Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 2014 Meeting




The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs are proud to have Tom Vadnais speak at their Tuesday, July 8th meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of Hightower Memorial Library, located at 800 West Gordon Street (across the street from Upson Regional Medical Center) in Thomaston. The title of his program will be “Things to Consider when Post-Processing.” When you want to move beyond snapshots, you get to experience one of the best parts of digital photography: the opportunity to easily enhance your photographs in the computer. Your post-processing techniques can be simple or complex. But more important than learning techniques is figuring out what and why changes might be needed. Tom will present an overview of what you can do, and how you can evaluate your images, so you can make the best use of your post-processing time.

Photographers of all skill levels are invited to attend. There is no admission fee.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

June 2014 Meeting

The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs are proud to have David Foster speak at their Tuesday, June 10th meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of Hightower Memorial Library, located at 800 West Gordon Street (across the street from Upson Regional Medical Center) in Thomaston. The title of his program will be “Photographing Water,” and the presentation explores the many forms water can take in our images from dew drops to ocean waves. It will look at some of the challenges in shooting water and various techniques for capturing images that you will enjoy sharing.

David is an Atlanta-based nature photographer who discovered his serious interest in photography over 40 years ago in the world of 35mm B&W. Since the development of digital photography, David began exhibiting and selling his photographing in over fifty show. David was awarded the 2014 P.C. Turczyn Award from among a group of fifty international artists chosen by Manhattan Arts International, and his image, "Jekyll Island Dawn," is part of the Picturing Georgia exhibit at the International Terminal of the Atlanta Airport. To see more of David’s work, see his website at http://www.davidfosterimages.net.

Photographers of all skill levels are invited to attend. There is no admission fee.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Exhibit Ends May 30

The last weekend of our exhibit has started off with a bang. Congratulations go out to Rachel McClellan for selling two of her pictures, Jackie Stokes for selling one more, and to Melba for selling one more and several gift shop items. Hopefully more will sell before the exhibit ends. I have heard some wonderful comments about our exhibit. Everyone should be proud of our club and this exhibit.


Everyone participating in the exhibit needs to make note of the following: The exhibit will be taken down on Friday, May 30. Make plans to pick up your photos and gift shop items (or have someone get them for you) between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tell the gate keeper that you are there to help take down the Shutterbug exhibit at the Discovery Center.


The bubble-wrap bags can be purchased from the club for $1.75 each. If you would like to have these bags to protect your pictures, be prepared to pay for them on Saturday. Please pay by check.

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 2014 Meeting


from Eric Bowles' website

The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs have invited Eric Bowles to speak at their Tuesday, May 13th meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of Hightower Memorial Library, located at 800 West Gordon Street (across the street from Upson Regional Medical Center) in Thomaston. He will show images he took at Arabia Mountain (the most easily identified landscape of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area), which he describes as “Stone Mountain’s smaller and older sibling.” Eric’s images depict this unique habitat and the tiny plants that live there. He will discuss techniques and equipment for macro and close-up photography he used to get some wonderful shots in this special location (DeKalb County).

Eric is an Atlanta-based nature photographer, specializing in the Southeastern United States. His work has been published in magazines, newspapers, and commercial publications. Eric leads workshops for photographers of all levels. Custom instruction and tours are available on request for select Southeastern destinations, including the Great Smoky Mountains, Okefenokee, Coastal Georgia, and popular locations in Florida. To learn more about him and to see samples of his work, visit his website: http://bowlesimages.com/

Photographers of all skill levels are invited to attend. There is no admission fee. For more information about the Shutterbugs, please visit their blog: http://wcgshutterbugs.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shutterbugs Exhibit Images at Callaway Gardens

Shutterbugs President, Jim Davidson of Pike County, stands proudly beside some of the beautiful photos on display at Callaway Gardens. He’s thrilled by the participation and skill of his fellow Shutterbugs and by the high praise that visitors are giving the images. He reports that photos by Harolyn Castleberry and Jackie Stokes sold right away, as did an assortment of smaller items that are displayed in the Discovery Center Gift Shop at Callaway. Photo courtesy of Marcia Fisher, one of the charter members of Shutterbugs.


The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs proudly announce their upcoming exhibit, “Through Our Eyes,” in the Discovery Center of Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. They invite everyone who enjoys nature photography to stop by to see the 149 varied “nature” images that will be displayed from April 23 through May 29, 2014. There is no charge to view the exhibit, but a general admission ticket to Callaway Gardens must be purchased at the main gate. (For info about the gardens, please visit www.callawaygardens.com.) The Shutterbugs exhibited there in 2010 and have been invited back for the dates mentioned above, as well as in the Fall of 2016. The Shutterbugs are thrilled to have the honor of displaying and selling their work in one of the top five public gardens in America.

The images were taken in various locations in the U. S. and abroad by these 17 members: from Fayette County: Francis Hauke; Henry: Linda Godwin; Lamar: Bonny Shockley; Pike: Jim Davidson, Leah Jordan, Charles and Rachel McClelland; Rockdale: Jackie Stokes; Upson: Linda Best, Melba Brown, Harolyn Castleberry, King Davis, Phyllis Dyche, Marcia Fisher, Johnnie Ann Gaskill, Dianne Kelly, and Mia Mackey.

Shutterbugs met for the first time on January 10, 2006, in Thomaston, GA. They meet monthly (the second Tuesday in each month except Dec.) at 6:30 p.m. They’re currently meeting in the multi-purpose room of the Hightower Memorial Library, located at 800 West Gordon Street (Hwy. 74), Thomaston, GA, across the street from Upson Regional Medical Center. Members reside not only in Upson County, but also in Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, and Spalding.

In addition to monthly programs that provide instruction and encouragement, they also participate in photography exhibits, attend workshops, and go on photo shoots. As they learn together, they’re building friendships, discovering additional opportunities to exhibit and sell their photos, sharing ideas and supplies/gear, encouraging one another, celebrating their successes, and becoming increasingly excited about and skilled in the art of photography. Some of their photos have won awards, been exhibited in galleries and businesses, been published, and been displayed in private collections.

Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend the monthly meetings—and to join the club and join in the fun of learning and growing together. Although this exhibit showcases only “nature” images, their members enjoy photographing a variety of subjects: people, pets, events, architecture, abstracts, accidental letters, still life, weddings, etc. Most shoot “on location,” but some have access to studios and lighting setups.