The fall colors are in full swing in the DC area. I hope everyone has the chance to get out and shoot in the cool crisp autumn air and enjoy the kaleidoscope of seasonal colors. We are blessed to live in a wonderful area to enjoy nature.
We are still needing a Tech Team volunteer. We have two and need a third. If we are fully staffed, you would not have to guarantee attendance at every meeting. The duties involve: setting up the projector and microphones and manning the lights. Please consider volunteering for the position. If you are a new member, it is a great way to get to know the other members of the club.
For the month of November, the Nature Visions Photo Exhibit will be the big event of the month. It is Nov. 13-15 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, George Mason University, Manassas, Va. See their website at http://naturevisions.org/ for additional details.
Our Program speaker for November will be Nikhil Bahl. Nikhil will give a presentation titled “The Power of Simplicity and Expression”. The Education and Training meeting topic is “Exploring Software to Enhance your Creativity”. It will be a good opportunity to see live demos of software and plug-ins for creative effects.The competition judge for November will be Denise Silva from Road Runner Photography Tours. There is no theme for this competition. The Forum will feature a presentation by Susan Phillips titled “Short Ventures to the Pacific Northwest”. The Member’s Gallery will feature Prints by Granger Benson and Digital images by Dennis Govoni.
The November Field Trip will be on the 21st to Baltimore's Inner Harbor and environs.
Congratulations to all of our members who had their images juried into the Nature Visions Expo.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who make NVPS run so smoothly. The coordination by everyone to support the “Portraits” competition theme was awesome.
November 3rd: “The Power of Simplicity and Expression” with Nikhil Bahl
What are you trying to say with your photography? Since photography is a form of visual communication, all photographers should strive for simplicity in their photographs. With a complicated image, the message may not be obvious to the viewer. Simplicity and clarity in thought, process and technique can lead to expressive images that evoke emotion.
In his presentation, Nikhil will discuss inherent connection between simplicity expression, will share ideas on how photographers can make their images more meaningful and convey their message in a distinct style.
Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator, workshop instructor and environmentalist residing in the Washington, D.C., area. Drawing inspiration from nature, Nikhil adopts novel approaches and seeks meaningful interpretations: to create photographs that transcend the commonplace, reflect deeper insights, and convey an enchantment of the subject's beauty.
Examples of Nikhil's work:
Monthly programs for 2015-2016:
The VP for Programs for this year Willa Siegel.
November 10th: Exploring Software to Enhance Your Creativity
For the next Education and Training try the NVPS version of speed dating. We will have work stations setup around the room where you can see demonstrations and ask questions on several types of software. Come visit one or visit all and learn about Photoshop Layers, HDR with Photomatrix Pro, Lightroom Split Toning, Nik Silver Efex Pro, Nik Analog Pro and Nik Color Efex Pro, or explore the basics if you don't yet have developing software. There will be something for everyone!
See you there!
Ginger and Chris
The Education and Training Coordinator for this year is Ginger Werz-Petricka.
November 17th: Judging by Denise Silva
There is no theme for November's Competition.
Recently Denise Silva was a the featured photographer in the “Who's Who in the Kelbyone Community” article in the July/August 2015 Photoshop User Magazine!
As a founding contributor to the Flickr Marketplace, over 250 of Denise’s images have been curated for their gallery and for use and sale in the Marketplace and Getty Images.
For Denise, photography is an extension of who she is. She finds it meditative, creative, challenging, and rewarding from the associated travel through the visualization of a composition to the post processing and production of the final image. She says she can honestly say that her passion is to capture everything she sees. Denise enjoys the natural world, with endless landscapes, waterscapes, and animal wonders, but is just as likely to be found roaming the city shooting street scenes, people, and “urban-cityscapes.”
One aspect of photography that Denise enjoys the most is sharing the experience with friends. Traveling with, shooting with, comparing with friends keeps her motivated and excited about photography, as she am constantly learning new things. To her, these experiences are inspirational and she believes they can elevate each participant’s photography to the next level.
To this end, Denise and Don Rosenberger (NVPS’s judge for September), encouraged by friends; started a photography tour business, Road Runner Photography Tours (http://roadrunnerphotographytours.com/).
Denise says “I look forward to sharing my passion for photography with you and know that our tours will not only take you to great places, but give you an opportunity to build your network of photography friends while enhancing your photography skills through experience and knowledge sharing in a supportive environment. There is no better place to learn and develop your skills than in the field!”
Competition Themes for 2015-2016
Note: The Board reaffirmed that there will be three themed competitions per program year, but there will be no theme competitions in the months of December, January, and February.
The themes for the remaining 2015 – 2016 season are:
Competition Themes for 2016-2017
The themes for 2016–2017 are:
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.
