Volume 53 – No. 1

Founded 1965 – our 52th Year

September 2017


The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society

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

Table of Contents

President's Message
2017-2018 Board
Treasurer's Report
Monthly Program
Education and Training
Members' Gallery
Field Trips
   Members News
   Exhibition Opportunities
   Workshop Offerings

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9/5 Monthly Program: Creative Photos of Flowers          with Josh Taylor
9/12 Education & Training: Lightroom Workflow          and Rapid Editing Techniques with
        Jeff Hancock
9/16 Field Trip: Shenandoah National Park
9/19 Competition: Judging by Kristi Odom
Forum: Photo Mandalas – From Photographic
          Concept to Final Design
          Kirk Johnson
9/26 Members Gallery:
          Digital Images by Kathryn Mohrman
          Prints by Joy Braithwaite


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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

Welcome Back!

The Northern Virginia Photographic Society will begin its 2017-2018 season with our first meeting on September 5, 2017.   Judging from the wonderfully diverse images displayed on the NVPS Facebook page, our club members have had a great summer shooting all over the world, as well as right here in our own backyard. I look forward to seeing more images throughout the year.

The volunteers who serve on our NVPS Board have put together a great 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 p.m. each Tuesday evening to meet and mingle, and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.  The only exception to the 7:30 start time is our competition night on the third Tuesday of each month, which will begin at 7:15 p.m. So bring your questions, bring your knowledge, bring your friends, and join us at NVPS!  

If you have not already done so, I urge all club members to learn about the Nature Visions Photo Exhibition, which will be held at the Hylton Center at the GMU Manassas Campus on November 3 through 5, 2017. Please visit http://naturevisions.org  to learn more about the Event and how to buy tickets for the speakers. See http://naturevisions.org/the-exhibits/expo-submissions/ to learn how to upload your images for the completion. The timeframe for submitting images is now through September 22, so you need to get busy working on your images. Roger Lancaster is the NVPS representative and you can e-mail him with questions at naturevisions@nvps.org. For more information on Nature Visions, see Roger’s section below.

Bill MiIllhouser

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Board of Directors

2017-2018 NVPS Board

Elected Board    
President Bill Millhouser president@nvps.org
VP Programs Willa Siegel programs@nvps.org
VP Operations Frank Napoli operations@nvps.org
Co-VP Competition Chuck Campbell competition@nvps.org
Co-VP Competition Stan Bysshe competition@nvps.org
Treasurer Tom Brett treasurer@nvps.org
Secretary/Historian Kathryn Mohrman secretary@nvps.org
Appointed Board    
Past President Kevin Egan pastpresident@nvps.org
Education & Training Coordinator Ron Taylor education@nvps.org
Exhibits Coordinator (Nature Visions) Roger Lancaster naturevisions@nvps.org
Field Trips Coordinator Jim McDermott field-trips@nvps.org
Member’s Gallery Coordinator Laurie Kuyk membersgallery@nvps.org
Forum Coordinator Kirk Johnson forum@nvps.org
Membership Coordinator Kacy Turner membership@nvps.org
Newsletter & NVACC Representative Alan Goldstein editor@nvps.org
Website Manager David Crooks 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
Special Board Member Jamie Kiechlin 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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Treasurer’s Report

The NVPS Board had kept dues constant for the past nine years, and has increased dues for the upcoming 2017-2018 club year to $55 for Individual memberships and to $75 for family memberships, in part, to cover an increase in the honoraria presented to Competition judges and Program speakers.

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 [ Kacy] at NVPS meetings, starting on 5 Sept., 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.

During the last NVPS club year, 2016-2017, Board member expenses were kept within the budget.

Annual expenditures during 2016-17 were:

  • $5,265 for the meeting hall rental at Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department [the club’s largest annual expense];
  • $1,601 for Competitions [judge honoraria and meals, and End of Year (EOY) Banquet ribbons, trophies, plaques and printed programs];
  • $687 for Programs [speaker honoraria & meals];
  • $731 for the EOY Banquet subsidy;
  • $500 for liability insurance; $423 for Membership supplies & miscellaneous; $159 for new equipment [a      microphone system] & $150 for Education & Training and the Portfolio Project.
The EOY Banquet cost for the Waterford meal and support fees was $3,831 against ticket sale income of $3,100 at $37.50 per person. NVPS paid the $731 subsidy to allow ticket prices to be $37.50 per person.

