Thursday, May 31, 2018

The NECCC photography conference by Jan Doyle BCTV and Wyse Talk

Check out this video
about the 73rd Annual Photography Conference

Find out more about this awesome Photography Conference here http://www.neccc.org/p/2018-conference.html.

Lots of hands-on opportunities, workshops, photo ops, character models, female models, critiques, competition, etc.

Thank you Wyse Talk with Jan Doyle!


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

NECCC 2018 Photography Conference Presenter Spotlight: Bobbi Lane (Massachusetts)

NECCC 2018 Photography Conference Presenter Spotlight: Bobbi Lane (Massachusetts)

Bruce proudly presents the National Geographic Photo Ark, featuring more than 50 compelling images by National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore

On June 2, the Bruce proudly presents the National Geographic Photo Ark, featuring more than 50 compelling images by National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore. Photo Ark is an ambitious project committed to documenting every species in captivity. Sartore has worked in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers in over 40 countries around the world. To date, he has taken intimate portraits of nearly 8,000 species. Once complete, the National Geographic Photo Ark will include portraits of over 12,000 species representing several animal classes, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Photo Ark will be on view at the Bruce through September 2, 2018.


“The stunning photographs in our upcoming Wild Bees and Photo Ark exhibitions blur the line between science and art,” says Dr. Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science. “They document nature's diversity with incredible precision. Visitors will be surprised to witness the spectacular variety of wild bees in their own yards at large scale, and will feel the powerful emotional impact of the animal portraits in Photo Ark.”

About the Bruce Museum
The Bruce Museum is located in a park setting just off I-95, exit 3, at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Museum is also a 5-minute walk from the Metro-North Greenwich Station. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, and free for members and children less than five years. Individual admission is free on Tuesday. Free on-site parking is available and the Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For additional information, call the Bruce Museum at (203) 869-0376 or visit the website at brucemuseum.org.

Media Contact: Scott Smith, Director of Marketing and Communications
203-413-6735 or ssmith@brucemuseum.org

Friday, May 25, 2018

So You Want To Be a Judge/Commentator (or better understand them)

So You Want To Be a Judge/Commentator (or better understand them)

An every-other-year judging workshop for all photographers at NECCC-affiliated clubs across New England with CCAC Juried Master Fine Art Photographer and judge/commentator Bob Singer

9:00am-3:30pm, Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable Village, MA

Fee: $50 (advanced registration is required; there is a small amount of pre-workshop prep)

Whether you aspire to become a judge/commentator or would just like to better understand what makes judges "tick," this one-of-a-kind, one-day judging/commenting workshop will prepare you for the judge's seat, build your confidence with a live, real-time scoring/critiquing experience and provide you with fresher, deeper understanding of how judges should “see” and think.  Led by CCAA Juried Master Artist and Fine Art Photographer Bob Singer who has been a judge/commentator at PSA international salons, NECCC salons, camera clubs, art galleries and magazine competitions for over thirty years, this unique one-day workshop interactively involves you as it polishes your judging skills, understanding and insights.

Workshop size is limited so register early on Cape Cod Art Center’s website:

https://capecodartcenter.org/shop/august-25-so-you-want-to-be-a-judge-commentator-or-better-understand-them-w-bob-singer/

Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Click! Photography Conference Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Mark the date: Refresh your photo skills and NECCC friendships this fall at the 2018 Click! Photography Conference Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Our roster of new programs and presenters at Cape Cod Art Center’s 2018 Click! Photography Conference is truly spectacular! And the first 100 registrants are automatically entered into a drawing for the amazing close-focusing Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD model F013 lens…just one of many top door and print competition prizes that attendees can win!

Twenty-five sessions packed with tips, techniques and inspiration to help you advance your photography by speakers including Canon Explorer of Light Jack Reznicki, Bobbi Lane, Barbara Braman, Mike Goodman, Gail Hansche, Andy Howard, John Klingel, Jurgen Lobert, Bob Singer, John Tunney, Lori Whalen and Betty Wiley. There's something for everyone from beginners to pros!

