Volume 44 - No. 9
Founded 1965 - our 44th Year
May 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
Member News
NVPS Board
NVACC Events


5/2 Thompson Wildlife Management Area
5/5 Program Meeting: Photojournalism - Sam D'Amico
5/12 Workshop: Portfolio Presentations
5/19 Competition: Judge Jim Carrell
5/26 Forum: Seeing Creatively Before and After - Sandi Croan
Members' Gallery: Davis Balderston & Farzin Emami


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

There have been many fine successes by many NVPS members this year. These successes bring credit to NVPS and keep the reputation of NVPS at a very high level.

The Glennie Nature Interclub Exhibition, run by the Merrimack Valley Camera Club of Andover, MA., is an annual competition of digital images, which is a wonderful opportunity for NVPS. Ninety-five clubs participated for 2009; each entering the allowed ten nature images, that had to be juried-in by each club. NVPS, as a first-time participant, was very well accepted and finished in about the middle of the 95 clubs in overall points. The ten NVPS images are very strong images; the photographers are: Sam Schaen and Nikhil Bahl [two images each], Sandi Croan, Marilyn Gaizband, Angelique Rapatakis, Kris Ikejiri, Minh Thai and Will Haubert. Sandi and Sam each had an image selected as a "Merit Award Winner". Glennie is a Spring event, so NVPS members should peruse the Glennie website [which will be posted by John Quigley, when available] to see the winning images and shoot for 2010. Congratulations and thank you to all who submitted images. Congratulations to the eight folks above and to John Quigley, the NVPS Exhibits Chair, who organized the NVPS part.

The Meadowlark weekend was very well organized and orchestrated. It required much hard work and many NVPS people volunteered their time to perform many support missions; Willa and Bob Friedman led the way. The overall NVPS efforts were led by Trinka Reddie and Yulan Gao, the NVPS Co-Chairs, who did great work and deserve many thanks. Approximately forty NVPS members had images that were juried in and about twelve received Sponsor's Choice Awards. Nikhil Bahl's image, "Simple Swans", was named the Meadowlark 2d Place overall ribbon winner. Timber Gooding's image was the NVPS "People's Choice" entry. Congratulations to all the photographers who submitted images and to all people who worked the event.

Emi Wallace, the Membership Chair, has been completely untiring as the upbeat, welcoming ambassador of NVPS who stands at the entrance each week to answer questions and warmly greet new folks and everyone who attends. Thank you, Emi.

Nominating Committee members, Scott Musson, Emi Wallace, Sam Schaen and Fred Chitty, each a Board member, have worked hard to complete the slate of volunteers for appointed Board positions for next year. Please step forward and ask them how you can help NVPS--we need your volunteerism. We thank each of the committee members for their great work.

During the illness of Joseph Miller, Amie Tannenbaum has tirelessly supported and encouraged him through his recovery process and reported his progress. Our sending of cards has slowed-- Please send cards to Mr. Miller's home address of: 4811 Catharpin Rd., Gainsville, Va. 20155; they will be taken to him at the hospital. Prayers are also encouraged; bypass USPS and send prayers directly to "Prof." Miller.

The annual NVPS End of Year Banquet will be on Friday, 5 June; it will be an evening full of great images, fine food and conversation, awards presented for photography achievements and a place for good fellowship. Admission checks should be given to Fred Chitty, our Treasurer. Bob Friedman is the EOY Chair.

All Board members have worked very hard to coordinate for the best speakers, judges, educational opportunities, field trips, visual / audio projection, exhibit chances, facility, etc. All Board members deserve our thanks.

Attendance has been high at each meeting---we thank all members for your attendance---you are the reason that NVPS has continued to be very strong.

Tom Brett
NVPS President

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Election of NVPS Officers for the 2009 - 2010 Club Year
May 5, 2009

In accordance with the By-Laws of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society, the annual election of officers will occur on Tuesday May 5th, 2009.  The following are the candidates for the elected offices:

Sandi Croan
VP Programs:
Mary O'Neil 
Co-VP Competition:
Gerry Abbott
Brian Payne 
Fred Chitty 
Willa Friedman

No additional nominations have been received by the Chairman of the Nominating Committee.

In accordance with the By-Laws, Scott Musson will present the roster of candidates at the first regular club meeting in May, Tuesday May 5th, 2009. The election will be by voice vote since there are no additional nominations. The Secretary/Historian shall determine if a quorum is present prior to the voice vote which is defined as 15% of entire membership.

