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Zoo Atlanta Shoot

Back in mid-June (Sunday June 14) nine Atlanta Photographic Society members and guests had a great time photographing the animals (and humans) at Zoo Atlanta. Most of the animals were out-and-about during the morning and several were great “posers” including a pair of lions, the rhinos, and one very photogenic Mercat.  


Rhino Right at You by Paiboon S.


Mercat by Chris Handley

The cool(er) morning temperatures insured that many zoo residents were active too, including numerous very social Gorillas who, unfortunately, seldom ventured within closeup range.


Gorilla on the Move by Jim Harrison

The Zoo’s new reptile house was certainly a treat!  Lot’s of interesting close-ups were available there.


Reptile Friend by Luis Pita

Feeding time for the Giant Tortoise’s was one of my favorite photo ops!


One Large Salad by Jim Harrison

The King of Beasts had a cool, shady spot staked out on top of a huge rock and lay there basking in dappled sun/shade for a very long time.  This afforded many portrait opportunities for those who brought a long telephoto lens.


Lion on Top by Paiboon S.

Atlanta is certainly fortunate to have a world class zoo.  Zoo Atlanta is an incredible learning opportunity and a big plus for species conservation with it’s participation in many collaborative breeding programs with other zoos. We really enjoyed the photographic possibilities too!

Jim Harrison, President

More PSA Winners & 2014-2015 Results

Atlanta Photographic Society members Andy Rost and Marc McElhaney both received Honors Awards for their images entered in the May 2015 Projected Image Division (PID) competition of the Photographic Society of America (PSA).  Congratulations!

Here is Andy’s Honors Award winner.


Lilly Minimalist by Andy Rost

And here is Marc’s Honors Award winner.


The Dog’s Life by Marc McElhaney

Our club also did well this year, finishing 10th out of 28 competing clubs in our division (D) of the PID competition. Once again, the extremely talented Chorley Photographic Society from England was 1st in our division.  And one of our nearby neighbors, the Photographic Society of Chattanooga, edged us out of 9th place by only one point.

It will be well worth your time to take a look at all the PID winners on the PSA website.  The Gallery links take you to the images, and the Standings link shows all the participating clubs’ scores for the year - again, APS was in Division D for 2014-2015.

A big thank you goes to Kevin King who did a great job coordinating the APS entries!

Jim Harrison, APS President

Mario Digirolamo - Program, Thursday, June 25, 7:30PM

Our June program meeting will be very special.  Mario Digirolamo, long time Atlanta Photographic Society (APS) member and five time consecutive winner of our Creative Photographer of the Year award (1994-1998), will present images from his new (2015) book, Visione: A Midcentury Photographic Memoir, highlighting his superb black & white images from around the world.

Lumiere Gallery in Atlanta features Mario’s images from Visione in an ongoing exhibition extended through July 17.  Mario is a master of the “decisive moment” of street photography.  His latest book and exhibition have gotten a lot of press including: Arts Atlanta, WABE and CNN.  Follow those links to read the reviews. Brooks Jensen, Editor of LensWork notes that,“DiGirolamo makes us smile, and think, and reflect and remember.”  Update: The AJC also covered Mario’s exhibition at Lumiere in its Friday June 5 edition, page D5.

Here are examples of Mario’s work from his three books.

From Visione


Entering the Eternal City - Rome, Italy 1955 by Mario Digirolamo

From Sole e Ombre


In Prayer - Rome Italy, 1956 by Mario Digirolamo

And from Abstractions


Pigment Print by Mario Digirolamo

This will be a great program evening for anyone considering joining a photography club.  Mario’s program will be followed by an informal member’s critique.  The purpose of our critiques is to enjoy a casual open discussion of lots of images as we learn from each other.   Members bring up to three unmounted images which will be displayed using a “magnet” board.

Everyone is invited.  Come and join in the fun.  Visitors to our APS programs and competitions are always welcome!

Jim Harrison, APS President

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APS MeetUp Group

APS is now on "Meetup"

Join our Meetup group to follow our scheduled competitions, programs, field trips and other club activities. The Atlanta Photographic Society's Meetup group is for both club members and guests.  Our Meetup group's name is "Atlanta Photographic Society."  Please click on the link to join our Meetup.

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!

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."

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