November 2008

October 2008



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.


Botswana Map 

Botswana Wildlife Featured in December



Next Meeting-Thursday, December 11, 7:00 pm


Location- Traditions Senior Living Facility, 10 Green Way, off Rt. 126/27, one mile south of Route 20 in Wayland, MA. Look for the darkened driveway, Green Way, directly across from St. Ann's Church building.


Botswana, described by its tourism board as the very best part of Africa, is a country better known for peace Botswana Impalasand tranquility, diamonds and beef. The country includes a diverse culture of its people and nature at its best. If there's a place where one wishes time could stand still, it is this beautiful country.  Our December meeting will feature a presentation by Katherine O'Hara on Botswana Wildlife. The photos above are from the Botswana Tourism Board.

Come early and enjoy snacks and conversation at 6:30 pm. You can view the club's ongoing exhibit at Traditions. 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. It might be a good time to swap prints that have been displayed for a while.


Please bring five minutes worth of prints, slides, or digital images for the members to see. This is a great opportunity to share your photographic style and to receive feedback from other members, who especially value expressing their impressions of the world through the art of photography.

Program coordinator Wayne Hall has scheduled interesting programs for the first quarter of 2009.


January 8 we will enjoy "Earthwatch in Peru" presented by Mark Hopkins.


On February 12 member images will be presented. Wayne will announce the theme shortly.


March 12 will be a presentation on the natural beauty and wildlife of Denali National Park, the location of Mt. McKinley by Bob Diefenbacher.


 November Meeting Highlights


November 13 Meeting Featured Tour of Florida's Colors


George and Ruth Brawerman presented an interesting slide "tour" of favorite photo spots along Florida's coast. They identified a number of preservation spots in the midst of heavily developed areas. Some of the locales they photographed are St. Augustine, Bonita Springs, and Delray Beach.


Other topics at the meeting...


We welcomed new member Mike Crosby, who also participated in the field trip to the Grist Mill in October. Mike says he began photographing sports events last year, became fascinated by photography and is now shooting nature.


Carol Walsh is compiling the list of field trip locations suggested by members and will make some recommendations in a future meeting. The group decided there should not be any field trips until after the first of the year.


For those interested in learning more about post-production work, a relatively new magazine, AfterCapture bills itself as the premiere monthly publication for photographic post-production work. You can check it out at


Three members shared their some of their images for members' comments and compliments...


Arthur Ferguson presented some interesting fall shots he made at the Sudbury Reservoir, and provided directions to the reservoir hiking trail off of Route 85.


Susan Majors showed some "hot" photos of the Chili Pepper Festival in Hatch, NM, taken in early fall when the chilies are brilliant red, yellow and green.


Bob Diefenbacher showed some images from Denali National Park and also taken this fall here in Sudbury. Several were High Dynamic Range (HDR) images, a photographic technique currently attracting lots of attention. He used PhotomatixPro3software. A free trial is available at the website


Exhibit Calendar

Group Exhibits 
Sept. 10 - Dec. 31 - Traditions Senior Living, 6 Green Way, Wayland, MA - rotating exhibit


Special SVNP website exhibit - "The Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers"


Member Exhibits
Nov. 1-30 - Murray and Trudy Drobnis - Wayland Library (foyer) and Framingham Library
Dec. 1-31 - Sherry Fendell - Wayland Library (foyer)
Jan. 2-31, 2009 - George and Ruth Brawerman - Wayland Library (foyer)


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