So save the date and mark your calendars – Saturday, November 3rd – to join your photo friends from NECCC clubs across New England at the Cape Codder Hotel in Hyannis, Massachusetts, our new and larger venue. Check out the details today at https://capecodartcenter.org/click2018

Now in its 5th year of continuous growth, the fall Click! Photography Conference is produced by Cape Cod Art Center (formerly, Cape Cod Art Association), an NECCC member organization.

The Art of Phoneography

The Art of Phoneography is a free workshop I'm presenting at Weir Farm, Connecticut's national park for the arts. 

Although it is geared for smartphone cameras and ideal for beginners, DSLRs and more experienced photographers are welcome as the workshop will cover the application of five historical principles used by fine art painters.  The landscape at Weir Farm has inspired the creation of masterpieces for 137 years.

To register for June 16, July 7, or September 23, call the park at (203) 834-1896 extension 28.  Details:  https://tinyurl.com/ybdge4mj  

I hope you can circulate this information and that I will have the pleasure of meeting you and your members.  Feel free to reply with any questions or comments. 

Xio (pronounced See-oh)

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Todd Gipstein will speak on‘The Mind, the Eye and the Heart of a Photographer’ on June 4, at the CT Valley Camera Club . "

Todd Gipstein will speak on‘The Mind, the Eye and the Heart of a Photographer’ on June 4, at the CT Valley Camera Club . "


Photo by Todd Gipstein

Award-Winning National Geographic Photographer and Producer to Speak on ‘The Mind, the Eye and the Heart of a Photographer’ at CT Valley Camera Club Meeting, June 4.

AREAWIDE: The guest speaker at the Monday, June 4 meeting of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) will be the acclaimed National Geographic Photographer and Producer Todd Gipstein, who will speak on “The Mind, the Eye and the Heart of a Photographer.” The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, Conn. All are welcome. There is no admission charge.

In his presentation, Gipstein will explore the art and artistry of photography. How do you become a good observer of life? How do you engage with people, places, animals? How do you document experiences in photographs? What makes a good photographer and a powerful photograph? 

Gipstein will share insights from 50 years behind the camera shooting for documentary media. He hopes that his lecture, which is aimed at photographers of all levels of skill, will inspire listeners to immerse themselves in new experiences and find ways to capture them with a camera.

Todd Gipstein has been a photographer, writer, producer and lecturer for 50 years. He has worked with National Geographic since 1987. For many years he was the Geographic’s Director of Multi-Image and an Executive Producer of media. Todd’s work for National Geographic — including photography, producing shows, writing and lecturing — has taken him around the world.

His award-winning documentaries for the Geographic have dealt with a diverse range of topics, including photography, wildlife, the environment, history, exploration, travel, cultures, and National Geographic itself. His work is known worldwide for its evocative storytelling. His photographs have been published in National Geographic and Traveler magazines and in many books. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he often participates in photography and media festivals in Europe.

About the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC): The CVCC is dedicated to offering its membership the opportunity to become better photographers. The group offers a variety of presentations and interactive workshops to help members expand their technical and creative skills. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcomed.  The club draws members from up and down the river, from Middletown to Old Saybrook; from East Hampton to Old Lyme; and along the shoreline from Guilford to Gales Ferry. For more information, visit the club’s website at https://ctvalleycameraclub.smugmug.com/. CVCC meeting dates, speakers/topics, and other notices are also published on the club’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CTValleyCameraClubPage.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

NECCC 2018 Conference Schedule has been posted

The tentative, subject to change, NECCC 2018 Conference Schedule has been posted
  • Conference Schedule (tentative; posted) Click on the: 
    • One page PDF schedule 
    • TWO page PDF schedule 
    • EXCEL schedule 
We have lots of programs and photo ops! You can check out the Program Descriptions and Speakers Biographies and the  Pre-conference Workshops and Events. This is your chance for three hours of hands-on learning! Click on the link for full descriptions.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Used Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens Mint-condition $3000

Used Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens Mint-condition $3000

Tom Cuchara Email us at Breaphotos [at] comcast.net

Comes with the hard case, both caps, lens hood, and the black lens hood cover -- plus the Lenscoat cover (~$99 value) that has been on the lens since we got it.

