LVPC 2015 Juried Exhibition Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem City Hall

2015 Lehigh Valley Photography Club Juried Exhibition Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem City Hall

EXHIBIT DATE: Monday, November 2, 2015 to Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LOCATION: Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem City Hall, 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem,  PA 18018

ENTRY CRITERIA: Each paid LVPC member may submit two to three images for jurying.

  • Digital editing and manipulation is allowed, however the final product must originate   from a photographic image by you
  • There is no theme. No nudes are permitted.
  • Image can not have previously been exhibited in any other LVPC exhibit.
  • There is no entry fee.

DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by midnight

Enter via e-mail to contest.lvpc@gmail.com

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Requested size: 1080 pixels on the short side with a resolution of 92 pixels/inch
  • File format: JPEG and sRGB color space
  • File name: Member name and Image title.
  • Entry should include member contact info, email or phone numbers(s) AND anticipated enlargement (print) size.

*Members will be notified with results starting Wed. Sept. 30th, allowing for 4 weeks to prepare works for exhibit.

DELIVERY: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

HANGING: Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:00 Noon to 4:30 PM

RECEPTION: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

*Donations of non-alcoholic beverages, and ready-to-serve fruit, cheese, vegetables, and sweets are requested for the day of the reception.

PICK-UP: Monday, November 30, 2015 between 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM

FRAMING GUIDELINES:

  • All photos must be matted and framed with glass or Plexiglas, with the exception of images printed on metal or canvas.
  • Finished work cannot be smaller than 11×14 or larger than 24” x 30” (Image can be smaller but the outside dimensions of the framed and matted image must fit within the guidelines.)
  • Mats must be of at least 4-ply thickness and neutral shades, such as white, ivory, gray or black. (Color and textured mats are allowed in the mat core or inside reveal (double mats only.)
  • All pieces must be wired on the back for hanging.
  • Frames must be a simple style of either 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 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.)

The exhibition committee reserves the right to refuse any submissions that do not follow guidelines or professional standards. Please contact Janet Dean, preferably, at artistjdean@gmail.com or 610-739-1468 with any questions regarding guidelines, framing or presentation of your work.

Call for Entries: 2015-2016 PSA Nature Photography Contest

Last year, our club participated in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Inter-Club competition for the first time.  This year, in addition to competing in the Travel competition, we are also registered to compete in the Nature category, a favorite photographic subject of many of our members.

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.

Our first round of Nature entries is due at the beginning of October and the Nature guidelines are a bit more restrictive than the Travel category. Please review the guidelines thoroughly before submitting entries and feel free to post any questions you may have here as comments on our site or by e-mailing Contest.LVPC@gmail.com.

 LVPC Member Entry Due Dates

  • Nature Round 1:  Sunday, October 4, 2015
  • Nature Round 2:  Sunday, January 3, 2016
  • Nature Round 3:  Sunday, April 3, 2016

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 Contest.LVPC@gmail.com 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.

Additional Nature Entry Information

September 17 Meeting Speaker Change – Buddy Eleazer Nature Photography

Due to a personal emergency, Christos Karfakis will not be able to speak at this month’s meeting.  We hope to reschedule him for sometime in the future.  Saving the day, is our Event Chair, Buddy Eleazer!  He will be giving a talk on the subject of Getting More Impact from your Nature Photography. 

Buddy Eleazer is a former president of the Lehigh Valley Photographer, but he is also an international award winning wildlife and landscape photographer with 35 years of experience.  Business has led him to travel to 22 different countries on four continents.  This experience has given him a deep appreciation for many diverse cultures and a respect for the need to preserve natural habitats in all lands.

Since retiring from the ‘corporate world’, Mr. Eleazer has dedicated his efforts to sharing his appreciation of nature and travel through photography.  Several times per year, he takes small groups to regions of southern Africa to teach his photo techniques for wildlife photography.  Mr. Eleazer’s Africa photography gives one an intimate look at wildlife and creates a sense of place he refers to as ‘timeless Africa’.

