Volume 43 - No. 7
Founded 1965 - our 43rd Year
March 2008
The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society
Editor: Sam Schaen - Email: Editor@NVPS.org


Monthly Program
Next Competition Judge
Competition Results
Field Trips
Members' Gallery
Member News
NVPS Board
For Sale

leprechaun portrait

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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Monthly Program

March 4, 2008
The Trials and Tribulations of a Photographer
Middleton Evans

Middleton Evans has spent the majority of his 20-year career documenting the many faces of Maryland. Favorite subjects include Chesapeake Bay waterman, cities and towns, festivals, farm life and equestrian sports. A milestone was reached in 2001 when Maryland Public Television selected Middleton as one of six local photographers to be featured in the documentary film Images of Maryland: 1900 – 2000, chronicling the state’s most distinguished lensmen of the 20th century.  

Returning home in 1982 with a degree in Economics from Duke University's  McDonogh School, but no defined career path, he put his imagination to work. A life-long passion for photography, ignited by a semester abroad in London, was parlayed into a 2-year photographic odyssey through Maryland, with hopes of being published. In 1988 he launched a family business to realize that dream, and Maryland in Focus was released to celebrate the compelling subjects encountered along his travels.              

Encouraged by rave reviews, Middleton next set his sights on Baltimore, capturing its colorful characters, charming neighborhoods, architectural icons, and vibrant cultural life. After Baltimore was published in 1992, a new challenge was sought, and the allure of nature photography beckoned. Four years of exploring roads less traveled culminated with Maryland’s Great Outdoors, an inspiring collection of wildlife portraits, lush landscapes and outdoor adventures. 

In 1998 his career took yet another turn. An extraordinary 10-day Florida bird marathon served as the genesis of Rhapsody in Blue, an epic five-year adventure including 33 trips all over North America in search of miraculous encounters with native waterbirds. Over the same time frame Evans made hundreds of trips to his favorite pond in Baltimore’s Patterson Park, better known for soccer games and summer concerts than Wood Ducks and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. An astounding 120 bird species, and many other natural treasures, were discovered in this urban oasis for a book to be titled The Miracle Pond, slated for a fall 2008 release.

An amazing yellow labrador retriever from Savage River Lodge in Western Maryland captured Evans’ heart for a most joyous coffee table book called Bodhi: The All American Lodge Dog, released in 2007. Ravenwood Press will be expanding its offerings in the near future with such projects as the amazing life and adventures of pioneering National Geographic photojournalist Thomas Abercrombie; the secret lives of wild tigers in India’s Bandhavgarh National Park, by wildlife photographer Kim Sullivan; and Kristie Evans’ children’s books, including Maxwell Smellswell and his Canine Capers.    

Please join us for dinner with Middleton at Chili's at Tyson's at 6:00PM prior to the meeting. Please inform Tom Brett if you plan to come to dinner. Thank you.

Tom Brett
VP for Programs

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Message from the President

Scott Musson

An Ounce of Prevention

Last week I encountered the biggest nightmare of the digital photographer, a failed hard drive on my computer.  While it wasn’t the first time, and I’m sure it won’t be the last, it reminded me that for many photographers who are not experienced with computers have a real challenge, and that challenge can be a nightmare if they don’t have a good backup and recovery plan.  Coincidentally a member who saw my Digital Workflow presentation a couple of weeks ago at Vienna Photographic Society called me and asked for more details on how she should backup her computer.  She explained how she had recently lost some files due to a hard drive failure. I’ll bet there are a number of members who have horror stories of their own.

While my hard drive was under warranty and Dell sent me a new one overnight with my original image (impressive), the restore was not without some data loss.  Thank goodness it wasn’t much more than one day’s shoot of still life for our themed competition (I could have been a contender!) and a presentation I have of my images that I can certainly recreate.  It could have been much more disastrous if I didn’t have a good backup plan.  I’ll share with you some of the basics and you can consider for your own backup plan.  I am a Windows user, however the concepts I’ll present here should translate to any operating system, but I will describe some specific Windows tools.

Basic Strategy

Software can always be reinstalled it just takes time, your pictures and documents are not replaceable so always have more than one copy of images and document files.  Your first priority should be backing up your images and files, then worry about backing up everything else if you have time and are so inclined. 

