LVPC 2015 Juried Exhibition Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem City Hall

2015 Lehigh Valley Photography Club Juried Exhibition Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem City Hall

EXHIBIT DATE: Monday, November 2, 2015 to Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LOCATION: Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem City Hall, 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem,  PA 18018

ENTRY CRITERIA: Each paid LVPC member may submit two to three images for jurying.

  • Digital editing and manipulation is allowed, however the final product must originate   from a photographic image by you
  • There is no theme. No nudes are permitted.
  • Image can not have previously been exhibited in any other LVPC exhibit.
  • There is no entry fee.

DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by midnight

Enter via e-mail to


  • Requested size: 1080 pixels on the short side with a resolution of 92 pixels/inch
  • File format: JPEG and sRGB color space
  • File name: Member name and Image title.
  • Entry should include member contact info, email or phone numbers(s) AND anticipated enlargement (print) size.

*Members will be notified with results starting Wed. Sept. 30th, allowing for 4 weeks to prepare works for exhibit.

DELIVERY: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

HANGING: Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:00 Noon to 4:30 PM

RECEPTION: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

*Donations of non-alcoholic beverages, and ready-to-serve fruit, cheese, vegetables, and sweets are requested for the day of the reception.

PICK-UP: Monday, November 30, 2015 between 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM


  • All photos must be matted and framed with glass or Plexiglas, with the exception of images printed on metal or canvas.
  • Finished work cannot be smaller than 11×14 or larger than 24” x 30” (Image can be smaller but the outside dimensions of the framed and matted image must fit within the guidelines.)
  • Mats must be of at least 4-ply thickness and neutral shades, such as white, ivory, gray or black. (Color and textured mats are allowed in the mat core or inside reveal (double mats only.)
  • All pieces must be wired on the back for hanging.
  • Frames must be a simple style of either metal or wood. No plastic, clip, poster or similar frames will be allowed. Damaged frames, cracked or broken glass or poorly cut mats, etc. will not be shown unless corrected and resubmitted before the public opening.
  • A copy of the registration form must be attached to the back upper left of the work. (Registration forms will be sent with acceptance letter and also available at drop-off.)

The exhibition committee reserves the right to refuse any submissions that do not follow guidelines or professional standards. Please contact Janet Dean, preferably, at or 610-739-1468 with any questions regarding guidelines, framing or presentation of your work.

Photo Accessories Sale and Raffle to Benefit LVPC

Lehigh Valley Photography Club Photo Accessory Raffle and Sale

Support our club and pick up some new or slightly used accessories, most donated by photographer and photo gear reviewer, Thom Hogan.

Approximate retail price in parentheses, where known.

Raffle at our Sept. 17, 2015 Meeting—Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5                         Buy as many tickets as you like to place in the corresponding jar of the item you want.  Winners will be drawn during the meeting. Proceeds benefit 2015-2016 LVPC programs.

Hardcover art book: Road To Seeing by Dan Winters ($60)

Hardcover art book: Simply Beautiful Photographs, National Geographic  ($40)

Cavision Director’s Viewfinder VDM – 11x  300437 with case  ($155)

Mobi Slider – Glidetrack, with tripod screw mount  ($70)

MobileEdge Laptop Bag, Black ($60)

Booq Top-loading laptop bag  ($95)

Sumajin Mac Sleeve/Bag ($40)

Dell Laptop Bag, Black nylon

Think Tank – “Accelerator” shoulder strap

3 –Think Tank Camera Straps, 1- blue, 2- grey ($25)

Ickiewarez Camera/Lens Rain Hood – black canvas

Trekking Cross Back Strap/Harness ($60)

2 – Outdoor Research thick padded bottle holders, suitable for lenses ($27)

2  Nikon Lens Bag straps

Items for Sale at our September 12, 2015 Picnic & September 17, 2015 Meeting We have dozens of small items priced individually, so bring those dollar bills and take a look!

