Volume 45 - No. 2
Founded 1965 - our 45th Year
October 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
Competition Judge
Competition Images
Competition Results
Field Trips

Members' Gallery
Member News
NVPS Board
Exhibition Opportunities
Workshops and Tours
NVACC Events


10/1-4 Field Trip: Lancaster PA
10/6 Program Meeting: From Ordinary to Extraordinary - Mollie Issacs and Mary Lindhjem
10/13 Workshop: Yin and Yang of Photoshop - Scott Musson
10/20 Competition: Roy Sewell, Judge
10/24 Field Trip: Huntley Meadow Park
10/27 Members Gallery: John Naman, Paul Simmons
Forum: Bill Prosser


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

It was very exciting to kick off the 2009 – 2010 NVPS club year on September 1. Many of us met early in the morning at USGS in Reston to bring our photographs for our exhibit that will be up until September 30th. We greeted each other like long lost relatives. It was great to catch up after summer break. On Friday, September 11th we hosted a lovely reception at USGS. Many thanks to John Quigley and all the helpers that made the exhibit and reception possible, beautiful, and delicious. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend a quick trip out there to see all the magnificent work of our members.

September 1st was our first official club meeting. It was wonderful to see everyone mingling and happy to be back. New Board Members introduced their Programs, Workshop/Education and Trainings, Judges, Members Gallery, Forums, Field Trips, Portfolio Project, etc that were coming up this month and in the near future.

As of this writing, it has been a busy and educational month so far. Your board members are busy making sure that they have the most educational and fun activities of any club in this area. Please remember to thank them for their hard work.

To our new and prospective members - I am always amazed at the number of new folks that arrive on a weekly basis. Welcome to you all! Please feel free to approach any board member (the ones with the printed name tags) with questions or just to chat. Come to meetings, go on field trips, volunteer… you will be amazed at how fast you will grow!

Mark your 2010 calendars. Friday, June 11th will be the NVPS End of Year Banquet. This last event of the club year is host to the EOY competition and awards ceremony with a lovely buffet dinner. You will be hearing more about this later in the year.

On a serious note… the flu is starting in our area. It has been predicted that with the cooler weather, the swine flu and other influenza viruses will be rampant this year. It is hard to predict how hard we will be hit and when. We each have a responsibility to be considerate of our friends and fellow NVPS members. If you are ill or feel like you are coming down with something - please stay home. There are many members or their loved ones who are in frail health. The flu, or its secondary infections could be life threatening or fatal. We want you to share your photography, but not your germs.

Symptoms of swine flu include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing, which are all symptoms of the human influenza virus. Some people have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Good health habits like covering your mouth when you cough, sneezing into the crook of your elbow, and washing your hands, are some of the best ways to prevent the spread of swine flu. If someone you know is sick, avoid close contact and if you are sick, stay home to avoid spreading the disease to others.

We all thank you in advance for your consideration.

Sandi Croan
NVPS President

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Dues Reminder!

If you have not already, it is now time to pay your 2009-2010 membership dues. They can be paid in cash, by check or on PayPal and are $45 for individual and $65 for family memberships.

Please remember that if you have not paid by October 20th, you will not be able to compete in the October competition. Avoid the last minute rush and pay today!

The PayPal payment option can be access via this link on our website (http://nvps.org/main/about/membership-information).

If you have any questions about membership, please e-mail our Membership Coordinator Gayle Dennis

Gayle Dennis

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Monthly Program

From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Mollie Issacs and Mary Lindhjem
October 6, 2009

A camera is perceived to be a recording device. It generally records a realistic representation of what we see with our eyes. But it can also be an artistic tool, interpreting the world from the very large and sweeping to the very small and overlooked. Both ways of recording the world around us have their benefits. Each photographer, at various times and depending on circumstances, might use both techniques to create the desired effect. For example, when photographing in a garden, one might choose first to capture an image that shows a complete bloom on its stem, then move in for a closer macro shot showing just color and line. Each view is valid, and each can be framed in a way that makes the finished image artistic.

