2017-2018 Schedule

Here’s the tentative schedule for our 2017-2018 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 64nd season which runs from September 2017 to June 2018! After each meeting, many club members head on over for some shooting at the Botanical Gardens (it’s just across the street!) or the Zoo, or to a local restaurant so consider joining us for that too! 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.

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* Annual EOY Party & AwardsAnnual EOY Party & Awards

Time: 9:45 am

Join us for our End of Year Party and Awards celebration & our annual Slide Presentation. Bring a dish if you wish!


2017-2018 Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 9 Opening Day Presentation by Ron Wyatt

Join us for our Opening day festivities on Sept. 9th. Our presenter will be Ron Wyatt. We will also have a raffle and a light luncheon. Join us in Room 327/399 at 9:45am.

Ron, a self-taught photographer has covered the NBA, NFL, MLB, and two Summer Olympic Games. His photos have appeared in various publications such as: USA Today, Black Enterprise Magazine, Time Magazine, Newsweek, TV Guide, ESPN, and others. He has covered corporate assignments for; Six Flags, Eastman Kodak, Continental Airlines, CVS, PepsiCo, Verizon, and many others. His Photography has allowed him to travel to various parts of the world. He worked has a cameramen for MSNBC, Comcast Sports, News12 and Court TV. He has spoken on Sports,Corporate,Event and Travel photography at WPPI, Photo Plus, NECC, Camera stores and Camera clubs across the country. Visit Ron’s Website to see his photos or visit his Facebook page

Saturday, Sept. 16 Competition #1

Our first competition of the season! The theme competition is Flower Buds or Budding. The judge is Chuck Pine. Upload your photos by Wednesday 9/13 at 11:59pm. Plus, stay after the meeting for Harvey Augenbraun’s class on Photoshop. $10 for members. Learn more here!

Saturday, September 23 BPS Members Meetup to Coney Island & the NY Aquarium -10am!

Coney Island and the Boardwalk! Coney Island is a MUST on any REAL NY photo tour! That said, we’ll meet at 10:00am at the entrance of the aquarium and shoot for a few hours before heading over to the boardwalk. There, we’ll find a plethora of things to photograph from the fun and colorful rides (which open at noon) to the fun and colorful people who frequent Coney Island. Lunch plans will be determined on site. Looking forward to another great day! For more Coney Island info and directions, please click here. Any questions? contact elaine_kirchen@live.com.

Saturday, Oct 7th Competition #2

Our second competition of the season! The theme competition is Reflections. The judge is Kathy Baca. Upload your photos by Monday 10/2 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, Oct. 21 Lisa & Tom Cuchara: Create Fine Art Photographs from Urban Exploration

Lisa and Tom will discuss love for RUST and their approach to and experience with photographing historic and abandoned buildings, urban decay, etc. They will show techniques for wide angle and close-up photography including the use of HDR (high dynamic range), EDR (extended dynamic range), HDR-panoramas, and light painting in this program. Equipment and techniques used to bring out the beauty and drama of these subjects will also be discussed as we show our fascination with RUST. They aim to inspire you: inspire you to visit new “old” places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story, inspire you to capture high dynamic range images and to light paint, and inspire you to create art from decay.

