Volume 52 – No. 6

Founded 1965 – our 52th Year

February 2018


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
    January Competition Results
Members' Gallery
Field Trips
   Members News
   Exhibition Opportunities
   Workshop Offerings

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2/6 Monthly Program: Food Photography          with Renée Comet
2/13 Education & Training: I'll Fix It in Post with          Mike Whalen
2/17 Field Trip: B&O Museum, Baltimore, Md.
2/20 Competition: Judging by Roy Sewall
Forum: Iceland with David Heagy
2/27 Members Gallery: Digital by Joy Brathwaite
         Prints by Jim Williams

Note: You can click on the above links to go directly to the article; or you can scroll through the entire newsletter. You can also print the entire newsletter. (The more that you read, the more things you will know - Dr. Seuss )

To protect our members from email spam, personal email addresses in this newsletter have "@" replaced with " at " Please remember to substitute the "@" when attempting to contact any of the people.

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

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

Please check the website and FotoFax for the club's policy on weather closings. Check WTOP www.wtop.com or Fairfax County School systems web site for closings. You can also sign up for emails or cell phone alerts: http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.shtml

President's Message

Bill's on vacation.

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

February 6th: Food Photography with Renée Comet

Renée Comet is a noted advertising photographer specializing in food and still life photography. Whatever the subject, her visual treatment can best be described as uncomplicated, fluid, and elegant.

Her distinctive work has appeared in advertising, packaging, cookbooks, stamps, and digital libraries. Some of her clients include: The Food Network, PopCorners, Glutino, Marriott International, Australian Lamb, Itoen Tea, Ritz-Carlton, U.S. Postal Service, USDA, Butterball Turkeys, The Washington Post, Choice Hotels, and American Diabetes Association.

Ms. Comet has a particular passion for photographing cookbooks. Over the years she has photographed more than 75 popular cookbooks, including: Extreme Brownies, The Founding Farmers Cookbook, Olive Oil, Sea Salt & Pepper, The New Jewish Cookbook, Sizzle and Smoke, ADA Comfort Food Cookbook, and Dining with the Washingtons from Mount Vernon.

Renée says: “Before we eat that….
I am a visual problem solver. My goal is to create and image that you want to eat, a place you want to be, evoke emotion, and tell a story. It is creating a world by bringing together lighting, textures, and composition.

I will share images that I shoot for myself. How simple is beautiful, how these images inspire my commercial work and how they are a practice in seeing and observing.”

Examples of Renée’s work:

Monthly Programs for 2018

Date Speaker Subject
March 6, 2018 Irene Sacilotto Wildlife…Stories behind the shots
April 3, 2018 Kristi Odom and Darren Gustaveson Photo Adventures
May 1, 2018 John Barclay Raw Workflow and Plug-ins

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

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Education & Training

February 13th: I'll Fix It in Post with Mike Whalen

Photography has undergone a revolution in the last 20 years. Digital cameras produce images that can be processed with powerful software right in our personal computers and cell phones. Digital post-processing is now just as much a part of the creative process as composing the shot and snapping the shutter. In fact, post-image-processing opens a whole new world of creative possibilities that is well worth your time investment. It also provides a means to give our images their own unique look and make them stand out in an ever-growing sea of photos.

This presentation highlights some examples of post-processing and will be in two parts: Part 1 will show “before-and-after” processed images with a brief explanation of how each was done. These examples will show the benefits of simple corrections, removing distractions, combining images, and applying artistic filters and distortions to the images. Part 2 will be a live demonstration on how to use two of Lightroom’s powerful development tools (the Adjustment Brush, and Transform) to make enhancements and corrections. If there is time, removing annoying distractions with Photoshop will also be demonstrated.

Mike Whalen
As a teen, Mike learned a few photography basics from his father, a photographer and artist. In 2002, he became interested in photography and purchased his first digital camera - a Kodak "point-and-shoot". However, it wasn’t until 2006, when he purchased a basic Canon DSLR, that he began to see the potential of this “new” technology.

