Volume 48 - No. 3.1
Founded 1965 - our 47th Year
November 2012
The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society
Editor: Dan Ward - Email: editor@nvps.org
Table of Contents

President's Message
Monthly Program
Education and Training
   Last Month Results
   Competition Image Use

Members' Gallery
Field Trips
Board of Directors

Portfolio Project
   Members News
   Exhibition Opportunities
Workshop Offerings

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Fifth Meeting: Novice Night - Scott Musson
Monthly Program: Susan Bloom - Interpretations
11/9- 11/11
NatureVisions: Manassas - see details later in the Newsletter
Education: Bill Prosser - Anonymous Critiques
Competition: Judge - Steve Gottlieb - No Theme
Field Trip: Old Town Alexandria
Forum: Georgette Grossman - Getting Your Photos Out of Your Computer
Gallery Prints: Dasha Rosato
Gallery Digital: David Heagy
Field Trip: Christmas Parade, Middleburg
Monthly Program: Check the website for details

Note: You can click on the above links to go directly to the article; or you can scroll through the entire newsletter. You can also print the entire newsletter.

To protect our members from email spam, personal 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: http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.shtml

President's Message

November 2012

It is November, and the club year is underway. This is what's happening this month:

The club's new website is up and running. According to our webmasters, Scott Musson and Matt Schmidt, "the website is much cleaner, less cluttered, and far more photographically oriented." Scott and Matt have copied over the historic information from the old site to the new site. You may need to refresh your browser link to see the new version. Check it out here:

NatureVisions judging will be over. (See result details in the Members News section of the newsletter or on the website.) Whether you entered or not, whether your images were juried in or not, this is an event not to be missed. It has been going on for only a few years; this is already the third year at the Hylton Center in Manassas. The event is developing a national reputation and it is surprising to find out how far people travel to come to NatureVisions. And the images get better each year. Consider yourself very accomplished if you have images juried in. And if you don't, we have a saying where I come from--Wait till next year!

In addition to the photography gallery, there are speakers, workshops and vendors. Check the website, http://naturevisions.org/ for complete information and to purchase tickets. If you volunteer to help out, you get free admission and the chance to meet and work with photographers who share your passion.

As always, thanks to all the volunteers who keep the club functioning. Special thanks to John Quigley, our NatureVisions representative, for all his work and to Georgette Grossman and everyone else assisting him. And thanks to Scott Musson and Matt Schmidt for taking on the huge job of building the new website.

Willa Friedman

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Monthly Program

November 6th: Susan Bloom—Interpretations

Please join us on the 6th for a presentation entitled "Interpretations" by Susan Bloom.  In this presentation, Susan will show her work and its relationship to the arts in general, sources of inspiration and creativity, and how we might make more meaningful images.

Susan Ruddick Bloom is known for her fine art photography. She uses alternative photographic processes and digital manipulation. Sue has been involved in making art on the computer for over twenty-seven years. She holds a BFA and a MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at McDaniel College, in Westminster, Maryland.

In addition to her college and workshop teaching and exhibitions Sue leads photo tours throughout the world.

Sue's book, Digital Collage and Painting, by Focal Press, was released in 2006, and has been translated into Chinese and Russian. This 608 page book is seen as the Bible for digital collage and painting manipulation and is used as a text in colleges with a digital fine art curriculum. A second, revised version of that book was released in October 2010. Sue is also the author of  Digital Painting in Photoshop (2009).

She is part of a four person show traveling throughout the US for over a year. The show is all infrared photography and contains over 100 images.   Sue writes articles for leading photography magazines including Shutterbug and After Capture. She is a regular contributor to Australia’s Better Photoshop Techniques. She conducts live webinars. Her work may be viewed at www.suebloom.com.

Members are invited to join Susan for dinner before the meeting at 5:30 pm at the Olive Garden Restaurant, 8133 Leesburg Pike, in Tysons Corner. 

Please RSVP to tomburden" at "me.com if you plan to come for dinner.

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Education & Training

November 13th: Bill Prosser — Anonymous Critiques

Our first Anonymous Critique session will be November 13. Bill Prosser will critique for that night. This is an opportunity to hear a more in-depth critique of images that cannot be accomplished during competition night. We especially favor anyone who has not done competitions or is new to this phenomenon. We will need 25-30 digital images in the same format as is done for competition. We will not reveal your name unless you do so yourself.

