Wade Sheldon

Member’s BBQ & Potluck

Please read all bullet points
even if you are not a paid member.

APG Meets December 20, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

This is our annual BBQ & Potluck dinner for paid members and their guests. This is one of the benefits of joining the group!

If you have not already signed up then please R.S.V.P. to Judy Glenn (jglennpacs@yahoo.com) as soon as possible, but no later than December 15th.

  • Each paid member is allowed to bring one guest (let Judy know if you are bringing a guest).
  • APG will provide meat, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils. Those attending need to bring a side dish and/or dessert.
  • No Creative Challenge but please bring your five favorite family-friendly images from 2018 (no nudes, please) so we can loop them during the dinner. If you are participating, you can bring your photos on a flash drive, or email them ==> the day before the meeting <== to athenspg@gmail.com. The format should be .jpg, 10 (80%) quality, no more than 1600 pixels on the longest side, sRGB color space embedded.
  • If you are not yet a 2018 paid member you may pay $10 at the meeting and join us. You still must R.S.V.P. to Judy Glenn by Dec. 15th. This only covers your admission to the potluck dinner. Everybody will still have to pay $10 in January to cover their 2019 membership and participate in the APG Photo Contest with cash prizes.

November News

Ask Me: Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the social half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Ask Me!” hat.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • Lyndon House 44th Juried Exhibition
    The Lyndon House Arts Center and Lyndon House Arts Foundation, are pleased to announce Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, as the Guest Juror for the 44th Juried Exhibition.Lauren Haynes is Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Her most recent projects at Crystal Bridges include The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art (co-curator) and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (institutional curator). Prior to joining Crystal Bridges in October 2016, Haynes spent nearly a decade at The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a specialist in African-American contemporary art, Haynes curated dozens of exhibitions at the Studio Museum and contemporary art institutions in New York. Haynes is a recipient of a 2016 Gold Rush Award from Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and a 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership fellow. A friend to the state of Georgia and its contemporary art scene, Lauren Haynes recently was nominated as the first in a series of Visiting Curators with Flux Projects in Atlanta as well as just contributed critical writing for a publication featuring an Augusta based exhibition by artist Michi Meko.

    Please save the date! Entry days are Thursday, January 24 and Friday January 25, 2019. Please watch for further information regarding submitting your artworks for consideration.

    https://www.accgov.com/8450/44th-Juror-Announcement-Call-for-Artists

The Art of Long Exposure

The landscape changes when the shutter is left open for a longer duration. Long Exposure photography transforms static still images into dramatic, dynamic and ethereal Long Exposure photographs. Long Exposure has been a primary element in my photography for many years now, and is my favorite way to communicate my vision for a place in time to the audience.

My “Art of Long Exposure Photography” presentation focuses on the techniques, compositional tools, the movement of natural elements and camera tools that are unique to Long Exposure Photography. The presentation will review the basic camera gear needed and will cover the wide variety of conditions where Long Exposure photography can have dramatic impact on the final photograph.

Travis Rhoads is an international award winning fine art photographer working in a wide range of photographic genres. He has a unique ability to have a conceptual vision of the finished image before the camera is ever turned on.  The results are well crafted dramatic black and white images, vibrant and ethereal color long exposures and landscapes that immerse the viewer in the scene.

His artistic background extends back to high school where he received awards for his fine art drawings and paintings.  In college he studied architecture at The Savannah College of Art & Design where he received a Masters degree.  While at Savannah College of Art & Design he also took several photography courses that jump started his passion for photography.

His images have found homes across the country, and he is always on the search for his next work of art. More information and examples of Travis’ work are available on his website: www.travisrhoadsphoto.com

All Images ©2018 Travis Rhoads

APG Short Talks

APG Member Short Talks

APG Meets October 18th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

293 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601

DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

This month we will conclude our series of “APG Talks” with a potpourri of short talks and equipment demos by APG members Judy Glenn, Al Williams and Wade Sheldon. These will be interactive presentations, so be sure to bring your questions!


Judy Glenn will be sharing her tips and tricks for time-lapse photography and photographing caterpillars changing into their chrysalis and from chrysalis to butterfly.

Judy has a Master’s degree in Physical Education and Health and taught for 19 years. Now, all her time is now devoted to wildlife and nature photography. Her favorite two things to photograph are black bears and hummingbirds. She developed the Hummingbird Trail for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and speaks at the Garden and for gardening organizations about hummingbirds and the trail. She will be teaching a class this summer and offering hummingbird trail walks for the Garden. Check their website in the next few months for dates.

Judy’s website: https://www.judyroyalglennphotography.com


Al Williams will be sharing his insights on exploring the three manual controls of exposure in photography.

Al is an Athens area fine art photographer who is currently focused primarily on purely traditional pinhole, medium and large format fine art black and white photography. He also works in digital and hybrid photography. Rural landscapes, portraits and macro photography are his usual subjects, but he is of the mind that all photographs should really be about light at the most fundamental level. Mr. Williams discovered his passion for photography studying photographic design in the pinhole photography program at the University Of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art in the late 1980’s. He has worked as a commercial portrait photographer and spent a year and a half at Showcase Photographics in Atlanta as the custom color lab technician. He began teaching darkroom photography in 1994 at the original Monroe Art Guild and has continued to share his passion for darkroom photography over the years


Wade Sheldon will be demonstrating GODOX affordable wireless flash and strobe options for on-location lighting. If time is available he will also demonstrate his equipment and technique for affordable gallery print framing at home.