Income from Membership dues was $9,676 and from the coffee fund and sales of Spudz micro-cloths was $310.

The NVPS bank account balance on 23 June 2017 was $9,784, which will increase as the majority of dues are received in July thru October.

Please encourage your friends to renew or to join NVPS.

Thank you,
Tom Brett, Treasurer

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Monthly Program

September 5th: Creative Photos of Flowers with
           Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor has presented photography workshops at the Smithsonian National Orchid Show, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University, U.S. Botanic Garden, Brookside Gardens, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, American Horticultural Society Garden School, Adkins Arboretum, and Longwood Gardens.

In addition to being a former Canon Camera instructor, Josh speaks at camera and garden clubs, judges photographic competitions, and exhibits his photographs in gallery shows.

He is a member of Garden Writers Association, National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and member and past president of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society.

Josh was voted best garden club speaker in 2005 and was a judge for the 2009 Garden Writers Association National Media Awards and the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Nature Photography Expo.

Longwood Gardens selected Josh as its Instructor of the Month (October 2010) and he was a selected photographer to assist the public in photographing Bruce Munro’s Light: Installations (2012). Josh's web site is at Joshuataylorphotography.com

Josh’s presentation:  Creative Photos of Flowers

Photographing a garden can be visually overwhelming. Where do you start? In the garden, the hidden beauty in plants, the natural landscape, and man-made objects are often overlooked for the obvious. Take a walk in the garden with Josh and learn photographic techniques that will lift flower and garden photographs to a higher level. This presentation will inspire photographers to see and create striking photographs using in-camera and software enhancement techniques found in Lightroom, Photoshop/Photoshop Elements, and the new MacPhun Luminare.

Examples of Josh's work:

Monthly Programs for 2017-2018

Date Speaker Subject
September 5, 2017 Josh Taylor Creative Photos of Flowers
October 3, 2017 Greg Holden Seeing
November 7, 2017 E. David Luria Creative use of WB and Color Temp while shooting
December 5, 2017 Jonathan Newton Sports photography, The Washington Post 
January 2, 2018 TBA TBA
February 6, 2018 Renee Comet Food Photography
March 6, 2018 TBA TBA
April 3, 2018 TBA TBA
May 1, 2018 TBA TBA

The VP for Programs for 2017-2018 is Willa Siegel.

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Education & Training

September 12th: Lightroom Workflow and Rapid Editing
with Jeff Hancock

As a Navy brat, Jeff Hancock grew up in many places in the U.S. and overseas.  It was in Japan where he was given his first camera, a point-and-shoot 35mm.  When he moved to Hawaii, he was asked to choose an art elective in high school.  He chose photography over glass blowing in 1987 and the rest is history.  He shot for the newspaper, the yearbook, and was president of the photography club. His first professional gig was for a surfer who paid him $40 for a roll of black and white.

Jeff’s been a member of NVPS since 2008.  He took over as digital projectionist in 2010 and added his own flair to the job, keeping the announcements part of the meeting from becoming a snooze fest with visual jokes and quick Google fingers.

Jeff’s had a lot of side jobs in photography.  Some of the highlights include Cadillac Track day events, a Rolling Thunder motorcycle tour, Santa Claus visit to an adoption agency, a Pilates instructor, a state delegate campaign appearance, a one-year old’s birthday party, and a wedding, though he doesn’t make a habit of it. His primary customer since 2011 is Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the subject of his portfolio project last year, and other city of Alexandria museums.  He’s spent so much time in Alexandria that he’s on a first name basis with Alison, Mayor Silverberg.

When he’s not shooting a paid gig, Jeff has wide photographic interests.  He’ll take his camera to anything he or his family are doing.  He also seeks out wildlife, nature, motorsports, still lives, in-camera abstracts, drones, family photos, fireworks, you name it.

