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2018 Oct. 4: Photo Peer Review


This photo of Sin Fronteras Cafe is courtesy of TripAdvisor

ACC Members,

We had a good turn out at Brian Boru’s the other week for the photoshop/lightroom talk, so decided to do a piggy back session from that and have a peer review on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 at 6:30pm at Sin Fronteras Cafe, 7748 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie.

Please bring 3-5 photos that you would like your peers to critique. Please bring 5×7 or 8×10 of ones that you have been working on in photoshop/lightroom. Please do NOT put your names on your photos, as we will be mixing them up and randomly giving each other photos to critique and passing them around the table.

Come hungry and ready to critique. Each person is responsible for their own food and drink purchases. Looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Please RSVP here to this email so that I may book for reservations.

Michelle Barkdoll

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2018 Oct. 13 – Field Trip – “A Time Of Learning” – Cunningham Falls Photo Hike

October 13, 2018 (Rain Date October 14, 2018) –  9AM – “A Time Of Learning” – Cunningham Falls Photo Hike – This learning event is Free for Arundel Camera Club Members in good standing – All others, $10 donation the Arundel Camera Club. – Topics of Discussion and Hike led by John Milleker Jr.- 1. Pre-trip planning. Using online resources to plan your trip and shots from the comfort of your couch. 2. Choosing which photography gear to bring depending on the subject, location and weather. 3. Pre-set for your situation. Learn to anticipate your camera settings (aperture, shutter) for your subject. 4. Increasing your ‘keeper’ rate with shooting discipline. 5. Basics of composition to make your photographs more visually appealing. 6. And all other questions asked.

There will be hiking, bring comfortable hiking shoes. Bug spray, sunscreen and a hat. Also bring a camera with clean memory cards and charged batteries in a camera bag that you don’t mind hiking with. You’ll need your normal walk-around lens, if you have a telephoto lens we’ll talk about those as well. We highly recommend bringing a tripod, but if you don’t have one we’ll discuss other stabilizing techniques. If you are unsure about how your camera works, please tuck the instruction manual in your camera bag. It makes it easier to help you dial in the settings on your brand of camera!  Water will be provided, please bring a pack lunch and a picnic blanket or chair. At this time, Cunningham Falls parking fee is $3 per person with Maryland License, $5 for all others.

Please email fieldtrips@arundelcameraclub.org if you would like to attend.

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September Contests Results

Mono Prints – Novice

1st – Fred Venecia Ms. McAlpine
2nd – Julie Bennett Monarch
3rd – Louis Sapienza Carnival
4th – Marylou Burleson Serenity
HM – Cheryl Kerr Between Skirmishes

Mono Prints – Unlimited

1st – Ron Peiffer Clock Work
2nd – Chuck Gallagos The Back Forty
3rd – Mike Thomas Danielle
4th – Greg Hockel Rest In Peace
HM – Chuck Gallegos Sidelines
HM – Greg Hockel Run Aground

Color Prints – Novice

1st – Julie Bennett Sunlit Wings
2nd – Marylou Burleson Dazzling Star of Annapolis
3rd – Fred Venecia Hello
4th – Marylou Burleson Beauty and Grace in Purple
HM – Marylou Burleson Canine Off Duty

Color Prints – Unlimited

1st – Churck Gallegos Golden Falls
2nd – Cathy Hockel Bubble Blower
3rd – Louis Sapienza Dinner Time
4th – Ron Peiffer View From The Top
HM – Cathaleen Ley Sister Piers
HM – Chuck Gallegos Symmetry

Digital – Novice

1st – Cheryl Kerr Foggy Sunrise
2nd – Marylou Burleson Sailing At Sunset
3rd – Zoe Smith Grand Canal
4th – Tom Ley Fall Vista
HM- Cheryl Kerr Misty Morning
HM – Zoe Smith Flow

Digital – Unlimited

1st – Cathy Hockel Wagon at Dusk
2nd – David Joyner Peabody
3rd – Chuck Gallegos A Different Drummer
4th – Chuck Gallegos Green Heron’s Gaze
HM – Cathy Hockel Rufous Hummingbird
HM – Greg Hockel Mountain & Clouds
HM – Ron Peiffer Manhattan View

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2018 Sep. 26: Contests – Color & Monochrome Prints/Digital – Open

Our next competition will be Wednesday, 26 September 2018. We will have color prints, monochrome prints, and digital contests. You may enter three in each.

The theme this month is Open, so anything goes. Competition rules, which include how to prepare your 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

  • 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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2018 Sep. 22-23 – Field Trip – Antietam National Battlefield

Reminder there is a field trip this weekend. Here is the info. Happy Shooting! September 22-23, 2018 –  Antietam Battlefield – Aftermath weekend AND Antietam National Cemetery – Events around and inside the visitor center are free – along with activities next to Dunker’s Church provided by the Sanitary Commission out of NY. Antietam will also offer hikes through battlefield that weekend. Keep an eye on link as it will update.  If people want to drive through the driving tour – it is $10 per car load or $5 per person.

Source: Event Details – Antietam National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)

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2018 Oct. 3: Program – Jan I. Berlage – Copyright Attorney

On October 3rd Jan I. Berlage will give a talk to the club titled “: From Stem Cells to Garden Plants: Registering and Protecting Your Photographs Through Copyright Law.”

