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May 2nd: Self-Critiquing with Roy Sewall
Roy Sewall will critique his own photos, picking them apart to identify ways that they could have been improved.
Roy spent most of his youth in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines; his State Department family’s home base was the Washington, D.C., area. Roy has a B.S. in Physics from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland and a M.S. in Engineering Science from Penn State. He returned permanently to the Washington area in 1969 and worked for several major technology corporations for over 30 years.
Roy’s interest in photography evolved from extensive travel in six continents. In 2001, he started his transition to full-time photographer. He always found the Washington area to be one of the most photogenic locations in the world. Roy’s first photography book, Our Potomac, from Great Falls through Washington, D.C., was published in 2005; it was inspired by his affection for hiking and bicycling along the river and the adjacent Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal. The book has led to numerous lecture and slide show engagements with local organizations, and established him as one of the leading photographers of the Potomac River and C&O Canal.
In 2007, Roy became the first Chair of the Board of Directors for the C&O Canal Trust, a non-profit friends group for the National Park Service. In 2013 he joined the Board of Directors of the Potomac Riverkeeper. Roy has done extensive photography work for river- and C&O Canal-related government and non-profit organizations, as well as private and commercial clients.
Roy’s second book, Great Falls and Mather Gorge, was published in 2009. In addition, he was a guest on WETA’s TV program Great Views of Washington D.C., the lead photographer in the Best of D.C. 2009 publication, in the feature articles in the 2009/2010 D.C. and 2012/2013 Virginia Where Guestbooks, the lead still photographer in The Nature Conservancy’s 2011 video The Potomac Gorge, and a featured guest on Montgomery Community Media TV in 2012.
After completing Great Falls and Mather Gorge, Roy turned to the creation of large fine art prints. He has developed diverse bodies of work for exhibitions that include unusual foreign and domestic landscapes, old European architecture, historical re-enactment, and abstracts. In addition, he offers both private and group instruction to novice and intermediate photographers, and in 2014 became an instructor for the Capital Photography Center.
But his foremost passion is his ongoing project called “Mysterra” that conveys mystery, illusion, fantasy, and sensuality.
Roy was a speaker at Nature Visions in 2016.
Find out more on Roy's website: http://www.roysewallphotography.com/iWeb/Home.html
Examples of Roy's work:
May 9th: Portfolio Project
This is to remind you that Corey Hilz will review all the completed Portfolio Projects at the May 9 meeting.
May 16th: Judging by Mary Ann Setton
Note: The theme is 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.
Mary Ann Setton graduated from the Washington School of Photography a few years before retiring from her human resources management profession, proving that it's never too late to follow your dream. With a studio in her home, she worked as a part-time professional photographer concentrating on portrait and boudoir photography. After retirement, her energy shifted to fine art photography and she concentrated on learning Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter quickly becoming known for her “digital magic.”
Mary Ann has won numerous awards within the Northern Virginia area including Best in Show in a Vienna Photographic Competition, Equal Award at Alexandria’s Art League at the Torpedo Factory, five Prints of the Year and two Photographer of the Year awards from the Northern Virginia Photographic Society, and First Place in the 2009 AAA Magazine Annual Photo Competition. She was both guest and substitute host on the cable TV show “Photographers of Northern Virginia”, featured in the e’lan Art Magazine, juried into several fine art and abstract competitions, and in February was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Herndon ArtSpace Fine Art Photography Exhibit. In March she had a solo exhibit for the community and public in the Lodge of the Shenandoah Active Adult Community. She has also served in various leadership roles including VP for Competitions, board member, and president at NVPS.
While photo art is her love, you will find her still providing photography and digital imaging services on occasion and is in her eighth year of judging photo competitions in the metropolitan D.C. area, but she is best known in her community as an eager photographer who, nearly ten years ago, originated and still leads the Shenandoah Photography Club.
Competition Schedule for the remainder of the 2017 season
At the end of May, a separate End of Year competition among all of the monthly winners will be judged by Nikhil Bahl; the winners will be announced at our annual End of Year Banquet on June 2.
Competition Themes for 2017-2018
The themes for 2017-2018 are:
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 April:
Additional winning images are available for viewing at http://nvps.org/gallery/v/competitions/2016-2017_Competition_Winners/
The Co-VPs Competition for 2016-2017 are Bill Millhouser and Judy Graham (email@example.com)
2017-2018 Changes to the Rules of Competition
The NVPS Membership in attendance at the April 21, 2017, meeting approved changes to the rules regarding competition the monochrome print category, and the total number of images that each member can enter into a monthly competition.