This program will explore what makes an image appealing, creative, beautiful to look at. It will cover a wide variety of subjects including macro flowers, landscapes, and animals and insects. Mollie and Mary will cover simple but powerful techniques and provide solid tips on how you can take your work from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Please join us for an inspirational program, and if you'd like to attend dinner at Chili's at 6 PM prior to the lecture, please rsvp to mary.m.o'neill@gsk.com.

Speakers' Biographies

Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem founded Awake The Light Photo Tours and Workshops because of their love of teaching photography. Mollie's background is in portraits, abstracts, landscapes and macro, while Mary's expertise is in nature, wildlife, big game, and macro. Combined, they provide an interesting mix of talents and skills.

MOLLIE is a professional photographer and experienced teacher. She has studied with Ansel Adams, Joyce Tenneson, and others. She has won the "Oscar" of photography, the coveted Kodak Gallery Award, fourteen times. Several of her award-winning photographs have been exhibited at Epcot Center in Disney World, and her work is in the Permanent Collection of the International Photography Hall of Fame. She believes that a great photograph fully expresses what the photographer feels about what is being photographed, and therefore is a true indicator of what one feels about life. She believes that photography is one way to achieve an ultimate happiness and faith, and a oneness with the world.

MARY has been a full-time freelance photographer for the past two decades following a career in education that encompassed teaching photography at the college level. Since the onset of the digital revolution, she has taught Photoshop to a variety of groups and professional photographic organizations in Virginia, North Carolina, California, Colorado and Costa Rica. Her fine art photography has been shown in several galleries and appears in books and magazines including On Safari by David Anderson. She believes that the attainment of knowledge alone is valueless unless or until it is shared with others. She has dedicated her career to photography and to teaching. However, photography is not merely Mary's career, it is the voice of her soul. It is her passion. It is through the medium of photography that she most clearly communicates her intense appreciation of and love for the beauty this world has to offer.

Mollie and Mary are offering a special discount to NVPS members who sign up for any of our 2010 tours. Members will receive a $100 discount off each tour they take in 2010. NVPS members simply need to let Mollie and Mary know about their club membership when they register for a tour. This discount will be in effect until 3 months prior to the start of any tour. You can learn more about the company and the tours and workshops they lead at www.awakethelight.com.

The two will also be holding a drawing at the presentation for some free gifts that they find very helpful in their photography. Things like quality lens cleaning cloths, blower brushes, etc., plus an official Awake The Light tee-shirt.

Finally, NVPS members can also receive a complimentary eWOW (Expert Words Of Wisdom) brochure from Mollie's company, Awake the Light. The brochure contains instructional information about improving your photography, the best use of natural light, creative camera techniques, and practical tips in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

You can receive a copy by clicking on this link awakethelight@cox.net and typing YES in
the subject line. You will also receive their monthly newsletter with additional helpful hints and tips. They will not share your e-mail information with any other company and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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

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Workshops, Education, and Training

October 13 , 2009
Yin & Yang of Photoshop
Scott Musson

Join NVPS for an educational event on the use of digital editing tools, with a focus on the Photoshop Creative Suite (CS3 &CS4). As the workshop title implies, this is a two part educational session.

Yin: the first part of the evening will be helping new members with basic image preparation for competition and helping intermediate members optimize their preparation technique—sizing, rotating, assigning profiles, bit depth conversion, saving and uploading to the clubs website.

Yang: the second part will focus on creative ways to support the NVPS competition theme of “Opposites”. Examples of digital editing techniques will be demonstrated to show you how to create opposites. Techniques such as montage, masking and other layer techniques will be demonstrated and you can follow along! We’ll also discuss ideas for images that can simply be captured in camera, without the use of digital editing techniques.