Tom and Lisa see the Beauty in Decay and Abandonment. Old, Historic, Grand, Dramatic, Unique — these characteristics draw us to explore and capture the essence of these rusty, dusty subjects and locations. Urban exploration (UrbEx) is the art of finding and exploring abandoned locations. Not all locations are technically “urban” or even “abandoned”. The term abandoned is used VERY loosely. It is not “being abandoned” that attracts us to a place, it is the history, beauty, decay, charm, and architectural details (which contrast so drastically with today’s vanilla architecture). Another definition of UrbEx is the investigation of seldom seen man-made structures, a definition more consistent with our quest, since our subjects may be FAR from abandoned (like the architectural grandeur of bustling Grand Central Terminal or the surprising drama of the [empty] neo-Gothic Eastern State Penitentiary), but these sites count as “unseen” because few people actually stop to appreciate beautiful prison architecture or the jaw-dropping details of Grand Central, a place that they might even rush through twice a day. 
Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Cr. Photog.*, HonNEC, is very passionate about photography and she enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature, but finds many subjects equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and UrBex/HDR, she appreciates the world around her and embraces the challenge of interpreting what her eyes see and her heart feel via her photographs. Lisa says that photography allows her to pay attention to the details, to be mindful, to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty, details and nuances of everyday life. Lisa met her husband Tom thru photography and they are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. Lisa and Tom have been photographing people professionally for over 15 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. Their portrait philosophy is based on “We do not remember days, we remember Moments”. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions, their work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions and their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a fictional paperback novel. Amherst Media recently asked Lisa and Tom to write a photography book about their HDR and light painted images. This book, called “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” can be ordered from Amazon http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex. They also love to teach, inspire and share. They have presented a wide variety of motivational and instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography) at many photography groups and organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at www.LisaAndTomPhotography.com. Also, after the meeting we will have a second part of Harvey’s Photoshop Class. Click here to learn more.
Saturday, Nov. 4 Competition #3

Our third competition of the season! The theme competition is Night. The judge is Hazel Meredith. Upload your photos by Monday 10/30 at 11:59pm.

Paula Pillone

Saturday, Nov. 18 “Textures and Topaz Filters” Presentation by Hazel Meredith

Join us for a terrific presentation by Hazel Meredith. Hazel will be discussing Textures. She says “Don’t delete that digital image! Do you sometimes have a shot that you really like….a subject that is hard to capture….a place you may not get to again….but it’s not perfect? Turn that “almost” good shot into a work of art by utilizing textures and overlays. Maybe it’s a bird in flight – the bird looks great, but the sky is blah. Use another sky image as an overlay, or add a texture – or both! Maybe it’s a nice flower shot – good color and composition, but it’s not quite tack sharp. Use textures to turn it into a fine art image! Of course, you can also add textures to your best images and make them spectacular!
Textures are everywhere – there are many free and for-purchase ones online. You can create your own textures within Photoshop or from photos of everyday objects. Working with layers and blending modes, there are many things you can do to create a beautiful work of art – I’ll show you how!” She’ll also discuss the Topaz suite of products and what they can do for your images! Topaz is an amazing suite of 16 products! It covers everything from creating stunning Black & White images, to creative lens effects, glowing light and paintings, to helping you with better ways to mask and select difficult areas, sharpen, get rid of digital noise, and add clarity. There are thousands of creative photographic to make your images the best they can be.”

Hazel Meredith, APSA, MNEC, has been teaching photographers how to perfect their images and be creative in Photoshop Elements since 2007. She has taught for several adult education programs in Connecticut; at many national and regional photographic conferences; and at camera clubs throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. She also offers her own workshops at various locations including the Smoky Mountains and Sedona, Arizona. She is very active in camera clubs on the local, regional and national level, and was awarded her MNEC (Master Member of the New England Camera Club Council) in 2008 and her APSA from the Photographic Society of America in 2013. Check out her website!

Saturday, Dec. 2 Competition #4

Our fourth competition of the season! The theme competition is Birds. The judge is Phil Echo. Upload your photos by Monday 11/27 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, Dec. 16 Holiday Party

Join us for our annual holiday party — it’s potluck so bring a favorite dish to share! Plus, we’ll be holding a business meeting giving you a chance to give the Club feedback on our activities. And there’s be an auction/photo equipment sale too! More information about that soon.

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 Competition #5

DUE TO THE WEATHER, THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 1/20. Our fifth competition of the season! The theme competition is Religion (the prominent subject or theme must be religious in nature). The judge is Dennis Thornton. Upload your photos by Tuesday 1/2 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 Competition #5

Our fifth competition of the season! The theme competition is Religion (the prominent subject or theme must be religious in nature). The judge is Steve Morton.

