“Capture the Moment” at the Cobblestone Arts Center, 1622 state Route 332, Farmington, will take a look inside the Finger Lakes Photography Guild starting May 2.
The exhibit examines what makes a good photograph and what inspires the photographers who take them. Some Guild members said it’s the “wow” factor that makes a stunning image, while others claimed a photo that elicits emotion is successful.
“I want to tell a story and I love to share the beauty I see,” said Joann Long, a Guild member who periodically takes photography classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology. “I focus on animals and nature, and I enjoy showing others what they themselves may not see.”
Long recently learned about drone photography, giving a new perspective to her work. Fellow Guild member Barb Drake expanded her photographic talents in retirement.
“I like to reconnect people to nature,” Drake said. “I’m happy if I can inspire them to put aside the urban, digitized world for a while and simply enjoy the riches of the world around us.”
The Guild’s 25 photographers meet monthly to review their work, run educational programs, and share tips on technique, composition, equipment and more. Members are from various walks of life, many of whom were recognized in contests, magazines and juried shows.
“The Guild has been around for more than 10 years,” said Bob Snyder, a founding member. “It began when several of us took photo classes from Jeff Adams at Finger Lakes Community College. We formed the Guild to continue sharing and learning.”
Guild members encourage each other to try new techniques and continue educating themselves.
“There’s plenty for me to learn and I intend to keep doing so,” member Nikhil Nagane said. “I get to connect with some great photographers, learn about local opportunities and share knowledge.”
“Capture the Moment” will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 2. The free exhibit will be on display until June 15. All photographs are professionally framed and available for purchase. Email sburnet2@rochester.rr.com for information.