Photography Club of Cape May

Events for 2022

Updated 1/20/2022

Here is what we have planned for the new year so far. Small group meetings and shoots will be added as they evolve and as pandemic conditions change. Some get togethers are planned and we have scheduled a couple of in-person activities at the clubhouse. Naturally, Covid conditions at the time may cause us to reschedule or cancel.

We have scheduled ***ONLINE MEETINGS*** via Zoom every couple of weeks so please keep an eye on your email inbox and bookmark this page to keep up with the latest. We've had some great speakers and photo shares and discussions about locations and photo techniques. We're also getting better at sharing on Zoom but it's not required if you would rather email your photos to John or Dottie. The virtual meetings have been a lot of fun so get your Zoom software up to date and join in.

We already have speakers and club activities lined up thru May, 2022 with more to follow. Check back soon for exact dates and topics and as always keep an eye on your email for shout outs from Dottie and check our Facebook Group too.

Check back here often and check the Club Blog for more details.

If you have ideas or suggestions for activities, speakers or photo shoots for 2022, get them to Dottie Rogers.

A reminder to update your contact information and pay 2022 dues. Please make your check ($30 individual, $50 per couple) out to Photography Club of Cape May and send along with any changes in your contact information to:

Dottie Rogers

201 South Broadway

Cape May, NJ 08204

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, 7:00pm, ZOOM Meeting

Speaker: Lisa Cuchara


We've invited Lisa back this year to present an entirely new topic which we think you will love.

This program will explore the beauty of imperfect and/or unconventional subjects. As nature photographers we often seek out the flowers, leaves and such that are perfect, with no blemishes or defects. This program highlights subjects that are not perfect, such as flowers that have character, double headed flowers, decaying fall leaves, the deformed coneflower that stands out as flawed and hence different and beautiful, rust as it creates abstract patterns amidst the decay, etc. We will also explore the concept of slowing down and appreciating the beauty of everyday life, things that might be overlooked. As purveyors of rust and decay we appreciate the perseverance and beauty of “life after humans” as cars and equipment falls apart and succumbs to oxidation and decay. Wabi-Sabi teaches us to find beauty in everyday life. It is a kind of anti-aesthetic, an alternative to the dominating discriminatory ideas we hold about beauty. “Wabi means a beauty of elegant imperfection. Sabi means aloneness. Together, they suggest the beauty of ‘the withered, weathered, tarnished, scarred, intimate, coarse, earthly, evanescent, tentative, ephemeral.’ ~ Crispin Sartwell, Six Names of Beauty. It is a way of honoring that everything is impermanent, and we are always in a state of both becoming and falling away. It is used to describe a particular philosophy that beauty can be found in the old, the everyday, the imperfect. Wabi Sabi applies to more than nature and the seasons of change and decay, but it also to the “Life after Humans” arena or UrbEx (urban exploration). As a side note, the term Wabi Sabi can also be part of the social movement of embracing imperfection of your physical traits as a human being, especially with respect to self-perception and celebrating imperfection in a society that encourages people to be perfect and pressures people to be flawless.

BIO:Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Master Craftsman (PPA), Master of Photography (M. Photog.) HonNEC is very passionate about photography and enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature but finds many subjects equally intriguing. Lisa and her husband Tom are known for their expertise in Photography and in Photoshop, and for their inspirational and informative photography workshops. Lisa has created numerous award-winning photographic images and enjoys sharing her vision, passion and her knowledge! Her photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars, on the cover of a fictional paperback novel, in galleries and exhibitions, and been accepted into the PPA loan collection. Lisa & Tom have published two books with Amherst Media “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” and “The Frog Whisperer”.

Monday, January 17th, Time and location TBD

By request. Small Group with John Kapusnick

Topic: Learn How to Share Pictures on ZOOM

Wednesday, January 19th, 7:00pm, Zoom Meeting

Topic: Practice ZOOM Sharing and Wabi Sabi photos

Monday, February 7th, Macro Shoot

I’ve decided after lots of thought to go ahead with the Macro Day we had planned for February 7th. I’m going to make it 2 days, Monday, Feb. 7th and Weds.the 9th. I running a slideshow at the Garden Club on Tuesday the 8th so I’m committed then.

