Volume 44 - No. 10
Founded 1965 - our 44th Year
Summer 2009
The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society
Editor: Sam Schaen - Email: Editor@NVPS.org


Message from the President
Monthly Program
Workshops, Education, and Training
Field Trips
Election Results
Member News
NVACC Events
For Sale
Help Wanted


7/11 Field Trip:
7/12 Field Trip: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
9/1 Program Meeting: First meeting of 2009-2010 Year


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Summer hiatus until September

Message from the President

This has been a wonderful year for NVPS and many people deserve the credit. As you know, NVPS is very successful because of the volunteerism and willingness of members to share their time, talent, energy, enthusiasm and knowledge.

The annual End of Year (EOY) Banquet was a large success and was highlighted by the return of Joseph Miller (former President & Board member) and marked the beginning of Sandi Croan's reign as president. Many thanks are due Bob Friedman, as the overall Banquet coordinator and skilled program printer, Andy Klein (former President and Board member) for his thorough coordination with the hotel on food, bar and all facility aspects, Ed Funk (former President) for all plaque & trophy engraving, Sandi Croan & Matthew Schmidt, as Competition VPs, who expertly coordinated all the EOY judging, ribbon ordering & presentation, and the large administrative tasks. Others were very helpful during the banquet set-up as a team effort to help Willa Friedman.

Special recognition plaques were presented at the Banquet to Luella Murri for "lifetime contributions to NVPS", Matthew Schmidt for "future potential" and Joseph Miller for "inspiring and teaching photographers". Willa and Bob Friedman were recognized as "volunteers of the year" for numerous contributions. When the elected Secretary resigned, Willa volunteered. When the strong need for an EOY Banquet coordinator was identified, Bob volunteered. During Meadowlark, they volunteered for many different jobs. When the Dunn Loring coffee pots became overly encrusted with a tar-like substance, Bob researched the cost for new ones, presented the issue for Board approval, ordered & paid for the new systems, then made the coffee & tea each week, then cleaned & stored the two pots. All five people made outstanding contributions toward the success of NVPS.

Scott Musson & Sam Schaen, the two previous NVPS Presidents, provided very solid and appreciated advice, and, were both Board members with outstanding contributions. Scott was the "Past President" and Website Manager and Sam was the Fotofax newsletter editor and communication coordinator.

The Vice- President jobs are the most difficult of the club. Mary O'Neill was VP for Programs and coordinated well-known, outstanding, outside speakers who educated the members on numerous aspects of photography. The Competition VPs, Sandi Croan & Matthew Schmidt, were the perfect team. They provided outstanding judges for each monthly competition and ran the complex administrative aspects of scoring, standings, rules enforcement & themes selection. The Treasurer, Fred Chitty, did the perfect job of balancing the budget, paying bills, receiving & depositing checks & keeping the club solvent. Willa Friedman was an outstanding Secretary and Historian.

Emi Wallace always gave the most personal touch as Membership Chair, as she greeted all people at the Dunn Loring door with a smile and concentrated on new people to answer questions and make each feel welcome. Emi's membership successes were then added to the NVPS roster, which was expertly kept by Bob Friedman as Database Manager.

Many others were clearly focused on the education of members. Luella Murri continued her 5 plus year stint of contributions as Member's Gallery Chair in which she coordinated monthly for two very-skilled NVPS photographers, one to show prints and the other projected images. (Luella had previously proposed, won approval for, organized and hosted for 5 1/2 years, the television show, Photographers of Northern Virginia, which was a 30- minute show, broadcast four times weekly, to showcase the skills of local photographers.) On the same night as Member's Gallery, the very energetic Gayle Dennis, as the Forums Chair, followed perfectly in the footsteps of the late Dave Carter by highlighting the most talented NVPS presenters to educate members. Likewise, the Education, Training and Workshop team of Bill Prosser, Melanie Marts & Ed Ruggiero were resourceful and ingenious in coordinating presenters for our 2nd AND 5th Tuesdays, which included critiques and the very popular Portfolio Project with the skilled and passionate help of Ed Knepley.

