Volume 47 - No. 8
Founded 1965 - our 47th Year
April 2012
The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society
Editor: Dan Ward - Email: editor@nvps.org
Table of Contents

President's Message
Historical April 1
Monthly Program
Workshops, Education, and Training
   Last Month


Members' Gallery
Board of Directors

   Proposed By-Law Change
   Exhibition Opportunities
   Workshop Offerings

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Forum: Paul Simmons - Bird Photography
Gallery - Prints - Will Haubert
Gallery - Projected - Ursy Potter
Monthly Program: Steve Uzzell The Nature of Transition
Nominations: Final Date for NVPS Officer Nominations
Workshop: Anonymous Critique
Competition: Judge - Andrew Jezioro - Weather
Portfolio Project: Last Day for Updates
4/21 -22
Fieldtrip: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (FEE for this event)
Gallery - Prints - Susan Phillips
Gallery - Projected - Jim Norman
Forum: Corey Hilz - Travel Photography Adventures in China and Argentina
Monthly Program: Lewis Kemper - Light, Color and Composition & A Photographer's Tibet
Fieldtrip: Georgetown Walkabout
End of Year Banquet - Buy Tickets Now!

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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.

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: http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.shtml

President's Message

April 1st, 2012

Several events that are not on the NVPS calendar which I think you would be interested in attending.  No firm dates.

Joe Miller will be giving a seminar on Photoshop titled.  "Why move to get the correct composition, let Photoshop do it for you".  Also, Joe is going to digitize some paintings like the Mona Lisa and Scream and fix them using Photoshop so they can win in a camera club competition.

Photo trip to Borneo. This trip is a photo-documentary to capture the everyday life of the famed head hunters of Borneo.  See how they live and work.  It would be a very good idea to be alert looking for danger.  Also, just in case, we are suggesting that you are able to run very fast or at least faster than the person next to you.

r.friedman.1 "at" alumni.nyu.edu

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NVPS in History

NVPS has been an active club for nearly 50 years. This month we are featuring a visit to one of the more special times in NVPS history. In April 2003, the club had one of the most well known figures in photography as a judge, as well as some other truly memorable club events. Click on the snapshot below to view this historic issue of FotoFax.

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Monthly Program

April 3rd - Program Night: Steve Uzzell

The Nature of Transition

Steve Uzzell is one of the top advertising and corporate photographers in the United States. He started in the photography business 40 years ago as the assistant to the editor of National Geographic and a member of their photographic staff. He loves making images for national and international clients and has garnered worldwide acclaim and won numerous accolades, including ten prestigious Communication Arts awards.

As a speaker, his travels are also global - in just the last 12 years he has given his Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving presentation to almost 400 organizations in 47 United States, 3 provinces of Canada and 5 other countries, including India and China. His second presentation, The Nature of Transition, is equally acclaimed, and this version has never been seen before - it is premiering at NVPS! In The Nature of Transition, Steve will explore the very nature of transition, visualized with his outstanding images. Unfortunately, Steve will NOT be able to join us for dinner as we'd previously hoped, so there will not be dinner with the speaker before this meeting.

The Nature of Transition A Presentation by Steve Uzzell

We've all heard it, and we've all said it-- about our organizations, about our workplace, about the economy, about our lives: "We are in such a state of transition."

But what does it mean to be in transition? What was it like when we weren't in transition? When does it start? Does transition end? How do we know when we are finished? Should we fear it, avoid it, or look forward to it and embrace it?

Acclaimed photographer Steve Uzzell will explore the very nature of transition, visualized with his striking photographs. He will examine the subject from myriad perspectives- personal, daily, local, historical, architectural, global, and from the natural world. Attendees will come away from "The Nature of Transition" inspired, transformed and empowered, with a new appreciation for what Steve believes is this most exciting step in the creative process.

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NVPS Nominations and Elections

Club Year 2012-2013

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 Chairperson of 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 (Chairperson), Sam Schaen & Georgette Grossman.

President: Willa Friedman
Vice President for Programs: Tom Burden
Vice Presidents for Competition: Mike Whalen, Mike Kane
Vice President for Operations: Jim Norman
Treasurer: Tom Brett
Secretary/Historian: Georgette Grossman

Other Board members will be appointed by the President and are not elected.

