Meet Your Neighbours

Meet Your Neighbours–the Unseen World in Your Own Backyard

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APG Meets August 17th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

Chuck Murphy and Jena Johnson are Georgia’s representatives to the international “Meet Your Neighbours” (MYN) photography project. This initiative involves over 70 photographers on six continents taking photos of their local plants and wildlife in a specific, uncluttered style. These photos are then shared on the website for the enrichment and enjoyment of viewers around the world.

Jena and Chuck will discuss and demonstrate the joys and challenges of doing MYN-style photography required for participation in the project. They will share the details of the equipment they’ve purchased and built to create their photographs.

This APG presentation ties into the exhibit of Chuck and Jena’s Meet Your Neighbours photos at the Georgia State Botanical Garden’s visitor center, starting with the opening reception on Sunday, August 27th, 2-4 PM. The exhibit runs through October 8th.

Jena enjoys macrophotography and works as an entomologist at UGA. Chuck is an award-winning nature photographer. Their works have been displayed in many local art venues and have also been published in a variety of local and national print media.

All images ©2017 Chuck Murphy & Jena Johnson

Focus Stacking (High- & Low-Tech Methods)

Part 1: Focus stacking: high- & low-tech methods of acquiring a stack of images by Jena Johnson

Jena Johnson The first time I witnessed the magnified beauty of insects through the lens of a microscope I knew I would spend my life involved in learning more about this beautiful and fascinating group of animals. I earned my Masters degree in entomology at Clemson University then went on to work as an entomology laboratory technician first at the University of Wisconsin and now at the University of Georgia.

For many years I photographed insects with a 35mm film camera but when digital cameras became more affordable a few years ago my passion for insect photography was reignited. I photograph insects for the pure joy it brings me.

More of Jena’s work can be seen on her web site:



Part 2: Description and demonstration of post-processing techniques for increasing depth of field in macro and close-up images (as well as telephoto landscapes) using both general purpose and specialized software packages by Wade Sheldon

Wade SheldonWade is a Marine Scientist at the University of Georgia, specializing in scientific computing and environmental informatics. Wade picked up his first Canon SLR right after college, and immediately put it to work documenting his work and family life. Wade’s science and environmental images have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and government reports (including the UGA Research Reporter and ACC Leisure Services Magazine), and accepted into several Lyndon House juried exhibits.

More of Wade’s work can be seen on his website: Wade’s presentation can be downloaded here.


Part 3: Brief overview of low tech ways (including 1 free way) of getting macro shots without focus stacking by Chuck Murphy and Tim Rogan.