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Volume 41 - No. 10                Founded 1965 – our 41st Year                   June/Summer 2006

                Fotofa x
                 The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society

National Park Service (NPS) Notice
Fellow NVPS members who use tripods, please read the
following press release from the North American Nature
Photography Association concerning the implementation of
photo fees for photography in national parks and other NPS
                                                                         Competition Results    Page 3
monument sites. This also includes the monuments in
                                                                           Competition Info     Page 4
Washington, DC.
                                                                    For Novice Shooters Only    Page 12
                                                                               For Sale Items   Page 14
Attn: NANPA Members:
                                                                          News You Can Use      Page 15&16
On April 14, 2006, the National Park Service issued a press
                                                                                Things to Do    Page 20
release announcing the implementation of legislation relating
to fees for commercial filming and still photography. Unfortu-
nately, the press release was vague and caused an uproar among
nature photographers who did not understand the implications.
We have spoken to a knowledgeable official of the National Park
Service and are pleased to report the following:                     NVPS Calendar
THE RULES ARE NOT BEING CHANGED CONCERNING                             09 Jun     Dinner Banquet
STILL PHOTOGRAPHY.                                                      09 Jul    Field Trip
Federal legislation (Public Law 106-206), which has been on the        05 Sep     Sep Program
books for several years, provides that the Park Service cannot
require a permit or assess a fee for still photography if the
photography takes place where members of the public are
generally allowed and the photography does not involve models
or props which are not a part of the site's natural or cultural
resources or administrative facilities.
                                                                            All meetings start
The Park Service is not proposing to require permits for this               at 7:45 p.m.
kind of still photography and, indeed, the Park Service could
not legally do so because it would be in violation of the federal
                                                                          “Your PSA Award
statute. The reason that this is all coming up now is that Public
Law 106-206 does provide for permits and fees for motion picture
                                                                          Winning Newsletter”
and video photography and the Park Service is now implement-
ing those permits and fees.
                                                                    "The aims of the Northern
So go out to the National Parks and shoot. So long as you are
shooting the landscape and the local wildlife at times at which
                                                                    Virginia Photographic Society
and from places where members of the public are generally           shall be the enjoyment, mastery,
allowed, fees and permits cannot be imposed. NANPA did post         and furtherance of photography
this notice on a discussion board a month ago but we wanted to
be sure that you are informed about the issue.
                                                                    through cooperation, effort, and
         North American Nature Photography Association              good fellowship."
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NVPS Executive Board                                             End of Year Awards
Elected Officers:                                                Versatile Photographer          Ed Knepley
          President Ralph Edwards             703-878-2882
       VP Programs Bill Prosser               703-821-2670       Photographers of the Year
  VP Competitions Scott Musson                703-278-2828
                                                                 Novice Monochrome Prints        Phillip Moore
                    Emi Wallace               703-278-2828
          Treasurer Tom Brett                 703-642-1595
Secretary/Historian Judy McGuire              703-978-3759       Advanced Monochrome Prints
     Past President Carl Zelman               703-404-4769       Sil Horowitz Award         Chuck Bress

Appointed Members:                                               Novice Color Prints             Minnie Gallman
  FOTOFAX Editor Erwin Siegel                 703-960-6726
        Workshops Fred Chitty                 703-493-8530       Advanced Color Prints           Ed Knepley &
        Field Trips Paul Simmons              703-912-4862                                       Bill Prosser (tie)
           Exhibits Polly Terriberry          703-491-2074
           Forums Kristy Campbell             703-600-9859       Novice Slides
       Membership Mary O’Neill                703-548-8669
                                                                 C. William Valencourt
  Website Manager Ed Funk                     703-971-6183
                                                                 Memorial Award                  Julio Kipnis
  Equipment Mgrs Glenn Bernstein              703-455-6053
                     Tim Terriberry           703-491-2074
  Meeting Facilities Andy Klein               703-641-0845       Advanced Slides
 Members’ Gallery Sandi Croan                 703-631-4181       Ollie Fife Award                Chuck Bress
PSA Representative Tom Hady                   703-569-9395
 NOVACC Contact Corey Hilz                    703-473-4618       Enhanced Prints                 Mary Ann Setton
 Arts Council of FC Susan Meyers              703-354-8075
                                                                 Print of the Year (First Place)
FOTOFAX is published 10 times a year from September              Novice Monochrome Prints - Gloria Seeman Award
through June for the members of NVPS. All rights are             Phillip Moore - Calm Reflection
reserved. NVPS is a non-profit organization dedicated to
the advancement of education and enjoyment of photogra-          Advanced Monochrome Prints
phy. NVPS is affiliated with the Photographic Society of         Ed Knepley - White Barn
America (PSA), The Arts Council of Fairfax County
(ACFC), and the Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera             Novice Color Prints
Clubs (NOV   ACC). Reprinting an article from Fotofax is         Ursy Potter - Reaching
allowed as long as credit is given to this newsletter as the
source.                                                          Advanced Color Prints
                                                                 Ed Knepley - Harvest
While NVPS’s FOTOFAX primarily serves to inform
members of club activities, it also publishes the NOV  ACC       Enhanced Prints
events calendar and other announcements of interest to           Camille Lamoureux - Frosty Leaves
members. FOTOFAX encourages members to send in ar-
ticles, .jpg photographs, activities, opinions, awards won,      Slide of the Year Award (First Place)
and Letters to the Editor. The best way to submit articles       Novice Slides - No Entries
is to “e-mail” them to: NVPSEditor@AOL.COM
                                                                 Advanced Slides
NVPS is associated with:                                         Pat Bress - Peppers

               PSA Photographic Society of America
               and NOVACC
               Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs

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                                                                HM               Jan Ponder     Panda Antics
 Competition Results May ‘06                                    HM
                                                                             Minnie Gallman
                                                                                 Ursy Potter
                                                                                                After the Rain
Novice Color Prints
                                                                Advance Color Prints
1st              Evelyn Kuniyoshi       Orchid Detail
                                                                1st             Ed Knepley      Harvest
2nd                 Diane Williams      Trifold Rose
                                                                2nd            Sandi Croan      City Staircase
3rd                     Rose Julian     The Remains
                                                                3rd              Bill Prosser   New Growth
HM              Amie Tannenbaum         Glassbrick Macro
                                                                HM               Bill Prosser   Pepper
HM                    Phillip Moore     Grate the Rainbow
                                                                HM               Bill Prosser   Stream with Sycamore Leaf
HM                  Minnie Gallman      Menorah Leaf
                                                                HM              Ed Knepley      Natures Jewelry
HM                Roger Shoemaker       Shades of Orange
                                                                HM       Marilyn Gaizband       Lilac Breasted Roeller #1
HM                   Anna Bakalova      Lack of Direction
                                                                HM        Mary Ann Setton       Weather Patterns
HM              Camille Lamoureux       Cand Striped
                                                                HM          Ralph Edwards       Misty Stream
HM                    Gerry Abbott      Yellow Tulip
                                                                HM          Ralph Edwards       Zebra Pair
                                                                HM            Scott Musson      Halifax Reflections
Advance Color Prints
                                                                HM            Scott Musson      Ready for my Close-up
1st             Marilyn Gaizband        Rear View
2nd                  Scott Musson       Ready for Close-up
                                                                Novice Monochrome
3rd                      Bill Prosser   New Growth
                                                                1st          Phillip Moore      Calm Reflection
HM                        Tom Brett     Saturn’s Moon
                                                                2nd          Phillip Moore      Information Highway
HM                   Scott Musson       Space Plate
                                                                3rd          Laura Howell       Raptor
HM                      Ed Knepley      Engineer Marvel
                                                                HM         Minnie Gallman       Morning Romp
HM                  Seiji Kuniyoshi     Caterpillar
                                                                HM             Tom Passin       The Nail File
                                                                HM             Ursy Potter      Street Scene
Novice Monochrome
1st                Phillip Moore        Info Highway
                                                                Advanced Monochrome
2nd            Evelyn Kuniyoshi         Windy Day
                                                                1st            Ed Knepley       White Barn
3rd                Laura Howell         Tree Bark
                                                                2nd            Ed Knepley       Misty Island
HM                   Tom Passin         The Nail File
                                                                3rd        Seiji Kuniyoshi      Moon-lit Angel
                                                                HM              Bill Prosser    Bear at Zoo
Advanced Monochrome
                                                                HM              Bill Prosser    Self Portrait
1st                Ed Ruggiero          Slinky
                                                                HM             Ed Knepley       Infrared Gazebo
2nd               Scott Musson          Calais Lily
                                                                HM                Pat Bress     Building Double Exposure
3rd                Chuck Bress          Bubbles
                                                                HM            Sandi Croan       Orchids
Novice Slides - No Entries
                                                                Novice Slides - No Entries
Advance Slides
                                                                Advance Slides
1st                       Tom Brett     Shipwreck Rust
                                                                1st                Pat Bress    Peppers
2nd                        Pat Bress    Peppers
                                                                2nd             Chuck Bress     Flower Variation #1
3rd                     Chuck Bress     Nancy’s Eye
                                                                3rd             Chuck Bress     Sundown 35
HM                        Tom Brett     Haley’s Comet
                                                                HM       Amie Tannenbaum        Carnival Ferris Wheel
HM                    Judy McGuire      Fall Milkweed
                                                                HM       Amie Tannenbaum        Color Upsweep
                                                                HM       Amie Tannenbaum        Hand made
Enhanced Prints
                                                                HM              Chuck Bress     Sprinkler 3
1st                Mary Ann Setton      Shadowed Beauty
                                                                HM            Judy McGuire      VA Chincoteague Sunrise
2nd                    Ed Knepley       Bleeding Hearts
                                                                HM                Tom Brett     Dune 29 Shadow
3rd                     Tom Passin      Dried Not Faded
                                                                Enhanced Prints
                                                                1st     Camille Lamoureux       Frosty Leaves
                                                                2nd              Ed Knepley     Bleeding Hearts
  End of Yr Competition Results                                 3rd     Camille Lamoureux       Side Door
                                                                HM               Ed Knepley     Dogwood Lane
Judge: Kathryn A. Brown                                         HM               Ed Knepley     Pink Dogwood
Novice Color Prints                                             HM         Mary Ann Setton      Serenity
1st              Ursy Potter    Reaching                        HM             Scott Musson     Buzz Light Year
2nd          Willa Friedman     Hawaiian Waterfall              HM             Scott Musson     Lightning Steve
3rd         Minnie Gallman      Morro Rock                      HM           Seiji Kuniyoshi    Twist
HM       Amie Tannenbaum        Daisies Three
HM       Amie Tannenbaum        Flowers & Pastel
HM       Amie Tannenbaum        Glassbrick Macro
HM            Bob Friedman      Huntley Meadows
HM        Evelyn Kuniyoshi      Bethesda Highrise
HM        Evelyn Kuniyoshi      Native Curves
HM               Jan Ponder     Helleborus

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Competition News and Reminders Competition News and Reminders
Competition Themes Committee Update                         These competitions will be timed competitions, where
A Competition Themes Committee met in May to                the original image capture must have occurred within
select three themes for competition entries for the         2 years of the competition date. Please note that extra
calendar year 2007-2008. The themes selected are:           effort has been made by the workshop and field trip
                                                            chairpersons to coordinate their activities with the
1. Geometry in Photography                                  upcoming competition themes.
Capture an image where the predominant subject
consists of geometric shapes (circles, squares, tri-        Themed Competitions in 2006-2007
angles, etc.).The shapes can be either subject-or visual    1. Motion - An image that depicts motion, action and/
design-based. Subject based means the actual subjects       or movement using different photographic tech-
elements of the image are geometric shapes. Visual          niques, like slow shutter speed, panning, zooming,
design based means the compositional elements form          stop action, etc. Water may NOT be the main subject
geometric shapes. Examples of visual design-based           of the competition. (forApr.17, 2007)
geometrical shapes: the land and the sky in an image
may form two distinctive rectangular shapes or the          2. Abstract - Abstracts are the poetry of photography,
lights cast by street lights may form distinctive circles   free verse written in color and tone, producing poem
on the pavement.                                            of mood, feeling, and emotion. Abstracts are charac-
                                                            terized by designs depicting no immediately recog-
2. Still Life                                               nizable object. )(for Feb. 20, 2007)
An arranged composition using inanimate objects in
natural or artificial lighting, indoors or outdoors. The    3. Reflections - Images that include the use of reflec-
subject, composition, lighting and photographic tech-       tions including in water, buildings, mirrors, glass or
nique are what count and the photographer must              any other reflective material. (for Nov. 21, 2006)
have orchestrated the scene him/herself intention-
ally to control and produce the photograph.                 For a good competition experience for all, please fol-
                                                            low these guidelines:
3. Street Photography/Photojournalism
Subjects photographed in towns and urban areas, and         All competition submissions MUST be checked in be-
where the image tells a story.                              fore 7:45 PM (earlier is better) to assure your photos
                                                            are included in the competition. Mats for prints can
The Competition VP(s) for the 2007-2008 calendar            be no larger than 20" vertical x 40" horizontal, and
year will determine the order (and months) in which         must not fall apart, or have any potential to damage
those themes will occur..                                   other prints. Mark slides in the lower left corner with
                                                            an easily seen spot to indicate how the image should
As with this past year, in conjunction with the themes,     be projected, and put your name on the backside of
related workshops will be held to teach the neces-          the slide mount. Refrain from making comments &
sary skills/techniques, and field trips will also be held   turn your cell phones on vibrate during a competition
to provide opportunities to practice what is learned        class, or any other meeting. It is the responsibility of
in the workshops.                                           the entrant to bring all doubtful or questionable
                                                            entries to the attention of the Vice President for Com-
Scott & Emi would like to thank everyone who has            petitions before a competition begins.
been so kind and supportive during their tenure as
Competition VPs. Particularly big thanks go to those
who helped with passing images, carrying images,
and otherwise filling in when Scott was traveling.           Henry Ng, of Silver Spring CC and the author of
What a great group of folks we have at NVPS; we              the article on preparing images for electronic com-
couldn't do it without you!                                  petitions that ran a couple of months ago, is first
                 Scott Musson & Emi Wallace                  worldwide in PSA Color Slides, and tied for first
                                                             worldwide in Photo Travel.
                                                                                                     Tom Hady

