Friday, September 29, 2017

2017-18 competition dates

Oct 23       Competition
Nov 27      Competition
Jan 29       Competition
Feb 26      Competition
March 26  Competition
April 23    Competition
May 28      Competition

NHCC - photo competition images due the Friday before the competition.

We have friendly photography competitions once a month (8 times a year, plus an "End of Year" competition). Reminder we are also starting our meetings at 7pm and you have to enter thru the main doors, not the doors near the CAC auditorium like we used to. 

Please refer to the NHCC handbook for questions, please download it and read it, it is your responsibility to know the rules. The New Haven Camera Club expects that its membership will adhere to the highest ethical standards when complying with its competition rules. It is especially important that all photographs entered into competitions be the exclusive work of the maker (except for commercially made prints or digital photographs scanned from a slide original allowed by the rules).

Highlights:

  • Mark a C next to any competiton image that you would like critiqued
  • All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer (Clipart, Textures, etc. are NOT permitted) (Except in the image artistry category where anything goes but the main image must have started with a photograph taken bby the photographer).
  • Images of a similar nature may not be submitted again once that image has won a ribbon.
  • The winning same image (or a very similar rendition taken at the same time) may not be submitted into a different competition or in a different season.
  • Please note that there are NO makeups
  • Please note that there no way to email images late if you have problems, so we urge you please do NOT to wait until the last minute to submit your photographs.
  • Setups (images where someone else set up the composition, or you "plug inot" lighting at a conference or workshop) are ONLY allowed in Class B

The NHCC has competitions in the following categories once a month (typically the 4th Monday of the month).

  • digital (open category) (2 entries per maker)
    • class A 
    • class B
  • digital (assigned subject) (1 entry per maker)
    • class A
    • class B
  • creative/image artistry (1 entry per maker)
    • class A
    • class B
  • Monochrome (1 entry per maker)
    • class A
    • class B
  • Image Critique (no scores, just feedback, especially useful for new members, or new techniques, open to ALL members) (1 entry per maker)
Upload your images to the monthly contest before the competition deadline (competitions are the fourth Monday, deadline is the Friday before the Monday) competition).
http://www.photocontestpro.com/Default.aspx

There is a one-time registration with the Photo Contest Pro system in order to be able to upload your images for competition.

For more information or questions contact Paul Peterson pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net

Instructions for uploading competition images

Please do not wait until late Friday night to discover that you need help.
For more information or questions contact Paul Peterson pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net (individual members should NOT contact Jack, the author of the software that club uses, Jack will be contacted by Lisa or Paul only).

Number of entries per contest:

OPEN SUBJECT Each member may enter a maximum of 2 photographs into the open electronic competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 16 open electronic entries.
FYI, there is no need (and even a slight disadvantage) to choosing an assigned subject image for the monthly OPEN category. OPEN means anything goes. 

ASSIGNED SUBJECT Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into the Assigned Subject category in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 assigned subject entries.
Please note that the electronic image assigned subject competition is in addition to the regular OPEN subject (anything goes) monthly competition.

MONOCHROME Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into image monochrome in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 image artistry entries

CREATIVE Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into image artistry competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 image artistry entries.

CRITIQUE Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into Image Critique in each of the 8 monthly contests, for a year's total of 8.

Cumulative Score is the sum total of all print or electronic photograph scores to date. At the end of the competition year the highest 6 - 12 scores of each maker (depending on the category) are summed to determine the cumulative score. Makers can compete in more than one category and can have cumulative scores in each category. These points will count toward an award for highest cumulative point total for the year presented at the Annual Dinner.

To be ranked in class B electronic open , the maker must have submitted at least 10 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have up to 6 zeros).

To be ranked in class A electronic open, the maker must have submitted a total of 12 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have up to 4 zeros).

To be ranked in image artistry, monochrome and/or Assigned Subject, the maker must have submitted a total of 6 photographs (8 contests times 1 photograph per contest, two zeros allowed).

NHCC HDR workshop oct 16th 7pm

NHCC HDR workshop Oct 16th 7pm with Lisa Cuchara

Come learn about HDR. High Dynamic Range. Capture and processing. Bring your laptop or just come and watch.

This workshops is free to current NHCC paid members.

You can sign up at a meeting, or by emailing Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com.

