February 3 – The Seeing Lens Project

Lebanon Valley College will present their innovative program known as “The Seeing Lens” at the Lancaster Camera Club February meeting on February 3, 2020 at 7pm.

The program is a ten-week therapeutic program that fuses therapy and art together to assist Veterans in recovery and focuses on mindfulness. Each week focuses on a different aspect of recovery and ties it to photography. For example the recovery topic of clarity and attention is tied to the lecture on aperture and depth of field. Each Veteran is issued a camera and a textbook for duration of the program.

The presentation will be held in the Mellinger Mennonite Church fellowship hall at 1916 Lincoln Highway East. Please enter under the car port at the rear of the church.

For more information about The Seeing Lens, see the web site at the following address https://www.lebanon.va.gov/features/Therapeutic_photography_program_helps_Veterans.asp

United Zion Gallery Show (2019)

We have been invited to show our work as a club at United Zion Retirement Community. Photos will be hung in a long hallway with gallery lighting for the entire month of December. The Activities Director (Alyssa) at UZRC will advertise our show in community newspapers such as the Merchandiser.

Photo details: LCC Members may submit one large and one small framed image: • The larger frame may be any size up to 18 by 24 inches. • The smaller frame may be any size up to 12 by 18 inches • Put your name, photo title, and phone number on the back of each photo. • A wrapped canvas can be used as a framed print, however, you must have a wire on the back for hanging your picture. If you have questions about this please email Phyllis Wimer at woodswoman10@verizon.net.

Pre-Registration: You must pre-register no later than our November 6th meeting: • By E-mail, send your name, photo titles and prices to Phyllis Wimer at woodswoman10@verizon.net. • Or, sign up at the November club meeting giving the same information. Phyllis will print a tag for each photo so our photographers receive recognition and the work appears uniform.

Price your photos for sale if you want to, United Zion does not take a commission. We suggest that you price your pieces on the low side (yet covering your expenses) since the potential buyers are retired folks and you don’t need to allow for a commission. Alyssa at UZRC will notify you if your piece sells; you may choose to replace it.

Drop off your photos at United Zion Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM, either the week of November 18th or that of the 25th. The address of United Zion is 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. This is Route 501, north of Lititz. If you are driving north from Lititz, UZRC will be on your left, just up the hill from the Sheetz station at Newport Rd. The entrance you want is on the north side of UZRC so drive past the building and turn left. Give your photos to the receptionist. No late entries can be accepted. After the show, you may pick up your images on December 30th or 31st between 8 AM and 8 PM.

2019 Holiday Party

Save the date! We will hold our annual holiday gathering on Monday, December 2. This year we will be meeting in our normal Fieldcrest room at Brethren Village. We will not be having a banquet but there will be a light supper (sandwiches, veggies, cookies & such) after which we will enjoy a presentation by Blake Ziegler on his photo trip to Antarctica! This is also the time when we hand out the awards to club members who have accumulated the most points throughout the year.

Don’t forget to bring your Scavenger Hunt photo boards. (see details for the scavenger hunt here.) There is no cost (to you) for this event! You are welcome to bring a guest.

2019 Bus Trip to PhotoPlus

Lancaster Camera Club (LCC) is again organizing a bus trip to the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City (NYC) on Friday, October 25, 2019. Even though we are traveling to and from NYC as a group, you will be free to do whatever you want to do for the entire day! The bus will leave Lancaster Shopping Center, on the Oregon Pike (272) side of AC Moore at 6:30 AM and take you to the PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (655 W. 34th St.). For the return trip to Lancaster there will be two pickup points: behind the Winter Garden Theater (7th Avenue & 51st St.) at 6:15 p.m. and at the Javits Center at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, click here: LCC-Bus-Trip-2019.pdf

June Photo Walk: Conestoga House & Gardens

Join us on June 19 at 6:30 for a photo walk at the Conestoga House and Gardens (1608 Marietta Avenue). We will also be taking head shots of each other during this time. Here is a chance to enjoy an evening at the gardens and get a new head shot for your website of Facebook page.

For information about the Conestoga House, see their website here:

2019 Scavenger Hunt

It’s not too early to get ready for December 2nd!   That’s when we’ll have our year-end banquet… and when we will show off our 2019 Scavenger Hunt images!

Here’s a chance to be creative and have some fun.  These may be images you capture in your travels, or images you “set up” on location or in a studio.  Here are the details:

  • Between now and our banquet in December, make pictures for the subjects below.  Then choose your best six picture for each of six different subjects on the list.
  • Your images must have been taken during 2019.
  • Make 4” x 6” prints of your six pictures.  You may also have them printed as a collage.
  • Mount your prints on a 16” x 20” board – any color.  Use a good stiff board that will stand up well when on display.  (See the note below.)
  • Label the six images with the subjects chosen.  Don’t title them otherwise.
  • Print your name on the rear of the poster board.
  • Bring your completed project to the year-end banquet.
  • You must be a Lancaster Camera Club member to enter.
  • Each person attending the dinner—both members and guests—will be able to vote for what they feel is the best set of Scavenger Hunt pictures.
  • Awards will be presented to those whose pictures receive the most votes.

