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.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.


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

Waterfalls and Fall Colors Workshop – October 22, 2016

Dingman Falls

Dingman Falls

Join us on a photographic day trip to the Dingmans Ferry to see and photograph waterfalls and Fall colors in the Delaware River National Recreation Area on Saturday, October 22nd.

Club members are invited to join us at no fee.  This event is closed to non-members.

The club will be going to the Dingmans Falls Visitor’s Center (  to see Dingmans Falls, Silver Thread Falls and the woods in Fall colors.  We hope that those that attend the Lehigh Valley Photography Club long exposure class on October 8th will have the opportunity to use their freshly practiced skills in photographing flowing water.

Recommended Meeting Point: Club Members can meet us at the Park and Ride parking lot at the junction of Route 33 and William Penn Highway for potential carpooling; we will depart the Park and Ride  at 7 am and should be at the Dingmans Falls Visitor’s Center by 8:30 pm.  If you drive on your own and meet us there, the group will begin walking to the falls from the Visitor’s Center building at 9 am.  The entrance to the Visitor Center is very near the junction of PA-739 and US Route-209. Note the parking at the Center is limited and this is the Fall colors season being there early and carpooling is advised.

We plan to spend about 2 hours at this site.  Afterwards, members that are interested can go to a Café in Dingmans Ferry ( for lunch or pack their own lunch. Members should also consider going on their own to the nearby George W Childs Recreation Area ( for hiking trails, Factory Falls and Fulmer Falls on their own.

If you plan to join us for the photography trip or if you have questions, please contact Bob Becker at We hope that about 30 people will join us.  Please let us know if you’re planning to join us so that we can plan carpooling, lunch and opportunities for some to go to the Childs Recreation Area. We hope that you’ll join us.

Recommended Equipment includes camera, wide angle lenses, tripod, cable release, neutral density or polarizing filters.

Physical Requirements: We have selected this location partially due to the ease of access, however, it is Fall and you are near water spray, so caution should be taken and appropriate footwear worn to avoid slipping on leaves or wet surfaces. Please note: All participants will be required to sign a Liability Release Form. A copy can be found at this link: LVPC Acknowledgement of Risk form-Waterfall-2016

Factory Falls

Factory Falls


Silver Thread Falls

Silver Thread Falls

Fonthill Castle Interior Workshop

Fonthill Castle Interior Workshop

Cost: $200 per person

Maximum Group Size: 9 participants per session   (EDIT NOTE: only 3 spaces remain for each session. If interested we highly recommend you sign up as soon as possible.)


When: We have two session dates confirmed – Sunday, Nov 27 and Sunday, Dec 18. Each workshop will begin promptly at 8:30 AM and conclude at 12:30 PM.

Where: Fonthill Castle, 525 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901

Who can attend: Due to space, this workshop will have limited participation and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for paid members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club.  Find out more about joining the club at this link.

Recommended Equipment:

  • Camera with wide angle lens (approximately 12mm to 35mm full frame equivalent) and macro lens
  • Tripod
  • Cable release

About the Workshop:

Fonthill Castle is a museum in Doylestown, PA.  While many have photographed the exterior of this famous landmark, photographs of the interior are normally not allowed.  Our November speaker, John Barclay, has exclusive access to the interior for photography.

John has agreed to lead two workshops for club members at a specially discounted price of $200 per person. These limited-availability workshops normally cost $300 per person, but we will be gaining access for a savings of $100 per person. For your information, a large portion of the fee covers bringing in docents who are available to tell you about the castle as well as making sure we follow the rules. Docents will be on each of the three levels of the building.

For this workshop, we are allowed to photograph from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM in small groups of three on each level of which there are three. Tripods are allowed as long as we follow the rules with regard to moving between rooms and totally collapsing them.

Each group will have 1 hour and 15 minutes per level after which  we rotate so each group gets to photograph each level. John Barclay will move throughout the house to point out potential photographs and help with things like exposure, HDR capture and composition.


How to sign up for the event:

Since space is limited for this event,  we will fill the sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. Once both dates are filled with a maximum of 9 participants, we will create a waiting list for additional people.

