2021-2022 Schedule

Due to Covi-19 all meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Don’t let the Pandemic stop you from joining our monthly competitions and presentations on photography! Email us at bronxphotographicsociety@gmail.com for more info.
Here’s the tentative schedule for our 2021-2022 season. Stay tuned for more information on the season’s presentations, lectures, workshops, competitions shortly. We hope to see all of you back for our 68th season which runs from September 2021 to June 2022! Each month we have a monthly photo competition where members compete in their group (open to all subject matter) and can also compete in our monthly theme competition, black-and-white competition and our Altered Reality (manipulated image) competition.

2020-2021 Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 18 Opening Day Presentation Mike Moats: The Art of Flower Photography 9:45am

Join us online for our Opening day presentation The Art of Flower Photography from Mike Moats on Sept. 18th. Mike’s presentation will show you how to go from producing boring flower photography to producing art, plus working with Smart Photo Editor software to enhance your flower photography.

Mike Moats is a international award winning full time pro macro photographer from Michigan.  He is a Tamron Image Master, and his articles and images have been published in many photo magazines for over 16 years.  He has a Macro Photo Club online with over 2,300 members, from 25 countries.  Mike teaches workshops and speaks at photo conference throughout the US.

Learn more about Mike Moats on his web site – Mike Moats Tiny Landscapes

Email us at bronxphotographicsociety@gmail.com for info on how to attend the webinar.

Saturday, Sept. 25 Competition #1

Our first competition of the season! The theme competition is “Bugs.” The judge is Chuck Pine. Upload your photos by Wednesday 9/24 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, Oct. 9 Competition #2

Our second competition of the season! The theme competition is “Marine Life.” The judge is Anastasia Tompkins. Upload your photos by Wednesday 10/6 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, Oct. 23 Lewis Katz, Perspective and Perception : The Art of Seeing

Join us for a brand new presentation from Lewis Katz on Perspective and Perception, The Art of Seeing.

Lewis Katz photo Lost in Thought

In the most basic sense perspective in photography is in regards to how you hold your camera while composing your image. Do you use a lower angle, a higher angle etc. Do I use a wide angle lens or perhaps a telephoto or maybe even a macro. All of these different lenses will provide a different perspective or your composition. But in reality perspective determines how you are viewing your subject manner and how your are composing the image. Characteristics such as distance between objects, the type of angle used, scale and contrast also determine your perspective in regards to the image. Your perspective is also determined by your previsualization of the subject matter as well as your personal attitudes and beliefs as well as your emotional connection, or lack of connection, to your subject matter.

In the end all of these factors combine to form your perception of the image. This can be as simple as is the image sharp enough, did I compose the image correctly and did I use the correct aperture and shutter speed. But again in the deeper sense you should consider if you gave the subject matter the respect it deserves as well as taking your time to make all of these critical decisions.

In this program I will demonstrate how small changes in your perspective can produce large changes in your perception of your imagery. In the end it is your personal perspective and perception that will connect you to your images as well as connect your viewers to your images.

Lewis Katz Blowing the BluesAbout  Lewis Katz: “After moving to Baltimore in 2001 I discovered and joined the Baltimore Camera Club. I was quickly in awe and humbled by the talent and more importantly I found the companionship of fellow members which is so important to me to this day. The Baltimore Camera Club remains an integral part of my photography life. I have been honored and have received many awards from the competitions at the club.

Teaching photography is another essential component of my photography life as I love sharing my passion. I currently teach for the Johns Hopkins Odyssey program, the Capital Photography Center of DC and for private students as well. I live for those aha moments that only teaching can provide.

My favorite Ansel Adams quote is “A great photograph is one that truly expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” In the same way that your camera captures the light being reflected my photography reflects who I am and all of the experiences of my life.”

Learn more about Lewis on his website: www.lewiskatzphotography.com.

