Chris Geminski from Tiffen Filters – February 18, 2016 Speaker

The February meeting will take place on the 18th at 7 pm at the Banana Factory.  Discover the wide variety of products which the Tiffen Company manufactures for photographers and learn how to use them to enhance your images.  Products include optical filters, digital filters, camera bags, tripods and more!  Techniques, tips and tricks, and workflow will be covered with time for questions and answers.  Products will be on hand to view as well.

Presenter Background:

Chris Geminski has been involved in the photographic & imaging industry for 25 years.  His experience includes owning a imaging lab/camera store/portrait studio, production manager for a large format printing company, professional photographer and sales rep for Konica Minolta.  As a professional photographer in the exclusive Hamptons on Long Island, NY, Chris routinely photographed many high profile events in addition to portraits, weddings, sports and architecture.  His images have been featured in advertising, magazines and a television series intro.  He currently works for the Tiffen Company as a Technical Products Specialist.  He is also an avid wildlife and landscape photographer in his free time.


Call for Entries: 2015-2016 PSA Travel Photography Contest

Call for Entries: 2015-2016 PSA Travel Photography Contest

This is our second year entering in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Inter-Club competition. While the wording of the “Travel Definition” guidelines have changed slightly, the intent is much the same. If you are new to competition and want to start with a category that is a little less restrictive than the Nature category, this one may be for you!

The 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:  Sunday, November 1, 2015
  • Travel Round 2:  Sunday, February 7, 2016
  • Travel Round 3:  Sunday, May 1, 2016

 PSA Travel Definition (Updated for 2015-2016)

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.

Additional Travel Entry Information


CLOSED – Photo Workshop at Grand Central Terminal led by Frank T. Smith – FEB 19

This workshop is now closed to additional sign-ups as all slots and standby spots has been filled.  Confirmation notices and details will be mailed out in the coming days.  Thanks for your interest in the workshop.

Photo Workshop at Grand Central Terminal led by Frank T. Smith

When:  February 19, 2016; 9:30 AM start time

Where:  Grand Central Station, New York


The Lehigh Valley Photography Club is excited to announce a new photo workshop at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal (also known as Grand Central Station).  We are extremely lucky to have Olympus Trailblazer Frank T. Smith, a Club Member who has also volunteered to lead this workshop.

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:

This workshop will be limited to 15 participants and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To be one of the lucky 15, please send a confirming email to: indicating your desire to participate. We will create a prioritized list based on email time stamp that will include the first 15, plus we will include 5 wait list slots.  Once your email is received, we will reply letting you know if you are accepted and/or on the waiting list.

PLEASE NOTE FOR THOSE 15 ACCEPTED: The cost of this workshop will be A NON-REFUNDABLE $20.00.  Payment details will be outlined in your confirmation email.


The tour will be curated by Danny Bruckner of Metro North Railroad and led by Frank Smith.  Frank has photographed Grand Central on numerous occasions working with Danny Bruckner.  Frank will work with participants to help them understand how he assesses shot potential, compositional options, lens choice, depth of field, shutter speeds, etc.  This is a workshop, so it’s focused on you learning technique from a master!

Skill Level Required to Participate: The workshop is for photographers at all skill levels.  Tips and teachings will help beginners, as well as advanced photographers.  Like most of our workshops, it’s important that you take the time to learn the basic functions of your camera before attending.  Shot situations during the trip will likely include:  aperture priority situations, shutter priority situations, manual exposure situations, a need to use exposure compensation, as well as use of cable release/remote and/or tripods.  You don’t have to be an expert in using all of the above, however, you will get the most benefit from the class if you at least know how to make these adjustments on your camera.

Yes, this workshop is about learning to shoot like a pro, but we will be putting you in the right spots to also capture great shots. The tour is scheduled to include: Shots in the Main Concourse, Vanderbilt Hall, the Oyster Bar Ramp, the ‘secret’ sub-basement M-42 and the Glass Catwalks above the Main Concourse.  In addition to these shoot locations, we are also working on gaining access to a few other spots rarely photographed by others, but we will keep this our surprise for now.  We expect the ‘active’ portion of this workshop to last approximately 4 hours.

Critical Logistics (when and where):  The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on February 19, 2016 at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.  We cannot wait for late arrivals. Transportation is not being provided.  You will need to make your own arrangements. Both Transbridge & Bieber buses go in to NY/NJ Transit Authority.  We will provide a confirmation list of attendees for those who may want to coordinate travel together and/or share a cab from the bus depot.