Gerry Abbott volunteered as Field Trips Chair and charged off to plan, do reconnaissance of, and lead an inspiring string of field trips to Charleston, SC, Delaware, Pennsylvania wolf country and other very educational places. He produced great maps and his own images of the type scenes in preparation for each visit.

Thank goodness that John Quigley showed his spirit of volunteerism by agreeing, months into the NVPS year, to be the Exhibits Chair. He organized the club's image contribution, including a jury selection, for our first entry into the international Glennie Nature Exhibit in Massachusetts, in which NVPS showed very well and scored in the middle of 230 participating clubs.

The Meadowlark weekend event was very successful for NVPS mainly because of the hard work by Co-Chairs, Trinka Reddie and Yulan Guo, who attended many planning meetings and organized the NVPS part.
They were enthusiastically assisted by many volunteers, including Willa & Bob Friedman and Patricia Deege.

The weekly NVPS meetings were very successful because of the work of three "behind-the-scenes" Board members. Former President Andy Klein coordinated for the use of Dunn Loring and briefed us on personal security. The key operative and "jack -of- many- trades", John Naman, stored, maintained, brought-in, set-up, assisted in the focus and calibration of, the digital and slide projectors, print display box, and sound system–some aspects needed every week. Vivian Luu has been the Digital Competition Coordinator, who worked closely with Matthew Schmidt to receive digital entries for Competition and other meetings, then to skillfully project and alter the order of images and project Competition results.

Two other former Presidents and current Board members, Joseph Miller (as Northern Virginia Association of Camera Clubs [NVACC] Representative) and Tom Hady (as Photographic Society of America [PSA] Representative), represented NVPS to other organizations, constantly upheld the high reputation of NVPS, always offered sage, very thoughtful advice and participated in the education of members.

Non-Board members who deserve a special thank you, include: "Cookie Man" (Luan Ngo), Anna Gomez and Georgette Grossman for sound, John St. Hilaire & Tim Terryberry (along with John Naman) for lighting, Jean Feighery and Bob Friedman as Competition print passers, and Susan Breen for "earlier" coffee & tea. My sincere apologies to other people who have contributed, but were omitted by me.

Finally--thank you to all NVPS members for attending, learning and supporting NVPS and helping to make NVPS a great club.

Best wishes to all NVPS members from the 2008-09 Board for a great summer with many opportunities for photography. We hope to see you at Kenilworth in July and the exhibit in Reston on 1 September.

Tom Brett
NVPS Past President

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Monthly Program

Coffee Volunteer Sought

The club is looking for a volunteer to be in charge of coffee for Program nights during the 2009-2010 club year. The individual doesn't necessarily need to perform the work him-/herself; it is possible to delegate to others. Individual performing the work needs to get to the meeting early to make coffee and set up donations jar and stay after the meeting to clean up.

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

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Workshops, Education, and Training

Summer Workshop News

Ed Ruggiero and Melanie Marts are the Workshop, Education and Training committee for the NVPS calendar year 2009-2010. We are in the planning stage right now, but already have some fun and educational ideas for the new season. Right now we are welcoming any input from NVPS members for workshops. You know what your educational needs are, so please let us know. We are interested in reaching as many members as possible next season. Please contact us at eruggiero@cox.net, and jasmarts@cox.net. Have a great summer!

    Melanie Marts

Ed Ruggiero


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Photographer of the Year

Novice Monochrome Prints Will Haubert
Sil Horwitz Award
Advanced Monochrome Prints
Willa Friedman
C. William Valencourt Memorial Award
Color Prints - Novice
Will Haubert
Color Prints - Advanced Timber Gooding
Enhanced Prints Susan Breen
Ollie Fife Award
Advanced Slides
Amie Tannenbaum
Novice Digitally Projected Images Tuan Pham
Advanced Digitally Projected Images Scott Musson
Versatile Photographer Will Haubert

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End-Of-Year Competition
End-of-Year Judge

Thanks to his dad, Elliot has been involved with things photographic since he was about 5 years old and working in his dad’s darkroom.  His passion for the art and what can be created through photographic capture has grown stronger year after year.

