Volume 51 – No. 10

Founded 1965 – our 50th Year

June 2016


The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society

Editor: Alan Goldstein – Email: editor" at "nvps.org

Table of Contents

President's Message
2016-2017 Board
Monthly Program
Education and Training
    May Competition Results
    End-of-Year Banquet
Members' Gallery
Field Trips
Board of Directors
Member Contribution
   Members News
   Exhibition Opportunities
   Workshop Offerings

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9/6 Monthly Program: TBA
9/13 Education & Training: TBA
TBA Summer Field Trips: See Field Trips section
9/20 Competition: Judging TBA
Forum: TBA
9/27 Members Gallery:
          Digital Images by Michael Aarons
          Prints by Patricia Deege
NVPS is on summer hiatus. The 2016-2017 Society year will begin on Tuesday, 6 September.

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. (The more that you read, the more things you will know - Dr. Seuss )

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 start at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunn Loring Fire Station. The doors open at 6:45 p.m. for a "meet and greet" with meetings on non-competition nights beginning at 7:30 p.m. Note for Competition Nights only (Third Tuesday): Competition begins at 7:15p.m. All prints must be checked in no later than 7:30 p.m. 

Although we have not had any problems for many years, do remember to lock your car and place valuables out of sight, as we should in any public parking area. Come early and visit, but when the meeting starts, PLEASE take seats immediately and silence your cell phone, pager or any other device that might make noise and distract listeners or interrupt speakers.

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

My how time flies when you’re having fun!

It’s been a fun year here at NVPS with many informative and entertaining programs, speakers, competitions, educational activities, galleries, forums, exhibitions, and field trips. It takes a lot of volunteers to coordinate so many quality presentations and activities. If there’s one thing I have learned as President this year at NVPS, it is to delegate, delegate, delegate. When you have such dedicated and capable volunteers, it is easy to trust the people who are responsible for the myriad of activities NVPS coordinates. I am so thankful to all of the Board Members and Volunteers who helped make this season another successful year for NVPS. And I am grateful for the members who continue to support NVPS. Your continued participation is the lifeblood of our club.

I’d like to say thank you to the current Board. If you have the opportunity, please take the time to show your appreciation for their efforts by thanking them in person the next time you see them:

Willa Siegel, VP Programs; Alan Tolk, VP Operations; Tami Steiger, Co-VP Competition; Kevin Egan, Co-VP Competition, Tom Brett, Treasurer; Fran Bastress, Secretary; Georgette Grossman, Past President and Programs; Ginger Werz-Petricka, Education & Training Coordinator; Roger Lancaster, Exhibits Coordinator (Nature Visions) and Bill Millhouser, Field Trips, Coordinator.

Also, Ron Taylor, Member’s Gallery Coordinator; Beth Morris, Member’s Forum Coordinator;  Judy Graham, Membership Coordinator; Alan Goldstein, Newsletter & NVACC Rep & Field Trips;  Scott Musson, Website Manager; and,  Special Board Members Mike Whalen, Bob Friedman, Willa Friedman (also Portfolio Project), and Sandi Croan.

Also, Melanie Marts, Exhibits (other than NV);  Chris Langford,  Education & Training; Dale Nelson, Meeting Facilities;  Paula Neumann and Melannie Egan, Membership; Joy Brathwaite, Membership (Ask Me A Question Table); Sam Schaen, Website; Steve Glintz and Jeff Hancock, Digital Projection;  Ceasar Sharper, Portfolio Project; Brian Payne, Tech Team & Membership Database; and John Singley, Tech Team.

I’d also like to thank our incoming president Kevin Egan, and everyone on next year’s Board, for agreeing to serve NVPS.

Although NVPS is on a summer break, please consider sharing your images (and adventures) on the NVPS Facebook page. And keep an eye out for an announcement about our upcoming summer field trip to Kenilworth Gardens (usually occurring sometime in July). If you have not been receiving announcements from NVPS, you can subscribe to the announcements list at http://nvps.org/home/?page_id=31 .

It has been an honor and my pleasure to serve as your president this year. I look forward to seeing everyone in September. Until then, keep on shooting.