Saturday, Feb. 3 Competition #6

Our sixth competition of the season! The theme competition is Leading Lines. The judge is TBD. Upload your photos by Monday 1/29 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, Feb 17 Presentation by Joe LeFevre

Joe LeFevre’s images have been published internationally in Nature’s Best Photography and Photography Monthly (UK) magazines, nationally in Outdoor Photographer magazine, regionally in the award-winning Adirondack Life and New York State Conservationist magazines, and in numerous other regional publications. A popular convention speaker, Joe has captivated audiences at venues throughout the United States with his remarkable imagery, including the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) annual conventions at UMass Amherst (2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, and 2007), the Photographic Society of America (PSA) International Conference of Photography (2011, 2008), the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs (NFRCC) annual conventions (2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, and 2006), the Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs (SWMCCC) annual convention (2012), and at numerous camera clubs throughout the northeast. He has won many awards in photographic competitions. In 2013 Joe was awared first place in the Wild Lands category of the Defenders of Wildlife photography contest, and in 2012 he received one of four first place prizes in the Share the View international nature photography contest sponsored by the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. In 2010 Joe was recognized as a Highly Honored Photographer in the prestigious Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards Competition. Joe has exhibited at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY, as part of the 2006 and 2002 Everson Biennials. He is a staff instructor at the Adirondack Photography Institute http://www.adkpi.org/, which offers photographic workshops and tours throughout the spectacular Adirondack region of upstate New York, and in other select locations in the northeast. A self-taught photographer, Joe is constantly in search of magical light, which is capable of transforming even mundane landscapes into places of great beauty. Check out Joe’s website to see his images or visit his Facebook page.

Saturday, March 3 Competition #7

Our seventh competition of the season! The theme competition is Leaves. The judge is Walter Kimmel. Upload your photos by Monday 2/26 at 11:59pm.

Milagros Rodriguez

Saturday, March 17 Presentation on RAW Processors

Join us for March’s presentation by our own David Feldman. David’s presentation will be an overview of RAW processors – Lightroom, On1, Topaz Studio, Capture One and more. Chris Moore will also be offering his perspective too.

Saturday, April 14 Competition #8 has been moved to 4/28!


Saturday, April 21st  Presentation by Kathy Baca has been cancelled

Unfortunately, due to illness, Kathy Baca has cancelled her appearance. We will be doing a Lightroom lesson followed by Member Shows. Stay tuned to your email for more info.

Saturday, April 28th Competition #8

Our eighth competition of the season! The theme competition is Abstracts.  To differentiate this theme from Altered Reality, the image you enter must not be overly manipulated. See 70+ Stunning Abstract Photographs for some terrific examples.  The judge is TBD. Upload your photos by Monday 4/23 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, May 5 Competition #9

Our last competition of the season! The theme competition is Seascapes. The judge is Nir Arieli. Upload your photos by Monday 4/30 at 11:59pm. And, don’t forget, you need to pull together your End-of-the-Year photos (only from the ones you entered this year) as you’ll need to upload them by 5/9.

Saturday, May 12 EOY Competition

Compete in our End of Year Competitions with photos you’ve entered in our regular competitions. Photos will need to be uploaded by Wednesday, May 9th. Judges are Laura Warren, Lila Polinger and Steve Morton.

Saturday, June 9 Annual End of Year Party & Awards Luncheon!

Hard to believe the season is over, but it’s time for our 2017-2018 Members Awards. Join us for our End of Year Party and Awards celebration, our annual Slide Presentation: “Best of 2017-2018″ (available for purchase as a DVD too!) and more. Bring a dish if you wish.

2018-2019 Themes

Here are the themes for our 2018-2019 Season Theme competitions

  • September 2018: Eyeglasses
  •  October 2018: Zoo Animals
  •  November 2018: Textures
  •  December 2018: New York City Scenes
  •  January 2019: Reptiles
  •  February 2019: Still Life (setup done at home)
  •  March 2019: Interior Architecture
  •  April 2019: The Color Red
  •  May 2019: Panoramas (Vertical or Horizontal)

2018 EOY Winning Images