Wade Sheldon

July News

Upcoming Notifications

  • APG Position Needs You! We need someone to take over this newsletter. You don’t have to be a graphic artist to do so. You don’t need to make a special header each month. You just need to be able to fill in a template in Mail Chimp. We’ll train you. See Tim or Judy if you’d like to do this.
  • Photo walk to Perry’s Water Gardens in North Carolina. We’ll meet at Sandy Creek Nature Center on Saturday, July 14 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. See https://www.facebook.com/events/162068501154616/ for details

Composition – What Does it Mean to You?

Presentation & Discussion
by Martin Bozone

APG Meets July 19th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601


APG this month will not be just a presentation of slides, bullets, and photos. Learning other people’s photography philosophy and methods is very helpful, but getting your hands dirty can be a lesson that sticks. This time we will combine a presentation with a round-table discussion about composition.

Martin Bozone will be the presenter/facilitator for the presentation/discussion. The purpose of having a discussion and critique is to bring to light what Martin believes is the key to composition. And the key is You.

He is asking members and visitors alike to bring one or two photo print outs of your own or someone else’s you like (pro, friend, magazine, etc.) for compositional discussion and a critique. (Otherwise, we will get out really early.) Please join us for a great night of learning.

Topics for discussion

  • Composition: One person’s definition. What’s yours?
  • Composition: Rule of Thirds
  • Composition: Other composition theories to utilize. Yes, there are several others besides the rule of thirds.
  • Tools to use in composition
  • Critique

For submitting photos, email them to APG or email Martin at mbozone@gmail.com.

Martin is a graphic artist by trade. Having been in the graphics field for 33 years, Martin has gained extensive Photoshop and Lightroom skills. He is presently the art director for a corporation in Newnan, GA. Sixteen design awards are among the highlights of his career. Martin has been taking photos since he was a wee lad but his photography has been just a tool utilized in his day job. Recently, he decided to get serious about his own personal photography and became a member of Georgia Nature Photography Association, Athens Photography Guild, and other groups and clubs. Martin has had the privilege of placing in seven GNPA competitions and the annual APG Photo Competition. He has been published in Birds and Blooms and three regional bird calendars, and has been accepted into four state art shows.

Images ©2018 Martin Bozone

Tempesta Falls at Tallulah Gorge


Very important change about the photo walk tomorrow. The Gorge level is too high to walk to the falls, but they are still doing a hike along the upper rim.

Waterfalls can be seen in the distance with good scenic views. This hike is 2 hours long and lasts from 10-12. A ranger will lead the hike.

Everyone is now going on their own. We will NOT be meeting as a group!

You still would need to make your reservation with them. 706-754-7981. At this time, there may or may not be enough people to do the walk. You will have to contact them.

Field Trip: Tempesta Falls at Tallulah Gorge

Date/Time:  Saturday June 16, 2008, 8:00am-2:00pm

Address:  205 Old Commerce Rd, Athens, GA 30607-1011

Reservations:  (706) 754-7981

Cost: $5/person


Please read all very carefully!! This is rescheduled from our rained out trip. This is a **Tallulah Gorge** sponsored hike, but several of us are planning to go and thought a few more of you may like to join us. Space is limited so please call (706) 754-7981 to reserve your spot today. We’ll meet at Sandy Creek Nature Center at 8 a.m. to carpool up.

We will drive to Tallulah Gorge State Park, check in by 9:30, and get in a few shots until the hike starts at 10 a.m.

Enjoy the rare opportunity to walk to the base of Tempesta falls. This area is not normally open to the public. This is a short but strenuous hike which consists of going down 310 stairs, getting off the beaten trail to hike down steep embankments and along the river to the base of Tempesta falls. There is a $5 per a person cost. Parking is also $5. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring snacks and lots of water. Children must be 10 or older, no pets.

Officially the hike ends at 12, but we may decide to stick around and spend time shooting in the vicinity afterward. We’ll coordinate those details in the parking lot the morning of with everyone who attends so we can arrange carpools according to what time people want to return. (If you need to return at a precise time, you may wish to drive or coordinate with a driver beforehand.)

