Photography Club of Cape May Events for 2019-2020

Updated 11/19/19

Scroll to the bottom for the most current events and the Preliminary 2020 Program Calendar!

Here's the scheduled meeting and event dates for 2019-20. Small group meetings and shoots will be added as they evolve.

Check back often for changes and additions. The calendar is updated frequently!


Check the Blog Page 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 2020, get them to Dottie.


January 7th, 1:00-3:00 Our speaker is long time friend to the club 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 tapas 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.!

Thanks to Eric and Karen for another wonderful presentation. Thanks to willow Creek Winery for hosting and being so photographic!


January 20th-21st, late-night, There is a full "supermoon" on this night accompanied by an eclipse! Sound like a great photo-op weather permitting. Keep an eye on your email and Facebook for possible meetups.

It was cloudy and very cold but a few brave souls did get an image or two. Kudos to those who did.


February 4th, 6:00pm, Clubhouse

Scott Wheaton workshop
Table top/ Still Life Light Painting

Scott Wheaton wowed us again with his camera skills, PhotoShop wizardry and patient post processing. Then some of us tried our hand at light painting objects or still life's we put together and I must say, it was fun and very different illuminating things in the dark. Even without the post processing we’ll try later, they were beautiful. Thank you, Scott. You enlightened us (oh the pun!) and it was a challenge!


February 20th, 1:00pm, 201 South Broadway, CM

We will have a workshop and play with bottles. I’ll have 6-8 stations set up and 3 to 7 bottles at each place. We’ll try our hand at photograrphing glass. It’s a challenge because of the reflections and streaks of light you capture. You know I have oodles of bottles, lots of different colors, shapes, old, newer, tall, small, plain, some with markings. We’ll start with the bottles I put at each station for an hour. I hope we have a sunny day because I get lots of natural light in my house. But bring your flash or flashlights with you as well and tripods of course.

This was great fun. Dottie has such a great collection of glass and her beautiful home makes a great setting for it all. Thanks Dot!


March 4th, 1:00pm, Clubhouse

Our theme is TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY. Having been to China where I was 1 of 2 who used a camera, everyone else used their phone, I thought it would be interesting to hear your thoughts and ideas on what you travel with. Many of us have traveled the last several years and we’ll have fun exploring new trends. To start things off, I asked my brother, Lew Gayner, from Centreville, MD., to talk to us about his latest trip and show us the camera he is using and swears by for travel now. He has been in photography forever and has traveled everywhere you can imagine. His talk is called: “Around the World in 65 Days” and it is a marathon zoom from New Zealand to Australia, to Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Dubai, etc. 17 flights to make, then find special places they wanted to see on their own. And he’ll talk about the camera he loves for travel. I’d like people who travel to tell us your feelings about carrying our big guns on trips. And I’d love you to meet my brother.

Lew is a delightful guide and a terrific photographer. What an amazing adventure he shared with the club. Thanks so much Lew for spending the afternoon with us!


March 14th, 6:00pm, Dottie’s House, 201 South Broadway, Cape May

Let's Get Started With Lightroom. Bob Finlay will go over some Adobe Lightroom organizing fundamentals and do some basic photo edits. Bring your computer or a few photos on a thumb drive or SD memory card. We'll talk about how to get Lightroom if you don't have it and point you to some references you can explore later. We're keeping the group small to be able to (try to) answer questions and give some hands-on help. So contact Dottie Rogers or Bob if you would like to attend.


April 8th, 6:00pm, Lutheran Church of Cape May, 509 Pittsburg Ave, Cape May, Public invited

Tony Sweet will be with us again. His topic is “Creative Techniques: Thinking outside the Box,” based on his ebook of the same name. Tony is an amazing photographer, teacher and workshop leader. His presentations are always great fun and very motivating. Check out Tony here.

We’re so happy and proud Tony Sweet supports our club and visits. PLAN NOW to come! Put it on your Calendar!


Another wonderful, informative evening with Tony Sweet. I personally thought it was his best ever. So many things we can try and remember we can ask him questions via email. I heard a lot of "He inspired me" and "I'm gonna try that" from members and friends. Thank you Tony! Frank Nave and others sent these pictures to me to be posted. Thank you Frank, and Welcome to the club! By the way, Tony drove over from Maryland for our meeting in the afternoon and left our meeting and drove back home. He fit us in his busy schedule so we are doubly thankful! Imagine he would do that.


