Volume 43 - No. #8
Founded 1965 - our 43rd Year
April 2008
The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society
Editor: Sam Schaen - Email: Editor@NVPS.org


Monthly Program
Message From The President
2008-2009 Slate
Next Competition Judge
Competition Results
Field Trips
Members' Gallery
Member News
NVPS Board

Note: You can click on the above links to go directly to the article; or you can scroll through the entire newsletter. You can also print the entire newsletter.

Monthly Program

April 1, 2008
Nature's Best Photography--the Magazine, the Annual International Contest, the Exhibit
Chuck Veatch

Chuck Veatch will present an exciting Program about Nature's Best Photography winning images and tell "why they won". He will also discuss how the overall annual international photography competition is judged, how their magazine cover photographs are chosen, how they select the articles, how the magazine "comes together" and the new upload of images.

Chuck is a nationally respected nature photographer who did all the photography and writing and published the book, "The Nature of Reston", about the flora and fauna of this celebrated area of Virginia.
His creative photography has appeared in many publications, including the cover photograph and story in "Nature's Best Magazine", which covered an artistic look at the landscape of the American Southwest.

He is a Vice President of Nature's Best Publishing and is part owner and actively engaged in day to day activities of "Nature's Best Magazine", including image selection and editorial content.

Chuck is a past president of NVPS and was named a Photographer of the Year 4 times by NVPS. He is a 2- time graduate of the Freeman Patterson workshops in Canada and is a frequent judge and lecturer on photography and visual design.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Reston Arts Center, the Fairfax County Parks Foundation, the Endowment Board for the National Wildlife Federation, and the Advisory Board for the Potomac Conservancy.

Chuck is a great lover of nature, a passionate and very talented photographer, and great friend of NVPS.

Chuck regrets that he will not be able to come to dinner with NVPS members on 1 April.

Tom Brett
VP for Programs


Message from the President

Scott Musson

Thank you all for your kind words about my article last month “An Ounce of Prevention” about backing up your precious image files so a hard drive failure won’t mean losing all of your images.  In the process of discussing this topic with many people I discovered that not a lot of people have a file organization plan, but have somewhat randomly put files in directories/folders and consequently have a very hard time finding groups of images let alone specific images. 


This month I would like to share my methodology of organizing my image files on my computer's file system which of course is replicated on an external hard drive.


I generally organize my files by year, month, day and subject in a hierarchical folder structure. Usually the way I shoot images matches up with this methodology, but on the occasions it doesn’t work I have  some techniques to reorganize the images to fit this model, usually be creating some additional folders.

First at the beginning of every year I create a new high level folder for the year:



Then I create folders for the month as a subfolder of the year.  At the end of the year there will be 12 subfolders, one for each month.  Then within each of the months, all the different subjects or shoots are separated into separate subfolders.  So for the month of March, here's what my folder structure looks like:

In the picture above only the March folder is expanded, there are lots of subdirectories under January (01) and February (02), but they are collapsed.  Since the file system uses string sorting of the names of the folders I specifically use ("01", "02", "03", etc.).  This way the months will sort chronologically.  If you use the name of the month,

Folders Month

they will sort alphabetically (April, August, etc.) and
if you don't use the leading zero your months will sort incorrectly in some file systems (not all).

Now within a specific shoot, further divide the directories.  I have a sub directory for my Photoshop files (called PSD) and one for my JPEGs called JPEG and I leave my RAW files in the top directory  (Example 03_09_2008 - US Botanical Gardens).

I use the following format in naming my folders with individual locations or subjects, they are named using the format of (MM_DD_YYY - Shoot Location or Name).  This naming convention again supports chronological order of my images inside the month folder.

There are two major advantages to organizing your files with this technique.  I can search for images by location using the search dialog and I can browse chronologically for images. 

Searching for images that I shot at the US Botanical Gardens can be found by searching for "*Botanical*."  (* is the wildcard symbol for searching in Windows/DOS based operating systems.)  If you add the dot "." at the end it will find directories or folders only and not files.  If I'm browsing chronologically I can find shots I took last fall at the Balloon festival by looking in the September (09) and October (10) subfolders in 2007.