His dad, now 93 years old, taught him a great deal about photography and it has been a most wonderful experience for Elliot to teach his dad digital photography.  Even at 93 he is still shooting pictures and printing them.

Elliot's career, which spans over fifty years if he includes his dad’s darkroom, has taken him into many different areas of the photographic world.  He has been a portrait photographer, wedding photographer, photo journalist, nature and scenic photographer, architectural photographer, military photographer, and a recorder of memories and history in those capacities.  He has lectured, taught classes, and educated countless numbers of people about photography and digital workflow across the country and now wants to bring his experiences and knowledge to Blue Ridge Workshops.

He worked for Nikon for 33 years, selling and teaching and it gave him the incredible opportunity to be in the forefront of the digital revolution and certainly gave him the opportunity to learn all of the new technologies and deal with all of the challenges that those technologies brought with them.  Having dealt with all those challenges has helped him teach the concepts of digital imaging and digital work flow to a great many aspiring photographers.

After retiring from Nikon, Elliot worked in photo retail, always hoping to create a company like Blue Ridge Workshops which would allow him to do the things he loved most—shoot images and teach.  While in retail he did very advanced classes on Nikon single lens reflex cameras, and digital workflow.

The workshops that he now gives at Blue Ridge Workshops are very important to Elliot.  They give him an opportunity to pass on his knowledge and experiences to others in a comfortable, easy to learning environment.  By becoming the educator and bringing in other educators, each with their own particular slants on photography, he is finally achieving his dream—creating some of the best photography workshops available.  He enjoys teaching others and expanding their knowledge, so they can record their world in new, different and creative ways.  Your images today can influence your world of tomorrow and tell your story in a way that nothing else can. 

Elliot's current choice of equipment is Nikon Digital Single lens reflex cameras and lenses and flashes.  But as Elliot has quite often stated, "there is not a bad digital single lens reflex in the market place.  They are all capable of producing incredible images, but never on their own."

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End-of-Year 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 Prints
Will Haubert
Aspen Detail

Novice Digital
Palace of Fine Arts

Advanced Monochrome Prints
John Dexter
Table and Chairs

Haubert-2Novice Color Prints
Will Haubert
The Wave–View from Front Door



Advanced Digital
Vivian Luu
Bonding in the Rain

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End-of-Year Competition Results

The End of Year Competition was judged by Elliot Stern on May 20, 2009 and were presented at the NVPS Banquet at the Westpark Hotel on June 5th. Congratulations to all!

