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2017 Nov. 12: Mark Your Calendars for a Gallery Show!!


Arundel Camera Club is one of the founding members of the new Maryland Photography Alliance (MPA).

MPA’s first photography contest has been completed, and over 70 images are going to be on display at the Columbia Art Center from November 9 through November 30.

An opening reception is taking place on Sunday, November 12 from 2-4pm. We hope you will be able to attend to view images from very talented photographers in Maryland.

Congratulations to the following member for their awards:
Fred Venecia – 1st Place – Other Category

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Published 2017 October “Lens Line” Newsletter

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2017 Oct. 25: Digital Contest – Above/Below

Our next Digital competition will be Wednesday, 25 October 2017. You may enter three digital images.

The theme this month is Above/Below which we have defined as a photograph of something above you or below you either from a low angle or high angle respectively. This pretty much includes anything except eye level images.

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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2017 Oct. 11: Color and Monochrome Print Contest Results

Congratulations to the winners of our October print competitions.
Thanks to our Judge Frank Formica.
Thanks to Jackie Colestock for record keeping.

Novice Color Prints
1st Place – Julie Bennett – “Hanging On”
2nd Place – Cheryl Kerr – “Fruit Fly”
3rd Place – Jackie Colestock – “Ruin”
4th Place – Cheryl Kerr – “Heart and Soul of Ovo”
HM – Jackie Colestock – “Hidden Gems”

Unlimited Color Prints
1st Place – Chuck Gallegos – “Down the Tube”
2nd Place – Brian Flynn – “Scallop Shucker”
3rd Place – Bob Webber – “Snoopy’s Nemesis”
4th Place – Ron Peiffer – “Osprey above”
HM – Ernie Swanson – “Fun”
HM – Cathy Hockel – “Wedding at Marain Lake”
HM – Ron Peiffer – “Flat Iron Portrait”

Novice Monochrome Prints
2nd Place – Jackie Colestock – “Meditation”
3rd Place – Louis Sapienza – “Leaf Veins”

Unlimited Monochrome Prints
1st Place – Ron Peiffer – “Bottom of the Rock”
2nd Place – Mike Thomas – “Stairs”
3rd Place – Mike Thomas – “Star Atop Granite Obelisk”
4th Place – John Milleker – “Clipse”
HM – Michelle Barkdoll – “Rebuild”
HM – Greg Hockel – “Speeding Tour Boat”
HM – Michelle Barkdoll – “No Head from this Angle”

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2017 Oct. 11: Contests – Color and Monochrome Prints – Above/Below

Our next Print competition will be Wednesday, 11 October 2017. We will have color prints and monochrome prints contests. You may enter three in each.

The theme this month is Above/Below as a photograph of something above you or below you either from a low angle or hi angle respectively. This pretty much includes anything except eye level images.

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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Published 2017 September “Lens Line” Newsletter

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2017 Sep. 27: Digital Contest Results

Congratulations to the winners of our first competitions of the year.
Thanks to our Judge Karen Dillon.
Thanks to Jackie Colestock for record keeping.

Novice Digital
1st Place – Michelle Barkdoll – “Ground Level”
2nd Place – John Milleker, Jr. – “Golden”
3rd Place – Christine Milleker – “Thistle And Friends”
4th Place – Ann Hickman “Hive”
HM – Jeremy Smith – “Sequoia Starburst”
HM – Peter O’Reilly – “Evading the Defense”
HM – Robert Fawcett – “High Tide at Blackwater”
HM – Ann Hickman – “Stained Light”

Unlimited Digital
1st Place – Chuck Gallegos – “Brutal”
2nd Place – Steve Rosenbach – “Flare Release”
3rd Place – Fred Venecia – “Tara”
4th Place – Brian Flynn – “Drought”
HM – Cathy Hockel – “I Wonder…”
HM – Mike Thomas – “Daylilly”
HM – Steve Rosenbach – “Beach Comber”
HM – Fred Venecia – “Ashtynn”

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Doors Open Baltimore  ·  October 28—29, 2017.

Doors Open Baltimore is expanding to the full weekend! On October 28 – 29, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, in partnership with AIABaltimore, will present the fourth annual Doors Open Baltimore. Learn about Charm City’s fascinating history through its architecture and the people who design and preserve it.

Saturday, October 28th will be the open house day when over 50 buildings across Baltimore will open their doors for exploration. Most of the special events, such as walking tours, that require free registration will occur on Sunday, October 29.

Doors Open Baltimore is a self-guided event, and sites can be enjoyed by foot, bicycle, public transit, or car. Sites are organized into neighborhood clusters to minimize the amount of time you have to spend in transit. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of transit services such as the light rail, metro, Charm City Circulator, and the Baltimore Bike Share.

Source: Doors Open Baltimore  ·  October 28—29, 2017.

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PHOTOWORKS NEXT BIG PROJECT: A NEW WAY TO REVIEW!

We’d like to invite you to join the Photoworks photography community in our next innovative
project. We share your goal to develop and nurture the art of photography in the DC Metro
area. To that end, we’ve gathered a group of Master Photographers to meet on a monthly
basis, and engage in community photo portfolio critiques — offering individualized insight and
thoughtful guidance. We hope you can join us.

