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!

Fonthill Castle Interior Workshop

Fonthill Castle Interior Workshop

Cost: $200 per person

Maximum Group Size: 9 participants per session   (EDIT NOTE: Both the November  and December 18 is full.  We have started a ‘WAIT LIST’. If interested we highly recommend you sign up with an email stating your interest to as soon as possible.)


When: We have two session dates confirmed – Sunday, Nov 27 and Sunday, Dec 18. Each workshop will begin promptly at 8:30 AM and conclude at 12:30 PM.

Where: Fonthill Castle, 525 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901

Who can attend: Due to space, this workshop will have limited participation and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for paid members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club.  Find out more about joining the club at this link.

Recommended Equipment:

  • Camera with wide angle lens (approximately 12mm to 35mm full frame equivalent) and macro lens
  • Tripod
  • Cable release

About the Workshop:

Fonthill Castle is a museum in Doylestown, PA.  While many have photographed the exterior of this famous landmark, photographs of the interior are normally not allowed.  Our November speaker, John Barclay, has exclusive access to the interior for photography.

John has agreed to lead two workshops for club members at a specially discounted price of $200 per person. These limited-availability workshops normally cost $300 per person, but we will be gaining access for a savings of $100 per person. For your information, a large portion of the fee covers bringing in docents who are available to tell you about the castle as well as making sure we follow the rules. Docents will be on each of the three levels of the building.

For this workshop, we are allowed to photograph from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM in small groups of three on each level of which there are three. Tripods are allowed as long as we follow the rules with regard to moving between rooms and totally collapsing them.

Each group will have 1 hour and 15 minutes per level after which  we rotate so each group gets to photograph each level. John Barclay will move throughout the house to point out potential photographs and help with things like exposure, HDR capture and composition.


How to sign up for the event:

Since space is limited for this event,  we will fill the sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. Once both dates are filled with a maximum of 9 participants, we will create a waiting list for additional people.

If you would like to attend, please email your confirmation and the date you prefer (Nov 27 or Dec 18) to: Once you have received confirmation that space is available, you must promptly make payment. Payment can be made at our regular club meeting, via mail (please mail to: Lehigh Valley Photography Club, PO Box 1703, Bethlehem, PA 18016) or by PayPal at this link.

About our workshop leader – John Barclay

John is an award-winning freelance photographer based in Bucks County, PA. He is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader. His inspirational program “Dream – Believe – Create” is a favorite of audiences around the country. For more, visit John’s website at



Classroom Workhop: Long Exposure Techniques, Equipment and Applications – Oct. 8, 2016

Time:               October 8, 2016, 10 am – 1pm

Location:        Dan’s Camera City, 1439 W Fairmont St, Allentown, PA

   Note: The shop is off 15th Street, just south of the Route 22 junction

 Skill Level Required Attendance:  This class is amenable to photographers at all skill levels 

Long exposure photography is essential to photographing subjects in low light conditions; so, understanding and practicing the skills used for crafting long exposures is useful to all photographers.

These same skills and techniques are also applicable to creating photographic images that capture the flow and experience of moving objects, even in lighted conditions. This LVPC class will provide instruction and discussion of these long exposure techniques, and the various photographic accessories used to make these photographs under different conditions.

We’ll further discuss the application of these techniques for photographing waterfalls and moving water, as well as other subjects in both well-lit and darkly-lit conditions.  We believe that students will find this class instructional and that it will motivate them to use these techniques and skills in making a broad range of photographic artwork.

Photographers joining us for this class should bring along their camera and the following accessories, if they have them:

  • Tripod
  • Cable Release
  • Polarized and/or Neutral Density Filters

If you don’t have these accessories, however, please don’t miss the class; they’re useful but not essential for the class. The class will include classroom exercises where we use our camera equipment in long exposure techniques for photographing moving objects. Please note, the class is being held at Dan’s Camera City, Allentown, so if during or following the class you may want to learn more about the purchase a polarizer, neutral density filter, cable release of tripod, you will be at the right place to talk to experts and/or to make that purchase.

