Member Recognition Column

The Simsbury Camera Club thrives because of the dedicated volunteer spirit of our members. George Zars was one of our past members who exemplified that spirit. In looking to honor his memory, I was inspired to organize this column which will recognize members past and present who have, over time, exhibited participation and volunteerism above and beyond that of the average member. This year the Member Recognition Column will be written by Lou Norton, Judy Rabinowitz and Alene Galin  (at times extrapolating information from previous issues of “Focal Point”, by Ben Skaught), will highlight a member about every two months and will be archived on our website for future reference.

Feel free to email me names of deserving honorees.

Alene Galin, Organizer
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John McGarry

Written by: ALENE GALIN

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John shot film back in the 1970s and 1980s, mostly Kodachrome 64. Work and family obligations caused me to sideline my photography except for family vacations and holidays. After I retired, I realized how much I had enjoyed photography. I bought a D80 with the kit lens and began to reacquaint myself. One of my major interests was macro photography so I got out my 25-year-old Nikon 105 f/2.8 micro (MF, no metering) and used a light meter for exposure. Shortly after that I bought the 105mm f/2.8 AF-S micro and spent a lot of time shooting flowers and bugs. He later bought a 300 f/4 lens which he used with tubes or a teleconverter for close-ups of insects. John also became proficient in focus stacking. Another interest to me is shooting sports, I enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture the peak of the action. Eventually he moved on to a D300 body and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Another interest he enjoys is shooting the white-water race here in town as well as various sports at local high schools and prep schools such as soccer, lacrosse, track and field, field hockey and rugby. …