May Field Trip

May Field Trip

Cam Miller has offered to lead a field trip to Antietam on Monday, May 27, which is Memorial Day. The graves at the National Cemetery will be decorated with American flags. We will catch the early morning light there, and after photographing in the graveyard, do a photo walk in the town of Sharpsburg. We'll have a late breakfast at Bonnie's Red Byrd Restaurant afterwards.

Plan on meeting at 6:15 am at the Costco parking lot close to the gas pumps, where we can car pool. If you would prefer to meet at the cemetery, meet us at the parking lot across the road from the cemetery at 7:15 am.

There will be wet grass, so bring a change of shoes or wear boots, and perhaps something to kneel on for those low-angled shots. A wide-angle lens in addition to your regular lens might be helpful. Tripods are recommended. The gnats can be fierce in the morning, so a sweatshirt with a hood and drawstring or a bug net hat might be a lifesaver!

To RSVP for this trip, please email Geoff Grant on or before May 24 with your name, cell number, where you will be meeting the group, and if you are willing to drive.

June Meeting- When mathematics meets photography: An exploration of spherical panoramas Thomas Germer

Our June 12 meeting will feature Thomas Germer, a photographer and scientist from National Institute of Science and Technology. He will share his amazing geometric 3-D displays with us and give us insight on how he photographs and contructs his shapes.

Artist Statement: I have always been interested in photography and optics. As a career physicist, I specialize in studying how light interacts with materials and how one can learn about a material by the way it reflects or transmits light as a function of wavelength, direction, or polarization. As a photographic artist, I like to explore how lighting, color, and perspective affect how we perceive objects. I view the world with a unique sense of humor and, using my experience in physics and optics, try to put what I see in an interesting perspective. Viewing an object from a different vantage often transforms it into something different than what we normally think of it as. Mixing two dissimilar and contrasting subjects in one image is a means to express drama, humor, and/or irony, and I like to explore this aspect of photography. In my most recent work, I explore spherical panoramas, where the entire scene is captured from a single vantage point. Always working to extend the photographic medium, I began experimenting with constructing sculptures with the images, first by mapping the panorama onto a cube, moving to other polyhedra, then to more organic solids.

Description of talk: In this presentation, I will start by describing spherical panoramic photography: the methods used and the basic workflow. After that, I will explore some of my work, emphasizing that for any single panorama, one can obtain many very different ways of viewing the same scene, using that scene as a palette for structure and form.

May Meeting - Nikhil Bahl, Techniques For Creating Dynamic Images

Nikhil Bahl will be the speaker at the May 8 meeting, presenting Techniques For Creating Dynamic Images. While a great light display can lead to attractive images a good photographer does not rely on great light to create compelling images. From capturing energy and motion to the serene and surreal, Nikhil will talk about techniques and ideas that you can use to create dynamic images. Nikhil will also give you insights into how and when these techniques are best applied.


Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator and and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C. area. Drawing continuous inspiration from nature, Nikhil adopts novel approaches and seeks meaningful interpretations: to create photographs that transcend the commonplace, reflect deeper insights, and convey an enchantment of the subject’s beauty.

An offshoot of Nikhil's fine art photography and love of nature is his documentation of wildlife behaviors and habitats. As a volunteer with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, his goal is to portray environmental stories with an artistic appeal, so his photographs educate and motivate about the imperative of conservation.

Each year Nikhil leads numerous photography tours and instructional workshops in the United States and abroad. His teaching encourages participants to advance beyond ordinary photos and develop their own style and vision. Nikhil is a popular speaker at photography clubs, expos and industry events. He authored the acclaimed ebook, Creative Interpretations and writes articles on the creative and technical aspects of photography. His work can be viewed at

March Meeting: A Critique by Patricia Stockman

The March 13 meeting will be a critique of member photos by local fine art photographer and instructor Patricia Stockman.

In the past, members have brought photos to the meeting, and we never were sure how many we would get. One meeting we had less than 20; last year we had more than 50.

This year, we are changing things up a bit. Each member may submit up to three photos for Patricia to review in advance of the meeting. The images should be sent as digital files to me, and I will place them on a website in a secure folder. Patricia will have access to the folder so that she can review the images, prepare some remarks, and be ready with comments for the meeting.

Critiques are not a competition. They are a learning experience. Patricia may suggest ways to improve the composition. She will study the exposure and focus. She may suggest a new crop or turning the image to black and white. You may want to submit images that you are just not sure about. Sometimes you feel that "something is there," but are not sure how to make your intention for taking the photo clear. Others may submit work that is new to them: compositing images, black and white, infrared, portraits of people, etc. Still others may be considering entering their images in a photo competition and want feedback on how to make them the best they can be.

