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DUES FOR 2022 ARE NOW DUE AND VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!

Due to COVID 19, AGAIN we must use the mail for 2022 dues collection. We pay to use the clubhouse, the website, paid speakers and Zoom Workshop Leaders and for Zoom membership itself. So please help keep us connected and learning.

Please check your contact information in our membership list so that we can revise and make it available to all members. If you have any corrections, email me separately. Important to keep that up to date. Mobile phone number is helpful for quick notices.


Please make your check ($30- $50 per couple) out to Photography Club of Cape May and send check to:


Dottie Rogers

201 South Broadway

Cape May, NJ 08204


November 23, 2022


Hi Everyone


Happy Thanksgiving! And Happy Holiday Season!

A reminder the Photo Club is having our annual Christmas gathering at the Clubhouse December 5th at 5:00pm.

This is our Scavenger Hunt Showtime and this year Dips and Desserts party. BYOB please. Club will provide coffee or Tea. Bill Riches will be showing the pictures. He will help you with music if you want. But get them to him soon if that is needed. Address: 2 Springers Road, CMCH. He’s a windows guys, so it should be that format if possible. He can play our music so perfectly! We’ll relax, enjoy seeing each other, then watch our Scavenger Hunt entries. Bring them on a thumb drive or get them to Bill beforehand, so he’ll be ready to go!


I’m planning to hand out our 2023 schedule of programs and we are excited to share what is planned. Thank you one and all who sent me speakers they thought our club might enjoy. And ideas for field trips. 2023 promises to be our best ever!! We plan shoots and workshops and sharing ZOOMS, and small group meetings as well.

See you soon! And get that Scavenger Hunt challenge ready for December!


Dottie

October 10, 2022
I signed up for a Tour at the Cranberry Farm with Pinelands Adventures. It is a bus tour.

I’m going October 20th 10-12:30. They say to be there 15 minutes early. Located in
Shamong, NJ.
You’ll get an overview of the cranberry operation and:
  • Meet the farmers and watch them harvest berries in the bog
  • Understand how and when bogs are flooded
  • Observe the equipment and methods used on the farm
  • Learn about wet harvesting
  • For all cranberry farm tours, please meet at our shop fifteen minutes before the tour time.
    All tours are subject to change due to weather and harvest availability.

    Guided Tour Cost:

    $30 Per PersonTour begins at Pinelands Adventures Adventure Center on Atsion Road.Each tour lasts approximately 2 hours.Paid members of Pinelands Preservation Alliance get 10% off of all regularly priced trips. Enter code “PPA Member” at checkout. You may also purchase a discounted PPA membership at checkout.

    ANYBODY INTERESTED IN JOINING ME?

    Dottie :-)

August 15, 2022

Good morning Friends!

Our Zoom last Monday night was fun and full. We had 53 people attend. Many visitors including some who know Martin from other events he has spoken at. Good to share a Hunt Photo sponsored event.

Martin talked about the different kinds of owls, how to find them, where to find them and gave us helpful hints how not to upset/bother them as we photograph these beautiful creatures, how to make them comfortable with your presence he called it. We could find some species in this area if you know the signs and the calls, which are very cool. To locate look for pellets and white wash, sillouettes in the trees. Martin shared many beautiful pictures from many places. Thanks for coming everyone!!


The World Wide Kelby Walk is this Saturday, August 13th, begins at 8:30. We are beginning at the coffee shop on Perry Street and ending at Uncle Bill’s on Beach Ave. Google it and look for Cape May for more details. You’ll see a crowd of people near Uncle Bill’s for the start. We’ll finish around 11:00am. If you want a bite to eat on either end, it’s right there. If you want to enter one of the pictures you took on the walk and win a World Wide prize! you can. Details how to do that are on their Website. This is always a fun event and you meet photographers from all

around the area.


And our Cruise down the Maurice River is Wednesday, August 17th. 6:00pm. It’s at the dock #29 Ware Ave., Millville, NJ. It’s off route 47-Ware Ave.

At this point we have a full ship! If a last minute opening occurs I'll send a email. This will be relaxing and lots of fun. You may bring food and drink if you want to. We’ll share.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF FOR ANY REASON YOU CANNOT ATTEND. We’ll fill the space.


As promised this is the Scavenger Hunt List prepared by Bob Finlay (Thank you Bob!)

For those who have not done this before, between now and December, the idea is to take a picture and put them together on a thumb drive or send it to me. We show them at our December meeting at the clubhouse and we will have DIPS AND DESSERTS! plus it’s BYOB. This is a fun social event for our club. You can put it to music if you want and if you don’t know how to do that, member Bill Riches or someone will help you if you ask. So keep this list with you and start snapping one picture for each on the list. You must have at least 12 of the 15 to participate. And they must have been taken between now and December 2022.


Photography Club of Cape May

2022 Scavenger Hunt

Most of these topics and subjects are inspired by the presentations we’ve had during the past few years. Pick at least 12 and make a 5–minute slide show for our annual holiday party in December.


  1. A Close Up or Macro Photo of a Flower
  2. Motion Blur
  3. A WABI SABI photograph showing the beauty of an imperfect or unconventional subject
  4. An Intentional Black & White Photo
  5. Something that Flies
  6. A Purely Abstract Photo
  7. A Street Photo
  8. A Tabletop or Still Life Photo
  9. An Architectural Photo
  10. A Long Exposure
  11. A Multiple Exposure
  12. Water
  13. A Reflection
  14. Camera Movement
  15. Use Artificial Lighting (eg Flash or Light Table)



June 22, 2022


Hello Everyone,


What a wonderful day we had at the ZOO. The weather was great. Photographer John Scalera gave us some hints on how to make the fence disappear, good settings and composition thoughts/suggestions and the animals were out and moving around. We could not get some to move away from the fence, but they smiled anyway.


Here are some photos from the zoo. If you have any shots you would like included here, send them along and we'll be happy to add them.


We enjoyed it so much we decided we should go back in the Spring. 13 of us were there. If you couldn't make it this time, maybe you could join us then.


Please check the Upcoming Events page which is complete thru December though if something interesting pops up we will add it. We've scheduled two of our Zoom meetings for TUESDAY nights to accommodate club members who cannot make our usual Wednesday night meetings. These are in August and September. Hope to see you soon on Zoom and in person as we all get back into the swing of things.


Dottie


April 23, 2022


Hello Everyone!


We had a fantastic day at Dalton Tulip Farm yesterday shooting the tulips. It is definitely better to go earlier in their season, but the weather this year was not cooperative. Still the fields were beautiful and it was certainly a photographer's dream. And worth the drive. So many varieties of tulips I have never seen before. Check out these…A few pictures from the field . I showed you pictures of some tulips I’d never seen before. So beautiful. Lucy Seaman took me on the swing 😆


They sell their bulbs mid May. They say they are just lying there in the rows. Easy to gather. Tempting. I’ll let you know when that will happen and we will plan another field trip to the Sunflower Festival, this year in August. Might be hot. But probably not rain like April!