We anticipate that the classroom can accommodate 30-35 students; sign up is on a first come, first served basis. Please email Bob Becker, who will be organizing and instructing the class, at to reserve your spot in the class.  This class is FREE for and open to all LVPC club members.  If a non-member is interested in attending, they can join the club before the class, see for a half year membership.

Please note that this class is also organized to prepare club members interested in subsequent LVPC activities being scheduled later this year, where long exposure photography will useful, if not essential. These activities include a photography trip(s) to waterfalls in the Poconos area, the first of which is being planned in early November. More details for those photographic activities to be published soon.

We look forward to seeing you at the class and subsequent LVPC activities.

 Examples of long exposure photography

Low Light: Early Morning/Late Afternoon Low Light Photography:



Low Light: Night Cityscape and Landscape Photography



Conveying Motion: Moving, flowing water:

Ithaca Falls - Copy


Landscapes of Maine in Fall

Low Light and also Conveying Motion: Night Scenes with moving subjects/car lights



Conveying Motion: Pan action shots of subjects including cars, airplanes, bicycles, runners and wildlife

pan action - Birds taking flight


Conveying Motion: Night Sky Photography Star Trails



Low Light: Night Sky/Milky Way

Milky way-5813-Edit copy

Waterfalls and Fall Colors Workshop – October 22, 2016

Dingman Falls

Dingman Falls

Join us on a photographic day trip to the Dingmans Ferry to see and photograph waterfalls and Fall colors in the Delaware River National Recreation Area on Saturday, October 22nd.

Club members are invited to join us at no fee.  This event is closed to non-members.

The club will be going to the Dingmans Falls Visitor’s Center (  to see Dingmans Falls, Silver Thread Falls and the woods in Fall colors.  We hope that those that attend the Lehigh Valley Photography Club long exposure class on October 8th will have the opportunity to use their freshly practiced skills in photographing flowing water.

Recommended Meeting Point: Club Members can meet us at the Park and Ride parking lot at the junction of Route 33 and William Penn Highway for potential carpooling; we will depart the Park and Ride  at 7 am and should be at the Dingmans Falls Visitor’s Center by 8:30 pm.  If you drive on your own and meet us there, the group will begin walking to the falls from the Visitor’s Center building at 9 am.  The entrance to the Visitor Center is very near the junction of PA-739 and US Route-209. Note the parking at the Center is limited and this is the Fall colors season being there early and carpooling is advised.

We plan to spend about 2 hours at this site.  Afterwards, members that are interested can go to a Café in Dingmans Ferry ( for lunch or pack their own lunch. Members should also consider going on their own to the nearby George W Childs Recreation Area ( for hiking trails, Factory Falls and Fulmer Falls on their own.

If you plan to join us for the photography trip or if you have questions, please contact Bob Becker at We hope that about 30 people will join us.  Please let us know if you’re planning to join us so that we can plan carpooling, lunch and opportunities for some to go to the Childs Recreation Area. We hope that you’ll join us.

Recommended Equipment includes camera, wide angle lenses, tripod, cable release, neutral density or polarizing filters.

Physical Requirements: We have selected this location partially due to the ease of access, however, it is Fall and you are near water spray, so caution should be taken and appropriate footwear worn to avoid slipping on leaves or wet surfaces. Please note: All participants will be required to sign a Liability Release Form. A copy can be found at this link: LVPC Acknowledgement of Risk form-Waterfall-2016

Factory Falls

Factory Falls


Silver Thread Falls

Silver Thread Falls

Night Photography Workshop, CANCELLED due to weather


We want to thank you for signing up for the Lehigh Valley Photography Club Night Sky Workshop.  Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel this event.  The forecast for the nights of Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 is for more clouds and scattered rain.
We will examine the sky charts for moon phase and watch the weather and, hopefully in the near future we will reschedule this event, but no future date is being set at this time. We thank you for your patience, but unfortunately we hit a patch of really bad weather the past few weekends and this upcoming weekend.


weather permitting. We need a cloudless night for this event to be successful.  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:  Sunset until everyone is tired of shooting (probably between 10 pm and mid-night)

Location: West of Allentown at the private home of Mr. Mike Lanyi, 3 Coopers Way, Kempton, PA 19529 (near I-78, exit 40 Krumsville Exit)

How to sign up: The event is open to all dues paid members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club. Please send your request to

Cost: We will be accepting donations of $10 at the event to cover cost of supplies and food/drink.  Please bring exact change to the event.

