Wednesday, June 27, 2012

2011-2012 season End of the Year Images

Here are the End of the Year Images from the 2011-2012 season:

Electronic Image of the Year 
-- Fred Rosenthal -- Ephrusi Villa

Print of the Year
Lisa Cuchara -- Tulip  (Print of the Year)

Image Artistry – Image of the Year
-- Susan Naumann -- New Friends At The Museum

Jane Sibley Award – Best Nature Image
-- Gary Prestash -- Prothonotary Warbler and Blossoms

Joseph DiChello, Jr. Memorial Award – Best Landscape or Seascape
-- Hazel Meredith -- Spring Stream

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Weekend Nature Photography Seminar ~ December 8-9, 2012

Weekend Nature Photography Seminar ~ December 8-9, 2012

Birds and the B's

Weekend Nature Photography Seminar ~ December 8-9, 2012
Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure and Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, New York 9am-4:30pm: $169 for both days
Saturday or Sunday only $99
Lodging available for out of town guests.

Images above copyright Denise Ippolito/Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version

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We will be offering a discount to members of camera clubs or natural history organizations that promote the seminar on their websites or via an e-mail blast to their membership list. Have your club president or webmaster e-mail denise

What You Will Learn at the NYC Seminar:

1-How to become a better nature photographer.
2-How to create technically perfect, artistically designed images in the field.
3-How to make your images look better during the image optimization process: RAW conversions, image clean-up, Quick Masking, Layer Masking, saving the WHITEs, and lots more.
4-Flight photography tips.
5-How to get the right exposure every time in ten seconds or less.
6-How to create the truly pleasing blurs that are so popular today in many prestigious contests.
7-Why the longest lens in your bag is often not the best lens for bird photography.
8-How to use NIK Color Efex Pro to revamp your digital workflow and dramatically improve the look of your images.
9-How to evaluate your images; each registrant will be asked to submit two 1400 X 1050 jpegs via e-mail before November 25; a selection of the submitted images will be chosen for critiquing at the seminar.
10-New ways to photograph flowers and trees.

Images above copyright Arthur Morris/Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version


Saturday: Image Capture

Doors open: 8am
9:00am: denise/slides: Blooming Ideas/Creating new and different images of flowers and trees
10:00am: artie/slides: Tools of the Trade/Choosing and using lenses for bird and wildlife photography
11:00am: Break
11:15am: artie/slides: Beautiful Image Basics/Learning to create pleasing image designs

Lunch break
1:30pm: artie and denise: Refining your photographic vision. Learning to extract the image from the larger scene
2:15pm: denise & artie: Pro Gear Handling Tips: Live demos/tripod and lens handling in the field *Includes flight photography tips!
2:45pm: artie: It’s easier than you think: How to clean your sensor without fear or trepidation/Live Demo
3:00: Break

 denise & artie/slides: Creating Pleasing Blurs/Using slow shutter speeds, panning, camera movement, and more. More and more prestigious contests are awarding prizes to creatively blurred images. Learn how at the seminar and follow up by getting a copy of “A Guide to Pleasing Blurs.”
4:00: artie/slides or chalkboard? Getting the Right Exposure with Digital: It’s as easy as pie. If you have ten seconds with the subject there is no excuse for not getting the right exposure every time with digital.
4:30: The End

Sunday: Image Processing & Evaluation

Doors open: 8am
9:00am: artie’s Digital Workflow: RAW conversion in ACR, recovering and saving the WHITEs, NIK Color Efex Pro basics.
9:45am: artie: Image clean-up with the Clone Stamp Tool, leveling images, the Spot Healing Brush, and Quick Masks.
10:20am: break
10:40am: denise’s Digital Workflow: RAW conversion in Lightroom, Working with Layers and Masks.
11:30am: denise’s Personal NIK favorites: She discusses the less commonly used Color Efex Pro filters and shares tips on creating her modern vintage look. (Yeah, it’s a bit oxymoronic.) Also: an amazing Photoshop Brush Size tip. (Sorry for the pun.)
12:00 noon: Lunch break
1:30pm: denise/slides: Creative Filters and Effects/Working with Photoshop plug-ins and filters.
2:30pm: break
2:45: Image Critiques: artie & denise: Only 1400 X 1050 jpegs submitted via e-mail before November 25 will be considered. A selection of the submitted images will be chosen for critiquing.
3:45: Door prizes
4:30: The End

