Volume 44 - No. 8
Founded 1965 - our 44th Year
April 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
End of Year Banquet
Cherry Blossoms
Member News
NVPS Board
NVACC Events


4/2-5 Field Trip: Charleston
4/7 Program Meeting: Producing a Photobook - Karen Keating
4/11 Field Trip: Bluebells at Bull Run
4/14 Workshop: Critique
4/21 Competition: Theme: Architecture/Cityscape;
Judge Steve Gottlieb
4/28 Forum: Andy Warhol-Like Images - Susan Breen


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".

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

As Joseph Miller continues his recovery and as we miss his very informative and inspiring presentations or just seeing him at NVPS meetings and miss his photography workshops at The Joseph Miller Center for Photography, this seems the right time to talk about some of the many things he has taught us. "Professor" Miller has influenced my photography as much as Ansel Adams or Freeman Patterson has. Mr. Miller has been the photography teacher and mentor for me, and many folks in the DC area, and elsewhere.

Below are some of the many principles taught by Joseph Miller. Each is designed by him to increase your knowledge about photography, to inspire you to be a better photographer and to produce more satisfying photographic results for you.

  • The fastest way to become a better photographer is to slow down. In that way, the photographer has far better control of items within the picture space and can better ensure that the composition will be as he or she planned or pre-visualized.
  • Use a tripod 99% of the time to ensure steady, well-focused photos and to provide more control and better placement of items within the picture space. It is best to use a very sturdy tripod and tripod head, especially for longer exposure times. Carbon fiber tripod models are lighter in weight for carrying or for air travel weight restrictions, although, they will likely be more expensive.
  • Use manual focus, over autofocus, to ensure proper image focus at the exact area of the image that you choose. With autofocus, and especially in a hand-held mode, the focus can "bounce" around and not be at the desired spot.
  • "Work your subject thoroughly" by shooting numerous images to ensure you have found its best angle, lighting and compositional opportunities. Mr. Miller has talked of Freeman Patterson having made thousands of images using one glass barroom-type shot glass. During my week-long Freeman Patterson workshop in Kamieskroon, South Africa, Freeman told me that he had too many images and would not shoot any more images of the ocean waves breaking over large beach boulders to produce spray patterns. At the end of that day's shoot, Freeman quietly admitted that he had shot 14 rolls of film that afternoon "at the waves". Freeman had "worked the subject".
  • By recommending that we "Break the Rules", as photographers, Joseph Miller means to experiment while shooting and then analyze your results. For example, "negative space" is not always a "negative" aspect for an image; placement of a subject away from the "rule of thirds" can produce a captivating image; every image does not require a well-defined subject; areas of extreme contrast in an image can become the subject and can produce wonderful photography, as proven by Freeman Patterson.

Mr. Miller's many presentations and workshops on the elements of visual design (such as lines, shapes, tone, rhythm, texture, and others) have certainly challenged us and made us better, more thoughtful, photographers. I am, as you are, very eager to learn from "Professor" Miller during his next great presentation on composition, or photography as art, or any other subject. And, we hope it will come soon.

Please join me in wishing a speedy recovery for Joseph Miller.

Tom Brett
NVPS President

Monthly Program

Saga of Producing Your First Photo Book
Karen Keating
April 7, 2009

On Tuesday, April 7, Karen Keating will present: Saga of Producing Your First Photo Book. Her talk will follow the steps from a project through several iterations to the published book, “Cubans: Watching and Waiting” in November 2008. She will have a slide show to accompany the conversation, questions and comments are welcome, and she’ll have some images and books. Karen will join us for dinner at Chili's at 5:45 pm prior to the Program, so please rsvp to mary.m.o'neill@gsk.com if you're planning to attend dinner.

Karen Keating is a fine art photographer and an educator. Trained as an elementary school teacher and after raising a family and taking basic and intermediate photography classes at Glen Echo Park, Karen received a Masters in Fine Arts Photography degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 1986. For the past 20 years she has balanced a career as Director of Photoworks, an artist residency program at Glen Echo Park, Maryland, a studio photography teacher at The Field School in Washington, D. C., and as a fine art photographer exhibiting her images locally and nationally. Karen is a member of the Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

Like most artists photography became a process of self-discovery. Karen’s early interest was as a photojournalist working for a local newspaper as photo editor and covering people and events of local Maryland interest. Most images were clear documents as the “photo was worth a 1000 words.” Beginning with her graduate school portfolio Karen began to explore portraiture with an eye on culture and connections. Her thesis portfolio, A Mother Daughter Colloquy observed the tense and complicated relationships between adolescent daughters and their mothers. The exhibit was shown locally and in Ohio and its completion was aided by a Maryland State Arts Council grant in 1986.

