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Week of March 30, 2019

The Big Cats of Africa

What is it about our fascination for the “Big Cats of Africa”? Is it that they remind us of our lovable domestic house cats? Is it the beauty and elusiveness of the Leopard, the grace and speed of the Cheetah or the power and majesty of the “king of beasts”, the Lion. Perhaps it is all of this.

Gary Harmatz, noted wildlife and travel photographer, will explore these questions and more, with beautifully exquisite images of these wonderfully fascinating big cats in the wild. He will share his knowledge of their natural history and the environment of these magnificent animals.


Travel Photography for Everyone: Capturing the “Sense of Place”

Whether you are a beginning photographer using an iPhone or point and shoot camera or a more advanced photographer using a sophisticated fully loaded camera this presentation will assist you in capturing interesting and exciting photographs rather than ordinary snapshots.

Learn useful tips on how to see and use light, composition and the elements that make a photograph look good. Start telling a story with your pictures by capturing the “Sense of Place.”


Mastering the Art of iPhone Photography

Worldwide, more photographs are now taken with the iPhone than any other camera. You will learn what you need to know in order to capture creative and dynamic images using this high-powered camera that is almost always at your fingertips. Gary will guide you through the use and selection of apps for enhancing and embellishing photos along with the tools you need to take amazing on-the-go photos.


The Wonders and Mystery of Myanmar

Once hidden from the outside world, Burma is “quite unlike any land you know about” as Rudyard Kipling famously wrote. Amazingly, over a century later, Myanmar retains the power to surprise and delight. It’s a new era for this extraordinary and complex land, where the traditional ways of Asia endure.

From the golden pagodas, to the rich landscape and the welcoming Burmese people…travel with Gary from Yangon (Rangoon), Mandalay, the floating villages of Inle Lake to Bagan, the valley of 4,000 Buddhist temples and to the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Bay of Bengal.


Telling a Story with your Photographs

You all travel and you come back with some really amazing photos (hopefully even better, especially after hearing my presentation on Travel Photography). Your photographs bring back great memories of the places you visited, things you have seen or people you have met along the way. Perhaps you wish to share these wonderful images with your family and friends. Isn’t that why we take photos?

This presentation will show different ways to present your photos in an organized and exciting manner. You will learn how to tell a story with your photos and to visualize and anticipate what you wish to photograph beforehand to tell your story. Isn’t this what the great film directors do?


Gary Harmatz has been a wildlife, nature, travel and underwater photographer for almost 30 years. As a wildlife photographer, his pursuit of adventure and those rare moments of capturing that intimate connection between man and animal have taken him around the planet. Whether it is photographing nearly extinct mountain gorillas in Central Africa, orangutans in the rain forests of Borneo or to the frozen north to capture images of polar bears or baby harp seals, he has been able to capture the essence of these animals.  He has an extensive library of the major groups of animals from east, central and southern Africa.

Gary’s nature and travel photography has taken him throughout Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, the Bahamas, North and South America, Antarctica and Africa. He specializes in unique images from the grand scenic and exotic marketplaces to the fall foliage of New England.

Underwater photography has brought Gary to the waters of Belize, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Palau, Truk Lagoon and the Maldives.

The use of color in nature is his passion, whether photographing the magnificent fall foliage of New England, exotic colorful foreign lands or the muted colors of the American Southwest.

Gary’s sense of color, light, composition and his ability to tell a story with his photography makes him a unique photographer and lecturer. He makes his home both on Clearwater Beach, Florida and on the coast of Maine.