Jeff processes primarily in Lightroom, though he’ll grudgingly hit the “edit in Photoshop” menu item if he really has to.  He suspects he’ll spend more time there now that he has a backdrop set with a green screen.

Jeff’s has been published in the Alexandria Gazette, the Huffington Post, and dcist.com.  His work has been recognized in Joseph Miller’s Abstract exhibit and Nature Visions Expo.

The Program:

In this live demonstration, Jeff will demonstrate his Lightroom workflow, from Importing images from SD card, to cataloging and keywording, to image editing to publishing.  How does he shoot six hundred images one night and post the best 200 of them by noon the next day?  Find out by attending this presentation.  Bring a few raw files on an SD card and watch him perform his magic on your images.

Key concepts include:
    Image import - 
        Copy to backup location
        File Hierarchy
        Bulk Keywording
        Bulk Develop Presets

Image Editing
    Copy and paste development settings
    Build a preset for the shoot if many images are similar
    Use presets from others (JulieanneKost (free), Improve Photography (paid))
    Order of sliders
    Don't forget dehaze.  Why isn't it with the rest?
    Perspective corrections

    How do you share your images?
    Facebook? - Publish Direct to Albums
    Smugmug? - Galleries
    Instagram? - You can publish there too

Printing?  Not covered.  I don't print

Education and Training Programs for 2017-2018

Date Topic Presenter
12 September 2017 Lightroom Tips Jeff Hancock
10 October 2017 Matting and Portfolio Announcement Friedmans and Kieulan Nguyen
31 October 2017 Creating Cards, Calendars, and Photo Books Georgette Grossman
14 November 2017 Lightboxes and Portfolio Announcement Kieulan Nguyen
12 December 2017 Anonymous Critique TBD
9 January 2018 Into the Wild Blue Yonder Alan Goldstein
30 January 2018 Portfolio Project Review Kieulan Nguyen
13 February 2018 I'll Fix It In Post Mike Whalen
13 March 2018 Anonymous Critique TBD
10 April 2018 Portfolio Project Review Kieulan Nguyen
8 May 2018 Creativity Freeman Patterson
29 May 2018 Vendor Show and Swap Meet District Camera

The Education and Training Coordinator for 2017-2018 is Ron Taylor.

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September 19th: Judging by Kristi Odom

Kristi Odom is a photographer and motivational speaker who is based in Washington, D.C., and is most at home while exploring the world. From destination weddings in Thailand to conservation projects in the jungles of Borneo, she is dedicated to documenting the vast beauty in the world around us. 

She loves to give back by sharing this approach with fellow photographers and encouraging them to do the same.  Kristi has been an educator for Nikon, Wedding Professional Photographers International (WPPI), Fearless Conference, Adventure Always, REI, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Kristi’s accolades include her Master’s accreditation from WPPI and over 60 international photography awards including a Nature's Best Photography award.  Her work has been on exhibit many different places from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Rangefinder, Outside Magazine, and even on a billboard in Times Square.


Examples of Kristi's work:

Competition Themes for 2017-2018

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 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.

Competition Themes for 2018-2019

  • Geometry:
    Images where the predominant elements are geometric shapes — circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, etc. The compositional elements may be specific [subject-based], such as a wall with a door and doorknob and windows, or implied [design-based], where the photographer searches for designs, such as rectangles, circles, etc. without concern for the names of the objects. For example, subject-based could consider a scene with land, ocean and sky, whereas, design-based could see the same scene as three rectangles of different tones and sizes.
  •  Reflections:
    Images which include reflections in water, buildings, mirrors, glass or any other reflective material.
  •  Trains, Planes, Automobiles, and Trucks:
    Images of these subjects can be of new or old ones—ones in mint condition or in a state of ruin. Photos can be of the entire vehicle or parts, such as hood ornaments. Subjects can be in motion or at rest.

