The Seacoast Camera Club will next meet on December 12, 2017 in the Portsmouth Public Library in the Hilton Garden room for its traditional holiday party. Because we are meeting in the library, and not at our usual Forestry Center location, members are asked to bring some light appetizers, snacks or desserts to share with the other members (a full blown holiday pot luck meal is not feasible at the library). Also, new member Scott Faiia will share images taken during his 28 years in Asia, nine years in East Africa, three years in the Caribbean and three years in Egypt. His serious interest in photography developed as a means to interact with the diverse people and cultures he encountered in his work. In many ways this interaction, and the possibility of capturing through photography the hope and beauty he encountered, was a counterbalance to the grim realities he grappled with in his relief and development work. Scott has an extensive portfolio of images from Nepal and will share some of his favorite images at the meeting. His main interest in Nepal has been in documenting the vibrant culture and way of life in the Kathmandu valley.
Mark is a professional nature photographer, writer and much sought-after public speaker. His work has been published internationally in books and magazines, on calendars, posters, and greeting cards, and in advertising media. His first two coffee table books, Adirondack Waters and In Stoddard’s Footsteps, have become landmark regional publications. He followed those with The Adirondacks: In Celebration of the Seasons. Each won the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Photography Book of the Year Award. He has also authored two extensive e-books on night photography: The Light of Midnight and After Midnight: Night Photography by Example, and recently released one on his photographic journey, Finding November. Mark is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute and leads digital and landscape photography workshops and tours.
This is a monthly competition for Seacoast Camera Club members. Club members will judge two different competitions. The first, a challenge theme titled “Joys of Summer”. The second, an Open category competition. Members are encouraged to enter photographs for both. Deadline to submit entries is Saturday, October 21 at 11PM. See Competition Submission Rules for details.
Jay is a highly accomplished local photographer. He is about to open his 3rd show at Discover Portsmouth, featuring portraits of artists. He will show his images and discuss how he approaches portrait photography that results in the most successful images.
Jay describes his approach as follows: “I often try to key into some features of the sitter’s day to day life and with artists frequently something somewhat removed from that person’s art. Often I use a prop to indicate something otherwise unseen about the subject: a personal library, for example, or a piano, or a hand made easel, a length of canvas, a fancy hat. I use body language and pose. An artist may not enjoy sitting and I may only show a small part of her, perhaps peeking around the edge of a painting. I am drawn to the geometry of a location and that can become the dominant visual: a large piece of torn paper (which I would ask the artist to tear) or the architectural lines of a room. I try to meet with the subject a week or so before the shoot and plan the session.”
Our next meeting is an NECCC photo competition on Tuesday September 26th 6:00-8:00 PM at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth. Members are encouraged to enter a photograph in both Nature and Open (Pictorial) categories. Submission deadline is Saturday September 30th 11:00 PM. See our competition submission rules for details. The top 4 in each category are entered in the Spring NECCC regional competition. As always, the public is welcome to attend.
Fall is fast approaching and the first 2017-2018 meeting of the Seacoast Camera Club will feature presentations by members. Members are invited to submit up to three images each. Those members submitting will present the images in a “show and tell” format for all to enjoy details of the image and its background. This is a chance for us to catch up with each other after our break and to share some of your recent images. No judging and no competition – just a chance for members to show the attendees some of your work. Non-members are invited to attend.
Please bring your JPEG images on a USB flash drive and we’ll transfer them to the club’s PC upon your arrival. Any size is OK, but our projector works best at 1024 px wide x 768 px high.
NOTE: If any members have equipment or photo related items that you wish to sell, you can either bring a list of those items with prices or, if the items are small, bring the items to the meeting and share with those attending.
Our next meeting on May 23rd is a club photo competition. The challenge theme is “Trees.” There will also be an Open competition. Deadline for image submission is Saturday, May 20th. As with all our meetings, the public is welcome to attend.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 9th 6:00-8:00 PM at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth and includes two presentations. Member Joe Hollweg will present “Photographing Parades and Festivals.” He will show his favorites and discuss approaches which he employs for candid and semi-candid shots. In addition, attendees will review the NECCC recorded commentary for images submitted earlier by club members. The NECCC commentator also illustrates by sharing before and after image adjustments. As always, the public is welcome to attend.
Our next meeting on Tuesday April 25 is an club photo competition – categories are Macro/Close Up and Open. Members are encouraged to submit entries for both categories by Saturday April 22nd at 11:00 PM. Please follow our competition submission rules. As always, the public is welcome to attend.