Scott Musson
Chairman of the Nominating Committee

Proposed Changes to the Rules of Competition

The NVPS Executive Board has proposed a number of changes to the Rules of Competition for the 2009 – 2010 Club Year. There are two (2) types of changes proposed: changes to the language of the rules that simply standardize the words used throughout the document and clarifications to the interpretation of the rules. In keeping with the By-Laws of the organization, these changes must be announced in FotoFax, discussed at a general membership meeting and then voted on by the membership (a quorum is required to pass changes) at a subsequent meeting. The discussion will take place at the Program Meeting on May 5th and the changes will be voted upon at the Competition Meeting on May 19th. The By Laws can be located at: http://nvps.org/main//about/about-nvps-new/. The entire rules with proposed changes can be found at http://nvps.org/main/misc/20090424_rules_of_competition_language.pdf.

Language Changes

The language changes will be voted on as group, we will either make all of the changes, or none of them. None of these changes alters the rules, they are simply intended to make the language throughout the document more consistent.

Language changes are as follows:

  • Change “VP” to “Vice President” in two (2) locations.

  • Change “Vice President” to “Vice President for Competitions” in three (3) locations.

  • Spell out “two” in place of the number “2” in one (1) location.

  • Consistently capitalize the words “Class,” “Category,” “Categories,” “Monochrome Print,” “Color Print,” “Enhanced Print,” “Digitally Projected Image,” “Advanced” when referring to the Class, and “Novice” when referring to the Class throughout the document.

Rule Clarifications

Several rules had conflicting language in multiple paragraphs or were questioned on more than one occasion. These clarifications will be voted on individually because they are generally unrelated. If words were removed or changed in the current rules, they are marked in Blue. Words that were added in the proposed change are marked in Red.

Section I.B and I.C. Number of Entries Required for a Competiton

The current two paragraphs:

For a monthly competition in a Class/Category to occur there must be at least two entrants. Where there is only one entrant, even if there are two entries, the judge shall comment on the image(s) and the image(s) will be given one point each for participation, but no award points.

– and –

For a monthly competition in a Class/Category to occur there must be at least two entrants in Novice Classes and at least three entrants in Advanced and Enhanced classes. When there are insufficient entrants, the judge shall comment on the image(s) and the image(s) will be given one point each for participation, but not 10 points for First Place.

Becomes a single paragraph in place of the first paragraph above:

For a monthly competition in a Class/Category to occur there must be at least two entrants in Novice Categories and three entrants in Advanced Categories and the single Enhanced Category. When there are not enough entrants for a competition, even if there are enough entries, the judge shall comment on the image(s) and the image(s) will be given one point each for participation, but no award points.

Section I.G. Presentation of Digitally Projected Images

The current sentence:

In addition, images for the Digitally Projected categories/classes must be provided in advance.


In addition, images for the Digitally Projected Categories/Classes must be provided in advance of the competition date.

Section III. Classes/Categories of Competition

The current paragraph:

  1. In the Slide, digitally projected image, monochrome print, and color print categories, there are two Classes of competition: Novice class for entrants who are inexperienced in photography in the medium being exhibited; and Advanced class for the more experienced exhibitors. Any member may elect to exhibit in the Advanced Class of a category. Upon doing so, however, the member shall be permanently ineligible to compete in that category’s Novice Class.


  1. In the Slide, Digitally Projected Image, Monochrome Print, and Color Print Categories, there are two Classes of competition: The Novice Class is intended for entrants who are inexperienced in photography in the medium being exhibited; and the Advanced Class is for the more experienced exhibitors. Any member may elect to exhibit in the Advanced Class of a category. Upon receiving any competition points in an Advanced Class, the member shall be permanently ineligible to compete in that category’s Novice Class.

Section IV.C. Questions of Eligibility and Disqualification

The current sentences:

If a Novice inadvertently enters a slide or print in an advanced competition, the novice can request that the image be eliminated or any awards refused and still preserve his/her Novice status. Otherwise, the entrant will be placed in the Advanced class for that category.


If a Novice inadvertently enters a slide or print in an Advanced Class, the novice can request that the image be eliminated or any awards refused and still preserve his/her Novice status. Otherwise, the entrant will be placed in the Advanced Class for that Category from that time forward.

