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    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Meet at the Long Gate Park and Ride.

    A bald eagle dives toward a glint of silver in the Susquehanna River. It leans back, spreads its wings like a drag chute and snatches a wriggling fish from the water. With a few flaps of its massive wings, the eagle is high in the air again, but not high enough to avoid being dive-bombed by another hungry eagle. Startled, the first eagle drops the fish which, just before hitting the water’s surface, is snatched by a third eagle, which lands in a nearby tree and gulps down its sashimi lunch.

    "Spotting one eagle is pretty awesome, but seeing a hundred is spectacular, says Nicholas Lund, a birder on the DC Audubon Society’s board of directors. “They are such an impressive bird,” he says. “They have huge talons, they have huge beaks, and that strong, angry brow. Finding so many in one place is a moving, near miraculous experience.”

    CMPG will be going to Conowingo dam to photograph these magnificent birds.  

    We'll leave the Long Gate Park And Ride at 7AM  Saturday, November 23rd.  Bring your longest telephoto lens, warm cloths and coffee!  

    Hope to see you there. 

    • 04 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chapelgate Christian Academy, 2600 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD

    Join us for our Annual Holiday Party!  

    Come and socialize with fellow members, and enjoy showing off your work while having some good food and drink.

    We will have our 2nd Annual "Pop-Up Gallery"! Bring up to 3 unframed prints, preferably mounted, to hang.  A suggested size is 16x20, but it's entirely up to you. We'll supply the adhesive Command Strips for hanging. If you need advice on selecting your work, or with printing just ask!  

    Nations Photo Lab has generously offered us a print credit, so you have no reason not to participate!  The promo code will be emailed when you register!  Please be respectful of their generosity and not share the code outside of CMPG, as we want to maintain our good partnership with them.  

    Please register so we have an idea of how many will attend, and to receive the promo code for Nations.

    • 08 Jan 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chapelgate Academy, Marriottsville, MD

    January's General Meeting is on Wednesday, the 8th, because of the first Wednesday falling on New Year's Day! Please make a note on your calendars!

    Our speaker is Les Picker, on "Photographic Printing".

    Les has photographed for National Geographic Society publications and many other consumer and corporate magazines and newspapers. He has had more than 600 published articles in major national publications. He was a monthly columnist and features contributor to Oceans Magazine and a weekly columnist, Op-Ed contributor and features travel writer and photographer for The Baltimore Sun. Les shoots Fuji medium format and Nikon systems and is a member of Nikon Professional Services and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

    Two characteristics shape Les’ photography; passion and inquisitiveness. Since an early age Les has been interested in the natural world and in other cultures. He has an earned doctorate in environmental affairs (winter ecology), which he believes helps inform his landscape and wildlife photography. His interest in other cultures draws him frequently to exotic locales.

    Les has cruised on a nuclear attack submarine deep in the Pacific Ocean and has climbed the highest peak in the Pyrenes. He has withstood -50F in the Arctic and tolerated 120F living with a Bedouin tribe in the Eastern desert of Egypt. He was nearly bitten by a sea lion in the Galapagos (never stand between a mother and her pup!) and was chased by a 16-foot alligator in South Africa (they are faster than you think!).

    Les was named Best Travel Photographer for the prestigious Canada Northern Lights Award. He is in demand as a keynote speaker, lecturer and judge for photography competitions. Les also leads photography adventure tours throughout the world.

    Les is a Moab Fine Art Master Photographer. His print workshops are sponsored by Moab (a division of Legion Paper).

    “I feel blessed to be able to write and photograph for a living,” Les says. “If my photographs help people better appreciate our natural world – and its fragility – then I feel I have accomplished a worthy life goal.”


    • 16 Jan 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, MD

    Our first DSLR User Group meeting of 2020 will be on Thursday, January 16th, 7-9 PM at Robinson Nature Center.

    Check back for details on topic!

    • 20 Feb 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, MD

    Our February DSLR User Group will be on Thursday, February 20th, 7-9 PM at Robinson Nature Center.

    Check back for details on topic!

    • 19 Mar 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, MD

    Our February DSLR User Group will be on Thursday, March 19th, 7-9 PM at Robinson Nature Center.

    Check back for details on topic!

