FRAN MACDONALD BECOMES NEW STAR RATINGS DIRECTOR
Fran MacDonald was recently named the new Star Ratings Director, taking over after Carol Bailey, FPSA, GMPSA, retired from the position after many years of service.
Fran's educational background is in engineering and regional/environmental planning, and his work history has spanned environmental consulting and various positions in sales for chemical process equipment. Currently, he's employed by Delta Air Lines as a Quality Auditor, and this position takes him to many locations where Delta flies.
Initially, photography was always associated with his travel. As a boy, he enjoyed and looked forward to his uncle's photographs and slide presentations from his trips to Europe. He followed in those footsteps and took many slides during trips to England showing places he had visited. After joining Greater Lynn Photographic Association and Massachusetts Camera Naturalists, he began to narrow his interests first to landscape photography and then to wild flower and bird photography.
In 2004, Fran joined a Wild Flower Slide Study Group that provided good commentary for improving his technique with macro photography. Monthly club competitions have challenged and improved his technique and understanding of the fundamentals required for creating images, and the club provides the opportunity to learn and photograph with others who share his interests in nature. Each summer, he volunteers for the Equipment Committee at the New England Camera Club Counsel conference in Amherst, Massachusett.
Fran looks forward to working with the various divisions in his new position.
CALL FOR CLUBS TO ENTER THE PROJECTED IMAGE DIVISION's (PID) CREATIVE INTERCLUB COMPETITIONS
This is an open invitation to all PSA member clubs to enter PID's Creative Interclub Competitions. The deadline for registration is November 15, with the first competition being held in December.
"Creative" is for those images that may not fit other pictorial competitions. Basically, anything goes as long as the finished work began life as a normal photograph taken by the club member submitting the image. No clip art may be used, but any Photoshop tools may be used as "supporting" pieces. i.e. Render Clouds, Add Noise, Free Transform, Polar Coordinates, etc. HDR alone, due to its general acceptance, is not considered "creative," however, it may be incorporated with other techniques to make a truly "altered reality" image.
The Creative Interclub Competitions are one of the most exciting categories of competition PSA has to offer. Check them out. For additional information, contact Tom Peterson, Director, PID Creative Interclub Competitions.
ANGELA STANTON HONORED AS A BEST ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHER IN ORANGE COUNTY
"These artistic photographers will take your breath away with their immeasurable communicative talents. Their profound imagery, visions and technical capabilities illustrate the very essence of artistic expression and innovation, and their passion for photography and art as a whole is unmistakable. Do yourself a favor; brighten your mood and enliven your spirit by browsing through their portfolios."
Five photographers were picked of the many thousands in the Orange County area. One of the five photographers picked for this honor is Angela Stanton, owner and lead photographer at Stanton Photo Studios (http://www.stantonphotostudios.com). Angela has been a PSA member for several years. She wrote to CBS that she is "Captivated by Rembrandt's colors and light, Dali's eye for the unusual and different and Van Gogh's eye for vivid motion"... Photography is [her] passion "because of the happiness and memories it creates." She said ... "photography is a modern way of painting using digital brushes."
PSA 2012 INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY (IUTP) AWARD TO ANDREW STAWICKI
Andrew Stawicki was awarded PSA's IUTP Plaque at the 2012 PSA Annual Conference in San Francisco in September of 2012. This award was created to recognize an accomplished photographer whose publications, lecturing, and teaching have clearly contributed to the advancement of understanding among people. PSA has given this award out since 1957. (See a list of previous recipients of the IUTP Award.)
As the founding photographer of PhotoSensitive, Andrew has helped to create a unique and powerful ensemble of talented men and women who, through black-and-white photography, enrich, enlighten and educate Canadians on issues of social significance. Andrew's photographs appeared in A Day In The Life Of..., books on Canada, Japan, the U.S, Spain and the Soviet Union. His 10-year photographic study on Mennonites was published in his book, People Apart in 1995.
