Volume 46 - No. 9
Founded 1965 - our 46th Year
May 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
For Sale


Monthly Program: Expressionist Impressions—Bert GF Shankman
Field Trip: Huntley Meadows
Workshop: Member Portfolio Presentation and Critique—Ed Funk
Field Trip—Nature's Best Exhibit
Abstract Photography Exhibition—Joe Miller Center for Photography
Competition: Judge: Jim Steele
    Prints: Roger Lancaster
    Projected: Dan Ward
Forum: In Search of Artistic Personality–Zen-Through-the-Lens—Tuan Pham
Field Trip—Shenandoah National Park
Field Trip—Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens


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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

As we begin our last month in this club year, I think I can speak for everyone in saying that it has been an amazing year. The programs; workshops, education and training; competitions; members gallery and forums; field trips; exhibits; website, newsletter; members resource; welcoming committee; portfolio project; have all provided inspiration, education and kinship. I am grateful to the multitude of volunteers and board members who have shared their time and talent to make NVPS the best club in the area.

The weekly meetings have been running extremely smoothly thanks to our VP Operations, Brian Payne and his team of merry men: Jeff Hancock, Kip Holdridge, Jim Norman and Paul Uhler. Andy Klein, our Facilities and EOY Coordinator made sure we had a roof over our heads. Curtis Gibbens and Beth Morris kept us awake with caffeine, and Tom Brett (and Beth) gave us a sugar high.

For those that have enjoyed the fruits of their labor, please remember to thank the people who give so generously of themselves. For those that have volunteered their time and talent, pat yourselves on the back – WELL DONE!

Please plan on coming to our Program night to hear Bert GF Shankman on May 3rd. Before the program, voting on proposed competition rules changes and the elected slate of officers for the 2011-2012 club year will be held. We need a quorum – so hope you can make it.

Also, you don’t want to miss the end of year (EOY) banquet and the results of the EOY competition on Friday, June 10th at the Westpark Hotel in Tysons Corner. Awards, food, spirits, camaraderie and great door prizes will abound. Bring your significant other(s), friends, relatives, etc. for a look at the best of the best images from the year and a fun evening.

Dates to mark on your calendars:

May 3: Membership votes on Elected Officer Slate for 2011-12 , competition rules changes and any other changes to bylaws or constitution

May 24: Last NVPS meeting of the 2010-2011 year

June 10: NVPS End of Year Competition and Banquet

Sandi Croan
pashli "at" aol.com

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Rules Changes

Proposed Changes to Competition Rules for 2011-2012 Club Year

On February 8th the NVPS board met and discussed how our current rules were serving the membership. Many members of the board agreed that there had been a lot of confusion for members, judges and Competition VP’s concerning the restricted and unrestricted categories. Category and class entry data was also analyzed. A Competition Rules Committee was appointed consisting of Georgette Grossman, Chair; Bob Friedman and Willa Friedman (current VP’s Competition), and Tom Burden and Melanie Marts (next year’s VP’s Competition). The Competition Rules Committee presented their proposal to the board on March 8th and it was accepted by the board. An additional proposal concerning time constraints on capture for competitions was brought forward by Bill Prosser and was also accepted by the board. An informational presentation was announced and presented to the membership on April 5th.

The membership will vote on these proposed changes to Competition Rules at the May 3rd meeting.

1. Change competition categories and classes from current to:



Color Prints Novice and Advanced
Digital Images Novice and Advanced
Monochrome Prints Combined one class

(the current restricted categories will go away)

2. Members must compete in the same class (novice or advanced) for all categories and if they are promoted in one category, they will be promoted in all categories

3. One competition per year (non-themed) will not be subject to the 2 year time constraint for image capture. The VP’s Competition will announce in advance which month the no-time-limit competition will be.

So that the membership is informed and has the opportunity to study the proposed changes, I am posting the following documents:

Please plan on coming to the NVPS meeting on the first Tuesday in May (May 3) to vote on the rules as well as the NVPS slate of officers.

