Monthly Meeting – February 10, 2022

This type A-2 flight jacket belonged to Calvin E. McCart, a tail gunner attached to the 570th squadron of the 390th Bomb Group. On the front left of the jacket is the 570th squadron insignia patch, a joker with 4 aces behind it. The name “Mac” is painted on the front right of the jacket, a man parachuting is painted below the name. McCart flew 35 successful missions over Europe, this is signified by the 35 bombs painted on the sleeves of his jacket. The name “Shuttle-Babe” is painted on the back of the jacket above artwork. The artwork on the back of the jacket is a B-17 flying through the clouds with the 8th Air Force logo behind the plane. Throughout the course of his 35 missions McCart survived 3 emergency landings.

Our February Monthly Meeting will be on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 6:45 pm!

Join us for the February monthly meeting! 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!

Our February Speaker is John Slemp and the topic will be “Flying Into The Unknown”.

Photographer John Slemp has been working on a project since 2014, documenting the artwork of WWII “bomber jackets.”  If the veteran is still available, portraits have been created, and in some cases, the veteran is interviewed.  To date, 137 jackets have been photographed, with about a dozen more in the pipeline to photograph the last week of January 2022.  The jackets have come from a dozen museum’s across America, and from private owners.  All have a story to tell.

He’ll talk about…

  • The genesis of the project
  • The technical aspects 
  • Example images and stories
  • Where it has led
  • How it has been sustained
  • Where it’s going now
  • The benefits (and drawbacks) of a long-term project
John Slemp

John’s Biography

Born in Japan, John Slemp was a world traveler before he was a teen. After attending college on an academic scholarship, he served in the US Army stationed in Germany, and out of curiosity spent many hours visiting well-known museums throughout Europe. Little did he know that he was preparing for a life in commercial photography, with the world’s best art being a spellbinding tutor.

Fast forward twenty-plus years, and his extensive photography experience allows him to create a wide variety of images including environmental still life, portraits, and lifestyle images.

Light, shape, and composition are the tools used to create images for a wide variety of editorial, corporate, and advertising clients worldwide. Easy to work with, his goal is to create the best images possible for each assignment. A great sense of humor is an added plus, which keeps everyone on set loose and lively.

As an aside, he’s a big fan of dogs, fly fishing, and a good cheeseburger. Oddly, he likes cutting the grass too, as it offers time to think, and we cut a lot of grass in the South.

His work has won several industry awards, including three times being selected for the Best of ASMP competition. His fine art work hangs in a number of private and public collections, which he continues to actively exhibit. 

You can see John’s portfolio on his website at  https://www.johnslemp.com/  And this is the fledgling website for his project https://www.wwiibomberboys.com/what-we-do.

Check out a selection of his photography below:

Brigadier General Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman.
WWII P-51 pilot Bob “Punchy” Powell flew three missions,-over 16 hours-during the D-Day invasion.
This type A-2 flight jacket belonged to Calvin E. McCart, a tail gunner attached to the 570th squadron of the 390th Bomb Group. On the front left of the jacket is the 570th squadron insignia patch, a joker with 4 aces behind it. The name “Mac” is painted on the front right of the jacket, a man parachuting is painted below the name. McCart flew 35 successful missions over Europe, this is signified by the 35 bombs painted on the sleeves of his jacket. The name “Shuttle-Babe” is painted on the back of the jacket above artwork. The artwork on the back of the jacket is a B-17 flying through the clouds with the 8th Air Force logo behind the plane. Throughout the course of his 35 missions McCart survived 3 emergency landings.
A-2 flying jacket that belonged to B-17 pilot Ernest Anders Erickson of the 95th Bomb Group.

Join us for the February 10th meeting!

Monthly Meeting – January 13, 2022

Our January Monthly Meeting will be **VIRTUAL** on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

Join us for the January monthly meeting! This month’s meeting will only be virtual and not in-person. Given the prevalence of the Omicron variant, a virtual meeting was the best option for this month. We hope to be back in person for our February meeting.

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 hope you’ll join us online. The Zoom details will be provided in an email to registered members.

Our January presentation will be a review of photography gear:
“What’s In Your Bag” Gear Talk.

For our first Club meeting of 2022, we are going to look inside the gear bags of 5 photographers who specialize in different genres of photography:  Wildlife, Events, Lifestyle Portraits, Landscapes, and Architectural Interiors.

