Arthur Ransome-Discover Yourself Through Photography – September 15, 2016 Speaker

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

Discover Yourself Through Photography

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.”

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The expression of emotion was perceived as a sign of weak character in the working class North East of England where Arthur grew up.  Motivated by a desire to share his emotions and life experiences Arthur pursued photography as his outlet.

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A relative latecomer to fine art photography, Arthur began his photographic life when scuba diving in Puerto Rico during the six years that he lived there. Scuba diving introduced Arthur to sights that he could only describe through the photographs that he made. Although moving to the Washington DC / Baltimore area in 2005 stopped the scuba diving, Arthur continued to seek imagery above sea level. Working mainly with 35mm format cameras and sometimes large format, 4×5 view cameras (slowly using up his stock of very out of date Polaroid PN 55 film), Arthur photographs the black and white world that he sees around him. Although his subject matter is varied, he chooses subjects that express emotion and a sense of time, place and being.

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Amongst others, Arthur’s work has been featured in Lenswork, B&W and Silvershotz Magazine and has been included in several exhibitions around the United States.  Arthur has published two books of his work, Lonaconing Silk Mill: Portrait of a Place and Iceland, A Journey Into Dreams.

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Arthur is an active speaker at national and international photography events as well as camera clubs. His work can be seen on his website (, where he also maintains an active blog in which he notes his feelings, thoughts and philosophy about photography.



Denise Ippolito-Visual Expressions – October 20, 2016 Speaker

On October 20, 2016, LVPC welcomes back Denise Ippolito.  The meeting will be at 7:00PM in the Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory..


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

John Barclay- Master your Craft & Honor your Vision – November 17, 2016 Speaker

John Barclay will be the speaker on November 17, 2016.  The topic will be Master your Craft & Honor your Vision.  The meeting will be at 7:00PM in the Crayola Room at the Banana Factory.

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Vision is the unique way we each see the world. It is what gives our images focus and makes them unique to us. Mastering our craft allows us to fulfill our vision. In other words, as we learn techniques, feel more confident with our gear and master our craft, we will be able to create the images we’ve envisioned. In this lecture John will share his thoughts about vision and why it should be what drives your photography. He will also share ideas and concepts that will help you master your craft. Join John for this uplifting lecture that will leave you inspired to stay true to your vision, creating images that make your heart sing.

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Axel Hildebrandt- Bird Photography – December 15, 2016 Speaker

The December 15 meeting features Bird Photography by Axel Hildebrandt.  The meeting will be held at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.130578072.sVUKo1LG.BaldEagle51c0049   \. Axel Hildebrandt is one of the few bird photographers who is particularly interested in taking pictures of birds in flight. Axel grew up in East Germany. After the fall of the Berlin Wall he studied in at the Humboldt University Berlin and moved to Massachusetts in the late nineties where he completed his Ph.D. in German Studies. He has been teaching at the college level at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and since 2008 at Moravian College in Bethlehem where he is an Associate Professor of German.



Axel learned photography when he was a young man, and rekindled his enthusiasm after purchasing his first DSLR in 2005 to photograph his favorite subjects, birds near his home in Northampton, Massachusetts. He quickly rose through the ranks learning from and working with other bird photographers. Axel also spent several years moderating the Birds Forum on Bird Photographers Net. You can often find him very early in the morning working along the coastline of New Jersey and Long Island looking for that perfect bird shot.


Harold Ross- Sculpting With Light – March 16, 2017 Speaker

On March 16, 2017, join noted photographer Harold Ross for a presentation on Sculpting with Light, a technique that he has been perfecting for almost 30 years.  The meeting will take place at 7:00PM at the Banana Factory.

Harold will show you how his photographic methods using light painting can transform the ordinary into the remarkable. Using very few and very inexpensive lighting tools, Harold reveals extraordinary detail, shape, and dimension in his subjects, and reveals aspects that can’t be seen in ordinary lighting.


Harold will explain what Sculpting with Light means to him, as well as the advantages of light painting in still life and landscape photography. In reviewing some of his work, he will explain lighting theory with his Six Principles of Lighting and how these principles work in practice. Harold will also touch on the powerful yet simple post production techniques he employs.

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After graduating from the Maryland Institute of College of Art (MICA) in 1978, Harold produced photographic fine art and taught photography at the college level for several years. He opened a studio 29 years ago, and for over 25 of those years, light painting has been the only method of lighting that he’s used. (He refers to his process as “Sculpting with Light.”) During that time, Harold has been creating distinctive work in the studio as well as in the night landscape.

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He also teaches workshops in light painting and regularly gives lectures on his process. In 2011, Harold was invited to participate in an exhibition of landscape photography in Inner Mongolia, China along with 10 other American and 20 Chinese photographers.  He was also chosen as one of four photographers to exhibit in the inaugural FRESH 2011, at Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.


His large scale color work has been exhibited, collected  and published in the U.S. and internationally in Photo China Magazine, the Italian magazine Progresso Fotografico and the Ukrainian magazine Ukraine Photographer, as well as several other European magazines. Here at home, his work was featured in LensWork #93, LensWork #121 and Professional Photographer Magazine, among others. Digital publications include The New York Times LENS, Boing Boing, aCurator, LENSCRATCH, Colossal, Photigy, Luminous Landscape, and more.

Gallery representation: Susan Spiritus Gallery, CA., and High Noon Gallery, Beijing.

Harold lives in Lancaster County, PA, where he produces work and teaches workshops in his process.

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

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

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

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Pompeii Worker- Lee Levin-Friend – Score 12

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Stone Bridge – Rob Haitmanek – Score 12

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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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