Members are welcome to bring their own laptops (on battery power and with Photoshop loaded) and follow along with either section of the workshop. Don’t worry if you don’t have a laptop; there will be sample images and instructions you can download from the website and try the techniques on your own after the workshop. For those members who do bring their laptop, there will be sample images posted to the website the week before the workshop.

So bring your Qi (chi or energy) and discover the Yin & Yang of Photography and Photoshop.

Tai Chi after the meeting is optional."

September Forum
Joe Miller

Materials from Joe Miller's presentation at the September Forum can be found in the f-stop section of the NVPS web site.

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

Melanie Marts

Ed Ruggiero

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Upcoming Competitions

On Tuesday October 20th, we will hold our second competition for the 2009/10 club year with Roy Sewell as our judge. There is no specific theme for the October Competition. As a reminder, the first themed competition of the season will be "Opposites" and will be held in November. The 2009 - 2010 Competition Themes are posted in the Competitions section of the NVPS website.

Competition Judge
Roy Sewell
October 20, 2009

Roy Sewell is one of the leading photographers of the Potomac River and Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal in the Washington, D.C., area. Although Roy spent most of his youth in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines, his State Department family’s home base was the Washington, D.C., area. Roy has a BS in Physics from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland and a MS in Engineering Science from Penn State. He returned permanently to the Washington area in 1969 and worked for several major technology corporations for over 30 years.

Roy’s interest in photography evolved from extensive travel in five continents. In 2001, he started his transition to full-time photographer. He always found the Washington area to be one of the most photogenic locations in the world. Roy’s first photography book, Our Potomac, from Great Falls through Washington, D.C., was published in 2005. It was inspired by his affection for hiking and bicycling along the river and the adjacent C&O Canal. The book has led to numerous lecture and slide show engagements with local organizations.

In 2007, Roy became Chair of the Board of Directors for the C&O Canal Trust, a non-profit friends group for the National Park Service. Roy has done extensive photography work for river- and C&O Canal-related government and non-profit organizations, as well as private clients. He was a guest on WETA’s program Great Views of Washington D.C. and is the lead photographer in the forthcoming Best of D.C. publication.

Roy’s second book, Great Falls and Mather Gorge, became available at the beginning of 2009.

Please join our judge, Roy Sewell, for our pre-competition dinner at Chili's at 5:45 on Tuesday, October 20th. Please RSVP to Gerry at gerry.abbott@cox.net . Hope to see you there.

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Dinner with the Judge

Meet for dinner with the Judge prior to the competition at 5:45 at:

Chili's Bar and Grille
8051 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA


  1. Take the VA-7 W/LEESBURG PIKE exit number 47B-A toward TYSONS CORNER
  2. Merge onto LEESBURG PIKE/VA-7 W toward TYSONS CORNER and move to left lane
    You will see Chili's almost immediately on the left.
  3. Take a left at the first light "Fashion Square" (Tiffany's will be on the left and Tyson's
    Corner Shopping Center will be on the right) and an immediate left onto service road in
    front of Tiffany's, take your first right into Chili's parking lot.

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September Competition Images

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

Novice Digital
George Williams
Sand Island Cave




Advanced Color
Yulan Guo
Born to Win

Susan Breen
The Puddle

Advanced Monochrome
Matthew Schmidt


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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September Competition Results

