Volume 48 - No. 7
Founded 1965 - our 48th Year
March 2013
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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Forum: Brian J Zwit - Finding the Creativity Within You
Gallery Prints: Jan Ponder - Encaustics
Gallery Digital: Judy McGuire
Monthly Program: Alexander "Sasha" Basiljev - Faces and Landscapes of Nepal
Field Trip: Udvar–Hazy Center Air & Space Museum
Education: Scott Musson - Photography Fundamentals
Competition: Judge - Frank Van Riper - No Theme
Forum: Wayne Wolfersberger — Nature Photography in Your Own Backyard
Gallery Prints: Yulan Guo - Favorites
Gallery Digital: Kip Holdridge - Nature vs. Man-made
Monthly Program: Av - Subject TBD
Field Trip: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Field Trip: Kinetic Sculpture Boat Race, Baltimore
Field Trip: Bombay Hook NWR, Delaware
NVPS Banquet: Best Western, Tysons Corner

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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". Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

March 2013

As I write this in mid-February, we have not had a snow day yet. We did cancel one meeting early in the year due to a storm. I hope that is all the bad weather we'll have this winter. It has been cold; too cold for most of us to get out and shoot. But spring is coming. In March, we start to see some signs of spring closer to home, or I go and find spring indoors. In mid-march-the blue poppies bloom in the conservatory at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. If you like to photograph flowers these are worth the trip--and even if this is outside your comfort zone, it is worth the trip. Next month, April, we can enjoy spring close to home!

The year is more than half over, and we owe thanks to the many volunteers and especially the board members who have conscientiously devoted their time, talents and energy to making all of the club's programs exciting and educational. We have had great competition judges, some amazingly interesting program speakers, educational programs, critiquers, field trips, galleries and even coffee, tea and cookies. And if our Operations group had been running it, the power would have stayed on at the Super Bowl, and we'd have been entertained with video highlights of all the past Super Bowl games.

The nominating committee has been appointed and will announce the slate of officers for the 2013-2014 club year at the second meeting in March in accordance with the club by-laws. Additional nominations may be made in writing to the chairman of the nominating committee, Bob Friedman by the April meeting.

I am also asking for nominations for the Joe Atchison Award For Outstanding Service to NVPS. The criteria for this award include at least 12 years of active service including positions critical to the fulfillment of the NVPS mission. (These include President, Vice President - Competition, Vice President - Programs, Workshop and Field Trip chairs. These are particularly critical because of their educational nature). These nominations close on March 31.

The date for the End of Year Banquet has been set--it will be the first Friday in June, June 7 at the Best Western in Tysons Corner. This is the same place it has been the last several years. Plan on being there for a truly enjoyable evening.

It is still not too late to see the photo exhibit Faking It at the National Gallery. It will be there until May 5. http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/faking.shtm

Willa Friedman

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Monthly Program

March 5th: Alexander "Sasha" Basiljev— Faces and Landscapes of Nepal

Award winning photographer Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev is co-director of http://www.NaturePhotographyTours.com, a boutique tour company specializing in nature, culture and photography eco-travel in Central, South America and Nepal. In addition, he is on the faculty of The Washington School of Photography and Washington Studio School, and also independently teaches classes and workshops for individuals and groups at http://www.AlexanderVasiljev.com

Vasiljev began studying fine art, but ultimately received his degree in biology with a major in botany. He went on to curate major tropical orchid collections in Ukraine, Russia and the United States. While living in Moscow, he had the opportunity to study photography under the mentorship of distinguished Russian landscape photographer, Boris Mashkov.

Since immigrating to the United States in 1992, Vasiljev’s work has been exhibited in galleries and is part of many private collections worldwide. Several of his photographs are now part of the permanent collection at the Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica in Washington, DC. His work has also been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and has been published in the following magazines: Audubon, Home & Décor, Nature’s Best Photography, Fine Gardening, Washingtonian, Orchids, and Ecuador Infinito.

Vasiljev works in conceptual, fine art, portraiture, wildlife and commercial photography. His studio is located in Dupont Circle, Washington DC.

