• Monthly themes and critique - Lens Calibration Demonstration

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    Monthly Topic: David Boyd will demonstrate a more sophisticated way to calibrate your lens using the Reikan FoCal software and Ed will demonstrate a less sophisticated, but also effective lens calibration hardware tool called the Spyderlenscal. Calibration (micro-adjustment) It is rare for a lens to be capable of perfect focus right out of the box. Manufacturer tolerances are never perfect. Fortunately, many cameras allow the autofocus to be adjusted to take care of that problem. We will explore, with demonstrations, different ways to make the micro adjustment. We will show you how to do it without any expensive gear, how to use simple aids, and how to do it with a computer. By the way, most cameras that allow micro adjustment can remember the proper settings for several different lenses and you may be surprised at how easy it is to do. Monthly Critique: You can submit photos from a recent meetup, related to the monthly meeting topic or any other photograph you want critiqued. Limit: three photos per member. (You can bring a couple more, in case we have more time to view photographs) PS: everyone is encouraged to share a photograph. Please bring it on a flash drive to the meeting. It is by sharing our work and getting constructive criticism that we grow as photographers... :) See you there... The leadership team.

  • Wildlife Photography at Huntley Meadows the rain date is 7/7/2019

    Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Virginia

    We will meet at the Visitor's Center end of the parking lot. Look for my red Toyota Highlander. Huntley Meadows Park has some of the best wildlife viewing in the Washington metropolitan area. From the ½ mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower, you have an excellent view of beavers, muskrats, frogs, dragonflies and herons. Huntley Meadows is well known as a prime birding spot, with over 200 species identified in the park. We will be starting about 15 minutes hour after sunrise. It's about a ten-minute walk to the half-mile long boardwalk through the marsh. The reason for the early start is to be there when wildlife is usually most active. We also want to avoid the majority of visitors who tend to show up after 10:00 AM You will probably want to bring your longest lens, although at times you can get pretty close. A tripod or mono-pod are optional. With any kind of nature photography, you never know what you will find until you get there. While there is a 10 AM end time for this meetup, you can stay as long as you like. The visitor center and restrooms will be open at 9:00 AM. Huntley Meadows Park Information: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/ Species List: (birds only, but there is a large variety of wildlife there) http://www.friendsofhuntleymeadows.org/bird%20list.html If you RSVP with the intention of attending this event, please be sure to change your RSVP, if you later decide you will not be able to attend. All event hosts are volunteers and often spend a lot of time researching and setting up the event. Please be courteous and change your RSVP as soon as you know that you will not attend the event. By sending in an RSVP and joining this meetup event hosted by the Fresh Start photography Meetup, I agree to abide by the rules and regulations (where applicable) of the event location and I am also agreeing to the terms of the following release and waiver of liability, which shall be binding on my heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns. In consideration of my (and my guests) participation in the Fresh Start Photography Meetup, I do hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the Organizer, its members, officers, directors, employees and the leader(s) of this event from any and all liability by reason of any damage, loss, expenses, or injury arising from my (and my guests) participation in this event, including that caused solely or in part by the fault of any and all of the above-named parties.

  • 4th Friday Photowalk - Single Focal Length, Downtown

    Hyperion Espresso

    In June, we'll be walking around downtown. This month's goal: use a single focal length for the entire walk. Sometimes limiting equipment options can be good for creativity. This walk can most easily be done with a phone or a camera with a prime lens. Use your favorite focal length, or challenge yourself to try something new. I'll bring some gaffer's tape in case anyone with a zoom lens would like to tape it. _____ 4th Friday Photowalks will be held once a month in various locations around the Fredericksburg area. They will be an opportunity to get out with your camera and take pictures with other photographers. Sometimes they will have a specific theme, sometimes not. The main goal will always be to plan a time to get out and shoot, then share what we've made on the Meetup site. _____ If you RSVP with the intention of attending this event, please be sure to change your RSVP, if you later decide you will not be able to attend. All event hosts are volunteers and often spend a lot of time researching and setting up the event. Please be courteous and change your RSVP as soon as you know that you will not attend the event. By sending in an RSVP and joining this meetup event hosted by the Fresh Start photography Meetup, I agree to abide by the rules and regulations (where applicable) of the event location and I am also agreeing to the terms of the following release and waiver of liability, which shall be binding on my heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns. In consideration of my (and my guests) participation in the Fresh Start Photography Meetup, I do hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the Organizer, its members, officers, directors, employees and the leader(s) of this event from any and all liability by reason of any damage, loss, expenses, or injury arising from my (and my guests) participation in this event, including that caused solely or in part by the fault of any and all of the above-named parties.