Jamie Kiechlin
NVPS President 2015-16

“Photography is truth” ~ Jean-Luc Godard

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Monthly Program

September 6th: TBA

The VP for Programs for 2016-2017 is Willa Siegel.

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Education & Training

September 13th: TBA

The Education and Training Coordinator for 2016-2017 is Chuck Campbell.

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September 20th: TBA

The Co-VPs Competition for 2016-2017 are Bill Millhouser and Judy Graham (competitions@nvps.org)

Competition Themes for 2016-2017

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 2016–2017 are:

  • Love
    We turn our attention to one of the most valuable virtues; an international language and possibly the strongest of all feelings…Love! It is an invitation to explore the path of love as an emotion, an attraction, an attachment… in all its forms! Some sample images might include: a lovers’ embrace, a passion you love, an X drawn in vapor trails, a goodbye, a friendship, etc.
  • Drag the shutter
    Show us your best shutter drag. Whether capturing motion in waves or panning cars zooming by, we want to see you get creative with this topic. Slow down your shutter speed to show a sense of motion or action.
  • Colors
    Life is a stream of color. Red, blue, yellow, and a billion pigments in between… For this theme we ask you to show us color-inspired photographs. Scenes, details, narratives or moods. Subtle tones or Technicolor daydreams, color must be a primary component of your image.  For the Monochrome Print category, instead of producing a black and white photo, show us a color other than black along with white, i.e., red and white, blue and white, etc.

Competition Themes for 2017-2018

The themes for 2017-2018 are:

  • Faceless Self Portrait:
    This is not your normal selfie. Be creative and express your identity by taking a photo of yourself without your face.
  • The American Experience –Americans at Work:
    For this month's themed contest, show us your best photos of Americans at Work. This may be of a single person, or multiple people, at work. The person or persons and the work being performed must both be clearly evident in the photo. Let’s showcase Americans at Work by demonstrating their emotions, determination, strength and pride!
  • Visible Emotions:
    Some of the most powerful photographs are those that have captured emotions. Photographs that have impact and tell a story, show individuals with visible emotions. For this theme, photograph a person that shows us clearly visible emotions. This could be happiness, surprise, anger, sadness, excitement, pride, fear or disgust.

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.

May Competition Results

The full list of competition results is available on the NVPS web site at http://nvps.org

Digital - Class 1
1st – Bill Millhouser – Museum Reflection
2nd – Steve Steiner – Venice Canal
3rd – Paula Neumann – Simply Divine
HM – John Murray – Fort Point Arches
HM – Kathryn Mohrman – Machu Picchu Bird’s Eye View
HM – Julie Konzelman – Cloisters
HM – Yen Nguyen – Notre Dame at Night

Digital – Class 2
1st – Karol Murray – Reflection of Trinity Church
2nd – Mark Chen – Manhattan Nights
3rd –David Crooks – Cannon Shooting Test in Williamsburg
HM – Philip Winters – World Trade Center

Digital – Class 3
1st – Tom Brett – Three Doorways
2nd – Jean-Pierre Ple – Spaceship on the Avenue
3rd – Judy McGuire – Jefferson Memorial
HM – Bob Friedman – George Washington Bridge

Monochrome Prints
1st – Bill Millhouser – Kogod Courtyard Roof Detail
2nd – Karol Murray – Federal Triangle
3rd – Kevin Egan – The Tunnel of Louvre
HM – Phil Winters – National Gallery of Art
HM – Fran Bastress – Farmland Architecture in Black and White
HM – Julie Konzelman – Lost City

Color Prints – Class 1
1st – John Murray – Bricks
2nd – Andrew Savino – Escape Route

Color Prints – Class 2
1st – Mark Chen – Light Through the Catacombs
2nd – Karol Murray – Fort Point View
3rd – George Lafko – Drunkenness of Noah

Color Prints – Class 3
1st – Fran Bastress – Old Derelict Grain Elevator
2nd – Kevin Egan – Brooklyn Lines
3rd – Ginger Werz-Petricka – Spiral

First Place images from May:

Additional winning images are available for viewing at http://nvps.org/gallery/v/competitions/2015-2016_Competition_Winners/

