February Competition Night

Competition Night is rapidly approaching on February 22nd! The topic is Symmetry and Patterns. Be sure to review due dates and directions for submitting photos into the competition from the main menu-Competition Info.

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Mark Your Calendars for February’s Speaker Night

Jason Nader will be speaking on night sky photography.  Now is the time to get ready to go out and photograph the celestial bodies as we will soon be heading into spring and warmer nights!

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January Events

LPC will start out the new year with Speaker Night on January 11th, learning how to photograph solar eclipses. The speaker is Dan Ward. Two weeks later in place of a competition, we will be having a Peer Critique for your photos of fauna. Submit your photos exactly how you would if it were a competition. Peer critiques were very well received last year so we’ve decided to try it again this year.
be sure to click on the tab in the menu for the Event Schedule to get more information.

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Link to Yellowstone Recording

If you were unable to attend tonight’s popup Zoom about planning a trip to Yellowstone, the link and passcode are below. Audrey shared so much insight and many beautiful photos: https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/DtX4RTgU8KGsp-law1Z8kP-G5fwcNxo5Az4mjLNnQhjjUieE4KaFcPVnsvfg5kg.x4GGlHx_fo0Ns7Zm

Passcode: nw3UyN7?

(Link will expire in two weeks.)

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Upcoming Local Competitions not affiliated with LPC

There are two competitions coming up for locations many of our photographers frequent: Huntley Meadows Park and Blackwater NWR.
click on each of those links to find out more about the contests. Hopefully some of you will enter!

For the landscape photography fans, the 2023 Natural Landscape Photography Awards (worldwide competition) winners have been posted. Click here.

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MEETUP: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Winter Walk of Lights

December 5th at 6:00 p.m.

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182

For those of you that might want to photograph winter lights, Meadowlark Gardens has an amazing winter light show (Winter Walk of Lights) starting November 10th and cost is $18 a person. Audrey will be there on December 5th (Tuesday) at 6 pm for those who want to join her and get some tips on taking pictures at night. Please be at the front door to the garden by 5:45 pm if you want to join our group.

Tickets are available at: 2023 Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

https://www.novaparks.com/events/winter-walk-of-lights

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Meetup: Morven Park

Saturday, November 18th, Audrey and Samantha Marshall will be leading a group to take a walk through Morven Park. We’ll meet in the parking lot until 8:15 at which time we will enter the park.

“Known as the “Central Park” of Loudoun County, Morven Park welcomes 250,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy exquisite scenery, formal boxwood gardens, the Morven Park International Equestrian Center, the iconic Greek Revival mansion, museums, and hiking trails.”

41580 Sunday Morning Ln
Leesburg, VA 20176
United States
https://www.morvenpark.org

 

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Upcoming competitions/events (not affiliated with LPC):

2023 Annual Photo Friends of Huntley Meadows Park Contest & Fundraiser,

The 2023 Friends of Huntley Meadows Park (FOHMP) Photo Contest & Fundraiser will be held in the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center Auditorium starting with such a huge range of flora and fauna at the Park, we’re excited to see how many different species we can feature this year! If winning a ribbon is your goal, here’s a tip, historically judges have preferred unique poses, perspectives, and movement.
Each entry is $5.00, and there is a maximum of three (3) entries allowed per person. Youth participants (high school or younger) are not required to pay entry fees. Photos must have been taken at Huntley Meadows Park within the last two years and be predominantly nature themed.
Photos need to be matted/mounted, but not framed, and should not exceed 18 inches by 24 inches
Please check the site for more contest details.

2023 Friends of Blackwater Photo Contest

The Friends of Blackwater (FOB) are hosting a digital photo contest from October 1, 2023 through December 1, 2023 to

A panel of expert photographers from the Friends of Blackwater Board and Refuge staff will judge the digital submissions.

For more information, visit the contest page:

 

 

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Pop-Up Speaker Event

Yellowstone National Park signJoin Audrey Gassman on November 30th at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom to hear about her recent trip to Yellowstone and learn some important tips about planning a trip to this park. Audrey will share some of her photos from her trip.  (The Zoom link will be sent in an email to all club members prior to the event.)

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to the following LPC members whose images were juried in to MAPV:

Congratulations
Patricia Berry
Christina Carr
Audrey Gassman
Bernice Lewis
Patricia (Patty) Mattes
Lauren Puckett
Tammy Smith
Sidney Stone
 

A special kudos to Sidney Stone who had an image that is a candidate for the People’s Choice Award! 

