"Painting with Cameras" Presented by David DesRochers. June 7, 2023 6:30-8 PM
“Imagination is the faculty or action of forming new ideas, images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.” During David’s program “Painting with Cameras,” he will discuss new ways to see and capture a variety of subjects by using techniques such as intentional camera motion, multiple exposure, and lens zoom. Searching for and capturing subjects that are often overlooked or seldom seen will also be covered.
David’s passion for nature photography was sparked by a trip to Glacier National Park in the summer of 2000. Since then, he and his wife Cathy have traveled the world to witness and photograph the wonders of our natural world.
David is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and an Associate Naturalist with The New Jersey Audubon Society. Over the past 15 years, David has shared his knowledge of photography teaching workshops, leading tours, and writing articles.
David’s photos have been recognized in several international competitions and have been published in books, magazines and on calendars.
To access David's Web site click HERE
"The Art of Flower Portraiture" Presented by Kathleen Clemons. July 19, 2023 6:30-8 PM
Kathleen sees her flower photographs as portraits and she will share the equipment and methods she uses to create them. Topics include lens choice, lighting, subject selection, focus issues, aperture choices, selecting a background and how to simplify a subject to truly capture its natural beauty.
Kathleen Clemons is a New England based professional photographer, living on the beautiful coast of Maine. She is known for her creative use of natural light and unique, stunning flower portraits. She has a passion for making photographs and a degree in education, and loves to teach others how to improve their photography skills.
Kathleen teaches many location workshops each year, and she is also an instructor for the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and has filmed classes for Creative Live, Craftsy and Lensbaby University. She is the author of “All About Textures”.
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"Why We Photograph Birds and How To Do It" Presented by Ed Norman. September 13, 2023 6:30-8PM
Using photos from his extensive collection, Ed Norman will cover such topics as why we photograph birds, where to find them, appropriate gear and settings, shooting birds in flight, the best time of day, bird photography ethics, and aesthetics. Ed will also include some photographs from his volunteer work with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Peregrine Falcons program.
Riegelsville, Pennsylvania resident Ed Norman has been a birder since he was a teenager and a photographer ever since he took a Black & White Photography course in college. It wasn’t until he retired 13 years ago that he finally put his two passions together. Ed joined the local Bucks County Birders club and saw a program of wonderful bird photographs by local birder/photographer, the late Howard Eskin, who invited him to come along on one of his excursions. Ed was hooked. He now spends his time chasing birds wherever appropriate habitat occurs from his backyard to Alaska to South Africa.
Ed has challenged himself to make more than just good “Guide Book” photos but to show the bird’s personality as they interact with their environment, each other and with we humans. Birds in flight are of particular interest.
Ed was a volunteer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Peregrine Falcon reintroduction program where he photographed adult Falcons at nest sites around the state. He was tasked with getting photographs of the bird’s leg bands, if any, so they could be tracked for population studies. He regularly contributes photos to the Macaulay Library's Online Archive of Biodiversity Media at Cornell University. Ed also donates his photos to a wide variety of environmental organizations.
When not shooting birds, Ed enjoys photographing other wildlife, his grandchildren, and the local landscape.
Ed and his wife Mary Jane live in Riegelsville, Bucks County, Pa. They have 4 children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Web site: https://edsbirds.smugmug.com/
"The Gift of Work - Thirty Years in the Making". Presented by Annie O'Neill. October 11, 2023 6:30-8PM
This will be a discussion about working on and off again on one photography project for decades and how it has sustained me and the people I've photographed have inspired me along the entire journey.
Annie O’Neill was born onto a team, she's the ninth of ten children to Margaret and James O'Neill of Long Island, NY. She attended The University of Missouri for her Bachelor of Journalism degree. She received her fiery baptism info professional journalism at The Detroit
News, where she worked for two years before joining the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a staff photographer. Her accomplishments in documenting news and other human activity have been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, Society of Newspaper Design, and Golden Quills. She was a Knight Fellow at Ohio University and has been named both Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Photographer of the Year. After 13 years as a staff photographer in Pittsburgh she struck out on her own to run her own photography business. After 15 years as an independent photographer, she returned to a staff position as a photographer at the
Cleveland Clinic. She is also a member of The Documentary Works, a photo collaborative focusing on social and environmental justice based in Pittsburgh, PA. She has authored one photo book, Unquiet Ruin – A Photographic Excavation and is currently working on her second, The Gift of Work.
