Just-for-Fun-photos; Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley nature, pet portrait and fine art photographer Tracy Bodeo

While walking around Louise Moore Park last week, I also captured some non-nature images.  I like the way these three look together, each with an old subject containing nice color and lots of texture.  I still favor the flowers from the last post though.

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Oh happy day- back to photography!; Lehigh Valley, Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, nature, portrait, pet and fine art photographer Tracy Bodeo

I wanted to share a few images I shot today on my first just-for-fun photo outing in far too long.  In January I decided to take several classes at one of our local colleges.  I didn’t think it would be that difficult to add in a few classes to my already hectic life, but it was!  Once involved in my classes, I realized that I would not be able to devote as much time to my family and my photography and do well in all aspects.  So, photography had to get put on the “back burner” for a while.  Fortunately the load has been lifted; as of this past Friday I am officially done with all classes and finals and back in photographic business!

I’d like to apologize to anyone that I have not gotten back to, who may have tried to reach me via email recently.  Between being busy with school and getting a new computer, I have missed and lost many emails in the transition and have not had the time to find them and get back to everyone.  Although my modified summer hours will begin as soon my children’s school year ends, I should have a little more time to work on my personal photography as well as take on more portrait sessions.

In the meantime, here is one set of the images I got today, “Dogwoods and Dandelion Seeds”….

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Photography Exhibit featuring work by Tracy Bodeo and the Hillcrest Camera Club is now open at the Gallery at St. John’s

The photography exhibit by the Hillcrest Camera Club is now open at the Gallery at St. John’s.  The exhibit is open on Sundays from noon to 3:00 pm through June 6th, 2010 and from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm June 13th thru June 27th, 2010.

There will be an “Artist’s Talk” at 12:00 pm on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010.  Come out and meet some of the featured photographers while browsing their beautiful and award-winning artwork.  Learn more about the artists and their photographic techniques.

“Rosey” wins Merit Award from PSA & Honorable Mention from NJFCC; portrait photography by Tracy Bodeo of Bethlehem, PA

I was very pleased to find out that one of my images {“Rosey”) from a studio session this fall won a Merit Award from the Photographic Society of America (PSA).  The image was also just awarded an Honorable Mention by the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs.  In both competitions the image was entered into the Pictorial category, which is a digital competition that covers a little of everything.  I am always pleasantly surprized when a studio Portrait wins an award mixed in a group with beautiful landscapes, interesting street photography & amazing nature & macro work.  My image received a 14 out of 15 points (in the PSA competition), which means that the judges must have been very happy with both its technical quality and its overall impact/presentation.  Of course, having this beautiful girl as the subject certainly doesn’t hurt!

“Soft” wins Color Print of the Year (2008-09) at the Hillcrest Camera Club

At the end June 2009, the Hillcrest Camera Club (HCC) had its annual awards banquet and end of the year competition.  As always, it was a very enjoyable evening spending time with the members of this camera club.  It was also a very exciting night for me… for the 3rd year running, I received the award for “Nature Image-Maker of the Year” and “Pictorial Image-Maker of the Year”!  Also, my photograph “Soft” (shown below) won “Color Print of the Year” (2008-09)!  I love this photo (taken of the adorable baby of one of my clients)– but with all of the amazing scenic prints that were entered this year for “color print of the year” I was surprised that the panel of judges chose my image– very pleasantly surprised!

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Reflections Competition

The Hillcrest Camera Club held its latest competition meeting last Monday evening and the assigned subject was “Reflections” in all catagories (Monochrome & Color Prints, Pictorial Projected Images and Projected Nature Images).  It was a beautiful competition to see… wonderful use of color and shape, interesting compositions and many unique images.  I was very happy to be the recipient of 4 of the awards that evening!

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Warped Building3rd Place- Pictorial

 

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Swan’s Rorschuch— 3rd Place – Monochrome Prints

 

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Getting My Ducks in a Row— 2nd Place- Pictorial

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To learn more about the Hillcrest Camera Club, please visit their website at http://hillcrestcameraclub.tripod.com/.  We love visitors and new members.