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Submission of digital images for VPS Club competition begins 10PM
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Macrophotography in the Field by fred siskind (7:30 PM EDT)
Vienna Photographic Society presents Macrophotography in the Field. By fred siskind Fred Siskind is a nature photographer specializing in wildlife.  In addition to regularly photographing in Washington area parks, he has traveled to many U.S. national parks as well as game parks in Kenya.  He is a longtime member and former President of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society, and a member of the North American Nature Photography Association. He recently completed the Fairfax Master Naturalist Program. Fred will discuss macro photography in the field with an emphasis on photographing insects - dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, caterpillars. He will describe equipment he uses and cover the essential requirements for producing a good photograph - composition, background and foreground control, depth of field, gardening, and lighting. In addition, he will provide some hints on how to find dew-covered insects and present Dew Trek, a short slide show set to music. His photos have been published in many magazines (Audubon, Birder’s World, Bird Watcher’s Digest, National Geographic Kids, Natural History, Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer, Smokies Life), books (American Birding Association, Capstone, Kidsbooks, National Geographic, Western National Parks Association), calendars (Audubon, Shearson, Tildon), and used in exhibits (Huntley Meadows Park, National Park Service, National Arboretum) and brochures and posters (Huntley Meadows Park, Time-Life Books, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).  He collaborated with former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis on a poetry/photography book for children titled Face Bug, which can be ordered on Amazon.  His photos can be seen at    www.agpix.com/siskind delete
October Field Trip to Colvin Run Mill (12:00 PM EDT)
Colvin Run Mill is located in close by Great Falls Virginia on 10017 Colvin Run Road.  It is a restored mill originally built around 1811.  The miller grinds grain on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month between Noon and 3pm, conditions permitting, so hopefully we will be able to see/photograph this while we are there.  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/colvinrunmill/ Admission to the park is free; however, tours are offered on the hour (last tour at 3pm) which are $7 adult and $5 children/seniors.  We can plan to meet around noon in the parking area, but just let me know if you plan on arriving earlier or later.  There is also a nearby nature trail. delete
Monthly Theme - Birds (7:30 AM EDT)
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Competition Judge Jean Pierre Ple' (7:30 PM EDT)
October’s Judge:  Jean Pierre Ple’ Jean-Pierre Plé’s interest in photography goes back to the 1970s in conjunction with his desire to record a solo crossing of the United States by bicycle.  Influenced by Galen Rowell, his camera has since been an essential part of his gear whether sea kayaking in Alaska, trekking in Patagonia, or backpacking in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest.  His subjects have expanded from an original focus on nature and landscapes, to now also include abstracts, architecture, macro, contemplative, and street photography, almost anything where a strong visual and emotional message is formed by shapes, lines, or contrast in color or tones.  After growing up in Queen, NY, Jean-Pierre received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, and went to earn a master’s degrees from Duke University and a doctorate from the University of Delaware, in fields disciplines related to international affairs, natural resource economics, and marine policy.  This academic training prepared him for a career in international ocean affairs and employment with the Department of State and currently with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  He also served 30 years in the Navy and retired at the rank of Captain.   Jean-Pierre switched from film to digital about 4 years ago, and his last film experience was with a large format (4x5) camera.  He enjoyed large format because it forced him to slow down, to concentrate, and really think what he was trying to create (all the while looking at an image on the ground glass that was up-side down and reversed).  His most recent work is greatly influenced from working with Freeman Patterson, Joseph Miller, Denise Ippolito, Joe Cameron, and Sam Abell, all of whom have helped him to improve his ability to “see” and to better incorporate principles visual design in his images.   He is a member of the North Bethesda Camera Club and Northern Virginia Photographic Society.  His work has b delete
VPS Club Competition 7:30 PM (7:30 PM EDT)
You must be a VPS member to participate in this competition.  The competition categories are: Theme :  Ducks/Birds Theme:  Famous places/Buildings/Memorials Open Digital Open Prints delete
Monthly Theme - Famous Places/Buildings/Memorials (7:30 PM EDT)
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Open Digital (7:30 PM EDT)
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Newsletter Deadline 9 pm
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Open Prints - October (12:00 AM EDT)
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Speaker-Steve Rosenbach Speaking on photographing New York City See vpsva.org for latest meeting info and location. (7:30 PM EDT)
Steve became a photographer just days after graduating from high school at the start of the Summer of Love, 1967. The Love part passed him by that summer, but he was hooked for life on his love of photography a few weeks later when he first saw one of his images slowly appear under the safelight of his friend's darkroom. After many years of photographing with black & white and slide film, he crossed over to the Dark Side in 2002, and has been shooting digital ever since Since 2009, he has been designing and conducting photo safaris and workshops in Annapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and his favorite city, New York. Steve has taught photography at Anne Arundel Community College and now teaches individuals and small groups privatelY. He is the organizer for three photo Meetup.com groups -  in Baltimore, Philly, and New York City - and manages to have at least one free meetup event for each group each month. steverosenbach@gmail.com  http://cityscape-photo.com delete
2017 Nature Visions Photo Expo
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