March Speaker: Michael Gadomski

Michael Gadomski’s audio/video presentation was quite inspirational.  It really reminded everyone how much we have to explore in ‘Wild Pennsylvania”.  MIke really knows the wilds of PA as he served for years as a  law enforcement ranger.   He recalls how, as a young man, he responded to an add ‘photographer needed, no experience required’, which got him into photography and started a love with our park system. During the presentation, Member Ernest Pile snapped a few images of our speaker.

Speaker Mike Gadomski presents ‘Wild Pennsylvania’ to the LVPC. Photo by Ernest Pile.

Mike Gadomski answers questions following his audio/visual presentation. Photo by Ernest Pile

On March 21, 2012 at 7pm at the Banana Factory, we will have speaker Michael Gadomski.  Michael is a Scranton-area outdoor photographer/writer/film-maker. He will be sharing a film he made in the Ken Burns style of film making in which still photographs pan & fade with narration and subtle background music. The film is entitled “Wild Pennsylvania” and relates to his first book of the same name. More info can be found on his website here:


FINAL RESULTS: Selected Entries – 2013 George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon

The results are in and the Lehigh Valley Photography Club scored 238 points, which ranked us number 54 out of 91.  This is a fantastic improvement over our prior entry in 2010 when we ranked 93 out of 111 with a score of 201.  We can’t wait to see how the club will rank next year!

In addition, 4 of our images received ‘Acceptances’, which equates to the top 1/3 of all images entered. Images were rated on a 30 point scale.  Acceptances were awarded to Diane Richter (25 points) for ‘Humpback whale and bird’, Chris Hornaman (26 points) for ‘Bonding, the first hour of life’ and Buddy Eleazer (26 points for each image) for ‘A mother’s love’ and ‘Herons in Love’.

The Lehigh Valley Photography Club would like to thank everyone who sent in their photographs for the 2013 George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon. The guidelines required us to select ten of our best images as a club for submission to the Salon. We would like to thank everyone who submitted for participating in helping the club gain entry in this prestigious competition. We would also like to congratulate the participants whose images were selected for final submission:

Photographer: Image Title: Category:
Buddy Eleazer A Mother’s Love Mammal
Buddy Eleazer Herons in Love Bird
Carlton Becker Water Lily Botany
Chris Hornaman Bonding the First Hour of Life Mammal
Diane Richter Humpback Whale and Bird Marine
Kate Garibaldi Wild Stallion in Diamonds Mammal
Kate Garibaldi Mare Crossing at Sunrise Mammal
Lee Levin Friend Lion Mammal
Reno Unger Luna Caterpillar Invertebrate
Sweedon Resenburger White Sticks Invertebrate

The Merrimack Valley Camera Club (MVCC) hosted and conducted the 33rd annual George W. Glennie Nature Salon on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Per the MVCC Website, results for the 2013 were posted.  We are excited to be a part of this premier, international competition.  Once again, thank you to all who entered and congratulations to the selected photographers!


Lehigh Valley Zoo Photo Shoot – Sat. March 9

March Photo Shoot
Lehigh Valley Zoo
Saturday, March 9, 2013
10:00 a.m.

We will meet near the ticket counter.

Important Message:
The covered bridge on Game Preserve Road has been closed by PennDOT until further notice. To reach the Zoo, please follow the orange detour signs to Mill Creek Road and Game Preserve Road.
Click Here for Detour Directions to the Lehigh Valley Zoo Main Entrance Gate

Operating Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Daily), Weather Permitting
Admission Rate: $9.50

We highly recommend a visit to the Zoo in the winter. Almost all of the animals are visible in their exhibits year-round, and they are generally more active, exhibiting behaviors rarely seen in the spring and summer. Please note: In our off-season, our Café, Nature Store and some vending machines may be unavailable. We suggest that you bring a snack, as only limited snack options may be offered for sale.

Foto Feedback returns on March 5th

The new format for FotoFeedback has four parts, each lasting about 30 minutes.

