Volume 53 – No. 2

Founded 1965 – our 52th Year

October 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
Monthly Program
Education and Training
    September Competition Results
Members' Gallery
Field Trips
   Members News
   Exhibition Opportunities
   Workshop Offerings

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10/3 Monthly Program: Learning to See Creatively         with Greg Holden
10/10 Education & Training: Matting with Bob and
        Willa Friedman
10/17 Competition: Judging by Denise Silva
Forum: Great American Eclipse with
          Dan Ward
10/24 Members Gallery:
          Digital Images by Dan Ward
          Prints by NVPS Membership
10/28 Field Trip: Simeone Foundation Automotive
          Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.
10/31 Education & Training: Into the Wild Blue
with Alan Goldstein

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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

This last month we had a great start to the 2017-2018 NVPS season. We started with a wonderful presentation on garden and flower photography by our good friend Josh Taylor, and followed an excellent training session on Light Room editing and work flow by our stalwart projectionist Jeff Hancock. Kristi Odom judged her first NVPS competition, impressing us with her insightful comments and decisive judging; we hope she returns as both a judge and a presenter.  The first NVPS field trip of the year to the Shenandoah National Park was a great kick off for our monthly series of field trips.
Our volunteer Board has developed another set of great presentations and activities for October, all of which are described below. I want to mention just a few. The first is the themed competition to the held on October 17, with the theme being “visible emotions.” For someone like myself, who prefers to photograph wildlife, this is a big challenge! I urge everyone to get out there and think (and shoot) outside of your comfort zone. Also, on October 28, we will have field trip to the Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in Philadelphia, which I believe is a first for the Club.
Beyond our formal NVPS activities, October, of course, brings the changing colors of the fall season. The colors are already close to peaking in the Highlands regions of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Through out the October the peak colors will move to lower elevations closer to the Washington area. I hope everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to photograph the wonder that is nature’s transition from summer to winter.

 Finally, don’t forget to buy your tickets to the Nature Visions Photo Expo (http://naturevisions.org), which is being held the first weekend in November.

Bill Millhouser
2017-2018 NVPS President

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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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Monthly Program

October 3rd: Learning to See Creatively with Greg Holden

Greg Holden is a photographer from Rockville, Md., who uses his photography to share with others how he sees the world.

While Greg has enjoyed viewing many beautiful sunrises and landscapes, he finds that the little scenes often overlooked by others are the ones that fuel his creativity. Greg is always looking beyond the obvious and photographing the things that others might not even notice like an acorn sprouting, the patterns made by rust and faded paint on an old automobile, or patterns in the windblown sand of a local beach.  Greg is an avid hiker and many of his photos are from National Parks.

Greg enjoys teaching others and sharing his passion for photography and teaches several classes through Capital Photography Center (capitalphotographycenter.com).
You can see Greg’s work on his website www.imagesunderfoot.com

Learning to See Creatively

Photographer Elliot Erwitt once said, “To me, photography is an art of observation.  It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” 

Greg will discuss how he sees the world around him and how he captures that through his photographs.  He will discuss his approach for finding different viewpoints in common scenes and how he creates interesting abstract images by isolating a part of a scene. 

Whether it is iPhone photos taken in his kitchen or DSLR images from local parks, Greg’s photos will demonstrate that you do not have to travel to exotic locations or use spend hours using software manipulation to make creative images. 

Examples of Greg's work:

Monthly Programs for 2017-2018

Date Speaker Subject
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

October 10th: Matting with Bob and Willa Friedman

As a teenager, Bob started his photography journey with a darkroom in his parent’s basement, which he inherited from his brother.  The first thing he did when he and Willa bought their house was to build a darkroom in the basement.

Willa first became involved in photography as an instructor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York,where she photographed wildlife in city parks for the NYC schools, and her images were published in a fourth grade text book.