April 5, 2022

Good Morning,


Our ZOOM Meeting last night was fun and showed us a very different perspective of capturing flowers with our camera. 27 people attended and Padma Inguva detailed how she captures her lovely images using a Lightbox and Fresh Flowers. She does it with a lightbox standing vertically and/or flat on the floor-literally. Needed are a Lightbox- she suggests getting as large as you can, (or making your own), a tripod, metal “frogs” to hold flowers upright as in picture #1, auto bracketing, tape, or museum gel to help hold the flowers in place. Place 1 flower on the Lightbox and shoot, then another, then another, etc. Arranging the flowers takes time and attention to details. She prefers working with pastels under these conditions and likes a white background although other colors are possible. She likes full size and macro images. I’ll have copies of her instructions at our workshop including camera settings. Padma also offered to review some of our attempts at lightbox floral photography.


REMINDER: Workshop with Lightboxes at the Clubhouse April 20th, 1:00pm. Bring a Lightbox if you have one, please. And don't forget your tripod!


March 11, 2022


Hello Friends!


Our Zoom Speaker Monday night, David DesRochers, topic “Painting with Cameras”, was informative and entertaining. He showed us many ways to capture unique and creative pictures almost entirely in camera. Included were Motion Blur, Wave Motion, Multiple Exposures- Pep Ventosa and Orton Effects, Overexposure, Long Exposure, Shapes and Patterns, Reflections, Skypools and Landpools, and Minimalism.


So our heads were spinning but enjoying the ideas and unusual images. Thank Goodness he provided notes for us to study and enjoy. If anyone who attended did not receive the link for those notes please let me know. I want you to have them because the details are important. I’m planning we can practice some techniques when we visit the DaltonTulip Farm in April. Thank you David!


He offered to come back and critique or comment on pictures we take if we want. Here's the link to David’s "Events" page. Click on "Notes" below Painting With Camera to open a PDF with notes and examples from his presentation.


David Desrochers' Zoom MeetingNotes


Coming up soon: Save the dates!


Sharing ZOOM 7:00pm Weds.March 16 and talk about the ideas David mentioned. Try some if you want to. Even one we can see and discuss. Let’s help each other go over his techniques.


April 4th Padma Ingura

Topic Magic with Flowers and Lightbox


April 20 1:00pm. Clubhouse

Try our Hand at the Clubhouse with Lightboxes we have/gather and Flowers.


Dalton Farm Tulips Shoot- Date TBA but the month of April. They have not announced exactly when they will open.Tickets go on sale on line. $12. We’ll pick a date ASAP. Best to go the first week. We can try Motion Blur, Minimalism,Wave Motion, etc.


Shoot-May 4th, rain date, May 5th- Old Trains and Sand Silo


May 23rd ZOOM Speaker Nic Stover, Topic “The Ed Abbey Country-Photographic Exploration of the Desert Southwest.”


June 6th John Kapusnick will talk to us about iPhone Photography at the Clubhouse.


June 20, rain date June 21st we will take a Field Trip to the CAPE MAY ZOO with photographer John Scalara.


New Art Gallery at the End of the Road opening and looking for art to be displayed in their gallery for sale. For information email


Finally, the Ocean City Arts Center Juried Photography Show is April 1-29. Here is an application link:

Ocean City Arts Center Photo Show Application



See you Soon!!

Dottie

January 13th, 2022

Happy New Year! Hope you and yours are well and that covid will subside soon so we can get back to having some regular in-person meetings. Zoom has been great but there's nothing like seeing friends (and making new ones too) who share our enthusiasm for photography. Until we know things are safe and we have everyone's confidence in meeting in person, we'll continue on with Zoom and look forward to getting outdoors when the weather permits. The planned February meeting and shoot (macros and close-up photography) will be rescheduled for a later date. We still plan to meet on Zoom in February and you'll hear more about that very soon.


The ZOOM with Lisa Cuchara was really fun last night. 29 attended and we had a short discussion afterward just to clarify plans for the next month or two.


Lisa is very relaxed and easy to follow. Wabi Sabi celebrates cracks and crevices, laugh lines, imperfections, fingerprints, and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. AND She reminded us that creativity is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.


She talked about and showed examples of simple things made beautiful. She uses Focus Stacking a lot, Light Painting as well, loves Pareidolia-seeing something not really there like faces odd places.I loved her 100 strangers project. She goes someplace with a goal of taking 100 pictures of let’s say faces but could be anything really. Sometimes she gives herself a time limit, sometimes one day, several days. Good challenge. And she does use Photoshop to get unique images sometimes. Sometimes images are straight out of the camera.


I’ll share some Screen shot pictures I was able to take from the computer during the Zoom meeting. Sorry if you missed it. You really should try to join in. Our speakers are great and we learn something new every time. Even if it’s one thing, that’s good. Sometimes it’s just inspiration.


Dottie


December 14th, 2021


Last night we had a very interesting and moving ZOOM talk by Cole Thompson titled “Why Black and White”. I feel lucky we heard/saw his work because he’s not doing ZOOMs in 2022. He’s going back to what he did before COVID, which is travel to take his unique shots, all over the world. And participate in really large events world wide as well. I’m so glad we had this opportunity because he made several points we all need/like to hear and we learned as well. He said he thinks of himself as an artist who uses photography to produce his work.

I like that. And feels you have to have a vision of what you want to capture before you take a shot. And your vision is good no matter what anyone else says or thinks. Be true to your own personal vision. He also shoots in black and white and raw, which is color, and finds most of the time he likes his raw converted to black and white better that those shot in black and white. That’s interesting to me as well. And he does not use any special programs to get what he wants. He uses Photoshop and is happy with the results.


It was fun. He showed a picture, then told the story behind it or what he was trying to accomplish in the end. I’m sorry you missed it. Inspiration plus! For example: This is a picture Cole had in mind and he knew what he wanted before he took the picture and he needed a person in the foreground so he asked this interesting fellow. He discovered afterward he was homeless, so he took him to a nice restaurant where he ordered a steak. This experience changed his life and made him care about the homeless, see them as he had never seen them before. He tries to see this man about once a year. He shared pictures of the before and after images. Following his vision-what he wanted to produce-he produced this image..


Gabriel, the Homeless Man


He develops projects or collections on various topics and travels wherever need be to find his source. His family traveled to Germany one year and they wanted to visit Aushwitz-Birkenau. He did not want to go, but did and had trouble staying inside. So he went outside and took long exposure pictures of the visitors roaming the grounds which he saw as /calls ghosts. That was his vision. What he was able to record at that time. Beautiful, unusual images. And he has shared them many times at special events for survivors.


He did Easter Island and captured many Moal Stone Statues in unique and marvelous ways. Especially nice in black and white.


His images are very special. Black and White is perfect for some subjects. We must investigate or stretch our imaginations to try this form of, yes, ART.