Don’t forget to purchase  your ticket now if you  want to attend the MAPV Virtual Sessions and Awards Ceremony. Ticket

If anyone has questions about their images, please email me.

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Photo Contest Opportunity

For all of the nature photographers on here, here is a new photography contest. This post is for informational purposes.  Disclaimer: Loudoun Photo Club is not affiliated with this website/company and assumes no responsibility for anyone entering.   As with all photo contests, be sure to read all the rules carefully, especially about what rights you might be giving up to your photo by entering.

“The Nature Photography Contest seeks to highlight the beauty and importance of our planet through photography. It is a unique platform for professional and amateur photographers to showcase their talent and share their love of nature with a global audience.

The contest offers cash prizes, international recognition and the opportunity to showcase your photography skills in different categories, such as natural landscapes, wildlife, macro photography and more. In addition, we are excited to collaborate with the One Tree Planted organization, planting a tree for each participant in the country chosen by the contest winner.

Our judging panel is composed of renowned photographers specializing in nature photography, such as Luke Stackpoole, Cynthia Bandurek, Alex Strohl and Mario Cea. Their experience and expertise guarantee an unbiased and professional evaluation of the participating photographs.

The deadline to enter is November 15, 2023.

For more details and to register, please visit our official website: https://thenaturephotocontest.com.

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REMINDER: Speaker Series: Doug Mattice

Flyer for Doug MatticeSpeaker Series Begins!

Our speaker series will begin on October 12th (Thursday) at 7 pm with “15 Things Photographers Can Do To Improve Their Photography Skills” from Doug Mattice.

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Scott Kelby’s Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

Worldwide Photo Walk
Note: This is an informational post. It is not club-sponsored nor a club meetup. You choose which walk you want to attend.

“Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 7, 2023, as we gear up for this year’s event! Anticipation is building for another fantastic fall gathering, and we’re eagerly awaiting the stunning snapshots you’ll capture from your corner of the globe. Do remember that the exact timing of each city walk will be determined by the walk leader, who will consider factors such as local venue opening hours and the nature of the walk they aim to create.”

“The Worldwide Photo Walk® proudly supports The Springs Of Hope Kenya Orphanage, an organization that feeds, houses, educates, and empowers young orphans so that they can grow up to not just survive but succeed. We’re asking each person who participates to donate to help make a difference in these children’s lives. Every dollar counts.”

After the walk, enter your best photo in the photo contest! Everyone that registers and participates in a walk is eligible to enter to win some amazing prizes. Photo contest rules are listed on Scott Kelby’s Photo Walk website.

Find a walk near you: https://worldwidephotowalk.com

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Mid Atlantic Photo Visions Webinar

MAPV Webinar

Mid-Atlantic Photo Visions features five great photography educators via webinar on Sunday, November 5, 2023 and recorded for later viewing. A $30 discount pass is available to our members at purchase by using the code on our club’s Facebook page.
PASSES ARE ON SALE NOW. For more information and to purchase a pass, go to https://www.MidAtlanticPhotoVisions.org. MAPV 2023 is the 21st annual photography expo organized by our club and seven other mid-Atlantic camera clubs. In 2024 we hope to once again have an in-person expo with speakers, workshops, photo exhibits and vendors, and an online component, too. We hope to see you in person or online then.

Rad Drew — How I Did It!™; The Magic, Power and Ease of iPhone Photography! Sunday, November 5, 2023, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. EST and recorded for later viewing

Join Rad as he shares the ways he uses iPhone cameras and apps to create beautiful landscapes, portraits, infrared photos, abstracts, and more! In this webinar Rad covers:
• Key native camera settings suggestions for HDR, Smart HDR, Macro Control, ProRAW, and more
• Basic Do’s and Don’t’s when using the Native Cameras
• How to use LIVE mode, Portrait Mode, Burst Mode, and Panorama in the iPhone Native Camera
• How to create “soft water” images of fountains, streams, and waterfalls without a tripod or neutral density filters
• A SnapSeed workflow for processing images on iPhone and Android

Tim Grey — Great Photos From Planning to Post-Processing — A Step-by-Step Approach
Sunday, November 5, 2023, 10:30 a.m. – Noon EST and recorded for later viewing

While luck can certainly play a role in photography, it can be especially rewarding to use a bit of planning and some careful adjustments to create a photo you can be proud of. In this presentation, Tim Grey will share some of his favorite stories, and demonstrate the planning that was involved in making the photograph happen. He’ll also provide insights into the adjustments that helped take each photo from a well-planned image to an optimized final result. Along the way, you’ll get tips on tools for planning various aspects of your photography, insights into photographic techniques, and tips on optimizing a photo based on the mood of the image and your own vision as a photographer.

Julieanne Kost — What’s New in Lightroom Classic and Photoshop
Sunday, November 5, 2023, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST and recorded for later viewing

Join Adobe’s Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost as she demonstrates the latest transformations and enhancements to Lightroom Classic and Photoshop including the new and improved healing, masking, and noise removal tools in Lightroom Classic and the redesigned gradient tool, enhanced object selections, and the new AI-powered Generative Fill in Photoshop. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the most compelling and useful new features, and how to make them work for you.

Simon d’Entremont — Sharpening Your Wildlife Photography Skills
Sunday November 5, 2023 – 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EST and recorded for later viewing

Simon explains and demonstrates how to take your wildlife photography to the next level. What cameras and lenses are best for wildlife? What settings do you need to capture fast action, and how to nail that focus every time? He will also give you some hints on getting the right angle and the right backgrounds, as well as the importance of shooting at eye level. He will demonstrate the importance of light such as backlighting and how to make dramatic photos from it. Simon will share some field techniques, such as “did you know that large birds, like airplanes, need to take off and land into the wind?” Finally, he will provide post-processing tricks by using before and after examples to ensure that each image reaches its full potential.

Colleen Miniuk — Awards Ceremony & Keynote Presentation: Finding Your Creative Voice
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EST and recorded for later viewing

Are you bored with your photography? Or maybe you feel like you’re not really a creative person? Join outdoor photographer/author Colleen Miniuk for this educational and inspirational presentation where she’ll share the story of how she transformed from a photographer who liked to take “pretty” pictures into a visual artist who now seeks to make personally meaningful visual expressions from her life experiences.

Using her insights from her three artist-in-residencies and over 450 days in Acadia National Park, she’ll share how you can feed the Wallas model of creativity, tap into conceptual blending, and “steal like an artist” to collect new ideas and connect with the landscape in fresh ways. Learn how rely less on your external surroundings to provide the creative juice and more on your own knowledge, skills, and resources to confidently bring your own voice to every subject and scene, no matter where your camera takes you.

For more information and to register, go to www.MidAtlanticPhotoVisions.org. MAPV 2023 is the 21st annual photography expo organized by eight mid-Atlantic camera clubs.
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Competition Night: 2023-09-28 – “What I Did This Summer” (cancelled)

When: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: Zoom meeting
Submission details shown below.

Theme: What I Did This Summer
Theme Description: Open theme. The photo must have been captured in June, July, or August 2023.

Judge: John Garofalo

Submission details:

  • Entries due 11:59 PM ET, Monday, 25 September 2023
  • This is a digital-only competition.
  • Read the updated rules before submitting!
  • You must be a paid member in order to submit images for competition. (Join here.)
  • Click here for how to submit images.
  • Click here for information on metadata.

Novice Level (Overall max: 4)
Submit color entries (max 2)
Submit monochrome entries (max 2)

Intermediate Level (Overall max: 3)
Submit color entries (max 2)
Submit monochrome entries (max 2)

Experienced Level (Overall max: 3)
Submit color entries (max 2)
Submit monochrome entries (max 2)

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Speaker Night Season Opener (postponed)

When: POSTPONED
Where: Zoom Meeting – link will be sent via email to members.
Topic: “Introduction to Night Sky Landscape Photography”
Speaker: Jason Nader

Description: Fall is coming and with it comes less available daylight.  Get ready to capture the night light when Jason Nader speaks to us about the night sky to do landscape photography.