    Note: The night of the party, if available, bring an easel to display your picture board.


1.   Paper

2.   Matches

3.   Meditation

4.   Three colors

5.   Ice cream cone

6.   Mail

7.   Weather

8.   Balloon

9.   Determination

10.  Lancaster County

11. Transportation

12. Money

2018 Bus Trip to PhotoPlus

Lancaster Camera Club (LCC) is again organizing a bus trip to the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City (NYC) on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Even though we are traveling to and from NYC as a group, you will be free to do whatever you want to do for the entire day! The bus will leave Lancaster Shopping Center, AC Moore/Oregon Pike side at 6:30 AM and take you to the PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (655 W. 34th St.). For the return trip to Lancaster there will be two pickup points: behind the Winter Garden Theater (7th Avenue & 51st St.) at 6:15 p.m. and at the Javits Center at 6:30 p.m.

The cost of the bus trip for Lancaster Camera Club members is $45 per person and $50 per person for nonmembers.

Click here for more information and to sign up. 2018 Bus Trip

2018 Annual Model Shoot

It’s time for the Lancaster Camera Club’s Annual Model Shoot, quite
the opportunity to work with models in a rich and varied setting, trying
new things and sharpening your skills. All this for free!

Location: White Chimneys, 5117 Lincoln Hwy., Gap, PA 17527
Time: Monday, August 6, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

PHOTOGRAPHERS: You must be a current member of Lancaster Camera Club to participate. Please arrive at White Chimneys by 6:30 p.m.!
You will be required to provide digital copies of your images BEFORE LEAVING the event. You are encouraged, then, to edit your photos and provide your edited images to the club in a timely manner. Otherwise, the club will do the editing. Make these arrangements with the event leaders!
THE CLUB will ensure that the best images from all the photographers are provided to each model. This is their compensation for participating!

WHITE CHIMNEYS is a delightful venue for the event:
White Chimneys is an 18th century Pennsylvania manor house that began as a one room stone house. Over the centuries, the mansion has evolved through colonial and Federal time periods with many additions from successive generations.
White Chimneys loves to host your photo ops and events, especially weddings! From ceremonies in the Pergola Garden, to cocktail hours in the outdoor tent, to receptions in the refurbished tobacco barn, White Chimneys is the perfect setting for your unforgettable day. The Homestead is now ready for you to experience the wonders and simplicity of early American life. — adapted from http://whitechimneys.com/

Centralia Field Trip

Come one, come all to Centralia Pennsylvania!

Centralia is a borough and near-ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from more than 1,000 residents in 1980 to 63 by 1990, to only seven in 2013—a result of the coal mine fire which has been burning beneath the borough since 1962.

Centralia, which is part of the Bloomsburg–Berwick metropolitan area, is the least-populated municipality in Pennsylvania. It is completely surrounded by Conyngham Township. All real estate in the borough was claimed under eminent domain in 1992 and therein condemned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Centralia’s ZIP code was discontinued by the Postal Service in 2002. State and local officials reached an agreement with the seven remaining residents on October 29, 2013, allowing them to live out their lives there, after which the rights to their houses will be taken through eminent domain.

Places of interest include…

Centralia’s graffiti highway, Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, Centralia, and Abandoned Highway PA-61.

Bring your camera gear, water and snacks, $ and your sense of adventure as we explore these interesting areas.

The date of this field trip is Saturday June 30, 2018. It may take about two hours to drive so plan on meeting at the Park City Mall Boscov’s parking lot at 8 am. (The parking area is closest to the Long’s Park tunnel entrance.)

I drive a silver Hyundai Elantra and I will have room for 3. Please email me if you have any questions or you would like to ride up with me (csperko@comcast.net). You may call my cell at 717-330-8325.

Don’t miss out!

Wonderful Images With a “Toy” Camera

Tom Debiec, who is the invited speaker for the LCC’s next meeting this Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00pm, writes:

“Toy cameras are simple, inexpensive film cameras.  Unlike the latest digital cameras that feature almost unlimited control to the photographer, the simplicity and design of toy cameras cause distortion, vignetting and light leaks.  These defects are embraced by the users of these cameras who are able to use them to their creative advantage.

“For the past seven years, I have been using toy cameras almost exclusively.  In this presentation, I will explore the capabilities of these cameras and expose you to the work of the photographers that love them.

“Several of  my photographs are featured in the Expanded Visions show currently taking place at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster.  My series, “The Kruger Deception” was featured in the Lancaster Lens show at the Lancaster Museum of Art and at the Infrantree Gallery.  My photos have also been featured nationally and internationally.”

–Tom Debiec

Be there or be square (as Charles would say!)