Award Photographer Title
Novice Monochrome Prints
1st Will Haubert Aspen Detail
2nd Lorraine Chickering Canaletto's Canal
3rd Will Haubert Column Detail
HM Will Haubert Maelstrom
Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st John Dexter Table and Chairs
2nd John Dexter Geometry
3rd Willa Friedman Lake Minnewanka
Novice Color Prints
1st Will Haubert The Wave-View from Front Door
2nd Ursy Potter Grandma's Little Baby
3rd Georgette Grossman Beijing Opera
HM Maricruz Fugon Tapestry
HM Fred Gillis Nesting Tricolor Heron
HM Roger Lancaster Tree Grows in Loudoun
HM John Naman Fungi
HM John Naman Owl
HM Ursy Potter Look Who's There
HM Bill Vanderpool The Face of Greece
Advanced Color Prints
1st Bob Feldman Flatey Island
2nd John Dexter Staircase
3rd Minnie Gallman Canadian Morning
HM Jeff Evans Rustic Colors
HM Jorja Feldman Osprey Head On
HM Jorja Feldman Redish Egret Strut
HM Bob Friedman Rope #6
HM Willa Friedman Acacia at Sunset
HM Willa Friedman Hooper Island Bridge
HM Minnie Gallman Not Ripe Yet
HM Melanie Marts More than a Mouthful
HM Ed Ruggiero Windows
Enhanced Prints
1st Anna Gomez Come Sit a Spell
2nd Jeff Evans Striding Past History
3rd Jorja Feldman Hummingbird Wings Up
HM Jorja Feldman Meadowlark Lotus
HM Fred Gillis Balanced at Sunset
HM Laura Howell Hard Rock Cave
Advanced Slides
1st Amie Tannenbaum Feathers
2nd Amie Tannenbaum Spring
3rd Amie Tannenbaum Candlestick + Color
HM Amie Tannenbaum 3 Stems
Novice Digital Images
1st Kieu-Hanh Vu Palace of Fine Arts
2nd Jim Carlson Desert Poppies
3rd Roger Novack Cucumber Beetle
HM William Adams Dandy
HM William Adams Tulip Shadows
HM Curtis Gibbens Cecropia Moth
HM Pat Lonergan Racing Flower
HM Dawn McLaren Surprise Visitor
HM David Mosher Canoe Champs
HM David Mosher Waterfall Shower
HM John Naman Melanie's Caladium
HM Roger Novack Highland Meadow
HM Roger Novack Water Lily
HM Kieu-Hanh Vu Pink Lotus
Advanced Digital Images
1st Vivian Luu Bonding in the Rain
2nd Vivian Luu Bicycle Racing
3rd Ed Ruggiero Bottle Light
HM Farzin Emami Times Square
HM Judy McGuire Leaf After Rain
HM Scott Musson Puerto Rican Tody
HM Scott Musson Two Frogs and One Pad
HM Scott Musson Walt Disney Concer Hall
HM Scott Musson Westin Bonaventure
HM Kathy Udell View of Regenberg
HM Emi Wallace Playa de Guayanes

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Congratulations to the New Graduates

The 2008 - 2009 Competition Team wishes to congratulate the following NVPS members for their promotion beginning in the 2009 - 2010 competition year:

Novice to Advanced Monochrome Prints: Will Haubert
Novice to Advanced Color Prints: Will Haubert
Novice to Advanced Digital Projection: Tuan Pham
Roger Novack
John Naman

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May Competition

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.

Will Haubert

Novice Monochrome Prints
Will Haubert

Timber Gooding

Enhanced Prints
Timber Gooding
Left Turn on Green

Vivian Luu

Advanced Digital
Vivian Luu
DC Tourist

John Wiles II

Novice Digital
John Wiles II
Disney Wasdi Fulad

Willa Friedman

Advanced Monochrome
Willa Friedman

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May Competition Results

Award Photographer Title
Novice Monochrome Prints
1st Will Haubert Maelstrom
Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st Willa Friedman Trees
Novice Color Prints
1st Disqualified  
2nd Dirck Harris Memories at the Wall
3rd Carson Zimmerman July 4th Parade Marchers
HM Will Haubert Iceberg Detail
HM Roger Lancaster Tree Grows in Loudoun
HM Charles Rusnak Sailboarding
Advanced Color Prints
1st Jorja Feldman Redish Egret Strut
2nd Willa Friedman Hooper Island Bridge
3rd Judy McGuire At the Beach
HM Bob Feldman Gosling
HM Minnie Gallman Dad's Rose
HM Timber Gooding Self Portrait @ GTU
HM Yulan Guo Morning Ride
Enhanced Prints
1st Timber Gooding Left Turn on Green
2nd Jeff Evans Striding Past History
3rd Laura Howell Roof in Circle
HM Susan Teunis Blossom Tango
Advanced Slides
1st Amie Tannenbaum 3 Stems
2nd Tom Brett Great Sand Dunes 56
Novice Digital Images
1st John Wiles II Disney's Wadi Fulad
2nd Tuan Pham Golden Glow
3rd Pat Lonergan Racing Flower
HM Jim Carlson Desert Poppies
HM David Mosher View of Doubtful Sound
HM Roger Novack Highland Meadow
HM Roger Novack Occoquan Eddies
HM John Wiles II US Air Force Academy Chapel
Advanced Digital Images
1st Vivian Luu DC Tourist
2nd Judy McGuire Moraine Lake Reflection
3rd Vivian Luu Through the Window
HM Jan Ponder Sunrise in Yucca Valley
HM Bill Prosser Bounce

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Future Competition Themes

The competition themes for the 2009 - 2010 club year are below. Exact dates for each theme will be announced in September.