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Education & Training

March 12th: Scott Musson — Photography Fundamentals – Capture Basics

On March 12th we’ll have an educational session on basic photography presented by Scott Musson. Scott is well known for his presentations on digital workflow, color management, Photoshop, Lightroom, Architecture Photography and Black Light Photography. This presentation will focus on photography fundamentals, particularly on capture basics.

Scott will discuss basic equipment choices and basic capture techniques. This will include a discussion of available camera types, lenses and accessories. Scott will also discuss the basics of image exposure including aperture, shutter speed and the mysterious ISO.

While this presentation is geared toward novice’s photographers, it will also help reinforce the basics and suggestion good techniques for those who already know their way around the camera. Hope you’ll join us for Capture Basics

Scott Musson is a photographer, lecturer and frequently critiques, speaks and judges at photography organizations and clubs in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC metropolitan area. A Photographer of the Year for the Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS), Scott has published a photo calendar with his wife, Emi for the past ten years.

“Photography is a natural extension of my love for travel”, says Scott. “While I’ve taken pictures all my life, it wasn’t until I was older and could afford to travel that my passion for photography truly developed. I love the whole process of photography: planning a shoot, getting up early to catch the light, processing the images (nowadays digitally), and printing and matting.”

Scott has a passion for photography in and around water. He has been capturing images while snorkeling for a number of years. “I would snorkel everyday if I could,” Scott says, and tries to makes several excursions a year to the tropics to enjoy this aspect of photography. Additionally Scott enjoys architectural and black light photography.

Scott just received a special merit award at the prestigious Annual Joe Miller Abstract Exhibit. He recently judged the Huntley Meadows Annual Competition, performed an anonymous critique at NVPS, and was the end of year judge for the North Bethesda Camera Club. Additionally he recently appeared on Aim Behind the Lens on Arlington Cable Access. The episode is available on Youtube.com.

Scott and his wife Emi have had a number of photographs used in the sets of major motion pictures. Scott’s photo “Lightning Steve” was a prominent backdrop in the motion picture “Wonderful World” starring Matthew Broderick.

Scott is a past president of NVPS and has served on its board for several years. He has been Vice President of Competition and of Programs for that organization and for the past several years has been the website manager. He has received the NVPS “Versatile Photographer of the Year” award and the “Advanced Photographer of the Year” award for Prints and Digital Projected Images. Scott blogs about photography and posts images at his website at www.scottmusson.com, please stop by for a visit any time!

“Every day we walk by beauty and wonder in this world, but often we fail to recognize it. My love of photography has brought me new vision and new appreciation for the common, ordinary and familiar objects in our world. As we commute to work, or go about our daily business we only need to use the lens of our imagination and appreciation of light to see beauty in the world. Learning to see is a journey, not a destination. Each day we can expand our vision by opening our mind and looking at our world in new an interesting ways.” For more about Scott, see his website:

Roger and Dennis - Education and Training Coordinators

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March 19th: Competition — Judge Frank Van Riper

Co – Vice Presidents of Competition Mike Kane and Mike Whalen are pleased to welcome judge Frank Van Riper for the club’s March 19, 2013 monthly club competition. There is no theme for the March competition.

Frank Van Riper is an award-winning documentary and fine art photographer, journalist and author whose work has been published internationally. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC) as well as in the Portland Museum of Art (Portland, Maine.) His 1998 book of photography and essays, Down East Maine / A World Apart, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won the silver award for photography from the Art Director’s Club of Metropolitan Washington.

His latest book, done in collaboration with his wife and professional partner, Judith Goodman, is Serenissima: Venice in Winter, a coffee table collection of black and white photographs and essays, published in 2008 both in the US and Italy. (www.veniceinwinter.com)

Van Riper, a native New Yorker, was a member of the New York Daily News Washington Bureau for 20 years, served as White House correspondent, national political correspondent, and Washington Bureau news editor. A 1979 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Van Riper left daily journalism in 1987 to begin a new career, partnering with his wife in commercial and documentary photography.

In 1992, Van Riper became photography columnist of the Washington Post, where his column, “Talking Photography,” appeared in the Camera Works section of Washingtonpost.com and is now available worldwide at www.TalkingPhotography.com. Talking Photography, a ten-year collection of his columns and other photography writing, was published in 2002.

