Volume 47 - No. 02.1
Founded 1965 - our 47th Year
October 2011
The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society
Editor: Dan Ward-Email: editor@nvps.org

Table of Contents

President's Message
Monthly Program
Workshops, Education, and Training
Member's Gallery
Field Trips
Want Ads
Board of Directors
Workshop Offerings
Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs
Editors Note


Gallery Prints: Ginger Werz-Petricka
Gallery Projected: Curtis Gibbens
Forum: Stan Bysshe - Underwater Photography: A Technophile Dream or Nightmare?
Monthly Program: Karine Aigner - Wildlife Photography
Workshop: Basics of Matting a Photo
Nature Visions Entries: see Events
Field Trip: US Capitol Trip
Competition: Judge - Charles Neenan - Theme is Simplicity
10/22 - 23
Field Trip: Shenandoah Park Virginia
Gallery Prints: Bill Prosser
Gallery Projected: Bob & Willa Friedman
Forum: Joe Miller - Visual Communication
Monthly Program: Mike Moats - Creating Great Art with Macro Photography
11/02 - 08
Field Trip: Arizona Trip


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To protect our members from email spam, all email addresses in this newsletter have "@" replaced with "at". Please remember to substitute the "@" when attempting to contact any of the people.

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.

Please check the website and Fotofax for the club’s policy on weather closings. Check WTOP www.wtop.com or Fairfax County School systems web site for closings. You can also sign up for emails or cell phone alerts www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.htm

President's Message

October 2011

Please check the gallery to view the "What did you Do This Summer?" images.  Seems like we are a very diverse group. http://nvps.org/gallery/v/thissummer/

No rush, but another gallery is planned for December.  "What did you do during the Winter Holiday?"  Details will be posted later.

When you come to a meeting, don't forget to lock your car, do not leave anything in view and certainly do not leave your camera equipment in the car.

Lastly, do not forget to pay your dues.  You cannot compete in the October competition if your dues have not been paid. Checks or cash are accepted at meetings, or DO IT NOW, and use PayPal.


Bob Friedman
President, NVPS

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Monthly Program

October 4th, 2011 - Program Night: Karine Aigner

Please join us on October 4 for NVPS Program speaker, Karine Aigner, who will present on wildlife photography from the unique perspective of a photo editor. Karen is a freelance photo editor and photographer with over twelve years of industry experience. As the Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Kids and Little kids magazines for almost nine years Karine's specialty and love is wildlife and natural history imagery; she has a keen eye for 'sense of place' and storytelling imagery and is always looking for new ways of showing the natural world to the world.

An affiliate member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a member of NANPA, Karine is an accomplished photographer whose work is centered around wildlife, conservation issues, and animal portraiture. With a recent spread of her African Wild Dogs in the German publication GEOlino, Karine works with and has been published by BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic, National Geographic Kids and Little Kids magazine, Ranger Rick, Parents Magazine, Hoerzu, National Geographic Children's books, Nationalgeographic.com, ILCP and The Nature Conservancy. Karine also works selectively with nonprofit wildlife organizations to further their message. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and TandemStock.

Karine's passion is Africa. Working with choice talented guides, Karine leads unique and intimate photographic experiences into the African bush.

She is also a workshop teacher and organizer, teaching children and adults how to 'see the world around them in a different way,' at National Geographic Photo Camps. A guest speaker and lecturer, Karine speaks to the value of, and philosophy behind a 'good' image, and what photo editors want to see.

Karine, when not in the wilds and home in Washington, DC, can sometimes be found at the National Zoo trying to eek out an amazing animal portrait!