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15th Annual Claude Moore Park Photography Expo

Rules at a Glance: 15th Annual Claude Moore Park Photography Expo

September 16, 2023: Natural Places and Old Spaces
Sponsored by the Friends of Claude Moore Park

Categories for Adult Juried Competition:
1.  Roots & Buds* – Native plant life in wild settings; NO cultivated plants are accepted
2.  Wild Creatures* – Wild animals on land or in the water; NO domesticated animals or farm animals
3.  Winged Wonders* – Creatures that fly (birds and bats—for insects, see #4).
4.  A Bug’s Life* – Insects and bugs, butterflies, etc.
5.  Natural Landscapes* – Scenic views of natural spaces; NO manicured or man-made habitats (lawns or backyards)
6.  History and Heritage – Structures that capture U.S. history and culture, including buildings, statues, monuments,
farms, homes, autos, trains, etc.
7.  Farm Life – Celebrating Agriculture in Loudoun and the world! May include domesticated working animals, people
and farm life (animals, barns, etc.)!

Location of Where Photos Can Be Taken:
There are no restrictions as to where the photographs are taken for the 5 nature categories. The History and Heritage
category is limited to the United States, and the Paul Glascock Memorial People’s Choice Award must be taken in a
public park located in Loudoun County.

Photographers’ Tea: All entrants and their guests are cordially invited to the Photograpphers’ Tea, hosted by the
FCMP in the historic Lanesville Ordinary on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 7:00 PM. All awards (except the Paul
Glascock Memorial People’s Choice Award) will be announced during the Opening Tea at 7:30pm.

Standards (see Rules for more detail):
Quality: Please submit only your superior work, printed with extreme care, and matted according to the Expo rules.
Matting: All entries must be matted, no frames, no floating mats (extra white or paper visible around photo). See matting
rules for dimensions and other details. No titles, signatures or watermarks may be visible.
* Hand of Man: “Hand of Man” is a photographic term used to describe human elements. This is anything man-made or
used to contain nature. Feeding dishes, cages, fences, wires, docks, boats, buildings, human hands themselves (when
holding birds, etc.). For the five nature categories, “Hand of Man” is allowed if it is a minor and unobtrusive element.
“Hand of Man” is allowed within the History & Heritage and Farm Life categories.
Entry: Entries are due no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, September 8, 2023. An entry fee of $10.00 per photograph for
adult entrants, and $5.00 per photograph for youth.
Digital Version of Images: Submit a digital version of your entries along with your prints, either as email attachments sent
to claudemoore@loudoun.gov or upload at friendsofclaudemoorepark.org/expo-upload-files/ no later than September 8,
2023. This is a mandatory step in submitting your images.
Pick Up: All entries will be available for pick up at the Claude Moore Park Visitor Center on or after Monday, September
18, 2023.
Please bring or mail your photographs to:
Claude Moore Park Visitor Center
21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling, Virginia 20164

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Mid-Atlantic Photo Visions Annual Competition

Mid Atlantic Photo Visions Photo Contest   Submissions open August 6, ’23.

Members in good standing with our club are eligible to submit photos to the MAPV photo competition and encouraged to volunteer to help with the event.

Nature and Photo Art Competitions Open August 6. 

For more about the competition, click here: https://midatlanticphotovisions.org/expo-submissions/


 

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Photowalk to Steven Udvar-Hazy Center, Annex of the National Air & Space Museum

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center displays thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including the Space Shuttle Discovery, a Blackbird SR-71, the Enola Gay, and a Concorde, in two large hangars. This annex of the National Space and Air Museum opens at 10 am. Join us for a photowalk on September 9th to try your hand at indoor photography.

 

 

 

Free admission
No tickets required
Parking $15

Meet me (Audrey Gassman) outside the doors to the museum at 9:50 am and we’ll go in at 10 am. We have the option of having lunch afterwards at the on-site McDonald’s Restaurant.

Address:  14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA

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End of Season Party – 2023

LPC End-of-Year Pizza Party 2023

Date/time: Saturday, June 10th at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Moorefield Station Community Park

43240 Clarendon Square

Ashburn, VA 20148

Join us for our season wrap-up! We’ll have a selection of pizzas and a salad.

Logistics: We’ll be at Pavilion #3. It has picnic tables and benches with limited seating capacity. Feel free to bring a lawn chair if you want a guaranteed seat. The parking lot is close to the pavilion, so it’s not far to carry items.

Agenda:

4:00-4;45 =  Arrive, mingle, consume dinner (in random order)

4:45-6:15 = Awards, announcements, speeches.

6:15-7:00 = Mingle, photo stories galore.

7:00-7:30 = Teardown, cleanup.

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