Volume 49 - No. 3

Founded 1965 - our 48th Year

November 2013

The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society

Editor: Dan Ward - Email: editor" at "nvps.org

Table of Contents

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

   Competition Results
Members' Gallery
Board of Directors

Portfolio Project
   Members News
   Exhibition Opportunities
   Workshop Offerings

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Extra Meeting: Tom Schwab - Seawolf Expedition


Partial Solar Eclipse: See Events


Monthly Program: Alan Sislen - The Beauty and Challenge of Landscape


2013 Nature Visions – A Mid-Atlantic Photography Association Expo


Field Trip: Bombay Hook -Migratory Waterfowl


Education & Training: Jay Heiser- Social Photography


Competition: Mary Louise Ravese - Open theme


Forum -John Naman - High ISO Photography
Gallery Prints- Bob Friedman - The Best of Bob
Gallery Digital - Tom Pratuch- Beginner 2 Beginner


Monthly Program: TBD

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President's Message

November 2013

Remembering Bill Prosser
Last month was a sad time for NVPS. We lost our friend and longtime member, Bill Prosser. Bill passed away unexpectedly on September 23 while travelling in China with his wife, Ann. Bill was very active in NVPS. He was a passionate, talented and respected photographer who joined NVPS in 1990 and had won numerous awards including "Photographer of the Year" on multiple occasions. He received the honored "Joe Atchison" award for service in 2008.

Among other things, Bill was responsible for starting and managing the Portfolio Project at NVPS which continues to be a very popular activity. His obituary in the Washington Post is here. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=william-r-prosser&pid=167294950

Bill will be fondly remembered by the many people he touched and guided through the years. His service and contributions to NVPS have been unmatched. We give our sincere thanks to Bill for all he has done for our community. We will not forget him and we offer his wife and family our deepest sympathies. More details about Bill's photography are included in the tribute on the NVPS website at: http://nvps.org/home/?p=4462
May he rest in peace.

Nature Visions
The most important photo event for November is the Nature Visions Photography Expo on November 8-10 in Manassas, VA. This is a big deal for all photographers in the Washington area and should not be missed. The 3-day expo features an outstanding photography exhibit of over 300 juried nature images from 7 area photo clubs plus a second exhibit of non-nature prints. Nature Visions (NV) is not just about nature photography; NV is an excellent learning opportunity for all types of photographers regardless of skill level. Come and participate in some of the lectures (L) or classes (C) and I guarantee you will come away with fresh ideas and feeling inspired.

Noted commercial photographer of 30 years, Bryan Peterson, will be the keynote speaker. Bryan has published 8 best-selling books on photography including the classic, Understanding Exposure. He will present a full day seminar on Learning to See Creatively on Friday, November 8, and an evening keynote address on Creative Use of Ambient and Artificial Light on Saturday, November 9. The expo also features back-to-back lectures and classes (both paid and free) from various talented photographers all weekend.

Be sure to register for the various options online. Do it early as a number of the classes and lectures are already sold out. Note that general admission to the photo exhibits and a few of the lectures and classes are free but you still must register. A brief list of the weekend schedule is presented below. I hope to see you there.

Saturday Schedule
8:00A Shooting Raptors w/ Alan DeFelice (C)
9:00A Fundamentals of Nature Photography (C)
9:00A The Creative Hand of Man (C)
10:30A Composing Images of the Natural World (L)
12 Noon The Business of Nature Photography (C)
12 Noon Creative IPhonography (C)
1:00P Wildlife Photography-Artic to Tropics (L)
2:15P Birds, Mammals and Macro (C)
2:15P Creating Great Artwork with Macro (C)
3:00P Discover the Power of Presence and Flow (L)
4:00P EXPO KEYNOTE - Flashes of Inspiration