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                                                            America. Cruise Holidays International, Inc. was
South America Photo Cruise                                  founded in 1984 and acquired in 2001 by Carlson
Professional photographer and Alexandria resident           Travel Network Associates, Inc., one of the world’s
Keith Barraclough will lead a 20-day photography            largest and most respected travel franchisers. Carlson
cruise of South America and Antarctica in early 2007.       Travel Network Associates, Inc. is a subsidiary of
The cruise aboard Holland America Line’s ms                 Minneapolis-based Carlson Companies, Inc. Brands
Rotterdam embarks in Santiago, Chile on Jan. 11, 2007,      include: Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates, Cruise
and disembarks in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 31, 2007.          Holidays, Results Travel, SeaMaster Cruises, Carlson
Among its exciting highlights will be scenic cruising       Leisure Travel Services, Carlson Vacation & Business
of the Strait of Magellan, Cape Horn, Cockburn and          Travel and Carlson Destination Marketing Services.
Beagle Channels, and ports of call at Puerto Montt
(Chile) Petermann Island, Stanley (Falkland Islands),
Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay).

Barraclough, an adjunct professor at Northern                 THE   Members’
Virginia Community College (Alexandria campus)
will provide onboard instruction in the art of digital
photography designed for amateur to more experi-
enced photographers. His instruction will include
digital photography enhancement through the use of          • Laura Howell received 3rd Place in the Great Falls
the latest software. In addition, Barraclough will lead       Park National Park Week Photography Contest.
his guests on shore excursions to explore the local           Also, Laura had 3 images juried into the exhibit
ports of call from a photographer’s perspective.              "aBSTRACT tHIS !" at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery,
                                                              2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA.
President of the Advertising Photographers of                 Gallery hours are Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays
America, D.C. Chapter, Barraclough has an extensive           Noon - 4. The show runs from June 9 - July 16, 2006.
list of clients including: the Travel Channel, NBC,           Laura also had 1 image juried into the LRA in a
Allstate Foundation, the Discovery Channel, and Mount         Reston juried exhibition at the JoAnn Rose Gallery,
Vernon Estate and Gardens. As the exclusive travel retail     Reston Community Center at Lake Anne. The show
partner for this photography adventure, Cruise                runs to July 2, 2006.
Holidays of Alexandria will provide customers with          • PSA's annual Who's Who listing is out, and Tom
personalized planning assistance and superior                 Hady was listed 8th among North American
customer service as only a Cruise Holidays expert can.        monochrome print makers, with 38 prints accepted
This group is limited to 32 guests, and guests pay only       in international competitions. Thirty second world-
for the cruise itself. Barraclough is not charging any        wide. There’s no idea how many photographers
additional fee for his services.                              entered at least one of those salons, but there were
                                                              roughly 350 who had at least 11 acceptances, the
Rates for this cruise for an ocean view stateroom             minimum to be listed in Who's Who.
(cruise only) start at $4,540. per person (based on
double occupancy and inclusive of taxes). Guests can        • Erwin Siegel did End-of-Year judging for the
reserve their place on this exciting voyage for an $850       Manassas-Warrenton CC in May.
per person deposit, with the balance due Oct. 21, 2006.     • Ed Funk and Erwin Siegel both did the End of
Cruise Holidays also will be offering a special incen-        Year judging for the Silver Spring CC in June.
tive to those persons who book into this cruise prior
to Jun. 30, 2006.

For additional information about the cruise or about        THANK YOU for BANQUET DONATIONS
Barraclough’s planned curriculum, to reserve your
                                                            When the banquet location changed, the price rose to $37
stateroom, or to inquire about any other cruise vaca-
                                                            each. The Board kept the price at $20, but asked for dona-
tions contact Cruise Holidays of Alexandria at 703-         tions to offset Treasury costs. These people donated prior
706-0011, or visit www.yourcruisesource.com                 to 8 June: Sam Schaen & Marilyn, the highest donation, Paul
                                                            Simmons, Scott Musson & Emi Wallace, Brian Payne, Ralph
Cruise Holidays of Alexandria is part of the oldest         Edwards,Teri Klinkosz, Ed Funk, Chuck Cecil, Bob & Willa
and largest cruise-specialty retail franchise in North      Friedman, Luan Ngo, Phillip Moore, Glenn Bernstein, Mary
                                                            O'Neill, & Tom Brett.

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                                                                     14. Another story was William Tell, who shot an arrow
Humor on Student Exams                                               through an apple while standing on his son's head.
These are “actual” United Kingdom student                            15. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen
exam answers...                                                      she was a success. When she exposed herself before her
                                                                     troops they all shouted "hurrah."
1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all
wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert and             16. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries.
traveled by Camelot. The climate of the Sarah is such that           Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another
the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.                              important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Walter
                                                                     Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes
2. The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book   and started smoking. And Sir Francis Drake circumcised
of the Bible, Genensis, Adam and Eve were created from               the world with a 100 foot clipper ship.
an apple tree. One of their children, Cain, asked, "Am I my
brother's son?"                                                      17. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William
                                                                     Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on
3. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea, where they            his birthday. He never made much money and is famous
made unleavened bread which is bread made without any                only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies,
ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the               and terectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet
ten commandments. He died before he ever reached                     are an example of a heroic couplet.
                                                                     18. Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel
4. Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred                 Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hotel. The next great author
porcupines. President Clinton would have liked to live in            was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife
those days.                                                          died and he wrote Paradise Regained.

5. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and with-             19. During the Renaissance America began. Christopher
out them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had               Columbus was a great navigator who discovered America
myths. A myth is a female moth.                                      while cursing about the Atlantic. His ships were called the
                                                                     Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Fe.
6. Actually, Homer was not written by Homer, but by
another man with the same name.                                      20. Later, the Pilgrims crossed the ocean, and this was called
                                                                     Pilgrim's Progress. The winter of 1620 was a hard one for
7. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around               the settlers. Many people died and many babies were born.
giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from            Captain John Smith was responsible for all this.
an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered
a dramatic decline.                                                  21. One of the causes of the Revolutionary War was the
                                                                     English put tacks in their tea. Also, the colonists would send
8. In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled            their parcels through the post without stamps. Finally the
the biscuits, and threw the Java.                                    colonists won the War and no longer had to pay for taxis.
                                                                     Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented
9. Eventually, the Romans conquered the Greeks. History              Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin
calls people Romans because they never stayed in one place           Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Indepen-
for very long.                                                       dence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats
                                                                     backwards and declared, "A horse divided against itself
10. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields           cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.
of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they
thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped               22. Soon the Constitution of the United States was adopted
out: "Tee hee, Brutus."                                              to secure domestic hostility. Under the constitution the
                                                                     people enjoyed the right to keep bare arms.
11. Nero was a cruel tyranny who would torture his sub-
jects by playing the fiddle to them.                                 23. Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent.
                                                                     Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log
12. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by            cabin which he built with his own hands. Abraham Lincoln
Bernard Shaw. Finally Magna Carta provided that no man               freed the slaves by signing the masculation Proclamation.
should be hanged twice for the same offense.                         On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theatre
                                                                     and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving
13. In mid-evil times most people were alliterate. The               picture show. They believed assasin was John Wilkes Booth,
greatest writer of the futile ages was Chaucer, who wrote            a supposedly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.
many poems and verses and also wrote literature.

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24. Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reason-         space is sold out. Taxes are subject to increase at any
able time. Voltaire invented electricity and also wrote a book   time, due to U.S. or foreign government regulatory
called Candy.                                                    action.

25. Gravity was invented by Issac Walton. It is chiefly          The travel agent for the Alliance Caribbean Cruise is
noticeable in the autumn when apples are falling off the
                                                                 John Bland of Junction Travel, (703-368-8757) in
                                                                 Manassas, Virginia. John will be handling all the
26. Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions          travel arrangements and financial matters related to
and had a large number of children. In between he practiced      the trip. I encourage you to contact John and get to
on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died      know him. When you call him, be sure to mention
from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous               you are with the Alliance of Camera Clubs and my
composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was              name.
half German half Italian and half English. He was very
large.                                                           We will be sailing from Baltimore, MD on Royal
                                                                 Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. You will want to
27. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He            spend some time at their web site
was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in
                                                                 (www.royalcaribbean.com). It contains a wealth of
the forest even when everyone was calling for him.
                                                                 information regarding the cruise, the ship, the ports
Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.
                                                                 of call, shore excursions, etc.
28. The French Revolution was accomplished before it
happened and catapulted into Napoleon. Napoleon wanted           John will be accepting a $450.00 per person deposit
an heir to inherit his power, but since Josephine was a          between May 15, 2006 and July 3, 2006. This deposit
baroness, she couldn't have any children.                        will guarantee the current price (double occupancy)
                                                                 of $1083 per person for an inside cabin, $1273 per
29. The sun never sets on the British Empire because the         person for an ocean view cabin, and $1593 per per-
British Empire's in the East and the sun sets in the West.       son for a cabin with a balcony.
30. Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a thorn
for 63 years. She was a moral woman who practiced virtue.
                                                                 One final word about the prices: taxes (which are in-
                   “are teachers NOT paid enough?”               cluded in quote above) are always subject to change
                                                                 due to either U.S. or foreign government regulatory
                                                                 action. Of course, airfare, cab fare, alcohol, soft drinks,
                                                                 shore excursions, tips and items of a personal nature
                                                                 are not included in the above prices.

                                                                 You can sign up by contacting John Bland at Junc-
                                                                 tion Travel (703-368-8757). Also, please let me know
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines                                     you are going by filling out my sign-up sheet at club
                                                                 meetings, email me at pwsimmons@msn.com or call-
Date Change                                                      ing me at 703 912 4862. Please be sure to supply your
                                                                 email address and phone number on the sign-up
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines cancelled the cruise that           sheet. That way, I will be able notify you of changes.
I had set up for April 2007. Here is the new info:
Alliance 9-Night Caribbean Cruise: May 18th – May                Paul Simmons, Field Trips           John Bland
27th , 2007                                                      pwsimmons@msn.com                   Manager
Departure Port: Baltimore, Maryland                              703 912-4862                        Junction Travel
Cruise Line & Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of                703 508-4862 cell                   9410 Main St.
the Seas                                                                                            Manassas, VA 20110
Ports of Call: Baltimore, MD; San Juan, Puerto Rico;                                                 703-368-8757
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas: Samana, Dominican                                                      800-892-7116
Republic; Labadee, Haiti; Baltimore, MD

Deposit Required: $450 per person deposit required
at the time of booking. Cruise fare is guaranteed
against increases if deposited by July 3, 2006 or until

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                                              Photos by “TheKameraKid” on aol.com

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                             different ideas

                                                  NBC Pictures of the Year

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Movie Posters

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For Novice Photographers Only,
Some Basics
If you’re past the beginner stage, you can skip this article…
Found on the Internet, author unknown.
Cameras                                                     ply load the film, the camera automatically advanc-
Lets discuss what a camera really is. A camera is           ing the film itself, and setting the exposure according
defined as a light box with a pinhole keeping out           to the lighting conditions and film speed. All the user
unwanted light. The name of the game here is to             has to do is point the camera at the subject then de-
properly expose the film to light. If film is exposed to    press the shutter button and the camera will do the
too much light you get an overexposed picture. If film      rest. Hence the name — “Point And Shoot.” An SLR
is exposed to too little light you'll get an underexposed   camera allows you to change lenses, use various film
picture. It doesn't matter how many bells and whistles      speeds, control shutter speeds and apertures for cause
your camera has. If you don’t understand two basic          and effect, use different kinds
elements of a camera which are the twin poles of            of flashes to get the desired
exposure then you might as well forget about taking         effect you want.
pictures. The twin poles of exposure I am referring to
are shutter speed and aperture.                             One important element I like           Basics 101
                                                            about an SLR camera is it
Lets define shutter speed and aperture (f-stop):            does not have parallax error.
Shutter Speed-The amount of time the shutter stays          In other words when you
open thus allowing light to strike the film plane. Shut-    look thru the viewfinder
ter speeds are measured in seconds, fractions of a sec-     what you see is exactly what
ond, and minutes. An example of a shutter speed is          you're going to get because you are
1/125. In other words 1/125th of a second; the shut-        looking directly thru the lens. Point and shoot cam-
ter stays open for 1/125th of a second. Fast shutter        eras do not offer this benefit simply because of de-
speeds freeze the action while slow shutter speeds          sign and purpose, therefore when you look thru the
blur the action. If you want to freeze the action of a      viewfinder of one of these cameras what you see is
golf swing then you would set your shutter speed at         not exactly what you're going to get. Another added
1/125 of asecond or above. If you want that same            benefit of SLR cameras is they offer several metering
golf swing to have an artistic blurring effect then you     systems built in that allows the photographer to de-
would set your shutter speeds lower than 1/125 of a         cide how the incoming light is going to be measured
second.                                                     according to the picture taking situation.

