February 14, 2020
Happy Valentines Day 💝
We had a good crowd at our Workshop “Just Dew it! and Bubbles Mania!” and everybody worked hard to try all stations. I don’t think anybody tried to get a planet with a big bubble, but we had some success at most stations.
We tried, dew drops on string, on living things like flowers and leaves, bubbles and placing things under and behind big bubbles, refraction through solid globes and dew drops, marbles, oil and water, water and colored oil drops, nice colored backgrounds and base, etc. Some pictures posted on Facebook.
Just for your future use and fun, the recipes for the solutions we used are:
Bubbles solution- 2T dish soap Best let it stand over night
1/2 cup water
Dew Drop Solution-3 parts water, 1 part Glycerine
Dates to put on your Calendar:
March 2nd, 1pm-5pm, at the clubhouse - Kevin T. Karlson, Nature Photography Workshop and critique session. This is Kevin at his best and gentle self. More details here.
March 18th, 6:00pm - Cape Winds Florist, 860 Broadway, West Cape May - Flowers Close-Up. Make and shoot your own arrangements. $5.00 fee towards the flowers we use.
And PLEASE make sure your dues are up to date.
March meeting is the deadline.
January 8, 2020
Happy 2020 Everyone!🌈
We have lots planned for the new year. So mark your calendars and join us! Please check the Upcoming Events page for the latest on the new year. Mark you calendars now!
Our meeting Monday, January 6th, was very informative and we had lots to see with hands on time as well. Thank you Bart Feldman for sharing your equipment and knowledge with us. His topic: Lenses and Latest Trends in Equipment. It was such fun to see all the lenses and learn about what is coming with various camera systems. Bart is an owner of the T&F Camera Shop and a working professional so he has first hand knowledge and experience that is rare and helpful. I did not know that the companies themselves set the prices for everything. So B&H and T&F offer same. Nice we have a couple people we can talk to and get advice from close by. Camera Shops are few and far between now. Thanks for coming Bart. It was fun and we learned a lot!
November 11, 2019
Hello and Happy Holiday Season!
Notes from our November meeting.
FYI: Each month after each meeting I try to pass on important announcements and dates I’d like you to be aware of, maybe put on your calendar, keep handy. More than half our club is not on Facebook and less than half get to each meeting, so I need to be sure everybody keeps up to date with plans and happenings. I keep a folder on my desktop called “Odds and Ends I want to keep Handy” and I drop this note in. Then all our Club events are “Handy”. If you are not in the habit of doing that, remember Bob Finlay keeps our Website up to date and you can check there any time if you have need to recall when something is happening. Or email me with questions. Feel free to check. We are busy!
November Club Workshop was chuck full of information on printing and paper. Ed Russell, with Cindy Russell helping, showed example after example of prints on different papers and talked in depth about his favorite methods and materials. He favors matt papers because of the soft clarity and depth of color, and non glare behind glass appearance. Thank you both for sharing your expertise and experience with us, Ed! Beautiful prints and lush colors in all!
The Exhibit at the Carriage House is now down. Many members took their pictures home after the meeting. Others are at my house to be retrieved ASAP. They’ll make beautiful Christmas presents! We sold 25 or so. I don’t have the final report yet, but a couple people sold 4. some sold 2 or 3 and the big ones went. I was surprised, but it’s true. When I find out exactly what sold, we'll analyze it and plan around what we know. Thank you all for your efforts. MAC was pleased!
I am now collecting miniatures for the Christmas Exhibit. They’re fun and cute. I/2 dozen people have brought me some. I’ll deliver tomorrow (Tuesday).
Our next Meeting is Wednesday, December 4th at 5:00pm at the Clubhouse. It is our Pot Luck dinner and Members Showcase. Club will supply baked ham and coffee and tea. Otherwise it is BYOB. Bring your spouse or significant other and join the fun. We are asking members to make a slideshow on any topic, with music or without, 2 to 8 minutes long, put them on a thumb drive. If you need help making a slideshow, give a yell and we’ll help you. Bill Riches will help you with music. Please bring them to my house and put them in my mail slot-my front door if I’m not home, or take them to Bill Riches’ house (2 Springers Road, CMCH-easy to find), or if you can’t get them to us early, bring them to the meeting. Bill will have it set up to play smoothly.This is fun and everybody should learn to make a slideshow. You will use that skill and love it forever.
A brief outline of 2020 programs was presented. Lots to look forward to, lots to participate in.
Please keep these “Handy” for reference and check the website.
Keep Shooting! Keep dropping photos off on our Facebook page!
Challenge to all. Post one photo at least on Facebook each month.
October 9, 2019
Hi Photo Friends.
A few things you need to know from our meeting Monday.
"MilkyWay Mike" Blew us away Monday. His images were wonderful! He showed us pictures from many well known dark spots all over the US where
he could get amazing landscape and surroundings. He detailed how he manages to capture the stars and milky way, and talked about
stacking and blending his images, post processing as well. He shared his equipment and techniques. And stressed going out in the daylight to plan
great shots and find foreground details that make his images spectacular. Excellent presentation! Thank you Michael Ver Sprill for your sharing your
expertise with us. Kudos!! to you and for learning so much so fast. Down by the bunker is the best place around here he says to find the Milky Way-in
case you want to try!
Check out his website for tutorials, videos, Galleries, etc. Well worth a little attention to absorb more ways to “Master the Lights of the Night Sky”.
Next meeting is November 4th. By request we are going to talk about printing pictures and what paper is best—to get the print you want. Ed Russel, Dennis Abriola
and John Kapusnick will share their expertise with us and we will have time for questions. You will hear about and see many samples. And we’ll see I hope, images
printed on some new things like metal.
After the meeting Frank Nave will answer questions and help those who have questions about his "Digital Watercolor Painting”. Bring your computer if you want and
take some time to refine your skills with digital watercolor painting. Again, time to ask Frank questions has been requested. Take advantage of this opportunity!
Heads Up! The December meeting of the Photography Club is changed to Wednesday Evening December 4th. We meet at 5:00pm for a Pot Luck Dinner then run
our Members' Showcase. For those who are newish, this is an opportunity for you to put together a 6 to 8 minute slideshow, any topic, with music if you wish and
share it with the group. We ask you to get them to Bill Riches or me a week before so he can put them together and help you with music if you like.Thanksgiving weekend
is looming, so I’ll collect any time in November. This is a fun evening and you will be blown away with the slideshows you see. We like at least 12, so please get your
creative juices going and because of the holiday season, you need to get started now! If you want to learn how to make a slideshow, we have time in November to do that.
We can run a workshop. Let me know if you want to do that. Knowing how to make a slideshow is an essential Life Skill!! I think. You’ll do it again and again. Anyway, take
time to learn! It’s so fun!
We never ask for specific things for our dinner. I bake a ham and the club provides coffee and tea, and it’s BYOB. The dinner is always wonderful, and the slideshows
outstanding and funny, some heart tugging. Please make an effort to participate!
I’m planning the Exhibit season for 2020 at the Presbyterian Church. Let me know if you-Solo or 2 or 3 of you are interested in having an Exhibit there. And We will discuss at
our next meeting if you want the club to pursue an exhibit at the Mad Batter. Gets busy. Think about it. I have to ask a good year ahead for the Mad Batter space. And I
cannot handle it alone. Commitment means some level of help from members. We may all be too busy….Voice your opinion. I voiced mine. I cannot do it alone.
The club has been asked if they might be or individuals might be interested in participating in a weekend show at Fishing Creek Museum, for the benefit of that museum.
They keep 20% of the asking price. This would be a juried show, so items would be brought in Thursday, and those chosen/accepted would have an “Opening” social Friday.
Then on Saturday the show would be open 10 to 4 and Sunday open 10 to 2. Is there any interest in this kind of thing at all? Wht time of year is best to try this? It is definitely
wonderful to be considered and consulted about things like this and to be included in the Physick Estate events. It’s a huge compliment and humble pat on the back.
Dates to Remember
I talked to Mary Stewart who is in charge of the Physick Estate Exhibits and she said they would take down the present lighthouse show November 4th and gather the
miniatures the following week. So I will get them in the morning and you can retrieve yours at our meeting, November 4th or at my house the next couple days. At the same
time you can drop off your miniatures for the next exhibit. That exhibit will remain up through the Christmas season and be disassembled after the new year. Miniatures
mean 4x6 or 5x7 photos framed- I’m suggesting cute frames, many miniatures are in fancier frames than usual. We’ll need a lot of them I believe. Long season and
people tend to buy at Christmas time, and they will be small and they will be less expensive so tourists can take them home easily . Again, the Physick Estate takes a bit.
I’ll have a report of how we did sales wise this summer at the next meeting. I have no idea overall, but Mary seemed very pleased. I know Werner sold one last weekend.
Penny Pagano the weekend before, I believe.
I’m hard at work getting programs and speakers for 2020. I’m very excited with January through June plans. Working on Fall now. If you have any suggestions or places
we can go for our photo shoots, please let me know. Or if you want to do a workshop-bravo!! Our club has so much talent, humble, quiet amazing talent. We need to utilize that
And enjoy it.
Oh, and for heaven's sake, I almost forgot to tell you -WE HAVE A NEW PROJECTOR!! Member, Bill Riches, got us a really good quality projector, very much like our old one,
but a couple steps up, and it is much sharper and brighter. It was obvious when we saw the pictures Mike Ver Sprill showed in daylight. I actually tried to get him to come at
night because I thought his night scenes would project better. (He couldn’t) But it was fine with the new projector. So we will continue to have 50/50’s for a few months to alleviate
the cost. I actually borrowed Bill Riches’ projector 3 times for meetings and would have had to for this meeting, so we searched and I am thrilled. I had to run up and get his projector
each time and then take it back. It was ridiculous. We are a photography club for heaven's sake, so it is the right thing to do and we are still financially OK. (We got a $1200 machine
for about $950 thanks to Bill.)
Waiting for a date when Werner Tedesco will take us out “Light Painting!” Watch for a bulletin. Want clear weather and little wind.
Fall colors coming.