During the meeting, all images will be displayed one by one on the projector, as Patricia comments on them for all to hear. Even if you do not submit any images yourself, you can learn a lot by her comments on work she sees from others. However, I hope you do...

Please send me up to three images before March 10, no larger than 5 mb each. If you want to prep the images at 2000 pixels on the long edge, 72dpi, and sRGB colorspace, jpg format, that's great. If you have no idea what all that means, just send me three images no larger than 5 mb each, and I will take care of the rest. There will be no need to bring the digital images to the meeting, too.

If you would prefer to bring prints to the meeting instead of submitting digital files, please email me with that information. Patricia can do a review of prints at the end of the meeting, with lights on, for all to see.

Send your digital images as attachments to I will take care of adding them to a secure location for Patricia

About Patricia

Local photographer and instructor Patricia Stockman will offer a critique of member images at the March 13 meeting at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. Members should have received an email instructing them how and where to send their digital images for review. Check the forum for a review of the information.

Patricia has been a photographer for over 20 years, and currently resides in Frederick, MD. Formal education as a traditional photographer has taken her through B&W film processing and printing; while her work experience has taken her through color film processing & printing, photojournalism, and studio portraiture work. Most recently, Patricia’s teaching career has widened her view of subject matter and digital techniques in her own art.

For the past 12 years, Patricia has been teaching high school Digital Photography and Computer Graphics classes with Frederick County Public Schools. She is also adjunct faculty at Mount St. Mary’s University, teaching Digital Photography.

Involved with the arts community, Patricia is now a member and Vice-President of TAG/The Artists Gallery. She served on the Board for Artomatic@Frederick for all three events, and strives to involve her students in the arts community. Additionally, Patricia shows her photographic works throughout the region and into NYC. Recently, Patricia was honored with receiving “Best in Show” at the 2018 Cumberland Valley Photographers Juried Exhibition, as well as other awards.

Of her own work, Patricia writes, “I combine my traditional background with the technology of Photoshop to create images grounded in the fundamentals of art with a contemporary, surreal twist. I place a strong emphasis on the use of texture, color and the interaction of various subjects in one scene. Elements, such as the division of space, suspended pathways, and the repetition of symbolic objects are recurring themes in my work that suggest the past, present and future within a narrative construct.”

February Meeting Moved to February 27th

The February Meeting has been moved to February 27th

Don't forget that our February meeting will be on the THIRD Wednesday of the month, February 20, and it will be at 7 pm at Frederick Community College. Member Gundars Osvalds will be presenting the story behind the images he captured as a 16-year-old aspiring photojournalist in the now gone Vinegar Hill neighborhood of Charlottesville, VA. These historic photos are some of the only images of people at work and at play in the African American community. His photos will be on exhibit at FCC during the month of February.

The presentation will be in the theater at the Visual Arts Performing Center, the same building where we have our summer exhibit. ASL interpretation will be provided. Because this event is free and open to the public, we could use some volunteers to help with staffing the refreshment table, to sell exhibit catalogs, and to give some technology assistance. Please let Cam know if you are willing to help.

Here is a link to a PDF flyer about the meeting/event. Please share this with other people and organizations you know would be interested in both the history and the photography that Gundars will share.

Vinegar Hill

January Meeting - Interior and Exterior Architectural Photography

After seeing this presentation, you will never look at a photo of an interior office space built of steel, concrete, and glass in the same way again. Your brain will be spinning with the effort it took to manage glare, reflections, space, shadows, and lighting.

We will be shown samples from a variety of the Chris's assignments over many decades of working as an architectural photographer. This will include a discussion of various approaches and techniques related to architectural photography and how to deal with creative challenges including composition and lighting.

Chris has been a commercial photographer for over 30 years with a special concentration in architectural photography. His work includes a particular emphasis on composition, location lighting, and accurate rendering of color. He also brings to each assignment an extensive knowledge of post-production editing techniques to enhance the captured image.

Chris’s expertise both with camera techniques and digital editing allows him to combine the client's desires, the subject matter, and his creativity to produce the finished photograph. His work had been the recipient of numerous industry awards in the field of architecture.

Holiday Party

The annual holiday party is on December 12 at 7 pm at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. Members have been sent an invitation and are encouraged to RSVP by the deadline. Please plan on attending this fun event where we socialize, view favorite photos from the year, have a great meal, and engage in a fun photo swap!

Member Show

The annual Member Show will be at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center for the month of December. All members in good standing are encouraged to submit one or two ready-to-hang photographs and offer them for sale. Information about the show has been emailed to all members. The reception for this show is Saturday, December 1, from 3-5 pm.