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NVPS Election

Please come to the May program meeting to vote on the slate of elected officers for NVPS. The candidates are:

  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


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Monthly Program

Expressionist Interpretations
Bert GF Shankman
Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 PM

Please join us for the last Program of the year! The May meeting speaker will be fine art photographer Bert GF Shankman of Olney, Maryland. Mr. Shankman creates expressionistic interpretations of flowers grown in his gardens. His works have been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally.


Mr. Shankman is a fine art photographer whose specialty is flower photography. He grows his floral subjects at his home in the many gardens he tends. With his work close at hand, he photographs his subjects in all phases of development and in all kinds of weather. His images entail the use of a tripod to get multiple exposures for each composition. He also varies the focus points and the amount of light on his subjects. This enables him to compose an image controlling the clarity and the tones of the picture to correspond to his visualization of the final product. His intent is to use the flowers to evoke a wide range of emotions. All of his works are limited to editions of 25.

In 2009 Bert was chosen by the review committee of the Lishui Photo Festival to speak and present his works in a solo show in Lishui, China. The Lishui Photo Festival is a biennial photography festival held during the last week of November. Mr. Shankman was one of approximately 100 invited photographers from the U.S., Europe and China. He has also spoken to numerous photography clubs in the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia area.

The talk will start with a few pictures showing the Lishui Photo Festival. Then Mr. Shankman will describe how he uses Focus Stacking in the creation of pictures including those for the festival. He will also talk about the different focus stacking software available today.

Personal Note

On a personal note, I want to thank the membership for the privilege of allowing me to serve as your VP Programs for the last four years. It has truly been a rewarding experience to be part of an organization with such a highly engaged and talented group of members.

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

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Workshops, Education, and Training

Member Portfolio, Presentation and Critique
Ed Funk
May 10, 7:30 PM

The Workshop meeting on May 10th will be the final step of this year's Portfolio Project. At the meeting, Portfolios will be displayed, critiqued and discussed. In addition members will be provided an opportunity to have images reviewed and discussed informally by three other critics.

All Portfolio Project participants will display printed Portfolios and be available to discuss them with attendees. There will be a slide show of approximately 15 images from each of the portfolio participant, which will be accompanied by comments by this year's critic, Ed Funk. (Ed is a long-time member of the club and one of our best judges. You can read more about him at: www.edfunkphotography.com/Background.html) The critiques will emphasize the portfolio as a whole rather than comments on individual images (although, there may be comments on individual images as appropriate to illustrate their impact on the portfolio). After the critic reviews all the portfolios, attendees will be able to look at and discuss individual portfolios with their makers.

If you have any questions you may contact Scott Musson (ScottHMusson "at" gmail.com), Bill Prosser (ProsserWM "at" aol.com), or Paul Simmons (pwsimmons11 "at" gmail.com).

Matthew Schmidt
mgs "at" loreleistudios.com

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Judge: Jim Steele
May 17, 7:30 PM

On Tuesday May17th, our competition judges will be Jim Steele.

You must be a paid up member to compete.


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


Jim Steele is a photographer working primarily in black and white landscape and figurative photography. He works in both traditional and digital media and was influenced by the work of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.

Jim has a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. His work is in many corporate and private collections and he frequently lectures on the subject of fine black and white printing.

Jim has guest lectured in photography at Georgetown University and taught for the Art League, Smithsonian, and Photoworks. He was taught workshop in fine printing, both traditional and digital. He has also been a presenter at the New England Council of Camera Clubs in Massachusetts.

Jim has also been a member and past President on NVPS.

End-of-Year Competition

We will be collecting winning competition prints for the end-of-year competition beginning with the April 26th meeting. If you won a first, second, third or honorable mention award you are eligible to submit your print.

The last day to submit your prints is May 10th, NO exceptions. Please do not wait until the last day to submit your prints. ONLY winning prints from the May 17th competition will be accepted on May 17th.

