Arthur Ransome-Seeing in Black and White – September 15, 2016 Speaker

LVPC resumes monthly meetings on Thursday September 15, 2016 with speaker Arthur Ransome.  The meeting will be at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.

The presentations in this series are:

  1. Seeing in Black and White
  2. Recreating Vision and Emotion
  3. Complex Simplicity
  4. Discover Yourself Through Photography

Seeing in Black and White is mostly a technical presentation, but the remainder are more focused on transcending the technical and exploring our emotional attachment and reaction to a scene, exploring our own thoughts, feelings and experiences.

The following is a summary of the Discover Yourself Through Photography presentation:

Photography has the capacity to convey both subject and emotion. Whether we are photographing a friend or stranger, our pets, our backyard or a grand vista at a national park, we want our photographs to capture not only what we saw but what we felt. These feelings are personal—we are all individuals with our own thoughts, experiences and imagination—so each of us has different emotional responses to the subjects in front of our lenses. Expressing these inner feelings through photography can be a profoundly satisfying activity, one that adds depth and meaning to our lives. If our images stimulate feelings in others, our efforts even more satisfying. We want viewers (and ourselves, too) to feel an emotional relationship to the characters, places and events we photograph, and to hear the wind rustling through the leaves of the trees and feel the cold of a winter’s day. How can we get in touch with our own emotions and infuse our images with those emotions? Departing from the colorful world we live in, Arthur takes you into his black and white world to show you how he expresses his emotions photographically. And he discusses how photographic style evolves as you cultivate and grow your emotional intelligence…and “discover yourself.”


Denise Ippolito-Visual Expressions – October 20, 2016 Speaker

On October 20, 2016, LVPC welcomes back Denise Ippolito.  The meeting will be at 7:00PM.


Denise Ippolito is a full time professional photographer, international workshop leader, and creative artist living in New Jersey. Most recently one of Denise’s images was selected as the “Art in Nature” Category Winner in the prestigious Nature’s Best 2015 Windland Smith Rice International Awards Competition. Her “Frigatebird Feathers” image is on display at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. In 2010 and again in 2014 Denise received a Highly Honored award in the same Nature’s Best competition. Also in 2014 one of her images was selected as part of the People’s Choice Awards Top 50 Images in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. She has also won several PSA (Photographic Society of America) awards. Her images have been published in magazines and text books, sold as greeting cards, calendars and most recently featured in a Sierra Club Documentary. Six of her images hung in the distinguished Birds of the World Exhibit featured at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Denise travels extensively presenting slide shows, lectures and seminars and teaching photography and Photoshop. Her workshops feature a variety of subjects including: avian, flower, landscape and urbex photography.

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“Visual Expressions” slide program/lecture is based on my virtual coffee table eBook. In this slide program you will find more than one hundred of my very favorite images. I have hand-chosen each and every image in this program very carefully to reflect my overall body of work. My photographs are all works of art to me in one way or another, whether they are straight out-of-camera or manipulated in post processing. I am always looking to express my thoughts and vision through my photographs. Sharing my visual expressions is what keeps me motivated as an artist.


Door Prizes:

  • 3 copies of my Visual Expressions eBook
  • One $250.00 gift certificate towards any of my upcoming workshops

LVPC Picnic & Shoot at Lockridge Furnace Park

Our annual LVPC Member Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2016 at picturesque Lockridge Park at 210 Church Street, Alburtis, PA. It’s a photo destination and picnic location all in one! We have access to the pavillion from morning to evening, but plan to set up for lunch by noon and begin eating at 1 PM
Please add your name, number of guests and what you will be bringing for the potluck in a comment below so that we can avoid duplication. LVPC will provide grilled meats, drinks, plates, napkins and cups. 
Lockridge Park images courtesy of Tarea Roach-Pritchett
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PSA Nature and Travel Presentation & LVPC Elections – June 16, 2016 Meeting

Just in time for all your summertime vacation photos, our next meeting will be a presentation of our Photographic Society of America (PSA) Nature and Travel Competition submissions and discussion about what the PSA judges are looking for—all to help us gear up for the next year of club competitions starting again in October 2016. We’ll present actual LVPC submissions and their scores, look at winning PSA Nature and Travel images, and offer an open Q&A session about judging, photographic subjects, post-processing and other topics to help build our PSA success for the coming year.

As always, the meeting will be at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.

We’ll also hold club elections, enjoy some refreshments, and have LVPC shirts and mugs available for pick up, this last meeting before our summer hiatus until meetings resume September 15, 2016.

PSA Travel Competition Round 3 Club Entries

The results are in, and LVPC had a great showing.  The total score for Round #3 was 67 for an overall total (of all three rounds)  of 184 points!  Our standing for this round was #7 out of 17 clubs participating.  Our overall standing for all three rounds was 10th out of 19 participating clubs.  The top club came in at 207 points.