  • Monthly themes and critique - Photo Pills - tba

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    Monthly Topic: Monthly Critique: You can submit photos from a recent meetup, related to the monthly meeting topic or any other photograph you want critiqued. Limit: three photos per member. (You can bring a couple more, in case we have more time to view photographs) PS: everyone is encouraged to share a photograph. Please bring it on a flash drive to the meeting. It is by sharing our work and getting constructive criticism that we grow as photographers... :) See you there... The leadership team.

  • 3rd Friday Photowalk - Curtis Park

    58 Jesse Curtis Ln

    In July, we'll be meeting at Curtis Park, in Hartwood, Stafford County. Details will be added closer to the event. _____ 4th Friday Photowalks will be held once a month in various locations around the Fredericksburg area. They will be an opportunity to get out with your camera and take pictures with other photographers. Sometimes they will have a specific theme, sometimes not. The main goal will always be to plan a time to get out and shoot, then share what we've made on the Meetup site. _____ If you RSVP with the intention of attending this event, please be sure to change your RSVP, if you later decide you will not be able to attend. All event hosts are volunteers and often spend a lot of time researching and setting up the event. Please be courteous and change your RSVP as soon as you know that you will not attend the event. By sending in an RSVP and joining this meetup event hosted by the Fresh Start photography Meetup, I agree to abide by the rules and regulations (where applicable) of the event location and I am also agreeing to the terms of the following release and waiver of liability, which shall be binding on my heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns. In consideration of my (and my guests) participation in the Fresh Start Photography Meetup, I do hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the Organizer, its members, officers, directors, employees and the leader(s) of this event from any and all liability by reason of any damage, loss, expenses, or injury arising from my (and my guests) participation in this event, including that caused solely or in part by the fault of any and all of the above-named parties.

  • Shenandoah National Park: 3-Day Event

    Skyland Lower Loop

    NOTE: There is no schedule for this meetup because the weather (and group decisions on what to do next) change regularly. If you are not staying at the recommended resort (Skyland), please be aware that it is your responsibility to attend the dinners so you will know the next day's agenda. Over a million people visit Shenandoah National Park each year to hike, camp, fish, or just to admire the expansive views of rolling hills and valleys. And for photographers it's a special place to take pictures. Even though this amazing park is just two hours away, it’s difficult to get sunrise, sunset and night photos without staying at least one night. This 3-day event will give wildlife and landscape photographers plenty of opportunities to shoot. We’ll focus on finding the best spots for sunrise and sunset photos, as well as night photography (including astrophotography and light painting). As many of you know, Shenandoah is also home to lots of wildlife. There are over 50 species of animals and 1,406 different plants that reside in Shenandoah National Park. Wildlife photography will be on our agenda from early morning to evening, when weather allows. For a list of the wildlife we might find, visit the following NPS site: https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/nature/animals.htm. And if conditions are right for macro photography, we can do this too. So pack all your photo equipment and come join us! Keep in mind that Shenandoah is at a higher elevation and you could experience several different seasons and weather conditions in one day. Be prepared for rain, fog, hail, severe thunderstorms, and hot and cold weather. Points of Interest: https://www.dropbox.com/s/50w3slfvb9rdbso/PointsofInterest-Shenandoah2019.pdf?dl=0 Accommodations: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kksprio37ahhvzp/Accommodations-Shenandoah2019.pdf?dl=0 Please note that only the following types of rooms are equipped with A/C: Preferred Room, Premium Room and Suite. The Cabin and Traditional rooms do not have A/C. To view pictures from our previous event in July 2018: https://www.meetup.com/Fresh-Start-Photography-Group/events/250946722/ Entrance Fees: This applies to those who do not have a National Park Pass. Effective June 1, 2018 the park entrance fee will be $30 per vehicle, $25 per motorcycle and $15 per person. These fees are good for 7 days. An annual park pass will cost $55. Suggested Equipment: ND filter, polarizing filter, tripod, LED flashlight and/or headlamp (sunset/sunrise or night pictures, or focusing), static light for night painting (if applicable), remote shutter, good hiking shoes/non-slip shoes, gaiters, pants, raincoat, weatherproof cover for your camera/lenses. Pack warm clothes – it could be chilly in the early mornings and evenings. Don't forget the bug spray! Accessibility: Most of our locations in this meetup are easy to get to, and access to the vehicle for equipment changes, etc. shouldn’t be an issue in most cases. Hiking is not in the schedule, but you can opt to do this and other activities during the day if you choose. Other Links: Interesting Stats on Shenandoah: https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/management/statistics.htm Brochures & Guides: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/downloadable-guides.htm Alerts & Conditions: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/conditions.htm Please read our disclaimer for this event in the link below. By sending in an RSVP and joining this meetup event hosted by the Fresh Start photography Meetup, I agree to abide by the rules and regulations in this disclaimer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vhqdt4c6qgo2fvm/MeetupDisclaimerOnline.pdf?dl=0.

