Volume 49 – No. 8.2

Founded 1965 – our 48th Year

April 2014

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 Results

   Competition Image Use
Members' Gallery
Education and Training - 2
Board of Directors and Nominees

Portfolio Project
   Members News
   Exhibition Opportunities
   Workshop Offerings
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04/01 Monthly Program: Mary Louise Ravese - Abstract Photography

Field Trip: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Fells Point
04/08 Education & Training: Matthew Schmidt – Anonymous Critique
04/08 Swap Meet: A Swap Meet will follow the regular meeting

Competition: Sue Bloom– Famous Places Theme

Forum – Bill Vanderpool – Survival for Outdoor Photographers
Gallery Prints –Chuck Campbell
Gallery Digital – Marilyn Gaizband and Sam Schaen

Education & Training-2: Joel Goodman – Camera Technology

Monthly Program: Karen Messick – Macro and Impressionism

End of Year Banquet: Best Western Tysons Westpark Hotel

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

To protect our members from email spam, personal email addresses in this newsletter have "@" replaced with " at " Please remember to substitute the "@" when attempting to contact any of the people.

All meetings for the club year will start at 7:30 PM at the Dunn Loring Fire Station. The doors will open at 6:45 PM for a "meet and greet."

Remember to lock your car and place valuables out of sight. Please remember to take seats immediately when the meeting starts and to silence cell phones.

Please check the website and FotoFax for the club's policy on weather closings. Check WTOP www.wtop.com or Fairfax County School systems web site for closings. You can also sign up for emails or cell phone alerts: http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.shtml

President's Message

April 2014

I’m sure most of us are happy to see the month of March quickly fade away in the rearview mirror. Hail springtime! Finally we can do some serious outside photography again without the fingers and toes going numb.

The cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin have been delayed by a week or so and now will occur in early April. As of this writing, peak might be April 8-12, but watch the news carefully as the dates could change. My advice is to get there very early in the morning, (like around 5:30am) and certainly bring a flash and tripod. IMO, the first light is best. Pick a non-windy, non-weekend day if possible. See last month’s message for more information. If the weather doesn’t spoil the party, this is the best show in town this month and it’s free.

April is also a good time for tulips. The Franciscan Monastery in northeast DC comes highly recommended with a beautiful garden and interesting architecture. Also check out what’s in bloom at the US National Arboretum (northeast DC); and see Burnside Farms in Haymarket, VA for a local tulip farm.

If you haven’t heard the news, camera chain Calumet unexpectedly filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on March 13 for its US stores. Two remaining popular local brick and mortar stores in Northern Virginia are PhotoCraft (Burke) and Ace Photo (Ashburn). Check them out if you are feeling the loss of Calumet.  Whenever possible, support your nearby stores since its good for everybody including our local economy. In many cases these stores will match valid low internet pricing. If you are looking for very decent prints at a great price, try Costco. In the past many of my images were printed there and I was always very satisfied with the quality. Upload the images, and pick up the prints in an hour.

The field trip on Saturday, April 5 will be to the historic waterfront neighborhood in Baltimore known as the Inner Harbor and the adjacent Fell’s Point area. Expect to see old colorful buildings, wall murals, the Baltimore skyline, tall ships, interesting shops, cafés, and people plus more. More information is available on the NVPS website and the FotoFax newsletter. Be sure to contact Chuck or Tom to sign up.

If you are interested in taking a workshop to extend your skills, look first in FotoFax under “Workshop Offerings”. Many or our judges and speakers who provide photo tours and workshops are listed there along with links to their websites. It is a good place to start.

Also, mark your calendars; the date has been set for the End-Of-Year Banquet for Friday evening, June 6 at the Best Western Tysons Westpark hotel. More details will be announced soon.

Final thoughts
Enjoy the month of April and I hope you all have the time and inspiration to take many great pictures this month!