Slowly Karen’s style evolved into a documentary street portrait photographer. Travels to Europe, Central America, Africa and most recently four trips to Cuba presented new places and people and her consuming interest became the everyday life of the people – their rituals and routines, the beauty found in the unremarkable events of daily life. At the same time, Karen maintains an on-going portfolio titled, “Close to Home” which focuses on the personal moments of her interests and life.

Karen’s exhibits (solo and two-person) include Lasting Impression: Portraits from Honduras, Hope for Honduras: Her Children, Portraits from Three Continents, A Cuban Odyssey, 2000-2001, Cuban Lives, 2003, Close to Home, Silence, 2003, Morning Pages, 2008, Transfiguring, 2008, Cubans - Watching & Waiting, 2008-2009, Looking Back, Looking Ahead, 2009. While exhibiting and producing fine art photographs Karen loves her life of teaching both high school students and adults. A moment of distinction and delight was the Tufts University Teacher Recognition Award in 1998 in which Karen was nominated by a former graduate of The Field School.

As President of Photoworks, Inc. a non-profit photography teaching program at Glen Echo Park, Maryland Karen gives back to the community with an adult and young person photography program. The Photoworks program offers quarterly classes from basic to advanced level darkroom courses, a digital program and an exhibit program. Karen is proud of the cooperation and community support that has kept this an on-going 30-year arts program in the Washington, D.C. area.

Karen has recently published her first photography book, Cubans – Watching and Waiting in December 2008. It is available at Multiple Exposures Gallery, Fraser Gallery and Photoworks at Glen Echo Park.

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

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Workshops, Education, and Training

April 14, 2009

On Tuesday, April 14th, a critique night is scheduled, the last one for this club year.  It is designed to give constructive feedback on your images.  Generally critiques are held the same months as themed competitions.  The April competition is architecture/cityscape.  Members are encouraged to submit architectural/cityscape style images, but it is certainly not a requirement.

For this critique, there will be several judges, who will vote on the images, and give feedback.  Please email your competition sized images to prosserwm@aol.com, no later than Sunday, April 12th.  You are allowed to submit up to 3 digital images, in order of priority, in case we run out of time.  Please label your images with a number 1, 2, or 3 to indicate priority and your last name. Example: 1-Marts.  For those who wish to submit prints, the same guidelines apply.  You may submit up to 3 prints or slides, in order of priority, at the appropriate table before the meeting.  Label them the same way as you would for competition.

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

  Bill Prosser
Melanie Marts

Ed Ruggiero


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Competition Judge
Steve Gottlieb
Theme: Architecture/Cityscape
April 21, 2009

Steve Gottlieb will be our competition judge on April 21st. The theme for April's competition will be Architecture/Cityscape. Please plan on meeting Steve at Chili's for dinner prior to the competition at 5:45PM.
Images must meet the below guidance for Architecture/Cityscape to be eligible:
Capture the artistic essence of manmade structure(s). Strive to photograph the scene in an unusual manner and/or from a unique perspective.
In addition, all images and parts of images must have been photographed on or after April 22, 2007 and your NVPS membership dues must be up to date. Please review all competition rules posted on the NVPS website under "competitions" for eligibility requirements, number of images, types of images, deadlines and instructions for uploading images, etc.

Steve Gottlieb has photographed architecture for architects, home-owners, interior designers, real estate developers, construction companies, corporations, magazines and advertising agencies. Steve is the photographer of five books, including American Icons, Washington: Portrait of a City and Abandoned America. His books contain a wide range of architectural photos and cityscapes. Abandoned America was selected by both People Magazine and USA Today as a 2002 Gift Book of the Year. Noted architect I.M. Pei declared: "Gottlieb is not just an architectural photographer . . . he is a true artist." Steve was designated as one of a half-dozen Kodak Professional Icons in the U.S.