  • Air Circus show in Bealton Saturday August 17, rain date Sunday August 18.

    Note: Since this air show has not yet been scheduled for 2019, the dates may change. I will update event details, once they are posted by the air show. The Bealeton Virginia Air Circus and hot air balloon show is on Aug. 17-18. We had this meet-up last year, so if you didn't make it last year or want to go again, here's your opportunity. There’s lots of color and challenging shooting conditions with fast moving aircraft (great practice for action photography). They also allow the public on the field to photograph the balloons prior to launching them, which provides a great opportunity to get close-up photos of colorful balloons. For more information see: http://www.flyingcircusairshow.com/ Adults are $15. Children are $7. Military active duty and retired are $13. The air show is 2:20 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The evening balloon flight is from 6 to 9 p.m., but you are allowed on the field with the balloons an hour or so before the balloons launch. There is a snack bar if you want to get a sandwich and drink between the two events. There are also clean, modern restrooms on the grounds. We will meet to the right of the announcer's tower, along the fence at the stated starting time, look for us to be standing along the fence. I will wear a Fresh Start Meet-up white label on my shirt this year. I will be standing by the fence and I will be using a tripod with camo leg pads. Rain date is Sunday, August 18. If you RSVP with the intention of attending this event, please be sure to change your RSVP, if you later decide you will not be able to attend. All event hosts are volunteers and often spend a lot of time researching and setting up the event. Please be courteous and change your RSVP as soon as you know that you will not attend the event. By sending in an RSVP and joining this meetup event hosted by the Fresh Start photography Meetup, I agree to abide by the rules and regulations (where applicable) of the event location and I am also agreeing to the terms of the following release and waiver of liability, which shall be binding on my heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns. In consideration of my (and my guests) participation in the Fresh Start Photography Meetup, I do hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the Organizer, its members, officers, directors, employees and the leader(s) of this event from any and all liability by reason of any damage, loss, expenses, or injury arising from my (and my guests) participation in this event, including that caused solely or in part by the fault of any and all of the above-named parties.

  • Monthly themes and critique - Photographing the Night Sky, By Andy Sentipal

    Monthly Topic: Photographing the Night Sky, By Andy Sentipal Andy will provide an overview of how to photograph the moon, stars and the Milky Way. We will review what equipment you need to photograph the night sky, locations that have minimal light pollution and thoughts on preliminary research needed to plan a productive night shoot. Phone apps will be discussed and recommendations made on some of the most popular ones. We will then move to camera setup, focus and settings to start capturing the night sky. The specifics on how to photograph the moon, the Milky Way and stars in both pinpoint fashion and star trails will be reviewed. Light painting will be covered also. The program will conclude with thoughts on post processing and printing the images you captured. Andy will also be hosting a Fresh Start Meet-up Night Photography event on August 24, 2019, at Big Meadows in the Shenandoah National Park. You may want to attend this event if you can, so you can to practice what you learn from this presentation. Monthly Critique: You can submit photos from a recent meetup, related to the monthly meeting topic or any other photograph you want critiqued. Limit: three photos per member. (You can bring a couple more, in case we have more time to view photographs) PS: everyone is encouraged to share a photograph. Please bring it on a flash drive to the meeting. It is by sharing our work and getting constructive criticism that we grow as photographers... :) See you there... The leadership team.

