Membership Director: 
Arabella Dane,
Assistant Directors: 
Bob Costanzo,
Membership Director: 
Arabella Dane,
Assistant Directors: 
Bob Costanzo,
January 2021
'After Ice Storm' Phyllis Meinke, Lakes Region Camera Club - see below
Welcome to the 2020 Winter Issue of
The PSA NH Membership Newsletter!
News from the Lakes Region Camera Club -
Phyllis Meinke - Former President of the Lakes Region Camera Club, Phyllis Meinke, is an amateur photographer whose images have been prize winners in several competitions including The Boston Flower & Garden Show Photo Competition, The NECCC Mike Moats Flower Macro Competition, the Lakes Region Art Association , FAPA Fine Art Photography and others.
"My main interests are macro photography and digital manipulation, but I enjoy 'shooting' just about anything. I've found photo competitions are a good way to measure my skills against other photographers and get ideas on how to improve."
Phyllis says of the image... above

'After Ice Storm' is a photo I took on the Belmont Trail. There had been rain and an ice storm the night before - the trail runs through a marshy area, and the marsh grasses and fallen trees were icy, with a light cover of snow. The sun was low and I got a lot of good shots with the sun behind the trees. (I love the bare branches of winter, the lines, the light)
'Two Trees' was taken on a back road in Canterbury NH - just two trees, which I blurred and added texture, and a bit of color at the top. Again, Textures and Smart Photo. There are probably a few more adjustments to them all, but I can't even remember what they are.
"The Big Bang'
A water, oil and bubbles 'creation'. Experimenting with light and backgrounds, I came up with what I envision as the very beginning of the universe - a burst of light spewing out stars and light-dust across the blackness of space."
FAPA 2014 Phyllis Meinke
Forrest Seavey - is a retired Optometrist and a twenty-five-year member of the Lakes Region Camera Club.
He enjoys travel in a class B motorhome, photographing the beauty of nature in North America, Mexico, Canada as well as visiting many areas in the United States. Here are a few images from his road trips.
Lazy Tom Bog, Kokadjo ME - the rest of the story !
"I was looking for the classic image of a moose in the water feeding and have not seen any moose in NH for the past several years so decided to make a trip to Maine.... to the Moosehead Lake Region hoping to see one.  My visit to a known wildlife viewing area near Kokadjo, Maine called Lazy Tom Bog rewarded me with a moose sighting.. from the window of my RV, using the vehicle as a blind, a moose were spotted in the foggy bog. About 7 am the fog lifted enough to capture the moose feeding in the water. The moose being about 200 yards distant, a Nikon VR Af-s Nikkor 200 - 500 1:5.6 was used and stabilized on the passenger side window of the RV with a bean bag. I had my image." Forrest Seavey

File Name: E:\2020 Moosehead Lake\2020\2020-08-13\D85_3182.NEF
Model: NIKON D850
Date/Time: 2020-08-13 06:52:32
Exposure Time: 1/1000 sec
F Number: f/5.6
ISO Speed ratings: ISO 500
Exposure Program: Aperture priority
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Exposure Bias: 0.33 EV
Focal Length: 480 mm
35mm Equivalent: 480 mm
All images were processed in Lightroom Classic
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida 
" Captured on the (easily accessible with an auto) beautiful loop drive through the Big Cypress Preserve in Florida, this image was taken at the Sweetwater Strand. It is one of the deepest strands you’ll go through along the 27 mile Loop Road, The cypress trees here have grown quite large, aided by the rich nutrients that collect in the deep strand.
Model: NIKON D800 
Exposure Time: 1/640 sec
F Number: f/2.8
ISO Speed ratings: ISO 200
Exposure Program: Shutter priority
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
Focal Length: 50 mm
Osprey in flight, Florida

" Dauphin Island, Alabama, is a favorite camping spot. The campground is located at the edge of the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, with excellent birding and photo opportunities.  The three mile trail system within the Sanctuary has been designated as a National Recreational Trail."  