Karine will be joining us for dinner at Chili’s at 5:30 PM prior to the Program, hosted by Andy Klein. If you’d like to join Andy and Karine for dinner, please rsvp to Andy by Sunday, October 2, email: kleina "at" saic.com

For more about Karine, including examples of her work, please visit Karine's website:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Speaker: Mike Moats
Program: Creating Great Art with Macro Photography

Learn how to find and create great artwork through macro photography. You will see interesting images and our speaker will teach tips on how to take your macro photography to the next level. Mike Moats is our November speaker. Mike’s articles and images have been published in major photo magazines. He has written several how-to macro and photo business book/ebooks. One of Tamron’s master macro photographers, he was a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team. Mike teaches a three day “Macro Boot Camps” across the country, owns the “Macro Nature Forum”, and teaches macro photography through online webinars. Mike will be joining us for dinner at Chili’s prior to the Program at 5:30 pm, so please rsvp to mary.m.o’neill “at” gsk.com or mmoneillphotography “at“ gmail.com by Sunday, October 30 if you’d like to join us for dinner.

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Workshops, Education, and Training

Basics of Matting a Photo
October 11th Workshop

In the survey sent out by the NVPS Workshop co-chairs, Dennis Govoni and Roger Lancaster, in late spring, a significant number of members indicated an interest in learning the basics of matting a photo. Additionally, several competition judges have commented on the need to have better matting on the photos that were submitted for judging. With this in mind, our October workshop will be on just that...The Basics of Matting a Photo.

The session will start with a general overview of matting, followed by a breakout into small groups, where SME's (subject matter experts) will lead members through the actual matting process. Each SME will be bringing their own matting equipment to the workshop, and each participant will have an opportunity to mat their own photo. Members are asked to bring a photo to mat, a piece of mat board, and a piece of foam board on which to mount the photo. The photo should be no smaller than 8 x 10; the mat board and the foam board should be 16 x 20. Boards of this size can be purchased at Plaza Art Supplies. They have stores around the area, including one in the Pan Am Shopping Center at Nutley Street and Lee Hwy. You can also get it at Michael's, and they have a store in the Pan Am Center as well. Archival board is recommended, but not necessary. Mounting tape will be provided.

Handout material on equipment and materials plus where they can be purchased will be made available.

Note: We can still use the help of more SME's for the workshop. The more we have the smaller the groups can be and the opportunity for members to have hands-on experience with matting will be enhanced. If you have matting equipment and do your own matting (you don't have to be an expert as the workshop will only deal with the very basics of matting) and you are willing to volunteer, please contact either Dennis (dngovoni "at" verizon.net) or Roger (roger "at" thelancasters.us) asap.

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September Competition Results

Advanced Color Digital - 2nd Place
Bob Friedman
Memorial Day 2011

Advanced Color Print - 1st Place
Nick Stanley
Selection From Film Noir Series

Monochrome - Honorable Mention
John Dexter
The Fern

Novice Digital - Honorable Mention
Lea Schlosser
I Could Of Had a V-8


Novice Color Print - 2nd Place
Randy Ihara
Guitar Player

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


October 18th Competition - Judge Charles Neenan

The Theme is "Simplicity"

Tom Burden and Melanie Marts, co-VP's of Competition, are pleased to host Charles Neenan as competition judge.  The theme for this month is “Simplicity”.  No guidelines will be given. It will be up to the photographer and our judge to determine if the image fits the theme.  Please upload your digital images by the deadline, as per the current instructions on the club website.  Prints should be signed in by 7:15, so our judge can preview them.  You must be a paid member to compete.  You are invited to join Charles for dinner at Chili's Restaurant, at 5:30 p.m. on the 18th. 

A professional portrait and event photographer, Charles Neenan is also a mixed media artist.  He combines photography and digital painting to create his line of Art for the 21st Century™. Like artists who use oil, pen, acrylic, and other more “traditional” art media to tell stories, his artworks are created with the computer screen as canvas, and hi-res digital cameras, lenses, and graphics software as brushes.  He uses Canon and Olympus digital cameras. More details on his biography are available on the NVPS website:

Competitions Winners Gallery

The NVPS Website has a gallery of past winning images at http://nvps.org/gallery/v/competitions/. If you did well in a competition, you too can have your image posted in this gallery. If your image placed first, second, third or received an honorable mention, it is eligible for this gallery.  This is not done automatically; you must specifically provide consent for your image to be included in the gallery.