Competition Judges for 2017-2018

Date Judge Theme
September 19, 2017 Kristi Odom none
October 17, 2017 Denise Silva Visible Emotions
November 21, 2017 Don Becker none
December 19, 2016 Denise Silva Faceless Portrait
January 16, 2018 Josh Taylor none
February 20, 2018 Roy Sewall none
March 20, 2018 Denise Silva Americans At Work
April 17, 2018 TBA none
May 15, 2018 TBA Oldies
End-of-Year Banquet Corey Hilz none

The Co-VPs Competition for 2017-2018 are Stan Bysshe and Chuck Campbell (competitions@nvps.org)

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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 editor "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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September 26th: Photo Mandalas From Photographic
          Concept to Final Design
with Kirk Johnson

Since joining NVPS in August 2012, Kirk Johnson has been taking digital photographs of a variety of subjects, such as architecture, street and urban, portrait, black-and-white, floral and abstract.

Armed with his trusty Nikon D5300 and LG G6 smartphone and a variety of post-processing tools (Photoshop CS6, NIK Collections, Topaz, Portrait Professional 15, and Photomatix), Kirk has been recognized internationally, nationally, and locally with a variety of photographic awards including: 2017 International Fine Arts Photography Award (FAPA), Nominee Award for Abstract photography; the Great American Country  (GAC), Hunt for Americana Photo Contest , United States Southern Region Finalist, in 2014; numerous NVPS monthly competition awards.  Additionally his photographs have appeared in Bliss Magazine and twice in Shutterbug.com “Photo of the Day.”

Kirk, who retired from the U.S. Navy in 1999 as a Lieutenant Commander, currently lives in Alexandria with his wife, Leslie and their dog, Orville.   Presently, Kirk is a Policy Analyst working for the federal government in Washington, D.C.

For this month's Member’s Forum Kirk will discuss the idea behind his creations of photo-mandalas.  From the initial photograph to the final abstract-like product, Kirk will explain how he came upon this post-processing technique, the subject of mandalas and their importance in various cultures around the world, a presentation of some of these creations, and how they were processed.  These mandalas have appeared globally not only in competitions, but on a variety of social media sites such as: Facebook, Instagram, Gurushots.com, 500px, ShopVida.com, and in NVPS competitions and portfolio reviews.

Examples of Kirk's work:


Stainless Steel

Cavalcade of Color

The Forum Coordinator for 2017-2018 is Kirk Johnson.

Upcoming Forum Presentations:

Date Presenter Title
26 September 2017 Kirk Johnson Mandalas
24 October 2017 Dan Ward Great American Eclipse
27 November 2017 Alan Goldstein St. Lawrence River and Thousand Islands
22 January 2018   Bill Corbett
26 February 2018 Iceland David Heagy
26 March 2018   Michael Aarons
23 April 2018   Bill Millhouser
28 May 2018   Ginger Werz-Petricka


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Members Gallery

September 26th: Digital Images by Kathryn Mohrman and
                   Prints by Joy Braithwaite

Kathryn Mohrman

Kathryn Morhman in her own words: “About ten years ago I bought an intermediate camera with a fixed zoom lens to take on safari in Botswana.  In addition to its point-and-shoot simplicity, the camera had manual adjustments so I decided to learn how to go beyond automatic settings.  I bought Photography for Dummies and tried to wrap my mind around aperture, shutter speed, ISO and the rest.  I took a weekend workshop in Tucson with Arizona Highways to use my newfound knowledge, and I was hooked. The last two years as a member of NVPS have added to my photographic education. 

In my pre-retirement life, I was a teacher ranging from sixth grade to PhD students; I also spent years as a college and university administrator.  Now post-retirement, I have the flexibility to spend more time on photography.  Since I love to travel, I’ve combined my wanderlust with opportunities to take photos in such fabulous locations such as Bhutan, Morocco, and southwestern China.

I’m eager to try all kinds of photography, including macro and abstracts, but I am most attracted to travel and street images.  For years I’ve used a Canon 6D full frame DSLR, but increasingly I grab first for my Olympus mirrorless camera.  I love the light weight, but I also appreciate the smaller size when walking around in markets, temples, and street venues.

The future?  I want to keep traveling as long and my legs and my retirement budget hold out.  I would like to try my hand at travel writing as a way to share my experiences with others, but mostly I enjoy the satisfaction of creating beautiful memories through photography.”

