ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Terry Guthrie has been a photographer for 55 years, but his retirement has been the most enjoyable time ever because it allows him to be outdoors. He usually has a camera in his hands, and that has been good for the rest of us, because the images he catches (mostly in the North Georgia mountains) are breathtaking.
Certainly, that is the opinion of the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers Association in its juried competition. With more than 400 entries for the June 2012 contest in Taos, N.M., Guthrie’s book, “Fall Images of North Georgia,” won numerous awards from the organization, including:
** First Place: For the book, “Fall Images of North Georgia”
** First Place: For photo, “After the Storm”
** Second Place: People In Nature Category photo, “Sunrise Photographer”
** Third Place: Published Image Category photo, “Mountain Highlights” and several Honorable Mentions.
Guthrie’s lifelong affair with photography sprang from a photography course he took in high school in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in photography. After four years in the Air Force as precision photographics officer, he worked as a photographic engineer managing the Apollo/Earth Resources photography lab at NASA in Houston, Texas.
Then, he co-founded a photography school, which he operated for 22 years. When his business was purchased, he became the accreditation and compliance director for the larger company. He retired as a vice president and moved to Alpharetta.
Guthrie will do some portraiture work, but absolutely no weddings. His photography today is for pleasure and self-satisfaction.
“For a long time, I had the urge to publish my photos, and the opportunities in North Georgia to take really wonderful pictures fulfilled that for a number of years,” Guthrie said.
His self-published book is a slim volume (20 pages with 30 photos) because it is costly to publish, but his gorgeous photographs are exquisitely rendered, leaving the reader wanting more.
He said the early morning or late afternoon provides the best light. And certainly early morning mist in the valleys and on the rivers and ponds give his pictures an other-worldliness that leaves the reader with an appreciation of nature in all its glorious fall colors.
“It is really good when you find that right angle and the right light and it all comes together,” Guthrie said. “I only wish I could put some puffy white clouds up in the sky sometimes.”
His website is www.mostlynature.com, and he can be emailed at t¬firstname.lastname@example.org.