In 2009, Mike joined NVPS. Here, he met many talented people, happy to share their photographic knowledge. This was another turning point. At NVPS, he served on many board positions including President in 2013. From competing in many NVPS competitions, he received numerous annual awards including, “Photographer-of-the-Year”, “Color-Print-of-the-Year” and “Image-of-the-Year” at various times. In recent years, he also scored three cover shots on the Spring editions of Washington Gardener Magazine

He has also won “People’s Choice award in 2016 for his photo, “Charleston Plantation” at the annual “Nature Visions” photo expo. Mike donates his time regularly, as a pet photographer for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and, volunteers as an event photographer for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s annual race-walk.

His inspiration comes from seeing the great works of his peers and images on popular photo websites.  He thanks you for inviting him to speak and hopes you enjoy the presentation.

Examples of Mike's work:

Education and Training Programs for 2018

Date Topic Presenter
13 March 2018 Anonymous Critique TBD
10 April 2018 Portfolio Project Review Kieulan Nguyen
8 May 2018 Street Photography Bob Friedman
29 May 2018 Vendor Show and Swap Meet TBD

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

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February 20th: Judging by Roy Sewall

Roy Sewall 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 BS in Physics from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland and a MS 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. From 2013 - 2016 he was a member of 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.

Roy is also president of the North Bethesda Camera Club.

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” - illusions that conveys mystery, fantasy, and whimsy.

Competition Themes for 2017-2018

The theme for the remainder of this 2017-2018 season is:

  • The American Experience –Americans at Work - March 2018:
    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 2018

Date Judge Theme
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

January Competition Results

Digital - Class 1
1st Place – Tana Ebbole – Winter on the Potomac
2nd Place – Joseph Gaul – Jumping Dolphins
3rd Place – John Murray – Zermat Steeple
HM – Joan Barker – Leaf Veins

Digital – Class 2
1st Place – David Crooks - Sunset
2nd Place – Willa Siegel – Flying Saucers Everywhere
3rd Place – Kieulan Nguyen – Peruvian Lily
HM – Ron Taylor – Holding On

Digital – Class 3
1st Place – Judy Guenther – All Lined Up
2nd Place – Judy McGuire – Pentagon 9-11 Memorial
3rd Place – Clark Barker – Checking the Wash
HM – Kevin Egan - George

Color Prints – Class 1
1st Place – Julie Konzelman – Young Actor Headshot
2nd Place – John Olsen – Great Blue Heron

Color Prints – Class 2
1st Place – Ron Taylor – Does This Fur Make Me Look Fat
2nd Place – Philip Winters – Boat Reflection

Color Prints – Class 3
1st Place – Clark Barker – Seaside Village
2nd Place – Alan Goldstein - Anna
3rd Place – Amie Tannenbaum – Sun & Sea Flower

Monochrome Prints – Class 1
1st Place – Len Johnson – Tangled Tree Roots

Monochrome Prints – Class 2
No Awards

Monochrome Prints – Class 3
1st Place – Tom Brett – Meet My Cousin
2nd Place – Bill Corbett – Today’s Catch
3rd Place – Georgette Grossman – Wrecking Ball

First Place Winners

Class 1 Digital
Tana Ebole
Winter on the Potomac

Class 2 Digital
David Crooks

Class 3 Digital
Judy Guenther
All Lined Up

Class 1 Color Print
Julie Konzelman
Young Actor Headshot

Class 2 Color Print
Ron Taylor
Does This Fur Make Me Look Fat?

Class 3 Color Print
Clark Barker
Seaside Village

Class 1 Monochrome
Len Johnson
Tangled Tree Roots

Class 3 Monochrome
Tom Brett
Meet My Cousin

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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February 27th: Iceland with David Heagy

David Heagy’s father helped him buy a Rolleiflex 2.8E Twin Lens Reflex camera while David was in high school (He still has it). David’s dad showed him how to take basic pictures, develop, and print my photographs.

David learned the technical side of photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology but he never had any training in composition. Typical class assignments were to make instant processing chemicals, figure out how to develop film on the moon, take an eight-hour exposure, and use photography and a record turntable to make a copper circuit board.

In the Marine Corps David worked in a combat photography center at Camp Lejeune, N.C. For  41 years he worked with a team to design, build, and operate satellite imaging  systems. This included being responsible for the image quality of national imaging and display systems.

His favorite type of photography is shooting while traveling on a bike and hiking. This involves architecture, people, and landscapes. His trip to Iceland was on the way to Slovakia and Hungary.

The Forum Coordinator for 2017-2018 is Kirk Johnson.

Upcoming Forum Presentations:

Date Presenter Title
27 March 2018 Michael Aarons Assorted Photos
24 April 2018 Alan Goldstein* Come Fly With Me
22 May 2018 Ginger Werz-Petricka North to Alaska - Shooting in Extreme Cold Conditions; from the Iditarod to the Aurora Borealis

      * This Forum will be structured as Education and Training due to the subject matter.

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Members Gallery

February 27th: Digital by Joy Brathwaite;
                           Prints by Jim Williams

Joy Brathwaite is a Washington D.C. event and portrait 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 24 – 70mm/f4 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 portrait and event clients to capture all their essence and precious moments.

Over the last few years, Joy has taken several trips out west to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota. The West offers such wonderful diverse and amazing geography, making it a treat to photograph. This presentation is a collection of the images from those trips. (Joy's portrait by John St. Hilaire)

Examples of Joy's work:

Solitude is the state of being alone without being lonely, a reflective state where one can often learn the most about oneself.  For me it is a restorative, peaceful and necessary place where I feel attuned to everything around me.  Photography is the vehicle that helps me best experience solitude and allows me to express that private world.

“Solitude bears the same relation to the mind that sleep does to the body.  It affords it the necessary opportunities for repose and recovery” - William G Simms

Jim Williams discovered photography in the early 1970s.  He extensively used an Olympus OM2 SLR and spent a few years with a Cambo 4x5 medium format camera.  He developed his own film and prints and all of his work was in black and white.  Some of his best memories are of late nights in the darkroom with other photographers (and a six pack of beer) bringing their images to life.

Jim was lucky enough to have some great teachers.  He studied photography at Glen Echo, where he also served as an assistant to Robin Moyer (who started the photography program at Glen Echo).  He later attended the Center for Photographic Studies in Louisville, Ky., which was founded and run by CJ Pressma.  Finally, some photography coursework at Northern Virginia Community College and the Corcoran School of Art rounded out his photography education.  Jim had featured spreads in the George Mason University literary magazine and had photos displayed in a number of photo exhibits and competitions.

Jim’s photography stagnated from the 1980s until around 2010, while he focused on his career as a Data Architect and Analyst and his family.  Once the age of digital photography started to mature Jim was able to regain his love for photography, even without access to a darkroom.  He started in digital photography with the Fuji X100 and currently uses a Fuji X-T2.

While it may seem like an odd combination, Jim’s favorite photographers from his film days were Walker Evans and Ralph Eugene Meatyard.  His photography usually incorporates his passion for solitude, with no people or animals in the photos.  His aim is to create an image that reflects the feelings he experienced while viewing the subject.  His experience behind the camera is usually as important to him as the final image he creates.  Jim also enjoys exploring textures, light and shadow, patterns and reflections.  He likes to bend the rules (which often earns him a quick dismissal by club judges ). He loves negative space, he likes to place subjects along the edges and in the corners, he enjoys high contrast and defocusing his subjects, and playing with camera movement.

Examples of Jim’s work:

Bone Tree

The Lookout

Tidal Pool

Little Blue House

Member's Gallery presentations for 2018

Dates Digital Print
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

February 17th: B&O Museum, Baltimore

Located among Baltimore City's historic southwest neighborhoods, at the original site of the historic Mt. Clare Shops, the B&O Railroad Museum is recognized universally as the birthplace of American railroading. A National Historic Landmark, Affiliate of the Smithsonian Museum, and independent educational resource, the B&O Railroad Museum collects, preserves and interprets artifacts related to early American railroading, particularly the Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, Western Maryland, and other mid-Atlantic railroads. Nearly 200 pieces of locomotives and rolling stock provide a continuum of railroad technology history from 1830 through the present day, and hundreds of thousands of small artifacts provide a unique glimpse of railroading through tools, exquisite time-pieces, fine art, presentation silver, uniforms, furniture, and personal memorabilia. Additionally, an extensive collection of scale models and toy trains illustrate America's long fascination with trains and railroading. And the grounds of the Museum encompass significant historic structures, many of which are restored as well as bridges, earthworks, and archaeological resources.

