Volume 48 - No. 4.1
Founded 1965 - our 47th Year
December 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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Field Trip: Christmas Parade - Middleburg
Monthly Program: Nikhil Bahl - The Ever-changing Coast
Education: Corey Hilz - Lightroom
Competition: Judge - Mary Louise Ravese - No Theme
No Meeting due to holiday
No Meeting due to holiday
Monthly Program: Miriam Lomaskin, Subject TBD

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President's Message

December 2012— Faking It:
Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

Bob and I were in New York recently and went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a show on manipulation in photography called Faking it, Manipulated Photography before Photoshop.  As I read the promotional material about the show, I wondered when photography was first manipulated.  Isn't this something new?   We currently debate it. I, like everyone else in the club, have strong feelings on this issue and thought I knew something about it.  After all, it is new to the "Photoshop Generation"--or is it.

Well, this was an eye-opener!  The first photo was manipulated in 1839!  I didn't realize the first photo even was made that long ago.  The first photos were black and white which was considered a shortcoming.  And the lack of color led to hand coloring being a very common enhancement especially popular in studio portraits.

Early emulsions were most sensitive to colors in the blue and violet wavelengths so the skies were exposed sooner in the very long exposures required.  The skies were, by necessity, blown out.  Two exposures could be taken--one for the landscape and a shorter one for the sky.  The first HDR!  The two images were combined in post processing.  Back then, cutting and pasting were not Photoshop commands, they were done with scissors and rubber cement.  The cut edges were painted with India ink and then the composite was re-photographed. 

Some photographers kept files of skies with puffy clouds that could be added to almost any shot and then re-photographed.  There was one example shown of three separate and unrelated images by the same photographer--taken in three different places and three different times.  They all had the same, very distinctive cloud formation!  Guess his file of skies wasn't big enough.  Some photographers painted soft puffy clouds onto the negative.

By 1846, unwanted picture elements were being cloned out by using India Ink on the negative.  Calvert Richard Jones, who studied with William Henry Fox Talbot, was quite skilled at this.  Guess he couldn't get it right in the camera.

Because of length of the exposure that was necessary, night photography was almost impossible.  But there are many surviving examples of night photography.  By 1900, photo journals were full of technical advice for creating "mock moonlight".  They underexposed or adjusted developing times, added street lights and other details to the negative.  Moons were painted in or added from other images.

Other enhancements that were done include compositing group shots of people who couldn't get together in the same time and place for a group sitting.  There was a shot of William Tecumseh Sherman and his staff taken in 1865.  One member of his staff was late for the sitting so he was photographed later and added.  Levin Corbin Handy, a photographer in the 1890s, inherited a collection of negatives from his uncle, Matthew Brady.  Since there was a great interest in the civil war, he produced many prints from the collection.  He seems to have composited images in such a way as to create a new reality.

As early as the 1850s and 1860s, panoramas were being stitched; soft focus, collage and multiple exposures were also popular.  There was much artistic photography being done to illustrate myths, dreams and visions as well as alternate realities and surreal themes.  If you have the opportunity to see this show, don't miss it.

Willa Friedman

The show was sponsored by Adobe, the manufacturer of Photoshop software.

Some quotes from the show:

"If you think photography is a mere mechanical business, and success more dependent upon good luck than careful manipulation, get out of it--you are in the wrong business."  Edward L. Wilson, 1869

"Every photograph is a fake from the start to finish, a purely impersonal, unmanipulated photograph being practically impossible." -- Edward Steichen, 1903

"The camera is an incurable liar; all that is necessary is to choose the method of deception." -- Angus McBean, 1940

"Let us not delude ourselves by the seemingly nature of the darkroom ritual; it has been and always will be a form of alchemy."  --Jerry Uelsmann, 1967

"The minute you pick up a camera you begin to lie--or to tell your own truth.  You make subjective judgments every step of the way -- in how you light the subject, in choosing the moment of exposure, in cropping the print.  It's just a matter of how far you choose to go." -- Richard Avedon, 1967

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Monthly Program

December 4th: Nikhil Bahl—Ever-changing Coast

Please join us for an inspirational December Program that will be presented by a friend and former member of NVPS, Nikhil Bahl. Nikhil’s December Program will combine photography and conservation, and will largely focus on our local barrier islands. If you’d like to join Nikhil for dinner at Chili’s at 5:30 prior to the Program, please rsvp to Bob at r.friedman.1“ at ”alumni.nyu.edu.

Nikhil Bahl Bio

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

Nikhil’s work has been published in a number of print and electronic media. His fine art prints have been widely exhibited in the Washington metropolitan area, and are part of many private collections. Nikhil also has a passion for teaching photography and leads nature photography workshops and tours in the United States. His instruction is focused on in-camera interpretation and developing personal vision, rather than simply following the traditional rules of photography.

The Ever-changing Coast
Coastal change is a natural, ongoing process on a barrier island like Assateague. Nikhil’s presentation will explore not only the changes that occur over a period of time but also changes the seasons bring. He will share his experiences along with photos of wildlife and the ever-changing coastal landscape, and the photographic opportunities these changes offer.