Every time I copy image files to my computer I then run file synchronization software to copy them to my external hard drive.  At the same time any modifications to my images will get picked up and copied off as well.  Also every time I spend some time working with my images in Photoshop I synchronize to my external hard drive.

I use the Windows backup program to do a complete backup of my computer once a week. I schedule it to run at night when I’m sleeping.

Tools Used

  1. External Storage
  2. Backup Software
  3. File comparison/synchronization software

External Storage

I use USB 2.0 external hard drives (Firewire will work also) to store my backed up files.  Make sure you get a drive(s) that has plenty of free capacity for you to grow as you shoot more images.  Also hard drives tend to perform poorly when close too full (90% or more).  Hard drives are the most reliable long term storage device and are relatively easy to work with if you have comfort with copying and moving files and directories/folders around.  I suggest not going for the cheapest drive you can find, but to buy a reputable brand with good ratings.  You can check CNET for example for ratings (http://reviews.cnet.com/4244-3190_7-0-1.html?query=external+hard+drive&tag=cat_1). 

You might consider getting multiple drives and storing one at a friend’s or relative’s house or in your safe deposit box if you have a large one.  I keep one at my desk at my office.  If we had fire, flood, etc. I wouldn’t lose all my data.  Start with one if you don’t have any, then consider expanding after you get comfortable with the process.

CD’s & DVD’s (even archival versions) are far less dependable than an external hard drives.  They are also more cumbersome, slow and it’s an error prone process making sure you get all of your images backed up.  If you have a 300 GB hard drive it would take more than 60 DVD’s or over 460 CDs.

Backup Software

Windows XP & Vista include their own backup program.  While it’s not hard to use if you are comfortable with computers, you can select what to back up, where to back it up and what type of backup (complete, incremental, etc), and allows you to schedule your backups so you don’t have to remember to do it. 

For a complete article on backing up Windows XP checkout http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/bott_03july14.mspx

For Windows Vista see the following article: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/features/details/backup.mspx

There are major changes in Vista’s backup program and be sure you choose the type of backup that will work for you.

Articles for you Mac users: http://www.index-site.com/backup.html and http://8help.osu.edu/1247.html.

It’s important that you experiment with both backup and recovery.  Not only will you boost your confidence that you have properly backup your images, when faced with a stressful situation as a hard drive failure, there’s nothing to clam you down more than having some experience under your belt. 

File comparison/synchronization software

These tools come in a lot of different flavors, but one that really stands out for the novice or the experienced computer user is SyncToy from Microsoft.  Version 2.0 beta was released last year and it is very easy to use.  It takes a lot of the guess work out of backing up your images, documents and whatever you would like.  It detects changes to existing files, new files added and files deleted and will keep a directory on your hard drive in sync with a directory on your external drive.  It has a preview mode which allows you to see what it will do before it actually makes changes to your files.   You can find this tool at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C26EFA36-98E0-4EE9-A7C5-98D0592D8C52&displaylang=en or  in the Microsoft Professional Photography site http://www.microsoft.com/prophoto/default.aspx

For those of you who want a more robust synchronization tool try BeyondCompare from Scooter Software (http://www.scootersoftware.com/), I’ve used this fairly inexpensive tool for many years.  It detects differences, additions, deletions, allows complex filtering, content comparisons, etc.  While it’s very useful for some things, I find SyncToy 2.0 to have some advantages.

Here’s a listing of other file comparison tools available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_file_comparison_tools

I hope this helps you get your backup plan in order before you lose any of your precious images. 

Scott Musson
NVPS President


“The best place to photograph is where ever you are” – Freeman Patterson
“The best camera you can ever have is the one you have with you” – Unknown

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March 18, 2008
Clarence Carvell
Open Competition

The NVPS monthly competition scheduled for tuesday, march 18, will be an "open" competition judged by Clarence Carvell, photographer, published author and teacher. In addition to his three published books, Clarence's work has also appeared in Outdoor Photographeer, Shutterbug, Theater Arts, and other publications. He has been staff photographer for the Civil War News for 8 years and a few years ago was chosen to photograph the recovery of the S.S. Monitor turret off Cape Hatteras.

Clarence earned a degree in photography from Howard Community College and a BFA from the University of Maryland and taught at both these schools. Later, he worked as a teaching assistant for John Sexton. Over the years, Carvell has participated in about 40 workshops with people such as John Sexton, Bruce Barnbaum, Henri Cartier Bresson, Jerry Uelsman, Arnold Newman, Mary Ellen Mark, Joyce Tenneson, and others. Recently, he completed the judging workshop given by Joseph Miller.

In 1991, Clarence started the Maryland Photographi Alliance, a group of select image-makers who meet to share their work and offer critical feedback. He teaches Photoshop on an ongoing basis to groups of all levels.

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February Competition Images

Novice Monochrome

Novice Monochrome
Oleg Volons
The Couple #2

Novice Digital

Novice Digitally Projected
John Naman

Novice Color

Novice Color
Oleg Volons
Left Eye of Blue Dragon

Advanced Color

Advanced Color
John Dexter
Broken Bowl

Advanced Digital

Advanced Digitally Projected
Emi Wallace
Wine and Grapes

The above images won 1st place in their respective categories in the December Competition. A larger version can be seen by clicking on each image.

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February Competition Results




Novice Monochrome


Oleg Volons

The Couple #2

Advanced Monochrome


Phillip Moore

For Dinner


Willa Friedman

Still Life #4


Ed Ruggiero

Pocket Universe

Novice Color


Oleg Volons

Left Eye of Blue Dragon


Timber Gooding

Legendary Red


Timber Gooding

Shades of Glamour

Advanced Color


John Dexter

Broken Bowl


Scott Musson

Sliced Fruit


John Dexter

Wine in Glass


Stephen Gawarecki

In the Morning Light

Advanced Slides


Amie Tannenbaum

Tomatoes & Color


Chuck Bress

Chairs on Deck #2

Enhanced Prints


Timber Gooding

Tool Time


Seiji Kuniyoshi

An Emitting Shell

Novice Digitally Projected


John Naman



Bill Von Holle

Blue Vase


Diane Williams



Tuan Pham


Advanced Digitally Projected


Emi Wallace

Wine and Grapes


Minnie Gallman

Ice Marbles


Scott Musson

Cala Lily Zoom


Amie Tannenbaum

Campari Still Life


Scott Musson

Glass of Grapes

Amie Tannenbaum VP Competitions

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Digital Projection Competition

Images for Digital Competitions must be uploaded by 6 PM on the Sunday preceding the competition. The upload location is: http://nvps.org/dc/. Help for uploading can be found at: http://nvps.org/main//misc/digital-competition-info/ .

Matthew G. Schmidt

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Field Trips

Spring Gardens Visit
Brookside Gardens

Saturday, March 15, 2008
7:00 AM

Join us for an amazing breath of spring and photograph at Brookside Gardens on Saturday, March 15, 2008. "Brookside Gardens is Montgomery County's incomparable, award-winning 50-acre public display garden situated within Wheaton Regional Park. Included in the gardens are several distinct areas; azalea garden, rose garden, children's garden, formal garden, fragrance garden, Japanese style garden and trial garden. The garden also features two conservatories for year-round enjoyment."

Friends of Brookside Gardens will also be sponsoring an Orchid Festival on March 15, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Visitors Center Auditorium. 

The Gardens are located at 1800 Glenallan Avenue in Wheaton MD, 20902 and can be contacted at 301-962-1400, or online at http://www.mc-mncppc.org/parks/brookside/
The gardens open at sunrise through sunset although the Visitors Center is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Conservatories from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Directions to Brookside Gardens

From I-270 and points west, take exit 4A, Montrose Road east, which turns into Randolph Road. Go approximately 7 miles and turn right onto Glenallan Avenue.From I-495, the Capital Beltway, take Exit 31A (north on Georgia Ave./Rt. 97) toward Wheaton. Drive three miles north on Georgia Avenue to Randolph Road and turn right. At the second traffic light turn right onto Glenallan Avenue.

  • Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, located 3/8 mile on the right at 1800 Glenallan Avenue. Turn right at the 4-way stop at the stone entrance.
  • Brookside Gardens Conservatory, located ½ mile on the right at 1500 Glenallan Avenue.

We will car pool to Brookside from the Dunn Loring Fire Station, leaving promptly at 6:00 a.m.  Please park along the street or at the school next door, since there may be other activities scheduled at the fire station.

Sign-up Information

You can sign up at a club meeting, by e-mailing me at tek7@cox.net or by calling me at (703) 938-6391 most evenings.  Although email is preferred, if urgent call my blackberry (day) or cell (eves) at (571) 201-0497 and (571) 217-1010 respectively.

Teresa Klinkosz
Field Trips Coordinator
703-938-6391 (H)
(571) 201-0497(Day Cell)
(571) 217-1010 (Eve. Cell)
Preferred: tek7@cox.net

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Great Smoky National Park
Townsend, TN

April 23-27

REMINDER: So far only 2 rooms have been reserved for the field trip. PLEASE let Bob Friedman know, ASAP, if you are planning on coming. If there really is no interest, he would like to release the rooms, so some other camera club can use them. Bob has reserved eight rooms at the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Parkside (was Comfort Inn in 2007) in Townsend, TN. He reserved the last eight non-smoking rooms available. The rooms have two queen beds. If you are interested, call to make your room reservations, 1-865-448-9000. The rooms will be held until April 12th. Just ask for the rooms held for NVPS. Use Bob Friedman's name if necessary. The cost is: $53.99 + tax for the first two nights $89.99 + tax for the next night $80.99 + tax for the last two nights. Please let Bob know if you are going to be there. He can make some dinner reservations for at least the first night. Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Parkside , 7824 E Lamar Alexander Parkway (along US-321) in Townsend, TN 37882 - Phone: 1-865-448-9000

Bob Friedman

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March 25, 2008
Bird Photography: Craft, Composition and Creativity
Gerry Abbott

As the spring bird migration will be coming soon, the March 25th Forum will focus on Bird (and wildlife) Photography topics. Gerry Abbott will present a brief historical perspective of birds in art and photography followed by a discussion of the evolution of the bird photography craft, including today’s state of the art equipment and techniques. Gerry will also discuss various bird (and wildlife) compositional and creativity considerations for achieving successful photographs.

In addition to avid bird photographers, the forum should be of interest to anyone that will be photographing bird/wildlife “portraits” or “activities”, including environmental landscapes that contain birds or wildlife elements. Gerry will also share birding hotspots, upcoming events, reference material, etc.

Gerry Abbott has been a member of NVPS for four years and has become primarily interested in nature photography. Gerry is a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association and has begun participating in their regional activities. Gerry has had numerous successful images including his snow geese image “Bombay Hook” that won “Best of Show” title at the 2007 Meadowlark Photography Expo. Gerry has just retired from a 32-year career in the petroleum business and expects to spend more time on nature activities, as well as the study of art, photography and music.

Mary O'Neill
Forums Coordinator

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Members' Gallery

March 25, 2008

Bob and Jorja Feldman - Prints

On a cold and dark morning, when the marshes are iced over and the Sun has yet to appear, there is a good chance you will find Bob and Jorja Feldman out in the wetlands, setting up 500mm and 600mm lenses to photograph green-winged teals and other wintering birds.  They are usually alone, for it takes a certain conviction to stand out in the chill before dawn, waiting for light and hoping for suitable subject matter. 

How did this insanity come about?  At the time Bob and Jorja got married (26 years ago) Bob was into large and medium format black and white photography.  As often happens, shooting and darkroom time grew increasingly scarce. So, he put aside the cameras and closed the darkroom to devote time to career and family. Now that the kids are out of college and raising their own families it is time to resurrect the passion for photography.

Bob bought Jorja her first DSLR (a Canon 20d) about three years ago and that’s when the fun began.  Once Bob saw first hand the advantages of the digital world, he immediately abandoned film, darkroom and all, and purchased his own 20d.  Additional camera and computer equipment quickly followed as their desire to learn flourished.  The climb up that never-ending learning curve is as exciting to them as the time spent out of doors together.  Their enthusiasm for nature photography immediately became more than hobby; it is now a central focus in their lives.  They have photographed from Costa Rica to Nova Scotia, and will go to Iceland this summer.  But some of their best photography is done in their own backyard, at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, at Huntley Meadows Park, at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and at other local birding hotspots.  Their current project is an exhibit scheduled for April and May at Huntley Meadows Park.