You missed a good one if you were not with us….Had to be there, right?


Congratulations (and Happy Birthday) to Mary Anderson who won a print from Cole by having the closest birthday!


We had a very nice dinner together at the Mad Batter but only a few of us braved the very cold evening to take photos afterward. I did see some very nice shots on Facebook and encourage you to share some of yours. The December themes are "Chily" and "Festive."


Happy Holidays to you all. Looking forward to lots of Photography Club of Cape May activities in the New Year.


Dottie



November 8th (updated Nov 27th), 2021


Heads Up Everybody! ‼️

I just booked Dinner at the Mad Batter for December 8th at 4:00pm thinking we can have a nice light dinner with the gang, then head out to SHOOT THE CAPE MAY SCENE AT CHRISTMAS. We’d be right on Jackson Street which is beautiful, a block from Congress Hall with the huge Christmas Tree and Igloos for dinners like last year, and inside is great, plus the Mall right there. After that maybe you could catch Columbia Avenue, Hughes Street and the Mission Inn on New Jersey on your way out of town. They are all especially wonderful.


We’ll order from the menu and Club will kick in a “Christmas present coupon" toward dinner for members.

I think at 3:30 or so parking will be OK. I’ll tell you where there are no meters. We’d be within easy walking distance to lots! Dues paying members only. Bring your spouse, and while we’re snapping away there is plenty to entertain them. The Tree Lighting ceremonies will be over so it will be normal crowds. Lovely to have a glass of wine at Congress Hall inside or out. And It is a photographer’s overload, trust me. Of course you could skip dinner and come have fun shooting the scene with us.


I need a number for dinner. Please email me or text me if you want to join us.

(dottierogers2@gmail.com or text 609-408-8812)

(By the way, Lobster House and others are not taking groups, so this is lucky!! and so convenient.)


We have a great Zoom meeting on December 13th at 7:00 pm featuring Black and White Photographer Cole Thompson who will share his photographic images interspersed within his photographic philosophies. Check the Upcoming Events Page for more info on Cole.


We will also have a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, December 15th to share photos from the Salvage Yard photo shoot or any other recent you would like to show us.

Lots of great activities and speakers coming in 2022! We're booked Jan thru May already! The dates and all the other info on topics and speakers are over on the Upcoming Events page.


Dottie

November 2nd, 2021


So we had a great time yesterday at Jack Mazzeo’s Studio in Hammonton. In the first place he had marvelous equipment. And a lovely model. And we were able to move around and take our own pictures and his comments on what we tried were very helpful. He told me his was the oldest studio in NJ. and his father was the photographer before he was. It was obvious this studio was special from the props, set up, lighting and many rooms on the property. He teaches at Stockton and loves it. And he shared lots with us. He lked our group so much and invited us back. This time he suggested we go outside. I told him real fast! let’s do it in the Spring!


Two more events coming up this month on the 15th and 17th. Check the Upcoming Events Page for more details and mark your calendars.


Dottie

October 23rd, 2021


Hi Friends

Just wanted to report that our ZOOM MEETING Weds. was lots of fun. Such talent in our group and good questions everyone. We learn so much from the chatter. You don’t have to share pictures to join and enjoy. It’s fun to meet and ask questions. Thank you John Kapusnick, Eloise Boccella , Bob Finlay, moi, and Debra Wallace for participating. It was a tough one in several ways. But John did his in categories-things he loves, Eloise captured a beautiful evening with a gorgeous moon, Bob shared a bunch he has saved — 2 of things like 2 cats, to couples different places. Moi shared the Tall Trees from Orcas Island. And Debra shared landscapes from a lake in I’m pretty sure it was Maine- a beautiful slideshow with music! Love her minimalist approach!


I have to say, folks, I think it’s a shame for you to miss this event. Each person goes to a lot of trouble to share pictures they really love. Or want you to see and enjoy. These nights are very special and exciting. I leave each time shaking my head in amazement. You really ought to join us. We had 17 come, but it should be twice as many. So mark it on your calendar—the third Weds. of each month-an opportunity to share pictures with people who LOVE pictures. And I love that we can see different techniques and styles from different members.


I’ve met lots of wonderful people while watching the Monarchs. They have really entertained us this year. And it’s still early. We may get another show. I’ll try to keep you informed…..


Dottie

October 8th, 2021


Gosh we had fun last night! We had a really fun ZOOM meeting. Everybody did such great job finding things for each category on our Scavenger Hunt list. Thank you Allison Kashon from Hawaii no less!!, John Kapusnick, LuAnne Daniels, Bob Finlay, Eloise Boccella, Lucie Seaman, Cass Dolan on Facebook, and Moi for amazing entries. We just enjoyed it so much. Very creative choices and excellent photography! Learned a few things as well and the chatter back nd forth is always a delight. We had 19 different people join us. Thanks everyone!!


We decided it is so much fun we will do it at least once a month through the winter at least, probably permanently. The whole idea is to get us up and out shooting and learning and maintaining our skills. So we'll pick a theme for each month as we've done in the past and share a few of our best shots.


So keep snapping and from now on, at least until next June when we might get busy again outdoors on a regular basis, we will plan to have a ZOOM MEETING THE THIRD WEDS. OF EACH MONTH at 7:00pm…..


Because this is short notice, on October 20th, the theme will be 10 Pictures You Are Dying to Share With Someone. I’ll tell you right now, I’ll show you Trees- The tall trees of Orcas Island. I fell in love with them and have a bajillion. They just talked to me…...


November 17th John Kapusnik suggested we try finding hidden shapes or hidden things in something. He said it was so much fun to guess and find things in the rocks or clouds the other zoom night. So Look at the clouds, rocks, ocean, sand, puddles, window reflections, shadows, trees….. And use your imagination. Taken the last couple months.


December 15th, We’ll try Christmas Food, Over the Top Christmas Decorations, Christmas Doors and Windows, or Welcome Christmas time nature visitors.


Speaking of sharing, a big thanks to John Kapusnick for handling all the behind the scene stuff for our Zoom meetings. He does a great job! And, if you would like to try sharing you screen, don't be afraid to give it a try.


On November 1st, we have a field trip to the studio of Jack Mazzeo, in Egg Harbor Township area. He will talk to us about and demonstrate Lighting he uses. He has 2 large buildings he uses for his work. Plenty of room to spread out. Dues paying members only.


On November 15th we'll do a Photo Shoot at Wiliiiams Truck and Auto Salvage in PittsgroveTownship. We love these old vehicles and evidently there are more and lots of different than at our other destination. Perfect timing for Fall colors and no bugs! Dues Paying members only.

Details later.


Let me hear from you with ideas or shoots you would like us to try. Something creative is really fun.