PSA 2012 PROGRESS MEDAL AWARDED TO DR. FUJIO MASUOKA
Dr. Fujio Masuoka received PSA's Progress Medal Award at the 2012 PSA Annual Conference in San Francisco in September of 2012. The highest award of PSA, the Progress Medal is given to honorees who have made important contributions to the art and science of photography. PSA has given this award out since 1948. (See a list of previous recipients of the PSA Progress Medal Award.)
Dr. Matsuoka, who is Chief Technical Officer for Unsantis-Electronics in Japan, is the inventor of Flash Memory, which revolutionized not only photography, but also automobiles, computers, and mobile phones. Mr. Masuoka has received many awards for his work, including the 207 Purple Ribbon Medal from the Emperor Akihito.
You can read more about Dr. Masuoka in the October 2012 PSA Journal.
PSA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO CORNERSTONE MEMBER, KAN HING-FOOK, APSA
ETIENNE VANDENWEGHE, FPSA, RECEIVES PSA SERVICE AWARD
Etienne Vandenweghe, FPSA, (left) received a PSA Service Award from Jozef Aerts, FPSA, GMPSA, in recognition of his service to PSA and exhibitors worldwide. Etienne organized 75 PSA-recognized International Exhibitions, which included the Euro-Picamera Ieper, The Golden Cat, and the Golden Spurs. Jozef Aerts personally delivered the award to him at The Golden Spurs awards ceremony in Belgium, on the 7th of July. Etienne received his APSA in 1979 and his FPSA in 1988.
NEW BOOK FROM ARNOLD JOHN KAPLAN, APSA:
The Cape Cod Scenic GPS Guide Book - for Photographers, Artists and Tourists
How to Find Cape Cod's Famous Picturesque Scenes Using the Global
If you're planning a trip to Cape Cod and want to find some scenic locales for your photographic adventures, this just might be what you need. PSA member Arnold Kaplan has written a 68-page book giving GPS coordinates for an assortment of Cape Cod areas. Whether you seek windmills, grist mills, or harbors, Arnold describes the area and demonstrates with monochrome images, what you can expect to find. Just follow the GPS coordinates, and you'll get there. The book can be ordered directly from Arnold Kaplan for $19.95 (free shipping) using either Paypal or mail. Contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org for further
Book Review by Marie Altenberg
JAN LEE, APSA, EPSA, APPOINTED NEW TREASURER
Effective August 1, 2012, Jan Lee is the new PSA Treasurer. She will serve on PSA's Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors.
Jan grew up in San Antonio, Texas. Her mother and father were avid artists and photographers, and her father instilled in her a life-long love for monochromatic art, especially photography. Jan has a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas, and a MEd in Guidance and Counseling from Texas Tech University. In 1978, Jan moved to Oklahoma City to start work at Tinker AFB as an Inventory Management Specialist for the US Department of the Air Force. She worked for the Air Force in many logistics and financial capacities at Tinker AFB, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, Robins AFB, GA, and back to Tinker AFB. Jan retired after 30 years of service in 2008.
Since 1978, Jan has been an active member of the Oklahoma Camera Club. Jan has served on the club board several times. She is now serving as club president for a third term, the first person ever to be elected to a third term. She has also served several times as the General Chairmen of the Oklahoma International Exhibition. Jan joined PSA in 1980. Her primary love in photography is monochrome prints, but does not stop there. She holds at least one star in every one of PSA's competition divisions except 3D. Jan's other loves are tennis, reading, travel, and cats. For several years, she and her husband Wally have co-chaired the four sections of the Pictorial Print Divisions' competitions of the annual PSA International. In November 2009, she and Wally became the CPID Star Ratings Co-Directors.
DONALD BROWN APPOINTED NEW MEMBERSHIP VP
A retired USAF Officer and Information Technology corporate executive, Donald Brown retired and moved to Charlotte, NC in 2005. He grew up in Western Kentucky (Paducah) and served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the USAF in 1982 after serving the previous 5 years as an Associate Professor of Computer Sciences at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He then joined Computer Sciences Corporation and retired again in July 2005 as Vice President, Government Consulting business unit. He recently served as President of the Carolinas' Nature Photographers Assn (CNPA) for 5 years. During his tenure, CNPA grew from 500 members to a 1500 member association of nature photographers in North and South Carolina.
