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Reston Photographic Society (RPS)

The Reston Photographic Society is a special interest group within the League of Reston Artists. The Society is open to all LRA members interested in photography. The purpose of the group is to provide opportunities for photographers to exhibit their work in gallery settings; to gain knowledge and skills through workshops, competitions, other activities, and to support encourage, and celebrate the efforts of each member.

The Society meets at 7:30pm on the third Monday of each month, January through May and September through November at the Reston Community Centers at Hunters Woods or Lake Anne. Meetings include guest speakers, workshops, non-competitive group critiques, competitions, and sharing of photo-related information. Occasional shooting field trips are also scheduled. Members are encouraged to attend the League's general meetings, on topics of general interest to artists.

The Society, in conjunction with the LRA, sponsors two major judged photographic exhibits each year. In July, a show is hung is the main hallway of the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston. The second show takes place in October in the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, the Jo Ann Rose Gallery. The LRA also sponsors juried shows throughout the year that are open to photographers. In addition, photographers are encouraged to hang their works in spaces provided to the League as part of the Art in Public Places program.

The Reston Photographic Society is a member of the Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC) - www.nvacc.org. As a member of NOVACC, the RPS shares meeting schedules, as well as opportunities to participate in competition programs and field trips with the other five clubs that make up the NVACC. Members of the RPS will can attend any of the publicized activities.

As part of the NVACC, each photographic group participates in the annual Meadowlark Nature Photo Expo, a juried show of nature photography with many other related activities.

For further information about the RPS, contact chairperson Ellis Rosenberg.

Upcoming RPS Meetings

October 2009

Corey Hilz - Macro Photography

Corey Hilz, a seasoned landscape and nature photographer who exhibits throughout the Washington, D.C. region. Known as a gifted photographic teacher, Corey travels regularly to locales such as Nanjing and Shanghai, Western Ireland and the Great Smoky Mountains, conducting workshops and adding to his extensive photographic galleries. Among his specialties is macro photography - the subject of his presentation for RPS members.

A central theme of Corey's work is that the diversity in nature offers boundless opportunities for fresh images. From mountains and flowers to water and wildlife, Corey approaches his subjects with an artistic eye looking for rhythm, texture and pattern. He goes beyond the documentary image to show a unique perspective using color, shape and line. Despite his extensive travels, Corey believes some of the most interesting subjects are found close to home. He is a published author and his photos have been used in magazines, books, newspapers, calendars, brochures and catalogues. His prints are found in private collections.

The dozens of images on his website, include a striking view of Badlands National Park, South Dakota, painterly images of Pennsylvania's Longwood Gardens and photos derived using special techniques such as focus stacking and High Dynamic Range processing.

Corey appears with RPS on Oct 19th to discuss the techniques and equipment requisite for outstanding macro photography

Previous RPS Meetings

April 2009

Nature Photography Program and 2nd Annual RPS Club Photo Competition

Competition Results - Digital Category

Competition Results - Print Category

May 2009

The Mighty Potomac - Joseph Rossbach

Joseph Rossbach has been photographing the natural world since 1995. His work has appeared in a number of books and calendars, as well as national and regional magazines, including PHOTO Techniques, Mountain Connections, Blue Ridge Country, Digital Camera World, and The Nature Conservancy. Joseph's fine-art prints have appeared in national collections, galleries, personal collections and one-man shows. Joseph is also the co-author and photographer for "50 amazing things you must see or do in the greater Washington D.C. area" (Mountain Trail Press) & "The ultimate guide to digital nature photography"(Mountain Trail Press)

Joseph is a team member of Mountain Trail Photo (www.mountaintrailphoto.com) and a workshop instructor. He travels the United States extensively capturing new and exciting images every year, as well as conducting several on-location workshops and photo tours. His commercial work is represented by Liz Kaye Photo Represenative and Super Stock Images LLC.

"The Mighty Potomac: 4 seasons of photography in Great Falls National Park." In this lecture Joseph will show a large selection of images and share photo secrets and tips on shooting year round in Great Falls National Park.

To learn more about Joseph and his work take a look at his website: www.josephrossbach.com.