Please send no more than two images to both dngovoni" at "verizon.net AND roger" at "thelancasters.us no later than Friday, November 9, 2012. We will send addition reminders as we get closer.

Thank you.

Roger and Dennis
Education and Training Coordinators

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November 20th: Competition — Judge Steve Gottlieb

Co – Vice Presidents of Competition Mike Kane and Mike Whalen are pleased to welcome judge Steve Gottlieb for the club’s November 20, 2012 monthly club competition.

Steve Gottlieb's photography ranges from architecture to people to landscapes. Thousands of his images have been published worldwide in magazines, advertisements, brochures and annual reports. His work has been recognized with numerous awards, such as "Advertising Photograph of the Year" in both New York City and Washington, DC.

Steve is the photographer — as well as author and designer — of six books including American Icons, Washington: Portrait of a City and Abandoned America. A sampling of the recognition his books have received: "Gift Book of the Year" People magazine & USA Today "Best in Show" Chicago Book and Media Fair. "Gifted photographer and author Steve Gottlieb has crafted yet another inspired book." Shutterbug magazine "Steve Gottlieb has produced a book of cityscapes that manages to evade every cliche." Popular Photography

Steve is founder and director of Horizon Photography Workshops http://www.horizonworkshops.com/. He and other Horizon instructors lead weekend workshops in the Chesapeake City, MD and other locations; he also leads a one-week workshop out west every year…in 2013 (late April/early May) he’s going to California.

A graduate of Columbia College and Law School, Steve practiced law for a decade before turning his photography hobby into his vocation.

You are invited to join judge Steve Gottlieb for dinner at Chili’s in Tyson’s Corner at 5:30 PM on Tuesday November 20, 2012. If you would like to join us please RSVP to Mike Kane (michaelaustinkanephoto" at "gmail.com) by 5:30 PM on Monday, November 19th.

Competition Reminders:

• For November’s competition there is no theme.
• All images (prints or digital) must have been captured within two years of the monthly competition date.
• Only club members are permitted to enter monthly competitions.
• Please upload your digital images by the deadline of 6:00 PM on Sunday November 18, 2012, as per the current instructions on the club website:
http://nvps.org/main/meetings/competition/ .

• Prints must be signed in by 7:15 PM on Tuesday, November 20th so our judge has time to adequately preview each print.
• For prints entries please be sure include the name of the maker, the title of the print and the Class/Category in which it is being entered on the back of the print or mount entered. Also, you must include an arrow indicating “this edge up”. Neither the name of the maker nor the title of the print may appear on the face of the print or mount.
• Please review the NVPS Rules of Competition which can be found here:

Editor's note: We like to share competition winning images on the website and include a representative winner from each category in the monthly newsletter, but we cannot do this unless the photographer specifically grants permission. When you win a ribbon in the competition, please remember to grant permission. See the note in the following section for details.

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October Competition Results

The full October competition results can be found at: http://nvps.org/main/meetings/competition/competition_results/october_16_2012_competion_resu/

Some of the winning images from October

Advanced Prints - 1st Place
Dale Nelson
Stone Bridge 002

Advanced Digital - 2nd Place
Emi Wallace
Bridge Span Mirror Montage

Novice Prints

Novice Digital 1st Place
Ken Barnett

Monochrome Prints - 1st Place
Minnie Gallman
Boundary Channel Bridge

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

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Competition Image Use

The NVPS Website has a gallery of past Competition 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 Title
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 Friday following competition, your image will be forwarded to the editor for inclusion in FotoFaxIf you have not provided permission before that deadline, another winning entry may be used.

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November 27th: Georgette Grossman — Getting Your Photos Out

Our November Forum speaker is Georgette Grossman. Georgette says "I joined NVPS in spring, 2008. This club has been a source of endless people who LOVED photography as much as I did—folks who were willing to share their talents to help me improve mine. The meetings provided wonderful programs and hands-on workshops that made learning fun."

I believe that part of photography is sharing your work beyond competition night. So many wonderful images are stuck in computers, notepads, and cells phones crying to get out. On November 27th I shall present a program entitled Getting your photos out of your computer! I shall explore options for members who do not print their own images. These include books, canvas prints, mugs, mouse pads, playing cards, luggage tags, tee shirts, tote bags, ornaments, iPhone covers, calendars, and note cards. I am bringing samples of those projects I have tried myself.

