Photographers choose to do personal projects for a variety of reasons. Some seek new inspiration; others want to explore a theme or step outside their comfort zones; yet others find personal projects to be a type of therapy, a way to deal with personal struggles or challenges. Whatever the motivation, a personal project may be just what you are looking for to spark your creativity or to give you new inspiration. At the November meeting, you will hear an overview of various types of personal projects, how to find or create them, and how to keep yourself motivated. A panel of several club members will share their personal projects with us and answer your questions.
Cam Miller will be leading a fall field trip through the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary near Mt. Airy on Saturday, October 14.
We'll meet at 9:30 am in the parking lot of Linganore High School, which is much easier to find than the sanctuary itself. The address is 12013 Old Annapolis Rd, Frederick, MD. We can carpool over, or I will lead you to the sanctuary and show you where to park.
The sanctuary at this time of year offers plenty of opportunity for using a macro lens: dried milkweed pods and thistle exploding with seeds, dried goldenrod and grasses, lichen on fence posts, red berries and leaves, and perhaps webs. There is even a old, abandoned dairy as well as a pond. Cam will be giving some tips for using a macro lens or taking closeups with a point-and-shoot (often my preferred method of doing closeups).
If you prefer instead to look for wildlife (deer, rabbits, ground hogs, birds, etc.), bring a longer lens.
Bring water, a selection of lenses, your tripod or monopod (if desired), and wear long pants and comfortable footwear for walking through grass. Binoculars are always handy, too!
If you'd like to go to lunch afterwards, meet at the sanctuary parking area at 11:30, and we'll head for Milo's in New Market.
Currently there is no rain date, so please RSVP if you know you will be coming, by sending an email to Cam at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the field trip is going to be cancelled, she will email you as soon as she has made the decision, as well as post the cancellation in the club forum. But let's hope for good weather!
John Casper will be presenting "Social Media For Photographers" at the October 11 club meeting. Here is a description of his talk
Whether you are new to photography or an experienced shooter, this month’s meeting will have something for you. The world is online, and as photographers and artists we are proud of our work and want to show it off. Aside from having a website, social media is the best way to get maximum exposure. We'll answer questions about which types/apps may best meet your needs as a photographer. Is it Facebook? Instagram or Twitter? Tumblr or SnapChat ? The list goes on. We will also demystify the process of posting an image you took with your camera to social media by demonstrating how to size it and upload it, including how to gain followers by using “keywords” and “tagging." Lastly, we will do a real time post so you can see the immediate results of posting to social media.
If there are specific questions you would like to see addressed in this discussion, feel free to post them here, and John will try to include them in his talk.
Every member has the opportunity to submit two (or three?) photos for inclusion in the Member Show, which will be hung in the Delaplaine during the month of December. Be looking through your photos now, and start selecting ones to include in the show. This is not a juried competition; you may submit anything you like. All photos must be printed and ready for hanging, and the officers reserve the right not to hang any that we feel are inappropriate in either quality or content. Feel free to ask questions or to run something by me if you are unsure.
All photos should be wired for hanging and ready to display at the end of November. More details will be forthcoming, but this is OUR show, and we want to show visitors our best work. All work may also be available for sale, if you wish.
Have you been considering a photography trip, but aren't sure how to choose one to fit your needs? Tom Fretz has taken many such trips. At the September meeting, he will discuss why we take photo trips, and what to consider in making your decision. He'll include information about what to expect, and give an overview of some of his many trips. Tom will finish with a critique of two of his recent photo trips, discussing who lead the trips and why the leaders made a difference, along with a few photos of the tour. You can see Tom's work at his website: http://tomfretzphotos.zenfolio.com/.
Infrared Photography and the Solar Eclipse, Peter Foiles
I will start my presentation with a quick discussion on how to safely view and photograph the August 21st solar eclipse. The bulk of the presentation will be on infrared photography. I will touch on infrared film but most of the talk will be on digital infrared photography, in particular using cameras that have had their IR filters removed. What wavelength to use, lens hotspots, how to process IR files and more will be covered. I will have a small collection of infrared converted cameras available some of which I could be convinced to part with if anyone is interested.
Unfortunately the July meeting has to be cancelled due to building-wide HVAC issues and repairs at the Delaplaine.
The Summer Show dropoff will still be from 6-7 at the Delaplaine.
