Volume 46 - No. 8
Founded 1965 - our 46th Year
April 2011
The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society
Editor: Sam Schaen-Email: editor@nvps.org

Table of Contents

President's Message
Rules Changes
Monthly Program
Workshops, Education, and Training

Field Trips
Members' Gallery

Member News

Board of Directors

   Exhibition Opportunities
   Workshop Offerings
Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs


Monthly Program: Ian Plant—Fire and Ice: Impressions of Yellowstone and Patagonia
Field Trip: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, VA
Workshop: Critique—Primarily for competition with theme “Old”
Competition: Judge: Karen Keating; The theme is "Old"
    Prints: Lorraine Chickering
    Projected: Nancy Dubiell and
        Bill Vanderpool

Forum: Nikhil Bahl--Abstracts and Extracts to Create Unique Images


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

President's Message

Spring has arrived and I can’t wait to see all of nature’s wonders waking from their winter rest.

We have had a very busy March at NVPS.

  • Congratulations to the 10 members whose images were selected to represent NVPS at the upcoming Glennie competition. Thank you to all the members that sent images in. Lots of appreciation goes to John Quigley for putting this all together for us again. Good luck NVPS!!!

  • Thank you Scott Musson, Bill Prosser and Paul Simmons for leading NVPS members through the Portfolio Project. We were treated to 20 of our member’s draft portfolios being critiqued by Jim Steele on March 8th. I for one cannot wait to see everyone’s final projects.

  • The NVPS Board met on March 8th to vote on recommendations from the Competition Rules Committee (set up on February 8th); approve language for Competition VP guidance regarding members as judges; and to vote on recommendations for new gifts for speakers and judges (committee was set up over the summer). Thank you to all the folks serving on these 3 committees as well as the NVPS board for its dedication in meeting 2 months in a row after a club meeting and staying late.

  • Tom Brett – former President announced the elected slate of officers for 2011-2012. There will be a separate article or info on the web for additional nominations. The membership will vote on the slate during the first meeting in May (May 3). The nominees are listed in the election article below.

Time is running out to enter the First Annual NVACC Juried Abstract Photography Exhibition at the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts. All entries are due no later than April 2nd. Please see www.nvacc.org for more details as well as other articles in Fotofax and on the website.

Dates to mark on your calendars:

April 2 Deadline for Abstract Exhibit entries
April 5 Proposed competition rules changes announced
May 3 Vote on 2011 – 2012 Elected Board of Directors, Competition Rules Changes as well as other potential constitutional or by laws changes
June 10 End Of Year Competition and Banquet

Happy Spring!

Sandi Croan
pashli "at" aol.com

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Rules Changes

The rules committee will present the board’s proposed rules changes at the program meeting in April (April 5th) and allow a few minutes of Q & A. Please plan on being there to hear about the proposed changes that the membership will be voting on at the first meeting in May (May 3).

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NVPS Election

The NVPS Constitution and By-Laws require the appointment of a Nominating Committee to prepare a roster of proposed officers, in support of the required annual election. Nominees must agree to serve, if elected. The list of nominees is below and was announced, as required, at the second club meeting in March.

NVPS members may submit additional nominations by the second club meeting in April, in writing, to the Nominating Committee. Nominations from members must be seconded by any club member, other than the candidate. The candidate must confirm in writing his/ her willingness to accept the nomination and serve, if elected. The NVPS election will be at the first club meeting in May. It will be by voice vote, if there are no additional nominations, or, by written vote, if added nominations have been made.

The nominating committee members are Sandi Croan, Sam Schaen & Tom Brett.


President: Bob Friedman
Vice President for Programs: Gerry Abbott
Vice Presidents for Competition: Tom Burden
Melanie Marts
Vice President for Operations: Sam Schaen
Treasurer: Tom Brett
Secretary / Historian: Georgette Grossman

Other non-elected Board members will be appointed by the President.

Tom Brett
Past President
tombrettphoto "at" cox.net

Monthly Program

Fire and Ice: Impressions of Yellowstone and Patagonia
Ian Plant
Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 PM

In his April NVPS Program presentation, Ian Plant will present Fire and Ice: Impressions of Yellowstone and Patagonia, a gallery of images from his recent photo-expeditions to these great lands. Hailed by Outdoor Photographer magazine as "an emerging talent in nature photography, Ian has been a frequent guest speaker at NVPS, and his images and stories continue to awe and inspire!