“If selling a few photos makes us pros, then we are pros.  Otherwise we are advanced amateurs. We have taken courses and workshops at Photoworks at Glen Echo, and with Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant in New Brunswick, Canada. We have also had extensive courses in Photoshop. We have been members of NVPS for 13 years.”

Their subjects are varied, but Bob does street photography and Willa finds reflections everywhere. Both use a Fuji X-Pro2 with various lenses.

Their work is currently on display at the Art League in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria.  They each have an image in the permanent collection of the Joseph Miller Center for Photographic Arts and have had images published in the Northern Virginia Review and District Lines.

They have multiple images in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Smithsonian Institution, and have prints on display in various professional offices in the Metro D.C. area.

“Our current job is retirement -- it doesn't pay very well but it is a lot more fun than the “W” word”

At this month’s Education and Training session, Bob and Willa will present a how-to/hands-on matting seminar to help members prepare their images for print competition, exhibits or for personal use. 

They will present how they cut and mount photos. They use the “Corey Hilz Method” for cutting and mounting.
Other methods and instructions for mat cutting and a spreadsheet can be found on the NVPS website. B & H also has a video at: https://www.facebook.com/bheventspace/videos/10158530160515462/

Everyone’s method is different. The B & H demonstrator tapes the image to the backboard; we don’t do that for a number of reasons. There are also several mat cutters that have variations but in the end, we all get the same result.

After our brief demonstration, there will be several workstations around the room where several experienced members will demonstrate how they cut mat using their equipment.

This is a hands-on session, so bring a photo, not larger then 8.5 x11 to mat.  We will have mat board and other materials required to practice on. If you have a mat cutter, bring it to follow along.

October 31: Into the Wild Blue Yonder with Alan Goldstein

A member of NVPS since 2012, Alan has been involved in some way or other with photography for the past 55 years.  It all began with a science teacher instructing him on the art of film developing.  At that time, he was using a Kodak Brownie.  Veering off during his teen-age years to using an 8mm movie camera, he returned to still photography during his college years and while working as a reporter for his hometown newspaper.

After graduating from college, Alan enlisted in the Navy, becoming a Navy Journalist and later a Public Affairs Officer.  His high school girlfriend had a Nikon SLR, and that became Alan's Holy Grail.  As a low-ranking Navy man, Alan scraped up the money and bought his first true SLR — a Minolta SRT-101.  As he progressed up the Navy ranks, he upgraded to a Minolta X700.

Fast forward to 2003.  Alan's brother-in-law was getting married and Alan was the photographer.  An acquaintance who was a Nikon rep loaned Alan a D100.   It was love at first click!  Since then, Alan has had a D100, D200, D300, and now a D800 and a D810, with a D850 on order.

Alan has also branched out to photography with a drone, and he'll be speaking about that at this fifth Tuesday E&T.

Alan is happy to spend his time making images.  He loves photographing just about everything, but really likes night scenes and landscapes. His photos have been used for greeting cards by non-profits, used for proposals by environmental entities, have been used by sports web sites, have appeared in newspapers, and even hang in a gas station.

Alan says he loves being a member of NVPS.  He has gained some great friends, enjoys the camaraderie, and has learned something new nearly every meeting.

Education and Training Programs for 2017-2018

Date Topic Presenter
10 October 2017 Matting and Portfolio Announcement Friedmans and Kieulan Nguyen
31 October 2017 Into the Wild Blue Yonder Alan Goldstein
14 November 2017 Creating Cards, Calendars, and Photo Books Georgette Grossman
12 December 2017 Anonymous Critique TBD
9 January 2018 Lightboxes and Portfolio Announcement Kieulan Nguyen
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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October 17th: Judging by Denise Silva

Themed Competition: Visible Emotions

Denise Silva was the featured photographer in the July/August 2015 Photoshop User Magazine,  “Who’s Who in the KelbyOne Community article.” Additionally, Denise was recognized as one of the Top 200 Women Photographers Who Inspire by Nature Photo Guides and has had multiple articles published in Extraordinary Vision (EV) Magazine. 

