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,
November 6th, 2017
Award winning Photographer Andrea Phox told us about her amazing Exhibit called “SHINE 100 Women of Long Branch”. This was an idea created by Andrea and Lisa Kelly the librarian of the public library in 2015. The work of photographing 100 local women took 2 years to complete and shows women of diverse background, work, race, color and creed. The goal was to bring a group of women together who probably did not know each other and work for the good of the community, perhaps eventually bonding. The end result is an eclectic group of photographs that show the heart of Long Branch. Stories of the women vary greatly and so do the portraits. 3 “Mermaids” came with Andrea and told of some positive things that came from being in the show. Kudos to Andrea for her work and to the 100 women who will forever SHINE. Thank you for sharing!!!
After the presentation at the clubhouse, Andrea, the 3 Long Branch Mermaids as models and 12 members of PCCM went to Congress Hall to practice portraits. We went in the Brown Room or bar, the dining Room with it’s black and white checkerboard floor, the Boiler Room club downstairs, the porch with its columns and chairs and tall windows, the stairway with it’s light and window box. It was a challenge because the lighting was very different in each place and the colors and shapes around different as well. Andrea shared a ton of ideas on using speed lights for those who had them. It was really fun and a Coup with a capital “C” to be there… I’ll share a few pictures from the day from our Facebook Page. They will also be in our web gallery Shine 100 Women of Long Branch Shoot at Congress Hall. AND PLEASE…if you would like some of your photos added to this gallery or any of our other galleries, email jpg images to Dottie. The picture portfolio page is slowly growing and looking good!
Our December 4th meeting is our annual Christmas party and show starting at 5:00pm the the Clubhouse. It is our annual Potluck Dinner “Membership Showcase”. Bring your spouse or best friend. It’s a fun night. We plan to show 5-6 minute slideshows put together by members. We’ve decided on any topic you want, (not just in your county as previously announced) just some of your favorites from the past year or perhaps some of your best travel shots or portraits. Also, if you made something cool but non-digital like a book or a print or something "crafty," bring it along and show it off.
Full details on the party here.
SEE YOU FOR OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY!
So…..We had a delightful, beautiful day in Dennisville on October 2nd. Everyone was helpful and welcoming. The scenes and houses and treasures were everywhere. The history of the area is super interesting. We were lucky to meet many residents and ate lunch under a huge tree in the yard of the Schoolhouse. (First Picture) Link to Photos I wish every single member of our club could have experienced the warm atmosphere and lovely images. Thank you Dennisville for your hospitality!! I will share some pictures with Dennisville via memory stick. If you have any you would like them to see, please email them to me or post them on our Facebook Page and I’ll include them. Our thank you gift to them is a donation to the museum and pictures on the memory stick. I’d love to have lots of pictures for them to enjoy. Between Dennisville, the Revolutionary War Reenactment, the Monarchs flying around the Point and roosting, and the Harvest Moon, my eyes are exhausted and my camera burning. How lucky are we to live in such an interesting area.
Andrea Phox is our program speaker November 6th. At the Clubhouse. 1:00pm. She will share with us her “100 Women Exhibit" and bring a couple of the women who are in it with her. I have not heard details of her workshop yet. She is so busy because the Exhibit is being featured again in a nearby Gallery. Opening was Weds. I’ll get details on the workshop and pass them on as soon as I can.
Jim Dixon will lead another shoot at the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, November 5th. He’ll brief us soon as well. We will shoot sunset, grab a bite to eat at that nearby Pub, then shoot from the ground level, the long view. Please let me know if you want to go. We can car pool.
I have contacted our world traveler, Werner, and asked about planning a Steel Wool Burn. He was hunting for the perfect spot and timing. I’ll pass that info on when it jells. I’m hoping he is still willing to do it. It’s a challenge to shoot and really fun.
See you soon!