The lens hood does have a piece of tape on the inside (we took a photo of the tape), it keeps the lens hood from sliding, does not affect functionality

Selling used at B&H for $3400 and $3600

The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM sets new standards in performance and versatility with its lighter weight, better balance, and particularly its new Image Stabilization. In addition, the tripod collar can be removed for even more weight reduction and hand-holding comfort.












  • Fluorite & UD elements eliminate secondary spectrum chromatic aberration
  • AF speed is the fastest in the world
  • Full-time manual focus override
  • AF Stop function shuts off autofocus when an obstruction appears
  • Dust & moisture resistance made exceptional by magnesium alloy lens barrel and new rear gasket at lens mount
  • Two-stage image stabilization; dual-axis camera shake correction or vertical axis only(for panning)
  • 3-stage focus limiter
  • Focus preset function allows for returning to a specifically set focus by turning a ring in front of the focus ring

Sunday, May 20, 2018

NECCC 2018 Photography Conference Presenter Spotlight: Rob Sylvan (New Hampshire) Sponsored by Wacom

NECCC 2018 Photography Conference Presenter Spotlight: Rob Sylvan (New Hampshire) Sponsored by Wacom
http://www.neccc.org/p/2018-conference.html

Rob is teaching a pre-conference workshop "Take Control of your Lightroom Workflow" where he will cover the Library and Develop modules. Learn how to import, organize, rate, edit and enhance your images in Lightroom. 

In addition, Rob is giving a regular program on improving your Photoshop and Lightroom workshop using the Wacom tablet, plus giving a program "All your Lightroom Questions Answered"



Saturday, May 19, 2018

NECCC Electronic Interclub competitions -- Winning images in each of the four classes

The highest scoring clubs for the 2017-18 season of the NECCC Electronic Interclub competitions were announced in the Spring report, the third and last competition of the season. And now, the winning images in each of the four classes have also been chosen. The judge used for this daunting task was G. William “Bill” Buchanan, HonPSA, FGDC of Michigan. He has served in many roles for the Photographic Society of America, including standing as its Electronic Imaging Division Chair. He is also involved with the PSA Portfolio Assessments. In making his choices, Bill wanted to pass along comments that every image was terrific and selecting the “best of the best” designation was not an easy process.

The high scoring clubs were:
Pictorial A Greater Lynn Photographic Association
Pictorial B Westfield Camera Club
Nature A Gateway Camera Club AND Merrimack Valley Camera Club
Nature B North Haven Camera Club

Winning Images:
Pictorial A “Red Sky In Morning Sailor Take Warning” by Dianne Carey, Nashoba Valley Photo Club
Pictorial B “Walk In The Dark” by John Edwards, Eastern Maine Camera Club
Nature A “Feeding Gannets” by Ken Carlson, Greater Lynn Photographic Association
Nature B “Water Drops And Webs” by Kathy Radziunas, North Haven Camera Club

2017 - 2018 Electronic Interclub Competition
Nature Class A First Place Winner - "Feeding Gannets" by Ken Carlson,
Greater Lynn Photographic Association

2017 - 2018 Electronic Interclub Competition
Nature Class B First Place Winner - "Water Drops And Webs" by Kathy Radziunas,
North Haven Camera Club

2017 - 2018 Electronic Interclub Competition
Pictorial Class A First Place Winner - "Red Sky In Morning Sailor Take Warning”
by Dianne Carey,
Nashoba Valley Photo Club

2017 - 2018 Electronic Interclub Competition
Pictorial Class B First Place Winner - "Walk In The Dark" by John Edwards,
Eastern Maine Camera Club

Congratulations to the clubs and individual winners. If winning image members are in attendance at the upcoming NECCC Conference, please advise them to attend the awards ceremony on Sunday morning to receive their much deserved award and congratulations. Likewise, any club representative in attendance should also attend the awards ceremony in order to also accept the award and well
deserved congratulations.