Model: NIKON D800
Exposure Time: 1/2500 sec
F Number: f/5.6
ISO Speed ratings: ISO 400
Exposure Program: Shutter priority
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
Flash: No flash,compulsory
Focal Length: 200 mm
Model: NIKON D800
Exposure Time: 1/1600 sec
F Number: f/4
ISO Speed ratings: ISO 1000
Exposure Program: Shutter priority
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
Focal Length: 36 mm
"We have visited Myakka River State Park many times and enjoyed the diversity of the scenic river. the birds and wildlife. The park is about 22 miles east of Sarasota, Florida and a must see if you are in the area. Myakka River State Park was the first state park to be designated a wild and scenic river. Watch for birds and wildlife and you will not be disappointed."
Sharon Nahill - Lakes Region Camera Club

Goldfinch on Zinnia #8154149
210mm, f/4.5, 1/1600 sec, ISO 1/2500, handheld with an Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II camera and and m. Zuiko 40-150mm Pro Lens and m1.4x Teleconverter.
"Trapped".  56mm, f/7.1, 1/40 sec, ISO 1/250, handheld with an Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II camera and and m. Zuiko 40-150mm Pro Lens and m1.4x Teleconverter. taken on the shores of Lake Waukewan. Sharon Nahill
Alan Macrae - Lakes Region Camera Club, President
"is a photo generalist based in New Hampshire whose clients have included The Concord Monitor, Newspapers of New England, The NH Union Leader and Sunday News, The Laconia Citizen, The Laconia Daily Sun, The Valley News, The Nashua Telegraph, The Keene Sentinel, The Associated Press, The Salmon Press newspapers, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, The London Times, ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, Hearst Broadcasting, Zuma Press, Connecticut Hearst Newspapers and Women's World magazine. Additionally, Alan has clients in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the UK." Alan Macrae
The photos were shot with a Nikon Z7, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 lens. Exposure on all are 1/800 at f/5.6 with the camera set to auto iso and +0.7 stops of exposure compensation."
A kayaker makes his way down the Merrimack River in Franklin on New Year's Day, 2021." The photos were shot with a Nikon Z7, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 lens. Exposure on all are 1/800 at f/5.6 with the camera set to auto iso and +0.7 stops of exposure compensation..The photos were shot with a Nikon Z7, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 lens. Exposure on all are 1/800 at f/5.6 with the camera set to auto iso and +0.7 stops of exposure compensation.
The Annual Exeter Exhibition scheduled for January 2021 is cancelled
"This is exhibition is an annual joint project between The New Hampshire Historical Society and New Hampshire Society of Photographic artists. Numerous other historical societies are schedule to exhibit, " says Dan Gingras

Dan Gingras is also working with Gary Sampson, NH Artist Laureate and other NHSPA members to select the images for the NHSPA's Statewide Photography Documentary Project - entitled New Hampshire Now.
   Gary Samson NH Artist Laureate and project director of the NH2020 project addresses some of the 55 photographers participating in the project documenting the State of NH. The project is a joint venture of the NH Society of Photographic Artists and the NH Historical Society. It will result in a 250 page book and seven exhibits across the state.  Photo by Dan Gingras
Dan says " I have spent weeks with Gary Samson and Michael Sterling meeting almost every day to go over the {pictures}.  We’ve narrowed it down to around 525 photos for the exhibit and 275 photos for the book, and 27 photos potentially for the cover.

....  We’re about to start working with the publisher to lay out the book, then we have to print the photos for the 7 (maybe 8) exhibit venues.  That will take us a couple of months since some of the photos are going to be large.  We’ve been visiting the venues to get a better sense of how many photos they can exhibit. Some like the NH Historical Society in Concord have a very small space and the Manchester Historical Society has a huge space which could take 100 photos."  

