Vice President Gail Kulp has recently brought to the club's attention that there are so many photography contest opportunities local to us. Below is a list of 6 different contests that may be of interest to members. Let us know if you are participating and keep us posted on how you make out with your submissions - we would love to celebrate our members and their accomplishments!
Susquehanna Greenway Partnership- http://www.susquehannagreenway.org/susquehanna-greenway-photo-contest-opens
PA Parks and Forests Foundation- https://paparksandforests.org/get-involved/photo-contest/
Pennsylvania Resources Council Lens on Litter- http://prc.org/lens-litter/
Discover Lancaster- http://www.discoverlancaster.com/photo-contest.asp
We are coming to the end of summer. The summer photo walks were well attended and everyone seemed to have fun. We also enjoyed our Annual Summer Picnic at Wayne Palmer's house on August 1st. And, I've seen a lot of fun vacation photos posted to our Facebook page from members traveling all around the world this summer.
Scavenger Hunt photos are due to Kevin by Sept 7. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send all photos to him with the name of the topic and your name in the file title.The topics are listed below:
Something smaller than your thumb
The color blue
Photographer's choice: Name the photo
The rules for the upcoming Animal Themed Members' Only Show are now on our website. Registration will be open on our website from September 1-25. Anyone who is not a current member but would like to enter this show, they will just need to pay their dues along with the entry fee for each photo being submitted and this is discussed in more details in the rules. Photos may be dropped off on Sept. 27 from 1-3 pm or on Sept. 28 from 5-6 pm before our meeting begins that night. The photos will be judged by a panel of three member judges and cash prizes will be awarded to the winning photos. The public will also get a chance to vote for their favorites during the show opening on October 2nd.
We hope to see everyone back in the Taber Museum for our September 28th meeting at 6 pm. We will be treated to a slideshow from our summer scavenger hunt photos and will also be hanging our Animal Themed Show that will open on Friday, October 2. We will also be taking sign-ups from members to help with the Show opening night from setting up for the show, providing food and wine for the show, helping out during the show, and cleaning-up after the show.
The Shutterbugs had a fantastic annual holiday dinner this week. Photos of the dinner and gift exchange have been posted to our website. It was a lot of fun and, if you missed it, I hope you can join us next year. We always have a ton of laughs and the food was great!
The Alphabet Assignment is still in full swing. Everyone who attended our November meeting was assigned a letter and they have to find something that looks like that letter and photograph it. If you weren't at the meeting and would like to participate, please contact me and I'll send you a letter. You have until January 19 to get a photo of your letter and send it to me via email. I will put together a slide show and share the photos at our meeting at the end of January.
Our Unrestricted Members' Only Show is scheduled to open on February 6th and registration for the photos will be open from January 1-23. The show rules and information have been posted to our website and the registration link will be live on January 1st. If you have never entered in a show or haven't entered in a while, this is a great show to start again. Without any rules about the type of photo nor the framing and matting rules, you can do just about anything and be creative with your photos. Show us what you got!
On behalf of the Shutterbugs, I wish everyone a happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Gail R. Kulp
The Shutterbugs Black & White Show is currently on display at the Taber Museum in downtown Williamsport, so if you didn't make it to the show opening on October 3rd, please take a moment to check it out before it ends on October 27th.
Our October 27th meeting will include a lesson in Black & White photography from Ralph Wilson before we hold a critique on the photos entered in the show. We will also be discussing the results of the member survey and determining the next steps for the future of the Shutterbugs. As always, our meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome. Our meetings start at 6 pm.
We had a wonderful photo walk in Lewisburg last night. The weather cooperated and we had at least 12 people in attendance! If you got some great shots, feel free to share them on our Facebook page.
We have decided to cancel our August photo walk, The planned date (Aug 25) is on the first day of school for most of the local children and teachers as well as the local colleges. In addition, the original idea of photographing an eagle's nest would not have worked at the proposed location because the eagles had a failed nest. Therefore, we are not holding a photo walk in August unless someone wants to propose a new date and location change. I'm up for suggestions.
Don't forget about the summer photo scavenger hunt! The photos are due to me (via email) before September 1st in order to be included in the slideshow at our September 22nd meeting. Please only send one photo for each category.
-1 second exposure
Mark your calendars for our September 22nd meeting. We'll be at the Taber Museum and the meeting will be starting at 6pm. We'll be finalizing plans for our October 3rd Black & White photo show during that meeting as well.