September 16, 2017
We had a great time at the Civil War Reenactment at Cold Spring Village in Lower Twp. About 10 of our club were there to see this busy, colorful, enthusiastic group of dedicated people do their thing, which is camp out and play Civil War. This was my first reenactment and I was amazed and hardly knew where to look and snap pictures next. A little overwhelming the first time, especially with a camera in your hand. We never got organized, meaning each person took off running and snapping pictures like crazy. It was a perfect day weather wise which added so much to the experience. We advertised this was a good opportunity to practice portraits/people and it certainly was. I’ll share a few pictures that have been posted so farso you get the idea and feeling Civil War Reenactment Photos ……. We will definitely do this again next year. So much fun! And a real challenge in the sun/shade.
September 11, 2017
After our business meeting, Scott Wheaton showed us how he puts together his amazing smoke images. He showed us a few of his beautiful award winning prints and then did a live shoot so we could see how he set his lights and background and acquired focus. He used incense matches rather than the familiar sticks (so the smoke would not linger) and shot against a black background with a single flash. Scott then loaded a photo into Photoshop and proceeded thru a basic edit and then some colors and inverted tones. After this he transformed his image into a variety of gorgeous spirals, reflections and rotations with a handful of photoshop techniques. We were all quite captivated by Scott's skills as well as his unique and often complex images.
July 17, 2017
Lots to share after our Business Meeting. I’ll try to be brief. But first a few shots from our Hawk Haven Shoot and Social. It was a hot night, but the Vineyard was happy we were there. 14 members snapped away at dusk. Fun evening….. Join us when you can on our Shoots. You’ll always wish you had!
Please check the upcoming event dates and email me your suggestions for activities!
People at the meeting seemed interested in a field trip to Longwood Gardens. The water falls show with fire and lights is only at 9:00pm and ends at the end of September. So I’ll investigate and we’ll discuss at our August meeting. And perhaps a trip to Eastern State Penitentiary. They’d like to do Benjamin Franklin Bridge again and visit the Orchid Greenhouse in Linwood. And there was a request to do another evening at our local Flower Shop for shooting flowers and arrangements. They loved having us. Another Macro Workshop- maybe small group this time???, Shooting Christmas Lights someplace a must. And Jim Dixon would like to get a car load or 2 to go to Philly and shoot City Hall at night. He knows the perfect spot and time of night to do it. I’ll do my best to fit all these things in our schedule. Thank you all for your suggestions and ideas for speakers!! I’ll keep you posted.
A couple people requested Andrea Phox do another workshop as well. She will and details are being explored. She will have models with her so I’ll fill you in ASAP, on when it will be, where, and what she will share with us and the cost. For our new members, we do this type of thing once or twice a year where a speaker talks to our club free for members, but then offers a workshop and charges a fee. It makes their time with us worthwhile for them and we gain a really good speaker. We try to get 8 to 15 people to take the workshop. It’s a real learning experience and fun.
Please note members Tina Guiaimo and husband Don Merwin are having an exhibit at the Chalfonte this month. And new member Jimm Ross is exhibiting his paintings at the Mad Batter. Grapevine has it Charles Riter is hanging at Exit Zero’s Cookhouse in August as well. Try to stop in and support our friends and members.
May 26, 2017
Reminder: Kevin Karlson is coming to speak on Monday, June 5th. This is really going to be a learning experience. His Topic, "Shooting Outside the Box". He's sending me information to share with you and he wants audience participation. Toward the end, he'd like those who will to bring 3 pictures on a thumb drive and we'll pull them up and gently make comments, as he said. We are very lucky to have him with us! Please save the date.We’re planning an evening social and shoot at Hawk Haven Vineyard, June 18th, kind of off day for them. The club will provide a couple nice trays of cheese and crackers. Beverages we have to buy there. They close at 7:00pm but we can stay and take pictures after for sunset. Please save that date as well.
So we had a great time at Flemings Auto Salvage. I mean it is a great shoot! Endless opportunities for creative images. I'll share a few. Did HDR for some. Still processing. We'll do it again maybe in the Fall. No tick problem that I know of. We went with lots of bug spray. Rich Beecher did his in black and white and that was very effective. Watch for our summer shoots!