In-the-Field Follow-up Workshop

Put your newly-learned skills to use by joining denise and artie in the field at a nearby location on the Monday following the seminar. The subjects will—for the most part—be routine: gulls and Canada Geese. But we will be close to the birds and should have some flight photography opportunities. And we just might have some good chances with Snow Geese and with Brant and who knows what as well.
In-the-Field Seminar Follow-up Workshop: Queens, NY. Monday, December 10th, 2012. Two sessions: 5:45-10:30am and 2:30-4:30pm. Two great leaders: Limit: 16 photographers: $350 per person.
We will consider an overflow session on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 if the first day sells out and/or for folks who wish to do two full days.

To register for this seminar or workshop:

Seminar December 8-9 ~ Dec.10th In-the Field Workshop 

Monday, June 11, 2012

NHCC – Winners – Print/Image of the Year 2012

NHCC – Winners – Print/Image of the Year 2012

Print of the Year

Class B           1st       Phyllis Acuzzo          Come in and Browse
                       2nd      Laura Parisi               Yes, May I Help You
                       3rd       Laura Parisi               Twins

Class A           1st       Lisa Cuchara             Tulip  (Print of the Year)
                       2nd      Art Yost                     Different View of Manhattan
                       3rd       Lisa Cuchara             Adirondack Hummingbird

Digital Image of the Year

Class B           1st       Fred Rosenthal        Ephrusi Villa    (Image of the Year)
                       2nd      Bob Parisi               Lorikeet
                       3rd       Fred Rosenthal        Reflections in a Venice Canal

Class A           1st       Vic Krasenics            Gettysburg Sunset #1
                       2nd      Joan Balen                Up Close and Personal
                       3rd       Susan Naumann        Ballet Outside The Box

Image Artistry – Image of the Year

                        1st       Susan Naumann      New Friends At The Museum
                        2nd      Barbara Vietzke      Peonies in the Field
                        3rd       Brabara Vietzke     Venice Watercolor

Jane Sibley Award – Best Nature Image
Gary Prestash          Prothonotary Warbler and Blossoms

Joseph DiChello, Jr. Memorial Award – Best Landscape or Seascape
Hazel Meredith        Spring Stream

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Winning images on display

For those of you who would like to see how great the photography is in PSA (Photographic Society of America) competitions, follow the link below, and it will take you to PSA's EID (Electronic Imaging Division – ie: "Open Competition").  Then scroll down to near the bottom of the page and look for "Results".  The image galleries with the winning images for all 4 of this season's EID competitions can be found there and can be viewed by clicking on each of the competition dates.  These are truly international competitions and many of the winning images are from other countries.  Great images – tough competition!

From: Bob Benson
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 11:35 PM
Subject: winning images on display

The winning MAY EID Interclub Competition images are now ready for viewing (along with the other months) at
Just scroll down to results.

May results for EID Interclub

Here are the results of the final PSA Electronic Imaging Division competition (open competition) for this season.  Thanks again to all whose images we used to represent the New Haven Camera Club.  In this competition, Victor Krasenics received an Honorable Mention for his "Oak Alley" picture.  Nice work, Vic! 
You can see the winning images (right now by name, score, and club – actual images to follow) in the first attachment; our New Haven CC scores in the second attachment; and the final total scores and placement of the clubs in the last attachment.  Although the organization is called the Photographic Society of AMERICA, you can see that there are clubs from around the world involved and I believe this competition was judged electronically by a club in Poland.
Hopefully, we will do better in Open competition next season.
Gary Prestash
From: Bob Benson
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:26 PM
Subject: May results for EID Interclub
EID Results for Group 1, May 2012

The last competition of the 2011-12 season has been completed. Thanks to Fotoferia Club for hosting the May competition. I have included the results and the final standings. Congratulations to the three top clubs for this season:
Fotoferia Club
Impact Group
Grupo Fotografico Parque

Winning ribbons will be in the mail shortly, and I would expect the winning images will be posted on the PSA site very soon.

I am looking for clubs that may be interested in hosting one of the months for next season (provided that PSA has decided not to consolidate this competition out of existence).
Please contact me if you spot any errors.
Have a great summer (winter, south of the equator) shooting images!

Bob Benson
Chair, EID Interclub Competition.