Mike Whalen

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Monthly Program

April 1st: Mary Louise Ravese – Abstract Photography

Mary Louise Ravese returns to NVPS as our April speaker. Making the successful abstract photograph – from subject selection to techniques and design. Capturing abstract images can hone the photographer’s eye and inspire improvement in both traditional and creative photography. Mary Louise will share her observations on how to make a compelling abstract photograph, as well as how the process has influenced her personally. She will describe the many ways that her abstract explorations have evolved how sees photographically and approaches a broad range of subjects from nature to architecture, still life and beyond.

For over 20 years, Mary Louise has specialized in outdoor color photography from locations across the U.S., Europe and Japan. Her favorite subject matter includes country landscapes, nature close-ups, interesting architectural details and wildlife. She draws inspiration from a variety of visual arts to produce photographs often described as painterly.

Using both film and digital equipment, her photographs are about intriguing juxtapositions of vibrant colors, distinctive shapes, and unique textures. She believes it is important to stay true to nature and does not digitally manipulate her photographs to generate unrealistic images and instead takes the time and care to produce the best in camera images possible!

Mary Louise studied photography through the University of California Berkeley and Santa Cruz extension programs. She also credits a number of photography mentors including Barbara Brundege, Mark Citret, Jean-Louis Martinetti and Harold (Doc) Edgerton. She is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association, the American Society of Picture Professionals, and the Equine Photographers Network.

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Education & Training

April 8th: Matthew SchmidtAnonymous Critique (and Swap Meet)

NVPS members have an opportunity to submit one or two photos for our upcoming anonymous critique. This critique will be conducted by Matthew Schmidt of Lorelei Studios and also a member of NVPS.

Matt will be providing his constructive feedback on the images submitted and the photographer's name will not be announced. Particularly for newer members with less experience in competitions, the anonymous critique enables the photographer to get feedback in a public setting without being identified.

Depending on the number of images submitted, Matt will evaluate one, two or more per photographer. Please indicate which image you'd like to be shown first, second.

Use the same size limits as we have for digital competitions. Send your image(s) by email to the following:
education" at "NVPS.org

We look forward to seeing your work!

Claire and George
Education and Training coordinators

Some NVPS members have requested that we add a swap meet to an upcoming meeting. We anticipate that the April 8 meeting would be the easiest one to accommodate this activity.

If you are interested in participating in a buy/sell/swap meet please attend our April 8 meeting. We will first conduct our normal club business followed by the anonymous critique session and then move on to the swap meet.

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April 15th: Competition – Judge Sue Bloom – Famous Places Theme

Co-Vice Presidents of Competition, Susan Phillips and Beth Morris are pleased to welcome back Sue Bloom as the judge for our Apri1 15th competition. Sue most recently visited us as our November 2012 Speaker.

Susan Ruddick Bloom is known for her fine art photography. She uses alternative photographic processes and digital manipulation. Sue has been involved in making art on the computer for thirty years, since the introduction of the Mac in 1984. She holds a BFA and a MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is Professor and was a longtime Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at McDaniel College, in Westminster, Maryland.

In addition to her college and workshop teaching and exhibitions Sue leads photo tours throughout the world. She has just returned from Italy and has a trip to France coming up this fall, and Italy again in May 2015. (Current workshops are listed in the Workshops section of the newsletter).

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

She was part of a four-person show, Four Visions, that traveled throughout the US for nearly two years. The show was all infrared photography and contained over 100 images NS recently mounted a semi-retrospective (last 15 years) of 150 pieces of art in December 2013 entitled, Artifacts, at the Rice Gallery.

Sue writes articles for leading photography magazines including Shutterbug and After Capture. She is a regular contributor to Australia’s Better Photoshop Techniques. She conducts live webinars and teaches at the Maine Media Workshop, Glen Echo’s PhotoWorks and Common Ground. Her work may be viewed at: www.suebloom.com .