Folders Shoot

If you are comfortable navigating in the Windows command prompt, navigate to the root of you image files and type the word "tree" and you'll get a tree depiction of your directories which may help you find directories if you don't know exactly when you took the images you are looking for.  To the right is the output of the "tree" command:

Hopefully this will give you some ideas on how you will organize your files.  Remember there is no right way or wrong way to do this.  The best way is a way that works for you.  There are more advanced techniques such as using keywords through Photoshop, Lightroom or another program.  This technique takes considerably more effort, but if you have huge libraries of images this may be an appropriate technique for you.


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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Officer Slate for 2008-2009

As required by the club bylaws, a slate of candidates for next year was announced at the March program meeting. The candidates are:

President Tom Brett
Co-VPs Competitions Sandi Croan
Matthew Schmidt
VP Programs Mary O'Neill
Treasurer Fred Chitty
Secretary/Historian Terri Klinkosz

Additional nominations for these positions will be accepted at the April program meeting and the vote will be held at the May program meeting.

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April 15, 2008
Kathryn A. Brown
Themed Competition

Geometry in Photography is the announced theme for the NVPS APRIL 15, 2008 monthly competition. (For detailed theme definitions, please check the NVPS website). Not only is this a themed competition, but it is time-dated as well, meaning the original image capture must have occurred within 2 years of the competition date. Kathryn A. Brown, full-time, self-employed, commercial photographer since 1983, will be returning to NVPS as the judge. Her specialties include 35mm coverage of a wide range of special events and corporate needs but also architectural photography done with large format 4X5 equipment. Kathryn's training includes a BA degree in Art from Penn State, and an AAS degree in Commercial Photography from NVCC. Kathryn's fine art photography has been exhibited and won awards in one-person, group and juried shows in galleries such as the Art League and (former) Perry House in Old Town, the Ellipse in Arlington, and the (former) Rock Creek Art Barn in DC. She is also a juried exhibiting member of the Artisans United Gallery in Annandale. Additionally, she has been repeatedly invited by camera clubs in the region to judge their architectural subjects competitions. She is on the boards of several local arts organizations, including the Del Ray Artisans where she is a committed and active founding member of this dynamic community arts group, and exhibits regularly.

Her photography represents a deep love not only for her medium, but also for the essence of her subject. She has pursued photography as a form of expression for nearly 40 years, and although she will point her cameras at any subject in search of successful composition, her preference is to isolate and capture the details of life whether here in the US or in European and Mediterranean lands, or up close to colorful neon tubes. Much of her personal work has become abstraction, the art of removing from context and creating a new reality. Her Living Land, Mediterranean and Archtitecture series do indulge in the joy of fully representational imagery, but her Architecture in the Abstract and Frozen Neon series revel in the freedom of abstraction, inviting the viewer to enjoy life from a different perspective.

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March Competition Images

Koniyoshi Floral Zoom

Enhanced Prints
Floral Zoom-in
Seiji Koniyoshi

Volons Sweater

Novice Digitally Projected
New Sweater
Oleg Volons

Schnee Hippo

Advanced Digitally Projected
Eye of the Hippo
Hal Schnee

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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March Competition Results

Award Photographer Title
Novice Monochrome
1st Pat Lonergan Portrait of Linda
2nd Chris Birch Summer Eve
3rd Jeff Suhanick Metro Stairs
Advanced Monochrome
1st Tom Brett Capital Brewery
2nd Sandi Croan Baby Blake
3rd Susan Breen Gondolas in the Mist
HM Jeff Evans Reichstag Dome
Novice Color
1st William Adams Fence
2nd Dirck Harris Dragon
3rd Bill Von Holle Bee on Thistle
HM Clare Nykolyszyn Joyful Grace
HM Chris Birch Hahnemann
Advanced Color
1st Jorja Feldman Great Egret in the Mood
2nd Bob Feldman Screech Owl
3rd Sandi Croan Monastery Flowers
HM Bob Friedman Washington Cathedral
HM Bill Prosser Stairs
Advanced Slides
1st Curtis Gibbens Snowgoose Galore
2nd Amie Tannenbaum Floating Flower
3rd Rose Julian Painted Palm
Enhanced Prints
1st Seiji Kuniyoshi Floral Zoom-in
2nd Bill Prosser Self-Portrait #2
3rd Susan Breen Music at Charles Bridge
Novice Digitally Projected
1st Oleg Volons New Sweater
2nd Vivian Luu Birdie
3rd Oleg Volons The Couple #3
HM Curtis Gibbens Predawn Flight
HM Georgette Grossman Bee on Daisy
HM Roger Novack Tulip
HM Williams Adams Wall
Advanced Digitally Projected
1st Hal Schnee Eye of the Hippo
2nd Judy McGuire Canaan Valley Morning
3rd Scott Musson Freeman’s Barn
HM Ed Ruggiero World in My Hands
HM Judy McGuire Lake Braddock Mallard<>