Flash: images where flash in or off camera is the principal light source

Monuments, Memorials, Statues: images where the dominant element(s) would consist of monuments, memorials or statues

Opposites: the image must present an opposite combination such as large/small, old/young, straight/crooked, round/square, animal/vegetable, dark/light, sharp/blunt, etc. etc. (Members Choice Theme)


The following themes have recently been selected by the Themes committee for the 2010-2011 season.

Through Doors, Out Windows: Images with a view through doors or windows, looking out or in. The window(s) or door(s) may be the subject themselves, or a framing device for some other scene.

Power of 3: – Images containing three (3) of an object or subject.

Old: Images which convey a feeling of great age.

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2008 - 2009 Competition Team's Final Thoughts
NVPS had a terrific competition year. Many wonderful images were submitted over the nine competitions. On average, we had 126 images submitted each month. The judges were varied and we hope you all learned from their critiques.
We would like to thank the membership for their participation and many others who gave of their time willingly to help make the evenings run smoothly. In particular, we appreciate the monthly contributions of the following members:
  • John Naman for schlepping and setting up and taking down the equipment each month
  • Vivian Luu for downloading, setting up and running the digital competition and running the slide projector
  • Bob Friedman and Jean Feighery for passing the prints
  • Gayle Dennis for bringing the prints to the back table and getting the ribbons on the winners
  • Anna Gomez for helping with sound
  • Scott Musson for maintaining the website and especially the digital competition upload page
  • Sam Schaen for posting the winners to Fotofax and collecting the 1st place winners from people for inclusion in the newsletter.

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New Submission Procedures

Please note that NVPS will require the date that your image was shot on the sign in sheet and in the competition upload program starting in Sept 2009. In a continuing effort to keep our members making new photographs for use in competition, an additional field will be added to the sign-in sheets for prints and slides, and the upload form for digital images entered into competition. This new field is a request for the date (or dates if it is a composite) of capture of the print or image being entered into that competition. Please be prepared to provide this information for every print, slide and digital image. It will be required for entry in future competitions. Now is a good time to start considering methods for determining and retaining the information required for competition entry. If you are shooting digitally you can use Bridge to look at the metadata (if you use a recent version of Photoshop).

We hope you have a great summer and make many wonderful images!

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

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Field Trips

Sunflowers, etc.
Location: McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area (Near Seneca, MD)
Date: Saturday, July 11, 2009
Time: 6 AM to 9:30 AM (it is not a requirement that you arrive by 6)

Note that there will NOT be any organized car pooling from Dunn Loring.  Also note there is no need to “sign up” for this trip. Just arrive at the parking lot and walk over to the sunflower fields to begin photographing.

The field trip destination will be to the large sunflower fields located on the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area.  In addition to sunflowers, you may find numerous macro opportunities for subjects such as spider webs, dew drops, etc.   As there will be  mosquitoes and insects in the field, dress appropriately and bring insect repellent.

There is a parking lot off river road but there are no signs to indicate the sunflowers.  Thus, follow these directions carefully and call Gerry (703.967.9677 mobile) if you can not locate the parking lot.

Directions from the Capital Beltway (I-495) and I-66:

Head north on I-495, cross the Potomac River (for about 8 miles from I-66 intersection) and then take exit number 39 to merge onto MD-190/River Rd  (west bound towards town of Potomac) Proceed west on River Rd. and pass through the town of Potomac  (beware of speed camera) until finally reaching a stop sign (about 12 miles). At the stop sign, turn left. This is a continuation of River Rd.  Proceed about 2.7 miles and the parking lot will be on the left. There is a Maryland Historical Sign (silver and black) on the left side of the road just prior to parking lot entrance.  This sign says “Planetary Radio Emissions Discovery Site” plus a brief explanation.  Inside the parking area, the Wildlife Management Area has a large sign board with various postings but it does not give a unique name to the parking area.  Walk past the yellow gate to reach the sunflower fields. To find your own directions to the parking lot using www.googlemaps.com, set your destination to 39.081321, -77.373067.

