Next Meeting: Monday October 25, 6:00 pm, online only
PLEASE NOTE: Due to continued COVID related protocols for Nevada County, meetings are online only until further notice. Club Members will receive an email with directions and a link for accessing the meeting via Zoom, a videoconferencing app. Following the meeting, a video will be made publicly available on YouTube. Thank you for your understanding.
“In Your Own Backyard: The Art of Nature Along the Cascade Canal”
Presentation by Tom Quinn
All too often, folks seem to fall into the trap of believing that you need to travel from home (sometimes FAR from home) to capture photographic images that are memorable, that leave an impression, or that have some sort of “wow” factor. My presentation is designed to explore an alternative view, i.e. such images are out there ready to be found very close to home, sometimes quite literally in our own backyards. It sometimes requires patience and planning to find them, yet often they present themselves when least expected, thereby requiring that a camera be close at hand. Examples from each of the four seasons along or near the Cascade Canal will be offered.
The presentation will challenge the audience a bit on the question of exactly what is art in nature photography, or photography in general for that matter. So, in addition to the “Art of Nature,” the “Nature of Art” will be examined; that is, what makes a photograph “artful.” And is it really simply in the eye of the beholder? Or are more objective standards possible. Related to this, we will explore the issue of what level of editing/post-processing is appropriate in striving for “artful” while still honestly labeling a photo as “natural.” Examples of different styles and levels of edits will be used for illustrative purposes.
Tom Quinn grew up in northern New Jersey, going to high school in Newark, which is a long way from Nevada City, in more ways than one. Graduating from Rutgers University led to a job with a regional environmental organization. Graduate school in the forest management program at the University of Idaho was followed by a 35 year career with the U.S. Forest Service. Further education included obtaining a PhD from Michigan State University and completion of the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Tom and his wife Sue (and later sons Will and Michael) have lived in many beautiful locations across the United States, but nowhere as long as Nevada County. It feels like home.
Meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month, except for the month of December. If held in person, meetings are at the Unity in the Gold Country Church, 180 Cambridge Ct., Grass Valley, CA.
2021 Executive Board
|Vice President||Kathy Triolo|
|President Emeritus||Kathy Triolo|
|Audio Systems||Peter Mason|
|Video Systems||Georges Pelpel|
|Website Management||Dave Arstein|
|Field Trip Coordinator||Bill Wages|
|Ellen Davis &
2021 Assigned Subjects
|January||It's Cold Outside|
|February||Cell Phone Only|
|April||Your Own Backyard|
|May||Portrait of a Hero|
|June||Close Focus/Macro||Charles Needle Ellen Davis|
|July||At The Market||Chris Schiller Douglas Hooper|
|August||Series Month||No Critique|
|September||County Fair||Tom Quinn David Wong|
|October||Welcome to Fall||Ellen Davis and Ingrid Lockhart|
|November||In the Still of the Night||Jim West and Kirk Keeler|