Section V.A. Eligibility

The current paragraph:

All entries from the monthly competitions receiving at least an honorable mention are eligible for the end-of-year competition. Rules for monthly competitions apply, except that submissions will take place as prescribed by the VP for Competitions, judging will take place in a separate location, and results will be available at the end-of-year banquet.


All entries from the monthly competitions receiving at least an honorable mention are eligible for the end-of-year competition. Rules for monthly competitions apply, except that submissions will take place as prescribed by the Vice President for Competitions, judging will take place in a separate location, each competitor may enter all of their award winners for the year, and results will be available at the end-of-year banquet.

Section V.B. Versatile Photographer of the Year

The current paragraph:

The Versatile Photographer of the Year award shall be given to the club member who has accumulated the highest number of total points from all competition classes and must have received an award in at least three classes.


The Versatile Photographer of the Year award shall be given to the club member who has accumulated the highest number of total points from all competition Categories and must have received an award in at least three Categories. Should two (2) or more photographers have the same total points in at least three (3) Categories, the photographer with points in the most Categories shall be declared the winner. Should two (2) or more photographers have the same number of points in the same number of Categories, then each of those photographers shall all be awarded Versatile Photographer of the Year.


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Treasurer's Report

Unlike the US Treasury and many banks, the NVPS treasury is quite solvent. Last July 28th, the NVPS Board approved the 2008 - 2009 club budget. Projected budget expenditures totaled $9,020 for the club year. These expenditures include

Meeting room rental
Required insurance
Competition expenses (ribbons, EOY awards, judge's honorarium & dinner)
Program night expenses (speaker honorarium & dinner)
EOY banquet expenses
Web domain expenses
Membership and miscellaneous expenses (name tags, postage, PSA membership, printed material, etc)

The Board also voted that any club income above expenses would be put into our NVPS capital reserve fund to pay for future equipment replacement (digital projector, laptop computer, software, microphones, etc). Dues were approved for $45 single and $65 for family memberships to produce a projected income of $9,020.

As of April 15th, I am happy to report that club dues to date have produced $9,465.50 of income. Expenses to date have been $7,238.92, with the EOY awards and banquet being the last major expense still left to be paid. I am projecting about $1,500 will be added to the club capital reserve funds at the end of the year and that club dues will NOT increase next year.

Fred Chitty

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Monthly Program

Sam D'Amico
May 5 , 2009

Sam D'Amico started his photography career working for local newspapers. In 2002 he moved to Washington, DC and began to work as an instructor at the Washington School of Photography in Bethesda, MD. Sam enjoyed working as a photography instructor and as a result, in 2003, he began developing curriculum for his own series of workshops. His first workshop was held at 'Teaism Restaurant at Penn Quarter", a Tea House in Washington DC. Currently Sam continues to free-lance.

Sam's visual sense and approach to making pictures have been influenced by his life experiences, his teachers and other photographers such as Andre Kertesz, Helen Levitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mary Ellen Mark, Lee Friedlander and Nan Goldin just to name a few. On May 5, Sam will present on photojournalism.

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

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Workshops, Education, and Training

Portfolio Project Presentations
May 12, 2009

Approximately 24 participants in the club's nine month long portfolio development project will present their portfolios during the NVPS meeting on May 12th.

During the first portion of the meeting each of the participants will have a hard copy of their portfolio on display and will be available to discuss it with attendees. The hard copy at the discretion of the artist will be either prints or photo books,  together with an artist statement, and will be on display on the tables at the rear of the hall. Please come early and allow yourself time to view and discuss the results of lots of hard work.

The second portion of the meeting will be a 90 minute digital projection presentation of each portfolio accompanied by observations by the evening's "judge" Sherwin Kaplan. Note - this is not a competition; everyone will be a winner.

Be sure to attend and show support for your fellow members who worked hard during the year to develop their portfolios.

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 Carrell
May 19, 2009

 Jim Carrell will be the NVPS judge for our final monthly competition on Tuesday, May 19th. The May competition is an "open" competition with no theme. All parts of submitted images must have been photographed after May 19, 2007. Below is a brief bio sketch on Jim.

Jim’s parents gave him a Kodak Pony 135 Model B camera as a Christmas present when he was about 13, and he has been photographing ever since. He still has the camera, and it still works.

