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Margaret (Holly) Bevan (20 March 2016 – 9 December 2017)

Mike Bevan, Holly’s son, contacted us this morning. Holly died this morning (12/09/2017) about 0700. She was 101 years old. She had been in an assisted living for the last three weeks because her condition had deteriorated to where she needed assistance available on a 24 hour basis. Prior to that she had been living at home.

Holly was born March 20, 1916 and turned 101 last March.

In 1942, she signed up to join the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). Holly recalled her first night in the Navy. “There were eight women in the room and four of them were named Margaret,” she said. The WAVES nicknamed her Holly.

She met her husband Wilbur Bevan at a USO dance when they were both stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. The couple got married Oct. 27, 1944.

Holly earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 1951. She aspired to be a writer – she wrote a column for her high school newspaper, and used her writing skills to publicize and write newsletters for the clubs she belongs to. She earned her teaching certificate at the University of Maryland and a Masters degree in education from Johns Hopkins.

Holly and her husband Wilbur shared a love of photography; both belonged to the Arundel Camera Club. Until last year, Holly continued to coordinate publicity for the Arundel Camera Club. If you found your way to ACC via a classified in the newspaper, that was from Holly.

You may also have noticed we have two end of year awards named after Holly and Wilbur. The Margaret H. Bevan Award for the Monochrome Prints Photographer of the Year and The Wilbur R. Bevan Award for the Slide Photographer of the year.

As we approach Christmas, you may also be interested to know the following trivia. Camera club folklore tells of a gift so bad that it has been re-gifted at our Christmas party for ~30 years. It disappears and is lost for years at a time, then suddenly reappears. That gift is the Pretty Neat Cosmetic Organizer.  The Pretty Neat Cosmetic Organizer sold for $3.99 in 1983. Wilbur was the first recipient of that gift. Here is a photo of him the night he received it. Our annual Christmas party is next week and you have been warned.

God bless you Holly.

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What makes a good abstract?

I thought the judging was a little disappointing from the perspective of learning about abstracts and the effects used to achieve them tonight. There were two effects that were frequently used: the zoom where the lens is zoomed when the shot is taken and the swipe either vertical or horizontal. The zoom effect causes an expansion effect that usually starts from the center of the image. This effect tends to dominate the image. Other elements in the image get blurred out. The danger is that you can loose more than you gain. The edges become radiating streaks and only the middle is left as recognizable. Some of the images tonight suffered because this zoom effect dominated the image. It is also difficult the predict what you will get so a lot of trail and error is needed before you get an image that works.

Colors survive better than fine detail with the zoom effect. One way to avoid losing too many elements is to use a slow shutter speed and only zoom for half of the exposure. That is the static half of the exposure will preserve the original image. Then the zoom part of the exposure will be super imposed on top. You can do the same thing with two separate images one zoom one static and combine them in photoshop with the option to vary the mixing of both i.e. opacity control. For instance, one of the monochrome images of a water wheel used something like this technique to preserve some of the original image.

The swipe effect has similar issues in that some detail is lost but colors survive better. The swipe effect only smears detail in one direction and appears to enhance detail in the orthogonal direction. Swiping sideways preserves the horizon and horizontal elements. Here a balance is needed too much swipe and the elements run into each other and become indistinct streaks. Too small a swipe and you don’t achieve an abstract effect just a movement artifact. The size of the elements will also determine the amount of swipe. Larger elements can tolerate larger swipes. One image of golden horizontal elements certainly achieved the abstract effect with a large side swipe. However most other features of the image were lost. There was no center of interest in the image. There was only a change of light to dark gold streaks going from one side the other. The story of this image seems to be missing. These swipe effects seem to work by focusing attention on various color combinations by removing distracting detailed elements.

By Bob Webber

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2017 Dec. 6: Digital/Monochrome & Color Print Contests – ScapeStracts

On Wednesday 6 December 2017 we will have ALL of our December contests including Digital, Color Prints, and Monochrome Prints. You may enter three in each for total of up to nine images.

The theme this month is ScapeStracts. This is a combination of our *scape and abstract categories.

