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.


PSA Nature Competition Round 2 Club Entries

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

The results are in for PSA Nature Division Round #2. LVPC scored 64 points in the round for a rank of 11th out of 34 clubs!  Our total score for Round #1 and Round #2 is 127.  We are tied for 10th place in the standings of  37 Class B clubs.   So, thank you to our membership for continuing to support  our entries in the PSA competition!

Round #3 images are due to by April 3.

Bad Day to be a Field Mouse – Buddy Eleazer – 12 – Honorable Mention

Bad day to be a field mouse

Eastern Phoebe Fledglings – Lee Levin-Friend – 9

Eastern phoebe fledglings

Fancy Footwork – Buddy Eleazer – 13

Fancy footwork

Katydid Nymph in Purple Cone Flower – Karen Campbell – 9

Katydid Nymph in purple cone flower

Skimmer for Dinner – Don Schroder – 12

Skimmer for Dinner

Osprey by Moonlight – Heather Rodburg – 9

Osprey by moonlight

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.