Aperture: Also known as f-stop the aperture controls        Cameras offer a wide variety of bells and whistles
the amount of light that enters the camera. The aper-       thanks in part to microprocessors and computer
ture also controls the depth-of-field. Depth-of-field is    technology. Some of the specifics you may have seen
the scene behind the subject. For example if you take       offered on a wide array of cameras are Program, Shut-
a picture of me and you set your aperture at f/4 then       ter Priority, Aperture Priority, Program AE, Exposure
the background behind me is going to be blurred but         Compensation, Manual Metering, Auto Focus Expo-
if you take that same picture of me and say your f/         sure, and Multiple Exposures. Some camera models
stop is f/5.6 or f/8 then the background is going to        offer some of the features above while other models
be sharper. Just remember this one simple rule the          offer all of the features above.
smaller the aperture (the higher the number) the
greater the depth-of-field; the larger the aperture (the     I have found that one of the most misunderstood is a
lower the number) the less depth-of-field.                  camera's metering system mainly in part because of
                                                            the terms used to identify various metering systems
There are many different kinds of cameras on the mar-       and how a metering system works. The key word here
ket today but for clarity's sake I'll discuss two of the    is Meter.
most popular ones. They are 35mm point and shoot,
and 35mm SLR. A 35mm point and shoot camera is a
camera that uses 35mm film allowing the user to sim-

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We know that to meter something is to measure it           a dedicated lens for your camera otherwise it is im-
whether it is speed, pressure, rpms, temperature, or       possible.
sound. A camera's metering system is designed to
measure the incoming light. It does not matter what        Remember the types of metering systems mentioned
type of camera you have, it has some sort of meter-        earlier? Well here is a description of the popular me-
ing system built into it. Some of the most popular         tering systems found on cameras today and what it
metering systems on cameras today are Center-              means and when to use them...
Weighted, Spot, Evaluative, and Matrix. First I'll
define some of the bells and whistles found on cam-        1. Center-Weighted: Comes in several flavors but it
eras today...                                              is defined as the majority of the meter's sensitivity is
                                                           concentrated into the 12mm outer circle found within
Shutter Priority: You manually set the shutter speed       your camera's viewfinder. Center-Weighted meter-
and the camera will automatically give you the cor-        ing is used when you are taking portraits, wedding
rect aperture according to the film speed, lighting        pictures, light or bright subjects against a fairly light
conditions, and type of lens mounted on your cam-          or bright background, beach scenes, or overall bright
era.                                                       or darkscenery . Center-Weighted metering places
                                                           emphasis on the main subject being photographed.
Aperture Priority: The opposite of shutter priority.
You manually set the aperture and the camera will          2. Spot Metering: Measures the subject by a narrow
automatically give you the correct shutter speed           beam with the sensitivity concentrated within the
according to the film speed, lighting conditions, and      3mm inner circle within your camera's viewfinder.
type of lens mounted on your camera.                       Use this metering system when you are taking pic-
                                                           tures of tiny subjects such as birds, postage stamps,
Program: The camera automatically sets the shutter         a leaf from a tree, or when exact metering of a sub-
speed and aperture according to the film speed, light-     ject is required such as sunlight bouncing off the crest
ing conditions, and lens in use. Personally I find the     of a mountain top. This method of metering is rec-
program mode very useful when I'm taking flash pic-        ommended for advanced photographers and not be-
tures at night or in total darkness. Other than that I     ginners.
have no use for the program mode because contrary
to popular belief, the program mode does not work          3. Evaluative/Matrix: They are both very similar
in every shooting situation. Bear in mind when your        whereby the subject is measured in five or six differ-
camera is in the program mode it means that certain        ent ways taking into consideration scene contrast,
information has been burned into the camera's com-         brightness of the subject, background brightness,
puter chips while in that mode so it wouldn't be fea-      color contrast, and light contrast. I use this metering
sible to use that mode in every shooting situation.        system when I'm taking normal or quick snapshots
                                                           of a moving subject. I also use this metering system
Thanks to the inventiveness of engineers today you         whenever I am taking flash pictures at night or in
can be in the program mode but, and I say but, if you      total darkness.
are an experienced photographer and you know your
exposures, you can put your camera in the Program          I encourage and urge all beginners and advanced
Shift mode if you don't like the recommended pro-          users alike to always read your instruction booklet
grammed exposure given by the camera. The pro-             that came with your camera and get to know your
gram shift mode will enable you to manually over-          camera inside and out. Become familiar with your
ride the recommended programmed exposure mode              camera's intricate parts and the do's and donts to your
by one or two stops up or down although you are            camera. When you are photographing a subject
still in the program mode.                                 always focus on the subject's eyes if you can. Remem-
                                                           ber to always focus on the subject's eyes and squeeze
Intelligent Program AE (Auto Exposure)-When you            the shutter button halfway down before taking the
mount a lens onto a camera the camera and lens talk        picture. Never jerk or make sudden movements with
to each other. The lens tells the camera who it is. Look   your camera. Following these basic rules given will
at it this way Mr. Lens says,"Hi, I'm telephoto            greatly increase your chances of establishing great
128mm." Your camera says, "I'm pleased to meet you         memories.
and welcome to my club. You are accepted as my
brethren and I'm ready to work fully with you when-
ever you are ready." The catch here is you must have

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               For Sale Items
• For Sale - Bronica 645 ETRS medium format camera,
  mint condition with one magazine back, 75mm normal
  lens. Can be had with or without an AE II metering
  prism. This camera provides large negatives for great
  20”x24”prints. The price can vary from an older unit to
  a newer unit. Contact: Erwin Siegel
  at: 703-960-6726.
• For Sale - Studio Dynamic dark
  blue backdrop for shooting por-
  traits. It’s 7x7 foot, excellent condi-
  tion, and has the two stands and
  pole to hold it. $350 takes all. Also:
  Nikon Teleconverter 2X TC200 for
  older non autofocus Nikon lenses, $150. Contact: Erwin
  Siegel at 703-960-6726.
•    VR Nikon AF-S 24mm-120mm ED zoom lens (f3.5 -
    5.6). A Vibration, Auto-Focus Silent Wave G lens for $325.
    Call: Wayne Wolfersberger at 703-476-6048 or