For those members who do print, more creative options are available. I shall demonstrate making a Lightroom template for the Hawaii poster collage I gave to my husband for our anniversary. I shall also demonstrate making note cards using Red River cardstock. Their website contains online tutorials and Lightroom templates for card making. They also provide printer profiles for common printers and the various paper types they sell. Red River Paper offered to send "small samples" of note cards for each attendee plus a discount coupon to get them started.

Join me on November 27th and give your images a new life outside your computer!

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Members Gallery

November 27th: Prints — Dasha Rosato

Dasha Rosato has been drawn to photography since childhood. She got her first DSLR in 2005 and upgraded to a Canon 5D in 2010 when she began her deliberate journey to become a better photographer. 

Dasha realized that photography was her passion. She started a photography business in 2011 offering wide range of services including portraiture, wedding photography, and event coverage. For more information and portfolio please visit www.DashaRosato.com

November 27th: Digital — David Heagy

David Heagy has a degree from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Inst. of Technology. David was a combat photographer in the U.S. Marine Corps. After graduation from RIT he helped develop and operate imaging satellites for the US Government, was responsible for developing image quality equations and quality rating systems. He still helps government and commercial organizations design and use satellite imaging systems.

He has photographed a variety of US and foreign tour. David is teaching a class called Travel Photography Satisfaction for travel companies and at Calumet University. You can read more about it at imagery.com. After learning the technology of imaging David joined NVPS this year to learn more about taking pleasing photographs.

The digital gallery presentation will include travel photos for a variety of locations and situations, and examples of ways to increase your satisfaction with your travel photos.

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Field Trips

November 17th: Old Town Alexandria

Photography of the beautiful old buildings, doors, gates and windows in and around Old Town, with an emphasis on Black and White. Join your fellow shutterbugs at 4PM at the Square on King Street. Plenty of parking in garages in the area.

We will stay until after dark, then those who wish can meet for drinks and dinner at Southside 815 at 815 Washington Street. Free parking is available behind restaurant. Meet there about 7 PM.

December 1st: Middleburg Christmas Parade

There will be a December Field Trip on Saturday, December 1st. The venue is the Middleburg Christmas Parade. Photograph holiday floats, horses, hounds, etc. This is a classy parade in hunt country. Details to follow.

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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 2012 - 2013 program year board officers are:


 Willa Friedman

  Vice President for Programs:

 Tom Burden

  Vice Presidents for Competition:

 Mike Whalen
 Mike Kane

  Vice President for Operations:

 Jim Norman


 Tom Brett

  Secretary / Historian:

 Georgette Grossman

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Portfolio Project

The Portfolio Project is a nine month project that started in September and running through May 2013. 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 is to conceive a theme, craft an artist statement, capture images, and then present them as a portfolio.

The participant's goal is to create a portfolio of their best images, primarily collected between June 2012 and May 2013, exemplifying the objectives of the theme described in their Artist's Statement. These should be images one 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 explaining what he or she is trying to accomplish with the project. For more details visit the website:

In the beginning stages, some members may work on several themes, eventually refining to one subject over others. If you follow this model, it is helpful to draft an Artist Statement for all potential portfolio themes.

The NVPS web-site contains numerous articles and examples in the "Portfolio Project" link:

This year's coordinators are Ginger Werz-Petricka (vze39dgt" at "verizon.net) and Ken Barnett (ken.barnett" at "gmail.com). If you have questions or need help with your portfolio, feel free to contact us at portfolio@nvps.org. Need inspiration? Be sure and visit the Photo Gallery and see the truly impressive portfolio projects from years past.

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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. Members 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. It 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.

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 Mike Kane

Co-Vice President for Competition Mike Kane recently learned that one of his pieces titled Shamper's Summer was juried into the 2012 National Juried Photography Exhibit at the Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, Maryland ( http://www.delaplaine.org ).

The exhibit opens on November 3rd and closes November 25th. The juror for this exhibit was William, F. Stapp, a photographic historian and museum professional. Mr. Stapp is founding curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery (1976-1991.) He subsequently served as Senior Curator of Photography at George Eastman House: The International Museum of Photography and Film, in Rochester, New York; and as Head of Interpretation and Visiting Curator of Photography at England’s National Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Now an independent curator based in Washington, DC.