Dottie


September 20, 2021


Summer's over and we're looking to get back in the swing of things. We just did a photo walk accompanied by Kathy Horn from the CMBO to learn more about all the birds and some other species in the CM wildlife sanctuary. What a great deal there is to learn about these creatures and Kathy was a terrific guide. Some nice photos posted on Facebook. Great weather too after a long, hot, muggy summer.


I attended the Anniversary Celebration of MAC (Museums, Arts, Culture organization) at the Physic Estate, I have to say a Gala Affair. Because of COVID and delays of everything including this annual event they honored volunteers and staff for both 2019 and 2020. Our photography club received 2 awards in fact. One a Service Award for the Exhibit we did in the Carriage House when the theme there was the Lighthouse. The other was for Volunteer of the Month because of that time we put in also. Frank Scott volunteers as their photographer at many events and he captured me standing to be acknowledged for the work we/you did. (Thank You, Frank!)


We should be proud to be recognized as contributing to the betterment or supporting organizations in our communities. I felt very proud of us honestly. All the other awards were given to individuals. Our was a group and that stood out. Thank all of you who were part of that exhibit and then the Christmas miniatures as well that same season. So pat yourself on the back everyone. We received $75 worth of coupons for tours and things MAC does. I’ll figure out how we can use them for one of their events. Maybe something around Christmas.

It’s a good thing, Folks!

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We have decided our next meeting should be a ZOOM Meeting. And because my whole family is gathering at my house that weekend and not leaving until Tuesday via plane, etc., I’m going to call for the ZOOM MEETING to be Wednesday, October 6th, at 7:00pm. Back as usual to Weds night.

Now it is the SCAVENGER HUNT which means, we will show pictures we gathered on that list. You’ll love it because everyone will interpret it differently. Just lots of fun. So please try to put your pictures in the order they are listed and get them to John Kapusnick or show them yourself via Zoom share if you are able. It will be fun to share and comment and learn from each others photos again.

For those who have not done this before, we would like you to have at least 12 out of the 16 on the list to participate. In order is best, but now absolute. They should be pictures taken in the last 3 months, when it was announced- the idea being to get you out taking pictures and challenged and learning. Be creative and have fun with it. You still have 2 weeks to work on it. And we’ll share what you get with the group. Let me know if I can help anyone in any way. Or John Kapusnick is back home now and will help you as well. (And just in case you have lost it 😆 here’s the list of items you should find.)


PCCM SCAVENGER HUNT 2021


Bold Color

Someone or Something in motion

Unique Architecture

Repeating Pattern

Outdoor Artwork

Red Leaf

A Cool Rock

Transportation

Porch or Tree Swing

Spider or Spider Web

View from Your Window

Fence

Something Squishy

Bumper Sticker

Blue House

Something Floating


In November we are going on a Field Trip to a studio and learn the complexities of studio or portrait lighting. Jack Mazzeo has, he says, the oldest studios in NJ. He has 2 buildinds set up for his work and activities. They are very large and we can safely space ourselves apart. More later.


On November 15th we have a SHOOT at Williams Truck and Auto Salvage. No bugs, no ticks. Cooler weather. Fall Colors. We love this!! New place, more to see and enjoy I’ve heard. Save the date.


I’m taking things slowly and adjusting as Covid dictates. But we want to stay active and challenged. If you have ideas we could try, let me know.

I’m arranging some really good ZOOM Speakers for winter….Keep tuned!


I’d also like us be more active on our Facebook Page this year. I feel it’s a little laziness on our parts. Frank posts new challenges each month. Come on and post-post-post, folks. It’s easy to let others do it, but the idea is to keep you going out and trying new things. Maybe out of your comfort zone, but it’s good to get outside or set up inside spaces in the winter. Easy to get complacent. Get your creative juices going and interact with those who do. Comment. And We should be putting the camera info we use when we post, if you can. That is very helpful for learning. Remember that’s one of our goals, to learn new things and help each other become better and better at something we love. I invest in equipment for the club and I’d love you to use it. Try the bubbles idea. (I got a huge couple bottles for $1! and a nice little bubble machine-only would lend for a photo shoot-not weddings😁) Or the lightbox. Winter is time to experiment. Covid has made us slow down. We need to be careful, but it’s time to safely move on.

Now get out and work on the Scavenger Hunt. This is something that is requested, but it’s not fun if only a couple do it. We can’t have a dinner or wine and cheese party with it this year. But it will be fun on ZOOM!


Hugs!

Dottie

August 20, 2021

I just got a letter from MAC (Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts in Cape May) telling me that The Photography Club of Cape May will receive Cape May MAC's Community Partner Award for 2019. I think it is because we had that exhibit for their Lighthouse Exhibit. (I have to call a certain number to accept and I'll find out the details.) I'm thrilled we got such recognition and it is something to be very proud of. Shows it was successful and made them some money, but we sold things, too. And it shows we serve our community(ies) in positive ways. So pat yourself on the back everyone! I'm really proud of us. I'm flabbergasted to tell the truth.


I will go to the Cape May MAC 50th Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, September 19th, at 3:00pm at the Physic Estate. I will go to receive the Award for the club. I'll find out if the public is invited and let you know. It would be fun for some of us to go, if so. WAHOO!


Frank, maybe you could take a picture!


Dottie

August 11th, 2021


On Wednesday, August 18th, PCCM MEMBERS are invited to COME TO THE BEACH AND PLAY WITH LIGHT.

We will gather at the beach near the Nunnery, LEHIGH and Beach Ave, at 7:00pm to catch the sunset and glow in bubbles and globes and glass. We'll have several lights and sparklers and bubbles to have fun with. When it is darker we'll bring out the colored battery operated lights. If you have any colored lights, or globes or bubble machine, or sparkly things to experiment with, please bring them. Rain date Mon., August 23rd. This type of photography is a challenge and just plain fun!! Join us!


…AND…


I’ve arranged a Photo Club Walk with naturalist Kathy Horn, a long time volunteer for CMBO. It is for Monday, September 20th, rain date September 21st. We will meet at 7:30am to maximize what we are able to see. Kathy will decide where we’ll meet and it’ll be related to or because of where the birds seem to be at that time. The group at CMBO feel the second half of September is better timing for migrating birds and with the holiday earlier that worked out well. She knows we are photographers and she’ll help us find what birds are in the area. Lots will be migrating through at that time. She also will tell us about the birds we see, for those of us who are not birders.

Because of COVID, their policy is to limit the number of participants to 15, so I’ll keep a running list of those who want to go with us. More details in September, but save the date and let me know if you are interested. I’ll begin the list of participants today Wed, August 11.

Dottie

July 27th, 2021

Here’s the list for the Scavenger Hunt. Have fun finding pictures of as many as you can. We’ll share soon….


PCCM SCAVENGER HUNT 2021

Bold Color

Someone or Something in Motion

Unique Architecture

Repeating Pattern

Outdoor Artwork

Red Leaf

A Cool Rock

Transportation

Porch or Tree Swing

Spider or Spider Web

View from Your Window

Fence

Something Squishy

Bumper Sticker

Blue House

Something Floating

July 17th, 2021


Just to catch you up to date!