Wade is a marine scientist at the University of Georgia, specializing in scientific computing and environmental data management. He bought his first camera after graduating from college, a Canon T-70 film body, and has been hooked on photography ever since. He currently pursues a wide range of photo subjects semi-professionally, including promotional and event photography for UGA, Cedar Theatre, Bear Hollow Zoo, Athens for Everyone, and various non-profit groups and scientific societies, as well as landscape and general nature photography. Wade’s photos have appeared in multiple Lyndon House juried shows and special exhibits, as well as technical publications and regional magazines including the UGA Research Reporter.

Wade’s website: www.sheldonphoto.net

September News

Ask Me: Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the social half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Ask Me!” hat.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

Mirrorless vs DSLR

Mirrorless vs DSLR – Navigating the Hype

APG Meets September 20th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

293 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601

DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

If you have picked up a photography magazine or visited an online photography forum in the past few years, you have no doubt noticed the huge amount of excitement surrounding the latest generation of “mirrorless” cameras. Although mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILC) have been around for over 10 years now, jump-started in 2008 when Olympus and Panasonic teamed up to develop the Micro Four Thirds system, the large and growing popularity of Fuji’s retro-styled APS-C and Sony’s full frame mirrorless options with both pros and “prosumers” has led to breathless press coverage and prediction of the future demise of the DSLR. Now that Nikon and Canon have joined the fray and announced new full frame mirrorless options you can expect this trend to accelerate.

While the rapid evolution of these photographic tools is certainly exciting, and brings many new photographic opportunities (for example, see Alberto Patiño Douce’s APG talk on “Vintage Lenses on Mirrorless Cameras” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te2mWC7vpXw), sorting through the hype is a real challenge. This month APG member Wade Sheldon will provide an overview of the current mirrorless landscape, and share his real-world experience using multiple mirrorless systems alongside his DSLR for the past five years – the good, the bad, and even the ugly. He will also have his current mirrorless camera (Fuji X-T2) on hand for anyone who would like to see a top-rated electronic viewfinder in action.

Wade is a marine scientist at the University of Georgia, specializing in scientific computing and environmental data management. He bought his first camera after graduating from college, a Canon T-70 film body, and has been hooked on photography ever since. He currently pursues a wide range of photo subjects semi-professionally, including promotional and event photography for UGA, Cedar Theatre, Bear Hollow Zoo, Athens for Everyone, and various non-profit groups and scientific societies, as well as landscape and general nature photography. Wade’s photos have appeared in multiple Lyndon House juried shows and special exhibits, as well as technical publications and regional magazines including the UGA Research Reporter. You can view some of Wade’s recent work on his website at www.sheldonphoto.net.

Download Presentation (Acrobat PDF)

Hummingbird Trail Walk

APG Hummingbird Trail Walk at the State Botanical Gardens

When: Saturday, August 11, from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

During the first hour, Judy Glenn will guide you through the Hummingbird Trail to find where the hummingbirds feed and perch throughout the Garden. The hummers are tiny, but don’t worry—Judy developed the trail and knows their favorite hiding places. The second hour will be for you to independently view and photograph the hummingbirds. Judy will be available during this time for questions.

Where: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Meet in the back parking lot. Go straight past all parking lots and park in the lot near the chapel.

What to bring: Please dress for the hot weather, bring comfortable shoes, hat water, snacks, bug spray, sunscreen, photography gear and/or binoculars: camera, several batteries (If you have them), your longest lens, SD card, tripod (if desired), a lot of patience.

Why: Because it is fun to see and photograph them!

Details: You must have signed the waver on your APG membership form to attend (download here). Judy will have forms for you to sign if you have not signed one yet.

Hummingbird trail maps will be provided.

If there is a threat of rain that day, send Judy a personal message on Facebook between

August News

NEW THIS MONTH: Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? At APG, we’re trying something new at the August meeting: Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the social half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Ask Me!” hat.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • APG Hummingbird Trail Walk at the State Botanical Gardens. The master of the hummingbirds at the Botanical Gardens will be doing a photo walk for APG members. Aug. 11. 8:30–10:30 a.m.. If you are not a member for 2018, you need to print the member form, sign the middle part and bring it with you.

Easy Portrait Tips

Easy Portrait Tips

APG Meets August 16th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601
DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

A presentation discussing ways to improve your portraits, focusing on composition do’s and don’t’s, natural light, light direction, and simple modifiers.

Karen Cannon is a photography enthusiast taking a hobby way too far.  She got her first DSLR in late 2014, completed the Professional Photography Certificate continuing education program at the University of North Georgia in 2016, and is currently working on an Associates Degree in Photography at Gwinnett Technical College.  Her goal is to figure out how to defy the laws of physics and fit a full service portrait studio into a small house with low ceilings.

Images ©2018 Karen Cannon

Perry’s Water Gardens

You’re invited to join us on a photo walk to Perry’s Water Gardens in North Carolina. We’ll meet at Sandy Creek Nature Center on July 14, 2018 at 7 a.m. then carpool up to arrive when the center opens at 9 a.m., although the lilies will be at their most-open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (when the center closes). http://perryswatergarden.net/

Bring:
* water and a snack (there aren’t nearby stores for lunch)
* bug repellant
* sunscreen (lilies love full sun, so shade is limited)
* rainboots or water shoes–it gets a bit swampy in some spots
* polarizing filter may be helpful

Updates will be posted on the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/162068501154616/