I recently purchased a new pair of polarized sunglasses, and while driving the other day I noticed that I was tilting my head from side to side just to see what impact my circular polarizer would have on a potential photo shot. I must be a photographer…
If someone walks up to you and says: “Your camera takes really great pictures,” and you say: “Thanks!. I taught it everything it knows…”, you must be a photographer…
In a little less than two weeks, the Northern Virginia Photographic Society will begin it’s 2016-2017 season! I hope you are all as excited as I am to be able to share your passion for photography with others who are just as passionate as you are about this fascinating addiction we call photography.
Notably the best value around for a photography club, we meet each Tuesday to learn, to share, to compete, and to share each other’s company. I hope each of you have had a great summer and have been able to spend time behind the lens capturing the beauty around us. It’s difficult to believe that summer is already coming to a close, but the good thing about it is that our new season is about to begin!
We have wonderful volunteers who serve in our group and we thank them all! Those who serve on our NVPS Board have put together a wonderful schedule of Programs, Competitions, Educational and Training Nights, Field Trips, Member’s Gallery and Forum Presentations, and a Portfolio Project, all for our benefit. It’s going to be a great year!
Remember to arrive around 7 pm each Tuesday evening to meet and mingle, and the meeting will begin at 7:30 pm. The only exception to the 7:30 start time is our competition night on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, which will begin at 7:15 pm.
So bring your questions, bring your knowledge, bring your friends, and join us at NVPS! We’ll see you there!
The NVPS Board has kept dues at the same price for the upcoming 2016-2017 club year: $65 for family and $45 for individual memberships.
Dues may be paid by check [to NVPS] or cash, with the fillable form from the NVPS website [under Membership, from All Things NVPS] and given to the Membership Chair [Patty] at NVPS meetings, starting on 6 September, or a check, with the form, mailed to Tom Brett, 4216 Wynnwood Drive, Annandale, Va. 22003. You may also pay dues through PayPal, by way of the NVPS website.
$4,590 for the meeting hall rental at Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department [the clubs largest expense];
September 6th: Long Exposures with Denise Silva
Denise Silva was the featured photographer in the July/August 2015 Photoshop User Magazine Who's Who in the Kelbyone Community article.
She finds every aspect of photography rewarding. From in-camera composition to post-processing, photography is meditative, creative, and challenging. Denise’s passion is to capture images, from landscapes to urban decay, and to share her experiences and knowledge with fellow photographers.
To this end, she and Don Rosenberger started Road Runner Photography Tours.
Through Road Runners, Denise and Don look forward to sharing their passion for photography with you, knowing that their tours will not only take you to great places, but also give you an opportunity to build your network of photography friends, all while enhancing your photography skills through experience and knowledge sharing in a supportive environment.
Denise believes that there is no better place to learn and develop your skills than in the field!
Denise’s presentation: Long Exposures
This long exposure presentation will discuss the tools and techniques used to create pleasing long exposure images. Long exposure images can be taken of coastlines, clouds, waterfalls, people and more. We will review images and discuss how they were created. Remember the only limit is our creativity! So let's explore the technique and get our creative juices flowing!
The VP for Programs for 2016-2017 is Willa Siegel.
September 13th: Portfolio Project with Bill Corbett and
Welcome back to another great year at NVPS! For our first Education and Training session for the 2016-2017 year, we are going to start by having Bill Corbett and Dennis Govoni provide an introduction to this year’s Portfolio Project. Then we are going to have a “Before and After” presentation and hands-on demonstration of different image processing techniques used by several of our members. The goal is to start the year by providing different ideas on how to process an image to get some amazing results.
Each participant has been given the same raw image files to process in a way that expresses their artistic vision. In the meeting they will show you the results of their efforts and discuss the steps they used to achieve their images.
Afterwards, we will have five stations set up around the room, where the presenters will process one of their own image files using various techniques and tools such as Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix, Nik Filters, and others. They will make the images available for you to work along with them as they process the image from start to finish. So please feel free to bring your laptop with you for this participative event.
The Education and Training Coordinator for 2016-2017 is Chuck Campbell.
