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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 weekend TBD  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

Beaufort/Hunting Island Field Trip Report

October 30 – November 3, 2014

The Club had a great time in the “sea Islands” coastal area of South Carolina. Eighteen members and guests participated over the long weekend. And despite lousy weather on Saturday (40 degrees F, windy and raining) everyone managed to have some fun exploring and photographing the multitude of opportunities in the area. Many enjoyed staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Beaufort, while several groups camped at the Hunting Island State Park campground. We also celebrated Halloween on Hunting Island hosted at Alan Simons’ camp site.


Boneyard Stumps by Al McLeod

The Sea Islands of coastal Georgia and SC are a well recognized ecological region stretching from Amelia Island, FL in the South to the area of Georgetown, SC in the North. Distinctive ecosystems comprising the Sea Islands include: the beaches and dunes, maritime forests – a mix of palms, live oaks, pines and an understory of palmetto on the Sea Islands themselves, plus the extensive salt marshes and tidal creeks.


Alan and Al

Resplendent nature there is accompanied by lots of interesting human history in the Beaufort area and on the other islands. Some that we sampled included the Chapel of Ease, an 18thcentury tabby church ruin, Sheldon Chapel, an 1800’s brick church ruin, Fort Fremont, an early 20th Century coastal battery ruin (please do consult Don Stephens for a full history of coastal artillery), St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Beaufort, a beautiful and fully restored wooden structure, oodles of gorgeous old, historic houses in Beaufort, and…., I could go on and on.


House in the Sea by Paiboon S.

The meet-up of several photography clubs and our guide, David Price, Saturday on Hunting Island went well, except for the aforementioned simultaneous cold, rain and wind. No one could endure the weather conditions past noon. But before that we all clicked away on the bone-yard beach, in the narrow dunes area connecting the beach to the maritime forest, and briefly in the forest as well. And I’m sure everyone captured some unique and creative view of the Hunting Island Lighthouse.


Jack Makes a Point

It was enjoyable time well spent, and I hope every participant came away with at least one ribbon winner. A big thank you goes to Stan Greenberg who arranged the meet up with David Price and other clubs on Hunting Island. And a special belated thank you goes to Bernd Greulich who organized and planned this wonderful outing before his untimely passing. BG, we carried on, but we missed you.


In the Rain at Hunting Island Lighthouse

Jim Harrison, APS President

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Custom Post Images

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. 

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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