Dan Says "I can’t tell you how much work this project is… I never suspected we would be working almost full-time on it, but that’s what is happening.  It’s going to be an amazing book and spectacular exhibits. " Stay tuned!!!! 
For more information contact Dan Gingras
According to the NHPA website anyone who is a member of NHPA can participate .  Membership is open to anyone who would like to participate.  Join NHSPA Here

NECCC 2021 - July 16-18 Amherst MA
This is an event not to miss! Fabulous workshops, lectures, programs, equipment sales and more. Meet photographers from all around New England and beyond. Enjoy the show and learn learn learn...
Stay tuned for more information
NECC News Blog-
Cape Cod Art Center (CCAC) would like to extend an invitation to all NECCC photographers to participate in a new exhibition sponsored by NaDA (National Digital Artists), a program of the Cape Cod Art Center. They are sponsoring an online exhibition entitled “Images of Resilience” as a fundraising effort to support Meri Walker, a well-known digital artist who lost her home and all her possessions in the Oregon fires. We know Meri because she has come here to teach several workshops for CCAC, and is involved in various ways with the CCAC Digital Art Group.  
NaDA defines digital art as any image that was created using pixels. Digital photography definitely falls into that category and we would like to get more photographers involved with naDA and this exhibition.  
The entry categories are digital photography, digital painting/drawing, and digital mixed media. All digital arts are considered except video and animation. (We’re still figuring out how to display them on the NaDA website). The images can be created on a computer, a mobile device or a digital camera of any sort. When defining categories for this show, We chose these exhibit categories to include as complete a spectrum as possible of digital artists.
We are hoping to make this sort of an exhibition a yearly thing for NaDA, with different themes and always an element of donation to support the digital creative community. Cash prizes are being offered which you can see on the website. Also, there will be a physical exhibition at Bob Korn’s gallery on Cape Cod when it becomes possible, hopefully in the fall and winter 2021-2022.  
Here is the naDA website link where you can read about the specifics of this juried show:  

