Volume 45 - No. 3
Founded 1965 - our 45th Year
November 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
  Workshops and Tours
NVACC Events
For Sale


11/3 Program Meeting: Scanner as Camera, Robert Creamer
11/10 Workshop: Critique
11/15 National Arboretum
11/17 Competition: Theme - Opposites, Chuck Veatch, Judge
11/24 Members Gallery: Stephen Gawarecki and Judy McGuire
Forum: Automating Photoshop and Bridge, Matthew Schmidt


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 6:45 PM for a "meet and greet".

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

Please stay home if you're sick!

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

Message from the President

Fall is definitely my favorite season. As I look out my windows each day I am in awe of the changing colors and hope you have been taking advantage of the many photographic opportunities that nature is providing us.

One of my goals this year is to help create even more of a sense of “Community” within our club. We all share a love of photography and learning. Starting on November 10th, I will be starting a monthly “Members Community Dinner” at Chili’s on the 2nd Tuesday ( WET -Workshop,Education,Training night) of the month for informal conversation on photography or just getting to know each other.  Please let me know (pashli@aol.com) if you are interested in coming on November 10th at 5:30-ish.

Thank you to all the board members, various committee members and volunteers for another terrific month of programs, workshops-education and training, competitions and members gallery/forum as well as coffee, equipment schlepping and set up, tech team support, newsletter, website, etc. It takes many, many volunteers to make our very active club run as smoothly as it does. I am proud to say that as of October 17th, we have 206 paid members in NVPS. Thank you, Gayle, for your magnificent smile and welcoming ways.  Also, thank you to the many members who go out of their way to talk to, welcome, and assist visitors and new members. We are getting new members almost every single week and I have heard from many that they joined our club because we went out of our way to make them feel welcome.

Thank you also to the Member Support Committee (Fred Chitty, Gayle Dennis, Emi Wallace, and Judy McGuire) for completing guidance on how the club should respond in times of illness and death of a member or their family. The completed guidance is posted on the website and in this issue of Fotofax.

Thank you also to the Competition Rules Committee (Sam Schaen, Scott Musson, Gerry Abbot, Bill Prosser, and me). We just put together and administered a survey to help us get started on the very difficult task of looking at our monthly competitions (rules, categories/classes, advancement, etc.). We are in the process of evaluating survey results and will get back to you all soon with the results and a meeting date where we can discuss it further. Please feel free to send any ideas, feedback to any one of us. We are all committed to serving our membership.

Finally, I would like to remind folks that flu is now rampant in our area.  We have many members in fragile health who can ill afford to be exposed. Please, if you are not feeling well or even feel that you might be coming down with something – STAY HOME! We will miss you, but not your germs.

Happy fall!

Sandi Croan
NVPS President

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Monthly Program

The Scanner as a Camera
Robert Creamer
November 3, 2009

Robert Creamer has a deep respect for change—its subtle palette and patterns, the surprising structure of decay, and the integrity that graces every stage of life. In a Creamer photograph, a browning petal becomes as glorious as the newly opened bloom. The numbered museum specimen transforms into contemporary sculpture. The arresting detail and Baroque luminosity of these photographs are the result of a lifetime behind a camera and a recently discovered technique—the flatbed scanner. Creamer’s careful use of rich blacks or negative space helps emphasize the light of the subjects and allude to the mystery of an ever-present dark. Robert Creamer is an extraordinary artist, and this will surely be an evening not to be missed. Bob will be showing original work from Transitions-his traveling Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History exhibit, as well as recent work. Please join us for what I'm sure will be a memorable evening.

