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2016 / 2017 Competitions

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Competitions

Below you will find the results of the competitions held this year.

Competition VI – Architecture

Perennial favorite judge, Lisa Ryan returned to give our Architectural images the one-over! Six images from Class A took top honors with Phil H. having two (2) in this mix. Kathy was the lone representative from the Class B “15 Club!

“Farmer’s Windmill” – Rick


“Kendall Sq.” – Jeff W.











“Late Night Laundromat” – Phil N.

“Stairwell in Fairhaven” – Carl A.











“Temple Beth Elohim” – Phil H.

“Train Bridge” – Kathy

“Two Windows” – Phil H.













Competition V – Portraiture

Stephen Ostrowski returned for another go with our Portraiture images. Once again we were schooled by Stephen who spent ample time on every images. He discussed its merits and shortcomings. It was an education! Looking forward to his return next year – I know I can do better. (results can be seen here).

Our Blue Ribbon winners were:

Class B:

Ellen’s “Karina


Deedee’s “Danielle


And, Ron’s “Russian Soldier

Competition IV – Non wildlife

Competition IV- Non-wildlife is in the books! For the first time we had a dynamic duo judge our imagery. Dick and Joan Shirley didn’t just present some of their images but scrolled us on how they would be seen in competitions. Joe managed to score two (2) Perfect Fiteens from the Shirleys!


Earning a Perfect Fifteen were

“Watkins Glen” – Dave L. – Class B



“Sunrise at Otter Rocks – Joe K. – Class A”

“Taughannock Falls” – Joe K. – Class A

“Glacial Ice in Surf” – Rich R. – Class A



“Sundown in Yosemite” – Ruth L. – Class A




Competition Three – Monochromatic

Mike DiStefano, MNEC reviewed our Monochromatic images. (results can be seen here).


Class B – Diane

"Musical Reflections" - Diane Mc.

“Musical Reflections” – Diane Mc.

Class A – Ruth

"Girl in the Smoke" - Ruth L.

“Girl in the Smoke” – Ruth L.


Competition Two – Open


Competition Two – Open with Rob DeRobertis as our judge. 

Earning the Blue were

Class BMariann

"The Potter's Hands" - Mariann Moberg

“The Potter’s Hands” – Mariann M.


Class ACarl, Joe, and Phil N.

"Annisquam Light at Sunset" - Phil Nardozzi

“Annisquam Light at Sunset” – Phil Nardozzi


"Pulpit Falls" - Joe Kennedy

“Pulpit Falls” – Joe Kennedy


"Sunrise Fisherman" - Carl Albro

“Sunrise Fisherman” – Carl Albro




Competition One – Nature Wildlife

Competition One – Nature Wildlife is now behind us. Returning favorite judge, Diane Robertson was on board to oversee our entries. Results can be seen here.

Congrats to several who garnered a perfect fifteen (15) from Diane:

Class B – David L and Laura

"Test of Wills" - David Lee

“Test of Wills” – David Lee



"Siblings Sharing" - Laura Carlson

“Siblings Sharing” – Laura Carlson


Class A – Rick, Carl and Rich R.

"Great Blue Heron with Bluegill" - Rick Alvarnaz

“Great Blue Heron with Bluegill” – Rick Alvarnaz



"Mockingbird Delivering Food" - Carl Albro

“Mockingbird Delivering Food” – Carl Albro



"Take out Dinner" - Rich Reynolds

“Take out Dinner” – Rich Reynolds



Cape Ann Photo Shoot

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Field Trips

About 7 AM seven HDP members headed north to photograph the Cape Ann area. Our itinerary was put together by Phil the N – another one of “Phil’s Phantastic Phield Phun!”

By 9:00 we were at embarking on Wingaersheek Beach. Just across the inlet one can see Annisquam Light. For the next forty-five minutes the group spread out looking at the lighthouse, the rocks, the ripples, and anything else we thought was photographic! Other stops included the Annisquam footbridge, Lane’s Cove, and Halibut State Park. Phil does his homework and it pays off with a well-run trip!