Thank you to those members for participating in PSA Club competitions and a special thank you to our club jurors for taking the time to assist in selection of the work for submission.  You can see the Travel Round 3 submissions below.

Keep shooting and keep in mind that the new season will begin again after the summer.

Lee Levin-Friend
PSA Chair for LVPC

Medieval Times – Buddy Eleazer – Score 12


Lamar Valley, Yellowstone – Larry Bardawil – Score 11

Larry Bardawil, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone

Old Woman in San Miguel de Allende Mexico – Laurinda Faye Rubin – Score 11

Laurinda Faye Rubin  old woman in San Miguel de Allende Mexico

Music Man of Morro Solar Hill, Lima Peru – Carol J. Gilmore – Score 9

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Pompeii Worker- Lee Levin-Friend – Score 12

Pompeii worker- Lee Levin-Friend

Stone Bridge – Rob Haitmanek – Score 12

Stone Bridge, Rob Haitmanek


2016 Lehigh Valley Photography Club Juried Exhibition

LOCATION: The Art Establishment, 945 Broadway, Fountain Hill, PA 18015

EXHIBIT DATES:   Sunday, October 23, 2016 to Wednesday, November 30, 2016


  • Each paid LVPC member may submit two or three images for jurying.
  • Digital editing and manipulation is allowed, however the final product must originate from a photographic image by member.
  • There is no theme. Nudes are permitted.
  • Image cannot have previously been exhibited in any other LVPC exhibit.
  • Submission fee, $10 for up to 3 entries. (Payment information coming soon.)

DEADLINE:   Sunday, September 18, 2016 by midnight

*Members will be notified with jurying results along with further  instructions starting Wednesday, September 21st, allowing 4 weeks to prepare works for exhibit. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the exhibit.


  • Requested size: 1080 pixels on the short side with a resolution of 92 pixels/inch
  • File format: JPEG and sRGB color space
  • Enter via e-mail to
  • File name(subject): Art Establishment Exhibit. Include: Member Name, Image Title
  • Member contact info: E-mail and phone numbers(s) Intended enlargement/print size. (Important!)

Please Note:  Each submission constitutes an agreement to use selected entries for promotional purposes. If you do NOT want your image used you MUST state that with submission.

DELIVERY:   Friday, October 21st, 5 PM – 8PM or Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 10AM – 2PM

INSTALLATION: Saturday, October 22nd, 2PM – 6PM?

RECEPTION: Friday, November 4th, 7PM – 10PM

PICK-UP: Thursday, December 1st, 10 AM – 8PM


  • All photos must be matted and framed with glass or Plexiglas, with the exception of images printed on canvas, metal or board substrates.
  • Finished  size (outside  dimension) cannot be smaller than 11×14 or larger than
  • 24” x 30”. (Image no smaller than 8×10).
  • Mats must be of at least 4-ply thickness (no paper mats) and neutral shades, such as white, ivory, gray or black. (Color and textured mats are allowed in the mat core or inside reveal of double mats only.)
  • All pieces must be wired and ready to hang.
  • Frames must be a simple style of sturdy 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 accepted/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.)

Please contact  Exhibition Chairperson, Janet Dean, preferably at or 610-739-1468 if interested in serving  on the exhibition committee or if you have any questions regarding exhibition, instructions, guidelines, framing  or presentation of your work. Please do not call the Art Establishment with your questions.

The exhibition committee reserves the right to refuse any submissions that do not follow guidelines or professional standards, and we cannot guarantee that all members will be accepted into the exhibit.

Fiona Keyes – May 19, 2016 Speaker

The May meeting will take place on the 19th at 7 pm at the Banana Factory. Our speaker will be Fiona Keyes.

“The best camera is the one that’s with you”, to quote Chase Jarvis. The last few years we have seen an explosion of amazing cell phone photographs, coupled with a plethora of apps.   Where does one start?! Join me as we explore a couple of camera apps, along with processing apps and few artistic apps to add a little “pop” to your photos. In this overview, we’ll review how some of the available apps are used. Take your cell phone photos to the next level and have a little fun along the way!

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Photography is seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Capturing the true essence and beauty of my subject has always intrigued me, and my love for nature continually leads me to the next micro-universe of discovery. My images represents the various colors, textures, folds and lines that I love to get lost in while admiring the world around me and have evolved into an exploration of the magnificence of detail.

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Fiona  is an avid autodidact photographer and has been concentrating on digital photography for the last several years. She is a juried Master Artisan of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, an active member of the Chester County Camera Club, Upper Uwchlan Area Camera Club, Chester County Art Association, the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and a juried artist in both the prestigious Malvern Retreat House and Daylesford Abbey Shows. Many of her images have won awards and titles of recognition including the Best in Show award for the body of work submitted for the June 2012 West Chester Plein Air competition.