WANT TO JOIN US? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The series of 6 monthly meet-ups runs from 6:30-8:30PM — Sunday, September 17, 2017
through Sunday, February 18, 2018. Each session features a different Master Photographer
from the Washington Metro Area. The first session (Sunday, 9/17 at 6:30PM) features Min
Enghauser, an award-winning photographer based in Alexandria. Min has a piercing eye for
color and detail, offering intimate and powerful portraits of both the natural and man-made.
The fee for the entire series of 6 gatherings is $100, and includes a personal 25-30 minute
portfolio review with the Master Photographer of your choice. In each session, the 2-4 students
that have signed up for a portfolio review will bring in a cohesive set of images (15-20 prints,
darkroom or digital). Each student receives a public portfolio review with the Master
Photographer, offering individual insight and guidance. We’ll talk about what makes a good
picture, and discuss the direction the student wants to explore. This should help students be
better editors of their own images. Students who are not having their work critiqued that
month are observers of the process; a uniquely valuable and informative experience.

HOW TO REGISTER:

  1. http://www.ssreg.com/glenechopark/classes/classes.asp?courseid=35086&catid=4403
  2. Our event is listed as “WORKSHOP: Photo Portfolio Review” and lasts for 6 Sessions @ $100
  3. Choose one Master Photographer for your portfolio review. Sign up with that photographer.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE MASTER PHOTOGRAPHERS IN OUR SERIES?
Our guest photographers are rock stars in the world of photography! The list includes talented
portrait and landscape photographers, digital and film photographers, artists comfortable
working in color and black/white, as well as The Washington Post’s own Robert Miller — our
former juror from the “United/Divided” Photography Exhibition. Take a look below…

Min Enghauser
Sunday, Sept 17, 6:30-8:30PM
A master of color and point of view. Enghauser photographs intimate portraits of both the
natural and the man-made.
website: http://www.minenghauser.com
email: min@minenghauser.com

Karen Keating
Sunday, October 15, 6:30-8:30PM
Director of Photoworks, Karen Keating works in both color and black/white.
Experienced, knowledgeable and insightful, Keating’s work has extraordinary richness and
depth — offering the viewer real connections and insight.
website: http://www.multipleexposuresgallery.com/karen-keating-1
email: kwkeating@comcast.net

David Myers
Sunday, November 19, 6:30-8:30PM
Deeply layered, rich tones/textures, and technically spot-on, Myer’s images reflect a wealth of
knowledge and shooting experience around the world.
website: www.Davidmyersphotographs.com
email: davidemyers3@mac.com

James Steele
Sunday, December 17, 6:30-8:30PM
Stunning fine art images. Strong in contrast, color, tone, texture, and composition, Steele’s
photography is instantly recognizable.
website: http://www.photographybysteele.com/index.html
email: info@photographybysteele.com

Sue Bloom
Sunday, January 21, 6:30-8:30PM
An artist by training, Bloom is an experienced and accomplished photographer who rethinks
and reworks the possibilities of digital photography. Her work is striking, creative, symbolic and
complex.
website: http://www.suebloom.com/index.html
email: sue@suebloom.com

Robert Miller
Sunday, February 18, 6:30-8:30PM
Deputy Director of Photography, The Washington Post
Miller’s journalistic focus is on the news and news images. He currently covers the
administration, and previously covered the 2016 presidential campaign.
His black and white images are powerful and direct, honest and at times playful. They
consistently feature a strong narrative and a clear point of view.
Instagram: @rmillerphotoeditor
email: robert.miller@washpost.com

QUESTIONS?
Karen Keating
Director of Photoworks
kwkeating@comcast.net
Hope to see you at Photoworks.

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Maryland Photography Alliance – 1st Annual Photography Contest

Today, the Maryland Photography Alliance began accepting submissions for its statewide competition, sponsored by Nations Photo Lab. This competition is open only to Maryland photographers who belong to member clubs such as Arundel Camera Club.   Key information is included below, and a copy of the flyer for the competition, which includes a link to the rules, timeline, and online submission form, are attached. Each photographer may submit a total of two entries.  More details below and on the attachment.

The Maryland Photography Alliance (MPA) is a union of regional photography/camera clubs throughout the State of Maryland.   This will be the largest digital image interclub photography contest of the year.  The contest is restricted to photographers who are members of one of the following clubs:

Arundel Camera Club                                           Harford County Photography Group
Baltimore Camera Club                                        Harford Photographic Arts Society
Bowie-Crofton Camera Club                               Howard County Photographers
Creative Exposure Baltimore                              North Bethesda Camera Club
Creative Photography Society                             Silver Spring Camera Club
Digital Photography Club of Annapolis

$700 in Prizes

No Cost to Participate!

4 Image Categories to Pick From

Top Images Displayed at a November Gallery Show

Deadline for Submission is October 5, 2017

For more information and to submit your digital images, visit: MDPhotoAlliance.org/contest.aspx (Do not use www in the URL)

If you have questions, contact us at MDPhotoAlliance@gmail.com

Sponsored by Nations Photo Lab 

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