Call the hot line for beautiful spots or great colors so others can find them.
I’ve been watching for Monarchs. Nothing spectacular. I’m watching….
September 13th, 2019Greetings Friends!
August 12, 2019Greetings Friends!
July 2nd, 2019
PCCM Exhibit at the Presbyterian Church was taken down yesterday. We sold 5 things, including one of Sue Karaso's little sculptures. The Lighthouse Exhibit continues thru the summer at the Carriage House on the Physick Estate.
Solo exhibit by member John Kapusnik went up last Sunday with an opening reception at the Presbyterian Church. John's Exhibit is open 9-12 every day except Sunday and that day the church is open a lot. The weekend of the 4th may be a little off, but if you are in town, stop and see. His prices are very reasonable. Come out and support a member of the club!
Monday July 15th Board Meeting at the Clubhouse 1:00pm. Anyone who wants to share ideas or make suggestions is welcome to come and add to the agenda. We always need ideas for activities and speakers.
Have wonderful Independence Day Holiday! Maybe shoot some fireworks over the bay or the beach.
June 14th, 2019
Whew! We’ve been busy this last few months! And all has gone very well. Then a computer problem for me. Sorry this is later than usual.
I’ll start off with the fun day we had at the Lighthouse. A rare treat to be able to get inside and be allowed to use our tripods if wanted and be
everywhere. Thanks to Mary Stewart for arranging this for our club! (Mary Stewart would love to have some pictures from the day if you don’t mind sharing.-she would give you credit if they use any. Email them to her if you don’t mind at Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities.
Our meeting on June 3rd was a workshop by Mary Stewart, who is in charge of the MAC Exhibit we are participating in. She showed us how to prepare our photographs to be 'EXHIBIT READY’. This is important if we want to be part of nice shows around town. It is not difficult, but a little time consuming. Makes what we hang “classy” and correct. It includes wiring the picture in the frame, and paper backing. Absolutely looks professionally framed when done. And Charlotte Ryan was brave enough to try it! Thank you Mary!! Dennis Abriola showed
us how to prepare something for contests or competition. It was great to learn and go up a notch or two in presentation. Thanks Dennis!!
And then we had the Opening of our Exhibit at the Presbyterian Church. Looks Great! Good Crowd turnout. Thanks all who wanted to participate and all who helped hang. Now it’s open mornings 9-12. Stop by with friends and enjoy. It’s up the month of June. If a friend sees something he/she wants to buy, let them take it and drop their money in the plastic container or give it to the secretary or take it and remember the church gets 20%. Let me know and I’ll fill the space with another photo, I have several ready to go. It will be successful if you keep telling your friends and inviting them to go see it. Keep the word out there.
The Club where we have our meetings is having their annual big money raiser, WHALE OF A DAY, July 6th, 8:30-4:00. It’s huge, got everything from food, crafts, music, etc. and they would love us to take some pictures. They’ll give you free lunch if you do it and let them know you are there. They'd love to put them on their website. Please consider going and enjoying the fun AND take pictures. Send them to me via email or thumbdrive and I’ll send them on to them. We took some last year but somehow they were lost in the techie trail. We owe it to the club to help out if you can. And it’s a fun day.
Hope you are working on your photos for the Scavenger Hunt. If you need help with any item, let me know. Show will be in September. If you did not get the list for the scavenger hunt, let me know and I’ll send it to you.
Remember the Roost at the Ocean City Visitor Center is jumping with nesting birds. Seriously this next 4 weeks is a photographer's delight. Early morning is best, but throughout the day until it gets hot is great shooting.
Enjoy the good weather and great area for our passion!
May 22nd, 2019
Our next meeting is June 3rd, 1:00pm at the Clubhouse.
Mary Stewart, who is in charge of the Lighthouse Exhibit at the Carriage House will do a workshop on framing photos so they are exhibit ready. She’s going to bring the materials needed and demonstrate how she does it. Anybody who wants to can bring a picture in a frame and we’ll finish it ready to hang. We’ll talk about getting your photograph ready for framing, and Dennis Abriola will show us how to get a photo ready for contests in the area, ready to be judged.
I’m accepting pictures for our Exhibit in June at the Presbyterian Church. Limit 3 per person. You can drop them off any time at my house. I’d like 35 or 40. I’ll leave the side
door open- Grant Street side, glassed in porch. Must have a card with the name of photo, photographer, and price on it/with it. We will hang June 1st and need help. Let’s meet at 9:00am. It’s fun. Join us! Opening with light refreshments June 2nd, 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Now here’s the thing. Everyone in the Club should try to come to the Opening AND send out a message to all your friends and family. If you do we will have a nice crowd. If you don’t, we won’t. The church will advertise on FaceBook, so will we and on Cool cape May. But the real thrust is your notes to everybody you know. So the week before please start shooting out the word- Photography Exhibit at the Presbyterian Church the month of June. Open mornings 9 to 12, before Jazz Vespers and East Lynne productions. Drum up interest and curiosity. I was there last Saturday and had 6 visitors and sold 2 photos.
See you soon!