Maximum Class Size:  We are not setting a limit, but you must register to attend so we have enough supplies.


We will cover everything you need to know about the shooting/field aspects of night sky photography, provide beginners with a strong foundation to build upon, and give already knowledgeable star photographers more information and new views to work with.

We will begin the workshop with a sunset shoot providing amazing views of the mountain and surrounding landscapes. Join us for a night of adventure, learning, and star.

During the workshop you will learn the following:

  • Learn the key points of planning for your adventure under the stars. I will provide you with the tools I use for planning my night sky shoots and the knowledge base to plan for future trips and shoots.
  • In depth knowledge of “The BIG 3”, ISO, Aperture and Exposure time and how they pertain to the broad array of night shots you may want to capture.
  • Composition: How to “see” and visualize a great composition. This is one of my favorite topics. There are so many tips & tricks that can help you achieve great composition. I will teach you everything I know about composition.
  • The 500 Rule: Selecting the optimal exposure time for different star photography scenarios.
  • Troubleshooting 101: How to set up for the perfect night shot in any conditions. This includes focusing at night, multiple exposure images, etc.
  • Using your creativity and external light sources to bring the night to life, while still capturing a natural looking and well-lit photo.
  • How to capture great shots of the Milky Way.
  • How to photograph star trails while decreasing noise or light pollution.
  • How to ‘light paint’ a foreground in night photography.
  • The ability to capture a sharp foreground as well as the Milky Way or stars in the background.
  • Using multiple exposures, settings, and advanced tools to improve the level of your star photography.
  • Weather permitting, you will leave this workshop with an in depth understanding of all aspects of night sky, Milky Way and star photography along with some great photos.

What to Bring:

A dSLR camera or mirrorless camera, any will do, but keep in mind star photography is one of the few fields where a better camera really does help to produce better results. A full frame sensor will really help you to capture the best of the stars, but is not required.

  • A wide angle lens gives best results. Any lens will work depending on your camera, however wide angle allows you to capture more sky and have longer exposures. You will also need an aperture of at least f/4 minimum speed.
  • A tripod. Any will work but the bigger/stronger the better.
  • A big memory card. Two 16-32 GB cards are preferable.
  • Batteries, batteries, batteries, I carry at least 2. Long exposures drain the battery quickly. Also consider bringing your charger as we may be able to ‘top off’ your batteries during breaks.
  • Camera Cable release or remote timer—Even a cheap knock off works, check reviews online before buying these brands to avoid disappointment in the field.  We will be doing exposures as short as 15 seconds and as long as 3 hours.
  • Dress warm. While we have planned this for early spring, there will be long periods of inactivity during exposures and it’s easy to get cold standing around outside.
  • Gloves
  • It’s early spring so mosquitoes shouldn’t be out, but if you think they are by then then insect repellant.
  • A head lamp, it does not have to be anything expensive, but preferably one that has a RED light option.  HomeDepot carries an ‘Energizer’ model for approximately $20 that works well (see link)
  • Tasty treats, snacks, food or anything you may like to eat or drink outside of the following: Water and soft drinks will be provided and, if we can come up with a grill, we will also cook some burgers and hot dogs.
  • Blanket (for low angle shots or relaxing in the grass during tutorials)
  • Lawn chair


Event Sign-up is now CLOSED. Limited Space is Now FILLED – LVPC Workshop – Macro/Close-Up Flower Photography, December 5, 2015

Photos by Don Schroder

Photos by Don Schroder

Attached is a .pdf of the tip sheet Don provided at Longwood Gardens:

Dons Macro Workshop Notes

As of 10 a.m. November 20, Sign-ups for this event are now CLOSED.  We have had an overwhelming response and we wish to thank you for your interest in this subject.  Other workshop options will be announced in the near future.

We will meet at 8:45 AM just outside the front doors at Longwood Gardens (doors open at 9:00). We will finish at noon and then have lunch at the cafeteria.

