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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, August 13, 7:00 PM


Semi-Annual Member Images Night 


Summer Catch  is the theme for this member images night. Please bring in up to 5 images you have made over this summer to share with others. Members will comment on images. One approach to reviewing images is to consider three aspects: technical, impact, and composition. Is the image technically correct (sharp and properly exposed), does the image have impact (not just a snapshot), and is the composition appropriate (support the subject, etc.)?


You may bring digital images, prints or slides. If you are bringing prints or slides, please notify Wayne Hall so we can be prepared to show them.


A brief technical presentation by Russ Kirby will show us how to create our own ring light using commonly found items around the home. His results shown last month attracted a lot of comment.


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.



We are in need of some additional prints to hang in our rotating collection at Traditions.  At present, we have five open spots that we would like to fill.  If you aren't currently exhibiting any of your work there, please consider bringing a print or two to our next meeting.  All prints should be framed with a wire for hanging on the back, and should have a business card -sized label in the lower right corner of the frame with the title, your name, contact information, and price (if for sale).

If you currently have some of your work on display, please consider replacing it with something different; we (and the residents) like to keep the exhibit "fresh"!

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. 

July Meeting Review


Images from Newbury and Plum Island Spring Workshop


Spring on the marsh and around Newbury...Sue Abrahamsen, Betsy Moyer, Marilyn Tromer and Carol Walsh showed images from their field trip to Newbury. The images ran the gamut from water, sand, and driftwood to people and animals, ending with sunset shots.

Other Meeting Notes


You might like 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


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.


Programs Needed for October - December


Please step forward with program ideas or contributions for the last quarter of the year. We are looking for technical presentations as well as for topical image presentations by members or others in the photographic community. Please contact Wayne Hall with your suggestions.



Our fall group exhibit in the Raytheon Room of the Wayland Library
will take place this year from September 2 through October 29.

This will nominally be an "open" exhibit (i.e. any "nature" subject).
However, this year we strongly encourage images with a "wildlife" theme
(animals, birds, bugs, fish, (badly-behaved children don't qualify...)).

If you would like to hang one or more prints in the show, please reply to
Wayne Hall ( or 978-443-9226) NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, JULY 24.  The number of prints per exhibitor will depend upon how
many members are interested in exhibiting.  If we receive more responses
than the room will accommodate, we'll use our usual rule of one print each
from any first-time exhibitors first, then a lottery for the remaining

Maximum (framed) size will be 30 inches on the horizontal dimension.


Drop-off at the Raytheon Room will be Tuesday, September 1, between 4 and 7
PM.  We'll hang the exhibit atarting at 7 or sooner; a few volunteers to
help with the job will be needed. A reception will be held Sunday, September
13, 2:30 - 4:30.  (We have the room from 2 to 5.)  Take-down will be
Thursday, October 29, 4:00-8:00.


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

Through 8/31                   Charlie Lowell            Harvey Wheeler Senior Center

                                                                              West Concord, MA


November 1-30                Murray Drobnis              Wayland Library Foyer


November 1-30                Murray Drobnis              Framingham Public Library


SVNP & Other Group Exhibits
Date                                        Exhibit Information

Sept.2 - Oct. 29               Wayland Library (Raytheon Room)--Wildlife & More 


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


Ongoing                                    Traditions                 6 Green Way, Wayland, MA


FROM PAUL SMITH, Pres, Gateway Camera Club

Dear SVNP Members:

I am trying to gauge the level of interest of hosting a Tony Sweet day long seminar on November 21st, running from approx 9 AM to 4 PM.  There is an opportunity to learn from a great photographic artist and educator.  His program will include information on: light, composition, HDR, and creative techniques/software that can help bring your photographs to the artistic level.

If you are not familiar with Tony and his work, I suggest checking his website:  If you do go to his website, I suggest checking out his blog, and his gallery.  If you check his "Events" page and his "Workshop" page, you will get an ideas of how busy and in demand this photographic artist is.

He is the author of 4 books and several training DVD's.  All of his offerings are educationally oriented and will be available for purchase at the seminar.

The ticket price is $50.00 which includes a buffet deli lunch.  Any club that buys 10 or more tickets will receive a 10% discount, making the price $45.00.  The seminar will either be at the Holiday Inn in Marlboro, located on Route 20 at the intersection of Route 495 or at Framingham State College.

I would appreciate hearing back from as many people as possible as soon as possible.  Thanks,

Paul Smith, President
Gateway Camera Club
Phone: 508-485-0935; email: 


Photography Seminar


The Portland Camera Club is presenting a Photography Seminar with widely published professional photographer and instructor Brenda Tharp on the weekend of October 9-10.  Members of your club are invited to attend the Friday night presentation, the all-day Saturday seminar, or both!
For all the details, please visit our website:
With best wishes,
John Bald
Portland Camera Club


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