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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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February 2019 Print Contests Results

Novice Color
1st Place – Jackie Colestock – Peas N Teas
2nd Place – Rich Stolarski – Little River
3rd Place – Marilou Burleson – Going Your Own Way
4th Place – Paul Wilcox – Ocean Buoy
HM – Elaine Hambly – After the Rain
HM – Marilou Burleson – Pink Angel

Unlimited Color
1st Place – Michelle Barkdoll – Pot
2nd Place – Ron Peiffer – Constant Witness
3rd Place – Cathy Hockel – Tufted Titmouse
4th Place – Fred Venecia – Liz
HM – Donna Flynn – A Couple In Sync
HM – Ron Peiffer – Sunset on Jackson Square
HM – Dawn Grannas – Horse’s Tail

Novice Mono
1st Place – Jackie Colestock – Long Walk Home
2nd Place – Rich Stolarski – Tires
3rd Place – Ed Niehenke – Happy Visions
4th Place – Jackie Colestock – Warriors Each and All
HM – Paul Wilcox – Fountain Teeth
HM – Ed Niehenke – Madrid Monument

Unlimited Mono
1st Place – Donna Flynn – Juan
2nd Place – Cathy Hockel – Lazy Day at the Ruin
3rd Place – Ron Peiffer – Thunder in the Valley
4th Place – Donna Flynn – The Cellist
HM – Michelle Barkdoll – Hot in There
HM – John Milleker, Jr. – Solder Tin Type
HM – Christine Milleker – Fern

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Published 2019 February “Lens Line” Newsletter

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2019 Feb 23: Studio Outing (Setup 9am/Start 10am)

Photo by Ron Peiffer

On Saturday February 23, club members will converge on Chip Bulgin’s studio in Baltimore where we can shoot table top still life, portraits of each other, models, discuss post processing, and do lighting tutorials.

We will be doing studio photography with strobe lighting. We will have several stations/sets available for photographing both human and still-life type objects. Feel free to bring your own lights if you have them. Also feel free to bring stuff and/or people to photograph. You will need a camera with a hot-shoe and a short prime (fixed) or telephoto lens. Something like an 18-55mm, 50mm, 85mm, 18-135mm, and the like should be perfect.

For tabletop club members will bring their cameras and stuff to photograph. Flowers and food are always popular. If you have strobes bring them. Also backdrops and tablecloths can be useful. Unlimited members will work with novice members to share tips and tricks to improve their still life and macro photography.

The address is 3500 Parkdale Ave. Baltimore, MD 21211. The building is on the right-hand side of the street. It’s an old 3 story brick building that used to be a mill. There is a parking lot just past the building up a concrete ramp that has approximately 10 spaces. There is also parking on the street. Go in the blue doors from the street. Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor. Chip’s studio is on the left.

If you are attending or have any questions, please send an email to our club Chip at

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2019 Mar. 9: Field Trip – Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Otter Creek Component

Located on the shores of Otter Point Creek, the Estuary Center is open to the public seven days a week, year round, except for holidays. 2 miles of hiking trails through dappled upland forests of black gum and maple trees.

One of the few remaining large freshwater tidal marshes in the upper Chesapeake Bay accessible to the public. Otter Point Creek is a shallow tributary located at the headwaters of the Bush River in southern Harford County, MD. The Otter Point Creek Component consists of two land areas (Leight Park and the Melvin G. Bosely Conservancy) connected by 261 acres of shallow open water. Leight Park is 93 forested acres owned by Harford County Parks and Recreation and home to the Estuary Center. The Bosely Conservancy is 350 acres of tidal marsh and wooded wetlands owned by the Izaak Walton League of America – Harford County Chapter.

Hours of Operation

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center Building is open to the public:
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Leight Park
Open daily dawn to dusk
(Gates close at dusk)

To reach the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center:

Get Directions

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is located in Leight Park in Southern Harford County, just 18 miles north of Baltimore, and is easily located from Interstate 95.

  • Take Exit 77A off of Route I-95, Route 24 South to Edgewood
  • Turn left onto the Route 40 access road
  • Turn left at the T onto Route 40 East
  • Proceed east 1.5 miles
  • Turn right at the stop light onto Otter Point Road
  • Proceed 1/2 mile, then turn right into the driveway at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center entrance sign, 700 Otter Point Road

Get Directions from Google Maps.

Source: Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Otter Creek Component

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