Lens Luggers photo clinic set for July 16

Jul 03, 2013
Photo by: Don McGowan Middle of Little Pigeon River

The Lens Luggers of WNC will host a photo clinic with Don McGowan from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 16 at the Old Armory Recreation Center at 55 Boundary St., in Waynesville. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

The program entitled, From Here to There and Back Again: A Journey Through the Wide-Angle Lens, is "an educational and inspirational sketch of what wide-angle lenses do and what they have to offer," McGowan said.

“We’re pleased to be able to bring this unique program to this area,” said Lens Lugger Bob Grytten. “Don’s work is very impressive and wide ranging.”

As the child and grandchild of farmers, McGowan's earliest memories of the natural world are informed his early years growing up in the rolling Piedmont hills of Georgia. As a teenager, much of his time was spent exploring the forests, wetlands and river valleys of the northern and central parts of his native state. While in college, he explored the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, as well as the swamps of the southeastern coastal plain.

“One of the most creative and least understood lenses in a photographer’s bag is his or her wide-angle, or wide-angle zoom, lens,” McGowan said. “The wide-angle lens can be readily mastered by the understanding and application of a few basic concepts of how wide-angle lenses “see” the world."

The program is approximately one and a half hours long and will be followed by hands-on instruction in the field. The cost of the program is $35 for advance registration and $45 at the door.  The price includes refreshments and a drawing for the new change-up camera bag, by Think Tank Photo,  a $139.95 value.

This program is open to all skill levels. For more information and to  registration contact Grytten at 627-0245 or e-mail bobgry@aol.com.

The special early registration fee of $35 may also be sent directly to Bob Grytten & Associates, PO Box 1153, Waynesville, NC 28786. Space is limited and on a first come basis.

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