Amie Tannenbaum VP Competitions

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Digital Projection Competition

If you attended the Novice Digital Projection competition this month, you had an opportunity to see a catastrophic failure of the digital projection software. We attempted to use a function that we have never used in competition before which allows up to twelve of the remaining images to be projected on a single slide. I had tested the feature with less than spectacular results in the past, but after making some changes to the software to support PowerPoint 2007 the feature had worked flawlessly during testing.

As so often happens, the difference between testing and production uncovers unforeseen issues in software. We have not identified the specific issue that caused the PowerPoint Add-in to crash, but the failure forced us to reload the competition images and run through the images removing the ones that were no longer in play. This took what had to seem like an inordinate amount of time to anyone not frantically attempting to get the competition back together.

We will be doing more testing of this function, which has been frequently requested by judges, to see if we can get it working, or at least get it into a position where it will fail gracefully rather than locking the software and forcing us to start over again.

I apologize for the delay in what was already a long night and I hope that it does not persuade anyone to stop submitting digital images for competiton.

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

AIPAD – The Photography Show
Park Avenue Armory in New York City

Saturday, April 12
12:00 PM

The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) will present
The Photography Show New York 2008, from April 10-13, 2008.  The NVPS Field Trip this month will meet on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City to view this wonderful event.  
"The AIPAD Photography Show is renowned among connoisseurs of fine art photography as the place to find the best work on the market,” said Robert Klein, President, AIPAD, and President, Robert Klein Gallery in Boston.  “This year, expect to see more large-scale contemporary work in newly designed, spacious booths."
More than 75 of the world's leading fine art photography galleries will present a wide range of museum quality work by contemporary, modern and 19th century masters at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The 28th edition of The AIPAD Photography Show New York will open with a Gala Preview on April 9 to benefit the John Szarkowski Fund, an endowment for photography acquisitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The AIPAD Photography Show New York is the longest running and foremost exhibition of fine art photography.

The AIPAD Photography Show New York will run from Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13, 2008, at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street in New York City. Show hours will be:

Thursday, April 10 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 11 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The admission is $25 daily and $35 for the run-of-show, and includes a show catalogue. No advance purchase is required. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, the public can call AIPAD at 202.367.1158 or at newyork@aipad.com

Transportation:  To get to NYC, I recommend either of two transportation methods.  You can take the train from Union Station for approximately $142, or the bus for $50 round trip.  The Vamoose bus service (http://www.vamoosebus.com/) leaves from 1801 N Lynn St Arlington, VA on Sat, April 12, at 7:45 AM, (near the Rosslyn Metro), for $25 each way and only one stop in Bethesda.  Returning from NYC the bus departs from 255 W 31 St. bet. 7 & 8 Ave New York, NY on Sunday at 9:30 and 11:30 AM, or 2:00, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:00 PM.  (Sat departures from NYC are at 2:00 4:30 and 7:00PM).  Please reserve a seat from their web site, although tickets are purchased via cash or checks on the bus.

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Great Smoky National Park
Townsend, TN

April 23-27

REMINDER: Bob Friedman 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. Details were published in the November FotoFax.

Bob Friedman

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VA Gold Cup Steeplechase Races
Great Meadows, Plains, VA

May 3, 2008

Please come enjoy the 83rd running of the world famous Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase race, Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia! The Virginia Gold Cup is a grand spring tradition as well as a fixture on the social calendar. Run in Fauquier County since 1922 and attended by over 45,000 spectators, this race is one of the largest and most popular sporting events in the greater Washington metropolitan area. Race day features seven hurdle and timber horses races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tent, tailgate and hat contests, a parachute demonstration, and over 30 vendor booths for shopping.

