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Gerry Tietje: The Technical Side of Nature Photography

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Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center

1 Father Junipero Serra Trail

San Diego, CA 92119

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Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) has inspired countless photographers—from amateurs to professionals—and the MTRP Foundation now offers a lecture series that celebrates photographers who have used the Park’s landscapes, botany, and wildlife as regular subjects.

Last fall, the inaugural installments of In Focus: Perspectives on Photography at Mission Trails were offered, and the next one will be on Thursday, March 14, with a presentation by Gerry Tietje. An MTRP volunteer, Tietje’s photographs have appeared in Birds and Blooms magazine, several San Diego-based publications, and have been exhibited at the MTRP Visitor Center, San Carlos Library, and the San Diego office of the Audubon Society.

Taking place in conjunction with a solo exhibition at the MTRP Visitor Center, Gerry Tietje will present a lecture titled “The Technical Side of Nature Photography.” It will cater to photographers who want to learn how to use their own camera settings to take better photos of landscapes, wildflowers, and birds. Gerry will discuss his settings for each of these subjects, and also include tips about composition and capturing appealing images.

A Wisconsin native, Gerry Tietje obtained degrees in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso and Purdue Universities, and moved to San Diego in 1973 to work for the Navy. Gerry has always had an interest in nature, especially in birds. He began experimenting with Pen and Ink drawings and watercolor in 1997, and with photography a few years later, taking photographs of birds to aid in identifying them and provide subject matter for his artwork. His photographic interest evolved to include wildflowers and landscapes. He honed his photography at Mission Trails, and enjoyed photographing nature so much that it became a primary pursuit.

“Love of nature prompts me to produce photographs that depict the beauty of God’s creation,” said Tietje. “I strive to show each bird, plant or animal in its natural setting, but without distracting backgrounds that would diminish its intrinsic beauty.”

The date of the Gerry Tietje’s Field Class that is offered with his lecture is to be determined, and sign-ups for the Field Class will be available at the lecture.

Gerry Tietje has waived honoraria for this engagement, choosing to have the proceeds from the program benefit the initiatives of the MTRP Foundation. The $10 ticket price includes attendance at the lecture and the Field Class organized to complement the the presentation.

Questions? Contact the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation at 619-582-4502 or email mtrp@mtrp.org.

Nature in Focus, an exhibition of photographs by Gerry Tietje will be on view at the MTRP Visitor Center from February 16 through March 29, 2019.

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