A popular teacher and lecturer, Van Riper is on the faculty of PhotoWorks at Glen Echo Park, MD, and has lectured and/or taught in the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program, the Maine Photographic Workshops, the University of Maine at Machias and at other colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic. In 2009, he and his wife inaugurated the Lubec Photo Workshops at SummerKeys, a series of small, week-long, user-friendly summer classes in Lubec, Maine, administered by the SummerKeys Music Workshops. www.summerkeys.com

In October, 2010, they also inaugurated The Umbria Photo Workshops, their first international photography workshop in Umbria, Italy (www.experienceumbria.com), and in January, 2013 began “Unseen Serenissima: The Venice in Winter Photography Workshops.” In May, 2011, Van Riper was inducted into the City College of New York Communications Alumni Hall of Fame.

You are invited to join judge Frank Van Riper for dinner at Chili’s in Tyson’s Corner at 5:30 PM on Tuesday March 19, 2013. If you would like to join us please RSVP to Mike Kane michaelaustinkanephoto" at "gmail.com by 5:30 PM on Monday, March 18th.

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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February Competition Results

The full February competition results can be found at: http://nvps.org/home/?p=3445

Some of the winning images from February

Advanced Prints - 1st Place
Fran Bastress
Receding Tide at the Bay of Fundy

Novice Prints - 1st Place
Jamie Kiechlino
Follow the Leader

Novice Digital 1st Place
George Karamarkovich
Once in a Blue Moon

Advanced Digital - 2nd Place
Susan Phillips
Lotus Boat

Monochrome Prints - 1st Place
Minnie Gallman
Country Fall

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)
Award Received (1st, 2nd, 3rd, HM)
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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March 26th: Wayne Wolfersberger — Nature Photography in Your Own Backyard

Wayne Wolfersberger will concentrate on what one can shoot around the house and yard, and show images of set ups as well as the resulting images shots that were made. He will show what can be done in the house, from a patio birdfeeder, and in a backyard. Wayne will share simple techniques to attract birds and other wildlife for photography as well as favorite plants, such as native wildflowers and ferns to photograph. He will demonstrate using some tools and props used to enhance the photographic process. He will also bring a few modified aquaria used to help with natural settings for many of his close up or macro shots. The largest critters he has photographed in his back yard has been occasional deer, but most often he photographs birds, insects, flowers and other vegetation. The smallest things were aphids using a 50mm lens with a reversing ring which he will bring that as part of the demonstration.

Wayne Wolfersberger has been interested in photographing wildlife since childhood. He said he and fell in love with the natural world but back then the camera was secondary. Wayne was mainly interested in reptiles and amphibians in my very early teens and initially wanted to be a herpetologist. He did a lot of bird watching as well. He always took the family Kodak Brownie Hawkeye when we would go on family trips and always urged my parents to take side trips to various nature type places near to the Disneyland or beach resorts etc. so he could photograph the wildlife. Wayne says he has lots of pathetic pictures of animal life from these trips. "One thing that impacted me the most was when my family made a trip during my high school years to the West. We traveled to many of the national parks but my favorite was Yellowstone. I wanted to return."

Wayne received a BS from the U of MD in Conservation and Resource Management took a job in Yellowstone between his Sophomore and Junior years. His job was washing dishes in the local cafeteria, but he hiked a lot, partied a lot and started taking pictures of wildlife. He bought his first SLR camera - a Kodak Retina Reflex III, replacing it later with the first SLR Nikon, the F1. This was when he started getting serious about photography, reading some books on wildlife photography, working for a commercial photographer and taking a lot of pictures during class field trips to nature preserves for ecological studies.

He worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a research biologist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel Maryland. Later, he joined the Navy (during the Vietnam War) and ended up working at the US Navy Photo Lab in DC. After leaving the Navy, he taught biology and used the camera in the class room and on many of the ecology field trips but mainly took pictures of kids in the field working. Through the years, he did weddings, school shots and craft fairs. He joined NVPS in the l980's and gained a lot of valuable experiences by participating in evening activities and field trips and serving in various board roles, including President.