Steve is the director of Horizon Photography Workshops in northeast Maryland, where he is also one of Horizon’s 12 instructors. He teaches four different courses: architectural photography, lighting, creativity and People and Portraits. Steve is also a business consultant. His company, VisionMining, uses photography as a tool to help people in business learn to expand their vision to meet the challenges of today’s economy.

Sandi Croan

Matthew Schmidt

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March Competition Images

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

Novice Color
Will Haubart
Feed Me

Advanced Color
Melanie Marts
More than a Mouthful

Novice Digital
David Mosher

Novice Monochrome
Will Haubart
Lace Canopy




Advanced Monochrome
Willa Friedman
Mountain in Fog

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 Lace Canopy
2nd Tom Mangan Night Watch
Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st Willa Friedman Mountain in Fog
2nd Seiji Kuniyoshi Night Fountain
Novice Color Prints
1st Will Haubert Feed Me
2nd Ginger Werz-Petricka Guthry Theater, Minneapolis
3rd Ursy Potter First Flamenco Lesson
HM Maricruz Fugon Water Lilies
HM Kris Ikejiri Leopard in a tree
HM Pat Lonergan Color Dance
HM John Moore Bench Back
Advanced Color Prints
1st Melanie Marts More than a Mouthful
2nd Bob Feldman Puffin In The Rain
3rd Judy McGuire Green Spring Blossom
HM Minnie Gallman Not Ripe Yet
HM Timber Gooding Orchid 1
HM Bill Prosser Garden Hose
Enhanced Prints
1st Susan Breen Ice Flowers
2nd Bob Feldman Goldfinch
3rd Susan Breen The Singer
HM John Dexter Ripley Center Underground
HM Charles Rusnak Clock
Advanced Slides
1st Amie Tannenbaum Spring
2nd Luella Murri Glowing Canna
Novice Digital Images
1st David Mosher Skateboarder
2nd Kieu-Hahn Vu Palace of Fine Arts
3rd Tuan Pham Window
HM John Moore Ethereal Falls
HM David Mosher Canoe Champs
HM John Naman Rose Spiral
HM Carson Zimmerman Folk Life 2008 Dancer
Advanced Digital Images
1st Susan Breen Three Bambis
2nd Vivian Luu Bicycle Racing
3rd Judy McGuire Lilypons Water Lily
HM Ed Ruggerio Colorful Windows

Competition standings can be found on the NVPS website.

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

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Field Trips

Blue Bells at Bull Run
Location: Near the Stone Bridge, Manassas National Battlefield Park
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009 Departure
Time: 6:30 a.m. (car pooling from Dunn Loring) Time: 7:00 a.m. Until 10:00 a.m.

Join us in photographing the spectacular show of Virginia Bluebells, spring beauties and other spring wildflowers along Bull Run at the Manassas National Battlefield Park.   Sign up during a NVPS meeting or send e-mail to gerry.abbott "at" cox.net to receive directions and trip details as well as any subsequent revisions.

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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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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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"Andy Warhol" Technique
Susan Breen
April 28, 2009

Those of you who have attended our competition evenings or Meadowlark this year, have seen Susan Breen's breathtaking work, where she turns print images into beautiful works of art similar to paintings. In the April Forum she will share one of her more light-hearted techniques with us - Susan will show us how to turn a portrait into an Andy Warhol type painting.

Gayle Dennis

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Members' Gallery

Prints Gallery
Tom Mangan
April 28, 2009

Although his primary profession is the design and creation of fine jewelry, Tom Mangan’s avocation is photography. As an artist, he has worked in several media, including sculpture, wood carving, painting and drawings. His photography interests are eclectic, and his has shot everything from weddings and events to macros and landscapes.  

Tom’s interest in photography began as a child, when he was given a simple Kodak Brownie film camera and soon became the official family historian. He then graduated to “moving pictures” when he borrowed his parents’ Super Eight movie camera. His early films consisted of animated toys, his pet snake, and his younger sister who would magically vanish and reappear on screen.  

