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So, you want to photograph waterfalls?

I ran across this website and wanted to share it with you.
It appears as though you can select an any state (or multi-states) to view the waterfall information, including names, county, longitude, latitude, and USGS Map.

Waterfall Map Locator Tool

Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland Waterfalls

Explore the waterfalls of Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland on maps or satellite images. Click on a marker and use the zoom and pan tools in the upper left corner of the map window to explore. Switch between maps and satellite images using the buttons in the upper right.

Lists of Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia Waterfalls are provided below. The waterfalls included in the list below and the map above are those shown on United States Geological Survey 7.5 minute topographic maps. Additional waterfalls are likely to be found – especially on intermittent streams.

Fieldtrip: Great Chesapeake Schooner Race – Parade of Sail Baltimore MD ~ ~ October 14, 2015

Great Chesapeake Schooner Race
Parade of Sail Baltimore MD ~ ~ October 14, 2015

Parade of Sail - Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
Parade of Sail – Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

Join us for the Parade of Sail on Wednesday October 14th 2015 in the Baltimore Inner Harbor.   During this Field Trip you will have the opportunity to photograph the schooners racing in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race from the deck of the Mystic Whaler as she sails along with the fleet.

Tickets for the Mystic Whaler cruise can be purchased at the following link:

The cost is $50.00 for adults. We will be boarding at 3:30 pm, and setting sail at 4:00 pm with a return to port at approximately 6:30 pm.

The Whaler will be docked at the Baltimore Marine Center, 2701 Boston Street (Canton), Baltimore.

Contact Sue McPherson after you have purchased tickets so we know who is coming and if you would like to car pool.

Sue McPherson
cell: 703-244-1096

MWCC 2015-16 Annual Club Project

The MWCC Club Project this year is “The Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center.”

As a service project for the club we have chosen to provide portrait sessions for families that are being serviced by the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center. The center is operated by Northern Virginia Family Service and operates a 30-bed family shelter open 24/7 year round. This past June, Prince William County Board of Supervisors honored the shelter for its quarter-century of work “helping families find permanent pathways out of poverty.”

Our photo sessions will be held on August 13 and November 6.
If you would like to help out with this project, please contact
Sharon Eisenzopf at


The 2014-2015 Club Project was, “See you, see me.”

At the first meeting in October eleven teams were formed by picking names from a hat to assign seven or eight members to each team.  By the end of April each team will get together to photograph at three specific locations: (1) Downtown Warrenton, (2) Henry Hill on the Manassas Battlefield, and (3) The Virginia Arboretum on Route 50 on the way to Winchester.  Maps of those locations are here, with the area within which we are to photograph outlined in yellow.

The goal of the Project is to get out to these locations, have fun, take pictures, offer an opportunity for mentoring, and provide camaraderie among our members.  In May we’ll share images and see the different visions we all have of the same place.  Hence the name: what “I See” is not necessarily what “You See.”

The team leaders will organize photo shoots at these locations over the next few months, with all, most, or some members of each team meeting at the same place and same time.  Everyone can go individually as well, but the hope is each team can get together to shoot and have an opportunity to share visions and approaches, whether in photographic or post-processing techniques.  And of course you can decide to go to breakfast or lunch or otherwise socialize and get to know each other.

In late April we’ll select images and put together a slide show (“digital” show?) for the program meeting on the third Thursday in May.  We haven’t yet determined how images will be selected, but we’ll definitely have some from each team and each location.

The Virginia Arboretum - Select the image to view a full sized image
The Virginia Arboretum – Select the image to view a full sized image
Downtown Warrenton - Select the image to view a full sized image
Downtown Warrenton – Select the image to view a full sized image
Henry Hill on the Manassas Battlefield - Select the image to view a full sized image
Henry Hill on the Manassas Battlefield – Select the image to view a full sized image

How To: Creating Labels for Print Submissions from the Competition Website

On the MWCC competition website:

Ensure that you are logged into the website by selecting login in the top right corner.  The login option is not displayed on this graphic. MWCC Printing Image Labels for Print Competitions2

Select Competitions, then select Submit Images to a Competition:

MWCC Printing Image Labels for Print Competitions3


MWCC Printing Image Labels for Print Competitions0

This video in the Visual Pursuits Education Center provides instruction on submitting images to a competition:

Once you have your images uploaded, and you have the specific competition selected, go to the next step.

MWCC Printing Image Labels for Print Competitions4

Your images will be displayed with all the appropriate information you entered upon submission.

