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
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,
Thursday, May 14
Exploring Depth of Field
Wayne Bailey will review the technical aspects of aperture and depth of
field and its articstic implications in photographs and photography.
will include a technical explanation of how aperture works and examples
of images that illustrate deliberate use of aperture manipulation
during image capture.
Be 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
If you have an idea for future field trips please email Carol Walsh at
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
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!
Individual Member Exhibits
SVNP members - please notify Wayne Hall of
your upcoming individual exhibits for posting on the SVNP website.
Goodnow Library, Sudbury -
"On the Rails, in the Water"
Emerson Hospital, Concord
Main corridor gallery
SVNP Group Exhibits
Special Website Exhibit
"Reflections and Shadows"
Traditions, 6 Green Way, Wayland, MA
Have You Published Your Photo
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. MyPublisher.com
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 Blurb.com. 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