We are closing out our 2017-1018 meeting season, with five blockbuster meetings in May, featuring a rich array of presentations and educational activities, including our annual swap meet at our last meeting on May 29.
Our annual End of Year Banquet will be held on Thursday May 31, 2018
Join us to celebrate our club’s 2017–2018 accomplishments.
Mr. Patterson, a world-renowned photographer and teacher, will discuss the idea of “Creativity” as applied to photographic work. His personal efforts range from documentary to impressionistic; resonating with themes inherent in the natural world.
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
May 8th: Work Flow and Plug-ins with John Barclay
John Barclay is an award wining freelance photographer based in Bucks County, Pa. He is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader. He presents his inspirational programs to audiences around the world.
John’s work has been published in a number of books and magazines and is treasured by a number of private collectors. Recently, John was the recipient of an excellence award from B&W Magazine and was chosen by Dewitt Jones to participate in his www.healingimages.org program. You can see his work and view his workshop schedule at www.barclayphoto.com
A few examples of John's work:
The VP for Programs for 2017-2018 is Willa Siegel.
May 8th: Street Photography by Bob Friedman
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 we bought our 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,” Bob says. “ Otherwise we are advanced amateurs.”
The Friedmans have taken courses and workshops at Photoworks at Glen Echo, and with Freeman Patterson and André Gallant in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Canada. They have also had extensive courses in Photoshop. The Friedmans have been members of NVPS for many years.
Their subjects are varied, but Bob does street photography and Willa finds reflections everywhere. Both use Fuji cameras 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, Washington, D.C., and have prints on display in various professional offices in the Metro DC area.
“Our current job is retirement – it doesn't pay very well but it is a lot more fun then the “W” word,” Bob says.
Wikipedia says “ Street photography is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places”. We have been doing that for a number of years. The key word in the definition is: “public”; it need not be on the street.
Our presentation will explain what you can do legally in public spaces, as told by lawyers and court decisions. You do have the right to photograph in public places.
The “decisive moment” will be explored as shown by Henri Cartier-Bresson and other photographers, famous, not so famous, and us! It’s not always what it seems.
Also, getting over the reluctance to take street photos or fear of getting punched in the face will be discussed including safe and friendly places for street photography. There are interesting places where you can practice street photography, sometimes even with the cooperation of your subjects.
May 29th: Post Processing II with Mike Whalen
This session will be a live demonstration of several post-processing techniques mentioned in Mike’s presentation on February 18. Part 2 will demonstrate several of Lightroom’s powerful development tools including the Adjustment Brush and Transform tools. Removing annoying distractions with Photoshop’s powerful photo editing tools will also be demonstrated.
As a teen, Mike Whalen 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.
The Education and Training Coordinator for 2017-2018 is Ron Taylor.
May 15th: Judging by Greg Holden
Note: There is no theme for the May competition. It is traditionally an “Oldies Night” which means that in addition to no theme, the two-year limit on the capture time is waived.
Greg Holden is a photographer from Rockville, Md., who uses his photography to share with others how he sees the world.
Greg is an avid hiker and while most of his photos are from visits to National Parks, but some of his best photos are from outings closer to home. While Greg has enjoyed photographing many beautiful sunrises and grand 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 enjoys teaching others and sharing his passion for photography and speaks and judges at clubs throughout the Maryland/Virginia area. He also teaches classes through Capital Photography Center (capitalphotographycenter.com).
You can see Greg’s work on his website www.imagesunderfoot.comand follow him on Instagram @imagesunderfoot
End-of-Year Banquet Judge
Corey Hilz will be the End-of-Year Banquet judge . Collection of winning images (First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention) will be collected beginning Tuesday, 24 April.)
Corey is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. He approaches subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective. Corey is a published author and his work is seen in magazines, books and calendars, as well as in art galleries.
Corey was our February 2016 judge, and 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.