Examples of items we have priced at for $5, $2, $1 and 50 cents:

$5: Padded lens bags (a variety of brands and sizes); rain covers; Nikon SS900 cases for SB900 Speedlights (3 – $24.50); Mesh backpacks  (blue & black, red & black); Olympus Camera Straps (new, in bag);

$2: Thinly padded or unpadded lens bags (Sigma, Lumix, and more); Small camera cases by Built, Nikon Coolpix, and Samsonite; Hoodman HD1 combo for Nikon D1

$1: Compact Flash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) Card Cases; Screen Protectors

50 cents: Velcro camera bag dividers of all sizes; small straps of various sizes and types.

Sign up to attend the LVPC picnic on Saturday, September 12, 2015!

Time: Noon to dusk. Plan to eat at 1 PM.
Place: The pavilion at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049.
Pool Wildlife Sanctuary of the Wildlands Conservancy offers lots of land to explore and photograph, including a nearby boardwalk through wooded areas, a bird blind and frog pond. For a map and more information, see
The Conservancy doesn’t permit grilling, but the pavilion offers ample electrical outlets for crockpots. LVPC will provide hearty sandwiches and/or BBQ sandwiches.
Families are welcome! To sign up, leave a reply to this post.  Please tell us how many people will be in your party and what you’re planning to bring!

Christos Karfakis – September 17, 2015 Speaker

The first meeting of the fall is September 17 at 7 pm at the Banana Factory. Our speaker will be Christos Karfakis. Here is some biographical information about Christos.

A lifetime of wonder and fascination has fueled Chris Karfakis throughout his life. When he was a little boy, a favorite uncle would thrust a camera in his hands and tell him to take the family pictures. That same uncle would encourage him to delve into how things function and why. When Chris left for college, he enrolled at Temple University as a Chemistry Major. He completed two years and then entered the US Navy as an aviation electronics technician repairing navigational equipment on naval aircraft.  He has also worked as a quality assurance inspector for several companies due to his background knowledge of chemistry and electronics.  Chris has owned several food related businesses in the ensuing years, but an underlying love of photography fueled a massive collection of cameras and images that have allowed him to further understand the history of an art form. He has had many rare and unusual cameras and images pass through his hands and he has studied them religiously to garner each speck of evolution.  The books in his library collection are centered on the antebellum period, American Civil War, and the turn of the 20th century. An area of keen interest are the turning points in world events that are documented by photography. His fascination about how photography actually was “invented” fuels his desire to reach and inform people how photography impacts our daily lives.

Moravian Gallery Show Information

Dear Photographers,

Here is the latest information on the Moravian Gallery Show:

***See updated pickup information below.

LOCATION: Paty Eiffe Gallery Haupert Union Building (HUB)
Monocacy St. Bethlehem, PA 18018

This is located on Moravian’s North Campus off Elizabeth Ave. See the campus map at the bottom of this post.
DATES of EXHIBIT:  July 7th through Aug. 17th
OPENING RECEPTION: Thurs. July 16th 5-8pm.  A $5 donation is requested, not required, to help defer the costs of the reception, since we are required to use the caterer at Moravian College.
Drop off work and installation: Tuesday, July 7th 9am – 1pm (drop off), 1-4pm (installation). Volunteers needed!
****PICKUP – Monday, Aug. 17th. from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Here are some guidelines to keep in mind as you complete your framing for the exhibit.
I am available for your framing needs/questions and have some frames on hand and regular glass at a really good price!
All photos must be matted and framed with glass or plexiglass, with the exception of images printed on canvas or metal, etc.
Frames should be either metal or wood. All pieces must be wired and ready to hang. Please, no plastic, clip, poster or similar frames that doesn’t have sufficient/sturdy wiring on the back.
Also, damaged frames, poorly cut mats, etc. will not be shown unless corrected and resubmitted before public opening.
Mats must be at least 4 ply thickness. (normal mat thickness) Please keep to neutral shades, such as white, grays or black. You can use a color as an inside “reveal” on a double mat.
If you are planning to offer your piece for sale, please remember that the Lehigh Valley Photography Club will be retaining a 20% commission based on the selling price.  Take that into consideration when setting the price.  You are not required to sell your image.  If it is not for sale, simply mark it NFS (not for sale).
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Janet Dean
Exhibition chair


