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Published 2018 May “Lens Line” Newsletter

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Published 2018 End of Year Slideshow

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2018 May 20: Field Trip – Baltimore Streetcar Museum


Baltimore Streetcar Museum

Through a combination of exhibits, displays, tours, video and photographic presentations, archive materials and, of course, streetcar rides on authentic Baltimore streetcars, the museum gives visitors a compelling sense of how previous generations traveled throughout the growing metropolis of Baltimore. A permanent collection of Baltimore street railway vehicles and artifacts represents one of the most comprehensive histories of an American city’s transportation past to be found anywhere.

Normal hours of operation are noon until 5:00 p.m.

Museum admission is $10.00. The admission fee entitles visitors to unlimited streetcar rides, plus access to the visitors’ center with its displays and museum store, and, when possible, a carhouse tour.

Source: Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc

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2018 Jun. 7: Service Photo Event

Service Photo is presenting an exciting event, with two exciting photographers speaking on Tuesday night June7th, and I hope that you will share it with the members of your camera club.    Full information is available by clicking a banner on our homepage –, but even this information cannot fully explain the varied expertise & inspiration that these 2 photographers will bring.

Mike Corrado is the creator of the Nikon Ambassador program, and his presentation is all about the power & passion of photography.  Mike has worked in different capacities at Nikon USA for over 25 years, and is a really fantastic nature photographer.  He also does a great deal of photography for various charities throughout the New York area – and he’s got great examples of his work + lots of information to share about how photography can change the lives of many.    However, his favorite subject is the dynamic world of rock & roll concert photography.   His work is really different, and it is striking! Mike will discuss the cameras and lenses he chooses for the various subjects he encounters, the best camera and exposure settings to make, recognizing amazing light and many of the pro tips and techniques he has learned along the way. He’ll also share some of the behind the scenes stories, experiences and insight on many of the pictures he has made  – and those in attendance are bound to be inspired & motivated to make the best photographs possible!

Kristi Odom is an, award winning photographer who is most at home when traveling & in nature – and making lots of images along the way.  Kristi is also a motivational speaker, and one of Nikon’s newest ambassadors.  Kristi photographs weddings & events all over the world, and she captures the many emotions & personalities that make each event unique & special.  She also  photographs nature & wildlife,  teaches related workshops around the globe, and is active in several charities.  If you want to be motivated & encouraged to follow your passion, then you’ll want to see Kristi’s images and hear the inspiring stories.

Yes, Mike & Kristi are both Nikon photographers, but this event is truly for all types of photographers who use ALL brands of gear.  

  • Wedding Photographers
  • Travel Photographers
  • Nature & Wildlife Photographers 
  • Documentary Photographers   
  • This who use Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Sony, Olympus, & Others!
  • And, MUCH MORE!

This event is being held at The Notre Dame of Maryland University, Knott Hall auditorium (same place as the MD Photo Alliance Presentation in March).  More formal information is available at   And, tickets can be purchased at here.

Service Photo is preparing EXCLUSIVE offers to those who attend this event, valued at up to $250 per person.  As Maryland’s ONLY specialty camera store, we’re doing whatever we can to support photographers throughout the region.  We appreciate your sharing of this event with your members, and we look forward to seeing your club members at the event!


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2017 May 16: Club Events Contests

Wednesday May 16 we will have our Club Events Contest.

You may submit one color print, one monochrome print, and one digital image from each club event you attended during the club year.

For example if you attended five club events, you could enter 15 images (5 Digital, 5 color prints, and 5 monochrome prints).

You may reenter images that have been entered and won during normal competitions.

This year’s club events include:

  • Last Year’s Banquet
  • Summer Picnic
  • The Club Christmas Party
  • Tabletop Night
  • Christmas Photowalk
  • Field Trip: Brookside Gardens
  • Field Trip: Air Show at Andrews Air Force Base
  • Field Trip: Covered Bridges, Catoctin Furnace, and winery
  • Field Trip: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
  • Field Trip: Eagles at Conowingo Dam
  • Field Trip: U.S. Botanical Gardens, D.C
  • Field Trip: Chip’s Studio
  • Field Trip – Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
  • Field Trip: Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
  • Field Trip: Southern MD. Celtic Festival


We also allow a number of local events to count for the club events contests including:

  • Fourth of July fireworks shot anywhere in the local MD/D.C. area
  • Maryland Renaissance Festival
  • Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Show

The unlimited and novice best in show wins a free club membership respectively.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your print entries are also posted on our web-site

  • Mono and Color Prints –
    • Prints must be matted.
    • The print and mat assembly may not exceed 20”in 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.
  • Digital –
    • Email your digital entries in by Tuesday evening. 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).
    • 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 upload-ing/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.