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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Location: Washington, DC
Date: Sunday, July 12, 2009
Time: 7 AM to 10 AM

Note that there will NOT be any organized car pooling from Dunn Loring.  Also note there is no need to “sign up” for this trip. Just arrive at the garden and begin photographing.

Information about the gardens can be found at http://www.nps.gov/keaq/index.htm


The National Park Service provides directions (including metro) to the gardens at http://www.nps.gov/keaq/planyourvisit/directions.htm.

If you are entering Washington D.C. On I-395,  continue on the SW/SE FWY towards its end and take the right exit on to Pennsylvania Ave SE.  After crossing the Anacostia river, turn left onto the DC-295N (Anacostia Fwy). Take the exit toward Eastern Ave/Quarles St and merge onto Kenilworth Ave NE and then make a U-turn just before Eastern Ave. Turn right at Quarles St. NE and then left at Anacostia Ave NE. Take the second right turn which is the entrance to the Garden’s parking lot.

To find your own directions to the Kenilworth parking lot using www.googlemaps.com, set your destination to 38.91305,-76.94011

Although the gardens officially open at 7:00 a.m.,  the gates are frequently open earlier.  To take advantage of the early morning light, I’d suggest arriving around 6:30 and enter the gardens as soon as the gate opens.  After parking, gather your gear and proceed directly to the aquatic gardens and begin photographing.

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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Election Results

NVPS Election Results

On May 5th, 2009 NVPS held its annual election of officers. The current Secretary and History Willa Friedman confirmed that we established a quorum which is 15% of the paying membership according to the current By-Laws of NVPS.  As the Chairman of the Nominating committee, I called a voice vote since the slate was running unopposed. The board was elected unanimously by the membership present.

The elected board for the 2009 – 2010 membership year are:

President Sandi Croan
VP Programs Mary O'Neil
Co-VPs Competition Gerry Abbott
Brian Payne
Treasurer Fred Chitty
Secretary/Historian Willa Friedman

The elected board will assume their elected roles at the conclusion of the annual end of year banquet on Friday June 5th. The appointed board was introduced during the banquet, they are:

Past President Tom Brett
Newsletter Editor Sam Schaen
Workshops Education &
    Training Coordinators
Ed Ruggiero
Melanie Martz
Digital Competition Vivian Luu
Field Trips Coordinator Marilyn Gaizband
Exhibits Coordinator John Quigley
Forum Coordinator Anna Gomez
Membership Coordinator Gayle Dennis
Website Manager Scott Musson
Equipment Manager John Naman
Meeting Facilities & EOY Coordinator Andy Klein
Member's Gallery Coordinator Georgette Grossman
PSA Representative Matt Schmidt
NVACC Representative (acting) Sam Schaen
Meadowlark Representatives Trinka Reddie
Yulan Guo
Angelina Raptakis
Database Manager Bob Friedman

Additional individuals will be recruited to support various board members such as Equipment Management, Membership & Field Trips (Tuan Pham & Pamela Brown have agreed so far, but we need others).  If you would like to assist the board during the coming year, please contact Sandi Croan.

Congratulations and thanks to the incoming board for their willingness to volunteer their time and efforts to supporting this excellent organization.  Also special thanks to the outgoing board for their dedication and efforts over the past year.  It was another wonderful year at NVPS, and we certainly could have not done it without our elected board members time and effort.

I would like to extend as special thanks to two long time board members Luella Murri & Tom Hady for years of dedication to NVPS.  Both of them have served many boards and improved the experience of NVPS for countless individuals sharing their time and expertise.  NVPS had been a better place thanks to both Luella & Tom.

Scott Musson
Chairman of the Nominating Committee

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Member News

Tom Hady is PSA Winner

Tom Hady came in first in Large Monochrome prints in PSA's Who's Who with 52 entries accepted in international exhibitions. He also came in 6th in Large Color prints. Congratulations, Tom.