Donald is an active member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) and the Photographic Society of America (PSA). Also an avid golfer, he now spends his time practicing his avocation of nature and wildlife photography in many of the U.S. parks and wildlife reserves and trying desperately to lower his golf handicap. He also teaches a Masterclass in Fine Art Printing at the Light Factory, one of four museums in the U.S. specializing in Photography and Film. Donald's primary love is nature photography: landscapes, wildlife and plantlife, but he is beginning to explore other areas of expression and is especially interested in fine art prints. For more information on Donald, see his images on his web site or read his blog entry.
ERIK ROSENGREN'S IMAGE APPEARS ON COVER OF TAMPA BAY MAGAZINE'S MARCH 2012 ISSUE
Erik Rosengren's HDR image of Plant Hall recently appeared on the March 2012 cover of Tampa Bay Magazine. He had been submitting images for the magazine's annual Fall contest, an issue in which his images had been selected every time he entered them. But he never expected one of his images to be chosen for a different issue's cover.
Plant Hall is a National Historic Landmark at the University of Tampa. You can read more about it on the Bluffton University website or through The Chiselers Inc., a support group for the University of Tampa.
Erik chose a three-shot HDR to bring out more definition of this iconic structure. He took the image with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 18-270mm lens.
Michael Rosenbaum recently won the prestigious 2011 Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International Award (bird category). His image of spoonbills which seem to be kissing, though they are actually engaged in combat, was taken at the Smith Oaks Rookery, High Island, Texas, USA. Because it was overcast he was able to shoot this in the morning, which is when most interaction occurs between spoonbills. Says Michael, "If the sun had been out, I would have been shooting into the sun, and I wouldn't have gotten this photo. It was a freakish blessing in disguise."
His image, along with the winners and a selection of highly honored images in each award category, will be displayed as large-format prints with an accompanying HD video at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural history Exhibition Hall from March 30, 2012, through January 6, 2013. Launched in 1996 at the Washington DC National Zoo, the Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards has become a multi-year exhibition program at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards program evolved from an ambitious mission to become one of the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world. More than 25,000 entries are received and judged each year in the International Awards.
From February 3 to May 27, [Artspace] at Untitled in Oklahoma City, OK, will hold an exhibition, Reconsidering The Family of Man, an unprecedented showing of nearly 100 photographic prints spanning the history of the medium from the turn of the century to the present. Thematically inspired by the seminal exhibit The Family of Man, curated by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art in 1955, this exhibit will draw upon the extensive archives of PSA as well as that of the Oklahoma Arts Institute’s photographic collection, both of which are housed at the [Photographic Resource Center] at Untitled.
Like the original exhibit, the central theme for this show will illustrate the commonalities that all human beings share such as love, family, birth, and death. This approach will also illustrate the development of photography, both technically and artistically, post 1955, the date of the original The Family of Man exhibition. It will be the job of the audience to decide how earlier or later work may aesthetically compare.
There is also a 20 print exhibit of photographs from the 1940s, the third in [Artspace] at Untitled's continuing series entitled: Decade by Decade: Selections from the PSA Collection.
The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm and Saturdays, 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission is free.
MID-ATLANTIC CHAPTER OF PSA SPRING MEETING
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of PSA is holding its spring meeting at All Saints Lutheran Church, 16510 Mt. Oak Road, Bowie, Maryland. The meeting will feature "Creative Interpretations" by Nikhil Bahl.