Sandi Croan,
Chairperson of the nominating committee, and Past President
pashli "at" aol.com

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Workshops, Education & Training

April 10th - Workshop

Anonymous Critique

Below are the general instructions for participating in the second anonymous critique workshop of the year. If you would like to participate please send no more than two (2) images to dngovoni at "verizon.net and to roger" at "thelancasters.us no later than Thursday, April 5, 2012.

We will only be doing digital images for convenience. Please follow the club's image size outlined in the Digital Competition Guidelines on the website. During the critiquing session, we will not identify you unless you choose to do so yourself. We very much would like the less advanced members to participate in this and will give preferential treatment to those individuals.

This is a good opportunity to get feedback from two experts to help you advance your photographic skills. The two members who will be critiquing the photos are Sandi Croan and Wayne Wolfersberger.

Thank you,
Roger and Dennis
Workshop Coordinators.

Guidelines for Anonymous Critique Sessions

The purpose of doing these critiques is to help all photographers, but especially the less advanced photographers, to improve their compositional and technical skills. We specifically chose to make them "anonymous" so that less experienced photographers would feel comfortable in participating; knowing that the end result is to help them become more accomplished photographers. This end result is different from monthly competitions (which are somewhat anonymous) in that the focus is on improvement not judging. Thusly, more time will be spent by the critiquers in analyzing the photographs.

Specifically: All photographs will be submitted digitally to the Workshop coordinators who will collate and select those for the critique session. Image sizes must conform to the current image sizes dictated by digital competitions (refer to NVPS web site under competition, "Digital Competition Guidelines").

Images should be categorized by the submitter based on accepted norms such as landscape/seascape, portrait, macro, etc. or other appropriated category commonly used. We are flexible here. A submitter may submit up to two images. Because of time constraints, the workshop coordinators may select a subset of submitted images based on breadth of categories. Not all photographs may be critiqued. We have estimated that it may be possible to do at least 20-25 images per session. While only the workshop coordinators will know the submitters, you may identify yourself, if you wish. All images will be erased after the critiquing session.

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April 17th - Competition -

Judge Andrew Jezioro - Theme: "Weather"

Tom Burden and Melanie Marts, co-VP's of Competition, are pleased to host Andrew Jezioro as competition judge. The theme for this month is "Weather". There are no guidelines for this theme; however, common sense dictates that weather should be the main subject of the image. 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 Andrew for dinner at On The Border Restaurant, at 5:30 p.m., on the 17th. He has provided the following bio:

Andrew is a versatile photographer with many years experience, producing quality images on a wide variety of subjects. He utilizes the latest in digital tools to capture his vision in photographic images. He has produced many award winning photographs and lectures on many aspects of photography. Andrew is a Past President of the Manassas Warrenton Camera Club and has held a number of positions on the board of directors.

Andrew has 30 years experience in the wedding photography trade beginning with film and continuing into the digital era. He also spent a number of years on the arts and crafts show circuit. The combination of these activities gives Andrew a unique perspective on the business aspect of photography.

He has received "Photographer of the Year" awards in both color and black and white print categories from the Manassas Warrenton Camera club. His work has been published in Petersen's Photographic Magazine. Andrew currently lectures on digital photography at the Northern Virginia Community College.

Please note: Winning images will start being collected at this competition, for the End-of Year judging. If your image has won a ribbon between September 2011 and May 2012, you are eligible. Please bring your prints to the April competition, place them in the appropriate box, and initial the list that will be provided. Digital competitors only have to sign off on the provided list. The last opportunity to submit images will be at the May competition night.

Respectfully submitted by Melanie Marts

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March Competition Results

The full March competition results can be found at: http://nvps.org/main/meetings/competition/competition_results/march_20_2012_-_competition_re/

Some of the winning images from March

Advanced Digital - Honorable Mention
Judy McGuire

Advanced Prints - 2nd Place
Timber Gooding
Keeping an Eye on the Watchman

Monochrome Prints - 1st Place
Timber Gooding
Zion Hibernation

Novice Digital - 1st Place
Robert Skerman
Cat Hoodoo Silhouette

Novice Prints -1st Place
Dasha Rosato
Have A Beer

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

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Earlier Competition Images

The NVPS Website has a gallery of past winning images at http://nvps.org/gallery/v/competitions/. If your image placed first, second, third or received an honorable mention in a club competition, 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 FotofaxIf 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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Portfolio Project: End of Year Critique

Note to Participants: At the May 8th meeting Jim Steele will be critiquing our portfolios from the NVPS web site. In order to assure that Jim has sufficient time to complete all his critiques in a timely fashion, we request that you limit your digital portfolio for the critique to 15 or 16 images.