Award Photographer Title
Novice Monochrome Prints
1st Lorraine Chickering Reaching For The Stars
2nd John Naman
Egg in Nest
Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st Matthew Schmidt
2nd Chuck Bress
Mirror Bldg #2
Novice Color Prints
1st Disqualified
2nd Georgette Grossman
Surfer Dude
3rd David Mosher
Toddler Wall
HM John Quigley
Early Morning Walk
HM Pat Worley
One Happy Avubur
HM Susan Phillips
Garden Nouveau
Advanced Color Prints
1st Yulan Guo
Born to Win
2nd Bob Feldman
Shaking Wood Duck
3rd Chuck Bress
Reflection Dali
HM Bob Friedman
The Cloisters
HM Yulan Guo
Butterfly X
HM John Dexter
Wall Climbers
HM Bill Prosser
Falling Aspens
HM Susan Breen
A Tree Pan
HM Jorja Feldman
Pelican's Tree Top Landing
Enhanced Prints
1st Susan Breen
The Puddle
2nd Laura Howell
Church Graveyard
3rd Sherry Wolf
Great Niece
HM Roger Lancaster
Shadows In The Woods
HM Susan Breen
Advanced Slides
1st Amie Tannenbaum
Colorful Crystal
2nd Amie Tannenbaum
Birthday Flowers
Novice Digital Images
1st George Williams
Sand Island Cave
2nd Lorraine Chickering
Reaching For The Sky
3rd Jim Carlson
HM Elba Figueroa
Static Vigilance
HM John W. Wiles II
Isaiah and Amanda Slept Here
HM Kip Holdridge
Just Sittin' Around
HM Susan Phillips
Bay Creek Lighthouse
Advanced Digital Images
1st Roger Novack
Cicada Debut
2nd Vivian Luu
Happy Showering
3rd Vivian Luu
Special Flower
HM Tuan Pham
Pink Lillies, DC
HM Curtis Gibbens
Great Catch
HM Emi Wallace
Dandelion Barn
HM Hal Schnee
Tamarin Portrait
HM Seiji Kuniyoshi
Homage of Vassal
HM Timber Gooding
Side steps of the Natl Cathedral

Competition standings can be found on the NVPS website.

Gerry Abbott
Co-VP Competition

Brian Payne
Co-VP Competition

Field Trips

Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Location: Lancaster, PA
Dates: October 1-4, 2009

Details can be found in the September issue of FotoFax

Huntley Meadow Park
Location: Alexandria, VA
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
7:00 am

The address is:

3701 Lockheed Boulevard
Alexandria, VA 22306

Phone: 703-768-2525

Huntley Meadows Park (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley/) lies in a wet lowland that was carved out by an ancient meander of the Potomac River. The resulting freshwater wetland is one of the rarest habitats left in Fairfax County. Some of the best wildlife watching in the Washington metropolitan area can be enjoyed here. From the half-mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower, people have excellent views of beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons. Several images taken at Huntley Meadows appeared in the September issue of ELAN magazine.

Huntley Meadows Park may be reached by taking Beltway Exit 177A which is Richmond Highway or Route 1 south for three and a half miles to a right on Lockheed Boulevard. The park entrance is approximately three blocks down on the left at Harrison Lane.

Admission: Free
Parking: Available

PS. Please consult the sign-up sheet if you want to share or need a ride, or speak to either Marilyn or Tuan. Carpools leave Dunn Loring at 6:15 am, or otherwise arranged by interested parties.

Marilyn Gaizband
703-560-8365 (H)
703-402-6214 (C)

Tuan Pham
703-354-3322 (H)

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A Digital Trip to the West
October 27, 2009

At the October 27, 2009 Forum, Bill Prosser will present, A Digital Trip to the West. He will discuss how he prepares for his digital photography trips, ideas about image-making and visual design, some after-trip procedures he uses to enhance his images, and how training he received to prepare him to judge camera club competitions influences his thinking in the field and at his computer darkroom. He will show images from Arizona, Utah, and Colorado including some before- and after-enhancement examples. (You may see Bill's digital Gallery at www.pbase.com/prosserwm.)

