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About SVNP 


The Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers

are an informal group of more than one hundred talented advanced amateur and professional photographers from the western suburbs of Boston, brought together by their passion for capturing the beauty and power of nature through photography.


The group was established in 1995, and regularly exhibits its members' work throughout eastern Massachusetts and on the Internet.


Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Great Room in the Main House at Traditions Senior Living Facility in Wayland, Massachusetts.

Next Meeting Thursday, May 14


Aperture - Exploring Depth of Field


SVNP member Wayne Bailey will review the technical aspects of aperture and depth of field and its articstic implications in photographs and photography.


The presentation will include a technical explanation of how aperture works and examples of images that illustrate deliberate use of aperture manipulation during image capture.


DSA LogoBe sure to bring your camera because there will be a workshop time to experiment. Objects will be available to photograph so you can practice manipulating the depth of field. If possible bring your fastest lens (the lower the number of the f/stop, the faster the lens.) A Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens will be available to try on Canon digital cameras, as well as two tripods.


Come early and enjoy snacks and conversation at 6:30 pm. We need volunteers to bring a few nibblies and some beverages. If you are able to help, please call Wayne Hall 978-443-9226 or Betsy Moyer.


You can view the club's ongoing exhibit at Traditions prior to the meeting. If you have print(s) for hanging at Traditions (and we would like more) please contact Wayne Hall (978-443-9226) or Betsy Moyer (508-358-2939). Or simply bring them to the meeting. We welcome new additions and replacements for the Traditions Exhibit.


Meetings are held at Traditions of Wayland, 10 Green Way, Wayland. 

April Meeting A Hit!


Large Crowd Enjoyed Guest Presenter Karl Schanz


Karl Schanz, APSA, MNEC, a master photographer demonstrated his mastery of the craft before an appreciative crowd of more than 60 people at the SVNP meeting April 16 at the Wayland Town Hall.


Karl showed his versatility with photography from all over the US and Africa that featured exciting wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and informal shots that described the trip conditions he experienced.


After his hour long presentation, Karl responded to a number of technical questions and then commented on the images shared by some of the members present.


Prior to the meeting the crowd enjoyed refreshments and conversation. Betsy Moyer invited Karl to speak, and also organized the refreshments. A warm thank you to Betsy and to those who brought food and beverages.


Wayne Hall kicked off the meeting with some announcements including the Sudbury Valley Trustees Photography Contest. Entries are due by June 5. Details may be found at the SVT website.


Field Trip to Newburyport Saturday, May 2  

Carol Walsh is arranging a spring field trip on Saturday, May 2 to Newburyport to photograph salt marshes and surrounding areas of Parker River, Pine Rive and Plum Island. This is an opportunity to photography birds, beaches, dunes, marshes and rivers in and around Newbury, Ma. 


Plum Island is on the Atlantic Flyway and a vital stopover to waterfowl and shorebirds. Although some of the beaches maybe closed for the plovers there is plenty of areas to photograph as well as walkways. Sandy Point is worth the drive on the very bumby dirt road at the end of the island with views across to Cranes Beach or just walking the point.

Less than an hour away please plan to drive up independently and meet at 830 a.m. at the Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center.Those that want to come up later in day can meet the rest of the people at Hellcat Wildlife Oberservation Area for a picnic lunch. At the end of the day we can meet at local seafood take out nearby. Mid day when you may not want to photogragh you can wander through Newburyport, an old town with a Maritime Museum on Water Street or walk the historic downtown. Late in the afternoon the dunes and lagoons become even more interesting so you may want to stay
til sunset.


Please signup no later than April 30 by contacting Carol Walsh. She will email directions to places in Newbury where you walk to an island in the marshes or get good views of the rivers, etc. No raindate is planned since Carol guarantees good weather for photopgraphy!

If you have an idea for future field trips please email Carol Walsh at  She is keeping a "running list" to see which places are appropriate for the season and how many members are interested.


 We Need Meeting Topics and Presenters!

As of this newsletter, the Club is lacking programs for June, July, and August. Please submit your suggestions to Wayne Hall.


Have you collected a body of work you are willing to show? Do you know a photographer you would like to invite to present. Are there technical topics you would like to learn about? Let Wayne know now, please.


And we also need refreshments for the May 14th meeting. Please let Betsy Moyer know what you will bring. Thank you!


Exhibit Calendar

Individual Member Exhibits 
SVNP members - please notify
Wayne Hall of your upcoming individual exhibits for posting on the SVNP website.
Date                                     Member                          Exhibit Location
April 1-30                       Wayne Hall                    Goodnow Library, Sudbury -
                                                                                "On the Rails, in the Water"

April 15-June 15            Sue Abrahamsen            Emerson Hospital, Concord

                                                                                  Main corridor gallery


 SVNP Group Exhibits
Date                                        Exhibit Information


Open Now!                             Special Website Exhibit          Member Images
                                                                                   "Reflections and Shadows"

Ongoing                      Traditions, 6 Green Way, Wayland, MA


 Have You Published Your Photo Book Yet?

You can inexpensively produce hard cover, perfect bound coffee table sized books of your portfolio, a photo/text book describing a favorite trip, a collection of your photos with a common theme, or anything else you want to record and share easily with others in printed form. These well made books are easily created by downloading free software, creating the book on your own computer, and then uploading the result to the host website. The book will then be produced and sent to you promptly. Books come in various sizes and with various cover treatments. A wide variety of page layouts are included in the software. Your final result is stored online and can be accessed later for additional copies. When you look at the cost per printed image in the book, it can price out very favorably in comparison with individually printed color images.
This is on-demand publishing at its best and the quality of the final images is excellent. There are two sites that I favor, and I have produced several books on each. is a site that caters primarily to photographers and its book layouts are excellent. It has satisfactory text publishing to augment your photographs, as well. For a more general book publisher that also does an excellent job with images, consider using There are more text page layouts in this software so it may be better if you are going to include a longer narrative with your images.
If you want more information about creating your own books of photographs, please contact me.-
Bob Diefenbacher

Contact Info
Newsletter Editor: Bob Diefenbacher: 978-443-0014 or

Webmaster: Wayne Hall: 978-443-9226 or
SVNP Information: Betsy Moyer: 508-358-2939 or