If you have more than 16 images in your NVPS portfolio gallery, please edit them down to 16 images. If you don't, Paul will take the first 16 in your on-line portfolio for the slideshow. You may continue refining your portfolio up until April 18th.

You may have as many images as you wish in your printed portfolio that you display at the meeting. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Bill, Ginger, and/or Paul.


April 24th - Corey Hilz

Travel Photography Adventures in China and Argentina

Corey Hilz will share his images and experiences from his travels to China and Argentina, each of which offered their own unique subjects. Though aside from being completely different locations, Corey also had different purposes for being in each country. This too impacted the type of images he recorded. In China Corey was leading a photo tour which presented a structured schedule and preplanned locations. In contrast Argentina was a scouting trip, which began with a loose schedule but many unknowns. Corey will share insights from his experiences, discuss the types of images he sought, and the techniques he used to put his creative stamp on those photographs.

Corey Hilz is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. He is a published author and his work is seen in magazines, books and calendars, as well as in art galleries. Corey finds the diversity in nature and cultures around the world offer boundless opportunities for new images. He approaches his subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective.

Corey has a passion for helping others improve their photography by sharing his knowledge through group and private instruction. He leads workshops to locations in the United States and abroad, plus offers photo classes and software training in the Washington DC area. Corey is recognized as a Lensbaby Guru, and authored the first book dedicated to Lensbabies, titled Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective. His most recent books focus on digital workflow with Photoshop and Aperture. Find out more on Corey's website: coreyhilz.com

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Members Gallery

April 24th - Prints - Susan S. Phillips

Fine Arts Prints

Susan Phillips' interest in photography started at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree. After college she continued taking pictures as an Art Director for Kolber Advertising Agency in Philadelphia on various product and modeling assignments. In the early 70's she moved to Northern Virginia working at various graphic design jobs before being a Photographers' Representative for Focal Point, a group of National Geographic photographers; selling stock photos and assignments to various advertising and government agencies. This led to a Sales Representative position at Xerox. A more creative opportunity evolved from there and Susan started her own design/build landscape contracting company, Landescapes, again photographing her projects for the company portfolio.

Susan continued using a camera to document her son's college rowing and was also official photographer for her Ladies Golf League; but know discovering the advantages of digital photography.

Susan joined NVPS in the fall of 2009. She was also a member of the Vienna Photo Society and Manassas/Warrenton camera clubs; winning many competition ribbons. In 2010 she had six images juried into the Mid-Atlantic Nature Visions Expo and received an award from LowePro. In spring of 2011 she was juried into the Joe Miller Abstract Photography Show. Susan was awarded "Best In Show" at the 2011 Nature Visions Expo along with ribbons from Corey Hilz Photography and Olympus Camera; two of her images making final selection. Susan photographs a variety of subjects including nature photography, architecture, flowers, abstracts and recently Civil War Re-enactments. She does her own fine art printing and will have over 200 13x19 prints in portfolio and 50 or more matted prints for perusal.

You can contact her on Facebook at Susan S. Phillips.

April 24th - Digital - Jim Norman

Landscapes and Wildlife

Jim Norman's photography focuses on landscapes and wildlife. He is a member of NVPS, the Loudoun Photo Club, and the North American Nature Photography Association, and is a Life Member of the National Wildlife Federation.

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Field Trips

April 21–22  — Macro Photography Bootcamp Conducted by Nikhil Bahl

This NVPS-sponsored fieldtrip/workshop will be held at  Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, beginning with a presentation by Nikhil at 12:00 noon, Saturday, April 21.  This will be followed by a critique session.  We will go into the gardens for an evening field session.  

On Sunday, April 22 we will start with a field session at sunrise. We will then break for 2-3 hours to allow participants to go home, freshen up, download images, and return to the gardens at about 1:00 PM. In the afternoon, Nikhil will go over some post-processing techniques and tips.  There may be another short critique session if there is interest. We will once again head out into the gardens for an evening field session before wrapping up.  The workshop will be limited to 10 participants.  Tuition is $190 for NVPS members ($225 for others).  

