Published 2018 March “Lens Line” Newsletter

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2018 Mar. 28: Digital Contests Results – Open

Thanks to Stefan Kaben for Judging.
Thanks to Cheryl Kerr for record keeping.

Novice Digital (30 images)
1st Place – Bob Webber – Minutes to Hours Drive
2nd Place – Zoe Smith – Tick Tock
3rd Place – Julie Bennett – No Crystal Ball
4th Place – Julie Bennett – Snow Cap
HM – Elaine Hambly – In Wonderland
HM – Cheryl Kerr – Catching a Ride
HM – Chris Van Valkenburg – Alice

Unlimited Digital (36 images)
1st Place – Ron Peiffer – Lime Canyon Bristlecone
2nd Place – Michelle Barkdoll – Model Kiki
3rd Place – Ron Peiffer – Street Artist
4th Place – Chuck Gallegos – Long Trek
HM – Greg Hockel – Lunchtime
HM – Cathy Hockel – Commarant in Breeding Plummage
HM – Mike Thomas – Strength
HM – Fred Venecia – The Smiths

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2018 Mar. 28: Contests – Digital – Open

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

The theme this month is Open, so anything goes.

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 Mar. 21: Meeting Cancelled

Anne Arundel County Public Schools have been closed today due to weather. The meeting for 21 March has been cancelled. Stay home and safe.

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2018 Mar. 14: March Print Contests Results – Open

Thanks to Jerry Weinstein for Judging.
Thanks to Susan Webber for record keeping.

Novice Color (Mini Contest 7 images)
2nd Place – Ed Niehenke – Divine Pathway
3rd Place – Fred Venecia – Bladen Street

Unlimited Color (30 images)
1st Place – Lou Sapienza – Masked Woman
2nd Place – Kathy Hockel – Shore Bird Special
3rd Place – Mike Thomas – Walt Disney Music Hall
4th Place – Lou Sapienza – Purple Flower
HM – Mike Thomas – Canoe NY8475HJ
HM – Kathy Hockel – I Want My Mom
HM – Ron Peiffer – Afternoon at the Met

Novice Monochrome (11 images)
1st Place – Ed Niehenke – Building Top
2nd Place – Fred Venecia – Christina
3rd Place – Fred Venecia – Francis Street
4th Place – Lou Sapienza – Sailboat Reflection
HM – Ed Niehenke – Palace Stands Tall

Unlimited Monochrome (27 images)
1st Place – Mike Thomas – Mill
2nd Place – Kathy Hockel – Prayer Beads
3rd Place – Kathy Hockel – Great Blue Heron
4th Place – Ron Peiffer – Laundry Day
HM – Ron Peiffer – Lime Canyon Bristlecone
HM – Mike Thomas – Puddle
HM – Chuck Gallegos – Dawn of the Light

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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.


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

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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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