May 3-4, 2017DUE TO THE VERY CRITICAL ILLNESS OF TONY’S MOTHER, TONY HAD TO POSTPONE HIS TALK SCHEDULED FOR 6:30 THIS EVENING (MAY 3RD) AND THE “SWEET SHOOT” TOMORROW (MAY 4TH). HE/WE WILL RESCHEDULE FOR LATER THIS YEAR.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH TONY AS HE GOES THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO FRIENDS AND CLUBS NEAR YOU.
THANK YOU AND TONY SAID “SO SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.”
So what are PCCM’s Small Group Meetings all about?
We have lots of new members and maybe it would be good to clarify and/or describe what we mean when we use that term. Let me try.
PCCM provides many things for members, Speakers, Workshops, Social Events, Exhibits so our members can Sell Their Photos, Challenges, Group Shoots, and once a year the opportunity to Share a Themed Slideshow with the Group. All basically to encourage members to learn and improve in all facets of photography. It also is a place where you can meet like minded, talented, creative people and talk shop, probably become friends. One thing was missing, however, and that was an opportunity to meet in small groups and discuss or learn about a specific skill or tool you as an individual want to learn, or meet with people who are interested in one facet of photography you especially like, or an opportunity to get help when trying something out of the box for you. So we decided to meet the third Weds. of each month in the evening to explore and learn together in small groups, sometime 4 people, sometimes 10, every once in a while 15. It does not matter. If you are curious about something, someone else surely is, too, and someone else surely can help you. At these meetings we usually have someone who excels in that area, sometimes a group leader, sometimes we have a discussion or share equipment, we’ve had critiques on a small scale. Our plan was to provide a venue and opportunity for members to work toward mastering techniques and camera and computer skills. It is informal, and a huge help because it is Small Group. Anyone can come. So... watch for the topics, come when you can or you are interested, and very important- let Dottie know if you have something you want to learn more about in that format. Remember, the name of PCCM’s Game is "Learn and Improve”. There is ALWAYS room to hone those skills! Small Group meetings may be a comfortable way for you to do it.
April 3, 2017
Springtime Greetings to You All! I think Spring has finally arrived.
Member David Woeller shared his video about using the brush tool in Lightroom, showed us examples of before and after images, and using the pictures he sent for us to download, he demonstrated how to go about making dramatic changes. Then we took some time to work on a few of our own photos. The Brush is a mighty sword and it was fun to experiment with it as Dave walked around and helped. Thank you, Dave. If you have not pulled up Dave's Website, you should. He has a great Blog going and offers many opportunities for you to learn and improve your skills. We’re lucky to have him with us Monday and in our group. Fun day! Now go home and practice everyone! Dave has linked to his video here Lightroom Brush Tool
Bill Horin, Creative Director for ARTC in Millville was with us to share information about a 2 day photo/video event on June 14 and 15 that that organization has organized called “Photo SJ 2017”. They say and I’ll quote "8 of South Jersey’s most talented photographers and videographers will give workshops and presentations, and nationally known wildlife photographer, Charles Glatzer, will be the Keynote speaker." Registration is available through their website. (David Woeller is one of the presenters and his event is the only free thing I saw. It is limited to 40 according to Dave. For more info & to register visit Photo SJ 2017
I wanted to thank Jim Dixon for leading the group to the Franklin Bridge Shoot. It was great to try our luck with the sunset, Philly Skyline, trains coming fairly often to jiggle our cameras and challenge us all. We ate at a local pub and tried the nighttime full view from the ground as well. Thanks so much, Jim! I know individually we’ll go back. Safe, easy walk, and pleasant with good weather.
And I wanted to thank Martie Grubb for faithfully providing refreshments at every meeting. Phyllis Graham helps her as well. It’s really nice to have tea and crumpets. Thank You ladies!!
I would ask all members to pay their dues so we can plan and carry out a program for this year we all enjoy. And I’d like to encourage all members to spread the word about our group and encourage friends or camera buffs you know to join us as we hone our skills and have fun. We do several things each month, surely everyone can learn from and enjoy something we offer.