The museum offers both indoor and outdoor photo opportunities, a benefit given the unpredictable weather that February brings to the region. The museum is tripod friendly but lighting may be challenging inside.

We’ll meet at the entrance when the museum opens at 10 a.m. The museum is located at 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore. Admission is $20 for adults, and $17 for seniors (over 60). There is free parking for visitors. Travel time is about an hour from Dunn Loring, and we’ll have lunch at the nearby Inner Harbor.

Sign-up sheets will be at the meetings in February.

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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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.

Membership dues are at half-price for the remainder of the 2018 Society year (until 1 May 2018):

Class of Membership: Dues:
Individual   $27.50
Family   $37.50
 Student         $10.00 (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:

Georgette Grossman

Georgette Grossman had her image, Workshop at Monticello (below) juried into an exhibition this January at the Art League Gallery, 105 North Union St., Alexandria. The show was juried by Ephraim Rubenstein. It will be on display until February 1.

The Art League Gallery holds monthly juried exhibits and special exhibits including solo artists, student shows, and the Patrons' Show. Exhibits are free and open to the public. All artists can become members and submit work to our monthly exhibits, juried by noted fine art professionals from throughout the Washington area and beyond.

Judy and Wayne Guenther

The Guenthers, Judy and Wayne, were juried in to two shows in January. 

Wayne and Judy Guenther both had an image selected for the Maryland Federation of Art “Focal Point” Exhibit which will be on display at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD, Jan 25-Feb 4. The show which was juried by Adam Davies examines the artistic use of all digital media. Judy’s piece is Chimneys and Wayne’s piece is Swing It.

Judy Guenther
Wayne Guenther
Swing It

Wayne and Judy both had images selected for the Art League’s January 2018 all media show judged by Ephraim Rubenstein which will be on display until February 4 in Old Town Alexandria. Wayne’s selected image is Gridlocked and Judy’s is The Smoker.

Wayne Guenther
Judy Guenther
The Smoker

Judy and Wayne were also juried into the Maryland Federation of Art “Winter Member Show 2018” exhibition at the Circle Gallery, 18 State Street, Annapolis, which was on display until January 20. The juror was Kim Banister, Director of Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University in Baltimore. Judy's The Ribbon was judged the winner in the photography category.

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Virginia Wildlife Photo Showcase

The annual photography showcase is offered as a way to celebrate the rich heritage of Virginia’s wildlife and natural resources and pay tribute to the mission of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Published images from those submitted will appear in the July–August 2018 issue; other entries may appear in accompanying features (as part of that issue) and on our website to promote the mission of the agency and advertise future photography contests. Promotional usage rights must be available to Virginia Wildlife staff and to the Department’s webmaster. This year, the best submissions will be published in the following general categories but will not be judged:

  • Virginia Fauna – native mammals (game and nongame), birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians; underwater images of fish and aquatic life
  • Virginia Landscapes & Flora – native plants, trees, flowers, and especially, scenic landscapes
  • Textures & Patterns – abstract designs/patterns found in nature
  • The Sporting Life – wildlife (game, nongame), hunting, fishing, boating, and paddling activities afield

How to Enter

  1. The showcase is open to any photographer, amateur or professional, young and young at heart, including employees of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
  2. Each photographer may enter up to three (3) digital images per category. Note that submissions will not be returned and PRINTS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED. If you prefer to submit your photos on a CD or DVD by mail, please see these instructions.
  3. All entries must be identified by photographer name, city/state of residence, and daytime phone number in order to be published. Image location is helpful but not required.
  4. All entries must have been taken in Virginia of plants and animals native to Virginia. We prefer that all photos of wild animals be taken in their natural habitat.
  5. Digital images: Images submitted must have been shot at the highest resolution and size possible to meet publication requirements (native 240/300ppi). DO NOT overly sharpen, saturate, or color correct your images.
  6. Submissions must be uploaded or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018 and the best entries will appear in the July–August 2018 issue of this magazine.