Big thanks to Dottie for organizing not one but two great photowalks this month. And if that wasn't enough, she's got the club showing prints in not one but two shows this summer!
April 13th, 2019
There is an Exhibit at the Carriage House on the Physic Estate in Cape May that will be a summer long event. They have asked our club to provide pictures of the Cape May Lighthouse. More than a dozen of you have expressed interest so please bring those framed and ready to hang pictures to my house by April 14th by 5:00pm. I need to organize the information and Biographies. I have some volunteers who will help me get them to the Carriage House. Some are big and beautiful, some smaller and marvelous! This exhibit runs from May 1st through the end of September. There are no restrictions for size or frame. Physic Estate takes 30%, artist 70%. There will be an opening probably April 28th, they often have them in the evening. I’ll know more after we deliver the pictures. (Dues Paying Members Only)
We have an Exhibit at the Presbyterian Church the month of June. Those wanting to participate must bring their pictures to my house by May 29th. I have at least a dozen signed up already for this. Our usual regulations apply- Black frame, must have a white or off white Mat, Wired for hanging, 3x5 card with name of picture and price for each entry. Small Biography please. The church gets 20%, photographer 80%. We will hang June 1st. Opening June 2nd, 1 to 3pm. It’s a good idea to put your information on the back of each picture. (Dues Paying Members Only)
On May 6th Frank T. Smith, Olympus Visionary, world traveler and instructor, who calls himself a philanthropic photojournalist will take us on a photo walk through Cape May. His topic, “Architecture and Abstract”! This should be great! Do we have architecture, or what! Our meeting is set for 1:00pm, but that may change. We will meet in front of the Catholic Church on the Mall. (Dues Paying Members Only)
On May 15th we will go to Philadelphia for a Photo Walk (our theme this month!). I have arranged for a private tour of Mural Art in Philly-They are famous for this art and travel many places to share this idea. Cost $18 per person. We must be at the Mural Arts Center in time for a 10:00am to 12:00am walk. It is a 2 miles, 2 hours long, easy walking. We will end up at the Reading Terminal for lunch. Some of us might do some photo shooting in the afternoon. Some may go straight home. We’ll play that by ear. I may post some ideas of what is close and fun to shoot later. We will car pool- we’ll arrange closer to the time as well. We need 20 people to get the good price. 19 have signed up. Let me know if you are interested please. Open to anyone.
The Presbyterian Church in Cape May is creating a venue for local artists and craftsmen to exhibit. This is the church that has East Lynne Theater, Jazz Vespers, Food Bank. They want to encourage and support the arts and local talent and have a nice Fellowship Hall recently refurbished and now set up to hang pictures or crafts. The church will take 20%, artist keeps 80%. Each exhibit will hang one month. There will be an Opening with refreshments provided by the church. It will be open for viewing before and during performances, Mornings 9:00am to 12:00, Sunday 1:00 to 3:00. They will advertise and have a sign outside. I’m in charge right now and I’m looking for anyone who might be interested in having a solo Exhibit, or maybe one with a friend. At any rate I’d like to fill the calendar through December. Email me if interested. And Spread the Word.
And last but not least, our September 9th meeting will be a Scavenger Hunt. You must take a picture of at least 12, all 15 if you wish, put them on a thumb drive and get them to me by August 31st. Pictures In the order they are listed please. I will organize them and we’ll show them at the September 9th meeting. There will be some prizes for the effort. You have all summer to do this, best if not left till the last moment! This is a fun project and really fun to see how each photographer sees or interprets the items on the list. You will find the entries are very different from each other and very creative.
Let me know if you have any ideas for small group topics or workshops, or speakers, or programs. I value your input.
See you soon- delivering photos or on one of our adventures!
March 6th, 2019
Another Fun Meeting for PCCM.
On March 4th our theme was Travel Photography. Lew Gayner, from Centreville, MD, was with us to share a trip he calls “Around the World in 65 Days”. He and wife Shirley planned an extensive trip and ventured on their own to Bali, New Zealand, Australia, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Burma and Dubai for an exciting and challenging adventure. It was a fly here with a researched "wing it” few days, anxious to see all they could in their alotted time. The one thing that was set in stone were the flights from country to country because of required visas and the need to tell each government when they would leave. A very different part of the world to wander. Beautiful, each country very different from the other. He showed us the travel camera he likes now. He’s using a Sony RX Mark 1, the first iteration of the model, they’re up to IV now. His is 24-200, the latest is 24-600. All do Video. Thanks for coming, Lew! Unique and interesting! And yes, that New Zealand sheep is magenta!
Then Ruth Kulisek shared her amazing travel gear with us. She’s a hiker and goes kayaking in some crazy water situations, so she has created a way to have her camera ready to go but safe from the elements that is creative and works in extreme conditions. Her camera is safe and ready to fire, her hands can be free to hike or paddle. Wonderful!! Dottie shared a backpack she took to China that is slash proof, swipe proof, light as a feather, holds everything you need for the day, including camera “stuff" and rolls up into a small tuckaway. So small she couldn’t find it. Hopefully before the next trip! Thank you Ruth!!