Val Tepordei - Digital Projection

Val Tepordei began his “photographic career” in the early 1950s in his native Romania and soon photography became his main hobby. As a geological engineering student he traveled through Romania and took a lot of pictures. In just a few years he proved to be a skilled photographer and became a member of the Romanian Association of Artist Photographers (AAF). Some of his photographic images traveled around the world being displayed in international photographic exhibitions.

In recognition of his active participation in the AAF and his high quality photographic work, in 1968 he received the international title of Artist FIAP (International Federation of Artistic Photographers). In 1969 he published a book in Romania on how to process black-and-white films and photographic papers.

After his arrival in the U.S. in 1970, Val continued his photographic work as his main hobby. In 2006, Val Tepordei retired from the U.S. Geological Survey where he worked as a scientist, but continues his association with the agency as a Scientist Emeritus.

After retirement, Val is dedicating a significant part of his “free time” to his old but renewed passion for photography. He now travels and works on “photographic assignments,” expands his “digital photographic lab,” and improves on its capabilities.

In March and April 2007 he displayed 60 of his best images in a photographic exhibition al the U.S.G.S. in Reston, VA, entitled 50 Years Behind the Camera.

His motto “Learning never ends” continues to guide his scientific as well as photographic work.

Luella Murri
Members Gallery

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March 11, 2008
Geometry in Photography and Portfolio Critique
Joe Miller

March 11th Workshop will consist of a presentation by Joe Miller and a critique of portfolios. As usual it will be at the Dunn Loring Fire Station starting at 7:30 P.M.

Geometry in Photography

First, Joe Miller will present a short program showing examples of Geometry in Photography. This program is designed to help those who plan to enter the April 15 Geometry in Photography competition. 

Portfolio Project Critique

NVPS Portfolio Project critique will be held during second half or our Workshop meeting.

In order to accommodate the large number of participants (over 50), we will have five “critique workstations.”  Each workstation will have a critiquer, facilitator, digital projector and computer.  Those participating will be assigned to a workstation prior to March 11th.

Except for those individuals shooting film, the images loaded on www.nvps.org are the images that will be critiqued.  Unfortunately, we must have a deadline for submitting images to the website for critique.  It will be March 7th.  This will give those doing the critiquing an opportunity to review your work and will us time to get your images off the website and onto the correct “critique workstation” computer. 

Of course, participating in the critique is optional.  If you choose not to do so, you can still submit your printed portfolio for judging in late May.

Directions for submitting images:

1)  All the images received will be sorted and displayed based upon the file name you provide; therefore, please assign your name to the images followed by a sequence number (i.e. PaulSimmons_01.jpg).  This file name will also be displayed under the image. 

If you have questions you may contact us by email or phone:

Workshop Coordinators:

Minnie Gallman
Bill Prosser
Paul Simmons

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End of Year Banquet

It is hard to believe, but the end of year banquet is soon upon us. ..soon enough to mark your calendars for June 6th, the first Friday in June. We will have a cash bar at 6, a buffet dinner at 7, and festivities to follow.

The superb winning photographs of competition winners throughout the year will be on display. The photographer of the year will be honored, there will be a speaker, prizes, oh, yes, and did I mention food. Prices will be $35 per person paid in advance. Send or hand your checks to Fred Chitty, Treasurer, made out to NVPS. The same tickets will cost $40 each at the door.

We will be at the Tysons Westpark Hotel, 8401 Westpark Drive, Mclean (703 734 2800). This is half a mile west of the beltway on the north side of Rt. 7. It is the same place we were last year.

Andy Klein
Facilities Chair

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NVPS Executive Board 2007-2008

Can be found at the NVPS Web Site: http://nvps.org/main//about/board-members/

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Member News

Photographers of Northern Virginia

Repeat programs of Photographers of Northern Virginia are now being shown on a regular basis on Fairfax Public Access Channel 30 every Monday at 3:30 p.m. and every Friday at 3 p.m. They will no longer be shown on Channel 10.