Class 2 Digital - 1st Place
Karol Murray
Reflection of Trinity Church

Class 1 Digital - 1st Place
Bill Millhouser
Museum Reflection

Class 3 Digital - 1st Place
Tom Brett
Three Doorways

Class 1 Print - 1st Place
John Murray

Class 2 Print - 1st Place
Mark Chen
Light Through the Catacombs

Class 3 Print - 1st Place
Fran Bastress
Old Derelict Grain Elevator

Monochrome - 1st Place
Bill Millhouser
Kogod Courtyard Roof Detail

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End of Year Banquet 2016

Tami and I want to say "Congratulations!" to all of our overall End-of-Year Winners and to the winners of our NVPS End-of-Year Competition!  The quality of prints and digital images presented this year was wonderful, which highlights the very talented photographers we are proud to say are NVPS members.  We also would like to thank our End-of-Year Competition judge - Bill Tongue - who took time out of his busy schedule to look over the many amazing images which made it to our final competition of the 2015-2016 season.

We, along with all who attended our banquet, would like to express our thanks to all those who volunteered throughout the year and at the banquet itself.  Aside from your next-year's president being a bit scatter-brained, it went off swimmingly!

During the year we had help from Ginger Wertz-Petricka, Melanie Marts, Brian Payne, Ron Petricka, and others to help gather up the prints, and pass them through the light box each month.  Also, a big thanks to our tech team and others who supported each competition night by collecting the digital images, creating the galleries, setting up the light-box and other equipment, and running the show:  Jeff Hancock, Scott Musson, Sam Schaen, Alan Tolk, and Steven Glintz.

For the banquet night itself, there are many who deserve a roaring round of applause, a score of high-fives, and a free photography trip to Iceland!  Only if I had that kind of money, of course...  Dale Nelson for arranging the venue; Alan Tolk, Bob and Willa Friedman, Judy McGuire, Bill Millhouser, Brian Payne, Dale Nelson, Alan Tolk, Jeff Hancock, and any others I may have missed for helping with the setup; and Georgette Grossman for all the work of creating the certificates, creating the program, assisting with the presentation of the awards, and too many other things to mention!  Mike Whalen for providing the sound system, Ed Funk for ensuring the trophies and plaques were ready, and to any and all I may have forgotten!  It was a wonderful evening with great atmosphere, great food, and great friends. So many people put forth truly exemplary efforts to run the wonderful organization that is NVPS.  Thanks to all members who have participated in any way this last year, because without you, NVPS would not exist!  

We wish everyone a safe and successful summer of shooting!  Get out there, create some great photographic art that makes your heart happy, and prepare them for next year at NVPS!

Kevin and Tami
Kevin Egan, Co-VP of Competitions for 2015-2016
Tami Stieger, Co-VP of Competitions for 2015-2016

End of Year Judge – Bill Tongue

Bill's first camera was a Polaroid Land Automatic 100 which he received as a wedding present.  After a few dozen shots of his reflection in the mirror while shooting pics of his new bride having a bubble bath in the heart-shaped honeymoon tub  and a few months of polluting the world discarding the Polaroid negatives, Bill purchased a Mamiya 1000 DTL and he was hooked.  

He took every class he could, read every magazine, built a small lab and took thousands of snaps of the kids and then burned out on photography.  Then, the first grandchild came along.   On the way to the hospital he stopped and purchased an Olympus C-720 3.0 mega pixel with a 128 Mb memory card.

Wow!  Instant access to his pictures.  The digital passion was ignited. 

Over the next several years he built on his original Nikon purchase, began shooting events, got bored, jumped into landscape photography and, at a flea market, discovered there was a market for his pictures.  Not the pure landscape shots but the “enhanced” versions.  Post processing and digital painting became his second passion.  

He has been reinventing himself and his photographic style ever since.

Bill is past president and currently a director of the Digital Photography club of Annapolis, has been published, done some magazine work and is a volunteer photographer for Wounded Warrior events.  His  work has been exhibited at Maryland Hall, the Maritime Museum, the Galleries and Quiet Waters and private galleries.  At home, he has a small portrait studio where he offers formal, informal, high school senior portraits and boudoir photography.   He also teaches digital post processing, have lectured at Maryland Hall and offer Annapolis-area photography workshops.  

