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September 2018
September 2018
September 2018
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Print Critique Group (2:00 PM EDT)
Join a small group of club members who gather in an informal setting to show a few of their printed photographs and receive constructive feedback from fellow photographers. The meeting takes place once a month at a member's house where participants enjoy some light snacks while sharing their images and discussing their vision. This is a gentle and fun atmosphere that promotes friendship and learning. The September meeting will be held at Jim Samanen's home near Valley Forge.  Let Jim know if you would like to attend and he will send you his address and directions. You can email Jim at
Monthly Meeting (6:30 PM EDT)
Join us for the first meeting of the 2018-19 club year. New president, Howard Sundwall, will welcome us back and give an overview of what's new and exciting for the upcoming year and spend some time getting to know our fellow-club members. We'll round out the evening with a presentation by local, award winning photographer, Marvin Gerstein, who will speak to us about "Capturing Emotion in Your Photography." His presentation will review photographs taken on the street, and in studio and will include a discussion of the approach, techniques, and where applicable, post-processing applied.   REMEMBER:  Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30 -- Westminster Presbyterian Church
Art of Toy Photography Workshop (9:00 AM EDT)
The Art of Toy Photography challenges our imagination and recalls our childhood. In some ways we are still kids at heart. The camera will allow the photographer to capture these moments and share them. The challenge of Toy Photography is to make the toy come to life and connect to human emotions. Toy Photography is limited only by your imagination.   Join CCCC member Wayne Dixon for a fun morning learning how to capture the beauty and curiosity in toys, both old and new.  This is a hands-on workshop. Bring your tripod and your favorite toy! To register for the workshop, contact Wayne Dixon at Register early.  Space is limited.
Monthly Competition (6:30 PM EDT)
This month's theme is "Food" Find more information about the monthly topics here.
Ft. Delaware / Pea Patch Island (8:15 AM EDT)
This Civil-War-era fortress guarded Philly against naval attack via the Delaware River, but was never challenged by Confederate warships. Instead, the Fort and Pea Patch Island became a prison, holding many thousands of Confederate soldiers and officers. Now, the Fort and Island comprise a unique Delaware State Park offering a photogenic look into our history, including soldiers in period dress, musket demonstrations, and historical tours. Some rooms contain period or reconstructed furnishings. Wander the three-level fort on your own (not all areas accessible). At least nine species of herons and egrets nest here; more than half the island is a wildlife preserve.  The preserve is off-limits, but an observation tower sits at its edge, and it can be viewed from trails that run alongside it. Access to the island is via an 80-passenger ferry out of Delaware City.  Very limited food/drinks on the island so bring water and snacks. Island is carry-in, carry-out - no trash baskets. Tripods permitted. Ferry fare of $12 ($11 seniors) includes entry to to Ft. Delaware. Buying tickets online in advance is MUCH more efficient than in person. Click here for website We will carpool at the Exton Panera at 8:15 am, or meet at the Ferry Landing in Delaware City, DE at 9:30 am (Ferry departs at 10 am)
Bondsvile Mill Park (9:30 AM EDT)
Bondsville Mill Park is a hidden treasure just a mile or two North of Thorndale! The factory village of Bondsville was established in 1841 by Abraham Bond, who built a water-powered clothing mill on this site. During the Civil War, the Mill produced uniforms for Union soldiers. As technologies changed, the Mill transitioned to steam-power, and then to electricity; you can see this evolution in the buildings that remain. During World War II the Mill produced fabrics for the linings of Air Force jackets. Eventually, the Mill complex fell to ruins. East Brandywine Township has converted the area to a 47-acre park and continues to develop the site. In addition to the photogenic ruins, there’s a rusting water tower on the hill above and behind the Mill site. We may have guided access inside the construction fence for close-in photography from the front, requiring our signing releases and wearing hard hats—stay tuned! UPDATE 8/25: Special access is confirmed - Jim Buczala, Chairman of East Brandywine Township's Bondsville Mill Park Committee, will be meeting us at the Park and taking us inside the construction fence. There’s also close access to the ruins from behind, via a dirt road. The trail along Beaver Creek is mainly level with short steep sections as you get further away from the Mill. The approach to the water tower from the South Loop trail involves about 50 steps up a steep slope; access via a dirt from the North is more gradual. Across the road from the small parking area is a row of original millworker homes, now private property. Click here for website. Click here for a video of the scenic trail at Bondsville.  This was sent to us CCCC member by Sandy Moser, who is a volunteer at Bondsville Mill Park. There is LIMITED parking at the site so carpooling from Exton Panera, departing 9:30 am, is a must. Tripods ok. The park is unsupervised; for now a single porta-potty constitutes facilities. Have insect repellent handy just in case. No charge for visitin

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