Light City | A free festival of light, music and innovation

Light City is the nation’s only large-scale international light and ideas festival. Immerse yourself in the light and art. Explore the neighborhoods. Challenge your perspectives in the Labs@LightCity. Experience Baltimore’s brilliance.

Light City showcases Baltimore’s energy. The festival of arts, music, and culture is a beacon for our city’s unique gift for innovation and social consciousness.


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2018 Mar. 14: Contests – Color and Monochrome Prints -Open

Our next Print competition will be Wednesday, 14 March 2018. We will have color prints and monochrome prints contests. You may enter three in each. The theme this month is Open, so anything goes.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your print 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 photographer’s name, print 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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2018 Mar. 17: Field Trip – Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower

Our Next Filed Trip is:

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
21 S. Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
11:30AM ** Arrive at 11:15 AM **

Open every Saturday 11am- 4p. Admission is FREE! Tours $8.
Guests can enjoy the latest exhibitions in the galleries and view the artwork which lines the 15-floor staircase.


A forty-five minute history presentation presents the colorful, well-known Baltimore figure, which is behind the iconic tower the clock and his famous headache remedy Bromo Seltzer. The Emerson Tower comes to life as we share humorous stories which highlight the forward thinking business and marketing strategies of Isaac Emerson. The presentation starts with a video and ends on a very high note as guests climb to the 16th floor via a “ships ladder”’ into the marvelous industrial mechanical room clock room, which houses the clock mechanism, the elevator switchboards and motors. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture the 24-foot clock dials as a backdrop. Visitors can also take in the recent reinstallation of the iconic clock hands by the Balzer Family Clock Works.

Tours cost $8. Access into the clock room is by ships ladder which requires that each guest sign a liability waiver stating they are aware of the danger of climbing the ladder.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the tour you wish to participate in.

11:30AM <= We plan to aime for this tour. ** Arrive at 11:15 AM **

Guests are encouraged to check out the history museum on the 15th floor and the artwork throughout the building before or after their tours.

Group & Educational Information.
We ask that groups of 8 or more, when possible, schedule during the week.

** If you are planning on coming Let me know so I can schedule us if our group is 8 or more.

There is art for the creative souls in your group, plenty of history that brings 1911 Baltimore back to life, and a behind-the-scenes look at the largest four dial gravity driven non-chiming clock in the world for the mechanical engineer or clock enthusiast.
Plus, treasure hunters and collectors are amazed at the collection of Bromo Seltzer glass and memorabilia and in the Emerson/Maryland Glass Museum. Some guidelines for groups:

The building is accessible to the 15th floor by elevator.
The clock is NOT handicapped accessible.
Just fill out the reservation form, return it to us, and we’ll do the rest.
We look forward to sharing our amazing tower.

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2018 Mar. 21: Program – Leon Johnson – Portrait Photographer

Leon Johnson has agreed to come talk to the
club about his portrait photography on March 21st.

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2018 Feb. 28: February Digital Contests Results – Reflections

Thanks to our stand in judges Scott Dine and Chip Bulgin who gave great feedback.

Novice Digital
1st Place – Susan Webber – Waiting In Line
2nd Place – Peter O’Reilly – Evie Hiding In The Mirror
3rd Place – Ed Niehenke – Fall Reflections
4th Place – Christina Van Valkenberg – Kissy Face
HM – Bob Webber – Prisms Over Water
HM – Ed Niehenke – Ice Reflections
HM – Peter O’Reilly – Swan Running From Reflection

Unlimited Digital
1st Place – David Joyner – Glass Abstract
2nd Place – David Joyner – Ches College Library
3rd Place – Mike Thomas – Rib Cage
4th Place – Louis Sapienza – Cool Mike
HM – Michelle Barkdoll – Christmas Construction
HM – Dawn Grannas – Florida Polytechnic University
HM – Cathy Hockel – Juvenile Blue Heron Reflection
HM – Michelle Barkdoll – Open Mouth

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Published 2018 February “Lens Line” Newsletter

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2018 Feb. 28: Contests – Digital – Reflections

Our next Digital competition will be Wednesday, 28 February 2018. You may enter three digital images.

The theme this month is Reflections, You got it. Reflections in water, mirrors, in windows, on buildings, etc.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your digital 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).
    • 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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2018 Feb. 24: Field Trip – Chip’s Studio

On Saturday February 24, starting at 9:30am 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.

Address: 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.

We will be doing studio photography with strobe lighting.We will have have several stations/sets available for photographing both human and still-life type objects. Fred is bringing four models.

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.

If you are attending or have any questions, please send an email to Bob and Susan Webber our field trip chairman at

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2018 Feb. 7: Anne Arundel County Public Library Letter of Appreciation

In appreciation for our annual club exhibit at the Glen Burnie Regional Library, we received a very nice letter of appreciation.

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2018 Feb. 17: Field Trip – Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

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On Saturday February 17, club members will go to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America.

Located in Washington, DC, the historic Monastery is the U.S. home of the Holy Land Friars who, for 800 years, have cared for the sacred shrines and the Christians in the Holy Land. Visit the monastery to explore the full-size replicas of Holy Land shrines, beautiful church and contemplative gardens.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the main church and gardens on their own, but you can also go on a guided tour, which includes an introductory video, “behind the scenes” information and access to places not visible without a guide including the catacombs.

Reservations are not required for groups of 6 or less. You may take photos for personal use in church. You may take photos during the tours, but without tripods. (Tripods require advance permission.) When taking photos during tours, you may not disturb the tour guide or other visitors, or you will be asked to stop taking photos.

Plan to arrive about 10 AM get a the lay of the land and aim for the 11 AM tour. Click here for directions.

There are other tours as follows:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

At all times, regardless of where you are in the Monastery, be respectful of others who might be praying and/or in confession. Eating and drinking are not allowed in church. Cell phones must be silenced, put on vibrate or turned off. Photography for personal use is allowed. Commercial photography, video recording and/or tape recording must request special permission. Personal belongings must remain with visitors at all times. No items may be left in the lobby, such as umbrellas, lunch bags, backpacks, strollers, etc. The Monastery is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings. There are no eating facilities on the premises. There are, however, several restaurants and an organic market located nearby on 12th St., N.E.


Russ has give us a selection of local eating places near the Franciscan Monastery

  • Monroe St between Michigan & 7th are a couple of fast food places:  Potbelly Sandwiches, &Pizza and Chipotle
  • Monroe St between 7th and 8th: Brookland Pint (great pub food)
  • 12th between Monroe & Newton: Wings to Go, Subway and Brookland Grill (there’s also a couple other places but I’ve never been to any of them)
  • 12th between Randolph & N Quincy: San Antonio Bar & Grill (great TexMex)

If you are attending or have any questions, please send an email to Bob and Susan Webber our field trip chairman at

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