From photographs of stem cells to those of garden plants, copyright attorney Jan I. Berlage will discuss how to register and protect your photographic work through our Country’s copyright system. As a jumping-off point, Mr. Berlage will discuss two of his larger copyright cases, one of which led to a jury verdict in the amount of $1.6 million for the infringement of stem cell photographs and the other of which led to a verdict in the amount of $900,000 for pictures of pathway plants. Mr. Berlage will discuss why these awards were so high as well as the nature of copyright litigation. He will then explain how to best position yourself to avoid litigation if possible, and, if not, how to maximize your chances for success.

Jan I. Berlage is a partner with Gohn Hankey & Berlage LLP, based in Annapolis and Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Berlage’s practice focuses on general business litigation, ranging from commercial disputes to bankruptcy to copyright and other intellectual property matters. He has extensive experience in trials, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative hearings, including arguments before the Maryland Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits. He has secured major verdicts and large settlements, including $1.6 million and $900,000 verdicts for two of his copyright clients. He has also successfully defended against multimillion dollar claims in both state and federal courts. Prior to private practice, Mr. Berlage served as a law clerk to the Honorable E. Stephen Derby, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. Mr. Berlage has taught pretrial litigation practice at the University of Maryland School of Law, and served on the Maryland State Bar Association’s Board of Governors and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Maryland State Action Committee. Mr. Berlage is a fellow with Litigation Counsel of America, and both the American and Maryland State Bar Associations Bar Foundations. He presents regularly at Continuing Legal Education courses, and he has chaired numerous committees at both the national and state level. He earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as executive editor of The Journal of Law & Politics. Mr. Berlage is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Click here to download Copyrights handout.

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2018 Sep/ 19: Club Meeting – Photoshop / LightRoom at Brian Boru Pub

Just a reminder, next week there will be no meeting at the High School since the school is closed for Yom Kippur. For those that are interested, we will be meeting at 7pm at Brian Boru. We will have a couple laptops with us to sit and discuss any photoshop or lightroom questions or problems you maybe having. Of course they have food/drink to order. If you are interested in coming, please message Michelle (field-trips@arundelcameraclub.org) and let me know so that I can reserve a table a head of time. Hope to see a few of you there.

Brian Boru – 489 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD 21146

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2018 Oct. 20: OUTING: NEW YORK CITY

Join us for a fun day of photography in The Big Apple!

We’ll depart from Long Gate Park & Ride promptly at 7:00 AM, and return around 11:30 PM, Saturday, October 20th.   Rain or shine, we’ll have plenty of great photo opportunities!  We’ll be dropped off in midtown Manhattan, start our day at Grand Central Station, and work our way downtown, through Times Square, the Highline, visit the Oculus & World Trade Center complex, head over the Brooklyn Bridge, and into DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Brooklyn.  Our bus will pick us up there! We will have tentative itineraries for those that are up for an extensive walk, and one for those wishing to hop the subway or taxi.  Of course, you are welcome to peel off on your own too.

Cost is $50.00 per person.  Non-CMPG members are welcome, so bring a friend! Fee covers round trip motor-coach  transportation, snacks and beverages on the bus, and gratuity for the driver.  All other expenses are the responsibility of participants.

Should you decide to explore the city on your own, you are welcome to do so.

Anyone not back at the bus at departure time will be responsible for their own return transportation.

Locations subject to change, based on weather and circumstances outside of our control.

All participants will be required to sign a waiver to participate.

Due to the nature of this event, we cannot offer refunds, unless we are able to fill the seat with a paid waitlist participant.

Deadline to register is September 18th.  Should we not have enough paid participants by this date, the trip will be cancelled and fees refunded, so please book today!

Click here to REGISTER

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2018 Sep. 5: 2018-2019 Club Kickoff Meeting

The summer is coming to a close. The good news is that we are starting the 2018-2019 club year which marks the 62nd year for the Arundel Camera Club.

Meeting

Location: We will meet at the Severna Park High School (60 Robinson Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146).
Time: We voted to start our meetings this year at 7:00PM. So we will man the door from 6:30Pm-7:00PM. We will probably need someone to check the door again at 7:30 just in case. Hopefully someone has informed the custodian.
Room: We are still waiting to find out if we are in the same room or in a new room this year. Be patient.
Parking: We park in the teachers parking lot on the left of the school and come in a side door.

Agenda

  • Dues (Pay Jackie)
  • Review Club Calendar
  • Discuss Photo Challenges / Photo Talks
  • Discuss Field Trips
    • Discuss overnight Field Trip to Historic Penn’s Cave, Spring Mills, PA Nov. 3rd – 4th.
  • Photo Sharing – What you did this summer
    • Please submit 5 digital photos to share and discuss.
    • Email your digital photos by Tuesday, at noon to berlthomas@gmail.com
    • 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).
    • Name your files any way you want but I suggest “name (n).jpg”
      • For examples “Mike Thomas (1).jpg”, “Mike Thomas (2).jpg”, …, “Mike Thomas (5).jpg”
    • I will send you an email to confirm we have received your images.
    • If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact me at berlthomas@gmail.com.
    • If all else fails, you may bring your images to the meeting on a USB drive and try to show up early so I have a chance to load them on computer.
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Published 2018 August “Lens Line” Newsletter

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