The winning images are attached and will be posted on the NECCC website as well.

Thanks to all from Bill Barnett and myself on another great and successful season.
Cindy Gosselin

Monday, May 14, 2018

North Haven Camera Club will present a full-day nature photography seminar called Roamin' with Roman

North Haven Camera Club will present a full-day nature photography seminar called Roamin' with Roman, with professional nature photographer and author Roman Kurywczak, on Saturday June 9 at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden.

The morning session, from 9:00 until 11:30, will include topics "Photographing the Nighttime Landscape", and "Taking Your Macro Photography to the Next Level".  Afternoon topics, from 1:00 to 4:00, will be "Photographing Wildlife: From Portraits to Flight", and "For the Love of Landscapes".

Roman Kurywczak has given countless lectures and hands-on workshops across the country, with topics covering landscape, macro, bird, and wildlife photography.  As the author of several instructional eBooks on nature photography, Mr. Kurywczk says he strives to share his passion for photography as others have shared with him.  For more information about Roman Kurywczak, visit his website at roaminwithroman.com.

Hunt's Photo and Video is sponsoring this seminar, and will have representatives to demonstrate and sell equipment.

Cost for the full day seminar is $30 for North Haven Camera Club members, and $40 for non-members.

Registration and payments by PayPal, credit or debit cards are required in advance at the club's events page: NorthHavenCameraClub.com/events.

For more information about this all-day nature photography seminar, call 203-640-4711.



So You Want To Be a Judge/Commentator (or better understand them)

So You Want To Be a Judge/Commentator (or better understand them)
An every-other-year judging workshop for all photographers at NECCC-affiliated clubs across New England
with CCAC Juried Master Fine Art Photographer and judge/commentator Bob Singer
9:00am-3:30pm, Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable Village, MA
Fee: $50 (advanced registration is required; there is a small amount of pre-workshop prep)

Whether you aspire to become a judge/commentator or would just like to better understand what makes judges "tick," this one-of-a-kind, one-day judging/commenting workshop will prepare you for the judge's seat, build your confidence with a live, real-time scoring/critiquing experience and provide you with fresher, deeper understanding of how judges should “see” and think.  Led by CCAA Juried Master Artist and Fine Art Photographer Bob Singer who has been a judge/commentator at PSA international salons, NECCC salons, camera clubs, art galleries and magazine competitions for over thirty years, this unique one-day workshop interactively involves you as it polishes your judging skills, understanding and insights.

Workshop size is limited so register early on Cape Cod Art Center’s website:

The Boston Camera Club Members Show will run at the West Newton Cinema through June 10, 2018.

The Boston Camera Club Members Show will run at the West Newton Cinema through June 10, 2018. The West Newton Cinema is located at 1296 Washington Street, West Newton, MA 02465, and the exhibition will be viewable every day from 1 pm – 7 pm, as well as additional hours based on the cinema’s movie schedule.
The exhibition will feature work from 25 current members, as well as one photograph from long deceased member Horace Latimer, whose 1931 bequest helped put the club on solid financial footing to this day. 

Current members who are exhibiting are:
Nancy Ahmadifar
Karen Bryan
Eldad Cohen
Alison Doherty
Yair Egozy
Jim Fesler
Fern Fisher
Erik Gehring
Anna Golitsyna
Bert Halstead
Louise Halstead
Suki Hanfling
Yehuda Inbar
Joni Lohr
Beth Luchner
Paul McLaughlin
Yair Melamed
Jim Mollenauer
Jeff Muller
David Roberts
Ilya Schiller
Roman Schwartz
Ivan Sipos
Arlene Winkleman
Henry Winkleman

For more info visit: https://www.bostoncameraclub.org

Preconference workshop: “Quick 10 Minute Workflows in Adobe Photoshop” July 13th

Preconference workshop: “Quick 10 Minute Workflows in Adobe Photoshop” July 13th
by Hector Astorga (Texas) www.hectorastorga.com Sponsored by Santa Clara Ranch
Sign up here https://umass.irisregistration.com/Site/NECCC

Tired of spending hours on the computer working on your images??? 

