Volume 44 - No. 7
Founded 1965 - our 44th Year
March 2009
The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society
Editor: Sam Schaen - Email: Editor@NVPS.org


Message from the President
Monthly Program
Next Competition Judge
Field Trips
Members' Gallery
Workshops, Education, and Training
Member News
NVPS Board
NVACC Events


3/3 Program Meeting: Michael Borek - Wide Asleep (Day), Half Awake (Night)
3/10 Workshop: Gary Silverstein - Night Photography
3/17 Competition: Judge is Judy Switt
3/24 Forum: Core Hilz - Local Photo Gems
Members' Gallery: Laura Howell, Bill Von Holle
4/2-5 Field Trip: Charleston, SC


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.

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".

With the colder weather , there's a chance that a meeting may be cancelled due to snow or freezing rain. NVPS follows the Fairfax County school closing policy. Whenever evening activities in Fairfax County schools are cancelled on a meeting night [the activity cancellations are announced on TV and radio], 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.

Remember to lock your car and place valuables out of sight.

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

Message from the President

Tom Brett

NVPS is very fortunate to have new energy, ideas and talents among members, which will keep our club as the most educational and exciting club in the area and will keep us growing. NVPS is also very fortunate to have a very talented, giving and conscientious group of Board members, who have worked very hard and deserve a "thank you" from all because of the high quality of judges, Program presenters, NVPS member educational presenters, educational opportunities, field trips, membership services, critiques, exhibits, image projection, treasury safeguarding and cookies / coffee refreshments. The Board members are all volunteers. We are also very fortunate that the many and highly skilled "outside" judges and speakers volunteer to share their experience and knowledge with us, so as to increase our love and knowledge of photography.

The Nominating Committee has been appointed, as required by the NPVS Constitution. Its duty is to prepare a slate of proposed officers and to serve for the 2009-2010 club year, if elected. The success of NVPS is based on the all- volunteer members who organize and run the many, varied club programs. So, if you are asked by the nominating committee to serve as a Board member, please, agree to serve and to "give back" to NVPS.

Congratulations to the 40 members whose images were selected for display at the Meadowlark Expo, along with images from 5 other clubs. Please do not miss the Keynote speaker, the famed National Geographic photographer, Bruce Dale on Friday, 6 March and the full image display and wonderful presentations on the weekend of 7, 8 March. Thank you to all who submitted images----there were many, many very fine images that were not selected, because there will only be space for 22% of submitted NVPS images. [See www. MeadowlarkPhotoExpo.org]

If you are enrolled in The Washington School of Photography, or plan to enroll for summer or fall 2009, please talk to or email me. There may be some financial assistance available.

NVPS has an award to recognize outstanding service to the club by a club member. It is the Joe Atchison Service Award and is the highest award given by NVPS to a member. The late Dave Carter was the first recipient and six others have followed as recipients. Nominations are to be submitted by members for a board to consider the nominees. More details will come by NVPS email.

Please look into the energetic Field Trip schedule planned by Gerry Abbott, including Charleston, SC on 2 - 5 April 2009 and an annual favorite, Kenilworth Gardens in July.

NVPS members are welcome to attend Board meetings as observers. The next meeting will be on Mon., 2 March 2009, at 7PM at the Fairfax County Government Center in Board Rooms 4 - 5. Non-Board members who desire to attend should inform me in order to ensure sufficient space & chairs.

Your suggestions are always welcome to help keep the club strong and responsive to your desires as members. Please submit to me or other Board members.

All NVPS members and friends send their best wishes to "Professor" Joseph Miller for a hasty and full recovery from his medical condition and release from the hospital soon. He is making steady, slow progress. Current reports will continue to come through NVPS email. As a reminder, visitors, flowers and phone calls are still not permitted; cards are fully appreciated and should be sent to his home address: Joseph Miller, 4811 Catharpin Rd., Gainsville, VA 20155-1318. He also appreciates and believes in the value of prayers. Amie has been with him daily and deserves great credit.

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Monthly Program

Wide Asleep (Day), Half Awake (Night)
Michael Borek
March 3 , 2009

Please join us for an evening filled with evocative images made by Michael Borek, a photographer with a truly distinctive vision. Michael is originally from Prague, in the Czech Republic. There, his photography primarily focuses on old, delapidated structures in which he is looking for poetic juxtaposition and real atmosphere. His photography from the USA focuses on his interpretations of Americana, which he combines with his love of the surreal and unexpected. Michael's extraordinary palette reflects a moody, interpretive version of what's "real", and on March 3, Michael will discuss some of the techniques that he employs in order to achieve the dream-like expressiveness found in his photographs. Michael's work can be seen currently at the "Multiple Exposures" gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, and on his website at www.michaelborek.com.

