Saturday, April 28, 2018


Pictured are winners from the April Competition.



Rhoads Building ~ Chester County Hospital



Meeting ~ Bob Kelly called the meeting to order and asked everyone to silence their cell phones.  There was 1 new member.



Committee Chair Reports


Outings ~ Howard Sundwall


Sunday, April 29 ~ Mt. Cuba Center - CANCELLED!  WILL BE RESCHEDULED.


Sunday, May 6 - 2-4 pm ~ Claude Rains House  - The Sharples Mansion, also known as the Claude Rains House in West Chester, dates to the early 1800s. We will have two hours of private access of this historic structure.  It will be necessary to carpool to this location due to limited parking.  Please let Howard know if you plan on attending ~ we will meet in the Giant parking lot and then carpool to the house.  Stay tuned for further information. 


Saturday, June 16  -  3:30 - 11:30 pm ~ Coney Island bus trip  - The words “Coney Island” immediately evoke an image of a fun, noisy, magical amusement park.  This will be an afternoon/evening bus trip, timed so that we can be there in the golden hour of the afternoon and after dark, when the lights all come on.  Six spaces are still available.  Old and new members are encouraged to sign up ASAP before the bus sells out!  For further information, please click here:  /club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=bbc11a84-4091-4d2b-aa79-2f65764b736e



Workshops ~


Saturday, May 5, 9:00 - 12:00 noon ~ Flower Photography Workshop ~ Jim Wilson reminded club members of the creative workshop on Flower Photography, hosted by Anita Bower and Nancy Cordaro, both accomplished flower photographers.  They will each share their unique photographic process and style and give participants an opportunity to practice creating their own beautiful images.  Cost is $5 per person to cover flower costs.   Nineteen people have signed up.  Further information here:  /club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=4ff1e6e1-fa60-4b81-9e80-5a3746aaf801



Members Forum ~


Anita Bower announced that the last Members Forum of the year will be May 8, 6:30 - 7:15 pm.  Jim Wilson will describe his unique approach to photography.  This is an event that shouldn’t be missed!


Anita will send out an email to club members to see what they would like presented at next year’s Members Forums.



Summer Challenge ~


Anita Bower announced there will be a Summer Challenge for 2018.  Stay tuned for further details in May!



Next Meeting ~ Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 pm.   May’s guest presenter will be Betsy Barron, friend and former club member! Betsy owns Betsy Barron Photography in Malvern, PA.  Her team, now 4 strong, creates family and corporate portraiture, event photography, as well as architectural imagery on the Main Line and in Philadelphia. Betsy will be discussing Off Camera Flash (OCF) and showing us simple one and two light setups for family and corporate portraiture. She will demystify flash photography for those who only shoot in available light and show you how simple it really can be!  



Competition Night ~ Dick Greenwood introduced tonight’s judge, Judge - Karl Leck


Karl Leck loves photographing anything, anywhere, and anytime.  He has photographed on every continent.  His images from six summer Olympic Games have been used by Sports Illustrated, US News & World Report and the US Olympic Committee as well as over 20 specialty magazines.  Honors include the Photographic Society of America Photojournalist of the Year in 1992 and 2006, Senior Fellow of the Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography and Fellow of the Delaware Photographic Society (DPS).  He has taught photography at DPS, University of Delaware Lifelong Learning Institute, Cecil College, Delaware Nature Society and other venues.  In the last 55 years he has used film and digital still cameras from 35mm to 8x10 as well as rotating panoramic film cameras and ultra high speed flash.

An excellent image for Karl is one that is technically well done: subject appropriately focused, exposure revealing highlight and shadow detail, composition leading the viewer's eye to the subject, and no visible image processing artifacts.  To be a 'winner' the image should tell a story or reveal something interesting about the subject.  Originality in subject matter or in the manner an image is captured adds value.  Since photography is an art, the artist should use the available tools to interpret and clarify their vision of the subject.


Minutes submitted by Stephanie Vacek, Secretary

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