Our Hotline is functional. For new members who ask, what is that, why bother? It uses a messaging app called WhatsApp which is separate from your regular messages. So you'll need to get the app and let Melissa or Dottie know you wish to be included. It is a way to send a quick message to members there is something special you can/must/should try to see/capture. For example, if someone sights a Snowy Owl, an unusual bird, an eagle coming back to one spot repeatedly, the Monarchs Roosting, the birds arriving at Ocean City Roosting for the summer. And so on.
Not for personal chatting, but for alerts and Heads Up moments to catch a very special photograph. Thanks Melissa for getting this up and working!
PCCM has the opportunity to be part of an Exhibit for this tourist season at the Physic Estate Carriage House. MAC (Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts) wants Pictures of the Cape May Lighthouse only.
For Dues Paying Members Only. I have a list of those interested. Good number already notified me. But let me know if you might be interested. Might need more at some point. Photographers can make some money.
Here’s the Scoop. And we’re serious about the details.
Pictures must be framed and ready to hang- wire required. No restrictions otherwise. Any color frame, matted or not, only size restriction is that it must not be larger than 45 inches wide,
For sale. MAC, the Sponsor gets 30%. Photographer gets 70%. The exhibit will run from May until the end of September.
If something sells, it will be replaced from what is on hand.
I’m suggesting each person interested get me 1 to 3 photos by April 14th. Absolutely no later than 5:00pm.
On an index card (preferably 3x5) list:
Name(s) of Picture(s) entered
Price of each
A Brief Biography of the Photographer is required as well, not on the card necessarily, but MAC needs that information for a booklet they’ll have on hand for visitors to look at.
I’ll make a master list and will take the pictures I have and the information to MAC on the morning of the 15th.
There will be an Opening, not sure of the date yet, but late April, when the exhibit is up and ready for the public, and it’s usually very nice with refreshments and a speechy intro to the public.
This is a big deal in Cape May…. Things at the Carriage House. And we are major lucky to be included. I’ll email those who expressed interest. Proud moment for PCCM! The whole club should go to the Opening!
We’ve (PCCM) been invited to attend the Annual Banquet that the Photographic Society of Vineland is having March 21st, at the East Lynne Golf Course, 6:00pm to 10:00pm.. I feel so complimented they would include us. I plan to go, and we have 6 or 7 PCCM members who are members of both clubs that will attend. How great to be part of a growing community of South Jersey photographers who know each other, enjoy the common interest, and more and more often bump into each other having a nice photo experience. The dinner menu is really lovely and the speaker afterward as I understand will show some of the winners of their competitions for the past year. It should be an interesting and fun evening. Please contact Gary Pitel email@example.com if interested by this Friday. Cost is $35 pp.
I saw a segment on Good Morning American recently about a theater in Lansdowne, PA, they are trying to save and restore. It is on the Abandoned America list of architecture. I called Mark Schultz and asked about our group going for a shoot, and they do allow photographers to do that. However it is $70 a person for a 3 hour time limit, so not practical for us as a group. They have a minimum number of 4 for that type event as well. I’d like to do it. Can I find 3 other people in the club who might be interested? I was thinking mid April or June. Let me know if interested. It’s near Philly and a 2 hour ride from Cape May. Email me if interested -firstname.lastname@example.org
I still have a couple large and medium sweatshirts available and 2 hats to sell. I’m sending in a new order for sweatshirts after I send this out. Let me know if you want one ASAP. Everybody who has gotten one has been very pleased with the quality and soft feel, even after washing.
Upcoming Events – Please check our Upcoming Events Page for the latest info. We'll update locations, times and dates as they evolve. April and May are already busy so mark your calendars now.
Thanks for your support!
February 7th, 2019
2019 off to a great start!
January 9th, 2019
December 12th, 2018
15 members of PCCM had a wonderful time at Cherry House today! Oh, my, what a treasure it is and we took hundreds of pictures. Thank you Beth and Frank Acker for letting us view and capture amazing Christmas antiques and decorations!! Every inch of this house is decorated, but trust me, even without the decorations it is wonderful. We'll post some images soon to show you. Thank you so much. Cape May's finest in a nutshell!
December 5th, 2018
First of all, I must say….
I came home still excited and overwhelmed at how wonderful our meeting last night was. Dinner was great and the videos were absolutely amazing. Each one was unique and each one showed the photographers personality and heart. Several members produced their first "show" tonight which is what we hope will happen. Thank you one and all for your effort and for entertaining us in such a special way. Thank you Rich Beecher, Ruth Kulisek, Mary Scarpetta, Suzanne Mancus, John Kapusnick, Richard Zickerman, Bob Finlay, Lucy Seaman, Dennis Abriola, Allison Kashon, Rob Stambaugh, John Schneidenbach, Jim Dixon, (and me) for taking the time and making the effort to bring us such amazing videos! They all were great!
Thank you! Thank you! You all won an Emmy.
And I have to thank the people behind the scenes who make things happen. Phyllis Graham and Melissa Graham-Bailey always come to help set up and stay to clean up. Bob and Ken and John and the guys magically make things clean up. Do you know that Lucy met me at my house to help on that end. Ruth and Bob are tech angels. That's what makes PCCM so strong. Helping where it's needed- quietly. Thank you. Thank you all!