Members News for Marilyn Gaizband

Marilyn Gaizband will have a one-person show at Huntley Meadows entitled Kaleidimals II. It will run from November 3 - 30, 2012, with the opening on Sunday, November 4th, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Members News for Chuck Cecil

Chuck Cecil has been selected by American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) as one of their twenty "Best of 2012" photographers whose work merits special recognition. For Chuck's interview on the ASMP website, see:

Chuck spent two weeks in northern India photographing Islamic madrasas for this project. A few samples are shown in the interview as well as some of Chuck's other work.

NVPS Members Images Win Awards at NatureVisions Judging

Two NVPS members' images won "Best in Category" awards at the at the NatureVisions Judging on Sunday, October 21. Yulan Gao's "Golden Morning" was selected in the Landscape/Skyscape category and John Quigley's "Ghost Flight" was selected in the Macro/Close-ups/Abstracts category. Both are eligible for consideration as Best in Show which will be announced at the Expo's keynote address on Saturday, November 10.

In addition to Yulan's and John's awards, 32 other NVPS members had one or more images juried. Sandi Croan headed the list with 7 juried images followed by Ceasar Sharper with 5; Stanley Bysshe, Andrew Fritz, Jamie Kiechlin, James Norman, John Quigley, and Ginger Wertz-Petricka with 4.

A complete listing of NVPS winners has been posted on the website at:


John Quigley
NatureVisions Rep

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Exhibition Opportunities

Annual Gifts From the HeART

The Reston Community has a call for entries for their 14th Exhibition to Benefit Reston Interfaith. Entries are due by Wednesday. November 21st and must be turned in at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne.

They invite area artists to exhibit two-dimensional original work that can be purchased for gift-giving during December 2012 and January 2013. Up to two works per artist will be accepted. The $5 entry fee per work will be donated to Reston Interfaith. Artists are also encouraged to donate 10% of their sales to Reston Interfaith. More details and application forms are available at:

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NatureVisions: November 9-11, 2012

NatureVisions 2012 will be held November 9 - 11, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus, George Mason University, Manassas, Virginia. The Expo is a three day event showcasing the photographic work of Northern Virginia's wildlife photographers. The centerpiece of the Expo is a display of approximately three hundred images that have been selected by a panel of jurors.

The Expo also offers two full days of lectures and workshops by noted photographers and several unique activities including photographers having the chance to photograph hawks, owls and other raptors. Thanks to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, photographers can focus their cameras on these magnificent wild birds in a natural setting just outside the Hylton Center. Numerous vendors will be on hand to display the latest in photographic equipment and technology.

The Expo will kick off on Friday, November 9th with a full day seminar conducted by Seth Resnick. Seth is considered one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade and is one of 78 photographers worldwide named as a "Canon Explorer of Light" photographer. Seth will also give the keynote address on Saturday afternoon. Lectures will be held all day Saturday and Sunday.

Seminars on Camera Club Judging

Competitions are among the most popular activities at camera clubs, and with the help of a competent judge, these events can be educational not only for the competitors but also for the audience. The Northern Virginia Association of Camera Clubs (NVACC) is offering a series of Seminars on Camera Club Judging – not just for those interested in becoming camera club judges, but also for those who do not want to become a judge but want to know more about the nuances and subtleties of camera club competitions.

A five hour Seminar on Camera Club Judging will be offered on multiple Saturdays in the fall of 2012 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts. Attendance is limited to 12 participants per session. Some sessions have already occurred, and most sessions are already filled, so contact Joe Miller immediately to see if any openings are left if you want to attend. The fee is $50.

The scheduled seminar dates are:

Judging Seminar II Saturday October 27
Judging Seminar III Saturday November 10
Judging Seminar IV Saturday December 1

For full details and registration info, see: http://nvacc.org/Home.html

Reston - Nature's Best

Chuck Veatch and Nature’s Best will be doing a presentation of "And The Winners Are". Revealing the latest winners in the 2012 Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International Photo Competition, the presentation will be on Monday, Nov 19th, 7:30 at Reston Community Center at Lake Anne and is sponsored by The League of Reston Artists and The Reston Photographic Society.

The Reston Community Center - Lake Anne site is located at 1609-A Washington Plaza, Reston VA (Near the Intersection of Village and North Shore Dr)

The Nature's Best photography concept began with simple yet dynamic goals: to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography, and to use this far-reaching medium as a creative tool for encouraging greater public interest in outdoor enjoyment and conservation stewardship. The annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards program evolved from this ambitious mission to become one of the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world. More than 25,000 entries are received and judged each year in the Awards.