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:

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 (rain or shine), No alternate date

Time: Meet at Longwood Gardens: 8:45 AM

Cost: Longwood entry fee: $27.00 under 62; $24 over 62, sign up for a tripod pass.  Here is a link for the form for tripod pass.

Location: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Directions Link

Carpooling: Carpool info for Longwood shoot : If you’d like to carpool to the Longwood Marco Workshop, we’ll meet at the I-476 Quakertown Park & Ride for a 7:30 departure. Don has noted that he can take three.

Group size: LIMITED TO FIRST 15  Please sign up for this event by replying to this post with your intent to attend.

Photo by Don Schroder

Photo by Don Schroder

Workshop Details: Macro Flower Photography

Summary of what will be covered or expectations of participants

 Camera settings: RGB histogram, Blinkies, Metering, Manual or aperture mode, ISO, White balance, Live view, Single shot vs. burst mode, Image stabilization/vibration reduction, Mirror lock-up,

 Tripod vs. Hand-held

 Focusing: Auto vs. Manual, selective focusing, f-stop

 Finding a subject: isolate, simplify, color, texture, translucency, backgrounds, foregrounds, topside or underside of flower, shape, condition of flower

 Looking for the light: soft, even light

 Composition: rule of thirds, centering, curves, leading lines

Photography Skill Level Required: Beginner to advanced

What to bring:

 Camera equipment: DSLR or mirrorless camera bodies

 Recommended lenses: macro or telephoto

 Supplies: tripod, cable release

Photo by Don Schroder

Photo by Don Schroder


Photo by Don Schroder

Photo by Don Schroder

Photo Field Trip – Birds at Conowingo Dam, MD – ALERT: DATE CHANGED TO FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2015


Conowingo Dam in Maryland holds anywhere from ten to hundreds of Bald Eagles as well as assorted cormorants, anhingas and gulls. Some birds may be directly overhead in trees (often feeding on fish they have caught) while others will be at a significant distance away.


Leader: Buddy Eleazer (Contact Buddy at with any questions regarding the trip.)


December 1, 2015 – December 4, 2015  PLEASE NOTE, THIS DATE CHANGE Due to expected rain on Dec. 1st.

Meet-up Time:  7 a.m., yes, that’s early, but we’ve gotten our best shots by being there early in past years.  (expected return before 4 p.m.)

Meet up location: Tilghman Square parking lot, close to Red Robin

4688A Broadway, Allentown, PA (map)

Educational Opportunity: This is a ‘meet up and shoot’ opportunity, not a workshop.  Experienced photographers will attend and will provide tips on camera settings and shooting technique, but no formal presentation will take place.


Transportation: Car pool, please contact Buddy if you are willing to drive.

Difficulty: Easy – Medium. Weather might be wintery. It is an ‘all day’ trip. Walking is minimal.

Transportation: Car pool

What to bring:

  • Dress in layers. We will be outdoors by water.
  • Bring your camera and a telephoto lens.  Examples of lens recommended for success: For Nikon shooters, the 80-400mm lens on a crop sensor such as the D3200, D5200 works well.  For Canon users, the 100-400 on the 70D or 7D work well. Of course a larger lens is also useful. For Olympus shooters, the OM-D series with the E-75-300mm lens is an excellent option. If you are bringing a large lens, consider bringing a tripod also.
  • It’s recommended to bring cash to:

a)    Share the cost of the ride with the driver – it’s recommended to donate $15 to $20 to volunteer drivers to defray gas cost and vehicle wear and tear.

b)    Food.  We typically stop for coffee and donut/bagel on the drive down and for a casual lunch on the return.  Lunch should cost less than $10 per person

  • Consider bringing bottle water, thermos of beverage and/or snacks as we will be at the dam for 3 to 6 hours depending on bird activity, weather and the wishes of the participants.

Other considerations:

  • Exelon, the operator of the dam provides numerous portable toilets (Port-a-pottie) at the site.
  • If weather is bad, we will notify everyone via the web site as well as Club FaceBook page.  An alternate date will be set at that time.


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.