Sunday Schedule
8:00A Shooting Raptors w/ Alan DeFelice (C)
8:30A Free - More Time Behind the Lens (L)
10:30A Lightroom for the Landscape Photographer (C)
10:30A Florida Everglades (L)
1:30P Nighttime Landscapes (L)
2:15P Seeing Your Way to Better Pictures (C)
2:15P Photoshop for the Landscape Photographer
3:00P Macro Beyond Flowers (L)
4:30P FREE - Through the Eyes of Julieanne Kost (L)
November Field Trip – Bombay Hook

Our November (16-17) overnight field trip to Bombay Hook, DE offers a unique opportunity to photograph migrating birds, potentially many thousands of them. If you have never experienced a bird migration, it is an absolutely awesome experience. The sound of this many birds such as swans or snow geese honking can be almost deafening. This is a perfect time to use your long telephoto lenses. If you don’t have at least a 300mm lens, consider renting one.

Final thoughts
As we transition from fall to winter, this is a good time to start planning for winter photo projects. Consider setting up a small indoor studio; become familiar with off-camera flash; learn a new post-processing technique; experiment; try something different. Nature Visions Expo is an excellent place to come away with some new ideas.

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Monthly Program

Nov 5th: Alan Sislen - Landscape

NVPS is pleased to welcome Alan Sislen for November’s Program night on Tuesday, November 5th, The Beauty and Challenge of the Landscape. Allan lives in Bethesda, Maryland, has been an avid photographer for more than 40 years. Landscape photography is his passion and he has photographed in the United States, France, Iceland, Italy, Canada, England, Chile, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and New Zealand. Alan is a well-recognized photography educator and speaker.

Although his equipment might be "state-of-the-art," Alan's style and technique are traditional. He has studied with well-known British landscape photographer Charlie Waite, former National Geographic photographer Bruce Dale, digital expert Thom Hogan, black and white master John Sexton, photographic artist and Photoshop expert John Paul Caponigro, fine art photographer Charles Cramer and color management/printing expert Bill Atkinson, and Photoshop expert Eliot Cohen.

In 2005 he was juried into Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, and was juried into the Torpedo Factory as a Resident Artist in 2006. In 2007, he was juried into VisArts, in Rockville, Maryland as one of 9 Resident Artists. Alan has served on the Board of the North Bethesda Camera Club and been selected as Color Photographer of the Year – Advanced, Black and White Photographer of the Year – Advanced, and Electronic Photographer of the Year – Advanced.


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Education & Training

Nov 12th: Jay Heiser - Social Photography

Social photography is the visual capture of the history and meaning of an event (parties, reunions, service projects, conferences, ceremonies, amateur sports, performances, etc.). It is simultaneously a utilitarian form of record keeping and a highly creative genre, enabling the viewer to know, or remember, who was there, what they did, what they experienced, and what the event participants experienced and felt.   It is an exciting and fulfilling form of journalistic photography that requires very different skills from the tripod based, painstakingly stalked or staged subjects typical of club competition. This session, which Jay has given in England, Ohio, and Virginia, provides practical ideas for technique, aesthetics, and equipment, covering topics including flash diffusion, subject rapport, software processing and image sharing. 

Last year’s NVPS Advanced Versatile Photographer of the year, Jay has been shooting since he was 10 years old, growing up in his dad’s darkroom and benefitting from an active and prize winning high school journalism program.  He began club competition while living in England, where he also participated in the Royal Photographic Society and obtained his LRPS distinction. Jay has been shooting exclusively in digital since 1999, although he has fond memories of long hours spent in the darkroom.  His blog, which combines text and photos, and frequently addresses photographic topics, can be found at www.heiserhollow.net.

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Nov 19th: Competition - Judge Mary Louise Ravese - Open Theme

Susan Phillips and Beth Morris, Co-Vp’s of Competition are pleased to host Mary Louise Ravese as our November 19th Competition judge. Members are invited to join Mary Louise for dinner at the Olive Garden Restaurant, Tyson’s at 5:30 on the 19th. Please rsvp to competition@nvps.org by the 18th.