Results of Digital Test
Competition May 23
Judge: Josh Taylor
Novice Digital Projection
1st      Polly Terriberry    Glade Creek Grist Mill
2nd         Emi Wallace      Sideways Sun
3rd       David Mosher       Felucca Mate
HM       Polly Terriberry    Dream Garden                        Photographers of Northern Virginia
HM Camille Lamoureux         Great Falls Panorama
HM Camille Lamoureux         Central Park Blizzard               Guests on Fairfax Public Access Channel 10 for the
HM       Willa Friedman      Iris                                following weeks during the summer will be:
HM        David Mosher       Rug Factory Students                June 12 - Ed Ruggiero
HM Camille Lamoureux         Golden Gardens Dusk                 June 19 - Tom Passin
HM          Emi Wallace      Oldsmobile Logo                     June 26 - Fred Eberhart
HM       Polly Terriberry    The Runny Nose                      July 03 - Chip Clark
                                                                 July 10 - Jim Tetro
Advance Digital Projection
                                                                 July 17 - Ed Knepley
1st  Marilyn Gaizband Topi Composite
2nd    Glenn Bernstein Flying                                    July 24 - Tom Hady
3rd Marilyn Gaizband IR Horse                                    July 31 - Steve Miller
HM       Judy McGuire All Tied Up                                Aug 07 - Hillary Rubin
HM Amie Tannenbaum Palacio Santa Ines                            Aug 14 - Dennis Tarny
HM       Judy McGuire Harbor Reflections                         Aug 21 - Mary O'Neill
HM           Lea Bellas KO at Landsdowne                         Aug 28 - Chuck Mauro
HM          Tom Passin Twisted Column                            Each program is shown for a week - Wed at 12:30 p.m.
HM        Scott Musson Lego Bird                                 and 7:30 p.m. and Fri at 9:30 a.m.
HM          Ed Knepley Tulip in Mist
HM          Bill Prosser Clamatis
                                                                 Note of Reverse Montages - One additional bit of in-
HM           Lea Bellas Apelila Piki
                                                                 formation to add to what was included in the May
HM          Bill Prosser Flying Shorebirds
HM          Ed Knepley Poppy Montage                             Fotofax: It is advisable to not have the emulsion sides
HM        Asfar Husain Foggy Morning                             touching when reversing one slide over the other.
HM    Mary Ann Setton Dune Castle                                                             Luella Murri 703-256-5290
HM      Glen Bernstein Skytower Aukland                                                            luellamurri@aol.com

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  NewsY ou                                               Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
                                                         If you would like to be inspired, then pay a visit to

    Use                                                  Lancaster County, PA. This is the center of the Amish
                                                         community in Pennsylvania. Your Editor usually
                                                         stays about 3 days at the “Weathervane Motel” in
                                                         “Ronks.” It’s centrally located to drive the whole area.
                                                              Remember, the Amish people do not like or
                                                         permit photos of their faces, it’s against their religion
                                                         to do so. It’s not a problem photographing the
                                                         children, just be discreet about it. The landscape is
                                                         beautiful, and the settings quite mild. It really is a
                                                         place to relax, look for photos, enjoy some good food,
Seeing Pictorially                                       and get back to nature. The people are friendly,
                                                         relaxed, and laid back. No one is in a hurry for
You’ve heard the expression many times before.           anything.
Judges and other photographers have used the                  We found the best times for photos were at sun-
words. What is meant by seeing pictorially? It’s the     rise for about 2 hours, then we’d go back to the room,
difference between simply taking a picture and           relax, and at mid-day do lunch or a visit into town,
creatively making a picture. A photographer who can-     then out looking for photos again about 4 hours before
not see beyond the subject matter’s obvious and          sunset. Take along all the film you’ll need as it is quite
existing visual appearance, is limited to taking pic-    expensive in the area. One way to look for photos is
tures. Such a photographer must constantly search        to drive slowly on the back roads while looking for
for exciting subject matter to produce an exciting       good scenes. Use your imagination, watch your
picture.                                                 driving, plan your day, and be prepared for a great
    But a photographer who is skilled in making          relaxed 3 days of shooting. You should enjoy the area.
pictures, who can see beyond the subject’s visual                                            Editor
appearance and knows how to affect its pictorial
appearance, can create exciting pictures from seem-
ingly dull subject matter.
    How many times have you seen a rather dull
subject and later seen a good photographer make a
great photograph with that dull subject matter. One
might think, “Gee, I didn’t see that.” But the other
photographer did.

Dot .Com Tip-Clean the Keyboard
                                                                                      Photo by Erwin A. Siegel
Make sure that the COMPUTER IS TURNED OFF,
then take the keyboard and turn it upside down.
While holding it upside down, tap on all the keys
vigorously with your fingers and watch all kinds of
dirt and junk fall out onto the tabletop. This is rec-   Why Join A Camera Club?
ommended about every six months. It’s amazing the        It can truly be said that the camera club, as an insti-
amount of stuff that will fall out of the keyboard.      tution, is capable of being the single impetus in the
You’ll be surprised.                                     life of any non-professional photographer toward the
                                                         goal of his pictorial achievement. These groups serve
                                                         a number of purposes in the lives of their members;
                                                         they draw together men and women of kindred
                                                         tastes and interests, they foster ambition and
                                                         competition, they raise the standard of pictorial
                                                         photography as the skill and accomplishments of
                                                         their members increases… Max Thorek, founder and
                                                         first President of PSA, 1947.

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  NewsY ou                                                Snap Shots
                                                          • For replacement bulbs and lamps of all types,