Artist's Statement

Photography has been very good to me. Photography most of all has given me the opportunity to explore, be curious, and allowed me an avenue to interpret the world around me as an artist, a teacher and as a professional architectural photographer. This new work, which is on tour as a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, concentrates on a blend of interests in technology and the aging process. These images were captured using a scanner as a camera. The work began as “look what technology can reveal” to my present command over technique to have it work for me and reflect my intentions. Digital technology is a vital and integral part of this process but is not what interests me most. The scanner is a tool that enhances my ability to observe. These images are about time, transformation and transitions. The new beauty of my subject twists its way out of the familiar. The expansive surrounding deep black becomes graphic shapes that isolate yet allow the subject to merge towards the viewer. It is that, teamed with my imagination that allows me to search, analyze, observe speculate, and capture the true essence of my interpretations. Working with a flat bed scanner is not without limitations. New procedures and techniques push the artwork and demands growth as an artist. My imagination and determination in conjunction with a new understanding of patience constantly gives birth to new ideas. Concepts of composition and the decisive moment provide new rules to break.

Robert Creamer teaches Digital Photography at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). Bob's work can also be found at www.creamerphoto.com

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

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Workshops, Education, and Training

November 10 , 2009

On November 10th, 2009, the Workshop, Education and Training co-chairs will be hosting Critique Night.  Critique Night is generally done as support for themed competitions, which in November will be “Opposites”.  All paid members are welcome to submit up to 3 images, in digital or prints.  The images can be anything that you would like to have critiqued.  For new members, please note, this is not a competition. No prizes will be awarded; it is meant to be a constructive learning experience.

For this particular critique, there will be audience participation!  There will be up to 30 actual voters in the audience, armed with green, red and yellow cards.  Please note that only paid members may vote.  It will be first come first serve.  After each image is voted upon, up to 3 constructive comments will be allowed from the voters.

For those who are submitting prints, there will be a table set up in the back of the meeting room, with signs labeled 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice.  Please divide up your images at the signs.  The ones will be shown first, then the twos, then the threes.  For digital submissions, please label them with 1-your last name, then 2-your last name, and 3-you last name; example 1-Marts, 2-Marts, 3-Marts.  Size your images for competition, and send them to Ed Ruggiero, eruggiero@cox.net, no later than Sunday, November 8th.  As with the prints, all the ones will be shown first, then the twos, and if time permits, the threes.

Yin & Yang of Photoshop
Downloadable Document

A document explaining how to do each of the techniques presented in his presentation can be found at: http://nvps.org/main/f_stop/documents_from_presentation_on/

Melanie Marts

Ed Ruggiero

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Upcoming Competitions

On Tuesday November 17th, we will hold our third competition for the 2009/10 club year with xxx as our judge. The theme for the competition will be "Opposites". The 2009 - 2010 Competition Themes are posted in the Competitions section of the NVPS website.

Competition Judge
Chuck Veatch
November 17, 2009

On Tuesday November 17th, we will hold our third competition for the 2009/10 club year with Chuck Veatch as our judge. This will be the first themed competition of the season. The theme will be "Opposites" which means that the image must present an opposite combination such as large/small, old/young, straight/crooked, round/square, animal/vegetable, dark/light, sharp/blunt, etc. The 2009 - 2010 Competition Themes are posted in the "Competitions" section of the NVPS website.

Chuck Veatch is a former member of NVPS and is one our region’s best photographers. He has attended workshops with Freeman Patterson and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. He has won many awards, exhibited throughout the area, and published a book of beautiful images shot in and around Reston, Virginia.  Now in its second printing, The Nature of Reston encourages us to look for photographic opportunities in the familiar and often overlooked natural areas all around us.

Chuck has given presentations and judged contests at the North American Nature Photography Association’s National Convention, the New England Council of Camera Clubs, the Meadowlark Photo Exposition, and every Washington area camera club. He is involved in all aspects of Nature’s Best magazine and Nature’s Best Photography Contests, including photo selection and editing for the exhibits at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

With regard to his personal artistic statement, Chuck wrote: “Two ideas dominate my image making and judging. First, simple is better. That means that any element in an image that does not add to the message the artist wishes to convey, subtracts from it. Second, images should be created using the rules of visual design. This means that the subject matter is often subordinate to the use of line, shape, color, texture, tone and perspective to capture the essence of the artist’s vision. Photography is art and should be judged that way.”