After moving to Northern Virginia 10 years ago he joined the Manassas-Warrenton Camera Club where he has served as President and Vice-president for Programs. During that time his self-taught skills have been honed and added to by attending many workshops, particularly those conducted by Joe Miller, and by competing in club competitions and other venues. Many of his images have been juried in to area exhibits and shows.

The combination of a degree in art history and having seen much art in his life biases his judging towards 'artistic' versus 'photographic' merits of images.

Jim has been trained by Joe Miller to be a camera club judge and is listed on the NVACC site. To read more about Jim’s judging criteria please go to www.nvacc.org and click on Jim Carrell.  

Please join Jim and Sandi at Chili's for dinner before the competition at 5:45PM.

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End Of Year Competition Submissions

Any and all images that have won a ribbon (1st, 2nd, 3rd or Honorable Mention) in a monthly competition from September 2008 - May 2009 are eligible for submission to the End Of Year (EOY) Competition. Judging will take place off-site sometime after the last competition on May 18th by Elliot Stern. Results will be available at the EOY Banquet which will be held on Friday evening, June 5th (details for the banquet will be in separate article) and on the website following the banquet.

The competition team has begun collecting your winning prints and slides, and will continue to collect them each week at NVPS meetings through the last competition.  The May 18th meeting will be the last opportunity to submit your winning images for the EOY Competition.

To submit your winners, please follow the guidelines below:


There will be 2 clipboards at each meeting (novice and advanced digital) with the list of all ribbon winning images. In order for your digital entries to be entered in the competition, you will need to check off the images you want entered. If you don't check of your entries, they will NOT be entered. There is no need to resubmit the actual images as we have them already.


A slide carousel will be at each meeting with a sign up sheet. Please mark your original winning slides (no substitutions please) with the name of the image and your name.


All prints in all categories that have won ribbons are eligible for submission. Images need to be signed in on the sheets provided (please print clearly) and placed in the appropriately labeled boxes (by Class and Category e.g., Novice Color, Enhanced, Advanced Monochrome, etc.). If only 1 box is there, then all can go in the one box.

You must enter the image as it was entered in the monthly competition - in it's original presentation. You may not alter the image in any way. The matted image needs to be in a plastic covering/sleeve for protection as it will be handled a lot prior to final presentation at the banquet. If you want your plastic covering/sleeve back, you may want to put your name on it.

All prints MUST be marked on the back with the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Image Name
  • Class and Category



Sandi Croan
Advanced Color

Optional info can include Date of competition that you won the award AND what place it too, e.g.,

  • April 21, 2009
  • 1st Place

Sandi Croan

Matthew Schmidt

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April 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 Monochrome
Georgette Grossman
Shanghai Pudong Airport





Advanced Color
Timber Gooding
Library of Congress



Novice Color
Will Haubert
The Flaming House Ruin

W Friedman

Advanced Monochrome
Willa Friedman
Arlington Condo


Advanced Digital
Scott Musson
Westin Bonaventure


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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April Competition Results

Award Photographer Title
Novice Monochrome Prints
1st Georgette Grossman Shanghai Pudong Airport
2nd Carson Zimmerman Sydney Opera House
Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st Willa Friedman Arlington Condo
2nd Jeff Evans Knock with Care
Novice Color Prints
1st Will Haubert The Flaming House Ruin
2nd Carson Zimmerman Fairfax Fair Sign
3rd Will Haubert Washington Illuminations
HM Lorraine Chickering Forbidden Flow
HM Anna Gomez Skylight Art
Advanced Color Prints
1st Timber Gooding Library of Congress
2nd Ed Ruggiero Windows
3rd John Dexter Masonic Temple Looking Up
HM Judy McGuire Awning Shadows
HM Bill Prosser Phillips Collection Stairs
Enhanced Prints
1st Melanie Marts Colvin Mill Wheel
2nd Anna Gomez Back Alley
3rd Laura Howell Hard Rock Cafe
Advanced Slides
  No Awards Not enough entries
Novice Digital Images
1st John Naman Tunnel of Awe
2nd Pamela Brown Art in the Ceiling
3rd Tom Lonergan Mast at Milwaukee Art Museum
HM Jim Carlson Basilica in Phoenix
HM Will Haubert Bare Bones
HM Tom Lonergan Milwaukee Art Museum
HM John Naman Sun and Rock
HM John W. Wiles II Getty Curves
Advanced Digital Images
1st Scott Musson Westin Bonaventure
2nd Bill Prosser Niagra Falls Bridge
3rd Ed Ruggiero Airport Way
HM Marti Belcher Triangulation
HM Judy McGuire Lions Gate Bridge
HM Scott Musson Disney Concert Hall #6

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

G. Richard Thompson WMA and Sky Meadows State Park
Location: Northwestern Fauquier County
Date: Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
Departure Time: 6:30 a.m. (car pooling from Dunn Loring)
Time: 7:30 a.m. Until 11:00 a.m.

