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January 4 meeting info

In our first meeting of the new year, we will look back at out best images of 2017 and lay out plans for ourselves and the club for 2018.

  • Bring your best three images of 2017 and tell us why they are your best ones.
  • What are your New Year’s resolutions for photography?

According to a recent article by Thom Hogan, this is a good time to reflect on your photographic process and identify areas in which you want to improve.  According to the article, “Here’s the question you should be asking yourself: what did I do this year that improved my photography? What lesson did you learn and apply? What technique did you learn and apply? What process did you learn and apply? What new knowledge did you attain and put to use?”

By sharing our resolutions for the coming year, we may find goals we have in common, which may lead to working together or even a club activity.

If you haven’t yet, check out our latest newsletter.  Paul put together one of our best issues yet!  It’s full of information that will help your landscape and wildlife photography.

June 1 meeting info

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Our June 1 photo sharing theme will be “spring fling”.  We will also discuss ways to create photo books.

In addition, please retrieve your photos from the Unitarian Church show by noon today (June 1).

Improve your Lightroom skills at our next meeting on April 13

Our April meeting is on a special date and time, 7:00 pm Thursday, April 13 in the Stone Computer Center in Mann Library.

This room is on the left as you enter the library itself. With guidance from Adam Baker, we will be working with Lightroom to develop our editing skills. Lightroom is a premier editor with a strong intuitive design. The RAW image file is central to this. Adam invites CNP members to send him a problem image in RAW format for a teaching example. This is a great opportunity for any skill level. Don’t miss this!

There will not be a meeting on April 6, our normal date.

Feb. 2 meeting: A special presentation on putting nature in video

conowingo-eagle_2016-12-14_266-fbJoin us for a presentation by Professor Emeritus Charles Walcott on the process of Putting Nature in Video. A distinguished ornithologist and science communicator, Prof. Walcott will describe his equipment, techniques, and approaches for producing short videos on the natural history research of his colleagues. Those interested in developing or improving their skills with video photography are welcome.

CNP photo exhibition at CSMA

CNP flyerPlease join us for a photo exhibition and reception  at the CSMA gallery (330 State St.) on Friday, August 5th from 5 – 8pm.  The reception and show are open to the public.

The photographers who created the images will be at the show, so this is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and learn about the techniques that were used to make these images.


July 7 meeting info

CNP-Somesville Selectmens-20100616_025_025The photo sharing theme will be “old buildings”.   There are lots of picturesque old structures in our area, and I look forward to seeing your images of them.

In addition, Adam Baker will will give a presentation on composition.  His photos are amazing and we will learn a great deal.

 Before the meeting, we’ll have a photo shoot at the Botanical Gardens of the Cornell Plantations starting at 6:00.  These pre-meeting shoots are a great opportunity to share ideas and gear, and learn new techniques.  It’s lots of fun trying out new photo equipment.  Be mindful of the early stages of GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) and you will be fine.  🙂

Getting ready for our CSMA gallery show

©Ridenour_Lotus_2453.a-RecoveredWe will exhibit our work at the CSMA gallery from August 5 – 26, with an opening reception on the 5th from 5:00 – 8:00pm for Gallery Night.  The theme will be nature photography, and your images can come from anywhere in the world (or in Peter’s case, anywhere in the solar system).

To have an image in our show, you must be a current CNP member.  Please send 3-4 images as jpgs (with title and size info) to Nancy Ridenour by June 30.

We will hang our images on August 2nd.  All images must be matted in white and framed in black, or on stretched canvas.  Please let Nancy know your availability to help with the show.  We’ll answer any questions you have at our June 2nd meeting.

Pre-meeting photo shoot on May 5

Virginia Bluebells-20160503_032Prior to our usual meeting this Thursday, we will have a photo shoot in the Mundy Wildflower garden at 6:00pm. There are two entrances: if you are walking from campus, use the walking path off of Judd Falls Rd. just east of the Plantations’ Botanical Garden. If you are driving, there is a parking lot at the intersection of Forest Home Drive and Caldwell Rd (just south of the Forest Home bridge).

Trillium grandiflorum-20160503_029There is a chance for rain on Thursday. The weather will reduce contrast and we’ll get those nice water droplets on the flowers. However, if it is raining hard, we’ll cancel. I’ll send an email to the CNP list by 3:00pm if we cancel. Otherwise, I’ll see you there.
Many thanks to Paul for scouting locations today!  The images on the right are from his scouting trip.


CNP show winners!

Thanks to all who come out to our show opening at the Unitarian Church.  A big thanks to Carol for organizing the show and to Jen for baking the yummy treats.

We had around thirty images in the show.  The quality of the images was quite high and it was challenging to decide which ones to vote on for our prizes.

Congratulations to the winners!  The Best in Show award went to Nancy Ridenour (Macro Lotus)

We had a tie for the Most Innovative award:
Mark Malkin (Last Color)
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Aubrey Kelly (Lady Bowen Falls)
Lady Bowen Falls - Aubrey Kelly
The show will run until June 8.