Denise finds every aspect of photography rewarding. From in-camera composition to post-processing, photography is meditative, creative, and challenging. Her 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. James Norman has recently joined the team! 

They look forward to sharing their passion for photography with you and know that their tours will not only take you to great places, but also give you an opportunity to build your network of photography friends while enhancing your photography skills through experience and knowledge sharing in a supportive environment. 

There is no better place to learn and develop your skills than in the field! 

Competition Themes for 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:

  • 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.

  • 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!

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
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

September Competition Results

Digital - Class 1
1st Place – Len Johnson - Duck
2nd Place – Steven Glintz - Bill
3rd Place- Xiaoming Shi – Before Sunset

Digital – Class 2
1st Place – Laurie Kuyk - Flamingo
2nd Place – Thomas Pratuch - Southwest
3rd Place – Tracy Sarang – You’ve Got a Friend in Me
HM – Joseph John Gaul - Lion

Digital – Class 3
1st Place – Mark Chen - Spotlight
2nd Place – Barry Dunn – Is the Wizard in
3rd Place – George Karamarkovich – Pictured Rocks Upper Peninsula
HM – Karol Murray – The Matterhorn at Night

Color Prints – Class 1
1st Place – Yvonne Jarrett – Pramatic Spring

Color Prints – Class 2
1st Place – Laurie Kuyk – Anemone Ballet
2nd Place – Willa Siegel – Oyster Field

Color Prints – Class 3
1st Place – Stan Bysshe – The Pose
2nd Place – Kevin Egan – History Fading
3rd Place – Georgette Grossman – Sun Kissed Water Lily

Monochrome PrintsClass 1
No Awards

Monochrome Prints – Class 2
1st Place – Kacy Turner – Cheetah (National Zoo)
2nd Place – Ron Taylor – Posing Sunflower

Monochrome Prints – Class 3
1st Place – Lynn Cates – Morning in the Redwoods
2nd Place – Ed Ruggiero – Weather Vane

Class 1 Digital
Len Johnson

Class 2 Digital
Laurie Kuyk

Class 3 Digital
Mark Chen

Class 1 Color Print
Yvonne Jarrett
Pramatic Spring

Class 3 Color Print
Stan Bysshe
The Pose

Class 2 Color Print
Laurie Kuyk
Anemone Ballet

Class 2 Monochrome
Kacy Turner
Cheetah (National Zoo)

Class 3 Monochrome
Lynn Cates
Morning in the Redwoods

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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October 24th: Great American Eclipse with Dan Ward

An 11-year old, Dan L. Ward first took “close-up” lunar photos holding the family’s Brownie Hawkeye camera to the eyepiece of his Gilbert 3” reflector telescope.  The results were fuzzy, but sufficient to nurture a love of photography and astronomy that continues five decades later.

While living in Arizona in the 1980s, his film astrophotography skills improved enough that several astronomy magazines published his comet, deep sky and planet photos.  David Levy’s best seller, The Sky: A Users Guide featured several of his images, as have other astronomy books.  His techniques for imaging vibration reduction were cited in Peter Manly’s classic, The 20-cm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope and Phil Harrington’s Star Ware (ed. 2).

Family and career relocations prompted a 20-year hiatus from astronomical pursuits; but for the past decade, Dan has refined his photographictechniques by pursuing nature and street photography.  He has been active in the Northern Virginia Photographic Society, the MITRE Photo Club and the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club.

Starting several years in advance, Dan planned a family reunion in Hendersonville, Tenn., for the 2017 Great American Eclipse.  Using hard-learned lessons from research and earlier eclipses, he shot the eclipse using a Nikon D620 and D7000 through two astronomical telescopes.  He also used an iPhone and a digital point-and-shoot to capture video of 100+ family members and miscellaneous eclipse chasers who had gathered at the site. 

Dan and his brother are now planning the 2024 Ward Family Eclipse session in Texas. A small sampling of his astro images can be viewed within his astronomy gallery at http://danlward.imagekind.com/store/.