Corey is a published author and his work is seen in magazines, books, calendars and catalogues. His photographs are also seen in exhibits and his prints are found in private collections. Corey has written six books, including two books on digital workflow and the first book dedicated to Lensbaby.
Corey has a passion for sharing his knowledge. He helps others improve their photography through group and private instruction. Corey's instruction enables photographers to improve their photographs technically and artistically. Find out more on Corey's website: http://www.coreyhilz.com/
Competition Themes for 2018-2019
Digital - Class 1
Digital – Class 2
Digital – Class 3
Color Prints – Class 1
Color Prints – Class 2
Color Prints – Class 3
Monochrome Prints – Class 1
Monochrome Prints – Class 2
Monochrome Prints – Class 3
First Place Winners
The Co-VPs Competition for 2017-2018 are Stan Bysshe and Chuck Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The NVPS Website has a gallery of past Competition winning images at http://nvps.org/gallery/v/competitions/.
If your image placed first, second, third
or received an honorable mention in a club competition, it is eligible for this gallery. Images are not posted automatically, you must specifically provide consent for your
image to be included in the gallery.
May 22nd: Cuba: Habana and Beyond with
Ginger Werz-Petricka has been a member of NVPS since 2009 and has been involved with both Members Gallery and Education and Training, but, her main interest is the Portfolio Project, where she interned with Bill Prosser and Bill Corbett.
Her first SLR was a Minolta SR-T-101 that saw her through college photography classes and up to the early days of digital. Her first DSLR was a Canon and she has been using the 6D for the last few years. Just recently she added an Olympus E-M1 Mark II to her gear and on the Cuba trip has found that the lighter weight and smaller size of the mirrorless is perfect for travel.
Ginger prefers not to be labeled as a particular type of photographer, i.e landscape, bird, street, etc., preferring to explore a wide variety of subjects, including landscape, night, architecture, macro, street, abstract, still-life, travel, etc. and most recently the figure. She is drawn to pattern, shape, texture and strong contrast in particular, and is now leaning more and more back to her black and white beginnings.
For Cuba: Habana and Beyond, we will see images from Gingers recent trip to Cuba with Roadrunner Tours and Cuba Photo Tours. Through eight days, six provinces and three cities the interesting and varied landscape of Cuba and its people was revealed. Cuba is not the simplest destination for an American, but it is both surprising and welcoming; and well worth a visit.
Examples of Ginger's Cuba photography:
The Forum Coordinator for 2017-2018 is Kirk Johnson.
May 22nd: Digital by Sam Schaen and Marilyn Gaizband
Sam Schaen and Marilyn Gaizband
Sam Schaen and Marilyn Gaizband were members of NVPS from September 2003 until 2017. They bought a home in Green Valley, Ariz., and spend their winters there.
The pair consider themselves serious amateur photographers. They met in 1983 and celebrated their 32nd anniversary in April. Marilyn became seriously interested in photography when her sister gave her a Nikkormat camera for her 30th birthday.
Marilyn taught Sam photography, including black & white darkroom processing shortly after they met. Sam, in return, taught Marilyn about computers. Both are now retired. They currently use Nikon D750 bodies and share a variety of Nikon lenses from wide angle (16-35mm) to telephoto (2000mm-400mm).
The couple is most interested in nature photography and bird photography in particular. They enjoy travelling around the world in pursuit of their hobby. Some favorite U.S. locations include Bombay Hook in Delaware, wetlands on the east coast of Florida, Bosque del Apache in New Mexico, and Blackwater Refuge in Cambridge, Md. They have photographed in a number of countries, including Kenya, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Scotland, the Falkland Islands, Antarctica, Spitsbergen. Their next big trip is to China in 2019.
Examples of Sam and Marilyn’s Cuba photography:
Kacy Turner has always had a love of creativity from producing stained glass panels to oil painting so her interest in photography was a natural progression. In the summer of 2014 Kacy bought her brother-in-law’s Canon 40-D camera. With very little technical knowledge but a whole lot of passion she began to recognize and appreciate photography as an art form and caught the competition bug right away.