Bill Prosser is a local, McLean artist who has been a serious amateur photographer for over 35 years. He studied under a number of local teachers and mentors: Marty Kaplan, Joe Miller, Jim Steele, and Eliot Cohen; and Canadian, Freeman Patterson. He gave up the chemical darkroom for the computer in 1995 and film for the digital chip in 2000 after learning Photoshop and working photographic images in his digital darkroom. Also in 1995 he began his current volunteer work at McLean High School where he teaches and mentors students in Photoshop, photography, and visual design. He has assisted Eliot Cohen teach Smithsonian Institution Photoshop Classes. He is a founding member, and past-president, of the McLean Photography Club and a 20 year member of NVPS. He is an NVPS Digital Imaging Mentor. In recent years he earned numerous NVPS Photographer-of-the-Year and Image-of-the -Year awards. He has exhibited his photographic images at University of Wisconsin-Madison and locally at the Fairfax County Government Center, Arlington Henley House, the Fairfax Virginian Retirement-Community Center, and the Reston Unitarian-Universalist Church. The Georgetown University Graduate Public Policy Institute purchased seven of his Washington, DC images to hang in its Faculty and Administrative Offices. His work has been published in Bob Ryan’s Weather Almanac, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, and most recently the March/April 2008 AAA World Magazine.

Anna Gomez

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Members' Gallery

Prints Gallery
John Naman
October 27, 2009

John became interested in photography and the lens as a child. In high school, he became immersed in the darkroom and eventually became the lead photographer for the yearbook.

In 2002, John began experimenting with digital photography. After moving to Virginia, John joined NVPS in November 2007. Over the past few years, he has been researching and experimenting on technical topics including Image Sharpness, Digital Noise, Polarization and Perspective Control. Recently he exhibited nature prints at Meadowlark and USGS.

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Digital Projection
Paul Simmons
October 27, 2009

Paul's interest in photography began as a college student. One of his student jobs involved processing film and making black and white prints for the Engineering Department. One day it occurred to Paul that with his new skills and a fully equipped professional darkroom at his disposal, he ought to have a camera. (Epiphanies like this come to people who spend their lives in the dark.) So he purchased a Nikkormat camera, a case of Plus-X film, and began photographing the world around him. He did enough of it that he actually began to see his surroundings in black and white. However, over the years this ability has eroded away, as his interests turned to macro photography.

Then it happened, one day he awoke and found himself married with a growing family. He had precious little time, money, or energy left for photography. His camera languished on the shelf for decades, being dusted off only for vacations, birthdays and Christmas. He's not complaining. He says that if he had to do it again, he would not change a thing.

Today his favorite photographic subjects are his six grandchildren followed closely by flowers—beautiful, colorful, wonderful flowers. Several years ago it dawned on him that his job was actually interfering with his picture taking activities. (Can you imagine that?) So he retired.

Georgette Grossman

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Member News

Laura Howell

Laura Howell received an Honorable Mention Award for her image, Abstract Reflection #9, at the Vienna Arts Society 2009 September Themed/Judged Show Water.

Laura Howell also had 3 images chosen by the Ivy Creek Foundation - Celebrating the Nature of Virginia Photography Contest. All 3 received awards in their respective categories: Birds - Blue Heron #1, 2nd Place, Landscapes - "Wintergreen", Honorable Mention and Art in Nature - Meadowlark Reflection #2, 1st Place. The images will be on display in the First Friday Exhibit at the Paramount Theater, 215 East Main St., Charlottesville, VA on Friday October 2nd and will be presented in a digital slideshow shown at the Paramount on Friday, October 9th prior to the fundraising event "Photographing Nature's Giants: Nick Nichols of National Geographic.

Laura Howell

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NVPS Executive Board 2008-2009

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

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NVPS Exhibit at the U S Geological Survey Building
Reston, VA

US Geological Survey Exhibit. This is a reminder that an NVPS members' exhibit is currently underway at the USGS Building in Reston. More than 100 photographs by 40 of your fellow photographers are on display in the Art Hallway of the Visitor's Center. The exhibit may be viewed between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. The exhibit will remain in place until September 29.

The USGS Building is located at 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. Driving directions can be gotten from the USGS website at usgs.gov.