And we have more hats if anyone wants one for yourself or as a gift for Christmas. ($16) And we're putting in an order for sweatshirts. I wore a sample last night and they are very nice quality. They are dark blue with the symbol on the left. ($22). If you don't want to have a fashion crisis the day of our meeting, wondering what to wear, buy a club sweatshirt. Email me if interested and tell me the size. They are unisex sizes. The club will make a little bit on each one. I’m going to order some tomorrow- Weds. So help me order the right sizes to suit all.
Coming next for PCCM.
Our shoot this month will be December 12th, 9:00am to 11:00am at the CHERRY HOUSE, Historic Home regularly on the house tour scene in Cape May.
Address: 637 Hughes Street. We will have the run of this amazing house decorated form first to third floor for Christmas with antiques and family treasures. The
club will give them $50 because they donate all they get to MAC or the Kiwanis scholarship fund. You can kick in $1 if you want. If you attend, you must commit to sending me at 10 of your best shots which I will compile and give to them on a thumb drive. That’s the catch. If you participate, you must promise to give me 10 good shots I want to give to them. You can just email them to me. Google Cherry House. Their house is amazing. You’ll love it. This is Rain or shine.
January 7th our speaker is Eric Weeks, (and probably Karen Michael), who will demonstrate and lead us through the complex world of Commercial Photography. He wanted to do it “on site” so We will meet at Willow Creek Winery, 168 Stevens Road, Cape May at 1:00pm sharp. We’ll get some topas and their wonderful bottles of wine (with a Rooster) and watch, then try our hand at capturing food in a special way, ie food, colorful wine bottles, wine barrels, shiny bar, fireplace, etc.!
Meanwhile- Please let me know if you want a hat, or sweatshirt, and if are going to the shoot at Cherry House. This time I want a head count. If I need to, I’ll divide the time in half so we can maneuver and take the pictures you will want to take nicely.
We have good things coming in 2019. Help us keep active and interesting by paying your dues, anytime January-March 1st.
Thank you All! And Happy Holidays!!
October 19th, 2018
Sorry it’s taken me this long to pass on news about our meeting for November. Things have been evolving and I wanted to be precise.
August 28th, 2018
Hi all! Not your regular blogger here as our intrepid leader Dottie took a tumble and injured her typing hand. The hand is doing well but she is also getting ready for a big, exciting and long awaited travel adventure that she'll tell us all about photographically in October. So I'm here to fill in this summer and keep the blog rolling until she returns.
Summer has nearly blown by but before it leaves us in its scorched earth path, we still have lots planned for the last few weeks. Please check out the Upcoming Events page.
We now have hats with our club logo embroidered right on the front! These are great quality ball cap style with a very nice color combination and logo design too. So do wear yours proudly to club outings and whenever you're in the sunshine. Dottie says they've sold out but I'm sure we can get more if the demand is there. Other items with the club logo may be possible too so think about the possibilities. Thanks to those who designed and got them made.
Back in June, quite a few of us got out to
shoot photograph young shorebirds in the Ocean City rookery. Nice to see many amazing photos on Facebook. These birds are colorful characters and real posers and the vantage point can't be beat. Maybe we can make this an annual club thing in the future.
July and August were very busy. Early July saw some of us out shooting the crowd at the annual Whale of a Day street event right out in front of the clubhouse where we usually meet. Our hosts, The Cape May Beach property Owners Association, put on this annual event to fund scholarships and other worthy causes. The CMBPOA would love to have some photos if you have them to share.
We finally got to visit astrophotographer Mike Keith's observatory on a dark, clear night near Bellplain Forest. What an amazing array of telescopes, computing and photo equipment Mike has assembled! From here he makes the incredible images he shared with us last March. We thank Mike for sharing his passion, knowledge and skill with us.
Dance photographer Suzanne Kulperger lead a group of us on a shoot right on Washington Street in front of the iconic Star of the Sea Church. Using the unique local architecture as a backdrop, she directed a young dancer/model through amazing poses and dance moves to provide our photographers with great photo opportunities. Lots of beautiful photos were made. Thanks Suzanne and our model.
A few of us were able to display and sell photos at a new art exhibit and silent auction in the Cape May Presbyterian Church. Hopefully the event was an overall success and will be repeated next year. It pays to have your prints ready to show!
In what's becoming an annual event for us, we had a fun early AM sunrise shoot under the Avalon Fishing pier aka "Buns on the Beach" for the coffee and donuts Dottie brought along. It was a beautiful if partially obscured sunrise so we used props and the local talent hanging around (in hammocks) to model and add interest. A very nice member turnout and a few newcomers too. Hope to see you again.
A photo op coming up at Cold Spring Village on Sept 15 & 16, 10am to 4:30pm. Civil War Reenactors encampment. They may also act out a skirmish. Lots of people to photograph.
Some members have been asking to do a night shoot along with some light painting. Maybe sometime in October? Lets talk at meeting on Sept 10.