Before, during and after retiring from the teaching field (Fairfax County Public Schools 30 years and VT for eight years part time) he has had images used on local and national calendars, post cards and magazines as well as having had gallery shows both solo and with others. Since retiring, he has been teaching photography courses through FCPS and as of this fall, with FCPA. He says this challenges himself to try new techniques and keep abreast of all the new stuff that keeps coming out in the photo world. In addition to the basic and advanced classes, he also does private lessons. (See his listing in he workshop section for more information.)

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Members Gallery

March 26th: Prints — Yulan Guo — Favorites

Yulan Guo attributes her interest in photography to her father, who she thought was the family photographer.  At a young age, she went with him to the “darkroom” at his office and saw him developing images.  She was fascinated to see her face appearing from chemicals. When she was eight years old, she received a German made “toy camera” from her aunt.  She had a lot of fun playing with it and taking many snapshots of her sister and friends during the years of growing up.  She learned darkroom film and photo processing at her middle school photo lab.

In 1986, Yulan left China to pursue graduate studies at George Washington University in the United States and continued with film photography. In 2002, she got her first digital camera and she used it to capture local business images for a website company. She also used it when leading travel groups to China and Japan.  In July 2007, Yulan bought her first DSLR camera, a Nikon D80,  followed by a D700 in 2010, and a D800 in 2012 as her photography passion grew. 

Yulan connects with nature photography, loves people and travel photography, and fine art photography.  She joined both NVPS and the Loudoun Photo Club in September 2008 and has been a member of both clubs since.  Photography has "enriched her life and enlarged her circle of friends." Yulan appreciates this gift and embraces the joy it brings wholeheartedly.

Yulan will be exhibiting prints and portfolios from the past few years.  Some have won club and Nature Visions recognitions, while others are favorites from her field trips, such as the China Photo Tour she co-led with Corey Hilz in 2010.

March 26th: Digital — Kip Holdridge — Nature versus Man-made

Growing up and learning photography in rural Northwest Colorado, Kip Holdrige’s favorite photography subjects are grand landscapes and wildlife. For years he would not take a picture of anything but a mountain or an animal. The move to the Washington, DC, area was tough photographically for Kip, as grand landscapes and wildlife are in much shorter supply. To cope, Kip began branching out and photographing churches, abandoned buildings, and other man-made objects. Although he still considers himself a nature photographer, Kip finds himself spending more and more time exploring abandoned object, still life, and architecture photography.

Kip’s presentation will showcase the two sides of his photography: landscape and wildlife – his favorite subjects to shoot; and abandoned buildings, churches, and still life – his favorite images to process.

Kip Holdridge learned “the basics” of photography at a young age. At 6 years old, his mother taught him the mechanics of using an SLR camera and the rules of composition. After a childhood behind the lens, Kip and photography slowly grew apart as after school activities took up more of his time. After finishing college and starting a career, he found his way back to photography with a little nudging from his mother. He purchased his first DSLR in early 2008 and joined NVPS in the spring of 2009. Kip was the recipient of the NVPS “Photographer of the Year” and “Image of the Year” awards in the Novice Unrestricted Digitally Projected Images category for the 2010-2011 competition year and has since graduated to the advanced class.

Kip’s photography can be seen online at: http://www.flickr.com/krhphotography

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Field Trips

March 9th: Udvar–Hazy Center, Air & Space Museum

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 703-572-4118

Join us at the amazing Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport for a day of great photography.   From World War I wood and canvas fighters to space ships and everything in between.  All indoors so we can thumb our collective noses at the weather.  There is a food court on premises so we can meet around noon for a break.  Admission is free but there is a $15 per car parking fee so carpooling might be in order.  Those wishing to share rides can meet at the firehouse at 9:30AM. Please make your own travel arrangements. The museum opens at 10AM and those who wish can meet at the entrance at that time. Tripods and monopods are not allowed.

Planned Future Field Trips

APRIL 18 – 21: Great Smoky Mountains National Park:  Top location for nature photography in Eastern U.S.  Come for all or part of the four day weekend.  You can arrive early and stay later.
Rooms are available at the Best Western, Townsend, TN (under “NVPS”) at 865-448-9000.
Our major Spring field trip.