Saturday, Nov. 6 Competition #3

Our third competition of the season! The theme competition is City at Night. The judge is Gillian Greenhill Hannum. Upload your photos by Wednesday 11/3 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, Nov. 20 Geff Bourke on The Art of Bird Photography 

Join us for a wonderful presentation from Geff Bourke of Road Runner Photography Tours. In this presentation you will learn not only the techniques and gear needed for successful bird photography, but the art of taking these traditionally “documentary” images that elevates them to a new level. Known for his amazing avian images, Geff will share with you his techniques, his tricks, and his process! If you aren’t a bird photographer yet, you will be after this!!

Photography has been a passion of Geff’s for over 40 years. Like most people, Geff started taking pictures of his vacations and of his family, with his very first camera, a Fuji XT605.

Geff definitely caught the photography bug and his interests branched out from family vacations to nature photography, such as landscapes, birds, and flowers; travel photography with the goal of capturing the culture of his destinations; and urban landscapes… street, people, and decay.

Since Geff started with film, he was compelled to learn every aspect of development and at one point had built his own darkroom so that he could process his images. Geff has, like many, converted to the digital format. For his nature photography, he is a purist… and uses post-processing software at a minimum. For all other subject matters, digital photography allows such a limitless freedom of expression. Each image can be manipulated in multiple ways to express a desired mood or state of mind. Although he doesn’t have his original camera, he does have a collection of antique cameras and often shoots film which he processes at home and then transfers to a digital image.

In college, he studied and obtained a degree in graphic arts. These studies aided him in developing perspective and have definitely impacted how he composes and processes his images. His work is a true expression of how he sees the world.

Geff has also been featured in the UK’s Black + White Magazine for his amazing B&W work of Icelandic horses and has been awarded and published in Minimalist Photography Awards, Annual Book 2020.

See Geff’s interview with Peggy Farren, of Understand Photography, on Why Choose Black and White Photography. Learn more about Geff and his photography and photo tours on his web site.

Saturday, Dec. 4 Competition #4

Our fourth competition of the season! The theme competition is Pairs and Odd Couples. The judge is Stephen Morton. Upload your photos by Wednesday 12/1 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, Dec. 18 Hazel Meredith -Get Creative with the Nik Collection

More information soon on this presentation by Hazel Meredith on Nik’s Collection of Photoshop filters.

Hazel MeredithHazel Meredith is an award-winning photographer, teacher, speaker, workshop leader and a highly respected competition judge. In 2007, she began teaching post-processing techniques through local adult education programs, and now teaches at camera clubs and conferences across the U.S. as well as through her own workshops. She also offers her own webinars on various creative post-processing techniques, and has done webinars for Topaz Labs. She released her first eBook, “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” in 2015, and the sequel in April 2019. Hazel loves the creative aspect of photography and post-processing, especially the use of textures, overlays and software to create unique images. She enjoys teaching and sharing her techniques to assist other photographers in realizing their own creative visions. In 2017 she and her husband, Dave, founded the “Creative Photography Conference” in New England. The event has begun moving around the country, expanding from its first years in MA. They will also begin Virtual Conferences with the first one in Feb. 2021. Hazel is actively involved with the photographic community, and has held leadership roles and received honorary distinctions from several organizations. In the Fall of 2020 she was the recipient of the Ashbrook Award for Digital Imaging Instruction from the Photographic Society of America. She believes that camera clubs are a great way to share the passion of photography and keep learning and sharing new techniques. Learn more at www.meredithimages.com.  

DATE CHANGE! Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 Competition #5

Our fifth competition of the season! The theme competition is Round Things. The judge is Genevieve Farrell Rudoc. Upload your photos by Wednesday 1/19 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, January 22, 2022  Roni Chastain – Cuba and Iceland

 As a long time photographer who loves to travel, Roni has to both Cuba and Iceland 3 times. Her presentation will show the beauty of both countries, from a variety of locations. In Cuba you will see Vinales, Trinidad and of course Havana. In Iceland, Roni will show the waterfalls, the volcanic rock formations and the Icelandic Horses. I recently returned after a horseback riding tour!

