January 26, 2021: Member’s Forum – Photography Thru the Eyes of a Biologist – Lessons Learned with Dennis Govoni

Dennis’ presentation is really a journey of how he became a photographer purely through “desperation” and how this affected him over the years in taking photographs. The journey starts with recognition that there is diversity in nature, that there are discernible patterns and that details are important. Then you have to determine how to best photograph it to create an image that reflects the elements of that subject. While documenting nature is part of this, you have to find a way to take an image that has the “Oh, gee wiz” factor.  This presentation will review some images from a variety of subjects that explain my approach as a biologist.

Dennis is an avid nature photographer who has been photographing the natural world for over 50 years. His introduction to photography occurred in undergraduate school while taking a plant identification course. He enjoyed this so much that he continued to do photography through graduate school and beyond.

During his tenure as an Associate Professor of Biology at Virginia Wesleyan College, Dennis often taught photography during the college’s two week January term in both black and white and color (using the Cibachrome direct print-to-print method).

Since retiring he has expanded his interest beyond plant photography to include scenics and wildlife and has traveled extensively along the eastern United States and to such far away places as India and the Far East.

Dennis is also a Getty stock photo contributor since 2012 and has images published in Photography Week and recently in The Atlantic and other multi-media outlets.

His current equipment includes both Canon and Sony.

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