Examples of Kathryn’s work:

Joy Braithwaite

Joy Brathwaite is a Washington D. C., wedding and event photographer. Joy started photography in July 2013 with a Nikon D3000. Shortly after picking up the camera, she was invited to join NVPS by a work colleague. Through NVPS she has met great photographers and learned various photographic techniques, from whom and which she credits with improving her photography in those initial years.

Currently, Joy shoots with a Nikon 750, primarily using the 70 - 200mm/ƒ4 to photograph flowers when not photographing events. Whether photographing flowers or events, Joy enjoys taking images that are vibrant, energetic and colorful. Going forward, Joy is looking forward to working with her wedding and event clients to capture all their precious moments.


Examples of Joy’s work:

Dates Digital Print
September 26, 2017 Kathryn Mohrman Joy Braithwaite
October 24, 2017 Dan Ward (open to all members)
November 28, 2017 Willa Friedman Bob Friedman
January 23, 2018 Len Johnson Kieulan Nguyen
February 27, 2018 Joy Braithwaite Jim Williams
March 27, 2018 Bill Millhouser Stan Bysshe
April 24, 2018 Kristine Tan David Crooks
May 22, 2018 Sam Schaen Kacy Turner

The Member's Gallery Coordinator for this 2016-2017 is Laurie Kuyk.

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Field Trips

September 16th: Shenandoah National Park

While the fall leaves are fickle, the sunsets on the Blue Ridge amaze every day.  Join us Saturday, September 16th, on the Skyline Drive for a two-part field trip.  

We will meet at 2 p.m. at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, approximately 3½ miles beyond the Front Royal Shenandoah National Park entrance.  We can explore collectively or individually the various overlooks and trails nearby to shoot wild-life, flowers and amazing vistas.  

At 4:00 p.m. we will re-group at Spelunkers in Front Royal for a burger and a beer.  

We will then make our way back up the Drive to position ourselves at several overlooks to capture the sunset. (Golden hour begins 6:40 p.m.)  

The Park entrance fee is $25.00 per car. Senior pass holders enter free. Carpooling is highly recommended. We’ll have sign-up sheets at the club meetings.

Please email us for questions and to let us know that you will be going: field-trips@nvps.org

Field Trip Coordinators for 2017-2018 are Jim and Jerri McDermott

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Nature Visions 2017

The annual Nature Visions Photo Expo is just around the corner on November 3-5 at the Hylton Center, GMU campus in Manassas. Couple of reminders…..

First, the time period for uploading images for the photo competition is now on and ends Sept. 22. Please make sure you read the rules and regulations on the NV website.

Couple of key things – first, the images entered for the Nature section must not have any evidence of “hands of man.” This would include such things as buildings, wires, fences, plowed fields, etc. You can enter up to six images in this section, with no limit on how many can be entered in any of the categories — for example you could enter all of your images in just the Wildlife category if all met the criteria for wildlife.

For Photo Art, you can enter up to two images. Remember, we do pre-judge the images and you have until Sept. 15 to resubmit images that have been turned down. You will not have an opportunity to resubmit photos submitted after Sept. 15, but before the Sept. 22 deadline. Judging will take place immediately after the deadline, with those photographers juried in notified by Oct. 13. You will then have until Oct. 28 to have your images printed and matted and submitted. The last date to submit them at an NVPS meeting will be Oct. 24. After that date, you will have to bring your printed images to my place in Waterford. This is a much shorter time period than in previous years so be prepared to move quickly.

Second, you can now register and sign-up for classes at the expo. Go to the NV website again, and click here. If you were a member during the 2016-17 membership year, then you will receive the $40 discount. Members new this  year (2017-18) are not eligible for the discount but can enter the photo competitions. If you have any problems signing up, please contact me or the info@naturevisions.org site for assistance. New this year is the Portfolio Review, but you sign up for it separately from the regular ticket site. Go here.

We will again be having lunch available. However, we are still in negotiations with a vendor. As soon as that is all settled, we will be sending out a blast email to everyone with all the details.

I think we have a wonderful lineup of speakers for this years expo and I hope that all of you will attend. I will be at all the meetings between now and the expo to answer any questions you might have.

Roger Lancaster, NVPS Rep to NV

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2017-2018 Membership Dues

This year there are a few good reasons to pay your NVPS dues earlier rather than later!

