March MWCC Program Meeting featuring Bernard Chen

If you were disappointed that our January meeting was canceled due to weather, here is some good news. Bernard Chen has agreed to come back and be our feature speaker for the March 1st program meeting!

Bernard’s program is entitled “Moments of Inspiration”. Bernard Chen is an award-winning landscape photographer who has found his passion with a camera in his hands. He has a heart of an artist and is an aspiring nature photographer based out of Northern Virginia. Besides capturing beautiful images of nature, Bernard’s passion for his camera has also extended to other artistic elements, broadening his talents into time-lapse photography and nature cinematography.

Bernard has successfully instructed his own workshops from West Virginia to Maine, South Carolina to Montana, and thoroughly enjoys passing his knowledge to fellow photographers! Bernard’s impressive portfolio of work can be seen on his website http://www.bernardchen.com

Feb Critique Night – Images Needed!- See Details Below

Our February program meeting will try out a new critique system. If people like it, we will do more in the future. The idea is for you to submit images that you want some help or input to improve. So, here’s how it will work.
1. Everyone can submit 2-3 images that are resized to 3000 pixels wide. Email the images to Jerry Koons at jerryk6413@gmail.com The images selected for printing will be those that have the most educational value to the group, so submit images that need improving, but maybe you are stuck on how to get it done.
2. Deadline is Jan 23 for sending images.
3. We will print your images on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper
4. On the program night, we will divide everyone into groups (5-8 people in a group, approximately).
5. Your group will select a leader, then everyone in the group discusses what changes could help each image and the leader will inform us of the improvements
6. Jerry will use Photoshop to incorporate your suggestions into the image on the screen in real time. You will get to see how the changes improve the image, and additional changes can be offered by the Members. This exercise is not about how the changes are made in the software, just how the images may be improved. (if there is interest, we can do real time software lessons in another session or a workshop).

MEETING CANCELLED (Inclement Weather Policy) – January MWCC Program Meeting

01/04/2018 All PWCS will be closed today due to expected inclement weather conditions in certain areas.
In keeping with our inclement weather policy, our meeting for this evening is cancelled.

The program speaker for January will be Bernard Chen. His program is entitled “Moments of Inspiration”. Bernard Chen is an award-winning landscape photographer who has found his passion with a camera in his hands. He has a heart of an artist and is an aspiring nature photographer based out of Northern Virginia. Besides capturing beautiful images of nature, Bernard’s passion for his camera has also extended to other artistic elements, broadening his talents into time-lapse photography and nature cinematography.

Bernard has successfully instructed his own workshops from West Virginia to Maine, South Carolina to Montana, and thoroughly enjoys passing his knowledge to fellow photographers! Bernard’s impressive portfolio of work can be seen on his website http://www.bernardchen.com

Frozen Waterfalls: Cancelled for now, will do again when its not 0 degrees!

• What we’ll do:
I went out to the falls today, cold, but fabulous. The water is certainly less than usual, but very photogenic. I will try to get one of my iPhone images onto this meet up…… Anyway, it will be a great adventure, definitely bring macro or closeup equipment, since there is not a lot of water in the river, you can get close to some of the icicles. For the wide angle shots, you will need to climb down rocky slopes to get close, there are a lot branches in the way from farther up on the trail. Or bring telephoto lenses for zooming in on the falls. It will be cold all week and might be quite cold on Saturday. Let me know if you are interested, and I will confirm this as a meet up . Its best to go early, since there will be hikers in the way by 9-10 am. Not enough ice for the ice climbers, but maybe more by next weekend. not a great place for early morning sunrise, but the drive in can be spectacular. If the sunrise is beautiful, the start time will be 7:30-7:45, so people can stop and shoot it on the way in. Bring warm clothes!!!!! hot packs for your shoes and fingers (do not put the hot packs in your feet until ready to start shooting, otherwise you get a lot of sweating, which leads to cold feet. The hike in is about a mile, rocky, but not bad. couple short steepish climbs. For the ambitious, you can continue up the trail past the first falls and find great icicles coming out of the rocks. But not sure it will worth it, again, not much water. • What to bring
Warm clothes, cameras, tripods, warm clothes. Lenses can be anything, more to the wide side for the landscape images, but macro shots of the ice are fabulous. Telephoto for detail shots of the ice at a distance if you wish. • Important to know

Last Minute Huntley Meadows Park Shoot

If you are interested in having an opportunity to shoot wetland wildlife then join us at Huntley Meadows Park located in Fairfax County Virginia.

Your photography subject interest would dictate the lenses you should bring. Wildlife subjects could include birds, muskrats, beavers, deer, raccoons, and turtles. Great Blue Herons, Great White Egrets, Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Yellow-Rump Warblers, Eastern PeWee and Kingfishers are some of the birds.
-Macro lenses for plants.
-Long lenses for wildlife, the longer the better but wildlife is often close when walking on the wetland boardwalk so a 70-200 could work. I however recommend bringing a 300 or longer lens if you have one. A tripod is also an excellent tool to achieve sharp images.

We will meet at the beginning of the paved path by the parking lot at 9:00 am.

DC Monuments and Holiday Lights

• What we’ll do
What I propose if there is interest for this meetup is to meet at City Hall parking lot in Manassas around 3 PM and carpool down to the Mall to start photographing some of the Monuments, like the Lincoln or WWII Memorials. We could end the shoot by stopping by the National Christmas Tree to grab a few shot before leaving. I believe there are now parking meters around the mall and are active until 8 PM everyday. Cost is $2.00 and hour with a 3 hour maximum.

• What to bring
Camera and tripod. When using a tripod you will likely have to set-up for the shot outside of the monument itself. Not sure of current rules. I have shot with a tripod at WWII Memorial at night.

• Important to know
My understanding is tripods are allowed on National Park Service land on the Mall, but not in the monuments. You can’t set one up inside the Lincoln Memorial, for example. Pretty much everything around the U.S. Capitol is off-limits to tripods, although those restrictions are often loosened in December. Could not find anything on current National Christmas tree tripod restrictions other than the lighting ceremony.

Abstract Workshop

January 13, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Joe Miller Center for the Photographic Arts
4811 Catharpin Road
Gainesville, VA 20155

Description: The workshop will cover the definition of an abstract, as well subject matter and techniques that can be used to create successful abstract photographs. Three photographers from the club, Joyce Harman, Sandy Gherardi, and Jeanne Mitcho will discuss their unique approaches to creating abstracts, as well as the software, equipment, and accessories they use to produce their images.
This workshop will be good preparation for anyone interested in submitting images for the Eighth Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Photography Exhibit, to be held May 5 to May 28, 2018.

Eagles Fishing at Conowingo Dam

The weather is currently predicted to be good on Saturday so lets take an early morning drive to Conowingo Dam to photograph majestic bald eagles soaring over and fishing in the Susquehanna River. Eagles congregate at the Conowingo Dam looking for easy fishing opportunities, especially when the dam is up and running to generate power. Long lenses work best and I recommend at least a 400 like the Cannon 100-400 F5.6. Participants might be able to get some shots with a 300 mm because the eagles at times come quite close and can perch in tress on the shoreline to eat their catch. Tripods with Gimbal heads are recommended for longer heavier lenses such a 500 or 600 mm varieties.

See this site for details about the dam area.
http://www.harfordbirdclub.org/conowingo.html 

Bald Eagle numbers can vary but during the month of November but I have often see numbers well over  50 eagles. While there are larger concentrations elsewhere, Conowingo is considered one of the best places east of the Mississippi River to view Bald Eagles because the birds are nearly always present in good numbers and viewing conditions are excellent. The sun is behind photographers all day throughout the year. 

General Driving Information:
The dam is approximately 120 miles from Manassas and takes a little under 2 hours to drive depending on traffic. I have made an early morning drive to this location in an hour and 45 minutes. I usually take the Bell Air exit off 95  and follow Rt 24 to route 1 north which is called Conowingo Drive near the dam. Just before the dam you will need to take a right on Shurlesville Road and then your next left on Shures Landing Road that will take you down to the Conowingo Fisherman’s Park. Turn left and follow road down as far as possible to park. There is no charge to enter the park. It is a good idea to try arrive early because parking can be a problem due to some loss of parking spots due to lot repair near the dam and number of people and photographers there to view the eagles. 

We will initially meet at the concrete viewing platform closer to the dam. You have the option to then shoot here or go up along the fence line to shoot, depending on the eagle activity and light.

Annual MWCC Holiday Party – 14th

We are posting TWO meetups for the Annual MWCC Holiday Party… Considering that December 21st (the normal holiday party date) is so close to Christmas, we wanted to offer an alternate date if the membership wanted to support an earlier holiday party.Please feel free to RSVP for ONE or BOTH of the dates and we will determine which one is chosen not later than Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at the December Competition meeting.We will make the announcement and the other date will be deleted from the meetup & calendar!Support whichever (or both) date you would like and the popular vote wins the day.