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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March Competition Results

Our competition for March with judge Andy Jezioro had 115 total entries. Digital Category Class 1 had the most entries with 22; and in the Monochrome Print Category, of all Classes combined, had the most prints with 26 entries. Many thanks to Andy for his interesting, instructive and sometimes humorous critiques. As always our photos keep getting better and those that did not win should also be acknowledged for their participation and in keeping with the club spirit of learning.

Susan Phillips Co-VP Of Competition

Some winning images from March:

Monochrome - 1st Place
Kevin Egan
3 On Black

Class 1 Print - 1st Place
Kevin Egan
Locked Away

Class 2 Print - 1st Place
Carol Tharp
Sunset at Mono Lake

Class 3 Print- 1st Place
Roger Lancaster
Artist's Palette

Class 1 Digital - 1st Place
Claire Louise Carroll

Class 2 Digital - 1st Place
John W. Wiles II
Mom's Sunflower

Class 3 Digital - 1st Place
Amie Tannenbaum
Serpentine Blues

Clicking on any of the images above will display a larger version of the image. These were the highest-level winners in each category who provided permission to use their image this month.

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.  Images are not posted 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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April 22nd: Bill Vanderpool

In his presentation called SURVIVAL FOR OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHERS, Bill Vanderpool will be giving helpful hints and information on basic survival techniques for photographers and others venturing outdoors. Covered will be prevention and basic skills required to Come Back Alive. He will also address acquiring or building a basic survival kit to carry when you leave your car to head down that trail and, most important, how to build a fire. Bill, a former law enforcement officer, has studied survival techniques for many years and has written articles on the subject. He will bring several sample commercial kits with him as well as his own. He has built survival kits for relatives and friends, including hunters and even for a well known actor who hunts in wild country.

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Members Gallery

April 22nd: Prints – Chuck Campbell

Chuck Campbell is currently the CEO of a small Health IT company who considers himself to be an advanced amateur with aspirations of one day shucking his suit and tie and becoming a professional photographer.   He first took up photography in the late 70’s shooting mostly black and white using a Canon AE-1 and printing images in a bathroom that he converted to a darkroom.  During 30 years of moving around the country as a member of the US Air Force, he took a few photography classes, but still shot mostly documentary snapshots.  Throughout those years, Chuck maintained his love for photography and of course the new gadgets and cameras, starting with his first digital camera, the Canon G3 in 2002. 

In 2010, Chuck decided to get more serious about becoming a better photographer and after looking at many options, chose to join NVPS.  He attributes his advancement as a photographer to the wonderful programs and opportunities NVPS offers and the individual members who are always willing to share their insight and experience.  Chuck is currently a Co-VP of field trips and greatly enjoys the opportunity to see new places.  Working to become a better photographer, he is currently a student in the Washington School of Photography’s Professional Program.

One of Chuck’s passions is traveling and exploring new places.  For the Member’s Gallery program he will present printed travel images taken during recent trips to Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. 

April 22nd: Digital – Marilyn Gaizband and Sam Schaen

For the April Member's Gallery, Sam Schaen and Marilyn Gaizband will present digital images from their recent trip to Antarctica. Their trip began in Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina and took them to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic peninsula. They were gone nearly the entire month of November. Of all the trips they've taken, both regard this trip as their favorite.

Sam and Marilyn joined NVPS in September 2003. In 2004, Marilyn and Sam served jointly as co-VPs for competition. Subsequently, Marilyn served as field trip coordinator and Sam served as President, Newsletter Editor, Database Coordinator, VP of Operations, and Special Board Member.

Marilyn received a Nikormat camera from her sister for her 40th birthday. She learned black and white photography including wet darkroom at the Corcoran School. After they met in 1983, she taught Sam photography. He brought his knowledge of computers which would become more important as they moved to digital photography. They will celebrate their 28th anniversary in April.

