Make It Personal
A couple years ago I gave a presentation called Getting your photos out of your computer (http://nvps.org/home/?p=291) and the points I made then are still valid today. Photographers these days take (and keep) thousands of photographs but only share them digitally. How sad!
With the holiday season approaching, you may want to create a special gift for a friend and/or family member. What better way than to include your images as part of that gift?
The following is an updated list of resources I found on the web. I am sure there are more.
Have fun with your images and get them out of your computer!
The Ask Me a Question Table will be each Tuesday from 7:00pm to 7:30pm before the meeting. Two of our more experienced photographers will be manning the table.
November 4th: Robert Madden– The Photo Essay
The photo essay is being revived, thanks to online venues to post essays, create e-books and digitally printed books. Many professional photojournalists, due to a dramatically changed marketplace, have moved away from assignment photography to photo essays.
He'll also discuss the deep satisfaction that can come from moving away from a "one-shot" image mentality toward the world of essays and will encourage his class to take these steps.
As a staff photographer for National Geographic magazine for over 15 years, Bob Madden produced the photographs for more than twenty stories (he wrote some, too), and for several National Geographic books. Travels across all seven continents exposed him to an extraordinary diversity of cultures and customs, from the Yanomamo Indians in the jungles of Venezuela, to street life in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay, the area Bob calls home. Bob has also been immersed in travel photography from another perspective: he served as Senior Assistant Editor and Director of Design at the National Geographic magazine and picture editor for National Geographic Kids magazine and National Geographic Books. His long list of awards and credits include: Magazine Photographer of the Year (twice); College Photographer of the Year; University of Wisconsin Distinguished Alumni Award; and design awards from the Society of Publication Designers, The New York Art Directors Club, and Communication Arts.
The Co-VPs for Programs for this year are Tami Stieger and Willa Siegel.
The line-up of speakers for this Society year is as follows:
November 11th: Anonymous Critque – Sandi Croan
Our E&T meeting for November 11 is an anonymous critique. Anyone may submit digital images as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org . The digital image must meet the same file size/image pixel width/height as for NVPS competition. The image maker will not be identified unless that person chooses to do so during the judging.
The judge is our own (and very experienced) photographer Sandi Croan. She will provide a critique with possible improvements for each image submitted if possible. Members are asked to only submit one image if they are level 2 or 3 and no more than two if they are level 1. Submissions must be made by November 7 so Sandi can review and plan her comments for the 11th. While anyone may submit however many they choose, we can not promise that all submissions from any one person will be reviewed because of time constraints.
So this is a chance to obtain great advice about your images without the "Darn I didn't get a prize!" feeling and expensive workshop costs.
Sandi Croan is an independent photographer from Centreville who has been living in Northern Virginia since 1978. She specializes in landscape, nature, and travel photography with an eye for capturing the unique and creating fine art for homes and offices.
Sandi has won numerous competitions and awards for her fine art photographs. She has been awarded Photographer of the Year and Print of the Year numerous times as well as Versatile Photographer of the Year by Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS) and won both Best in Show and 2nd Place at the juried Meadowlark Photo Expo in Vienna, VA. Her images have been selected to be put on permanent display at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts. She has been juried into numerous art shows including; the prestigious VisArts of Rockville Exhibitions, Fairfax County Council of the Arts Show (Unlocked), and The Fraser Gallery International Photography Exhibition as well as many others. Sandi was a featured artist in Elan Magazine, and her photograph “Blue Lagoon” was on the cover. She has also had photographs published in other local and national magazines.
Sandi has sold many of her photographs to private, corporate and government clients, and does shows for businesses and other local events. In addition, Sandi has recently/or currently is displaying her art at Broadway Gallery, The Blue Iguana restaurant in Fairfax, Meadowlark Gardens, Cub Run Recreation Center, Trummers on Main Street Restaurant, and the Fairfax County Government Center.
Sandi has been an active member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS) since 2004 and has served in a variety of board positions. She served as President of NVPS for two terms from 2009-2011. She also is a speaker and serves as a judge for area photographic clubs, competitions and exhibitions. Sandi will also be presenting some of her prints during the Member's Gallery on October 28. (See below)
You can see a sample of Sandi’s work on www.sandicroanphotography.com.
The schedule of Education and Training presentations for this season are as follows:
The Education and Training Coordinator for this year is Tom Pratuch.
November 18th: Judging by Corey Hilz
There is no theme for November's Competition Night, November 18th.
