2016 Lehigh Valley Photography Club Juried Exhibition

Please note that there have been some changes regarding delivery and hanging.  They have been noted with ***.

LOCATION: The Art Establishment, 945 Broadway, Fountain Hill, PA 18015

***EXHIBIT DATES:   Thursday, October 27, 2016 to Wednesday, November 30, 2016


  • Each paid LVPC member may submit two or three images for jurying.
  • Digital editing and manipulation is allowed, however the final product must originate from a photographic image by member.
  • There is no theme. Nudes are permitted.
  • Image cannot have previously been exhibited in any other LVPC exhibit.
  • Submission fee, $10 for up to 3 entries.  Payment can be made at our September 15, 2016 meeting, via PayPal on our Payments page, or by mailing a check to: 

Lehigh Valley Photography Club
PO Box 1703
Bethlehem, PA 18016

DEADLINE:   Sunday, September 18, 2016 by midnight

*Members will be notified with jurying results along with further  instructions starting Wednesday, September 21st, allowing 4 weeks to prepare works for exhibit. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the exhibit.


  • Requested size: 1080 pixels on the short side with a resolution of 92 pixels/inch
  • File format: JPEG and sRGB color space
  • Email submissions to: contest.lvpc@gmail.com
  • Subject line of email: Art Establishment
  • Naming Files Include: Member Name, Image Title
  • Member contact info: E-mail and phone numbers(s) Intended enlargement/print size. (Important!)

Please Note:  Each submission constitutes an agreement to use selected entries for promotional purposes. If you do NOT want your image used you MUST state that with submission.

***DELIVERY:   It has been arranged that you may drop off your framed work at the October 20th club meeting.  Simply bring it to the Banana Factory and it will be transported to the Art Establishment.  If you use this option, be sure to attach your entry form to the back of your work.   In order to provide safe transport to the venue, please make sure your work is wrapped, and/or cover the glass with a piece of cardboard.   If you cannot attend the meeting, you may still drop off your work at the Art Establishment per the original schedule:                                     

  • Friday, October 21st, 5 PM – 8PM
  • Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 10AM – 2PM.

***INSTALLATION: Tuesday & Wednesday, October 25th & 26th (Email Janet Dean if you wish to help.)

RECEPTION: Friday, November 4th, 7PM – 10PM

PICK-UP: Thursday, December 1st, 10 AM – 8PM


  • All photos must be matted and framed with glass or Plexiglas, with the exception of images printed on canvas, metal or board substrates.
  • Finished  size (outside  dimension) cannot be smaller than 11×14 or larger than
  • 24” x 30”. (Image no smaller than 8×10).
  • Mats must be of at least 4-ply thickness (no paper mats) and neutral shades, such as white, ivory, gray or black. (Color and textured mats are allowed in the mat core or inside reveal of double mats only.)
  • All pieces must be wired and ready to hang.
  • Frames must be a simple style of sturdy 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 accepted/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.)

Please contact  Exhibition Chairperson, Janet Dean, preferably at artistjdean@gmail.com or 610-739-1468 if interested in serving  on the exhibition committee or if you have any questions regarding exhibition, instructions, guidelines, framing  or presentation of your work. Please do not call the Art Establishment with your questions.

The exhibition committee reserves the right to refuse any submissions that do not follow guidelines or professional standards, and we cannot guarantee that all members will be accepted into the exhibit.

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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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: http://lvphotographyclub.org/membership/.

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: info.LVPC@gmail.com 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: info.LVPC@gmail.com 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.


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.


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


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.


Sign up to attend the LVPC picnic on Saturday, September 12, 2015!

Time: Noon to dusk. Plan to eat at 1 PM.
Place: The pavilion at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049.
Pool Wildlife Sanctuary of the Wildlands Conservancy offers lots of land to explore and photograph, including a nearby boardwalk through wooded areas, a bird blind and frog pond. For a map and more information, see http://www.wildlandspa.org/%EF%BF%BCpool-wildlife-sanctuary/.
The Conservancy doesn’t permit grilling, but the pavilion offers ample electrical outlets for crockpots. LVPC will provide hearty sandwiches and/or BBQ sandwiches.
Families are welcome! To sign up, leave a reply to this post.  Please tell us how many people will be in your party and what you’re planning to bring!

Malcolm W. Gross Memorial Rose Garden

Upcoming Photo Shoot at Allentown Rose Garden
Saturday, May 30th @ 8:00 a.m.

The buds are blooming and the baby birds are hatching. There are lots of photo opportunities there. Bring your macro, wide angle, & zoom as you might use them all. A tripod will be an asset when composing your shots.



