April Meeting 4/12/17

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.

March Meeting - John Nelson

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.

February Meeting - David Blecman

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.

January Meeting-Tanya Houppermans Underwater Photography

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

November Meeting - Steve Ferendo

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

October Meeting - Twenty Things Most Photographers Get Wrong.

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.

July Meeting - Patty Hankins: Fine Art Floral Photography

Patty, of, 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.

June Meeting- A Unique take on Abstract Photography by Mary Louise Ravese

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.

May Meeting: Frame Sale and Artomatic

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.

March Meeting - Photo Swap/Sale

As photographers we all collect various photo related items that need to be cleaned out from time to time. To that end, for the March meeting, we will be holding a Spring Cleaning Photo gear swap/sale event. So go through your closets and bring any bags, monopods, filters etc that you looking to part with and bring them to the meeting. These would be items that you willing to swap, sell at a modest price or give away. But don’t stop there if there is equipment you are no longer using or looking to upgrade fel free to bring it along and offer for sale. We are looking to advertise this event to other groups in the area to maximize the potential market. We already have two individuals who will be bringing collections of equipment for give away and for sale. Feel free to pass the information on to anyone you know who may be interested. More details to follow.

February Meeting - Burke Seim, Service Photo Supply Inc.

For over 50 years, Service Photo has been serving the photographic needs of the Baltimore and greater Maryland area. Burke will be speaking to us about how the photographic business has changed over the years and providing insights into the business of photography that all of us deal with but probably do not understand as well as we should. Gray market vs. US warranty, buy local or online, how do I get my camera repaired, how do I clean my sensor, where is the market going. All of this and more will be covered. The presentation works best as an interactive session so bring lots of questions.

January Meeting - Don Rosenberger - Abstracts

About Don:

I first picked up a camera in my teenage years, shooting mostly black and white film and doing my own darkroom work. My interests shifted to color film in my early twenties, then I did the unexpected, I quit photography. There were a variety of reasons for this decision, but when I look back I think I was lacking a certain maturity that was necessary to move forward in regard to the quality of my work. With the advent of Digital Photography I started shooting again with a passion that had been missing in earlier years. Today I am drawn to a variety of work, but I consider landscape photography to be the core of my interests. Being outside and often in remote locations gives me an appreciation for our natural world. It is my hope that my images bring others to that same level of appreciation.

Today I consider myself a professional amateur. The amateur aspect allows me to pursue photography with a passion that many with a 9 to 5 job lack and the professional aspect constantly pushes me to improve my craft. Even when shooting familiar subjects, I try to capture them in new and unique ways. I constantly feel a motivation to strive for that next level, regardless of how elusive that goal may be. I hope to be able to share that passion and drive with our clients at Road Runner Photography Tours.

While I consider camera gear to be important, it is only a tool that you use to achieve an end. In the field I might be shooting next to you with only an iPhone, but that might be the tool I choose to achieve my creative vision. As David DuChemin said “gear is good, vision is better”. I might make suggestions for equipment that will help you achieve a specific effect, but I do not believe that expensive cameras are necessary for quality work.

November Meeting - Denise Silva

Creative Long Exposures

In this presentation Denise will show examples of the various types of long exposure techniques. She will discuss the best conditions to take advantage of long exposures. She will also show what gear you will need and will explore why you might want to give this very creative form of expression a try!!

October Meeting - Richard Batch

Richard Batch was 15 when he got his first real camera, a Yashica Mat-LM. Having only 12 shots per roll taught him to think before shooting. El Greco led him to learn about zone focusing and relating subject to environment. After receiving his degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, he landed a job as the staff photographer for The Northern Virginia Sun. He also shot for Dossier Magazine, two theatres in DC and freelanced.

Wet darkroom printing work became much easier when he ran film/developer/paper calibrations to produce negatives, which allowed the full range of zones to be printed without any additional work. On the digital side, more testing of papers, printers, film scanners and techniques in Photoshop helped him work toward the production of the fine digital B&W print. Photojournalism and portraiture are his passions.

September Speaker - Peter Foiles

Photographing Death Valley, Southern Utah and the Palouse or How Mirrorless Cameras Saved Your Intrepid President’s Life.

Peter Foiles will share images from his recent photo trips to Death Valley, Southern Utah and the Palouse Peter will also provide tips and information on where to stay and what to see so that you can plan your own visits to these beautiful areas. As many of you know, Peter is a proponent of mirrorless camera systems and will have the camera kit he used for these trips and his experiences on how it performed.

August 2015 Speaker

Challenge from Brady Wilks

Brady will return to critique your challenge images.

Bring 2 or 3 examples to the August meeting

Step out of your comfort zone #1

  • Photograph a subject you’ve never tried before.
  • Consider how your photographic style affects your approach of a new subject

Step out of your comfort zone #2

  • Choose an alternative photographic process.
  • Consider how the transformation of your image informs the content and intent of your it just a novelty?