Mary Louise is founder and owner of Bella Vista Photography in Waterford, VA. She specializes in nature and travel photography from locations across the world. Her favorite subject matter includes country landscapes and nature close-ups. She draws inspiration from a variety of visual arts to produce photographs often described as "painterly".

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 is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs in the Mid Atlantic. She also enjoys teaching on a wide range of topics related to nature, travel and creative photography. She leads classes and field workshops ranging from one day seminars in the Mid Atlantic region to multi-day workshops at a variety of locations across the US and abroad. Locally her work is available for sale at the Arts in the Village Gallery in Leesburg, VA. .

Competition Reminders:
If you are new to NVPS or not sure of what class to enter, please contact Susan Phillips or Beth Morris at the meetings or at competition@nvps.org ; we will help you decide or answer any of your questions about the competition process. All images 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 pm Sunday the 17th. Prints must be signed in by 7:15 on Tuesday night of competition. Print entries should include name of maker, title of print, and class/category on the back of the mat, with arrow indicating this edge up. Neither name of photographer nor title should appear on the face of the print or mat.

Looking forward to seeing all of your photos!
Susan Phillips Co-Vp Competition
Beth Morris Co-Vp Competition

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 results from the October competition are available on the website at: http://nvps.org/home/?cat=7

Some winning images from October

Class 1 Prints - 1st Place
Karol Murray
The View

Class 2 Prints - 1st Place
Tami R. Stieger
Just Let Me Sleep

Monochrome Prints - 1st Place
Tami R. Steiger
Not So Long Ago

Class 2 Digital - 1st Place
Tami R. Stieger
Aging Panes

Class 3 Digital - 1st Place
Sandi Croan

Class 1 Digital - 1st Place
Kevin Egan
REO Speedwagon

Clicking on any of the images above will display a larger version of the image.
None of the winning images in Category 3 Prints provided permission to use their image this month.

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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" at "nvps.org and provide the following information:

Your name
Image Category
(digital, color print, monochrome print)
Image Class
(1, 2, or 3)
Competition Date

Digital Winners: When you upload your image for the competition, you can check the box to grant permission for it to be posted if it wins).  

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 26th: John Naman - High ISO Photography

NVPS member John Naman will present the November forum with a presentation on managing High ISO for award-winning competition images. John says:

"The presentation will benefit you if you make grainy, noisy images that judges and relatives throw out. Plus members are invited to email in questions about High ISO that I will try to answer as part of the forum. Email: HighISO' at 'jnaman.com now until the Nov 19th competition."

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Members Gallery

November 26th: Prints - Bob Friedman -The Best of Bob

Former NVPS President and always active member Bob Friedman will present his prints in the November 26th meeting. Bob says:

"As a teenager I started my photography journey with a darkroom in my parents’ basement which I inherited from my brother. The first thing I did when we bought our house was to build a darkroom in the basement. Today I am 100% digital in color and black and white (my preferred medium.) I have taken courses and workshops at Photoworks at Glen Echo, and with Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant in New Brunswick, Canada."

November 26th: Digital - Tom Pratuch - Beginner 2 Beginner

Tom Pratuch says he displayed absolutely no artistic merit from birth. This tragic circumstance led to his high school art teacher taking pity and pointing him towards a small dark room. Who knew a dark room was a darkroom? The sheer enjoyment of watching an image float into being raised no existential questions whatsoever but struck a note of joy. He responded as only a non-artistic person could - Tom chose photographic engineering.

Years of snapshots ensued while mastering the fine art of well exposed pictures with nobody’s head being cut-off and/or most of the subject in the frame. Occasionally the photos rose to the level of documentary in nature. Then, being tired of paying for other people’s art to hang in his house, Tom found he had accidentally taken several photographs that had a small degree of artistic merit.

