Triangle Macro Workshop

This will be an in-person event with the following agenda:
5:00pm Dinner if you choose to join at Jason’s Deli (Brier Creek Commons)
6:30pm Meet at Brier Creek Community Center (mingle and help set up the room)
7:00pm Brief discussion about close-up photography and focus stacking followed by hands on work
8:30pm Begin cleanup of room
9:00pm Vacate the room

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The Riverbanks Zoo

Mary Presson Roberts will lead our February outing to Riverbanks Zoo, located in Columbia, SC in February.
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m., Mary will give a presentation via Zoom about zoo photography and a personal project she completed at Riverbanks Zoo. This presentation will be open to all members whether or not they choose to go on the outing. (Note: this will not take the place of the monthly Charlotte Region’s CNPA meeting, but rather be an optional added meeting.) A link for this optional meeting will be sent the week prior to Feb. 7.
The outing will take place Thursday, February 9 at 9:00 a.m.
All wishing to attend the outing should meet at the admission area of Riverbanks Zoo (500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC) at 8:55 on the morning of February 9.
We will photograph from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
At noon, all interested can leave the zoo to enjoy lunch at California Dreaming (401 Main St,
Columbia, SC).
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQHp5R1SN0c438bNlDGiFf9r6ptGC0mFtuXBrAUDkGAfNt Bw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Please contact Mary at mproberts123@comporium.net with any questions.
Mary’s Bio
Mary Presson Roberts is a photographer, author, and educator living in the Carolinas. Mary received her Bachelor’s Degree from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, and her Master’s Degree from the Citadel, Charleston, SC. Mary has been an educator in the Carolinas for more than three decades.
Mary was able to purchase her first serious camera using a gold coin her father gave her. She was immersed in art education throughout life by her mother. The camera became Mary’s primary tool for self-expression.
Eight years ago, Mary combined her passions for photography and education. She leads photography workshops, photo tours, and gives inspirational presentations of her photographic journey. Mary has a diverse interest in photographic subjects.
Please follow the link to fill out a short Google Form to indicate if you would like to join the
presentation, the outing, or both:

Mary has exhibited works in the United States and Internationally. She has been published in Our Magnificent Planet by Lenswork, Nature’s Best Photograhy International Awards, and FotoNostrum Magazine.
Photography has introduced Mary to people she would have never met, taken her to places she would have never experienced, and adventures she never would have attempted. It transformed her life

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Zoom pre- meeting with Mary Roberts before outing to Riverbanks Zoo

ary Presson Roberts will lead our February outing to Riverbanks Zoo, located in Columbia, SC in February.
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m., Mary will give a presentation via Zoom about zoo photography and a personal project she completed at Riverbanks Zoo. This presentation will be open to all members whether or not they choose to go on the outing. (Note: this will not take the place of the monthly Charlotte Region’s CNPA meeting, but rather be an optional added meeting.) A link for this optional meeting will be sent the week prior to Feb. 7.
The outing will take place Thursday, February 9 at 9:00 a.m.
All wishing to attend the outing should meet at the admission area of Riverbanks Zoo (500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC) at 8:55 on the morning of February 9.
We will photograph from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
At noon, all interested can leave the zoo to enjoy lunch at California Dreaming (401 Main St,
Columbia, SC).
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQHp5R1SN0c438bNlDGiFf9r6ptGC0mFtuXBrAUDkGAfNt Bw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Please contact Mary at mproberts123@comporium.net with any questions.
Mary’s Bio
Mary Presson Roberts is a photographer, author, and educator living in the Carolinas. Mary received her Bachelor’s Degree from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, and her Master’s Degree from the Citadel, Charleston, SC. Mary has been an educator in the Carolinas for more than three decades.
Mary was able to purchase her first serious camera using a gold coin her father gave her. She was immersed in art education throughout life by her mother. The camera became Mary’s primary tool for self-expression.
Eight years ago, Mary combined her passions for photography and education. She leads photography workshops, photo tours, and gives inspirational presentations of her photographic journey. Mary has a diverse interest in photographic subjects.
Please follow the link to fill out a short Google Form to indicate if you would like to join the
presentation, the outing, or both:

Mary has exhibited works in the United States and Internationally. She has been published in Our Magnificent Planet by Lenswork, Nature’s Best Photograhy International Awards, and FotoNostrum Magazine.
Photography has introduced Mary to people she would have never met, taken her to places she would have never experienced, and adventures she never would have attempted. It transformed her life.