If you would like to attend, please email your confirmation and the date you prefer (Nov 27 or Dec 18) to: Once you have received confirmation that space is available, you must promptly make payment. Payment can be made at our regular club meeting, via mail (please mail to: Lehigh Valley Photography Club, PO Box 1703, Bethlehem, PA 18016) or by PayPal at this link.

About our workshop leader – John Barclay

John is an award-winning freelance photographer based in Bucks County, PA. He is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader. His inspirational program “Dream – Believe – Create” is a favorite of audiences around the country. For more, visit John’s website at



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.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.

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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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PSA Travel Photography Competition Guidelines

2016-2017 PSA Travel Photography Competition Guidelines

Photographic Society of America (PSA) Inter-Club competitions pit us against other PSA member clubs and are open to all paid LVPC members. Lee Levin-Friend is serving as our PSA Club Rep & Competition Chairperson.

 LVPC Member Entry Due Dates

  • Travel Round 1:  Midnight, Sun, November 6, 2016
  • Travel Round 2:  Midnight, Sunday, February 5, 2017
  • Travel Round 3:  Midnight, Sunday, May 7, 2017

PSA Travel Definition

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographical limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

Travel Entry Highlights

  • Submissions: Three travel images can be entered per round and should be e-mailed to by midnight on the Member Submissions Due date shown above. Please include “PSA Travel” or a similar wording in your subject line
  • Reprint permission: Entry assumes we have your permission to feature your photo with credit on our website, closed Facebook group, club e-mail messages or press releases. If you do not approve of one or more of these uses, notify us at the time of your entry. It also assumes that PSA scores awarded to your work can be shared with fellow club competitors and members
  • Format & size: JPG in sRGB color space. Maximum dimensions are 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high. Portrait-oriented images cannot exceed 768 pixels high.  File size should be 1.5 MB or less
  • Filenames: Should include your first and last name and unique descriptive title.
  • Portraits: Images of people which do not include sufficient environment are liable to be disqualified as not meeting the concept of “place” with “distinguishable environment.”
  • Post processing: Images which have been too “worked” or “processed” are liable to be disqualified or receive low scores as not “appearing natural”
  • Age of photo: Photos can be of any age. They do NOT need to have been taken in the past year.
  • Locations/Subjects: Don’t forget Pennsylvania’s special charms! “Travel” images need not be limited to far away or exotic locations; suitable local and regional attractions are welcome
  • Examples of Prize Winning PSA Entries in Years Past

For links to top-scoring PSA Travel photos from previous years and other information, see:

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.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.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.


Classroom Workhop: Long Exposure Techniques, Equipment and Applications – Oct. 8, 2016

Time:               October 8, 2016, 10 am – 1pm

Location:        Dan’s Camera City, 1439 W Fairmont St, Allentown, PA

   Note: The shop is off 15th Street, just south of the Route 22 junction

 Skill Level Required Attendance:  This class is amenable to photographers at all skill levels 

Long exposure photography is essential to photographing subjects in low light conditions; so, understanding and practicing the skills used for crafting long exposures is useful to all photographers.

These same skills and techniques are also applicable to creating photographic images that capture the flow and experience of moving objects, even in lighted conditions. This LVPC class will provide instruction and discussion of these long exposure techniques, and the various photographic accessories used to make these photographs under different conditions.

We’ll further discuss the application of these techniques for photographing waterfalls and moving water, as well as other subjects in both well-lit and darkly-lit conditions.  We believe that students will find this class instructional and that it will motivate them to use these techniques and skills in making a broad range of photographic artwork.

Photographers joining us for this class should bring along their camera and the following accessories, if they have them:

  • Tripod
  • Cable Release
  • Polarized and/or Neutral Density Filters

If you don’t have these accessories, however, please don’t miss the class; they’re useful but not essential for the class. The class will include classroom exercises where we use our camera equipment in long exposure techniques for photographing moving objects. Please note, the class is being held at Dan’s Camera City, Allentown, so if during or following the class you may want to learn more about the purchase a polarizer, neutral density filter, cable release of tripod, you will be at the right place to talk to experts and/or to make that purchase.