Please take a look at the web site for full details.  The races are ongoing all day, with a variety of scattered events such as dog races and parachute drops.  It is an event where you bring a picnic lunch, perhaps a lawn chair, your photo gear and spend the day touring the sites, or photographing from our tiered home location rail area.  I can have approximately 15-25 sign up for this.  Please don’t delay or you may miss out!

I have booked a SOUTH RAIL 1 reservation for the NVPS Field Trip.  My rail space package includes one reserved rail area 12’ x 20’, right up front (and near a jump supposedly), three General Admission car passes (which includes up to 6 passengers per vehicle) and six Members Hill Badges.  General Admission Car Passes run $75.00 for each additional vehicle, again up to six per vehicle.  We can rotate usage of the six Members Hill badges between those attending.  Admission and Rail 1 space costs will be split up among those participating.  This is an event which will run each attendee somewhere between $33- $40, depending on participation, which does not include food or beverages but will be a wonderful day of great photographic opportunities. 

I will supply a pickup truck parked in our area, which will allow photographing from a somewhat higher elevation (two tiers of photographers) and storage of any articles you may wish.  I will also provide a table or two for a picnic style lunch.  All other vehicles associated with our group will be parked in the general, but very ample parking lots.  Bring your lawn chairs, photo gear and picnic.

I suspect this may be a very popular event, so please sign up early!

Be sure to supply your email address and phone number on the sign-up sheet so I will be able to notify you of updates.

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May 17

This even has been cancelled. See: http://www.dc-artfair.com

Kenilworth Gardens
July 12, 2008

More information forthcoming. Check out the web site. http://www.nps.gov/kepa

Chincoteague Pony Swim

August 1st
5:30 AM

Experience a unique and up-close view of the ponies of Chinconteague on their return trip to Assateague. Over 100 horses make the return trip, and they can often be seen frollicking in the sand once back on shore.

Roy Widgeon, member of the Virginia Beach Photography Club and resident of the Eastern Shore, has volunteered to put together trips to his home island for the club. For this trip, he's working with a friend and charter-boat captain to give VBPC members (and other area club members) a unique opportunity to get some great shots of these fine horses on their annual swim. Most boats go straight back to shore after the very short swim across by the ponies, but the captian of The Tortuga, a fellow amateur enthusiast, has promised to keep us taking photos for a couple of hours! The best shots of those shared with the Captain will receive credit on the captain's web page www.fishawn.com)!

Roy says, The best way to experience the pony swim is by boat as they make their way from shore to shore in late July. The major problem with this is that it is really expensive to get a spot on the boat for the initial swim. I have contacted a Chincoteague charter captain who has plenty of spots for the not so well known swim back of the horses on August 1st, and the captain is giving us the opportunity to fill the boat with photographers before he opens it up to the public.

August 1st
Chinconteague Island
5:30 a.m. Meet at Curtis Merritt Harbor
6:00 a.m. Boat departs harbor

· 50ft vessel with a cabin restroom
· for the past four years he has been the lead boat for the swim!
· Charter Boat Company: www.fishawn.com

Price per person $75.00 (as compared to $125 for initial swim) if we share the boat (in this case, we're not guaranteed a special two-hour photo tour)
If we fill the boat the cost will be only $50.00 per person (the captain is giving us a tremendous discount just for doing the legwork!)
If we nearly fill the boat, the captain will increase our costs slightly, divided by the number of total passengers. In either of these last cases, the captain will keep us on the water for a couple of hours just for photography.

Registration Deadline Feb 15th (Now extended to May 6th!)
Payment Deadline by 29th Feb (Now extended to May 20th!)

NVPS members should sign up through the club.

If you do this trip, you'll need to be in Chinconteague very early. You'll probably want to stay overnight, at least the night before. Roy's found a couple of nearby hotels with good rates

· Best Western Exmore, VA. they are about 44.4 miles away with a drive time of +- 1 hour http://www.easternshoreinn.com/
· Comfort INN Onley, VA. is about 32 miles away with a drive time of +- 46min. http://www.comfortinnonley.com/

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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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Andy Klein
Journey to Find Personal Style
April 22, 2008

Photography has been an interest for Andy for a long time. After substantial cajoling, his parents bought a used Argus C3 when he was eleven. A Kodak Retina was next and its Schneider lens was quite capable. Andy spent some years in the black and white darkroom as student, printer, and teacher and moved over to color and B&W slides where he has been for many years.

