In Focus!         May 2022
Hello CCoH!

Good day everyone!  I hope this finds you all healthy and shooting. 
Since our last letter, we’ve been busy.  I wanted to thank Cynthia and Jim T. for leading some great field trips (to the zoo and Cars and Coffee in Greenville); to David Day (especially Alison for coordinating) for putting on a mini-workshop and Ken Weaver for leading our General Meeting critique session on ‘Joints’.  I very much appreciate everyone’s participation and efforts.  Please also see the submission guidelines for field trip images.  I can’t wait to see them all.
It's May already!!  What does that mean – millions of birds are migrating north; wildflowers are blooming all over and festivals and street fairs are starting.  So much to shoot.  This brings me to my question of the month – do you have any objectives for May?  I sometimes find it beneficial to commit to a subject or project.  This helps me focus on and narrow down my intent.  It could be the birds, flowers, or budding plants.  What does spring mean to you?  How can you capture your perception of spring through your camera? 
Spring is a great time to tell your story though the lens.  So what are you waiting for – go shoot!!

Sherri is a relatively new member of CCoH, having joined last summer. She inherited her love of photography from her father. A lifelong photographer, he turned professional as a second career. While he focused mostly on stunning portraits, he was also asked to become one of Disney World’s first wedding photographers.

Sherri was born in Charlotte but grew up in Central Florida (Winter Park). She attended college in southern California graduating with a degree in Computer Science. While in college, she bought her first camera – a Pentax K-1000, and took a black and white class. She built a darkroom and managed to process both B&W and color photographs.  She was hooked.

After college, she put the camera away and began working as a software engineer, initially for Lockheed Martin first in California, then in Orlando, where she met her late husband, Pasquale, who passed away in 2013. She worked a 1-year contract software job in Zurich, Switzerland before returning to the Orlando area, where she spent 20 years working for Siemens.

Because of her job with Siemens and the fact that her husband was born in Italy, they were fortunate to spend a lot of time in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Special to them was Puglia, where his home village of Vieste Del Gargano is located.

In 2005, Sherri began working with dogs part-time, focusing on their health and wellbeing. In 2009, she left her engineering job and along with her new business partner Toby, opened Rocky’s Retreat Canine Health & Fitness Center in Orlando. It featured Florida’s only indoor hydrotherapy pool where they worked with dogs who suffered from various orthopedic, weight, arthritic, and other issues.

In 2015, when Sherri and Toby were finally able to begin taking vacations, they came to this area and fell in love with it. In 2017, they sold their business and bought some acreage in Hendersonville with the plan to build 2 homes. They moved here in mid-2018 and moved into their homes in Nov. 2019. During the same time, they began their latest business venture, Canine Harvest, which makes farm-fresh food and treats for dogs, using locally sourced ingredients.

In April 2021, Sherri decided it was finally time to pick up a camera again. She bought a Canon 80D and began practicing, never on auto, but not fully manual yet. Finally, after a chance meeting with a professional photographer, and watching him work, she moved to shooting in manual mode, and in raw. At the same time, she began trying to learn Lightroom. She still has a lot to learn about both. Two of her goals for joining CCoH is to learn from fellow members and to spend time with people who have the same interest. She looks forward to both!

Below are a couple of her photos.


The Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville features exceptional photography although not exclusively. Check out their artists and their regular exhibits.

Submitted by Werner Bonitz


It's come to my attention that we need to apologize to Jim P who put in a great deal of work into our Before and After presentation.  I was so overwhelmed with the work involved in making the presentation that I failed to thank him for all his efforts – so - my apologies and Thank You!!! Great Job!!!



The Second Tuesday Critique Sessions are real learning and sharing opportunities for Club members.  Experienced members like Herk Schmidt, Mike Merrill, Bob Coffey, and Rich Desimone are offering some very constructive ideas, suggestions and tips.  Herk recently discussed a Polarizer Effect in Photoshop. 
If one forgets to use an on-camera polarizer filter or if one doesn’t have the filter, one can duplicate the effect in Photoshop and make your white fluffy clouds stand out.