Mary Ann Setton

Mary Ann won first prize in the AAA Mid-Atlantic Photocontest and the picture, All Truckered Out. The photograph is in the current issue of AAA Magazine.

Timber Gooding and Melanie Marts

Timber Gooding and Melanie Marts will be exhibiting a selection of their images at Penn Camera in Tysons Corner. The framed prints will be displayed during the entire month of July. Please stop in during that time, and see the exhibit!

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NVPS Executive Board 2009-2010

The elected and appointed board members for the 2009-2010 club year can be found at http://nvps.org/main/about/board-members/.

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Dodge Color and Chrome Imaging Merge

Dodge Color and Chrome Imaging have joined forces to offer the most comprehensive line of custom photo, digital and graphic imaging services in the Metro DC area under the new name Dodge-Chrome, Inc. The original companies opened for business in the early 80s and quickly grew into Washington's premier photo and digital labs. As time passed, Chrome found its niche providing services to professional and amateur photo markets, adding short-run printing capability in recent years. Dodge Color evolved into a large format print and finishing provider with a more commercial client base.

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SanDisk Rebate

B&H Photo is offering a rebate on compact flash cards through July 13. The amount is between $10 and $65 per card depending on the number and type of card you buy. As an example, an 8 GB Extreme IV sells for $114; but after the $60 rebate, the cost is $54.

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Alexandria and Beyond
Gallery West

Gallery West presents an exhibit of artwork inspired by Alexandria and other local environs. Receptions will be held Thursday June 11 from 6 to 9 PM and Saturday June 13 from 5 to 8 PM

1213 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-6006

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Moods of Nature
Nikhil Bahl, Angelique Raptakis, and Gwen Lewis

Three person display. Community Art Exhibition Gallery, Professional and Community Education Center, Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. (Enter through the main entrance of the building, turn right to enter the Art Gallery wing.) Garage Parking is FREE for the first hour. (301) 754-7920. June 1-July 31.


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Exhibition Opportunities

The Magnum Expression Award

Magnum Photos is pleased to announce the first annual Expression Photography Award in association with HP.  The award, established with the goal of inspiring change through photography, aims to discover compelling documentary photography employed to affect social awareness.

The winner will receive a $10,000 grant to support the continuation of his/her work as well as photographic equipment and supplies. Two honorable mentions and 17 finalists will also receive awards to support and encourage their photographic work. Participation is at no cost and photographers worldwide are encouraged to submit. Information can be found at: http://expression.magnumphotos.com. The deadline is September 30, 2009.

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9th Annual American Landscapes

The Maryland Federation of Art invites all artists residing in the United States to enter its 9th Annual American Landscapes exhibition, a nationally open-juried mixed media competition.  Any two or three dimensional work depicting the American landscape will be considered. Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2009.


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En Foco Photography Awards Fellowship

En Foco's  New Works Photography Awards Fellowship is an annual program selecting three or more U.S. photographers of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.   Three photographers will be selected from an open and national call for entries, to receive a $1,000 honorarium, photo-related supplies, technical assistance, a photographer’s page on enfoco.org, an article in Nueva Luz, an En Foco Membership and a culminating group exhibition in New York City in the Spring-Summer of 2010.

The fellowship will be juried by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator, Museum of Fine Arts / Houston. The entry deadline is July 31, 2009.

More information is available at http://www.enfoco.org/index.php/programs/newworks_award/

1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461

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Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center
Loudoun Visions:  Images by Loudoun Photographers

The Friends of Franklin Park Art Center announce the Call for Entries for "Loudoun Visions: Images by Loudoun Photographers" for photographic images of Loudoun by photographers living in Loudoun County. The show will be held at the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center Gallery from July 6 through July 31, with an Opening Reception on Friday, July 10 from 6 - 9 PM. Submissions are due by June 30th. Information can be found at http://www.franklinparkartscenter.org.

Jeanne Niccolls

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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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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

On-line Photography Classes

PhotoInstitute.net offers on-line classes in various photography topics.

