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Meta Gätschenberger – Western North Carolina Professional Photographer – Award Winning Photographer

Meta Gätschenberger – Award Winning Photographer

Meta Gätschenberger is a Professional Photographer who is also active in Western North Carolina Nature Photography, winning many Western North Carolina Nature Photography Contests and Awards.

Meta Gätschenberger shoots with Sony Digital Cameras and Vintage Minolta AF Lenses.

Photos By Meta – Meta’s Western North Carolina Nature Photography Photos are Available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock NC at Rustic.

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Meta’s Photography Contest Award Winning Photographs

Camping Under The Stars

Ray’s Weather 2021 Calendar (August 2021)
Meta’s “Camping Under The Stars appears on the Ray’s Weather Calendar Photography Contest Winner for August 2021!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 20mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Prime Lens on Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Blowing Rock, NC. Features the Milky Way on the top left.

Photos By Meta – Meta’s “Camping Under The Stars” is Available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock NC at Rustic.

Deer Valley Winter View

Ray’s Weather 2020 Calendar (February 2020)
Meta’s “Deer Valley Winter View appears on the Ray’s Weather Calendar Photography Contest Winner for February 2020!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens from Meta’s Front Porch, overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Boone, NC.

Photos By Meta – Meta’s “Deer Valley Winter View” is Available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock NC at Rustic.

Grays Lily Closeup

Ray’s Summer 2020 Calendar (June 2020)
Meta’s “Grays Lily Closeup appears on the Ray’s Weather Calendar Photography Contest Winner for June 2020!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Blowing Rock, NC. This is a rare and endangered flower.

Photos By Meta – Meta’s “Grays Lily Closeup” is Available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock NC at Rustic.

Boone Fork Stream

Ray’s Weather 2019 Calendar (November 2019)
Meta’s “Boone Fork Stream” appears on the Ray’s Weather Calendar Photography Contest Winner for November 2019!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Sony 16–50mm f/2.8 Telephoto Lens at The Julian Price Park, off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, NC.

ARHS Benefits Book Cover Contest
Photos By Meta – Meta’s “Boone Fork Stream” was also the 1st Place Winner in the 2018 ARHS Benefits Book Cover Contest.

Photos By Meta – Meta’s “Boone Fork Stream” is Available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock NC at Rustic.

Blowing Rock Sunset

Blowing Rock Visitor’s Guide and Members Directory for 2019–2020
Meta’s “Blowing Rock HDR Sunset” was selected for the Blowing Rock Visitors Guide and Members Directory for 2019–2020!

This amazing HDR Sunset over Grandfather Mountain, was shot from The Blowing Rock, in Blowing Rock, NC, using 5 Bracketed Shots in HDR, with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens.

Photos By Meta – Meta’s “Blowing Rock HDR Sunset ” is Available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock NC at Rustic.

Painted Trillium

Grandfather Mountain 2017 1st Place Winner
Meta’s “Painted Trillium” was the 1st Place Winner at the 2017 Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens on Grandfather Mountain, near Linville, NC.

Photos By Meta – Meta’s “Painted Trillium” is Available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock NC at Rustic.

Orange Fireworks

Town of Blowing Rock Visitors Calendar 2017
Meta’s “Orange Fireworks” was the Winner of the 2017 Town of Blowing Rock Visitors Calendar Photography Contest – Inside Cover!

Shot with a Sony a77 II Digital Camera using a Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens at Chetola Resort, in Blowing Rock, NC.

Photos By Meta – Meta’s “Orange Fireworks” is Available at Photos By Meta and in Downtown Blowing Rock NC at Rustic.

Meta’s Professional Memberships and Western North Carolina Nature Photography Links

Member: Blue Ridge Vacations Visitors Guide
Member: National Geographic Society
Member: North Carolina Native Plant Society
Member: Grandfather Mountain Bridge Club
Member: Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
Member: Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Member: Blue Ridge Media Web Design and Photography
Member: Blowing Rock NC Chamber of Commerce
Member: North Carolina Mountains To Sea Trail
Member: DP Review
Member: RAV4 World
Member: Nurse Care Coordination Books
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Carolinas Nature Photographers Association

Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Member

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North Carolina Visitors Guide

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PO Box 1571
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
1-828-265-2730
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM (Eastern)

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