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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, November 12, 7:00 PM



Katherine O'Hara - "Ancient Persia, Modern Iran"

Technical Presentation                              

Russ Kirby - "Building Your Own Ring Light for Macro Photography"

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

We need your prints to hang at Traditions of Wayland...


The residents enjoy the SVNP exhibit, and we are in need of some fresh images to show. Please contact Betsy Moyer if you can bring one or two new images. If you already have images on display, perhaps it's time to swap them out for some others. Call Betsy at 508-358-2939. Thank you!

Great Wildlife Photography

Presented At October Meeting


Greg Metzger presented images from his recent trips to Africa. He said he "is a sometimes technically good but always artistically challenged photographer," though his photographs showed technical as well as artistic excellence. Based upon two photographic trips to Africa within the past two years, Gregg captured images of many rare and even almost extinct animals, birds, lizards, etc. He missed a few, though -- namely the aardvark, which he never saw. He and the small group -- 4 persons plus the very knowledgeable driver -- traveled in May, during the off season.
He uses a Canon 290 digital SLR camera and basically two lenses, the 600 and a 70-210 zoom.  No tripod (he prefers a beanbag) and no polarizer.
Other Meeting Highlights
Carol Walsh, Field Trip Chairman, gave a brief report on the all-day foliage tour of New Hampshire that took place on October 6.  She, Betsy Moyer, and Sue Abrahamsaon went as far

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. Please be sure to pick up your images then!


Future Programs


December 10, Warren Bailey will demonstrate the use of Adobe Lightroom software, a topic that generated questions at the August meeting.


January 13, Susan Majors will present images of Eastern Europe.


February will be a member images night.


In March Januce Guyer is tentatively scheduled to present images of Oregon, and in April Amitava Gangulee will present a show, "India--People, Customes and Rituals--a Personal View."


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


Through Oct. 31               Maggie Hsu                 Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln, 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




Newsletter Editor Needed!


The December 2009 newsletter will be my last one as editor, since I am overcommitted for 2010 and must cut back some activities. The club needs someone to step forward to compose the newsletter. Input comes from several sources, particularly Betsy Moyer and Wayne Hall, so the job involves putting it together. I have a subscription to Constant Contact email services for business and piggy back the newsletter on that. It can be as easily done with your own email service. Please contact Betsy, Wayne, or me if you are able to help with this. Thanks!-Bob Diefenbacher


Film Photographers Club Starting


A newly formed group called The Film Photographers Association (FPA) is starting in the area, wrtites Mike Di Stefano:


It is not our intention to steal members from other clubs but rather to give anyone who has an interest in  traditional photography a place to supplement their needs.  We value and  wish to sustain the long history of artistry and image quality that the  medium of film has brought to the visual arts.  Since NECCC and some local camera clubs have discontinued all programs and competitions involving film, it is our hope that our efforts will help support other film photographers in their desire to continue shooting film.
Therefore, we ask that you make the attached materials available to your members should there be any 'closet' film  photographers in your club that wish to have a second place to go and meet  their needs and fulfill their interests.  The first meeting was Wed Oct 21st, 2009 at the Rev. Larson Senior Center, 25 South  Main  Street in downtown Attleboro, MA 02703
Should you have any questions, feel  free to contact either: Ray Guillette, MNEC at or Mike Di Stefano, MNEC at



Nature Photographer Neil Tischler!

I invite you to see dozens of new nature images on my website -
and to see my work at these upcoming events:


ACTON OPEN STUDIOS Saturday & Sunday, Oct.24-25, 12-5 PM


This year 22 local artists have joined to open their studios to the public.  Come talk to the artists and see their works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, photography, glass blowing, glass beads, blown and fused glass, jewelry, pottery, creative paper and Judaica.

At  scroll down to see thumbnails of each artist's works and a website link.  Maps showing all the Acton studio locations will be available at our sponsor sites, at all studio locations, or by a download link on the website.


EMERSON UMBRELLA  WINTER MARKET a three-day show & sale the first weekend in December
Friday,     December 4, 1-6 PM
Saturday, December 5, 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday,   December 6,  1-5 PM

Dozens of resident artists and invited artists (like me) will be displaying their work on all three floors of the building 40 Stow St, Concord, MA.

I hope to see you at one of these events!
Neil Tischler


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