Currently, Bill is working on two photography books.  The first is a book of caricatures from his street shooting trip to Ireland and, he is working with a tattoo artist from the TV show Ink Masters to spotlight his art.

End of Year Results – 2016

Photographers of the Year

Class 1 Digital Projection …………………………...……… Bill Millhouser
Class 1 Color Prints …………………………………………Melanie Egan
Class 2 Digital Projection ………………………………...… Mark Chen
Class 2 Color Prints ..... ……………………………………. Mark Chen
Class 3 Digital Projection ………………………………...… Judy McGuire
Class 3 Color Prints ………………………………...……… Stan Bysshe
Monochrome Prints …………………………………………Bill Millhouser

Versatile Photographers of the Year

Class 1 ……………………………………………………. Bill Millhouser
Class 2 ………………………...………………………….. Mark Chen
Class 3 ……………………………...…………………….. Stan Bysshe

Images of the Year

Digital Images of the Year
Class 1 – Lucy in Bubbles - Nichol Hockett
Class 2 – Lion Yawn - David Crooks
Class 3 – Dahlia Reflection - Kieu-Hahn Vu

Prints of The Year
Class 1 – Brothers - Ron Petricka
Class 2 – Did You Hear? - Judy Guenther
Class 3 – Sunrise Takeoff - Stan Bysshe
Monochrome – Boltimore Harbor - Alan Goldstein

Digital Image of the Year - Class 1
Nichol Hockett
Lucy in Bubbles

Digital Image of the Year - Class 2
David Crooks
Lion Yawn

Digital Image of the Year - Class 3
Kieu-Hahn Vu
Dahlia Reflection

Color Print of the Year - Class 1
Ron Petricka

Color Print of the Year - Class 2
Judy Guenther
Did You Hear?
Color Print of the Year - Class 3
Stan Bysshe
Sunrise Takeoff
Monochrome Print of the Year
Alan Goldstein
Boltimore Harbor

Willa Siegel, winner of the Ollie Fife Award

Willa Siegel was awarded the 2016 Ollie Fife award at the End-of-the-Year Banquet June 17 for her image Busy Bee.

Oliver E. “Ollie Fife” Pfeiffer, FPSA, was born April 2, 1912, in Middleton, Mass.  He died June 14, 1996, in Alexandria, Virginia. Ollie was a Fellow of the Photographic Society of America and active in many of its activities, among which he was Photojournalism Division News Editor for many years, wrote numerous articles and lectured and presented programs at PSA meetings and conventions.

He was a member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society and other area camera clubs in and for which he conducted programs and judged photographic competitions. For more information on Ollie, see the May 2015 issue of FotoFax.

The Ollie Fife Award was instituted by NVPS in September 1996. At that time it was awarded for the Best Slide Image of the year. Beginning in 2010-2011 it was renamed the Ollie Fife Image of the Year. The End-of-Year Banquet judge selects the winner from all images that qualify for that year’s end-of-year competition. The award is a trophy once owned by Ollie Fife and donated in his name by his daughter Pat Salamone. Winners of the award have been:

1997    Chuck Veatch
1998    Sherwin Kaplan
1999    Sherwin Kaplan
2000    Sherwin Kaplan
2001    Ed Funk
2002    Ed Funk
2003    Drew Smith
2004    Ralph Edwards
2005    Tom Brett
2006    Chuck Bress
2007    Amie Tannenbaum
2008    Amie Tannenbaum
2009    Amie Tannenbaum
2010   Tom Brett
2011    Sam Schaen
2012    Vivian Luu
2013    Beth Morris
2014    Mike Whalen
2015    George Karamarkovich
2016    Willa Siegel

Ollie Fife Image of the Year

Ollie Fife Image of the Year
Willa Siegel
Busy Bee

Bob Friedman presented with Joe Atchison Award for Outstanding Service to NVPS

Bob Friedman was presented the Joe Atchison Award for Outstanding Service. The Joe Atchison Award is a service award presented to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the club over a period of many years. It is not given every year. In our 50 year history it has been given previously to only 10 individuals (Dave Carter, Erwin Siegel, Greg Gregory, Ed Funk, Joe Miller, Andy Klein, Sherwin Kaplan, Bill Prosser, Tom Brett and Sam Schaen).

