- Guild member Steve Binkley and a couple of friends are hosting a star party at Young Road Observatory October 5th through the 14th, and you are invited. Since the weather is too unpredictable to specify a particular night, you may come any night that is convenient for you and the weather looks promising. Please contact Steve the afternoon of the day you wish to come to get directions if necessary and verify that there are no problems for that night.
The observatory is located about a mile off highway 78 just over 20 miles from the Athens bypass. If you wish to check the location on Google maps or a satellite view, Steve’s address is 181 Young Road, Rayle. Please note that the address is 6 or 7 miles east of Lexington in Oglethorpe county and not in Rayle (Wilkes county). Steve may be contacted at email@example.com or 706-743-3682.
- Tuesday, October 13 – If you’re not working Tuesday, October 13, come join us for a tour of various waterfalls in North Georgia! We’ll meet at Sandy Creek Nature Center at 8:15 a.m. We are tentatively planning to visit Blood Mountain Falls (lower and upper), Dick’s Creek Falls, DeSoto Falls (lower and upper), Trahlyta Falls in Vogel State Park, then Helton Creek Falls. We’ll adjust along the way depending on the group’s preferred speed. Bring water and lunch. Gear-wise, tripods are recommended and neutral-density filters are always helpful for long exposures if the day is sunny rather than an overcast. Some sort of tethered or remote camera trigger would be useful.
- Sunday, November 1 – Panther Creek Falls is on most lists of Georgia “must see” waterfalls, so we’re going to spend a day hiking the trail and visiting the 4 waterfalls en route, on a day that’s close to the anticipated peak foliage season. We’ll meet at 7 a.m. in the Sandy Creek Nature Center Parking lot and drive up (about 1:20 each way), then spend the day hiking. The trail is described as “moderate” and good hiking shoes are recommended. You’ll want to bring lots of water and a lunch, since the trail is 7 miles round trip… it will be less intense than hiking straight through since we’ll stop to take pictures along the way, but it *is* still a long hike.
Upcoming Contests & Events
- Our September meeting will be the APG Members’ Summer Photo Contest featuring cash prizes and a new bonus category. More info at the meeting.
- Lickskillet: Have the opportunity to sell your photos at this Lyndon House Sponsored Event. Saturday, October 24 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. More info coming soon.
- The State Botanical Garden will host a show of (our own!) Chuck Murphy’s photos from August 23rd through October 3rd. Mark your calendar. The opening reception will be Sunday, August 23rd, from 2-4 PM in the Visitor’s Center, and all are welcome. The exhibition features a wide variety of Chuck’s work, mostly new and created specifically for this show. Chuck promises that the show includes works “wide and tall, large and small, round and square, printed on paper, wood, canvas, metal, and glass. More information at http://botgarden.uga.edu/
Getting the Most When Shooting Bands Live
The music is ear-bleeding loud. Fans are dancing and crowding in around you. Lights are flashing in all the colors of the rainbow. Drunks are asking you to take their picture. How do you nail that special image in the midst of all of that?
Tim Rogan is a local graphic artist and photographer who loves a diversity of live music, photography, and a good challenge. Athens has a crazy good music scene and you can’t get more challenging surroundings than the vast variety local clubs offer. It is a match made in heaven. With that in mind, Tim decided a couple of years ago to get out there and attempt to see the music scene differently than other photographers.
Tim will be sharing not just camera settings – anyone can Google those – but challenges to be aware of, etiquette both at the concert and in posting images, and some unique shots he looks for that made one band member exclaim, “I thought you’d been doing this for a long time.”
Photo Exhibit at the Botanical Garden: “Nature, Illustrated,”
by Chuck Murphy
The State Botanical Garden will host a show of Chuck Murphy’s photos from August 23rd through October 3rd. Mark your calendar. The opening reception will be Sunday, August 23rd, from 2-4 PM in the Visitor’s Center, and all are welcome.
Chuck has been APG’s Program Chair for the last two years. He teaches photography classes at UGA-Continuing Ed, the State Botanical Garden, and for OLLI@UGA. He specializes in nature photography, particularly “birds, bugs, and blooms.” As befitting a show at the Botanical Garden, this show is more about the blooms than the birds and the bugs.
The exhibition features a wide variety of Chuck’s work, mostly new and created specifically for this show. Chuck promises that the show includes works “wide and tall, large and small, round and square, printed on paper, wood, canvas, metal, and glass. Most are static, but one or two will be animated. It’s a smorgasbord! Nobody will like everything, but I hope everybody likes something, and that everything is liked by somebody.”