September 20th: Judging by Ellis Rosenberg
As a photographer for over 40 years, Ellis thoroughly enjoys the art form. He previously served eight years as Chair of the Reston Photographic Society (RPS), and is a board member of The League of Reston Artists that includes the RPS. He also continues serving The Nature Visions Photo Expo (naturevisions.org) as a board member and other capacities.
These positions have provided him with an excellent exposure in the area of judging. He enjoys photography competitions and, as a graduate of The Joe Miller Seminar on Judging, he endeavors to put the knowledge gained from that seminar together with his experience to be a competent judge. He has judged over 20 competitions and hopes the participants have benefited from and enjoyed the competitions as much as he has.
“The Official Photographer” (unpaid) has been his designation on a number of occasions for diverse groups of people and organizations. Ellis’ wife Gerry, also a photographer, and he photograph various events and she, as director and producer, combines the photos along with music and effects to make a great Pro Show slide presentation that are cherished by the participants.
Ellis’ Criteria for Judging: “My first consideration would be conformity with the rules of the competition. Next would be the four Cs – craftsmanship, composition, creativity, and communication. The judging should be a learning experience for everyone involved, including the judge. Negative aspects should be minimized while focusing on the positive attributes of the work. Originality, uniqueness, feeling, mood and capturing the moment would hold a prominent place in the selection criteria.”
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:
Competition Themes for 2017-2018
The themes for 2017-2018 are:
Competition Judges for 2016-2017
The Co-VPs Competition for 2016-2017 are Bill Millhouser and Judy Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rules of Competition Change
At the Board meeting on 12 July, the Board discussed the changes that were made to the NVPS Rules of Competition, and found that one section of the rules no longer made sense, after the changes we voted on near the end of our 2015-2016 season. Last year we voted and approved changes to Section “C. Eligibility” to read as follows:
Only NVPS Club members are eligible to enter Club competitions. The total number of images each member may enter in any one monthly competition is limited to three (3).
All entries must have been photographed by the entrant and must satisfy the definition of photograph in Section II-
A. Plagiarism will result in disqualification of the image. All entries must be submitted prior to the start of the competition for the Category/Class in which it is being entered and must not, in the opinion of the Vice President for Competitions, interfere with the process of preparing a competition Class/Category for judging. Entrants should strive to submit their print entries at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.
In order to bring Section “B. Number of Competitions” into conformity with the changes approved above, we will need to make modify section B to read as follows:
B. Number of Competitions
During the club year (September through May), NVPS will sponsor nine (9) monthly competitions. For a monthly competition in a Class/Category to occur, there must be a minimum of four (4) images submitted. When there are less than four (4) images submitted, the judge shall critique and comment on the submitted images, but no awards or points shall be given.
This change to Section B will be presented to the general membership at the September meeting for a vote.
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 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.
What Is The Portfolio Project, what does it entail, and why should you join?
The Co-chairs for the Portfolio Project for 2016-2017 are Bill Corbett and Dennis Govoni.
September 27th: A Year of Travel with Ginger Werz-Petricka
Ginger Werz-Petricka got her introduction to photography while attending Virginia Commonwealth University in the 1970s. The needs of work took her away from her artistic pursuits for too many years but she came back to photography in 2009 when she joined NVPS.
Ginger has been avidly following her passion since then. Ginger will photograph whatever moves her and has explored a wide variety of photographic subjects, including landscapes, street photography and most recently the figure. Ginger is drawn to pattern, shape, and strong contrast in particular, and finds herself leaning more and more to her black and white beginnings.
The group of images for tonight's Member's Forum (entitled A Year of Travel ) comes from trips that she (and sometimes her husband Ron) took during 2015. It was a year with a lot of travel; sometimes everything went well and sometimes there were issues, but there was always a camera!
Upcoming Forum Presentations:
September 27th: Digital Images by Michael Aarons and
Michael has been consuming space and oxygen at NVPS meetings since the 2014-2015 season. Michael is a relative novice with a camera, having first used a DSLR in 2010. To his recollection, which is shaky, Michael has neither sold a photo nor won an award. That's probably because Michael has never entered a competition.
Michael's first love is rock music – his interest in photography stemmed from that. After a few thousand occurrences of an image in Lightroom failing to live up to the promise it presented in the camera's rear LCD screen, it dawned on Michael that perhaps he should learn to operate a camera a bit better. This remains a journey in progress.
