Photography Trip to Cornwall Iron Furnace Museum- April 2, 2017

LVPC Photography Trip to Cornwall Iron Furnace Museum

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Photo Shoot: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm in the Furnace Building

  • Cost: approximately $7.00 entry fee depending on the number attending
  • Capacity 15-30 LVPC members (Only current LVPC members can attend)

Cornwall Iron Furnace Museum  –  Website:

94 Rexmont Road
Cornwall, PA 17016
United States of America

Invitation to LVPC members:

We hope that you will take this opportunity to visit and photograph a colonial and early American charcoal fired iron furnace in Cornwall, PA with fellow LVPC photographers. This furnace ran from 1742-1883 near one of the richest iron ore deposits in colonial America. The Cornwall Furnace was built in Gothic style stone building and remained in operation until newer furnace operations fueled by anthracite coal made it obsolete. The furnace was then closed, and locked up by the owner’s family, leaving the building virtually untouched until it was given to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by the family in 1932. The furnace is extremely well preserved and is like walking back into a 19th century industrial operation. Robert Vogel of the Smithsonian Institution described Cornwall Furnace as: “With the exception of a mere handful of similar preservations in Sweden and Germany — I doubt that elsewhere in the world is there a 19th century iron furnace complex with the degree of historical integrity to be found at Cornwall…”

Their website’s description: “Cornwall Iron Furnace is an extraordinary example of the furnaces that dotted the Pennsylvania countryside in the 18th and 19th centuries. Around it developed villages, artisans’ shops, stores, schools, churches, and the home of a wealthy ironmaster. All of the raw materials necessary for the smelting process — iron ore, limestone and wood for charcoal — were found in this self-contained iron plantation. Cornwall Iron Furnace, the only surviving intact charcoal cold blast furnace in the Western Hemisphere, attests to the once great iron industry that flourished in south central Pennsylvania.”

The LVPC photographers will have the opportunity to enter the furnace building (11:00 am – 12:30 pm) an hour and a half before for the usual visitor tours, giving us the time and independence to photograph the various rooms in this remarkable facility. The building is dimly lit by electric lights styled to the 19th century period and natural window light. Photographers should bring tripods and shutter releases for longer exposure shots and they can use HDR techniques in their camera work and post processing. Wide angle as well as standard lens should be useful in photographing the interior. The furnace includes rooms where the iron, limestone and charcoal were mixed and fed into the furnace, a waterwheel & steam engine room for the air pumps feeding air into the furnace, storage rooms for industrial operation ingredients and the furnace room where cannons, stoves, and pig iron were cast. During our visit a guide will describe the facility, its operations and history.

After photographing the furnace, we’ll tour the museum to see exhibits regarding iron furnace, its operations and a historic early American iron forge. We can also photograph other historic structures and buildings in or near the furnace complex.

For those interested, there will be an opportunity to join fellow LVPC members for a lunch in a local restaurant.


The drive to Cornwall, PA from the Lehigh Valley should take about an hour and a half, approximately 75 miles, one way. It’s about 5 miles due south of Lebanon PA

Directions to Cornwall Iron Furnace from the Lehigh Valley:

  • Take US-22 west to I-78 west
  • Take I-78 west to PA-501 south in Bethel. Take exit 13 from I-78 west
  • Follow PA-501 south and PA-419 south to Rexmont Rd in Cornwall, PA
    • Cornwall Iron Furnace
      • 94 Rexmont Rd, Cornwall, PA 17016
      • Lat: 40°16’14.36″N, Long: 76°24’27.89″W

LVPC Car Pooling:

For those interested in carpooling, we are tentatively meeting at the Commuter Bus Parking at Route-33 and William Penn Highway and leaving no later than 9:00 am on Sunday, April 2, 2017. We will need some members, who are willing, to drive as a part of the pool and we’ll try to identify those members as we organize the trip. Those in the car pool will return to this same lot to pick up their cars.

Signing Up:

If you would like to join us on this trip, email Bob Becker at Provide the names, email addresses and phone numbers you and those who plan to join you. Also indicate whether you are interested in carpooling or intend to drive on your own. This trip is on a first come, first serve basis. So please reserve your place for the trip as soon as possible. Reservations can only be secured for current LVPC members, so if you want attend but haven’t joined or paid this years dues, please do so first at:

Trip Agreement:

The Cornwall Iron Furnace Museum and Facilities are well designed, maintained and managed by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for families and adults. There are though, as with any trip, risks which participants must recognize and for which they accept responsibility. There are for example stairs within the iron furnace facility, and travelling to and from the location will also have recognized, associated risks. Those attending the trip must sign an Acknowledgement of Risk, Release of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement. A copy of the agreement will be sent to those who sign up for the trip for their review and execution.

We hope to see you there!

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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Come to our 2016 Spring Equestrian Shoot Led by Carl Silverstein with Cat Lopez and Katie Schroder

This workshop is now FULL, We are beginning a ‘Waiting List’ for anyone else signing up for our event.  Please feel free to join this waiting list by sending an email to

This event is led by Carl Silverstein focuses on teaching youhow to photograph horses, riders on horses and models with stationary horses. In this workshop, you will learn how to work with large animals.  More specifically we will focus on horses.  You will learn techniques for portraiture, capturing the movement of the horse The goal is to teach you how to get that perfect equestrian shots, including cross country, conformation shots and dressage.

