BCPA 2017 Bald Eagle Photowalk, Maryland

Photographer:David Deng/Atlanta
Date: Nov 9th-12th, 2017
Reporter: Dongxu Shan

Bald eagle as the national bird and national animal of the United States, is a favorite subject of photographers. The members of BCPA have been travelling to the Conowingo dam, Maryland to photograph bald eagles for many years. Nov. 9th to 12th, 2017, twenty plus BCPA members traveled together to Conowingo dam again to capture the beauty of this nature wonder, organized by BCPA.

Despite the long drive, all the teams woke up very early in the mornings and prepared ready along the bank of downstream of Conowingo dam when the sky was still dark. The weather of that weekend was very cold, but the attractiveness of bald eagle fishing chased away the freezing cold in the morning from BCPA members.

(Sam Chen/BCPA)


(Sam Chen/BCPA)


(Guozhong Li/BCPA)

When sunlight broke the east horizon, the birds started hunting for food. The BCPA members joined hundreds photographers from all over the world starting to concentrate on eagle chasing. This was a challenging job. Though the eagles were not always fishing and there was a lot of waiting time, the unpredictable appearance of the fishing eagles and their swift actions didn’t allow anyone being distracted, or you would be regret of turning your mind away from the sky. From dawn to dusk, standing in the chilly winter weather for full day, only those bald eagle chasers knew where the fun was.   

(Dongling/BCPA)


(Grace Zuo/BCPA)


(Mingwei Li/BCPA)


(Dongxu Shan/BCPA)


(Mingwei Li/BCPA)


(Mingwei Li/BCPA)

Even for lunch, no one wanted to leave the site where a wonderful scene could appear at any given moment. All the teams were very well prepared, thanks to the tips from seasoned members in the team. Having warm lunch and dinner were more than needed, after standing in freezing wind for several hours.

(Jie Sun/BCPA)


(Sam Chen/BCPA)


(Dongxu Shan/BCPA)


(Dongxu Shan/BCPA)

You may ask, “Several hundred miles away from home, more than 20 hours standing in freezing weather, did all worth it?”

When the members opened what they captured on their computer screen, I was sure their answer would be “Yes!”.

The following is a small selection of member’s eagle pictures from the trip this year, what would keep them and others coming back to Conowingo dam in coming years:

(Kuan Deng/BCPA)


(Xiaoyun Wang/BCPA)


(Dongling/BCPA)


(Sam Chen/BCPA)


(Mingwei Li/BCPA)


(Lei Tian/BCPA)


(Weibo/BCPA)


(Jie Sun/BCPA)


(Dengwen Han/BCPA)


(Dongxu Shan/BCPA)


(Guozhong Li/BCPA)

BCPA 2017 Foliage Photowalk, Vermont

Photographer:Guozhong Li
Date: Oct 6th-7th, 2017
Reporter: Dongxu Shan

Staying at the center of New England, the beautiful fall foliage is nature’s gift to BCPA members. As a tradition, BCPA organized 2017 foliage photowalk in Vermont October 6th to 7th. It is a most popular photowalk of BCBA, totally more than 40 photographers participated.


(Feng Chai/BCPA)


(Daryl Luk/BCPA)


(Feng Chai/BCPA)


The lead organizer Guozhong Li had detailed route and accommodation planning. Due to the large size of the participants, the entire group was divided into 3 action teams, Eagle Team, Rum Team and Dinner Gone team and each team had 3-4 cars. The provided members had flexibility in planning and agility in action. The team was organized with the mix of experienced and less experienced photographers. Each team member not only had opportunity to learn/exchange in large group session, also had unique/personalized experience in their individual group activities.

After the photowalk, each team also summarized their individual route and photo spots into documents to share with BCPA members and general public, for their convenience to prepare trips to Vermont in coming years

Sub-team’s route and photo spots:

Eagle Team’s photowalk route (credit to Guozhong Li)
Eagle team in action:

(Yun Xia/BCPA)


(Weibo Zhang/BCPA)


(Lei Zhang/BCPA)


Rum Team’s photowalk route (credit to Lei Tian)
Rum team in action:


(Hui Wang/BCPA)



(Hui Wang/BCPA)



(Lei Tian/BCPA)


Dinner Gone Team’s photowalk route (credit to Daryl Luk)

Dinner Gone team in action:

(Dongxu Shan/BCPA)


(Suyun Ding/BCPA)


(Daryl Luk/BCPA)


Group picture of partial members in photowalk at Jenne Farm, Vermont: (Guozhong Li/BCPA)

Announcement: BCPA 2017 Annual Meeting 12/16 (Saturday)

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Photographer: Cary Chu 朱健雄, 2016 Annual Meeting

We want to thank our members and sponsors for their supports in the year of 2017. We have organized a lot of great events throughout the year and had a lot of fun. Let’s have a celebration party before the holidays in which we will review what we have accomplished in 2017, and what to expect in 2018.

Date: 12/16/2017 Saturday 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM
Address: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 1600 Crown Colony Drive, Quincy, MA 02169
Fee: Free Admission
Agenda:
09:00AM – Registration and Light Breakfast
10:00AM – Award Ceremony for Happiness Photo Contest
10:30AM – Break and Take Group Photo
10:45AM – 2017 Donation and Volunteer Appreciation
10:50AM – Most Popular Award of Project 555
10:55AM – Review of 2017
11:05AM – Look Ahead for 2018
11:15AM – First Raffle
11:30AM – “A City of 8 Days – 2017 Burning Man” (一座只有8天的城市 – 2017火人节)by Lei Tian 田磊
01:00PM – Second Raffle
01:40PM – Lunch (optional to join, not free. If you want to go, please sign up below so that we can have an accurate head count)
Dinner Location (午餐地点):Mu Lan 木兰 (Waltham): 835 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451

Please Register for the Event and Lunch here.

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Photographer: Cary Chu 朱健雄, 2016 Annual Meeting

BCPA 講座: 儿童摄影实战解析

主讲人:刘元文
讲座题目:儿童摄影实战解析
讲座日期:January 27, 2018(Saturday周六)下午2:00PM-4:00PM
讲座地址:Framingham Public Library,49 Lexington St, Framingham, MA 01702 (free parking 免费停车)
参加费用:免费

刘元文是一位经验丰富的摄影师。他学习摄影从黑白胶片和暗房技术开始,经历了从黑白,到彩色,到数码的转换时期。摄影兴趣主要在风光,人像,婚纱婚礼等方面。

讲座中,刘元文将与大家分享他陪伴女儿成长过程中如何用相机留下美好瞬间的经验。他将采用与以往讲座稍微不同的形式,以拍摄实战技术为主要内容, 用大量原始未经编辑照片来重现整个拍摄过程。涉及到的内容包括儿童摄影的独特方面,器材选择,环境选择,相机设置,闪光灯使用,背景虚化,背景/前景的取舍,光线选择,曝光控制等等实战内容。

他分享的绝大部分经验也同样适用于成人人像摄影。希望听众在讲座后能用学到的技术和经验提高前期一步到位拍摄成功率。