February 2019 Meeting: Lee Sie

You are invited to the February 2019 meeting of the Sierra Club San Diego Chapter Photo Section, on Saturday, February 9th, 2019, at the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library Community Room, from 2 PM to 4 PM (complete details at the bottom of this article).

Our main presentation will feature local fine art photographer, artist and photo tour guide Lee Sie, with his presentation “How to Create Iconic Travel Images.”

About Lee’s Presentation

How do you get from taking pictures to traveling the world and exhibiting your fine art photography in art galleries?

In Lee’s case, it came after 20 years of working in television and film production and post-production. He decided to pursue his dream of being a full-time artist/photographer. He already had a substantial portfolio of still images that he showed and sold at street fairs, coffee houses, and other public exhibitions, including The San Diego Airport. Through this exposure, he got the attention of local art gallery owners, who picked up his work, featured it in shows, and sell it in La Jolla and other upscale locations. These gallery owners appreciate his eye for iconic local shots. They encouraged him to travel abroad, to capture iconic scenes in Europe and elsewhere.

In his presentation, Lee will share his professional experience and travels. He will describe how he captures his images, with an emphasis on what makes them “iconic”. He will also talk about the techniques, gear, and give tips and tricks on how to turn everyday photos into Fine Art.

About Lee

Fine Art Photographer Lee Sie
Fine Art Photographer Lee Sie

Our natural world has served as the palette for art ever since Man picked up a rock and began drawing, writing, and sculpting. Nature is a part of us, and the way an artist sees and conveys it says as much about the artist as it does about the world. I’m grateful to be living in the 21st century, when digital photography can help me express my artistic vision of our natural world.

As a photographer, I am happiest shooting outdoors, taking in the sky, the surroundings, the colors and forms – capturing the raw material that later, through digital process, I will finesse into images that transcend simple representation and become works of art. Art that I hope people will find moving, inspiring and noteworthy.

I am forever fascinated by the variations provided by nature. Simple changes such as weather and seasons can transform a place in ways that the imagination cannot. Everywhere nature’s set and lighting designers are at work; working with them is my pleasure and honor.

I was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands, grew up in Northern California, and now reside in San Diego, California. Each place had a different look and feel; and, in some ineffable way, has influenced my aesthetic.


Here are a few examples of Lee’s wonderful work. You can find more on his website Lee Sie Photography.

Intermission and MemberShare – Immediately Following

After the main presentation, we will have a brief intermission and our members only free drawing – every section member present at the meeting will receive a free ticket for the drawing, with a chance to win prices and giveaways from our supporters.

MemberShare will occur after the intermission. Here’s a quick reminder of the guidelines and procedure:

  • Send up to five photos via Dropbox file request.
    This way, your files are automatically tagged with your name, are in the right order and end up directly in the right folder – it is a HUGE time saver for us. Please understand that we do NOT accept files submitted any other way.
  • Please send only JPEG files, sRGB color space
  • You do not need to downsample your images (anything larger than 1920 x 1080 pixels is great and your photos don’t need to be larger than 3000 pixels on the long side)
  • Prepare to speak no more than 10-20 seconds on each photo
  • We’re a photo club – please share only your original photographs with us
  • Deadline for MemberShare submissions: Friday, February 8th, 6pm
  • Nameplates: feel free to include a portrait format headshot with your photos!

To submit your images, simply click this button:


If you need help or if there’s anything unclear about this procedure, the Dropbox help article on file requests contains everything you need to know.

NOTE: Your photos are only shown during MemberShare and will be deleted afterwards. We do not keep copies. There is no need to watermark your photos. If you feel that you must add a logo or other overlay, please keep it small and unobtrusive.

Also, please do not wait until the very last minute to submit the photos you want to share. We need time to prepare the image presentation. When the MemberShare is especially popular, we may have to reduce the amount of images from each member. If that happens we will announce it before MemberShare begins, and hope for your understanding.

Meeting Location, Date & Time

  • Serra Mesa Kearny Mesa Library, Community Room
  • Address: 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
  • Date: Saturday, February 9th, 2019
  • Time: 1:30pm setup & get together, 2pm main presentation.

Mandatory disclaimer: This program is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the San Diego Public Library. The Library is not responsible for the information presented in this program.

If you like to become a member of Sierra Club San Diego Chapter’s Photo Section or renew your membership, you can easily do in our online store (powered by Square). We also have membership forms at the meetings if you want to sign up or renew in person.

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