Corey Hilz is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. He finds the diversity in nature and cultures around the world offer boundless opportunities for new images. Corey approaches his subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective. He goes beyond the documentary image to show a unique perspective using color, shape and line. He strives to share the beauty of a destination you have never seen and provide a new perspective on a familiar subject. While Corey has collected diverse images from extensive travel, he also finds some of the most interesting subjects close to home.
The Co-VPs for Competition for this year are Jamie Kiechlin and Beth Morris.
Here are the Competition Themes and the dates for the remaining themed competitions.
Oldies - January 20, 2015
Still-Life - February 17, 2015
For this theme, a still-life is defined as an artistic arrangement or collection of non-moving inanimate objects, either natural or man-made. The arrangement can be arranged by the photographer or someone else such as in a store-front window of flower bouquet. Please, no architectural subjects such as buildings or bridges, people, landscapes or moving objects for this theme. The still-life must be the main subject of the image.
Street Photography - May 19, 2015
For this theme “street photography” is defined as a photograph featuring 1) the human condition or 2) the relationship or interaction between people and their surroundings. A street photo example could be a candid, semi-candid or spontaneous (but not staged) photo of a person (or persons) in a public, private or open place doing something other than posing for you to take their picture.
The full list of competition results is available on the NVPS web site at http://nvps.org
1st Place - Robert Granger Benson - Cape Breton Sunset
1st Place - George Lafko - Lanterman Falls
1st Place - Fran Bastress - Reflection with Lily Pads
1st Place - Kevin Egan - Below Dark Hallow
Some winning images from October:
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.
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.
Welcome to everyone who has signed up for this year’s Portfolio Project. And for those of you who are thinking about participating, no worries, there is time to join us. To refresh your memory, we have added a link to the presentation we did to introduce Portfolio a few weeks ago, or you can pick up a flyer and handout during the regular meeting.
You might be asking yourself, why take the time from my busy schedule to do a portfolio? I say, think of this as a way to explore a subject that interests you, or to stretch yourself by approaching something new. Are you preparing for a solo show, or want the material to sell that idea to a gallery or other venue? Use the project as a way to develop your skills and have a product to show. Besides, though this is not about competition with other people, it is a good way to create show worthy images for the future.
And as an added value you will have two opportunities for feedback on your work. This is such a good learning experience that I am sure you will enjoy the project and benefit from the exercise.
Ginger and Ceasar
This year’s co-chairs for the project are Ginger Werz-Petricka and Ceasar Sharper.
November 25th: "Aurora Borealis, Alaska and Iceland" with Jim Norman
Jim Norman will provide an illustrated introduction to the aurora borealis — the northern lights — and how to photograph them. The presentation will provide background on what causes these dancing lights, the best times and place to photograph them, the equipment you will need, field techniques, and basic processing in Lightroom.
The Forum Coordinator for this year is Susan Phillips.
On November 25, Ceasar Sharper will present his prints and John Eppler will present his digital images for November's Members Gallery.
Ceasar Sharper's photographic journey began when he took a photography course in college. That was a very long time ago when he began to learn the fundamentals of focus, exposure and composition. Unfortunately, the development of his photography skills stalled upon his graduation from college and commissioning into the Armed Forces.
After retiring as a colonel in the Air Force, he began to dabble into digital photography. He purchased by first bridge camera in 2005 and a digital single lens reflex in 2008. He made the commitment to grow beyond the basics and improve his skills after seeing the juried in photographs at the 2009 Nature Photography Expo at Meadowlark. Those outstanding photographs provided the inspiration he needed and caused him to search a club to support his renewed interest in photography.
He attributes much of his photography improvement to his membership in NVPS. He learned a lot from the critiques of all competition entries over the first eight months of competition; he even waited until May 2010 before he felt he knew enough to submit his first completion entry where he earned a Third Place in Black & White prints. The following club year he applied the insight and acquired skills which resulted in his being awarded the 2011 Versatile Photographer of the Year in the Novice Category.
While Ceasar photographs several of the different types of photography, his passion is wildlife and landscapes. The photographs he selected for Members Gallery include his Juried in Prints from Nature Visions and the NVPS End of Year award winners.
Since 2011 he has been an active member in NVPS. He participated in the Portfolio Project and provided a Members Gallery presentation on Civil War Reenactments. Currently Ceasar is the Co-Chair for the Portfolio Project and a Nikon shooter.Ceasar's website can be found at http://csharperphotography.com/
John Eppler has been a member of NVPS for a couple years. He initially came to a meeting over two years ago to visit and decided that when the time was right and he had retired he would join. In the first year of competition he was promoted from Class 1 to Class 2.