Involvement with non-profit and environmental organizations in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley occupies much of Chuck’s and his wife Beverly’s time.  Although he still maintains a home and office in Reston, Chuck’s home on Cedar Creek in Shenandoah County has been the inspiration for many photographic projects.

Please join our judge, Chuck Veatch for our pre-competition dinner at Chili's at 5:45 on Tuesday, November 17th. Please RSVP to Gerry at gerry.abbott@cox.net.

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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October Competition Images

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


Novice Color Prints
David Massi
Popes Head Road Grist Mill



Novice Digital
Gayle Dennis
Early Morning at Camp



Advanced Monochrome
Scott Musson
Barn in Canaan Valley



Laura Howell
Inner Harbor Reflection


Novice Monochrome
Libby Scott





Advanced Color
Bill Prosser
Dried Flowers on Breakfront





Advanced Digital
Judy McGuire
Shenandoah Evening


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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October Competition Results

Award Photographer Title
Novice Monochrome Prints
1st Libby Scott Strauss
2nd Roger Lancaster Civil War Lady
Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st Scott Musson Barn in Canaan Valley
2nd Chuck Bress Cadillac 24
Novice Color Prints
1st David Massi Popes Head Road Grist Mill
2nd John Quigley Mother and Child
3rd Michelle Atkinson Lift Off
HM Roger Lancaster Biggest, Meanest in the Patch
HM Anna Gomez A Mother's Love
HM Charles Rusnak Boats on Beach
Advanced Color Prints
1st Bill Prosser Dried Flowers on Breakfront
2nd Stephen Gawarecki Soito Morning
3rd Bob Friedman Cloister #2
HM Curtis Gibbens All Puffed Up
HM Melanie Marts The Selina at Sunset
HM Melanie Marts Elakala Cascade
HM John Dexter Moving Walkway
Enhanced Prints
1st Laura Howell Inner Harbor Reflection
2nd Jim Carlson Seven Thirty Seven
3rd Susan Breen Medieval Passau
HM Sandi Croan Sunset Glow
HM Georgette Grossman Enhanced Pumpkin
Advanced Slides
1st Amie Tannenbaum Leading Line
2nd Tom Brett Greatsand Dunes #8
Novice Digital Images
1st Gayle Dennis Early Morning at Camp
2nd Jeff Hancock Transwarp
3rd Kieu-Hanh Vu Up to the challenge
HM John W. Wiles II LA Buck Rogers
HM Karen Lykke Self portraits in a bunch of oily raindrops
HM Kip Holdridge Moonrise Over the Garden of Eden
HM Susan Phillips Red Eyed Bird
Advanced Digital Images
1st Judy McGuire Shenandoah Evening
2nd Vivian Luu Inviting Flower
3rd Chuck Cecil North Carolina Seashore
HM Bill Prosser Pimmit Fall
HM Curtis Gibbens Double Spoonbill Triangle
HM Timber Gooding night reflections at Natl Harbor
HM Tuan Pham Inter-dependence

Gerry Abbott
Co-VP Competition

Brian Payne
Co-VP Competition

Field Trips


National Arboretum
Location: Washington, DC
Date: November 15, 2009
8:00 AM

Our November Field Trip will be to the National Arboretum and its many photographic opportunities.  In addition to the many special gardens, conifer foliage and cones, dogwoods in fruit, viburnums in fruit, ornamental grasses, fall foliage, fall blooming camellias, chrysanthemums, native witch-hazels and much more are to be seen this time of year.

We will meet at 8:00 a.m. (when it opens).  Admission is free.

From Virginia (I 395) - Follow I 395 North over the 14th Street Bridge. Bear right at the end of the bridge to follow signs to 395 North. Continue to follow signs to 395 North (the lanes for 395 are to the right--pay attention). The 395 lanes go under a tunnel at 3rd Street. Continue following signs for 395 North. The tunnel will dead end at New York Avenue, where all lanes are forced to turn right. Continue on New York Avenue until the major intersection with Bladensburg Road (there will be large green traffic signs overhead; also, it's about 2.5 miles from the end of the freeway to the right turn on Bladensburg). Turn right onto Bladensburg Road and go 4 blocks to R Street. Make a left on R Street and continue 2 blocks to the Arboretum gates.