Bob has been a member of NVPS since 2004. He has held a variety of positions including President, Competition Vice P President, Database Manager, and Field Trip Coordinator. He has done workshops, galleries, and forums. As the nominating committee pointed out, when something needs to be done, Bob comes through!

  • He converted our membership system from a spreadsheet to the Microsoft Access database, and maintained the database for four years.
  • Many consider the New York City field trip during his Field Trip coordinator stint among the best in the club’s history.
  • He has provided instruction on matting several times over the years.
  • He has organized the Self Improvement program over the course of several years and instigated the “What did you do over the Summer” gallery
  • He has been a Meadowlark and subsequently Nature Visions volunteer for almost as long as the exhibition has been in existence.
  • He has set up the coffee service at meetings for several years and procured the new Keurig coffee system for the club.

Whatever job he undertakes, Bob leads by example, convincing others of the need to give back to our organization. Bob always has the best interest of NVPS at heart.

Bob Friedman accepts the Joe Atchison Award for Outstanding Service at the Northern Virginia Photographic Society's End-of-Year banquet. The Waterford at Fair Oaks, 12025 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax, Va. 17 June 2016

Six members were promoted to the next higher class due to the number of points they gained during competitions. These are: From Class 1 to Class 2 - Bill Millhouser, Melanie Egan, and Yen Nguyen. From Class 2 to Class 3 - Mark Chen, Alan Goldstein, and Judy Guenther. Congratulations.

Images from the 2016 End-of-Year Banquet

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.

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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Portfolio Project

The Co-chairs for the Portfolio Project for 2016-2017 are Bill Corbett and Dennis Govoni.

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September 27th: TBA

The Forum Coordinator for 2016-2017 is Kirk Johnson.

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Members Gallery

September 27th: Digital Images by Michael Aarons and
                   Prints by Patricia Deege


Dates Digital Print
September 27, 2016 Michael Aarons Patricia Deege
October 25, 2016 Kieulan Nguyen Tami Steiger
November 22, 2016 John Naman Mark Chen
January 24, 2017 Polly Terriberry Stan Bysshe
February 28, 2017 Jeff Hancock Georgette Grossman
March 28, 2017 Judy Guenther Bill Millhouser
April 25, 2017 Alan Goldstein Willa Siegel
May 23, 2017 Judy Graham Butch Karamarkovich

The Member's Gallery Coordinator for this 2016-2017 is Ron Taylor.

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Field Trips

Summer Field Trips

July 23, 2016: Kenilworth Gardens, D.C.
Start time: 6:30 a.m. Gates open around 6:30 depending on the Ranger on duty.
Subject: Lotus blossoms, wildlife, insect macro, etc.
What to bring: Tripod helps, your choice of lenses from macro to wide angle to tele, diffusers and reflectors (if you have them), polarizing/neutral density filters, good place to play with flash techniques. Bug repellent and rain gear as needed. Water and snacks.
Please be sure anything left in the car is out of sight and covered.
Best light is usually first thing and unless cloudy, things get a little bright by 10-10:30.


August 11, 2016: Longwood Gardens PA
Thursday August 11th. (Day of the week chosen to avoid traffic and crowds as much as possible.)
Longwood Gardens Pa. Web site: http://longwoodgardens.org/
Start time: 3:30 PM, but you can come anytime you want. We will meet at the gift shop inside the entrance.
Subjects: flowers in the afternoon, water lily exhibit (in the middle of the Conservatory) just before sunset (6-8). Night time light show, “Nightscape” best shot after 9 p.m.
You have to buy tickets to the exhibits in advance. http://longwoodgardens.org/nightscape
The Nightscape ticket covers admission but these sell out fairly quickly. If you are interested, I would purchase your ticket early.
For those wishing to spend the night instead of driving home, here is one list of hotels: https://www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsNear-g52926-d286194-Longwood_Gardens-Kennett_Square_Pennsylvania.html
There is a cafeteria at the Gardens that serves reasonable food.
What to bring: comfortable walking shoes, the garden is spread out. Tripod will give the best results for the night shoot, macro, wide angle and mid zoom should cover all bases. Diffusers and reflectors for flowers as needed.
At this moment I am not sure of the rain date policy.
There is ample parking and you can go back and forth to your car if you want to selectively carry gear for the time of day.
Please email me for questions and to let me know that you will be going:

Field Trip Coordinator for 2016-2017 is Stan Bysshe

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Board of Directors

2016-2017 NVPS Board

Elected Board    
President Kevin Egan president@nvps.org
VP Programs Willa Siegel programs@nvps.org
VP Operations Alan Tolk operations@nvps.org
Co-VP Competition Bill Millhouser competition@nvps.org
Co-VP Competition Judy Graham competition@nvps.org
Treasurer Tom Brett treasurer@nvps.org
Secretary/Historian Kathryn Mohrman secretary@nvps.org
Appointed Board    
Past President Jamie Kiechlin pastpresident@nvps.org
Education & Training Coordinator Chuck Campbell education@nvps.org
Exhibits Coordinator (Nature Visions) Roger Lancaster naturevisions@nvps.org
Field Trips Coordinator Stan Bysshe field-trips@nvps.org
Member’s Gallery Coordinator Ron Taylor membersgallery@nvps.org
Forum Coordinator Kirk Johnson forum@nvps.org
Membership Coordinator Patty Healy membership@nvps.org
Newsletter & NVACC Representative Alan Goldstein editor@nvps.org
Website Manager Sam Schaen webadmin@nvps.org
Meeting Facilities Dale Nelson facilities@nvps.org
Special Board Member Mike Whalen specialboardmember@nvps.org
Special Board Member Bob Friedman specialboardmember@nvps.org
Special Board Member Willa Friedman specialboardmember@nvps.org
Special Board Member Georgette Grossman specialboardmember@nvps.org

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

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Nature Visions 2016

NVPS Members:

Within the next few days (June 22, 2016) I shall be submitting the list of NVPS member emails to NatureVisions so that you can receive discounts for the event, plus receive pertinent information that will helpful to you about NV and allow you to submit digital images for the competition.

If you belong to more than one Nature Visions participating club (the original six camera clubs in Northern Virginia, plus North Bethesda and NIH), you may be assigned to a club other than NVPS. That is, your name and email address would be submitted more than once and you may not be assigned to our club. You would then have to submit your images through that club. I think it may be a random assignment process.

If you plan on submitting photos through your other club, and not NVPS, please send me an email (naturevisions@nvps.org) to that effect and also let me know the name of the other club I will take your name off of our list so that there is no duplication. If you plan on submitting through NVPS, you do not have to notify me, but please notify your other club of your intent so that they are not dealing with the same situation.

It must also be remembered that you can only submit images through one club.

I would like to have your information by the end of this week.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need further information, and thanks for your help.


Roger Lancaster,
Vice President, Nature Visions, and NVPS Rep to NV

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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' News:

Exhibition at the Art League Gallery

Two members of NVPS had their images juried into the June 2016 open exhibition at the Art League Gallery, 105 North Union St., Alexandria.  Those with images juried in were Willa Friedman’s U Street Reflection #3, and  Georgette Grossman’A Man and his Dog. The show was juried by Jeff Huntington, an adjunct faculty member at the Corcoran in Washington D.C.

Georgette Grossman A Man and His Dog

Willa Friedman U Street Reflection #3

Judy Guenther

Judy Guenther has two images juried into exhibitions. The first, on the left, was juried in to the Art League's May open juried show. The piece is titled Patagonia Clouds 2

Also, Judy's piece Flying, right, was selected for the Hylton Performing Arts Center's Buchanan Gallery 3rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition. The show at the Manassas, Va., center will be on display through July 10.


