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Doug Ridgway to speak on enhancing your outdoor experiences through photography at February 13th meeting

January 14, 2013—Doug Ridgway, award winning photographer and Delta Fly Fisher member, will do a presentation on enhancing your outdoor experiences through photography. His presentation will cover the basics of what makes a good photograph and ten tips for making better photographs. You do not need to be a fly fisher to enjoy and learn from Doug’s expertise.

Doug bought his first SLR camera, a Pentax Spotmatic, in the late 60's. He took many pictures with it but not very many quality photos even though he was taking some darkroom photography classes. It was not until Doug retired, in 2006 that he decided that he wanted to start taking his photography more seriously.

He has always worked on the premise that to do something well, it is good to go back and start with the basics so he went back to school and started taking photography, back to the darkroom and Photoshop classes at Delta College. He has attended many seminars and workshops regarding photography and joined the Stockton Camera Club 5 years ago. Joining the Camera Club was a great way to have his photographs critiqued in an unbiased way. He has entered, and placed, in several completions around the area.

Doug started fly-fishing in 1974 and joined the American Sportsman's Club, now Wilderness Unlimited. They offered a Fly Fishing school at the Bidwell Ranch, in the Hat Creek Valley. Doug has been a member of DFF for nine years.

Doug’s fishing background extends to working for the Department of Fish and Game, starting in February 1972 at the Mokelumne River Hatchery. Over the next 33 years, Doug worked at the Feather River Hatchery, Hot Creek Hatchery, on the Klamath River Salmon and Steelhead Study (Yreka), Moccasin Creek Hatchery, at the Bay-Delta Division (Stockton) and retired in 2006 supervising the Tuolumne River Restoration Shop (La Grange).

His outstanding power point presentation will be held Wednesday, February 13, at 7:00 pm at John R. Williams School at 2450 Meadow Ave. in Stockton.  The public is invited. 

Some examples of Doug's award winning photographs.

Grand Canyon © Doug Ridgway

Sandhill Cranes © Doug Ridgway

Silhouettes © Doug Ridgway

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