Buddy’s images have been featured by Popular Photography, National Geographic and the prestigious Epson Panorama Awards.  Regionally, Mr. Eleazer’s accomplishments include works in the permanent collection at Haverford College, 2011 ‘Best of Show’ image for the Lehigh Art Alliance Photography Exhibition, 2012 Second Place Award for the Lehigh Valley Photography Open Competition, and Gallery Showing at the Salemme Gallery.  In 2009, Mr. Eleazer won the Lehigh Valley’s “Life in the Valley” photography competition and was a finalist for this award again in 2010 and 2011.

Through example photos, Buddy will present tips for achieving more impact with your nature photography.

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Following the presentation, several people asked to get a copy of my talking points.  Below is summary of points covered in the talk:

Key points from Buddy’s Presentation:

Understand the difference in constants and variables.  Use the constants, learn to anticipate using the variables

  • Constants

–      Control buttons on the camera

–      Characteristics of lens (Ex: dof of lens at given distance/f-stop)

–      Basic compositional elements

  • Sunrise/sunset
  • Rivers flow
  • Trees don’t move
  • Variables

–      Light

–      Cloud cover

–      Animal gestures

–      Camera settings: Shutter speed, aperture setting, ISO

Know your ‘base settings’ for your equipment and your subject

For Wildlife, I want:

–      Shutter Speed

  • 1/1600 sec to freeze animals
  • 1/20 sec for pan action shots to show motion

–      Aperture

  • f/5.6 or less if ‘isolating subject’
  • f/11 or greater if I want layers in focus

–      ISO

  • Specific Camera limited
  • My base setting is ISO 400

–      Canon 5D MkIII: I try to stay below ISO 3200 but will go to ISO 6400 in low light & ISO 12,800 in darkness

–      Canon 7D MkII: I try to stay below ISO 1600 but will go to ISO 3200 in very low light

Understand Compositional Elements (and when to break them)

  • Rule of thirds
  • Leading lines
  • Repetition
  • Spacing of subjects
  • Odd numbers
  • Shooting angle: Low or High Angles
  • Left to right = relaxing, right to left = tension
  • Keep it simple

–      Minimize distracting elements

Understand ‘Classic’ Wildlife Rules

  • Don’t clip the wings, feet or tail
  • Ears forward
  • Catch light in the subjects eye
  • Leave room for the subject to move into

Story Telling With Nature Photography, Remember the variety of shot options

  • Portrait

–      Head Shot

–      Full Body Shot

  • Sense of Place
  • Detail shot
  • Gesture
  • Action Shot/Pan Shots
  • Landscape and Portrait Orientation Shots
  • The only “no-no”: Don’t get caught in the habit of shooting hundreds of repetitive compositions

Additional tips for success

  • Look at the works of others:

–      Art Wolfe, Nick Brandt, Greg du Toit, Mike Nichols, Michael Poliza, Franz Lanting, Buddy Eleazer

  • Research the shooting location:

–      Sun position for time of year

–      Typical wildlife activity

  • Develop a game plan
  • Be willing to break the game plan

 

LVPC Event – Joe Edelman Natural Light Workshop – 10/10/15

 

It looks like the weather is going to bless us on Saturday and we will be able to hold the workshop without getting wet or freezing to death.

PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS CAREFULLY IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND

We will start at 10:00pm SHARP – so please arrive early.  (We will finish by 1:00pm sharp)

The Lehigh Valley Photography Club is excited to announce an exciting new addition to our traditional Club Activity of Group Photo Shoots for it’s paid membership.  Many of our past shoots have been ‘meet ups’ at various events occurring in the region.  Over the past years we have offered some very interesting shooting locations and many of you have taken advantage of these opportunities.  We will have more of these in the coming year

The Club’s Executive Board has been surprised at the inconsistent attendance for the varied opportunities.  For this reason, last year we sent you a survey to better understand your wants and needs.  The results are in and it was clear that while you want great photo opportunities, you also want coaching and hands on-training workshops.

