CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The Jefferson County Photography Club, formed just last October, is in the midst of its first public exhibit.
The works of three club members --Â Frank Robbins, Lisa Linn Arroniz and Isabel Kolpack -- are on display through Sunday, Feb. 15, in the Jean Heiler Art Gallery at the Old Opera House at 204 N. George St.
The average club member is a novice with a good eye and who wants to get better, said Robbins, club president. The club has presentations to educate its members, and contests.
The club has partnered with the Sligo Camera Club in Ireland, said Robbins, who moved from Ireland to this area in 2002. Members of the two clubs will have photography contests, using the Internet.
The gallery is open during the run of the play, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." The exhibit can be seen by appointment or during the hour before each showtime. The exhibit is free and open to the public; call 304-725-4420 to make an appointment.
For information about the photo club, contact Robbins at 304-725-7648.
"On the Rocks"
It looks like a painting, but Frank Robbins photographed this scene off the coast of Ireland in the mid-1990s in black and white with a selenium tone. He "zapped up" the contrast to give the ship and rocks more texture so they would stand out. "What I like mostly about it was the strong composition of the V between the rocks and the ship," he said.
"It's a fantasy, not a reality," Frank Robbins said of this vacation snapshot he took off the coast of Belize in the late 1990s. He shifted the colors using Photoshop.
Frank Robbins, 62, of the Harpers Ferry area, had his photo subject experiment with a piece of fabric. "I shot a whole role of film with that and had her keep moving around. Finally she did what you see there and I said, 'Don't move.'" This photo won several contests, Robbins said.
"Movin' on Up"
Lisa Linn Arroniz, 41, of Kearneysville, W.Va., was hunting for bugs around the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, N.C., last year when she found this little critter "movin' on up."
"Crown and Glory"
"I love, I guess, crawling around on the ground and looking at the different aspects of how to take a photo," said Lisa Linn Arroniz. She used a Nikon D80 to get a close-up of this flower, which she refers to as "the Redskin flower" due to its coloring.
Isabel Kolpack's black-and-white photo of this angel on a large family grave in Shepherdstown, W.Va., won first place in the black-and-white still life category in local and regional contests through the Harpers Ferry Women's Club.
It was freezing on the early 2007 morning when Isabel Kolpack, 52, left her home outside Charles Town, W.Va., to capture this winter sunrise. A black-and-white version of this photo won in the black-and-white scenic category at the local, regional and state level competitions through the Harpers Ferry Women's Club, she said.