Saturday, October 15, 2011

Frederick Camera Clique

While at Artomatic last week, I met photographer Dan Scenna who told me about the Frederick Camera Clique. The Clique is a group of photographers who meet once a month at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. The Camera Clique has been in existence for over 22 years. Erin Merritt, this year's president, explained the format of the evenings, and their activities. Their skill levels vary from "point and shoot" to commercial photographers.  Later, I sat and talked with both Dan Scenna and Don Johnson who described past club field trips and membership. Don later wrote: "It is always great to see what the other club members are producing because they inspire me to try new things.  You can always grow in photography."  

This past Wednesday, the guest presenter was Bill Adkins, local photographer and author of the wonderful A Year On Market photography blog. He spoke to a full house. Bill talked about his experience as a photographer and his dedication to the rules he set for producing a photo a day throughout the year - rain, shine, and dark of night. He showed a selection of the A Year On Market photos and described an unexpectedly rich part of the project - talking with people he met on Market Street.    
Bill Adkins speaks to a full house at the Frederick Camera Club,
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 (photo by Beamie Young)

Bill Adkins talks about meeting the people he photographed. (photo by Beamie Young)
In a typical Camera Clique meeting, the last part of the evening provides an opportunity for several club members to display their photos in a "Show and Tell." They describe what they shot and how they got the shots and/or modified them. Here are a few photos from some of the presenters. Don't miss the details. Click on the thumbnails below for a larger version.
Photographer Susan O'Connor: "Three Plums with Leaves" 

Dan Scenna: "Gears at Walkersville Train Yard"

Don Johnson: "A snow leopard taken at the Memphis Zoo.
On the right, the same leopard modified with Fractalius."
David Raimist: "Tools of the Trade - FCC Softball Pitcher."

Beamie Young: "Early morning Lobster men in Rockport Maine"

Joelle Herman: "Carroll Creek Suspension"  This photo won the
Frederick Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.
Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County, MD. This particular image is a composite of five separate, vertically oriented shots pieced together using
Kolor's Autopano Pro software. Copyrighted by Howard Clark 2011.
As evidenced by this small sample of photos, this is a very talented group of people who could easily inspire a strictly point and shoot amateur to upgrade their skills and camera. For more information, contact Erin Merritt at or visit the Frederick Camera Clique website: