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, October 8, 7:00 PM
Speaker to Be Announced
Meeting at Traditions of
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
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
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
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.
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
Individual Member Exhibits
SVNP members - please notify Wayne Hall of
your upcoming individual exhibits for posting on the SVNP website.
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
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.
Trip October 6 Planned
Tuesday, October 6, time tba, to Pack Monadnock State
Forest, to photograph fall foliage. Details to follow.
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
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.
Other Photogrpaher Programs In
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: http://www.tonysweet.com/ 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: email@example.com.