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2023 Winter Outing at Pungo NWR and Lake Mattamuskeet – Jan 20 thru 22

Photo opportunities may include: black bears, Snow Geese, Tundra Swans and migratory birds at Pungo and other migratory birds at Lake Mattamuskeet, in Englehard sunken shrimp boats with resident shore birds like cormorants, pelicans and gulls. One evening Bob Cassanova will help us in shooting sunset and/or star trails on the causeway through Lake Mattamuskeet.

To take advantage of more restaurants like Down on Mainstreet, we recommend staying in Washington, NC [known as Little Washington] on the banks of the Pamlico River. This will give us the opportunity for a dinner together.

Register on the CNPA Website to get additional guides and itineraries. Additional details will be sent to those who register with a suggested schedule and location to meet at Pungo, for the Lake Mattamuskeet star trails photography and about star trail photography technique.

Make your own reservations for accommodations. Here are a few of possibilities in Washington:
Quality Inn – 1636 Carolina Ave., Washington, NC 27889 – Free Breakfast $97 per night with taxes & fees [reduced rates for seniors and/or AAA members]. 252-946-4444
Hampton Inn Washington – 2085 W 15th St., Washington, NC 27889 – Free Hot Breakfast $165 per night with taxes & fees – 252-940-4556
Farfiled Inn and Suites – 2090 West 15th Street, Washington, NC – $143 per night – Free Breakfast 252-940-5630

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Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Area

January CNPA, Charlotte Photography outing
January 20th to 23rd of 2023
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Pungo Unit
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/pocosin-lakes
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge conserves a rare type of wetland habitat, known as “pocosin,” derived from a Native American word meaning “swamp on a hill.” The refuge encompasses vast acres of natural wetlands, including the unique southeastern pocosin peat wetlands, open water on Pungo and New Lakes, upland pine forests, and managed moist-soil and agricultural units that provide high-energy food for waterfowl. More than a hundred thousand ducks, geese, and swans congregate on the refuge in winter, and the refuge supports one of the densest populations of black bear ever reported. The refuge is the site of one of the country’s largest wetland restoration projects, restoring natural hydrology to the pocosin peatlands. From website.
I visited the area from January 4th to 8th of 2023. I visited Pungo Unit Of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, Alligator River Game Land, Red Wolf Center, and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge visitor center. I covered a lot of ground and saw a lot of wild life. Sorry no bears on this trip.
Below is my proposed itinerary for the upcoming outing
Friday 20th
1:00 pm
Visit the Red Wolf Center for educational program
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/pocosin-lakes/visit-us/locations/red-wolf-center
This is a great opportunity to learn about the Red Wolf program and see 2 Red Wolfs held at the center.
The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge visitor center is just around the corer with lots of information and a short boardwalk along the water for some Photo opportunities.
4:00 pm
Check in to the Holiday Inn Express Plymouth, 840 US-64, Plymouth, NC 27962, 252793.4700
Room rates are $104/night. Just tell them you are with CNPC, Charlotte
6:00 pm
Group dinner. There is a Pizza Hut, or open to suggestions, across the street and we can go there is it’s a small group or order take out and eat at hotel.

Saturday 21st
Photography in the Pungo Unit
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/pocosin-lakes/visit-us/locations/pungo-unit
6:30 am Departure until the sun goes down
The sunrise is around 7:30 so with a 6:30 departure we should arrive around 7 to 7:15 am. We will spend the day photographing and exploring the Pungo unit. There is not much close by to fill you time during the midday sun so I recommend to bring your lap top and start downloading images until the setting sun.
Bring food, snacks, water and anything necessary for a full day of photography. There is a small store nearby, but I do not know the hours or what supplies they have.

Sunday 22nd
Photography in Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/mattamuskeet
5:30 am Departure until the sun goes down
The sun should be rising behind the Cypress Trees on the lake visible from Lake Mattamuskeet Observation Deck. Unfortunately, when I was there the cloud cover was too thick, maybe this time will be the time. After sunrise we will head south into the refuge for ample wildlife and exploring.
Bring food, snacks, water, and anything necessary for a full day of photography. The town of Engelhard is close by for anything you might need. We can also talk about a group lunch.
4:30 pm sunset at the Lake Mattamuskeet Observation Deck
The sun will be setting around 5:40 pm and the is several locations to create some amazing sunset photos.
Harris Steak & Seafood House is close by for dinner or make your way back to Plymoth.
Night Photography
Today is a new moon and if you are into night photography you might want to hang out after dinner.