To have your winning image included in the gallery, email competitionwinners@nvps.org and provide the following information:

.Your name
.Image Category (digital, color print, monochrome print)
.Image Class – for those categories with classes (Advanced or Novice)
.Competition Date

Digital Winners: just provide consent for posting your image

Print Winners: send a digital version of your print, sized as if it were for digital competition (smaller is ok, but not too small).

The Fotofax newsletter is usually finalized during the weekend immediately following the monthly club competitions.  If your image is a first place winner and you send it in before the weekend after competition, your image will be forwarded to the editor for inclusion in Fotofax.  If you have not provided permission before that deadline, your image will NOT be included and another winning entry may be used for that category in Fotofax.

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The September 27th Forum information on Stan Bysshe - Underwater Photography: A Technophile Dream or Nightmare? was published in the September FotoFax and is available on the website.

October 25 Forum - Joe Miller - Visual Communication

Joe Miller is a prolific writer and frequent speaker and judge for most of the camera clubs in the Northern Virginia area.  He has authored or co-authored no less than twelve of the NVACC handbooks on photography, teaches workshops relating to photographic techniques and has trained numerous judges in the area.  He is a mentor for many of us in the club and has taught us to appreciate the 4 C's of Visual Communication: Craftsmanship, Composition, Creativity and Communication.

A member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society, Joe has judged competitions throughout our region including the annual Meadowlark Exhibit on Nature Photography as well as serving as Year End Judge for our own club. In addition, Joe has authored articles for the NVPS publication series on improving one’s photography skills. He has taught classes on being a more creative photographer in Northern Virginia Community College and in his own Photographic Center near Gainesville, VA, where a number of our members have taken his workshops.

As a student and friend of Freeman Patterson, Joe Miller introduced many photographers in this area to the concepts and vision of Patterson, and continues to promote photography that goes beyond recording the visual world into the realm of photography as a medium for fine art. Toward this end Joe pushes the photographer to explore the visual world in new ways, to look beyond the familiar in seeking subjects, and to free the imagination by “breaking the rules” in the treatment of subject


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Members Gallery

The September 27th Members Gallery information was published in the September FotoFax and is available on the website.

October 25 - Members Gallery

Gallery Digital - Bob and Willa Friedman

As a teenager, Bob Friedman had a darkroom in the basement of his house.  No color in those days, but Bob "photoshoped" his images in the darkroom just like Ansel Adams.  Bob says "Ansel did a much better job." When he and Willa bought their house, the first thing he did was build a darkroom.   Then the kids came and photography took a back seat.  After retiring, Bob started back up with photography. He joined the Northern Virginia Photographic Society to enhance his skills and took workshops with Freeman Patterson, Andre Gallant, Adam Jones, Corey Hilz, and Photoshop classes with Eliot Cohen.

Willa Friedman discovered photography right after college when she was an instructor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  She was given a choice of several summer projects including cleaning small animal cages, filing old forms or sorting owl pellets.  One choice was photographing wildlife in city parks.  She chose the photography because her new husband knew about such things. Willa was handed an SLR camera and light meter.  Over the following weekend, "Bob taught me enough that the result was published!" 

For about forty years, she did nothing photographic—"I raised children and worked in management and sales." As she approached retirement, she drifted back into photography and took several workshops, including one with Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant and studied Photoshop with Eliot Cohen.  Most recently, she took courses at Photoworks with Karen Keating and John Borstel. Willa shoots digitally with Nikon equipment and does her own printing on an Epson 3800 Photographic printer.

Gallery Prints - Bill Prosser

Bill Prosser's gallery features Unseen Extracts-McLean Black and White Digital Photography . The images in this exhibition were made in Northern Virginia, most in the McLean area. Rather than sweeping landscapes, they are "extracts" intended to make you ask: What is this? Where was it taken? "I like to make very graphic images, occasionally with a sense of motion."

