December 18th Meeting – Website Panel Discussion

Our next LVPC meeting will be in the Banko Gallery on Thursday, December 18, 7:00 pm, at the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, PA 18015.
The meeting will be a Website Panel Discussion.
Many photographers display their work on their own websites – do you?  Would you like to?  Learn from the experience of other LVPC members.  We’ll surf the net together and hear from users of SmugMug, Flickr, and Zenfolio.  Get answers to your questions, and add your experience to the mix.  Start 2015 with a fresh new website!

Enter the PSA Travel Division Competition!

As a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA), Lehigh Valley Photography Club is eligible to compete in PSA’s national competitions against other clubs. We’ve chosen the Travel Division contest as our first PSA competition.


Our decision to enter was made shortly before the first entry deadline, so a small group of members responded to a special call for submissions to supply us with the our Round 1 entry in November. The results are in and out of 23 clubs entered in Group B, LVPC placed 11th with a score of 62. While it sounds like we are in the middle of the pack, the reality is that we are only a few points below the 2nd and 3rd place clubs, well within striking distance for the next round! The competition includes 2 more contests, and it is time to start preparing submissions for Round 2.


Here’s what you need to know to submit to PSA Travel Division Round 2

Who:  Any 2015 paid member is eligible to submit 3 images for consideration. A total of 6 photographs will be entered on the club’s behalf, only one per photographer.

What:  The PSA Travel Division guidelines specify that “A Photo Travel image must express the feeling of a time and place and portray a land, its distinctive features or culture in its natural state. There are no geographical limitations. Close up pictures of people or objects must include distinguishable environment. Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural.  Conversion to full monochrome is acceptable. Derivations, including infrared, are unacceptable.”

  • Portraits of people which do not include sufficient environment are liable to be disqualified as not meeting the concept of “place” with “distinguishable environment.”
  • Images which have been too “worked” or “processed” and no longer look like photographs are liable to be disqualified as not “appearing natural.”
  • Photos can be of any age. (They do NOT need to have been taken in the past year, for example.)
  • “Travel” images need not be limited to far away or exotic locations; suitable local and regional attractions are acceptable subjects.

When:  Entries must be sent to by midnight at the end of Sunday, January 25, 2015. Include titles for each image in your submission.

How:  Image specs are as follows:

  • JPEG format
  • Maximum size of  1.5 megabytes
  • Maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels
  • Portrait-shaped images must not be taller than 768 pixels.
  • sRGB color space

Previous winning photos can be viewed at: (Under the burgundy “PTD Interclub Competition” header, look for PHOTO TRAVEL INTERCLUB RESULTS by year and Round 1 Gallery, Round 2 Gallery, etc.)

Questions?: If you need any help with the image guidelines or theme, or have other questions, send them to

Want to help?: If you are interested in volunteering as a juror for Round 2 or future contests, please let us know by e-mailing

Congratulations to Jeffry Grim on his 2nd place finish in Round 1 for his image titled

“Night Vision in Valencia.”




Allentown Art Museum Show Admission

Attention Members.  We have some information to pass on to you with regard to admission prices for the Art Museum.  While they understand that our work is on display, they cannot grant limited access to just the Community Gallery space while at the museum. The Allentown Art Museum is unable to offer free admission to the photography club members except on Sundays and Thursday evenings.  If you want free admission, you must go on Sundays and/or Thursday evenings.  Otherwise, you will have to pay their regular admission prices.

LVPC Upcoming Photo Shoots

Hi Everyone,
Our committee has been busily planning some interesting photo shoots for you to enjoy. We are also in the process of creating a survey that we would like everyone to answer. We are going to use your responses to help us plan future photo shoots.

First, let’s explore some reasons why you should join us on the photo shoots.

1. You will have the opportunity to get to know the other members of the club as there is more time for socialization. This is #1 because I think it is the most important. The members of the LVPC are very friendly, but as a new member it is easy to feel ignored at Program Meetings because there is not a lot of time for socialization.

2. You will be able to explore places that you may never have been before.

3. There are members with varying degrees of photography experience at every photo shoot, and every member is always more than willing to answer any questions you might have.

4. The shoots are a great opportunity to learn a new skill because there are other photographers that are willing to share their knowledge.

5. We visit some places over and over again because they provide us with the opportunity to critique our pictures and improve them as our experience grows.

