Rust Never Sleeps
Lisa will discuss the love for RUST and their (ed; her husband Tom) approach to and experience with photographing historic and abandoned buildings, urban decay, etc. This program will include techniques for wide angle and close-up photography including the use of HDR (high dynamic range), EDR (extended dynamic range), HDR-panoramas, and light painting in this program. Equipment and techniques used to bring out the beauty and drama of these subjects will also be discussed as we show our fascination with RUST.
The program is aimed to inspire you: inspire you to visit new "old" places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story, inspire you to capture high dynamic range images and to light paint, and inspire you to create art from decay.
Tom and Lisa see the Beauty in Decay and Abandonment. Old, Historic, Grand, Dramatic, Unique -- these characteristics draw us to explore and capture the essence of these rusty, dusty subjects and locations. Urban exploration (UrbEx) is the art of finding and exploring abandoned locations. Not all locations are technically "urban" or even "abandoned". The term abandoned is used VERY loosely. It is not "being abandoned" that attracts us to a place, it is the history, beauty, decay, charm, and architectural details (which contrast so drastically with today’s vanilla architecture). Another definition of UrbEx is the investigation of seldom seen man-made structures, a definition more consistent with our quest, since our subjects may be FAR from abandoned (like the architectural grandeur of bustling Grand Central Terminal or the surprising drama of the [empty] neo-Gothic Eastern State Penitentiary), but these sites count as "unseen" because few people actually stop to appreciate beautiful prison architecture or the jaw-dropping details of Grand Central, a place that they might even rush through twice a day.
We are saddened to report that Tom Deegan died recently at the Berkeley Hospital in Martinsburg. He had been seriously ill and was on a respirator. He was 86.
Tom was an enthusiastic and dedicated long-time member of the Shenandoah Photographic Society, where he served as Treasurer until his death. Tom was well-known for his friendliness and ever-willingness to serve.
Tom will be cremated and his ashes buried in New York alongside his wife. No local memorial service is planned.
Club members who wish to make a donation in Tom’s name may do so by giving to a charity of their choice.
Tom will be missed.
SPS will not be holding in person meetings in April, May and probably June. In place of personal meetings we plan to hold Zoom meetings at the regularly scheduled times. Members have received notices and instructions on a practice meeting to be held Thursday April 9th. Members will be receiving further notices and instructions for Zoom meetings in April, May and June.
Although a little fluid, plans are for a Zoom meeting on Panoramas and Focus Stacking Techniques in April (Jeff Fleisher and Norm Reid), and Wildlife Photography Techniques in May (Chellie Hyre)
The group had a trial run of an online image competition in March. It progressed well for the 14 participants. The categories have been expanded to Color, Mono, and Enhanced in both the A and B Classes for April. Members have received instructions for participation and will receive reminders of required action due dates.
SPS wishes all of you a safe journey through this current challenge. We hope we can offer a little diversion into photography to help ease the pain.
Any questions you may have can be addressed to info@shenandoahphotographicSociety.com
Drop us an email if you would like to join and participate in our meetings---Via Zoom for a while, then back to our in person gatherings when this is all over.