Bill Prosser has lived in McLean for 40 years. He has been a serious amateur photographer for over 35 years. Beginning in the early 1970's he studied under a number of Northern Virginia teachers and mentors and more recently Canadian, Freeman Patterson. Between 1995 and 2000 he gave up film and the chemical darkroom for the digital chip and computer after learning Photoshop and working photographic images in his digital darkroom.  Also in 1995 he began his current volunteer work at McLean High School where he teaches Photoshop, photography, and mentors students in visual design.

Bill served as a teaching assistant for several Smithsonian Institution Photoshop Classes. He is a founding member, and past-president, of the McLean Photography Club and a 20 year member and board member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS). In recent years he has earned numerous NVPS Photographer-of-the-Year and Image-of-the -Year awards. He has exhibited his photographic images at University of Wisconsin-Madison and several Fairfax County Virginia venues, including the McLean Project for the Arts. Georgetown University purchased several of his Washington, DC images to hang in its Graduate Public Policy Institute offices. His work has been published in the National Geographic Traveler Magazine

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Field Trips

October 12 - U.S. Capitol

We will be the guests of Sen. Mark Warner, whose staff will serve as our guides for this unique photo opportunity.
When:  October 12, 2011
Time:    9:30 am
Where:  Room 475 Russell Building (Sen. Mark Warner’s office)

You can sign up at club meetings or send an email to: field-trips@nvps.org.

Please review items that are prohibited from the US Capitol so you do not have problems entering the building. Also tripods are not allowed on the premises.

October 22-23 – Shenandoah Park Virginia 

We will walk and shoot fall color in one of America’s best loved national parks.
When:  October 22 – 23
Time:    9:30 am
Where:  We have TWO options: 

  1. Meet-up at Dunn Loring Fire Hall at 8 am and drive as caravan to Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park. 
  2. (2)  Meet-up at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center at 9:30 am. 

Hotel:    Days Inn, Luray
138 Whispering Hill Road
Luray, VA 22835
(540) 743-4521

We have 10 rooms set aside for the night of October 22.  They will hold the rooms at the rate of $93.46 plus tax (total of $103.46) until October 1.  To reserve, call 540-743-4521 and ask for the rate under “Will Haubert – Photographer.” 

Folks are welcome to join for both or either day, depending on individual schedules and needs.

November 2-8 – Page Arizona Balloon Festival
and Slot Shoot

Tentative agenda:
November 2 – Members arrive Sunset just outside Page
November 3 – Upper Antelope
November 4 – I will lead to Lower Antelope mid-day.  Balloons early and late
November 5 – Possible side trip to Canyon X mid day.  Balloons early and late
November 6 – I will lead waterholes mid day.  If no balloons late, Alstrom Point
November 7 – I will lead Horseshoe Bend in the morning. 
November 8 – Members go home

Folks are welcome to join or leave the trip at any point depending on each member’s individual schedule and needs.

Hotel Arrangements
Super 8, Page, AZ
649 South Lake Powell Boulevard
Page, AZ 86040
(928) 645-5858

We have 10 rooms set aside at the Super 8 as a block – each has 2 queen beds, nonsmoking.   I have stayed there about half a dozen times without incident.  The nightly rate is $55 plus taxes.  Members need to call the Page AZ Super 8 at 928-645-5858 and make their own reservations.  Ask for the “NVPS Tour” package.  These rooms will be held until October 26th. 

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NVPS Portfolio Project

The Portfolio Project is a nine month project starting in September and running through May 2012. All club members of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in this project. A Portfolio may include some images already taken, but primarily new images taken over the program year.

The goal of the portfolio project is to conceive a theme, craft an artist statement, capture the images and the present them as a portfolio. This article is devoted to encouraging members who may be interested in participating this program year to start thinking about portfolio topics, possibly several, and to start shooting this summer.

Your goal is to create a portfolio of your best images, primarily collected from June 2011 to May 2012, that exemplify the objectives of your theme and Artist's Statement. These should be images you would be proud to share with others for years to come.

