Welcome Guest of the BCA Photo Group!

December 16, 2014

How to become a member of the BCA Photo Group

If you wish to join immediately, please feel free to do so. If you would care to continue as a guest, we invite you to attend up to three meetings and see if this is group is right for you. Three months is the maximum duration for guests, after which time we ask that you join.

Dues are figured on a yearly period beginning on January 1st through December 31st, and are based on a rate of $50 for ten meetings a year. For new members who join after February, the dues are prorated, based on the remainder of meetings for the calendar year. Checks made payable to Bedford Center for the Arts can be mailed to Bob Bass at 42 Fletcher Road, Bedford, MA 01730 or given to him at a meeting.

Month Joined Mar April May June July – Sep Oct Nov Dec
Prorated Fee $40 $35 $30 $25 $20 $15 $10 $5

For questions or more information, please contact Bob Bass rwbass5@comcast.net .


We have a website!

September 10, 2014

We’re pleased to announce our new website at http://www.bcaphoto.org— Look for updated information about the Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group there.  Watch this space for other features in the future.  Here’s a preview.


How to submit images for image sharing sessions

September 7, 2014

Submit photos by email to: bcaphotosubmissions@yahoo.com

   with Email subject line: “The Monthly Topic” PhotoChallenge



Spec’s for submitting photos


  • Profile — sRGB color space
  • Maximum pixel width – 1400 (to fit projector dimensions) for Landscape
  • OR
  • Maximum pixel height – 1050 for Portrait


Suggested photo preparation process for submitting images

Edit your photograph in your favorite image editing program such as Photoshop, Elements, etc.

Make a copy of the image in jpeg format for submission.

Convert the jpeg image to the sRGB color space if it isn’t already in that color space.

Size each jpeg image so that it is no wider than 1400 pixels on its width for landscape images or no taller than 1050 on its height for portrait images. Let the resize action dynamically resize the other edge.

Save the jpeg image using the file naming convention AA_BB_C_ 1of2   and 2of2

Where AA= your LAST NAME


C  = the “category ” of the entry     O for Open and S for Suggested

followed by its order   1of2 or 2 of 2

Please use the UNDERLINE character and not the dash

Example     Bicknell_R_O_1of2


Submit your images to bcaphotosubmissions@yahoo.com, no later than the appropriate date.



You may also bring in 2 prints:

Prints should not be framed.

Matted is preferred, but not mandatory

Dimensions should not exceed paper size of 13×19.


Program schedule for 2014-2015 year

August 6, 2014


Below is a list of programs scheduled for the “first Tuesday” meetings  in the coming year.  The only exception to this scheduling thus far is that the first meeting is on September 9.  But it is a good idea to check this blog for the announcement of the upcoming meeting.  In addition, we are continuing the technical series on third Tuesdays.  A schedule of these meetings and topics  will be forthcoming.

Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group

Program Schedule 2014-2015


September 9–David Wells– “Light, Shadow, Night and Twilight”


October 7— Image Sharing

Submittal date: Sept 23,2014

Topic: “We Love New England Too” or Open

Critic: Don Toothaker


November 4–A. Cemal Ekin


December 2— Image Sharing

Submittal date: Nov 18, 2014

Topic: “Doesn’t Quite Work” or Open

Critic: Erin Carey


January 6–Barbara Hitchcock


February 3— Image Sharing

Submittal date: Jan 20, 2015

Topic: “Other Spaces”or Open

Critic: Nick Johnson


March 3–Adam Woodworth


April 7 — Image Sharing

Submittal date: Mar 24, 2015

Topic:”Balancing Act”

Critic: TBA


May 5–TBA —


June 2– Image Sharing

Submittal date: May 19, 2015

Topic: “Convergence” or Open

Critic: TBA

Save the date: September 9, 2014 — David Wells

June 22, 2014
(c) David Wells all rights reserved

(c) David Wells all rights reserved


Our first meeting of the new year will be held on September 9, 7 pm, BCA Space, Old Town Hall, 16 South Road, Bedford, MA, with Providence, RI photographer David Wells at the presenter.  We look forward to welcoming back members and are always happy to have guests attend.  If you would like more information about our Photo Group, please contact rwbass5@comcast.net.