Monday October 30th Creative Editing Techniques with Betty Wiley

Monday October 30th Creative Editing Techniques with Betty Wiley
email Lisa @photographer67 [at] comcast.net for more info.

Hands-on -- bring your computer (or just come and watch)
Free for NHCC members

Take your image editing to the next level by going beyond the basics.  In this session, you learn various creative editing techniques. Betty Wiley will show you how to transform your images by demonstrating ways to create dramatic lighting, how to selectively add color, add a grunge look to photos, create an edgy HDR look, create black and white with selective color, use of split toning and more.

Replacing Skies the Easy Way in Photoshop
Betty will show you how to replace bland, boring, colorless skies without the need for time consuming or complicated selections in Photoshop.  The techniques that Betty will demonstrate in this session are relatively easy and fast and create a believable look.  This is a popular class that Betty has taught to many groups and organizations.

here are some before and after of what you will learn...










Bio: Betty Wiley is an award-winning free-lance photographer and instructor who resides on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she has lived in the northeast for over 35 years.  She leads photography workshops and teaches post-processing classes on the South Shore and Cape Cod.  Her classes and workshops have received many accolades from her students and she is well known for her skill in the darkroom.   Betty is also a frequent speaker to camera clubs and meet-up groups.  Her images frequently appear in a various publications including Cape Cod magazine, Chatham magazine and South Shore Living.   While she specializes in nature and landscape photography, she also operates a small portrait studio in her home.  For more of her work, please visit her website at www.bettywileyphotography.com.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Join NHCC at 7pm on October 9th, 2017 for "Creative Smart Phone Photography" by Melissa M. Fraser

Join NHCC at 7pm on October 9th, 2017 for "Creative Smart Phone Photography" by Melissa M. Fraser

The ever improving camera capabilities in today’s Smartphones coupled with the fact that we typically carry them with us at all times, lends them to be an amazing tool to capture your world in a new creative way.  While my large SLR is still my go to for photography, I travel for a living and often cannot haul all that equipment with me on my trips.  Thus, I have learned to love my iPhone and the fun that comes with it.  Using a combination of lenses and apps, I have discovered a new way to creatively capture my surroundings and a fun way to pass the time on long flights.  During this 1-hour program we will review some fun tools (lenses, tripods etc) that can enhance the use of your Smartphone and we will also explore some fun shooting and editing apps that will give your creative juices a boost and help you bring out your inner painter or abstract artist.  While I make use the iPhone technology, I will reference tools and apps for other Smartphones where applicable.  After our review of Smartphone apps and technology, I will plug in my phone and show you an app or two. 

Come join us for an exciting evening exploring the world of creative smart phone photography. 













Melissa's Bio
I started my adventures in photography on a family vacation in Bar Harbor, ME at the age of 11.  A walk through a local photography gallery inspired me to take the family camera to see if I could produce amazing images, like the ones displayed in the shop.  Upon developing the film, I was hooked and began to photograph everything at every opportunity I could.  My camera became a constant in my life.

My first big award came in high school when I won a gold key for “the old barn” and a gold key and blue ribbon for “postcard dreams” at the Boston Globe Art Show.  Since that time I have been awarded 5 ribbons at various state fairs, including a chairman's choice and honorable mention at the Mid-South fair in Memphis, TN.  My work was featured in three published commercially available books: Charleston; A photographic portrait; Savannah; A photographic portrait; and Massachusetts; a photographic portrait.  I have been featured in and on the cover of Cape Cod Guide Magazine.  While in graduate school, I was featured in four MUSC Humanitas a Juried art magazines. In recent years, I have been accepted into multiple juried art exhibitions displayed at the Cape Cod Art Association with one honorable mention.  Through the years, I have photographed multiple weddings, birthday parties and social events such as MUSC graduation, Cancer Survivor Day, and SC Aquarium events.

I love to find creative ways to look at subjects, perhaps in ways that others might pass by.  I enjoy photographing all types of subjects, particularly in an abstract way. Finding abstract images is also a way for me to express the abstract feelings from being an artist and scientist in trade.  As a scientist, we deal in fact and fact alone, there are not many creative outlets when writing or presenting scientific research.  But I am an artist at heart and have always enjoyed creative writing and using my imagination, something that doesn’t fit with my chosen profession.  Photography offers a great creative outlet, which is something missing from my day job.  Going out for an afternoon of shooting images is a great way to relive the stress of the week and finding a new way to look at the environment that surrounds me.

