Monthly Meeting – October 14, 2021

Photo Credit: Chuck Rogers

Our October Monthly Meeting will be **IN PERSON** on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6:45 pm at Atlanta Tech Park.

We are meeting in Peachtree Corners at Atlanta Tech Park at 107 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

We are planning to live-stream our events and continue to record them and upload to our YouTube Channel. We hope you will join us in-person for our meeting or online if you are more comfortable in a virtual space.

The monthly club meeting is a free event for anyone who shares a passion in photography, from the total beginner with your phone to a professional with multiple gear sets. Please join us and invite anyone who may be interested in exploring and learning about photography!

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of Finding A Photo Opportunity Where There Isn’t Any“. This month’s entries will be a show and tell to help you improve your skills. See the October Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than October 9, 2021.

We hope you’ll join us. Details on how to join the in person meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

The October speaker will be Chuck Rogers and the topic will be “My Life in Photography”.

Chuck Rogers
Chuck Rogers

The Peachtree Corners Photography Club is excited to announce that our guest speaker for the October meeting will be Chuck Rogers. Chuck has received international acclaim for his iconic photos of the early days of the US space program and for countless other stunning images. During just 1 of his 12 years at NASA, he photographed 100 launches or attempted launches. In addition, the US government bestowed a special honor on Chuck for his work with NASA: a derivation of his Explorer 1 photo was used in the design of a US postage stamp. In 1963, Chuck photographed President Kennedy with the Saturn rocket at Cape Canaveral. For National Geographic, he photographed the first launch of a missile from a submarine. 

At the 1978 Peachtree Road Race, Chuck positioned himself strategically just past the finish line in Piedmont Park. Among all of his photos, “Rain After the Race” is his most famous. It was licensed to Nike for two runs of 25,000 posters each. Eventually, Chuck’s photo appeared on Nike billboards around the world. Chuck is an outstanding speaker and has a wealth of amusing stories about his life in photography. Chuck and his wife Vee live here in metro Atlanta.   

Check out some of Chuck’s incredible photos below:

Hope you will join us for the October meeting on Oct 14th!

Monthly Theme – October 9, 2021

Finding A Photo Opportunity Where There Isn’t Any

Our theme for October builds on the September presentation by Tom Simpson on “Finding a Photo Opportunity Where There Isn’t Any.”   Send in two photos, one showing a scene where you are looking to find a photo opportunity, and a second photo showing the photo opportunity you found.  The photos will be shown at the October meeting and will be in a Show & Tell format.

Show & Tell

This photo session this month will be a “show & tell” format.  In one minute, you will describe the original scene in the “before” photo, and then explain your approach to finding the photo opportunity as shown in your second “after” photo.  The photos can be from your archive, but you are encouraged to do some new photography! 

Submit your entry no later than October 9, 2021 for inclusion in the meeting theme and show and tell.

Click HERE to go to the submission page.

Call for Photos – September 20, 2021

Ludwig Keck - Peachtree Corners Festival 2016

The Peachtree Corners Photography Club has been offered another opportunity for selection of our members’ photos to be featured in the Peachtree Corners Magazine Oct/Nov issue

Look through your photos from the past Fall sights, events, and celebrations – or go out and shoot some new pictures– that fit the theme “Fall Sights in Peachtree Corners” and submit them in response to this Call for Photos. 

Fall festivals, Halloween, “Trunk-or-treats”, fall foliage, family fun— the subjects are endless!  Send us your best images of fall! 

The Peachtree Corners Festival will be held on September 18-19, 2021 at the Peachtree Corners Town Green. This would be a great opportunity for some fun fall photography, so mark your calendars and plan to attend! There was also the “Light Up the Corners” event a couple weeks ago if you attended and took photos.

Members of the Peachtree Corners Photography Club may submit up to three (3) images for consideration.  If you’re not already a member, JOIN HERE.

Requirements

  • Must have been taken within the City of Peachtree Corners 
  • Photography can be new or from your archives.
  • Must be of a fall theme.
  • The image size (larger side) must be at least 1600 pixels, but the file size must not exceed 2MB. 
  • The file name must start with the photographer’s name. 
  • All photos must have a title.
  • All photos must have a description, or caption, which includes the location where the photo was taken. 
  • If there are people in the image who are recognizable, you must have their permission to submit the photo. 

Submit your photos – up to three – to this call to photos by Monday, September 20, 2021 at 11:59pm. 

Monthly Technical Webinar – September 28, 2021

Texture Blending

The September Technical Webinar speaker will be Mario Lombardi and the topic will be “Texture Blending.”  The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6:30 pm.

About Mario Lombardi

Mario Lombardi is an amateur nature and landscape photographer from Snellville, Georgia and is a member of Board of Directors of the Peachtree Corners Photography Club and a member of the Southeastern Photographic Society.  After retiring in 2016 from the U.S. Treasury Department as a National Bank Examiner, he became serious about his photography journey.  Always an outdoor enthusiast, he strives to create images that speak to the beauty of the natural world in his home state of Georgia, Sedona, Arizona, the Colorado Rockies and the rest of the Southwest. 

