10/17 RPS Guest Speaker Nikhil Bahl

For Reston Photographic Society’s first in-person speaker since the Pandemic they welcome back Nikhil Bahl who will discuss techniques for creating dynamic images.  The presentation is at 7:30 PM on October 17 at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. Room 6, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston VA 20191.

Nikhil is a full time professional photographer, author, educator, workshop instructor and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C. area.  Drawing continuous inspiration from nature, Nikhil adopts novel approaches and seeks meaningful interpretations:  to create photographs that transcend the commonplace, reflect deeper insights, and convey an enchantment of the subject’s beauty.

An offshoot of Nikhil’s fine art photography and love of nature is his documentation of wildlife behaviors and habitats.  As a volunteer with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, his goal is to portray environmental stories with an artistic appeal, so his photographs educate and motivate about the imperative of conservation.

Each year Nikhil leads numerous photography tours and instructional workshops in the United States and abroad. His teaching encourages participants to advance beyond ordinary photos and develop their own style and vision. Nikhil is a popular speaker at photography clubs, expos and industry events. He authored the acclaimed eBook, Creative Interpretations and writes articles on the creative and technical aspects of photography. His work can be viewed at www.nikhilbahl.com.

Techniques for creating dynamic images 

While a great light display can lead to attractive images, a good photographer does not rely on great light to create compelling images. From capturing energy and motion to the serene and surreal, Nikhil will talk about techniques and ideas that you can use to create dynamic images. Nikhil will also give you insights into how and when these techniques are best applied.

Free Collage Workshop for LRA Members

The League of Reston Artists Collage Workshop

Date: Sunday, October 16, 3-6 pm

Location: Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, Room #6

Cost: Free to LRA Members!

Instructor: Bettina Brunner

Contact: bettina@bettinabrunner.com

Phone: 571-242-9758


The League of Reston Artists is sponsoring a Collage Workshop for LRA members on October 16 from 3 to 6 pm at the Reston Hunters Woods Community Center. In the workshop, each student will each make collage papers using a variety of tools, papers and techniques, then combine them to make a triptych of small collages. LRA will cover the supplies and other workshop expenses so there is no cost to our LRA members to participate. To sign up for the workshop, email the instructor, Bettina Brunner at bettina@bettinabrunner.com or phone her at 571-242-9758. Class size is capped at 20 participants, so sign up soon!


About the instructor: Bettina Brunner is an abstract artist from Reston Virginia who loves leading art workshops and exploring different mediums. Check out her work at bettinabrunner.com.

LRA Road Trip for Members!

The Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens is located in Washington, DC. It is an Opulent 25 acre estate with 18th Century Russian Imperial & French decorative art. There are 13-acres of gardens to walk and enjoy! The estate is the former residence of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

A café is on the estate that provides food and beverages.

Their website provides details of all there is to see at this estate! www.hillwoodmuseum.org/estate

Special Exhibition: Grace of Monaco

Trip Date and Time: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Complimentary Transportation, Admission Ticket and Tours of the Mansion and Grounds at Hillwood Estate will be provided FREE by the League of Reston Artists for any active LRA Member and One guest. You will have an hour after the tours to have lunch, wander the grounds, shop the museum store, or view additional exhibits. Transportation to and from the museum will be provided by Reston Limousine. Participants will depart from the Lake Anne Plaza parking lot at 10:00 am so please arrive by 9:30am. Dropoff will be back at Lake Anne at 3:30pm.

Any additional guest museum tickets can be reserved and purchased on-line. www.hillwoodmuseum.org/estate

If you would like to reserve transportation and ticket(s), please send a confirmation email to president.lra@gmail.com by September 7, 2022. Include member name with a mobile contact phone number and guest name if any.

Reply soon as Space is limited!                                                 

Gallery Underground Call for Art

Open to all artists residing in the United States.

Gallery Underground, 2120 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

August 1 – 26, 2022


Deadline to enter: 5PM EST Monday, June 27, 2022

Juried by: Tara Barr,  $500 in cash prizes awarded

Many of the most influential modern art movements relied on the daring, innovative, and often shocking use of color. Whether it was the bold and non-naturalist colors of Fauvism to the unmixed primary colors of the Impressionists to depict reflected light, these movements used color in new and courageous ways defying the accepted concepts of what constituted art. Gallery Underground asks artists to submit work which depicts their individual courageous use of color.

R E Q U I R E M E N T S:

All media accepted. Digital Entries accepted online only at: https://courageincolor.artcall.org

Open to all artists residing in the United States. Gallery Underground, 2120 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 August 1 – 26, 2022 Deadline to enter: 5PM EDT Monday, June 27, 2022

Entry fee: $35 for up to 2 digital Images – jpeg format only, 72 or 300 dpi, not larger than 1,000 pixels on the longest side.

4/28 RPS Guest Speaker Padma Inguva

The Reston Photographic Society is pleased to welcome Padma to their April meeting.  Padma Inguva is a woman, a mother, a restless soul and lifelong focused student and mentor.  Her photography is wide ranging and always excellent.  Take a look at her website, Padmasworld.com, to see her outstanding work.  On April 18, 2022 at 7:30 PM, via Zoom, Padma will share her excellent techniques around flower photography.

Program Title: Floral Photography with Passion

Padma will share information about some of her techniques in creating stunning flower portraits. These techniques include photographing flowers on Lightbox, multiple exposures both in Camera and via Photoshop, applying textures to floral images, selective focus, blurred backgrounds, compositional elements, backlighting, and bokeh! This program also includes tips on processing colors which are considered difficult to photograph, like red and purple.