We met at the Clubhouse for our first post COVID meeting FACE TO FACE! and it was wonderful to actually see each other, catch up.

Brigitte Sherman and Ruth Kulisek shared their knowledge of Portrait/People skills. 3 models kept us busy snapping pictures at the clubhouse property and the beach. It was fun and challenging and the models were amazing just adorable and active! Such a fun evening. Thank You Ruthie and Brigitte! You are amazing!

THANK YOU SO MUCH,GIRLS!!!❤️ AND THANK YOU SO MUCH RUTH AND BRIGITTE!!💛


COMING UP SOON……


WEDS. JULY 21ST. EARLY MORNING SHOOT AT THE OCEAN CITY VISITOR’S CENTER ROOKERY. 6:30-7:00AM. Suggest bringing long lens, tripod, small stool. That being said, many people are there with none of the above. Binoculars and iPhone. And they are happy. Right now they said 2 chicks were born 5 days ago and I believe I saw a mama sitting on a nest not yet hatched. Most birds there early morning are chicks/young ones waiting to be fed, Mom and Pop busy flying in and out. I’ve never seen so many Ibis’s and Great Whites or Glossy Ibis’s there. I went yesterday and it is a busy, noisy place!


And August 2nd, member Allison Kashon will share her expertise on TOPAZ, which she loves. At the Clubhouse, 1:00pm.

We’re working on a shoot with lights, light painting on the beach for mid August. We’ll see what our experimenting brings. It would be a fun night, colorful, challenging,

and playful. We’ll aim for August 18th at sunset.


I am going to send out a Scavenger Hunt list soon. We’ll plan to show it at the clubhouse at our October 4th Meeting. I think that should be an evening meeting so we’ll say 6:00. Dessert and Scavenger Hunt Shows.


As always, check your email for Dottie's updates and take a look at the Upcoming Events page.


Dottie


June 20th, 2021


ZOOM MEETNG ON JUNE 6th WITH JOHN TUNNEY WAS GREAT. I'm always sorry when every member can not see our speakers. I try to give a summary but really can't do it justice. John is from the Cape Cod area and specializes in seascapes and related topics. He covered so many areas and he showed so many photos, all seashore theme of one sort or another. We saw his waves, landscapes, lighthouses, birds, jellyfish and so on. He is very creative and his technique, outstanding. He stressed to keep your images simple, that we should master photo stacking, for night skies he recommends PhotoPills App (which we'll learn from Jennifer Khordi), and he demonstrated moving and giggling the camera for different effects. His processing tips were very helpful.


Full house at East Point Lighthouse Star Track and Milkyway Workshop with Jennifer Khordi. We waited patiently and the stars did show up beautifully. So we did "track the stars" with the East Point Lighthouse in the foreground. We left just about 2am. We had a ZOOM meeting to learn specifics and how to process the night's efforts and PhotoPills. Good bunch of photographers for sure. Thanks Jennifer for a fun night!!

May 6th, 2021

Well, folks, another winner last night. Our ZOOM speaker, Lisa Cuchara was excellent. She was fast paced, showed enormous amount of images, super organized, shared lots of ideas and photo suggestions, like taking 2 cameras, limited use of tripod and when used compose your picture before your put your camera on the tripod, when planning a picture look for an image that tells a story. She talked about merging pics/HDR with Photoshop but now Lightroom as well, tone mapping, looking for things out of place or unusual like the Vick's bottle. Taking a magnifying glass, LED light for light painting rusty objects, searching for color/contrasting bits of color, etc.

Our ZOOM speakers have been great this whole year. When you miss one of our ZOOM SPEAKERS YOU MISS SOMETHING SPECIAL!!


We are planning our next in-person meeting at the clubhouse for July, a live photoshoot led by Ruth and Bridget! It will be great to finally get together. We will use both indoor and outdoor space to keep distanced.


Now on to White Hill on May 18. The party is full and we will practice shooting Historic Things and search for Rusty Image Stories. We'll have lunch at Mario and Frank's and share what we got. We'll share photos from the trip with everyone on Zoom on May 26th at 7pm but feel free to share any images on the theme "Rusty or Historic."


(ZOOM SPEAKERS AND SPECIAL SHOOTS LIKE WHITE HILL ARE FOR DUES PAYING MEMBERS ONLY. JOIN US AND JOIN THE FUN!)

April 22nd, 2021

Good morning!

Great ZOOM meeting last night!

A few notes for you to keep close by...


From John Kapusnick:

This is the website for moose peterson. He is a great nature photographer!

https://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/


We had 21 people in and out of the ZOOM meeting last night and I have to say all shared some of the most wonderful bird and nature images you can imagine. I love to see the creativity and variety and unique style each person displays. It was a “shake my head in amazement” kind of night. I also am amazed at how knowledgeable our members are about wildlife in our area. That’s fun as well. Wonderful to get help identifying what we have seen/captured. Thanks to those who so willingly help others in photography but also ornithology and astronomy. My gosh it’s great!! Thank you, every single one, for sharing and for going out and finding places and things to capture. Thank you John Kapusnick, Alison Kashon, Dennis Abriola, Eloise Boccella, Rob Stambaugh, LuAnn Daniels for sharing wonderful pictures and Jim Brennan and DL for getting things together but having computer problems. We’ll see theirs next time! Great effort, Guys!

Equipment mentioned and worth looking into: Night Light, Black Flashlight, and Better Beamer Flashlight. All help with birding photos

in different lighting situations.


COMING UP NEXT:

Wednesday, May 5th, Speaker via Zoom. 7:00pm. Lisa Cuchara

Topic: “Creative Fine Arts Photography from Historic Places and Rusty Things

Lisa will discuss the love for RUST and their approach to and experience with photographing historic and abandoned buildings, urban decay, etc. This program will include techniques for wide angle and close-up photography including the use of HDR (high dynamic range), EDR (extended dynamic range), HDR-panoramas, and light painting in this program. Equipment and techniques used to bring out the beauty and drama of these subjects will also be discussed as we show our fascination with RUST. The program is aimed to inspire you: inspire you to visit new "old" places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story, inspire you to capture high dynamic range images and to light paint, and inspire you to create art from decay. Tom and Lisa see the Beauty in Decay and Abandonment. Old, Historic, Grand, Dramatic, Unique -- these characteristics draw us to explore and capture the essence of these rusty, dusty subjects and locations. Urban exploration (UrbEx) is the art of finding and exploring abandoned locations. Not all locations are technically "urban" or even "abandoned". The term abandoned is used VERY loosely. It is not "being abandoned" that attracts us to a place, it is the history, beauty, decay, charm, and architectural details (which contrast so drastically with today’s vanilla architecture). Another definition of UrbEx is the investigation of seldom seen man-made structures, a definition more consistent with our quest, since our subjects may be FAR from abandoned (like the architectural grandeur of bustling Grand Central Terminal or the surprising drama of the [empty] neo-Gothic Eastern State Penitentiary), but these sites count as "unseen" because few people actually stop to appreciate beautiful prison architecture or the jaw-dropping details of Grand Central, a place that they might even rush through twice a day. Google Lisa and Tom Cuchara for more information.


