Beaufort/Hunting Island, SC 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 lots of 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. (Please see: Ecoregions of North Carolina and South Carolina and Ecoregions of Alabama and Georgia, EPA's ecological region maps produced in collaboration with the respective states.) 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.
|Jack Makes a Point|
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.
|House in the Sea by Paiboon S.|
Jim Harrison, APS President
|In the Rain at Hunting Island Lighthouse|
Bernd "B.G." Greulich (1938-2014)
(Died October 11, 2014)
Excerpts from BG’s Obituary (edited by Jim Harrison)
Bernd Greulich passed away peacefully before dawn, Saturday, October 11, surrounded by immediate family. Two devastating strokes, sustained Sept. 16, were followed by a third in the weeks that followed. He was treated at Atlanta Medical Center, whose team of medical professionals provided expert care and compassionate support. He was 76.
He is survived by his beloved spouse of 35 years, Irmi; his adopted stepson, Tom, and daughter-in-law, Lila, from Fort Worth, TX.
Born in Mannheim, Germany, on April 7, 1938, Bernd emigrated first to Central Canada and then the U.S. Mid-West in the 1960s. By the mid-1980s, Bernd and Irmi would call Georgia, home.
BG remained active until the very end. His passion for photography led him to become a long-standing Board member with the Atlanta Photographic Society for over 15 years. His love of travel included regular visits to Germany (most recently in May), and when stateside RVing with the GA Mountaineers, always with his camera, blessing everyone with numerous beautiful and memorable images.
His sense of humor and zest for life will be sorely missed.
|BG Having Fun|
From Helene Mewborn
Having been in the Club since its inception, I can tell you that no other individual member has contributed more in time, effort and inspiration to keep it going than has Bernd Greulich.
|Old Boat by Bernd Greulich|
We are all missing BG at APS. He added life and energy to our gatherings and it is hard to go to our meetings and not have him there.
I met him in 2003 when I joined the club and he was always so helpful and fun. Over the years I saw him contribute so much…working in the background to get us our websites, helping us transition from film to digital, researching and implementing systems enabling our entry into national competitions, introducing us new to genres such as Minimalist Photography…and so much more.
BG always went the extra mile. I was in Chicago for about three years, but as a Digital Member…. a category of membership that he invented and instituted… I still participated in our digital competitions. After every competition, he sent me an email to let me know the judges feedback on my images. I never expected anyone to do this, but he was so nice to take the time to pass along the information.
There are so many ways that BG shared his knowledge contributed his time. But as is best stated on his memorial page, what I will most remember about him were his sense of humor and his zest for life.
|Shopping Carts by Bernd Greulich|
BG was the steadfast backbone of the Atlanta Photographic Society. His selfless efforts kept the club going during times when volunteers were hard to find. He was our meticulous Secretary for the past 11 years, ably led the club as President for three years (2004 thru 2006), was Vice President one year, and Competition Chair for 4 years. Remarkably, he was a Club Officer/Board Member for 17 straight years. Throughout, he was always recommending and starting innovations for the club, just one example of the many facets of his love of photographic creativity.
He welcomed me to the club during 2006, always provided sage advice, suggestions and tips, and was instrumental as my mentor when he shrewdly recruited me (or was I just very gullibly volunteered) to run the Salon Exhibition. I didn’t know what I was getting into, but BG was there to help at every turn. He constantly did the same to assist all the club’s officers, volunteers and members.