David H. Wells is an editorial, commercial and location photographer/ video-maker working across New England and around the globe. He is affiliated with Aurora Photos and specializes in intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives. Wells focuses on multimedia productions and photo-essays for publication and exhibition for local, national and international clientele.

Past assignments have been for Life Magazine, National Geographic Publications, the New York Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, to name a few. He has worked for numerous corporations including Consolidated Natural Gas and DuPont as well as numerous non-profit organizations including Brown University, the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund, among others.

His work has been featured in one-person exhibits at Brown University, U.C. Berkeley and Harvard University. His work has been part of group exhibitions at the Houston FotoFest and the Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan. He has been an Artist in residence at the Visual Studies Workshop and the Light Works Photography Center.

He has taught classes at the University of Pennsylvania and workshops at the Maine Media Workshops. He is on the faculty of the International Center for Photography in NYC and is a Visiting Faculty at Pathshala, the South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka. He was featured in Photo District News as “Best Workshop Instructor.”

His photo-essays have been funded by fellowships from Nikon/NPPA, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation’s Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Fulbright Foundation. His project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

As an Olympus Visionary, Wells has been contracted by the camera company to produce images and provide feedback on new products. David was an invited photographer on “America 24/7,” the largest professional photo book project ever undertaken.

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June 3–Wildlife Photography with Charlie MacPherson

June 4, 2014


We had a full house (>35) for our last regular meeting of the 2013-2014 year and a triple-bill evening.

First, we heard from BCA’s new Executive Director and Board President, Elizabeth Hacala.  Elizabeth was elected by the membership at the annual meeting on May 22nd and will officially take office August 1.  We are thrilled that Elizabeth is bringing extensive experience managing non-profit organizations with over ten years experience at the Massachusetts Library Association, first as Publications Manager and then as Executive Manager for five years.  She also worked for the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council and Digital Commonwealth.  In Bedford, Elizabeth was the member of the Bedford Community Preservation Project, in which she filled several leadership roles.  Elizabeth is looking forward to learning more about the Photo Group and working with our members, many not members of BCA, so that we can know more about BCA.

Our second presentation came from Jason Musselman and Becca Ladders of Our Journey for Hope, a non-profit organization founded by Jason and Becca to bring photography to disadvantage children and challenged adults.  Jason had presented to our group twice before on work that they had done in South Africa and Honduras.  Their current work is with adults at Advocates, Inc. in eastern Massachusetts.  Their work there integrates staff and adults challenged physically or with mental health issues.  Members of our group can be helpful by donating used point and shoot cameras or purchasing refurbished cameras and having them shipped to Jason and Becca. If you would like to help please contact Jason or Bob Bass.

Wildlife photographer, Charles MacPherson was our primary guest speaker.  Read the rest of this entry »

Trip to North Bridge

May 23, 2014

BCA Photo Group Technical Series field trip to North Bridge, Concord, MA May 20, 2014 (c) John Sullivan, all rights reserved, 2014.

Thirteen members of the Photo Group and one guest showed up for our first field trip, coordinated by Dennis Rainville Tuesday night, May 20.  The North Bridge is a favorite site for Dennis and he’s shown us some of his shots at meetings in the Technical Series.  The primary objective of the evening was to capture images that can be used to generate High Dynamic Range (HDR) images.  HDR photography involves capturing multiple images at different exposures and then, using post-processing software, to blend them into a final image that covers the tonal range of the scene being photographed.  Since we were photographing into the sun (in this shot with a dark subject) it would be very difficult to capture the full tonal range with a single exposure.

Plans are to review the images at the next Technical Series meeting, June 17.