May 6th, 9:00am Meet at the Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard Street Dues Paying Members Only (We need to keep a manageable group)
Frank will wander through the historic district of Cape May with us all morning. I’m going to make a reservation for lunch at the Mad Batter (inside) or Ugly Mug (outside) according to the weather.

(If you can’t make it right then, we’ll be in that area all morning, maybe the Lighthouse in the afternoon. Call Dottie to find out where we are, but I’ll bet it will be obvious. I’ll keep my cell phone handy 609-408-8812


Frank T Smith will lead us on a Photo Walk through Cape May! Frank calls this "Architecture and Abstract.".

Frank is an Olympus Visionary. He is best know for his travel, landscape, architecture and philanthropic work, and is a world class photojournalist. Those of us who heard Frank’s engaging talk last June were most impressed with his artistry and presentation. He is an experienced photowalk and workshop leader and is excited to visit us again, this time with a more hands-on approach. He will most certainly give us a unique perspective on our home town of Cape May. If you missed Frank’s visit with us last June, I just came upon this recent interview he gave at Adorama Photo in NYC. In it Frank covers some of the information he shared in his Photography Club of Cape May appearance. Frank T Smith Photographer - Inside The Photographers Mind You can also check Frank’s website for more information about his work here: Frank Smith Photography You should plan early to try to make this date! It should be a real treat!


A perfect morning for a photowalk in Cape May! Beautiful weather with a few puffy white clouds and just enough puddles to make some interesting reflection photos. We had a nice turnout and made lots of great images of the architecture of our city under the guidance of Frank Smith. Frank is a wonderfully creative and patient teacher and fun to shoot with. He and his wife Karen joined us for lunch at the Mad Batter. I think we've got them hooked on returning to Cape May ;-)


May 15th, 10am-12pm, Philadelphia

Private Walking Tour of Philadelphia Mural Art. We will start at the headquarters, at 128 North Broad Street and park there. It is an easy 2 mile walk and we’ll learn from our guide about the neighborhoods, the history, and the artist(s), and stop at ones we can photograph. We’ll end up for lunch probably at Reading Terminal. Some of us may stay a few hours in the afternoon and explore a bit more. There are 20 spots, the cost is $18 per person. Dues paying members have first choice, then spouses, then we’ll open it up to others if need be. We’ll car pool. This is a go if sunny or even cloudy, but if it rains we’ll postpone. Please email Dottie if you are interested. 9 people signed up at the Feb 4th meeting. Check here for more info about the tour and the murals.

We had a great day learning about and grabbing pictures of the Murals of Philly. A big Thanks to our very knowledgeable and fun guide Mike and the Mural Arts folks! I had no idea there were so many murals, that they try to add 50 each year, that the whole program started as a solution to Graffiti, that artists are famous and obscure, that they are individually and group painted, historic and very modern. Super clear atmosphere and sky made the colors stupendous. I really loved the combination of the image and architecture all around. The lines and materials and structures surrounding were so much fun to incorporate into the photograph. One we saw, a circle of life kind of, continued inside the building and I got the stairway inside from across the street and through a window. I was so happy with that. And look at the crazy parking garage! Challenging day and great fun. Thanks to all who made the journey. I may take another trip to see more......


June 3rd, 1:00pm at the Clubhouse


Mary Stewart, who is in charge of the Lighthouse Exhibit at the Carriage House will do a workshop on framing photos so they are exhibit ready. She’s going to bring the materials needed and demonstrate how she does it. Anybody who wants to can bring a picture in a frame and we’ll finish it ready to hang. We’ll talk about getting your photograph ready for framing, and Dennis Abriola will show us how to get a photo ready for contests in the area, ready to be judged.


A big thank you to Mary Stewart and Dennis Abriola for sharing their expertise on getting our prints ready for display and competition.


June 12th, 8:30am at the Cape May Lighthouse

This one came up quickly so I hope you got wind of it on Facebook, WhatsApp or your email. We had a unique opportunity to shoot the interior and exterior of the CM Lighthouse for one hour before it was opened to regular tours. We got to use our tripods, which are normally forbidden, as well as shoot from all sorts of unique angles. The docents were marvelous and the weather nearly perfect. Thanks to Mary and Dottie for making it happen!


July 6th on Clubhouse Drive, all day

Whale of a Day Street Fair is this weekend on Saturday all day. It's the biggest money making event of the CMBPOA Club's year. They'd love us to take pictures to put on their website.