More members would help our treasury.
We got organized for our next meeting. Our Tony Sweet talk and shoot. I hope you’ve seen our announcement. Please save the dates and please every member do your best to attend the talk. It’s 6:30 pm at the club, free for members, but we’re charging $10 for non-members since we have some expenses. We will try to start on time, but have simple refreshments afterward. To have a nationally respected photographer be with us and support our club is a phenomenon. One way to say thank you is to attend his talk Thursday, May 3rd. I’ve notified all the photo clubs in our area (South Jersey), a couple Delaware clubs, T&C Camera Shop, put it on our Website, Facebook Page, and News Feeds on Facebook which people are sharing. I will send out a couple more Facebook blurbs as well. The “Shoot with Sweet” is $75 and will be limited to 15. It is an early morning event with breakfast at a local diner. He offers a video critique of 3 to 5 pictures for those who go, I don’t think they have to be taken that morning. We’ll gather them and send them to him shortly after the event. Pre-registration for that is required. I already have 8 committed. Let’s enjoy this special couple days and be proud as a club.
On June 5th we are lucky to have a naturalist who specializes in birds Kevin Karlson coming and he’ll share “Shooting Outside the Box”. He has traveled the world and gathered photos of birds everywhere. He has images representing most of the major bird families in North America. He has authored several books including “Shorebird Guide" and "Birding by Impression”. For his amazing images visit his website and browse his Photo Gallery. Gorgeous! I’m excited to have Kevin with us and learn he considers this Cape May his home ground. Don’t miss this event! AND..We talked about having a time to bring photographic items you want to sell after our June meeting a while ago. Let me know if you think this is a good idea. After the lecture we could set things on a table or 2 that you have priced and a few volunteers would have to man.
Our April small group meeting will be 2 things. On Thursday April 19th at 6:30, we’re offering a Boot Camp for Lightroom (Booting Up the Program) for whose who are having trouble getting started, and we had a request to go over some basic things in photography so a Boot Camp for Basics reviewing the terminology and skills needed to go places with your DSLR Camera. Now this takes getting members together who can help both areas. So we need a head count. Please email me if you are interested and can attend. email@example.com If we don’t get enough to make it worthwhile, we’ll try something individually.
A number of people have asked to go to Flemings Auto Salvage for a Shoot. Harry was very nice. Our group is welcome, I just have to call. I thought it would be good to go on a Saturday or Sunday this time. It’s not greening up very fast this year and we need a little color, I think, and with the holidays this month and storms, I’m thinking Sunday, May 14th, rain date Saturday, May 20th. Save the date. In June we’ll do something related to our talk on birds/birding.
Avalon Historical Society Photography Contest is coming up. It’s usually in May. As soon as I get the notice I’ll shoot it out to you. We do very well each year. Several first place awards always.
Our meeting in October is a Pot Luck dinner and our annual Challenge “Shows”. I like to get the topic out before summer so everyone has plenty of time to gather images you are pleased with. The theme this year will be Our Own County. We actually voted this time. Pictures must be taken in the county you live in or one county. The idea is, for those who are new, to put together a slideshow of pictures on the theme and show it that night. We call for them a week ahead so our member Bill Riches can put them together and they run smoothly. There is a five minute limit, and you can put music to it and make it as simple or fancy as you’d like. Bill will help you with the music if need be. We love this event. It’s a bring your spouse or a friend time. Good opportunity to bring someone you think might be interested in joining our club.
So enjoy Spring. Get out there and take lots of pictures. Share them on our Facebook page, Please!!
March 11th, 2017
Hello to All. Welcome to Spring?
Just a few quick notes from Monday’s Meeting.
Nicole Albertson, local artist who is a Creative Portrait, Child, and Family Photographer, talked to us about her work, her work flow, her style, and her passion. On her Website she says, “Life is my Canvas, Light is my paint. Time is measured not by the clock, but by moments. I capture those moments.” She shared many images of her family portraits, weddings, and her favorite- children. She is best known for her hazy, interesting background with her subjects as she said, popping out bright and crystal clear. I love that she mentors newbies and shares her love of photography. Really fun presentation. She left us with lots of good ideas and techniques to try. Thank you so much Nicki!!
