Brian Hineline – March 19, 2015 Speaker

Our March LVPC meeting will be in the Banko Gallery on Thursday, March 19  7:00 pm, at the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Members – Please note the link to an Events Committee Survey at the end of this meeting announcement.

Brian Hineline will be speaking to us about concert photography.  You can read his biography below.

Dave Matthews Band

For the past 15 years, I have photographed an average of 2-3 concerts each week at venues ranging from small clubs to arenas and festivals nationwide.

I have had no formal instruction in photography except for an Introduction to Photography course that I took at East Stroudsburg University for which I received the lowest grade in my college career.

After graduating, I worked for a small newspaper and discovered that attending concerts as a member of the press would get me in free. I bought an inexpensive 35 mm film camera and one lens and started trying to take pictures to go with my reviews.

For a long time, I took many bad photos. I knew nothing about camera settings or composition. Eventually the photos got a little better, and I became encouraged by the improvement. I enjoyed the challenge of capturing images under very restricted, and often chaotic, conditions.

The Rolling Stones in concert

Rolling Stone magazine called one day in 2002 needing to see photos I shot at a Dave Matthews Band concert in Philadelphia. Dave Matthews became sick right after the show and the tour cancelled. I was the only person who took pictures that night who could share their work with the magazine.

I got my film developed at a Wal-Mart and drove it into the Rolling Stone office in New York City. They liked a few of the shots, and I have done work for them ever since. The photo editors at Rolling Stone also contacted an international photography agency (Retna/Corbis) to recommend me. I still work with them as well.

Jay Z in concert

Since that time, I have traveled throughout the country to photograph major music festivals. MTV hosted an exhibit of my photos at its studios in New York City for nearly a year.  Recently I completed a show at the Sarah Street Grill in Stroudsburg.

Through ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, I teach concert photography classes several times a year.

Beale Street Music Festival Day One

My photos have appeared worldwide in most major entertainment magazines (Entertainment Weekly, Spin, People, etc.) as well as music magazines and major newspapers such as The New York Times, New York Post and The Wall Street Journal. I am a regular contributor to The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown.

I do not have a website; however, an online search of my name will produce samples of my work.

The Lehigh Valley Photography club Events committee would like to improve photo shoots for members of the club.  To better serve you we need your input. 
What types of photography activities do you enjoy the most?
Below is a LINK to a brief survey to find out what you like to shoot.  Your opinion is most important to us.  Please take the time and complete the survey.

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Photo Shoot

Unfortunately, per Jerry Fuqua, we must CANCEL the Middle Creek shoot for this Saturday March 7th. There is still 12″ of ice on the lake and the Wildlife Drive is also closed due to ice and snow.  He will try to reschedule if at all possible.

Cancelled Event: The snow geese migrate every year and make a stop in Middle Creek at this same park.The numbers can be in the tens of thousands.

CONTACT – Jerry Fuqua

HOW TO GET THERE
Address is: 100 Museum Road, Stevens, PA 17578. We will meet at the Visitors Center.

PREPARE
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.

Philadelphia Zoo + Photo Shoot

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

http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/

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 http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/planner.html
For those interested in extending the day, there are some nice places to shoot in Fairmount Park.

Paul Grecian – April 16, 2015 Speaker

Our April LVPC meeting will be in the Banko Gallery on Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm, at the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Our speaker will be Paul Grecian, and he will discuss “Creating a Photographic Biography.”Stars for the Trees

Paul is a full time fine art photographer specializing in nature subjects on
the East Coast. His work has appeared in various magazines, books, and
calendars but mostly is offered as prints to collectors at art and fine
craft shows. He is an artist member of Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ
and has been a regular contributing writer for Professional Artist magazine.

Red Fox, Bucks County, PA

My program will be a self-reflective summary of who I am as an artist and
serves as an example of an exercise I recommend to other photographers. It
represents an important practice of self discovery enabling one to more
effectively write and speak about who they are as artists. The practice
also helps in identifying where photographers and other artists may go next
in their creative lives while remaining authentic to who they are.

Hazy Shade of Winter

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Luke Wynne – February 19, 2015 Speaker

Our next LVPC meeting will be in the Banko Gallery on Thursday, February 19  7:00 pm, at the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Members – Please note the link to an Events Committee Survey at the end of this meeting announcement.

Luke Wynne Photography_Barnaby Ruhe (2)

During the 90′s Luke Wynne was the set photographer for over 20 motion pictures in the Los Angeles Area, which certainly gave him the opportunity to get up close and personal with the celebrities.  In addition, he worked for New West Magazine where his assignments enabled him to photograph celebrities in both their homes and in his studio.

In 1999, Luke moved to Italy where he taught master classes in photography and gave seminars on portrait photography.  He also had the opportunity to hold six shows of his work throughout the Veneto region during his 12 years in Italy.

