Sedona News – Join the Sedona Camera Club for a presentation by professional-level fine art photographers Marie Tartar and Steve Eilenberg. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm on Monday, February 26, 2024, at the Christ Lutheran Church, 25 Chapel Road, Sedona. Doors open at 6:00 pm.
Wonders of the Underwater World: Take a virtual dive into the ocean with Marie and Steve, who specialize in capturing the colors, behaviors and amazing life of the underwater world. Their subjects range from the giant (whale sharks, humpback whales and last month in Dominica, sperm whales) to the tiny (nudibranchs, crustaceans, cephalopods and other marvelous critters). Their range spans the gamut, from technicolor coral reefs to the otherworldly, photographing larval and migratory forms of life of the deep sea while blackwater diving.
Eclipse 2024: Marie and Steve also enjoy training their cameras on celestial phenomena and are looking forward to photographing the eclipse of April 8, 2024 in Texas. This will be their 4th total solar eclipse to witness. From their shaky beginnings as eclipse chasers from a small boat in the open ocean while on a dive trip to Bonaire in the southern Caribbean in 1998, they honed their techniques during the 2017 eclipse in Jackson, Wyoming and the 2019 eclipse in the Elqui Valley of Chile (nicely coinciding with their 30th wedding anniversary!). The Covid pandemic thwarted their plans to photograph the eclipses of 2020 and 2021 in Chile’s Lake District and the Southern Ocean near South Georgia, so they have been eagerly awaiting April 8, 2024 to again experience these magical minutes. They will discuss their techniques and lessons learned along the way.
Marie Tartar and Steve Eilenberg’s photographic explorations of the world began with the underwater world but extends to landscape, wildlife, travel and drone aerial photography.
They have been featured speakers at multiple camera clubs in the San Diego area, as well as the Sedona Camera Club in 2014. Marie and Steve’s images have been exhibited at the La Jolla Athenaeum, San Diego Natural History Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, Birch Aquarium and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Steve’s photographic work incorporating medical imaging devices (radiography and CT) has been exhibited at the Mingei International Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man, Jett Gallery and included in a Museum of Photographic Arts show, Hidden Worlds. Steve was also represented in a show at San Diego Art Institute called Beyond the Age of Reason. Marie’s underwater work was featured in a 2-artist exhibition at The Photographer’s Eye Gallery in Escondido, CA in 2020 in a show entitled The Tonic of Wildness. In past years, Steve and Marie contributed articles to an online magazine, Photofocus, including a series documenting their preparation for and experiences at the 2017 and 2019 eclipses.
Their photographic work and blogs can be found at www.aperturephotoarts.com
Presentations, hosted by the Sedona Camera Club, are free to members. There is a $5 fee for guests. Local photographers are encouraged to join to support bringing high-quality speakers to promote interest in photography and develop photographic skills. Membership costs $35 for the whole year. For more information on the Sedona Camera Club, go to sedonacamera.club.