News from North Country Camera Club

Judy Burgess, President, North Country Camera Club
The NCCC has been conducting their 2020/2021 season via Zoom programs and monthly competitions with great success and participation. We are thankful for the technology we have today at our finger tips. I want to recognize our tech team Cindy Graham, John Hoffman and Karl Pfeil for their expertise in continuing to help NCCC grow and learn. Our Zoom program meetings are the 2nd Thursday and the competitions are the 4th Thursday of each month. Some months are "Open" competitions while others are a specific subject. We are a group of enthusiastic photographers with a wide variety of experience from professionals to new learners. The competitions include two classes with Class A for the more experienced and Class B for the new learners who are eager to improve their skills. An update of the club's activities and monthly competitions can be viewed on our facebook page.
In November, Joe Viger of Viger Photography presented his excellent program on " Action Photography ". Due to Covid, we couldn't hold our usual restaurant Holiday Party so this year we held a Zoom Holiday Party where everyone ordered pizza and we played a fun Holiday Bingo Game which included a 'Gift Certificate' prize for the winner. A fun time and few laughs were the rule for the evening...
Upcoming programs and competitions for 2021 are as follows:
Feb 11 "What Judges Look for in a Competition Images" with Arabelle Dane, PSA NH membership director
March 11 "Milky Way & Night Sky Photography" with John Hoffman & John Keator
April 8 Program TBA
May 13 "Photo Field Trip" with Ed Bergeron
January 28 "Creative Manipulated" Judge Jay Philbrick/Philbrick Photography
February 25 "Open" Judge Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative
March 25 "Macro" Judge Barbara Rozavsky /MNEC, GLPA
April 22 "Open" Arabella Dane /NH PSA
May 27 "Leaf (one leaf) cultivated or wild" Judge Jane Kelley/ Lakes Regional PC
June 10 "Year End Annual Competition" two judge panel TBA
Happy New Year to all and let's wish for a healthy and peaceful 2021.
John Keator - NCCC member gets well deserved recognition!A
Winter Crow Roost
Our member, John Keator had one of his images published in a recent issue of
American Birding Magazine. His image was taken in Lawrence, MA at the "Winter Crow Roost". Thousands of crows find this location a perfect place to call home.
In the 2020 Glennie Nature Competition our members were recognized,
Kathy Bergeron for her image of "Denali"
Kathy Bergeron - NCCC member's
Denali is a 2020 Glennie Nature Competition winner
Kathy's image of Denali was taken while on vacation in Alaska
Donna Dolan - NCCC member's
Fun Guy is a 2020 Glennie Winner
The Fun Guy Mushroom was taken by Donna Dolan and she deliberately want to get a low angle perspective photo.
Pat Hoffman - Souvenir of Sanibel
NCCC DEC. 2020 Class A Open Competition 1st Prize
First place winning image "Open" competition December Class A for her Souvenir of Sanibel image . The still life reflection images was taken by Pat Hoffman at her house in a set-up with black plexiglass.
Tom Workman - Wengen Switzerland
NCCC Dec. 2020 Class B Open Competition 1st Prize
NCCC competitions: 1st Prize in December Competition - Class B Open for his image of Wengen Switzerland.
The 2021 Glennie Nature Competition is open for entries now. Each Club may submit 10 images into the competition. The schedule provides numerous classes with the stipulation that there be no hand of man evident in your images.
News from the Manchester Camera Club
Tracy Szela-Brunner, Manchester Camera Club President
"2020 started out grand, I went on a photo workshop to Yellowstone in winter (February). It was an amazing experience, seeing all the wildlife and beautiful scenery. Shortly after things shut down across the US and travel was restricted and not recommended. A trip to see the puffins in Maine and the NECCC conference was canceled. So I decided to stay local and explore more of NH. I spent a long weekend with a friend in Pittsburg, NH looking for the elusive moose (that never showed), but was able to capture some beautiful scenes and wildlife, like the one here (see attached). I also photographed my garden insects, backyard birds, and got to see a snowy owl at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. So while extensive travel was limited, it was a great opportunity to explore my backyard (literally and figuratively). I became a member of the Two Villages Art Society in Hopkinton, a great new place for art lovers and makers. I was selected to participate in a art show over the holidays, which was very exciting! There were a huge variety of talented artists of different mediums, and I was honored to be included!"
 The damselfly was taken early morning in a field in Pittsburg. I liked the delicate way the damselfly held itself on the narrow blade of grass. In order to keep from spooking the damselfly, instead of using a macro lens, I kept my distance and used my 150-600mm at full zoom. I kept a narrow depth of field with f7.1 to keep the background clean. In order to handhold this lens I needed to use 1/1600 s. so as not to have blur, and an ISO of 1600 was necessary to get the proper exposure.
A coyote walking through a frozen foggy swamp in Yellowstone at the start of 2020. During the recent critique by renowned PSA photography judge Rick Cloran of GLCC and NECCC fame, commended this image for being a fine environmental portrait and gave some tips to enhance its impact.
Joe Drapeau- Manchester Camera Club

"If you are looking for somewhere different to photograph this winter maybe try the Basin , it can look much different with ice , just make sure you wear spikes is it gets really icy and slippery...

Or maybe try to photograph the Mount Washington boat while its parked at Center Harbor for the winter.
Of course my favorite is always Nubble light it always seems different from one day to the next, try a panorama next time for a different look ." Joe Drapeau
Marian Boyer - Manchester Camera Club
" Wedding photography has given me, what I consider, a good look in the viewfinder for composition as well as ’stuff’ around the various edges.
I found out about camera clubs and joined my first one in Bernardsville, NJ. When I joined PSA and started entering the Internationals, that I did BETTER at PSA International Salons than I did at my local club! 
We moved to NH about five years ago. Such a change from our northern NJ crowded commuter area. We have turkeys and bobcats coming through on occasion. We toss birdseed out on the driveway daily all year. I periodically look out the window to see just which critter might be out there….grab the camera and attempt to shoot through dirty double paned windows. 
I did take my wedding photography money and have converted it to camera equipment?  I have just purchased the Canon mirrorless system: R6 and it set on ‘A’…..point and shoot….😄. I am more than impressed with the results….. images….., Klaus Dieter-Schleim (of PSA fame) a great nature photographer, used to join us for our photogrqphy jaunts. Klaus nicknamed me ‘Machine Gun Annie’ as I just hold my finger on the shutter…..after all, one has ALREADY paid for ALL the equipment including the card which is reformatted!  I used to bulk load and process ALL my film back in the day. Now I can just let-the -finger-do- the-work! I listen to music on the radio while going over RAW images and working on them. It is MUCH healthier than the darkroom.