Hope you got out to Whale of a Day. They said they had a great turnout. If you have photos, email Dottie with a link to them or bring them along to the next meeting on a thumb drive. The CMBPOA will be very appreciative.


July 15th 1:00pm, Clubhouse

Board Meeting at the Clubhouse. Anyone who wants to share ideas or make suggestions is welcome to come and add to the agenda. We always need ideas for activities and speakers.


July 18th, 5:00am Donuts après Docks!

Early Morning Shoot at the Lobster House Docks. Dawn is about 5:15 so anytime that hour. We'll catch the fleet with magic hour light. Several spots are great with different views. We can find ropes, close up chipping paint on the ships, the boat houses from the dock, the fronts of the restaurants on the Lobster House deck or the sunrise over the harbor and Coast Guard Base. Coffee and Donuts at Dottie's afterward where we'll relax and share images.

A very nice morning on the docks with a fun, casual get together after!


August 5th, 1:00pm, Clubhouse

Speaker: Frank Nave

Topic: “Digital Watercolor Painting”

PCCM Member Frank Nave showed us in detail his “Digital Watercolor Painting” technique. He showed Before and After images which caused an intake of breath-gasp, they were dramatically different. We watched as he used Photoshop brushes to create soft and airy images. The finished products do absolutely look like watercolor paintings. Thank you, Frank, for sharing your expertise with us


August 28th 5:00pm, Wednesday,

Willow Creek Winery Shoot and Social


The Grapes will be lovely so we’ll shoot in the vineyards and catch the sunset, then have food and a glass or two of wine or iced tea. Inside or out it’s a very pleasant setting. They have several colors/types of grapes. All different shapes and sizes. Lots of fun. Willow Creek Winery is located at 168 Stevens Road, West Cape May.


About 20 of us gathered last night at Willow Creek Winery to capture the harvest of grapes. Lovely night for photos. The sunflowers were tall and bright as well. 15 or so stayed for food and drink. Fun evening. Thanks everyone who came!


September 9th, 6:00pm at the Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May, Scavenger Hunt Show

Scavenger Hunt Showtime! I have 3 so far, hoping for lots more. Drop them off on a Thumb Drive (I'll have a bowl on my glassed in side porch for them- it's always open) or bring them to the meeting and we'll pop them up! This will be a fun time in a very nice venue.

We saw about seven Great Scavenger Hunt Entries and they were entertaining and funny. It took a lot of time to gather the pictures asked for and I know when I sent out the list in May it seemed way too early to think about, but most of us were playing catch up the last week, trying to find an insect that flies flying or cop in uniform to hug or flip flops in the sand. 3 people found every single item and were rewarded for their effort with a small prize. All who entered got a Hershey’s candy bar at least. We decided we need some practice to do a Tony Sweet Swipe. We’ll work on that.


September 22nd, 4:00pm, Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal Dock

Meerwald Sailing

We will gather at the Ferry near the ship at 4:00-4:15pm setting sail at 5:00pm. I’ll be there waving us on!! They insist we take a last turn in the potty, then the Captain will “check us on board”.

We can bring food and drinks. Wine or beer is fine. No hard liquor. We have a full ship. I have started a waiting list. Most people have already paid for their tickets. Thank you Very Much- for paying so quickly and for the enthusiastic, quick response to the Sail. Just a note. There is no refund available. The Meerwald sails if at all possible. But I can/will call 24 hours before sail time if the weather is a problem. They know we cannot sail when sprinkling

because of our cameras and if we cannot sail, we will get printed tickets we can use any time. We’ll try the following week. We’ll reschedule.


Check the website here:

This was an exciting trip! We got the full treatment from raising the sail to taking the wheel and learning all about the boat's history and the oystering in Delaware Bay. Saw some nice photos on Facebook too. If you share a couple of your better ones with the Bayshore Center, they would be most appreciative.


October 7th, 1:00pm, Clubhouse

Michael Ver Sprill, aka Milky Way Mike, will give a presentation on “Mastering the Lights of Night Sky." Check out Mike and his work here.

Mike's work has been shown in a National Geographic artlcle, Weather and Stargazer Magazine, NJ Travel Magazine Cover in 2014 and 2016, etc. Google him to see his fine art photos as well as lovely and exciting images of the night sky.