From Virginia (I 95 - I 295) - Follow I 95 North and cross the Wilson Bridge. Stay in the right lane over the bridge. Bear onto I 95/I 295 North to Washington. Follow I 295 to the exit for Route 50 West (New York Avenue).  Once on Route 50 get in your left lane. You will approach the intersection of Bladensburg Road where only the two left lanes turn onto Bladensburg Road. Make the left onto Bladensburg Road and go 4 blocks to R Street. Make a left on R Street and continue 2 blocks to the Arboretum gates.

From Virginia (I 66) - Cross the Roosevelt Bridge and follow Constitution Avenue past the Capitol Building. Bear left onto Maryland Avenue. Follow Maryland Avenue to Bladensburg Road. Make a left onto Bladensburg Road and travel 1 mile to R Street. Make a right onto R Street and continue 2 block to the Arboretum gates.


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

Tuan Pham
703-354-3322 (H)

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Field Trip Images

Flying Circus


Timber Gooding


Sam Schaen


Melanie Marts


Bob Friedman


Susan Phillips


Marilyn Gaizband

Judy McGuire

Judy McGuire

Additional images can be found in the Photo Gallery on the NVPS web site at: http://nvps.org/gallery/v/fieldtrips/2009_2010/Flying_Circus/

Lancaster, PA


Marilyn Gaizband




Sam Schaen


Susan Phillips


Will Haubert

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Additional images can be found in the Photo Gallery on the NVPS web site at: http://nvps.org/gallery/v/fieldtrips/2009_2010/Lancaster/


Automating Adobe Photoshop and Bridge
Matthew Schmidt
November 24, 2009

When I mention automation to most photographers, their eyes instantly glaze over and I know that I've lost them.  What is most frustrating to me, is that these people would benefit greatly from learning to eliminate the repetitive, mind numbing, processing that Photoshop requires to produce consistently excellent images.

This is a short program describing some of the automation techniques available in Photoshop and Bridge, with an emphasis on consistency and reducing image processing time.  Adobe has gone to great lengths to make their applications flexible and programmable, so that they can reduce the amount of time spent performing repetitive tasks.  While it is true that some of the automation functionality requires programming experience, a great deal of the automation can be achieved through simple menus and by recording a process on one image, and applying it over and over again.

When automation is applied to your daily workflow, it can help you to enforce similar processing on a series of images, yielding far more consistent results, and achieving them in a shorter time frame.

When applied to special effects, you no longer have to remember a complex series of actions that produce the desired effect.  Record it one time, and apply it again and again, with the same results every time.

In a matter of just a little more than an hour, everyone should have an idea where they can improve their Photoshop experience and learn how to spend less time editing, and more time shooting.

Matthew's Biography

Matthew G. Schmidt is computer professional who is developing his hobby of photography. He has trained with Freeman Patterson, Andre Gallant, Joe Miller, Jim Zuckerman and John Isaacs, all of whom have helped him work toward finding a unique style, combining traditional, in-camera techniques with advanced Photoshop optimization. As a member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society, he has been a board member in various capacities since he joined in 2006.

Anna Gomez

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Members' Gallery

Prints Gallery
Stephen Gawarecki
November 24, 2009

Steve Gawarecki has been a member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society since 1984. He started in photography when he was 10 years old, using a Baby Brownie, and slowly graduated to more sophisticated equipment over a period of 70 years.
Over time, Steve’s photographic technique and composition improved and soon he was regularly receiving major awards in competitions. Now he “considers himself a professional photographer.” Before digital photography became so popular, Steve shot slides of many artists’ fine art works.

Steve is a retired geologist from the U.S. Geological Survey where he used multispectral photography as well as infrared and radar imagery in the field of remote sensing. He has lectured and led workshops in both the scientific and artistic aspects of photography.