Nikhil Bahl is a professional nature photographer, educator, author, lecturer and workshop instructor. His goal is to inspire people to appreciate the splendor of nature by becoming aware of that which is easily overlooked, and by transforming the mundane into the exciting through contemplative and artistic interpretation. While his primary aim is to create art with his photographs, he also strives to document the natural world with an eye toward conservation and education. This has led him to volunteer his time and photography skills with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Nikhil's work has been published in a number of print and electronic media. His fine art prints have been widely exhibited in the Washington metropolitan area, and are part of many private collections. Nikhil also has a passion for teaching photography and leads nature photography workshops and tours in the United States. He teaches photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia and through Digital Photo Academy. His instruction is focused on in-camera interpretation and developing personal vision, rather than simply following the traditional rules of photography.
Creative Interpretations: Photography is all about interpretation. From subject selection, to focal length, shutter speed and aperture, to camera placement, post-processing, a photographer makes many decisions that interpret the subject. A photographer can show the subject in an atypical manner that may challenge the viewer’s perceptions or by delving into the abstract, the viewer can be left guessing as to what the subject really is. In his presentation, Nikhil Bahl will take participants into the realm of conceptualizing and interpreting the scene that is to be captured by the creative photographer. In his presentation, Nikhil Bahl will take participants into the realm of conceptualizing and interpreting the scene that is to be captured by the creative photographer. To see Nikhil's work: http://www.nikhilbahl.com/index.html
PSA members are invited to attend and join the Chapter for $7.00 for the year.
The Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C) is sponsoring a Photo Trip to China which will be lead by well known photographers and PSA members, Henry Ng, APSA, EPSA; and Thomas Lang, APSA, EPSA.
Henry and Thomas' photo tours are designed by photographers for photographers and offer the finest settings, conditions, and locations for obtaining breathtaking pictures. The group is kept small, usually from ten to sixteen photographers, to insure maximum opportunity to take photos. Some of the villages to be visited on this trip are still very "traditional" and may not be as photogenic in the future.
This photo tour is priced at US $4,300.00 per person based on double occupancy (US $950.00 additional for a single supplement). The Beijing extension will be $1500.00. This price includes:
Download a map and sample photos taken in the area to be toured, a day to day schedule with thumbnail photos, the tour description and policy, and the registration form ($500.00 deposit needed). You might enjoy the article "Splendid China" by Henry. If you have any questions, contact Joanne Stolte, APSA, MPSA.
INLAND EMPIRE CHAPTER OF PSA ANNUAL SEMINAR
The Inland Empire Chapter of PSA is holding its 30th Annual Photo Seminar from March 31 to April 2, 2012. The program features award-winning photographer Nevada Wier who specializes in photographing the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Nevada's journeys have taken her throughout Southeast Asia, India, China, Nepal, Africa, New Zealand, Central Asia, Mongolia, South America and other obscure regions of the world.
Her work is represented for licensing by Getty and Corbis. Nevada has been published in numerous national and international publications, including: NG Adventure, Geo, Islands, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. She is a Fellow of The Explorer's Club, a member of the Society of Woman Geographers and was featured in a Northwest Airlines international television and print ad campaign. Her recent exhibit, A NOMADIC VISION: 25 Years, has completed a several week viewing at the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
On Monday, April 2, 2012 PSA Spring Seminar will feature free Field Trips for Registrants & Spouses. Each field trip is limited to maximum of 25 persons and pre-registration is required. Pre-Payment for Lunch may be required. Register online.
PEORIA CAMERA CLUB ANNUAL SEMINAR TO FEATURE BEN WILLMORE
Peoria Camera Club will be hosting its annual photography seminar, “From Capture to WOW!” featuring photographer and photo-processing guru, Ben Wilmore. The seminar will take place from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, March 17, 2012 in the Performing Arts Center on the Illinois Central College campus. Doors will open at 8 am Lunch and refreshments will be provided during breaks in the presentation.
Ben’s presentation will focus on the entire photographic process including capturing images with the proper equipment and settings, evaluating shoot locations, creating compositions that are dynamic and eye-catching all the way through the post-processing stage where he will discuss his techniques in the field to capture the best images for editing. Ben will demonstrate his favorite techniques for enhancing and fine-tuning images using a variety of editing tools in order to create a greater visual impact in images.