Michael has a tough time figuring out what other subjects actually interest him. If not at a live music venue, Michael will photograph his dog, which will, occasionally and begrudgingly, hold still for treats.
Until 2015, Michael primarily used a Nikon D5000, but now uses a Nikon D750 as his “go to” body. His lenses include the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6, Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 fisheye and a few others. Recently, Michael acquired some Yongnuo YN622 triggers and a Yongnuo YN568 speedlight to play with off camera flash. Michael post-processes in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop Elements 12 with the Nik filter suite and a few Topaz filters as well.
Michael's photographic aspirations are to get images in focus and properly exposed. At this point, everything else is gravy. This presentation is called "Muddling", because that's pretty much what it is.
Examples of Michael’s work:
A native of England, Patricia’s artistic journey began in childhood with watercolor painting and a box camera. Married with three children, and now a grandmother of six grandchildren, she returned to photography in 1995, having been inspired through lectures and seminars to once again delve into the fascinating mysteries of the camera and the art of creating images that “speak to the heart.”
Patricia has been a member of NVPS since the late 1990s and is also a member of several other area camera clubs. She often participates in exhibits and competitions, winning many awards, among them “Best in Show” at the annual Claude Moore Photography Exhibit and the prestigious Nature Visions Expo in Manassas, Va. Her images have been published in the International Library of Photography, several magazines such as Shutterbug, Outdoor Photographer, and Wild and Wonderful West Virginia, as well as in camera club newsletters and websites. She rarely leaves home without a camera and often finds opportunities to photograph in unexpected places.
Although her first love has always been nature, Patricia is interested in all aspects of photography, and the digital age and extensive new processing software have added a new dimension to her work. She uses mostly Nikon equipment, but has recently added an Olympus four-thirds system which is lighter and easier to carry. From her place behind the lens she is continuing to learn the art of seeing what is often unnoticed and unexpected.
The camera has opened up a fascinating arena of sights and experiences and her life has thus been greatly enriched. Imparting that fascination to just a few other people, when they look at her photographs and feel their hearts gladden and their spirits uplifted, makes all the effort worthwhile.
Patricia’s presentation: “Nature’s Miracles,” represents a journey of learning over the past twenty years. Nature is the principal element, but she has included other subjects — architecture, abstracts, infrared, etc. The prints on canvas are done commercially, but all the others were produced on her Epson 2880 printer and she mats and frames all her own images. Techniques include some multiple exposure and some use of artistic filters. She uses Photoshop to process her images and is still learning the vast array of possibilities provided by Nik and Topaz software.
Examples of Patricia’s work:
The Member's Gallery Coordinator for this 2016-2017 is Ron Taylor.
September 25, 2016: St. Michaels, Maryland
Photography on the Eastern Shore.
Wander the town of St. Michaels, photograph the Maritime Museum or attend the Antique Car Show “Concours D'Elegance.”
Saint Michaels, also known as St. Michaels, is in Talbot County, Md. The population was 1,029 at the 2010 census. Saint Michaels derives its name from the Episcopal Parish established there in 1677. The church attracted settlers who engaged in tobacco growing and ship building.
Details on the trip at our first meeting in September.
Field Trips 2016-2017
The schedule is subject to change.
Field Trip Coordinator for 2016-2017 is Stan Bysshe
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 2016
As of August 22, you are able to begin uploading your images that will be juried into the 2016 Nature Visions Photo Expo exhibition. There are a few things I want to bring to your attention before you begin the process:
Please review carefully the rules and regulations that govern the submission of images. The rules for the submission of images can be found at http://naturevisions.org/the-exhibits/expo-submissions/. There are some changes from last year’s rules and regs. In the Nature section, there must be no evidence of human elements whatsoever. In past, the use of human elements to give evidence of scale was permitted. This is no longer allowed. Second, rules on processing have been expanded. Read them carefully.
Abstract images shall be submitted to the Photo Arts competition only. They are not allowed in the Nature section, even though the original subject matter may be of nature.
The images may be submitted up until Sept. 24th. Note that images submitted up until Sept. 19 that are rejected in the pre-screening (done prior to the judging) can be adjusted and resubmitted, or another image submitted in its place. However, if you submit images after Sept. 19 and they are rejected, you will not be allowed to re-submit. It has been found in the past that too many images were submitted in that final week and there simply was not enough time to review re-submissions. The moral of this story is…DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!
