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Photography is Walter Calahan’s passion — whether it is for advertising, corporate annual reports or collateral publications, magazines, websites, or simply for the personal joy of viewing the world with a camera. His photographic career has taken him under the Atlantic Ocean aboard a US Navy Trident Submarine, down lava tube caves in Idaho, into surgical clinics for Afghan refugees in Pashawar, Pakistan, canoing the Okefenokee Swamp of Georgia and the great northern woods of Canada, being launched off the deck of a US Navy Aircraft Carrier, celebrating children learning to tap dance, as well as the tumult of the Romanian Revolution.

The magazines that have used his work included the National Geographic Society, The New York Times Magazine, Boys’ Life, Time, Fortune, Business Week, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Bon Appétit, Family Fun, Computer World, PC World, Wired, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, to name just a few.

General Electric, Yamaha, American Express, Carroll Lutheran Village, Messiah College, The Washington Performing Art Society, Hillel Foundation, Harvard Business School, University of Miami Business School, Babson College, and many others have asked him to illustrate their publications and advertisements. As an adjunct instructor, he teaches both digital and film photography for Stevenson University and McDaniel College’s art departments, insuring a love for photography in the next generation of image makers. Walter graduated with honors from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications with a Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism, and earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree specializing in the creative process from McDaniel College.

The theme for Walter Calahan’s presentation will be “Inovation–The myth of thinking outside the box”.

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Our speakers for the February 10, 2017 meeting are Brooke Linford and Amber Hanna.  They will be speaking about the Share the Experience competition sponsored by the National Park Service.

Brooke is a 15 year employee of the National Park Service having worked in a variety of positions at seven national parks. He is currently the Interagency Pass Program Manager stationed at the national office in Washington, DC. Before joining the National Park Service he worked in the private sector, most recently as a vice president at a $100 million consumer products company.

Amber Hanna is a Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships at the National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service. She is responsible for managing partnerships with current corporate partners, from major promotional cause-marketing campaigns to licensing deals, and supporting overall fundraising efforts. Before joining the Foundation in 2012, she worked for Environmental Working Group, assisting with research reports for Congressional testimony and public hearings, and for Taxpayers for Common Sense helping create a database for government transparency for over 35,000 earmark requests. She is originally from Pittsburgh and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh.


Don Johnson will speak on zoo photography. He has been a serious amateur photographer since the mid-1980s. He first learned the basic elements of photographic design, composition, and equipment taking a photography course while in college. After graduation in 1971, Mr. Johnson pursued other important activities such as career building and raising a family, but he always maintained an avid interest in photography.

In the mid-1980’s, Mr. Johnson returned to his hobby of photography on a more serious basis. His wife reignited his interest in the activity after giving him a new camera one year for the holidays.

Over the years, Mr. Johnson has had a number of his photographs published. He has been published in Natures Best, Popular Photography, Photoshop Elements Techniques, AOPA Pilot magazine, Ballooning: The Journal of the Balloon Federation of America, Zooger, and Hallowed Ground, the magazine for the Civil War Trust, among others. He has also been published in books and calendars.

Mr. Johnson is a former President of the Frederick Camera Clique, a photography club located in Frederick Maryland, former President of the Gaithersburg Camera Club, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, as well as a member of the National Zoo FONZ Photo Club. Mr. Johnson uses Nikon equipment and is currently exploring the world of digital photography with a Nikon D610 digital camera.


Steve Canale is a “Soldier, marksman, bon vivant, raconteur, photographer, tour guide, lecturer, and author”. Most people don’t have the equipment, time, or resources of a professional travel photographer. Steve’s classes and tours are about what works in the real world, for the rest of us. Steve’s topic will be “need for speed, tips for photographing air shows and race cars.”


Washington, D.C. photographer Mark Van Bergh pursues a wide variety of photographic subjects and interests. His event photography includes weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate events and other special events throughout metropolitan Washington D.C. Mark will talk about his photo trips to Alaska.

June: TBD


Gary Anthes is a photographer with a special interest in nature and architectural photography. He has trekked with his tripod to many remote locations, from the slot canyons of Utah to the ancient temples of Cambodia. He is a member of the Middle Street Gallery in Sperryville, Virginia, where he frequently exhibits his work.

July: TBD

August: TBD

September: TBD

October: TBD

November: TBD

December: TBD


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