The two consider themselves serious amateurs. Both have won photography awards. Sam won the NVPS End-of-Year Advanced Digital Image award in 2011. Marilyn has had an Honorable Mention in Natures Best as well as a Best in Bird Category photograph in Nature Visions 2013. The couple mainly photograph wildlife, particularly birds. They enjoy traveling around the U.S. and abroad pursuing their hobby. Some U.S. locations they've explored include Bombay Hook (near Dover DE), Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (near Cambridge MD), and Bosque del Apache (south of Albuquerque). They have photographed in south Texas and the Florida coasts as well. Overseas, they have been to Ecuador, Costa Rica, Argentina, Canada, Kenya, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica.

They both use Nikon digital cameras. Until recently they used D300s. On the trip to Antarctica, they saw the advantages of some of the newer cameras and have recently added a D610 to the collection. They have a variety of lenses that cover from 12mm to 500mm. For their wildlife photography, they mostly use 80-400mm, 200-400mm and 500mm lenses.

Marilyn had a career in Marketing and retired as VP of Marketing from a small firm 5 years ago. Sam is a Computer Engineer who has recently cut his work schedule to half time.

The couple's plans include a trip to Magee Marsh in Northeast Ohio in May to catch warbler migration, a trip to Scotland in June, and a trip to Yellowstone National Park in January 2015.

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Education & Training – Fifth Tuesday

April 29th: Joel Goodman - Camera Technology

Most photographers have some idea of optics and a making an image. The adjunct of that is that most photographers have little idea what is actually happening within the image pipeline. Joel Goodman hopes to demystify some of that, filling in some of that knowledge and helping the photographer understand how a camera operates beginning with the observation that the camera in your hand is a special purpose computer.

Size and weight limit what is practical in cameras. How do we know what camera is best for our needs? He hopes to give the photographer knowledge to ask questions as to where camera technology is going and whether that is interesting or worthwhile to the photographer. The camera is our tool. Knowing how to use it and knowing its limitations (technology limitations) are an imperative.

Joel received his Bachelors in Engineering Physics from Cornell, a Masters in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois, over 30 graduate hours in Physics, and numerous courses in communications and systems engineering. He retired three years ago.

He initially took up photography in 1972 with a Mamiya Sekor 1000. In 2000, after a trip to Alaska during which he shot 28 rolls of high speed Ectachrome ($10/roll, $10/roll processing) shooting a total of 110 rolls that year, he deemed the capital cost to be more than worth the elimination of supply cost for film camera operation and purchased his first digital camera. Pursuing his version of excellence in photography ever since, he says he has not yet reached it. He has attended many workshops with some effect on his photography, which NVPS as re-enforced. His photography interests are nature, sports and automobile.

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Field Trips

April 5th: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Fells Point

On Saturday, April 5th we will explore Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Fells Point.  A historic seaport since the 1700’s it is one of the most photographed and visited areas of the city.    Visually stunning any time of the day, it is one of Baltimore’s favorite locations for photography workshops. Water, nautical sights and historic buildings combine together to provide an abundance of great image opportunities.  Within the Inner Harbor you’ll find the last Civil War vessel afloat, the USS Constellation and the tall ship, Clipper City.   If you like the hustle and bustle of a true urban market, the Inner Harbor houses Harborplace with over 160 popular shops and restaurants where you can wine and dine, visit the Maritime Museum and take in some beautiful Inner Harbor views. 

Adjacent to the Inner Harbor is the Fell's Point historic waterfront neighborhood in the southeastern area of Baltimore.  If you are interested in architectural photography, Fell’s Point, founded in 1730, includes a diversity of historic architecture. Flemish bond brick is used in some of the earliest homes while row housing is prominent in eighteenth and early twentieth century construction. Gabled roof buildings and Victorian homes are also interspersed with other housing.

Baltimore Meeting Place:
A good place to meet is the Corner Bakery Café located across the street from the Baltimore Aquarium.  The address is 500 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore.  On Saturdays the café opens at 6:00am.  On April 5, the morning of our field trip, sunrise is at 7:06am with morning civil twilight at 6:39am.  I recommend meeting around 6:15 to give you time for a relaxing cup of coffee before heading out. Driving time is roughly an hour from the Dunn Loring Fire Station to the café.