My recent work has included using both iPhone and creative in camera techniques.  I have started sharing my love of creative smartphone photography during programs at the NH Audubon Society and the Greater Lynn Photographic Association.

www.Melissamfraserphotography.com
Instagram: Frasermm42

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Join NHCC at 7pm on October 9th, 2017 for "Creative Smart Phone Photography" by Melissa M. Fraser

Join NHCC at 7pm on October 9th, 2017 for "Creative Smart Phone Photography" by Melissa M. Fraser

The ever improving camera capabilities in today’s Smartphones coupled with the fact that we typically carry them with us at all times, lends them to be an amazing tool to capture your world in a new creative way.  While my large SLR is still my go to for photography, I travel for a living and often cannot haul all that equipment with me on my trips.  Thus, I have learned to love my iPhone and the fun that comes with it.  Using a combination of lenses and apps, I have discovered a new way to creatively capture my surroundings and a fun way to pass the time on long flights.  During this 1-hour program we will review some fun tools (lenses, tripods etc) that can enhance the use of your Smartphone and we will also explore some fun shooting and editing apps that will give your creative juices a boost and help you bring out your inner painter or abstract artist.  While I make use the iPhone technology, I will reference tools and apps for other Smartphones where applicable.  After our review of Smartphone apps and technology, I will plug in my phone and show you an app or two. 

Come join us for an exciting evening exploring the world of creative smart phone photography. 













Melissa's Bio
I started my adventures in photography on a family vacation in Bar Harbor, ME at the age of 11.  A walk through a local photography gallery inspired me to take the family camera to see if I could produce amazing images, like the ones displayed in the shop.  Upon developing the film, I was hooked and began to photograph everything at every opportunity I could.  My camera became a constant in my life.

My first big award came in high school when I won a gold key for “the old barn” and a gold key and blue ribbon for “postcard dreams” at the Boston Globe Art Show.  Since that time I have been awarded 5 ribbons at various state fairs, including a chairman's choice and honorable mention at the Mid-South fair in Memphis, TN.  My work was featured in three published commercially available books: Charleston; A photographic portrait; Savannah; A photographic portrait; and Massachusetts; a photographic portrait.  I have been featured in and on the cover of Cape Cod Guide Magazine.  While in graduate school, I was featured in four MUSC Humanitas a Juried art magazines. In recent years, I have been accepted into multiple juried art exhibitions displayed at the Cape Cod Art Association with one honorable mention.  Through the years, I have photographed multiple weddings, birthday parties and social events such as MUSC graduation, Cancer Survivor Day, and SC Aquarium events.

I love to find creative ways to look at subjects, perhaps in ways that others might pass by.  I enjoy photographing all types of subjects, particularly in an abstract way. Finding abstract images is also a way for me to express the abstract feelings from being an artist and scientist in trade.  As a scientist, we deal in fact and fact alone, there are not many creative outlets when writing or presenting scientific research.  But I am an artist at heart and have always enjoyed creative writing and using my imagination, something that doesn’t fit with my chosen profession.  Photography offers a great creative outlet, which is something missing from my day job.  Going out for an afternoon of shooting images is a great way to relive the stress of the week and finding a new way to look at the environment that surrounds me.

My recent work has included using both iPhone and creative in camera techniques.  I have started sharing my love of creative smartphone photography during programs at the NH Audubon Society and the Greater Lynn Photographic Association.

www.Melissamfraserphotography.com
Instagram: Frasermm42

Sunday, September 10, 2017

NHCC Dues are due.

NHCC Dues are due. Please mail your dues for the 2017-18 season

You can either mail your check to Ann Yost (address on form) or bring your check to the first meeting on 9/11

APPLICATION FOR NHCC MEMBERSHIP. To join, please download our Membership Form and bring it with you to a meeting or mail it to the Membership Chair.  All members of the NHCC is also required to sign a Liability Waiver in order to participate in club activities, attend programs and workshops, etc...

You must be a paid member in order to compete, attend workshops and field trips. Most programs are open to the public. Your dues must be paid before the October competition in order to remain listed in the photo contest pro software to compete.

