Sunday, March 23, 2014

David Wells to Speak on Travel Photography

On Monday, May 12, 2014 David H. Wells of Providence, Rhode Island will be presenting his program “Making Exceptional Travel Photographs” to the Charter Oak Photographic Society, Inc. They invite you, your camera club, and friends to come and be their guest (no charge). Their meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. SHARP!

Hunt's Photo and Video will be on hand for your photographic shopping pleasure.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

CAP Field Trips for Spring 2014

Tired of Winter? Wish you could be photographing outdoors in beautiful tulip beds? How about hundreds of acres of lupines? Love to eat pancakes? Love to laugh and have a good time with friends? Learn new things? Then look no further than TWO CAP field trips for Spring 2014

Trip #1

This trip is now full.

What: TULIPS (14,200 of them)
When: Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Where: Harry S. Chatfield Memorial Garden, Warinanco Park,  Union County, New Jersey (Google "Warinanco Park" for more details)

Warinanco Park consists of 204 acres of trees, shrubs, and trails. The highlight of the park at the end of April is their tulips imported from Holland. These bulbs are carefully placed in staggered rows that make up the circular garden's 21 beds of non stop color. No need to spend hundreds of dollars to fly to Holland when we have this wonderful facility just two hours away by car. Rain cancels this trip, there is no rain date.

Trip #2

This trip is now full.

When: June 13, 14, 15 2014
Where: Sugar Hill, New Hampshire

Back by popular demand, CAP is repeating one of it's most popular trips to New Hampshire for the annual Lupine Festival. Imagine a real white steepled church as the background for a field of pink, purple, and white lupines. No digital magic needed here, just natural beauty before a traditional style church. Some fields have pieces of antique farm equipment for added interest among the blooms. Get hungry after shooting sunrise? We take care of that too. Polly's Pancakes is a great place to have breakfast or brunch. Right across from Polly's there are multiple photo ops from barns, horses, stone walls, to birds and cats. If you get tired of shooting, take in the local arts show, shop at the general store, or take it easy on a horse drawn carriage which travels through a sea of lupines at the foot of the White Mountains.

We will be staying in nearby Franconia. Details will be given after sign up. Just a and whoever you travel with must be a paid CAP member to attend any CAP field trip. Space will be limited, so sign up early.

Meeting times, locations, and other details will be sent to those who sign up for the trip. Sign up by e-mailing Linda Thomas at Please indicate which trip you are signing up for, your cell phone #, and what town you live in for carpooling purposes. If you will be meeting us at the location instead of carpooling, please let me know.

Question or concerns may be addressed to Linda Thomas 203-239-9341 or Art Yost 203-931-9943, CAP trip co-chairs

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Landscape Seminar by Joe LeFevre

CAP is sponsoring an all-day seminar entitled "Making Dynamic Landscape Images" to be presented by Joe LeFevre on Saturday, April 12, 2014. This seminar will be held at the Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company, 429 Old Colchester Road, Salem, CT 06420. The Fee for attendance is $40 and includes lunch. There may be a limited number of tickets available at the door on the day of the seminar for $50 each.

In addition there will be a hands on workshop the following day for $100. Joe will take a group of up to 15 people to Devil's Hopyard and Gillette Castle for hands on instruction. This is an outstanding opportunity to learn from a master landscape photographer.

If you have any questions please contact Rob Macfarlane at

Please spread the word to other members of your club. This is an outstanding opportunity of interest to all ability levels.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Antoinette Gombeda and Hazel Meredith Honored by PSA

Saturday evening, September 21, 2013, was a very special evening for two very active members of the Connecticut Association of Photographers. Antoinette Gombeda and Hazel Meredith received the APSA honor from the Photographic Society of America. This honor is given for service to the photographic community over a long period of time.

The first member to receive this award was Antoinette Gombeda shown below receiving her award from PSA president John Davis.

The second member to receive this award was Hazel Meredith shown below with PSA President John Davis receiving her award.

Both Antoinette and Hazel have worked for CAP for many years in a variety of leadership positions. Congratulations to both for earning this well deserved award.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Connecticut Camera Club Invitational Salon

CAP is pleased to announce the 29th Connecticut Camera Club Invitational Salon that is held every two years. This is a competition for Connecticut Camera Clubs, not for individuals. All Connecticut Camera Clubs are encouraged to participate. All entries must be submitted by November 1, 2013, and the judging is scheduled for November 16, 2013. 