For digital prints, there will be a check list to indicate you want your image to be included in the end-of-year competition. You must sign the list for your image to be included. The last day to do this is May 10th, except for the digital competition winners on May 17th

April Competition Results

Competition results can be found at: http://nvps.org/main/meetings/competition/competition_results/april_19th_2011_-_competition/. 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 April



Novice Unrestricted Color Prints
Ceasar Sharper
Old Huntsville Homestead


Restricted Color Prints
Mike Whalen
Going Home


Restricted Digital
Judy McGuire
Leaning Shed


Advanced Unrestricted Color Prints
Dan Ward
Century of Guidance - Hands


Monochrome Prints
Dan Ward
Legacy Quill


Advanced Unrestricted Digital
Scott Musson
Yesterday's Ride

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

Huntley Meadows
May 7, 2011

Some of the best wildlife watching in the Washington metropolitan area is enjoyed Huntley Meadows. From the ½ mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower, people have excellent views of beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons. Huntley Meadows is well known as a prime birding spot, with over 200 species identified in the park

We will meet in the parking lot at 6:00 a.m., however, if you wish to arrive later, we will be easy to find on the boardwalk (the Heron Trail) throughout the morning. Just follow the path past the visitor center.


3701 Lockheed Boulevard
Alexandria, VA

Phone: 703-768-2525


  • From the Beltway (I-495): - Take exit 177A for Route 1 South toward Fort Belvoir
  • About three miles down the road, make a right at a traffic light on Lockheed Boulevard
  • In one mile turn left in the entrance to Huntley Meadows Park (this is when the road makes a big curve to the right).

Nature's Best Exhibit
May 10, 2011

Charles (Chuck) Veatch will be giving a tour of the Windland Smith Rice Nature’s Best Photography Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. There is a 24 person limit, so you will need to sign on the waiting list, if you plan to attend.

Plan to meet at the exhibit when the museum opens at 10:00. This is on the second floor off the Rotunda next to the gem store. There are signs and banners directing folks to the Windland Smith Rich Nature’s Best Photography Exhibit. Chuck will start no later than 10:15. The tour will take at least an hour and a half.


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
1400 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20002


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Abstract Photography Exhibition
May 14, 2011

Joseph Miller has graciously invited our club to his Center for the NVACC Abstracts Exhibit. The gallery also contains a large collection of Freeman Patterson prints. Joe’s property contains a pond, a stream (Lick Branch), old woods, and occasional visitors such as Canada Geese, squirrels, wild turkeys, wood ducks, and deer.

The Center is open from 10:00 – 4:00, but if you would like to carpool, I will be taking riders from the Stone Road Park and Ride in Centreville, Virginia at noon (after lunch). This is very easy access to from I-66, just take exit 52 onto 29 S. (Lee Highway) and take the second right into the parking lot.


4811 Catharpin Road Gainesville
VA 20155
Phone: 703-754-7598


If you drive yourself from I-66:

  • Take Exit 47B onto 234 N.(Sudley Rd.) and continue for 6 miles
  • Turn left on Catharpin Road
  • Joe Miller’s Center is less than a half mile on the left

Shenandoah National Park – Big Meadows
June 18-19

This is an overnight trip at Big Meadows, located between mile 51 and 52 on Skyline Drive. It is a great time of the year to capture images of the fawns with the longest lens you have available. They are not hard to find in Big Meadows, across from the Byrd Visitor Center.

There will be a tentative agenda of scheduled times of meeting at the Byrd Visitor Center throughout the weekend that I will send to people who sign the "Big Meadows Field Trip" sheet and to those who email me with the title: Big Meadows Info. The first scheduled meeting time is 6:00 AM, Saturday morning. Please know that you do not have to stick to the agenda. You are welcome to explore the places you want within this big park.

Because there is a cancellation fee, I would like people to make their own reservations with the address provided below. 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

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
July 9, 2011

Every year, NVPA schedules a field trip to Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. It is a National Park Service site located in the northeastern corner of Washington D.C.

Plan to meet in the parking lot at 6:45. Parking might be limited, so come early.