This year all Nature Visions submissions (Nature and Fine Arts) are digital submissions. To be eligible to enter images you must be a club member in good standing, i.e., be current in your membership dues. To make sure you qualify, Roger Lancaster will compare our list of paid members against the submissions he receives. So please pay your dues before you submit to Nature Visions.

In past years we have given members who compete in monthly competitions a grace period to pay their dues. For those competing in the September 19th competition, the grace period ends October 1. Please note that awards/points received in the September competition will be removed for members who have not paid their dues by October 1. Early payment identifies you as an active member of NVPS and allows us to better serve your needs.

Membership dues for the 2017-2018 year are as follows:

Class of Membership: Dues:
Individual   $55
Family   $75
 Student         $20.00 (must be full-time student)

There are three forms of payment. Checks and cash are preferred by NVPS:

Questions, please email membership at membership@nvps.org.
We look forward to seeing you at upcoming club meetings and events!

Stay Connected with NVPS

Email: If you are not already receiving NVPS emails, there are two ways you can sign up to join the list. Click on the following link and sign up by entering your name and email address. Click on join the list. http://nvps.org/home/?page_id=31. Or you may stop by the Membership desk at the next meeting and they will be happy to assist you.It's important to note, you will receive an "opt-in" email from nvps.org. If you do not receive it, check your spam folder. Please respond to this email within 72 hours or the verification link will expire.

Facebook: If you are on Facebook, please join the NVPS private group. Search on Northern Virginia Photographic Society Social Group and request to join. Members post everything from their photos to interesting articles on photography to requests for recommendations. You will find the group informative and fun!

Kacy Turner
Membership Coordinator

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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:

Fred Siskind

Fred Siskind will be presenting his program Macro Photography in the Field at the Vienna Photographic Society meeting at Thoreau Middle School on Wednesday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to their web site at    https://www.vpsva.org/

Luella Murri
(July 28, 1920-August 26, 2017)

Poquoson, Va. - Long-time NVPS Member Luella Davis Murri, 97, of Springfield, Virginia, passed away on August 26, 2017, at Dominion Village in Poquoson, Va.

Luella was born on July 28, 1920, in Boston to Gertrude Dickey and Arthur DeForest Davis. She grew up in Melrose, Mass., entering Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., at the age of 16. After spending her junior year in France, she received a BA in French in 1940 summa cum laude.

The following year, at the age of 20, she graduated from Radcliffe College/Harvard University with a MA in French. Luella worked as a position classifier for the Department of the Navy in New York City, Boston, and then Philadelphia, where she also worked for the Civil Service Commission. She met her future husband, Albert Murri, in Philadelphia. They were married in 1951, and in 1957, they relocated to Springfield, Va., to a house where Luella would live for the next 55 years.

Following Albert's death in 1973, she began to travel extensively around the world and earned membership in the Circumnavigators Club. She took up photography to capture images from her trips and excelled at that as well. Her photographs were exhibited in the Smithsonian and in Nature's Best magazine, and received numerous awards from the Northern Virginia Photographic Society, of which she was a longtime member. She was the originator and host of the television program "Photographers of Northern Virginia", which aired on Fairfax Channel 10 from 2001-2006.

In 2012, she moved to the Yorktown, Va., area to be near her son Dan and his family. Luella is survived by her sons Tom and his wife Kathy of Northampton, Mass., and her grandson Albie; and Dan and his wife Gretchen of Yorktown, Va., and her grandsons Chris and Sam.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA 22124. Arrangements are with the Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson. A memorial service will be held in Northern Virginia at a later date.

Eric B.  Ottinger 
(September 27, 1947 - July 9, 2017)

NVPS member Eric B. Ottinger died Sunday evening, 9 July 2017.   A native of Jackson, Michigan, Eric earned his Bachelor and Master of Business degrees from Michigan State University. 

He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  He was a contracting officer with the Department of Defense, a job from which he retired. 

Eric is survived by his wife Jane Davis Ottinger; a daughter Marie Ottinger; and two sisters Joan Huntley and Gail Jacobson.