You are invited to join Jennifer Finley, custom framer and owner of the ArtistAngle Gallery on Wednesday evening May 10th to learn about framing for photography. Learn about framing your work for competitions and gallery exhibits. Discussion will include presentation options for framing and matting, glass options and of course, how to hang the finished piece!
The April Meeting will be a Crtique by Wendell Poindexter Professor of Art at Frederick Community College. People should bring 3-6 images for review. It doesn’t need to be your best, could be an image you have questions about or need help with. Images should be at least 1200 but preferably 3000 pixels on the long side, jpg format, sRGB color space.
The March meeting will be a blast from the past with John Nelson presenting on traditional photographic processes such as Wet-Plate Collodion. John will have examples of the equipment he uses and a few samples of the results using the wet-plate process. Peter Foiles will have a brief demonstration of how to use your digital camera and macro lens to make digital copies of you old film negatives or slides. And last but not least John Casper will have a quick presentation of color look-up tables, what they are and why you may want to use them.
Photography is all about controlling and capturing the light. To learn how we can do that better, David Blecman will be giving a live demo of food and product photography. David is a noted commercial photographer based in Annapolis MD. Over the years his clients have included Sears, Color Me Beautiful, JCPenney, Bath & Body Works and he has photographed celebrities such as President George W. Bush, Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Buffett, Steely Dan and the Moody Blues.
I began scuba diving in early 2009, and immediately fell in love with the underwater world. I am a passionate shark conservationist, and especially enjoy diving with and photographing sharks. I have had the honor of diving with tiger sharks, hammerheads, sand tigers, makos, blue sharks, sandbar sharks, whitetip reef sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks, whale sharks, and nurse sharks. I encourage anyone who has not had the privilege of viewing them in the wild to do so. It will change your life; I know it did mine. Sharks are not the vicious bloodthristy man eaters so often portrayed in the media. People kill over 70 million sharks a year, whether to use their fins in shark fin soup, or as bycatch in unsustainable fishing practices. Sharks are apex predators, and the ocean needs them to maintain a healthy and balanced ecosystem. I hope that my images will show the incredible beauty and grace that sharks possess - they are truly worth our time and energy to help protect.
Tanya will also have some of the equipment she uses for her underwater photography at the meeting so it should be a fascinating presentation
Steve Ferendo was born and raised in north central West Virginia. While enlisted in the Army, he "discovered" photography, and through a program for Vietnam veterans ("Project Transition"), Steve was able to intern as a photographer for the European Stars and Stripes, in the Augsburg bureau.
After his discharge, Steve was hired as an "entry level" General Photographer at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, in Frederick, Maryland. This began his civilian federal career that took him to bio-medical photography positions at many agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), and finally, back to USAMRIID at Fort Detrick.
After 40 years of federal service, Steve retired in 2008 as the Visual Information Manager for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and USAMRIID.
Since his retirement from federal service, Steve has embraced his passion for nature and wildlife photography. Due to a leg injury that has hampered his mobility, 95% or more of his photographs are taken from his vehicle. Steve can be found most mornings slowly cruising along our county’s gravel roads and battlefields, in search of wildlife.
Steve writes a blog to chronicle his photographs and his adventures. You can see his work – and his passion – at http://naturalworldthroughmycamera.blogspot.com.
A few months ago award-winning author and photographer Tony Northrup put a You Tube video entitled Twenty Things Most Photographers Get Wrong. We don’t want to get anything wrong so we will review Tony’s list and see if we can learn something. Here is a sample of the first ten things: #1: - Your lens’ SWEET SPOT probably isn’t f/8; #2: - FOCUS BREATHING might make your lens short; #3: - The RECIPROCAL RULE isn’t a rule at all; #4: - Buying a camera without checking the lenses; #5: - Using INFINITY FOCUS to get everything in focus; #6: - DEPTH-OF-FIELD isn’t real at all; #7: - 4K is great even if your screen isn’t; #8: - Printing at 300 DPI doesn’t mean perfect sharpness; #9: - F/STOPs don’t tell you the exposure, T-STOPS do; #10: - FULL FRAME LENSES on CROP BODIES are less sharp and ten more.