6. Finally, the #2 reason why we enjoy attending our photo shoots. We usually get together for breakfast, if it is really early, or for lunch after our shoots. We always enjoy the great food, but the company is even better!

Upcoming Photo Shoots to put on your calendar.

December – Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Light’s Spectacluar – Friday, December 12, 2014 Time TBA (It will be around 4:30 p.m.)

February – This will be our Still Life Photo Shoot. Date TBA – (It will be from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.) I am hoping to get the room reserved for the 7th.

March – Middle Creek Snow Geese March 7, 2014 & Whitewater Dam Release Date TBA

Philadelphia Zoo – April Date TBA

November 20th Meeting Speaker – Mike Moats

Meeting Date – Thursday, November 20, 2014                                                   Meeting Time – 7:00PM at the Banana Factory



Mike Moats is a pro macro photographer from Michigan.  His articles and images have been published in many major photo magazines and he has written several how-to macro and photo business eBooks.  Mike’s images have won local and international awards. He is one of Tamron’s Master Image Makers, and was a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team.  Mike offers three day Macro Boot Camps all across the USA, and an online Macro Mentoring Course.






Door prizes to be given away at the meeting:
Mike Moatz paper book: Tiny Landscapes, and the e-book on CD Creating Art With Macro.

How are we so lucky to get Mike, all the way from Michigan?  As luck would have it, he’ll be teaching his Mike Moats Macro Boot Camp, November 21-23:

Location of the workshop
Wyndham Garden Hotel
1110 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA 19342

Dates and times,
November 21  5:30pm – 8:00pm
November 22  9:00am – 5:00pm
November 23  9:00am – 2:00pm

Sign up at,

Allentown Art Museum Call For Volunteers – Hanging and Reception

Volunteers are needed for the delivery and hanging of club images, anytime during the hours of:
Thursday 11/13, 8:45 – 11:00AM and 12:00- 4:00PM.
Friday 11/14, 10:00AM – 2:00PM  (If needed)
Volunteers are also needed for the Gallery Opening Reception
Sunday 11/16: 12:00 – 3:30PM
Public reception time: 1:00-3:00PM
The following is a list of items that the LVPC will be responsible for bringing.  Multiple people can bring the same items so that no one person is responsible for a large quantity of any item.  The reception starts at 1:00 pm.  If possible, we would like most of the items before hand in order to set the table. Serving dishes will be provided for fruit, desserts etc.
  • Punch: apple juice, sparkling water, cranberry juice, ginger ale (Each person could bring 1 or 2).
  • 2 bags of ice
  • Water
  • Fruit: grapes, kiwi, pineapple, etc.
  • Desserts/Cookies: homemade or bought. 
Please let us know, by commenting below what you are willing and able to bring.
Email Janet Dean about volunteering for exhibit installation and reception setup, or if you have any questions.  (
Please note: Anyone volunteering for exhibit installation or reception setup and clean up is exempt from contributing food for the reception.

Conowingo Dam – Bald Eagles

The Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam are world famous. When the days get cooler and shorter, the population begins to rapidly grow and one can frequently see up to 100 eagles in a day.

WHEN – November 15th I will be there from 8:30

CONTACT – Jerry Fuqua

Address is: 2569 Shures Landing Road, Darlington, Maryland 21034
From I-95 South, Take Exit #93 for MD-222 toward Port Deposit/Perryville. Turn right onto MD-222 N. Take the 1st left to say on MD-222 N. Turn left onto US 1 S. Turn left on Shuresville Road (1st left after crossing the dam). After a mile, turn right onto Shuresville Landing Road. Road will lead you into the parking area along the dam.

It will be cold! Dress warmly in layers to add/remove as needed. Wear winter boots if you have them. There will be a lot of standing/sitting involved.
Bring lunch and something warm to drink.
Make sure you have plenty of memory cards and charged batteries.
TIP: Bring a small chair to sit while waiting for the action to happen.

There are port-a-potties

Get the longest zoom lens you can get your hands on. Anything 400mm and longer will help you reach the bird. However, offten the eagles will perch in the trees by the shooting location
If you have access to two camera bodies, bring them along. One with the mega zoom, the other with a smaller zoom to capture the eagles in the trees.