Join us in photographing the spring wildflowers, landscapes and wildlife at the  G. Richard Thompson WMA and Sky Meadows State Park.  These two parks contain woodlands and fields within a large area of unspoiled and protected countryside. The WMA is believed to have Northern America’s largest trillium stand which should be in bloom for our field trip. The parks are located about 50 miles west of the Capital Beltway.

Charleston Images


Paul Simmons


Jan Ponder


Judy McGuire


Poly Terriberry


Bill Prosser


Blue Bell Images
Bull Run


Pamela Brown



Melanie Marts


Emi Wallace


Ken Martin


Scott Musson


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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Seeing Creatively Before and After
Sandi Croan
May 26 , 2009

Come find out Sandi Croan's secrets to her success!! Please join Sandi for the May 2009 Forum evening as she discusses and illustrates with examples from her work the concepts that underlie her approach to photography from the moment she decides to shoot through the final product. Note: This Forum topic was rescheduled from January due to snow.

Gayle Dennis

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Members' Gallery

Prints Gallery
Davis Balderston
May 26, 2009

Davis Balderston is a former government employee who has had time for photography since retiring late in 2004.  In September, 2005, he started classes at Photoworks, which is part of Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland.  Most of his work there has been with Mark Power, who was in the Corcoran’s photography department. for 27 years.  He has also studied with Eliot Cohen, who teaches at Photoworks and the Smithsonian.  In October, 2008, 24 of his photographs exhibited at the Arlington Central Library.  In May, 2009, five of his photographs will be part of the exhibition "Across The Pond", at  the Beyond The Image Gallery in Norwich, England.

Davis moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1972.  Since 1990, he has lived in Arlington, Virginia, a close-in suburb of Washington.  One of his photographic interests has been Arlington, an older suburb that has been changing rapidly over the past decade or so.  He has also been drawn to what he calls semi-abstract nature photography.

He finds that digital photography fits his personality and photographic interests well.  He likes working in color, and digital technology gives him control over the printing process that he would not have with film.  Also, digital photography lets him work almost immediately with what the camera has captured, which he thinks helps improve the quality of his work.  The fast feedback possible with digital photography certainly helps reduce the frustrations and delays that go with working with film.

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Digital Projection
Farzin Emami
May 26, 2009

Farzin began photographing with a Kodak 110 Film Camera when he was 10 years old and continued with film photography for a number of years. After giving up photography for a while, he resumed it  a few years ago with a digital SLR (D70) and attended Wayne Wolfersberger's classes. He now uses a Nikon D300.

Farzin has been a member of NVPS since 2006. A few of his images have been shown at the Meadowlark Exhibit in the last couple of years. He loves nature photography, especially landscapes.

Farzin is a system analyst/enterprise architect and works for SWIFT in Northern Virginia. He moved to Canada from Iran in 1995 and then moved to the US in 2000. This year he had the opportunity to return to Iran and visit Dasht-e Kavir and Kavir-e-loot in the middle and south of the country. He will show a few pictures of his trip during his presentation. Farzin would like to have his own website eventually but for the moment he would rather be out in the field taking pictures.

Luella Murri

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End of Year Banquet

Best Western Hotel
Tysons Corner
Friday, June 5th

See April Issue FotoFax.


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Member News

Glennie Nature Interclub Exhibition

Images made by Sandi Croan and Sam Schaen have received Merit Awards in the Glennie Nature Interclub Exhibition. Sandi's image "Pretty in Pink" received its award in the Amphibian Category and Sam's "Baboon with Newborn" in the Medium Size Mammal Category. These images were selected from among more than 1000 images submitted by 94 camera clubs in the United States, Canada and several foreign countries. Congratulations Sandi and Sam. You may view Sandi's and Sam's images in the NVPS Photo Gallery under NVPS Exhibits.