Dan is presenting both the Forum and Members’ Gallery this month.

Examples of Dan's work:


The Forum Coordinator for 2017-2018 is Kirk Johnson.

Upcoming Forum Presentations:

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


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Members Gallery

October 24th: Digital images: Dan Ward
                         Print images: The membership

Dan Ward is presenting both the Forum and Members’ Gallery Digital Images this month.

Monday, 21 August 2017, was one of the most talked about astronomical events of the century. It was the first time since 1979, that the contiguous United States had seen a total eclipse. The total eclipse could be seen along a 70-mile wide band, spanning across 14 of the United States, starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina.

Many of our members traveled to one of these locations in hopes of seeing the full effect of this event and to try capturing it photographically. Some of us were less fortunate and managed only to see a partial eclipse, but found it just as much of a momentous event.

In honor of this historic occasion, the Northern Virginia Photographic Society will hold a special Member’s Gallery this month. This special program will be held in coordination with our Members Forum program, which will be presented by Dan Ward.

On this evening, all attendees are invited to bring up to three photographs of this historical event or where the sky is the main subject. Photos may include star trails, the Milky Way, the Northern Lights, the moon, sunsets, sunrises, etc.. Photographs must be matted in accordance with competition rules, or may be framed or printed on various mediums, such as wood, metal, canvas, etc..

Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. if you are planning to display your photos. This allows for set up time and for members an opportunity to enjoy the exhibit.

Dates Digital Print
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

October 28th: Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

The Simeon Foundation Automotive Museum houses between 65 and 70 vintage and recent road racing cars, including several particularly rare cars. We’ll be going to the museum on October 28, when the museum will take their Corvettes out of the display areas and driving them on a back lot. (There’s a video of an earlier Corvette demo drive at http://www.simeonemuseum.org/media/videos/corvette-grand-sport-in-car-video to give an idea of the course, camera opportunities, etc.)

In the view of the museum’s founder, “There are few illustrations of the effects of competition as dramatic, and beautiful, as the evolution of the racing sports car. This is the theme of our exhibition. Here you can learn how racing improves the breed. You can see the evolution of the race car as the result of seven decades of the ‘Spirit of Competition.’”

The cars will provide photographic opportunities and challenges. Automobile design is an art form, which evolved dramatically over the 20th Century, with dramatic lines particularly evident in the aerodynamic design of racing cars. Race car color is often a dramatic bold color. The challenges are finding a unique approach to tell the story of a car, and capture the image of a bright object. During the demo, there are opportunities to capture movement.

Tripods are allowed. While most of the cars are in set displays, the Corvettes being driven will be out on the back lot before and after the demo, offering different photo angles.

We’ll meet at the museum (near the Philadelphia International Airport) at 9:45 a.m. The museum opens at 10 a.m., with the demo beginning at noon. Admission is $12 ($10 for seniors 65 and older), and can be purchased online with a service fee. If we have 10 or more going, we can get a group rate. Sign-ups will begin during the September 26 meeting.

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
6825 Norwitch Drive -- Philadelphia PA 19153


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

Congratulations to the ten finalists in the 2017 Nature Visions Student Photography Contest.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this contest a success. If you would like to participate in next year’s contest as a student or, if you’re an educator who can spread the word, please give us your email address if we don’t have it already. Just complete and submit the form that is to the right and below.

All ten finalists will receive three free passes per student (one for the student and two for their guests) to attend the Expo awards ceremony and keynote address, “My Journey into Wildlife Photography,” by Melissa Groo, on Saturday, November 5, at 5:00 p.m. at the Hylton Center for Performing Arts in Manassas. The ten student finalists will be acknowledged and the winning image will be announced along with the adult winners during the awards ceremony prior to the keynote address. The Grand Prize winner will receive $500. The nine other finalists will each receive $100 each.

The competition was judged by Corey Hilz.

