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Monastery of the Holy Spirit Field Trip Report

The Trappist Monastery near Conyers greeted us with copious Spring sunshine, but the temperature was cold and the wind was blustery!  A baker’s dozen members and a few guests participated in the club’s first field trip of the year on Saturday March 28. Due to the brisk, chilling breeze, many focused their photography on the interior of the Monastery’s incredible concrete-construction, cathedral-like “sanctuary,” while a few braved the outside elements around the beautiful grounds, forests and lakes.


Atlanta Photographic Society group at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Heritage Center.  Ruth, Ru and Stan were there too, but somehow they missed the group shot.  Jim H. was behind the camera.

With all those photographers, I hope everyone came away with some unique perspective of the Sanctuary.  Here’s one of mine:


Monastery Sanctuary by Jim Harrison

It will also be very interesting to see the variety of shots of both the grounds and other Monastery buildings.  I do hope that only a few photographers stumbled into each other’s pictures in the Sanctuary!


Shooting in the Sanctuary

Everyone had a good time, and the majority of the group ‘pigged out’ for lunch together after the shoot at Pippin’s Barbecue nearby.


Paiboon and Jim 'work'in’ & 'grin'in’

We also made friends with a group of motorcycle bikers and with some of the wildlife down at the pond.


Friend at the Pond by Jim Harrison

Since the Monastery is home to about 40 monks, and is a well known center for contemplative prayer and retreats (including the occasional photography retreat), here’s one last contemplative image to wrap up this report.


Madonna and Child Statue by Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison, President

PS - For the next field trip report, everyone please send me a couple of images. That way you won’t be stuck just looking at mine!

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

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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).

Your inkjet paper purchases can now benefit the Atlanta Photographic Society! Just click on the Red River Paper link, order your favorite papers, and the club receives 5% of the purchase amount.

Red River Paper was founded in 1997 and has become a trusted supplier of exceptional photographic inkjet papers to customers around the world. The company offers products that often exceed major retail brand quality with a savings as much as 40%.


Wings Camera & Digital

Wings Camera & Digital has been serving Atlanta's photography needs for an amazing 103 years!

APS members will get Full Camera Cleaning for $24.95 (regularly $29.95). Use APS2015 for Discounts. Thanks Mike!

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