Past events

06 Nov 2019 November General Meeting: Steve Talabac - Photographing Birds-in-Flight
02 Nov 2019 November 2nd Outing: Sultana Downrigging Festival
24 Oct 2019 Photo Plus Expo via Service Photo Bus
17 Oct 2019 October DSLR User Group Meeting: Speedlights & Strobes
02 Oct 2019 October General Meeting: Let's See Your Travel Photos
28 Sep 2019 September Outing: New York City
19 Sep 2019 September DSLR User Group: NYC Outing Info
04 Sep 2019 September General Meeting: Bruce Press, Portrait Photography
15 Aug 2019 August DSLR User Group: Photographing NYC
08 Aug 2019 August General Meeting: Sean Simmons, Wildlife & Landscape Photographer
27 Jul 2019 A CMPG Wildlife and Nature Photography Outing
18 Jul 2019 July DSLR User Group Meeting
16 Jul 2019 July Photography Outing
11 Jul 2019 July General Meeting: NOTE Date Change!!!
29 Jun 2019 June Outing to Covered Bridges of Fredrick County
20 Jun 2019 June DSLR Users Group: Matting & Framing Images
05 Jun 2019 June General Meeting: Kelly Schneider - Fine Art Photography
16 May 2019 CANCELLED: May DSLR Users Group
01 May 2019 May General Meeting: Padma Inguva - Floral Photography
27 Apr 2019 in Need of Volunteer Photographers for RTHC
18 Apr 2019 April DSLR User Group Meeting - Printing your images
13 Apr 2019 All Day Annapolis Photo Walk
03 Apr 2019 April General Meeting: Chris Paulis - Product Photography
30 Mar 2019 March Outing to Cascade Falls and Thomas Viaduct.
21 Mar 2019 March DSLR Users Group: Image Review
06 Mar 2019 March General Meeting: Board Elections and Headshots!
23 Feb 2019 February Outing to the Rawlings Conservatory
21 Feb 2019 February DSLR User Group Meeting: What makes a great photo?
06 Feb 2019 General Meeting: Emulating the Masters with Anne Looney and Steve Clark
17 Jan 2019 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER January DSLR User Group Meeting
17 Jan 2019 Nations Photo Lab Field Trip
12 Jan 2019 January Outing to B&O Museum
02 Jan 2019 January General Meeting: Walter Calahan - Innovation: The Myth of Thinking Outside the Box
05 Dec 2018 December General Meeting: Annual Holiday Party with Pop-Up Gallery
23 Nov 2018 November Outing: Conowingo Dam
07 Nov 2018 November General Meeting: Eddie Kang - Creative Lighting
20 Oct 2018 October 20th Outing: New York City
18 Oct 2018 October DSLR User Group: Developing FILM with Caffenol
03 Oct 2018 October 3rd General Meeting: Chris Spielmann, Architectural Photography
20 Sep 2018 September 20th DSLR User Group: Photographing NYC
05 Sep 2018 September General Meeting: Landscape Photography with Vincent Ferrari
25 Aug 2018 August 25th Outing: Baltimore Basilica and Eutaw Place
16 Aug 2018 August DSLR Users Group: Topaz Labs Image Editing Demo
08 Aug 2018 August 8th Outing: Howard County Fair
02 Aug 2018 August General Meeting: Street Photography with Larry Cohen
19 Jul 2018 July DSLR Users Group: Photo Editing with the Eye of an Artist
05 Jul 2018 July General Meeting: Patty Hankins on Adding Depth to Your Photos
21 Jun 2018 June DSLR Users Group: Wacom Tablet, Monitor Calibration, Tripods and more!
06 Jun 2018 General Meeting: Paul Biederman Landscape Critique
02 Jun 2018 Tony Sweet Workshop: Compelling Composition
01 Jun 2018 Tony Sweet: Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways
26 May 2018 May Outing: Landscapes at Centennial Lake
17 May 2018 DSLR Users Group
02 May 2018 General Meeting: Landscape Photography with Paul Biederman
21 Apr 2018 April Outing #2: Sherwood Gardens
19 Apr 2018 DSLR User Group: Lightroom
14 Apr 2018 April Outing: Light City
04 Apr 2018 General Meeting: Peer Critique / Show & Tell
28 Mar 2018 General Meeting
17 Mar 2018 March Outing: Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
28 Feb 2018 General Meeting
03 Feb 2018 February Photo Outing
24 Jan 2018 General Meeting
18 Jan 2018 DSLR Users Group Meeting
13 Dec 2017 General Meeting: Holiday Party
17 Nov 2017 Snow Geese Outing to Prime Hook
15 Nov 2017 General Meeting - John Casper: "Social Media For Photographers"
11 Nov 2017 Alpaca Fleece Festival Outing 11th - 12th November
27 Oct 2017 October Outing: Sultana Downrigging Festival
25 Oct 2017 General Meeting: Panel Discussion of Member Websites
27 Sep 2017 General Meeting
23 Sep 2017 October Outing: Parade of Sails
23 Sep 2017 September Outing: Antique Steam Train
24 Aug 2017 General Meeting
27 Jul 2017 General Meeting
22 Jun 2017 General Meeting
24 May 2017 General Meeting
20 May 2017 REVISED May Outing:Battle of New Market reenactment
26 Apr 2017 General Meeting
09 Apr 2017 Susquehanna State Park photo outing
02 Apr 2017 Opening of the "Iconic Columbia" Exhibit Reception
22 Mar 2017 General Meeting
12 Mar 2017 Moon Over Washington
22 Feb 2017 General meeting
18 Feb 2017 National Gallery photo trip
25 Jan 2017 General meeting
21 Jan 2017 Blackwater NWR Photo Trip
19 Jan 2017 DSLR Users Group meeting
14 Dec 2016 General meeting
11 Dec 2016 National Portrait Gallery tour-CANCELLED
16 Nov 2016 General meeting
26 Oct 2016 General meeting
28 Sep 2016 General meeting
27 Jul 2016 CMPG Monthly Meeting


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