And some of us will go to White Hill Mansion on May 18th. We meet up at 11:00am and may have lunch at a local restaurant afterward

called Mario and Franks. Details closer to that time. We can take 15 people. A couple people can not make it at this time, so if you are interested in going, let me know. The cost is $40. This follows Lisa’s talk on historic and rusty things so nicely.


We have John Tunney lined for June 2nd, from Maine and he’ll talk Seashore Landscape.

And I’m working on a shoot at an Auto Junk Yard near Vineland for our shoot in June. Heard it is great!!

Ruth Kulisek and Brigitte Sherman will do a people shoot with us

Allison Kashon is going to do a night with Topaz.

Fall we'll do some birding.

And on we go. Lots of fun things planned.


Keep getting out in this nice weather and keep taking pictures and keep sharing!

Dottie

April 13th, 2021


Cameron Darnell was wonderful last night! He is so knowledgable about birds and photography and his presentation was excellent. Our ZOOM Meeting gathered 87-90 different friends from the clubs around South Jersey He shared his own wonderful photos with specific instructions for how to achieve perfect images in various light conditions. He encouraged thinking outside the box and creativity in Bird Photography. Kudos and thank you Cameron and Gary Farber at Hunts Photo for a very exciting program.


I do wish we could have had time after they left to talk about some things he suggested or equipment he used. Suddenly we were done! A surprise to me. Let’s include that in our next ZOOM SHARING NIGHT which will be Wednesday, April 21st. The Theme is NATURE. Landscapes included from our Facebook challenges as well. Think Tulips if you can. The weather is not cooperating, but if you see a window and can, you might think about going to Dalton Farm. I Iearned from my brother the Sunflower Festival is going to be mid August to Mid September this year. We’ll plan a trip then as well.


I’m off to New Mexico for a few days to see my son and family.


Catch you on ZOOM the 21st.


Dottie

April 2nd, 2021

Really outstanding ZOOM Meeting last night. Those who wanted to shared a picture or 2 and asked a question about it. Got lots of suggestions. We decided it was very worthwhile so we'll do it again. 16 people attended. I am amazed and it does show us our group wants to learn and improve. Thank all who were able to critique gently and/or make a helpful suggestion. Another fun night on ZOOM. Early next week I'll send an invitation to Cameron Darnell's talk which is April 12th at 7:00pm.

The Photography Club of Cape May Board met last week. Following are some notes on what was discussed. Thank those of you who came and participated with ideas and concerns as we inch our way through the pandemic. Hopefully we all will be vaccinated soon and begin to feel comfortable once again doing activities and meeting face to face. It will take time and patience. We’re getting there.

We decided to start using the Club House in July and keep our main meeting of the month on Mondays. The Clubhouse management has told us that we can now have up to 29 people in the room. They clean and sanitize surfaces often and we can keep doors open for ventilation. Daytime works best for warm weather months as we can use outdoor space as much as possible. We will try to have several evening meetings for those who work or can’t make daytime meetings as we move forward.


We will also plan a Zoom Meeting each month to share pictures on a theme/challenge. These Zoom meetings have been very popular and are an ideal way to share images, show techniques and ask questions. They also enable us to have excellent speakers who may not be able to travel to us. Plus the chatting and laughing are a lot of fun!


We finally have the long ago postponed White Hill Mansion excursion planned for May. About 12 are going to that. Possible lunch afterward.


A field trip or small groups may venture to the Tulip Festival at Dalton Farm in mid April. Dates to be announced as soon as they announce it’s open. Same place that had the sunflowers last summer. Beautiful photo op and only about an hour’s drive from Cape May.


We will try to plan a Photo Shoot or Photo Walk each month as well. Suggestions for outings were:


Birding walk with guide in Sept or October

Werner and a Night Steel Wool Burn also in the Fall

Ruth and Brigitte outdoors for a “People Shoot”

Tuckahoe Train Car Field Trip

Shells and Sea Glass on the Beach

Moon or Star Gazing Shoot

Jim Brennan will contact friend and encourage him to share his striking Black and White work with us.


So please make your suggestions for speakers, shoots or other activities known as we slowly start moving back into the real world.


Get out and shoot some Spring flowers!


Stay safe and Happy Holidays,

Dottie


March 4th, 2021


Hello Friends!


Gary Friedman shared lots of information on Wireless Flash with us last night and sent a followup packet of information for all to read and digest. No question, off camera lighting makes a huge difference in quality and variety of mood to any picture, especially but not only portraits. Detailed information is included in the packet. If you didn't get the Wireless Flash Ebook PDF from Gary, email Dottie for the link. Be sure to read it when you can and maybe apply to your photos for our next photo share Zoom meeting. Gary also offered an exclusive club discount to one of his online seminars. Check it out! Thank you, Gary.


On to Our Shoot for this month, March 17th at 7:00pm. The Topic is a followup of Flash, and is “Artificial Light”. The primary light source cannot be natural light. It can be any kind of flash, strobe light, LED, flash lite, ordinary lamp, building lights, light painting, night photography, car lights, light box, flat lightbox-which provides light from underneath, etc. Have fun! See you and your illuminated pictures on the 17th!


On April 12th (because of the Easter Holiday) at 7:00pm, Cameron Darnell will be with us. His Topic: “Creativity in Lighting for Bird Photography”. This is a Hunts' Photo program so should be excellent. A Hunts rep will do an introduction and offer some special deals I believe! Interesting as well.


Cameron’s Bio:

"I enjoy nature, athletics, and music. I got into photography after birding for a while when I saw someone with a lens clicking shots on a bird walk seven or eight years ago. It seemed so fun, so I tried it with a beginner digiscope setup. I was hooked immediately! I love the creative aspect of bird photography, how each viewer sees the scene differently, and can create his or her unique vision of the subject. It’s fulfilling to provide an outlet for visual wildlife conservation as well through my bird photography.”


His talk description:

Birds provide a myriad of opportunities for artistic expression beyond a standard portrait. Whether the photographer utilizes light, negative space or depth of field, capturing a variety of unique compositions can create a visually stunning bird portfolio. In this workshop, Cameron will explain how to create a thoughtful image that tells a bird’s story. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for becoming a more creative bird photographer.

For more information and his Galleries Google Cameron Darnell or

camerondarnellphotography.com or follow him on Instagram- @camerondarnell


Our Sharing Zoom for April 21st at 7:00pm will be “Nature or Live”. Birds, bugs, Bunnies, and maybe Flowers-they’re live?? Be creative!