In addition to this advanced equine photography, we will also give you the chance to shoot some more creative shots.  These could include anything from extreme wide angle shots of models with flowing gowns and horses to still life shots in a working stable and barn. There will be a bunch of chickens will be running around too!

About our leader: Carl Silverstein is an experienced photographer.  His roots go back to working with a darkroom in his basement as a teen.  Carl has extensive experience with aviation and underwater photography as well as his feature work with equestrian.  Currently, when Carl is not out shooting, Carl is a returning student studying at Lehigh Carbon Community College.


Date:  May 15, 2016, weather permitting

If the forecast is not favorable 4 days prior to the event, the event will be postponed and we will try to find an alternate date.

Time:  The shoot starts promptly at 11am and will last for three hours.

Location: 105 Drift Road, Palmerton, PA

Maximum Class Size:  We are limiting class size to 20 participants on a first come, first serve basis.  You must register to attend.  THE CLASS IS NOW FULL.  IF YOU SIGN UP NOW, YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.

How to sign up/register to attend: The event is open to all dues paid members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club. Please send your request to THE CLASS IS NOW FULL.  IF YOU SIGN UP NOW, YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.


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:

Cost:  The cost is twenty dollars ($20.00) for the session to cover cost of supplies and food/drink.  In addition, tips for the models/riders is recommended and encouraged

Recommended Photography Equipment: 

  • Recommended Lenses:
    • A lens in the 50mm to 85mm range for portraiture and still life
    • A lens in the 70mm to 200mm range for cross country/jumps
    • A wide angle lens for creative shots
    • Other Gear
      • Tripod for low light still life in the barns
      • Flash for creative shots; however, we ask that flash only be used around the animals when being supervised by your instructor

About the Models:

Our models for this shoot are willing to sign ‘model release forms’ which we will have available at the shoot.  The models would, however, like copies of your shots for promotional purposes if you are willing to share these with our models.

Cat Lopez is a New Jersey based professional model. In addition to modeling Cat has appeared in numerous TV shows. Her credits include Gotham, The Americans, The Family, Mysteries of Laura, and Law and Order SVU. She also has appeared on the big screen in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and John Wick 2. Cat will be modeling in stunning gowns while teamed with a beautiful horse(s).


Cat Lopez

Cat Lopez

Katie Schroder has had a passion for horses since she was 4 years old. Through her 18 years of riding, Katie has developed a knack for bringing out the best in any horse she rides.  She has competed in many disciplines, such as dressage, jumpers, hunters, and eventing. Eventing is based on ancient French military exercises.

Katie Schroder

Katie Schroder

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
For those interested in extending the day, there are some nice places to shoot in Fairmount Park.

Love is in the Air Still Life Photo Shoot

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time again. If you are wondering what time that might be, it is time for our Annual Still Life “Love is in the Air” Photo Shoot.

It is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ The Banana Factory in the Banko Room. Set up time will be from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m., Shoot Time 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., & Break down 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

So dig out all those romantic items that would be great for a photo shoot. We also need volunteers to bring tablecloths, lights, backdrops, extension cords, things to add height, etc.

This is the photoshoot you will not want to miss!

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Photo Shoot

Unfortunately, per Jerry Fuqua, we must CANCEL the Middle Creek shoot for this Saturday March 7th. There is still 12″ of ice on the lake and the Wildlife Drive is also closed due to ice and snow.  He will try to reschedule if at all possible.

Cancelled Event: The snow geese migrate every year and make a stop in Middle Creek at this same park.The numbers can be in the tens of thousands.

CONTACT – Jerry Fuqua

Address is: 100 Museum Road, Stevens, PA 17578. We will meet at the Visitors Center.

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.

LVPC Upcoming Photo Shoots

Hi Everyone,
Our committee has been busily planning some interesting photo shoots for you to enjoy. We are also in the process of creating a survey that we would like everyone to answer. We are going to use your responses to help us plan future photo shoots.

First, let’s explore some reasons why you should join us on the photo shoots.

1. You will have the opportunity to get to know the other members of the club as there is more time for socialization. This is #1 because I think it is the most important. The members of the LVPC are very friendly, but as a new member it is easy to feel ignored at Program Meetings because there is not a lot of time for socialization.

2. You will be able to explore places that you may never have been before.

3. There are members with varying degrees of photography experience at every photo shoot, and every member is always more than willing to answer any questions you might have.

4. The shoots are a great opportunity to learn a new skill because there are other photographers that are willing to share their knowledge.

5. We visit some places over and over again because they provide us with the opportunity to critique our pictures and improve them as our experience grows.

6. Finally, the #2 reason why we enjoy attending our photo shoots. We usually get together for breakfast, if it is really early, or for lunch after our shoots. We always enjoy the great food, but the company is even better!

Upcoming Photo Shoots to put on your calendar.

December – Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Light’s Spectacluar – Friday, December 12, 2014 Time TBA (It will be around 4:30 p.m.)

February – This will be our Still Life Photo Shoot. Date TBA – (It will be from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.) I am hoping to get the room reserved for the 7th.

March – Middle Creek Snow Geese March 7, 2014 & Whitewater Dam Release Date TBA

Philadelphia Zoo – April Date TBA

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.