Additional information:  tinyurl.com/nbmb2012

April 28 — Georgetown Walkabout

This will be an informal search for photo ops among the gardens, homes, and streets of Georgetown.  Watch for additional information on the NVPS website and at Meetings.

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Board of Directors

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

Our board officers are:


 Bob Friedman

  Vice President for Programs:

 Mary O'Neil

  Vice Presidents for Competition:

 Tom Burden
 Melanie Marts

  Vice President for Operations:

 Sam Schaen


 Tom Brett

  Secretary / Historian:

 Georgette Grossman

Change of Committee Title  of “Workshops, Education and Training to “Education and Training”

Definition of Workshop: For the purpose of this document, the following definition of “workshop” will be used.

“A workshop is similar to a formal presentation or seminar (which has little or no participant activities) by an expert but with a greater degree of attendee participation, interaction, and hands-on exercises. It is usually a full day (six hours or more) where participants learn and practice the knowledge and skills that is the workshop's focus. At workshops, participants have group discussions and hands-on interaction, such as demonstrations of how skills or ideas can be practically applied. Handouts and workbooks are often used.”

Source: Aaron McNaught Education/Consultations and

Rational: As currently implemented, all of the current “Workshops, Education and Training” are 90 minutes or less and do not provide sufficient time to meet the workshop definition as defined. Using the word “Workshop” as part of the main title may set unreasonable expectations on what can actually be accomplished in 90 minutes. Renaming this committee to “Education and Training” allows the coordinators to be more flexible on the content and how it is presented (a simple presentation, a limited seminar or very minimal audience participation).

This does not preclude the ability to offer workshops as a subset of “Education and Training”, but this would involve a more concerted effort as defined above in the “Definition of Workshop” and would require a consideration of venue and date/time to meet the definition.

Respectfully submitted,

Roger Lancaster and Dennis Govoni
Workshop, Education and Training Coordinators

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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.

Members' Resources:

Do you need help with a photography problem, but don’t know who to ask? The Members’ Resource Program is here for you. Have you ever been asked “How do you do that?” If so, then consider sharing your knowledge with other club members.

The Members’ Resource area of the club web site http://nvps.org/main/members_resource/ contains a growing set of presentations and ‘how to’ documents created by club members. For example, it includes Jay Heisel's excellent Forum presentation from the January meeting on Social Photography, with his detailed explanations. It also contains the Members’ Resource List, which provides the names and email addresses of club members who have volunteered to help club members looking for help on specific technology and technique topics.

If you have a photography question, check the Resource List for the name of a club member who can help you with it. If nobody has indicated they have expertise in the topic, then contact me and we’ll find somebody. If you have some expertise that you’d like to share, let me know what topics you are able to address.

If you’d like to share your knowledge through a presentation, club website document or Fotofax article, and just need some help getting it off the ground, let me know and I can help with writing, editing, or graphics. Jay Heiser, Members’ Resource Program Coordinator, jay “at” heiserhollow.net .

Members News:

Our members routinely receive photo awards and recognition and have images in shows. As FotoFax only comes out monthly, the best place to look for current events is on the website at :


Members News for Chuck Cecil:  Recent Publication.   Chuck Cecil’s (chuck@cecilimages.com) latest Room with a View (RWAV) full-page shot appeared in the February 2012 issue of the Russian edition of Condé Nast Traveller, in Moscow.  This is Chuck’s sixth RWAV placement in Condé Nast.  The latest image shows the view from Chuck’s room at the Serena Inn in Stone Town, Zanzibar, and appeared earlier in the US and UK editions of the magazine.  Unfortunately the magazine’s Russian website does not show the image, with its accompanying Cyrillic script commentary, but the shot can be seen on Chuck’s website at http://cecilimages.photoshelter.com/image/I0000M5zgm8pcvI0

Additional Members News for Chuck Cecil:  Recent Travels.  Chuck returned in mid-February from a three-week trip to northern India.  Two of these weeks were spent in Dehradun, where Chuck photographed the daily activities of two Islamic madrasas, plus an Islamic women’s sewing instruction group.   This trip was arranged through Momenta, a DC-area organization specializing in training photographers to work with non-profit organizations in the US and overseas.  http://www.momentaworkshops.com/workshops-registration.php

