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2019 Jan. 23: Contests – Digital – Open

Our next competition will be Wednesday, 23 January 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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Denise Silva’s Guide to Long Exposures – FUJIFILM X/GFX USA

Creative landscape, travel and wildlife photographer Denise Silva offers some tips and techniques on long exposure photography with FUJIFILM gear.

Source: Denise Silva’s Guide to Long Exposures – FUJIFILM X/GFX USA

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Published 2019 January “Lens Line” Newsletter

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2019 Feb. 20: Program – Kelly Schneider – Low light Portrait Photography

Kelly Schneider

On February 20th please join Kelly Schneider, professional portraiture photographer for a talk on “Low Light Portrait Photography.” Kelly is a 29 year US Navy veteran having traveled to 137 countries where he became aware of his passion for photography and “capturing” the life around him.

In 2010, Kelly his wife started the family photography business focusing on weddings and portraiture/Boudoir. Over time, he has become passionate about teaching others and he has earned a Masters Training Specialist designation from the US Navy and earned a Master’s degree in Human Systems Integration from the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey California.

Kelly continues to develop his photography skills and strongly believes in constantly learning and invests in himself through attendance at 2-3 learning workshops/events each year.

Over the past few years, Kelly and his wife Kalina (also a gifted photographer and active PPA member/MDPPA member) has been hosting workshops both in the US and in Europe. The family photography business has recently changed its name to Kelly Schneider Fine Arts ( and focuses on Boudoir and Fine Art portraiture and workshops.

Kelly is currently writing his first book on “The Salient Portrait – the science behind it and how to achieve it” and is a core element of all his workshops and training events.

Kelly is married Mrs. Kalina Schneider from Katowice Poland. Kalina and Kelly currently call Accokeek MD with their two kids – a beagle and a terrier!

You can find some of Kelly’s work at

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January 2019 Print Contest Results

Novice Color
1st Place – Jill Carter – Power
2nd Place – Susan Webber – Bird of Paradise
3rd Place – Cheryl Kerr – Miss Squirrel
4th Place – Elaine Hambly – Supermans Challenge
HM – Ed Niehenke – Lets Dance
HM – Ed Niehenke – Christmas Joy

Unlimited Color
1st Place – Michelle Barkdoll – Focus
2nd Place – Ron Peiffer – The Landing
3rd Place – Louis Sapienza – Shadow in the Sand
4th Place – Dawn Grannas – Clueless
HM – John Milleker, Jr. – Rust
HM – Cathy Hockel – Farmer
HM – Fred Venecia – Missy Red Blosser

Novice Mono
1st Place – Louis Sapienza – Waiting for Mailman
2nd Place – Ed Niehenke – Beach Outlook
3rd Place – Marilou Burleson – Caroline
4th Place – Cheryl Kerr – Capital Dawn
HM – Ann Hickman Sabatino – Window
HM – Theresa Terry Jackson – Graffitti on Stone

Unlimited Mono
1st Place – Fred Venecia – Miss Benton
2nd Place – John Milleker, Jr. – Surfing the Edge
3rd Place – John Milleker, Jr. – Moo
4th Place – Chuck Gallegos – The Grotto
HM – Fred Venecia – Miss Rose
HM – Christine Milleker – Coming Out
HM – Ron Peiffer – Dumbo

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2019 Jan 16: Brian Flynn – The Why Of Photography

Next week our very own Brian Flynn will give a talk on “The Why Of Photography.

I thought it might be helpful to describe the program I have prepared for our next ACC meeting entitled The Why Of Photography. Last year, I was asked to do a program based on my books that blend photography and text (there are now three). Several years ago, I did such a presentation following the release of the first book. We have many new members since that time but still I did not want to repeat the same program/content. So, while I will talk about the nature and rational for the books, I plan to make that one of several elements in a discussion about why so many of us find photography, and the projects and activities stemming from it, such a passion. While I will use my experience as examples, I envision the program as having lots of discussion that encouraging members to consider their own motivations and explore new opportunities.


