Intra-club Challenge II

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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!




Featuring. . . 1st Annual Intra-club Challenge

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For Season Nine, the Program Committee added a fun challenge. We divided the club into two teams – Nikon or Canon (anyone shooting something else was assigned to the Canonites as their numbers were fewer). Then we came up with a list of twenty-one (21) categories to be shot any time after our first meeting in September when the list was revealed. Carl and Judy stepped up as Co-captains for the Canonites while Bernie and Ellen assumed those roles for the Nikonians.


The list included Architectural angle, Bridge, Broken, Curve, Fence, Fire escape, Foliage, Four (4), Friendship, Happy, Looking down, Neon sign, Orange, Parallel lines, Peeling paint, People at work, Porch, Reflections, Through the window, Timepiece, and Triangle!

An evening was set aside in March for the teams to come together and see what they had shot for the final judging to be held in May. It also provided an opportunity to see which categories may be missing images or weak.

We asked long-time favorite judge, Diane Robertson to make the difficult decision as to which team best filled the category. After both images were projected a couple of times, Diane chose the winning image.


The final results could not have been any closer as Team Nikon came out on top in eleven (11) of the subjects with the Canonites capturing ten (10)! Nikonian Captain Bernie had three winning images in the mix while Jim, Marainn, and Pat I. had two for the second place finishers. 


Nikonian Co-Captains, Bernie and Ellen with the 2016 Trophy!

Nikonian Co-Captains, Bernie and Ellen with the 2016 Trophy!


Yes, on both accounts – Team Nikon has accepted the challenge for a rematch and the new list has been made available. Here it is:

Animal that Starts with “B” – cannot be “Bird” but can be “Bob-o-link”

Antique Car    

At the Fair          


Children at Play       







In the Garden       


Little Things

Moving Water        






Two / a Pair of. . .


Any images shot after May 11, 2016 can be submitted!!



“Featuring. . . Ellen Best”

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01 Ellen


Member since 2013

New Member Committee 2015

Intra-club Challenge Co-captain 2015


I’ve always been drawn to things in nature, most likely inherited from my mom, who loved birds, and who also taught me to appreciate color and texture, mostly from the fabrics she worked with when she sewed.

I bought my first DSLR camera a couple of years ago, and it really opened up a world of creativity and expression that I had never experienced before.  I am drawn to flowers, macro shots of anything in nature that the casual observer may not see, black and white photography, and abstract shapes, shadows and light.

Collectively, HDP members have many years of experience and a wide level of expertise, from the novice to the professional, and are very open and willing to share it.  I have learned so much in such a short period of time from this group, and continue to learn about the technical and creative ways to capture moments in time and beautiful images with my camera. 

Some of my favorite images are …


"Summer Bloom"

“Summer Bloom”



"Autumn Reflections"

“Autumn Reflections”


















"Cheese House"

“Cheese House”



"Champagne Toast"

“Champagne Toast”












“Revisiting with Jim Weidenfeller”

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Jim was one of the first members to be featured on our website. With the lack of interest from several requests, I decided to revisit some of the earlier profiles.

Self Portrait


Member since 2007 – Year One!

Library Liaison


New Member Committee




I was born at a very young age in Brockton. 


Clark on front steps

(yep, that’s Jim on the front steps in Brockton) 


My long interest with photography goes back to being the “family photographer” at every function. I had a black and white darkroom, I took 8 mm movies, and even color slides.


In the 1980’s I re-discovered photography and with my partner began making pictures rather than taking snapshots.  With the advent of digital photography the new “hobby” became an obsession.  I am working at it harder every day and trying to learn and express what I see in photos.


 Visit my web site an leave a “hi”.


Jim’s gems. . .

"First Day of School"

“First Day of School”



"Red Umbrella"

“Red Umbrella”














"Eggs and Fork"

“Eggs and Fork”








"Barn Window Box"

“Barn Window Box”




"Calm Morning"

“Calm Morning”










"Yellowstone Morning"

“Yellowstone Morning”