Chasing light: Nature photographer to speak at camera club |

Chasing light: Nature photographer to speak at camera club

Charlie Willard's photo, "Pacific Crest Trail in Alpine Lake Wilderness."
Submitted photo |

“Light is key,” states Charlie Willard as he discusses the theme of his talk for the Nevada County Camera Club on Sept. 26. It is not unusual for Willard to get up at 5:00 a.m. to resume hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, taking advantage of early morning light for his award-winning photographs or to stay up late for a night shoot at Antelope Canyon. Capturing the perfect light infuses his landscapes with a sense of the ethereal which he balances with good composition, depth and color.

Willard will share his learnings as to lighting and composition in landscape photography as well as showing two short slide programs of some of his favorite backcountry locales and the techniques he used to capture the amazing photos.

Willard became a serious photographer over a decade ago, as he explored beautiful and remote locations. An avid long distance hiker, he completed the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest trail from Mexico to Canada; the 210-mile John Muir Trail and the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. In his varied career with the California State Parks he served as chief of the Office of Grants and Local Services; park ranger; planner; public relations manager; legislative analyst and trail program manager. He continues to work part time for State Parks on special projects related to trails and partnerships.

He is a past president of the Sierra Camera Club and Chair of the Gold Rush Chapter of Photographic Society of America, serving most of inland California from Bakersfield north. He credits much of his photographic knowledge to his involvement with these clubs and to taking photo trips/classes with professional photographers and friends.

During the second half of the meeting, camera club members will showcase their photos for a critique. Categories for submitted photos include: black and white; color; nature landscapes; nature wildlife; travel; technical; photojournalism; creative interpretation; people; and the monthly feature, “perspective.” And as a reminder, the camera club meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. at Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley.

The public is welcome and there is no cost for first time guests. Currently, the club has over 136 members and aims to help members refine their photography abilities.

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