You will be notified around the third week of October if your image(s) have been accepted. If they are, please follow the rules on matting located in the submissions section of the NV website. I will discuss this in more detail at the NVPS meetings. You must have all prints to me no later than the NVPS meeting on Nov. 15. The earlier you submit the prints to me at a meeting, however, the better.
Finally, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, need clarification, etc.
Also, registration to attend Nature Visions is now open. Go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-visions-2016-photo-expo-tickets-23064629929?aff=eac2 to register.
From Tom Shevock
It's not too soon to start thinking about Nature Visions Photo Expo 2016, which takes place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 18-20, 2016, at the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts in Manassas, Virginia. Online registration at NatureVisions.org is required for FREE general admission and for passes to FREE and paid presentations. Please share this message with friends who might want to know about the best value in photography education. Online sales and registration are open now at NatureVisions.org.
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.
NVPS member Judy Guenther has had two of her photos take honors. Her photo “Flying” will be on display in the Multiple Exposures Gallery from October 18 through November 27. This was a nationally juried fine art photography show judged by National Geographic photographer Sam Abell. Her photo “King Penguins South Georgia” was selected as a finalist and will be published in the book Best of Photography 2016. There will be a further judging round to award 1st through 4th place and 100 honorable mentions. There were over 11,400 submissions from 66 countries submitted to the Photographer’s Forum’s 36th Annual Spring Photography Contest.
Wayne had an image selected by Nature’s Best for their Yellowstone Forever Competition. It was one of 100 selected out of over 11,000 entries.
Also, three images of Yellowstone were selected for the Yellowstone Association’s 2017 wall calendar. They are the main images for March (grizzly and cub in snow), August (bison herd), and October (a foggy sunrise).
An image of a ruby-throated hummingbird appeared in the most recent (July/August) Virginia Wildlife Magazine.
In the fall, Wayne will be teaching a class on Nature Photography (four classes and two field trips) and a workshop on photographing waterfalls with the Fairfax County Parks: see Partakes Online.
NVPS Members' Images Juried In
Five members of NVPS had their images juried into the May 2016 open exhibition at the Art League Gallery, 105 North Union St., Alexandria. Those with images juried in were Bob Friedman’s Blue Poppy, Georgette Grossman’s My Babcia, Judy Guenther’s Patagonia Clouds 2, Willa Siegal’s Color Play, and Willa Friedman’s Rainbow House. The show was juried by Lisa Golightly, an artist living in Portland, Oregon.
Georgette’s My Babcia was awarded an Honorable Mention.
Meadowlark Gardens Opens early for Photographers
Normally the grounds do not open until 10 a.m. which is a little late for photographers. Link below. You can then open up events: https://www.novaparks.com/parks/meadowlark-botanical-gardens
Photographers and the Crime Scene in Fairfax County
The Fairfax County Police Department is clarifying what someone can and cannot do with a camera at or near a crime scene with a new policy.
In a policy titled FCPD General Order 603.1 the department said it issued June 1, anyone has the right to record police activity, whether that’s a passerby or someone directly interacting with police.
Officers will not be allowed to tell that observer that they can’t film a crime scene nor otherwise obstruct that filming.
If an officer feels this activity is interfering with their work or is a safety risk, they are allowed to ask that person to move to a safer location while still respecting their right to film on public property.
An observer can face criminal charges if they are obstructing an investigation or disregard a police perimeter, which is generally identified with crime scene tape.
Most importantly, if the person filming police activity also captures evidence of a crime being committed, a Fairfax County police officer will likely request that person to voluntarily provide a copy of the video. That officer may also temporarily take the phone for evidentiary use.
The police may also seize the recording device without the owner’s permission, but the department notes that it is to be a rare exception.
Call for Entries
The Friends of Claude Moore Park (FCMP) invite you to participate in the 9th Annual FCMP Photography Expo “Natural Spaces and Old Places” to be held on September 24, 2015.