The March schedule is as follows:

Mar 3 & 7 Carolyn Koslow
Mar 10 & 14 Robert Szabo
Mar 17 & 21 Lillian O'Connell
Mar 24 & 28 Hardy Hargreaves
Mar 31 & Apr 4 Charles Neenan

The schedule can also be found on the NVPS website (http://nvps.org/main/upcoming/tv_program_photographers_of_no/).

Luella Murri

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Thanks to those of you who assisted in making Meadowlark the best ever.  Special congratulations to the following participants who received Sponsor’s Awards and thanks to the sponsors whose support makes the event financially possible.         

David Wheeler—Three Sisters—Trek Tek
Patricia Deege—Wind Ripples—Nikon
Sam Schaen—Lilac Breasted Roller—Nature’s Best Photography
Teresa Klinkosz—Heron in Flight—Sand Disk
Karen Lykke—Squirrel is Watching Me—Meadowlark Botanic Gardens
Judy McGuire—Chincoteague Sunrise—Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
Evelyn Jacob—Winter Mystery—Joseph Rossbach Photography
Sam Schaen—Baboon with Newborn—Tony Sweet Photography
Corey Hilz—Cypress Spring—Bogen Imaging

The date for Meadowlark Photo Expo next year is March  28-29, 2009.

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Ed Knepley

Ed Knepley had a successful November 2007 through January 2008. In November his image Multiple Exposure Art took 2nd place in the BetterPhoto.com's monthly contest which attracts over 36,000 images world-wide per month and professional photographer judges from their instructional staff of Pros like Tony Sweet. In December, Ed repeated the BetterPhoto.com November award with Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. In January Ed entered two of three categories in the Washington Gardener Magazine's 2008 photo contest. Three of his images won - first place in the Small Wonders category (floral macros and close ups), first place in the Garden Creature category, and the Grand Prize. The images will be on display starting with an opening reception of the Photo Show on Friday, March 28 from 6-8pm at the Adams Bank Lobby in the World Building on Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring, MD. The reception is open to the public and is free to attend. After the opening, you may come by and view the photos any time during the normal bank lobby hours (M-F 9am-4pm, Sat 9am-12noon). The show runs through May 22. They will also be published in the March/April issue of the magazine.

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Tom Hady

Tom Hady judged the February competition of the Dallas Camera Club. Yes, Texas! The judging was done entirely by mail, and Tom recorded his comments, to be played at the meeting. The assigned subject was “Reflections,” and there were some very creative responses to the assignment, including a couple of very good mylar reflection pictures. Dallas has a very smooth judging system using FedEx.

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Photographic Society of America
Portland Meeting

August 31 - September 6 2008

The Photographic Society of America’s annual conference this year will be in Portland, OR, from August 31 through September 6.  Here’s your chance to photograph the Pacific Northwest and attend some excellent classes and presentations, too!  As usual, there will be three days of photo tours to begin the week, and then four days of classes and presentations.  More on the classes later, but here are the tour plans: Sunday: An all-day through the evening tour Mt Hood
along the Pacific Coast between Cape Meares and Cannon Beach, and an evening Willamette River Dinner Cruise.  Monday: An all-day through the evening tour along the Columbia River Gorge between Portland and the city of Hood River, and a repeat of the evening Willamette River Dinner Cruise. The photo tour on Tuesday is an all-day Portland city tour.  Details of the classes haven’t been released yet. 

To whet your appetite, here’s a picture of Mt. Hood, taken on a day trip from Portland late last year.