John Quigley

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Laura Howell

Laura Howell had 2 images accepted into, "The Photographer's Eye", a juried exhibit that runs at The Round Hill Arts Center through April 18. Also, she received 1st and 2nd Place awards (digitally enhanced category) in The Annual Town of Vienna Photo Show (March 21 & 22).

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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Ado About Nature
Jorja and Bob Feldman
Huntley Meadows


Bob and Jorja Feldman's photo exhibit, Ado About Nature, continues at Huntley Meadows through May 31.

Huntley Meadows
3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22306

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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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Photographers' Virtual Trade Show

The PDN Photographers' Virtual Trade Show is a FREE online trade show for professional and advanced amateur photographers. While on the site you will have the opportunity to visit virtual booths, receive personal attention, discover and buy the latest equipment and participate in webcast panel discussions and presentations online—all from the comfort of your home or office. See http://tinyurl.com/dnbgme

Exhibition Opportunities

U.S. Geological Survey Exhibit

NVPS has the opportunity to hold an exhibit at the headquarters building of the US Geological Survey during the month of September 2009. While this presents a great opportunity for the club, it also presents some challenges. I have not yet seen the venue, but I understand it is very nice and contains space to display up to 100 framed images.

Since the club is in adjournment for the summer months the planning and organization for the exhibit must start immediately. For planning purposes and these details are subject to change, the exhibit would go up on September 1 and remain in place for the month. By the middle of May I would like to have a list of members wishing to exhibit and the number of images you wish to show. My goal would be to get approximately 20 members with 5 images each, give or take. For now lets say maximum framed size of 20 x 16 (input requested) with consideration for panoramics. Also, for planning purposes, each member will need to make arrangements to deliver their images to the venue, either in person or by someone else. I will also need help for setup and takedown. By the time we break for the summer we should have all arrangements except for last minute adjustments in place. I will be available throughout the summer for coordination.

John Quigley
Exhibits Coordinator

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National Wildlife’s 39th Photo Competition

It’s time again for National Wildlife’s Photo Contest.  The magazine invites you to enter your favorite images in its 39th annual competition. 


Cash prizes totaling $25,000 plus other gifts will be awarded to winners in Professional, Amateur and Youth divisions, including $5,000 each for two grand prize winners, one professional and one amateur.  You can submit as many as 20 images in any combination of the following seven categories:

  • Birds:  portraits and behavior
  • Mammals:  portraits and behavior
  • Other Wildlife:  portraits and behavior (includes underwater life, reptiles, amphibians, insects and more)
  • Backyard Habitats:  wild creatures, native plants and natural settings in your yard
  • Landscapes and Plant Life:  scenic views and native plants in wild settings
  • Connecting People and Nature:  people enjoying the outdoors
  • Global Warming and Wildlife:  portraits and behavior of specific species affected by global warming

The deadline for all submissions is July 20, 2009.  For more details about the categories, the rules, how to submit your photos and other information, go to http://www.nwf.org/photozone/enterphotocontest.cfm.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009

Wildlife Photographer Magazine is looking for new, creative, innovative,exciting photographs that show and depict the theme of African Animals and Landscapes.

This is the first year that they are holding this competition. First prize is a one-week African Safari. More information is available at: http://www.wildlifephotographermagazine.com/competitions.html

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Power of Color
Gallery West

The Power of Color is an exhibition that will explore color in the creation of artwork.All 2D and 3D art media are acceptable, including photography. See http://www.gallery-west.com. Entries must be submitted June 28, 2009 between 12 PM and 5 PM.

Gallery West

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Look3 2009

LOOK3 in 2009, has just announced an additional forty-seven photographers who will share their work at the Festival this year. Guest Curator MaryAnne Golon has put together a group of artists for the Friday and Saturday night projections (Shots and Works) that spans the most exicting new projects ranging from fine art to photojournalism. The full list of presenting artists is on the website http://www.look3.org. Look3 is held in Charlottesville, VA June 12-13.


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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.

John Coder
Maryland Federation of Art

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Workshops and Tours

Photoshop Videos

Matthew Schmidt recently purchased a number of Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop workflow videos from Kelby Training.  These videos are for Adobe Photoshop CS3, but much of what is contained in them is applicable to older and newer versions of Photoshop and Elements as well.  Matthew would be happy to loan them to any member who is interested in getting more from Photoshop and Camera Raw.  There is some overlap among the videos.