Tom later studied darkroom technology and film making in college, where he learned to create black and white prints and dabbled in video production.  Until recently, Tom only used film, mostly doing technical photography in conjunction with his work as an appraiser and jewelry designer. He also shot images of his jewelry designs with models posing for advertising layouts. He currently owns and operates Mangan Jewelers in McLean, VA.  

Photography was given a back seat to family and career until 2005, when he made the move to digital. The ease of the new format, along with the ability to use a computer as a digital darkroom, rekindled his love of the printed image. He took several classes, joined a couple of clubs, and started shooting everything he could find. “The challenge,” he stated, “is to everyday, find a new way of seeing the ordinary world around us in an extraordinary way.” He is most passionate about nature photography and simply enjoys being immersed in the natural world.


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Digital Projection
David Biehler
April 28, 2009

David has been photographing seriously for about seven years. He is very active in the photographic community in Virginia having served as the president of the Vienna Virginia camera club where he received the Photographer of the Year award.
He has had his prints on display at Alexandria Virginia Torpedo Factory Art League where his work was juried in numerous times.  He has also had his prints displayed with the Reston League of Artists and at shows on the Eastern Shore and in Pennsylvania. His work is on display in both of these locations.
He has attended the Maine Photographic Workshop, the Freeman Patterson course in New Brunswick Canada, and a Great Smoky Mountains workshop with Tony Sweet. He has attended photography and digital courses at NOVA.
His images have been published in Natures Best and selected for the Meadowlark Exhibit for several years.
David’s favorite subject is nature photography, especially landscapes and flower macros. He also is very interested in abstracts. He finds landscapes the most challenging because is very hard to find unique subjects and ways of presenting them that have not been done many times before.
One of his favorite pastimes is just to drive back roads and small towns searching for good shots.  Last year he had the opportunity to drive the coast of Nova Scotia and catch Peggy’s Cove lighthouse at sunset. He is also very fond of northern Pennsylvania and the Eastern Shore.
He mentors beginning photographers in composition, techniques and the use of their equipment. He has instructed courses in macro photography and Adobe Photoshop.

Luella Murri

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End of Year Banquet

Best Western Hotel
Tysons Corner
Friday, June 5th

As is our tradition, we celebrate a great year of photography with our end of year banquet. The banquet will be at the Tyson’s Westpark Hotel, the same place we were last year on Friday evening, June 5th. On display will be all the prize winning photographs from the monthly competition. There will be good food and good friends. Please plan to come.

Image Submission

All images (prints, slides and digital) that have won any award (1st, 2nd, 3rd, HM) during any of the monthly competitions are eligible to be submitted for judging by our End Of Year judge, Elliot Stern. Please set aside your winning prints and slides so that they will be easy to submit beginning at the April competition. There will be sign up sheets for submitting your digital entries as well.


Tickets are $38 per person until May 26th and $45 per person after May 26th.  The amount covers the variable costs of the meal. NVPS will subsidize the fixed costs, which came to $547 last year. Please pay Fred Chitty, our Treasurer. You can give him a check at any meeting or send it to him at:

Fred Chitty
9593  Larkview Ct
Fairfax Station VA 22039


From: Interstate 495. Take Exit 47 to Leesburg/Tysons Corner, Route 7 West. Turn right onto Westpark Drive, it will be the sixth light. The Best Western Tysons Westpark Hotel will be located immediately on your right.

More information will follow in coming issues of FotoFax and on the NVPS web site.

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Other Articles

Cherry Blossoms
John Naman

It is almost Cherry Blossom time! Peak Bloom Period is predicted for Friday April 3 - Thursday April 9, 2009. The blooming period begins many days before peak bloom is reached and can last up to 14 days.

Another photo opportunity is the Festival Parade Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 10 AM. " The Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, NW, and will be featured in a live simulcast on ABC 7/ WJLA-TV and NewsChannel 8.  Giant colorful balloons, marching bands, and performers will burst down Constitution Avenue in an energy-filled spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. ... Free and open to the public.  Prime viewing grandstand seats, located on Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets, can be purchased for $17 through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com."

For complete information check the Official Cherry Blossom http://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/.

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Member News

Nikhil Bahl

NVPS member, Nikhil Bahl, was honored to have received second place at this year's Meadowlark Exhibit.