Approved Competition Rule Change #1
Approved Competition Rule Change #2
These rule changes will take effect at beginning of the 2017-2018 NVPS year, that is, in September 2017. If you have any questions regarding these changes please contact the Co-VPs of Competition at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
May 23rd: Astrophotography with Dan Ward
As an 11-year old, Dan L. Ward first took “close-up” photos of the moon by holding the family’s Brownie Hawkeye camera to the eyepiece of his Gilbert 3” reflector telescope. The results may have been less than spectacular, but were still sufficient to nurture a love of photography and astronomy that continues five decades later.
While living in Arizona in the 1980s, he refined his film astrophotography skills. Several astronomy magazines published his comets, deep sky and planet photos. Astronomy books also used his images, including David Levy’s best seller,The Sky: A Users Guide.
The demands of fatherhood for two daughters, plus career relocations away from Arizona prompted a 20-year hiatus from astronomical pursuits. Dan continued to refine his photographic techniques by pursuing nature and street photography and has been active in several Northern Virginia camera clubs.
In preparation for the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017, Dan dusted off his telescope and cracked the books on recent innovations in astro-imaging techniques. Now exploring the sky with camera lens, telescopes and binoculars, Dan primarily photographs the sun and moon. Having researched a variety of safe filtering techniques, he encourages others to leverage his sometimes hard-learned lessons as they prepare for the solar eclipse event of a lifetime in August.
A small sampling of Dan’s astro images can be viewed within his astronomy gallery at http://danlward.imagekind.com/store/
23rd: Digital by Judy Graham;
A few more trips, including two rafting trips down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, and hundreds more photos proved to Judy that photography was about more than spectacular scenery.
In 2002 Judy enrolled in her first photography workshop through the Grand Canyon Field Institute. It was a chance to combine her love of the canyon with taking better photos. Since then she has been privileged to photograph some incredible places. She has hiked and hauled her camera gear to many locations which are unlike any place else on this planet and some few will ever see except in photos. And it has been well worth it. Hopefully you will agree when you view Judy’s images from “Not From Around Here”.
About Judy … she has lived in Washington, D.C. area all but one year of her life and the summer of 2010 when Judy lived in Page, Arizona, working for Overland Canyon Tours. She guided photographers from all over the world in slot canyons and to remote jewels of the southwest. Several of her photos have been featured on the front and back covers and the pages in between of Gateway to Canyon Country, a magazine distributed in northern Arizona to tourists who pass through the region.
Judy joined NVPS in January 2011 with the goal of meeting local photographers, doing more local photography, and learning more about the art of photography. While she remains primarily drawn to stark dramatic landscapes, she’s learning to appreciate photographing what’s in her own backyard, especially if it’s a chance to do so with one of her many new friends.
Judy currently shoots with a Canon 5D MKIII and she never goes anywhere without her trusty tripod. As for future plans, a two week southwestern trip is in the planning stages for early October and she’s signed on for a trip to Greenland in August 2018.
Judy ’s presentation is entitled: “Not From Around Here.” Judy enjoys photography of stark and dramatic landscapes. Her presentation is of photos she’s taken of the American Southwest, Iceland and Patagonia.
Examples of Judy's work:
George “Butch” Karamarkovich. Although Butch had photography interests when he was a teenager, his first experience with a 35mm camera was assisting his college yearbook editor by photographing some of his fellow athletes. After graduating from college and becoming a Marine Aviator, his first tactical assignment was as a helicopter pilot in the Republic of Vietnam, and it was during this assignment that he bought his first Nikon camera at China Beach.
During subsequent tours in the Far East, Butch and his fellow helicopter pilots took their cameras with them to every port taking photographs on black and white negatives. They developed their own negatives and used the dark room aboard the aircraft carrier to print their photographs. The passion was there, but, as Butch became more senior in the military and his schedule less flexible, his photography was limited to his family gatherings.
After retiring from the military, he worked for a decade in the civilian sector and is currently a consultant. Eventually the allure of photography returned to the forefront. He recognized the world of photography had changed and digital photography had become the new standard. With research, Butch stepped through the door toward his former passion and purchased a Nikon digital camera and Photoshop CS5, and entered into today’s world of photography.
The focus of attention of Butch’s photography still includes his family but a large measure of his effort is shooting wildlife, particularly things that fly. He can be seen at athletic events in Grand Rapids, Michigan, area where his three grandsons participate in athletic events. A proud grandfather, he suffers from Elephant Head because of the athletic excellence his grandsons have demonstrated, and he has digitally captured their performances.
However, when the grandsons are not center stage, he takes advantage of the nature in Michigan with day trips to different locations. Additionally, he has his photographic gear with him during all visits to National Parks, and the Northern Virginia area is his photographic landscape when he is not on the road. He travels south several time a year and a number of the photographs that have made the ribbon list at the NVPS competitions have been taken in Florida. Gatorland, near Orlando, is by far his favorite haunt but he has made many day trips in Florida in an attempt to capture that winning photograph.