Web site: http://www.annieoneill.com/
"Beauty Among the Ruins" Presented by Carol Mossa. Nov. 8, 2023 from 6:30-8PM
Curious about urban exploration?
Let urbex photographer, Carol Mossa, take you inside the visually unique world of abandoned schools, churches, hospitals, nightclubs, asylums, junkyards, and barns. From choosing a location, to capturing the money shot, Mossa reveals the practical and creative decisions made along the way.
Coming of age in Bristol, Connecticut in the 1960s, teaching and nursing were advanced as the two primary choices for career-minded young women. I became a high school English teacher and later a newspaper columnist and eventually an author of two books of informational non-fiction.
I had been an art minor in college, studying art history, painting watercolors and dabbling in film and darkroom techniques. While these pursuits deeply engaged me, I was not brought up believing art was a serious occupational option.
In the late 1990s, my youngest daughter became a nationally-ranked equestrian competitively horse showing her string of ponies. To quiet my anxiety as she guided her ponies over series of jumps, I began taking candid photographs of her and the other riders at our barn. Fast forward to a line of greeting cards, two solo cross-country road trips, publication of my third book, Linger Longer: Lessons from a Contemplative Life, and photography began to take up more of my time and commitment.
In 2017, I discovered a group of regional photographers who traveled around the world photographing abandoned buildings, and like magic, my love of and passion for urbex photography---urban exploration---was born.
I have had access to countless abandoned schools, hospitals, nightclubs, asylums, farmhouses, churches, barns and junkyards. Each time I enter these haloed spaces, I am deeply moved by their ruin and their beauty. I hope you will take a moment to honor the individuals who lived and even perished in some of these buildings.
There is beauty among the ruins.
Web site: https://www.carolmossa.com/
" Composition and Light in the New Zealand Landscape " Presented by William Patino. Dec 6, 2023 6:30-8:00 PM
In this presentation professional landscape photographer William Patino will share his photography journey and approach to capturing the rugged and wild New Zealand landscape.
“I grew up in the coastal town of Wollongong, NSW Australia and I’ve been a full-time landscape photographer since 2014. I now reside in the mountainside town of Te Anau, in the South Island of New Zealand. I’m a husband and father to two young children.
“Photography came into my life around 2011 and it has helped me see the world differently, giving me a newfound appreciation for nature and the many intricacies that I once overlooked and perhaps took for granted. My work is based around a deep reverence and awe of nature and the creator, and it’s this that I try and express through my images. My love for dramatic light and atmosphere is a constant inspiration, and I enjoy the endless pursuit of these elusive moments and the freedom found within.”
Web site: https://williampatino.com/
"From Capture to Print: The Art of Black and White Photography" Presented by Lewis Katz. January 10, 2024 6:30-8:00PM
This presentation is a unique combination of the “how to” with the “why and when” which sets it apart from other presentations in regards to black and white photography. The program begins with a brief look at images created by some of the “masters” with topics such as pattern, texture, shape, and light demonstrated. There is a brief discussion of color theory and its importance in creating dramatic black and white conversions. I then convert some personal images using both Lightroom as well as Nik software with the emphasis being on the emotional impact. A brief review of the print module of Lightroom is followed by a question and answer session.
Photography has been a part of Lewis Katz’s life since early childhood. He remembers his dad looking down into the viewfinder of his twin-lens reflex camera. Dad then moved on to a Konica rangefinder that was always by his side. Lewis has vivid memories of family slide shows of vacations and private moments. Lewis’s first camera was an Olympus Pen F half-frame beauty and he then moved through the full line of Olympus OM models. He still shoots Olympus today and has added a Nikon to his bag.
Emotive displays were not commonplace in Lewis’s childhood home. The camera and the image became an outlet for suppressed feelings as well as for artistic expression. Although he had travelled out west as a teenager, it wasn’t until several years after college when he lived in southern York county, Pennsylvania that he truly discovered landscape photography. His career in the travel industry has taken him to numerous destinations including most of the major National Parks.
When Lewis moved to Baltimore in 2001, he discovered and joined the Baltimore Camera Club. He was awed and humbled by the talent there. More importantly, he found the companionship of fellow photographers which is so important to him to this day. The Club remains an integral part of his photography life, and he has been honored with many awards from the club.
Teaching photography is another essential component of Lewis’s photography life, as he loves sharing his passion. He currently teaches for the Johns Hopkins Odyssey program, the Capital Photography Center in DC and for private students as well. He lives for those Aha! moments that only teaching can provide.
Web site: https://www.lewiskatzphotography.com/