Ryan Hulvat – June 18, 2015 Speaker

Ryan Hulvat will talk about the business and art of making a living as a photographer in this challenging market. In the 25 years Hulvat has been in business he has survived the death of film, newspapers and the use for fee model.

CH_AOWAlways adapting, Hulvat has fought hard to make a living as both an artist and commercial photographer. Each year Hulvat has, through hard work and an insatiable hunger, reinvented himself in order to continue his avocation. Case studies of Hulvat’s reinvention will be discussed along with some of the relevant and irrelevant images created.

Find out what it takes to make a living and stay hungry.


Ryan Hulvat is a versatile photographer who brings his 25 years of experience and mastery over light to every job with an unmatched enthusiasm.

The camera is always at his side and the images lining the walls of his expansive Bethlehem, Pa., studio offer a glimpse of his breadth and depth of perspective; azure aerial vistas captured while ballooning; smiling children; heroic roustabouts, a silver-haired woman with vibrantly dancing eyes. Each project whether in the studio or on location is always a unique experience working in close collaboration with his clients and resourceful team to get exceptional images appearing effortless.

RJH_2334Hulvat has studied multiple professional disciplines and learned that being prepared for anything affords real adaptation and variation whether his clients are retail producers, restaurants, hospitals or the wedding-bound. He’s worked the commercial realm, been published in regional and national magazines and served top corporate clients.

Hulvat-4058-2In addition to his commercial photography Hulvat believes in giving back to the art and community which has enriched his life. He has taught programs in partnership with the Pasela Arts Program, Career Link, ArtsQuest, Dan’s Camera City, The City of Allentown, Northampton Community College and been a guest speaker at the Google Works, Olympus Cameras and local camera clubs.

Hulvat_-115Photography is a deceptively simple medium, Hulvat says, especially in a digital age when competent pictures are a snap. “But to take a photograph that is exceptional and deep – and to be able to do that on a consistent basis – often takes a lifetime of experience,” he says. “That’s awesome because photography is more than mastery over a physical and technological medium. Great photography draws upon who we are and the life views that we hold. It is a mirror to what we love and fear, and provides opportunities to explore subjects one might be too timid to explore without the excuse of a camera.”

Hulvat-5874-2Hulvat’s many longtime clients include: Lehigh University, Crayola, Rodale Inc., RUnner’s World, New Jersey Monthly, Lehigh Valley Good Taste, Potomac Communications, Coordinated Health, PPL Utilities.


RJH_8839From Ryan: Always looking for a new perspective, I’ve flown in a helicopter, hot air balloon, hang glider, small planes, climbed lots of trees and been on too many shaky ladders to count. I’ve seen the Eastern Shore before it was all gone. Watermen, artists, politicians, people who did things, people who made things, people who are history. Europe changed everything. Art, food, love. Yet every day is new. I’ve loved in the earth. I’ve touched a goddess. I’m nothing, I only watch, and show you what I’ve seen. I’ve drunk pirate rum and faced down racists and police horses with only a camera. I’m just lucky.

Ryan Hulvat’s studio is located on Broad Street in Bethlehem, Pa., a comfortable home away from home for any clients. We are known for personalized service and careful attention to detail. Contact us for details and availability. 610.509.8332


Malcolm W. Gross Memorial Rose Garden

Upcoming Photo Shoot at Allentown Rose Garden
Saturday, May 30th @ 8:00 a.m.