Bring a sack lunch!

June News

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • Lyndon House Full House Show is now up. These are pieces created by the guilds that call the Lyndon House home. Many members have work in this show.
  • OCAF Members Show is now up. These are pieces by the members of OCAF in Watkinsville. Many members have work in this show.
  • Members’ Photo ShowsKennth Storey at the Botanical Gardens and Ben Slaboda at Give Back Realty, 624 South Milledge Avenue, Suite 101.
  • VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED: We now need one or more people to take over the following APG jobs: 1) Newsletter Production and Mail Chimp mail list. Involves adding new members to the Mail Chimp email list, gathering the images and info from the speakers, creating the email newsletter, and creating an occasional extra email. It also involves sending a welcome email to new members, which is set up to copy and paste.  2) In-meeting computer person. Tim currently uses his own computer but the Lyndon House also has a pc in that room that can be used. They promised that the projector would work plug-and-play from now on so that shouldn’t be an issue. Involves gathering the challenge images that are sent in to APG’s gmail account, getting to the meeting early to set up the computer, gathering images from member’s as they come in, making sure the presenter’s slide show is working, and advancing the images during the photo challenge show. Key for both positions is timeliness and availability.
  • Website for national art competitions, calls for entries, festivals, grants, etc. artdeadline.com

Thinking like a Film Photography

This month we’ll explore how thinking like a film photographer can improve your digital images.

APG Meets June 21, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601


Digital photography allows more people than ever to enjoy creating photos. Even if you never go near a roll of film, strategies used by film photographers, who are literally paying for every single shot, can save you a lot of precious time. And a basic understanding of film photography makes it far easier to understand basic editing of your digital images. Al will be discussing 1) ways that a film photography mind-set can improve anyone’s photography, and 2) the exciting new opportunities and possibilities offered by traditional and hybrid work flows.

Advanced photographers can capture images today that were physically impossible to shoot on film. But film is still alive and doing rather well. Traditional silver gelatin photography and alternative chemical processes are still attracting many young artists and advanced enthusiasts. Plenty of high schools still use the traditional darkroom to season their students’ chemistry and physics lessons. Hybrid photography is offering possibilities unimaginable to a college student studying photography in the pre-digital age. With a bathroom and a film scanner, a full traditional darkroom is unnecessary..

BONUS: If you’ve never witnessed the magic of seeing an image appear on a white sheet of paper, or if you’d just like to see the darkroom facilities available at Lyndon House Arts Center for open studio members, Al will be giving short darkroom demonstrations from 5:00 pm until the meeting. The Lyndon House dark room is upstairs. Go down the back left hallway and the photo room is on the right.

Al Williams 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. He especially enjoys teaching parent/child private lessons as it offers a unique experience for them to develop a shared interest… and the children always seem so well behaved.

All images ©2018 Al Williams

Photo Critiques & My New Gear

This Month is a Double Header:
Photo Critiques & My New Gear

APG Meets May 17th, 7:00–8:30 PM at The Lyndon House


PHOTO CRITIQUES: Have an image you like but know it needs some enhancing? Or one you like but want to see how others feel about it? How about a scene that overwhelmed you, but the image isn’t quite cutting it? Now is your chance to see your image through the eyes of other photographers.

1) See how others view your images. What does it say to them? Is there more that can be done with it? You don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to. Just listen. We’ll be gentle. Promise.

2) Maybe you want to find a different direction to take your photo. Hear what other photographers would do if they were working on it. We’ll throw out all kinds of suggestions from our perspective and make those changes live.

MY NEW GEAR: Have you bought something unusual that you are finding useful in your photography adventures? Bring it and do a short demonstration. Time allowed will depend on the number of items that are brought in.