1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20019



  • Take I-395 until it ends and take right exit on Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • After crossing the Anacostia River, turn left onto the DC-295N (Anacostia Fwy).
  • Take the exit for Deane Avenue. NE and turn left
  • Bear right on Lee Street NE
  • Lee Street will turn into 40th Street, then 40th Street will turn into Anacostia Avenue
  • Parking lot for Kenilworth Gardens will be on the left.
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Images from the Cherry Blossom Field Trip


Curtis Gibbens


Tuan Pham


Michael Kane


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Images from the Ginter Botanical Gardens Field Trip


Curtis Gibbens


Michael Kane



Georgette Grossman


Sandi Croan


Sherry Doyle

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

Curtis Gibbens
gibbensc "at" verizon.net
703-802-6283 (H)
703-203-4863 (C)

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In Search of Artistic Personality–Zen-Through-the-Lens
Tuan Pham
May 24, 7:30 PM

At the May Forum Tuan Pham will open his albums for you to see how his artistic personality has evolved. He credits the NVPS portfolio projects for the inspiration and accidental encounter with Zen Art. As you probably know, Zen art is never intended for pure utility or pure aesthetic enjoyment. It is also to train the mind and bring it into contact with ultimate reality. Tuan will share several collections, including Old Man’s Bird Photography, Mo-Jo’s Drama, Drive-by Shootings, Simple is Super, Photographs from Intuition, and Forever Young.


Tuan Pham joined NVPS in 2005, after a basic course in photography and acquiring his first DSLR with social security proceeds. He is a seasoned meditation practitioner and amateur nature photographer, with a score of ribbons to his credit, eight images juried into the Meadowlark/Nature Vision 2011, and one to represent NVPS at the 2011 George W. Glennie Nature Competition. Tuan learned photography largely by reading books and magazines, and occasional workshops on creative vision with Joseph Miller, Freeman Patterson, and Andre Gallant, among others. He also draws inspiration from the works of Zen Master John Daido Roshi, Minor White, French impressionist painter Claude Monet, and Japanese haiku Master Matsuo Basho. Photography helps him see deeply without the camera and gives him great joy, particularly when photography and Zen touch to spark a serene inner setting and profound attunement to the present moment.

Tom Burden
TomBurden "at" me.com

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Members Gallery


Roger Lancaster
May 24, 7:30 PM

Roger has been a member of NVPS since February 2009 and enjoys both the educational and camaraderie aspects of the club. He is humbled by the many extremely skilled photographers he has met in the club and aspires to be as good as they are, although he may not live that long!

A native of British Columbia, Canada, Roger’s early photographic experience was very much influenced by his grandfather who was a photo journalist for a small town newspaper and took countless photos of Roger as a young boy. Roger’s first camera was a gift from his grandfather; an old Kodak box camera. As a young adult he was given a Pentax 35 mm model, and relished time in the darkroom of his neighbor, although the results of his work were less than stellar. The raising of 2 kids limited his photography to the typical shots a proud parent takes at concerts, soccer games, and trips to amusement parks.

Late in his career as an association executive, he purchased a Sony Mavica camera with a 0.3 megapixel sensor, where images were shot and stored on 3 inch disks (you could get 10 images on a disk). The first attempts at digital photography really grabbed his attention, especially with the realization that you could take as many photos as you wanted to, and it didn’t cost you a cent to get them developed! In fact, the biggest obstacle he had to overcome in his initial attempts at digital was the hesitation in taking a lot of photos… a throwback to predigital days when you had to make absolutely sure you got the perfect shot…after all, the cost of film and the cost of processing was pretty high!

Now hooked on digital, he then purchased a Canon Powershot 3 megapixel point and shoot camera, then a 5 megapixel Canon point and shoot…and finding he was really hooked, switched teams to Nikon and bought a D70, his first DSLR camera. That camera is now used by his daughter and her family, and he now shoots with a Nikon D300. He loves his 18-200 Nikkor lens, but you can also find in his kit a 50mm 1.8, a 70-200 2.8, and a Sigma 10-20. Recently he purchased a 28-85 Nikkor lens for $25 at a yard sale and ran away as fast as he could before the seller realized that he had just given it away!