Please join us for an evening that promises great images of the natural world. Ian will also meet us at Chili’s prior to the Program, so if you’d like to attend dinner, please rsvp to mmoneillphotography "at" gmail.com or mary.m.o’neill "at" gsk.com by Monday, April 4.


Ian Plant has been photographing our natural world for over fifteen years. His photographs and instructional articles have appeared in a number of books, calendars, and magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Nature Photographers Online Magazine, National Parks, Common Ground, Blue Ridge Country, Adirondack Lif, Wonderful West Virginia, and Chesapeake Life, among others. Ian is also a Contributing Editor toNature Photographers Online Magazine, and writes a regular blog column for Outdoor Photographer online. Ian is the photographer/author of eight print books, including Chesapeake: Bay of Light (2007), which received critical acclaim from the Washington Post, Washington Times and Baltimore Sun, among others. The Washington Times said "Plant's sensational lens work . . . is a smash hit."

Ian is also one of the lead authors and designer of The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography (2009). Most recently, Ian has authored a number of nature photography instructional eBooks.

Ian also leads several nature photography workshops, digital photo tours, and online classes each year. For more information on Ian's workshops, eBooks, galleries and more, please see his website a www.ianplant.com

Mary O'Neill
mary.m.o’neill "at" gsk.com
mmoneillphotography "at" gmail.com

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Workshops, Education, and Training

Critique for Themed Competition: Old
Tom Brett and Sandi Croan
April 12, 7:30 PM

In preparation for the Themed April Competition “Old,” we will be having an image critique on April 12th. Our critics, from the club's NVACC trained judges, will include Tom Brett, Sandi Croan and Steve Passman. Critiques are an opportunity for club members to get a more detailed explanation of what is most effective about their work, and where it could be improved in the eyes of the critics. As always, we will attempt to accommodate as many images as possible.

Tom Brett See Tom's biography in the Meet Your Boardmember section below.

Sandi Croan is an independent artist from Centreville who has been living in Northern Virginia since 1978. She specializes in landscape, nature, and travel photography with an eye for capturing the unique and creating fine art for homes and offices.

Sandi has won numerous competitions and awards for her fine art photographs. In 2008, she was awarded Photographer of the Year and Print of the Year by the Northern Virginia Photographic Society and she won both Best in Show and 2nd Place at the juried Meadowlark Photo Expo in Vienna, VA. Her images have been selected to be put on permanent display at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts. She has been juried into numerous art shows including; the prestigious VisArts of Rockville Exhibitions, Fairfax County Council of the Arts Show, and The Fraser Gallery International Photography Exhibition. Sandi was a featured artist in Elan Magazine, and her photograph Blue Lagoon was on the cover. She has also had photographs published in other local and national magazines.

Sandi has sold many of her photographs to private, corporate and government clients, and does shows for businesses and other local events. In addition, Sandi has recently/or currently is displaying her art at Broadway Gallery in The Promenade shopping center in Fairfax, VA, The Blue Iguana restaurant in Fairfax, Meadowlark Gardens, Cub Run Recreation Center, Trummers on Main Street Restaurant, and the Fairfax County Government Center.

In addition to her fine art photography, Sandi is an outdoor portrait photographer specializing in children at play in natural settings and portfolio/marketing photos for models, actors and teen pageant competitors. She captures the essence, personality and beauty of all of her clients.

Sandi has been an active member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS) since 2004 and has served in a variety of board positions. She is currently serving in her second year as President of NVPS (2009-2011). She also is a speaker and serves as a judge for area photographic clubs, competitions and exhibitions.

You can see a sample of Sandi’s work at www.sandicroanphotography.com.

Questions can be addressed to Matthew Schmidt.

Matthew Schmidt
mgs "at" loreleistudios.com

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Judge: Karen Keating
Theme: Old
April 19, 7:30 PM

On Tuesday April 19th, our competition judge will be Karen Keating. The theme is Old. Images which convey a feeling of great age. Recommendations: Images with a subject appears to be old, having lived or been around for a relatively long time. May be living or inanimate.

You must be a paid up member to compete.


On competition night, please plan to join us and Karen for dinner at Chili’s at 5:30 prior to the competition.


Karen Keating: M.F.A in photography, Maryland Institute College of Art. Studied at the Corcoran School, Maine and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops with Keith Carter, Arno Minkennan and Eugene Richards.