Michael will also be joining us for dinner at Chili's at 6 pm prior to the Program, so please rsvp to mary.m.o'neill@gsk.com if you're planning to attend dinner.

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

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Workshops, Education, and Training

Night Photography
Gary Silverstein
March 10, 2009

There is no limit to what you can photograph at night.  On March 10th, Gary Silverstein will discuss techniques for using film and digital cameras to take night photos. The workshop will begin at 7:30 PM at the Dunn Loring Fire Station.  He will also provide examples of local venues and ordinary subjects that lend themselves to nighttime photography—and explain why you should leave the comfort of your warm, dry home to take pictures on the next rainy/snowy/foggy evening.  After the presentation, he will lead a field trip to photograph the neon signs that adorn the Chili’s and On the Border restaurants at 8053 Leesburg Pike (behind the Borders Books in Tysons Corner).

Gary’s interest in nocturnal photography reflects his belief that the light at night can give magical qualities to otherwise ordinary scenes.  His favorite nighttime subjects include cityscapes, landscapes, trains, fireworks, the moon, baseball, neon signs county fairs, and puddles.  When not working his day job, he operates Night Visions, a photographic business that specializes in night photography.  His images of Washington, D.C. at night have been published on calendars, posters, and greeting cards.  You can view a sample of his work at http://nightvisionsphotography.com/default2.asp.

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

  Bill Prosser
Melanie Marts

Ed Ruggiero


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Competition Judge
Judy Switt
March 17, 2009

Judy Switt will be the judge for our March 16th competition. Please join Judy and Sandi for dinner at Chili's at 5:45 prior to the competition. Please be reminded that competition rules require that all parts of entered images must have been photographed within 2 years of the competition date.

Judy Switt joined her first camera club in Michigan in 1966. She moved to Maryland in 1972 and immediately joined the North Bethesda Camera Club. She has been on the NBCC board in one position or another, including President, since 1973.  She feels that there is no better way to enjoy a club than by becoming a member of the Board or its committees and sharing your time and abilities.

While in Michigan, Judy met Larry West and John Shaw. They, along with Freeman Paterson and Andre' Gallant have shaped her love for photography. And, of course, Joe Miller has taught her all the do's and don'ts of visual design.  

Along with her long-time photo-partner, Gordie Corbin, she has presented programs throughout Maryland and Virginia as well as in neighboring states. They have written articles for national magazines such as Popular Photography and Petersen’s Photographic and have judged camera club competitions and PSA International Salons. 

In addition to writing, speaking and judging, Judy’s photographs have been published and exhibited throughout the area and have won top Popular Photography and Natures Best magazine awards.

Sandi Croan

Matthew Schmidt

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February Competition Images

Below are some images that received a first place award in the January competition. Clicking on one of the pictures will display a larger version.

Novice Monochrome
Will Haubert

Advanced Color
Judy McGuire
Blue Heron

Novice Digital
Tuan Pham
Tango Gazebo

Novice Color
Bill Vanderpoole
White Sands

Melanie Marts

GaizbandAdvanced Digital
Marilyn Gaizband
Going My Way

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.

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February Competition Results

Award Photographer Title
Novice Monochrome Prints
1st Will Haubert Riomaggiore
2nd Will Haubert Aspen Detail
Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st Chuck Bress GM #2
2nd Jeff Evans Green Springs IR
Novice Color Prints
1st Bill Vanderpool White Sands
2nd John Naman Fungi
3rd John Moore Blackwater Falls
HM Anna Gomez Majestic Sunset
HM Will Haubert Prepared for Winter
HM Kris Ikejiri Cheetah Family
HM Carson Zimmerman Hare Krishna Dancer
Advanced Color Prints
1st Judy McGuire Blue Heron
2nd Jeff Evans Rustic Colors
3rd Bob Friedman Rope #6
HM Willa Friedman Building a Nest
HM Melanie Marts Misty Morning
Enhanced Prints
1st Melanie Marts Pagoda
2nd Anna Gomez Come Sit a Spell
3rd Susan Breen Keukenhof Tulips
Advanced Slides
1st Amie Tannenbaum Candlestick + Color
2nd Tom Brett Colorado Pasture
Novice Digital Images
1st Tuan Pham Tango Gazebo
2nd Roger Novack Cucumber Beetle
3rd Roger Novack Lotus Petals
HM Curtis Gibbens Geese Over The Moon
HM John Moore StarfishAtSunset
HM Kieu-Hanh Vu Pink Lotus
Advanced Digital Images
1st Marilyn Gaizband Going My Way
2nd Judy McGuire Many Ears and Feet
3rd Susan Breen Posing 2
HM Glenn Bernstien ballon trip
HM Marilyn Gaizband Mine
HM Scott Musson Puerto Rican Tody
HM Emi Wallace Granite Mountain