    Use                                                     contact Lamp Technology, Inc. They have a web-
                                                            site which enables users to identify bulb types and
                                                            place an order. Brief descriptions of all lamps and
                                                            housings are included. Lamp Technology, Inc. is
                                                            in Bohemia, NY at 516-567-7800 or 800-533-7648
                                                            and the website is: <www.lamptech.com>
                                                          • For exposure meter repairs, contact Exposure
                                                            Meter Service of Springfield, NJ at 201-376-2781.
                                                          • For information on Photographic Workshops in the
Photo Tips                                                  Virginia area, contact Linda Lane Photo Work-
• Circular polarizers require no exposure adjust-           shops, 15325 Mountain Road, Montpelier, VA
  ments with any type of camera with through-the-           23192 or call 804-883-7740. They offer workshops
  lens metering as the meter will read through the          in the Spring and Fall seasons.
  filter and compensate for some light-loss caused        • If you’re interested in recycling your ni-cad
  by the filter. Of course, if you’re using an older        rechargeable batteries, contact The Rechargeable
  camera without a meter, then you’ll have to com-          Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a non-profit
  pensate and add more exposure for the light-loss.         public service organization dedicated to the recy-
  Polarizers will usually lose about 2 and a half stops     cling of Nickel-Cadmium (ni-cad) batteries. You’ll
  of light.                                                 find them at 1-800-8-BATTERY or visit their
• Also, in working with a polarizer filter on your          website of: <www.rbrc.org/news> to find the col-
  camera lens, DO NOT add another filter with it.           lection site nearest you. Help save our environ-
  This may cause a vignetting effect on the corners         ment by recycling Ni-Cad rechargeable
  of the image and looks terrible. Beware of using          batteries…it’s easy.
  two filters at the same time, or check the view-        • For the repair of “old” cameras that can’t be
  finder corners to see if it’s a problem. You will see     repaired by the manufacturer try sending them to
  slides in competition with this problem. They usu-        Essex Camera Service, 100 Amor Avenue,
  ally get tossed out immediately for showing this          Carlstadt, NJ 07072 or call 201-933-7272.
  amateurish effect.
                                                          • If you’re interested in some photographic Semi-
• If you’re shooting 120 and 220 roll films in a me-        nars, Workshops and Photo Tours, contact Helen
  dium-format camera, do not use a 120 roll in the          Longest-Saccone and Marty Saccone at P.O. Box
  220 magazine or use a 220 roll in a 120 magazine.         690518, Quincy, MA 02269-0518 or call 617-847-
  The pressure plate varies slightly for each of the        0091. Their fax number is 617-847-0952. The e-mail
  two different magazines and sharpness will suf-           address is: helen_marty@yahoo.com - and their
  fer. Also, the 120 film has a paper backing, and the      website address is <www.photoquest.com/
  220 roll has no paper backing except at the begin-        hls&ms> Ask for their schedule of services. They
  ning and end of the roll.                                 are very active in teaching photography and offer
• With any format camera, do not leave the shutter          a wide variety of classes in many subject areas.
  cocked on the camera while stored away. This puts       • For a source of film and processing for
  tension on the spring mechanism. Even with film           subminiature cameras contact MicroTec Special-
  in the camera, fire the shutter, then store the cam-      ized Photographic Services, P.O. Box 9424, San Di-
  era away.                                                 ego, CA 92169 or call 619-272-8820.

                                                                  “Cloning Is Not Redundant”

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                                                         or project two images and explain how each one was
Questions about Camera Club                              created be an alternative for club members? Given its
Competitions!                                            rapid decline in number of entries, is it time to pull
                                                         the plug on slide film photography in camera club
by Joe Miller, NVPS                                      competitions?
In my view, the reasons for most camera club concerns        I have only touched upon a few questions that
are competitions. If it weren't for competitions who     could and perhaps should be asked about that love-
would care what is done in someone else's darkroom,      hate activity called camera club competitions—an
wet or dry? There were complaints about                  activity whose rules and regulations are constantly
competitions during the long reign of Eastman the        and perpetually being altered, modified, revised and
Elder, and now Adobe the Magician has introduced a       changed. It seems we can't live happily with them,
sophisticated array of WMD’s (Weapons of Mass            and we can't live happily without them.
Design) into camera club competitions.                                                    Joseph Miller, NVPS
     Which of these new design techniques are accept-                                        furnfoto@aol.com
able and which are not? Although I have spoken and
judged at virtually every camera club in the area, I     Editor’s Note:
have no answers, only questions. Here are a few
questions for camera clubs to consider regarding         “Yes, competitions are entertainment and ribbons.
competitions in the digital world of the 21st Century:   Personally, we like ‘the show & tell’ idea mentioned.
     What is the purpose/objective of a camera club      We think more can be learned from the shooter of the
competition? Are competitions primarily a learning       image than a judge saying what they like or don’t
experience for the competitors and the audience? Are     like.” The ‘show & tell’ is not even a critique. There is
competitions primarily an activity where ribbons are     no critiquing.
given and received? Are competitions primarily
     The following three questions are very important
given modern technology: What is photography
today? What is imaging today? Where does photog-
raphy end and imaging begin?
     Have we moved away from the camera as the
principal image creator and accepted the computer
as the principal image creator? If so, is that good or                     Field Trips
bad? In today's image-making world, what is a
“camera?” The answer to that question may not be as
obvious as it seems. If a camera is an image captur-     Impromptu Field Trips
ing device, is not a copier an image capturing device?   Impromptu Field Trips are designed to bring club
Is not a scanner an image capturing device? Is not a     members together who desire to go on a photo shoot.
computer screen an image capturing device? Is not a      These trips will be organized via e-mail. I will main-
particular model cell phone an image capturing           tain a mailing list of all members that want to be
device? Which of these imaging capturing devices are     notified of impromptu trips. When you get the urge
acceptable in camera club competitions, and which        to take a few pictures, send me an e-mail with what
are not?                                                 you want to do along with the time and place to
     How much of the image should be the exclusive       meet. I will forward your message to those on the
creation of the “maker?” Who is the “maker” and          mailing list. It is the responsibility of the individual
what does “maker” mean today? Can the synthesizer        initiating the trip to meet the club members at the
of an image be considered the “maker?” Is “counter-      appointed time and place. That is all there is to it.
feiting” more easily achieved in the digital world? If   You can sign up at club meetings or e-mail me at:
so, is that a problem in camera club competitions?       pwsimmons@msn.com
     Should there be any limits or restrictions to the            Paul Simmons, Field Trips Chair
concept “an image is an image” which is held by many
camera clubs? Would a “critique evening” where there     Tentative 2005/2006 Field Trip Schedule
were no winners and no losers (and therefore no stress
or distress) be preferable to competitions?
                                                         Meeting times on all are at 8:00 a.m.
     Could, for example, a “show and tell” evening
where all participants would show two prints and/        Jul 9, Early Morning - Kenilworth Gardens

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Carla Steckley Photo Exhibit
"Calla, Color and Curve" is the title of the upcoming
exhibit by Carla Steckley at Brookside Garden's
visitor center, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Wheaton, MD.
The show runs from Jun. 24-Aug.12. The gardens
provide an excellent opportunity for beautiful photos.

Gazebos, ponds,sculpture,fountains,signature trees,
a tropical greenhouse, bridges, and an extensive array
of seasonal shrubs and flowers make this a not to be
missed place to visit. The garden in open from dawn
to dusk. No admission.

Directions: Take 495 North to Georgia Avenue North
(Wheaton). Stay on Georgia Ave. to Randolph Road,
turn right. Look form Glenallen Ave on your right,
turn right and drive approximately .5 mile to the
entrance of Brookside Gardens.