Photographers and friends of Photography Club of Cape May Dave Woeller and Tom Holding are premiering their work "Shattered...Portrait of a Glass Factory" at the Levoy Theater in Millville on Sept 19th. Their exhibit is opening at the Riverview Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 North High Street, Millville on Sept 21st for one month. Admission free. Great photography and stories of the shuttered Millville glass factory which normally is inaccessible so this should be a treat.
The end of year party featuring your slideshows will be here before you know it (Dec 3rd). If any members would like to have a small group Lightroom Slide Show workshop before that let us know at the next meeting or via email.
Got any other ideas for learning, sharing photo skills or photo shoots? Bring them up anytime via email or better yet at the next meeting.
Next meeting Sept 10th. Hope to see you then. Guests and those who would like to join the Photography Club of Cape May are always welcome. Keep up with us here and on Facebook too.
June 6th, 2018
Olympus Visionary Frank Smith presenting to Photography Club of Cape May, June 4, 2018
We are working on adopting a club logo and possible ways to show it off when we are out together and in our communications. If you have any suggestions on this let Dottie know.
We need some new photos for the Members' Gallery. Send one or a few to Jim Brennan who will get them included. No deadline as this is ongoing. Photos should be sized to 1200 pix on shortest side. Apply your signature if you wish viewers to know who made these remarkable photos!
If you have photos from last month's club shoot at the Forsythe Wildlife Reserve, please get them to Dottie for inclusion in a slideshow to be shown during a Fall meeting. the challenges were Macro and Birds.
Lots of activity coming up this summer so check the Upcoming Events page frequently and as always look for HEADS UP emails from Dottie.
What a great and active year so far and we're not even half way through it! Amazing speakers, fun shoots and lots to look forward to!
May 31st, 2018
My daughter says, “Ma, you can’t say you're going on a SHOOT (these days). You should say you’re going on a PHOTO SHOOT. You could be arrested!” 😊 I should be more careful.
May 9th, 2018
We had a wonderful time and turnout for our Shoot at Forsythe Wildlife Refuge. This is a sanctuary that contains fresh water and tidal saltwater marshes, an 8 mile drive, several walking trails, platforms for observation and an education building. It is huge. We met for coffee and donuts at 8:30, then lunch and social time. Lots of photography, travel and gear talk. Oh, my this was a wonderful day. This was a CHALLENGE WALK. One challenge was Macro and the other Birds. We walked the songbird trail and it was truly noisy and peaceful! Everyone who attended was/is invited to send me 10 pictures which I will put together in a slideshow to show at a meeting in the Fall.
April 11th, 2018
Kevin Karlson presented beautiful images and thoughts with an overall view of one of his books, Images, Earth’s Elements in Bird and Nature Photography. He shared images representing Earth’s Elements- Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. Club members Tina Giaimo and Don Merwin have some of their photographs in the book as well. He included quotes and lines from literature that were inspiring and interesting with music in the background. It was inspirational and beautiful. Thank you, Kevin Karlson for a lovely couple hours. Tina and Don will order some copies of this book for their shop and let us know when they come in. Some of us would like one.
Heads Up for activities for PCCM you won’t want to miss:
On May 7th a Field Trip to Forsythe Wildlife Refuge is planned. This is A CHALLENGE WALK, (as suggested by Jamie Konarski Davidson when she was with us in February. We will meet at 8:30 at the picnic tables near the parking lot for coffee and donuts. We'll hand out a map and divide up, some taking the 8 mile driving route, some walking the trails. Some may be doing both. A simple Lunch will be available at 11:00 at the picnic tables. If you are busy and can’t make it back at that time the lunch will be in a cooler waiting for you. The CHALLENGE is to take macro/close up pictures on the trails or birds on the drive. Or both! At the end I’m asking everyone who participates to send me 2 to 10 images I’ll put together for a slide show which we’ll enjoy at a later meeting-- Not a requirement. Don’t stay home because you are shy about having to show your pictures on the big screen. Please come and enjoy the camaraderie and learn something new! We are going to be flexible. If Monday the 7th turns out to be a terrible day, we will make it a day that week that seems best.) This is the beginning of our outside activities we enjoy so much.
On June 4th, 1:00pm, Clubhouse, our speaker will be Frank T. Smith from Olympic Visionaries. This is a big deal, folks, and we will spread the word he is coming. Frank is a travel, landscape, architectural, and philanthropic photojournalist from Center Valley, Pennsylvania. The Olympus Visionary program is a program for Olympus sponsored photographers, so he’ll share some of his love for those innovative cameras and equipment. They travel the world and use their technical expertise and unique experiences to inspire photo enthusiasts to try Olympus products and learn new techniques. His equipment is less bulky which he says allows him to get into places other photographers can’t. And it is especially good in low light situations. So it will be great to hear what he has to say and show us. Google Frank T. Smith, Olympus Visionary or check out his website at http://www.franksmithphotos.com to see his Gallery of photos that are amazing.
June 18th, Workshop with Kevin Karlson. Clubhouse, 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
He’ll send a flyer/announcement page that explains what it is all about, among things to bring a few pictures we will look at the second half and make suggestions.
