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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, October 8, 7:00 PM


Speaker to Be Announced

Meeting at Traditions of Wayland 


Come early and enjoy snacks and conversation at 6:30 pm. Nibblies for October will be provided by Elizabeth Weisenburger. We need volunteers to bring a few nibblies and some beverages for future meetings. If you are able to help, please call Wayne Hall 978-443-9226 or Betsy Moyer at 508-358-2939.

A Note from Betsy Moyer...


Traditions of Wayland, where we not only meet but also display our prints, has adopted a new policy. If there are empty chains on the wall, the administration will remove them.  This means for our part there must be a smooth coordination between the removal of a print and the hanging of its replacement.  No longer can we let chains hang empty, awaiting the convenience of an exhibiting photographer.

So, let's change our MO a bit as well.  Prints can be hung and taken down only at the time of one of our regular meetings -- second Thursday evening of the month -- or by special arrangement with Betsy Moyer (978-369-1261) or Wayne Hall (978-443-9226).  At that time we will be sure we have the proper equipment for hanging the chains -- or that someone is present who is tall enough to reach the S hooks at the top of the wall.

Our exhibit is quite sparse at the moment.  Please call me if you are able to add prints.  Plan to bring them to the meeting on October 8.  Or, you could drop them off at my place, and I will hang them for you.

I do not believe Tradition's new policy reflects a diminished appreciation of our work or a wish that we would simply go away.  The residents say over and over how much they enjoy our exhibit and look forward to seeing what's new from time to time. But, you will have to agree that the empty chains are pretty unsightly.  So, please don't take this new policy as a criticism. 

Did everyone get my new address?  Betsy G. Moyer, 80 Deaconess Road, #323, Concord, MA 01742, Phone: 978-369-1261.

September Meeting Review


Guest Presenter: Neil Tischler


Neil Tischler gave a presentation of his nature photography, much of which was shot in his own backyard.  He explained that he tries to stay as close to nature as possible and doesn't use a polarizer, flash, tripod or other enhancing devices.  

Neil gave much practical advice and hints including: To maximize fall colors, experiment with stopping down 1 stop or 2 stops.  Don't use a polarizer. He does a minimum of "fixing" in Adobe Photoshop. 


Other Meeting Information


Don Sherman, Maggie Hsu, and Chris Rowan shared images with the group.


A feast of refreshments was provided by Doreen O'Connor, Sue Abrahamson, and others. 


Reminder SVNP's Raytheon Room exhibit at the Wayland Library is up until October 29.  23 photographers have provided 33 prints for the exhibit. If you missed the Reception September 13, please stop in soon to see the exhibit. Take-down will be Thursday, October 29, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. 


Future Programs


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 November, Katherine O'Hara will present a program of images - "Ancient Persia, Modern Iran."

In December, Warren Bailey will demonstrate the use of Adobe Lightroom software, a topic that generated questions at the August meeting.


Warren Bailey will discuss using Adobe Lightroom at the December meeting. 


In January, Susan Majors will present images of Eastern Europe. 


Programs Needed for rest of 2010


Please step forward with program ideas or contributions future meetings. 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.


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


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


Other Exhibits of Note:


Neil Tischler is exhibiting at 51 Walden, the Performing Arts Center in Concord, opposite the Post Office.  He has 18 framed prints on exhibit there. 51 Walden is generally open most days from 9 AM until 3 or 4 PM, after school hours on Wed - Fri. and evenings from 7:15 PM - 10 PM on Mon - Thur.


Field Trip October 6 Planned


Tuesday, October 6, time tba, to Pack Monadnock State Forest, to photograph fall foliage.  Details to follow.  


Oldtown Photo Calendar Competition 


You are invited to enter the Oldtown Photo Calendar Competition, Sunday, October 18, 2009!  
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  
Once again this year, the Oldtown Photo Calendar Competition will be a featured venue of the Natick Open Studios weekend.


 Other Photogrpaher Programs In The Area


The Portland Camera Club (Portland, ME) is presenting a Photography  Seminar with widely published 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:

Tony Sweet will be conducting all day seminar at Gateway Camera Club,  Framingham, MA on Saturday, Nov. 21st from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Tony  is  one of Nikon's Legends Behind the Lens and conducts many seminars and in  the  field workshops.  Most of his workshops sell out almost before they  are  offered online.  This is an opportunity to spend a full day with one  of this country's top Fine Art photographers.  Tony has published 4 books  and several training DVD's, all of which will be on sale the day of the  seminar.  If you are not familiar with Tony or his work, I suggest going to  his website: Come to  this seminar and  learn how to take your photography to the level of Fine  Art.  This seminar  will provide information on: Light, Composition, HDR  (High Dynamic Range)  Imaging, Photoshop and Photoshop artistic plug-ins.
There are many top notch photographers in this country, but one thing that  some say sets him apart from the rest is that most of what he does  is  teaching oriented.  All four of his books explain how he achieved his  shots, he does not just publish pretty pictures.  He is an excellent  teacher!
The cost of this all day seminar is $50, which includes lunch. Groups  of  10 or more may take a 10% discount.  There is a limited amount of  tickets  still available. To purchase tickets, please contact  Paul Smith at:


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