Select the Print Labels for Print Submissions button in the bottom left corner:

MWCC Printing Image Labels for Print Competitions1

Your labels will be displayed like such.  Select the printer icon on the upper right of the toolbar: MWCC Printing Image Labels for Print Competitions

The labels will print out accordingly, just cut them out and tape them to the back of your matted print.  As long as the label is located at the TOP of the back of the print, you should not need an arrow indicating the top of the image!!!

Photography Composition Rules

Composition (visual arts)
Design Elements:
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Tone
  • Form
  • Space
  • Depth
Principles of Organization Affecting Composition:
  • Shape and proportion
  • Positioning/Orientation/Balance/Harmony among the elements
  • The area within the field of view used for the picture (“cropping”)
  • The path or direction followed by the viewer’s eye when they observe the image.
  • Negative space
  • Color
  • Contrast: the value, or degree of lightness and darkness, used within the picture.
  • Geometry: for example, use of the golden mean
  • Lines
  • Rhythm
  • Illumination or lighting
  • Repetition (Sometimes building into pattern; rhythm also comes into play, as does geometry)
  • Perspective
  • Breaking the rules can create tension or unease, yet it can add interest to the picture if used carefully
Compositional Techniques:
  • Rule of thirds
  • Rule of odds
  • Rule of space
  • Simplification
  • Limiting focus
  • Geometry and symmetry
  • Creating movement
Other Techniques:
  • There should be a center of interest or focus in the work, to prevent it becoming a pattern in itself;
  • The direction followed by the viewer’s eye should lead the viewer’s gaze around all elements in the work before leading out of the picture;
  • The subject should not be facing out of the image;
  • Exact bisections of the picture space should be avoided;
  • Small, high contrast, elements have as much impact as larger, duller elements;
  • The prominent subject should be off-center, unless a symmetrical or formal composition is desired, and can be balanced by smaller satellite elements
  • the horizon line should not divide the art work in two equal parts but be positioned to emphasize either the sky or ground; showing more sky if painting is of clouds, sun rise/set, and more ground if a landscape
  • These principles can be means of a good composition yet they cannot be applied separately but should act together to form a good composition.
  • Also, in your work no spaces between the objects should be the same. They should vary in shape and size. That creates a much more interesting image.
18 Composition Rules For Photos That Shine
  1. The rule of thirds
  2. The Golden Ratio
  3. Golden triangles and spirals
  4. Rule of Odds
  5. Leaving Space
  6. Fill the Frame
  7. Simplification
  8. Balance
  9. Lines
  10. Patterns
  11. Color
  12. Texture
  13. Symmetry
  14. Viewpoint
  15. Background
  16. Depth
  17. Framing
  18. Orientation
10 rules of photo composition (and why they work)
  1. Simplify the scene
  2. Fill the frame
  3. Aspect ratio
  4. Avoid the middle
  5. Leading lines
  6. Use diagonals
  7. Space to move
  8. Backgrounds
  9. Creative with colours
  10. Breaking the rules
10 Top Photography Composition Rules
  1. Rule of Thirds
  2. Balancing Elements
  3. Leading Lines
  4. Symmetry and Patterns
  5. Viewpoint
  6. Background
  7. Depth
  8. Framing
  9. Cropping
  10. Experimentation
Digital Photography Composition Tips
  • The Rule of Thirds
  • Working the Lines in Your Photography (how to use horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines)
  • Finding Fresh Angles to Shoot From
  • Photographing Children – Composition
  • Getting Horizons Horizontal
  • Getting Images Straight
  • Fill Your Frame
  • The Importance of Focal Points
  • Creating Active Space – Photographing Moving Subjects
  • Getting Backgrounds Right
  • Framing Your Shots
  • How to Use Converging Lines to Enhance Your Photography
  • 4 Rules of Composition for Landscape Photography
  • How to Break the ‘Rules’ of Photography
5 Easy Composition Guidelines
  1. The Rule of Thirds
  2. Where to place the horizon line
  3. Lean Into the Frame
  4. Leading lines
  5. Patterns & Textures
  6. Look Carefully
9 Top Photography Composition Rules You Need To Know
  1. Fill The Frame / Cropping
  2. Don’t Cut Off Limbs
  3. Understand The Rule Of Thirds
  4. Use Frames
  5. Make The Most Of Lead In Lines / Shapes
  6. Simplify – Know Your Focus
  7. Watch The Background
  8. Look For Symmetry/Patterns
  9. Create Depth