Parking:  There is a parking garage directly across from the Corner Bakery Café located at 400 E Pratt St, Baltimore.  Their site says it is open 24/7. On weekends, many garages offer a discounted all-day flat rate of $7-$10. Small self-pay lots tucked around the waterfront area can be a good deal. These unattended lots usually have a flat rate of $5-7 for the day. Park in a spot, and check the number painted on your spot. Slip your cash in the corresponding slot in a metal box.

Getting to Fells Point from the Inner Harbor is quite a long walk.  Instead you can drive or take a nice boat ride on the Baltimore Water Taxi from Harborplace or the Aquarium to Fells Point.  You can get an all-day BWT ticket for $12 and hop on and hop off as much as you like the entire day.

If you are interested in participating in this field trip, either send an email to
field-trip" at "nvps.org or sign up during an NVPS meeting.  Please indicate if you need a ride or if you can volunteer to be a carpool driver.

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NVPS Nominations and Elections
Club Year 2014-2015

The NVPS Constitution and By-Laws require the appointment of a Nominating Committee to prepare a roster of proposed officers, in support of the required annual election. Nominees must agree to serve, if elected. The list of nominees is below and was announced, as required, at the second club meeting in March. 

NVPS members may submit additional nominations by the second club meeting in April, in writing, to the Chairperson of the nominating committee. Nominations from members must be seconded by any club member, other than the candidate. The candidate must confirm in writing his/ her willingness to accept the nomination and serve, if elected.

The NVPS election will be at the first club meeting in May. It will be by voice vote, if there are no additional nominations, or, by written vote, if added nominations have been made. 

The nominating committee members are Willa Friedman (Chairperson), Bob Friedman, Mike Whalen & Georgette Grossman

President: Georgette Grossman
Vice Presidents for Programs:

Willa Siegel & Tami Stieger

Vice Presidents for Competition: Beth Morris & Chuck Campbell
Vice President for Operations:

Kevin Egan

Treasurer: Tom Brett
Secretary/Historian: Fran Bastress

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

Willa Friedman,
Chairperson of the Nominating Committee and Past President 


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Current 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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It is hard to believe that Spring is officially here, finally!!!

The Portfolio Project has been underway for several months now and a lot of you have posted images to your folders in the Gallery.  It has been great to see what you have done, and we encourage you to look at everyone else's images and to give some feedback.  It is always good to hear what other people think of our work, it helps us grow and can be the catalyst that makes a good presentation into a great one.

For those of you who are working on your concepts but have not posted anything yet, we look forward to seeing what you have been doing!

As for the rest of the club, if you have not signed up for the project, you have a little more time.  If you have been working on a concept that you want to share join the project!  Sign up instructions:

1. Get registered as a gallery user by going to http://nvps.org/gallery/main.php and clicking on register (upper right hand corner). Follow the directions on the screen to get yourself a login and password. If you are already a registered user of the gallery then you start at step two.
2. Send your gallery user name (not your password) to portfolio-gallery" at "nvps.org and request Portfolio Project participation.
3. You will receive an email confirming creation of your album at which point you will be able to upload pictures as well as comment on other member's pictures.

The final review is on May 13 so we want to make April 30 the cut off for new entries and changes to existing folders.  Depending on how many people end up uploading images for review we want a maximum of 12 to 15 of your best images plus the artist statement as the number that will be shown for each of you.  For those of you who have a story-like theme it's equally important to establish a flow, dawn to dusk, spring to winter, general to specific, old to new, perhaps a color flow, there are a lot of ways to tell a story.

And then you need to think about how you will present your images to the club on May 13th. After all this effort you should think of how you want to show the world your achievement.  Remember that the restriction on the number of images only extends to the review part of the evening, for your entire portfolio you can include as many images as you feel is appropriate to achieve your goal.

