Volume 44 - No. 4
Founded 1965 - our 44th Year
December 2008
The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society
Editor: Sam Schaen - Email: Editor@NVPS.org


Monthly Program
Next Competition Judge
Field Trips
Members' Gallery
Workshops, Education, and Training
Member News
NVPS Board


12/2 Program Meeting
12/6 Bald Eagle Photography at Conowingo Dam
12/9 Workshop
12/16 Competition
12/23 No meeting
12/30 No meeting

All meetings for the club year will start at 7:30 PM at the Dunn Loring Fire Station. The doors will open at 7:00 PM for a "meet and greet".

Please remember to take seats immediately when the meeting starts and to silence cell phones.

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.

When it Snows!
As the weather becomes colder, there's a chance that a meeting may be cancelled due to snow or freezing rain. NVPS follows the Fairfax school closing policy. Whenever evening activities in Fairfax schools are cancelled on a meeting night, the NVPS meeting will be cancelled as well. If you're unsure, you can call one of the Board members. We will also send out email to the membership list when a decision has been made. Winter


Monthly Program

December 2 , 2008
Joe Rossbach
Abstracting Nature

Joseph Rossbach specializes in creating unique images of the American Wilderness with an emphasis on the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine. Joseph has been photographing the natural world for over 12 years and has traveled to the deep canyons of the Southwest to the rugged coasts of New England in search of beautiful and evocative images of the American Wilderness. Joe’s work has been published in magazines, calenders, advertising campaigns, web sites, art galleries and books. A few of Joe’s clients include Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Digital Camera World, Photo Techniques Magazine, The Potomac News and Mountain Connections Magazine.

Joe also spends a good deal of time speaking and lecturing at regional and local Camera Clubs along the East Coast. He brings a unique flare to his photography by using special techniques to create unique abstract images of common scenes and places. Joe has been leading photo tours and workshops for the past few years and also teaches photography classes at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. Joe lives with his wife Amber and their son Phoenix in Annapolis, Maryland.

Joe is also a workshop instructor with Mountain Trail Photo Workshops and a team member along with Ian Plant, Richard Bernabe, Jerry Greer, Bill Lea, Jim Clark,Guy Tal, Nye Simmons and George Stocking. His work can be found at his website (http://www.josephrossbach.com/).

Mary O'Neill
VP for Programs
703-548-8669 (H)

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Workshops, Education, and Training

An introduction to Black Light Photography
Scott Musson
December 9, 2008

On Tuesday, December 9th, Scott Musson will present an interactive presentation on Black Light Photography.  The first portion of the evening will be a lecture and demonstration of Black Light Photography techniques, on how to use this unusual lighting to create surreal, entertaining and even artistic images.  Black light makes fluorescent colors glow brightly, causes other items to glow in the dark, and it affects a number of common household items in interesting ways.

After the lecture, you will have an opportunity to shoot in Black Light at 3 different stations, either by using the information you received in the lecture, or by trying your own ideas.

Since Black Light Photography is done in low light, here are some of the things you should bring, so you can participate at the stations:

  • Your camera, with a lens that can focus fairly close to your subject (the closer the better), with a general length of at least 50mm to 135mm
  • A tripod

Some optional items:

  • A cable or remote shutter release.
  • Macro lens, close-up filters, or extension tubes.
  • UV/haze filter on your lens.

We hope you will join us for this event, it should be fun!  Educational even!  Hopefully it will inspire you to try this very different lighting technique.

If there are any questions, please contact one of the Workshop Coordinators:

  Bill Prosser
Melanie Marts

Ed Ruggiero


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Competition Judge
Jim Sollo
December 16, 2008

Jim Sollo has been a member of NVPS since 1982. While he no longer attends many of the organizations' meetings, he always come to the annual NVPS Banquet and is continually impressed with the quality and creativity of the the images made by the NVPS members. During the period that he competed in NVPS photo competitions, he won numerous awards for his images including Photographer of the Year and Slide of the Year. A complete failure in Black and White photography (he never could make a satisfactory print), and a near Luddite when it comes to making digital images, he continues to work exclusively in color slides.  In spite of these deficiencies in his skills and abilities, he likes to think that he brings the same criteria to judging all images. And having taken thousands of really awful images himself, he feels well-qualified to discuss, at length, just about every mistake an aspiring photographer can make.  