In the meantime, we're planning for an outdoor shoot at the Dalton Farm for their walking tour of the Tulips in bloom. I will find out when, two weeks before they

will open. It will be a pick your own tulips and strawberries as well event. That is where we enjoyed the acres of Sunflowers. It is BEST WHEN THEY FIRST

OPEN THE FIELDS BECAUSE IT IS PRISTINE. SO WHEN I GET WORD WE’LL PLAN TO GO THE FIRST WEEK. I went back twice to do the sunflowers, so that is fine. But undisturbed is best.


Sun is out. How nice is that! Better catch a shot!

Dottie

February 20, 2021


Our ZOOM MEETING on Weds. was wonderful. The Theme of the sharing of photos this time was “5 Pictures that Tell a Story” or "One picture that Tells it All.” We had everything from travel times, local walks, kids and Grandkids, even a great gramma touching a itty baby, snowflake and cardinal, umbrella in the rain, clouds, crescent roll eaten by a tiger, etc. What imagination and artistry. This was a challenge because many of us tried to share our own pictures this time, meaning, learn the steps involved and it was not easy. Thanks for your efforts, hope you learned something, and we all did an amazing job! Thank you, John Kapusnick for guiding us along. 15 people shared a story. 15 people! Mary Scarpetta, John Snidenbach, Debra Wallace, Ruth Kulisek, Anne Harlan, LuAnn Daniels, Eloise Boccella, Jimm Ross, Richard Zickerman, Bob Finlay, Dennis Abriola, Kathy Libby, Lucie Seaman (had a techie glitch but tried) and Moi.

Thank you ALL for participating so beautifully. 26 people attended.


Our next Zoom Meeting will be March 1st at 7:00pm. We will have a guest speaker, Gary Friedman, and his topic will be “ Wireless Flash”. He is one of the editors of CameraCraft Magazine, has written many books and ebooks, and is of the philosophy that it is not the expensive equipment we have to buy to get good pictures, it is you the photographer that makes the difference. And just as we put time and effort finding the equipment we need, we should put time and effort in learning our craft. For more information on Gary check out his websites:

www. FreidmanArchives.com

www. FreidmanArchives.com/cameracraft

www. FreidmanArchives.com/ebooks


Our next Sharing Zoom Meeting will be March 17th, 7:00pm. The Topic will be “Artificial Light”. The primary light source must be artificial, cannot be the sun, moon, stars, sunrise or sunset. Examples include flash, LED light, building lights, light painting, twinkle and fairy lights, still life or macro, etc.


Is anyone interested in sharing a couple pictures with the idea of critiquing and making suggestions for how to tweak it so it is special, or more special. A small group of us might enjoy learning through sharing ideas of processing different things or in composition or new equipment, or problems they are having trying something new. Might be fun. Let me know. We could try the idea March 31st. Let’s call it ArtisticChallenge. If we get 5 or 6 let’s do it every once in a while.


Check out Gray Freidman,

See you Soon

Dottie

February 4, 2021


Learned a lot at our Zoom Meeting last night. Thanks for your help John Kapusnick, Bob Finlay, Frank Scott, and Leon Wilk, who sent info via email which I passed on about using the Preview app if you have a Mac. Be sure to read it.


We learned how to share our screen and tell our story using Preview for MAC people, sharing from a folder on your desktop, or using Adobe Bridge or Lightroom available for any computer. John recommends renaming the pictures to include a number to keep the order of the images which is so important for telling a story. If you have a problem send them to me and John and I will work it out-try hard anyway.


If anyone needs help let any one of us know. Our next ZOOM will be Visual Story Telling. Tell a Story in 5 pictures or less, 5 minute maximum. Can't wait to share this on February 17th. ZOOM AT 7:00PM.


So get your creative juices going and see you Feb. 17th!


Cape May Magazine is looking for more entries for their annual PhotoContest. It’s for their Spring Issue of the magazine, front cover. Cash prizes. Must be Spring related, vertical portrait framing is best. Check out the announcement in our Facebook Page.


Kathy Libby announced her new website. Check it out here.


Thanks Everybody for all you do to make things fun and interesting!


Here’s a group of us on Zoom! Photo from Dottie.


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January 29, 2021


Hello Again. Friends!


Thank all of you who came to the Zoom Meeting Weds. There were 24 of us and it is always fun. We saw OUTSTANDING pictures on the theme "WINTERSCAPES". So many different interpretations. Amazing! And Kudos to those who are learning to share their own pictures. Because of a request to do so, next meeting we’ll take time for THAT, specifically - learning how to share your pictures on ZOOM. Special Thanks to those who showed us lovely winter scenes: LuAnne Daniels, Richard Zickerman, Eloise Boccella, Jimm Ross, Lucie Seaman, Mary Scarpetta, Robert Finlay, Ruth Kulisek, Anne Harlan, Debra Wallace, John Kapusnick, Allison Kashon, Dennis Abriola and Moi. We had snowflakes, Norway mountains, Landscapes from several states, family posing or dashing about in the snow, birds, including a snowy owl from another year. And lots of conversation about them all.


Next time we will discuss our theme for February which is “5 Pictures that Tell a Story” and no more than 5. It can be one or two, but no more than 5. I sent an eBook and a short article for you to read. Linksare on the Upcoming events page. Book Club stuff, but we’ll have fun telling stories. We’ll limit everyone to five minutes for each story. Time wise, that’s good for Zoom. General Photography Questions and Answer time, too. We already have one question on how to share your own pictures in our Zoom Meetings, so we will show you. Probably needed to tell stories so we learn to get the pictures in the right order.


See you soon!

Dottie

January 14, 2021

THANK YOU JOHN KAPUSNICK FOR THE OUTSTANDING ZOOM MEETING LAST NIGHT AND THE INFORMATION YOU SHARED WITH US ALL!!

We had 26 attend and good questions from the group. Now we need to practice and make a folder of SKIES! We learned to appreciate the word ”Texture" and color grading, raw and maybe Bridge for sharing our pictures in the order we like. Good discussion. Thank you to all who attended. I wish I could pass the information on to those who did not attend, but it was a time when you needed to see what John did that mattered. And he promised to hold an in-person with our laptops meeting when COVID allows us. That would be helpful as well. Thank you, John. IT WAS FUN.

Next month "5 pictures that tell a story". I'll forward you a book to read (quick run through easy) and an article about one picture, one story.


January 11, 2021


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL CLUB MEMBERS AND FRIENDS!

GOTTA BE BETTER THAN 2020, SO LET’S DO IT!



This is a reminder that our next Zoom Meeting is Weds., January 13th, at 7:00pm.


There have been lots of changes lately in Lightroom and Photoshop and probably all of our processing software and John Kapusnick will "show some features of camera raw. I will be using photoshop but the camera raw is identical in Lightroom. I will be showing how to change saturation or luminance of a single color rather than globally, some quick shortcuts to start processing your image, tips on improving sharpness, some uses of the adjustment brush to fine tune a photo, and will try to answer any questions. I also plan to show some part of photoshop layers and give an introduction to bridge. Everyone who has the web based Lightroom also has photoshop and bridge. If we all start using bridge, each person will be able to share their photos from their computer, controlling the order and length of time the photo is shown."