The full list of competition results is available on the NVPS web site at http://nvps.org
Digital - Class 1
Digital – Class 2
Digital – Class 3
Color Prints – Class 1
Color Prints – Class 2
Color Prints – Class 3
First Place images from October:
Additional winning images are available for viewing at http://nvps.org/gallery/v/competitions/2015-2016_Competition_Winners/
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.
A portfolio is a collection of photographs that are representative of your skills and accomplishments. The Portfolio Project runs the entire club year and is a challenge and a learning experience. Everyone is encouraged to participate. It will stretch your photographic skill to develop a body of related work that is more than a collection of your favorite images.
To get started, sign up at any meeting, then check out what other club members have achieved over the years in their portfolios by visiting the club website at http://nvps.org/gallery/v/Portfolio+Project/ . Continue by reviewing your existing images while considering what you like to photograph or even what you wish you could photograph better. Choosing a subject is not easy.
A portfolio needs an Artist's Statement. It can be written before you start your project to guide your journey or after you complete it and know where you've gone . I write an Artist's Statement and keep reviewing it as I take photos. My Artist's Statement is a living document; it changes and evolves. I write it in pencil, not ink! Read Brook Jensen's column from LensWork Magazine on Artist's Statements on our website at http://nvps.org/home/?p=3038 He provides an interesting perspective on what to include and what not to include.
Brian Zwit will be our final critiquer in May.
We will have sign-up sheets at the meetings, or you may sign-up by contacting me or Ceasar Sharper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you progress with the project, you will be able to post your images on the club website. There will be frequent announcements and updates as the year progresses. When the website is set up for portfolio project the detailed instructions will follow. There will also be a critique along the way to help us all stay on track.
Co-chairs for the Portfolio Project for 2015-2016 are Willa Friedman and Ceasar Sharper.
November 24th: “Short Ventures To The Pacific Northwest” with Susan Phillips
Susan Phillips has been an active member of NVPS since 2009. She served as Co-vp of Competitions 2013-14 and also Forum Co-ordinator 2014-15.
Susan has won many ribbons for her work exhibiting in the Claude Moore Photo Expo, Joe Miller Center for Photographic Arts, Vienna Art Society Photo Exhibition and Washington Gardener Magazine. Her work was selected for the Nature Visions Traveling show exhibiting at the Washington School Of Photography, GW Virginia’s Science and Technology Campus, The Workshouse Arts Center and George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Arts Center.
She has been juried into Nature Visions Mid-Atlantic Photography Expo every year since 2009 winning “Best In Show” and ribbons from Lowepro, Olympic Camera, and Corey Hilz Photography. Susan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where photography was part of the curriculum. She used photography as Art Director and also in her Landscape Design careers. Susan says digital photography was the game changer and continues to be inspired and learn through the many activities of the NVPS and its talented group of photographers.
Susan’s forum presentation will focus on her short travels to Alaska; Olympic National Park, Puget Sound, Palouse and Seattle, Washington, areas; and the southern Oregon coast. She emphasizes a variety and amazing amount of photographs can be captured in a week long journey. Her presentation will include landscapes, oceans capes, architecture, flora, fauna and abstracts from these regions with a bit of storytelling and technical data methods about each.
Examples of Susan's work:
Presenters for the remainder of the 2015-2016 Society year are:
Dennis began his photographic journey in 1964 while an undergraduate at Marietta College in Ohio. His motivation was, at first, his realization that the final exam in a course on plant identification would be the identification of 100 plants from Kodachrome slides projected during the exam. He felt he could gain an edge by following the professor around and photographing
After graduate school, he took a professorship at Virginia Wesleyan College and during a two-week period in January, known as the “January Term,” he often offered various courses in photography starting with black and white and eventually moving towards color photography using the then innovative technology known as the “Cibachrome Method”, a direct positive-to-positive color print approach.
Dennis began as a Nikon user, but moved to digital in 1999 with a Kodak DC265 (1.6MP) and finally to Canon in 2005 because they offered the first DSLR in the consumer price range (Rebel). He now has an insane amount of camera gear but shoots primarily with a Canon 1DX and 7D Mark II. Depending on subject, he uses macro lenses, super telephotos and wide angles.
Now retired for five years, Dennis continues to spend time perfecting his macro photography, but has also expanded into general landscape, wildlife and even non-nature subjects. Dennis’ approach is to try and look for interesting details in a subject (influenced by his biology and botany background). It is the role of light quality in revealing those details that interests him the most.
While not a professional by any means, his work has appeared in a children’s book series on nature and in publications such as Photography Week. He is also an active Getty Image contributor where his images have been used by the BBC, The Weather Channel, Bank of America and other enterprises. He has also taught in George Mason’s OLLI Program (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) as the lead for their “The Art of Photography” Series.