The Lazy Man settings:
Aperture Priority
Auto ISO
Auto White Balance
AI Servo focus mode
Continual shoot mode
Shutter Speed 1/1000 or higher for birds in flight

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania & Strasburg Railroad Train Ride

Fall colors and steam engines … that sounds like a photographers dream!  Tom Snyder is leading our group on a photo shoot at the Railroad museum which is currently running it’s steam train every few hours on the weekends.  Here’s a chance to photograph vintage equipment, shoot the steam engine and even take a ride on one of the old trains.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Located on PA Route 741, Strasburg,
ten miles east of historic downtown Lancaster
in the heart of the beautiful, Pennsylvania Dutch Country
of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Contact: Tom Snyder
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

GPS Coordinates:
39.982329, -76.161112

300 Gap Road (delivery address only)
PA Route 741 East, Strasburg, PA 17579

Museum Prices:
Adult (ages 12 – 64) $10
Senior Citizen (65+) $ 9
Youth (3 – 11) $ 8
Age 2 and under FREE

We will be meeting at the Railroad Museum Entrance at 10:00 a.m.

Trains & Troops is the Museum’s annual tribute to the U. S. Armed Forces, American railroads and all those who served, and are serving, overseas and on the home front in defense of our nation.
Salute our veterans and active duty service personnel, along with the Lancaster Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard @ 11:00 a.m.

If you are interested in seeing the museum, and then joining Tom and me for a train ride there is a discount on the museum tickets. You must buy your pick up your tickets at the Train Station before going to the museum.
Order your ticket online for 4:00 p.m. First-Class Parlor Car Adult/Museum Pkg: $27.00
Surround yourself in Victorian splendor and air-conditioned comfort. Indulge yourself with our unique selection of confections and beverages available for purchase.

October 16th Meeting Speaker – Denise Ippolito

Meeting Date – Thursday, October 16, 2014
Meeting Time – 7:00PM at the Banana Factory

Travel around the world with Denise during this one hour lecture/slide program which will include a variety of images from the Galapagos, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, Japan, Torres del Paine in Chile, Alaska, Florida, Bosque del Apache New Mexico, Camargue France, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, Keukenhof in Holland and more… This slide program is for nature lovers and contains a lot of bird photography. Denise will share some of her photography tips and techniques as well as some of her experiences at each location.


  • About the speaker: Denise is a full time professional photographer, workshop leader, and artist living in NJ. Her images have been featured in text books, magazines, calendars and most recently a Sierra Club Documentary. One of her most recent (of many) eBooks is Bloomin’ Ideas.  It features 55 of her evocative flower images that represent her unique way of blending art and nature.  Denise travels extensively presenting slide lectures and seminars and teaching photography and Photoshop. Her workshops feature a variety of subjects including: avian, flower, urbex and HDR photography. Learn more about Denise by visiting her website at


  • Note from the Club President:  Denise’s talk kicks off our annual drive for membership for the upcoming 2015 calendar year.  Denise is eager to help the club and is offering several very nice door prizes that we’ll be giving away at this particular meeting.  Bring guests to the meeting and earn additional tickets to win door prizes.

Door Prize List

Door Prize Ticket Information

  • One ticket per attendee
  • Additional 2 tickets per member for each visitor you bring (spouse and your children excluded)
  • $5.00 meeting fee for non-members (waived if attendee joins LVPC within 3 months)
Snow Monkeys-Japan
At the beginning of this meeting, there will be an overview of the Olympus Invision Photo Festival (Nov 7-9, 1014).   Additional door prizes to be given away at the October meeting include:

Allentown Art Museum Gallery Event

The Lehigh Valley Photography Club and Hillcrest Camera Club will have a collaborative exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum from November 15 through December 18, 2014. Each club will provide 40 framed images to the event. While the framing and mounting guidelines will be the same for both clubs, the selection process for each club may be slightly different.  Click the link below to see the full information about the submission guidelines as they pertain to the Lehigh Valley Photography Club.  For those images that are selected, the display guidelines are outlined as well.  Please carefully note the dates and deadlines. Images selected will have approximately one month to get the works printed and framed for hanging. We look forward to seeing your work.

Please note that electronic submissions are due by midnight Sunday, October 5, 2014.  Enter your submissions via e-mail to


Allentown Art Museum Display Dates: NOVEMBER 15 to DECEMBER 19
Deliver and Hang – Thursday, November 13 (continue hanging on 14th if needed)
Reception – Sunday, November 16 from 1 to 3 PM
Removal – Saturday, December 20