Roger considers himself an eclectic photographer, telling people that he shoots whatever strikes his interest at the time…although he admits that a well-shaped tree or a scenic landscape during a sunrise will grab his attention every time. Retirement in 2008 has brought him the time to pursue the hobby he loves. He tries to get out on shoots at least once a week, and if he doesn’t, his family makes plans for an intervention. His plans in the near future include Twin Falls State Park in West Virginia and the annual family summer trek to Surfside Beach SC with a side trip to Huntington Beach State Park just down the road from the beach.

During his time in the club he has enjoyed the competitions immensely and was honored to be Novice Monochrome Photographer of the Year last year, while one of his photos won Novice Color Print of the Year and another won Honorable Mention in the Best of Year Enhanced Photo category. He has also had photos juried into the Nature Vision Expo and the new Meadowlark Photo Exhibition, which is part of the Foto DC contest.

While he sees in the monthly Members’ Gallery absolutely marvelous works of art, he is both humbled and honored to be able to show you the results of his work. Please enjoy!

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Digital Presentation

Dan Ward
May 24, 7:30 PM

Dan Ward uses photography in an effort to capture images that touch people by capturing decisive moments of intense emotions such as love, joy, sorrow and contemplation. He began his photography career as the head photographer for his high school newspaper over 40 years ago and honed his visual skill while traveling the world as a trumpet player in the US Navy jazz band, the Ambassadors and the US Navy Rock Band, Fly in the Soup. He polished his skills in photography classes at the University of North Texas and has continued developing his eye while working as a human capital executive and people strategy consultant. After moving to northern Virginia in 2003, he became active in the Loudoun Photo Club and shifted his membership to NVPS in 2010.

Dan shot medium format and 35mm until he began the migration to digital in 2001. His first love is street photography, although he also has a passion for nature photography. He is a confirmed Nikonoholic and currently uses a D7000 as his primary camera, although he occasionally uses a Holga “to keep from becoming too dependent on technology.”

Dan has received awards in a variety of photography shows including the Ellipse Gallery’s Best Photos of the Last 75 Years, Claude Moore Nature Photo Expos, Nature’s Vision 2010, several Meadowlark Nature Photo Expos (Kodak Sponsor’s Choice award 2006), On Your Own Time art shows in Dallas (People’s Choice Awards in 2004 and 2006) and various community art shows in Virginia, Texas, Connecticut and Arizona. His astrophotos have been published in Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines as well as David Levy’s bestseller, The Sky.

For the past four years, he has been involved in “phoetry” – a process of combining photos with poetry in a way that integrates the two mediums so that the end result is greater than the sum of the parts, and not just simply an annotated photo or illustrated poem. He is the co-author of two phoetry collections published by Blurb books, Emerge and Plane of Life. The Atrium Gallery in McLean featured a show of his most recent phoetry collaboration in the fall of 2010. Samples of his work are available on line at danlward.com

Dan’s presentation tonight is on “Phoetry.” He will show a few examples of the evolution of the process and include recent works.

Charlotte DeFuria
cdefuria "at" yahoo.com


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End-of-Year Banquet

Friday, June 10

Once a year there is an opportunity to see the best of the best. The NVPS monthly photography competition award winners from the entire year will be on display. The best of these will be recognized as “best of the year”. And, while you enjoy this artistic treat you can enjoy the fellowship of other photographers and a great meal in a lovely setting. If that were not enough, there are door prizes.

Please join us. The date is Friday, June 10th at the Best Western/Westpark Hotel 8401 Westpark Drive, Mclean, Virginia, 22102, Phone: 703/734-2800.

There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at 6 PM. Dinner at 7. Give Fred Chitty or Tom Brett your check for $40 per person before June 1st or it will cost $45 per person.

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Member News

Glennie Nature Competition

Ninety seven clubs, representing 4 continents and 6 countries submitted a total of 959 images for competition.

A gallery of winning images will be posted on the web within the next two weeks. You are invited to view the winning images by visiting the Merrimack Valley Camera Club website www.mvcameraclub.org. All club scores as well as a list of award winning images will be posted on-line soon at mvcameraclub.org/comp-interclub/comp-interclub-01-glennie.htm

Congratulations to Wayne Wolfersberger. His image of Merganser and Chicks received a merit award.

