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


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Abstract Photography

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Abstract Photography


Abstract photography concentrates on shape, form, color, pattern and texture. The viewer is often unable to see the whole object. The subject of the photo is often only a small part of the idea of the image. Viewers may only know the essence of the image subject or understand it by what is implied. Often the image will not be a literal view of the subject itself.


Often the image will not be a literal view of the subject itself. The abstract tends to bring out some or all of these aspects…

  • Patterns.
  • Textures.
  • Angles.
  • Crop (especially of segments or parts of the whole).
  • Curves.
  • Symmetry.
  • Perspective (especially depth).
  • Reflection.
  • Blur (bokeh).
  • Expression of movement.

Some Abstract examples



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Bissell Pond Reflection 4



Grand Prismatic Pool













Sands at Jockey RidgeSabbaday Rapids












Foliage Reflections










Blending Falls

End of the Year Gathering

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Thanks to Jim, Ruth, and Rick for offering to grab candids of the event!


Early Evening – Pre- Eating!

"The Turners!"

“The Turners!”


"When Mariann Speaks. . . ."

“When Mariann Speaks. . . . 



"HDP Rookies Bob and Robert"

“HDP Rookies Bob and Robert”











"Waiting Patiently"

“Waiting Patiently”




"Crunching More Numbers"

“Still Crunching the Numbers”









"Lily Being Lily!"

“Lily Being Lily!”







"HDP Party Goers"

“HDP Party Goers”










"Lynne and Tim"

“Lynne and Tim”






"It's a Guy Thing!"

“It’s a Guy Thing!”















Feeding the Masses!



"Someone Has to Be First!"

“Someone Has to Be First!”

"Strictly Vegetarians" (until they got to the pepperoni!)

“Strictly Vegetarians”
(until they got to the pepperoni!)



The Awards. . . 

"Bernie Triple Play"

“Bernie Triple Play”



"Accepting for Mariann Is"

“Accepting for Mariann Is”










"Quite the Haul, Phil the N!"

“Quite the Haul, Phil the N!”


That’s a Wrap! Say goodnight, People!!

Milling About

2016 Ocean State International Salon

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As I mentioned we did have an excellent turnout from our membership with almost half entering!


Here are some of those Accepted images. . .


Carl’s “You Are Going Down!

"You Are Going Down" - Carl A.

“You Are Going Down” – Carl A.



Rick’s “Green Heron at Rest

"Perched Green Heron" - Rick A.

“Perched Green Heron” – Rick A.



Bernie’s “Barn Owl” and “Snowy Egret”

"Barn Owl" - Bernie C.

“Barn Owl” – Bernie

"Snowy Rgret"

“Snowy Rgret”











Ruth’s “Nine Sheep”


"Nine Sheep" - Ruth L.

“Nine Sheep” – Ruth L.


Kathy’s “Harbor Cruise”


"N. Y. Harbor" - Kathy E.

“N. Y. Harbor” – Kathy E.


Phil H.’s “Alison

"Alison" - Phil H.

“Alison” – Phil H.



Pat I.’s “Erla”


"Erla" Pat I.

“Erla” Pat I.


Joe’s “Enriched Sunflower”

"Enriched Sunflower - Joe"

“Enriched Sunflower – Joe”


Mariann’s “The Potter’s Hands

"Potter's Hands" - Mariann

“Potter’s Hands” – Mariann


Phil N.’s “Under the Zakim”

"Under the Zakim's Tower" - Phil N. Class B

“Under the Zakim’s Tower” – Phil N.


Ron’s “Grey Seal”

"Grey Seal" - Ron

“Grey Seal” – Ron


Jeff T.’s “Joey”

"Joey" - Jef T.

“Joey” – Jef T.



Jim’s “Blue Dasher

"Blue Dasher" - Jim

“Blue Dasher” – Jim