Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2 lil Owls sale 35% off (ends Jan 2nd)

Topaz Sale 35% off all Topaz plugins

Tom and I use Topaz on the majority of our images, Topaz Clarity and Adjust are our favorites, but we love Impressions and Glow for artistic effects too and their DeNoise is the best noise reduction software out there (reduces noise and leave details); we love all of the Topaz plugins!!

Here at Topaz, it’s been a great year and we hope you’ve had one as well! While we spend time reflecting on everything we’ve accomplished in 2016, thank you for a great year!

The 12 Days of Topaz sale is going great but, like we hinted, we’ve got one more surprise before the end of the year. We will also be having a 35% off storewide sale December 27th - January 10th!

Anyone who wants to take advantage of this last deal of the year can use the code “thanks35” at checkout for 35% off ANYTHING in their cart. This applies to every item storewide, including Complete Collection purchases and Collection upgrades!

Own a previous product...click here and sign then into your accounts to upgrade to get the best discount possible on the Collection for owning prior products.

Last chance to get great savings on any or all of Topaz Labs 17 products.

The code will be active through January 10th, 2017. (Wow, where has the year gone?)


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Small Group Creative Photography Retreat on Cape Cod

You are invited to a Small Group Creative Photography Retreat on Cape Cod

Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:30 AM to Sunday, January 22, 2017, 5:30 PM

Two days of creativity and camaraderie in a charming Inn on Cape Cod in the coastal town of Sandwich, with an emphasis on capturing, editing and post processing photography techniques. Taught and facilitated by Amy Davies.

$158 per person for early sign up before January 1st.
Maximum of 10 attendees

For details, information and registration go to Photography Events by Amy at this link:

America the Beautiful Photo Contest

America the Beautiful Photo Contest
If anyone has any questions they can contact Putinas via e-mail.Thanks in advance for your entry.  Pam & Bruce Putinas pamela.putinas@att.net
My husband is a member of the East Windsor Veterans Commission.  They have a Facebook page if you want to look up the group.   Anyway the EWVC is holding a photo contest entitled "America the Beautiful" to raise money to erect monuments to honor veterans.  The forwarded email from Capt. Richard Hartman explains what is going on.   I've included two attachments that hold the photo contest entry form and the contest Rules.   These are also available on the Facebook page for the East Windsor Veterans Commission.   We are hoping that you can help us get the word out about the contest.  East Windsor is a small town and is getting no assistance from the town to fund the monuments.  The group is holding various fundraisers to get to their goal of $60,000.    We'd love to have some pictures that show what America the Beautiful means to people from all walks of life.  Also, by entering, some talented amateur photographers will win either $500, $250 or $100.    
Bruce Putinas (a member of the USS FULTON (AS-11) Association) is also a member of the
East Windsor Veterans Commission. The EWVC is planning on erecting monuments in the town green to honor veterans who served in the American Revolution through the current conflict.  They have raised $10,000 but have another $50,000 to go.
Putinas came up with the idea of holding a photo contest themed "America the Beautiful”.   
The photo contest prizes are $500, $250 and $100.  Folks wishing to enter may submit their favorite photo for $10 along with an entry form that is available on the East Windsor Veterans Commission Facebook page. Official rules are also available on the EWVC Facebook page 
There is no limit to the number of entries that a person may submit. $10 and an entry
form for each photo.  The winners will also be recognized in a commemorative book
and the winning photos will be framed and hung in either the Veterans meeting room or the local American Legion.
The rules are pretty simple i.e. you must submit an original photo, you should be an amateur photographer and over the age of 21 and anything obscene will be disqualified. If you submit a picture of people and you win, we may ask the folks in the picture to sign a release as the photo will be displayed in town. "America the Beautiful" can be scenery, people, animals and nature.  It's pretty much anything you think makes America beautiful to you. 
The deadline for entries is January 31, 2017 at 12:00PM. Simply print out the Photo Contest entry form, take, edit, and print your photos that capture the "America the Beautiful" theme, and send your original 3” X 5" or 4" X 6" prints to:East Windsor Veterans Commission P.O. Box 191 Broad Brook, CT  06016-0191"
If anyone has any questions they can contact Putinas via e-mail.Thanks in advance for your entry.  Pam & Bruce Putinas pamela.putinas@att.net

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Fall 2016 Inter-club Print Competition

Fall 2016 Inter-club Print Competition
Reported by Arthur S. Vaughan, HonNEC
NECCC Print Chairman

The fall 2016 inter-club print competition, hosted by the Eastern Maine Camera Club, was held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Dysart’s Restaurant (Grand Laker Room), Bangor, Maine. The judges for this competition were: Patrick Downey, John Foster, and Thomas Morelli.

Patrick Downey, a landscape photographer was born and raised in the Acadia National Park area of Maine. His photos have been published in numerous national magazines and he has won numerous awards for his work, including Honorable Mention in Outdoor Photographer Magazine’s premier photo contest “The American Landscape”. Patrick travels extensively to scenic areas of the U.S. for photographic work but always returns to his home state of Maine.

John Foster is the owner of Foster Imaging, Maine’s oldest photo-finisher, serving professional photographers since 1985. He is the first to bring large format digital printing to New England.

Thomas Morelli is a full time portrait and wedding photographer who has been in the business for over thirty six years. He was awarded Maine Photographer of the Year in 2003 by the the Maine Professional Photographers Association.

Holding the print competition at a restaurant having event rooms made it convenient for rounds one and two to be run first, with a meal break of 30 minutes, followed by rounds three and four. The competition took about two hours to complete, with an additional 30 minutes for the dinner break. Sharing competition tasks were... Sally Arata, Jeanne Caron, Kevin Doyle, Alice Frati, Joel Holcomb, Kathy Lena, and Larry Sherwood. Many thanks go to the Eastern Maine Camera Club, the judges, competition support staff, and Dysart’s Restaurant for making this event possible.

read the entire report here and the gallery report here

See all of the interclub print information and results here