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Workshop Offerings

Speakers and competition judges for NVPS are offered the opportunity to have notices about up-coming tours and workshops in FotoFax for two years after the date of their NVPS program.


Photoworks in Glen Echo Park offers a variety of photography classes & workshops for adults and children, taught by many familiar names, including several former speakers at NVPS. The Fall schedule is out and can be seen at:


James Steele

Jim provided our 2012 Portfolio Critique and was our competition judge in May 2012. He is conducting a Fine Art Digital Black and White Printing one day workshop at Photoworks on November 10th and again on February 23rd:


Jim also does individual coaching and tutoring and can be reached at his gallery in the Torpedo Factory or via his blog at: http://jamesdsteele.blogspot.com/

Wayne Wolfersberger

Wayne Wolfersberger (NVPS member and past President) is teaching a number of classes this year with the Fairfax County Park Authority, with two beginning in November. This includes:
* A Basic SLR classes of five sessions starting on Nov 13th.
* A class on Composition, Creativity and the Camera starting on Nov 12th with shooting sessions in the classroom (four sessions.)

For registration information, go to:

Select Fine Arts and Crafts , search on Keyword Photography and Age Adult, or check Wayne's website:


Tony Sweet

Tony was our September 2011 speaker. Tony is a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, a charter member of Team Nik, a Lensbaby Guru, and a Bogen mentor. He offers a wide variety of workshops and individual coaching services and has an active blog and newsletter. See his website for more details and information:


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 last of the three workshops is:


Date: November 16-18, 2012

The workshop will start with an orientation on Friday, November 16 and end after a critique session Sunday, November 18 at 1pm. There will be field work every morning and evening during the workshop. There will also be classroom sessions in the afternoons.

Tuition: $375 (the regular fee is $425.) A $50 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.

For more details on this or any of his other offerings, please contact Nikhil at:


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 2013 they are offering trips to Birding sites in North Carolina and Florida, Alaska's Denali National Park and Katmai National Park, Yellowstone National Parks, 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 were judges in January 2011. See their website for more information on their workshops and tours.

Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem
http://www.awakethelight.com/ or http://awakethelight.blogspot.com/
awakethelight "at" cox.net

Ian Plant

Ian has been a regular speaker and judge for NVPS. Ian Plant workshops and tours are listed at: http://www.ianplant.com/workshops.htm

Joshua Taylor, Jr.

Josh Taylor is offering fall photography workshops and classes, including Canon camera classes. For a complete listing and registration, visit his new website: 

Josh is an NVPS member and a past president. His goal in photography is to help you create, capture and refine your vision. He most recently presented a workshop in March 2010, was our September 2012 Competition judge.

Joseph Rossbach

Joe was our speaker in February. He has several tour events listed for the next few months, including the Grand Tetons and a Valley of Fire tour. Details are at:


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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 calendar of area member club events that can be found at http://www.nvacc.org/Calendars.html

This Fall, NVACC is hosting a seminar on camera club judging for those who want to become qualified to judge camera club competitions or just want to learn more about what judges look for in competition. More details are listed under the Events section earlier in this newsletter.

NVACC has a free, downloadable series of 25 guide books for photographers, which provide information about nearby areas that camera clubs might wish to visit. See their booklets at:

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Editor's Note

Autumn has always been one of my favorite seasons. I lived in Arizona for seven years and while I loved my time there, I always missed the fall foliage. During the eleven years I lived in New England, I was able to see some of the most incredible fall colors on the planet.

Here in Northern Virginia, we have colors that rival the best New England colors. However, I had burned-out on taking photos of fall photos. Been there, done that. My iPhone has reawakened some of that magic. The smaller, wider format brings back some of the charm. I find myself revisiting some old subject-friends using a new tool.

My Nikon D7000 is still my camera of choice, but the simple phone camera tool has regenerated interest in a photo genre that had gotten tired for me. What ideas do you use to keep your photography experience fresh?

Have you checked out the new NVPS website? Congratulations to Scott Musson and  Matt Schmidt. The new update looks great!

Comments, requests and submissions are solicited and welcomed. They should be sent to editor@nvps.org or given to me at a regular meeting. I test each issue of the newsletter using Internet Explorer, Safari and Google Chrome to ensure the layout and embedded links work correctly. If you encounter a problem reading FotoFax on your system, please let me know.

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.