What does David Dunagan take along to photograph deer in the woods so he can get beautiful close-up shots like this?  You might consider using that type of gear and approach when photographing Wildlife in your own backyard.

Photographing wildlife is a bit like shooting Events where people are all over the place and you don’t know what to expect.  So how does Richard Phillips know what gear to bring to an event like this one he shot for the Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries with Mark Richt?  You might consider this same type of gear when you shoot your next family event.  

Most of us enjoy photographing people, or would at least aspire to do it well.  What special gear does Brian Walton use to capture beautiful Lifestyle Portraits?

You might think that shooting Landscapes would require just a camera, lens, and a tripod, but you might be surprised at what gear it takes to make a truly stunning landscape like Mario Lombardi‘s.

Most of us may never shoot super high-end commercial Architectural Interiors like David Schilling has done his entire career for magazines like Veranda, but wouldn’t it be fun to see what’s in all these bags of his?  

Join us online for the January 13th meeting and see what’s in all these gear bags!

Monthly Meeting – December 9, 2021

Credit: Jim Stone

Our December Monthly Meeting will be **IN PERSON** on Thursday, December 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 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 for the December Theme., Street Photography. This month’s entries will be a show and tell. Submit your entry no later than December 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.

Our December speakers will be Jim Stone and George Hunter
on the topic “Flash Photography”.

Flash Photography

Photography is a Greek word and literally means to “draw with light.”  As photographers, we craft images by shaping the light on our subject.  Regardless of the nature of the light source origin, we must take control of it by shaping, adding, or subtracting light to create drama and impact.  As my wife and I progressed in our professional photography career it became evident that mastering flash and studio strobe photography and the tools to modify it would be key to our success both commercially and artistically.  What we did not realize when we began this journey was how much fun and rewarding it would be to explore the world of studio lighting.  When you take the time to learn the basics of lighting composition your flash photography images can go from that dreaded “deer in headlights” look to “dramatic diva.”

Jim Stone Biography

Jim Stone is an Emmy award-winning film Producer, Director, and Cinematographer. He is passionate about the power of storytelling through photography and filmmaking.  He and his wife Roxy have traveled the world on assignment for photo and film clients alike.

Their clients include global brands like Nike, Red Bull, Hubbell, Altec, Notre Dame Football, Clemson Football, T-Mobile, OVHcloud, Qualcomm, and many others.

George Hunter Biography

George Hunter is an IT professional from Alaska by way of Texas. His primary hobby is photography, covering a wide range of subjects from pets to cosplay, sports to fash­ion. Volunteering and fostering dogs brings him much joy. George, his wife Lila and their rescued dogs have made their home in west Gwinnett for almost 20 years.

Primary subjects for my personal photographs are people, animals (mainly domesticated) and vehicles.  

Gear

  • Nikon Z6
  • Paul C. Buff Strobes (AlienBees to Link)
  • Nikon SB600 Speedlight
  • Godox Speedlights

Publications

  • Gwinnett Daily Post
  • Cosplay Realm Magazine
  • Peachtree Corners Magazine

Social Media (Features)

  • Multiple Instagram features for Cosplay
  • Multiple Instagram for Model/Fashion
  • Collaboration for luxury and sports cars, Corvette, Maserati, Bentley

Check out Jim Stone’s photography below:

Hope you will join us for the December meeting on Dec 9th!

Monthly Meeting – November 11, 2021

"River Street" - Savannah, Georgia -- Ludwig Keck

Our November Monthly Meeting will be **IN PERSON** on Thursday, November 11, 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 for the November Theme. This month’s entries will be a post-processing challenge to help you improve your skills. Submit your entry no later than November 6, 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.

Street Photography

Our November speaker will be Ludwig Keck on the topic “A Look at Street Photography“. A short description of the genre is “everyday life in public places”. Street photography is a blend of documentary and fine art photography. It takes us to times and places and shows momentary stories, glimpses of daily life, places and people. It also takes us into the minds of the photographers and shows us how they think and feel. Street photography is photography in its simplest form. No sets, no lights, no preplanning. It records the moments as they happen, unstaged, unplanned. As such it is also a difficult art, the photographer needs to be fully familiar with the equipment and ready to capture the “decisive moment” in the words of Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Ludwig will illustrate and explain street photography with photos from masters of the craft as well from members of our club and from his own archives.

Check out some of Ludwig Keck’s pictures below:

Hope you will join us for the November meeting on Nov 11th!

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 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!