Jim believes that photography is an art form, and as such it is not a competitive enterprise. Nonetheless, in the spirit of Dave Carter, Joe Miller, Jim Steele and other fine photographers within NVPS who have provided photographic critiques of members' images, he believes that we can all learn things from each other as we discuss images. He hopes that his critique of images presented during the December competition will encourage all the presenting photographers and will be useful to them in evaluating and improving their own images.  

Jim admits to being drawn to images with strong visual content, dynamic use of color or tonality, where some thought has been given to composition. Artistically, he is partial toward images which capture or create a sense of mood or stir emotions. He appreciates imagery which shows us something familiar in a unique or unexpected way and he gravitates toward images which provide an interpretive or impressionistic view of a subject, rather than a documentary approach.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandi Croan at pashli@aol.com or Matthew Schmidt at mgs@loreleistudios.com.

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November Competition Images

Below are some images that received a first place award in the November competition. Clicking on one of the pictures will display a larger version. First place winners in future competitions may be submitted to editor@nvps.org. Submitted photos should have maximum width and height of 1024 pixels and 768 pixels respectively. Images should be sent to editor@nvps.org by the Friday following the competition.

Ursy Potter - Mexican Scene

Novice Monochrome
Ursy Potter
Mexican Scene

Ursy Potter-Look Who's There

Novice Color Prints
Ursy Potter
Look Who's There

Callas in Soft Light

Advanced Color Prints
Stephen Gawarecki
Callas in Soft Light

John Naman-Melanie's Caladium

Novice Digital Projection
John Naman
Melanie's Caladium



Enchanted Forest

Enhanced Prints
Jorja Feldman
Enchanted Forest



Lake Minnewanka

Advanced Monochrome
Willa Friedman
Lake Minnewanka


November Competition Results

Award Photographer Title
Novice Monochrome Prints
1st Ursy Potter Mexican Scene
Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st Willa Friedman Lake Minnewanka
2nd Laura Howell Luray Detail
Novice Color Prints
1st Ursy Potter Look Who's There
2nd Georgette Grossman Surf's Up
3rd John Naman Owl
HM Lorraine Chickering Lacy Lady
HM Tom Mangan Temptation
HM John Quigley Frigate Bird Chick
HM Carson Zimmerman Fairfax Fair Ride
Advanced Color Prints
1st Stephen J. Gawarecki Callas In Soft Light
2nd Bob Friedman Birth, Life & Death
3rd F. Dale Williams Bell Flower
HM Willa Friedman King Soloman's Mines
HM Timber Gooding Luke The Lion
HM Melanie Marts Chinese Yellow Swallowtail
Enhanced Prints
1st Jorja Feldman Enchanted Forest
2nd Laura Howell Winter Tree
3rd Bob Feldman Rembrandt's Cardinal
HM Jorja Feldman Golden Hummer
HM Georgette Grossman I don't Think So!
Advanced Slides
1st Amie Tannenbaum Flower in Pitcher
2nd Luella Murri Rocket's Red Glare
Novice Digital Images
1st John Naman Melanie's Caladium
2nd Roger Novack Water Lily
3rd David Mosher Waterfall Shower
HM William Adams dandy
HM Gayle Dennis Brookside Butterfly II
HM Curtis Gibbens Cecropia Moth
Advanced Digital Images
1st Vivian Luu Bonding In the Rain
2nd Oleg Volons Drawing President
3rd Susan Breen Blue Door
HM Vivian Luu Belly Dance
HM Scott Musson Walt Disney Concert Hall