While Nikhil photographed in the fog, he noticed 2 swans near some reeds. He watched them closely as I felt something might develop.Nikhil set his camera to iso 200 and checked his shutter speed (200th of a second). As the swans came around the reeds he quickly composed the image and just then, they looked at each other. Nikhil managed to capture 2 images that

looked almost identical. And then the swans quickly moved away.

He was glad he was alert to the situation. This photograph happens to be one of Nihhil's favorite images because of the bold use of negative space and mystery that it creates. I am honored to have received second place at the Meadowlark exhibit.

Nikhil teaches classes at VisArts in Rockville, MD. (Information about some upcoming classes is in the Workshops and Tours section below.)

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Photos of Meadowlark Photos

If you had an entry at Meadowlark 2009 that received a Sponsor's Award, Kris Ikejiri took a picture of your picture with a ribbon.  To view and download that photo please go to:  gallery.me.com/krisikejiri/100108.  The site is hosted by Apple and the www. is not necessary.  Congratulations!

Kris Ikejiri krisikejiri@gmail.com
Cell: (417)  437-0111
Home: (703)  892-2079

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Ed Knepley

Ed Knepley was the first prize winner in the recent MountainTrailPhoto.com winter photography contest. All winners can be seen at http://mountaintrailphoto.com/photo_contests.htm

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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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Stones and .....Other Life Forms
Grace Taylor and Clifford Wheeler

Photography exhibit, Stones and .....Other Life Forms, will run at the Multiple Exposures Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, April 7 to May 31. Artist reception will be held April 19 from 2 PM to 5 PM.

Grace Taylor

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Exhibition Opportunities


SoFoBoMo is short for Solo Photo Book Month - a group event where a bunch of photographers all make solo photo books start to finish, in 31 days, at more or less the same time. It's modeled loosely on NaNoWriMo, where participating writers all write novels in a month, and NaSoAlMo, where musicians write and record solo albums in a month.

For SoFoBoMo, the goal is to make the photos, write any needed text, layout the book, and produce a PDF image of the book, all in 31 days. Rather than confining it to a single calendar month, we use a 'fuzzy month', where you can pick any contiguous 31 day period inside a two month window - this makes it a bit more flexible and encourages broader participation. This time around, the fuzzy month is any 31 day period you please, provided that it starts no earlier than May 1, 2009, and ends no later than June 30, 2009, at midnight in your local time zone. For more information, see http://www.sofobomo.org/2009/

Submitted by Ed Knepley

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Workhouse Photographic Society

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia is pleased to announce openings in the Workhouse Photographic Society (WPS), a cooperative studio and gallery under the direction of the Lorton Arts Foundation.  The WPS has a large gallery space in addition to a wet darkroom, digital darkroom, and studio for shooting portraits, products, or artwork. Members are accepted by jury and membership fees are $120 per month.  Photographers will be responsible for maintaining the space and providing gallery coverage 5 days a week.  Each member will serve 8 hours a month covering the gallery and 6 hours a month on a WPS committee.  A schedule for using the studio facilities will be maintained by the studio manager. We are now accepting applications to jury. 

For those photographers not interested in the WPS, we are also accepting members in the Workhouse Art Guild (WAG).  Receiving for our next juried show is March 9th 10-noon. 

Further information and forms can be found at the web site, http://www.workhousearts.org/participate.php

Marti Deppa Kirkpatrick
Studio Manager/Exhibition Coordinator
Workhouse Arts Center
703 584-2946   fax 703 584-2947
www.lortonarts.org  www.workhousearts.org

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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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9th Malmö International Exhibition of Photographic Art

The Photographic Society of Malmö cordially invites photographers from all of the world, amateurs as well as professionals, to participate in the 9th Malmö International Exhibition of Photographic Art 2009. Additional information can be found at http://www.ffim.se.

Nils-Erik Jerlemar

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iSurfAmerica Photography Competition

iSurfAmerica is holding acompetition called My Town. The first place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and two runners up will receive a $25 cash prize each. There is no entry fee. To submit a photo, please visit www.iSurfAmerica.com and click on the Photo Contest icon. You can also see previous contest winners by clicking this icon.