  • Landscape – Photographs of land, water, groups of buildings, clouds or a combination of these. The image should not be a close up. An image of a single tree or flower is not a landscape but a photograph of a forest or field of flowers is. A landscape photograph may include people, man made objects and wildlife but these should complement the scene and not be the primary subject of the photograph. Also includes cityscapes and seascapes.
  • Abstract – This category should include images that are in some way altered from the usual way it is viewed. The photograph can concentrate on color, form, texture, pattern, line or other aspect of the object. The subject of the photograph may be an identifiable object, but should be rendered in a way that the identity of the object is secondary to aspects of form, color (or tone), lines, shapes, or texture. That is, the subject may be recognizable, but the photograph should not be representational. The distinction can be subtle, and ultimately will reside with the judge.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your digital entries are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

  • Digital –
    • Email your digital entries in by Tuesday, at noon. Remember that the email address to send your digital entries to is contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • Send your images as email attachments. Mac users need to put their images in a zip file and attach the zip file to the email.
    • Resize your images to 1024 pixels on the long side (1024 x ??? or ??? x 1024).
    • Files should be named according to the following convention:
      • A class identifier, ‘n’ for novice or ‘u’ for unlimited, should prepend the file name and be followed by an underscore.
      • The image name should appear next. For multi-word titles, it is helpful to either capitalize the first letter of each word or separate each word with an underscore. Although most mechanisms of uploading/transferring/emailing files handle spaces in titles, this is not universal. If you have problems sending files with space-separated titles, try the methods mentioned above instead.
      • An underscore and the owner’s first and last initials should follow the title.
      • Finally, make sure the file extension (.jpg) exists.
      • Examples: Here are file name samples using the above convention:
        • u_BridgeOnTheRiverKwai_cb.jpg
        • u_bridge_on_the_river_kwai_cb.jpg
        • n_thistitleisveryhardtoread_cb.jpg
        • n_some have trouble with this_cb.jpg
    • We will send you an email to confirm we have received your images and that they are named and sized appropriately. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the contest chairman at contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • If all else fails, you may bring your images to the meeting on a USB drive, but we may not be able to put them into the contest.
  • Monochrome and Color Prints
    • Prints must be matted.
    • The print and mat assembly may not exceed 20” size on the longest edge.
    • The contestant’s name, picture title, category, class, and contest date (month/year) must appear on the back of each print.  PLEASE include an arrow on the back of the image to reflect orientation. For example

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2017 Nov. 29: November Digital Contest Results

Congratulations to the winners of our November Digital Competitions – Open.
Thanks to our Judge Joe Rooney (NSW).
Thanks to Jackie Colestock for record keeping.

Novice Digital
1st Place – Paul Eckstrom “Lancaster co sundown”
2nd Place – Jeremy Smith “On the Corner”
3rd Place – Christine Milleker “Tinted Yellow”
4th Place – Cheryl Kerr “Secret Trail”
HM – Bob Webber “No Refund”
HM – Cheryl Kerr “Moon Shadow Play”
HM – Cheryl Kerr “Rainy Day Reflections”
HM – Elaine Hambly “Fern At Sunset”

Unlimited Digital
1st Place – Michelle Barkdoll “Day Break Fog”
2nd Place – Steve Rosenbach “Fisherman on the Rocks”
3rd Place – Ron Peiffer “City Portal”
4th Place – Brian Flynn “Utah Vista”
HM – Cathy Hockel “Fishing”
HM – Dawn Grannas “Shoes”
HM – Donna Flynn “Havana”
HM – Fred Venecia “Suferside Pier”

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2017 Nov. 29: Digital Contest – Open

Our next Digital competition will be Wednesday, 29 November 2017. You may enter three digital images.

The theme this month is Open so anything goes.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your digital entries are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

  • Digital –
    • Email your digital entries in by Tuesday, at noon. Remember that the email address to send your digital entries to is contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • Send your images as email attachments. Mac users need to put their images in a zip file and attach the zip file to the email.
    • Resize your images to 1024 pixels on the long side (1024 x ??? or ??? x 1024).
    • Files should be named according to the following convention:
      • A class identifier, ‘n’ for novice or ‘u’ for unlimited, should prepend the file name and be followed by an underscore.
      • The image name should appear next. For multi-word titles, it is helpful to either capitalize the first letter of each word or separate each word with an underscore. Although most mechanisms of uploading/transferring/emailing files handle spaces in titles, this is not universal. If you have problems sending files with space-separated titles, try the methods mentioned above instead.
      • An underscore and the owner’s first and last initials should follow the title.
      • Finally, make sure the file extension (.jpg) exists.
      • Examples: Here are file name samples using the above convention:
        • u_BridgeOnTheRiverKwai_cb.jpg
        • u_bridge_on_the_river_kwai_cb.jpg
        • n_thistitleisveryhardtoread_cb.jpg
        • n_some have trouble with this_cb.jpg
    • We will send you an email to confirm we have received your images and that they are named and sized appropriately. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the contest chairman at contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • If all else fails, you may bring your images to the meeting on a USB drive, but we may not be able to put them into the contest.
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Published 2017 November “Lens Line” Newsletter