Tutelage from a former Washington Post photographer, classes from Joe Miller, Freeman Patterson, The Maine Photographic Institute, The Santa Fe Photography School, and miscellaneous other coursework and mentors have helped Andy build his skills. He is an active member of NVPS, having held all the officer positions over the years.

Andy’s photographs have been published, won occasional prizes, sold, and supported court cases. He was a part-time wedding photographer for several years. He is a recent graduate of Joe Miller’s class on judging and has served as a camera club competition judge for a number of years.

Andy likes a variety of photographic subjects. He shoots Nikon and Leica digital cameras. He has been in the digital darkroom for now for several years and only recently has left film for digital capture.

The goal of this forum is to share Andy Klein's journey to find a personal style. Andy will present three personal portfolios, each containing about 30 photographs. As Freeman Patterson is wont to say, "The camera shoots both ways." So, each portfolio has personal meaning and captures a photographic passion. The discussion of the photographs will be about their personal meaning and how they have come to define a personal "style".

Mary O'Neill
Forums Coordinator

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Members' Gallery

April 22, 2008

Susan Breen - Digital Projection

Susan Breen has been a member of NVPS since 2004.  Her interest in photography began at an early age when her parents entrusted her with documenting family outings and vacations.  However, her first learning experiences came when she joined NVPS and participated in workshops and competitions, listened, observed, absorbed and put into practice what she learned.  Her subjects range from landscapes to the minute close focus of flowers. 

She has two loves in photography and one of them is photographing people - especially taking candid photographs of people in the streets of various cities and places she happens to be in.  And that is what she will present in the next upcoming Members Gallery Forum.

Frank Mertes - Prints

Frank Mertes received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from Northwestern University.  Subsequently he was awarded a Masters and the Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from Iowa State University. He was employed as a Project Manager at TRW Defense and Space Systems Group in Washington, D.C.  In 1990 he resigned from TRW to devote more time to travel and photography.

In 1993, 1995, and 1997 Frank was named as Photographer of the Year by the Northern Virginia Photographic Society. Over 30 of his photographs have been accepted in juried at media art exhibits conducted by The Art League, Vienna Arts Society, and the Fairfax Council for the Arts. In 1998 his photograph of Antelope Canyon was selected for a first place award in the  Open Exhibition sponsored by the Arts Council of Fairfax County and juried by J. Carter Brown, Director Emeritus of the National Gallery. His photographs are currently available for purchase at the Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria.

Frank has photographed Western Europe in depth during 25 trips to the Continent.  He also has photographed extensively in South America, the Orient, Morocco, and Kenya, as well as in the United States.  When not traveling, he resides with his wife, Corinne,  in Oakton, Va.

Luella Murri
Members Gallery

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April 8, 2008
Ed Knepley, Warren Stanley, and Tom Sullivan

Several Alliance Camera club members have completed Joe Miller’s Seminar on Judging.  Three of them, Ed Knepley, Warren Stanley, and Tom Sullivan, will critique images April 8th, 7:30 PM, at the Dunn Loring Fire Station. Critiques are intended to give you educational feedback and enable you to learn about visual design and other attributes of good photography from observing the critique of images made by you and others.  We encourage you to consider submitting images that were taken on field trips, in response to recent workshop topics, or are eligible for the April Geometry in Photography- themed competition.

To give the “critquers” adequate time to discuss individual images there will be a limit of three images per person.   (Even with this image-number limit, it may not be possible to critique all submitted images depending on the number of entries.) You are encouraged to submit your pictures as digital or film slides, rather than prints, because they are easier for the audience to view. You should feel free, however, to bring prints, if you wish. Regardless of what media you submit, please designate your priority preferences—one, two, or three—in case we have too many entries. For film slides (and prints) we will have three trays (stacks) designated, 1, 2, and 3 into which you are to sort you pictures. The “critiquers” will critique all the 1-preferences before moving the 2’s. If you bring prints or film slides, please arrive several minutes early to sort your images in the correct stack or tray.

