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RPS’s 15th Annual Open Juried Exhibit

Roswell Photographic Society’s (RPS) 15th Annual Open Juried Exhibit opens tonight with a reception and awards ceremony. The exhibit is on display at the Roswell Visual Arts Center through November 18th. You can view the exhibit for free, Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm and Sat 10am – 2pm. This exhibit is in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, an annual focus of photography in the metro area for the month of October.

International Harevester Hood OrnamentThe opening reception for the exhibit is October 6th from 7-9pm and features delicious hors d’oeuvres, fantastic photography and a nail-biting awards presentation. (OK, maybe not quite nail-biting excitement, but the competition is fierce!)

This year there were over 480 images submitted, and the judge, Fay Gold, selected 101 for the exhibit. I had three images juried in; “Hurricane Carnival Ride“, “International Harvester Hood Ornament” (pictured at left) and “Glowing River.” Each of my images are matted with double-white mats and framed in black. My framed images are all available for purchase at $195 each.

If you are in the area, stop by the RVAC and take in some beautiful photography!

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Images Selected for the RPS Fall Juried Show

This year’s Roswell Photographic Society Open Juried Exhibit 2010 is now on display through November 26th. The show will be available for viewing, free of charge, at the Roswell Visual Arts Center. The 85 images on display cover the categories of Landscape/Nature, Architecture/Travel, People/Animals and Abstract/Still Life. I have two entries that were juried into the show.

What does “juried” mean? A juried show is where photographs are submitted for entry and a judge(s) selects the photographs that will make up the show. This year there were more than 320 entries and 85 were selected for the show. Two of my entries were selected for the show:

Sunrise on the Highlands

Sunrise on the Highlands


Sunrise on the Highlands (click photo to enlarge) was shot this past June at the Atlanta Athletic Club, in Johns Creek, Georgia. My employer sponsored a day at the club and I took advantage of the beautiful scenery on the golf course prior to the shot gun start.





Sunlit Trees, Smith Plantation

Sunlit Trees, Smith Plantation


Sunlit Trees, Smith Plantation (click photo to enlarge) was shot this past April at the historic Smith Plantation in Roswell, Georgia. I used an “impressionistic photo painting” technique where I moved the camera while taking the photo. The movement of the camera caused the colors of the sunlit trees to streak, similar to an artist’s brush strokes. If you squint, you can see the tree trunks and the green foliage in the branches as well as on the ground.

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Visiting Jones Bridge

Jones Bridge Sunrise SilhouetteOn Friday night I solidified my plans to arise early to shoot the sunrise at a new location. (Holiday weekends and arising early don’t go together for most people, but for photographers who know when ‘good light’ is available, its a sacrifice we often make.) One of my favorite outings is to ‘discover’ places that are close to home that most people who live in the Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek or Milton area drive by but don’t take the time to explore.

The Jones Bridge section of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area  is one that I have driven by many times, but have never explored. I knew from a friends Flickr photostream that Jones Bridge offered an old, half torn-down bridge which was my intended subject for the morning.

Scout the Location Online

There are three sites I visited Friday night, the National Park Service (NPS), Google Maps and Flickr. While looking at other photos of the bridge/park on Flickr I learned that on the east side of the river is Jones Bridge Park, one of Gwinnett County’s parks.

Prepare Equipment

Before I left Saturday morning, I reformatted my memory card, selected three lenses (Nikon 18-200mm, Nikon 35mm and Tamron 10-24mm), circular polarizer filters, and reviewed my ISO, auto-focus and file format settings on my camera. I attached the tripod mount to the bottom of the camera and checked to make sure I had the wireless remote control in my bag. Lastly, I brought a LED flashlight for my hike. Knowing that I would arrive in the dark, I wanted everything to be ready to go when I took it out of my car.

At the SiteJones Bridge

When I arrived at the park around 6:30 am, I was pleased that the gates were already open (yeah!), parked my car and gathered my equipment from the trunk. It was still dark and I was glad that I had my flashlight. I reviewed the park map and began my short hike to the bridge. While the bridge and the morning sun provided some good shots, I had not found anything that I was crazy about.

Plan B

I decided to drive (several miles) to the park on the east side of the river. By the time I arrived and explored the east side waterfront area, the sun was providing full light, typically not what I desire. I continued to shoot photos of the bridge from the east side and with the help of my circular polarizer filter, was able to capture my favorite image of the morning (featured to the right). In this image, the sunlight highlights the rusty half-bridge as the lush green foliage and deep blue sky reflect in the water below.

View all six photos from my Jones Bridge set on Flickr.

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