There are a lot of ways to show your work, you can do prints, a book, or even an auto-visual presentation in a laptop.  A number of sources are available and we highly recommend you checking out the excellent presentation by Scott Musson in the club archives at http://nvps.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/PhotoBooksCalendars.pdf

If you do a book, My Publisher, Blurb and Shutterfly all offer easy to follow instructions and quick turn-around time.  The main thing is we want to get a chance to see what you have achieved and it's nice to have something tangible for yourself, your friends and your family.

So remember the dates, upload your final portfolio by April 30 and be there on May 13 for the final review!

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:

NVPS End of Year [EOY] Banquet

The banquet will be on Friday night, June 6th. It will be a wonderful evening of all the winning images from the EOY competition, your NVPS friends, great food and desert, plus recognition of NVPS people. The location will be Tysons Westpark Hotel, right off Leesburg Pike [Rt 7], at 8401 Westpark Drive, Tysons area, McLean, VA. 22102.

Cocktail hour [cash bar] at 6 PM; dinner at 7 PM. The cost is $35 per person in advance [$40 at the door]. The NVPS Board will subsidize each person’s fee to keep the price at $35. It will be a very fun evening. You will be able to pay by check, cash or Paypal through the NVPS website.

Tom Brett, Treasurer

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Exhibition Opportunities


Mark your calendars!
The 2014 NatureVisions Expo will be held Friday, November 14 - Sunday, November 16, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, Prince William Campus, George Mason University, Manassas, Virginia.

The NatureVisions Board is pleased to announce that award winning nature photographer and author, Rick Sammon will be this year's Expo keynote speaker. Rick will also conduct a one-day seminar on Friday, November 14, the opening day of the Expo.

By popular demand Julieanne Kost, Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist for Adobe Systems, will return to the Expo and give two free presentations on Sunday, November 16.

Award winning images from the 2013 Expo can be viewed on our website at: www.naturevisions.org.

Submitted by John Quigley
NVPS NatureVisions Rep

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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 Bahl 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

Sue Bloom

Sue Bloom is scheduled as our April 2014 judge and has the following upcoming workshops scheduled:
Glen Echo’s Photo Works – Digital Collage on April 6 - 10:00 - 4:00
Glen Echo’s Photo Works – Digital Painting on April 26 - 10:00 - 4:00
Common Ground – Digital Painting on June 30 – July 4 - 1/2 day classes
Maine Media Workshop – Digital Collage and Painting – July 27 - Aug 2
French River Cruise – Oct 12 - 25 – Contact Sue for availability details.

See her website for additional information and events: www.suebloom.com .

Sam D'Amico

Sam D'Amico 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 DeFelice 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 Gottlieb was our November 2012 judge. He is Director of Horizon Photography Workshops where he and other instructors offer workshops all year round. The Horizon Summit on March 1- 2 in Wilmington, DE, has lecturers covering travel, landscapes, Photoshop, history, flash, glamour, animals, new equipment, and more. There will be portfolio reviews, a glamour shoot, personal Lightroom and equipment instruction, and an opportunity to talk to the instructors and meet people who share your passion for photography. Plus you can check out the great Wilmington International Exhibit of Photography. More details are on the Horizon website:

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 Hilz was our December 2013 judge and is scheduled as our March 2014 Education and Training speaker. He regularly holds workshops on Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture as well as hosting photo tours. Corey has an all-day Lightroom training session on March 22 - http://coreyhilz.com/classes/lightroom.html

Don Johnson

Don Johnson was our speaker for the October 2013 program. He specializes in zoo photography and does guest lecture at photo clubs throughout 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 Program 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:

Missy Loewe

Missy Loewe was our judge in May 2013. She is the Director of the Washington School of Photography and would like NVPS members to be aware of these upcoming workshops:

Saturday, March 22nd @ 10am - 5pm: Shoot Around Expo Join us for a full day of photography workshops, and have the opportunity to photograph a variety of subjects including a Body Builder, Fire Fighter, Yogi, Fashion Model, Figure and more!