Here is an image I want to look check for noise. I work mostly in LR Classic CC and PS for only downsizing to jpg" Marian Boyer
Caption: Bobcat. 
I don’t use any sharpening in LR except the texture sometimes, the clarity, and sometimes the dehaze. Of course, "Bobby" here, is pretty much a gray card subject…snow in the background.The image has been cropped, obviously. 
Marian Boyer

R6 body, 800 mm lens fixed f11, ISO 6400, 1/1250. Handheld through window (which is washed only by nature on the outside and by no one on the inside). 
Living in New Hampshire, Tilton-Franklin I was proud to get this award and
due to my Scandinavian background I was awarded as one of 12 emerging Nordic
artists in the recent issue of Helsinki Photo News 2020 with his article entitled Fragments.

"In my photographs I try to capture the emptiness of the night and the hope of the new day. I am fascinated by the sleeping city with lights only in a few windows or in the street lamps. At this time you see only a few things and the city is calm and almost colorless. I take photographs in the city of the transition between the night and the breaking day, the time where the pulse of the city feels like it is kept under control and is waiting for the energy to be released. The streets are still dark but the light of a new day is just visible. This is a time of opportunities, a time where you can change what this day will be like for you. Soon the city will be humming with life and the rhythm of a new day is repeated. " Mogens Kjoeller May 2017
Bob CostanzoAssistant NH PSA Membership Chairman & Member of Merrimack Valley Camera Club
I wanted to let you know about a change in a digital competition category. Storytelling is new and it includes Photo Journalism and travel images. Attached is a copy from the mvcc website of the new category.
Digital - Storytelling - a new category!
This category is for all images that convey a story (not including Nature images). These images can include traditional photojournalism, sports photos, travel photos that tell a story, people engaged in activities (not portraits) or street photography and more. When selecting an image for this category, ask yourself if the image will convey a story easily to a first time viewer. If the answer is yes, then the image is a candidate for this category.
Storytelling images may record current events or situations, news, human interest with informative content and emotional impact. The journalistic aspect of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality. Storytellng images may include travel photos of people in their natural state, “street photography” images that are candid and have an element of spontaneity and uncertainty or a documentary aspect.
Storytelling images do NOT include Nature photos or heavily manipulated photos.
**NOTE: The judge is asked to consider the story telling value of a photograph more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality for images. 
Storytelling Allowed Image Adjustments 
  • Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed.
  • Stitched images are not permitted
  • Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.
  • Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
(PSA) Basic Digital Guidelines applicable to Photo Travel and Photojournalism images will apply as well to Storytelling photos. No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged, combined or changed in any way that affects the integrity of the image content. No manipulation or modification is permitted except resizing, cropping, horizontal flipping (equivalent to reversing a slide), selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of the scene. No special effect filters can be added or applied, and any sharpening must appear natural.
Maximum Entries Per Person (Zero indicates unlimited) = 1
"I won 2nd place in the story telling category. After years of making fun of judges (humor), I was finally hit by lightning (more humor). Attached is the image of a surfer during the high waves of Hurricane Teddy". Regards, Bob
Consider joining PSA
as an individual member and enjoy the fun.HHere is the recent PSA e-news i have received from the membership chair of PSA
For example : PSA Webinars are a benefit to PSA individual members only at no cost, you will be required to enter your member number at registration. Here is one that is coming up soon!!!
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Feb 10, 2021 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Phoneography - Mobile photography - Jerry Hug
Register in advance for this webinar: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Meet Jerry Hug :  
Jerry Hug is an award-winning photographer and a retired fine arts educator and administrator from the Maine Township Illinois High Schools. Jerry lectures and teaches at photographic conferences and workshops throughout the country. He is considered one of the go-to iPhone photography experts and is published in national journals. His work has produced permanent photo exhibits funded by the Illinois Arts Council featuring historical places in Park Ridge, Des Planes and Niles, Illinois. 
What you will get to learn: More tips and trick for better photos with your Mobile devices. 
- Settings and new controls in the latest iPhones and iPads. 
- Using Video to capture moving images like flowers blowing in the wind etc. 
- Snapseed secrets that need to known and used by all Mobile photographers. 
- Why Retouch is so important in the applications of Mobile Photography 
- Shooting RAW and minor editing in RAW (iPhone's soon to have RAW with the Native resident camera). 
- More favorite apps and how to use these apps for shooting and editing. 
- Ideas for close to home and seasonal photo shoots during the Covid times.
And here are MORE opportunities for PSA Individual Members
News From Fred Orkin,
Assistant Dir NH PSA & Eastman CC Chairman
Fred Orkin says "Here in Eastman NH , I’ve cont’d to lead monthly, now-Zoomed meetings of our non-PSA affiliated ‘photo interest group’, usually on ‘themed’ topics, following our 3rd summer photo exhibit (this one was virtual).