John Quigley
Exhibits Coordinator

John Quigley
Exhibits Coordinator

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Exhibition Opportunities

7th Holland International Image Circuit 2010

The closing date is January 10th 2010, but you can enter the contest from July 2009. For clubs there are considerable discounts.

Jan Jansen, President

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NIH Annual Open Competition

The Annual Open Competition of the NIH Camera Club will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. Details on the competition categories and requirements for submission can be seen at http://www.nihcameraclub.com/competitions/open-competition-rules

NIH Camera Club
Lewis Lorton

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Gallery West 13th Annual National Juried Show
Deadline: November 13, 2009

This all-media show will be juried by Jack Rasmussen of American University. The entry deadline is November 13, 2009. All entries will be submitted by CD. For more details, prospectus and entry form go to: www.gallery-west.com. The exhibition will be held February 3-28, 2010.

Linda Bankerd

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Workshops and Tours

Awake the Light Photo Tours
Mollie Isaacs & Mary Lindhjem

1/11 – 1/17 Photo tour to Bosque del Apache and White Sands, New Mexico - Visit Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, the world-famous winter home for tens of thousands of migrating Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese. Next travel to White Sands, famous for its undulating white gypsum dunes, dotted with solitary yucca plants for beautiful landscape photographs. Fee includes all instruction in the field, lodging and all meals $2295
1/18 – 1/24 Photo tour to Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon Arizona - Photograph in the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon at first light, the towering buttes of Monument Valley with its spiritual Indian feel, and inside Antelope Canyon, the most beautiful slot canyon in the southwest. Unique rock formations, gnarled trees, and fiery orange rocks make these locations exciting and moving at all times of day. Fee includes all
all instruction in the field, lodging and all meals $2495
4/18 – 4/24 Photo Tour Great Smoky Mountains, Tenn. - Waterfalls and Wildflowers - With one of the greatest varieties of wildflowers in the world, this mountainous park bursts forth in an unrivaled display of blossoming color. Also see some of its most beautiful and accessible waterfalls, and enjoy the many streams that tumble over smooth rocks on their journey down the mountainsides. Fee includes all instruction in the field, lodging in a luxurious private lodge overlooking the Smokies, and all meals $1895
10/9 – 10/17 Photo Tour and Photoshop / Lightroom workshop, Outer Banks of NC - Two separate workshops, take one or both. The photo tour segment is a blend of photographic instruction and a pristine location. The Photoshop segment will improve your knowledge of Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, Lightroom and Photoshop and increase your workflow efficiency. Fee includes all instruction, lodging at a luxurious beachfront house, and all meals. $1175 per segment

Mollie Isaacs

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Charles Ellenberger Photography
Geoff Johnson

November 16-19
November 19-22

Four day workshop to Monument Valley. Cost of $1,199
includes all instuction, food, lodging, and transfer from Flagstaff, Arizona.

Geoff Johnson
817 675 9838

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Gari Melchers Home and Studio
Sandra J. Weber, Instructor

October 24 Great Digital Photos -- The Basics
Gari Melchers Home and Studio is offering this 3-hour class covers the very basics of taking pictures with a digital camera. These include: learning what those dials and buttons on your camera can do for you; creative composition and framing; and taking advantage of the light (natural and flash) to make the best exposures. Saturday, October 24, 9-12 noon; Ages 16 - Adult; Cost: $45/members; $50 non-members.
  Great Digital Photos--Beyond the Basics
Gari Melchers Home and Studio is offering this 3-hour class is for those who understand how to use their basic camera controls and have read their camera manual thoroughly. An informative slide show will be followed by hands-on practice with camera controls and time to practice indoors and out (weather permitting), with personal feedback from the instructor. Saturday, October 24, 2-5 pm; Ages 16 - Adult; Cost: $45/members; $50 non-members.