Monday, September 02, 2013

Lewis Kemper Seminar

CAP will host A Digital Day with Lewis Kemper, an all-day seminar, on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The seminar will be presented at the Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (directions at The program is free and an optional lunch ($10) will be available. This seminar is sponsored byCanon. Lewis Kemper is one of Canon's Explorers of Light.

Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Getting the most out of your digital camera
  • Light and composition
  • Expanding the dynamic range of your images
  • Use of histogram and highlight
  • Custom white balance
  • HDR
  • Photoshop and Lightroom

Click for a flyer with all the details. This program is a must for any level photographer working in today's digital world.

We give a special thanks to Hunt's Photo and Video who are sponsoring several door prizes to be awarded at the seminar.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

CAP Summer Field Trip

Redcoats & Rebels at Old Sturbridge Village
Sturbridge Massachusetts
Saturday August 3rd

Join us for a great one day trip to Old Sturbridge Village for the largest military re-enactment in New England. This is a wonderful photo op to capture what it was really like for those who fought for the freedoms that we all enjoy today. There will be a mock battle, cannon-firing demonstrations, fife and drum music, and a "Twilight Encampment" where we will have access to the troops in their camps until 8pm.

If interested contact Linda Thomas at Humbrd001@Yahoo.Com.
Please include your cell # and your home address for organizational purposes.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Photography Workshop at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford

Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation will be offering a photography workshop on Saturday, June 29 from 10:00 am to noon. Professional photographer Craig Norton will lead this inspiring workshop for all ages, cameras and skill levels. The workshop will begin with a short lesson on camera settings and then participants will explore Cedar Hill to learn about composition and practice new found skills.

About Craig Norton
Craig is a professional photographer with over 25 years of experience. His freelance work includes portraits, products, events and weddings. His fine art prints can be found in galleries and offices throughout the northeast. Craig has taught extensively, including offering workshops for the West Hartford Art League.

About Cedar Hill Cemetery
Established in 1864, Cedar Hill is an American rural cemetery encompassing 270 acres of landscaped woodlands, waterways and memorial grounds. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Cedar Hill serves as a sanctuary for memorial artworks, Hartford history, welcomed wildlife, and many visitors who come to remember loved ones and tour the grounds. To date, more than 32,000 people have chosen Cedar Hill Cemetery as their final resting place, including J.P. Morgan, Samuel and Elizabeth Colt, John and Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Katharine Hepburn. Click for more information on Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The workshop fee is $25.00; $20.00 for Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation members. I would be delighted to offer the discounted price of $20.00 to members of your camera club. Reservations are required as the workshop size is limited. For more information or to register, contact Beverly Lucas at or (860) 956-3311.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Night Photography Workshop at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Tom and Lisa Cuchara will be running a night workshop at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on Friday evening, May 31, 2013, from 7:30 pm to 1:30 am. They have special after hours access to the cemetery which is just over an hour drive from Hamden, CT. The cemetery usually closes at 4:30 pm, but they will be there after dark. The group will meet at the gate by 7:30 pm and shoot until 1:30 am! You will shown how to control the ambient light with long exposures and add light with your flashlight. The first part of the session will be spent going over camera settings and tips for long exposures, light painting etc. Sunset is at ~8:13 pm, but more importantly AFTER sunset, the blue hour and then the stars. The group is meeting at 7:30 pm so you have time to get your camera set up, look at some mausoleums, sculptures, etc.

Click for more details and registration:

Sunday, May 19, 2013

CAP Has Successful Zoo Field Trip

On Saturday, May 16, 2013, 8 intreprid CAP members went on a field trip to the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence led by Hazel and Dave Meredith. The day began with sun as promised by the Weather forecasts, but it became increasingly cloudy as the day progressed.

In addition to the animals the group visited the Carousel where a wedding party was holding a reception. At one point the wedding party climbed aboard for a ride.

The flower girl enjoys the ride. Copyright © 2013 by William Barnett
Later in the afternoon the entire group posed for a photograph.
The CAP group Copyright © 2013 by Rick Sereque.
Dinner at the U. S. S. Chowder Pot in Branford completed the days festivities.

Now the rest of the CAP membership has at least a hint of what they missed. Check the CAP blog for information on upcoming field trips and other activities So that you don't miss out.