2017 Dues are due by the end of March. We do many things with our funds including pay rent for our really nice facility, for our Website, refreshments, speakers, small group gatherings, and for social functions we like so much. We need your support to make it a fun and interesting year. It helps so much if you get your dues in on time. Thank you!! We want to make a Directory for members to have. So nice to have email addresses and phone numbers handy.
Next month on April 3rd, 1:00pm, member David Woeller will teach us some things about using the PAINTBRUSH in Lightroom. You have to see this. You’ll love what he does and you can do with this LIGHTROOM TOOL. He’s going to show us a video he created explaining how he goes about tweaking photos, bringing corners out of the dark, accenting details, lots of really cool tricks to make images pop. And we hope to be able to send you some images you can download, then work on at the meeting with him. If you don’t have a Laptop, we’ll gather around those who bring one and have fun experimenting. More details closer to the meeting.
In May Tony Sweet is with us. Note the change from our regular day. He’ll speak Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:30pm, at the Clubhouse. His topic, “In Camera Creative Effects”. This will be amazing and should be shared with every photographer you know. So spread the word please. Talk is free to members ($10 for non-members), $75 fee for an early morning shoot with Tony May 4th. We plan to advertise every way we can and hope to have a really good crowd. Just out of respect for him- a world class photographer who helps us and encourages us as a group, and is generous enough to give us his time and energy, every member should come to his evening talk. Make plans now to be there. It’s one way we can say THANK YOU!!
In June Kevin Karlson, wildlife Photographer, particularly birds, will speak to us. His topic, “Shooting Outside the Box”. He has a new book out called “Birding by Impression", which discusses his approach to bird/field identification. It should be fun to see his photos and learn what he means by shooting outside the box.
In July we will be celebrating our 10th year anniversary somehow. We had a great time last year at Willow Creek Winery shooting the grapes, then sharing a little food and wine. Something like that, but with less personal expense. I’d like the club to provide food somehow/somewhere. I’m working on it…...
We had 9 people with us on our Shoot in Philly. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge was beautiful that evening! It was quite a climb to the top, but easy walking and safely lighted. What an experience it was to be out there in the wind waiting for the sun to set, tripods ready, all cameras aimed for the skyline, being shaken by the trains as they whizzed by underneath. Really fun. We had dinner at a local pub, then did the full length of the bridge from the ground. Thank you Jim Dixon for arranging all the details and leading the pack. Great time had by ALL!!
Our May shoot to East Point Lighthouse is on hold. They are not sure when the construction crews actually will allow visitors inside and paper work for grants will allow the fence to come down. Not a great thing to include in our photos. We’re on the list and we’ll see what happens. I’ll blast out an email notice when we get the OK.
If you have a chance, visit the River Renaissance Gallery sometime this month. Member David Woeller has several photos in the exhibits. And Scott Wheaton has a couple of his smoke pictures. The topic is “Digital Art”. Abstract Art. Really interesting. Check it out this month.
I have a call in to Pam at the Mad Batter trying to set up a date for our Exhibit at the Restaurant. She told me to call in March. I’ll keep you posted. We can exhibit at one of the libraries in the Cape May County system if we want to. I’ll talk to you about it at our next meeting. We’d need to commit and we’ll have to decide if it is something we really want to do.
It has come to our attention that we have quite a few new members and we are wondering if there is a need or desire for us to have a few small group meetings to discuss basic concepts like the Exposure Triangle (IOS, Aperture, Shutter Speed), Composition, etc. We’d need at least 6 to commit to maybe 2/3 meetings. Let me know if you are interested. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. to save a spot. Could be a fun learning experience.
Until next time…..get out and shoot Springtime!! Share your images on our FACEBOOK PAGE! Check out our WEBPAGE!! Send me ideas for shoots, speakers, and topics we need to discuss at our meetings. THANK YOU!!