Personally Steve likes to photograph landscapes, seascapes, shadow patterns with textural contrasts, architectural abstractions, and still lifes. He feels that his best images have been produced with Nikon cameras, both film and digital. His secret for consistently good photos is the judicious use of an incident light meter.

Steve and his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Grossé Gawarecki, often exhibit jointly in shows. Carolyn is a nationally recognized professional watercolor artist and teacher. In the spring they exhibited at Green Spring Horticultural Center and currently they are hanging works at LMI in Tysons' Corner.

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Digital Projection
Judy McGuire
November 24, 2009

Judy first became interested in photography and travel when she was 10. With her Kodak Brownie camera in hand, she and her family explored the western United States. She took many snapshots over the years documenting family, friends, and pets. Eventually she got her first SLR and enjoyed slide photography for many years. In April 2007, she reluctantly gave up film photography and moved to digital. Currently Judy uses a Nikon D90 to capture her images.

Travel and nature photography are Judy's main interests. She loves to travel and takes photographs anywhere, searching out back roads as well as the obvious sites. She enjoys giving digital slide shows for various groups, and creates note cards and calendars using her photos. Her job as a private piano teacher (inching toward retirement) allows the flexibility needed for many and varied photo expeditions.

In September, 2001, Judy saw Luella Murri on one of the first "Photographers of Northern Virginia" programs. She phoned Luella after the show for NVPS information and became a member shortly afterwards. Since then, Judy has enjoyed the club’s many learning opportunities, covering all aspects of photography. She maintains that viewing outstanding photos and hearing speakers lecture on new topics inspire her to try new ideas and improve her own techniques.

Georgette Grossman

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Member News

Member Support Committee

In June, NVPS President, Sandi Croan, appointed a member support committee to develop guidance as to how the club will respond and acknowledge member and or family illnesses, deaths, births and other life changing events.  The committee members were Gayle Dennis, Emi Wallace and Judy McGuire with Fred Chitty serving as committee chairperson.   Over the summer, the committee developed written guidence and presented it to the NVPS Board on September 22nd, where it was approved.     Below is the guidence as adopted by the NVPS Board.

NVPS Member Support Guidance


To provide guidance for club response and acknowledgement of member’s (and/or immediate family) serious illnesses and death.


1. When the NVPS board becomes aware of a serious illness or death of an active NVPS member, death of immediate family of an active member (i.e. spouse or children of the member) or former elected officer or member, it should acknowledge the situation as follows:

a. with an appropriate announcement during a club meeting (in the case of serious illness, the member’s desire for privacy will be fully respected)

b. with an appropriate card, signed by club members

c. communication to the membership of the proper address in order that individual members, who desire to do so, may send their own cards

d. in the event of a death, an email to the membership, advising of arrangement details, and acknowledgment in Fotofax will be made

2.  Acknowledgement beyond that listed above such as flowers and/or charitable donations, etc. should be made by voluntary donations of the membership.    However, it is envisioned that in the case of the death of former elected board members, such additional acknowledgement should be coordinated and made by the membership chairperson if a volunteer does not step forward. 

3.  Financial – NVPS club dues should only be used for cards and postage.  Other types of acknowledgement (e.g. flowers, charitable contributions, etc) should be paid for by individual member volunteer donations specific to the event.

4.  Any member, at their individual discretion, may advise the board of the serious illnesses or death of an active member or former elected officer or former member of NVPS.   That member should be asked if they would be willing to coordinate NVPS acknowledgement of the event, within the guidance above,  to include purchase of an appropriate card, obtaining member signatures, mailing the card, collecting donations for flowers &/or charitable donation in the club’s name, etc.   If that member is unable to provide coordination and no other member volunteers, then the NVPS membership chairperson should coordinate the appropriate response and acknowledgement by the club.

Fred Chitty

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Stephen and Beverly Vogel

Stephen and Beverly have been submitting their images over the past several years to "The Brethren Press". Beverly has gotten several book covers published and Stephen has gotten numerous bulletin covers

Beverly Vogel

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Laura Howell

Laura Howell had the image, "Luray Detail", juried into the Maryland Federation of Art  - Small Wonders Show.  This image was one of the 105 pieces selected from the 418 submitted.  The show will be on exhibit in the MFA's Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD from November 27 - December 27.

