John Barclay- Master your Craft & Honor your Vision – November 17, 2016 Speaker

John Barclay will be the speaker on November 17, 2016.  The topic will be Master your Craft & Honor your Vision.  The meeting will be at 7:00PM in the Crayola Room at the Banana Factory.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.

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Vision is the unique way we each see the world. It is what gives our images focus and makes them unique to us. Mastering our craft allows us to fulfill our vision. In other words, as we learn techniques, feel more confident with our gear and master our craft, we will be able to create the images we’ve envisioned. In this lecture John will share his thoughts about vision and why it should be what drives your photography. He will also share ideas and concepts that will help you master your craft. Join John for this uplifting lecture that will leave you inspired to stay true to your vision, creating images that make your heart sing.

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Denise Ippolito-Visual Expressions – October 20, 2016 Speaker

On October 20, 2016, LVPC welcomes back Denise Ippolito.  The meeting will be at 7:00PM in the Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.


Denise Ippolito is a full time professional photographer, international workshop leader, and creative artist living in New Jersey. Most recently one of Denise’s images was selected as the “Art in Nature” Category Winner in the prestigious Nature’s Best 2015 Windland Smith Rice International Awards Competition. Her “Frigatebird Feathers” image is on display at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. In 2010 and again in 2014 Denise received a Highly Honored award in the same Nature’s Best competition. Also in 2014 one of her images was selected as part of the People’s Choice Awards Top 50 Images in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. She has also won several PSA (Photographic Society of America) awards. Her images have been published in magazines and text books, sold as greeting cards, calendars and most recently featured in a Sierra Club Documentary. Six of her images hung in the distinguished Birds of the World Exhibit featured at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Denise travels extensively presenting slide shows, lectures and seminars and teaching photography and Photoshop. Her workshops feature a variety of subjects including: avian, flower, landscape and urbex photography.

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“Visual Expressions” slide program/lecture is based on my virtual coffee table eBook. In this slide program you will find more than one hundred of my very favorite images. I have hand-chosen each and every image in this program very carefully to reflect my overall body of work. My photographs are all works of art to me in one way or another, whether they are straight out-of-camera or manipulated in post processing. I am always looking to express my thoughts and vision through my photographs. Sharing my visual expressions is what keeps me motivated as an artist.


Door Prizes:

  • 3 copies of my Visual Expressions eBook
  • One $250.00 gift certificate towards any of my upcoming workshops

Arthur Ransome-Discover Yourself Through Photography – September 15, 2016 Speaker

LVPC resumes monthly meetings on Thursday September 15, 2016 with speaker Arthur Ransome.  The meeting will be in the Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.

Discover Yourself Through Photography

Photography has the capacity to convey both subject and emotion. Whether we are photographing a friend or stranger, our pets, our backyard or a grand vista at a national park, we want our photographs to capture not only what we saw but what we felt. These feelings are personal—we are all individuals with our own thoughts, experiences and imagination—so each of us has different emotional responses to the subjects in front of our lenses. Expressing these inner feelings through photography can be a profoundly satisfying activity, one that adds depth and meaning to our lives. If our images stimulate feelings in others, our efforts even more satisfying. We want viewers (and ourselves, too) to feel an emotional relationship to the characters, places and events we photograph, and to hear the wind rustling through the leaves of the trees and feel the cold of a winter’s day. How can we get in touch with our own emotions and infuse our images with those emotions? Departing from the colorful world we live in, Arthur takes you into his black and white world to show you how he expresses his emotions photographically. And he discusses how photographic style evolves as you cultivate and grow your emotional intelligence…and “discover yourself.”

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The expression of emotion was perceived as a sign of weak character in the working class North East of England where Arthur grew up.  Motivated by a desire to share his emotions and life experiences Arthur pursued photography as his outlet.

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A relative latecomer to fine art photography, Arthur began his photographic life when scuba diving in Puerto Rico during the six years that he lived there. Scuba diving introduced Arthur to sights that he could only describe through the photographs that he made. Although moving to the Washington DC / Baltimore area in 2005 stopped the scuba diving, Arthur continued to seek imagery above sea level. Working mainly with 35mm format cameras and sometimes large format, 4×5 view cameras (slowly using up his stock of very out of date Polaroid PN 55 film), Arthur photographs the black and white world that he sees around him. Although his subject matter is varied, he chooses subjects that express emotion and a sense of time, place and being.

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Amongst others, Arthur’s work has been featured in Lenswork, B&W and Silvershotz Magazine and has been included in several exhibitions around the United States.  Arthur has published two books of his work, Lonaconing Silk Mill: Portrait of a Place and Iceland, A Journey Into Dreams.

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Arthur is an active speaker at national and international photography events as well as camera clubs. His work can be seen on his website (, where he also maintains an active blog in which he notes his feelings, thoughts and philosophy about photography.



LVPC Picnic & Shoot at Lockridge Furnace Park

Our annual LVPC Member Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2016 at picturesque Lockridge Park at 210 Church Street, Alburtis, PA. It’s a photo destination and picnic location all in one! We have access to the pavillion from morning to evening, but plan to set up for lunch by noon and begin eating at 1 PM
Please add your name, number of guests and what you will be bringing for the potluck in a comment below so that we can avoid duplication. LVPC will provide grilled meats, drinks, plates, napkins and cups. 
Lockridge Park images courtesy of Tarea Roach-Pritchett
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PSA Nature and Travel Presentation & LVPC Elections – June 16, 2016 Meeting

Just in time for all your summertime vacation photos, our next meeting will be a presentation of our Photographic Society of America (PSA) Nature and Travel Competition submissions and discussion about what the PSA judges are looking for—all to help us gear up for the next year of club competitions starting again in October 2016. We’ll present actual LVPC submissions and their scores, look at winning PSA Nature and Travel images, and offer an open Q&A session about judging, photographic subjects, post-processing and other topics to help build our PSA success for the coming year.

As always, the meeting will be at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.

We’ll also hold club elections, enjoy some refreshments, and have LVPC shirts and mugs available for pick up, this last meeting before our summer hiatus until meetings resume September 15, 2016.

PSA Travel Competition Round 3 Club Entries

The results are in, and LVPC had a great showing.  The total score for Round #3 was 67 for an overall total (of all three rounds)  of 184 points!  Our standing for this round was #7 out of 17 clubs participating.  Our overall standing for all three rounds was 10th out of 19 participating clubs.  The top club came in at 207 points.

Thank you to those members for participating in PSA Club competitions and a special thank you to our club jurors for taking the time to assist in selection of the work for submission.  You can see the Travel Round 3 submissions below.

Keep shooting and keep in mind that the new season will begin again after the summer.

Lee Levin-Friend
PSA Chair for LVPC

Medieval Times – Buddy Eleazer – Score 12


Lamar Valley, Yellowstone – Larry Bardawil – Score 11

Larry Bardawil, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone

Old Woman in San Miguel de Allende Mexico – Laurinda Faye Rubin – Score 11

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Music Man of Morro Solar Hill, Lima Peru – Carol J. Gilmore – Score 9

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Pompeii Worker– Lee Levin-Friend – Score 12

Pompeii worker- Lee Levin-Friend

Stone Bridge – Rob Haitmanek – Score 12

Stone Bridge, Rob Haitmanek