Jan 11th, 2017
2017-Hard to believe. Happy New Year Everyone!
Thank you all for coming to the meeting Monday. We had a good crowd even though weather was a problem. I know it was icy in many places and difficult for some of you to travel. Hopefully February will be better.
Craig Phillips and John Snidenbach took us on a trip to Cuba. As a photographer the question is, why take a trip to Cuba now/soon. Both John and Craig went now to beat the influx of tourists that will hit the island when the Cruise ships start daily tours. And things are bound to change dramatically once that is in full gear. The bright colors of the old buildings most of them in need of a huge amount of repair, the 1958 cars painted bright colors, the friendly people dressed casually and willing to be photographed, and the unique culture make it a photographers' hotspot. Guides help you understand the history and culture, but they also let you know questions are restricted. I loved the doors and windows repaired and painted, the decaying architecture, church, John’s night photos, the cigar rolling process, the barns, cars, faces and the dancing. John showed a couple videos with music of a street band and dancing, and a routine some women do using brightly painted chairs and drumsticks. Great fun and unique. THANK YOU JOHN AND CRAIG!! You made me want to go ASAP!
PSA (the Photographic Society of America) representatives were with us as well. Gerie Vergona and Dr. Kah-Wai Lin gave us information about the world wide organization we need to know, but missed the boat as far as I was concerned. So I’ll tell you we joined PSA as a club, not because of competition opportunities, but because it is a great source of information and a resource for speakers at a reasonable price, and because it has a "lending library” from which we can borrow videos and material on all sorts of topics related to photography. At a meeting we can show a video on a topic and have a panel discuss it. We can show a video on a topic in small group meetings. And they are a source of support as we grow and explore directions we think we want to take or try. We have at our fingertips experts in every facet of photography, business end and photo information end, and we plan to take advantage of it. They have a national conference each year at really wonderful places. Recently in Albuquerque and the Balloon Fiesta, and Yosemite. This year it is in Pittsburgh. We’ll talk about attending when the flyer comes out. Most clubs belong to PSA. Now we’re on their map. Now as an individual since we don’t hold competitions, if you are interested in advice, critiques, a mentor, many areas of competition on an individual level, an individual membership can might be a good idea for you. They gave a really nice book of photographs out for a door prize. John Marcelliano was the winner.
I gave out cash to the people who sold photographs at the Mad Batter Exhibit. Karen Goldberg and James Daubert sold 2 each, Sandy Allison and Tina Giaimo each sold 1. We discussed that effort because for those who participate and help set up and take down, and replacing what is sold, it is a big job. This year in December we sold 6. Last year in September, we sold 14. We need to have a committee that is interested in studying the situation and exploring options. And we need to educate ourselves on the complexities involved. Last Spring we had a few volunteers for such a committee. (Denise Bongiovanni, Melissa Bailey, Gail Van Scoyk and myself). I’ll contact a few more and get this ball rolling. Email me if you want to be part of this committee. Thank you!
We are looking into becoming a non-profit organization. I asked Craig Phillips to help me and John Marcelliano said he’d help. It may or may not be to our advantage. We’ll keep you informed.
Dues are due for 2017 by the first of March. Can send to me (Dottie Rogers, 201 South Broadway, CM, 08204- check made out to Photography Club of Cape May). $30 for an individual membership, $50 for family. We plan to run off a Directory for members this year. We’ve run into situations this year where someone wants to call another member but has no phone number. It is handy for car pools, sharing information, answering quick questions, asking for help, inviting others on a shoot, etc. It’s so nice to have at your fingertips address, email address, phone number. Let me know if you do not want you phone number included. Most organizations have a directory.
Small group meeting January 25th at 201 South Broadway, 6;30pm, Lightroom workshop
Next meeting at the clubhouse: February 6th Macro Workshop-1 to 4:00pm
Small Group Meeting 3rd Weds: February 15, 6:30pm Macro Workshop follow Up
For our February meeting we will have lots of stations set up with marbles, colored straws, flowers, bubbles, witches ball or 2, glass container with water, old tools, kitchen utensils, a Lava Light, Big Bottle we can probably put things in and small ones, sea glass, sand a shells, berries, grapes, etc. We’ll rotate around. I’ll have several backdrops and at least 1 Lightbox. I’ll try to get a couple more.