Susan Phillips

Susan Phillips had two photos entered in the Washington School of Photography exhibit in June. The Washington School of Photography was founded in 1976, to bring professional photographic education to the Washington, DC/Baltimore metro area. It is located at 12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Md.

Just One of Those Things

First Things First

Ginger Werz-Petricka

The “Mirror to the World” exhibit now at Photoworks at Glen Echo Park has been reviewed by Louis Jacobsen for the Washington City Paper.  He was very complementary, saying that Ginger Werz-Petricka’s photographs of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was one of the two strongest contributions in the show this year.  See the full story at:








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News from other local clubs

Calling All Photographers!

The Vienna Arts Society's annual Photography Show at the Vienna Art Center is scheduled for August 2 to September 3.  They are delighted to announce that Denise Silva  http://denisesilvaphotography.com. has agreed to judge the show.  Photographers from around the region are invited join VAS members for the exhibition.  If you are willing to help with plans for the exhibit and/or the reception on Saturday, August 6,  please contact Kelly Rankin at kellyinvirginia@gmail.com

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Exhibition Opportunities

Announcements of exhibitions or contests are provided for information purposes only. There is no actual or implied endorsement by the Northern Virginia Photographic Society.

SoFoBoMo 2016 Starts on 1 July

"As Jacob flipped through the pages of the latest copy of LensWork, he thought to himself, I could do that!  I just don't get to visit those exotic locals."

How many times have we heard ourselves say that when looking at a photo book or magazine layout?  But do we?  Do we take the time and effort to pull together a cohesive body of work? To format it into a logical flow? To write some text to bring it all together?  The sad answer is that all too often we just don't.

Some of our clubs do a portfolio project (or photo essay) every year, which is a good start.  Building that theme-based series of photographs can be daunting.  But year after year our club members are able to achieve that goal.  This year, why not take it a little farther?  Develop a HUGE sense of accomplishment by taking part in Solo Photo Book Month 2016.  Shoot your photos, write your text and format a great photo book all in a single month.

Challenge yourself to create that PDF book in 31 days.  Have the flexibility of picking the best 31 days in July and August for your 'fuzzy month.'

Your photo book can be on any topic you can dream up.  Going on vacation to the beach?  Won't you have at least 35 images of the fun you have with your family?  Attending a photography workshop like Corey Hilz's Butterflies at Brookside Gardens Workshop?  Won't you capture 35 fine images as the Eastern tiger swallowtails alight on lavender?  Either is what you need to create your PDF book.

There are only a few rules associated with SoFoBoMo.  Check them out at the website http://www.sofobomo.com/rules.

Looking for inspiration?  Check out what other participants have created at SoFoBoMo projects.  Matthew G. Schmidt made books in 2009, 2010 and 2011.  His favorite is still the 2009 book, "How Towels Make Love," available on Blurb    While not 35 images, Matt wrote the text and took the 15 photos in less than 36 hours.

Not sure where to start?  Get some great technical tips on making photo books at SoFoBoMo.  And read what other SoFoBoMo participants have to say at our blog.

Sound interesting?  What are you waiting for?  Come join us in the fun at http://www.sofobomo.com/user/register.

Matthew G. Schmidt

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/

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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.

E. David Luria

A member of the Society of Photographic Education, E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, through which he and his team of eleven professional photographers have trained over 32,000 clients on 4,700 photo safaris since 1999 in the techniques of travel and architectural photography. Washington Photo Safari is offering more than 25 technical skills initiatives this year.  For more information on their various offerings, check their web site at www.WashingtonPhotoSafari.com David was May 2015's Monthly Program presenter.