Laura Howell

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Wayne Wolfersberger

During September Wayne Wolfersberger presented a program (Photographing Yellowstone) and judged a competition for the International Photographic Society in Washington DC. He also presented a program (Photographing Wildlife) for the Third Annual Claude Moore Photography Expo in Loudoun County. He served as judge for the September competition with the Manassas-Warrenton Photographic Club. During the month of August, Wayne won awards in four of the five categories of the Yellowstone Employees Photo competition. There were hundreds of entrants, but only one entry in each category was allowed. There were cash awards and Wayne won two firsts, a third and an honorable mention. He was the only multiple winner.

Wayne Wolfersberger

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Copyright and Photographs/Images

The following link provides frequently asked questions on the subject of photograph/image copyright:


Jeff Evans

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Early Openning at Meadowlark Gardens
November 7, 2009

As part of FotoWeekDC, Meadowlark Gardens will be open from 6:00AM to 6:00PM on November 7th. 

Bob Friedman

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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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Exhibition Opportunities

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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Photographic Society of Rhode Island
5th Annual Ocean State International Exhibition

The Photographic Society of Rhode Island has announced its 5th Annual Ocean State International Exhibition of Photography. This Exhibition is recognized by PSA which allows accepted images to count toward PSA star ratings. Over 18 medals and awards will be given.  They are a DUAL PROJECTION exhibition and we welcome film photographers to enter slides and digital photographers to enter electronic files.   Individuals can enter slides or digital, but not both. Time is of the essence, the deadline for entries this year coming up soon, Oct. 31th 2009. Information and entry form can be found at: http://www.psri.us/

John Quigley
Exhibits Coordinator

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Fotoweek DC

Fotoweek DC, a non-profit organization will hold its annual event November 7-14. Events including portfolio reviews, exhibitions, workshops, and receptions will be occurring throughout the city. More information can be found at http://www.fotoweekdc.org.


FotoWeek DC at VisArts

Various lectures and workshops will be held at VisArts in Glen Echo in conjunction with FotoWeek DC. See VisArts below under Workshops and Tours.

Night Visions

Night Visions, an all-night shooting and editing event, will be held Saturday November 7. This is an opportunity for area shutterbugs to join their fellow photographers in creating a live portrait of DC after dark, with the best images from each participant to be printed and displayed instantly at FotoWeek Central, located in the heart of Georgetown. The 2:00am adrenaline rush is quite different from the 2:00pm experience.

Peter Garfield

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Process: Word and Image
John Borstel and Matthew M. Smith
Photoworks, Glen Echo Park

Two artists whose work combines photography, the written word, and self-portraiture are featured in the current exhibit at Photoworks Gallery in historic Glen Echo Park, Maryland.  Process: Word and Image, presents work by John Borstel and Matthew M. Smith.  Mark Power, Photoworks faculty member, serves as curator for this thoughtful, evocative exhibit. Borstel and Smith’s work combines intimate revelation with a certain theatrical flourish – the photographic equivalent of performance art.  Each artist employs a range of strategies to synthesize image with text, providing an absorbing and provocative experience for viewers.

The exhibit runs through November 15th at Photoworks Gallery. Exhibit hours are Saturday, 1-4 PM, and Sundays and Mondays, 1-8 PM. On Saturday, November 7th, at 12:30 pm, John Borstel and Matthew M. Smith will join curator Mark Power in an Artists’ Talk to discuss and dissect their Photoworks exhibit.

Lisa Murphy, Photoworks

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Workshops and Tours

Rick Sammons and Greg Downing

11/7 Rick Sammon and Greg Downing will spend a day at George Mason University teaching and sharing images and tips and tricks from their travels around the world. $89 in advance for camera club members.

Tara Woodfin

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Joseph Rossbach Photography

10/30 - 11/1 Great Falls Autumn Color, Great Falls, VA $250.00

Joseph Rossbach

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William B. Folsom Photography, Inc.