For more details on Nikhil's work, see his website at:

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Education & Training

December 11th: Corey Hilz — Lightroom Training

Full details about this program were not available as of the time this newsletter was distributed, but the program will be on the topic of Lightroom. Check the website for updates. Corey Hilz has been a regular speaker at NVPS and other area clubs. For more details about Corey and his work, see his website:


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December 18th: Competition — Judge Mary Louise Ravese

Co – Vice Presidents of Competition Mike Kane and Mike Whalen are pleased to welcome judge Mary Louise Ravese for the club’s December 18, 2012 monthly club competition. About Mary Louise Ravese:

Mary Louise Ravese is founder and owner of Bella Vista Photography in Waterford, VA. She specializes in fine art nature and travel photography from locations across the world. Mary Louise’s fine art photography is in private, university and corporate collections in over 30 states and is exhibited nationally through art shows, galleries and shops. Her images have been used in calendars, magazines, books and websites including various projects with National Geographic maps.
Mary Louise studied photography through the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz extension programs, the Washington School of Photography, and through study with such noted photographers as Barbara Brundege, Mark Citret, and Harold “Doc” Edgerton. She is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association, the American Society of Picture Professionals, the Equine Photographer’s Network and the Loudoun Arts Council.

You are invited to join judge Mary Louise Ravese for dinner at Chili’s in Tyson’s Corner at 5:30 PM on Tuesday December 18, 2012. If you would like to join us please RSVP to Mike Kane (michaelaustinkanephoto" at "gmail.com) by 5:30 PM on Monday, December 17th.

Some Competition Reminders:

If you are new to NVPS or new to entering photo competitions with NVPS and you are not sure of which class (Novice or Advanced) to enter please contact the Co – Vice Presidents of Competition Mike Kane or Mike Whalen to assist in selecting the correct class for competition. (Contact Info: Here)

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 December 16, 2012, as per the current instructions on the club website: NVPS Competition Upload

Prints must be signed in by 7:15 PM on Tuesday, December 18th 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 that can be found here: NVPS Rules of Competition

Thank You!

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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November Competition Results

The full November competition results can be found at: http://nvps.org/home/?p=2876

Some of the winning images from November

Advanced Digital - 1st Place
Sam Schaen
Purple-Throated Woodstar

Novice Prints-1st Place
Willa Siegel
Lonely Tree

Novice Digital 1st Place
Tom Pratuch

Monochrome Prints - 1st Place
Tom Brett
Prison Days

Advanced Prints - 1st Place
Bill Corbett
Humpback Attack

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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December 25th: Merry Christmas - No Meeting

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Members Gallery

December 25th: Merry Christmas - No Meeting

As a reminder, there will NOT be a meeting on Tuesday, December 25th or Tuesday, January 1st. The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 8th.

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Field Trips

Just to let you know that Charles Rusnak has resigned as co-chair of Field Trips. We are delighted to welcome Claire Carroll who will co-chair Field Trips with Bill Vanderpool. They have started to work on some new trips for the coming months. - Willa Freidman

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. Check the website or at the Nov 27th meeting for more details.

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Board of Directors

Programs VP, Tom Burden has resigned from this role due to increased work demand and has been replaced by Bob Friedman and Mary O'Neil. Thank you, Tom, for your efforts. Thank you Bob and Mary for accepting the role.

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 Presidents for Programs:

 Bob Friedman
 Mary O’Neill

  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

Options for Portfolio Presentations

The Portfolio Project is our nine month long project to develop a portfolio of images with a specific theme or concept.  For many of us this is a new and novel approach to our photography.  We are overwhelmed by the requirement to develop an artist statement, select our best images, place the images in some logical order and present them in some tangible form.  For the last several years, the primary method of presenting the images from the portfolio project has been Print-On-Demand (POD) books because of their relative low cost for single run books.  But is the POD book the best presentation for the images and artist statement that you have labored over?

In the latest issue of LensWork, editor Brooks Jensen presented a concept that was new to me and extremely enticing, the chapbook.  A chapbook is a small, handmade booklet that historically contained poems or fiction, but today includes fine art papers suitable for presenting photographs right alongside text.  There is a wide range of choices for paper, bindings and covers to enhance the reader’s experience of your images.

To read more, see the reprinted article from LensWork.

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 Minnie Gallman

Two of Minnie's photos were selected for the 2013 Burke & Herbert Bank calendar. A snowy photo of St. John’s will be featured in January and her Memorial Bridge photo from a kayak will be featured in August.