MAY 4:  Kinetic Sculpture Boat Race, Baltimore.  Pure fun with human propelled, highly decorated vehicles running the course through Inner Harbor and points beyond, through water, mud and back streets.  Not an official field trip but highly recommended.  Many great restaurants around
Inner Harbor and Fells Point.

MAY 18: Bombay Hook NWR, Delaware.  Premier wildlife and birding venue on Atlantic Coast. Lots to see.  Arrive Friday evening in time for dinner and to get ready for a sunrise shoot Saturday AM.  Motels nearby.  Details to follow.

May TBD: There will be a field trip visit to the Third Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Exhibit in May. The exhibit will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May from Noon - 5:00 pm. In addition to the exhibit, Joe has 21 acres of woods, fields, a pond and a stream for folks to photograph. The location is also less than ten minutes away from the Manassas National Battlefield Park. 

June TBD: Ladew Gardens, Monkton, MD.  One of the top topiary gardens in the U.S. with beautiful themed gardens, a nature trail and an old home to visit.  Admission required.  About two hours from DC.   Small lunchroom on premises in old stable.  Check out www.LadewGardens.com

July 13: Kenilworth Gardens, Washington, DC.  An annual NVPS event to welcome summer.  Details to follow.

Bill Vanderpool and Claire Carroll

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Board of Directors

A full list of all current Board members and their contact information can be found at http://nvps.org/home/?page_id=23

Our 2012 - 2013 program year board officers are:


 Willa Friedman

  Vice President 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

Thank You Sherwin Kaplan. The preliminary critique for the Portfolio Project was a rousing success thanks to the insightful commentary of Sherwin Kaplan. His comments gave all of us who have started the project welcome guidance to lead us as we complete our projects for this year. With what we now know from Sherwin, it is time to gather more images and/or look critically at what we already have and hone in on those images that best represent our artist statements and our best quality work.

Remember, if you have not done so already, you can still join the project and have your work in the final critique with Roy Sewell on May. You will have through the month of April to work on content. Future postings will be on presentation. Happy shooting!

Ginger and Ken
Ginger Werz-Petricka (vze39dgt" at "verizon.net) and Ken Barnett (ken.barnett" at "gmail.com).

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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/home/?cat=17 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.

Coming this March - A New Image Gallery for the NVPS Website

During the month of March we'll be upgrading the NVPS Website Image gallery to a new version. The change will be significant and will likely take a little getting used too just because it's different, however the interface is significantly simplified and should be easier for people to use and it will look better than the current design.

When the migration is going to occur, there will be a notice that goes out to let people know. The galley will be unavailable for upload or editing approximately one day as the data migration takes time. The gallery will continue to be available for viewing during this time, but changes and additions will not be allowed.

Once the new gallery is available, we'll send out some simple instructions for using the new gallery.

Existing users who are current members will have to do nothing, your account, rights and images will be migrated for you. Users who are not current members will not be migrated to the new system and if they rejoin the club they will need to create a new user id.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at nvpsimagegallery@nvps.org

Scott Musson - NVPS Website Team

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: http://nvps.org/home/?cat=16

Members News for Alan Goldstein

Alan had the cover photo for the Springfield Connection issue of the week of January 24-31. This was the third time one of Alan's images was selected as the cover photo. As a former Navy Public Affairs office, Alan mastered photojournalism. His cover photo can be seen at: http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2013/012313/Springfield.pdf

Members News for the Gawarecki's

Stephen Gawarecki, NVPS member since 1984, and wife, Carolyn Grossé Gawarecki NWS, nationally known watercolor artist, are having a joint exhibition at Green Spring Horticultural Center from February 26 - April 28. Reception will be on Sunday., April 7, 1:00 -3:00 pm. Green Spring Horticultural Center is located off Braddock Rd. on Witch Hazel Lane opposite Pinecrest Golf course. For information see www.GreenSpring.org or call 703.642.5173. Call ahead to be sure room is not in use.

