Membership Director: 
Arabella Dane,
Assistant Directors: 
Bob Costanzo,  
August 2019
Welcome to the 2019 Summer issue of the PSA NH Membership Newsletter!
This fabulous image by Robert Legg, Manchester Camera Club , won the Judge's Choice (Judge- Chris Murray) in the NECCC 2019 Digital Competition . Bob says " Summer Lightning 2018 was taken from my home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The thunderstorms often pass up by to the northeast but display lightning at a relatively safe distance of about 10 miles. We sit in the kitchen with large windows and sliding doors watching the storms. I use the WeatherBug mobile app for iPhone that has a lightning detector with distances and number. There was no lighting or storm clouds overhead and the storm was moving away from us. I was using my Nikon D750 with my 28-300 lens (at 116mm) and I used the cable release to take 8 second exposures one after the other. ISO800 and f8. Based on my file numbers I shot at least 25 images and only kept 4 with only 1 useable. Some nights I shoot over 100 and get nothing. I did do some cropping on the image, but the clouds were especially nice with my side of the storm basically without clouds, allowing for an inside view ."
PSA – The Photographic Society of America
  • Click Here for a link to our very own NH state membership page on the PSA site: this is where you can tell us about yourself and submit examples of your work in the PSA members’ galleries for NH. We look forward to knowing more about you and about your work!

The benefits of being a member of PSA are extensive – and overwhelming perhaps – as, in addition to the many competitions, there are a huge number of educational opportunities. I (Arabella) have especially enjoyed the PSA the critical analysis/judges training course . I eagerly participate in the monthly activities of two PSA study groups . In one group, we each submit one image at the beginning of each month and discuss them during the entire month. WE help each other improve our pictures and share lots of on-line laughs too! In the other group we submit two images at the beginning of the month and these are critiqued and scored by the members of the group. We hear the results at the end of the month. Both learning experiences are totally rewarding and extremely helpful. Now PSA is offering webinar s too.
If you are not already a member of PSA, here is the link where you can join! individual membership in PSA.
One of the most exceptional opportunities for members of PSA is their annual conference.

The dates for this year’s PSA conference in Spokane WA are September 25-28, 2019. The workshops lectures and adventures are extraordinary. Click Here for the sign-up link for the conference..

Another great PSA membership benefit is their monthly publication , The PSA Journal which is now coming to us online as well as in hard copy, and extra copies can be ordered from HQ too!

 The PSA Journal is only available to members , so if you are not yet a member, now is a great time to join!

Here are some of the benefits to joining PSA as outlined by Bob Costanzo, noted photographer and member of the Merrimack Valley Camera Club which has members in Massachusetts and in New Hampshire.

Bob shares news of the MVCC upcoming Field Trip to Provincetown MA on August 17th, 2019.

Here are some photos from his recent trip to Cape Cod with the MV Camera Club.
" ... The image (above) from Brewster Flats was taken just before rain and lighting. Brewster flats is a famous Cape Cod beach that has some of the finest sunsets because the tide goes about a mile and creates nice warm reflections in hundreds of small ponds with grounded small sale boats. We did have good weather for the early afternoon visit to the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich and I attached two images from that visit. "
Heritage Museum - above and below - beautiful gardens!!!
New England Camera Club Council of PSA
Here is the list of the NH Camera Clubs (with the links to their web sites) that belong to the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) of PSA:

In addition to the July conference in Amherst MA, NECCC holds monthly inter-club electronic and print competitions: including pictorial and nature photography in their digital image competitions, and color and black & white images in their print competitions. 
The NECCC Annual Conference, July 12-14 2019
This extensive three-day photography conference is.. held each July at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, MA. [In addition to providing] … services to New England member camera clubs, … the Council awards [scholarships] each year to students so they may further their studies in the field of imaging….”: This is the link to the NECCC website .  NECCC hosts a terrific blog , f ull of useful tips and notice about upcoming events but you need to sign up to get it!
In addition to a full program including lectures, workshops and adventures, at the NECC Conference, there is always a major photo competition. Two of our NH PSA member photographers garnered special recognition with their images in this year's (2019 )NECCC conference:
Winner of 2019 NECCC Best Botany Award
The winner of Best Botany in the digital competition at this year’s NECCC Conference was Dick Hudnall with his beautiful “Blue Poppy Bud image. Dick is the President of of the Manchester Camera Club. We all look forward to hearing from him about where he found this poppy, what camera and what settings he used to get such a remarkable crisply focussed image with such lovely soft light.
Winner of the 2019 NECCC judge's choice (Judge - Dan Charbonnet) in the Digital Competition
This image of "Bee on a Thistle " was taken by Bob Legg, of the Manchester Camera Club. Although he no longer is in NH full time, Bob was for many years the President of the Manchester Camera Club.
Here is what he says about this image. " Bee on Bull Thistle was taken in my back yard. It was taken with my Nikon D750 using my 105mm Macro at f40, 1/60 sec, Nikon SB700 Flash."
New from the Clubs

Phyllis Meinke won a blue and the Best in Show at the 2019 Boston Flower and Garden Show in a new category this year – black and white photography - with her image “Between Two Pine s” . The quality of the images in this class was very competitive, as it was a juried show. Phyllis' stunning image was everyone's favorite.
Two of her images were finalists in the Fine Art Photography Awards FAPA competition " Too Soon from the Cave " (inspired by a Ray Bradbury title)
and " Drifting " (inspired (she says) while trying to figure out how to do a ‘selfie’).

In addition, to these award winning images, Phyllis was the featured artist of the month (July) at the Lakes Region Art Association Gallery at the Tanger Mall in Tilton. Her exhibit was called “The Forest in My Mind” and the theme was “Trees”.

The Lakes Region Camera Club has a newly elected team of officers: President, Alan MacRae, Vice-president - Ross Phelps, and Treasurer- Sharon Nahill. These new very capable officers all have a lot of knowledge about photography. The members have voted to meet year-round, on the third Thursday of each month. Programs will be more fluid and casual than they have been formerly. The Lakes Region Camera Club meets at the Episcopal Church in Meredith NH.
Phyllis Meinke, Immediate Past President LRCC


T his was an excellent year (2018-2019) for The North Country Camera Club, with educational programs on how to improve photographic techniques, as well as interesting monthly digital & print competitions. Jen Hohenboken's images received many awards during the year and consequently she has been moved up to Class A -- congratulations Jen. 

The awards at the North Country Camera Club's annual digital competition were as follows:

Class A - Image of the Year - "Denali National Park" by Bill Brochu
Class B - Image of the Year - "Dublin Trumpeter Swan" by Rick Steber
Congratulations also to Karl Pfeil and Jen Hohenboken who won the club's Print of the Year Contests within their respective Classes!

The North Country Camera Club also participates every year in the NECCC Nature and Open circuits. In addition, Several club members participated in two club field trips this past year to photograph the Holiday Lights at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay in December and then went back to Boothbay in June for the Windjammer Festival and some flower photography at the Botanical Gardens. In April, a few members also participated in a weekend photo seminar  "Roaming with Roman" which covered close-up photography & night photography and included a field trip out to capture the night sky. 
The North Country Camera Club meets at Kennett Middle School in Conway the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (exception November is the 7th & 13 & December is Holiday Party 12/4-not at school and competition 12/12)..  Looking forward to our upcoming 2019-20 club year..
Judy Burgess, President
North Country Camera Club


As you can see, The Manchester Camera Club continues to be a vibrant and competitive group - even beyond the two stars of the 2019 NECCC digital competition, Bob Legg & Dick Hudnall, whose images are included above. I had the privilege of visiting with the Manchester Camera Club this spring and enjoyed their new facility, their relaxed meeting format and their extremely interesting images. Do take a moment to explore some of their talented members' web sites:

Speaking of web sites and galleries, all PSA members are encouraged to have a gallery on the PSA web site .
There are not many of us in NH who have galleries now, and I am ever hopeful that if you do not have one currently, you will soon! It is easy to do, and fun and you should try it!