                                                                         All three photos by Carla Steckley

Photo Gear Offered
Garry Farber of Hunt's Photo, a supporter of the         Food For Thought
Meadowlark Expo and NVPS, is offering NVPS               • Just think how deeper the ocean would be if
members the following:                                     sponges didn’t live there.

Factory refurbised Canon 20D very limited supply         • Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?
799.99                                                   • If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil
                                                           come from?
Factory refurbised Canon Rebel XT with 18-70 lens
for 549.99                                               • After eating, do amphibians need to wait an hour
                                                           before getting OUT of the water?
Also, an unbelivable price on Epson 2400 and 1800        • Why don’t they make a mouse-flavored cat food?
printers. NVPS members interested should contact
me me ASMP at:1-800-221-1830 EXT 2332 or                 • Why do they sterilize needles for lethal injections?
FilmGuyGary@aol.com                                      • Isn’t DisneyWorld a people trap operated by a
                        Josh Taylor, NVPS                  mouse?

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                                                              opposite direction. Proceed about 2/10ths of a mile
                  Field Trips                                 and turn right at the sign "To Kenilworth Aquatic Gar-
                                                              dens". This is Douglas Street. Take another right at
                                                              the end of Douglas Street onto Anacostia Drive. The
Field Trip to Kenilworth Aquatic                              entrance is on your left.
Gardens Sunday, July 9, 6:45 a.m.                             or
                                                              B) via the 14th Street Bridge: Bear right crossing the
Newcomers to the club may not be aware that a fine            bridge to the Southwest/Southeast Freeway. From the
tradition has emerged of getting together for a mid-          Southeast Freeway, take the Pennsylvania Avenue
Summer field trip to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in            exit-make a soft right turn onto Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington.                                                   SE/John Philip Sousa Bridge. Shortly after crossing
                                                              the bridge, turn a slight left onto Fairmont Avenue,
Every year we see dozens of award-winning photo-              then merge onto I-295 North. Continue about 3 miles
graphs taken here during July. Kenilworth has an              to the Quarles St./Eastern Ave. exit, then follow the
outstanding collection of lotuses and water lilies. It is     directions above to Kenilworth.
the only National Park dedicated to the study,
propagation and enjoyment of aquatic plants. Twelve           When taking either route, beware of an automated
acres of ponds provide ample opportunity for                  speed trap on I-295 near Howard Road - in both
photographers. There are also three small concrete            directions. Being caught speeding on camera is not
ponds to the rear of the visitor center that allow            the kind of "photo op" you're looking for! 295 speed
photographers to get very close with a telephoto zoom         limits vary from 45 to 50 mph.
lens such as 80-200mm. In addition to the lotuses and
water lilies, there are many other subjects including         For this field trip there is no need to sign up - just
landscapes, plants, leaves, frogs, birds, etc. Occasional     show up! This is a splendid opportunity to make some
early morning fog/mist can be an added bonus.                 outstanding photos, don't miss it. For more
                                                              information, contact:
Mid-July is the peak blooming period, and this year
the trip is scheduled for Sunday, July 9. We will meet        Paul Simmons at 703 912-4862 (cell 703 508-4862) or
at the parking lot at 6:45 a.m. If you arrive later and       <mailto:pwsimmons@msn.com>.
don't see one of us, proceed into the Gardens and catch                     Paul Simmons, Field Trips Chair
up with us in the pond areas.
                                                              Special Note, Please READ:
What to bring (besides the camera):
Tripod: sturdy.                                               As Editor we have also been taking care of
Lenses: 80-200 mm zoom is adequate; longer is some-           the NVPS membership database. We use the
times better. Optional: macro lens; 1.4X and/or 2X            database to generate e-mail names and also
teleconverter; close-up lenses or extension tubes. If
you shoot film: 50/100 speed slide film is good for           the Membership Directory.
the sharpness and fine grain; and for print film, 100/
200 speed works well.                                         Bob Friedman will now be taking over the
Filters: Polarizer and warming filters are helpful; also      duties of the Database Manager. Therefore,
consider bringing a fog/diffusion filter if you have
one.                                                          when you now have changes to make in the
Other: It will probably get hot and you may have your         database of your home address, phone num-
belly on the ground for low angles. Dress accordingly         bers for home, work, and fax, you’ll NOW
and bring a hat for sun protection. Conditions may            be sending that info to Bob Friedman by e-
call for sunscreen and/or insect repellant.
                                                              mail or by phone. Bob will also generate the
DIRECTIONS from Virginia:                                     Membership Directory in December of each
A) via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge: Take I-295 North            year, or you may ask him for one as needed.
immediately after crossing the Wilson Bridge. You will        His e-mail address is: bob-f@cox.net and his
travel approximately 12 miles from the Bridge tower
to the Quarles St./Eastern Avenue exit. Stay left as          home phone is: 703-978-7937. As Editor we
you exit and cross over I-295 just before the first traffic   will still be sending out the newsletter from
light. You will be on Kenilworth Avenue in the                the updated info you provide to him.

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Erwin A. Siegel - Fotofax Editor
5840 Cameron Run Terrace #903
Alexandria, Virginia 22303
e-mail: NVPSEditor@aol.com

NVPS website: www.nvps.org
Note: All meetings start at 7:45 p.m.

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  “See You Sep. 5”

             Things To Do
• “Vanished Kingdoms: The Wulsin photographs
  of Tibet, China and Mongolia 1921-1925” - Janet
  and Frederick Wulsin’s photographs from the
  1920s of sacred sites in western China and
  Mongolia, many of which have long since van-         • “Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival” -
  ished. Now to Sep. 30 at the National Museum of        Music on multiple stages, an arts and crafts fair,
  Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution          ship tours, exhibits, rides, food vendors and more.
  Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 202-633-1000.           Jun. 17-18 at Alexandria’s Oronoco Bay Park, on
                                                         the Potomac River at Union and Madison streets
• “Celebrate Fairfax” - The 25th annual festival in-
                                                         in Old Town Alexandria, VA. 703-649-8300.
  cludes entertainment on multiple stages, arts and
  crafts, children’s activities and other diversions   • “Smithsonian Folklife Festival” - The 40th annual
  from Jun. 9-11 at Fairfax County Government Cen-       folklife festival on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
  ter, 12000 Government Center Parkway. Fairfax,         This is one great event for all and much to photo-
  VA. 703-324-3247.                                      graph. Jun. 30-Jul. 4 and then on Jul. 7-11. This
                                                         event has EVERYTHING! 202-633-1000.
• “Mountain Heritage Crafts Festival” - Displays
  by about 200 artists and artisans, bluegrass bands
  and food vendors Jun. 9-11 on Route 22 off U.S.
  340 between Harpers Ferry and Charles Town,
  West VA. 304-725-2055 or 800-624-0577.

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