Members News for Fred Siskind

Fred Siskind’s book, FACE BUG, is being published March 1. The book was a collaborative effort with U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis, and illustrator Kelly Murphy. It includes poems written by Pat (an economics grad student colleague from many moons ago – “dismal scientists” have to find another outlet for their creativity), Fred’s photos of insect faces, and Kelly’s illustrations of bugs wandering through the grand opening of the Face Bug Museum. The book will be available at bookstores and on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Face-Bug-J-Patrick-Lewis/dp/1590789253/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357339164&sr=1-6&keywords=face+bug

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Exhibition Opportunities

Third Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Photography Exhibit

The deadline for submission of entries is February 27, 2013. As in the two previous Annual Abstract Exhibits, the Third Annual Abstract Exhibit will be an outstanding example of photography as art and should not be missed by serious photographers.

Further information, including a definition of abstract as well as a calendar of important dates can be found on the NVACC.org website. Click on Abstract Exhibit. A calendar of events and prospectus are available on the NVACC website under the ABSTRACT EXHIBIT menu item: http://www.nvacc.org/Abstract_Exhibit.html

ArtSpace Herndon 2013 Fine Arts Competition

ArtSpace Herndon welcomes area photographers to participate in their 2013 ArtSpace Herndon Fine Art Photography Competition. The entry deadline is March 8, 2013. Full details are at:


ASCE 2014 Calendar Photo Competition

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is sponsoring a calendar photo competition. They are looking for striking original photos of bridges, taken in the U.S. or abroad, that highlight design and engineering achievements of civil engineers.

ASCE will recognize 13 winners and 25 finalists from a variety of categories with prizes of up to $500 in some categories.

Winning photos are eligible for inclusion in ASCE’s 2014 Bridges Calendar. Cash prizes will be awarded to winning photos. If you love bridges, we want your photos! Anyone over 18 years of age can enter. Follow these steps to enter the contest, which opened on January 14, 2013, and closes on March 31, 2013: Full details are at:

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Multiple Exposures Gallery Exhibit

Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center announces a new exhibit of works by three new artist members at the Gallery: Tim Hyde, Soomin Ham, and Fred Zafran. Multiple Exposures Gallery is a cooperative of 15 photographers located at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria. Several of the members are past speakers or judges for NVPS.

The gallery is one of the oldest photography cooperatives in the region, and includes some of the DC metro area’s most respected artists and educators. The new exhibit runs February 12th - March 24th, offers three distinctive bodies of work, each reflecting a different approach to seeing, understanding and interpreting the world around us. See more details at:

Photo Beach Bash - March 13 - Rehoboth Beach

The Coastal Camera Club is hosting a Photo Beach Bash in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on March 13, 2013. It features four photographers, including Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon. Former NVPS member, Leslie Sinclair is now the president of the host club and wanted to make her NVPS friends aware of the event. Advance registration is only $5.00 for a day of photography.

Rehoboth Beach is a quaint Beach Town, with many restaurants and photographic opportunities. Primehook and Assateague are nearby. The event will be at The Atlantic Sands, which is and they are offing a block of rooms at a discount. For more details, visit their website: http://photobeachbash.com/

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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. NVPS members are also welcomed to list their workshops.


Photoworks in Glen Echo Park offers a variety of photography classes & workshops for adults and children, taught by many http://www.glenechopark.org/node/1

Corey Hilz

Corey was the workshop leader for our December 2012 session and is a regular judge and speaker in the Northern Virginia area. He regularly holds workshops on Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture as well as hosting photo tours. See his website for the current schedule: http://www.coreyhilz.com/instruction/workshops.html

James Steele

Jim provided our 2012 Portfolio Critique and was our competition judge in May 2012. He 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 is a NVPS member, past President, and our March 2013 Forum speaker. He teaches a number of classes with the Fairfax County Park Authority. The 2013 calendar schedule is available via Wayne's website at: http://www.waynewolfersberger.com/

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/ Two 2013 events of special note:

1. Steve created a one-day Flash Magic workshop targeted for NVPS members, to be held on March 30 at 513 West Broad St., Falls Church. The fee is $114 per person ($99 fee plus $15 space rental.) If Steve does not get then minimum of ten needed for the workshop from NVPS, he will open up the workshop to others. For details and to register: http://www.horizonworkshops.com/workshops.html?cr=209