Kacy joined the NVPS in November of 2016 and for the next six months in a row she entered all of the categories and won seven different awards. She earned two more awards when her prints were chosen by the End of Year Banquet judge. Kacy went on to win Class 1 Digital Photographer of the Year. This past November she entered the 2017 Nature Vision’s Expo competition and won the People’s Choice Award as well. Today she shoots with a Canon 6D Mark 2 and has learned a lot about post-processing using lynda.com classes. Photoshop is her favorite editing software.
You may all know Kacy as the smiling greeting Member’s Coordinator who sits at the name-tag table as you come in. Tonight you will get to see what she loves to photograph. Almost everything she photographs has a heartbeat. Kacy loves animals and big cats are her favorites!
Her philosophy is the same as most zoo’s these days and she uses her photos to educate people about the importance of conservation. She hopes people will fall in love with these animals close to home and then support animals in the wild. Her lifelong goal is to visit every zoo and animal sanctuary across the United States, all in good time.
Examples of Kacy’s work:
The Member's Gallery Coordinator for this 2016-2017 is Laurie Kuyk.
May 19th: National Arboretum
Our final field trip of the 2017-18 club calendar will be May 19 to the National Arboretum, located at 3501 New York Ave., N.E. We’ll meet at the visitor center at 8:30 a.m. — the Arboretum opens at 8 a.m.
While the insane weather this year prevents any forecast about what, if anything, will be in bloom, the Arboretum offers a stunning array of attractions for photography. Bonsai, Asian collections, azaleas, the old Capitol columns, herb and ornamental gardens all provide opportunities for creative photography. (The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum opens at 10 a.m.) Please note that federal regulations require fees and permits for any commercial photography.
Please email us for questions and to let us know that you will be going: email@example.com
Field Trip Coordinators for 2017-2018 are Jim and Gerri McDermott
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):
There are three forms of payment. Checks and cash are preferred by NVPS:
Questions, please email membership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
Wayne Wolfersberger served as Judge at the Loudoun County Camera Club competition recently as in May, he will present Flower Photography to a Frederick county garden club. During May and June, Wayne will lead a six-day photo tour to Yellowstone. He will also present a program to OLLI on Sunrise and Sunset Photography, and will present a program on Photography in Our National Parks for a Frederick Camera Club.
None this month.
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.
Thu, May 3, 7:30 p.m. The Call To Creativity. The Sherwood Center presents a Freeman Patterson Lecture in association with Osher Life Long Learning Center. Mr. Patterson, a world-renowned photographer and teacher, will discuss the idea of “Creativity” as applied to photographic work. His personal efforts range from documentary to impressionistic; resonating with themes inherent in the natural world. Freeman will begin his presentation with a talk about the nature of creativity and ways to nurture and develop the creativity with which we are all born. He includes stories of people who have used their creativity under great difficulty to benefit others and follows with a series of photographs (with commentary) that illustrate his main points and reveal how both the symbols in our dreams and the symbols in our art tell our life story.
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.
John Barclay is our Program speaker this month and was our speaker in February 2017. John is an award wining freelance photographer based in Bucks County, Pa. John’s work has been published in a number of books and magazines and is treasured by a number of private collectors. Recently, John was the recipient of an excellence award from B&W Magazine and was chosen by Dewitt Jones to participate in his www.healingimages.org program. You can see his work and view his workshop schedule at www.barclayphoto.com
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 has often judged and been a presenter at NVPS. 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 also will be the End-of-Year judge for this season. He offers a variety of workshops and coaching events. For more details with his latest workshop updates, visit: www.NikhilBahl.com
Alan DeFelice was the April 2018 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 was our February 2016 judge, and our October 2015 Education and Training speaker. He will be this year's End-of-Year Banquet judge. 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 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, 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/
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
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:
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.
Copyright 2018 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.