Sandi Croan
Co-VP Competitions
Matthew Schmidt
Co-VP Competitions

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Field Trips

Bald Eagle Photography at Conowingo Dam
Susquehanna River (MD)
Saturday, December 6, 2008

Departure Time: 7:00 a.m. (car pooling from Dunn Loring)
Photo shoot : 9:00 until noon
No admission charge

Our next scheduled field trip is to the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River in Harford County Maryland.  The field trip is primarily for photographing and viewing the Bald Eagles but there are other photo opportunities in the area.  Typically at this time of the year, large numbers of bald eagles can be seen near the dam and this provides some of the best eagle photography in the Mid Atlantic States.  In addition to the eagles, there are numerous Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Gulls and other birds along the river.

I would suggest everyone bring a pair of binoculars for the trip.  As for camera gear, there are two strategies that work well for photographing the eagles at this site.  One strategy is to take the longest lens and sturdiest tripod that is available to you.  This strategy gives you the opportunity to photography distant perched or flying eagles.   The other approach is to take the longest lens that you can comfortably hand carry.   This approach is sometimes more useful for photographing the eagles that often fly over the shooting area and perch in the nearby trees.  Contact me with any questions that you have about photographing the eagles.

The dam is located about 90 miles northeast of Dunn Loring (take interstate 95 north until exit 89).  Specific driving directions and other trip information will be provided.  To sign up or inquire further about the trip, please call or email Gerry Abbott.

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Photographs from Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Below is a sampling (selected by the editor) of photos from the Chincoteague NWR field trip that have been posted on the NVPS website. These and the other posted images can be found at http://nvps.org/gallery/v/fieldtrips/2008_2009/Chincoteague+NWR/.

Willa Friedman-Chincoteague

Willa Friedman

Judy McGuire-Chincoteague

Judy McGuire

Bill Prosser-Chincoteague

Bill Prosser

Dan Feighrey-Chincoteague

Dan Feighrey


Jean Feighery-Chincoteague

Jean Feighrey


Bob Friedman-Chincoteague

Bob Friedman

If you have any questions or suggestions about any of the field trips, please call or email:

Gerry Abbott
gerry.abbott "at" cox.net
703.967.9677 (mobile)

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December 23
Forum Cancelled

The forum is cancelled due to proximity of the holidays

Gayle Dennis

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Members' Gallery

Members' Gallery Cancelled

Members' Gallery is cancelled due to proximity of the holidays . 

Luella Murri

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Other Articles

Photographic Style

Many photographers like nature photography and some wonderful images of nature are produced.  Others produce competent images -- all well done, all well exposed, all reasonably well composed, all sharp if needed to be sharp, all potential ribbon winners, all so slightly different they all seem the same. Among the icons of photography, Ansel Adams is known primarily for his nature work, but many other great photographers are not - - Weston, Cartier-Bresson, Stieglitz, Steichen, Evans, Lange, Karsh, Newton, Mapplethorpe, to name a few.

My kingdom for the brave photographer who dares to be different, who dares to develop his/her own artistic vision and style. Personally, I intend to spend the rest of my photographic life promoting photography as art. Today there is a veritable tsunami of excellent photographs made every day. How does one produce an image that is good and also unique and different? Mimetic photography, regardless of how well done, is not enough. Technology makes it easy for us to produce a good photograph. Finding our own style is another matter.

Joseph Miller


Member News

Wayne Wolfersberger

Wayne has a photograph of a grizzly bear cub used on the cover of the Nov-Dec national magazine, Biology Teacher which is published by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Wayne Wolfersberger

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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 December schedule is as follows:

Dec 1 & 5 Walt Lawrence
Dec 8 & 12 Dan Feighery
Dec 15 & 19 Ken Todak
Dec 22 & 26 John Connell
Dec 29 & Jan 2 Laurie Sand

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 2008-2009

The elected and appointed board members for the 2008-2009 club year can be found at http://nvps.org/main/about/board-members/.

