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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.


Beautiful Video by National Geographic Photographer DeWitt Jones

Celebrate What's Right With The World (tm) teaches what a powerful force having a vision of possibilities can be for you. Do you have a vision for your organization? More importantly, do you have one for yourself? One that gets you excited every morning and keeps you open to possibilities. 


Enjoy the message and marvel at his photography


New Book on



Nikon's SPEEDLIGHTS & Canon's SPEEDLITES are modern miracles but most professional & advanced amateurs are still using their flashes as they have for decades.  The computers packed into today's speedlights have made lighting so much different than in the past. 

This book seeks to inform all photographers, first, about the use of one simple camera mounted flash and all the new things it allows you to do.


The manufacturers of these devices have been reluctant to inform the photography world about the power contained in these speedlights but now there is a book available that can help.


SPEEDLIGHTS & SPEEDLITES: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed fill in all the details & to make the transition easy.


Order from Amazon or your favorite bookstore.


Next Meeting Thursday, July 9, 7:00 PM


Images From Newbury/Plum Island Field Trip


Spring on the marsh and around Newbury...Sue Abrahamsen, Betsy Moyer, Marilyn Tromer and Carol Walsh will show images from their field trip to Newbury.


Members are also invited to bring several images for viewing and comment. The subject matter is "open."


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. 

Double Header June Meeting


Panoramic Images Presented &

Creating Photo Coffee Table Books Discussed



Charlie Lowell dazzled the group with some stunning panorama shots he has made over a number of years featuring sailboat races off Cotuit. In addition to a comprehensive slide show, he brought a number of framed and mounted images of his work. Many of the panoramic shots required extensive merging of up to 5 separate images. A challenge with blending multiple images of moving sailboats is handling the fact that they move between shots.


Bob Diefenbacher presented screen shots of the user software from Blurb and MyPublisher to explain how photographers can use them to design publications to showcase their work. Several members brought in sample books they have published. A lively discussion followed on the options and relative merits of the two publishers covered. 


Other Meeting Notes


Arts/Wayland is presenting its Spring Show through June 29th at the Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Road, Wayland. The show is open during library hours.


Henry Weisenberger mentioned that there is a special opportunity to observe the judging of the Photographic Society of America International Convention Nature Exhibition Judging with Dan Charbonnett FPSA, MNEC at the Greater Lynn Photographic Association, 564 Boston Street, Lynn, MA  01905, Saturday, August 15, beginning at 9:00 am. This is an opportunity to see images made by photographers from around the world.


Future Programs


Semi-annual Member Images Night is scheduled for August . No subject has been announced. Watch the July newsletter for more information.


On September 10 we will host noted photographer Neil Tischler in a special showing of his work with flowers, foliage, birds and insects. His work shows a mastery of composition and a sensitivity to light and detail.


HDR Workshop Proposed


If you are interested in exploring the "hot topic" of creating High Dynamic Range images, please email Bob Diefenbacher by July 15 if you would like to participate in a DIY workshop. He is ready to host a workshop to shoot and then process HDR images. The purpose will be to learn the techniques together rather than to shoot particularly beautiful images. Because computer software such as Photomatix (free trial download) is needed to merge the shots into one image with tone mapping, the location and date will be decided by those interested in participating.


Other Field Trip Ideas?

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.


 What Programs Would You Like This Fall???


Is there a technical topic you would like to learn about? Can you present a show of your work or images from a trip? 


Do you know a photographer you would like to invite to present? Please submit your suggestions to Wayne Hall.  


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

We have no information on current individual member exhibits in the area. 


SVNP & Other Group Exhibits
Date                                        Exhibit Information


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


Through June 30                   Arts/Wayland Show          Wayland Public Library


Ongoing                                    Traditions                 6 Green Way, Wayland, MA


Hunts Announces Educational Programs

Friday June 19 10am-4pm at our flagship location in Melrose, Ma
Factory Reps will be on hand to provide full demos on their entire lines.  If this does not excite you; the pricing will. 
Wednesday June 24 6pm-7:30pm at our flagship location in Melrose, Ma
Instructor Rick Berk will provide a guided tour of your Canon DSLR.  Whether you are just starting out or have been at it for years, you are bound to learn something.  Register by calling 781.662.8822 and remember pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Friday June 19 5pm-8pm at the Manchester, NH satellite location
Saturday June 20 10am-1pmat our flagship location in Melrose, Ma
Hunt's is proud to host a Tamron Road Series presented by pro photographer Don Gale. Don is an award-winning photographer who has earned national recognition for his work.  Don has conducted photographic workshops, seminars and classes at some of the most beautiful areas in the world.  He is a faculty member at Tri-Community Photography Center, a guest lecturer, the subject of featured interviews and has produced two instructional videos. $59.00 per person.....Seating is limited; sign up now by registering online today at  Included is: A welcome bag, refreshments, classroom seminar, exclusive Tamron, Bogen, & Expodisc offers, and door prizes.

Expect a 3-Hour Classroom Seminar
In this fast paced 3-hour seminar, centered on taking better portrait and macro images, your instructor will present a variety of techniques that cover exposure, lighting, composition, and more using his stunning images as a starting point for discussion.  Equipment selection and post-production methods will also be discussed.  Be prepared for an engaging two-way conversation with one of photography's best shooters.

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