He has been a member of NVPS since 2012. The majority of the photographs on display are submissions during the nine months of the year that NVPS conducts competitions. The camaraderie of the members of NVPS, the judges’ comments at competitions, and the weekly briefings have made a significant difference in the development of Butch’s photographic endeavors. Butch’s future photographic goals are to remain an NVPS member and continue chasing creatures that fly.
Butch’s presentation is called “NVPS Experience.”
Examples of Butch's work:
The Member's Gallery Coordinator for this 2016-2017 is Ron Taylor.
May 21st: Touring Waterford, Va.
Waterford, located in northern Loudon County, is one of the most photogenic locations in our region. Founded in the early 1700s, it is today a National Historic Landmark District, with buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. These include the Waterford Mill (mid-1700s), the “Arch House Row” (also mid 18th Century), and the Presbyterian church (1882). Waterford, with a largely Quaker and abolitionist population, remained loyal to the Union during the Civil War, but was the scene of a battle.
Many of us know Waterford from its annual fair in early October. (It will be October 6, 7, and 8 this year.) Roger Lancaster knows it as home, and has offered to share some of his favorite photographic locations with us during a NVPS Field Trip on May 21. In addition to showing us the town, Roger will lead the group to several barns and other sites in the area.
You can get a preview of Waterford’s sites and articles on its history at http://www.waterfordhistory.org/visit.htm.
After touring the Waterford area, Roger will host a pot-luck at his house. To keep things moderately organized, please bring whatever you’d like to drink as well as a dish to share:
Last name beginning with A – J Salad or hamburger fixings (ketchup, relish…)
Field Trip Coordinators for 2016-2017 are Stan Bysshe and Jim McDermott, email@example.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 2017
The Nature Visions Board of Directors has decided to make the Student Photo Contest a permanent fixture in the Nature Visions menu. The first year, there were 62 entries; last year over 180. The contest is open to any high school (grades 9-12) student in Northern Virginia and in Montgomery County, Md. The submissions for the contest take place from May 15-31, and are done digitally. Photos do not have to be of nature; each student is allowed to submit two images. The judging is done shortly after the deadline, with 10 top photos being honored at the Nature Visions expo in November. First prize is $500, with $100 cash prizes given to the remaining nine entries.
If you have a child, grandchild, nephew, niece, or know of someone who goes to one of the schools in the area, please try and arrange to get the flyers on the contest to whomever teaches photography in the school, or is a sponsor of a photo club. I have flyers that can be distributed.
In addition to the contest, Nature Visions is inviting photography classes and clubs from the schools to attend the all day workshop on Friday, November 3, at the George Mason University Hylton Center at no charge. The workshop is being conducted by Matt Kloskowski, a renowned photography educator and Lightroom/Photoshop instructor.
More detailed information about the contest can be found on the Nature Visions website at http://naturevisions.org/2017-nvpe-high-school-student-photo-contest/.
Roger Lancaster, NVPS Nature Visions representative
2016-2017 Membership Dues
Questions, please email membership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
NVPS member Kirk Johnson received a Nominee Award from the Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA), out of London, UK. FAPA conducts an annual competition for both Professional and Amateur photographers. Their mission is to celebrate Fine Art photography and to discover emerging talent from around the world.
He received a certificate for having his photos selected from among 6,335 submissions that were entered in this annual contest from 89 countries.
Winners were selected by highly acclaimed panel of international judges, including: Tim Franco, Nadia Dias, Liza Van der Stock, Matilde Gattoni, Amélie Labourdette, Valery Klamm and Pierre Abensur.
A member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society, Kirk has won several local awards and has been recognized on two separate occasions with his photos displayed in Shutterbug.com (Shutterbug "Photo of the Day"). Kirk, a retired military officer, currently lives in Alexandria.Kirk's web site is at kirkjohnsonphotography.com†
“Simplicity,” a photograph (left) by Bob Friedman, was selected as Best in Show by The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, for its April 2017, juried group exhibit. Bob is a long-time member of the Dunn Loring-based Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS).
He has received numerous awards including Photographer of the Year from NVPS. Bob’s photographic works are also part of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. The Art League exhibition runs through May 7. The Art League exhibition is at The Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free admission. Call 703-683-2323 or visit www.theartleague.org/.
Seventh Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Photography Exhibition
The opening reception of the 2017 Joseph Miller Exhibit will be Sunday, May 7, at the JM Center, 4811 Catharpin Road, Gainesville, Va. The reception and presentation of awards will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art currently has a photography show of landscape photographs of the eastern half of the United States during the 19th century. East of the Mississippi has photographs of the natural wonders as well as industrialization and the Civil War taken in all the historic methods--daguerreotypes and stereographs to albumen prints and cyanotypes.
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.