Photography studio teacher at The Field School 1990-present; Director of Photoworks, Inc. at Glen Echo Park, a photography education center. Teaches darkroom classes, intermediate and advanced classes on “Towards a Personal Style” and summer youth classes at Photoworks.

Member Multiple Exposures Gallery, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria and Society of Photographic Educators.

Recipient of Tufts University Art Teacher Award, Maryland State Arts Council grant and most recently 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER in Santa Fe, NM.

Recently self-published her first photography book, “Cubans: Watching and Waiting”. www.karenkeating.com

March Competition Results

Competition results can be found at: http://nvps.org/main/meetings/competition/competition_results/march_15th_2011_-_results_of_c/. The current point standing can be found at: nvps.org/main/docs/02_2011_points.pdf.

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Competition Images

Did your image win in a competition this year? Would you like your image displayed in a gallery of NVPS competition winners on the NVPS web site? Just send an email to competitionwinners@nvps.org and we'll upload your image to the competition winners gallery on the NVPS web site at nvps.org/gallery/v/competitions/2010/. First place winners will be added to Fotofax if sent by the Friday following the competition.

To be included in the Gallery, images must have received 1st, 2nd, 3rd or Honorable Mention in competitions from September 2010 to May 2011 to be eligible.

Important: Please identify the class/category and award in the email subject. E.g., "Restricted Color Prints - 1st Place".

For those of you with winners in Digital Categories/Classes, you do not need to send the image (except 1st place images), but you must send the above information in the subject and your consent to post the image. If your image won 1st place please attach the image to your email so it can be included in the next issue of Fotofax.

For those of you who won in Print categories, please provide the image in an email, no larger than 1024 pixels wide or 768 pixels tall.

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First Place Images for March


Advanced Unrestricted Color Prints
Lorraine Chickering
Her Majesty's Hoodoos


Restricted Color
Jim Carlson
Ginkgo Trees


Restricted Digital
MariAnne MacGregor
Snowy Trees


Monochrome Prints
Mike Whalen
Frozen Pond


Novice Unrestricted Digital
Kip Holdridge
Stuck Up on the Mountain


Advanced Unrestricted Digital
Bill Prosser
Maine Coast

Clicking on any of the images above will display a larger version of the image.

Willa and Bob Friedman
Co-VPs Competition
willa-f "at" cox.net
bob-f "at" cox.net

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Field Trips

There are two events happening on the weekend starting April 9, 2011. Please contact me immediately if you would like to attend both events and stay in a room that has been reserved. I will cancel any extra rooms early on April 4th.

Bryan Peterson
Richmond, VA
April 9, 2011

The Camera Club of Richmond is celebrating its 80th anniversary by presenting a full day presentation by Bryan Peterson. This will take place at the Byrd Theater, in the heart of the "Carytown" section of Richmond.   Tickets are $60.00, lunch is an additional $10.00.

Please register for Bryan Peterson’s presentation at the following address: www.ppsop.com/slidetalklecture.aspx

Byrd Theater address:

2908 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221


  • From I-95 South, take Exit 79 onto I-64/I-195/Powhite Pkwy
  • Immediately merge onto I-195 S. and follow for two miles
  • Take exit for Rosewood Ave.
  • From Rosewood Ave., take the first right on McCloy St.
  • From McCloy St, turn right on W Cary St.
  • The Byrd Theater will be on the left

* Parking is available behind the Byrd Theater. To get there, turn left on N. Colonial Ave. (If that is full, you can park on the street. I am under the understanding that the 2-hour limit does not apply for weekends).

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
April 10, 2011

The following day, there is a trip planned for Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, which enlightens and inspires its constituents through its outstanding botanical collections, horticultural displays and landscape design throughout the year. This is a place to learn about plants, to marvel at nature, and to relax in a beautiful setting.  

If you plan to skip the Saturday event and join us Sunday, we plan to arrive at the Gardens at 9:00 am. 

The gardens are open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Admission is $10.00. 


