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Palm Beach Photographic Centre Unveils Spring Show
CAPTURING THE LIGHT:  An Exhibition by Lewis Kemper

Volcano:  By Lewis Kemper

Volcano:  By Lewis Kemper

Palm Beach Photographic Centre
Unveils Spring Show
An Exhibition by Lewis Kemper

Free Preview Lecture March 10 at WPB Library;
Free Opening Reception March 13

(West Palm Beach, FL – March 4, 2010)  The signature image for Lewis Kemper’s new exhibit, Capturing the Light, at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre shows a brilliant spray of golden, orange and red lava dancing against the blackness, while people – tiny in comparison – stand in awe.

What it takes to shoot a natural landscape image like that, or as Kemper likes to say “capture the light,” is the theme of his show opening at the Photographic Centre on March 13. In preview of the show, Kemper will hold a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. on March 10 at the West Palm Beach Library Auditorium, across from the Photographic Centre in City Center. The Palm Beach Post sponsors this free lecture series.

The free opening reception for
Capturing the Light will be held 5:30-7 p.m. on March 13 at the Photographic Centre; the show closes June 5.  

Kemper will also lead a three-day workshop on mastering the new features of digital photography, “Taking Advantage of Digital,” from March 12-14. To register or for more information, visit

For California-based Kemper, 55, the rules of photographing nature and catching that special light are to “be patient, be ready all the time and be prepared to walk away with nothing.”

The story behind the volcano image says it all: On the Big Island of Hawaii, Kemper and his group left for Waikutanaha (the volcano) at 3:30 a.m. hoping to shoot images of it against the water and moonlight, but as they arrived about an hour later, the moon was fading. For the next few days, they arose an hour earlier each night to try to get the shot, leaving at 2:30 a.m., then 1:30 a.m. and so on.

On one night, Waikutanaha was just steaming and bubbling before it shot up into the spectacular fountain of lava that Kemper captured with his Canon 50D pre-production camera.

“It was luck. The eruption lasted about a minute, going up three or four times,” Kemper said. “The people in the picture were very dangerously close to the lava. It was actually illegal for them to be where they were.”

Kemper would like his students and lecture guests to learn from him the importance of light and composition.

“Especially as a nature photographer, you are simply capturing the light and placing a frame around a subject,” he said. But when you do it well, magic happens.

Kemper’s other favorite photos, shown as a series in the show, are of a lagoon in Iceland, where several icebergs are calved off a nearby glacier. While he and his team never got the sunset they waited for, they did manage to catch a break in the clouds that lit up the tops of the icebergs as they floated in the water.

“We got three very spectacular and very different sunrises,” he said.

About the Palm Beach Photographic Centre:
The Photo Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday – Thursday; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday; 1:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday. For more information, please call 561.253.2600 or visit or

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