Good luck and see you Wednesday night.

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Published 2018 April “Lens Line” Newsletter

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2018 Apr. 28 – Field Trip – Celtic Festival

April 28, 2018 will mark the 40th year for the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland. The Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering highlights the heritage of the Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scots, and Welsh.

The Celtic Festival is a one day only event held at Jefferson Patterson Park on Mackall Road in St. Leonard, Maryland, just south of Prince Frederick.

Drive time from Severna Park High School is about 90 minutes, taking route 2 south to route 4 to Broomes Island Road to Mackall Road.

Admission is $25 at the gate, $20 on line if purchased ahead of time.  Event runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festivities include vendor booths, food, art, competitions in Highland Dance, Harping, Heavy Athletics, Pipers and Drummers.

Bob Can’t make it. Anyone interested in Car pooling email Susan Webber (

Source: Celtic Festival

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2018 Apr. 25: April Digital Contest Results – Surrealism

Thanks to David Roe for judging.
Thanks to Susan Webber for record keeping.

Novice Digital (5 images)
Merged with Unlimited

Unlimited Digital (22 images)
1st Place – Ron Peiffer – Ghost Train
2nd Place – David Joyner – Floating Lime
3rd Place – Chuck Gallegos – Judgment Day
4th Place – Mike Thomas – The Eye Beholds
HM – David Joyner – Refracted Bob
HM – Mike Thomas – Canned Sunflowers


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2017 May 5: End of Year Competition

We will need all winning prints by May 2nd. You can start bringing them tonight.

Any photograph which has won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place in a monthly contest is eligible to be entered in the year-end judging of that program year in the class in which it was originally entered, regardless of the contestant’s current class standing. It shall be the responsibility of the maker to return any eligible photograph to the Contest Chairman by the date designated for the year-end judging.

The year-end competitions will be held off site on May 5th and general attendance by club members will not be allowed. Typically three judges will be used to judge the year-end competition. Voting shall be done electronically using the club voting box.

No reprints will be allowed in the year-end contest. Thus, the maker should take precautions to ensure the preservation of the original photograph if he/she wishes to enter the picture in exhibitions or competitions outside the club and fears the original may be damaged in the process.

Based on the final year-end judging, awards will be presented as follows:

ALL CLASSES (color and monochrome prints and digital imagery): 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th in each class.

From among all of the 1st place winners of the year-end judging a single Photograph of the Year shall be chosen.

The member accruing the highest total points in a category (monochrome, color, digital) shall receive the following Photographer of the Year Awards:

  • Monochrome Photographer of the year – The Margaret H. Bevan Award
  • Color Photographer of the year – The John R Boykin Award
  • Digital Photographer of the year – The Howard L. Penn Award
  • Photographer of the year – The Frederick R. Kelley Award

The end of year competition awards will be awarded at the yearly club banquet in May 23rd.

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2018 Jun. 1: Tony Sweet: Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways

The Central Maryland Photographers’ Guild (CMPG)is pleased to announce a very special event!

Renowned professional photographer and Nikon Legend Behind the Lens,

Tony Sweet will be speaking on Friday, June 1, 2018

“Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways”

There is nothing more important than clean, direct, compelling composition. Through numerous image examples, various compositional techniques will be illustrated and discussed.  From the basics of composition to more creative ideas, Tony’s presentation is intended to fine tune the vision and jump start the creativity of the attendees.  Whether you are just starting out, or are a seasoned pro, this is a program not to be missed!

Tickets are $20 with advance online registration, or $25 at the door (cash only, please).   Doors will open at 6:30 PM, with light refreshments.  The program begins at 7:00 PM. A Q&A session will follow Tony’s presentation.

When: 01 Jun 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Chapelgate Christian Academy
Marriottsville, MD
Registration: Advance registration – $20.00
At-the-door registration – $25.00


Source: Central Maryland Photographers Guild – Tony Sweet: Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways

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