Showing your photos to family and friends is one thing; having them accepted for showing in a gallery or an exhibit is another level you may be ready for. How do you find photography contests and opportunities to exhibit? Once you find one to enter, you probably need to submit your entries digitally, with requirements such as, "Images must be JPGs, sized at 1600 px on the long side, 300 ppi, and sRGB color space." Would you know what to do? In this talk, you will learn how to find calls for entry, prepare your images to fit the requirements, and increase your chances of being selected for a show. Soon you’ll be delivering your work to galleries, seeing increased sales and, hopefully, winning awards!
Patty, of beautifulflowerpictures.com, is a Bethesda based fine art floral photographer. She finds peace and beauty in the natural world. Whether she is photographing a bed of tulips at a local botanical garden or a wildflower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, she seeks to capture the simple beauty of a flower to share with you.
Patty also photographs flowers in her studio, something she didn’t think she would ever do. She finds that photographing flowers in the studio allows her to capture details in the flowers that she was never able to share before.
After getting a Master’s Degrees in Public Policy and History and working for several years as a grassroots activist, in 2002, Patty acquired a new digital camera and rediscovered her love of photography. For Patty, the flexibility and freedom of digital photography means she can finally create the photographs she has always envisioned.
Photographer Mary Louise Ravese has fine art photography in private, university and corporate collections in over 40 states and is exhibited nationally through art shows, galleries and shops. Her images have been used in calendars, magazines, books and websites including various projects with National Geographic Maps.
For over 20 years, Mary Louise has specialized in outdoor color photography from locations across the U.S., Europe and Japan. Her favorite subject matter includes country landscapes, nature close-ups, interesting architectural details and wildlife. She draws inspiration from a variety of visual arts to produce photographs often described as “painterly”.
Her photographs are about intriguing juxtapositions of vibrant colors, distinctive shapes, and unique textures. Through her photography Mary Louise aims to capture the essence of the natural world in color, form and spirit. She enjoys capturing fleeting moments of beauty or drama that might otherwise be lost. Her ambition is to incorporate the beauty of painting in the clarity of photography.
Her photographs are created using both film and digital equipment. In the digital world where software programs offer vast possibilities for altering reality, Mary Louise’s philosophy regarding her own work is that it is important to stay true to nature. She does not digitally manipulate her photographs to generate unrealistic images and instead takes the time and care to produce the best "in camera" images possible.
When: Saturday, May 14,
10am - ~ 1pm or so
Where: 421 Meadow Street, Rock Hill, PA (beautiful drive over!)
Cost: The total cost for this field trip is $200 for 20 people, so the cost will be dependent on the number of participants.
Please RSVP to Erin at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
We will arrange a carpool as we approach the date.
We are going to ask everyone to step out of their comfort zone this month. To start the meeting we will have a frame sale. The Clique is the proud owner of about 70 16x20 black wood frames that we have used for past shows. Most will have wire hangers on the back but none will have any glass, just the frame. They are $5 each with an initial limit of 10 per person for May. First come first serve. Next, if there is interest we would like to have a 20 minute Q&A session on any photography questions you may have, for example how do I make a B&W image using Lightroom. The highlight of the evening will be a visit to Artomatic. If you are interested in photography you are interested in art and Artomatic is the premier art event I Frederick and only happens every couple of years. Artomatic is on Church street just a couple of blocks from the Delaplaine so we can all walk up and take in the show. Feel free to bring a camera and take some shots and we can view them at the June show and tell.
We will be having a field trip next Saturday, April 30th, to Surreybrooke in Middletown. Break out your macro lens, tripod and kneepads, let's celebrate Spring!
We will be meeting there at 9am, which is when Surreybrooke opens, to photograph for a couple of hours. This field trip is free!
They have asked that we park in the grass area to the left of the parking lot.
When you're done photographing, feel free to browse around and shop.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can have a general idea of how many people we are expecting. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Surreybrooke’s Entrance is located directly on US-40 (Baltimore National Pike). Absolutely NO PARKING is permitted on Hollow Road. All attendees of Special Events must park in the grass parking lot. The gravel lot is reserved for dropping off & picking up, handicap parking and garden center customers only. Thank you for your cooperation
Frederick Area: Follow US-40 W toward Gambrill State Park. We are located 5 miles west of Boscov’s Department Store on US-40. Surreybrooke is located on US-40 on the left.
(If you reach Pacific Dr. or Hawbottom Rd. you have gone about ¼ mile too far).