We anticipate that the classroom can accommodate 30-35 students; sign up is on a first come, first served basis. Please email Bob Becker, who will be organizing and instructing the class, at to reserve your spot in the class.  This class is FREE for and open to all LVPC club members.  If a non-member is interested in attending, they can join the club before the class, see for a half year membership.

Please note that this class is also organized to prepare club members interested in subsequent LVPC activities being scheduled later this year, where long exposure photography will useful, if not essential. These activities include a photography trip(s) to waterfalls in the Poconos area, the first of which is being planned in early November. More details for those photographic activities to be published soon.

We look forward to seeing you at the class and subsequent LVPC activities.

 Examples of long exposure photography

Low Light: Early Morning/Late Afternoon Low Light Photography:



Low Light: Night Cityscape and Landscape Photography



Conveying Motion: Moving, flowing water:

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Landscapes of Maine in Fall

Low Light and also Conveying Motion: Night Scenes with moving subjects/car lights



Conveying Motion: Pan action shots of subjects including cars, airplanes, bicycles, runners and wildlife

pan action - Birds taking flight


Conveying Motion: Night Sky Photography Star Trails



Low Light: Night Sky/Milky Way

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2016 Lehigh Valley Photography Club Juried Exhibition

Please note that there have been some changes regarding delivery and hanging.  They have been noted with ***.

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

***EXHIBIT DATES:   Thursday, October 27, 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 can be made at our September 15, 2016 meeting, via PayPal on our Payments page, or by mailing a check to: 

Lehigh Valley Photography Club
PO Box 1703
Bethlehem, PA 18016

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
  • Email submissions to:
  • Subject line of email: Art Establishment
  • Naming Files 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:   It has been arranged that you may drop off your framed work at the October 20th club meeting.  Simply bring it to the Banana Factory and it will be transported to the Art Establishment.  If you use this option, be sure to attach your entry form to the back of your work.   In order to provide safe transport to the venue, please make sure your work is wrapped, and/or cover the glass with a piece of cardboard.   If you cannot attend the meeting, you may still drop off your work at the Art Establishment per the original schedule:                                     

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

***INSTALLATION: Tuesday & Wednesday, October 25th & 26th (Email Janet Dean if you wish to help.)

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.

PSA Nature Photography Competition Guidelines

Lehigh Valley Photography Club & Photographic Society of America (PSA)  2016-2017 Interclub Nature Photography Contest Guidelines

The PSA Interclub competitions pit us against other PSA member clubs and are open to all paid LVPC members.  Lee Levin-Friend is serving as our PSA Club Rep & Competition Chairperson.

Member Deadlines

  • Round 1: Midnight, Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • Round 2: Midnight, Sunday, January 1, 2017
  • Round 3: Midnight, Sunday, April 3, 2017

 PSA Nature Definition

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of nature history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighted more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans or where those human elements are in situations depicting nature forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

 Nature Entry Highlights

  • Submissions: Three images can be entered per round and should be e-mailed to by midnight on the Member Submissions Due date shown above
  • Reprint permission: Entry assumes we have your permission to feature your photo with credit on our website, closed Facebook group, club e-mail messages or press releases. If you do not approve of one or more of these uses, please notify us at the time of your entry. Entry also assumes that PSA scores for your work can be shared with fellow club competitors and members
  • Format & size: JPG only with Adobe RGB or sRGB color space. Maximum allowed dimensions are 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high. Images should not exceed 1.7 MB
  • Camera type: Photos may be taken digitally, or on film and scanned
  • Filenames: Should include your first and last name and title. Titles of photos that make it through LVPC judging will be read aloud during PSA judging, so make them descriptive and stay away from “cute” titles. “Micronesian Kingfisher” is better than “Orange and Blue Bird.”
  • Allowable post processing: Enhancements and modifications that improve the presentation of the image, but don’t change the truth of the original natural story. Natural-looking HDR, focus stacking, dodging and burning, cropping.
  • Unacceptable post processing: Removing pictorial elements other than by cropping, combining pictorial elements from separate images or rearranging elements.

For examples of past winning images, see:

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.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.

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.

Burnt Offerings #1 This will be an information-packed program. Be prepared to be inspired!

See Harold’s work at:

See Harold’s blog, with lots of technical information at:


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.