Send fill out and sign your application and and mail it and your check

New members (only first time members) ** New members, if you join after March 1st and your dues include the following year membership as well.

Click here for the NHCC MEMBERSHIP Application. 

For those not able to download a pdf the application is copied and pasted below...

New Haven Camera Club -- APPLICATION FOR NHCC MEMBERSHIP

You must be a resident of Connecticut (or student) in order to become a NEW member

Membership: Individual $25 ___ Family $40 ___ Student $10  ___ New __ Renewal __

Year 1st Joined ______

New Members: How did you find us?
Internet __ Word of mouth ___ Friend ___ Other ________________________________________

Name (s)__________________________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________________________

City __________________________ State _______________ ZIP ___________

Telephone (H) ________________ (C) ______________________ (W) __________________

E-mail address (es):_________________________________________________________________

E-mail address (es):_________________________________________________________________

I am a member of another Camera Club _______________________________________________

Note that for interclub competitions only one club may use a particular photographer's images. Please let us know if NHCC may __ may not __ use your images for interclub competitions. Please note that the NHCC may use your images on its Blog, website, for image critiques, etc.

Please read and sign below. I am applying for membership in the New Haven Camera Club (NHCC). I understand that participation in the NHCC club's activities is voluntary. I waive all liability against the NHCC, and its officers and members and I assume any risk associated with my membership and/or participation in any activities or field trips.

LIABILITY RELEASE: By attending a photography event, workshop, meeting, and/or outing ["Events"]  sponsored by and/or organized with or by New Haven Camera Club (NHCC), I acknowledge that it is not without risk. I agree that NHCC and its directors, officers, agents, or assigns will not be held liable for injury, illness, accident, medical emergency, death or other related problems arising from the Event. I also agree to hold NHCC and its officers, members, or assigns harmless in the event I suffer equipment theft, damage or loss; memory card theft, damage or loss; data loss; and/or the loss of any other personal property or physical injury while attending any Event. I agree that NHCC and its officers, members, or assigns are not liable for acts by humans or of God that may occur during any Event, including, but not limited to: severe weather, earthquakes, volcanic activity, war, terrorism, riot or other civil unrest.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK: As a participant in any Event, I acknowledge that I am expected to be in normal health and am willing to be responsible for my own actions. Although problems are extremely rare, photography events are not risk-free. I acknowledge that my participation in the events constitutes an awareness and acceptance of these risks. I assume complete and total responsibility for my own health, safety, and well-being while attending any NHCC event.

BINDING ARBITRATION: I agree that any dispute relating to this Release and Assumption of Risk shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration according to the then existing rules of the American Arbitration Association in the state of Connecticut in which the NHCC operates.

KNOWING AND VOLUNTARY EXECUTION: I have carefully read and fully understand the contents and legal ramifications of this Liability Release, Assumption of Risk and Arbitration Agreement. I understand that this is a legally binding and enforceable contract and I sign it of my own free will. I agree that if any portion of this agreement is found to be void or unenforceable, the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.

Signed ______________________________________________________ Date _____________

NHCC schedule 2017-18 Season

We invite you to attend our meetings
A camera club is where the learning of photography begins, continues, and never ends.
Being involved in a camera club is one sure way of improving, enjoying, and sharing your hobby.

We are affiliated with: Connecticut Association of Photographers (CAP), New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) and Photographic Society of America (PSA).

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays (Sept-May) at 7pm at the Whitney Center 200 Leeder Hill Dr. Hamden, CT. Come meet other people who share your hobby.  We offer:
o   Photographic programs
o   Programs are free and open to the public!
o   Hands on Workshops, Field Trips, etc.
o   Friendly image competitions
o   A spacious meeting room, free parking
o   Holiday Party and End of Year Banquet
o   Programs are free; Members can also participate in field trips, workshops and image competitions

NHCC schedule 2017-18 Season
Sept 11     Bill Barnett "India"
Sept 25     Competition
Oct 9         Melissa Fraser iphonography
Oct 23       Competition
Nov 13      Mike Goodman Adding Points to Your Competitive Advantage
Nov 27      Competition
Dec 11       Holiday Party, location TBD
Jan 15        Chris Nicholson “Photographing National Parks”
Jan 29       Competition
Feb 12       Rhonda Cullens "Photograph Birds!"
Feb 26      Competition
March 12 Jim Christensen “Compositing”
March 26  Competition
April 9       Paul Peterson “Europe”
April 23    Competition
May 14      Joe Lefevre "25 Field Tips to Improve Your Landscape and Nature Photographs"
May 28      Competition
June 11     End of Year competition and Party at Whitney Center



Saturday, September 9, 2017

India: A Different World by William B. Barnett

Join us at the New Haven Camera Club for our first program of the 2017-18 season. 7pm Sept 11th. Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. Guests are ALWAYS welcome!!