Monday 23rd
Open. Sleep in and make you way back home, revisit your favorite spot, or come with me to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/alligator-river
5:30 am Departure for about an hour drive to Wildlife Drive
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/alligator-river/visit-us/activities/auto-tour
We will spend the morning looking for Black Bear, Red Wolf, and any other critter that want their photo taken.
By 10:am I will be heading to Nags Head for a late breakfast and to dip my toe in the ocean before heading home.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, commits or suggestions.
Nelson Stegall
Nelson@nelsonstegallphotography.com
828.577.8363

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NC Arboretum

Thank you for attending the outing today at the NC Arboretum. Please take a minute to upload three of your favorite photos.photos

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Charlotte CNPA Holiday Celebration

Join us for a festive holiday gathering at The Light Factory Photo Arts Center. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share, an adult beverage if that is your choice of drink, and a WRAPPED photography related white elephant gift. You ask “What is a white elephant photography themed gift?”. It’s anything photography related collecting dust around your house/studio. It could be an old camera case, a instructional book, an old lens. Really any photo item you no longer use, but may be useful to someone else. Be sure to wrap it, we want the gifts to be a surprise:)

We will provide plates, napkins, cups, and water, iced-tea and/or lemonade.
Spouses are welcome.

Please RSVP directly to me at marcymurphy007@gmail.com by Tuesday, December 5th midnight.

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Year End Celebration – Potluck Dinner – Photo Contest

WHAT TO BRING:
[This is only a suggestion so that we have a wonderful variety of dishes to share – you can always bring your favorites – plates/utensils/napkins will be supplied] Last name beginning with:
1. Appetizers A-B
2. Salad C-E
3. Bread, rolls or other baked goods F-G
4. Main Course H-J
5. Sides K-L
6. Desserts M-N
7. Cheese or Veggie Platter O-P
8. Beverages [non-alcoholic] R-S
9. Treats & Snacks S-Z
ADDED FUN: Photo Contest with $$$ prizes
– Bring your favorite 3 photos of 2022 on a flash drive for uploading into the contest
– Cost to enter the contest = $5 [all cash collected will go into the cash prizes]. Please bring exact change
– Photos will be shown on a slideshow throughout dinner with voting sheets provide
– Cash prizes & Ribbons
o 50% of the cash pot will go to First Place
o 30% of the cash pot will go to Second Place
o 20% of the cash pot will go to Third Place
Rules
– Same general rules as Members Choice
– Images must be the original work of the member submitting them
– Images must be between 3000 and 6000 pixels on the long side
– File size must not exceed 15 Mb
– sRGB Color Profile
– JPEG format
– maximum quality allowed by the dimensions above.

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Hart Square

Located in Vale, NC, Hart Square Village is the world’s largest collection of historic log homes.
Please visit the Website at hartsquare.com
More details to come ……

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Fall Lake Durham County side

We will meet at CNPA Member Frank Clemmensen’s property in Durham County and then carpool to 2 different nearby sites that he thinks will provide us with some nice photo opportunities.

Many Cypress trees grow in the lake, some went straight to brown this year but still make very cool shots. The low lake level right now will give us access to hike along the lake edge close to the water line. That means there will be some unusual perspectives and compositions that would not normally be available at higher lake levels. Frank suggests a full range of lens selection from wide angle for the landscapes to telephoto for the Egrets and other birds that have been around lately. Also, since we can get right under the Cypress branches there may be opportunities for macro shots of the tree trunks, roots, branches and developing cones. The forecast indicate some showers but only a 40% chance. Tuesday November 8th [rain date November 9th] From 5714 Cheek Rd. Durham, NC 27704 and we will carpool from there.
*Stop 1 – The Mountain to Sea Trail where a section of boardwalk crosses the lake.
*Stop 2 – Hike the shore line near the Cheek Road Bridge. (Frank will just wear hiking boots but rubber boots might allow for interesting shots in the shallow water.)
Lunch: At the Pizza Mia Grill across the street from Frank’s property.
On your own while in the area: The Cedar Creek Artisan Gallery is just 4 miles away.
Falls Lake map: https://www.ncparks.gov/media/154/open
Frank’s contact info for any questions: Frank Clemmensen, 919-625-4889, email: fgc.photos@gmail.com

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