Mollie Isaacs

Mollie Isaacs was our December 2014 speaker. She offers workshops. Here's what is coming in the first half of 2016. Here's what is coming in the first half of 2016.
Creative and Impressionist Flowers, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, June 13 - 16
Glaciers and Whales, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, August (dates TBA)
Brown Bears Alaska, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, September (dates TBA)

For more information, see her web site at http://awakethelight.com/

Jim Steele

Jim Steele was our judge for the September 2014 Competition Night and provided the portfolio critique in our May 2014 meeting. He does individual coaching, tutoring and custom printing support. His work can be seen in Studio #343 in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria or on his web site, http://www.photographybysteele.com/. He can be reached in his gallery in the Torpedo Factory or via his fascinating blog at: http://jamesdsteele.blogspot.com/

Nikhil Bahl Photography Workshops

Nikhil Bahl was our October 2015 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 our April 2015 judge. For her 2016 workshop schedule, please see http://www.suebloom.com/pages/2/Workshop%20Schedule/Workshop%20Schedule/

Alan DeFelice

Alan DeFelice was May's judge and was our 2015 End-of-the-Year 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. Learn more at: http://www.virginiaphotosafari.com

Jennifer (JJ) Fearrington

Jennifer Fearrington conducted a sensor cleaning workshop in our second E&T Meeting in April 2014. JJ was the sensor cleaning tech at Penn and Calumet Camera stores for a number of years and is also a professional photographer who does individual photographic instruction as well as providing professional sensor cleaning services. Learn more at: http://jenniferphoenixphoto.com

David Heagy

David Heagy is a NVPS club member and was the Forum presenter in March 2015. 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 to be our February 2016 judge and was our October 2015 Education and Training speaker. He regularly offers software workshops as well as photo workshops and international tours. Spring/summer photo workshop locations include Longwood Gardens, the National Zoo, Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. His international destinations include Cuba, Ireland, Czech Republic and Morocco. Full schedule of events is listed at: http://www.coreyhilz.com

Karen L. Messick

Karen L. Messick was our May 2014 speaker and our January 2016 judge. She conducts occasional workshops and offers personal tutoring and in the field training on a variety of subjects at an hourly rate of $40.00. More details are available on her website at: www.karenlmessickphotography.com Karen is also a regular instructor for the Capital Photography Center, where she hosts field trips and workshops on iPhone photography. http://capitalphotographycenter.com

Joshua Taylor, Jr.

Joshua Taylor is a past NVPS president and is our December 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

Wayne Wolfersberger

Wayne Wolfersberger is a NVPS member, past President, and was our September 2014 Forum speaker. He teaches a number of Nature Photography Classes available through Fairfax County Parks and other locations. See his web site: http://www.waynewolfersberger.com/

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Want Ads

Nikon D300 Plus Accessories For Sale

Nikon D300 Body with cap (Sensor just professionally cleaned), Nikon MB-D10 Battery grip including converter to AA batteries, Nikon Battery EN-EL3e (Total of 5), Nikon Battery Charger NH-18a for 110 volts, Battery Charger for travel (Uses cigarette lighter plug in car), Instruction Manual, Adaptor Cord, Nikon Remote cord MC-30, Compact Flash Memory Cards (10) of various speeds, sizes & brands. Total price $515. Contact Wayne Wolfersberger wayne.wolfersberger@gmail.com (6/16)

Nikon Lens

FOR SALE: Used Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED lens. Price: $370 (compare to B&H, Ebay, Amazon). Reason for selling: switching to Fuji gear. See me at NVPS meetings. Georgette Grossman

Spudz Microfiber in Flip Pouch

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


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Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC)

The Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC) is an informal entity started in 1997 by Joseph Miller with the assistance of Dave Carter and Ed Funk. Its purpose is to promote communication and cooperation among area camera clubs. NVACC is made up of Member Clubs and Associated Member Clubs.

NVACC publishes a calendar of area member club events that can be found at http://www.nvacc.org/Calendars.html

NVACC has a free, downloadable series of 25 guidebooks for photographers, which provide information about nearby areas that camera clubs might wish to visit. See their booklets at:

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Editor's Notes

Please note that the deadline for each month's FotoFax is the Friday following Tuesday of Competition Night. Contributions from members are always welcomed. This especially includes news of the individual members. Photos should be submitted in the same format as they are for competition.

Alan Goldstein
FotoFax Editor

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Copyright 2016 by the Northern Virginia Photographic Society and its Contributors. The contents of this FotoFax are copyrighted. No material herein may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the Editor or the material's contributor. All photographs are copyrighted by the photographers who have granted permission for NVPS to use their image in FotoFax and/or on the NVPS website, but otherwise retain all rights to their image.