Dennis has been a member of NVPS for about six years and was a co-coordinator of the Education and Training with Roger Lancaster for two years. He is now involved with Nature Visions as the Vendor Manager. His photos can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dngovoni/ as well as at: http:// botanist.dyndns.org:8081/
Examples of Dennis’s work:
Robert Granger Benson
Granger is a retired physician and current small business owner who joined NVPS in 2013, soon after obtaining his first DSLR camera. Throughout his life he has enjoyed capturing family moments and travel scenes. However, he only recently began to think about the factors that distinguish a creative and compelling image from a pleasing snapshot. Whatever he has learned about photography he has acquired through self-study, the two Nature Visions events he has attended and NVPS meetings. The impressive quality of images produced by NVPS members has been a major source of inspiration for him. He regards himself as an advanced beginner.
So far, Granger’s experience has mainly extended to landscapes, travel photography, close-up and macro, HDR, some street photography and occasional portraiture. He enjoys exploring different styles, techniques and subject matter and has yet to discover a favorite. He has only grudgingly surrendered to photography’s less exhilarating aspects such as arising at unconscionably early hours, assuming awkward body postures and lugging around heavy equipment.
Granger most often shoots with his Canon 6D and almost exclusively uses the manual mode and the raw image format.In contrast to many photographers who prefer to spend time in shooting rather than post-processing, Granger enjoys the computer as much as the camera. Due to an early introduction to Photoshop, it remains his preferred graphics editor, supplemented by Adobe's Camera Raw plugin, Adobe Bridge and the Google Nik collection.
Examples of Granger’s work:
Presenters for the remainder of the 2015-2016 Society year are:
The Member's Gallery Coordinator for this 2015-2016 is Ron Taylor.
Baltimore’s picturesque Inner Harbor, located in the heart of Baltimore’s Downtown District, has served Maryland as a sea port since the sixteen hundreds. Just a few of the photographic opportunities are: the harbor with its boats and ships of all types, including the sailing warship USS Constellation and the submarine USS Torsk and two other historic ships ($11.00 admission for one ship, $18 for all four); views of downtown as seen from the “Top of the World Trade Center ($6.00 admission); lights and shops of Harborplace Mall; and skyline of downtown Baltimore. The national Aquarium is also a major attraction, but rather expensive, with an admission price of $39.95 for adults. For additional information just google “Baltimore Inner Harbor.”
We are planning on leaving for Baltimore at around 12 p.m. (noon), allowing about three hours of independent shooting. At 4:30 p.m., we are going to gather at the Visitor Center and then walk over to Federal Hill Park. At sunset (4:50 p.m.) the park affords a panoramic view of the Inner Harbor with the tall buildings of downtown Baltimore in the background. After the shoot, we’ll have dinner at a restaurant within the Inner Harbor area.
Note: To facilitate sign-ups, please download this fillable .PDF to your desktop, fill it out on your computer, save it using your name as the file name, and attach it to an e-mail and send it to email@example.com
Field trips planned for the remainder of the program year (subject to change):
Field Trip Coordinators for 2015-2016 are Bill Millhouser and Alan Goldstein
Bob and Willa Friedman are resurrecting, by popular demand, the Self Improvement Field trips for the 2015-2016 NVPS year. Paul Simmons created this project for the 2006-2007 year and we did it in 2012-2013.
Paul said:"The objective of these field trips is to improve our photographic vision by learning to recognize and use the building blocks of visual design in creating images. If you're like me, you have favorite pictures, ones you have taken and those taken by others, but have difficulty articulating what it is that makes them good. Hopefully, these Self Improvement Field Trips will help us in consciously using the elements of visual design to create and understand compelling images."
Bob and Willa will be using Freeman Patterson's book, Photographing the World Around You (A Visual Design Workshop) as a study aid. Each month, starting in September, there will be an assignment, e.g. lines, triangles, circles, etc. There will be a monthly field trip to Green Spring Gardens. The schedule is to be determined so that these do not conflict with other NVPS field trips.
The plan is to meet at 9 am on either a Saturday or a Sunday. There will be mentors at each field trip to assist and answer questions. In addition, there will be a photo gallery where you can post images and have a guest critiquer comment on your image.
Bob and Willa encourage novices to participate. Of course, even advanced photographers are invited to come and improve their photo eye.
Purchasing Freeman's book is not a requirement but it will be useful to understand the monthly assignment. The book is not readily available, in fact it is out of print. You can purchase the book on Amazon.com
A full list of all current NVPS Board members and their club contact information also can be found at: http://nvps.org/home/?page_id=23
Nature Visions 2015
Forty-six members of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society had images juried into Nature Visions 2015. There were 107 images submitted for nature and 56 for were submitted in photo arts … a great showing! The names of the winners in each category are to be announced at a later date.
