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

Summer Field Trip – Sport Car Photography

Jack Nevitt is organizing a field trip for club members to photograph race cars at Summit Point Raceway, Charlestown, WV. This is a special event planned by the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America). We will be given behind the scenes access to the pit area, the starting point and flagman, and close access to the racetrack.
Basically we’ll have press passes to photograph the races. Race cars will be open wheel cars doing 6 ­15 lap races.There will also be street cars like BMWs and Mustangs to photograph in­ between times. A special thanks goes out to Mike Harrigan, a Summit Point Racer, and the entire SCCA staff for setting this up. This is really a special event just for us.
Date: Aug 2, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 4pm
Place: Summit Point Motorsports Park, Charlestown, WV
Cost: $40
Equipment: You are encouraged to bring both telephoto lenses and wide angle lenses to take full advantage of photo ops.
Non SCCA member fee: Each person who is not an SCCA member that will be in any hot areas needs to purchase a $25 weekend membership for the event and fill out a form. This can be done at the track when checking in at Registration.

Drive time from Manassas is approximately 1:15. We can meet and carpool or just drive up separately. Email me if you are interested and/or want to carpool.

jnevitt47 @

Hunt’s Photography June Specials

As many of you know, Hunts comes to each Nature Visions and offers equipment at good prices. They also have monthly specials that they offer to camera clubs and this is the June email:

I’m writing this to you on Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer! Today in Salem, MA it’s in the 70’s with low humidity and a light breeze. If it could only stay like this all summer. Perfect weather to go out make some photographs!

We have some great specials for you in June so let’s get started:

The Canon Pixma PRO 10 and Pixma PRO 100 continue to be on special with huge mail in rebates!

  • Now through June 30, 2015 or until supplies run out we are offering the Canon Pixma PRO 10 printer at $379.99 before rebate (Canon sells it on their website for $699.99). If you purchase the printer plus a package of 13x19x50 sheets of Canon Semi-Gloss or Luster paper, $50, Canon will send you a $250 mail in rebate! Your final cost is $129.99 plus the paper! Or if you prefer, you can buy the Canon Pixma PRO 100 printer at $269.99 ($499.99 on Canon’s website), buy the paper, $50, and receive a $150 mail in rebate. Your final cost is $119.99 plus the paper.
To place an order for any of these items please call me, Alan Samiljan at 781-662-8822 or you can email me your phone number at


As always, I thank you for your support of Hunt’s and I appreciate your business!

Photographically yours,

Alan Samiljan
huntlogo100 Main St.

Melrose, MA 02176

(781) 662-8822

Follow me on Twitter for the latest deals on used equipment! @AlanAtHunts

New Club Forum Software

Unfortunately, the designer of our club forum software seems to have moved on to other things and it “broke” over the holidays. I’ve archived the old posts (under Old Forum in the menu) and we now have a new forum – this time officially supported by WordPress. I’ve updated the FAQ about how to use it.

The best bit of news is that this one allows for a daily or weekly email of forum posts. To set your preference go to:, login with your club user name and password if needed, and at the foot of that page you will see bbPress Digest Emails. Click the first box to get emails, then choose daily or weekly, the time of day you want the email, and I recommend you choose “All” in the question about which forum to see. Then click Update Profile. You can come back at any time to change your choice.

Please give the new forum a workout and let me know – via a forum post if you can – if you would like other features and I’ll investigate.

Steve Heap

Advanced Photoshop Workshop – January 24th

On Saturday January 24th we are holding an Advanced Photoshop Workshop to be led by Mark Gilvey. The price for members is $35, and you can reserve your place and pay for the workshop here. The workshop will be built around demonstrating how to work on images to improve the final result, and so Mark needs your images in advance to prepare for the session. This is what he says about it (see this site for more details)

“Master landscape photographer, Ansel Adams used to speak about the need for pre-visualization—seeing in your minds eye what the image will look like when printed before you click the shutter release. Sometimes it’s not about the moment that was captured but rather what we envisioned the moment as. If your vision is what you want the viewer to see then you need to expand your skills beyond staying true to the  scene and the moment of capture. My Advanced Photoshop is a workshop designed to do just that.

In this class you will learn :

  • Techniques on how to guide your viewers eye where you want it to go
  • Several masking techniques
  • Working with Curves
  • Local adjustments
  • Keeping things RAW as long as possible
  • What are Smart Objects and how you can use them

Club Social 18 December

Holiday Party and Gift Exchange

On December 18th at the Manassas Police Station, we will again get together for a party and gift exchange.  We will have a social to start.  We’re asking everyone to bring a snack, and the Club will provide soft drinks. Then we will organize a gift exchange. The gifts should be photography related, can be something you have bought specially, or have and wish to donate, and there is no specific value in mind. Try to think of something that someone “might” want to use, although the fun items make for an interesting evening as well.

The rules for the Gift Exchange:


  1. Each participant supplies one wrapped gift and selects a numbered ticket by drawing from a hat. This number determines in what order they will take turns choosing gifts.
  2. People take turns according to their number. The first person can only choose a gift from the table, they open the gift so everyone can see what it is, and then destroy their ticket.
  3. The next person (ticket 2) gets the choice of “stealing” the unwrapped item or choosing a wrapped one from the gift pile. If the second person steals the gift from the first person, then the first person is given the number ticket of the one who took the gift from them – in that way, they will get another go later in the game. If a person takes an unwrapped gift, their number is destroyed.
  4. On the third person’s turn they can then steal an unwrapped item or choose a wrapped one and the game continues like that until everyone has had one turn. At the end of that first round, people will either have a gift or a ticket.
  5. Round two starts with the lowest number remaining ticket. Again, they can choose from the gift table or take an already opened item. Same rules – if they choose from the table, the ticket is destroyed, if they take an opened gift, the other person gets the ticket.
  6. We continue like this until everyone has a gift and there are no more remaining tickets.

7. Finally, to avoid this going on forever, no gift can be stolen more than 3 times. This means that it was originally opened, stolen by player 1, stolen by player 2 from player 1, then finally player 3 takes from player 2 and keeps it. It can’t be taken again.

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