And on January 27th we will share pictures. The topic is “WINTERSCAPES”


December 6, 2020

So we had a nice time Wednesday, Dec 2nd at our Zoom Meeting. 20 people came. That’s great! Thanks for coming and thank you to those who participated in our Challenge. It was a hard one. The Topic was “2/ or Double”. I’m going to share a few examples via email and Facebook. Such a creative show, each person with a different twist or style. Generated good questions and answers. A learning experience as well.

First let me tell you what we discussed in the business meeting we always have first, before we share pictures. I’m in the process of lining up Zoom speakers and workshops for at least the first half of 2021. We’ll have a Hunts Photo (not free) talk, I asked for January 13th. And they would like at least 40 (preferably 50 actually) people to attend, so once I know the topic we can get (I chose 3) I’ll invite several clubs. That’s the way we all should be doing this. It’s a game really, this COVID time. Called SURVIVAL. It gets expensive and we need to share. It’s a good thing really. We need stimulation and variety, and Zoom is safe. The problem is not every one likes to Zoom, although I can’t understand that. But we see each other, we share pictures we never have a chance to share with regular meetings, and we have a challenge to produce. I like to get new pictures if I can, some go into their archives. No matter. It is creative, and the questions and chatter are inspiring and a learning experience often. Try it, You might like it!!

Thank you for sharing and commenting on your work John Kapusnick, LuAnne Daniels, Anne Harlan,Richard Zickerman, Mary Scarpetta, Allison Kashon.Jimm Ross, Eloise Boccella, Debra Wallace and Moi.


I’ve also contacted Gary Friedman from California. He’s editor of a new magazine that is not pushing expensive equipment, but the basics of photography. He feels it’s not the equipment that makes good photographs, but knowledge about composition, light, mindset, backstory, emotion, etc. I’m waiting to jell Hunts Photo, then find a date for Gary and his Zoom presentation. I think we need a speaker or workshop, and right now it has to be via Zoom, every other month. We’ll also continue a night of sharing our pictures with a theme. John Kapusnick has agree to share some things he’s learned with the newest version of Photoshop including changing the sky and in Lightroom working with color.


The PCCM Board has suggested several things, including taking our Street Photography to different places. Capturing different cities, and Eloise offered Swarthmore with home base being her condo-when the Covid scare is passed, Winterscapes for January or February, Another Question and Answer Zoom night, Macro without a Macro Lens, Black and White, and Telling a story with 5 pictures-only 5. Someone also suggested a workshop on using the iPhone and Smartphone. We’ve toyed with that for several years and I never thought we had enough users to make it worthwhile or who would listen, but now we’re all using them and it’s time. Remember Tony Sweet wanted to do that long ago.


On December 15th, We’ll have our Last Zoom Meting of 2020 at 7:00pm. The Topic or Theme is “Lights/Light/ Illuminate”

And if the weather looks good we’ll call for a shoot of the lights in Cape May. There’s lots to see and snap.


Be safe, stay warm and keep shooting,

Dottie



November 21, 2020


So we had another really fantastic Zoom Meeting last Monday night. Everyone found the most exciting and delicious examples of ABANDONED and EMPTY you can imagine. Every person who participated told wonderful stories about each photo. Outstanding Composition, Subject Mater so unusual and beautiful, color, black and white, local, exotic, archived or new, WE NAILED IT! this time folks. Some old structures are absolutely beautiful and intriguing. Wall hangers for sure! The greenery and blue sky, plus mystery of some and some historically significant as well. Thanks everyone who made the effort to share your hidden treasures. Allie and I are going out to hunt a few abandoned type soon. You are welcome to join us.

On to the next Zoom which will be Weds. December 2nd. Topic: “2/Double” Hard to believe it will be December already! I wish we could somehow share the images from Zoom With you on Facebook. Technically not able. Gotta be there to appreciate because the chatter is wonderful as well.


A couple Christmasy type things you might look in to. We always do something together, but this year looks like we can’t

because of the crowds and COVID. But on your own or with a friend look for:


Anyone want to illustrate a Christmas Song and play it at a Zoom Meeting?

You could read the song or play music possibly while your pictures run by….


Cape May NEW THIS YEAR- Photo Op for sure.

A contest for decorations in town.

Best Residence

Best Business

Best Window

Best Olde Fashioned Display.

Judges Choice and Peoples Choice and Prizes


12 Days of Christmas Cape May Walking tour (Self directed)

Looking for symbols that will be announced and placed in December.

The idea is to take a picture of each symbol and place where you find it

Post on Facebook as I understand it, and there will be prizes. I’ll keep you

informed as this develops and is advertised.


Looks like Tree Lighting ceremonies will be held. Outside for the most part. And

limited numbers, so if you see one and want to go, (at the Physic Estate for example)

get you reservations in quickly. Limited space! But the wandering and capturing of

lights and decorations is not limited in any way. Stay masked and safe distanced! Enjoy!


DOTTIE

November 9, 2020


We had a great time wandering around Stan Sperlak's farm last week. It's called Crow's Creek Farm. A very large property with many trails, and many sculptures. The landscape itself is a sculpture.

Nine members were there and we agreed it was Covid safe. Lots of room to spread out. And we agreed we'd go back on our own to cover more of the trails.

Pictures will be posted, I'm sure. Many are on Facebook already. I’ll share them in a few days. Thanks for coming everyone. Lovely experience. And so good to see a few familiar faces.


P.S. (It is very hard place to find. GPS was not helpful for most of us. Ask someone who went before you venture there.)


Dottie

October 29, 2020


Wow, what a wonderful variety of pictures we saw last night in our Zoom Meeting. And we obviously learned a lot from Valerie Jardin's talk on Street Photography. I was amazed to see pictures from New York's Chinatown, West Chester, Whale of a Day in Town Bank, the Cape May Ferry, the Mall in CM and a variety of super well done studies several of other places. People work hard and have fun putting images together. Some old, some new. I'm sorry if you missed it. Next time maybe. Much better than any TV show you would watch at that time. And nice to support members who go to the trouble. We should have 25 people at every Zoom Meeting! You don't have to have an entry, just come and enjoy and learn from what other members have put together. Thank you Anne Harley, Bob Finlay, Eloise Boccella, Jimm Ross, LuAnn Daniels, Rich Zickerman,

John Kapusnick, Moi (and Gail Van Scoyk with a few from afar) for your participating so beautifully!


Next Zoom meeting the theme for our photo share is "Abandoned or Empty." Feel free to interpret any way you like! That's November 11th at 7pm. Also keep an eye on your email for a possible photo walk in the Woodbine/Belleplain Park area to catch the last of the Fall colors.


Dottie