India: A Different World by William B. Barnett

India is a country with visual stimulation everywhere: women in their colorful saris; temples; festivals; performances; historical buildings; and so much more. The program will: visit cities large and small; study the religions of India’s people; look at ancient archeological sites; attend several fairs; and visit with the people. Bill selected about 300 images and video clips for this show. These were blended with live narration, music, and local sounds to bring a visit to this wonderful country to life.



When Bill was in India the phrase “It’s a different world.” kept rattling around in his head. Most of you are probably thinking “different” in a negative sense. There are negative aspects of India. But, when you look beyond the problems India is a wonderful country to visit, particularly for a photographer. There is visual stimulation everywhere: women in their colorful saris; temples; festivals; performances; historical buildings; and so much more. The program will: visit cities large and small; study the religions of India’s people; look at ancient archeological sites; attend several fairs; and visit with the people. Bill captured more than 10,000 photographs and video clips
during two trips to India and selected about 300 for the show. These were blended with live narration, music, and local sounds to bring a visit to this wonderful country to life.



The NHCC meets on the 2nd Mondays (typically programs) and 4th Mondays (typically competition), 7:00 pm (September thru May).

"Creative Smart Phone Photography" hands on workshop by Melissa M. Fraser

Please email me photographer67@comcast.net if you are interested in this hands-on workshop

"Creative Smart Phone Photography" hands on workshop by Melissa M. Fraser

Melissa will be holding an iphone hands-on workshop October 9 Melissa Fraser iphonography workshop [Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 2-5]. To register please give a check (for $40 made out to Melissa Fraser) to me or Colleen at one of the September meetings (or send her $40 via the people-to-people mobile banking or $40 via paypal (frasermm42@verizon.net))

The ever improving camera capabilities in today’s Smartphones coupled with the fact that we typically carry them with us at all times, lends them to be an amazing tool to capture your world in a new creative way.  While my large SLR is still my go to for photography, I travel for a living and often cannot haul all that equipment with me on my trips.  Thus, I have learned to love my iPhone and the fun that comes with it.  Using a combination of lenses and apps, I have discovered a new way to creatively capture my surroundings and a fun way to pass the time on long flights.  During this 1-hour program we will review some fun tools (lenses, tripods etc) that can enhance the use of your Smartphone and we will also explore some fun shooting and editing apps that will give your creative juices a boost and help you bring out your inner painter or abstract artist.  While I make use the iPhone technology, I will reference tools and apps for other Smartphones where applicable.  After our review of Smartphone apps and technology, I will plug in my phone and show you an app or two. 

Come join us for an exciting evening exploring the world of creative smart phone photography. 













Melissa's Bio
I started my adventures in photography on a family vacation in Bar Harbor, ME at the age of 11.  A walk through a local photography gallery inspired me to take the family camera to see if I could produce amazing images, like the ones displayed in the shop.  Upon developing the film, I was hooked and began to photograph everything at every opportunity I could.  My camera became a constant in my life.

My first big award came in high school when I won a gold key for “the old barn” and a gold key and blue ribbon for “postcard dreams” at the Boston Globe Art Show.  Since that time I have been awarded 5 ribbons at various state fairs, including a chairman's choice and honorable mention at the Mid-South fair in Memphis, TN.  My work was featured in three published commercially available books: Charleston; A photographic portrait; Savannah; A photographic portrait; and Massachusetts; a photographic portrait.  I have been featured in and on the cover of Cape Cod Guide Magazine.  While in graduate school, I was featured in four MUSC Humanitas a Juried art magazines. In recent years, I have been accepted into multiple juried art exhibitions displayed at the Cape Cod Art Association with one honorable mention.  Through the years, I have photographed multiple weddings, birthday parties and social events such as MUSC graduation, Cancer Survivor Day, and SC Aquarium events.