Cost- $10 donation per person, which goes entirely to the club, not Kevin. That’s what he wants. He insisted.
August 16 "Buns on the Beach” (Or the first nice day that week) (low tide 6:26 and sunrise 6:13) Meet at least half hour before dawn to catch the sunrise through the Pier. Bring a few props if you want for post sunrise fun. I’ll bring a few really nice large shells, my colored glass balls, one of my large glass bottles and maybe an umbrella.
Donuts and Coffee on the beach at 8:00am. Be sure to bring your beach chair…..
So watch for Heads Up Email Announcements and the Upcoming Events page here on our Photography Club of Cape May website.
Late May and Early June- Dawn shoot when the birds return to the Rookery at Ocean City Visitor’s Center. Anne Harlan will watch for their return and shortly afterward we’ll go. And we’ll take another time to visit when the nests are full….This is a such wonderful place to zoom in on the life in the rookery. We do not bother the birds. We are a good distance away and can use our tripods.
July-Visit to Mike Keith’s backyard observatory. I asked him if we could come see his set up and he suggested mid July because “There is lots going on this summer in the sky.” He’ll study the data and let us know a good time. This will be a very late night activity, but unique experience. Those who did not see his presentation should know he takes pictures of the cosmos. Honestly. He has cameras and scopes and a building with a roof that slides so he can really take photos of the universe. I’m not missing this opportunity. We’ll car pool.
We are planning a Skimmer trip for our group (Craig Phillips and Anne Harlan will help me with details-) We think the best time will be later summer or September to catch the migrating birds, but the laughing gulls nest earlier. We are investigating which we think will be best for photographers. We might have to catch one this year and one next summer. Both are so appealing. There will be a fee, but more reasonable than usual because of the group. It is a fun outing and we’ll catch a few shots as well!! (We can bring wine and cheese and cookies and Tea!) We’ll figure it out so it’s just our group.
I’m working on Speakers and workshops for July through December. If you have any ideas or leads, please let me know.
March 6th, 2018
WOW! Mike Keith blew us away last night with his Backyard Set Up and Images of our Cosmic Neighbors. He actually has a small building on his property that has a roof that slides to open to the sky and he really does take pictures of comets, planets and nebula. His images take an hour or four to capture! So patience is added to all the other skills required to be this kind of photographer. Hats off to you Mike and thank you for sharing. We were all dazzled and in awe. I asked him if we could go to see his "Lab" and he welcomes us. He suggested waiting till summer and we'll be able to see him at work and see the world through his scopes.
We will do it! It was beautiful!
Thank you, Mike!!
We have more wonderful speakers and activities lined up for the months ahead. Please check the Upcoming Events page and watch your email for details as some things are not yet firmed up. If you have ideas or suggestions for speakers, workshops, photo shoots or other group activities please let Dottie know.
We have another Beginning with Lightroom small group signed up for March. We limit these to 4-5 members per session so do sign up if you would like to learn how to get started with Lightroom and we'll schedule another group.
Just a reminder that annual membership dues ($30 single/$50 couple) are due this month. You can mail a check payable to Photography Club of Cape May c/o Dottie Rogers, 201 South Broadway, Cape May, NJ 08204
February 5th, 2018
Happy Valentine’s Day Everybody! Let’s hope Hearts and Love take over the World this year! Right?
About 14 of us popped around 201 South Broadway with creative juices going wild. We had 7 stations set up in the living room, dining room, kitchen, pantry, TV room and office including 2 light boxes, 2 flat light boxes and cubicles, a card table and because of where the light was a flat space here and there as well. Everybody grabbed combinations of veggies or fruit and for 2 or 3 hours shot picture after picture. Every once in a while we’d hear a Whoa! Wow! or Fantastic! and we’d go see what was happening, what was special. We all agreed it is a great winter activity. Check out some Gallery images that have also been posted on our Facebook page. You're welcome add your photos - just email them to Dottie Rogers. Small group meetings are really fun!
December 13th, 2017
It was an extraordinary dinner at Photo Club December 4th. We had a really good turnout for our Members’ Showcase Extravaganza. What an amazing variety of topics and creative styles! Thank you one and all who took the time to share special moments this time 2017-Thank You!! Craig Phillips, James Daubert, Jim Brennan, Bob Finlay, Ruth Kulisek, Jim Dixon, Eloise Boccella and Jimm Ross, Lucie Seaman, Richard Beecher, John Schneidenbach, and D. Rogers will surely be nominated for an Emmy. Maybe we can give our own award next time (a PCCMy-😏)! Thank you one and all who made all the delicious food, helped get things ready and clean up. A special THANKS to Bill Riches for putting on the show and making us look GREAT! Seriously, THANK YOU! This was a fun evening and I’m always amazed and proud of what you do.
We might consider having a small group meeting or two in 2018 to show those who want to participate how to make a slideshow. It's really not hard and we'll coach each other. Anyone interested in learning?
We have a great slate of events already planned for the first half of 2018. Check the Club Calendar and save the dates. We're still working on a few more and will announce as they firm up. As always, check your email too. Got ideas for activities, speakers or programs? Let us know.
See you all in the New Year,