Roni Chastain is a long time photographer & graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She has photographed professional nursing organizations & conferences. Her photos have been used by American Academy of Pediatrics & published in several books. Her images have been in Juried art shows on Long Island.

For 10 years she was the Organizer for the Long Island Photography Meetup, with over 260 members. She arranged for photo shoots in the Tri-State region. Many were private photography tours. She loves to share her experience with photography & photoshops skills.

Roni leads photo tours to Cuba & is working on one in Iceland. For more information on her tours visit www.Customphotonotes.com. You can see more of her work at http://ronichas.zenfolio.com/ and
http://www.nursingbabies.com

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 Competition #6

Our sixth competition of the season! The theme competition is Zig Zag. The judge is Linda Tommasulo. Upload your photos by Wednesday 2/2 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

More information soon on February’s presentation.

Saturday, March 5 Competition #7

Our seventh competition of the season! The theme competition is Framed. The judge is Andrew Kurchey. Upload your photos by Wednesday 3/2 at 11:59pm.

 

Saturday, March 19  John Slonina – Landscape Photography

This program will provide several techniques on how to take your Landscape Photography to the next Level. Some examples are demonstrated with before and after photos and video making the viewer feel like there are right there onsite. We will also discuss how to get great DOF and compositions to make your photos stand out. This program will help you understand the light and use it to your advantage. How to take care of special weather conditions like fog, rainbows and storms. John will also discuss strategies for photographing water (lakes, rivers, and the ocean). A bulk of this program will have a section on different strategies to deal with contrast and bad light. It is a common problem to have a properly exposed foreground and a washed-out sky or a properly exposed sky and a dark foreground. We will also cover how to use contrast to your advantage. Which equipment to buy or skip which filters to use and how and when not to use them. There will be a demo on common cell photo apps and software that predict the milky way, sunrise, sunset, tides, and moon rise/set and direction of light.

John Slonina is a professional nature photographer. A passion for wildlife, wild places and teaching has led him down the path to photography. He has been photographing nature for over 30 years. He also has a photo tour company Slonina Photography which leads instructional photo workshops across North America. John’s goal is to make everything a fun learning experience. John’s subjects include landscape, wildlife, macro, nature, and night photography. His work has been published in calendars, books, magazines and displayed in several galleries. John has presented for numerous camera clubs, nature groups, and photo conferences. His teaching style and humor makes him a popular speaker. You can visit his website www.sphotography.com for his blog posts, online galleries, and tour schedule.

Saturday, April 2 Competition #8

Our eighth competition of the season! The theme competition is Harborsl.  The judge is TBD. Upload your photos by Wednesday 3/30 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, April 23 Presentation 

More info soon on April’s presentation.

Saturday, May 7 Competition #9

Our ninth competition of the season! The theme competition is Church Windows.  The judge is TBD. Upload your photos by Wednesday 5/4 at 11:59pm. Please note that this competition is subject to change.

Saturday, May 21 Presentation 

More info soon on this presentation.

Saturday, June 11 Awards

Hard to believe the season is over. Awards ceremony contingent on Covid.

Next Meeting

For now, all Competitions and Presentations will be held online.

Saturday, Oct. 8 – Competition #2, Theme: Weathered Wood, Judge: Lila Pollinger

Saturday, Oct. 22 – “Composing with Intent” with Mark Battista

 

2022-2023 Themes

Here are the themes for our 2022-2023 Season Theme competitions

  •  September 2022: Roadscapes
  •  October 2022: Weathered Wood
  •  November 2022: Neon Signs
  •  December 2022: Food Photography
  •  January 2023: Clocks & Watches
  •  February 2023: Graceful Curves
  •  March 2023: The Color Purple
  •  April 2023: Bees