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2019 Feb. 6: Program – Barbara Saffir – Winter Nature Photography Hotspots

Barbara Saffir

Winter is NOT the time for nature photographers to hibernate! Discover some of the Mid-Atlantic’s winter nature photography hotspots and spectacles. Learn the best places to photograph eagles’ nests, flying squirrels with big eyes that can steal your hearts, winter-blooming flowers that smell sweeter than gardenias, colorful ducks that winter in the DMV, gobs of geese, and more.

Please join Barbara Saffir, nature photographer, author of “Walking Washington, DC,” and Virginia Master Naturalist for her slide talk on “Winter Nature Photography Hotspots in the Mid-Atlantic” at the Arundel Camera Club on Feb. 6 at 7 pm in Room 166 of the Severna Park High School. (60 Robinson Rd., Severna Park, MD. )

Saffir says “Winter is NOT the time for nature photographers to hibernate!” She’ll help you discover some of the mid-Atlantic’s winter nature photography hotspots and spectacles. She’ll show you some of the best places to photograph close-up eagles’ nests, flying squirrels with big eyes that can steal your hearts, winter-blooming flowers that smell sweeter than gardenias, colorful ducks that winter in the DMV, gobs of geese, and more.  She’ll also address some of the challenges and many benefits of photographing outdoors in the winter.

Saffir is a former reporter, political researcher, and architectural critic who worked for the Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel and other publications.  She now leads Sierra Club hikes, conducts book talks, and runs photo excursions through the “Nature Photography DC/MD/VA Meetup” she founded.  Saffir adores sharing her passions of trail running and hiking along with her love of nature — particularly photographing her beloved birds.

Her 92-page nature photo book, blank photo greeting cards, and signed copies of “Walking Washington, DC” will be on sale after her talk.




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2019 Jan. 9: Contests – Color & Monochrome Prints – Open

Our next competitions will be Wednesday, 9 January 2019. We will have color prints and monochrome prints. You may enter three in each.

The theme this month is Open, so any subject is good.

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 Jan. 2: Photo Challenge/Talk

Based on club member feedback, we are trying something new this club year. A number of club members wanted the opportunity to just come share and talk about their photographs. No competition, just talk. So we are going to have photography challenges throughout the club year and meetings where we talk about the photos we took during those challenges.

The photo challenge in the month of December is to take photos that celebrate the holidays. The photos must be taken during the month of December 2018. We should just go ahead and include New Year’s Eve as well. Photographers may not use older photographs (i.e., old Christmas photos).

On January 2nd our meeting will be dedicated to discussing the photos taken by club members during the December challenge with the theme of holidays.

Photographs will be submitted digitally using the same processes used during digital competitions. Each club member may submit two digital images.

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2019 Jan. 19: CANCELLED – Field Trip – Bombay Hook NWR

Bombay Hook Fox


On January 19th the club field trip will be to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge which protects one of the largest remaining expanses of tidal salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic region. The refuge, located along the coast of Delaware, is mostly marsh, but also includes freshwater impoundments and upland habitats that are managed for other wildlife.

Wildlife can be seen year round at Bombay Hook. Mammals can be seen year round, particularly in the early morning and evening hours. These include white tailed deer, beaver, muskrat, red fox, river otter, woodchuck and opossum. Fall and spring offer the best opportunity for observing peak concentrations of migratory birds. Waterfowl populations are at their peak in November and December. More than 150,000 ducks and geese use the refuge at this time. It is primarily a refuge and breeding ground for migrating birds and other wildlife.

Entrance fees are $4.00 / car. The refuge is open 1/2-hour before sunrise until 1/2-hour after sunset. The visitor center is closed on weekends in January. The drive to the refuge takes approximately 1.5 hours. The closest place to get food and gas is in Smyrna, Cheswold, or Dover depending on your route. Click here for directions.

Please email if you would like to attend.

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