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Wounded Cities
Leo Rubinfien
Corcoran Gallery

After the tragedy of 9/11, photographer Leo Rubinfien set out on a six-year journey to over 20 cities to document what he called "the mental wound". The exhibit lasts through February 16. More information can be found at www.corcoran.org.

Juniebeeart and Don Beyer Volvo
Friday Evening, December 12th, 2008 from 7-10 pm
Don Beyer Volvo Showroom, Falls Church

To be held in the showroom of the Don Beyer Volvo dealership -- with music, spirits and beautiful art!

The artists (including NVPS's Dee Ellison) will be on hand to talk about their work -- watercolor, pottery, photographs, oils -- with people who love art!! It will also be a chance to buy a unique holiday gift for the unique people in your life.

Don Beyer Volvo
118 Gordon Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 237-5000

Dee Ellison

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33 Images of Yellowstone
Wayne Wolfersberger


Bison Head

Wayne has an exhibit, 33 Images of Yellowstone, that is now hanging in the Barnes & Noble store in Reston which is several blocks from the Reston Town Center. It will be there into January. There will be a reception on 7 Dec (Sunday) from 2-5PM and all members of NVPS are invited.

Wayne Wolfersberger

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Exhibition Opportunities

The Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to announce the Workhouse Art Guild, WAG is now accepting artist and non-artist memberships.  WAG will begin January 1st 2009 with the first juried show receiving work January 12, 2009.  Those interested may email Marti Kirkpatrick directly with questions, and to receive a copy of the application, at   martikirkpatrick@lortonarts.org .

Marti Deppa Kirkpatrick
Lorton Arts Foundation
Studio Manager/Exhibition Coordinator
Workhouse Arts Center
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079

703 584-2946   fax 703 584-2947
www.lortonarts.org  www.workhousearts.org


Friends of Banshee Reeks

Friends of Banshee Reeks, Inc., announces their first photo contest, Banshee Reeks: Nature’s Oasis.

Banshee Reeks is a 700-acre of nature preserve that is operated by Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. It is supported by the Friends of Banshee Reeks, Inc., a volunteer, nonprofit organization.

Photographic opportunities abound in forested, hillside, meadow, wetland and streamside landscapes. Banshee Reeks is open on weekends (8 am – 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday). This contest runs September 1, 2008 to April 16, 2009. Cash and gift certificate prizes will be awarded. Guidelines are available on-line at www.bansheereeks.org

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George W. Glennie Nature Interclub Exhibition

NVPS has been invited to participate in the 29th annual George W. Glennie Nature Interclub Exhibition, which will be held by the Merrimack Valley Camera Club, North Andover, MA on March 28, 2009.   While this digital-only showcase event is conducted as an interclub activity, awards for individual images will be presented as well.
In 2008, the invitation area was expanded beyond the New England boundaries with great success; 52 clubs participated.    For the 2009 Exhibition, the invitation area will be enlarged again.  The intent is to provide many more clubs with the opportunity to participate in this premier event.  The increased spectrum of Nature specimen is a goal, as well.
For the first time, a Best Wildlife Award will be presented.  “Best Of” and Merit Awards will be presented in each the following categories: Amphibians, Birds, Botany, Insects, Land and Seascapes, Mammals, Marine Life, Reptiles.  
Each club may submit ten (10) images, which conform to the PSA Nature definition and guidelines for the manipulation of Nature images.  An individual may submit no more than two (2) images, even through more than club.  

Visit www.glennie-exhibition.com to view last year’s results. In order to participate, NVPS needs one or more volunteers to coordinate selection and submission of images. Please contact Tom Brett if you are willing to serve as the coordinator.

