Digital Photography Classes, Hudson Valley, Goshen, NY
February 2014
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I am sorry that we missed the Eagles. Weather and other obligations got in the way. The Eagles are nesting this time of year so they will not be as abundant at the sighting areas. We will try this again next year. Peter Gregory managed to go out to the Delaware on February 15th during the snow and got this beautiful shot of a beaver.

Ferncliff Forest

After the National Park Service Photography Workshop at the Roosevelt Historic Site in Hyde Park I visited Ferncliff Forest in Rhinecliff.

Here is a photo from the fire tower looking at the Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge.

Newburgh Library Photo Show

We will be hanging our photographs in the lobby of the Newburgh Library this Saturday, March 1st. between 11am and 1pm. If you cannot make this time please contact Jeff Montanye at 845-361-2029 or

The following people have entered work into the Newburgh Library Photo show in March:

Michael SmirnoffWorld Trade Center28x10 
Ming-Kong 3+/-  
Mark RosengartenWinter Scenes2  
Jeff MontanyeHudson Valley3+/-16x2011x14
Jeff MontanyeHudson Valley3+/-28x2216x20
Manny Piquero 411x148x10
Tom Knieser 2 8x10
Tom Knieser 2 11x14
Marie Cavicchio 3  

If your name isn't on the list don't worry, we have room for about 80 prints so please don't hesitate to come by and hang your work. It would be best if the photos were taken in the Hudson Valley but not necessary. There is no theme. Bring your best work no matter what it is.

Any size photographs can be hung. The best size is probably 11x14 size print, matted and framed. Make sure your contact information is on the back of the print. We will be taking the photos down after our March meeting on March 19th or any time between March 19th and March 22nd if you can't make the meeting.

Library Meeting
Using Photoshop Elements

Wednesday, March 19th, 6pm - 7:30pm.
Photographer and Photoshop Master Roger Gottlieb will be talking about editing your photographs in Photoshop Elements. We'll learn a lot about using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements to enhance our photographs.
Sign-up on Photoshop Techniques.

March Meetup
Sterling Hill Mining Museum

Saturday, March 22nd, 10am.
Sterling Hill Mine was suggested as a photo trip by some of our members. The mine is an interesting place to take photographs of phosphorous rocks under UV light. We need at least 10 people to go into the mine as our own group with tripods. So far we have 6 signed up. I need to make reservations soon so if you would like to attend please sign up. The cost is $10.00 each. You will need to pay the $10.00 if you sign up even if you do not attend. The mine is in New Jersey but close to the New York border. Visit their website for more information. A tripod is a must if you want to take photographs under the UV light. A remote control will also be helpful but you can use the 2 second self-timer. For more information and to sign up visit: Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

Digital World of Photography is now on Flickr. Don't forget to visit our Flickr account for Digital World of Photography. Feel free to post your photos. Digital World of Photography on Flickr.

Looking Ahead
We are working on getting Frank Dispensa to give a presentation on the science of exposure and give us some professional critiques on our photographs. Due to weather and other circumstances we have had to delay his visit but it will be happening soon.

Also, Frank has invited us to attend the Dutchess Regional Professional Photographers print competition at the Fishkill Ramada Inn. This is a great opportunity to learn about professional photography competitions and how they are judged. Normally there is a $15.00 fee to attend but Frank says he can get us in without the need to pay. The date is Thursday, April 10th at 7:30pm. I'll post it on soon.

Some of our members have been sending me information on other photography events in the Hudson Valley. I'll post them all soon. I'm trying to find a way to have some of our members help out with these website updates but at the present time it is not a user friendly system. I am working on it on my spare time.

Photography Classes
Spring classes will be starting in April at Orange-Ulster BOCES in Goshen. There will be a beginners, intermediate and advanced photography class as well as a Photoshop Elements class. For more information visit the website: Assistacomp.

Fund Raiser
As you know, I am doing my best to keep the club free for everybody by utilizing fund raisers. I am selecting options that both bring value to our members as well as fund the club. This month I found Viridian, one of those companies that you can choose to purchase your electric from. Viridian gets much of their electric from green energy sources such as solar and wind. If you'd like to help the environment, possibly save some cost on your electric bill and help fund Digital World of Photography then sign up here: Viridian/JMontanye. There is no fee to sign up and you can cancel at any time with no cancelation fee. There is also the option to lock in your rates for 6 months to a year. You have to purchase electric from someone. Why not try this one out and help support the group?

Start Your Own Photo Club
Digital World of Photography is growing. We may need to over-flow to another library. If you are interested in starting a photography club at your local library and would like to be part of Digital World of Photography, it's presenters, resources and outings, please contact me. You can start your own local chapter of Digital World of Photography. All you need are three volunteers and a heart for photography.