Philadelphia Zoo + Photo Shoot

Contact Person: Jeffry Grim
3400 West Girard Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 243-1100

When: April 18, 2015
Time: Morning (tbd) The zoo is open 9:30am to 5pm.
Gathering Point: (tbd) Carpooling to the Zoo [possibly meet for breakfast…optional]
Distance: Approximately an hour from the LV Turnpike or Coopersburg
Entrance Fee: $20 entrance fee ($15 if we can commit to 15+ attendees two weeks ahead of time), $15 per vehicle for parking.
The Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo, is a 42-acre Victorian garden that is home to more than 1300 animals, many of them rare and endangered.
The zoo offers a wide variety of subjects (both animals and the people watching them), as well as challenges, making them a great place to practice your photography. Some of the obstacles you’ll need to overcome in getting great shots at a zoo include:
• Distance – the space between photographer and animal
• Moving Subjects – animals rarely stay in the one place for long
• Tricky Lighting – foliage and indoor/outdoor shooting can prove to be challenging
• Cages (fences) and Glass – while many zoos are providing natural surroundings the challenge of photographing them without the distractions of reflections off glass or grim looking bars both in the foreground and background add to the “fun” of zoo photography
• Patience
There are a number of online resources with tips on zoo photography. Provided below are links to several of the websites.
They have no restrictions regarding camera equipment (i.e.; tripod, monopods, or shooting other than for commercial purposes…they have their own camera club that does that).
Link to Interactive Trip Planner/Map http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/planner.html
For those interested in extending the day, there are some nice places to shoot in Fairmount Park.

Allentown Art Museum Call For Volunteers – Hanging and Reception

Volunteers are needed for the delivery and hanging of club images, anytime during the hours of:
Thursday 11/13, 8:45 – 11:00AM and 12:00- 4:00PM.
Friday 11/14, 10:00AM – 2:00PM  (If needed)
Volunteers are also needed for the Gallery Opening Reception
Sunday 11/16: 12:00 – 3:30PM
Public reception time: 1:00-3:00PM
The following is a list of items that the LVPC will be responsible for bringing.  Multiple people can bring the same items so that no one person is responsible for a large quantity of any item.  The reception starts at 1:00 pm.  If possible, we would like most of the items before hand in order to set the table. Serving dishes will be provided for fruit, desserts etc.
  • Punch: apple juice, sparkling water, cranberry juice, ginger ale (Each person could bring 1 or 2).
  • 2 bags of ice
  • Water
  • Fruit: grapes, kiwi, pineapple, etc.
  • Desserts/Cookies: homemade or bought. 
Please let us know, by commenting below what you are willing and able to bring.
Email Janet Dean about volunteering for exhibit installation and reception setup, or if you have any questions.  (artistjdean@gmail.com)
Please note: Anyone volunteering for exhibit installation or reception setup and clean up is exempt from contributing food for the reception.

Conowingo Dam – Bald Eagles

The Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam are world famous. When the days get cooler and shorter, the population begins to rapidly grow and one can frequently see up to 100 eagles in a day.

WHEN – November 15th I will be there from 8:30

CONTACT – Jerry Fuqua

Address is: 2569 Shures Landing Road, Darlington, Maryland 21034
From I-95 South, Take Exit #93 for MD-222 toward Port Deposit/Perryville. Turn right onto MD-222 N. Take the 1st left to say on MD-222 N. Turn left onto US 1 S. Turn left on Shuresville Road (1st left after crossing the dam). After a mile, turn right onto Shuresville Landing Road. Road will lead you into the parking area along the dam.

It will be cold! Dress warmly in layers to add/remove as needed. Wear winter boots if you have them. There will be a lot of standing/sitting involved.
Bring lunch and something warm to drink.
Make sure you have plenty of memory cards and charged batteries.
TIP: Bring a small chair to sit while waiting for the action to happen.

There are port-a-potties

Get the longest zoom lens you can get your hands on. Anything 400mm and longer will help you reach the bird. However, offten the eagles will perch in the trees by the shooting location
If you have access to two camera bodies, bring them along. One with the mega zoom, the other with a smaller zoom to capture the eagles in the trees.

The Lazy Man settings:
Aperture Priority
Auto ISO
Auto White Balance
AI Servo focus mode
Continual shoot mode
Shutter Speed 1/1000 or higher for birds in flight

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania & Strasburg Railroad Train Ride

Fall colors and steam engines … that sounds like a photographers dream!  Tom Snyder is leading our group on a photo shoot at the Railroad museum which is currently running it’s steam train every few hours on the weekends.  Here’s a chance to photograph vintage equipment, shoot the steam engine and even take a ride on one of the old trains.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Located on PA Route 741, Strasburg,
ten miles east of historic downtown Lancaster
in the heart of the beautiful, Pennsylvania Dutch Country
of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Contact: Tom Snyder
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

GPS Coordinates:
39.982329, -76.161112

300 Gap Road (delivery address only)
PA Route 741 East, Strasburg, PA 17579
Museum Prices:
Adult (ages 12 – 64) $10
Senior Citizen (65+) $ 9
Youth (3 – 11) $ 8
Age 2 and under FREE

We will be meeting at the Railroad Museum Entrance at 10:00 a.m.

Trains & Troops is the Museum’s annual tribute to the U. S. Armed Forces, American railroads and all those who served, and are serving, overseas and on the home front in defense of our nation.
Salute our veterans and active duty service personnel, along with the Lancaster Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard @ 11:00 a.m.

If you are interested in seeing the museum, and then joining Tom and me for a train ride there is a discount on the museum tickets. You must buy your pick up your tickets at the Train Station before going to the museum.
Order your ticket online for 4:00 p.m. First-Class Parlor Car Adult/Museum Pkg: $27.00
Surround yourself in Victorian splendor and air-conditioned comfort. Indulge yourself with our unique selection of confections and beverages available for purchase.