The videos and descriptions are:

If you are a JPEG shooter and want to know what all the fuss is about Camera Raw, or you shoot Raw but don't generally make adjustments in Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Digital Photographers or Camera Raw Workflow Essentials would be perfect for you.

If you are using Camera Raw and Layers in Photoshop already, but want to improve the look of your photos, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Power Session may help you find the features that you really need to get that little something extra out of your photos.

If you are processing many images with similar lighting, or just want to be able to produce the same multi-step effect over and over, Automating Photoshop for Photographers will help you simplify your processing.

Please see Matthew at a meeting or email him directly at mgs@loreleistudios.com if you are interested in borrowing any of these videos.  He would like to keep the loans to 1 - 2 weeks.

Matthew Schmidt

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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

May 5, 12, 19

Advanced Composition & Techniques
3 Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:30pm
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. A critique of student images will be conducted during the last session. Tuition: $150

May 31, 2009

Close-ups & Creative Techiniques - Brookside Gardens, Maryland
This workshop will focus on intimate landscapes, macro and close-up photography. You will also learn creative techniques like multiple exposures, image overlays, blurs and pans. There will also be a demonstration on how to use diffusers and reflectors in different ways.  Other than flowers and plant life you might have opportunities to photograph critters like frogs, dragonflies, butterflies, etc.   Schedule: 7am to 12pm Tuition: $55

June 6-7, 2009

Landscapes & Waterfalls - Great Falls National Park, Virginia/Maryland
 The focus will be on photographing landscapes and waterfalls but there might be opportunities to photograph reflections, textures, patterns, flowers, birds, insects and other wildlife, along with the ever present kayakers.  This workshop is designed to provide maximum in field instruction. The small group size will maximize your time with the instructor.   Schedule: June 6: 2pm to sunset
June 7: sunrise to 11am Tuition: $125

Nikhil Bahl

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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


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

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 30

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.

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 13 Nikon Flash: Using the Creative Lighting System, Part 2
Location: Ashburn VA, 1:30pm – 5:30pm, $125 This class focuses on using speedlights wirelessly and how to modify and control the light on your subject. We’ll explore using diffusers, reflectors, soft boxes and umbrellas; participants will have time to take their own photos to practice the techniques discussed.

June 20

Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective
Location: Vienna VA, 10:00am – 12:00pm, $50
Learn about the unique and creative possibilities the Lensbaby offers - whether you’re new to Lensbabies or want to learn to use yours better. In addition to a demonstration of the Lensbaby and its accessories, you’ll have time to practice photographing with the Lensbaby (demo models available).

June 21

Art and Science of Composition
Location: Vienna VA, 10:00am – 12:00pm, $50
Take a comprehensive look at the elements used to create extraordinary photographs. This class focuses on teaching you how to see and compose by looking at subject placement, colors, shapes, patterns, lines and framing.

June 20

Nikon D3/D700
Location: Ashburn VA, 1:00 – 5:00pm, $99/$125
Learn about all the buttons, dials and menu options of the Nikon D3/D700 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.

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

NVACC Calendar May, 2009




Loudoun Photography Club

Contact: Mary Austin-Keller at info@loudounphotoclub.com or 703-435-8907

Website: www.loudounphotoclub.com
: Held on the 2nd and 4th Thur. at 7 p.m., The George Washington University Virginia Campus, Ashburn (see website for directions)

Program:  May 14, 2009 - "Inkjet Printing Tips" with Carolyn Koslow

Competition:  May 28, 2009 - Theme is "Open" (Judged) 

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:  May 7; Club Project Presentation—Journey Through Hallowed Ground

Competition:  May 21; Category:  Open – Judge:  Corey Hill

Field Trips:  May 3, 2009 - Trilliums at G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area; June 6, 2009 - Shenandoah National Park and Great Meadows


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:  Competition this month

Competition: May 13, Wed. 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, Warren Standley will be judging.


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

Program: On May 18th we have a program from Joe Rossbach titled “The Mighty Potomac”

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: Wed., May 6, Gary Silverstein shares tips for nocturnal photography
Wed., May 20, themed competition… “Reflections”… judge is Roy Sewall

Field Trip: Sat., May 16, Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, VA


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For Sale

Epson 2400 printer. Excellent condition. Not sure what the value is. It has ink in the printer, plus extra ink cartridges. If interested, please call and we can probably come to an agreement on price. Bob Friedman 703.978.7937