"MilkyWay Mike" Blew us away Monday. His images were wonderful! He showed us his nightcape pictures from many well known dark spots all over the US where he could get amazing landscape, sky and surroundings. He detailed how he manages to capture the stars and milky way, and talked about stacking and blending his images, post processing as well. He shared his equipment and techniques. And stressed going out in the daylight to plan great shots and find foreground details that make his images spectacular. Excellent presentation! Thank you Michael Ver Sprill for your sharing your expertise with us.


November 4th, 1:00pm, Clubhouse

Photo Production-Printing and Paper


By request I found a couple people who will talk to us about various papers to use when, why, where to find, etc. Member Ed Russell, who has been printing pictures for years and did a program for us a while ago, will share what he knows and has experience with. Dennis Abriola, who prints his own pictures as well, will share some tips he has learned over the years, and John Kapusnick will as well. I’m also asking a few members who for our exhibits this year printed their images on different things, like metal, to show us how that worked out. We’ll have lots to see and compare, and share. Bring your questions!! And bring any pictures you have done on anything unusual that you liked or did not end up liking-tell us why…


A great demonstration on printing with many beautiful samples by Ed and Cindy Russell.


November 22nd & 23rd The "Old Fashioned Christmas" Exhibit will be open this Friday at the Physic Estate with our miniatures. That’s November 22nd.

Their Tree Lighting Ceremony and party like atmosphere is November 23rd, Saturday night 6-8pm.



December 4th Wednesday, 5:00-8:00pm at the Clubhouse, our Annual Pot Luck Dinner and Member Showcase.


Heads Up! The December meeting of the Photography Club is changed to Wednesday Evening December 4th. We meet at 5:00pm for a Pot Luck Dinner then run our Members' Showcase.


This is our Chrismas/End of Year Celebration with 5-8 minute “Shows” members create, we show with music and fanfare!! Member Bill Riches will help you with the music or details if you need help. We usually get 12 to 15 “Shows". Any topic this year, just something you enjoy, or something you did that was fun, or something beautiful you create(d). Get your finished slideshows to Dottie or Bill before the last minute.

No prizes except the cheers and good wishes you will get for the new year!


December 8th, 5:00pm, Photo Shoot Christmas Lights, Cape May,

Heads Up! Photo Shoot! We'll gather at Congress Hall, spread out and find Lights, Decorations, Christmas Trees, etc. I'll try to have a simple map of the best streets. At 6:30 we are invited to warm up with hot mulled cider and cookies at (Members) Eloise Boccella and Jimm Ross's brand new store called Trouver d'Art, 660 Washington Street. About a block from the Mall. Hoping to catch small pictures we can use for the miniatures……Bring your spouse!



PCCM Tentative Program for 2020


January 6th 1:00pm Clubhouse

T&F Camera Shop

Topic: Lenses and Latest Trends in Equipment


January 15th 6:00pm 201 South Broadway

Small Group: Photo Stacking for Landscapes


February 3rd 1:00pm Clubhouse

Just Dew It! Fun Macro Dewdrop Photography


February 19th 6:00pm

Flower Shop Evening Photoshoot at Cape Winds Florist in West Cape May


March 2nd 1:00pm to 5:00pm Clubhouse

Kevin T. Karlson

Topic: Digital Nature/Wildlife Photography Workshop ($20-club gets half)


April 6th 1:00pm Clubhouse

Kenneth Holding, Stockton College

Topic: Street Photography in Camden


April 8th Super Moon Shoot possibly


April (Mid Month)

Field Trip to the Holland Ridge Farm Tulip Festival, Cream Ridge, NJ

($7 admission per person)


May 4th 1:00pm

Talk: E. David Luria from Washington Photo Safari


May 5th (Time TBA)

Cape May Photo Safari with E. David Luria ($70 limit 12)


June 1st All Day plus Lunch

Street Photography Photo Shoot/Field trip (by request)

Possible locations: Cape May Mall, Atlantic City, Philadelphia South Street or Penns Landing


Mid June- Date TBA

Photo Shoot Ocean City Rookery 6:30am


July 15th TBD


August 3rd TBD


September 14th (Time TBA)

Bill Bader, Local Nature Photographer

October 5th 1:00pm Clubhouse

Speaker: Jack Mazzeo

Topic: Lighting Demonstration (his specialty)


October Follow up trip/photoshoot in Pine Barrens. (October may be better/leaves changing.)


November 2nd (Time TBA)

Jamie Konarski Davidson


December 7th 5:00pm Clubhouse

Pot Luck Dinner and Members Showcase