Here’s the plan. Anyone vaccinated and boosted and is willing to wear a mask is welcome. I’m going to ask for preregistration and have time slots 9-12 and 1-4 and Monday night 5:30-8:30. I’ll move the date in case of snow. It’s open for anyone who wants to come. I’m going to limit size to 6 or 7 each time slot. Plenty of room in my house for that.

More details to follow. Watch your email.

Wednesday, February 16th, 7:00pm, Zoom Meeting

Topic: ZOOM Sharing

Monday, March 7th, 7:00pm, ZOOM Meeting

Speaker: David DesRochers

Topic: Painting With Cameras

“Imagination is the faculty or action of forming new ideas, images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.” During David’s program “Painting with Cameras,” he will discuss new ways to see and capture a variety of subjects by using techniques such as motion blur, multiple exposure, and lens zoom. Searching for and capturing subjects that are often overlooked or seldom seen will also be covered.

Bit of a Bio: For the past 15 years, David has teaching workshops, leading tours and writing. His work has been recognized internationally and he is widely published. An accomplished speaker, he has lectured throughout the Northeast and enjoys working with camera clubs in New England and the Northeast primarily. He has participated in New Jersey’ Audubon’s Birding Festival several times. He teachers classes for the NJ Audubon’s Digital Workshop Series. Classes are taught at the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ.

Wednesday, March 16th, 7:00pm, ZOOM Meeting

Topic: ZOOM Sharing, Painting With Cameras

Monday, April 4th, 7:00pm, ZOOM Meeting

Speaker: Padma Ingura

Topic: Flowers for Translucency on a Lightbox

About Padma:

Padma Inguva called New Jersey her home for over two and a half decades after she immigrated from the artistically rich lands of India. In her early years, she inherited a love for gardening from her father, which led her to nurture an abundant garden in her backyard. She spent several seasons nourishing some rare and familiar plants very patiently and enjoyed being rewarded with bountiful blooms. Her garden would be in full bloom during the short New Jersey summers and her love for enjoying these picturesque landscapes was short-lived each year. Photography was a natural progression to capture and permanently etch the fruits of her labor which eventually evolved into fine art. What started as capturing flowers and foliage from her own garden, quickly extended into neighborhood gardens, roadside wildflowers, local nurseries, and botanical gardens, broadening her playground in photography. She relishes telling a story of the progression of a flower through its various stages via the images she captures from buds to decay.

Program Note:

In this Session, Padma will be demonstrating the art of photographing flowers for translucency using a lightbox as well as discuss the workflow of post-processing the captured images in Lightroom. Padma will also discuss advanced techniques of blending bracketed images in Photoshop and various plug-ins to enhance the images.

Wednesday, April 20th, 1:00pm, Clubhouse

Topic: Shooting Flowers using Lightboxes and Stations with Lots of Flowers and other backgrounds

Monday, May 23rd, 7:00pm ZOOM Meeting

Speaker: Nic Stover

Topic: The Ed Abbey Country-Photographic Exploration of the Desert Southwest

Join professional landscape photographer Nic Stover as he leads attendees on a journey through the desert southwest of the US.

Edward Paul Abbey was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues and criticism of public land policies. He spent most of his life in the Desert Southwest of the US. An author by nature his descriptions of the beauty of the desert(s) have drawn thousands of people to experience the desert themselves.

I have traveled there camera in hand to some of the most iconic and lesser known places. Join us for a web presentation where I will take us to Ed Abbey country as we visit well known places and spaces like Zion and Bryce but also venture off the beaten path and into lesser known and seldom seen places like White Pocket, The Wave, and the farther reaches of Grand Escalante. The evening will include well over 25 destinations along with tips and tricks to make your experience as memorable as possible! Join us!

About Nic Stover

Nic Stover Photography exists to help nature photographers, who are interested in deeper connections, to create more impactful images, so they can confidently and consistently express themselves. Through his classes, webinars, tutorials, and presentations Nic works with people of all ages, backgrounds, experiences, and desires focused around a dialog on how we can thrive in our own unique creative and artistic process.

Stover is based in San Luis Obispo, California and focuses on nature photography classes and workshops encouraging his class participants to Develop their skills, Explore their capabilities, and to Create meaningful work.

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