Photographers of all levels and ages are encouraged to enter their favorite photos into the juried competition in six categories: Roots and Buds
The Paul Glascock Memorial People’s Choice Award ($100 prize) will be voted by the Photo Expo visitors. Ribbons and cash awards (another $100 for Best in Show!) will be presented to winners in the various categories. We have also added another special ribbon for Friends' Choice award. This winner is the featured photo on the next year's postcard!
Time flies so make sure that you submit your entries by 5 p.m., September 16, 2015. For 2016 rules and entry form, visit www.loudoun.gov/claudemoorepark (go to “Quick Links”) or see attached (Quick guide, Rules and Application in PDF).
Announcements of workshops, exhibitions or contests are provided for information purposes only. There is no actual or implied endorsement by the Northern Virginia Photographic Society.
PICTURE WILLIAMSBURG is a four-day workshop (20-23 October 2016) that will explore Virginia’s beautiful Colonial Triangle with visits to Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestowne, and Yorktown Battlefield. The schedule is designed to allow for ample subject matter, lighting situations, and activity while out photographing, yet giving time to the invaluable classroom lecture and critique sessions. In addition to focusing on how to tell the story of a place through imagery, this workshop will also emphasize how to photograph people. They will discuss portrait techniques using costumed interpreters in colonial environments as a warm-up to learning how to photograph strangers in everyday situations in the greater Williamsburg area, where the past meets the present. Landscape photography will be the focus while visiting the scenic Yorktown Battlefield. For more information, see the web site at http://www.jdavidsonphotography.com/PICTURE-WILLIAMSBURG-2016/1/
A Day of (Digital SLR) Photography in the Garden
Join renowned local professional photographers Saturday, September 24, for a day all about maximizing your skills. There are demonstration opportunities, lectures, and displays about area photography clubs and services. Instructors include Gerry Bishop, Ken Conger, Bill and Linda Lane, Anthony Rumley, Bob Schamerhorn and Tom Veazey. Sessions for beginners and intermediate level photographers address proper exposure, solving common challenges, flower photography, proper use of light, macro and close up photography, and introductions to using Lightroom. This year, limited-enrollment sessions addresses photographing live, tethered raptors from Eagle Pines Falconry and Raptor Rescue, for an additional fee.
For further information/registration, please see:
Exhibit and Sell Your Photos at the Waterford Fair (October 7-9, 2016)
The annual Waterford Fair — one of the mid-Atlantic region's best events — will be held October 7-9. This year, the Waterford Fair Photography Exhibit has a significantly-expanded focus and presence and offers you a great opportunity to exhibit and sell your photos. The Waterford Photography Exhibit is a judged exhibit of framed photographs, with nine categories, each with a cash prize for best photo (up to $500 for the Best Loudoun Photo). You can enter two photos into the exhibit for $30, or three photos — one of which must be in the Best Loudoun Photograph category — for $35. If you exhibit a photo, you may also provide additional photos to be offered for sale during the Fair (there is a 25% commission on all sales). If you just want to sell some of your images, without competing in the Exhibit, you can do so for a fee of $30. See the link below for full information.
Important Dates —
2016 Judges —
Alan DeFelice has won numerous regional and international awards. His pictures have been published in Serenity Magazine and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s monthly publication. He has photographed album covers for local recording artist Michael Joanes. Alan has also been a speaker at the Mid-Atlantic Nature Vision Photography Expo and conducted the Raptor Photography workshop.
How to Participate — Full information is available at —
The exhibition will be held at the Multiple Exposure Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center #312, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, from September 6 until October 16. There will be am opening reception on Sunday, September 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The photographs in this exhibit follow Sislen’s 15-year photographic journey beginning before 9/11, and continuing until today. The photographs made after September 11 show destruction, mourning and remembrance that took place nearby and throughout New York City. This exhibit documents an area transformed into new structures and memorials and importantly, record an added vibrancy and hope for New York City and beyond.
What started out as a few casual photographs recording the tragedy grew into a 15-year photographic journey. Sislen’s personal connection to the World Trade Center and neighboring financial district were the catalyst for this journey. As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11, he hopes this exhibit will help us Never Forget the morning of 9/11/01 that affected so many, and the sorrow, the hope and the transformation that followed.
The Gallery is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thursdays when it is open from 2 to 9 p.m.
Photo: Still Smouldering by Alan Sislen ©2001 All Rights Reserved
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/