John has been taking photos most of his life, with Kodak box cameras, but did not get serious until 1972 when a friend loaned him a 35mm SLR for his driving trip west. He took many wonderful pictures. A picture from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison hangs on his living room wall. John photographed with Minolta cameras for several years, developing and printing transparencies, but in 2003, he finally came “out of the closet” and bought his first digital camera.
John considers himself an advanced amateur, only because he does not sell enough images to earn a living at it. He has a website to show his images (http://johnepplerphoto.com), but has sold only a few. John is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and has been a co-organizer for Unexpected Treasure Meetup. He will be the organizer for the new Northern Virginia NANPA Nature Photography Meetup.
Most of the classes John has taken have been informal seminars and workshops with Kelby, NANPA, George Lepp or Nature Visions. He regularly views webinars on several topics on Lightroom, Photoshop and general photography topics. John has been an intense reader of photography magazines for years, including Petersen’s Photographic, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Natures Best and Nature Photographer.
For a couple of years, John shot commercial photography for sports teams, mainly to develop a consistent method that gets repeatable results. So to speak, he was developing discipline for taking portraits and group shots. He found it was very boring, but educational. John's primary love is wildlife and landscape. He is so impressed with animal behavior and the beauty of our parks and wild places. National Wildlife Refuges are his favorite places to photograph.
John has two Canon 7Ds with a wide assortment of lenses, but his favorite lens is his 500mm f4 (Big Mama). His favorite gadget is CamRanger and motorized head. They allow him to setup the camera and remotely operate from his tablet.
The Member's Gallery Coordinator for this year is Colena Turner. Presentations schedued for this season are:
November 8: To the Waterside Woolen Mill, Woodbury, Pa.
Note: A second field-trip to the woolen mill has been scheduled for Saturday, November 22. Send email to email@example.com or contact Bill Millhouser if you are interested in attending this trip. Attendance will be limited to the first 14 people who sign up.
History: The Waterside Woolen Mill is one of the oldest operating woolen mills in the USA. The mill was built on land deeded by the heirs of William Penn to Abraham Oberholtzer in 1785. In 1806 John Snider purchased the land and erected a mill on the banks of Yellow Creek.
The mill shut down in the 1960s but was reactivated in 1990 to manufacture traditional Pennsylvania wool blankets. The equipment used in the mill dates from the latter 1800s to the early 1900s. It includes several Compton& Knowles Looms dating from the 1870s. The mill consists of a large three story building with attic.
Directions: The mill’s address is 0.4 miles past 2526 Woodbury Pike, Loysburg, PA 16659. From the Capital Beltway, take i270 to Frederick, MD; i70 to Breezewood, PA; Rt 30 West (5-6 miles); Rt 26N (6-7 miles); Rt 36N (6 miles); Mill is on the right.
Driving time from the firehouse should be less than 2½ hours from the Dunn Loring Fire House. We will have access to the mill from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; however, a later arrival is fine. (We will plan to arrive by 10:00 AM).
Cost: The cost of this field trip is $67.50 per person. Payment will be cash only and accepted on entry. Exact change is appreciated.
Tour details: The mill is completely operational and you will see partially completed cloth/blankets in the looms. The machines will not be operating during the field trip due to safety considerations. We will be able to explore and photograph all parts of the mill including the old mill race.
There is a bathroom in the mill and restaurants are close-by for lunch. The mill is not heated so dress accordingly for this time of year.
More information and example images:
Google Images: click here to see Google Images of the Mill
Chuck Campbell has had to resign from the Board as Co-VP of Competition. Jamie Kiechlin has accepted the position. The following is an updated list of our elected officers for program year 2014-2015. A full list of all current NVPS Board members and their club contact information can be found at: http://nvps.org/home/?page_id=23
2014 NatureVisions Nature and Fine Arts Exhibits
NatureVisions 2014 will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, George Mason University, Prince William Campus, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Virginia, November 14 -16. 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.
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.
Volunteers Requested for Natures Best
Photoworks Master Lecture Series
November 1 - 15, 2014, 1-2 PM
Saturday, Nov 1, 1-2 pm: James Steele: The Eloquent Black and White Landscape
$15 advance ticket purchase
Four veteran photographers—all of them award-winning, internationally acclaimed and brimming with experience and great stories—will inaugurate the Photoworks Master Lecture series next month at Glen Echo Park in partnership with 2014 FOTOWEEK DC, a celebration of photography in the Metropolitan Region. The four photographers are long-time instructors at Photoworks, who among them have decades of teaching and real world experience to share.