Joining NVPS in 2010, he entered competition trying several approaches -- Architectural, portrait, landscape, journalistic, travel, and nature. In the end, the old adage proved true - do what you love. Winning awards during his first full year of competition got Tom promoted out of novice. But the typical winning photo was a nature image – and being out in nature is what Tom enjoys most. And thus an accidental photographer was born.

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Field Trips

November 16th - 17th: Bombay Hook

No details have been provided as of press time, but this will be an overnight trip to photograph migratory waterfowl at Bombay Hook, Delaware. http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Bombay_Hook/

More details about trip logistics will be provided at club meetings and on the website. Only paid up members and their family members can participate in Field Trips.  If you would like to sign up for this trip or have any questions, please contact Chuck Campbell or Tom Pratuch, the field trip coordinators at field-trip@nvps.org.

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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

Elected Board
President - Mike Whalen - president" at "nvps.org
Co-VP Programs - Jamie Kiechlin - jkiechlin" at "asce.org
Co-VP Programs - Willa Siegel - willas4111" at "aol.com
VP Operations - Brian Payne - bpayne45" at "yahoo.com
Co-VP Competition - Susan Phillips - competition" at "nvps.org
Co-VP Competition - Beth Morris - tenfrwrd" at "verizon.net
Treasurer - Tom Brett - tombrettphoto" at "cox.net
Secretary/Historian - Georgette Grossman - ggrossman" at "cox.net

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Remember to sign up for this year's Portfolio Project.  You can do so either by going to the website or by seeing Ken and his laptop at the meetings. To sign-up online use the directions below.

See you there, Ginger Werz-Petricka and Ken Barnett

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Notice: The information about workshops and events not sponsored by or affiliated with NVPS are provided as an informational courtesy to Members. Individuals should review the detailed rules and conditions for contests and gallery shows to determine what impact entering an image has on the photographer's rights and ownership of the submitted images. Review the descriptions of workshops to see whether participation in a particular workshop would actually meet your 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 :


Member News for Patricia Deege

Congratulations to Patricia Deege, whose collection, Africa: The Living Wild, was selected for display in the entrance lobby of the Reston Association Building from Nov. 1 to Nov. 29. Her show is sponsored by the League of Reston Artists and Cassidy Turley Realty. The building is at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston.

Member News for Willa Friedman

Congratulations to former NVPS President, Willa Friedman, who will have a solo exhibition of her images Reflections at 1st Stage Gallery from Nov. 23 to Dec. 29. NVPS members and guests are invited to a reception at the theater on Sunday afternoon, November 24, from 4:30 to 6:30.

The gallery is part of 1st Stage Theater in the Tysons Corner area at 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22102
Phone: (703) 854-1856 For a map and directions, see: http://www.1ststagespringhill.org/directions.html.


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Exhibition Opportunities

Comet ISON Photo Competition

Sky & Telescope magazine welcomes submissions to the Comet ISON Photo Contest. (See the Editor's Note at the bottom of the newsletter for more information about this comet.)

In addition to recognition in the magazine and online, the top three winners will receive Celestron prizes described on their website. The deadline for submissions is December 31st.


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November 3rd - Partial Solar Eclipse

Sunrise on Sunday morning, November 3rd will occur with the sun in a partial solar eclipse. We need special filters to look directly at the sun, but at sunrise and sunset we can view it and photograph it briefly without risking eye damage. In the Washington area, the sun rises during the final stage of the eclipse, with the moon covering 1/3 of the sun as it rises at 6:39 AM. (The sun will be at 120 degrees azimuth - roughly east-southeast.) The eclipse will be over at 7:10, so we will need a low eastern horizon to view/photograph the rising sun with a "bite" missing. See the Sky & Telescope website for more eclipse details at:

As we are in a period of high sunspot activity, we may also be treated to a few sunspots as well. CRITICAL - do not stare at the sun without appropriate filters once it is fully above the horizon. The article has a link to a page explaining how to safely observe the sun.