If you plan to submit digital slides, please attach them to an email addressed to Minnie Gallman (pggallman@verizon.net) and send them to her by 6 PM, Sunday, April 6th. Put “Critique Workshop Image(s)” in the Subject box. Images should not exceed 1024 pixels wide or 768 pixels high and the maximum file size is under 1 megabyte.  Please name your digital slides by designating the preference first, followed by your name, and title; e.g., 1-Bill Prosser-Seneca Window.

If you have questions you may contact either Bill or Minnie.

Workshop Coordinators:

Minnie Gallman
Bill Prosser
Paul Simmons

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Member News

Ed Knepley

Ed is a National Park Service VIP (Volunteer in Parks). He's been a volunteer photographer at Shenandoah National Park since 2004.
This year is the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The National Park Service is creating displays in honor of the event. They are using one of Ed's photos for their feature poster and for large displays. Also, the poster will be sold by the Shenandoah National Park Association.
The statue is "Iron Mike". Mike was recently created and installed in front of the main Shenandoah National Park visitor center - the Byrd Center. Ed was down on all fours in the water shown in the photo. It was his favorite kind of park photography day with clouds, fog and precipitation.
The photos also will appear in the Virginia Living Magazine, plus the park is doing an article on Ed in an upcoming issue of the park visitor guide, Shenandoah Overlook. Who said that volunteers don't get paid?
Ed asks that when you see him, please stick a pin in him to deflate his swelled head.
Iron Mike

Judy McGuire

McGuire Mallard McGuire Big Meadow

Judy McGuire has 2 images published in Virginia Wildlife Magazine's Annual Photography Contest Showcase. Lake Braddock Mallard won Honorable Mention in the Birds of a Feather category and Big Meadows Web was Honorable Mention in Fantastic Flowers.

NVPS Members as Judges

  • Wayne Wolfersberger just recently judged the photographic entries in the Arts and Crafts Contest of the Northern District General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Virginia.
  • Erwin Siegel and Wayne Wolfersberger judged the Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation 2008 Photography contest held over the March 15-16 weekend.

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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 April schedule is as follows:

Mar 31 & Apr 4 Charles Neenan
Apr 7 & 11 David Smith
Apr 14 & 18 Karen Kaiser
Apr 21 & 25 Patricia Deege
Apr 28 & May 2 Judy Karpinski

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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NVPS Executive Board 2007-2008

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

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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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Equipment News

That Creep!

New member, Georgette Grossman, was plagued by lens creep with her Nikon 18-200 mm lens. Whenever she aimed downward, the lens would extend. She researched the problem via Google and found a solution at: http://www.pbase.com/regcoulterphotography/nikon_18200_fix. The solution involves slipping an O-Ring over the lens. The drawback is that it makes the zooming a little stiff, but you can always roll the O-ring back to loosen up the focusing and then roll it back to the anti-creep sweet spot (see photo at right) whenever you want. She obtained 25 rings from E-Bay and is willing to share with other Nikon lens owners. Lens with O-Ring

Georgette Grossman

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New Release: Cankon 41

In an unprecedented move, two camera manufacturing giants have collaborated to produce a new camera with something for everyone.  Canon and Nikon have jointly announced the Cankon 41. It comes with a 41 Megapixal full frame foveon sensor. It is designed to far surpass images possible with either company’s current offerings.  In addition, the Cankon 41 operates as a film camera through its advanced mirroring system that can direct the light coming through the lens at either medium.  Moreover, it can switch between the two modes so rapidly, that virtually the same image can be captured in both places with one press of the shutter.

As one might expect, the camera comes with two sets of lens adaptors, making it usable with your current lenses, whether they’re Canon or Nikon. There are optional adaptors to permit Zeiss and Leica lenses to be used as well. Similarly, either Nikon or Canon flashes can be mounted and will provide full through-the-lens advanced metering.

The perspective control feature automatically shifts the sensor in relation to the lens to avoid those nasty perspective problems.  The Cankon 41 allows you to say “goodbye” to leaning buildings!

One feature, not seen in either manufacturer’s line previously is the patented composition advisor. There is a rule-of-thirds indicator that illuminates in the viewfinder when the subject is at one of the power spots in the frame. The advanced microcomputer in the camera is also capable of identifying and highlighting in the viewfinder, geometric patterns (both subject- and design-based), rhythmic repetitions and esthetic balance. Up/down/left/right indicators illuminate to direct the photographer to move the camera to capture a superior picture.