If you are going to submit some work for the show, please send Cam the title(s) of your photos, along with the price you would ask. The Delaplaine takes a commission on all sales: 20% for members of the Delaplaine, and 30% for non-members, so take that into consideration when pricing.

The Delaplaine wants all information by November 19 so that they may create a list of all the photos expected in the show. Therefore, I need all of your information by November 18. The photos to do not need to be ready by that date, however, just the information.

Sydney at the Delaplaine will create a list of all of the titles by photographer name. The list will be in the storage room where pieces for the next show are stored in numbered slots. She will also use the name, title, and price information that you send me to create the wall labels and the price lists for the show.

Prepare your ready-to-hang photo for delivery by attaching a card to the rear that includes your name, the title of the piece, the price, and your contact information (email, phone, website, etc.)

Between November 19 and 29, you may drop off your piece(s) at the Delaplaine, which is open most days from 9-5. Take your photos to the storage room, find the list of photographers, choose a slot number for your work, and then note on the clipboard which slots you chose. The slot numbers are written in black marker at the top of the slot. You may leave with work with or without packaging, depending on how it fits into the slots.

If you prefer, you may deliver your work the night that we hang the show, on November 29, beginning at 6:30. We will pull all work out of the storage room, lay it out along the walls, and decide which pieces hang well together. Once the order of the show is determined, the pieces are hung on the walls and the label information is applied. Help is always appreciated when hanging this show.

Images needed for the Frederick County Financial Report

Photographs of Frederick County are needed for the cover of the annual Frederick County Financial Report. Photographers will not receive payment, but will be credited for the cover photo(s), along with the club. Please send your photos as jpgs, no larger than 5mb, to Cam will place them on a secure website location for the county finance office to make their selections. Deadline is October 15.

Photos for Frederick Coffee Company

The Frederick Camera Clique will have photographs on display and for sale at the Frederick Coffee Company during the month of November. Please bring two matted photos, no larger than 16x20, to the October meeting for consideration, or email if you wish to participate but cannot attend the meeting. The deadline for receiving prints is October 26.

October Meeting - Peter Foiles, Lofoton Islands, Norway

Member Peter Foiles will speak about his recent photo trip to Norway.

The Lofoton Islands: Next item for your photography bucket list.

The Lofoton islands are an archipelago off the coast of Norway north of the Arctic Circle. One of the oldest and largest cod fisheries in the world, it has also in recent years become a favorite for photographers. From quaint fishing villages and mountainous landscapes to one of the best spots to view the Northern Lights, there is much to photograph. I will be showing the results of my February trip to Lofoton and give some background on the area as well as some tips on how to photograph the Northern Lights.

September Meeting - Jan Exler, My Photo Passion & Odyssey

Jan Exler will be the featured presenter at the September 12 meeting. His talk, “My Photo Passion & Odyssey” will feature 100 of his all-time favorite and award-winning photos. He’ll also speak about "Competitive Freelance Photography," online sites, and contests where he posts his photographs, as well as his favorite venues to capture award-winning images in the Baltimore and Delmarva areas.

Jan is a competitive, freelance photographer who was a high school educator for 35 years in Baltimore City. He has served on the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture for the past eight years.

Jan picked up a camera for the first time in 2012 to document his Wounded Warrior son's recovery in the Richmond VA hospital. His photography has been published in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Maryland Public TV's “Capture Outdoor Maryland's” coffee table book, GURU Shots International, Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 2019 calendar and the Baltimore Sun papers.

Thanks to social media, his photography has been “followed,” “liked,” and commented on by folks in 132 different countries around the world!

Jan Exler's current galleries include: and

The FCC Annual Summer Picnic

Sunday, August 12, 2018

11 am to 2 pm


8610 Baltimore National Pike

Middletown, MD 21769

You and your family are invited to join us for a day of flower photography, exploring beautiful gardens and greenhouses, and a meal with friends and club members. On Sunday, August 12, the garden center at Surreybrooke will open at 10:30 for our annual picnic. Feel free to bring tripods and cameras to capture the beauty at Surreybrooke. The Lark Pavilion is ours from 11 am to 2 pm. We will eat around noon.

The club will provide cups, ice, utensils, plates, and napkins. You should bring a dish to share. Please indicate on the RSVP what you will bring, so that others may see and avoid duplication.

Please RSVP by August 9.(Through the Evite) This event will happen rain or shine.

If you are unsure how to get to Surreybrooke, the entrance is located on Rt. 40 going west toward Hagerstown. The most accurate information is found on the Surreybrooke website; GPS directions are not reliable and you will end up at the wrong place.