Caption: The image captures a well-known, often-photographed chapel (Cappella di Vitaleta) outside Pienza, in Tuscany. I used a Fujifilm X-H1 with a 16-55 mm f/2.8 lens & Single-Ray LB Color Combo polarizer, handheld. I like the curved lines leading to viewer’s
eyes to the chapel.
The bigger ‘news’ — which likely others have also noted — concerns the weakening financial positions of photo manufacturers (eg, Nikon’s big quarterly loss, Nikon moving remaining gear production to Thailand, Olympus selling out), quite likely as a response to changes in the marketplace wrought acutely by the pandemic (eg, travel restrictions) & , over the longer-term, inexorable advances in smartphones (eg, extra lenses in iPhone 12 with tele- capability, RAW capture in native camera) that further decimate the camera market which attracts principally the very serious photographers & those
with special photo applications. Less fanciful now is the speculation that we may see a time when a ‘photographer’ dons a beanie (with concealed skin electrodes) which captures images from the visual cortex for transfer to a memory card. Sadly, RE photo trends, I’m a realist: the inexorable downhill trend in the photography gear mass-market which I laid out is only the most recent decline. The emergence of consumer digital cameras c2005 led to a transient goldmine for camera makers which lasted only 5-10 years. Early in that period (c2007), the introduction of the iPhone decimated the ‘compact camera’ category, leaving only a handful of upscale, often pricey models... [Fascinating to look back to review what happened!
Old Glory waves gently during these trying times. Even the blasting cold, and the north winds carrying Winter's white blanket can't calm the turmoil.The ever expanding spread of Covid into our communities casts sorrow and fear into our families. The political crisis polarizes, angers and scares us.
As photographers, we are challenged to document our world, capturing the beauty of the natural, and finding powerful stories even in the smallest of details. With artistry and talent and truth, we will capture the essence and provide memories of these extraordinary times. We continue to witness and record... Everything. Thank you - each of you - individual members of PSA; members of PSA Clubs; the members of the NECCC Council; for sharing your vision, artistry, talent, ideas and your inspired work with us - on line, in print and via Zoom.
God Bless America Arabella Dane, NH Membership Director

New England Camera Club Council of PSA

Here is the list of the NH Camera Clubs that belong to the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) of PSA:

Meetings: holds an annual conference in July in Amherst MA, in 2021,
The Blog -They also offer a marvelous blog that showcases adventures, workshops. items for sale and temptations of all kinds both regional and national. You need to sign-up for it.
So that is it for now! Please keep in touch and share your news with us. Would you like to have a zoom meeting with a speaker perhaps? Or a shared photo critique with a noted instructor? Let us know your thoughts. Our next issue will be during the winter. Arabella Dane, Bob Costanzo, and Fred Orkin, your NH PSA membership team
Would you like to participate on our PSA NH Newsletter committee? Please share your ideas about how our PSA NH membership team can be helpful to you. Ever gratefully, Arabella Dane, Fred Orkin, & Bob Costanzo
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