Club makes plans for year

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club held business meetings for the second meeting in August and the first meeting in September.

At the August meeting, officers and other club positions were nominated, and at the September meeting, the positions were approved.

The slate of officers and other positions for the 2013-2014 season, which begins in October, are President Steve Whiting, Vice President Debra Snider, Secretary Judy Whiting and Treasurer Karen Tindor. Barb Momyer, assisted by Chris Horvath and Sam Rees is the competition chair. Diane Bannister is the media representative. Andy Tindor, Don Roberts and Angela McClain are on the Board of Trustees, and Claudia Norris is an honorary permanent trustee.

At the August meeting, the list of topics for the annual competition, to be held today, were passed out along with a copy of explanations of each category. The annual competition is the most extensive contest of the year for club members with 15 categories for prints and six categories for slide entries. Members can enter three photos in each category. A few of the categories were combined to make room for two new categories in prints of “open” and “night photography.” Professional photographers and an art teacher will judge the contest.

Club members had suggested topics of the months”for the 2013-2014 competition season. These were voted on by ballots in August and topics with the most votes were announced at the September meeting.

The topics for each month for the upcoming season are: October, color red; November, country life; December, transportation; January, framing; February, vintage; March, reflections; April, fence; May, bokeh, in which the subject is in focus and the background is blurred; June, night cityscape; and July, light painting.

At the August meeting, Anissa Wellington gave the club information about a workshop and field trip Aug. 25 at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville. About 14 club members and guests attended. Professional nature photographer Michael Haritan presented a 30-minute lecture on nature photography. He discussed which settings to use to get the best pictures, what equipment to use and displayed examples of his pictures.

When the group proceeded outdoors, Haritan showed the group how to hold cameras, using a monopod instead of a tripod and using different reflectors to change the lighting of a scene.Then the group toured the park for picture-taking.

President Steve Whiting announced plans for the club’s annual exhibit at the Fort Steuben Mall, which will be held Oct. 7-13 during mall hours.

Club members suggested possible future field trips to covered bridges in Ashtabula, Ohio; an Amish farm; Cuyahoga Falls; Dysart Woods; and Hocking Hills.

Snider suggested touring old mills in the area to take pictures before they are all torn down. It was mentioned that the tall ships would be at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, over Labor Day weekend. Snider attended the event to take pictures.

At the August meeting, Rees mentioned he had attended a photography workshop in Pittsburgh, which was excellent. He also passed around a hard bound book of his photographs he had made at

At the September meeting, Competition Chair Momyer explained the procedure for entering photos in the annual competition. She went over the categories in detail and answered questions.

Bannister gave a tribute to club member Gabe Rozsa, who passed away in August at 91 and was one of the founding members of the club back in 1974. He wasn’t able to attend meetings for the last few years due to illness, so she showed a picture of him for newer members. Bannister mentioned Rozsa continued being a wedding photographer up until around age 85. And he loved playing Santa Claus and did so even from his wheel chair two years ago, which was made into a sleigh.

McClain invited club members to attend an astronomy presentation by Jay Ryan at Faith Ranch in Jewett, Ohio, to be held Sept. 27 or 28. Ryan is a nationally known astronomer and more information can be found at

For information about the Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club, there is a Facebook page and also information about the club can be found at

The new competition season will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Two Ridges Presbyterian Church hall. The club welcomes people of all ages and all levels of photography experience. For information about joining, contact Whiting at (740) 546-4497.