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2019 May 15: Club Events Contest

Don’t forget that this Wednesday is club events contest!!! A chance to win a free membership for next year!

Remember, you can enter 1 photo per category, per event .

Example #1 – If you only attended the End of Year Picnic – you can have 1 digital, 1 monochrome print and 1 color print.  Total of 3 entries. 

Example #2 – if you attended 4 events – you can have 4 digital, 4 monochrome, 4 color – 1 image per event – 12 total entries. 

If anyone one needs help understanding the rules for the contest, please let me know.  

  • 2018 End of Year Banquet
  • Ocean City Maryland Air Show
  • 155th Gettysburg – A Living History Event
  • July 4th Fireworks (In the state of Maryland)
  • Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Show
  • Kenilworth Lotus and Lily Festival
  • Club August Picnic
  • Maryland State Fair
  • Maryland Renaissance Festival 
  • Marley Station Car Show
  • Antietam Battlefield/Cemetery
  • Fall Colors
  • Library of Congress
  • Cunningham Falls
  • Penn’s Cave
  • December Holiday Photos
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Pink or Red Photos
  • Chip’s Studio Outing 
  • Bull Riding – Westminster
  • March – Favorite Food or Restaurant
  • Anita Leight Estuary Center
  • Sherwood Gardens
  • Historic Jerusalem Mill Village and Jericho Covered Bridge
  • Table Top Night / Studio Night at club meeting
  • Earliegh Heights carnival
  • and any photos from meetings or programs

Remember to send all your photos to the contest email I will be pulling them from there for Wednesday night. Looking forward to seeing all of your field trip photos from this year.

Banquet Fundraisers Update!

Multi Use Cards – Not only will they tell servers what food you ordered but for those that want to participate in door prizes you can use the back of your card.

During the Business Meeting, it was agreed that more fundraising events would be great to have.  During our banquet this year – there will be 3 different fundraising opportunities to take part in!  I have recruited some volunteers to help me, and we will be selling 3 different types of raffle tickets. One for each fundraiser (each fundraiser will have it’s own colored ticket).  We will have a 50/50 raffle,  Multiple Drawings for Single Raffle items,  and One Special Drawing for a themed basket to help you with one of the contests for next year. 

I wanted to give you the pricing for each of the tickets ahead of time:

  • $1 – 1 Ticket
  • $10 – 12 Tickets
  • $20 – Double Arm Length!

Of course – the $20 is the best deal! So bring some cash and let’s have some fun in raising money for our club!

I have had a couple people donate some more items and that’s great! There’s still time to donate if you would like. Donations are accepted through Wednesday, May 15th, 2019.  We have photography and non-photography related items for the fundraiser!  

We will also have a couple door prizes to give out – your dinner name tag is your entry for those prizes!!

Looking forward to see everyone at the banquet!

May 1st Photo Talk

Baltimore Market – Bread

In April the photo challenge was to photograph food or your favorite restaurant. On May 1st we will have our last photo talk of the club year discussing member photos from the April photo challenge.

restaurant. On May 1st we will have our last photo talk of the club year discussing member photos from the April photo challenge.

Challenge photographs will be submitted digitally using the same processes used during digital competitions. Each club member may submit three digital images for each challenge. The images should have been taking during the challenge month. Photographers may not use photographs taken before these months.

  • Digital –
    • Email your digital images 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.
    • Unlike contests, you can name your images any way you would like.
    • We will send you an email to confirm we have received your images and that they are 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 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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Published 2018 December “Lens Line” Newsletter

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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


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!

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Odyssey of Light – Ken Sklute / Essdras Suarez

2018 Jun. 29 – Jul. 1: Field Trip – 155th Gettysburg – A Living History Event

155th Gettysburg

Join us at the 155th Gettysburg, “A Living History” event at the historic David Stewart Farm. This event is reenactor coordinated with all new historical presentations.

During this three-day event you can:

  • Meet the generals from both armies.
  • Visit the living history camps.
  • Hear civilians tell of their experiences – watch out for soldiers searching for food!
  • See the artillery, infantry and cavalry.
  • Check out the large tent of activities for kids of ALL ages.
  • Watch medical demonstrations.
  • Join us for a Saturday evening camp dance.
  • Attend education and preservation programs in the speakers tent.
  • Visit our Sutlers, food vendors and have your tintype photo taken by the one and only John Milliker!

Spectator admission fee is just $20 per carload and payable at the entrance.

ALL proceeds from this event will be donated to battlefield preservation. Backpacks and coolers are prohibited. All persons entering the event are subject to search for the safety of us all. For further Information:

Michelle Barkdoll will be there all 3 days – if club members get in contact with her prior to coming – she will be able to get them to different photo advantages during the day along with the battle. Email Michelle at


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2018 Apr. 28 – Field Trip – Celtic Festival

April 28, 2018 will mark the 40th year for the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland. The Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering highlights the heritage of the Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scots, and Welsh.

The Celtic Festival is a one day only event held at Jefferson Patterson Park on Mackall Road in St. Leonard, Maryland, just south of Prince Frederick.

Drive time from Severna Park High School is about 90 minutes, taking route 2 south to route 4 to Broomes Island Road to Mackall Road.

Admission is $25 at the gate, $20 on line if purchased ahead of time.  Event runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festivities include vendor booths, food, art, competitions in Highland Dance, Harping, Heavy Athletics, Pipers and Drummers.

Bob Can’t make it. Anyone interested in Car pooling email Susan Webber (

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