The beginning stages of the project entail picking a theme or concept and writing an Artist's Statement. In the "Artist's Statement" the photographer explains what he or she is trying to accomplish with the project. (See http://nvps.org/main/meetings/portfolio/nvps_portfolio_project_artists/ for more details about what should and should not be in an Artist's Statement.)

In the beginning stages of determining a theme, some members have worked on several themes at the same time. As time passed and their images piled up, they began to become more comfortable with one subject over others. You too may follow this model in your project. It is helpful to write an Artist Statement for all potential portfolio themes.

The NVPS web-site contains numerous articles in the "Portfolio Project" link under Club Activities on the main page.

This year's coordinators are Bill Prosser (prosserwm ”at“ aol.com), Paul Simmons (pwsimmons11 ”at “ gmail.com), and Ginger Werz-Petricka (vze39dgt ”at“ verizon.net). If you have questions or need help with your portfolio, feel free to contact us at portfolio ”at“ nvps.org

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Want Ads

For Sale: Slide projectors. Two NVPS-owned slide projectors are being offered for sale:

Kodak Ektapro 9020 Slide projector with Kodak Zoom Ektanor 102-152 mm f3.5 lens, wireless remote control. Purchased November 2001 for $1,750; asking $500.

Kodak Ektagraphic AF-2, Kodak Ektanar 5 inch f:3.5 lens, and wired remote control. Purchased May 1999 for $225; asking $75. Contact Sam Schaen, vp-ops "at" nvps.org

For Information: Hope Susan Barret is a club member who moved away earlier this year. Hope is finalizing details to lead a photo tour to Israel, Jordan and Sinai in the spring. For more details on the dates, costs and itinerary, contact Hope at: hopesusan880 "at" verizon.net

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Board of Directors

Our board members are:

  President: Bob Friedman

  Vice President for Programs: Mary O'Neil

  Vice Presidents for Competition: Tom Burden
Melanie Marts

  Vice President for Operations: Sam Schaen

  Treasurer: Tom Brett

  Secretary / Historian: Georgette Grossman

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

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Notice: Workshop and contest announcements of events not sponsored by or affiliated with NVPS are provided as a courtesy to Members. Individuals should review the detailed contest rules and conditions to determine what impact entering images has on rights and ownership of the submitted images. Review the descriptions of workshop to whether participation in a workshop would actually meet personal learning goals. NVPS attempts to screen events for legitimacy and quality, however NVPS does not recommend these events and cannot assume responsibility for their ultimate quality. We recommend due diligence and encourage you to share your experience with other club members.

Exhibition Opportunities

Audubon Society

The Audubon Society of Greater Denver (Colorado) is launching an international nature photography contest this October with cash prizes for the top ten images and featured recognition for the top 250. The contest runs from October 15 until November 30, 2011. Contest proceeds are intended to support our Audubon Nature Center education programs. Watch for further details on the Share the View Website at: http://denveraudubon.contestvenue.com

Photoworks Exhibit
Call For Exhibit Proposals 2012
Deadline:  November 15, 2011 

The Photoworks Exhibit Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a group or solo photography exhibition in 2012 at Photoworks Gallery in historic Glen Echo Park.  Proposals must be received on or before the November 15, 2011 deadline.  

Photography Exhibition Dates:
1.  March 2 - April 9, 2012
2.  June 15 - July 23, 2012
3.  September 7 - October 15, 2012
4.  November 16, 2012 - January 17, 2013

Deadline for Exhibit Proposal Submissions:  November 15, 2011

Visit www.glenechophotoworks.org for more details.

2011 Nature Visions Expo
November 11-13

This year's Expo will be held November 11-13 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus, George Mason University, Manassas, VA.