Gail R. Kulp
Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and, with it, the unofficial start of summer. This means that the Shutterbugs will be taking a break from formal meetings over the summer months and will be meeting for outdoor photowalks instead. Check out our "Dates to Remember" page for a list of when and where we will be having these photowalks.
In addition, the Shutterbugs members participate in an annual summer photo scavenger hunt. We take photos throughout the summer on a list of topics and then share our photos in a slideshow at our first meeting in September. The scavenger hunt is open to everyone who wants to participate and entries should be emailed to Gail Kulp. Topics for the Summer of 2014 include: Insect, Forest/Trees, Something Old, Shadow and 1 second exposure.
We hope you have a wonderful summer and get a chance to use your camera often! Don't forget that you can share photos or photography articles/information at any time on our Facebook page!
It was a long cold winter, but spring is finally here. The flowers are blooming, the trees are blossoming and the grass is growing. Hopefully, everyone is getting out with their cameras and capturing all this beauty!
The 18th Annual Juried Show opened last night and it was a great success. The results are posted on our "Show Results" page and we'll soon add photos of all the winning photographers with their winning entries.
Our next meeting will be held on Monday, May 19th starting at 6 pm at the Taber Museum in downtown Williamsport. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct a critique of the Juried Show and the 3 judges will be in attendance to provide their feedback as to why they chose the pieces that they did.
Our summer meetings will be taking place outside of the museum this year. We will still meet on the 4th Monday of each month, but we will be taking photowalks around the local area. Our first photowalk is scheduled for Monday, June 23. We will meet in the Taber Museum parking lot and will decide on our destination that evening. Details on the date and location of our other summer photowalks will be posted on the "Dates to Remember" page.
Have a wonderful spring and summer!
Gail R. Kulp
Registration for our 18th Annual Juried Show opens in just a few days. This year, we are giving away over $1,300 in cash prizes for the winning photographs in the show. All of the rules and registration information can be found on our website. Please read the rules carefully.
The Juried Show opens on Friday, May 2nd with a wine and cheese reception from 6-9 pm at the Taber Museum. The event is free and open to the public and attendees are invited to vote for their favorite 5 photos which will receive ribbons. The cash prizes will also be awarded that night as a result of the judging by the professional judges which will have taken place earlier in the week.
Don't forget to come out to our monthly meetings. Our next two meetings are on Monday, April 28 and Monday, May 19. Our meetings begin promptly at 6 pm at the Taber Museum in downtown Williamsport. The Shutterbugs will continue to meet through the summer months, but we will be participating in photo walks of local towns rather than meeting inside the museum. Keep an eye on our "Dates to Remember" page for locations throughout the summer.
Thank you for your support of the Shutterbugs.
Gail R. Kulp
During the month of March, the Shutterbugs are participating in a photo-a-day challenge to get us outside and using our cameras now that winter is (hopefully) over or at least on its way out. At our March 24 meeting, we will be sharing our favorite 3-5 photos that we took over the course of the month with one another before our planned program begins. Feel free to join us!
March Shutterbugs Photo Challenge
1- Self portrait (“Selfie”)
2- Something you’re reading
3- From a low angle
4- From up high
5- A smile
7- A number
8- Favorite place
9- Bucket list item
10- Something I hate
11- Something I love
13- My day
14- My night
15- A bad habit
19- On the table/desk
20- View from your window
24- An old friend
26- My indulgence
27- Black & white
29- Something I collect
31- Faceless self portrait
Mark your calendars! The first show for the Susquehanna Valley Shutterbugs in 2014 will be opening on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6 pm at the Thomas Taber Museum in downtown Williamsport.
This show is the most unique of our three shows. It is our "Unrestricted" show which means that almost anything is allowed. There are no rules about the size of the submission, the photo doesn't have to be framed or matted, and the photo can have lots of computer manipulation and editing done to it. It is a fun chance for our members to let loose and be completely creative with their photography.
Our monthly meetings are still taking place on the 4th Monday of each month at the Taber Museum starting at 6 pm. Please come to our next meeting on Monday, January 27th and you'll get a chance to learn about different types of camera lenses as well as how to professionally clean your camera. Don't forget to bring your camera and manual to the meeting as well.
Happy new year and stay warm!
Gail R. Kulp
My name is Bob Haefner and I am the president of the Susquehanna Valley Shutterbugs. I encourage people who have an interest in photography to come to a meeting. We use the meetings to educate the members and promote photography as an art form. You can also check us out on Facebook under "Susquehanna Valley Shutterbugs" to see more.