May News

Full House 2018 Exhibition at the Lyndon House Art Center

  • Every APG member is eligible to contribute one print for the Full House Exhibition
  • Work should be recent (completed within the last 2 years)
  • Prints must be framed and ready for installation
  • Works cannot have been previously exhibited at the Lyndon House (and note that any work contributed to Full House cannot be submitted to future juried shows)
  • Drop off work Thursday May 17, 2018 1pm-8pm
  • Exhibition dates June 5, 2018 to August 4, 2018 (all works must remain for the duration)
  • Reception June 7, 2018 6pm-8pm (submitting Artists are asked to contribute finger food)

Download Complete Full House 2018 Information (Acrobat PDF)

An exhibition of APG member Ken Storey’s photographs is opening at the State Botanical Garden. Prints will be on display in the visitor center gallery from May 20 to July 1, 2018. An opening reception will be held on May 20 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Please come out and support Ken!

An exhibition of APG member and our March speaker’s photographs – Ben Slaboda – will hang through June 30th at Give Back Real Estate Office, 624 South Milledge Ave. Suite 101, Athens. Everyone is invited to the opening  reception on May 27th, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Gibbs Gardens Photo Walk

Date: Saturday, April 28 at 7 AM – 7 PM

Location: Gibbs Gardens 1987 Gibbs Dr. Ball Ground, Georgia 30107

Organizer: Judy Royal Glenn

We are planning on spending the day shooting at Gibbs Garden. We will carpool there.

Meet in the parking lot in front of the Rite Aid in the Homewood Shopping Center at 7:00 AM. The Garden is open from 9-5. We will stay till 5:00, so drive separately if you need to leave earlier.

We will shoot individually and meet for lunch within the Garden then meet back for departure at 5:00 at exit.

Arbor Cafe is within the Garden. Sandwiches are $7.50 and include chicken salad, roasted turkey, chicken wrap or honey or feat & cucumber on a honey oat bread. They also have salads, snack, and drinks. Here is the link to the Cafe: https://www.gibbsgardens.com/visit/arbor-cafe-menu/

Their rules state no outside food or drinks please (except water).

Tickets are $20 per person ages 18-64 years old. Seniors 65+ are $18 per person.

We will stop to get dinner on the way home, so please bring $ for food.

Sign up at the meeting on Thursday, April 19 or send a PM to Judy Royal Glenn on Facebook with your cell number so she will know you are coming.

This event is weather permitting, and it would be great to know who is planning on coming in case we need to cancel. Judy can send you a text at 6:00 AM that morning to let you know if the event is still on if rain is in the forecast.

A few extra notes via their website:

“No staged photography is permitted, whether personal or professional. Examples include engagement or senior class pictures, etc., photos that involve posing and/or changes of clothing. Monopods and tripods are welcome as you snap photos while strolling the Gardens. However, professional photography equipment, such as reflectors, is not permitted.
Drones are not permitted in the Gardens.”

Can’t wait…..see you then:)

April News

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • Gibbs Gardens Photo Walk. April 28. 7am–7pm. Meet in the parking lot in front of the Rite Aid in the Homewood Shopping Center at 7:00 AM. The Garden is open from 9-5. We will stay till 5:00, so drive separately if you need to leave earlier. More info on our facebook page.
  • They have artists talks every Thursday at the Lyndon House juried show. They start at 6:30. It might cut into social time, but they are well worth it. You can peel off and come to the meeting at 6:55.

The Art of Seeing

The Art of Seeing

APG Meets April 19th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House
211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601


Growing into photography pre-digital allowed me to learn how to shoot somewhat differently than people learning now. No LCD previews, manual focus lenses, the limitations of 12, 24, or 36 exposures, and the wait to either develop my film or send it to the local film processor meant photography was generally a slower, more methodical process. But the good news is it trained me to see the shot – the finished photo – before I even moved my finger to the shutter button.

When driving around, something will often catch my eye. Stopping to look, even before reaching for my ever-present camera, I’ll determine if there is or isn’t a photo to be made there. Is this a worthy shot? If so, which lens will make it work? Is it going to work best in color or B&W? I don’t own any of the major post processing software so what you see is what is coming out of the camera. This month I will share how you too can learn to visualize the shot first and shoot second.

Ben Slaboda studied Visual Arts and Photography in college. Since then it’s been a passion and sometimes an obsession. From the late ’70s through the ’80s, he ran a working studio and opened four camera stores. All of that has passed now, but the passion remains.

All images ©2018 Ben Slaboda