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

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Field Trips

National Building Museum - Cancelled

Unfortunately, the Museum no longer grants access to photography groups.

Charleston SC
April 2nd, 2009 – April 5th, 2009

Information about the trip can be found in the February FotoFax at nvps.org/main/docs/fotofax//2009/2009-2.html#Charleston.

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Longwood Gardens Conservatory
February 2009

Some images selected from the ones taken at Longwood Gardens appear below. Clicking on one of the pictures will display a larger version.

Gerry Abbott

Sherwin Kaplan

Susan Breen

Melanie Marts

Sam Schaen

Wayne Wolfersberger

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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Local Photo Gems
Corey Hilz
March 24, 2009

You don't have to travel far and wide to find great places to photograph. Some of the best places are close to home! To encourage you to get out and explore them Corey Hilz will share some of his favorite locations in the Washington DC area. He'll show you what photo opportunities await at these areas, as well as the best time of year to go there. Corey will also sprinkle in tips and tricks for capturing better images. Come get some fresh ideas as spring approaches!

Gayle Dennis

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Members' Gallery

Prints Gallery
Laura Howell
March 24 , 2009

Laura Howell began pursuing her interest in photography many years ago–but only during the past seven years has she taken a serious interest in her favorite hobby.  Since focusing on photography, Laura has become a distinguished and award-winning photographic artist. 

Her pursuit of the photographic arts is “a search for those powerful opportunities when light, detail and perspective unite to produce an evocative image of moment and meaning.”

Laura is an active member of the League of Reston Artists, the Vienna Photographic Society (Publicity) and the Northern Virginia Photographic Society.  She works in both color and black and white to create images that encompass a diverse variety of styles and subjects.

Primarily a self-taught photographer, her education includes photography courses from the Northern Virginia Community College as well as several workshops from well-respected photographers.

Her unique images have won numerous awards with the Vienna Photographic Society, the Northern Virginia Photographic Society the League of Reston Artists and the Vienna Arts Society.  Her image, “Burke Lake Reflection”, was chosen for 43 guestrooms at The Westin Hotel in Washington, DC.
Her work is currently on display at Windrush Gallery & Gifts in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Laura Howell
(703) 451-5498

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Digital Projection
Bill Von Holle
March 24 , 2009

Bill has been a member of NVPS for the last eight years. He has a Ph.D. and worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before coming to D. C. to work for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Only since joining NVPS has he begun to develop his photography as an art form, although he has made photographic records of family activities for many years.

He is now completely digital, using a Pentax DSLR and a Panasonic point-and-shoot camera. He loves to learn about photographic techniques and improve his skills. Although he enjoys travel and other forms of photography, nature is his first love.

Bill has had prints juried into the last two Meadowlark shows and recently made the top five in the NVPS portfolio project.

Luella Murri

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Meadowlark Nature Photography Expo

Meadowlark Photographic Expo is March 6-8

The judging for Meadowlark has been completed. The 68 images selected represent NVPS's allowable percentage, based on the total number of images submitted by all six clubs. The competition was keen. Congratulations to all who were juried into the expo.

Additional information can be found at: http://www.meadowlarkphotoexpo.org/faqs.htm.


Yulan Guo (yguova@yahoo.com) and
Trinka Reddie (reddie@verizon.net)

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Other Articles

Hey! Where’s my NVPS Email?
Scott Musson

We’ve had a few people mention that they were not getting some of the emails the NVPS has been sending out.  After a little investigation it turns out that some people have not been signed up both of the NVPS email distribution lists.  We have two lists for NVPS to address some previous suggestions that we limit the amount of unwanted SPAM in peoples inbox.  So there is one list which is for Fotofax and Club Related Announcements and one for Miscellaneous Announcements which includes non club activities, workshops and general information.  We’re very strict about what ges sent out on the Club Related Announcements list but both lists have a very light amount of activity. You can always sign up for either one or unsubscribe from either one at the website under “Announcement Lists” (soon to change to “Join email lists”). Currently, it can be found at: http://nvps.org/main//about/announcement-lists/

Don’t worry if you are already signed up, you can sign up twice, it will let you know you are already signed up and you will only get one announcement.  If you are not signed up, you will need to acknowledge your joining the list through an automated email.  This is a requirement from our service provider. 