Tickets to the events are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Space is limited and first-come, first-served. The four lectures will be held on four consecutive Saturdays, from 1-2 PM, in the newly-restored Annex building next to Glen Echo’s historic Spanish Ballroom. RSVP for the Photoworks Masters Lecture Series by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll send you a confirmation email, with instructions for payment.
Frank "Tico" Herrera
Photoworks Photography School and Gallery is a true community of artists and students -- devoted to the art of both film and digital photography. Celebrating over 40 years of photography in the arts enclave of Glen Echo Park, MD, Photoworks is a creative force for visual arts in Montgomery County, and was recently honored as an Outstanding Partner in the Arts at Glen Echo's 2014 Gala In the Park.
For more information about Photoworks, please visit www.glenechophotoworks.org or follow us on facebook at glenechophotoworks.
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.
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:
Fred Siskind had a photo of a parasitized tobacco hornworm in the 2014 GRIT Guide to Homestead DIY Projects. GRIT publishes magazines focused on rural America.
Member Jan Ponder's photo encaustics are being displayed at the Fairfax County Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike. The display is by the supervisors offices and will be shown September through November 30. Photo encaustic is the process of combining a photograph with encaustic medium and paint. More importantly, though, is the manner in which the encaustic medium actually transforms a photograph, the paper it’s printed on and the interaction with backlight.
Member David Heagy was selected by American Automobile Association Travel to lead a 10-day eastern Caribbean Photography Cruise from March 3 to 13, 2015, aboard the Grandeur of the Seas leaving from Baltimore, Md. If you are interested, contact David at: 703-790-2600.
Figure It Out! DC National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery invites artists all over America to investigate the contemporary art of the portrait for the third Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, to be held in 2014. The competition and resulting exhibition will celebrate excellence and innovation, with a strong focus on the variety of portrait media used by artists today. The National Portrait Gallery welcomes single figures, groups, or self-portraits, created in any visual arts medium. The competition is named for Virginia Outwin Boochever (1920–2005), a former Portrait Gallery volunteer whose generous gift has endowed this program. Entries are only accepted electronically, through Café.org/WESTAF, accessed via the National Portrait Gallery's web site, portraitcompetition.si.edu, from September 1 until November 30, 2011.
Entry to the competition — and submission of JPEG images — is be available online through Café.org/WESTAF for a nonrefundable registration fee of $35. Artists who wished to submit time-based media (video, film, digital or web-based work) find instructions for entry on the competition web site. Artists have the option to submit a statement about their work, their particular entry, and/or the circumstances of the creation of the portrait. Dimensions and medium information are also requested.
The first round of jurying will be done online through Café.org/WESTAF. Judges will identify the semifinalists, whose works will be transported to Washington, D.C., at the Portrait Gallery's expense. The final selection of winners and other exhibitors will be made from those original semifinalist portraits. All works transported to Washington, whether chosen for the exhibition or not, will be returned to the artists at the Portrait Gallery's expense. The public will have an opportunity to vote for its favorite work among the finalists through the People's Choice Award.
Washington School of Photography (WSP)
Located within WSP, the Washington Gallery of Photography hosts monthly gallery shows, open to the public, and consisting of work from mid-Atlantic Photographers. They hold regular gallery receptions, hosted on the first Friday of each month. See details on their calendar at: http://www.washingtonschoolofphotography.com/
Mason District Supervisor's Office Photography Exhibit
The office of Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross has offered NVPS their walls to show our work. The supervisor likes to have art on the walls in the center which is on Columbia Pike in Annandale. It isn't a very large space, and we can hang about three dozen pictures. We have the area from approximately March 1 through May 31, 2015. Supervisor Gross likes images of the local area. So, there is still time to photographic some great places in Fairfax County. More information will follow as we work out the details. — Willa Friedman, Coordinator of Exhibits Other than Nature Visions
Fifth Annual Joseph Miller Juried Abstract Photography Exhibit
Entries for the Fifth Annual Joseph Miller Juried Abstract Photography Exhibit will be accepted starting December 27, 2014, and the deadline for submission of entries is February 25, 2015. If the four previous Joseph Miller Annual Juried Abstract Photograhy Exhibits are any gauge, this fifth exhibit will show examples of outstanding abstract photographs and should not be missed by serious photographers and anyone interested in art.
Last year there were 421 entries received from 101 photographers in four states and South Africa and 116 were in the exhibit. Several hundred folks visited the exhibit. All the comments were positive and praised the quality and variety of the images in the exhibit. Sales exceeded expectations and one image was sold twice (two different buyers).