  • 4th Friday Photowalk - Architecture Downtown

    Hyperion Espresso

    This month, we'll be.... _____ 4th Friday Photowalks will be held once a month in various locations around the Fredericksburg area. They will be an opportunity to get out with your camera and take pictures with other photographers. Sometimes they will have a specific theme, sometimes not. The main goal will always be to plan a time to get out and shoot, then share what we've made on the Meetup site. _____ If you RSVP with the intention of attending this event, please be sure to change your RSVP, if you later decide you will not be able to attend. All event hosts are volunteers and often spend a lot of time researching and setting up the event. Please be courteous and change your RSVP as soon as you know that you will not attend the event. By sending in an RSVP and joining this meetup event hosted by the Fresh Start photography Meetup, I agree to abide by the rules and regulations (where applicable) of the event location and I am also agreeing to the terms of the following release and waiver of liability, which shall be binding on my heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns. In consideration of my (and my guests) participation in the Fresh Start Photography Meetup, I do hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the Organizer, its members, officers, directors, employees and the leader(s) of this event from any and all liability by reason of any damage, loss, expenses, or injury arising from my (and my guests) participation in this event, including that caused solely or in part by the fault of any and all of the above-named parties.

  • Shenandoah National Park: Sunset and Milky Way Shoot

    Big Meadows Wayside

    Please try to attend Andy Sentipal's talk at our Wed., Aug. 21st library meeting. Andy will cover details about shooting the Milky Way. We can also answer any questions about this event at the meeting. Entrance Fees: This applies to those who do not have a National Park Pass. Effective June 1, 2018 the park entrance fee will be $30 per vehicle, $25 per motorcycle and $15 per person. These fees are good for 7 days. An annual park pass will cost $55. Accessibility: Locations in this meetup are easy to get to. It's an easy walk to the sunset and Milky Way shoot locations. Suggested Equipment: tripod, LED flashlight and/or headlamp for night photography, remote shutter release, good hiking shoes. Pack warm clothes – it could be chilly in the evening. Bring your widest and fastest lens for the Milky Way shoot. Don't forget the bug spray! You should focus your Milky Way lens to infinity and secure it with gaffer's tape before dark. The tape will prevent accidentally moving the focus ring in the dark. If you're not sure how to do this, we can help you focus and secure your lens. We will have extra gaffer's tape, if you need it. If you have never tried shooting at night, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with your camera buttons and dials, so you will have less trouble changing your camera settings in the dark. All of this will be covered in our library meeting on Aug. 21st. We will meet at the parking lot on the Rapidan Fire road at 6:30 PM. Look for a dark blue Honda CRV with Shenandoah National park tags. We can walk down the Rapidan fire road to look for deer, flowers and butterflies to photograph. Deer often come out to feed in the meadow an hour or two before dark. We will meet in the parking lot again at 7:30 PM to decide if it's worth doing a sunset shoot on the west facing hill in the meadow. Sunset is at 7:51 PM and it's only a 5 minute walk from the parking area to the hill where we will shoot the sunset. If we decide not to shoot the sunset, we can spend time reviewing how to shoot the Milky Way. Astro End on the 24th is at 9:26 PM, so it would be best to photograph the Milky Way after that time. We will start our night sky shoot in Big Meadows but we will move to a few other locations for different views. This event will have to be rescheduled if the weather is not acceptable for a night shoot, so please check this page again a couple of days before the scheduled date to be sure it has not been rescheduled. Please read our disclaimer for this event in the link below. By sending in an RSVP and joining this meetup event hosted by the Fresh Start photography Meetup, I agree to abide by the rules and regulations in this disclaimer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vhqdt4c6qgo2fvm/MeetupDisclaimerOnline.pdf?dl=0.