In this Technical Webinar,  Mario will cover some of the basics of texture blending.  A fun and easy way to bring a lot of creativity and impact to your images.  His presentation will address the software you need, the concepts you need to understand to create texture blends and what photos make a good candidate for a texture blend.  He will give several examples of how to texture blend using different techniques, where you can find textures and where you can go to learn more about texture blending. 

Check out Mario’s short preview video on texture blending!

Check out the examples texture blending. Move the sliders left to right to see the before (left image) and after (right image).

Technical Webinars

The Technical Webinars will be hosted monthly by skilled Club members as well as guest speakers who are subject-matter experts on the various topics. They will be sharing expertise, tips, and knowledge for various photography and post-production techniques. Our aim is to increase your skill level and confidence with your photography and post-production.

Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 28th for the Monthly Technical Webinar!

2021 Peachtree Corners Photography Club Gallery

Bob Chadwick - Peachtree Corners Bridge

Participate in the 2021 PCPC Gallery! 

For the second year in a row, the Peachtree Corners Photography Club is participating in the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival with an online gallery. ACP has produced the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States for the past 21 years, and we are proud to be a part of this celebration of photography in our city.  All our members are invited to join the event and submit your photography!

Here are details for participating: 

  • Submit up to 10 photos per photographer through September 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm.  
  • There is a $10 entry fee for each photographer.
  • The images can be on any subject (within PG-13 guidelines), taken anywhere at any time, recent or past.  
  • There will be no judging. As long as the images meet the requirements, they will be included in the 2021 Gallery.  
  • All the photos for each photographer will be grouped together as a small collection. Each collection will include the photos and respective titles, the artist’s name, a sentence or two as an introduction to the collection.  
  • Within your own grouping of 10 photos, you can choose your own theme, or mix it up, whatever you think will show off your collection the best!

For more details on the photo file requirements and payment process, please visit the Gallery Registration page.

Deadline: Friday, September 10, 2021 at 11:59pm

Fee: $10

We hope you will join the 2021 Gallery! 

Monthly Meeting – September 9, 2021

Our September Monthly Meeting will be **IN PERSON** on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 6:45 pm at Atlanta Tech Park.

We are meeting in Peachtree Corners at Atlanta Tech Park at 107 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092.

We are planning to live-stream our events and continue to record them and upload to our YouTube Channel. We hope you will join us in-person for our meeting or online if you are more comfortable in a virtual space.

The monthly club meeting is a free event for anyone who shares the passion in photography, from the total beginner with your phone to professional with a multiple gear sets. Please join us and invite anyone who may be interested in exploring and learning about photography!

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of “Smartphone Photography”. This month’s entries will be a show and tell to help you to improve your skills. See the September Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than September 4, 2021.

We hope you’ll join us. Details on how to join the in person meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

The September speaker will be Tom Simpson and the topic will be “Finding Photo Ops Where There Aren’t Any, or What if there’s no ‘There’ there?”.

About Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson

Tom has served on the Board of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) in various roles and is a Past President of GNPA.  He has also been Chapter Coordinator for the Roswell, Smyrna, Decatur, and Alpharetta GNPA Chapters.  Tom is a biologist and, following service in the Army Chemical Corps, his career included faculty positions at Middle Tennessee State University, Wake Forest University, and Agnes Scott College. He then spent 35 years in environmental consulting. 

Tom’s photographic interests cover a wide range but are centered primarily around nature, including landscapes, wildlife, and macro photography, with a particular focus on birds in flight and nature video. He has photos published in the book entitled The Natural Communities of Georgia and the Journal of the National Wildlife Federation. In addition, Tom has a collection of prints on permanent display at a local Uptown Café gallery.

We have all found ourselves planning a shoot when things did not go as planned. Maybe the weather turned bad, you got a late start and missed the best light, things at the site have changed since the last time you were there, or the place was filled with other people, ruining your perfect shot. What now?   

Tom will discuss some of the options you can consider to deal with a potentially ruined photo op. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of shooting the scene anyway and using your skills in post processing to make the shot “work.”  But there are many situations where your creativity and ability to “see” can flip the less-than-good opportunity to a successful one.  Have you gone out on a shoot with fellow photographers and then when you compare your results say, “How did they capture a shot that I didn’t see at the same location”?

A key to making a photo op successful in most situations is not your gear but rather using your ability to “see” that opportunity.  Tom will demonstrate some ways of improving your ability to see and create perhaps an even better opportunity than you had planned.  He will also show a few ways you can shift your approach by using a couple of video techniques to turn a fair photo op into a better one. 

In this presentation, Tom will discuss with examples the following:

  • How to train your eyes to “see” photo opportunities that can improve what might at first seem like a bad photo op.
  • Some techniques for using Photoshop to transform a poor opportunity into a great one.
  • A method for shooting to help you “see” those special opportunities you might otherwise have passed over, or “The Mindful” Eye.”
  • A couple of video techniques that may allow you to turn a bad opportunity into a good one. 

Hope you will join us for the September meeting on Sept 9th!