One enthusiastic prototype tester said, “If only they had put legs on the camera, I’d be able to send it out on its own early in the morning and go back to sleep, confident that I’d have some award winning images when it returned.”

The new Cankon 41 goes on sale April 1st and has a list price of $4,108.

April F. Uhl

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LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph
Charlottesville, VA
June 12-14, 2008

Last year Charlottesville, Virginia hosted the first annual LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph.  We transformed the historic downtown Charlottesville into a "living image" with world-class photography exhibitions, outdoor projections, master presentations, film screenings, and special events.  This coming June 12-14, we will do it all over again with an all-new lineup of photographers, including our three featured artists: Mary Ellen Mark, Joel-Peter Witkin, and James Nachtwey.  Full details including a slideshow from last year can be found on our website: www.look3.org

New in 2008 are the LOOK3 Workshops and Project Critique Sessions.  Photographers of all skill levels will find invaluable instruction and experience by enrolling in classes taught by renowned photographers David Alan Harvey, William Albert Allard, Eugene Richards and Lynn Johnson. The shooting workshops will be intense 5-day courses (June 7-12) in which students will craft a body of work from start to finish during the week, learn to work under a deadline, edit and sequence their images, and develop and refine their skills as a shooter.  

Andrew Owen

Festival of the Photograph
Andrew Owen
Operations Manager
P.O. Box 1541
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434.977.FOTP (3687)

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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

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

Bill Folsom

April 5 Introduction to Digital Photography
April 6 Art of Composition
April 20 Aperature, Shutter Speed & Exposure
May 11 Posing Techniques
May 18 Wedding Photography
May 23-26 Memorial Weekend Workshop
(with Corey Hilz, Joseph Rossbach, Mark DiLallo in addition to Bill)
June 7 Better People Pictures
June 8 Photographic Equipment
June 21 Art & Science of Butterfly Photography

Classes are held at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.

Bill Folsom

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Adobe Lightroom

Jeff Burton will teach Adobe Lightroom at the Vienna Community Center, Saturday, April 5th.

Jeff Burton

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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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.

April 10 - May 15

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

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Tours for Photographers Ltd.

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 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

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

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
http://www.vasafaris.com .

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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 at info@loudounphotoclub.com
Website:  www.loudounphotoclub.com
Yahoo group:  http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LoudounPhotographyClub/join

Meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 7:00 pm at the Cascades Library or as indicated.

Program:    WEDNESDAY, April 9th - Ian Plant, Photographing the Chesapeake Bay
  Thurs, April 24th - Theme: Nature
Field Trip:  See our Yahoo Group


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:    April 3 - TBA
  April 17 - Reflections

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.

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 Anne

Program:     Digital and print competition see below.
  On Monday April 21st 7:30 - 9:30 at RCC Lake Anne we will have our first monthly competition with Scott Musson the president of NVPS as our judge.  The theme will be architecture. More info. will be in the RPS April 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 (4/2), 7:30pm, speaker Don Johnson will present "Zoo Photography". 
  Wed (4/16), 7:30pm, with judge Frank Van Riper.
Field Trip: Saturday, April 19th at 6:00am, Virginia Bluebells at Stone Bridge, the Manassas Battlefield… for more information, contact Martin Fish (fishmp@aol.com or cell phone 703-969-8907) or Terry Goplerud (terrygoplerud@yahoo.com).

Self-Improvement Outing: Sat (4/12) at 8:00am… Green Springs Park… topic is “Proportion”.


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For Sale Items

200mm Marco Lens: Nikon 200mm MACRO f4 lens for sale. The three year old lens is in pristine condition. Will sell for $650 or best offer, was over $1400 when purchased new locally. Contact Wayne Wolfersberger 703-476-6048 or wwolfers@verizon.net

Nikon Coolpix P4: features 8.1 effective megapixels of image resolution and delivers professional-quality imaging power to the average consumer. The high-quality 3.5x Zoom- Nikkor lens has a focal range equivalent to that of a 36-126mm lens in 35mm format and the large and bright 2.5-inch LCD makes for easy viewing in all conditions. The camera is compact and lightweight, measuring just 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches and weighing less than six ounces. In like new condition. $175 and it is yours. Contact Andy Klein at 703 395 2804 or at andrew-klein@cox.net

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