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Workshops and Tours

Documentary Photography Workshops
Nancy Libson


People and Place. The workshop is held at The Allenberry Resort Inn at Boiling Springs, PA. We will explore the subtleties of photographing people and the land, and learn the art of photographing with natural light while learning to see with the camera. We will also learn how to put images together to tell a story. $305 ($270 for club members postmarked by 4/20.) Lodging at resort-$245/person double occupancy.

Nancy Libson

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Framing Workshop


Framing4Yourself will conduct workshops in Arlington on July 25th and 26th at the Hampton Inn & Suites – Regan National Airport. Enrollment for all 4 class segments over the two days is $275, single classes are $85, or any combination of the four classes. For complete information and to enroll online go to http://www.framing4yourself.com/classes/index.htm

Aline Santos

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Nikhil Bahl Workshops


Outdoor Workshops. This class is designed to help you improve your technical skills and your photographic vision. While the emphasis will be on photographing close-up's and intimate landscapes, all outdoor photography will be discussed. Classroom, field session, and critique are part of the class. $125 members/$150 non-members.


Advanced Composition & Techniques. This class focuses on the essentials of good composition and visual design. Take a look at how to combine different elements harmoniously to create balance in a photograph. Learn how to use color, line, shape, form, texture and perspective to create a dynamic image. $125 members/$150 non-members.

Nikhil Bahl

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Backyard and Trail Deluxe Workshop
Wayne Wolfersberger


Outdoor Photography - Photographing the Natural World (AE02402, section 10) is offered by Fairfax County Adult and Community Education. The course includes four 2 and a half hour classroom sessions and two 4 hour Saturday morning field trip-workshops. The cost is $165. Several other courses that he teach are listed as well including Composition and Creativity and Flower and Garden Photography.

Wayne Wolfersberger

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Windstar Cruise with Stephanie Pfriender Stylander


Windstar Cruises offers photography buffs the opportunity to travel with award-winning travel and fashion photographer Stephanie Pfriender Stylander on a Mediterranean sailing aboard Wind Surf, departing from Venice, Italy

Lisa Glover
800-766-2911 (ext. 8565)

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Borneo and Brunei Wildlife Expedition


Apes, longhouses, rainforests, sea turtles, sultans and a lot more. Details at web site listed below. Cost: Euro 2,745

Akos Hivekovics

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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


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

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.

April 12

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.

April 12

Honl Product Demonstration
Location: Ashburn VA, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, $50
Honl products, which include snoots, grids, gobos and gels, offer an easy way to control the light of your off-camera flash. This class will introduce you to these products and show you how to get the most out of them.

April 18

Nikon Flash: Using the Creative Lighting System, Part 1
Location: Ashburn VA, 12:30pm – 4:30pm, $125
This class focuses on using Nikon external flash units and covers flash functions, using multiple flash units wirelessly and accessories for controlling the light.

April 25

Nikon D300/D200
Location: Ashburn VA, 12:30 – 4:30pm, $99/$125
Learn about all the buttons, dials and menu options of the Nikon D300/D200 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.

April 26

Photographic Equipment
Location: Vienna VA, 10:00am – 12:00pm, $50
This class is designed both for photographers who are starting to buy equipment and those looking to add to or upgrade their current equipment. Equipment discussed and demonstrated includes: lenses, filters, tripods, flash, camera bags and more.

April 26

Nikon D60/D40x/D40
Location: Ashburn VA, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, $99/$125
Learn about all the buttons, dials and menu options of the Nikon D60/D40x/D40 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.

May 2

HDR & Focus Stacking
Location: Arlington VA, 12:30pm – 4:30pm, $100
Learn about two techniques that expand the creative possibilities for your photography: HDR photography for greater shadow and highlight detail and Focus Stacking to create unlimited depth of field. This workshop combines demonstrations and photographing to help you learn how to take the photos and use the software.

May 3

Macro & Close-up Photography
Location: Vienna VA, 10:00am – 12:00pm, $50
This class teaches you about technical and creative aspects to successful close-ups. You’ll learn what equipment to use and when to use it; the class also spends time on choosing the best aperture, working with background elements, getting the most out of your depth of field and placing the focus right where you want it.

May 9

Photoshop Skills for Photographers
Location: Arlington VA, 12:00pm – 6:00pm, $125
This class focuses on the features of Photoshop that are useful for photographers, enabling you to use Photoshop confidently and effectively. Topics covered include: layers, masks, brushes, selections, cloning, Levels, Curves, sharpening, correcting distortion and more.