The buds are blooming and the baby birds are hatching. There are lots of photo opportunities there. Bring your macro, wide angle, & zoom as you might use them all. A tripod will be an asset when composing your shots.


Photo Competition and 5 Minutes of Fame – May 21, 2015

The May meeting will serve as the basis for selecting works for the Club’s Exhibition at the Moravian College Gallery in Bethlehem, PA July/August exhibition. Exact
dates of the exhibit TBA and will be posted ASAP.  Guidelines for the competition are shown at the end of this post.

In addition to judging for the upcoming competition, we are bringing back the infamous LVPC “Five Minutes of Fame.“  This is when we give any willing member five minutes in front of the group, to do whatever you want, as long as it relates to photography.  Show us some of your work, teach us a technique, demonstrate a cool piece of equipment – just do it in five minutes, because that’s all you get.  (We hope to bring back timekeeper Ed Vatza, who’s got the strictest stopwatch on the east coast.)  Sign up at the meeting – first come, first served!  Spaces are limited!  We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!


■ Entrant must be a paid members of Lehigh Valley Photography Club.
■ Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure.
■ Digital editing and manipulation are allowed; however, final product
must originate from a photographic image by you.
■ You may submit 2 photo samples to be considered.
■ Minimum print size for jurying submissions: 8×10.
■ Photos do not have to be matted or framed
■ There is no theme for the competition/exhibition. Sorry, no nudes.
■ Forms will be available to fill out at the meeting

■ Minimum size, 11×14 Framed. (You can have a smaller photo
matted to an 11×14, or have a 11×14 canvas, unframed)
■ Maximum size 24×30 Framed. (smaller photo matted to 24×30, or
24×30 canvas unframed)

*ANY QUESTIONS can be addressed to Janet Dean at
Check here and on Face Book for updates.


PSA Travel Division Round #3 Entries Due by Midnight, on Sunday, April 26, 2015

PSA Travel Division Round #3 Entries Due by Midnight, on Sunday, April 26, 2015
We are now accepting entries for the 3rd and final round of the club’s participation in this year’s Photographic Society of America Travel Division competition. All 2015 paid members are eligible to submit 3 images for consideration, including members who have entered previous rounds. A total of 6 photographs will be entered on the club’s behalf, only one per photographer.
For full entry details on the theme and specifications for your submissions, please refer to the directions listed here:

Philadelphia Zoo + Photo Shoot

Contact Person: Jeffry Grim
3400 West Girard Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 243-1100

When: April 18, 2015
Time: Morning (tbd) The zoo is open 9:30am to 5pm.
Gathering Point: (tbd) Carpooling to the Zoo [possibly meet for breakfast…optional]
Distance: Approximately an hour from the LV Turnpike or Coopersburg
Entrance Fee: $20 entrance fee ($15 if we can commit to 15+ attendees two weeks ahead of time), $15 per vehicle for parking.
The Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo, is a 42-acre Victorian garden that is home to more than 1300 animals, many of them rare and endangered.
The zoo offers a wide variety of subjects (both animals and the people watching them), as well as challenges, making them a great place to practice your photography. Some of the obstacles you’ll need to overcome in getting great shots at a zoo include:
• Distance – the space between photographer and animal
• Moving Subjects – animals rarely stay in the one place for long
• Tricky Lighting – foliage and indoor/outdoor shooting can prove to be challenging
• Cages (fences) and Glass – while many zoos are providing natural surroundings the challenge of photographing them without the distractions of reflections off glass or grim looking bars both in the foreground and background add to the “fun” of zoo photography
• Patience
There are a number of online resources with tips on zoo photography. Provided below are links to several of the websites.
They have no restrictions regarding camera equipment (i.e.; tripod, monopods, or shooting other than for commercial purposes…they have their own camera club that does that).
Link to Interactive Trip Planner/Map
For those interested in extending the day, there are some nice places to shoot in Fairmount Park.