work in progress
Our first virtual meeting, June 23!
The loss of one opportunity has led to the creation of a new process for us to share in one the best features of our club, namely particpating and observing the process of competition and critiquing of our images, a vital learning process for our members!
This June 23rd we will be having a Zoom meeting, so that while staying home, we can still all see and hear the comments of our judge who will review images entered by members.
details, results, display of top score images
New Feature: Photographer of the month!
With so many new members who have joined this past year, it was felt that we all could benefit from some kind of introduction of all members to the club. Many have personal stories about their adventures into photography, and hopefully will share a few images as well. For starters, Gary Whipple, a long-time member of our club, has offered to tell his story for us.
1.. Where did an interest in photography begin?
I picked up an interest from my father who always had his folding Kodak when we were on vacation.
2.. At what age did your interest begin?
I had a Brownie camera when I was young. I don’t know when I first had it. That was followed by several Instamatics and finally a 35 MM SLR when I was grown. An East German Praktica. I have always been able to find something to shoot even if it was just stumps in the woods.
3.. What photographic genre especially is of interest to you?
People first, Auto racing – the cars and even more the people who do it. The small things we usually walk right by. There is something everywhere. It is hard to do justice to the grand landscapes, but the small and every day also needs to be captured.
4.. What methods or secrets would you share to successful shots accomplished?
Best advice is, slow down. Examine what it is that drew you to the subject. Eliminate everything else.
5.. What equipment and software especially useful,
Mostly Canon. I have a Panasonic mirrorless that I’m still trying to get used to.
6.. What do you like about being a member of the Akron Camera Club?
I like being with other photographers, especially ones who are already better than me, at some things at least; that is the best way to grow. People who are trying new things and encouraging each other. I don’t get to as many meetings now since I have moved farther east but still
cherish the chances to be together when I can.
Contests have been a big help to me over the years. If you don’t think your pictures are good enough to enter, that is when you need to enter. That’s the best way to get better. It’s not about the score, but it’s what you can learn from someone else’s opinion and suggestions. It's not just suggestions for your pictures, but it is a chance to learn from what everyone is doing.
7.. Do you have any interesting stories related to a photographic adventure?
Having a camera gives you reasons to go new places and do new things.
Below are a few samples of Gary's works.
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