In this on-hands workshop, Hector will show you how to create great images using quick 10-minute workflows in Adobe Photoshop CC. Hector will show you how to go create a quick and easy workflow that will produce great images in little time. This workflow can be applied to all sorts of images, Hector's examples will be nature but the techniques that you will learn can be applied to any type of photo.

Prerequisites: Participants will be expected to have Photoshop CC pre-loaded and activated on their laptops and know how to open and save files. Those who prefer to use Photoshop CS6 may
participate, but please understand that some features covered in the class may not be available or may be implemented differently in PS CS6. Note - this workshop will NOT cover Adobe Lightroom.

His work has been featured in Nature’s Best Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Federation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic Guide Books, The Chicago Tribune and other national and regional publications. Hector is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). In 2016, one of his images was selected as a “Best of Show” by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) in their Annual Showcase competition.

This Pre-conference workshop is for ALL skill levels.
Find out more about the NECCC photo conference here www.neccc.org/p/2018-conference.html
July 13th 14th 15th 2018 on the UMass Campus




Hector D. Astorga is a professional nature photographer based in South Texas. His love of nature and the outdoors began as a child in his native country, Honduras. He is a professional guide for visiting photographers at the Santa Clara Ranch and also serves as the ranch manager. He conducts photography workshops there and at other locations in North America, Central America, and Africa. He is a four-time Grand Prize winner of the Texas big nature photography competitions. In 2013 and 2015, he was the Grand Prize winner of the Wildlife in Focus Nature Photography Contest. In addition, he was the top recipient of the Valley Land Fund Nature Photography Contest in 2010 (Professional and Open Divisions) and in 2008 (Small Tract Division). He won top honors in the 2009 National Wildlife Federation Photography Contest and in the 2012 Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers Photography competition. In 2016, one of his images was selected as a “Best of Show” by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) in their Annual Showcase competition. His work has been featured in Nature’s Best Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Federation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic Guide Books, The Chicago Tribune and other national and regional publications. Hector is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers (RMOWP), Texas Nature and Environmental Photographers (TexNEP), Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) and of Nikon Professional Services (NPS).

  • 2008 Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo Contest - First Grand Prize - Small Tract Competition.
  • 2009 National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest - First Place - Connecting People w/ Nature Category  
  • 2010 Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo Contest - First Grand Prize - Professional Division and Best of Contest Professional Division
  • 2010 Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo Contest - First Grand Prize - Open Division
  • 2010 Naturescapes.net Images of the Year - Digital Creations Division
  • 2011 "Wildlife in Focus" Photo Contest - Third Grand Prize and People's Choice Award Winner
  • 2011 Naturescapes.net Images of the Year - Digital Creations Division
  • 2012 Nature's Best Photography Magazine - Best Backyards Wildlife Photo Contest - Winner
  • 2013 Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers Photo Contest - Grand Prize Winner
  • 2013 "Wildlife in Focus" Photo Contest - First Grand Prize and People's Choice Award Winner
  • 2014 Nature's Best Photography Magazine - Windland Smith Rice International Awards - Wildlife Category - Highly Honored.
  • 2015 "Wildlife in Focus" Photo Contest - First Grand Prize, Judges Selection Best of Show, and People's Choice Award Winner.
  • 2016 North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) Showcase - Best of Show - Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife.
  • 2017 North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) Showcase - 1st Runner Up - Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife.
  • 2017 North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) Showcase - Judges Choice Award - Altered Reality.
  • 2017 "Wildlife in Focus" Photo Contest - Second Grand Prize
  • 2018 North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase - Judges Choice Award - Birds