Depth of Field Photography Challenge

The challenge for the week of Feb 26 to March 4, 2018 at is the theme of “Depth of Field”. This is about exploring the ways in which the aperture setting on a camera cause a shallow area of focus in an image. Here’s an example done by Lisa Shea, of a flower blossom.

See how the petunia itself is in focus, while the world behind it is out of focus? This is created with a shallow depth of field. The aperture of the lens was wide open, causing that to happen.

Be sure to sign up at so you can participate in future weekly challenges! This is a great way to stretch your photography wings :). challenge is Architecture

This week’s challenge is Architecture with extra credit of using a wide-angle lens. What will you try for? Get it in by Sunday, February 11th, 2018!

This is an old photo by Lisa Shea – she has to take a new image this week. She doesn’t have a wide angle lens for her ‘real camera’ so she’s going to play with the one she got for her cellphone.

Here’s what she took for this week. It’s using a lens add-on for her cell phone – you can see it here – Cell Phone Lens Kit

Here is what the scene looks like without the add-on. Lisa is standing in the exact same location. You can see that the wide angle expanded it in all four directions, although it also made it fuzzier.

What are you submitting? Let us know!

Al Weems – Dr. Stanley Summer Award for Photography

Kudos to BVAA member and talented photographer Al Weems!

His black and white photograph “Leather and Lace” was presented in the Providence Art Club Exhibiting Members Exhibition. It is on display now thru February 16th, 2018.

The image won the Dr. Stanley Summer Award for Photography at the Winter Members’ Show at the Providence Art Club! The Awards Judge was painter Justine Hill.

Al Weems – Leather and Lace

Providence Art Club
11 Thomas St.
Providence, RI 02903

Bringing Light to the Darkness – Exploring Abandoned Asylums

A thought provoking art exhibit! BVAA members Mike and Joanne Zeis showcase images that capture forgotten places and hint at the lives of those who lived and worked within institutions. Related artifacts from the New York State Museum and Buffalo’s Museum of DisABILITY accompany their work!

The Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill
50 Douglas Rd, Whitinsville, MA

Jan 5 to Feb 23, 2018

The opening reception is on Friday, January 5th from 4:30 – 7:30pm. Come on out for wine, cheese, snacks, and to meet the artists!

Check out more of the Zeis’ work at