The Expo will kick off on Friday, November 11, with a full-day seminar presented by world renowned nature photographer, Art Wolfe. The subject of the seminar is "The Art of Composition." The price for this seven hour seminar is only $195 and seating is limited. If you register in advance for the Nature Visions Expo for either Saturday and or Sunday admission you will receive a coupon code upon checkout which will give you access to a 15% discount on this seminar which will drop the price to $165.75. Art will also be the Expo's keynote speaker at 4:00pm on Saturday afternoon. Detailed information about the Expo including registration and tickets, seminars and lectures and the Exhibitor's Guidance can be found on the website www.NatureVisions.org

Ticket package deals and individual tickets are now on sale on the web site. Details about this year's workshops and lectures are on the web site.

The submission deadline for prints is October 18. Prints may be submitted at regular club meetings through the October 11 meeting. Between October 12 and October 18 you may make arrangements with John Quigley (jhquigley "at" msn.com) to submit your prints to him. October 18 is the deadline and no images will be accepted beyond that date and only October 18 competition images will be accepted at the meeting on the 18th. Judging will be held at the Reston Community Center on Sunday, October 23. All photographs will be judged in one of the categories below.

Photographs will compete with photographs within the category from all clubs. Accordingly, you will not be competing within the club for a juried entry but against members from other clubs with photographs in the category. The total number of juried images will be limited to 300. There are no club minimums or club quotas; however, there are individual limits. Entries may be split among clubs, but the total number of entries per member may not exceed 10. There is no limit to the number of images an individual may enter in a category. The first six images are free. There will be a $20.00 fee if you wish to enter up to an additional 4. This is a flat fee, not $5.00 per image. All participants are expected to volunteer at the Expo.

First, second and third place "Best in Show" awards will be given. The categories are:

Wildlife other than Birds
Pond Life
Water/ Waterfalls
Flora other than Macro

Signatures are NOT allowed prior to the judging. If the photographer wishes to add a signature it may be done after the image has been juried into the Expo and before it is displayed in the exhibit.

The cover window mat must be securely affixed on all four sides to a firm backing of at least 3/8 inch foam core. Failure to comply may result in the disqualification of the image for consideration

We have revised the wording of hand of man. Titles are NOT allowed on the cover window mat or the print (refer to Labels for use of titles).

Entry Forms are available at:
PDF Entry Form
Word Document Entry Form

It is expected that entrants regardless of whether they have an image juried into the Expo will volunteer during the Expo. A list of volunteer tasks is being prepared now and will be available shortly. Typically, assignments are of a two-hour duration. Volunteers will be given an opportunity to designate a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice. To the extent possible first choice will be granted.

Watch the NVPS website for updates.

Submitted by John Quigley
NVPS Exhibits Coordinator
jhquigley "at" msn.com

Meadowlark Juried Exhibition of Nature Photography
Capturing Nature in Photographs - November 5 - 30

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is having a Juried Exhibition of Nature Photography, entitled “Capturing Nature in Photographs” as part of their participation in FotoWeekDC 2011.  Photographs must have been taken within the past year. The exhibition will run from November 5th to November 30th.

Submissions will be accepted between October 1st and October 15th at Meadowlark, during Meadowlark’s regular hours (10 am to 5 pm.)  The submission fee is $15 for the first two prints, then $5 for each additional print.  Limit 5 entries per person in each category; a maximum of 10 entries may be accepted from an individual photographer if there are 5 images in each category.  The categories are 1. Meadowlark and 2. Other Locations.

For full details, see the exhibition guidelines at:


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Photo Op: Loudoun County Farm Color Tour
October 15th - 16th

I visited Aryshire Farm during the Loudoun Country Farm Tour this past spring and it was a great opportunity to photograph a high end working farm.  They have beautiful draft horses, carriages, impressive barn interiors, tack rooms, various farm animals, gardens, tractors, and more.  I've visited a number of the other farms during various times and it can be fun as well as a great photo op. Some of these farms are only open twice a year during the farm tour so take advantage of this photo op!