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Exhibition Opportunities

5th Annual Claude Moore Park Photography Expo

The 5th Annual Claude Moore Park Photography Expo has a theme of Natural Places & Old Spaces and features the following six categories for competition:

Roots & Buds – Native plant life in wild settings; NO cultivated plants are accepted
Wild Creatures – Wild animals on land or in the water; NO domesticated animals
Winged Wonders – Any creatures that fly including birds, bats, & butterflies, etc.
Nature’s Backyard – Scenic views of natural spaces; NO manicured or man-made habitats (lawns or backyards)
History & Heritage – Structures that capture local history and culture, including statues, monuments, farms, homes, and other historic buildings, autos, trains, etc.
Kids Discovering Nature – Photographs of children enjoying natural spaces and parks

To enter into the photography expo, please complete the entry form provided at http://www.loudoun.gov/claudemoorepark.

Submissions must be entered by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. An entry fee of $5.00 per photograph for adult entrants, and $3.00 per photograph for youth entrants under 18 years of age will be collected at the time of submission. All entry fees are to be paid to the Friends of Claude Moore Park.

Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers

The Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers invite members to enter their 2012 National Juried Nature and Fine Art Photography Exhibit. Last year more than 150 photographs were selected for display in The Art Center, an historic courthouse in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Their judge this year will be Professor Paul Dunlap of North Georgia College and State University. A total of $2000 in prize money will be awarded.

Final deadline is July 2, 2012. Detailed information and entry form can be found at www.blueridgemountainphotographers.com or www.blueridgearts.net/BRMPNationalShow.aspx

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April 4, 2012 - Photographer, Marty Lavor at VPS


The Vienna Photographic Society has a very special guest coming to speak on Wednesday, April4th. The very famous photographer, Marty Lavor, who does not "do" photo clubs, is coming to speak at length about his photos and life as a photographer. Since we have a large room we thought some of you might want to join us. We start on Wednesday night, April 4, at 7:30 PM and go to about 10PM at Thoreau School on Cedar Lane... We look forward to having some of you join us.
Liz Bumgarner, President
Vienna Photographic Society
Member, NVPS

more details are on the NVPS website at:

On-Line Learning Resources

Our club offers incredible resources via our meetings, workshops and member resource links. If you are a real learning junkie, there are a variety of free on-line learning resources offered by others.

Adorama has a learning center with tutorials and demos at: http://www.adorama.com/alc/ .

B&H Photo offers similar resources at: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/indepth/ .

Adobe offers tutorials and demos on most of their products at: http://tv.adobe.com/

YouTube has reviews and demos of many products and/or techniques, but the quality varies: http://www.youtube.com/

There are many free podcasts available with tutorials or lectures. Within iTunes, go to the iTunes store, select the Podcast tab and then search on your preferred topic. Several universities and high schools offer great lectures on the history of photography, great photographers and specific techniques such as lighting.

End of Year Banquet

It is never too early to plan for a wonderful evening. There will be your fellow photographers, eye-popping award winning photographs from every competition, the end-of-year competition winners and awards, an excellent buffet, a chance to thank those who made this year happen, and some prizes. And, the board has voted to support this event by reducing the cost per guest to $5 less than last year – just $35. This includes all but the cash bar.

The end of year banquet will be June 8th starting at 6 PM at the same location as last year:

Best Western Tyson’s Westpark
8401 Westpark Drive, Mclean, Virginia, 22102-3602
Phone: 703/734-2800
Located at the corner of Route 7 and Westpark Drive

Please make your reservation by giving Tom Brett a check or cash for you and any guests you wish to bring.

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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. The Spring/Summer schedule is out and can be seen at:

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 http://www.fcps.edu/is/ace/index.shtml and then go to Art – studio art for details or http://www.waynewolfersberger.com/

Roy Sewall

Roy was the November 2011 judge and presented a program in November 2010. He offers one-on-one coaching for novice and intermediate photographers, tailored to an individual's specific needs. 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. See his recently updated website for more details and information about upcoming workshops or to sign up for his newsletter:


Nikhil Bahl Photography Workshops

Responding to a request for proposals, Nikhil Bahl has offered three workshops to NVPS members at a reduced rate. Nikhil gave an NVPS Forum program in April 2011. The first of the three workshops is:

MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY BOOTCAMP, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA


Dates and Schedule: April 21-22, 2012
The workshop will start with a presentation at 12pm on Saturday, April 21, followed by a critique session. We will go into the gardens for an evening field session. On Sunday, April 22 Nikhil will start with a field session at sunrise.  In the afternoon, Nikhil will provide post-processing techniques and tips followed by an evening field session.

