Photography Club of Cape May Events for 2021

Updated 08/20/2021

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We are scheduling ***ONLINE MEETINGS*** via Zoom every couple of weeks so please keep an eye on your email inbox. We've had some great speakers and photo shares and discussions about locations and photo techniques. The virtual meetings have been a lot of fun.

We are planning our next in-person meeting at the clubhouse for July! Details to be posted soon.

Here's the scheduled meeting and event dates for 2021 so far. Small group meetings and shoots will be added as they evolve and as pandemic conditions change Some small group outside activities are happening but there are no currently scheduled in-person meetings.

Check back here often and check the Club Blog for more details. Watch for Dottie's HEADS UP! emails and check the Facebook page too. We also use Whats App for messaging events that are time sensitive.

If you have ideas or suggestions for activities, speakers or photo shoots for 2021, get them to Dottie Rogers.


A reminder to update your information and pay 2021 dues. Please make your check ($30- $50 per couple) out to Photography Club of Cape May and send along with and changes in your contact information to:


Dottie Rogers

201 South Broadway

Cape May, NJ 08204

Wednesday Jan. 13th, 7:00pm, Zoom Club member John Kapusnick will demonstrate recent updates to Adobe Camera Raw and the Develop module in Lightroom Classic. He will also show the new sky replacement feature in Photoshop which is very cool!

Wednesday Jan. 27th, 7:00pm, Zoom Our first monthly photoshare meeting of 2021. The theme is Winterscapes. If you're new to this, you can submit a few themed images via email to John Kapusnick or to Dottie Rogers and John will share them during the meeting. You can tell us a little bit about how and where you made each image if you wish. If you're comfortable using Zoom, you could share your screen on Zoom instead of emailing. We all learn and get inspiration from each other.

Wednesday February 3rd, Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm

Topic: General Questions and Answers and a Discussion of the ebook “Nine Pictures, Nine Stories, Vol 1” by well known photographer Ibarionex Perillo. You can get the ebook here for $8 here https://www.ibarionex.net/ebooks/9-pictures-9-stories-vol-1 and check out Ibarionex’s other work. Also, this short article may help you put together a five-image story. https://www.beginnerphotographypodcast.com/photography-tips/the-5-photos-you-need-to-tell-any-story


Wednesday February 17th Zoom Meeting 7:00pm

Topic: Share: Five pictures that tell a story (5 only) OR One picture that tells a story. Tells us what you see. Limit of 3-5 minutes to tell your story.


Monday March 1st, Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm

Topic:”Wireless Flash” with presenter Gary Friedman

Gary Friedman is a well known photographer, author and publisher. In his presentation • How to “Wow!” with Wireless Flash * Gary demonstrates how easy it is to move your flash off your camera and add great drama with no need for technical knowledge. Think a new lens will improve your photography? Learning to use light will have a dramatically greater impact on your images. Learn more about Gary here friedmanarchives


Wednesday, March 17th, Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm

Photo Sharing. 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.


Wednesday, March 31st, 7:00pm Artistic Challenge. Are you interested in sharing one or two pictures with the idea of critiquing one another and making suggestions for how to tweak our photos so they are even more special? We can enjoy learning through sharing ideas on processing different ways or alternate compositions or new equipment, or solving problems you are having trying something new. Should be great fun. Got a small group of members to try this. Anyone is welcome to join. Send a few pictures you want suggestions or help with. Or ask about something you want to learn how to do or demonstrate something. John Kapusnick will be away so it’s just us. Send the pictures to Dottie. I’ll do my best to show all I get, but it’s best to share your own screen, then you can control. This could be a good opportunity to get up to speed with screen sharing too on Zoom!

This is something a few of us could do periodically and it would be a good, safe place for sharing of thoughts. I’m excited to try this! Hope to see you then!


Monday, April 12th (Easter Holiday delay), Zoom Meeting 7:00pm

Topic "Creative Lighting for Bird Photographers"

The presenter is a great young photographer Cameron Darnell from Hunts Photography in New England hunts photo and video

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.


Wednesday, April 21st, Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm

Photo Sharing. The topic is “Nature or Living Things”. Birds, Bugs, Bunnies, and maybe Flowers-they’re alive! Be creative! Landscapes from our Facebook share too.

Wednesday, May 5th, 7:00pm, Zoom Meeting

Topic: “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things”


Very special presenters and photographers Lisa and Tom Cuchera Photography 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.


Lisa and Tom's Bio:

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Master Craftsman (PPA), Master of Photography (M. Photog.) HonNEC, is very passionate about photography and she enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature but finds many subjects equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and UrbEx/HDR, she appreciates the world around her and embraces the challenge of interpreting what her eyes see and her heart feel via her photographs. Lisa says that photography allows her to pay attention to the details, to be mindful, to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty, details and nuances of everyday life. Lisa met her husband Tom thru photography, and they are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions, their work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions and their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a fictional paperback novel. Lisa has also had images accepted into the PPA (Professional Photographers Association) loan collection and has earned three Bronze image competition cases.

Tuesday, May 18th, 11:00am We have finally set the new date for our White Hill Mansion photo shoot which was postponed from last year. We have 13 people going to the photographic historic mansion in Fieldsboro, NJ. Lunch afterward for those who want at Mario and Franks, a block down the street.

Weds., MAY 26th, 7:00pm PCCM ZOOM MEETING Sharing pictures time.


