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November RPS Newsletter

posted Nov 6, 2011, 12:13 PM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster

Our November Program will be  at RCC Lake Anne on Nov 21st at 7:30 will be given by Charles Neenan. He will be talking about and displaying the use of  several new "filters" (Alien Skin, Topaz Labs, and NIK) in Adobe CS4 and how they allow for some very intriguing image manipulations.  Charles “will put together a digital presentation covering all below ….at a 90,000 foot view and field any and all questions as well” This will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to add the “wow factor “to your images and not to be missed.

Alien Skin Snap Art 2

Alien Skin Xenofex 2

NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete

Dfine 2.0

Sharpener Pro 3 (has Raw pre-sharpener, & Output sharpener)

Silver Efex Pro 2

Viveza 2

Perfect Resize 7.0

PhotoTools 2.6 Professional Edition


The Nature Visions Photo Expo. will be Nov 11th-13th. Go to www.naturevisions.org for all the details. We still need volunteers to fill various 2 hour slots so please let me know your availability and we can work out a time and place. You avoid the $10.00 entry fee and get to see the expo from a participants view. 


PhotoArt 2011:  The take down will be on Monday Oct 31st RCC Lake Anne from 9-11am. We have had the best comments on this show than any other RPS has done in the past and it’s a shame to see it come down. See below to transfer your images to the Reston Chamber.


Reston Chamber:  We will be hanging images from the PhotoArt at the Chamber for a 3 month period starting from Oct 31st. We only have room for 30 images at the Chamber so the first to commit by notifying me will have their images moved. We also need help that day taking down PhotoArt and hanging the Chamber so please volunteer.


December: No activities have a nice holiday


January 2012 Program:

Working Title

Architectural Photography: Creativity and Reality, or How to Balance the Right Brain with the Left


My presentation will be to let the audience know how to meld photographic creativity with client desires. The collaboration of client input and my own experience make for successful photographs and good client relations.

I’ll talk a bit about the business of photography and all of the non-photographic things that need to be addressed in order to run a successful business.

Supported by images from various assignments I’ll discuss my approach to both exterior and interior architectural photography as well as post-production editing techniques. The section on editing will be more about planning for your edits and what is possible and will not be a how-to clinic.


Freelance commercial photographer from 1984 – present

1980-1984 Production Manager of Advanced Images, a custom photographic lab in Alexandria

1979-1980 Lab Tech at Advanced Images

1878 BA in International Economics from The George Washington University


Member Professional Photographers of America

Member National Association for Photoshop Professionals

Professional Affiliate Member American Institute of Architects, DC Chapter


Contact Information

Chris Spielmann

Spielmann Studio

1426 Beulah Road

Vienna, Virginia 22182


703.757.0216 studio

703.757.0241 fax

703.609.2975 cell




Other Items of interest:



The Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts is pleased to announce

that the internationally renowned photographer, Freeman Patterson, will

present two programs at the Verizon Auditorium in the Occoquan Building on

the Manassas Campus of George Mason University. The first presentation will

be a Friday evening program November 4, entitled: “The Call of Creativity”.

The second will be an all-day seminar on Saturday, November 5, entitled:

“Seeing and Visual Design”.

Mr. Patterson last addressed members of the Greater Washington

photographic community in March 2002, when he presented an all-day

seminar at the International Monetary Fund Auditorium hosted by the

International Photographic Society.

Notes on the Friday evening, November 4, program, "The Call of Creativity":

! This is a presentation for everybody and not limited to just photographers. It should

be equally promoted to other visual and performing artists, educators, university and high school

students, designers of every sort, spiritual care workers, and everybody interested in

a visually and intellectually stimulating evening.

! During the two and a half hours (including an intermission), Freeman will combine

talking, projected images and music to examine the sources and nature of creativity,

essential facts about creativity and ways of accessing the creativity that we all possess.

"""""""" Freeman has given this program to large groups of photographers, university

students and as a keynote address to national conferences of university educators across

Canada, in South Africa and New Zealand, and will be presenting it in Israel in December.

This will be his first presentation of the program in the United States.


! ! Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm. Registration fee: $30.00

Notes on the Saturday November 5, all-day seminar: “Seeing and Visual


Freeman’s “Seeing and Visual Design” seminar has evolved over the years. (Because

the growing process just never ends, there will always be new ways of looking at and

discussing visual design).

""""""""Basic content: This seminar is about seeing and visual design. Visual design is the craft

of visual expression and communication.

""""""""During the morning, Freeman will be speaking about and illustrating (with projected

images) the building blocks of visual design and, during the afternoon, principles for

arranging them in picture space (composition). He will not be talking about the hardware

and software of film or digital photography, except in passing.

""""""""The seminar should be promoted to photographers of every stripe, painters, people

who sketch and draw, designers of every sort, gardeners, etc.

! ! Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Registration fee: $75.00

For additional information or to register contact Joseph Miller Center, e-mail:

furnfoto@aol.com. Phone: 703-754-7598. Please make registration checks payable to

JMCENTER, 4811 Catharpin Road, Gainesville, VA 20155.

10900 University Blvd

George Mason University - Prince William Campus, Manassas, VA 20109

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10900 University Boulevard

Manassas, Virginia 20110

Campus Information





Course: Social Media for Photographers

            Glen Echo Photoworks

Are you interested in marketing your photography. 

Discover strategic and creative ways on how social media could market your photography.  Enhance your online presence by learning the strategic marketing elements of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  Learn to search and interact with the right social audience to promote your photography. Questions: ana@anairizarry.com






I’m a producer with The Washington Post, and I’m writing to invite you to participate in our new photo project, “Your Washington Places.”


The project, launched this week, aims to showcase some of the metro area’s most photo-worthy spots as chosen and shot by staff photographers and area photo enthusiasts such as your club members.


Please consider encouraging your fellow members of the NVPS and others to post photos of their favorite places to shoot – including a description of why they like that location – to this new Washington Post gallery (http://www.washingtonpost.com/conversations/2011/06/29/AGVXAQrH_ugcgallery.html). All images will be featured on washingtonpost.com, and some of the best will be featured in the newspaper.


If you have any questions, please let me know.






Brian M. Rosenthal

Producer, Interactivity

The Washington Post

1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071

p. 202-334-9573 






Multiple Exposures Gallery

Torpedo Factory Art Center

For Immediate Release

JPEG attached


Contact – Michael Borek





Michael Borek: Effective Immediately



Multiple Exposures Gallery

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 312

105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314




October 4 – November 7, 2011

11 .am. – 6 p.m. daily and 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursdays



Saturday, October 8, 2011

3-5 p.m.


In this solo exhibition, Michael Borek will be showing over 20 of his new photographs shot in an abandoned lace factory in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Many pictures from the Scranton Lace portfolio were selected for juried shows, including by Elisabeth Sussman, Whitney Museum of American Art; Philip Brookman, Corcoran Gallery of Art; Milena Kalinovska, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and Amanda Maddox, J.Paul Getty Museum.


The title of the show comes from an announcement made in May 2002, by the vice president of Scranton Lace Co.  He called all employees together in the middle of their shift to break the news that – effective immediately – the factory was closing. Effectively immediately, the employees lost their jobs and livelihoods, and the gradual decay of this abandoned place began.


Milena Kalinovska from the Hirshhorn Museum describes these works as follows: “Michael Borek’s Laceworks photographs were shot in a ghost-like atmosphere of a decommissioned factory in Pennsylvania. With laces still in the looms, chairs on the stage of the company’s theater, the images capture dissonance between quiet beauty and troubling reality.”



I was fascinated by this place where time literally stood still, and one could walk through different areas like an archeologist sifting through the layers of history. The magnificent old Nottingham looms with unfinished lace still in them. The old Singer sewing machines pushed together under large plastic sheets, like ships in a bay waiting for a storm to pass. Huge sheets of punch cards hanging from the racks or stored in many layers, predecessors of now obsolete computer punch-card technology. Zeroes and ones. Hole or no hole. A lace pattern is made when the needle goes through the hole or is blocked by the card.