Artist Statement: In her own words “My goal as a photographer is to get people to slow down, unite with the natural world and absorb the beauty of flowers, create an oasis in this rapid, constantly demanding stressful daily life. There is no better way to escape this running-around than spending time looking through a lens. I want to set people on a path of inspiration, hope, joy, and love that comes from an appreciation of these tiny treasures all around us. It gives me immense joy in taking you down a beautiful journey into flowers through my lens where you admire and observe flowers with a whole new perspective and create art that lasts far longer than the flower itself.”

3/21 RPS ZOOM Guest Speaker Frank Smith

At our March Meeting we will welcome Frank Smith to discuss Architecture & the art of graphic elements. The meeting will be on Zoom at 7:30 PM on March 21. I will send out the Zoom code as we get closer to the meeting.

As an outdoor enthusiast, one of Frank’s favorite subject matters is architecture. Frank provides a very unique perspective through his lens of buildings – both old and new and is artful in his ability to capture the lines and details that are often missed by the common passerby.  Frank also, through various in-camera techniques is able to highlight the sky & other details through live composite creating a dynamic image.

From his hometown with the old Bethlehem Steel Plant to inside penitentiaries and other urban decay projects, Frank has a portfolio of buildings as they were in a place in time.  He also has the ability to see what others do not in highlighting the graphic elements that would otherwise be missed.

Frank will share a view from his lens and also talk through his processing of the images.   Enjoy this architectural journey with Frank T. Smith.


2/21 RPS ZOOM Guest Speaker Lewis Katz

Reston Photographic Society is pleased to welcome Lewis Katz to our February meeting which will be held via Zoom on Feb 21 at 7:30 PM. Lewis will discuss Perspective and Perception: The Myth of Style. Some background on Lewis and the presentation is below.

Presentation by Lewis Katz

Lewis had a camera in his hand from the age of 14. Inspired by his father he began to explore photography more seriously in high school with a darkroom in the basement. Fast forward many years to his life in Baltimore and his joining the Baltimore Camera Club. Further inspired by his peers Lewis became an award-winning photographer and photography teacher. He currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University, the Community College of Baltimore Country, Capital Photography Center out of DC as well as at the Baltimore Camera Club. He lives for the aha! moments which only teaching can provide.

This presentation delves into the subject of how we as photographers perceive the composition in our viewfinder and how by altering our perspective, even slightly, the image will become more emotional, dramatic and powerful, both to the viewer as well as the photographer. Minor White was once quoted as saying “Every image is a self portrait.” I believe that to be true especially in cases of the photographer having a strong emotional connection to the subject. However this shift in perspective is quite different from developing your own personal “style” of photography. In this presentation I will discuss and demonstrate the myth of style and how searching for it is actually hindering your own creative process.


11/15 RPS ZOOM Guest Speaker Denise Silva

Reston Photographic Society is excited to welcome back Denise Silva as our speaker.  Even though Denise has moved to Montana, Zoom allows us to bring her to the club on November 15 at 7:30 PM. Denis will discuss Textures and Blending.

Denise, a widely recognized professional photographer, is known for her eagerness to share her broad scope of interests and expertise – from in-camera compositions and post-processing – to landscape and wildlife photography – to street photography and urban decay.  In fact, it was watching one of her online interviews, “Overcoming the Challenges of Street Photography,” that I was first introduced to and inspired by Denise. Among her many accolades – is being the featured photographer in “Photoshop User” magazine’s “Who’s Who” in 2015. More recently, Denise was recognized as one of the “Top 200 Women Landscape and Nature Photographers Who Inspire” – and her images have been published in the “Extraordinary Vision” magazine. As if this isn’t enough, a club member, Jerry Taylor, just gave me a heads-up that one of Denise’s images will be published in LensWork’s upcoming “Our Magnificent Planet” 2021 edition. In doing my research, what stood out is her reputation as a passionate educator, one who enthusiastically shares her expertise with students and clients … lecturing at Nature Vision exhibits and creating YouTube videos. Currently, Denise and her partner, Geff Bourke, both with a deep passion for photography and travel, operate “Road Runner Photo Tours,” specializing in small groups of photographers, who are, as they say, “looking to experience new places, build friendships, find photo-companions, and develop technique.”

Textures and Blending – Denise Silva

Take your photography to the next level through the blending of textures. This presentation will challenge you to look at your art in a new way and inspire you to create new images from all those pixels are your hard drives! This presentation focuses on how to use Photoshop layers, masks, and blending modes to create unique art from your collection of images.

10/18 RPS ZOOM Guest Speaker Stanly Bysshe

Our October meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on October 18, 2021, via Zoom. We are fortunate to have Stanly Bysshe Stan is an award-winning nature photographer and he will discuss “Winter in Yellowstone”. His 14 trips to Yellowstone make him the perfect speaker.

Stan’s photographic journey started in the 1960s with a hand me down Nikkormat. But because of his love for scuba diving and marine tropical reef ecology, his equipment and images became dedicated to underwater nature. By 2010 it was time to hang up the fins and when he joined Northern Virginia Photographic Society, Stan was exposed to a whole new world of land based photography. Still nature remained a driving force behind his images.
At NVPS Stan has served on multiple committees and is a Past President. He has given multiple talks to the club and to several local photo clubs as well. In the past he enjoyed teaching underwater photography but over the past six years he has helped lead photo tours to Florida, New Mexico, Washington State, Alaska and Yellowstone National Park. Of his fourteen trips to Yellowstone, five have been during the winter, including this past January. The winter season rapidly became his favorite time of the year to visit the park. While this is by far and away the most challenging season to be in Yellowstone, it can be the most rewarding. Stan will talk about why Yellowstone in the winter is such a magical place, how and where you can get the best images, some techniques for shooting in the winter and how to try and stay warm in a region that routinely records the lowest temperatures in the lower forty eight States.