Tuition: $190 -- Regular fee would be $225. A $35 discount will be offered to all NVPS members. Participants are responsible for travel, hotel, food and other incidentals are not included as part of the workshop fee.

The details on the other two discounted workshops are listed on the NVPS website at:

If you are interested in any of his offerings, please contact Nikhil at: www.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 2012 they are offering trips to Alaska's Denali National Park and Katmai National Park, Yellowstone 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 a NVPS Programs in October 2010. See their website for more information on their workshops and tours.

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

Mike Moats

Mike was our November Program Speaker on the topic of Macro Photography. He is conducting a Macro Boot Camp in our area on May 18th, 19th, 20th, 2012. The cost is $149. It will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites, at 22700 Holiday Park Drive in Sterling (Near Dulles/Washington Airport.)

For more details, check the events listing on Mike's website: www.tinylandscapes.com

Bill & Linda Lane

Responding to a NVPS request for proposals, Bill and Linda Lane are holding a workshop near Marlinton, West Virginia from June 20-23 and are offering a $100 discount to NVPS members. They plan to shoot along the Greenbrier River Trail, the scenic highway, the glades, waterfalls, barns, all around town and surrounding towns. Indeed, they will take advantage of every 'photo op' they can find! http://www.lanephotoworkshops.com/workshops_2012/12summerwv.htm

Their base price of $775 (NVPS discounted price $675) includes most meals but not lodging; they have reserved a block of rooms for attendees. Bill and Linda will give NVPS members until April 1st to sign up before they allow non-members to register.
For more information, see the workshop link above or contact:

Bill and Linda Lane
Nature's Image Photography Field Workshops
15325 Mountain Road
Montpelier, Virginia 23192
(804) 883 7740 or check their website: lanephotoworkshops.com

Joseph Rossbach

Joe was our speaker on February 7th and mentioned that his latest eBook would be coming out soon. It looks great and is now available at: http://www.josephrossbach.com/west-virginia-adventures-light-ebook-joseph-rossbach/

The website is also offering a bundled package of six eBooks by Joe and/or Ian Plant, for only $36.

A few seats are still available for his next workshop offering, the Springtime in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Photography Workshop.

Dates: April 14-18, 2012
Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Price: $1150.00
Deposit: $200.00
Instructor: Joseph Rossbach
Limit: 10

For registration details, follow this link:

Other events are viewable at: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/172820333?s=5473534

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For Sale

Charlie Custis has the following items for sale:

3  film developing tanks
1 photo flood light
1 background stand
2 background paper  black and gray
2 light stands
2 Tripods

For price and details, contact Charlie Custis tel (703)998-7826 cell (703)244-6795

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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.

Did you miss a great speaker at NVPS? She just might be speaking at one of the other (lesser) clubs in the area. NVACC publishes a monthly Calendar of Virginia Member Club Events that can be found at http://www.nvacc.org/Calendars.html.

NVACC has published a Field Trips Guide Book for Photographers, which provides information about nearby areas that camera clubs might wish to visit. See their booklets at:
http://www.nvacc.org/Booklets.html .

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Editor's Note

I hope you had a chance to get out and photograph our early Cherry Blossoms and/or the other beauties of Spring. Check out the website - there's a place to upload your favorite recent Spring photo, taken between March 20th and April 8th.

The nominees for club officers are listed earlier in the newsletter. We are always looking for volunteers. I have agreed to stay on as newsletter editor for another year, but I would also welcome assistance! Just see me at a meeting or send me an email.


Comments, requests and submissions should be sent to editor@nvps.org .

Newsletter Editor, Dan Ward

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Copyright 2012 by the Northern Virginia Photographic Society and its Contributors. The contents of this FotoFax are copyrighted. No material herein may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the Editor or the material’s specific contributor. All photographs are copyrighted by the photographers who have granted permission for NVPS to use their image in FotoFax and/or on the NVPS website, but otherwise retain all rights to their image.