I love to find creative ways to look at subjects, perhaps in ways that others might pass by.  I enjoy photographing all types of subjects, particularly in an abstract way. Finding abstract images is also a way for me to express the abstract feelings from being an artist and scientist in trade.  As a scientist, we deal in fact and fact alone, there are not many creative outlets when writing or presenting scientific research.  But I am an artist at heart and have always enjoyed creative writing and using my imagination, something that doesn’t fit with my chosen profession.  Photography offers a great creative outlet, which is something missing from my day job.  Going out for an afternoon of shooting images is a great way to relive the stress of the week and finding a new way to look at the environment that surrounds me.

My recent work has included using both iPhone and creative in camera techniques.  I have started sharing my love of creative smartphone photography during programs at the NH Audubon Society and the Greater Lynn Photographic Association.

www.Melissamfraserphotography.com
Instagram: Frasermm42

Friday, September 8, 2017

Join NHCC at 7pm on October 9th, 2017 for "Creative Smart Phone Photography" by Melissa M. Fraser

Join NHCC at 7pm on October 9th, 2017 for "Creative Smart Phone Photography" by Melissa M. Fraser

The ever improving camera capabilities in today’s Smartphones coupled with the fact that we typically carry them with us at all times, lends them to be an amazing tool to capture your world in a new creative way.  While my large SLR is still my go to for photography, I travel for a living and often cannot haul all that equipment with me on my trips.  Thus, I have learned to love my iPhone and the fun that comes with it.  Using a combination of lenses and apps, I have discovered a new way to creatively capture my surroundings and a fun way to pass the time on long flights.  During this 1-hour program we will review some fun tools (lenses, tripods etc) that can enhance the use of your Smartphone and we will also explore some fun shooting and editing apps that will give your creative juices a boost and help you bring out your inner painter or abstract artist.  While I make use the iPhone technology, I will reference tools and apps for other Smartphones where applicable.  After our review of Smartphone apps and technology, I will plug in my phone and show you an app or two. 

Come join us for an exciting evening exploring the world of creative smart phone photography. 











Melissa's Bio
I started my adventures in photography on a family vacation in Bar Harbor, ME at the age of 11.  A walk through a local photography gallery inspired me to take the family camera to see if I could produce amazing images, like the ones displayed in the shop.  Upon developing the film, I was hooked and began to photograph everything at every opportunity I could.  My camera became a constant in my life.

My first big award came in high school when I won a gold key for “the old barn” and a gold key and blue ribbon for “postcard dreams” at the Boston Globe Art Show.  Since that time I have been awarded 5 ribbons at various state fairs, including a chairman's choice and honorable mention at the Mid-South fair in Memphis, TN.  My work was featured in three published commercially available books: Charleston; A photographic portrait; Savannah; A photographic portrait; and Massachusetts; a photographic portrait.  I have been featured in and on the cover of Cape Cod Guide Magazine.  While in graduate school, I was featured in four MUSC Humanitas a Juried art magazines. In recent years, I have been accepted into multiple juried art exhibitions displayed at the Cape Cod Art Association with one honorable mention.  Through the years, I have photographed multiple weddings, birthday parties and social events such as MUSC graduation, Cancer Survivor Day, and SC Aquarium events.

I love to find creative ways to look at subjects, perhaps in ways that others might pass by.  I enjoy photographing all types of subjects, particularly in an abstract way. Finding abstract images is also a way for me to express the abstract feelings from being an artist and scientist in trade.  As a scientist, we deal in fact and fact alone, there are not many creative outlets when writing or presenting scientific research.  But I am an artist at heart and have always enjoyed creative writing and using my imagination, something that doesn’t fit with my chosen profession.  Photography offers a great creative outlet, which is something missing from my day job.  Going out for an afternoon of shooting images is a great way to relive the stress of the week and finding a new way to look at the environment that surrounds me.

My recent work has included using both iPhone and creative in camera techniques.  I have started sharing my love of creative smartphone photography during programs at the NH Audubon Society and the Greater Lynn Photographic Association.

www.Melissamfraserphotography.com
Instagram: Frasermm42