Submit Your Photos Online

Photoworks Gallery: "Coffee and Critique " Show

One Sunday morning each month, photo enthusiasts of all sorts meet at Photoworks Gallery to share their work. Fueled by bagels and coffee, they join in lively conversation led by a Photoworks faculty member. Each participant, whether beginner or pro, has an opportunity to spread out prints on one of the big tables and receive thoughtful feedback and helpful suggestions. The popular, free event is a great way to meet others who are passionate about photography.

The artists exhibiting work in the show include: Bob Friedman, Willa Friedman, Kathryn Mohrman, Steve Greenberg, Beth Altman, David Mosher, David Scherbel, Val Makepeace, Julie Miller, Jim Palmer, Catiana Garcia-Kilroy, Louise Sabol, Susan Green, Diane Charnov, and Sandy Sugawara.

About Photoworks
Forty years ago, in a derelict building hidden among the abandoned amusement park rides of Glen Echo Park, four young photographers founded Photoworks with little more than a shared passion for the daily work of seeing, shooting, and printing images of lasting beauty and artistic integrity.  The day-to-day collaboration, creative dialogue, and informal mentoring that led those artists to successful careers as fine art and commercial photographers established the values of experimentation and collegiality that define Photoworks today.  Offering a diverse combination of educational programs, gallery exhibitions, and community initiatives, Photoworks is a vibrant and unique resource for student and professional photographers - an arts community in the very best sense of the word.

Photoworks offers photography classes for all ages. The gallery is open to the public Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1pm to 7pm. Visit http://glenechophotoworks.org/ for more information.

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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.

Eighth Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Photography Exhibit

May 5 – May 28, 2018

The Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts takes great pride in announcing its eighth annual juried abstract exhibit. ALL interested photographers are invited to submit entries for this much anticipated spring event. Submissions to the First Annual JM Abstract Exhibit were limited to local NVACC-related clubs; however, over the years, because of the influence these exhibits have had in encouraging and promoting abstract photography and due to their reputation, recent JM Abstract Exhibits have been attracting entries from national as well as international photographic artists.

The Joseph Miller Center will begin accepting entries for the upcoming Eighth Annual Exhibit on Saturday, December 23, 2017.

The deadline for submissions will be Friday, February 23, 2018.
A detailed prospectus containing all relevant information regarding the exhibit can be found on the Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs website at nvacc.org

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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.

2018 André Gallant/Freeman Patterson Photography Workshops

St. Martins, New Brunswick (with Freeman and André Gallant)

  • July 1 – 7
  • July 15 – 21  
  • August 26 – September 1
  • October 7 – 13 

André Gallant's Lunenburg Workshops

  • May 20 – 25
  • October 21 – 26

Information on all these workshops and the application form are now posted on Freeman’s website www.freemanpatterson.com.  They will take registrations on a first come/first served basis and registrations are now open. If you wish to register, fill out the application form indicating your first and second choice for workshop weeks and send it e-mail to Northern VA Alliance of Camera Clubs (mgs@nvacc.org) or by fax 506-763-2035.

Inscape Workshop 2018

This year Freeman will be offering two week-long workshops with David Maginley INSCAPE – Imaging, Dreaming, Creating

  • Inscape One – July 29 – August 4
  • Inscape Two – September 9 - 15

Information and application form for this workshop will be sent out in a separate email and will also be posted on Freeman’s website within the next week.

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 

Denise Silva

Denise Silva was our December 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 was 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 January 2018 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 is our Judge in February 2018 and was our 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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Free Music Tracks for Presentations

Frank Napoli offers a link to a website that offers free downloads of music tracks that one can use as background music for a slide show, etc. https://www.komando.com/cool-sites/425905/terrific-free-music-to-bring-your-projects-to-life?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=asd&utm_content=2017-11-19-article-title

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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