November 9th - Heart Walk

The American Heart Association (AHA) is looking for a few "wonderful" photographers to donate their time at the American Heart Associations’ Heart Walk event!

Heart Walk is on Saturday, November 9th from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. The walk takes place on The National Mall between 7th and 14th streets. AHA is expecting 6,000-8,000 walkers from DC, VA and MD to attend the event and would be happy to recognize volunteer photographer's business/name for their in-kind donation on a sign at Heart Walk. AHA will also send a letter that states the volunteer's time was a tax deductible donation for AHA.

For questions or participation, please contact: Stephanie Weiss at Stephanie.weiss" at "heart.org or 703-248-1715.

Stephanie Weiss
Special Events Administrator
Greater Washington Heart Walk

November 9 & 10 - Nature Visions

First I would like to thank everyone that participated. NatureVisions appreciates the time and effort you put into preparing and submit your images. It was truly a wonderful collection.

Twenty-eight NVPS members had 93 images juried for the 2013 NatureVisions Expo to be held the weekend of November 8-10. Congratulations to all.

Of special note is Marilyn Gaizband's Eurasian Owl which was selected Best in Category in the Bird category. Also, special mention is due Claire Carol's Family Time, Nancy Dubiell's Father and Son, Marilyn Gaizband's Mandrill, and Ursy Potter's Snack Time which have been selected for NatureVisions travelling exhibit for the upcoming year. Beth Morris' Wall of Fire received votes from all three judges.

The entire list of NVPS juried images is posted on the NVPS website.

Best in Category winners are:
Birds - Marilyn Gaizband, NVPS: Eurasian Owl
Wildlife - Patricia Deege, VPS (and NVPS): The Pushing Contest
Macro - Steve Heap, MWCC: Sunday Lunch
Abstract - Greg Holden, NIHCC: Points
Water - John Norvell, NIHCC: Elakala Falls
Landscapes - Stan Collyer, NIHCC: Mount Kirkjufell, Iceland
Flora - Greg Holden, NIHCC: Centurion

Finally, I would like to say that the overall quality of all images submitted for consideration was outstanding and the judges had a difficult time making their selections. Like any competition, only so many images could be selected and, unfortunately, many excellent ones were not chosen. Another day and another set of judges and the results could very well have been different.

John Quigley
NatureVisions Rep

November 14th - 17th - Delmarva Nature & Wildlife Photography Summit

The Delmarva Nature and Wildlife Photography Summit is taking place the week after Nature Visions, November 14-17. The summit will be located at the Marine Science Consortium on Wallops Island, VA. Photography locations include Chincoteague, Assateague and restricted Wallops Island.

The instructors include Jim Clark, Nikhil Bahl, and Brain Zwit. The 5% Early Bird Registration Discount has been extended to September 27th. The web site is located at the following link: http://msconsortium.org/#/delmarva-summit-workshops/4570418417

Curtis Gibbens

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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.

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

Sam D'Amico

Sam was our judge for April 2013. He asked that we post this information: "Thank you to all who extended their hospitality and made me feel welcome. If you're interested here's a post on my website that was inspired by our meeting:" http://samdamico.com/different-point-view/

See Sam's website for more information about his services: Sam D'Amico Photography - Original Photography and Excellent Photography Instruction. Classes held in Washington DC and Online--Introduction To Photography classes start monthly

Alan DeFelice

Alan was our October 2013 judge. He is a professional photographer who has done raptor photo workshops at Nature Visions. For several years Alan has been a partner with Virginia Digital Photo Safaris.

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 round.

David Heagy

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/.

Corey Hilz

Corey was our speaker for the April 2013 program. 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/

Don Johnson

Don was our speaker for the October 2013 program. He specializes in zoo photography and does guest lecture at photo clubs thoroughout the area. He sells his zoo/animal photos on his website and has done workshops at Nature Visions. See his website for details: www.sunspotimages.com

Adam Jones

Adam Jones was our Programs speaker in September 2013. He is a popular and respected workshop instructor and lecturer. Adam teaches photography workshops around the world helping students reach their full potential in the exciting world of digital photography. He has taught for Canon, Popular Photography & Imaging, and Maine Photographic Workshops.