Tom Hady

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Exhibition Opportunities

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Competition for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2008, sponsored by the Natural History Museum (UK) and BBC Wildlife Magazine, has begun. It costs £20 to enter online and £27 to enter by mail. Deadline is 24 March for postal entries and 31 March for electronic entries. Details can be found at: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy-entry/?src=enews

Workhouse Arts Center

THE WORKHOUSE ARTS CENTER, a project of the Lorton Arts Foundation is currently accepting submission to jury for Studio and Associate membership in the Workhouse Artist Association.  There are still studios of varying sizes available in the 5 general use studio buildings. For photographers they also are accepting submission to jury for membership in the Workhouse Photographic Society. Information can be found at www.lortonarts.org

Marti Kirkpatrick

National Wildlife Federation Contest

NWF invites you to submit your favorite nature images to their 2008 Photo Contest. Cash prizes totaling $18,000 plus camera equipment and other gifts will be awarded to the winners in three separate divisions: professional, amateur and youth. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000. Plus, a portfolio of award-winning entries will be published in the 2008 December/January issue of the magazine.

The deadline for all submissions: July 1, 2008. For more details about the categories, how to submit your photos and other information, read the official rules at: http://www.nwf.org/photozone.

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Workshops and Tours

Patzcuaro, Mexico

The Silver Spring Camera Club is organizing a week-long photo tour to Patzcuaro, Mexico, April 20-26, 2008. They still have a couple of openings for participants and welcome members from neighboring clubs. The trip is one week (six nights, 5 full days) photo tour in the highlands of central Mexico. The town of Patzcuaro will be the base, with day trips to surrounding villages and areas.

Bill Rau of
Silver Spring Camera Club

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Galapagos Islands

Sunny Reynolds had 4 people back out of an April Galapagos trip and is offering a discount on the trip. Biotrek Adventure Travels last minute offer We are offering a SPECIAL!!! Regular price is $4800.00 today's price is $4200.00! The dates are April 11-April 21, 2008. We have a beautiful 12 passenger catamaran reserved. This will include air from Washington Dulles to Ecuador, in country air to the islands, accommodations, and meals on the boat. This is a photographers dream destination!

Sunny Reynolds
Director Biotrek Adventure Travels
(540) 349-0040

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Nature Photography Workshops

Christine Bowles will be offering 3 nature photography workshops this spring in Howard County, MD.

April 12 Water Photography
May 17 Macro Photography
June 14 Backyard and Trail Standard

She is offering a 10% discount for students who register by February 29, 2008.  

Christine Bowles

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Using your Digital SLR Camera

March 15 at Eggspectation Bistro's private meeting room, 5009 Westone Plaza Dr., Chantilly, VA.

Mary Louise Ravese
(540) 882-9354

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Fairfax County Adult and Community Education

Wayne Wolfersberger will be teaching the following photography classes among others this spring through the Fairfax County Adult and Community Education Center (ACE).  More information, including how to sign up can be found at  http://www.fcps.edu/aceclasses.

March 12 - April 9 Composition, Creativity, and the Camera
Wednesdays, 7 PM at Chantilly HS
March 24 - April 14 Flower & Garden Photography
Monday Classes plus 1 Saturday field trip
April 10 - May 15

Outdoor Photography - The Natural World
Thursday Classes plus 2 Saturday field trips

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Tours for Photographers Ltd.

March 9-21 Yunnan, China
June 22 - July 6 Northern Vietnam

Nicholas Reuss ARPS
Tours for Photographers Ltd.

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John Shaw - Nature & Digital Photography Seminar

Well known nature photographer, John Shaw, will present two seminars in Baltimore on April 12-13. The first day is devoted to Nature Photography. The second day covers Digital Photography and Digital Workflow. Cost is $225 for the entire weekend or $160 for one day. More information can be found at the Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris website: http://www.photosafaris.com.

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Josh Taylor's Workshop Schedule

March 8 Canon 5D
March 29 - April 26 Photographic Architecture and Flower Details

More information can be found at http://www.archiphotoworkshops.com

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Corey Hilz’s 2008 Location Workshop Schedule

March 10-20 Ireland
April 3-6 Charleston, South Carolina
June 5-8 St. Michael’s, Maryland
September 18-21 Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
October 9-12 Fall Foliage in West Virginia

Corey Hilz’s 2008 Local Class and Workshop Schedule

March 29 Creative Composition Techniques
March 29 Nikon D200
April 12 - May 10 Photography in the Field
April 12 Nikon D40/D40X
April 27 Macro & Close-Up Photography

Details about each workshop (and photo galleries) can be found at www.CoreyHilz.com in the “Instruction” section. Feel free to contact Corey with any questions:


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2008 VA Safaris

March 2-4 Florida - Everglades (3 day)
March 6-8 Florida - Rookeries, West Coast (3 day)
April 19 Meadowlark Gardens Spring Safari (1/2 day)
May 2-4 Smoky Mt National Park (3 day)
Jun 21 Shenandoah National Park (1 day)
Jul 19 Lilypons Gardens (1/2 day)
Aug 2 Meadowlark Gardens Summer shoot (1/2 day)
Sep (mid) Outer Banks Lighthouses, NC (3 day)
Oct 24-26 Delaware Water Gap ( 3 day)
Nov 14-16 Chincoteague, Va ( 3 day)
Dec 13 Bombay Hook, DE (1/2 day)

10% discount for repeat participants 10% discount for camera club members To sign up for a Va Photo Safari go to www.vasafaris.com.

Jack Nevitt & Alan DeFelice.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica awaits, come photograph BATS, birds and more with Wildlife Photo Tours in 2008. Costa Rica is home to all three species of Vampire bats and we hope to photograph all three. Additionally, Costa Rica is home to some of the most magnificent birds on the planet! Other tours for 2008 include Bosque del Apache, Aransas, TX for Whooping Cranes, and bats and venomous reptiles in Arizona and New Mexico. Visit our website at www.wildlifephototour.com for additional tour information.

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Loudoun Photography Club
Contact: Mary Austin-Keller or Joe Ellis at loudounphotoclub@cox.net
Website: www.loudounphotoclub.com
Yahoo group:  LoudounPhotographyClub-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 7:00 pm at theCascades Library (aka Eastern Regional Library) or as indicated.


Manassas Warrenton Camera Club
Contact: Gene Wells (703) 330-5835 or ewellsjr@verizon.net
Website: www.mwcc-photo.org .
Meetings: Held on the 1st and 3rd Thur. at 7:30 pm, Manassas City Hall, Old Town Manassas, or as indicated.
Program:    March 6, 2008 TBA
March 20, 2008 - Category:  People
Field Trip:  March
30, 2008 - Green Spring Gardens, 7:00 a.m.

McLean Photography Club
Contact: Bruce Copping at (703) 725-9331 or bcopping@gmail.com
Website: www.mcleanphoto.org
Meetings:  Held on the 2nd Wed. at 7:30 pm (meet & greet at 7:15 pm), at the McLean Community Center, or as indicated.
Program:    Wed., March 12 -  Sunny Reynolds - photos of India
 May 14

Reston Photographic Society
Ellis Rosenberg at 703-855-4008 or erosenberg@cox.net
:  Held the 3rd Monday of the month 7:30-9:30 pm at the Reston Community Center – Lake Anna

Program:    On Monday March 17th we are fortunate to have Scott Musson President of  NVPS. Scott will be giving a presentation on digital image workflow in Photoshop CS3
  On Monday April 21st we will have a competition with Scott Musson as judge. The theme will be architecture. Details will be in the newsletter.

Vienna Photographic Society
Contact: Mary Jane Fish at (703) 281-9743 or fishsfotos@aol.com  or Warren Standley at (540) 635-6721 or editor@vps-va.org .
Website: www.vps-va.org
:  Held on the 1st and 3rd Wed. at 7:30 pm in the main lecture hall of the Thoreau Middle School, 2505 Cedar Lane, Vienna, VA.
Program:    Wed (3/5) at 7:30pm… Fred Chitty presenting “Using Portable Flash for Portraits”
  Wed (3/19) at 7:30pm… open (unthemed) competition with Shelley Miller as judge

Field Trip: Sat (3/22) at 8:00am… Virginia side of Great Falls Park… contact Terry Goplerud (Terrygoplerud@yahoo.com) for more information

Self-Improvement Outing:  Sat (3/8) at 8:00am… Green Springs Park… topic is “Rhythm”

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For Sale Items

200mm Marco Lens for sale: Nikon 200mm MACRO f4 lens for sale. The three year old lens is in pristine condition. Will sell for $950, was over $1400 when purchased new locally. Contact Wayne Wolfersberger 703-476-6048 or wwolfers@verizon.net

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