MEET RICK WHITACREMy passion is to create images that grab the viewer’s eye and compel them to explore the photographs in more detail. In my photographs, the goal is to express the awe and inspiration felt when viewing a scene. I love travel and the outdoors, especially unspoiled wildernesses. My specialty is scenes from the national and state parks. Recently, my work has expanded to include night and star photography to help convey the expanse and magnitude of our natural world.In 2009 while preparing for a trip to New Zealand, I became interested in photography. Reading everything I could find on photography, I began taking pictures whenever possible. I have taken several classes at West Valley Community College and participated in local workshops. I also joined the Los Gatos / Saratoga Camera Club and began competing in 2010.I've been blessed with a few awards along the way, including a Second Place and People's Choice Award for my image, "While the Valley Sleeps" at the Yosemite Renaissance showing at the Yosemite Museum. Additionally, my image of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. was selected as the cover photo for Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund annual calendar in 2018. I will be presenting some of my work as part of the Lamorinda Village Travel Series on Tuesday, May 22 at 1:00 PM at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church. In addition, I will cover some basics of photography, light, and composition as well as some tips for capturing images during your travels. I'll be sharing some of my favorite travel images and show you some of my eclipse and astrophotography images for fun.________________________________________This program is FREE for Lamorinda Village members. For all others, your $5 donation is appreciated (donations accepted at the door or online when you register)
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