1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228

(804) 262-9887


  • From I-95 South take Exit 83B, onto Parham Road
  • Turn left at the second stoplight onto Brook Road (Rt. 1)
  • Turn right at the third stoplight onto Lakeside Avenue
  • You will see the entrance on the right

Hotel (Best Western)


8507 Brook Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060-4019
(804) 266-3500


  • From I-95 South take Exit 83B onto Parham Road
  • Turn right on Brook Road (Rt. 1)
  • Best Western will be on the right
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Events Coming Up

May 7th, 2011 – Field trip to Huntley Meadows Park, which contains the best wildlife watching in the Washington metropolitan area. The arrival time for the park is 6:00 am, however, if you wish to arrive later, we will be easy to find on the boardwalk (the Heron Trail) throughout the morning

May 10 or 11, 2011 - Chuck Veatch’s Tour of Nature’s Best Exhibit at the Smithsonian. Two groups will be limited to 24 people each. Details will follow.

May 11 – 27 – Joe Miller’s Abstract Photography Exhibition at The Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts. A group event for our club will be held during that time. Details will follow.

June 18 – 19 – Big Meadows, located between mile 51 and 52 in Shenandoah National Park. Although the fawns will be the main focus, there are many other places to explore and photograph in the park. Shenandoah is filled with great overlooks, waterfalls and miles of trails. Because there is a cancellation fee, I would like people to make their own reservations with the address provided below. The rates are $124.80, $146.60 and $186.93. Check-in time is 3:00. Please remember that Big Meadows also provides a camp ground.

Information line: (540) 999-3500
Park web site: www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm
Park lodging: www.visitshenandoah.com/accommodations.aspx

Curtis Gibbens
gibbensc "at" verizon.net

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Abstracts and Extracts
Nikhil Bahl
April 26, 7:30 PM

This forum was originally to be given in February, but was postponed due to weather. Thankfully, Nikhil had the flexibility to reschedule to April and hopefully, there will be no blizard or ice storm.

A photographer makes many decisions that interpret the subject. The subject can be presented in an atypical manner that may challenge our perceptions. Alternatively, when the photographer delves into the abstract, the viewer can be left guessing as to what the subject really is. In his presentation, Nikhil will take you into the realm of abstracts and extracts to create unique images using in-camera techniques and artistic interpretation. The ideas and photos to be presented are part of Nikhil's new eBook entitled Creative Interpretations. You can find more information on his eBook at: http://www.nikhilbahl.com/photography_ebooks.html


Nikhil Bahl is a professional nature photographer, educator, author, lecturer and workshop instructor. He currently resides in Montgomery Village, Maryland. His goal is to inspire people to appreciate the splendor of nature by becoming aware of that which is easily overlooked, and by transforming the mundane into the exciting through contemplative and artistic interpretation. While his primary aim is to create art with his photographs, he also strives to document the natural world with an eye toward conservation and education. This has led him to volunteer his time and photography skills for the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Nikhil's work has been published in a variety of print and electronic media. His fine art prints have been widely exhibited in the Washington metropolitan area, and are part of many private collections. Nikhil leads several nature photography workshops and tours, primarily along the East coast of the United States. He also teaches photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia and through Digital Photo Academy. His instruction is focused on in-camera interpretation and developing personal vision, rather than simply following the traditional rules of photography.

To view Nikhil's work, please visit www.nikhilbahl.com. You can also follow his blog (http://nikhilbahl.blogspot.com) or facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/nikhil.bahl.photography).


Tom Burden
TomBurden "at" me.com

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Members Gallery


Lorraine Chickering
April 26, 7:30 PM

Lorraine's first camera was a hand-me-down Argus C3. She spent a few youthful years doing photojournalistic black and white photography while she self-learned exposure, composition and dark room printing.

Her wanderlust was first sated when she lived in Europe for eighteen months while in her 20's. Travel photography, specifically archaeological sites, became a hobby served by her first SLR. Late in her career, frequent travel brought much photographic opportunity. Yet, it was usually rushed because of professional commitments and personal responsibilities leaving little time for truly creative capture.

As she wound down from her day job in telecommunications, serious photography became a passion that opened new creative paths and provided a "continuous learning" challenge.

Primarily a travel and architecture photographer, Lorraine has branched out to pursue nature and macro photography as well. She is now working on improving her "montage" skills. And, after doing event photography work, she decided "people" work wasn't rewarding enough. As well, her contract work has been published by the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Harvard Lampoon and the Center for the Presidency.

She began to show and successfully compete locally after 2000 and entered the Craft Fair business in 2006. Her work has been carried at the Artisans Gallery, Beyond the Garden Gate and the Decatur Museum. And, has been displayed at Le Grand Cafe, Sona Bank, USGS, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, the Green Mountain Power Corporate offices in Burlington, VT and the Atkinson Gallery in Concord, MA. One of her images was chosen to be part of the NVPS Glennie Portfolio in 2011.

