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, September 10, 7:00 PM
Special Guest Presenter: Neil
Neil Tischler, a resident of
Acton, has been an active photographer from his early
teens. Since his childhood in rural upstate New York, Neil
has been fascinated by all things natural. Now, with the advent
of digital photography, he is able to capture winter's frost patterns
with all of their amazing intricacy.
spring, summer, and fall, Neil studies flowers, foliage, birds
and insects. Working only with a hand-held camera and natural ambient
light, he seizes the moment and photographs subjects close up with a
sparkle that makes them glow!
Come early and enjoy snacks and conversation at
6:30 pm. We need
volunteers to bring a few nibblies and some beverages. We are
expecting a larger crowd for this meeting, so we need help with
refreshments, please. If you are able to help, please call Wayne Hall
978-443-9226 or Betsy Moyer at 508-358-2939.
WE HAVE SPACE AVAILABLE IN OUR
ROTATING GALLERY AT TRADITIONS!
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.
August Meeting Review
Member Image Night Theme: Summer Catch
Nine members presented images that spanned the gamut of
subject and creativity. Helpful suggestions and exploration of
different cropping approaches were shared.
Wayne Hall announced plans to replace the club website
exhibit with images from the Wayland Library exhibit in the fall.
The main topic for the October meeting is still being
planned, but Russ Kirby will demonstrate and describe the construction
of his home built ring light in a brief technical presentation.
In December, Warren Bailey will demonstrate the use
of Adobe Lightroom software, a topic
that generated questions at the August meeting.
In January, Susan Majors will present images
of Eastern Europe.
Programs Needed for October - November
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
SVNP WAYLAND LIBRARY EXHIBIT SET
Our fall group
exhibit in the Raytheon Room of the Wayland Library
will take place this year from September 2 through October 29. Twenty-three
exhibitors, including some first-timers, will participate and we expect
between 35 and 40 images.
Please note Print dropoff instructions - Tuesday, Sept. 1, between 4 and
7 pm. If you can't do this, please arrange for another exhibitor
to bring your prints. We want to get the show completely set up that
evening before the library closes, so the earlier in that time window
you can bring your photographs in, the better.
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 pm - 8:00 pm.
Individual Member Exhibits
SVNP members - please notify Wayne Hall of
your upcoming individual exhibits for posting on the SVNP website.
Harvey Wheeler Senior Center
West Concord, MA
Central Street, Wellesley
Wayland Library Foyer
Framingham Public Library
Other Group Exhibits
Sept.2 - Oct.
Wayland Library (Raytheon Room)--Wildlife & More
Special Website Exhibit
"Reflections and Shadows"
Green Way, Wayland, MA
In Which SVNP Members are Participating
Juried Exhibit at Amazing Things
Art Center, 160 Hollis St.
Trip September 19-20th Proposed
Carol Walsh proposes the weekend of September 19-20 for a
field trip and invites suggestions for an itinerary. Please contact her if you have
a suggestion for a location. And be sure to mark your calendars now.
More information will come via email before the next newsletter.
FROM CHRIS DAY
Tropical photography during the wet season poses some unique
problems with the camera.
Placing a silica gel pouch in the camera bag will help to insure that
the inside of the camera does not become moist but does require that
the silica gel bag be routinely baked to restore its drying power.
A silica gel pouch has two shortcomings. If the front surface of
the object lens drops below the dew point of the ambient air,
condensation will form on that front surface the moment that you take
the camera out of its bag whether or not there was a silica gel pouch
in the camera bag. The second problem, particularly with nature or
travel photography, is that images often present themselves at a
moments notice and a camera in its bag isn't very useful. It has
to be always
at the ready. Nobody has yet come up with a lens warmer that I
Curiously, those with vest pocket cameras didn't seem to suffer.
I ascribe this to two things. The camera was often transported in a
pocket and therefore was kept warm and the vest pocket cameras shut
themselves down after a short period, thus protecting the lens from the
In the rainy season the sky is very often overcast and the light is
very flat. The exposures were surprisingly long considering
that this was the tropics. Auto focus times were thus also
sluggish. In addition, many images were only about three stops in contrast
range and the auto exposure wasn't quite sure where to place the
exposure. Many of the shots were jungle shots.
This was not exactly what I had expected in the tropics.
My larger camera did not suffer from internal condensation but then it
has both internal focus and internal zoom so it does not pump air in
and out but has the drawback of being lengthy when powered off.
Photo Calendar Competition
You are invited to enter the Oldtown Photo Calendar
Competition, Sunday, October 18, 2009!
Thanks to photographer suggestions, we've made a significant change
this year to make entry easier for you, and the competition more fun
This year, submissions will be mounted on foam
core. This was suggested by several photographers, and
we're going to give it a try. This should dramatically cut down
on your expense to enter (no need to frame!) and bring the added
benefits of consistency of size, and anonymity for
voting. We have arranged for special pricing on mounting with
the great folks at The Frame Shop & Gallery in the center of
Natick, to make prep easy and inexpensive.
Registration and photographer information forms are available at www.oldtowncalendar.org.
Once again this year, the Oldtown Photo Calendar Competition will be a
featured venue of the Natick Open Studios weekend.
Any questions, please be in touch. We look forward to seeing you
at the show!