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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

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 never to leave Atlanta Medical Center, whose team of medical professionals provided trauma care and compassionate support from the very start. 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.


Fun with BG by Helene Mewborn

APS Members’ Thoughts

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.

From Ru Britton

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.


Urban Desert by Bernd Greulich

From Jim Harrison

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

I urge everyone to further BG’s legacy in two ways. First, as members of APS: Energize your creativity by continuing to produce fabulous images. And, whenever you can, contribute to our club’s vitality by helping out as an Officer, Committee Member or volunteer. Our club is you. And I am sure that there is nothing BG would want more than for the Atlanta Photographic Society to continue strong into the future.

Second: The club has made a memorial contribution in BGs 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 Men’s Shelter, 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

New Website for the photo club

Today, I’m launching a new website for the photo club. I’ve selected background images from the previous year Master competition. I had several other images I wanted to use, but the photographers did not submit large enough entries to be used as background images. Several members submit 1280 pixel wide images at 72 dpi, instead of 214 dpi. Please make note of the digital prep guide on this website. 

I’m working out some kinks, so please be patient.


Custom Post Images

Salon Exhibition 2014

Update!    All opinions were that this was the "best collection of images in years" for the APS Salon during October 2014 at UUCA's wonderful gallery.  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.

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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