Lorraine has been a member of NVPS since 2007. She credits NVPS and the McLean Photo Club with challenging her to expand her horizons and techniques. Her only regret: "I should have gone digital and joined local Photo Clubs a lot sooner!!"

Currently, she shoots with a Nikon D200 married with a variety of lens: a Nikon 10-24MM wide angle, a Tamron 90MM Macro, and a Nikon 80-400MM. Her go everywhere lens is a Nikon 18-200MM.

Though completely self-taught as a photographer, her post-capture guru has been and is Eliot Cohen.

Lorraine’s 2011 travel plans include: Carnivale in Venice (March) and 2 weeks in India (November). She is looking for a female roommate for an August trip to the Galapagos...interested???

Digital Presentation

April 26, 7:30 PM

Nancy Dubiell and Bill Vanderpool have been members of NVPS since….well, since the Washington Gas days. Both have been interested in photography for many years and when they married, it was a photographer’s match made in heaven.

Both use Canon equipment. They make one overseas trip a year. In 2010 they spent four weeks in Africa, the subject of this presentation. In addition, they try to make one or two trailer trips somewhere in the states each year. Nancy is an HR expert and although retired from full time work, she still does consulting work. Bill spent 31 years in law enforcement and ten more in law enforcement sales. He now writes occasional magazine articles.

Little known facts? Nancy lived in Afghanistan for three years and got out just before the Russians invaded. And Bill was a working cowboy, in New Mexico and Arizona, before returning to his home state of Florida. They both enjoy nature photography and Bill loves to take portraits of people during their travels. They print most of their own images, using Photoshop 8.0 for minimal adjustments and an Epson 1400 for printing. Their next big trip is to the Amazon and Galapagos Islands in July 2011.

Charlotte DeFuria
cdefuria "at" yahoo.com


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Member News

George W. Glennie Nature Competition

This is a premier, international all-nature club competition of digital images sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Camera Club of Andover, Massachusetts. The competition is known for its diversity of subjects which range from animals to botany to landscapes. The competition draws entries from more than 200 camera clubs from around the world. This year 32 NVPS members submitted 86 images for this year's club competition. The 10 winning image and photographers are:

Member Title
Rick Barnard   Desert Dawn
Loraine Chickering One Greedy Bee
Bill Corbett  Giant Hummingbird
Marilyn Gaizband Kestrel
Dennis Govoni  Black Crowned Night Heron
Anne Owen Lionfish
Tuan Pham Lotus Bloom
Sam Schaen Fox and Pup
Wayne Wolfersberger   Merganzer & Chicks

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the participants. The 10 images selected as well as all those submitted for the competition may be viewed at nvps.org/gallery/v/exhibits/Glennie+Exhibit+2011/.

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Board of Directors

A list of current Board members and their contact information can be found at nvps.org/main/about/board-members.

Meet Your Board Members

As part of a continuing series on our board members, we continue with the biography for two "Tom B's": Tom Burden and Tom Brett.

Tom Burden
Forum Coordinator

Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, Tom is a professional healthcare executive and retired naval officer now residing in Lorton, Virginia. He is married with two daughters and three grandchildren. Since retiring from the Navy after 23 years in Navy medicine, he has developed and managed a wide variety of outsourced and privatized health care services for government and commercial organizations throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Italy, and Korea.

Recently, Tom joined a new company, Innovative Logistics Technologies, Inc. where he is currently leading the launch of a new healthcare division.


He holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree in healthcare management and is board certified in healthcare administration.

Tom is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has held faculty appointments at Wayland Baptist University and Baylor University. In addition to his professional activities, he has a passion for my family and grandkids, photography, international travel, the Washington Nationals, and spending down time at his vacation home in Bethany Beach, DE.

Tom joined NVPS in 2009 after purchasing his first DLSR. "I am basically a self-taught hobbyist", says Tom, who started using a Yashica 35mm film camera in 1972.