Fascinated with the images in her PSA member's gallery, I met with Michele Peterson earlier in the spring. She has a passion for airplanes and for off road vehicles and leads an exciting life where she combines her work-life with photographing her beloved machines. You need to meet her!

And by all means take a look at Evelyn (Lynn) Forsyth's terrific image of the " Yellowlegs Preening" she submitted to PSA as a new member for the month of June 2019! Lynn has been the Club Rep. for the Monadnock Camera Club for many years.

Last summer My husband Nat and I went with the NH Society of Photographic Artists on their summer retreat to Star Island, Isle of Shoals, off the coast of NH. It was an amazing opportunity.
The accommodations were a step back in time. Everyone was captive to the sounds of the sea, the beauty of the rustic settlement, and the tasks assigned to the group. Having such an intensive working weekend in such a unique and remote area was a memorable experience.
Several NHSPA members are members of NECCC clubs; most are connected with universities and colleges around the state; and some participate in PSA activities in various other parts of the country. My picture above of the sunset on Star Island won a blue in a recent Garden Club of America national competition.

NH PSA member Sarah Cail who is a member of the NH SOCIETY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS and of NECCC, emailed me recently to update me with her news : "This year has been a busy one, especially late April and May. I went to St. Augustine for their four day Bird Festival which includes keynote speakers and all kinds of workshops. I then traveled to NYC to see a close friend and was allowed to photograph the famous Steinway factory and their beautiful pianos. Then I spent a week on Tangiers Island off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia. It’s a community of fisherman that is fairly isolated and the people here have even developed their own dialect. I then continued on to Assateague Island t o photograph the wild horses and other wildlife (lots of birds). I was back home for two days before I flew to Washington state for two weeks. I spent the first week in the Palouse (a gorgeous area of rolling farmlands) and then I drove to the Columbia River Gorge where I made images of the majestic Mt. Hood, wineries, beautiful gardens, and stunning landscapes.  So I don’t have any prize winning images, but I was juried into New Hampshire Art Association and have a show coming up for the month of September. I’ve decided to use photos taken in the state of Maine, rocky coastlines, lighthouses, and quaint fishing villages. 
My husband and I are building a new house in Alton and I’m opening a small photo gallery in a 200 year old camp behind the house. We’re on a private road so I can put up a sign and advertise. I’m really excited!... Please keep in touch and hopefully I’ll see you next year at NECCC if not sooner. "
This delightful lady doesn't let the dust settle under her toes! Do check out her beautiful images on her web site!!! Sarah Cail


Fred Orkin let me know that our favorite photography teacher, Colleen Miniuk Sperry has mentioned the two of us, her students, in a recent newsletter under the heading: Celebration Corner
" When it comes to photography, my previous students are hitting it out of the park!...
Please join me in congratulating the following workshop participants on their recent awesome accomplishments:
  • Arabella Dane from New Hampshire for winning the Judges Choice award in the Altered Reality Class in the North American Photography Association's 2019 Showcase Competition. To see her winning image and learn more about the process she used, visit her NANPA's Showcase 2019 Winner Profile.
  • Fred Orkin, also from New Hampshire, and his image of The Tarn from the 2017 Autumn in Acadia workshop took home the top prize in the 2018 Northern New England Journey Photo Contest sponsored by AAA. The image was featured in the November-December 2018 issue of AAA's New England "Journey" magazine. To see it online, visit  AAA's website (type in "73344" if asked for a zip code...)"

So that is it for now! Please keep in touch and share your news with us. Our next issue will be in December. Arabella Dane, Bob Costanzo, and Fred Orkin, your NH PSA membership team

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