We’ve had a few members (particularly using AOL) who have had their NVPS email go their SPAM folder.  Double check that the email isn’t going to your SPAM folder and add nvps.org as an allowed sender if your service allows.  If you don’t know how to find your SPAM folder or set allowed senders, check your online help with AOL or whatever service provider you have, each one is different.

If you have questions about NVPS email or need assistance, please feel free to contact me at webadmin@nvps.org, and I’ll do what I can to help.

Scott Musson
Website Administrator

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Member News


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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Exhibition Opportunities

Chesapeake Watershed Photography Show

The Chesapeake Watershed Photography Show is sponsored by the Maryland Federation of Art. They are seeking original photographs to be included in the juried show scheduled for June 25-July 26 at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis. Entries must be postmarked by April 2, 2009. The juror is Richard Olsenius, an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and former photo editor at National Geographic Magazine. Prizes totaling $1,500 will be awarded.

John Coder
Maryland Federation of Art

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Glennie Interclub Exhibition
Merrimack Valley Camera Club
North Andover, MA

NVPS has been invited by the Merrimack Valley Camera Club of North Andover, MA, to participate in a digital nature photo exhibition. The competition will be held on March 28 and the images must be submitted to Merrimack Valley by March 24. Entries will be submitted at the club level not by the individuals. NVPS may submit up to ten images with no more than two by the same maker. If more than ten images are offered by NVPS members some form of jury selection will be used to determine the club’s entries. General categories are: Amphibians, Birds, Botany, Insects, Land and Seascapes, Mammals, Marine Life and Reptiles. The PSA definition of Nature will apply. Specific details on our internal deadline for submission and procedure for judging the entries are being developed and posted in the very near future. In the mean time information necessary to prepare your submission can be found on the web site www.glennie-exhibition.com .

John Quigley

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*fotobamaweek* International Photography Contest

In keeping with our mission to bring you the best of all things photographic, FotoWeek DC and The Newseum proudly announce *fotobamaweek*, an international photography contest celebrating the Presidential campaign and the Inauguration of Barack Obama.

Images taken during Inauguration week, or ones already shot that capture the spirit of the Presidential Campaign, and the Election are eligible. Amateur and professional photographers anywhere in the world are invited to submit. Guidelines can be found at: www.fotoweekdc.org. Entries are due March 15.

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Click! Photography Changes Everything
History in the Making

This is the Smithsonian's first in a series of topical calls for entry to click! photography changes everything http://click.si.edu/Contribute.aspx

Submission guidelines
Submit a photo and an original story (500 words or less) about the recent U.S. presidential election and inaugural season to become part of "History in the Making." You can also write about an inaugural photo from the Smithsonian's photographic archives posted on the Smithsonian Flickr Commons.

Some things to consider: Has photography changed the way you express your thoughts about democracy and the political process? Do photos like yours spark debate or political dialog? Do your photos reflect current events differently from mainstream media? Will photos like yours become valuable historical artifacts?

Submitted by John Naman

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Workshops and Tours

Joshua Taylor

Joshua Taylor’s photography workshops, classes, and lectures for the first half of 2009 are posted on his web site. Added for 2009 are workshops at Longwood Gardens, the Adkins Arboretum, and Ace Photo. Web site: archiphotoworkshops.com.

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Christine Kent Bowles (CKB) Workshops

3/7/2009 Indoor Macro Flower Small Group Shoot: Participants will focus on potted and cut flowers (which I’ll provide) in the natural light of south-facing windows. I’ll be on hand to offer tips, suggestions, and opportunities to peek through my viewfinder. Held in Ellicott City, MD, on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00-11:30 am. Cost is $65 per person.


Backyard and Trail Deluxe Workshop:  Nature photography workshop for beginner to intermediate photographers; includes classroom instruction, photo shoots in the backyard and on the trail, and a group photo critique session.  Held in Ellicott City, MD on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Cost is $120 per person; 10% discount for early registration (by 2/14/2009).