Field trips and shoots with BG were always great fun. I particularly remember one trip to the North Carolina Mountains, driving through the fog on the Blue Ridge Parkway for dozens of miles while telling stories, no photographs to be seen; we could barely see the hood of the car! But when the fog cleared just slightly and we stopped at Water Rock Knob, BG came away with a first place winning image, and the fog was the star of that picture. On another mountain trip, after a long day of shooting, BG trekked to the store specifically to purchase “really good” beer for the group. Shortly, he showed up with a case of “light” beer, much to the chagrin of all his thirsty friends. In his very serious German way he promised to read more carefully next time, and we drank all the beer talking and laughing into the night. He never heard the end of that one. It was always great to see BG laugh! And to laugh with him.
|Into the Fog by Bernd Greulich|
Second: The club has made a memorial contribution in BG’s honor to The Salvation Army -an organization close to Bernd’s heart- and individual contributions in his honor would be very much appreciated. He had a big heart for the poor and homeless, and I can tell you as a board member of a local homeless shelter (Journey, not the Salvation Army), the need is great, and your donations will be used effectively.
BG, you enriched this world, and you will be missed. Peace be with you and yours.
|Harp in Heaven by Bernd Greulich|
Chuck Rogers – June Program at APS
The first half of Chuck’s talk began about 1950 with an extensive array of his images of the United States’ space program. He described his process and setups for “getting the shot” including numerous missile launch failures along with the, eventual, spectacular successes of the Apollo moon landing program and the space shuttle. Almost everyone attending purchased Chuck’s short book summarizing this phase of his career – Cape Canaveral Photography. It is a wonderful record of those early space program days, and a superb testament to those brave men and women we call astronauts who have the skill, knowledge and courage to climb on top of a rocket and blast off.
But Chuck was just getting started! The second half of Chuck’s career, starting during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s focused on his astonishing range of commercial and advertising photography. I can’t begin to describe the vast array of stunning images he shared. But I know everyone will remember his most famous click of the shutter - exhausted runners being sprayed with water at the end of the Peachtree Road Race (on the screen in the above slide show.) This image has been used in Nike advertising for decades (and continues to this day) and has undoubtedly been seen by hundreds of millions of people (if not billions)!
APS is truly fortunate to have Chuck Rogers as a long time member. Thank you Chuck for sharing your exceptional images, expertise and stories! You are a lasting inspiration to every photographer who sees your work.
APS Field Trip to Hunting Island, SC
Field trip to Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Sharing knowledge of a big winner
Street Art = Street Photography
APS Minimalist Theme Competition updates.
Assignment Zone Field Trips
Will Smart Phone & Pad Cameras replace conventional cameras?
- Competition Judges[+]
- Photo Club Partners[+]
Atlanta Photographic Society
Update! All opinions were that this was the "best collection of images in years" for the APS 2014 Salon. Judges Roy Gordon, Mario DiGirolamo and Barry Blackwell did a wonderful job discerning the award winning images, all displayed on our 2014 Salon Winners page. Congratulations to Jim Barbour for his Best In Show image - Zion Narrows, and to all the other award winners for their very strong photographs.
What's new at APS? Videos!!!
We are thinking of your excellent images and working on a plan to make use of them. Well, that is not quite right, let me try that again. We want you to showcase your images, get them out of your computer and put them into the public eye.
There is also the new trent to have short videos on web sites especially on digital newspapers. Now if we combine the two, we have a video with your images and comments that can be placed onto our home page. Can you visualize your video on our home page? Now the same video can be placed onto the APS Facebook page or YouTube or any of the other social web sites.
Spinning this further, instead of placing our monthly winners onto an album page on the web site they could be shown as a video instead. You could also start a video collection of the club winners on your computer and show them to your friends (your winning images are included, what a chance to claim some bragging rights).
This video idea will also prevent people from illegally downloading your images, Chris tells me.
Our plan is to start this new idea slowly so that we all have a chance to learn and get used to it. I will start out like Chris did, get the free version of the "ProShow Web" and practice for a bit. Then, depending on how much interest I develop I may go the next step.
Now the question is, how do I get our members to try it? Here is the URL of the maker of the program.
Go there and help Chris and me to make this video idea popular in our club. This is not one of those overnight plans, no, Chris is already working on a new version of the APS web site that can accommodate all the videos that our members can/will create.
Let's start a new version of the old slide show, a show that is short and snappy with all the bells and whistles of our new digital age.