Saturday, April 12th @ 11am: Professional Program Preview. Interested in making photography your new career? Join our Professional Photography preview.

Saturday, May 3rd @ 10am - 4pm: Manufacturer's Demo If you're looking for new lenses, lighting, or other equipment, join us for a manufacturer's demo on May 3rd. This demo will have 2 lighting setups for use, featuring lighting equipment from Dynalite, Rimelight, and models from DC modeling agencies. No need to RSVP - cost is $15 at the door.

Full information on all WSP workshops can be found at: http://washingtonschoolofphotography.com/index.php/workshops

Victoria Restrepo

Victoria Restrepo was our judge in February 2013. She is conducting a Cherry Blossom Photography Workshop sponsored by The Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC. The workshop is intended from beginner to advanced amateur photographers and will provide practical information, tips, techniques and guidance for finding the best places for cherry blossom pictures. The workshop is on Saturday April 12th, from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Details are available at:

Roy Sewall

Roy Sewell 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

Alan Sislen

Alan Sislen was our November 2013 speaker. He specializes in color, black and white and infrared landscape photography. Alan provides individual instruction, classes and workshops on a wide variety of topics. See more at: http://alansislenphotography.com/index.php

James Steele

James Steele was our scheduled judge for the weather-cancelled competition in January 2014. He does individual coaching, tutoring and custom printing support. He can be reached at his gallery in the Torpedo Factory or via his blog at: http://jamesdsteele.blogspot.com/

Joshua Taylor, Jr.

Joshua 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. His website is down as of the date of this newsletter, but you can follow him on his blog at: http://www.talkingphotography.com

Alexander "Sasha" Vasiljev

Sasha Vasiljev 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 Nature Photography Classes available through Fairfax County Parks. See his web site: http://www.waynewolfersberger.com/

The photography classes both begin in late April on into May. The classroom sessions are held in Chantilly High School. The field trips are to local areas that are best suited for the season.

1. Natural World (18 hours - 4 class sessions & 2 Saturday am field trips $168). Class sessions will meet on Thursdays at 7pm.

2. Flower and Garden (10 Hours - 3 class sessions & a Saturday am field trip $91). Class sessions will meet on Tuesdays at 7pm.

For more details, refer to the website listed above or go to: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/
which is the Partkakes on-line site and should be already at the category fine arts and crafts. Then search via key words which should be photography. It will list the photography courses, descriptions etc. Registration can be done at this site by clicking on search schedule and then click on registration.

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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.
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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

While camera technology seems to be reaching new heights every few months, many old institutions are not surviving modern times. Mike Whalen mentioned the loss of Calumet in his note for April. The bankruptcy of Calumet followed that of Penn Camera only two years ago. One after another, local camera stores are finding it hard to survive in a world where high volume internet sales and big box stores can offer prices that are hard for smaller stores to match. It costs money to have a building and staff. Ten years ago, we had dozen camera stores of varying size and service offerings in Northern Virginia. Today, only Photocraft in Burke and Ace in Ashburn offer a full line of cameras and supplies. Those of us who prefer to be able to touch and try equipment before we buy need to patronize these stores, or else they could follow the others into the history books.

Ilford filed for bankruptcy in February. Several NVPS members are concerned about losing their fine line of image papers. Their Gold Fibre Silk is a favorite paper for some NVPS photographers, but we may have to learn if Canson Baryta Photographique is actually as close as some claim. Kodak discontinued many of their films. For a challenge, just try to find Polaroid film for any of their earlier cameras. As Yogi Berra said, The future ain't what it used to be. If there is a message for us, it is that in these turbulent times, we cannot assume our favorite products or stores will be available in the future.

As always, if you encounter any problems reading FotoFax, please let me know.

Newsletter Editor, Dan Ward

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