NVPS member Eric Ottinger checks the photos he's taken on a field trip to Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, Md.  5 November 2016

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Call for Entries 2017

The Friends of Claude Moore Park (FCMP) invite you to participate in the 10thAnnual FCMP Photography Expo “Natural Spaces and Old Places” to be held on September 23, 2017.

Photographers of all levels and ages are encouraged to enter their favorite photos into the juried competition in SIX categories: Roots and Buds, Wild Creatures, A Bug's Life (NEW), Winged Wonders, Natural Landscapes, and History and Heritage.

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 September 15, 2017. For 2017 rules and entry form visit www.loudoun.gov/claudemoorepark (go to “Quick Links” or see attached Quick guide, Rules and Application in pdf).

The Claude Moore Park is located at 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road in Sterling, Va. 20164.

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Workshops and Exhibition Opportunities

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.

Workshop on Camera Club Judging

A workshop on Camera Club Judging will be presented by Joseph Miller and Matthew G. Schmidt with the assistance of Amie Tannenbaum at the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts, 4811 Catharpin Road, Gainesville, Va, 20155 There are two required sessions. These will be given 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on two Saturdays: Session 1 on October 14, and Session 2 on November 11.

Who should attend:

  • Those who currently compete
  • Those who someday might compete
  • Those who currently judge
  • Those who someday might want to judge
  • Those who want to know more about camera club judging

Registration Fee for both sessions $80. Sign up early as places are limited.

September Calls for Art

By now you have entered Nature Visions, If not, take this as a reminder that the deadline is Sept. 15.

Jennifer Judelson, the curator for Beanetics Coffee Roasters in Annandale, is always planning  future shows. And a coffee shop is such a traditional place to show the art of emerging artists. Jennifer said she is  currently  booked into the beginning of 2018. Ron Taylor is showing in September/October 2017 and Willa Siegel is doing November/December 2017. Jennifer  is  filling 2018 and loves working with the NVPS folks. To reach her: jennifer@soulworksstudio.com.

The Northern Virginia Review has an open call for art. The deadline is Oct. 15 and it is easy to enter. Info at: https://blogs.nvcc.edu/tnvr/ It may not have been updated yet for Volume 32.

Call Patti at the Frame Factory. They have a very big wall so think about working with a few friends. The phone number is: (703) 281-2350

Willa Friedman

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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 March 2016's Monthly Program presenter.

Denise Silva

Denise Silva was our September 2016 Program speaker as well as the November 2016 judge. She and Don Rosenberg operate Road Runner Photography Tours. For information on their latest tours and workshops, please visit their web site at http://roadrunnerphotographytours.com/

Nikhil Bahl Photography Workshops

Nikhil Bahl was our End-of-Year judge for 2016-2017 as well as Program Speaker in November 2015 and November 2016. He offers a variety of workshops and coaching events. For more details with his latest workshop updates, visit: www.NikhilBahl.com

Alan DeFelice

Alan DeFelice the January 2017 judge and was our 2016 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

Corey Hilz

Corey Hilz was 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

Joshua Taylor, Jr.

Joshua Taylor is a past NVPS president and was our February 2017 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

Roy Sewall

Roy Sewall was our Judge in December 2016 and Program speaker in May 2017. Roy offers both private and group instruction to novice and intermediate photographers, and in 2014 became an instructor for the Capital Photography Center. Find out more on Roy's website: http://www.roysewallphotography.com/iWeb/Home.html

David Blecman

David Blecman, a member of the Professional Photographers of America, is an internationally recognized photographer and instructor, having taught in over a dozen countries to photographers, models, and makeup artists. He was our judge in October 2015 and April 2017 and a Program speaker in April 2016. David's website: http://posneg.com/

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Give-away: Epson Stylus Pro 4800 printer

Epson Stylus Pro 4800 printer. Uses Epson UltraChrome K3 ink (8 110 ml or 220 ml cartridges). Prints on cut sheets up to 17" x 22" and roll paper up to 17" wide. Works fine, but moving out of state and can't take it with us. Free to a good home. Contact Sam Schaen (sam.schaen@gmail.com, 703-560-8365).





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 2017 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.