May 10

Introduction to Light and Lighting
Location: Vienna VA, 10:00am – 12:00pm, $50
Understanding lighting makes a photographer uniquely creative; this class introduces you to different types of lighting and how they can be used to create more beautiful photographs. Time is spent on the basics of white balance, flash photography and using tungsten or strobe lights in a home studio.

May 16

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.

May 16-17

Garden Photography Workshop
Location: Gainesville VA, $135
Workshop includes outdoor shooting sessions, classroom instruction and critiques. We’ll be photographing in a private garden that offers excellent photographic opportunities including a diverse collection of plants and flowers, as well as sculptures, insects and a greenhouse.

May 25

Macro & Close-up Photography
Location: Vienna VA, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, $50
This class teaches you about technical and creative aspects to successful close-ups. You’ll learn what equipment to use and when to use it; the class also spends time on choosing the best aperture, working with background elements, getting the most out of your depth of field and placing the focus right where you want it.

May 30

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.

May 31

Creative Composition Techniques
Location: Vienna VA, 10:00am – 12:00pm, $50
Learn to see beyond your initial photograph and improve your photographic vision. We'll explore 'working the subject' as well as creative ways to use perspective, contrast, patterns and using depth of field.

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.

June 12-14

Butterfly & Garden Photography Workshop
Location: Brookside Gardens, Wheaton MD, $150
Join Corey Hilz and Josh Taylor to photograph flowers, garden landscapes and butterflies. You’ll receive special access to the butterfly conservatory and learn from presentations, shooting sessions and critiques.

June 23 – July 3

Ireland Photo Tour
Location: Western Ireland, $3,195
Explore Western Ireland for ten days, visiting ancient abbeys, unspoiled villages, broad peat lowlands and the dramatic coastline. The photographic opportunities will be diverse and you'll receive hands-on help in the field plus learn from critiques and lectures in the evenings.

September 17-20

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Workshop
Location: Townsend, Tennessee, $525
It’s a great to be in the Smokies - no crowds and plenty to photograph; from Cades Cove to Clingman's Dome, we'll visit popular locations and lesser known ones. Fog is often present in the mornings, rivers spotted with boulders cut through the forest and fields are full of tall grasses and late summer wildflowers.

October 8-11

Fall Color in West Virginia
Location: Canaan Valley, West Virginia, $525
Autumn foliage is bold and vibrant in West Virginia. We'll have convenient access to Blackwater Falls State Park, Canaan Valley State Park, Dolly Sods and the Monongahela National Forest. The area offers diverse subject matter, from mountain top landscapes to dense forests and waterfalls. Ground fog creates mysterious landscapes. Rushing rivers reflect brightly colored leaves, painting the water in vivid colors.

October 20 – November 2

China Photo Tour
Location: urban and rural areas of China, $4,498 including airfare
Photograph the architecture and city life of Beijing and Shanghai. Visit well known sites such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, see rice terraces in Longji, mountains in Yangshuo, the ancient city of Nanjing and a silk factory in Suzhou.

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)

Program:  Book Publishing Pt 2 - Production, Marketing & Sales by Roy Sewall, April 9, 7:00 p.m.

Member's Night: April 23, 2009

Field Trip: TBD


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 2, 2009 -
“I see what you’re saying, can you say what I’m seeing?”   Moving from visual exploration to communication with photography by Glenn Howell

Competition:  April 16, 2009 - Rhythm & Symmetry judged by Josh Taylor, Jr.


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: April 8, 7:30 p.m. -- Walter Calahan -- "Mastering the Box: Expand Your Creative Vision" -- An exploration of the creative process, and how being a perpetual student of our tools increases our creative options.

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


Competition: Club digital and print competition on Monday April 20th 7:30pm at RCC HW. Theme is Travel, images from your travels that capture the cultural environment. Details in newsletter and web site.

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, April 1 @ 7:30pm… Wayne Wolfersberger will discuss strategies and techniques that foster “Successful Wildlife Photography”
Wednesday, March 15 @ 7:30pm… open (unthemed) competition with Andy Klein as the judge.

Field Trip: Saturday, March 28… TBA

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