July Meeting Photowalk Assignment

Photo walks are popular, and small towns offer many familiar things to photograph, such as window displays and patterns in brick sidewalks, but also some things that are unique to each town: a monument, a fountain, a cannon, and more.

At the July meeting, Cam Miller will share some highlights from her 18 months of photo walking, followed by photos from members.

Between now and the July meeting, your assignment is to take a walk in your town -- or a town you are visiting -- or one that is near you -- and do a photo walk: Hagerstown, Gettysburg, Frederick, New Market, Sharpsburg, Martinsburg, Gaithersburg, Sykesville -- you get the idea.

Take a walk, photograph details (ivy on the side of a building, reflections, wall murals, oddities, texture, fountains, people sitting outside, fire stations, benches, doors, fences, flowers, etc.) and edit them down to five or six photos that you will show at the meeting. Don't tell us where you walked -- include things that might be unique to that town, but that don't name the town. Let us guess where you were! This is a great opportunity to experiment with black and white, street photography, macro shots, and more. Many of us will walk in the same towns, and it will be fun to see how different photographers find different things to photograph in the same locations.

Bring 5-7 edited photos to the meeting on a flash drive. Save them as JPGS with a resolution of 72. If you are unsure how to save at this resolution, just save them as they are and bring them to the meeting. We'll take care of making any needed conversions.

So grab your camera, get out there, and take a walk in a town. We look forward to figuring out where you were!

June Meeting - Wayne Wolfersberger

Photography in Our National Parks

There are 419 National Park Sites across our land. How can we enjoy a wonderful photographical experiences in them taking advantage of their natural features, wildlife, historical features and so much more? We will explore some local sites and many far away including the world’s first national park, Yellowstone. Safety for the site, its wildlife and visitors will be included as well as what sets them apart from the rest of our 87% public lands.

May Meeting - Photography in Law Enforcement, by Allen Hafner

Documentation of crime scenes and evidence is vital to an investigation and the subsequent court proceedings. The ultimate goal is to take the crime scene to the courtroom in order for a jury to better understand what occurred. This is done with detailed notes and sketches, supplemented with photos. This presentation will provide a brief history of law enforcement use of photography, from early film cameras to modern digital equipment. Along the way we’ll discuss how to document evidence with various techniques such as lens selection, painting with light, aerial photos, 3D mapping, and infrared. Al will also explain why post processing is generally not permitted and the exceptions when it can be used.

Al is a retired Howard County Police Officer, currently working as a civilian Forensic Specialist for HCPD. He is both a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and a Certified Latent Print Examiner. A hobbyist photographer since his teens, Al took those early skills into investigative work. He often used his own gear to shoot better quality photos of accidents and crime scenes. This led to specialized training at the FBI Laboratory and the former Kodak Law Enforcement Program.

During his 45 years in law enforcement Al has worked with many different cameras and film formats. This included dark room work to provide the best possible images for presentation in court testimony. With the technological changes to digital equipment, Al has been able to apply old school film techniques to the digital world. As a hobbyist, Al has won awards in various local contests and was also a finalist in the Smithsonian’s Air & Space photo contest. His professional work is usually not seen outside the courtroom, but some images have been published in a variety of training manuals.

Tony Sweet - “Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways”

The Central Maryland Photographers' Guild (CMPG) is pleased to announce a very special event! Renowned professional photographer and Nikon Legend Behind the Lens,

Tony Sweet will be speaking on Friday, June 1, 2018

“Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways”

There is nothing more important than clean, direct, compelling composition. Through numerous image examples, various compositional techniques will be illustrated and discussed. From the basics of composition to more creative ideas, Tony’s presentation is intended to fine tune the vision and jump start the creativity of the attendees. Whether you are just starting out, or are a seasoned pro, this is a program not to be missed!

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Chapelgate Christian Academy, Marriottsville, MD

Tickets are $20 with advance online registration, or $25 at the door (cash only, please). Doors will open at 6:30 PM, with light refreshments. The program begins at 7:00 PM. A Q&A session will follow Tony’s presentation.

April Meeting - Cam Miller Digital Photo Painting

Digital Photo Painting

Even if you can't draw or paint, you can create a digital painting from one of your own photos using iPad apps and software plugins. At the April 11 meeting, Cam Miller will show us how to take a photo and give it the look of a watercolor or an oil painting without wetting a brush. She will also show us how to take the "painted" photo one step farther by using layers and masks in Photoshop to bring back important detail that may have been lost in the painting process. The meeting is at 7 pm at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in downtown Frederick.