Adam is noted for his enthusiastic down to earth approach and his ability to communicate effectively with all skill levels. A listing of his current workshops can be found here on his website:

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/

Roy Sewall

Roy was our May 2013 Portfolio Critiquer. 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

James Steele

James Steele 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/

Joshua Taylor, Jr.

Josh Taylor is a past NVPS president and was our September 2013 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

Frank Van Riper

Frank Van Riper was our March 2013 judge. In addition to teaching at Photoworks, he offers a variety of acclaimed workshops in great locations. Frank and his wife, Judith Goodman, lead sold-out photography workshops in Italy, Maine and Washington DC. They invite you to join them for low-key, hands-on instruction in some of the world’s most beautiful settings. See their website for the current opportunities: http://gvrphoto.com/wp/?page_id=82

Alexander "Sasha" Vasiljev

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

Wayne Wolfersberger

Wayne Wolfersberger is a NVPS member, past President, and was our October 2013 Digital Members Gallery 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/

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Manfrotto 679B Monopod and Manfrotto monopod tilt head plus quick release plate. Used once. Have all original packaging and manuals. Great for sport or bird shooting. Ready for use or gift giving! Asking $40.00 Contact Georgette Grossman: ggrossman" at "cox.net

Nikon Coolpix P7000

10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.1x Wide Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens and 3-Inch LCD, two batteries, charger, (28-200mm VR equivalent), Magic Lantern Guide book. $200. See review at http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/coolpix/p7000.htm

Contact Dan Ward at: danlward"at "aol.com

Nikon D70

three batteries, charger, body only. $40. Great condition. See review at: http://www.photographyblog.com/news/cnet_reviews_nikon_d70/

Contact Dan Ward at: danlward"at "aol.com

Nikon D7000

Used very little. Under 10,000 shutters. In pristine condition, just like new for $600. Also selling AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300 mm F 3/5-5.6 ED VR Lens for $700.
Call Susan, 703.999.6412

Canon 1Ds Mark III

Camera body; low shutter count (around 30,000 out of rated 300,000). Excellent condition with no external marks. Included are all the accessories and original box. Also includes a free L-bracket ($180.00 value) for Arca-Swiss style clamps. Asking $2500.00.
Contact Dennis Govoni at: dngovoni" at "verizon.net

Bronica Etrsi

medium format film camera with two lenses (normal and wide-angle).
Contact Erwin A. Siegel, for details and pricing, or make offer. All in mint condition.
Erwin A. Siegel, ex NVPS Editor and member.
home: 703-960-6726
cell: 703-407-0408
email: ErwinEAS" at "verizon.net

Spudz Microfiber in Flip Pouch

The club has a supply of Spudz.  Great for cleaning your lens and camera. These are a large size, 10x10 inches, and are emblazoned with the club logo!  Don't be fooled by other cheaper models.  These are in the flip pouch. I will be selling them at club meetings for the amazing price of $10/each or $20 for two.
Bob Friedman

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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 guidebooks 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

Late November and early December may offer photographers a fairly rare photographic opportunity. Many astronomers are predicting that Comet ISON will be "the Comet of the Century." Recently discovered, this will be the first time this sun-grazing comet has come around the sun. Because it is a sun-grazer, it has the potential of putting on a pretty spectacular visual display. However, this is far from a sure thing. It could fizzle and just be something that only astronomers will see. But some believe this may be a comet so bright it will even be visible in the daylight and could provide some spectacular nighttime photos.


If you encounter a problem reading FotoFax on your system, please let me know.

Newsletter Editor, Dan Ward

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Copyright 2013 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.