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Come to our 2016 Spring Equestrian Shoot Led by Carl Silverstein with Cat Lopez and Katie Schroder

This workshop is now FULL, We are beginning a ‘Waiting List’ for anyone else signing up for our event.  Please feel free to join this waiting list by sending an email to

This event is led by Carl Silverstein focuses on teaching youhow to photograph horses, riders on horses and models with stationary horses. In this workshop, you will learn how to work with large animals.  More specifically we will focus on horses.  You will learn techniques for portraiture, capturing the movement of the horse The goal is to teach you how to get that perfect equestrian shots, including cross country, conformation shots and dressage.

In addition to this advanced equine photography, we will also give you the chance to shoot some more creative shots.  These could include anything from extreme wide angle shots of models with flowing gowns and horses to still life shots in a working stable and barn. There will be a bunch of chickens will be running around too!

About our leader: Carl Silverstein is an experienced photographer.  His roots go back to working with a darkroom in his basement as a teen.  Carl has extensive experience with aviation and underwater photography as well as his feature work with equestrian.  Currently, when Carl is not out shooting, Carl is a returning student studying at Lehigh Carbon Community College.


Date:  May 15, 2016, weather permitting

If the forecast is not favorable 4 days prior to the event, the event will be postponed and we will try to find an alternate date.

Time:  The shoot starts promptly at 11am and will last for three hours.

Location: 105 Drift Road, Palmerton, PA

Maximum Class Size:  We are limiting class size to 20 participants on a first come, first serve basis.  You must register to attend.  THE CLASS IS NOW FULL.  IF YOU SIGN UP NOW, YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.

How to sign up/register to attend: The event is open to all dues paid members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club. Please send your request to THE CLASS IS NOW FULL.  IF YOU SIGN UP NOW, YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.


Who May Attend: All members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club in good standing (2016 dues paid) are eligible to submit an attendance request.  YOU MUST HAVE YOUR CLUB DUES PAID FOR 2016 TO PARTICIPATE. Membership info is located at this link:

Cost:  The cost is twenty dollars ($20.00) for the session to cover cost of supplies and food/drink.  In addition, tips for the models/riders is recommended and encouraged

Recommended Photography Equipment: 

  • Recommended Lenses:
    • A lens in the 50mm to 85mm range for portraiture and still life
    • A lens in the 70mm to 200mm range for cross country/jumps
    • A wide angle lens for creative shots
    • Other Gear
      • Tripod for low light still life in the barns
      • Flash for creative shots; however, we ask that flash only be used around the animals when being supervised by your instructor

About the Models:

Our models for this shoot are willing to sign ‘model release forms’ which we will have available at the shoot.  The models would, however, like copies of your shots for promotional purposes if you are willing to share these with our models.

Cat Lopez is a New Jersey based professional model. In addition to modeling Cat has appeared in numerous TV shows. Her credits include Gotham, The Americans, The Family, Mysteries of Laura, and Law and Order SVU. She also has appeared on the big screen in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and John Wick 2. Cat will be modeling in stunning gowns while teamed with a beautiful horse(s).


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Cat Lopez

Katie Schroder has had a passion for horses since she was 4 years old. Through her 18 years of riding, Katie has developed a knack for bringing out the best in any horse she rides.  She has competed in many disciplines, such as dressage, jumpers, hunters, and eventing. Eventing is based on ancient French military exercises.

Katie Schroder

Katie Schroder

PSA Nature Competition Round 3 Club Entries

*******************Results Update********************************************************************

Here are the club results for the PSA Nature Competition.   Our total Score for Round #3 = 70, which was 3rd place overall out of 36 clubs.  LVPC’s Final Standings for all 3 rounds was 6th Place (out of 38 clubs).  The scores for individual images are listed below.  The highest score for any image is 15.

What a great showing for our club.  We are fortunate to have members with so much talent!  Congratulations LVPC.

Sacred Ibis Feeding – Buddy Eleazer – Score 12


Hunting Leopard – Larry Bardawil – Score 13 – Honorable Mention

Hunting Leopard

Gull Chasing Baby Black Skimmer - Don Schroder – Score 13 – Honorable Mention

Gull Chasing Baby Black Skimmer

Fox at Water’s Edge - Don Schroder – Score 11

fox at Water's Edge

Dinnertime in the Bush - Buddy Eleazer – Score 9

Dinnertime in the bush

Cardinal Braving the Blizzard - Lee Levin-Friend – Score 12

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Learn About Copyright Law – March 17, 2016 Speakers

The March meeting will take place on the 17th at 7 pm at the Banana Factory. Our topic is one that impacts every photographer, copyright law.

Lawrence Husick and Adam Garson are partners with the intellectual property law firm of Lipton, Weinberger & Husick.  Both Lawrence and Adam have decades of experience advising clients, including photographers, on copyright matters.  Rob Haitmanek will recount a recent experience involving copyright infringement.  Lawrence and Adam will use Rob’s experience to talk about the basics of copyright law, copyright infringement claims, and some common misconceptions.