For more information, please go to: http://www.loudounfarms.org/default.asp?ContentID=51

Scott Musson – NVPS Website Team

Worldwide Photo Walk
October 1st & 2nd

On Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, the whole world will be walking again with Scott Kelby, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and #1 bestselling computer and technology book author, in his Fourth Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ — the world’s largest global social photography event in the history of photography.

This year, the Photo Walk will take place over two days in October giving more photographers from around the world a chance to participate. In 2010, more than 30,000 photographers walked in over 1,000 locations taking 6 million images in just one day. We anticipate that this year’s Photo Walk will be one of our biggest events.

The Photo Walk is free and open to anyone who owns a camera. More Photo Walk details are available at: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/ or visit the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk Facebook page.


NVPS Member Evelyn Jacob - Solo Exhibit "Wings Set Me Free"

Evelyn Jacob has a solo exhibit "Wings Set Me Free," photographs of birds in flight, that opened in September and ends on October 11. NVPS members are invited to see the exhibit.

River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
6301 River Road (at Whittier Blvd.)
Bethesda, MD 20817

September 1 - October 11, 2011 Exhibit may be viewed during Sunday social hours and M - F 10 am - 4 pm

Please call the RRUUC office (301-229-0400) before going there M - F to ensure that no activity is scheduled in the Fellowship Hall

Photo Op: 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff Oct 21st

The 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff is schedule to include up to a thousand uniformed re-enactors representing both sides, as well cannons and rifles. The re-enactment itself will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. with several historical and living history exhibits available before and after the event at nearby Morven Park. For more information, see the park website:


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Workshop Offerings


Photoworks in Glen Echo Park offers a variety of photography classes & workshops for adults and children, taught by many familiar names, including former speakers at NVPS. For schedule details, check their website class listings at: http://www.glenechophotoworks.org/

Wayne Wolfersberger

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 http://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. Nik gave an NVPS forum program in April 2011.

nikhil "at" nikhilbahl.com

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

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 and was our September 2011 Competition judge.

jtaylorj "at" verizon.net

Freeman Patterson

The Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts is pleased to announce that the internationally-renowned photographer, Freeman Patterson, will present two programs at the Verizon Auditorium, Occoquan Building (GMU), 10900 University Blvd, Manassas VA 20110. The first presentation will be a Friday evening program November 4, entitled: “The Call of Creativity.” The second will be an all-day seminar on Saturday, November 5, entitled:  “Seeing and Visual Design.”  

Mr. Patterson last addressed members of the Greater Washington photographic community in March 2002, when he presented an all-day seminar at the International Monetary Fund Auditorium hosted by the International Photographic Society.

Notes on the Friday evening, November 4, program: "The Call of Creativity" - Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm. This is a presentation for everybody and not limited to just photographers. It should be equally promoted to other visual and performing artists, educators, university and high-school students, designers of every sort, spiritual care workers, and everybody interested in a visually and intellectually stimulating evening. During the two and a half hours (including an intermission), Freeman will combine talking, projected images and music to examine the sources and nature of creativity, essential facts about creativity and ways of accessing the creativity that we all possess. Freeman has given this program to large groups of photographers, university students and as a keynote address to national conferences of university educators across Canada, in South Africa and New Zealand, and will be presenting it in Israel in December. This will be his first presentation of the program in the United States. Registration fee: $30.00

Notes on the Saturday November 5, all-day seminar: “Seeing and Visual Design”. Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Freeman’s “Seeing and Visual Design” seminar has evolved over the years. (Because the growing process just never ends, there will always be new ways of looking at and discussing visual design). Basic content: This seminar is about seeing and visual design. Visual design is the craft of visual expression and communication. During the morning, Freeman will be speaking about and illustrating (with projected images) the building blocks of visual design and, during the afternoon, principles for arranging them in picture space (composition). He will not be talking about the hardware and software of film or digital photography, except in passing. Registration fee: $75.00

For additional information or to register contact Joseph Miller Center, e-mail: furnfoto "at" aol.com. Phone: 703-754-7598.

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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. Its 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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