Harrison 

5. Bill Picket Rodeo: August 1-2; Assignment Zone (A-Z) Shoot   Need a ride? The Bill Picket Rodeo at Conyers has a wild ride for you!  So buckle up your cameras for cowboys on broncos.  Want to take a spin?   Bull riding is the way to go.  Now that’s quick acceleration.  This will be APS’s Assignment Zone shoot, so don’t miss it.


Ride Cowboy by Marc McElhaney

6. Chattanooga, TN: early November  Lookout!  You might see seven states from the top of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. Or a big river, or a big aquarium, and a big heap of other interesting sights, all begging for your shutter to click.  

I don’t have any Chattanooga images handy, so… Google to the rescue. To get an idea of some of the possibilities, click the link to check out these marvelous Chattanooga area photographs by professional Steven Llorca. Steven is obviously partial to a wide angle, HDR (High Dynamic Range) approach.  My favorite is “River of Fog.”  What’s yours?

Please be sure to check our “Special Competitions/Field Trips” page to get the details of each trip as they are finalized.  And, Get Out and Shoot!

Jim Harrison, APS President

Photographer of the Year and Masters Competition Winners - 2014

December 11, 2014

The club celebrated our members’ 2014 accomplishments with a wonderful awards banquet at Petit Auberge. For the first time in many years one person, the incredibly talented Mike Shaefer, swept all the Photographer of the Year honors - Monochrome, Color, Digital and Creative Photographer of the Year!  That’s two years in a row as Creative Photographer of the Year for Mike - an outstanding accomplishment. Who will “step up their game” this year to challenge Mike’s creative eye? Only time will tell.


Mike Shaefer - Creative Photographer of the Year - 2014

Other notable awards and highlights: Chris Handley took Best in Show and the Club’s Assignment Zone medal for his array of superb images from the Southeastern Train Museum in Duluth.

Michael Dowdy, with stiff competition from Jim Barbour, was awarded the Rookie of the Year Medal through his accumulation of the most competition points for a new member during the year.

Ru Britton’s diligent work over the past two years arranging and organizing an incredible array of programs for the Club netted her the Helene Mewborn Service Award for 2014.


Ru Britton accepts Helene Mewborn Service Award

Janerio Morgan received the Best in Show ribbon for his best Monochrome image of the year.

Be sure to check out all the other Masters Competition ribbon winners for 2014.Our members certainly distinguished themselves with this masterful range of creative images.

Finally, the Club’s newest award, the Bernd Greulich Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed posthumously to Bernd “B.G.” Greulich, and accepted by Irma Greulich, “For selfless efforts and numerous innovations on behalf of the Society, as well as a constant spirit of fun, humor and pursuit of photographic excellence.” “BG” will be missed by all, he will always be remembered fondly, and his legacy of service and creativity will continue to enrich the Atlanta Photographic Society.


Thanks go to Helene Mewborn for arranging the excellent food and banquet details through Petit Auberge, to Luis Pita for his way too humorous interlude which included the hilarious “technical” details of digital camera battery management while visiting the rest room, to Al McLeod for his deft management of ribbons, medals and trophies, to Don Stephens for his loyal assistance producing posters for the auction, and to all APS members who made for a fun and memorable evening, as well as an excellent year for the club!


Jim Congratulates Don as new Chair of the (fictitious) “Complaints Committee”

Jim Harrison, APS President

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Member Stan Greenberg Recognized

Stan recently participated in a workshop with Jim Zuckerman, and was fortunate to have several of his images published in the January edition of Zuckerman's e-magazine, PHOTO INSIGHTS. Check it out: p.35 under STUDENT SHOWCASE. By the way, this is a great monthly magazine with lots of good photo info, and it's FREE, so consider subscribing. 

Stan's superb image, "At the Pond," also won BEST OF SHOW in the Carolina Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) MEMBERS’ CHOICE 2015 competition. This was in the Tier One category (limited to professional photographers and those members who had previously won a ribbon). According to Stan, "I was especially honored, because my photo was chosen by Arthur Morris, world renowned Nature and Bird Photographer who was the keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting in Spartanburg, SC."

Equipment Corner


The Atlanta Photographic Society's X-Rite ColorMunki device is available  to Club members only for their personal use to calibrate monitors and printers/papers.  The checkout period is ~1 month (bring back to the next club meeting in ~1 month).

A color managed work flow is essential to ensure that what you see on your monitor is accurate, and that what you print is what you see on your monitor.  It's also necessary for accurate viewing of your images on other monitors.

For more information on the ColorMunki, tutorials, etc. please see the  X-Rite web site.  You can also consult with Don Stephens or other club members with experience using the ColorMunki.

Tips, Techniques and Learning Corner

Photography Fundamentals Videos

A wonderful series of 24 half-hour videos covering the fundamentals of photography is available for checkout to  club members only for their personal use for photographic learning/education.

The checkout period is for ~1 month ( bring back to the next club meeting in ~ 1 month).

Whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or advanced photographer you are sure to take away at least one new gem of insight that you can put to use to improve your photography from each of these outstanding lessons.

Ultimate Photo Guide Videos

This excellent series of 10 short (4-6 minutes each) videos from Outdoor Photographer and Digital Photo Magazines cover a great introduction to photography for beginners, and are a good, quick review of the basics.  You can view them all in about one hour.  It is available for checkout to  club members only for their personal use for photographic learning/education.

The checkout period is for ~1 month (bring back to the next club meeting in ~ 1 month).

The Digital Photography Book

Scott Kelby's superb book is a very handy longtime favorite.  It's highly recommended by both your President, Jim Harrison, and our Competition Chair, Al McLeod.

It is also available for checkout to  club members only for their personal use for photographic learning/education.

The checkout period is for ~1 month ( bring back to the next club meeting in ~ 1 month).

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