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Exhibition Opportunities

Third Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Photography Exhibit

The Joseph Miller Center the Photographic Arts is pleased to announce that the Third Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Photography Exhibit will begin accepting entries on Saturday, December 28th. A calendar of events and prospectus are available on the NVACC website under the ABSTRACT EXHIBIT menu item:

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Photo Book Sale

The Friends of Richard Byrd Library in Springfield are getting ready for our holiday used book sale on Thursday, November 29 – Saturday, December 1. They have had a number of photography books, including:

• A donation of several crates of camera books from the collection of an Auschwitz survivor
• Over 20 books of civil war photography
• A variety of other books from technique to technical in lovely condition

Huge Holiday Used Book Sale
Where: Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield
When: Thursday, Nov 29: 3:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday, Nov 30: 10am to 6:00pm
Saturday, Dec 1: 10am to 5:00pm
What: Over 10,000 books many in pristine condition including a rich photography offering
How Much: Most books are $1.50 to $3.00
Why: To raise funds for their library’s children programs

Tuba Christmas

Several NVPS club members have discovered the joys of low brass ensembles playing holiday music. Tubas, sousaphones, baritone horns, and other large brass offer shiny and bright reflective surfaces and many of the musicians dress themselves and their instruments with holiday decorations. If you've never heard over 100 tubas playing jingle bells, it may not exactly be the auditory experience of a lifetime, but it is something you will talk about later. Tuba Christmas events are held in locations around the world and the Washington DC concert is one of the largest.

LOCATION: Harborplace Amphitheatre

LOCATION: Kennedy Center - Grand Foyer - Millennium Stage

LOCATION: Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet Mall

LOCATION: Virginia Center Commons Mall, Food Court

For more details on Tuba Christmas events and other locations/times see their website:


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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. Jim 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) teaches a number of classes with the Fairfax County Park Authority. The 2013 calendar has not yet been announced, but details will be posted on Wayne's website at:


Steve Gottlieb

Steve was our November 2012 judge. He is Director of Horizon Photography Workshops where he and other instructors offer workshops, mostly on weekends, all year around. See: http://www.horizonworkshops.com/ .
Steve also offers one-day, $99 workshops for camera club members on "Flash Magic" and "Creative Vision." See: http://www.horizonworkshops.com/groups.html

Two 2013 events of special note:

1. Horizon "Summit" Feb. 23-24 in Wilmington, DE. More than a dozen leading photographers and academics will present multiple classes. (You can register for either one or both days.) The Summit is held in conjunction with the Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography. See:

2. California Dreaming, a six day workshop led by Steve Gottlieb that explores wild areas of Southern California, Apr 29-May 5. See:

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

Nikhil is scheduled as our December 2012 presenter and has spoken at the club numerous times in the past. He offers a variety of workshops and coaching events. 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

Mollie and Mary were our judges for January 2011. Join them 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 and was our 2011 speaker. 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 2012. He has several tour events listed for the next few months, including the Grand Tetons and a Valley of Fire tour. Details are at:


Alexander Vasiljev

Costa Rica South: "Off the Beaten Path"
February 16-24, 2013

Sasha is scheduled as the NVPS program speaker in February 2013. His company, NATURE & PHOTO TOURS would like to offer 15% OFF the total price (double occupancy) to the members of the NVPS and their partners. This discount covers approximately 80% of the international roundtrip airfare (DC to San Jose, Costa Rica)

To be eligible for this offer, minimum 4 members of NVPS or their partners need to register. The closing date for registration is December  27, 2012

More information about the tour and the detail itinerary is here http://naturephotographytours.com/costa-rica-south-photo-tour.html

Alexander Vasiljev
Co-Director - Nature & Photo Tours



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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

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

Nicéphore Niépce is credited with taking the first permanent photograph in 1825, which means we are rapidly approaching photography's 200th anniversary. As Willa pointed out in her President's article this month, image "manipulation" was pretty common by the 1850s. Photoshop just makes it easier than it was, back when Ansel Adams spent 10 hours in the darkroom for every hour behind the camera.

In addition to "post-capture manipulation," modern cameras have the benefit of capture techniques developed over the last 187 plus years. The "program" and "auto" settings incorporate "smart" photo techniques. Those of us who still shoot with manual, shutter or aperture settings are still getting some of the benefit of more sophisticated camera bodies, optical systems and sensors. Camera club competitions of today will have a larger volume of "good" images than they would thirty years ago because it is easier to capture a "good" image than it was - provided you define "good" in the context of sharp focus and a balanced exposure.

The sad fact remains that an image that was captured technically well may still have completely missed the mark with regard to composition and artistic design. It may be easier to capture a "good" image, but chance still favors a prepared mind and it takes more than a great camera to consistently get a "great" image that goes beyond just being a nicely captured snapshot.

Most of us are members of camera clubs like NVPS because we are seeking to improve our ability to go from just "good" to "great." We are sharpening our saws by learning how others approach their craft. Of course, brain science tells us that we learn best by doing.

December is a ripe season for photography with so many varieties of subjects and colors. Stretch our skills and imagination. I almost always shoot with Aperture priority or Manual. It may sound dumb, but for me, shooting in Program mode is a real stretch. I have sometimes teased friends for using program mode, so I am going to try something a little different during December and explore the Program setting. Who knows, maybe I will capture a "great" image.

The point is, we will only learn new things if we try new things. So let's give ourselves a holiday season gift and try something different. Worse case, we will fell relieved when we go back to what feels comfortable. Best case, we might actually add some new arrows to our photo technique quiver.

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.