Photo sale to benefit environmental education |

Photo sale to benefit environmental education

Jim Grant/Tahoe TribunePhotographer Jon Paul holds his photo, "Autumn Splendor", which he has donated as a fund-raiser to benefit the Forest Service Environmental Education programs.

South Shore photographer Jon Paul is donating one of his limited photographs to the Tahoe Heritage Foundation to be used as a fund-raiser to benefit the Forest Service Environmental Education programs.

The 30-inch by 34-inch framed print, titled Autumn Splendor, will be on display at this year’s 13th annual Kokanee Salmon Festival scheduled Oct. 5 and 6, and at the Forest Service Visitors Center at Taylor Creek throughout the month of October. Raffle tickets also may be purchased at the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the Jon Paul Gallery in the Crescent V Shopping Center. The cost of tickets is $1 each, $5 for six tickets or $10 for 13 tickets.

The photograph, Autumn Splendor, was taken by Jon Paul last October in Hope Valley. The photo was taken with natural light and without filters using a large 4×5 format camera. As a lover of the outdoors, Jon Paul moved to Lake Tahoe eight years ago after visiting the Tahoe area for the previous 15 years. He bought his first camera only six years ago after deciding that Lake Tahoe would be a great place to start a photography business. With no formal training in photographer, Jon Paul sold his first photo four years ago and that’s when he started to see his dream come true of living and working in an area that he really loved. He sees his lack of formal training in photography as a benefit in that he has no teacher or mentor to copy, but that he has been able to create his own style by experimenting around with natural lighting, time of day, time of year and weather conditions.

Jon Paul is usually in his gallery five days a week, doing marketing, custom framing, darkroom work and working on his many other products like note cards, photo mosaic tiles and posters. That doesn’t leave him much time to take pictures these days, but when the conditions are ideal he closes his shop and heads out with his camera.

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