Special tip of the lens cap to Adam, Phil’s son for his hospitality. His home was a welcome rest stop before we got started and a chance to unwind when we were done (we were treated to cold beverages and some snacks).


Here are a few of our images:

Wingaersheek Beach


“Phantastic Phil” – Bernie



“Wingaersheek Path Finders” – Phil H


‘Got Their Shot” – Joe




‘Looking for something to Shoot” Joe









‘Boulders of Wingersheek Beach” – Al


“Wingaersheek Ripples” – Phil N

“Wingaersheek Ripples 2” – Phil N










“Wingaersheek Ripples” – Joe


“Annisquam Light” – Bernie



Annisquam Footbridge


“Annisquam Foot Bridge” – Al

Lane’s Cove

“Outstanding in his Field” – Joe

And, here is what he was shooting. . .

“Lunchtime” – Bernie

“Lunchtime II” – Bernie











“Lanes Cove Shanty” – Phil N


“Lane’s Cove Traps” – Phil N









“Chained Up” – Joe


‘Hard Starboard” – Joe


“Fish Shanty Window” – Phil H


“Lanes Cove Traps” – Bernie


“Lanes Cove” – Bernie









Halibut State Park

“Halibut Pt State Park Quarry” – Al


“Halibut State Park Quarry” – Phil H









“Phil and Sherri at Sea Rocks” – Joe


“Flirting with Danger” – Joe










“Halibut State Park” – Phil H


“Sea Rocks” – Phil H







Season Eleven – 2017 / 2018

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Activities

Date Activity
9/6 Summer Assignments I
9/13 Summer Assignments II
9/20  “Rules for Rebels” – P. Giordano
9/27 Image Study – Open
10/4 1st Wednesday – “Landscape and Wildlife”
10/11 Competition I – Wildlife
10/18  “Time Lapse” – Paul Nguyen
10/25 Image Study – Architecture
11/1 1st Wednesday – “People and Relationships”
11/8 Image Study – Portraiture
11/22 No Meeting – Thanksgiving
11/29  Competition II – Open
12/6 Christmas Gathering / Yankee Swap
12/13 Image Study – Wildlife
12/20 Competition III – Non-wildlife 
12/27 No Meeting – Christmas Break
1/3 1st Wednesday – “Mundane to the Extraordinary”
1/10 Competition IV – Monochromatic
1/17 OSI Workshop – Tentative
1/31 Image Study – Creative
2/7 1st Wednesday – “Macro and Low Light”
2/14 Competition V – Portraiture
2/21 Intra-club Selection Night
2/28 Image Study – Non-wildlife
3/7 1st Wednesday – Problem Solving”
3/14 Competition VI – Architecture
3/21 Model Night III
3/28 Image Study – Monochromatic
4/4 1st Wednesday – Choosing the Right Image”
4/18  “Long Exposures” – Jurgen Lobert
4/25 Image Study – Abstract
5/2 Third Annual Intra-club Challenge
5/9 End of the Year Awards

Intra-club Challenge II

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in "Featuring. . . ", Member Spotlight

Well Challenge II is in the books and Team Nikon/Fujifilm not only retained the trophy but retired UNDEFEATED (next year it has been decided to mix up the teams). The results were identical to last year as the two teams were separated by one point – 11 to 10! This year it came down to the last image to break the tie.


Our judge for Round Two was Tony Esposito, retired administrator from Bridgewater State University. Tony was cool and calm as the stress within the competing teams had no impact on him.


Winning Team Co-Captains – Bernie and Ellen


Team Nikon/Fujifilm – that’s Winning Team Nikon/Fujifilm as in Undefeated Team Nikon/Fujifilm!!


We will announce the co-captains for Intra-club Challenge III soon. If you want to get a jump start here is the list:


Year Three Categories 

Animal beginning with “G”           

Bicycle                  Insect

Bubble(s)              Key (s)    

Celebrate!             Lock 

Clouds                   Love         

Dice                      Money

Door knob            Rain

Egg(s)                  Seashell(s)                            

Gate                     Swing      

Graffiti                  Tools     

Green veggie                                                       



Another major change is that the window for capturing these categories has been expanded – any image taken after March 1, 2017 can be entered!