  • Make a transparent layer above your cloud layer.
  • Change the layer blend mode to "Overlay".
  • Set your Foreground color to black.
  • Select the Gradient Tool. In the Gradient Picker select the color to transparent mode. (Should show black to transparent)
  • Then drag the Gradient Tool down from the top of the image. You may want to try starting the gradient higher (off the image) then the image and drag until slightly below the horizon of your image.
  • Adjust the layer transparency as needed.

Here is a before and after example.

Mike Merrill showed the following picture taken at Parrish Island, while tolerating the gnats.  Mike used small flash lights to light the interior.  The group then discussed alternate lighting ideas to create different mood effects. 

Gary Lightner provided photos for this month’s Critique which allowed participants to show how they might edit the photos.  For example, Herk modified this picture:


to look like this.

He made several changes including straightening the building so it was vertical and he emphasized the sky.   He also added a light to the upper room, and note how he erased some of the people, moved the group of three forward and lighted their path.

Finally, Al Weis showed a watercolor like painting photo from his back yard with leafing trees bathed in a morning fog.

We encourage all members to submit photos to the Second Tuesday Critique Session, or just modify some of the photos provided each month and participate in the discussions.  Even if you don't submit images, there is always the opportunity to learn or to share your knowledge with club members.


It’s spring.  You know what that means?  FIELD TRIPS!  We need club members to plan field trips now that we are experiencing warmer temps and the beauty of nature.  The field trip suggestion sheet is on the website  Please submit to Lois Van Reese, Club Secretary at  If the suggested date has no conflicts with other club events, the organizer will be notified and notices will be sent out to club members.  Let’s get out and shoot!

We are also seeking a Field Trip Coordinator:  This position coordinates field trips with the Club calendar. The coordinator is not the host of the field trip; rather the club member who submits the proposal.  The proposal process and the field trip suggestion forms are out on the website.  Please consider being the go-to person for this.  Since Covid has forced the club to hold meetings virtually, field trips are one of the only ways to gather in small, safe groups to share our love of photography.
For a complete job description, please contact Lois Van Reese.

Club Finances are in good shape with $3653.03 in available cash reserves.  There are 80 active club members.

Now that we are returning to normal (post Covid), the Club still needs a Field Trip Coordinator to oversee field trips that are taking place.  The job description is posted on the website (Field Trips | Field Trip Coordinator).  A new Field Trip Suggestion form is also in this menu item.

In order for Jim Pierson, Image Coordinator, to compile the field trip photos for the upcoming General Meetings, we need to have trip leaders stress that photos should be sent to no later than two weeks after the trip.

Please Note:  The club communication channel (CCoH Exchange) is no longer our method to send out notices for club trips, items for sale or general photography questions.  Many members are not getting these notices.  Our method of communication is through our club emails, the monthly newsletter, and Facebook group (Camera Club of Hendersonville Member’s Page).  Our Webmaster is working on turning on the functionality to post items for sale.  If you post an item on the CCoH Exchange it will not be seen by most club members.

Lois Van Reese, Club Secretary

Second Tuesday critique: May 10th - via Zoom. Images due by end of day Saturday, May 7th.

General Meeting: May 24

Gimme Your Best Shot - Car Details
Submit up to three images on the theme “Car Details” to be shared at the meeting on May 24.  Your images must have been captured in 2022!

General Meeting Presentation: Down Where the Soul Lives
Our May 24, 2022 meeting will feature Tim Jones who will share his ‘Down Where the Soul Lives’ presentation.  Tim, a native of Henderson County, is on staff at St. James Episcopal Church and also serves as the Chief Operations Officer at the Hendersonville Rescue Mission  He is passionate about hiking, nature photography, public speaking and poetry.  Tim is one of the featured artists at The Gallery of Flat Rock.
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