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Yours truly attends Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

August 23, 2010

I just got back Sunday evening from the annual Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic, near Boone, North Carolina. What a great time of fellowship I had with about 175 other, like-minded photographers for the weekend. Nikon camera rep, Bill Fortney, opened the program on Saturday afternoon with a presentation entitled, “A Quick Course in Getting as Good as You Would Like to Be.” After dinner, Pentax shooter, Doug Brewer, presented some of his recent work entitled, “the Wall of Pretty.” His quirky, colorful images were reminicent of the early works of William Eggleston. Next up was Dr. William Blake, with a showing of his recent documentary photos of the Blue Ridge Parkway at 75 years old.

Sunday morning, after a hearty breakfast, we again assembled in the auditorium of the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum, and were challenged by Winston-Salem, NC,  fine art photographer, Carl Galie, to look for image-making possibilities in even the most mundane of natural spaces–our own backyards. Carl sharred with us his latest book project entitled, “175 Paces, a Photographic Study in Simplicity,” where he set out to document all four seasons around the same small pond in eastern North Carolina. The program was concluded again with a presentation by Bill Fortney. We were treated to more of Bill’s nature and landscape photographs set to contemporary praise and worship medleys. Bill’s images succeeded greatly in communicating the awesome power and majesty of the Creator.

The Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic was started in 1952 by the late North Carolina newspaper photographer, Hugh Morton. The annual assembly of amateur and professional photographers alike has continued, non-stop, from that time, since.

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