Roger Lancaster, NVPS Rep to NV

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2017-2018 Membership Dues

We now have NVPS business cards for you to hand out. Stop by the membership table and pick some up to keep in your camera bag! They are FREE for you to spread the word about our club.  Be sure to write your name on the back of the cards that you hand out; let’s see who brings in the most prospects!

Remember, in order to participate in the monthly competitions your membership dues must be current. The grace period has expired.

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/

Judy Graham

NVPS member Judy Graham was one of the recipients of an Honorable Mention Award in The Washington Post’s Travel section’s 18th Annual Photo Contest.  Judy's photo, Bowing to the Light, was judged by a team from the Post, which also included photo editors and art designers.  Hers was one of more than 1,400 submissions from photographers of all ages.

Judy told the Post  “I am drawn to unusual beauty and dramatic landscapes,” Judy  said. “I find [them] to be breathtaking and inspiring.”

Judy's image was that of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

“Something about the trees struck me,” Judy told the Post. “I saw a kind of beauty in the trees, bowing over and reaching towards the light.”  They mirrored the shape of the triangular mountain peaks, she noted. Luckily, she shot it when she did. Minutes after the picture was taken, the scene completely changed. “The light was gone, sleet began to fall from the sky and the wind picked up,” she said. But fortunately, she had gotten the shot before the elements shifted.

“When you go on these trips, you get one, if you’re lucky two, really epic shots,” Judy said. “And I knew it, after I saw it, that I had captured something special.”

Judy's image was also a Third Place winner in NVPS's monthly competition for November 2016. The results of the contest were announced in a special supplement to the September 8 edition of the Post as well as an online article on the same day.


Kathryn Mohrman

NVPS member Kathryn Mohrman won First Prize in the 2017 Global Perspectives International Juried Exhibition held online in the Curve Gallery for her photo Sunrise at Yunan Rice Terraces.   As a standard, this year’s 29 artists were exceptional. The 56 works on display were chosen from 155 total entries submitted from across the United States: collectively a very impressive body or work.  The juror was Rahel Joseph, Director of the Ilham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.

Kathryn also has a solo show of 20 photos of Cuba, now hanging at the Atrium Gallery at MITRE Corp. 

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October Calls for Art

Waterford Fair has a juried photography show that gives you a good chance to sell your work The fair is October 6,7 and 8. The deadline for entries is Sept. 27. https://waterfordfairva.org/participate/photography-exhibit/

A Solo show at 1st Stage is a big one! They have a lobby and long corridor so you probably need to have at least 18 framed pictures depending of course on their size. Contact the curator, Deborah Conn at deborahconn@verizon.net. This venue does not predominantly show nature photos, but anything “artsy” is a possibility. Look at their past shows to get a feel for what they might be looking for. http://www.1ststagetysons.org/plays-events/ and scroll all the way down for the Gallery Archives. They favor emerging actors and emerging artists—the name 1st Stage connotes first time participants. It was my first show—season 6 in their archive.  Look at their past shows to get a feel for what they might be looking for.
Northern Virginia Review’s annual call for art is still open until Oct. 15 and they give a cash prize. https://blogs.nvcc.edu/tnvr/submissions/ .  Again, look at their past issues to get a feel for what they might be looking for.

Willa Friedman

Aviation Benefits Photo Contest

The International Civil Aviation Organization is holding a special competition in 2017 for photographers and photojournalists, both established and aspiring.

Eligible contestants are asked to submit, before 30 October 2017, one photograph and one caption of no more than 200 words. The content should seek to highlight and celebrate one or more of aviation’s many contributions to people, businesses and societies all over the world.

On International Civil Aviation Day this 7 December, the photo contest winners will be announced. Up until that date, ICAO will be posting selected submissions to our social media feed, and making all entries available for viewing in a dedicated online gallery.

Details can be found at Aviation Benefits Photo Contest

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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 $75. Sign up early as places are limited.


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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 November 2016 and October 2017 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 September 2017 speaker. 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.