Macro Photography Workshop:  This workshop focuses on close-up photography using macro equipment and is appropriate for intermediate level photographers; includes classroom instruction, a macro photo shoot, and an online group photo critique session.  Held in Ellicott City, MD on Sunday, May 17, from 12:30-5:30 pm.  Cost is $90 per person; 10% discount for early registration (by 2/14/2009).

Christine Kent Bowles (CKB) Photography

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Corey Hilz Photography

February 28 Introduction to Digital Photography
Location: Vienna VA, 10:00am – 12:00pm, $50
Learn the basic functions of your digital camera. Topics and camera functions that will be covered include white balance, ISO, memory cards, focusing, exposure modes, image quality and histograms.
March 21

Introduction to Aperture, Shutter Speed & Exposure
Location: Vienna VA, 10:00am – 12:00pm, $50
This class focuses on the settings fundamental to capturing a proper exposure, controlling how much of your subject is in to have in focus and learning how to freeze or blur a moving subject. Other functions discussed in this class include metering options, shooting modes, ISO and an in-depth look at histograms.

March 21

Nikon D90/D80
Location: Ashburn VA, 1:00 – 5:00pm, $99/$125
Learn about all the buttons, dials and menu options of the Nikon D90/D80 in an easy to understand manner. This class teaches you how to take advantage of what your camera’s capabilities and use it to capture the best pictures.

March 22

Introduction to Photoshop Elements
Location: Vienna VA, 10:00am – 2:30pm, $100
Learn how to adjust, enhance and manipulate your photographs. From demonstrations and hands-on practice you’ll learn how to crop, straighten, selectively lighten and darken, remove unwanted elements, resize, make selections and more.

April 2-5 Charleston Workshop
Location: Charleston, South Carolina, $525
Charleston is rich with photographic material from historic architecture to vibrant flowers, even views of the ocean. It's a beautiful location in the spring with azaleas, irises and poppies blooming; historic downtown has colorful houses with photogenic details.
June 4-7 St. Michaels Workshop
Location: St. Michaels, Maryland, $525
St. Michael's and surrounding areas offer the opportunity to photograph marinas, boats, working harbors and marine scenics. The Maritime Museum, Tilghman Island and Oxford all offer great subjects for this workshop on Maryland's eastern shore.

Corey Hilz

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NVACC Events

Loudoun Photography Club
Contact: Mary Austin-Keller at info@loudounphotoclub.com or 703-435-8907
Website: www.loudounphotoclub.com
: The George Washington University Virginia Campus, Ashburn (see website for directions http://va.gwu.edu/visitor/location.html )
Program:  Thursday, March 12: “Low Light and Night Photography” with Ian Plant
Competition: Thursday, March 26: “Nature”
Field Trip:  TBD – Check website or Yahoo Group for more info.

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 11, 7:30 p.m.  Alan Sislen -- "Digital Infrared Photography" workshop.
This will include a discussion of technical and aesthetic issues related to infrared (IR) photography, including the infrared spectrum, best subjects for IR, shooting IR images with film vs. digital, using a point and shoot digital camera vs. a DSLR, using filters vs. having your digital camera converted for IR, white balance and focus issues when shooting IR, and much more.
Competition:  May 13

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 – Hunters Woods.
Program:  On March 16th we will have a presentation on wedding and boudoir photography by professional photographer Thuy Dong (Tweety)

Vienna Photographic Society
Contact: Mary Jane Fish at (703) 281-9743 or fishsfotos@aol.com or Mike Stevens at 703-619-1605 or mike-vps@stevenslink.net
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: Wednesday, March 4 @ 7:30pm… Paul Simmons shows us how to create quality digital slide shows with his tutorial on ProShow Gold
Wednesday, March 18 @ 7:30pm… open (unthemed) competition with Cory Hilz as the judge.
Field Trip: Saturday, March 28… day trip to Patapsco State Park and Ellicott City (MD)
Forum:  Wednesday, March 25 @ 7:30pm… Dave Biehler presenting a lecture/demo on “Using Lightroom”

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For Sale

Canon EF70-200mm f/4L USM with Lens Case and Lens Hood. Like New. $400, cash or PayPal. Contact: helenreznick@mac.com or (703) 250-0677.

Nikon Lens for Sale. 80-400 VR f4.5-5.6 in excellent condition. Complete with lens hood, UV filter, case and booklet. The price is $ 990.00. Contact Wayne Wolfersberger at 703-476-6048 or e-mail at wayne.wolfersberger@gmail.com

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