Holiday Socials

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Our first meeting in December has traditionally been the opportunity to sit down and socialize. The evening starts off with pizza, salad, and beverages. After the last call for seconds is made, the fun begins – our Yankee Swap! There is a minimum dollar value for the swap items and that is the only guideline.

My all-time favorite swap item went to Chris, a LIVE LOBSTER!! Mike was thinking out of the box that night!

Chris D. with her Yankee Swap

2016 Social

His membership has been revoked!

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2015 Social

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“Hannah’s Pick”


“Lily’s Swap”


2014 Social

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“Happy HDP Holiday!”    


Lily Picks for Her Dad

2013 Social

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Happy Holidays 2013!


“I’m keeping this. . .
if my wife lets me!”

2012 Social

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“No cutting the line!”

“Meghan’s happiness was ever so fleeting as the reflector found a home several times!”

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







Phil the N Reflections on the 2016 NECCC Conference!

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Phil Nardozzi was HDP’s recipient of a complimentary registration for the 2016 annual conference at UMASS Amherst. Here are his thoughts on the experience.

Phil N

I was the fortunate winner of this year’s, NECCC Conference weekend in August. It was an inspiring weekend to be surrounded by a several hundred passionate photographers of all levels of experience.You will not leave the Conference, without being more inspired, better educated or both. There is a 3 day schedule of Photography presentations, workshops, print and digital competitions, a famous guest speaker (this year, Art Wolfe), vendors and more. Plus an opportunity to photo shoot the beautiful Pioneer Valley.


I will share one example of how one presentation changed and inspired me toward a new direction of Photography.
The presentation was called “Abstracts with Impact“. The photographer and instructor of many decades Mollie Isaacs made the presentation.

Her siren song to me, “Abstract photos have “no rigid rules, and no restrictions. Discovery is everywhere.” This one-hour presentation, started me, seeing the photographic world in a whole new dimension. This new genre for me has released more creativity than ever before.

This one presentation alone was enough to attend the NECCC Conference.

I hope you will do the same.

I strongly, recommend at least one time to attend a full or partial weekend at the next NECCC Conference (at UMass-Amherst).


Phil N


Some Abstract shots from the Pioneer Valley


02 Abstract 100


03 Abstract104
















01 Abstract 101


02 Abstract102


2016 “End of Year Awards!”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in News

Another year of competition has gone by the judges and the appropriate awards were presented at our annual End-of-the-Year Gathering!


This year we tried a different spin on choosing the best images for Class A and Class B and the various genres – we let you decide! Those in Class B reviewed and scored the images from Class A while those of un in Class A judged the best of B. Since the tally sheets were sent to me, I was able to look at the wide range of scoring from the membership. Where one image was given a “1,” someone else awarded it the lowest score, a “12!” Since very few reviewers left comments, it was difficult to understand the wide range that appeared on several images.

Based on the voting cast by the membership, I decided I would select an Image of the Year from both Class A and Class B. Using the tallies recorded, this was an easy pick!


Two images stood out in the final scoring. From Class A with all but one vote giving it the top score. . .


Phil Holt’s “Toronto Stairway” 



I vividly remember the night it was shown for an image study. It had the WOW effect! Not much was said as first as the overall impact was settling in. Then the comments started and continued! Congrats, Phil on a fantastic capture!! 

From Class B we had the other Phil (Nardozzi) submitting this most popular image:


Phil Nardozzi’s “Under the Zakim Tower




Once again, all the elements of an excellent image came together in this one. Phil’s decision to take this viewpoint out this over the top for us and the judges! Well done, Mr. Nardozzi!


One last bit of excellence was in evidence from your voting – two photographers stood out among their peers. Basing my decision on the number of awards their images captured in the final tally, i am pleased to announce the



2016 HDP Photographers of the Year


Class A – Carl Albro

Carl Albro Title


Class B – Phil Nardozzi

Class B Photographer of Year


Congratulations on an outstanding 2016!!



And, the winners within each genre are:


01 Ontario Stairway

Class A – “Toronto Stairway” – Phil Holt



Class B - "Under the Zakim Tower" - Phil Nardozzi

Class B – “Under the Zakim Tower” – Phil Nardozzi



Class B - "Corinth Crossing" - Pat Illsley

Class B – “Corinth Crossing” – Pat Illsley


Class A - "Last Call at Loren's Saloon" - Joe Kennedy

Class A – “Last Call at Loren’s Saloon” – Joe Kennedy



Class A - "You Are Going Down" - Carl lbro.

Class A – “You Are Going Down” – Carl Albro.


Class B- "Breakfast" - Bernie Creswick

Class B- “Breakfast” – Bernie Creswick



Class B - "N. Y. Harbor" - Kathy Evans

Class B – “N. Y. Harbor” – Kathy Evans


Class A - "Symphony of Fire" - Jeff Turner

Class A – “Symphony of Fire” – Jeff Turner




Class A - "Amy" - Phil Holt

Class A – “Amy” – Phil Holt


Class B - "Adelyn" - Mariann Moberg

Class B – “Adelyn” – Mariann Moberg

Class B - "Old Man Santa" - Phil Nardozzi

Class B – “Old Man Santa” – Phil Nardozzi















All tabulations were computed and verified by the accounting firm of Kennedy and Creswick.


End of the Year Gathering – HDP Awards Night!


"Ron and Laura - Social Committee Members"

“Ron and Laura – Social Committee Members”


For more images from the night, click here!