**Please be aware that this is a high-visibility public location remote from the Lehigh Valley.  The schedule is subject to last minute changes due to security concerns; weather and other factors could affect this plan.  We will endeavor to notify you in the case of any last-minute changes.

Health Restrictions:

  • The workshop may require you to stand for some fairly long periods of time
  • The workshop will require you to climb several flights of stairs
  • Some shots may require shooting from a very low angle (on your knees)
  • At times we may have very tight space inside elevators
  • The shoot is indoors; however, your trip to Grand Central Station will be in winter.  Be aware that we are not sure at this time if we will have the options of storing your outdoor winter coats.


Once more in summary:

Workshop Summary: Indoor Architectural Photography and Candid Cityscape Photography led by Frank Smith, Olympus Trailblazer at Grand Central Terminal in New York City

How to sign up: Send an email to: with subject line: Grand Central Participant Application 

Number of participants: Maximum or 15

Photography Skill Level Required: Beginner to advanced

Cost: $20 per participant plus you must have paid your 2016 LV Photography Club dues

Time/Date of Workshop:  9:30 AM, February 19, 2016

Meet-up Location:  We will meet at the large clock in the middle of Grand Central Terminal

What to bring:

  • Camera equipment: DSLR or mirrorless camera bodies
  • Recommended lenses: wide angle and medium range lenses
  • Supplies: tripod, cable release


About the Workshop Leader:

Olympus Trailblazer Frank Smith is a self-taught photographer whose love for the craft goes back to a very early age. Decades later, Frank’s passion for photography has yet to fade and he continues to perfect his skills.

As an philanthropic photojournalist, Frank’s raw travel covers global themes, shedding light on cultural issues including regional corruption in areas including South Sudan, Haiti and Mumbai. Frank has traveled to many parts of the world with a focus on people, landscape and cultures-  telling a story through his photographs.  A large focus for Frank has been India. For the past decade he has traveled to all 4 corners of India.  Additional raw travel includes Atacama, Southwest US, Cuba, Mongolia, Bhutan & Iceland.

A native Northeasterner, Frank often focuses his lens on regional and local scenery in Pennsylvania. Frank’s work has been featured in print, exhibits, and in philanthropic awareness campaigns.

Frank inspires others through his workshops, classes and mentoring. His goal is to help others see the un-obvious and to instill the desire for creativity.


PSA Nature Competition Round 2 Club Entries

Here are the LVPC entries for Round 2 of the PSA Nature Competition.  Congratulations to those photographers whose images were chosen.  Capturing these images required precise timing as well as photographic skill.  Please remember that submissions for Round 3 of the Nature Competition are due Sunday, April 3, 2016.  Get those entries ready to submit for consideration for the PSA Travel Competition as well.  Travel submissions are due February 7, 2016 (Round 2), and May 1, 2016 (Round 3).

Bad Day to be a Field Mouse – Buddy Eleazer

Bad day to be a field mouse

Eastern Phoebe Fledglings – Lee Levin-Friend

Eastern phoebe fledglings

Fancy Footwork – Buddy Eleazer

Fancy footwork

Katydid Nymph in Purple Cone Flower – Karen Campbell

Katydid Nymph in purple cone flower

Skimmer for Dinner – Don Schroder

Skimmer for Dinner

Osprey by Moonlight – Heather Rodburg

Osprey by moonlight

Christos Karfakis – January 21, 2016 Speaker

The January meeting will take place on the 21st at 7 pm at the Banana Factory. Our speaker will be Christos Karfakis. Read on to see what this meeting has in store for you.

When Chris Karfakis was a little boy, a favorite uncle would thrust a camera in his hands and tell him to take the family pictures. That same uncle would encourage him to delve into how things function and why. Mr. Karfakis’s underlying love of photography eventually fueled a massive collection of cameras and images that have allowed him to further understand the history of an art form and the turning points in world events that are documented by photography. His fascination about how photography actually was “invented” fuels his desire to reach and inform people how photography impacts our daily lives.  Many rare and unusual cameras and images have passed through his hands over the years and he has studied them religiously to garner each speck of evolution.

Mr. Karfakis, along with some of these amazing cameras and other photographic ephemera, including daguerrotypes, tintypes, glass negatives, and other early items, will be at our next meeting on January 21, 7 PM, at the Banana Factory in Southside Bethlehem.  That DSLR you use today has quite a history behind it!  Come to our January meeting and learn more!

