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January Forum *Cancelled* (7:30 PM EST)
The January Forum has been Cancelled and Critique Editing is scheduled for May 30, 2018 delete
February Hands-On Studio Field Trip (12:00 PM EST)
Macro/Abstract hands-on field trip at member John Naman's studio; see email announcement for full information.  Must be active member to attend. delete
Arthur Ransome DISCOVER YOURSELF THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY (7:30 PM EST)
VIENNA PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY PRESENTS Arthur Ransom Discover Yourself Through Photography program February 7, 2017 7:30 p.m. Thoreau middle school Some notes on his presentation Photography has the capacity to convey both subject and emotion. Whether we are photographing a friend or stranger, our pets, our backyard or a grand vista at a national park, we want our photographs to capture not only what we saw but what we felt. These feelings are personal—we are all individuals with our own thoughts, experiences and imagination—so each of us has different emotional responses to the subjects in front of our lenses. Expressing these inner feelings through photography can be a profoundly satisfying activity, one that adds depth and meaning to our lives. If our images stimulate feelings in others, our efforts even more satisfying. We want viewers (and ourselves too) to feel an emotional relationship to the characters, places and events we photograph, and to hear the wind rustling through the leaves of the trees and feel the cold of a winter’s day. How can we get in touch with our own emotions and infuse our images with those emotions? Departing from the colorful world we live in, Arthur takes you into his black and white world to show you how he expresses his emotions photographically. And he discusses how photographic style evolves as you cultivate and grow your emotional intelligence…and “discover yourself “. A relative latecomer to fine art photography, Arthur began his photographic life when scuba diving in Puerto Rico during the six years that he lived there. Scuba diving introduced Arthur to sights that he could only describe through the photographs that he made. Although moving to the Washington DC / Baltimore area in 2005 stopped the scuba diving, but continued to seek imagery above sea level. Working mainly with 35mm format cameras and sometimes large format, 4×5 view cameras (slowly using up his stock of very out of date Polaroid P delete
February Hands-on Studio Field Trip (12:00 PM EST)
Macro/Abstract hands-on field trip at member John Naman's studio; see email announcement for full information.  Must be active member to attend. delete
Club Comp. Themes: Black & White; Winter Digital Art 7:30 pm
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Monthly Theme - Black and White (7:30 PM EST)
Monthly Theme 2016 delete
Monthly Theme - Winter (Digital Art) (7:30 PM EST)
Monthly Theme 2016 delete
Open Digital (7:30 PM EST)
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Competition Judge Jim Steele (7:30 PM EST)
February Judge -  Jim Steele Jim Steele is a photographer who works primarily in the tradition of B/W masters Ansel Adams and Edward Weston using medium and large format film photography but has recently included digital as it is now the standard imaging process.   Growing up in a small town in Missouri his interest in photography started very early... around the age of 12  - which required actually using his mother's baking dishes for processing his film! Today,  Jim's photos of Land, Sea, and Body represent the finest of both traditional and digital photography.  Mr. Steele has studied with distinguished mentors such as Cole Weston,  George Tice , Joyce Tennyson,  Christopher James as well as others.  In addition to film, his digital equipment includes both Nikon and Canon as well as digital printers from HP and Canon.  His ongoing interest in photography has led him to teach both classes and workshops around the area including classes on digital printing.  He has taught at The Art League School in Alexandria,  The Smithsonian VIS-ARTS  in Washington DC, and Photoworks in Glen Echo Md.  He has also guest-lectured at Georgetown University.  Jim's work can be seen on display in Studio 343 at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va.  and also his on his website:  Photographybysteele.com. delete
Newsletter Deadline (but earlier submissions preferred)
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February Forum Revised! (7:30 PM EST)
Flash AND Macro -- The MARCH 28th Forum has to be cancelled because Thoreau is on Spring Break and we don't have another location. So the FEB 28th Forum is going to be an action-packed doubling up! This is a HANDS-ON forum, so bring camera(s) and tripod (or not). We'll start with smartphones and then deal with all other cameras. There will be "stations" = setups for Flash and Macro. Flash topics include: on-camera Flash and off-camera Flash & "Slaves". Two or three stations, ready to shoot! I'm bringing Nikon and "slave" flashes to try out. Fell free to bring your own. Depending on weather: Night photography (theme) and Paint w/ light (flashlights). Our models include two plastic heads to learn and practice head shots. Feel free to bring your own models or objects. Topics also include Macro/close up & Soil Life; Focus, Depth-of-field, and Lightbox photography -- field tested in the Feb 10th Macro field trip. Two or three setups, ready to shoot! delete
Open Prints - February (7:30 PM EST)
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