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2017 Nov. 8: November Print Contests Results – Open

Congratulations to the winners of our November Print Competitions – Open.
Thanks to our Judge Thomas A. Fretz.
Thanks to Jackie Colestock for record keeping.

Novice Color Prints
1st Place – Christine Milleker “Chromatic Pencils”
2nd Place – Cheryl Kerr “Little Zepher”
3rd Place – Cathaleen Ley “Dreamy OCean Trail”
4th Place – Louis Sapienza “Blowing Bubbles”
HM – Cheryl Kerr “Exploring Eveing”
HM – Susan Webber “Whispy”
HM – Cathaleen Ley “Churchyard at Twilight”

Unlimited Color Prints
1st Place – Donna Flynn “Reseraunt Rome”
2nd Place – Greg Hockel “Raining Morning on Lake Louise”
3rd Place – Donna Flynn “Laguardida Paladar Havana”
4th Place – Michelle Barkdoll “Memorial Flags”
HM – Chuck Gallegos “True Grit”
HM – Richard Chomitz “Street Calk”
HM – Chuck Gallegos “Cool Beach”

Novice Monochrome Prints
1st Place – Paul Eckstome “East Broad Top”
2nd Place – Cathaleen Ley “Frigid Tree”
3rd Place – Fred Venecia “Surfside”
4th Place – Louis Sapienza “Thinker”
HM – Ed Niehenke “Ferris Wheel”
HM – Cheryl Kerr “Union Encampment”

Unlimited Monochrome Prints
1st Place – Ron Pieffer “Canyon Hiker”
2nd Place – Chuck Gallegos “Mutton Cove”
3rd Place – Greg Hockel “Wyoming Moonset”
4th Place – Mike Thomas “Damask”
HM – Cathy Hockel “Opium Den”
HM – Chuck Gallegos “Rainy Day Naptown”
HM – Cathy Hockel “God Fingers”

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2017 Nov. 10-11: 2 Day Service Photo Super Sale Event

Service Photo Super Sale

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2017 Nov. 8: Contests – Color and Monochrome Prints – Open

Our next Print competition will be Wednesday, 8 November 2017. We will have color prints and monochrome prints contests. You may enter three in each. The theme this month is Open, so anything goes.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your print entries are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

Monochrome and Color Prints– Prints must be matted. The print and mat assembly may not exceed 20” size on the longest edge. The contestant’s name, picture title, category, class, and contest date (month/year) must appear on the back of each print.  PLEASE include an arrow on the back of the image to reflect orientation. For example

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2017 Oct. 25: Digital Contest Results

Congratulations to the winners of our October Digital Competitions – Above/Below.
Thanks to our Judge Roz Klefmann.
Thanks to Jackie Colestock for record keeping.

Novice Digital
1st Place – Julie Bennett – Riding Along
2nd Place – Cheryl Kerr – Sunset Sails
3rd Place – John Milleker – Rain Delay
4th Place – Bob Webber – 228 Tooth Picks
HM – Jeremy Smith – Under Double Arch
HM – Michelle Barkdoll – Honor And Duty
HM – Michelle Barkdoll – Six In Flight

Unlimited Digital
1st Place – Chuck Gallegos – Urban Oasis
2nd Place – Cathy Hockel – Male Frigate in Flight
3rd Place – Robert Fawcett – Above Escalente
4th Place – Greg Hockel – Fire Escape
HM – Mike Thomas – Cancun Sea Turtle
HM – Richard Chomitz – Looking up at the Sistine Chapel
HM – Richard Chomitz – Sanibel Family
HM – Ron Peiffer – New Yorker Hotel Lobby Light

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