Overall NVPS tied for thirtieth among the 97 participating clubs. The winning club, Camera Naturalist Photo Club, Roselle Park, New Jersey received 246 of 300 points. NVPS received 208 points.

I appreciate the time and effort everyone put into participating in the competition.

John Quigley
Exhibits Coordinator

Wayne Wolfersberger

Wayne Wolfersberger recently delivered a program entitled Photographing Wildlife to the Manasas-Warrenton Camera Club during their March meeting. In early March he and Josh Taylor judged the Town of Vienna’s annual photography competition.

During the end of March, Wayne traveled to Knoxville to give a program to a very large group of members of the Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers on Photographing Yellowstone in the Summer which was held at the university. In April Wayne gave a presentation to the OLLIE Photographic group entitled Shooting Nature in Your Backyard.

Wayne also had a photograph published in the magazine Impact that was selected from thousands of images by the North American Nature Photographers of America (NAMPA) for their annual Summit meeting in Texas.


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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.

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Exhibition Opportunities

Solo Photo Book Month (SoFoBoMo)
July 1 - August 31

The Solo Photo Book Month (SoFoBoMo) has announced that the SoFoBoMo 2011 signup is currently open. For official information visit the SoFoBoMo website at: www.sofobomo.org

The SoFoBoMo for 2011 runs from 1 July to 31 August. Entrants choose any contiguous 30 day period in those two months to start a book from scratch, making photographs, writing any text, getting the book into a layout tool (possibly even Word) and publishing a PDF book.

The event is free and there is an enormous pool of resources available to help get you motivated, or assist with development of your book. This is not a competition and no one will win an award for creating their book, so the pressure is lower. If you have always wanted to create a book and just didn't know how to get started, sign up for this annual event and put out a photo book in a month.

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.


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Bill Prosser
Unseen Extracts--McLean, VA
Through June 4

Through 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. 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.

America in Color [1939-1943]

A collection of photos in the Library of Congress collection, taken by the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information. Good composition and beautiful examples of early color. Life was simpler then. blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/07/26/captured-america-in-color-from-1939-1943/

Submitted by Chuck Cecil

Lecture by Fashion Photographer Rick Guidotti
May 6, 7 PM

At 7:00 PM on May 6th Rick Guidotti of www.PositiveExposure.org will be speaking in Woodbridge, VA. He's a fashion photographer from Manhattan, NY with a very unique and special charitable cause.

Rick has done work for YSL, Elle, Harpers, Revlon, and L’Oreal. His editorial photography “Redefining Beauty” was featured in Life Magazine and will be the topic of his lecture.

Seating is Limited and RSVPs are required. Prince William Professional Photographers Association (PWPPA) Gold Members are invited to attend FREE of charge. The non-member registration donation is $15 to offset our expenses for the venue rental and speaker or one can join. The program runs from 7:00 - 9:30pm on Friday, May 6. We would love to have you with us on this special evening, and would appreciate if you would pass this event information along to your members. They are very welcome to attend.

To RSVP and for more information please go to www.pwppa.com. Please give me a call if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on May 6, and thank you for getting the word out on this exciting event.

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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
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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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For Sale

Manfrotto 303SPH Sperical Panoramic tripod head kit. The Manfrotto 303SPH QTVR Head Kit is a multi-row (spherical) panoramic photography head. It has two sliding plates to position the camera over the panoramic axis of rotation, plus a sliding plate which rotates around the front/back tilt axis. This allows the camera to be rotated on both horizontal and vertical axis around the camera/lens nodal point, so multi-row panoramic photo sequences (cubic VR photos) can be taken accurately and easily. Costs $650 new. Make me an offer. Fred Chitty 703-493-8530 or email chittyfc "at" bp.com.

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Editor's Note

This will be my last issue as editor. Beginning with the Summer issue, I will turn responsibility for the newsletter over to the very capable hands of Dan Ward. The job has been a learning experience for me. I appreciate all of the article and photo contributions over the years.

Sam Schaen

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