Registration: Michelle Dolby at

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Wayne Wolfersberger
Fairfax County Adult and Community Education

Sep 29 to Nov 10 35 mm SLR Digital or Film Camera (Course No AEO2401) – 6 three hour sessions inc Sat field trip $ 159. Meets Tues 7 PM at Chantilly HS. For beginners and experienced photographers. Lessons and hands on workshop in a classroom setting to include techniques for DOF and motion control, composition and ways to manipulate other settings – particularly for the digital camera.
Oct 1 to Oct 22 Outdoor Photography, the Natural World (Course No AEO2402) - Six 3 to 4 hour sessions including 2 Sat morning field trips $ 165. Meets Thur &PM at Chantilly HS. The course emphasizes nature photography including wildflowers, wildlife, and landscapes and makes use of manipulating the effects of motion, perspective (use of focal lengths), macro work and lighting.
Oct 31 Photographing Waterfalls & Flowing Waters (Course NoAEO2422) A four hour Sat morning photo “in-the-field” workshop with pre (1 hour organization for techniques to use) on 29 Oct and post (2 hour sharing) on 5 Nov) $ 70. Field Trip to local stream and waterfalls. Other days meets at 7PM at Chantilly HS
Nov 17 to Dec 8 Composition, Creativity, and the Camera (Course No AEO2426) Four two & ½ hour sessions Cost $ 105. Meets Tues 7 PM at Chantilly HS. Course will include lessons on composition & creativity and emphasize working with table top settings composed of both familiar and unusual subjects using a variety of light sources and backgrounds.

Wayne Wolfersberger

Fairfax County Adult & Community Education
(Note, county residency is not required.)
(Photography classes are listed under the Studio Art Classes)

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Mary Louise Ravese
Bella Vista Photography

October 22-25, 2009 Classic Fall Foliage Photography Workshop New River Valley, Fayette County, West Virginia. Primary photo locations include Babcock State Park, Hawks Nest State Park, Cathedral Falls, New River Gorge and New River Bridge. Workshop includes guided field photography, classroom sessions and image critiques for maximum learning potential. Suitable for film and digital photographers at all levels. Tuition $440 (if registered by 9/30/09) or $480 afterwards. 10% discount given to previous BVP students and the 2nd student when registering together and sharing a room. Lodging: $132 (per person double occupancy) or $263 (single occupancy). Roommate matching service available.

Mary Louise Ravese

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Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor’s fall workshops/classes/lectures are posted on his web site at archiphotoworkshops.com. There are classes for Canon camera owners, field trips, and photography opportunities for all skill levels and camera models. Also, check out Josh’s blog for tips on how to shoot dramatic images, creative post-processing techniques, and where to find and access the some of the best places to shoot.

Josh Taylor

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Nikhil Bahl Workshops

October 30 - November 1, 2009 Great Falls National Park, Virginia/Maryland Tuition: $175 Limit: 5 participants Schedule: Oct. 30 - From sunrise to sunset with a break for lunch.
Nov. 1 - 2pm to 6pm. In this autumn workshop we will photograph the Potomac River, reflections, textures, patterns, wildlife and some colorful forest scenes.
November 13-15, 2009 Chincoteague Island, Virginia Tuition: Early bird rate until September 1 - $259 ($299 after September 1) Schedule: Start - 1pm Nov. 13, End - 1pm Nov. 15. We will photograph wildlife, landscapes, ocean views, beach scenes, textures in the sand, marshes and plant life and more.
August 30, 2009 Bird & Wildlife Photography Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm Tuition: $50 Location: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Description: Photographing birds and other wildlife can be challenging and requires persistence and patience. Learn about all the essentials, from technique to composition, that make a good wildlife photograph. Photo gear recommendations and other tips like local hot spots will be included.
September 13, 2009 Beyond the Rules of Photography Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm Tuition: $50 Location: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Description: While the rules of photography are very helpful when learning, it's only when photographers start thinking beyond the rules that they can create unique images. This class focuses on creative compositions and camera techniques that help give your photographs a different look. How and when to break the rules successfully will be discussed as well.
September 20, 2009 Photographing Water Time: 1:00pm - 3:30pm Tuition: $50 Location: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Description: If you are a photographer that likes to interpret the same scene a different way then you will definitely appreciate the creative possibilities when photographing water. This class will cover techniques and ideas from different ways of photographing reflections to how changing the shutter speed affects the rendition of your photograph. Long exposures and the best times of day for the desired effect will be discussed. Depending on the weather there may be an optional field trip after the lecture. This will give you a chance to try out various techniques.