BRING YOUR TRIPOD AND APPROPRIATE LENS, and A FLASHLIGHT ANY SIZE.
You do not have to have a Macro Lens to do this. Karen Messick took (takes) pictures with her iPhone that are outstanding because you can zoom in close. Come and join in the fun the best you can, experiment, have fun watching.
At our December meeting someone put a note in our suggestion box for a shoot in New York City, a couple specific places, evening. We’re considering an overnight in the Spring. Ed and Cindy Russell have given us some advice. And a shoot at Longwood Gardens has been suggested. We’d carpool, not get a bus. Anyone interested?
I think that’s about it…….
Dec 7th, 2016
We had such a good time Monday being creative and socializing. Diane Supple sent pictures she snapped with her iPhone that I thought you would enjoy. Thank you, Diane! It was REALLY, REALLY fun. Good refreshments, too.Thank you to those who brought a snack! Thank you Melissa for thinking to microwave the sand! You saved the day! We keep saying, what a great bunch of people we have in PCCM. Wow! We have to do this kind of thing again!
HEADS UP!!! WE HANG AT THE MAD BATTER THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8TH, AT 12:00 NOON.
WE COULD USE SOME HELP. MELISSA BAILEY AND JOHN MARCELLIANO HAVE VOLUNTEERED. NEED MORE HANDS, PLEASE!
(We have a nice amount of really, really beautiful photos so far. This will be exciting exhibit to see.)
OUR OPENING IS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH AT 3:00. PLEASE LET’S MAKE THIS FUN. THEY ALWAYS HAVE A NICE SPREAD OF FOOD FOR US. SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. WE SHOULD CELEBRATE. WE HAVE A LOT TO BE PROUD OF AND SHARE. SEE YOU AT THE OPENING! (you don’t have to dress up- very casual!
HEADS UP!! WE WILL SHOOT THE LIGHTS OF CAPE MAY WEDS. DECEMBER 14TH. MEET AT ROTARY PARK (the one they have completely redone) AT 4:30. NEW BLUE AND PURPLE DECORATIONS AND WHOLE NEW LOOK THERE. AND WE'LL MEET AT MY HOUSE AFTERWARD FOR LIGHT REFRESHMENTS— wine and cheese plus I’m thinking sandwiches maybe or we’ll order pizza…. Fun night! Please join us.
Next meeting, January 9th, John Snidenbach and Craig Phillips will share pictures and thoughts from a photographer’s viewpoint about Cuba.
Please bookmark or add the club website to your contacts. There is no signup or registration. We’re trying to keep our calendar and blog current so send let us know if you spot errors or omissions. You can email the club right from a link on the page. Hopefully this will eventually be your one stop spot on the web for club info as well as a place to view members’ photos, read news and learn and leave tips and point to good deals you want to share.
CALLING FOR PICTURES! Please send pictures for our website NOW to Jim Brennan . We want to change them often. Let’s just say the first week of every month, if you want to post pictures send them to Jim and he’ll put them up. We’ll eventually create individual member galleries if the interest is there. And we want to make our Blog interesting and worth seeking out. If you have anything about photography you want to share or an experience you have that is photographically interesting, equipment you’ve tried and like, techniques you try and find slick or cool, send a paragraph or write up to me and I’ll include it or send it to Bob Finlay to put up. Don’t be shy or humble. Be bold and help our membership learn and improve! We can communicate to each other through our BLOG. So keep checking it out. We’re learning and improving the site each month.
Please Help Us Do That.
And we still need a LOGO. Only have one so far, and an idea but not picture for another. We need several to make a choice. Maybe we push that in 2017…...
Welcome two new members, John and Madeleine Tryon!