Tom currently works with a Nikon D90 as his main camera. When traveling or just in need of a one-lens solution, he often reaches for his AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II. When in need of a standard prime lens, he really likes the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, or for a slightly longer reach, the AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D. Recently, Tom added a set of Nikon’s constant f2.8 lenses which he is still getting to know:

  • AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED

For macro work, Tom is just starting to use the AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. Since it allows him to shoot in RAW format, he uses the Nikon P6000 as his pocket camera when the D90 is just more than he wants to carry.

As a longtime Apple user, Tom uses Aperture 3 as his principal photography application. He also uses the Nik Software Plug-in Suite, and has just upgraded to Photoshop CS5. He prints using an Epson R1900.

Tom says, "I am excited to be an NVPS member, and am deeply grateful to the many skilled members who have willingly shared their knowledge and experience."

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Tom Brett
Past President

Tom grew up in Military families and has lived in 12 US states [on 22 occasions]. Photography has been a strong hobby for Tom since about age 23. But, it did not fit well with his life's career, as a US Army Combat Arms [Infantry] Officer for 30 1/2 years, with 7 overseas assignments, including 3 combat tours. His Army career highlights included:

  • Infantry Company (120 men) command in combat at age 26,
  • Command of a Mechanized Infantry Battalion (750 men) in Germany
  • Command of an Airborne Brigade (2,000 soldiers)
  • Taught at West Point
  • Was a high-level Inspector General in Europe,
  • Has made 140 military parachute jumps and is rated a Master Parachutist and Ranger

Tom was awarded The Combat Infantryman Badge, along with other decorations, including the Purple Heart and other higher combat decorations.

Photography was only practical during off-duty time. Tom's formal education includes a BA from The Citadel and an MA in Psychology.

Upon retirement from the Army, Tom's choice for a second career was photography. To learn the craft, he took every photography course at Northern Virginia Community College and earned 2 Associate Degrees in the process–one in Studio Photography and the other in General Photography; graduating Summa Cum Laude in both. Tom took every class that Joe Miller has offered at the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts. He also attended a Freeman Patterson workshop in Africa, where he took an extra week after the workshop to go on safari and photograph some of Africa's big game.

Tom's photography includes having worked for 4 years as a darkroom color printer for an architectural photographer, doing architectural photography and photographing US Congressional hearings.

His personal photography business covers weddings, Military formal ball "prom shots" and event photography.

Tom has been an NVPS member for 11 1/2 years and a Board member for 11 straight years

  • Equipment Manager- 2 years
  • Secretary - 2 1/2 years
  • Treasurer - 2 years
  • Vice President for Competition - 1 year
  • Vice President for Programs - 1 year
  • President - 1 year
  • Past President - 2 years

Tom's NVPS awards include Photographer-of-the-Year (4 times), Image-of-the-Year (3 times) and the NVPS Distinguished Service Award.

Tom's education during NVPS includes practically every Joseph Miller workshop during the past 9 years and Freeman Patterson's workshop in Kamieskroon, South Africa.

Nikon is his camera choice; his favorite lenses are: 24-70mm, F 2.8; 200 mm macro, F4; and 80-200mm, F 2.8.

Says Tom, "The important aspects of NVPS for me are to know fellow photographers and help others learn the joys & skills of photography." His travels have taken him to 57 countries around the world, with Namibia & Kenya being his favorites, because of the photography.

Tom has served on the NVPS board for the last eleven years beginning one year after joining NVPS.He is currently Past-President. His substantial contributions to NVPS over the years resulted in an NVPS Distinguished Service Award last year. He adds, "It has been my pleasure to have served the NVPS members."

You can see some of Tom's work on his website at: www.tombrettphotography.com

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Exhibition Opportunities

First Annual NVACC Juried Abstract Photography Exhibition
Entries Due April 2, 2011

This first annual abstract exhibition is open to all members-in-good-standing of any Northern Virginia Alliance Camera Club (NVPS, VPS, MWCC, McLean, RPS, Loudoun) or NVACC affilliated camera club (OLLI, Charlottesville, Fredricksburg) exclusively. The exhibition will be open May 7 - May 27 at the Joseph Miller Center Gallery in Gainesville. Prospectus, entry forms, and related information will be available for download from the official NVACC website: www. NVACC.org.

Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers National Juried Show
Entries Due July 15, 2011

The juried show is open to all photographers, both amateur and professional, and all original photographic media, including film and digital images. Entries must be designated as Nature or Fine Art on the entry form. The judge for this year's show will be professional nature, wildlife and portrait photographer Todd Sparger of Marietta, Georgia.