1. Alternative Seeings 
The idea here is to expand the ways that we take in and sort through the photo opportunities presented by a scene. We’ll do this by comparing the images that our members shot either at the same or comparable locations. For March, the location that has been chosen is the Tony Sweet Workshop that took place in December at the National Museum of Industrial History and St. Michaels Cemetery in Bethlehem.

2. Alternative Interpretations 
The idea here is to help each other recognize different ways of interpreting the same capture. Captures (right from the camera, jpg or raw) are submitted that members find puzzling or just would like to see how others would bring out a different aspect. Others send in their digital files together with a brief list of adjustment applied. We’ll select as many as we can, comparing and discussing each variation on the original capture.

3. Break and Refreshments

4. Alternative Groupings
The idea here is to learn how to recognize the theme that unifies a group of images in a collection. Each month one photographer who has fully worked through a collection will introduce us to the process he or she followed in developing that collection. For March, club member Lee Levin-Friend will be sharing her photos taken during an African safari last year.

Call for Entries: George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon


Due to high member interest, The club has decided to submit an entry into the George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon, but we must move fast!  A great opportunity for the club has presented itself, for us to enter the George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon. The salon is an international competition in which each club chooses their ten best nature images from their members to compete against other clubs and organizations. We would like to be a part of this year’s competition; however the deadline is next week! The rules of the salon limit the entries to a maximum of two photographs per person, and ten total images per club. There are also file size and category requirements.  As this is a club competition, not every image or every member who submits to us will be selected for final entry. We appreciate everyone’s support and understanding regarding this.

We are opening submissions to interested members. If you would like to enter, select one or two of your best nature photographs, identify your image category, size and title them according to the guidelines below, and email your entry to with the subject line as “Nature Salon Entry”. The deadline for entry is this Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 5pm est.  

Only the club’s top 10 images can be entered into the contest and there is a maximum of 2 images per person.

Submission details:

Deadline: Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 5pm est

Submit to:


  1. Animals (consists of the following categories)
    a. Birds
    b. Invertebrates – Insects, Mollusks (snails etc.), Arachnids, Annelids (worms), Crustaceans
    c. Reptiles
    d. Amphibians
    e. Mammals
    f. Marine and Freshwater Life – Fish, Marine Crustaceans/Mammals, Starfish, Corals etc.
  2. Botany
  3. Landscape

Image Preparation:

Each digital image may have a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels. The image must be submitted in JPEG (.jpg) format, and the size is limited to no more than 1 Megabyte (MB). It is suggested that the image resolution be no greater the 100 pixels per inch (ppi) and that the color space be sRGB.

An image filename shall consist of the following: 4 alphanumeric characters indicating the camera club (each club may choose their own); followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately by a 2 digit number indicating the image number shown on the registration form; followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately the image title (with spaces filled in with underscores); followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately by the maker’s first and last name separated by an underscore. As an example, the following would be the image filename for the 4th image submitted by MVCC, with “Purple Fish” as the title and John Doe as the maker.

Example:  MVCC-04-Purple_Fish-John_Doe.jpg

LVPC image selection:

Lehigh Valley Photo Club down selection for submission: Due to the time constraints of this contest, we will have a private judging by a single judge selected by The Club’s Executive Board.  Our judge will make the final decision on our 10 best images and forward them to the contest entry site for the multi-club completion judging.

For the multi-club competition and judging:

The judges will be guided by the recently revised PSA definition of Nature. The following is a statement of the basic guidelines concerning Nature digital images:

“Nature Photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify as to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining a high technical quality.

Human elements shall not be present, except on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photography without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural.”

Images submitted for consideration for the Best Wildlife award must meet the additional definition for Nature Wildlife Photography.

“Authentic wildlife is defined as one or more organisms, living free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Therefore landscapes, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or any living subject taken under controlled conditions are not eligible for the Best Wildlife award.”

For more information on photographing Nature, check out this great article from the PSA journal entitled “Working With the PSA Nature and Wildlife Definitions” (though note that this document has not been updated with the more recent PSA allowances for HDR images and natural-looking background blurring).

Thank you and good luck to everyone!