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Welcome to the Nevada County Camera Club
Next Meeting - January 23, 2017


Guest speaker for the first half of the meeting (we start at: 6:15pm):

The Chi of Smoke

How Jerry Berry Uses Smoke to Create Images Reflective of Asian Brush Paintings

Jerry Berry

January 23, 2017 6:15 P.M.

Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley

The Presentation:

“Smoke is something that photographers have used for years. It can be sensuous or stark; subtle or dramatic. I have started exploring the use of smoke, and with the help of Photoshop and Lightroom, have been creating a variety of images, reflective of Asian brush paintings,” stated Jerry Berry, award winning photographer. Jerry will describe how he captures photos of smoke and will demonstrate his process of creating very different images, evoking ethereal landscapes or portraits.

“I will show, using simple techniques in post processing, how layers and masks can dramatically enhance these photos. Learning how to use layer and masking techniques can open up tremendous potential for all photographers,” continued Berry. His images of smoke are striking, evoking a sense of mystery and filled with subtle movement, grace, and flow. This is a meeting that photographers of all abilities will want to attend to appreciate Berry’s photographic mastery and creativity as well as his knowledge of post processing software.



Largely self-taught, Berry’s photographs have won awards at the California State Fair and have been honored in competitions and galleries in the United States. In 2012, he was invited to participate in the Second International Show of Photography in Iraq, produced by the Larsa Human Rights Organization. More recently, he received Honorable Mention in the 2013 Photography contest held by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe New, Mexico. He is currently preparing his smoke images for an upcoming exhibit at the Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento during June.

A photographer for 40 years, Berry lives in Meadow Vista.

Inspirational quote from The Way of Zen, by Alan Watts

“…the Western mind is dismayed when ordered conceptions of the universe break down, and when the basic behavior of the physical world is found to be a “principle of uncertainty.” We find such a world meaningless and inhuman, but familiarity with Chinese and Japanese art forms might lead us to an altogether new appreciation of this world in its living, and finally unavoidable, reality.”

 Member Photos Critique, 7:45pm to 9pm :

This evening's Critic: Jerry Berry

Previously, Maude Pervere, November's guest speaker:


A blog she is in: f8 don't wait http://www.f8dontwait.com/p/maude-pervere.html/


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