Nov 9th, 2016
Hello this morning after Election Day. I don’t know about you, but I lost a whole night’s sleep! So excuse my mistakes!! God Bless America, right?? Crazy, crazy……
We had a really good turn out for our meeting Monday with Eric Weeks and Karen Michael. They talked about the Flash and showed us their technique. It was very informative and fun!! I’ll have to try the two hands shots. I’m not so steady as they seem to be. Good handout for anyone who wants one. Lots of information you might like to see.
A few quick points to remember:
The f stop controls the flash exposure.
The shutterspeed determines the exposure.
Most cameras Flash at 1/250.
They like to use their flash unattached to the camera, pointing the light head to bounce off a wall or ceiling.
There are several Lighting Patterns and Types of Light they talked about Plus lots more!
Thank You Eric and Karen!! Lots of Fun!
We had refreshments after the meeting and a good social time. Hoping to figure out how to do that each meeting. Really nice!!
Important Business Items for you to Remember:
We hang at the MAD BATTER December 8th. 1:00pm We can use help with that task! I will assume there is an Opening the 11th. Usually 4:00pm. (Refreshments and social time for our club members and friends- a celebration!)
Remember Photos must be 8x10 or larger. MUST be matted white/off white and framed, and ready to hang with wire. Black frames in the bar area, white/off white frames in the back restaurant room. Silver or canvass works as well. We need a bunch, so please participate if you can. Photos must be brought to 201 South Broadway, CM, by noon Wednesday Dec 7th, so I can make identification cards and print up a list for Pam to keep in the office. She needs to keep organized since we are different from most shows because we have many artists, making bookkeeping complex. WEDS. DEC.7TH, by NOON!!
No word yet about the Winery.
On December 5th we are going to have a party!‼︎ We have worked very hard this last several months with the Webpage construction, Sturdy Bank Exhibit, the Mad Batter Exhibit, joining PSA and setting up our Sturdy Bank account. Very time consuming and brain rattling. So we figure we deserve to have a party! We will have 3 Make and Take projects to work on and a techie try by request and vote on a Club Logo. I have 2 ideas for Logos so far. Think about it and email me your entry if you think of something eye catching. Free membership for a year as a prize. Sooooo, Bring a snack if you can and come socialize and be creative. If you are not creative, bring a friend/spouse who can help you! You will need to bring at least 4 4x6 pictures you love with you for the activities planned. More details closer to the meeting. This will be fun!
Meetings Scheduled for the next 6 months. We have some great speakers coming and plenty of opportunity to hone your skills and learn something new. Small group meetings will be made as we go through each month. Plan on the 3rd Weds. evening each month for small group events.
Check back here on our Website Blog for chatty details. We have a busy and exciting Spring “Semester”. Please keep club email announcements handy. Mark your calendar, and watch for small group events and SHOOTS. And check our Website Upcoming Events for details as each events gets close.
Please let Bob Finlay or me or Jim Brennan know things you want to discuss or programs you would like to have, or people you see or know about who could talk to our club or give seminars or workshops. If you express a need or topic, we do try to find someone to help out.
Thanks everyone for your help when we need it and support!
We have joined PSA, the Photographic Society of America, which is a worldwide organization for anyone with an interest in photography. Every organization belongs, now we are on the list! We’l benefit many ways. A member will come to an upcoming meeting and welcome us and inform us of all the ways you can gain access and benefits. Check it out at Photographic Society of America.
We are having a contest!! We need a LOGO, for our website, but in general. Prize is one year membership to our club. Must include PCCM and Cape May some way. Look up other clubs online and see examples. Send entries to email@example.com. We’ll vote and choose at a meeting very at the December meeting.
Dottie is proposing our club take a week to 10 day trip to New Mexico this time next year 2017 to take in the Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Ghost Ranch, and sights in between. This is not an expensive trip, but a major undertaking for our group. If anyone is interesting in exploring the idea, please attend a meeting, at Dottie’s house October 19th at 6:30 to discuss details. New Mexico is a photographers delight. This would be a photography trip not sight seeing event.