While we are working to schedule more, we are extremely pleased to announce that our first workshop of the year will be Outdoor Portraiture with a demonstration and hands-on workshop by famed photographer Joe Edelman – www.JoeEdelman.com

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Here are all the details:

 

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: http://lvphotographyclub.org/membership/

Date:  Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Time:  10:00am until 1:00pm

Cost:  FREE – That is not a typo!

Location:  Allentown’s Cedar Creek Park –  We will meet next to the parking lot at the Allentown Parks and Recreation Office – 3000 Parkway Blvd Allentown, PA 18104 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Allentown+Parks+%26+Recreation+Office,+3000+Parkway+Blvd,+Allentown,+PA+18104/@40.594144,-75.5129306,15z/)

Workshop DetailsOutdoor Portraiture – How to create beautiful outdoor portraits with just a simple reflector.

  • Joe Edelman will bring his “KISS IT” (Keep It Simple Stupid) approach to lighting and portraits to Cedar Creek Park for a morning of photography demonstrations and shooting opportunities.
  • The day will begin at 10:00am sharp with a one-hour demonstration from Joe to teach you the nuances of creating a great portrait in less than ideal lighting conditions (mid-day sun or over cast clouds).
  • Joe will cover everything from location selection, lens selection, composition, proper exposure, posing and lighting – using only available light and an inexpensive “Wal-Mart Reflector”.  He will also discuss how he preps his subjects for a photo shoot and the way he directs a subject during a shoot.
  • There will be 2 – 3 models on hand for you to photograph at the end of the demonstration.  We will take a quick break for lunch at noon and then continue shooting until 1:00p.m.
  • Joe will be available the entire time to mentor both photographers and models towards creating better images.

What to bring:

  • Your camera
  • A short to medium length telephoto lens.  (A 50mm can work for portraits – 75mm or higher is ideal.  I prefer to a 200mm to limit depth of field.)
  • Plenty of disks (unless of course you still use film)
  • Spare batteries (we will not have charging facilities)
  • A blanket to sit-on during the demonstration (This will also be helpful to kneel or lay on while shooting) *Please do NOT bring chairs – we will be moving around the park.
  • LUNCH – Food and refreshments will NOT be provided or available
  • Feel free to bring a portable reflector if you own one.

***NO TRIPODS – You may bring a monopod if you are not comfortable hand holding your camera.

***NO FLASH UNITS of any kind.  This is a natural lighting workshop.

Other Important Details: In the event of rain, the workshop will be rescheduled.  Be sure to check the club’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/184708275522/) or Joe Edelman’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/edelmanjoe) if the weather looks questionable.  A final decision will be made no later than 9:00am on the 10th.

The models are donating their time in the hope of getting a few good photographs for their portfolios.  Understand that you will not be receiving a signed modeling release as a part of the workshop.  If you intend to use the images for self promotion or posting on any commercial web site owned by you or someone else (Facebook, Instagram, ModelMayhem, 500px, Flickr, Tumblr are all commercial websites and any website that promotes your photography is a commercial website) you MUST have a signed modeling release from the model to do so.

The models will be willing to sign a modeling release for you for a very reasonable fee of $10.00 per release.  **Come prepared with CASH.  The models will not have change and will not accept credit cards or checks.

To help us better plan, we would appreciate if you would use the comment option on the Club’s web page and/or reply on Facebook.  We want to make sure we have enough support personnel, reflectors, etc. to make this a great workshop.

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Here are a few photos from our successful shoot with Joe:

The group hears an introductory lesson from Joe prior to our natural light portrait shoot.

The group hears an introductory lesson from Joe prior to our natural light portrait shoot.

We had an amazing group of experienced models for the event.

We had an amazing group of experienced models for the event.