Nikhil Bahl

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Christine Kent Bowles (CKB) Workshops

10/03/2009 Backyard and Trail Standard Workshop: Basic nature photography workshop for beginner to intermediate photographers; includes classroom instruction along with photo shoots in the backyard and on the trail. Held in Ellicott City, MD, on Saturday, October 3, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Cost is $80 per person, and participation is limited to 10.
10/24/2009 Water Photography Workshop: This workshop focuses on how to photograph flowing water and reflections and is appropriate for intermediate level photographers; includes classroom instruction, a photo shoot in a state park, and an online group photo critique session. Held in Ellicott City, MD on Saturday, October 24, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Cost is $90 per person, and participation is limited to 10.

Christine Kent Bowles (CKB) Photography

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Red Room Studios


Butterflies and Flowers on Steroids. our newest Photoshop class for photographers desiring to take their images to the next photographic level, is conducted at our studio near Reston. A maximum of 2 students per class guarantees each participant individual attention and unparalleled focus on their skills and unique needs. Photoshop tools and PhotoGrafix™ techniques will be taught on our iMac desktop computers using PS CS4 Extended. Students may bring their own laptops, but must have PS CS4 Extended installed and working.

Sundays noon to 2 PM, 4 sessions, $295


Butterflies and Flowers on Steroids. (See description above.)

Wednesdays 11 AM - 1 PM, 4 sessions, $295


Butterflies and Flowers on Steroids. (See description above.)

Thursdays 7-9 PM, 4 sessions, $295

Charles Neenan
Tel: 703.216.0148

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Northern Virginia Association of Camera Clubs

The NVACC web page can be found at: www.nvacc.org. The combined calendar for the NVACC can be found at: http://www.nvacc.org/Calendar.html.

During the period 1998-2008, as part of an effort to promote communication and cooperation among area camera clubs, NVACC founders developed a series of booklets to capture the considerable expertise of the many accomplished photographers in Northern Virginia and to share it with others.

For years, printed copies of these booklets were made available through member clubs for a small fee that covered the cost of reproduction. [But hard to find in recent years].

Now, however, the booklets are again available: http://nvacc.org/Field%20trips%20Guidebook/NVACCPublications.html

Individuals are invited to download one machine-readable copy and one print copy for personal, noncommercial use. Written permission from NVACC is required for any other use.

In recent years, photography has seen significant change as an art form and there has been an explosion of technical advances in both photographic media and tools for example, digital and film as well as cameras, lenses, computers, and software). For that reason, the detail of some of these booklets may seem dated. However, the ideas and techniques presented transcend both progress and the digital-film divide.

We remain committed to sharing artistic and technical know-how. Thus new booklets as well as revisions to the existing ones that incorporate new technology and ideas will appear here.

If you have questions, suggestions, or comments concerning our booklets, please contact us at JoeMiller@NVACC.org.

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The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton Virginia, is pleased to offer a diamond in the rough for one, two or more keepers of the disappearing art of wet darkroom printing. In our studio building W6 we have an almost completed, partially stocked, 226 square foot wet darkroom with 3 enlarger stations, 2 working Beseler enlargers, safe lights, large sink, film tanks, film spools, light tables, and lots more. With a little elbow grease, some additional equipment purchases there exists tons of potential. Please contact Bill Cunningham billcunningham@lortonarts.org for a tour and leasing details.

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

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