Luke Wynne Photography_Lucy Gans

In 2011, Luke returned to the U.S. and took up residence in Easton.  His work photographing artists in their own environment has been an interesting portfolio project.  This portfolio will be the subject of his show Artists in Residence to be featured at the Banana Factory from March 21 to April 24.  We’re pleased to get a sneak preview.

Luke is a graduate with honors from the New England School of Photography in Boston, MA.  Following graduation, he moved to NYC where he was fortunate to work as an assistant for editorial photographer Arman Khachaturing.  Luke later joined famed portrait photographer Frederic Ohring as studio manager and photo printer.

Luke Wynne Photography_William Gothard

Luke’s images have appeared in such publications as Cosmopolitan, New York magazine, Apartment Life, Esquire, Shape, WET, and New West.  His work was syndicated worldwide by Gamma-Liason photo agency.

You can learn more about Luke at his website: http://www.lukewynne.com/.

The Lehigh Valley Photography club Events committee would like to improve photo shoots for members of the club.  To better serve you we need your input. 
What types of photography activities do you enjoy the most?
Below is a LINK to a brief survey to find out what you like to shoot.  Your opinion is most important to us.  Please take the time and complete the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6QBBVWR

 

Reminder: PSA Travel Round #2 Submissions Due January 25, 2015

Our Sunday, January 25, 2015 submission due date is fast approaching for the club’s Round #2 entry to the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Photo Travel Division competition.

Full specifications for your photos can be found here: http://lvphotographyclub.org/2014/12/10/enter-the-psa-travel-division-competition/

If you need inspiration, here are the 6 photos submitted to PSA during Round #1:

Above the Fog, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine by Ed VatzaAbove_the_Fog_Cadillac_Mountain_Acadia_NP_Maine_EdVatza

African Afternoon by P.B. EleazerAfrican_Afternoon_PBEleazer

Bucks County Playhouse by Jerry FuquaBucksCountyPlayhouse_Jerry Fuqua

Avenue of the Baobabs by Chris HornamanAvenue_of_The_Baobabs_Chris_Hornaman_©

Fall Colors on Taughannock Falls by R.S. BeckerFall Colors on Taughannock Falls_RSBecker

Night Vision in Valencia by Jeffry Grim  (2nd Place)Night Vision in Valencia_Jeffry Grim

Love is in the Air Still Life Photo Shoot

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time again. If you are wondering what time that might be, it is time for our Annual Still Life “Love is in the Air” Photo Shoot.

It is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ The Banana Factory in the Banko Room. Set up time will be from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m., Shoot Time 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., & Break down 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

So dig out all those romantic items that would be great for a photo shoot. We also need volunteers to bring tablecloths, lights, backdrops, extension cords, things to add height, etc.

This is the photoshoot you will not want to miss!

Frank Smith – January 15, 2015 Speaker

Our next LVPC meeting will be in the Crayola Gallery on Thursday, January 15  7:00 pm, at the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Frank T. Smith, photographer, will be sharing his photography as a philanthropic photojournalist and an avid traveler who has experienced many parts of the world. “For the Love of It –the Gap between Vocation and Avocation” is a unique perspective on how Frank has managed to reignite his passion for photography over the past 15+ years.

Frank has had a camera in his hand since he was 3 years old when his grandfather and mentor bought him his first replica 35mm camera. Photography was not however, Frank’s vocation and therefore he had to put the camera down for many years to focus on his business career and raising his family. Fast forward 30+ years and Frank has been capturing various landscapes, cultures and people around the globe. Frank has worked with several international nonprofit organizations capturing their work in support of their mission through his photography.

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When asked what he likes to shoot, Frank’s response is –“outdoors”. This has a wide meaning and when you see Frank’s work, you will see the diversity of his portfolio. One area of strong interest has been India and he has recently had the opportunity to exhibit some of his work at the State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania. On Saturday mornings, Frank takes his camera to the Lehigh Parkway shooting the local landscape.

Frank leads many workshops and classes for different organizations and stays up to date on all equipment and software through reading, photography workshops, and conferences. Frank is an Olympus micro four thirds photographer using the OM-D-EM-1 as his primary work horse. Frank is a member of the Olympus Visionary Group. This is a group of uniquely talented photographers around the world. For more information on the Olympus Visionaries, visit Frank’s page at http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/visionaries/frank_smith. Frank will share his thoughts and experiences, showing the transition between his vocation and avocation, and how he has developed his vision and his skills both with the camera equipment and his post processing. You can visit Frank’s website at www.franksmithphotos.com

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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!

Click the link below to see the Member Survey Results.

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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 Contest.LVPC@gmail.com 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:  http://psa-photo.org/index.php?divisions-photo-travel-interclub-competition. (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 Contest.LVPC@gmail.com.

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 Contest.LVPC@gmail.com.

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

“Night Vision in Valencia.”

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