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Workshops and Tours

Christine Kent Bowles (CKB Photography)

12/06/08 Cascade Falls in Winter – Small Group Shoot: A hands-on, interactive photo shoot and hike in Patapsco Valley State Park. Participants will have opportunity to photograph Cascade Falls and other sights along the Cascade Trail. Total hike distance will be approximately 2 miles. Held in Howard County, MD, on Saturday, December 6 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. Cost is $60, and participation is limited to 6.

Christine Bowles


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Henderson Fine Art
Colleen Spencer Henderson

Dec 1 – Dec 8 Raw Files This class provides a solid foundation in RAW files: what they are, why they are useful, and how to process your RAW images quickly and efficiently.

Colleen Henderson

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Alaska Photography Cruise

Aug 7 - 14, 2009 Photography Cruise from Seattle, Washington to Alaska on. Stops include Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria BC. Rates start at $1,190 per person.

Lisa Glover

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Costa Rica Photo Tours

January 11-20, 2009 March 1-10, 2009 10 Day Costa Rica photo tour. $2495.00 per person double occupancy. $300.00 single supplement.
January 23-29, 2009 7 Day Panama photo tour $2549.00 per person double occupancy. $300.00 single supplement.
February 1-8, 2009 8 Day Cartagena, Columbia photo tour. $2549.00 per person double occupancy. $300.00 single supplement.
March 13-19, 2009 7 Day Costa Rica photo tour. $2495.00 per person double occupancy. $300.00 single supplement.

Additional information about itineraries can be obtained by contacting Frank Scott.

Frank Scott

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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:  Social Event, December 18, 2008
Competition:  December 4th;  Category:  Open

McLean Photography Club
Contact: Bruce Copping at (703) 725-9331 or bcopping@gmail.com
Website: www.mcleanphoto.org
Meetings:  Normally held on the 2nd Wed. at 7:30 pm (meet & greet at 7:15 pm), at the McLean Community Center, or as indicated.
Program:  Holiday Party, Sunday, Dec. 14th, 6 p.m. at Ursy Potter’s home, see Web site and newsletter for details.
Competition:  Next Competition is Feb. 11.

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:  There are no programs scheduled for the month of December.  Have a happy holidays!

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:  December 3, Roy Sewall presenting “Journey Along the Potomac”
December 17… 3-judge critique session in lieu of a formal competition

Field Trip: December 6, The Hunt Parade in Middleburg, Virginia, departing the North Metro Parking Lot in Vienna at 8:30 am… for more information, contact Terry Goplerud (terrygoplerud@yahoo.com)

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For Sale

Canon EOS 30D digital SLR (body only) with: --BP511A battery and battery charger --USB interface cable --wide neck strap --CD installation disk, instruction manual Excellent condition, perfect working order; few small scratches on the viewing screen. Only selling because I'm moving up to the 5D Mark II. $525.00 (Was $1150 new). Will include two 2GB Sandisk memory cards ($23 and $15 respectively) if you wish. Also available: Really Right Stuff 30D L-plate for tripod mount. $50 ($140 new). Chuck Cecil 703-504-6956 cecilimages@comcast.net

Bogen (Manfrotto) 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3-way pan-tilt head with quick-release plate. Legs are covered with nicks and scratches but this is a very solid tripod. I'm selling it because I've opted for a lighter-weight carbon-fiber tripod more suitable for hiking. $75.00 Manfrotto 3625 pistol-grip ball head (supports 5.5 pounds), with quick-release plate. $35.00 Chuck Cecil 703-504-6956 cecilimages@comcast.net

Canon 75-300mm Image Stabilizer f4-5.6 telephoto lens. $300.00 Chuck Cecil 703-504-6956 cecilimages@comcast.net

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Help Wanted

Photoshop Tutor. I am an amateur photographer looking for someone to teach me how to use Photoshop. I would be willing to pay someone to come to my house or cook dinner for payment. I work full time, so it would have to be one evening or Saturday or Sunday. I live in Burke VA and will have an Apple computer after Christmas. Pamela Brown (pbrown929@gmail.com)