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Photo Tours and Workshops

Oct. 15 - 16

OUTER BANKS PRE-TOUR:  For those new to digital photography, this basic course will improve your understanding of camera settings and controls.  Learn basic exposure, depth of field, control of shutter speed and aperture, complete course notes, and much more.  Extensive individual instruction.   $685 includes lunches and dinners both days.

Oct. 17 - 20

OUTER BANKS IN-DEPTH PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR:  Explore the pristine beaches, lighthouses, and hidden gems of the Outer Banks during this 4-day in-depth workshop.   The workshop will focus on landscapes, macro, motion and action.  All-inclusive fee includes lodging in a luxurious beachfront house, all meals and snacks, and personalized instruction.  $1590 

Oct. 21 - 24

Rev up your knowledge of these two powerful programs, and improve your skills.  Designed specifically for photographers, group size is small to maintain a personalized learning environment.  Improve your knowledge of Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, Camera RAW, and Lightroom.    All-inclusive fee includes lodging in a luxurious beachfront house, all meals and snacks, and personalized instruction.  $1590

Mollie Isaacs

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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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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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Corey Hilz Photography

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.

July 25 Macro Photography: In Depth Location: Ashburn VA, 12:30pm – 4:30pm, $125 You’ll learn about technical and creative aspects to successful close-ups, including what equipment to use, choosing the best aperture, working with the background and focusing. The second half of the class will be spent photographing macro subjects in the studio.

July 26

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.

July 26

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

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
14 day China Photo Tour, led by Corey Hilz, photography instructor, and Yulan Guo, Native Chinese, also an NVPS member.  The tour covers both urban and rural areas of China. Photograph the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, rice terraces in Longji, mountains in Yangshuo near Guilin, the Yangtze River at Nanjing, a silk factory and picturesque gardens in Suzhou plus architecture and city life in Beijing and Shanghai. Package price of $4,498 includes international airfare, lodging, meals and land transportation. Register between now and July 15th (Reservations will only be accepted after July 15th if space is available. Fare subject to increase after Aug. 15th due to airfare price change). Contact Corey Hilz at corey@coreyhilz.com /703.473.4618 or Yulan Guo at yguova@yahoo.com /202 256-4268 to reserve your space or for more information. For detailed trip info visit: http://www.coreyhilz.com/hub/china_details.html.

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

Program: None

Competition:   None

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:  June 4th, 6:30 pm  Awards Banquet – Best Western Battlefield Inn, Manassas VA


Field Trip:    June 20th – Shenandoah National Park, Big 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:  June 10, end of club year party (pot luck) at Ursy Potter’s home.   Details in the newsletter, available at www.mcleanphoto.org  


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: No programs until Sept. Have a nice Summer

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: June 3, 7:30 pm, Jonathan Newton presents “Tactics, Techniques, & Technologies for World-Class Sports Photography”
Competition: June 24, Potluck dinner and year-end competition with Judy Switt as judge.


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For Sale

Woodbridge Photography Studio. In business 47 yearsan ready to retire. Owns building and has two full-time employees. Looking to sell business. For info, contact Rick Ruff, Greenwood Photography. wruff@gmail.com

Canon EOS-30D digital SLR (body only) with: BP511A battery and charger, USB interface cable, CD installation disk and paper instruction manual, wide neck strap. $525.00 Excellent condition; few small scratches on viewing screen. Only selling because I’ve moved up to the 5D Mark II. Optional extras: two 2GB Sandisk memory cards, $15 each. Extra BP511A battery, $45. Canon 75-300mm IS f4-5.6 telephoto lens with lens hood. $300 Canon 70-210mm f3.5-4.5 telephoto (not IS). $50 Canon 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 zoom (not IS) with lens hood. $35 Chuck Cecil. 703-504-6956, or cecilimages@comcast.net

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Help Wanted

Volunteer Professional Photographer. AMA-DC is looking for a talented professional photographer to serve/volunteer as an official AMA-DC event photographer. The chapter hosts several programming events each month. PR benefits include complimentary publicity at events/website, as well as credit when submitted to media outlets and partner organizations.


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