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
(706) 632‐2144

2nd China International Digital Photographic Art Exhibition (CIDPAE)
Entries Due August 25, 2011

The purpose of the exhibition is to present the achievement on photography in these years around the world, and bring in forth the talents of photographers on photography in different themes, styles and schools, in order to promote the exchange of photographic art among the countries in the world. There are two categories: Color and Monochrome. Only digital files are accepted. The entry fee is $15 - $20 depending on the number of categories, with up to 4 submissions per category. See the website for details.



Claudia Copeland
Mirror to the World
Through April 14

Club member Claudia Copeland is exhibiting in the Mirror to the World documentary photography show at Photoworks Gallery, Glen Echo Park, MD, through April 17, 2011. For information, see www.glenechophotoworks.org.

Bill Prosser
Unseen Extracts--McLean, VA
April 14 - June 4

April 14 to June 4, the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) will host an exhibition of black and white digital prints by Bill Prosser, titled: Unseen Extracts--McLean, VA. There will be a free reception April 14, 7-9 PM to launch the showing of Bill's and two other artists' works. MPA is located in the McLean Community Center at 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean. If you have any questions, you may contact Bill at prosserwm "at" aol.com.

Workshop Offerings

Frank Van Riper

Frank Van Riper, along with his wife, Judy Goodman offer workshops in Lubec Maine and Umbria Italy. The internationally acclaimed husband and wife team will share their image-making techniques with a small group of participants. Opportunities for landscape, portrait, and documentary photography will be available. For further information see www.summerkeys.com/workshop.html for information about Lubec and www.experienceumbria.com for information about Umbria. Frank presented a program to NVPS in December 2009 and judged the December 2010 competition.

Wayne Wolfersburger

Wayne Wolfersberger (NVPS member and past President) will be teaching many classes for his thirteenth year with Fairfax County’s Adult and Community Education - ACE. Anyone can sign up (Fairfax residency not required). Courses are designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced skills in photography which includes Outdoor (Nature) classes, flower and garden classes, as well as well as classroom table top shooting for composition and creativity. Several classes include weekend field trips. See www.fcps.edu/aceclasses and then go to Art – studio art for details or www.waynewolfersberger.com

Roy Sewall

One-on-one Coaching: This coaching is intended for novice and intermediate photographers. Coaching sessions are tailored to an individual's specific needs, and the scope is flexible. Representative topics are: how to operate a digital SLR, equipment selection, photo critique in a private setting, on-computer demonstration of photo improvements, and field technique. Roy judged an NVPS competition in October 2009 and presented a program in November 2010.

(301) 530-6720
roy "at" sewallinc.com

Nikhil Bahl Photography Workshops

Nikhil Bahl is a professional nature photographer, educator, author, lecturer and workshop instructor. Nikhil leads several nature photography workshops and tours, primarily along the East coast of the United States. He also teaches photography locally at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia and through Digital Photo Academy. His instruction is focused on in-camera interpretation and developing personal vision, rather than simply following the traditional rules of photography.

nikhil "at" nikhilbahl.com

Josh Taylor, Jr.

Fall workshops, classes, and lectures are posted at archiphotoworkshops.com. Please take a look and hopefully, you will find something of interest, including Canon camera classes. Josh is an NVPS member and most recently presented a workshop in March 2010.

jtaylorj "at" verizon.net

Awake the Light Photo Tours and Workshops
Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem

Join two well-known professional photographers on their exciting and educational photo tours. For 2011 they are offering trips to Alaska's Denali National Park and Katmai National Park, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in Arizona, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Acadia National Park in Maine. All tours include extensive photographic opportunities in the field, as well as personal one-on-one assistance and classroom instruction. Mollie and Mary gave NVPS Programs in October 2009 and October 2010.

Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem
awakethelight "at" cox.net

Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC)

The Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC) is an informal entity started in 1997 by Joseph Miller with the assistance of Dave Carter and Ed Funk. It purpose is to promote communication and cooperation among area camera clubs. NVACC is made up of Member Clubs and Associated Member Clubs.

NVACC publishes a monthly Calendar of Virginia Member Club Events that can be found at www.nvacc.org/Calendar.html.

.NVACC has published a Field Trips Guide Book for Photographers, which provides information about nearby areas that camera clubs might wish to visit (www.nvacc.org/Field%20trips%20Guidebook/NVACCPublications.html).

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