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Monday, October 11th – Meeting – Aerial Photography by Steve Neer

Major Steve Neer has been a member of the Cumberland Squadron of Civil Air Patrol for 11 years.  He has served in many capacities, including
Squadron Commander, Emergency Services Officer, and currently Director of Communications for the Tennessee Wing.  One of the functions of Civil Air Patrol is aerial photography. As a Qualified Aerial Photographer.

Major Neer is in the air following weather or man made disasters for
damage assessment, determining the stability of roads and bridges, and
other important work.  If you’ve seen photos of the Gulf oil spills and
weather disasters, chances are they were taken by Civil Air Patrol. 
Major Neer and other members of CAP perform lots of other functions, but he wants to show you what they do in the field of aerial photography. 
It’s a practical application of photography that we don’t always think
about.  Join Major Neer as he shows the equipment used and shares some photos taken by CAP.

Getty Photo Challenge

In early 2020 just after the world put a mask on, the Getty Museum introduced an idea to creative people all over the world. The idea was presented to schools, clubs, bloggers, and all sorts. Many took the guidance of the Getty Museum to recreate works of art in their own vision. The challenge was that of mimicking the great artists of the world. How, you say? Well, the challenge was to take a masterpiece such as, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, and re-create it into your own version. This is done through art, crayons, drama, you name it, someone tried it.  Many chose to use photography to recreate the great masterpieces. For examples, Google ‘Images for Getty Museum Challenge’ . The point of the project is to study the masterpiece and then determine how it could be closely approximated through a photo.

Have fun with it! Get creative! We will present your efforts at this meeting. This is not a contest; just plain old fun. You should take a picture of the original images that you choose and then the next photo would be your recreation. We hope to see many examples. Visualize your surroundings with the great masterpieces in mind.  The list is endless and so are the possibilities. Some are serious efforts to duplicate as near as possible while others are a grand effort to cause laughter – the world’s best medicine.

Monday, February 12 — Speaker: STEVE ZIGLER

Steve Zigler

Join us for an evening with Steve Zigler, and hear his presentation on

Ansel Adams and Black & White

As a Ph.D. chemist, Steve thrives on the combination of art and science that creates a photographic image.  He travels extensively, focusing on the amazing Tennessee landscapes, the western U.S., and some remote locations around the world.  He still has his first camera given to him by his uncle when he was a kid.  It changed him forever.

In the Smokies – Little River

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