Those with images juried in are Andrew Savino, Benita Mayo, Beth Morris, Bill Corbett, Bill Millhouser, Bryan Mangan, Ceasar Sharper, Curtis Gibbens, Dale Nelson, Dan Ward, Dennis Govoni, Don Smith, Eva Lanyi, Frances Bastress, Georgette Grossman, Ginger Werz-Petricka, James Norman, Jeanne Tifft, Jim McDermott, John Murray, Judy McGuire, Judy Corbett, and Judy Gallagher.
Also, Judy Graham, Judy Guenther, Karol Murray, Lea Schlosser, Len Johnson, Lorraine Chickering, Marilyn Gaizband, Mark Chen, Mary Ann Setton, Melanie Marts, Mike Whalen, Bob Friedman, Roger Lancaster, Sam Schaen, Sandi Croan, Stanley Bysshe, Susan Phillips, Thomas Brett, Tuan Pham, Wayne Guenther, Willa Friedman, Willa Siegel, and Bill Von Holle.
Almost 1,000 images were submitted for judging in the nature section with approximately 325 accepted. For the photo arts section, almost 300 were submitted with approximately 150 accepted.
The next step is to now mat your images, following the instructions below closely:
Framed photos are not allowed. All mats and backing material must be white. They must also have white cores.
The above instructions can also be found on the NV website at http://naturevisions.org/the-exhibits/expo-submissions/.
Past experience has indicated that the most common problem with prints is that they do not have a firm backing. Please make sure that the backing is firm enough so that they do not come apart during the display. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to ask me. Additionally, make sure the printing of the image is the best that can be done and that the final print is as close as possible to the digital image you submitted for judging.
The last opportunity for Roger to pick up matted images will be at the meeting on November 3. No images will be accepted after that date. He will be reviewing images for conformity of matting and exhibit rules as they are received and will contact you if they do not meet requirements. If you submit your images at the Nov. 3 meeting, he may not be able to complete the review in time for the expo so the earlier you submit them the better. In addition, please submit your image in the clear envelopes that are used for protecting the image.
Since your image(s) have been juried in, you are required to volunteer to assist in the expo itself. John Quigley is in the process of drawing up a volunteering schedule and you will receive more information on this in the days ahead.
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.
2015-2016 Membership Dues
We’ve had a number of new members join the club in recent weeks! Thanks to all who have spread the word about NVPS and the wonderful benefits of membership. Remember, in order to participate in the monthly competitions your membership dues must be current. The grace period has expired.
Membership dues for the 2015-2016 year are as follows:
There are three forms of payment. Checks and cash are preferred by NVPS:
Welcome Committee – Calling For Volunteers
Have you ever walked into a room of a 100 people and didn’t recognize a soul? It can be very intimidating even to the most outgoing. As NVPS has grown in size, potential and new members may feel overwhelmed. In 2010 NVPS Membership established a program to help facilitate the integration of potential and new members into the club.
Membership is asking for volunteers to participate in the Welcome Committee. Your responsibilities will include:
Volunteers are especially needed at the beginning of the club year. Ideally, we would like to have five volunteers on the committee, which will be rotated. So please raise your hand by e-mailing Judy Graham, the Membership Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org and letting her know you are willing to volunteer for this important role!
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:
Fran Bastress has 20 photographs in a solo exhibit through November 30 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, Va. (For hours of availability, call office at 703-281-4230.) Three examples of Fran's images:
Roger Lancaster had his image Fishing at the Beach featured as a two-page photo in the August issue of Grand Strand magazine, which serves the area around Myrtle Beach, S.C. This is the second time one of his images has been featured in the magazine.
In addition, Roger recently received first place in the Waterford Fair photo exhibit in the Best of Loudoun category with his image Farm on Loyalty Road. The category is sponsored by the Leesburg Today newspaper, and carries a substantial cash award! He also received a 3rd place finish for his photo in the Landscape category at the Waterford exhibit titled Mist on the Ocmulgee.
Bob Dost won the Best in Category color image at this year's Virginia State Fair. His wife, Doris Blommer Dost, won Best in Category black and white. (Images below)
Willa Friedman and Georgette Grossman
This image won Honorable Mention in the October exhibit at the Art League. It is actually the "door" to an office at a hotel in Morocco. This judge liked photographs; a majority of the HMs were photographs.
Georgette Grossman’s Guardian Gargoyle was also awarded an Honorable Mention in the October 2015 Art League of Alexandria, Va., exhibit entitled Superstition & Belief. This sculpture is one of the four guardian gargoyles that adorn the Pont del Regne, a bridge in Valencia, Spain. The image was given an “old” look with Nik’s Analog Efex Pro.
Announcements of exhibitions or contests are provided for information purposes only. There is no actual or implied endorsement by the Northern Virginia Photographic Society.
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/