2. California Dreaming is a six day workshop led by Steve Gottlieb that explores wild areas of Southern California, Apr 29-May 5. See: http://www.horizonworkshops.com/workshops.html?cr=199

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. His next big upcoming event is the Tony Sweet Digital Photography Software and Creativity Seminar, March 17 (whole day!), just outside of Philly! See the details at:

Tony offers a wide variety of other location and software training workshops, as well as individual coaching services. Tony also has an active blog and newsletter. See his website for more details and information: http://tonysweet.com/workshops/

Roy Sewall

Roy was our November 2011 judge and presented programs in the past. He offers one-on-one coaching for novice and intermediate photographers, tailored to an individual's specific needs. See more at: http://www.roysewallphotography.com/iWeb/Home.html

Frank Van Riper

Frank Van Riper is scheduled as our March 2013 judge. In addition to teaching at Photoworks, he offers a variety of workshops. See his website for the current opportunities: http://gvrphoto.com/wp/?page_id=82

Nikhil Bahl Photography Workshops

Nikhil was 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 with his latest workshop updates, visit: www.NikhilBahl.com

Ian Plant

Ian has been a regular speaker and judge for NVPS and was our April 2011 speaker. Ian Plant workshops and tours are listed at: http://www.ianplant.com/workshops.htm

Ian has a new FREE eBook, 20 Indispensable Photo Tips. Download a copy by signing up on his Dreamscape blog: http://www.ianplant.com/blog/author/admin/ Also check Ian's website for his eBooks, including his recent release, Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition. http://www.ianplant.com

Joshua Taylor, Jr.

Josh Taylor is a past NVPS president and was our September 2012 Competition judge. His goal in photography is to help you create, capture and refine your vision. Josh is offering fall photography workshops and classes, including Canon camera classes. For a complete listing and registration, visit his website: joshuataylorphotography.com

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. Rossbach details are at: http://www.josephrossbach.com/photography-tours-workshops/

Alexander "Sasha" Vasiljev

Sasha is scheduled as the March 2013 NVPS program speaker. His company, NATURE & PHOTO TOURS offers a number of photo tours:  http://naturephotographytours.com

David Heagy

Travel Photography Satisfaction

David Heagy is a NVPS club member and was the Digital Gallery presenter in November 2012. The Travel Photography Satisfaction class will show novice and experienced photographers how to increase their satisfaction with their travel photos, handle a variety of situations, protect their images and equipment, and use photography to plan their trips. His schedule of classes and more information are at: http://imageryx.com/.

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Female Travel Room Mate Wanted

Dorothy Tepper has been an NVPS member since 2010. She is going on a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Biotrek Adventure Travels, which is based in Warrenton. The trip will be from June 21 through July 1. Dorothy is looking for a female traveler/photographer to share a room with her during this trip. The trip costs $4,895 (assuming double occupancy) and it starts in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Roundtrip airfare from Dulles to Guayaquil will cost an additional $1000 or so.

Although this trip is not specifically a photography workshop, it will be led by Sunny Reynolds, a professional photographer. She is very willing to help the trip participants with photo questions. Once the group gets to the Galapagos, they will be travelling between the islands on a motor and sailing catamaran, limitig the size of the group to 12 participants. More information about the trip is available at:

If you are interested in going on this trip, please call Dorothy at 540.937.2243 or email dhtinva" at "comcast.net.

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Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC)

The Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC) is an informal entity started in 1997 by Joseph Miller with the assistance of Dave Carter and Ed Funk. 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

Everything that happens in this club happens because a member was willing to volunteer his or her time to make it happen. Plain and simple, things just do not happen unless we have volunteers. NVPS only operates through the willingness of a few members to donate a few hours each month. Our volunteer roles vary in their time/work requirements. It helps to have more than one volunteer in some areas. Bob Friedman is chairing this year's nominations committee. Let Bob know if you are willing to invest a few hours each month to help keep NVPS the best photo club in Northern Virginia.

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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