Theme: "Historic Places and Rusty Things”

Wednesday, June 2nd, Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm

Topic: Creative Coastal Photography with Special Guest Speaker John Tunney


Working mostly with coastal subjects, John Tunney creates simple but compelling compositions that range from impressionistic land and seascapes to still lifes, abstracts and creative portraits of jellyfish and other sea life. He prints his own work using archival art papers and pigment inks, creating images that often have a look and feel similar to paintings and mono prints. The results have met with both popular and critical success.

A frequent exhibitor in art shows and festivals, John’s award-winning work has been featured in a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, and in many solo and group shows in galleries and other exhibition centers. His book, The Four Seasons of Cape Cod, was published in January 2016. His images have appeared in Fodor’s Florida, the Guardian newspaper, Cape Cod Life, Cape Cod magazine, the Cape Codder and in ads, brochures and websites.

As a photography educator, he’s created and taught programs for Cape Cod Art Center and other organizations. A former board member and past president of the Cape Cod Art Center, he helped found and lead its Photography Center of Cape Cod and the annual Click! Photography Conference.

Friday June 12th, 7:30pm and Saturday June 13th, time TBA, STAR TRAILS AND MILKY WAY SHOOT AND INTERACTIVE INSTRUCTION AND PHOTO PILLS PROCESSING ZOOM SESSION


WITH JENNIFER KHORDI FRIDAY JUNE 11TH AT EASTPOINT LIGHTHOUSE AND A ZOOM WORKSHOP SATURDAY JUNE 12TH WITH AN INTERACTIVE INSTRUCTION AND PHOTO PILLS PROCESSING SESSION LASTING 2 HOURS.


COST: $75 FOR THE SHOOT AND $50 FOR THE PHOTO PILLS POST PROCESSING SESSION (CLUB WILL KICK IN $15 PER PERSON FOR THAT SESSION SO THAT WILL BE $35)

MAXIMUM OF 12 PEOPLE. THOSE WHO DO BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WILL BE FIRST ON THE LIST.

WE WILL MEET IN THE PARKING LOT BETWEEN 7:30 AND 8:00 PM TO CATCH THE SUNSET THEN WAIT

UNTIL IT GETS DARK FOR THE REST.


JENNIFER KHORDI PLANS MEET UPS PRIMARILY AT NIGHT. SHE HAS BEEN RUNNING THEM IN SOUTH

JERSEY FOR A COUPLE YEARS AND HER EXPERTISE IS NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY. SHE IS DOING THIS

JUST FOR OUR CLUB. VERY EXCITING.


LET ME KNOW IF INTERESTED. EMAIL OR TEXT ME TO REGISTER.


Rain Dates for night shoot Sat June 12th and Sunday June 13th for Zoom session.

PHOTO OP!

Last Super Moon for 2021 is Thursday, June 24th. Called the Strawberry moon. Meet Up for PCCM at the Bunker at sunset for anyone who wants to capture this beautiful image. The moon will rise shortly after sunset and be large and golden, I see. We'll move to the lighthouse area a little later. That's a great shot as well.

Anyone who has not done this is in for a treat and will get lots of help from members if you need it. Bring bug spray for sure. If it is a clear night, this is really fun.

June 28th ZOOM at 7:00pm, Topic: "Celestrial Wonders". We'll share Moon shots, images anyone has from our Star Tracking event-and tell us about it, clouds, lightning, flying eagles, etc.

July 14th, 2021, 5:00pm at The Clubhouse!

Ruth Kulisek and Brigitte Sherman will share their knowledge about "Capturing lovely pictures of PEOPLE". We'll have beautiful models-young ones, a little older, and a little older, then maybe us, groups of us. We'll start at the clubhouse, then wander down to the beach for more. Rain or shine. Clubhouse if rain. This will be a really fun night.

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!

August 2nd,1:00pm, At the Clubhouse! Member Allison Kashon will share her expertise on TOPAZ, which she loves and uses to great effect.

Allison Kashon inspired us all. She offered to do small group classes or individual tutorials, so we'll see what develops. How creative is she. OMG! And let me know if interested. Thanks Allison!

August 18th at Sunset, Meet at 7:00pm On the Beach in Cape May Point. Use the beach entrance at the end of Harvard Ave next to the Sisters of St Joseph Retreat. There is a deck there which will give us a place to set up and keep our bags out of the sand. We’re working on a shoot with lights, light painting on the beach. We’ll see what our experimenting brings. It would be a fun night, colorful, challenging, and playful.

Monday, September 20th, rain date September 21st. We will meet at 7:30am, location tba


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.


Monday, October 4th, 6:00pm Dessert and Scavenger Hunt Show! We’ll plan to show them at the clubhouse at this meeting. I think I’ll get a big cake with a camera on it :-)


Here’s the list for the Scavenger Hunt. Have fun finding pictures of as many as you can!


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

Monday, November 1st, 1:00pm Visit to Jack Mazzeo’s Studio It will be a demonstration of lighting, what he typically uses and we’ll be involved. He has 2 large buildings we can “play around in” he said and we can either bring a couple models or volunteer ourselves. He must have lots of space and options. I’m real excited about it. We can bring refreshments and make it a fun afternoon.

Wednesday, November 17th, 9:00am Old Car Shoot. I made a date with Williams Truck and Auto Parts, Pittsgrove Township, it’s just outside of Vineland. From what Jim Brennan said, it’s much nicer and bigger than Flemings Junk Yard. The guy, Rich, is soooo nice. He said it’s a good time. No ticks and the leaves will be turning. Lots of chrome and rust :-) We’ll meet at and stay all day if we want. It will cost us each about $20.