Class on using Flash Photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (9-11 AM) followed by a trip to Scott’s Run where we will set up an outdoor flash arrangement and photograph live models. 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Cost: $50. Individuals wishing to photograph the models must pay each model they photograph $25 per one-hour session.


Meadowlark Field Day.  A sunrise to sunset day of photography.  Included in the event are lectures by Joe Rossbach, Corey Hilz, Nikhil Bahl, Tony Sweet, and William Folsom. You will also be able to photograph live hawks and owls. See: http://www.nvrpa.org/parks/meadowlark/ for details.

William Folsom will be giving his class on ART & SCIENCE OF COMPOSITION in the Library of the Visitor’s Center from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

William B. Folsom

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“Exquisite Control from Capture to Print” Free Lecture by Dan Burkholder, one of the first photographic artists to embrace digital technology in the early 1990’s. Author of "Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing" and "The Color of Loss," Dan has taught digital imaging workshops for 14 years on three continents. 7-9pm. Register at www.VisArtsCenter.org


The Art of Seeing, Interpreting, & Creating Through the Camera” Free Lecture by Bruce Barnbaum,
a frequent contributor to several photography magazines: his feature article, The Master Printing Class, appears in each issue of Photo Techniques, and he has been published regularly in LensWork. Bruce is recognized as one of the finest darkroom printers on this planet, both through his exceptional b&w work and his color imagery.  7-9pm Register at www.VisArtsCenter.org


A Day with Andre Gallant”. Author of numerous photography books, André Gallant teaches workshops with Freeman Patterson, with whom he has co-written two books. André's images are inspiring and his ability to explain his photographic vision and the techniques will be educational and motivational to every photographer.   10am-4pm. $65
Register at www.VisArtsCenter.org

155 Gibbs Street
Rockville, Maryland

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Photography Workshop in Paris

3/31 - 4/7/2010 Paris. Spend a glorious week in Paris next spring with Chan Chao, an exhibited and published photographer. Participants will take photographs and participate in critiques on a daily basis to gain knowledge and experience. $2,800 w/o airfare.

Angela Iovino

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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


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

Geoff Johnson
817 675 9838

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Wayne Wolfersberger
Fairfax County Adult and Community Education

10/31 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
11/17 - 12/8 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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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

10/30 - 11/1 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.
11/13-15 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.

Nikhil Bahl

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Corey Hilz Photography


Digital Workflow Using Apple’s Aperture Software. Location: Vienna VA, 10:00am – 2:30pm, $100
This class will cover all aspects of Aperture, from importing and organizing to adjusting, enhancing and exporting your images. We'll cover using projects, folders, albums, metadata and keywords. Learn how to effectively use the various adjustments, plus create galleries and slide shows.


Nikon D3000/D60/D40x/D40. Location: Ashburn VA, 1:30 – 5:30pm, $125 Learn about all the buttons, dials and menu options of the Nikon D3000/D60/D40x/D40 in an easy to understand manner. This class teaches you how to take advantage of what your camera’s capabilities and use it to capture the best pictures.


Field Photography Session at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Location: Vienna VA, 7:00 – 9:00am, $45
Enjoy photographing the fall splendor of the gardens before they’re open to the public. From garden scenes to macro details there will be plenty of beauty in the early morning light to capture with your camera. Corey will work to help everyone capture their best images by demonstrating techniques and offering feedback on compositions.


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.


HDR & Focus Stacking. Location: Vienna 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.


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.


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.


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.

Corey Hilz

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Northern Virginia Association of Camera Clubs (NVACC)

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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For Sale


Epson Stylus Pro 9880 44” wide printer. Printer uses Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks with Vivid Magenta Technology. Used for 6 months in giclée printing business. Recently had yearly maintenance. Epson list price is $4,995. Price for the printer with a full set of 220 ml ink cartridges (a $900 value) is $3750. Please call Carolyn Koslow: 703-217-4808 or email: carolyn@koslowfinearts.com

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