Ben has been involved in the digital world for so long that he can’t remember not having a computer. In high school, he wanted to be a professional photographer and was shooting with 35mm and 4x5 cameras with strobes. While he never lost interest in photography, graphic design was calling him. He began mastering Photoshop and started teaching his own seminars. When digital cameras become more advanced, Ben embraced the craft again and catered his seminars toward photography. His teaching style is not about formulas and steps. Rather, he teaches a true understanding of the subject, whether it be photography or Photoshop, and this is why he has risen to the top of his game as a world-class trainer in the digital arts.
Advanced sale tickets (before March 9, 2011) are $75.00 for general public and $35.00 for full-time students. After this date, general public tickets will be $85.00. Questions can be answered at email: seminar@PeoriaCameraClub.com; phone: Rich 309-266-5890 or Vicki 309-692-1552. Tickets may be ordered online at www.peoriacameraclub.com.
DOUG DeLONG NEW CPID INTERCLUB DIRECTOR
Following the first two Rounds of the 2011-2012 competition year, Doug DeLong has assumed the responsibilities of Director of the PSA Color Projected Image Division (CPID) Interclub Competition replacing Kristina Kaye, APSA, PPSA, who is concentrating her efforts on Directing the PSA Rocognition of Photographic Achievement (ROPA) Distinctions program.
Doug has been a photographer for over thirty years and has been a member of a PSA-member club for over twenty-five years. He is the President, PSA Club Representative, and maintains the web site for the Lowcountry Photographic Club (LPC) in North Charleston, SC. Doug is also the Interclub Coordinator for CPID, Nature, and Travel for the Carolina's Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) and has served on the CNPA Board.
Doug has been a photography judge for many years and has received many awards for his images. Doug joined PSA in 2009. He began entering PSA-recognized Exhibitions in 2011 and has received several acceptances.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ROUNDUP CHAPTER OF PSA PROGRAM
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 10 am to 4 pm
The first meeting of the 2012 year will be held at the Glendora Library, 130 S. Glendora Avenue, Glendora, CA 91741. Free parking is available behind the library or in the lot to the east of City Hall.
The program will feature "A Day with Greg Rostami of Topaz Labs." Greg began using computers to develop special effects for film and television and, from the ages of 20 to 24, he created graphics for animation projects, flying logos, on screen playback of monitors for sci-fi movies, and games. He broke into the big leagues with a job for Dream Quest working on a ride film project called Space Shuttle America. He worked on computer special effects for films such as Batman Forever, Outbreak, Species, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Deep Blue Sea, and Mortal Combat. Always an innovator, he went to work for EDS Digital Studios where he developed technologies to digitally restore films, including Gone with the Wind. In 1999, he built the world’s first all Digital transfer process for Disney's animated features. His work on Tarzan changed the way Disney viewed electronic distribution, and was a critical element in the emerging E-Cinema technologies. Today, Greg continues to contract special effects and animation projects. The same innovation and genius that has made a name for him in the special effects realm is what he brings to his work with Topaz Labs.
During two sessions (morning and afternoon) Greg will review the Possibilities with Topaz. Participants will learn many of the exciting things that the Topaz Suite can do for photographers and, at the conclusion of the presentation, there will be a special drawing for someone to win a copy of the latest Topaz Suite. There will also be a Special Purchase Price on the Topaz Suite available at the meeting.
The cost is $10 for PSA members and $15 for nonmembers. Lunch is not included, but there are several moderately priced lunch spots nearby or participants can bring their own lunch. To register, send a check made out to "SCRUCPSA" to: Dale Gilkinson, 640 E. Laurel Avenue, Glendora, CA 91741. Write "member" or "nonmember" on the check. If registering for more than one, include a list of the names and indicate whether the person is a PSA member or not beside each name. The cost will be $15 for everyone at the door, if space is available. Contact Dale with questions: email@example.com