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2019 April 27-28: Field Trip – Sherwood Gardens

Sherwood Gardens Tulip by Mike Thomas

On April 27-28 the field trip will be to Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore to photograph the tulips. You can attend either day.

Approximately 80,000 tulip bulbs are planted annually along with other spring flowering bulbs. Dogwoods, flowering cherries, wisteria and magnolias bloom throughout the gardens. One will also enjoy the brightly colored azaleas and old English boxwoods which were particular favorites of Mr. Sherwood. Some of these plants date back as far as the 18th century, collected from gardens of Colonial estates in Southern Maryland. Sherwood Gardens has always been at its best toward the end of April and beginning of May so we may have to adjust the date for this field trip accordingly.

Sun up to sun down – 2 hour street parking in that development – remember – no public restrooms available.

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2019 April 13-14: Field Trip – Historic Jerusalem Mill Village and Jericho Covered Bridge

Jericho Covered Bridge by Mike Thomas

On April 13-14 we will have a field trip to Historic Jerusalem Mill Village and Jericho Covered Bridge. You can attend either day.

A nearly intact mill village from the 1770s, Jerusalem is a perfect setting for living history interpretation and storytelling. The McCourtney building, spring house, tenant house, bank barn, blacksmith shop, and stone house behind the mill are original buildings that have been or are being restored. The gristmill was reconstructed and adapted for use as the Gunpowder Falls State Park headquarters and visitor center.

Visit Jerusalem Mill Village during the weekends to get a sense of daily life from the 1770s, when David Lee and Isaiah Linton opened the gristmill, through the 1930s, when Samuel O. McCourtney ran a thriving General Store on the opposite side of Jerusalem Road.

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March 2019 Print Contests Results

Novice Monochrome
1st Place – Ed Niehenke – Castle Reflections
2nd Place – Paul Wilcox – Maximo
3rd Place – Jackie Colestock – Ghostly Thistle
4th Place – Jackie Colestock – Milkweed Fluff
HM – Marilou Burleson – Annie
HM – Paul Wilcox – Fountain Teeth II

Unlimited Monochrome
1st Place – Mike Thomas – Gandalf, Is that you?
2nd Place – Ron Peiffer – Cell 126
3rd Place – John Milleker, Jr. – And Wine
4th Place – Ron Peiffer – Ships at Night
HM – John Milleker, Jr. – Tracy
HM – Bob Webber – Experimental Cell Bath
HM – Ron Peiffer – Picking Away

Novice Color
1st Place – Marilou Burleson – My Teddy Bear
2nd Place – Susan Webber – Bare Essentials
3rd Place – Ed Niehenke – Sweet Dreams
4th Place – Jackie Colestock – Sunrise in Fog
HM – Paul Wilcox – Russian Twist
HM – Jackie Colestock – Front Door Alley

Unlimited Color
1st Place – Cathy Hockel – Dawn Patrol
2nd Place – Louis Sapienza – Snowdrops
3rd Place – Ron Peiffer -Last Mile Home
4th Place – Michelle Barkdoll – Sunset Bay
HM – Chuck Gallegos – Path to the Stars
HM – Cathy Hockel – Blue Atrium
HM – Christine Milleker – Bright Glass

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Published 2019 March “Lens Line” Newsletter

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Elizabeth Gauld

Elizabeth Gauld

Elizabeth Gauld passed away on February 25? Her memorial service will be at Our Shepard Lutheran Church on March 16th , Saturday at 11:00 AM. Camera Club members that are interested in attending will be welcome.

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2019 Mar. 13: Contests – Color & Monochrome Prints – High-Key or Low-Key

Our next competitions will be Wednesday, 13 March 2019. We will have color prints and monochrome prints. You may enter three in each.

The theme this month is Low-Key or Hi-Key. Click here to see an Adobe Spark presentation on High-Key / Low-Key.


A high key image mostly consists of highlights and mid-tones, is generally bright and even, and delicately toned, often with pastel and/or white shades. Click here for examples of High-Key.


A photograph that comprises predominantly of dark or monotone colors. Click here for examples of Low-Key.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your entries are posted on our website.

  • 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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2019 February Digital Open Contests Winners

Novice Digital
1st Place – Richard Stolarski – Chapel on the Rock
2nd Place – Marilou Burleson – Bath Time
3rd Place – Paul Wilcox – Pink Lily
4th Place – Ann Hickman – Rose Window
HM – Ann Hickman – Cathedral Nave
HM – Elaine Hambly – Beets All
HM – Paul Wilcox – Show Off

Unlimited Digital
1st Place – Fred Venecia – Arabian Nights
2nd Place – Richard Chomitz – Cameo Artist
3rd Place – Michelle Barkdoll – Valley View
4th Place – Mike Thomas – Conservatory
HM – Bob Webber – My Kid Sister 1972
HM – David Joyner – Elsa In Chips Studio
HM – Louis Sapienza – Launching
HM – Mike Thomas – Man in the Machine

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2019 Mar. 2: Field Trip – IBR Bull Riding Finals

Since we were short changed on filed trips this winter with the government shutdown, I’ve added a last minute field trip.


“Bullriding” presented by the International Bull Riders. Back for two Saturday nights this February 23rd and March 2nd! Watch as the top bullriders battle for final standings. Located indoors, at the Carroll County Ag. Center in Westminster, MD. Doors open at 5pm, and the show starts at 7pm. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12 and children under 6 are FREE. Bring your children out for the Little Wranglers Rodeo prior to the start of the show. Food, drink and bleacher seating available! Get there early! Go to or call 301-748-0617 for more information!

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2019 Feb. 27: Contests – Digital – Open

Our next competition will be Wednesday, 27 February 2019. We will have our digital contests. You may enter three digital images.

The theme this month is Open, so anything goes.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your entries are posted on our website

  • Digital –
    • Email your digital entries in by Tuesday, at noon. Remember that the email address to send your digital entries to is
    • 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) and 72 DPI.
    • 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
    • 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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2019 Feb. 20: Meeting Cancelled due to Weather

Meeting cancelled tonight due to weather.

We have rescheduled Kelly Schneider – Low light Portrait Photography for March 20th.

Stay warm and safe

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