PSA Travel Competition Round 1 Club Entries

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

The results of PSA Travel Competition Round #1 have been received. Thanks to all those who have submitted work!    Overall, LVPC came in at 11th out of 19 competing clubs in the “B” section.   Our total score was 57 points with the top club at 65!  So you can see it was a very tight field.  In order to get a sense of how the photographs scored, here are the entries with the score received:

Alone in  a  Crowd - Pooja Dhar – Score 8

Alone in a Crowd at Sonnenkopf

Dog Days of Summer – Buddy Eleazer – Score 10

Dog Days in Monument Valley

Evening Portland HeadBob Becker – Score 11

Maine Fall 2015

Shanghai Motorbikes- Howard Sherer – Score 8


Passing Rain In Bryce Canyon – Russell Heller – Score 8

Passing Rain In Bryce Canyon

Water Town Vendor – Karen Campbell – Score 12

WaterTownVendor Zhujiajiao China

What can be learned from entering competitions is that subject, light, composition, and that “wow” factor all must be present in high scoring images.  For Travel competitions, a sense of place is certainly a critical feature along with “an image that expresses the characteristic features of culture of a land as they are found naturally.”

If you have any questions regarding your potential entries, please feel free to ask!  Experienced members will be more than happy to provide some feedback.

PSA Travel Competition Round #2 are due February  7 .

PSA Nature Competition Round #2 are due January 3.

December 17 Meeting – Ori Steinberg – Landscape Photography

Ori is a musician, landscape and portrait photographer based in Exton, PA.

While visiting challenging locations, such as Bushkill Falls and Glen Onoko Falls in Pennsylvania, Ori has been known to hike and climb with 30 pounds of photographic gear on his back. He may explore a location for 20-30 minutes before ever taking the first shot, allowing the landscape to “direct” him. His landscape photos are realistic with minimal post processing.

Please visit to see his full collection of landscape and portrait work.


Event Sign-up is now CLOSED. Limited Space is Now FILLED – LVPC Workshop – Macro/Close-Up Flower Photography, December 5, 2015

Photos by Don Schroder

Photos by Don Schroder

Attached is a .pdf of the tip sheet Don provided at Longwood Gardens:

Dons Macro Workshop Notes

As of 10 a.m. November 20, Sign-ups for this event are now CLOSED.  We have had an overwhelming response and we wish to thank you for your interest in this subject.  Other workshop options will be announced in the near future.

We will meet at 8:45 AM just outside the front doors at Longwood Gardens (doors open at 9:00). We will finish at noon and then have lunch at the cafeteria.

Who May Attend: All dues paid members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club. If you are not a currently a member, you can attend if pay on line, mail payment before the event or if you bring the membership form and required dues to the event. Membership info is located at this link:

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 (rain or shine), No alternate date

Time: Meet at Longwood Gardens: 8:45 AM

Cost: Longwood entry fee: $27.00 under 62; $24 over 62, sign up for a tripod pass.  Here is a link for the form for tripod pass.

Location: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Directions Link

Carpooling: Carpool info for Longwood shoot : If you’d like to carpool to the Longwood Marco Workshop, we’ll meet at the I-476 Quakertown Park & Ride for a 7:30 departure. Don has noted that he can take three.

Group size: LIMITED TO FIRST 15  Please sign up for this event by replying to this post with your intent to attend.

Photo by Don Schroder

Photo by Don Schroder

Workshop Details: Macro Flower Photography

Summary of what will be covered or expectations of participants

 Camera settings: RGB histogram, Blinkies, Metering, Manual or aperture mode, ISO, White balance, Live view, Single shot vs. burst mode, Image stabilization/vibration reduction, Mirror lock-up,

 Tripod vs. Hand-held

 Focusing: Auto vs. Manual, selective focusing, f-stop

 Finding a subject: isolate, simplify, color, texture, translucency, backgrounds, foregrounds, topside or underside of flower, shape, condition of flower

 Looking for the light: soft, even light

 Composition: rule of thirds, centering, curves, leading lines

Photography Skill Level Required: Beginner to advanced

What to bring:

 Camera equipment: DSLR or mirrorless camera bodies

 Recommended lenses: macro or telephoto

 Supplies: tripod, cable release

Photo by Don Schroder

Photo by Don Schroder


Photo by Don Schroder

Photo by Don Schroder

Photo Field Trip – Birds at Conowingo Dam, MD – ALERT: DATE CHANGED TO FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2015


Conowingo Dam in Maryland holds anywhere from ten to hundreds of Bald Eagles as well as assorted cormorants, anhingas and gulls. Some birds may be directly overhead in trees (often feeding on fish they have caught) while others will be at a significant distance away.


Leader: Buddy Eleazer (Contact Buddy at with any questions regarding the trip.)


December 1, 2015 – December 4, 2015  PLEASE NOTE, THIS DATE CHANGE Due to expected rain on Dec. 1st.

Meet-up Time:  7 a.m., yes, that’s early, but we’ve gotten our best shots by being there early in past years.  (expected return before 4 p.m.)

Meet up location: Tilghman Square parking lot, close to Red Robin

4688A Broadway, Allentown, PA (map)

Educational Opportunity: This is a ‘meet up and shoot’ opportunity, not a workshop.  Experienced photographers will attend and will provide tips on camera settings and shooting technique, but no formal presentation will take place.


Transportation: Car pool, please contact Buddy if you are willing to drive.

Difficulty: Easy – Medium. Weather might be wintery. It is an ‘all day’ trip. Walking is minimal.

Transportation: Car pool

What to bring:

  • Dress in layers. We will be outdoors by water.
  • Bring your camera and a telephoto lens.  Examples of lens recommended for success: For Nikon shooters, the 80-400mm lens on a crop sensor such as the D3200, D5200 works well.  For Canon users, the 100-400 on the 70D or 7D work well. Of course a larger lens is also useful. For Olympus shooters, the OM-D series with the E-75-300mm lens is an excellent option. If you are bringing a large lens, consider bringing a tripod also.
  • It’s recommended to bring cash to:

a)    Share the cost of the ride with the driver – it’s recommended to donate $15 to $20 to volunteer drivers to defray gas cost and vehicle wear and tear.

b)    Food.  We typically stop for coffee and donut/bagel on the drive down and for a casual lunch on the return.  Lunch should cost less than $10 per person

  • Consider bringing bottle water, thermos of beverage and/or snacks as we will be at the dam for 3 to 6 hours depending on bird activity, weather and the wishes of the participants.

Other considerations:

  • Exelon, the operator of the dam provides numerous portable toilets (Port-a-pottie) at the site.
  • If weather is bad, we will notify everyone via the web site as well as Club FaceBook page.  An alternate date will be set at that time.


November 19 Meeting – Danielle Austen – Long Exposures in Nature

Danielle Austen is an award-winning fine art photographer specializing in intimate portraits of the environment.

Danielle received her BFA from Cornell University and worked as a graphic designer for seven years before attending the master’s program at the Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in photojournalism.

Working for newspapers and magazines, her editorial work has been published locally, regionally and nationally, including “Life’s, The Year in Pictures.” Returning to her fine art roots, she has combined her skills and training and has participated in over three dozen national and international juried exhibits, two small group shows and two solo exhibits. She was recently selected to have solo exhibit as part of the “NJ Emerging Artist Series” at the Monmouth Museum in March 2016.

This year she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and returned for a second time to Acadia National Park this fall. She previously did other residencies at the Everglades National Park and the Vermont Studio Center where she received a full fellowship.

Danielle has won awards both in her photojournalism and fine art work.
In 2013, Danielle was a national winner of Canon’s “Project Imaginat10n”
photo competition with Director Ron Howard. Celebrity director, Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, chose her winning image to help inspire his short film, “Evermore” which premiered October 2013 in NYC.

In August 2014, she was the co-creator and curator of the“NJ350 Elements” exhibit. In celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, this unique juried photography exhibit was created to represent the environment within the environment. Images of New Jersey’s nature and wildlife created by New Jersey photographers were printed on 40”x60” satin fabric and displayed outdoors around the Duke Farms Environmental Center in Hillsborough, NJ.

“We often get lost in the beauty of the majestic vistas, but I believe it’s the elements that make up these scenics that are of the greatest value. My photography reflects a desire to capture the unexpected views of the landscape that are often missed by the casual observer. As a documentary fine artist, I am bound to seek honesty in my subjects and to communicate the spirituality of the moment.  I search for what many may see as ordinary and to discover the extraordinary.”

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