New Board of Directors – 2013

Date: April 17, 2013
Location: IAPP Panoramic Conference – Everett, WA
IAPP Business Meeting – Election of officers

President – Paul Speaker

President-Elect – OPEN

Secretary –  Dave Kutz

Treasurer – Tom Sheckels

Past President – Glenn Cope

BOD Members at large

Jeff Weber

Fran Gardino

Syd Moen

Gavin Farrell


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Call for Entries – 2013

EPSON International Pano Awards

$40,000 prize pool!!!

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Members’ only: July e-Monitor is posted

Hello all! The July issue of the e-Monitor has been uploaded and is ready for your perusal! Remember, you will need to log in… head on over to the member zone on the Resources page…

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Coming off a great conference …

The staff of the e-Monitor are still on the road making great photography! Look for the next edition in your inbox on May 10. Meantime, watch the posts on the FaceBook page and work on your next article submission. Deadline: May 15.

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Less than 2 days to be an Early Bird!

There are less than two days left to take advantage of drastically reduced conference rates.. you snooze, you lose!

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2013 Photo Contest Rules & Regs announced


IAPP Panoramic Convention Print Contest

Framed or mounted images will not be shown. The following specs are recommended (and may not be exceeded, due to space limitations):

  1. For regular panos from film panoramic cameras and stitched panos from digital cameras, the maximum size is 44″ on the long side & 14″ on the short side, a 4:1 ratio. Prints must have a 2″ white border all around, so the actual maximum image area will be 40″ x 10″ on 44″ x 14″ paper. Other ratios may be used, but must be a minimum of a 2:1 ratio or greater, with the aforementioned maximums of 44″ on the long side and 14″ on the short side, including the margins.
  2. For multi-row stitched panos whose aspect ratio is greater than 1:4 (including Gigapans), Little Planet and VR style images, the maximum size is 44″ x 44″ including the obligatory 2″ white margin all around, making the final image area 40″ x 40″, maximum.

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Save the date: April 14-18

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The 2013 Conference of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers has been set!

Contact Paul Speaker, M.Photog.Cr, CPP, IAPP Conference Chair.

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Register before Feb 15 to enjoy a large discount. Prices increase after Feb 15 and again after March 15.


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Mixing Photography, Wine and Friendship: September issue of e-Monitor published!

Chalon River View Quaides Menageries

Burgundy is one of 27 regions of France. Chalon-sur-Saone, the city of the IAPP June meeting and exhibit, lies in the southern part of the region. Besides being the center of a large wine-growing area, it is birthplace of Joseph Nicephore Niepce, considered by many to be the father of photography. In Chalon, the museum, Hotel des Messageries, houses old and modern artifacts of photography, along with 2 million photographs…

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New Board of Directors

As many of you realize, August 10 was the deadline to receive votes against the volunteers.

Questions were raised as to the “legality” of this voting system, whether or not we could count votes against, instead of for. This was researched in the Policy Manual by the previous secretary and he found there was no statement that claimed we could not run the vote this way.

We received no votes against. So, the slate of new officers is as follows:

President – Glenn Cope

President-Elect – Paul Speaker

Secretary  – OPEN

Treasurer – Tom Sheckels

Past President – David Orbock

BOD Members (need 3)

Dave Kutz

Stephen Acai


As you can see, we need a few more members to step up.

Many things are being planned: two of which are the upcoming semi-annual Conference and the future of the Panoramic Association’s own photo contest.

If you have opinions and a little time to donate, your organization needs you. Contact your president: Glenn Cope!

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At the Ocean’s edge, Fran Gardino exhibit in Marblehead, Ma.

For Immediate Release: Date: July 19, 2012
Contact: Deborah Greel, Director Marblehead Arts Assoc.
781-631-2608,        8 Hooper St., Marblehead, Ma


“At the Ocean’s Edge” Digital Photo Exhibit by Fran Gardino

August 4 through September 2, 2012

Artist’s Reception: Sunday August 5 from 2 to 4pm

Marblehead, MA – Fran Gardino will be exhibiting his large format photography at the Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead from August 4- Sept
2 in the Ballroom Gallery.

The exhibit “At the Ocean’s Edge” includes seaside photos from his recent visit to Sicily, honoring the year 2012, 100th anniversary of his grandfather’s emigration to Boston. All of Fran’s grandparents were born in Sicily, and those on his father’s side were fisherman. His ancestors were told that the ocean was “full of gold”, cod that is. The Old Italian expression “America was made for me” indicated the abundance of “new world” resources available to the arriving masses of immigrants. Fran’s new Italian American expression “Sicily was made for me” refers to the abundance of photographic subjects that he has recently discovered in Sicily, some of which will be shown in this show including a 10 foot long panorama photo on canvas of the yellow rock laden Sciacca Italy coast, and a 7 foot long print of the Capri Harbor sunset.

Following Fran’s 2010 MAA photo show “Down by the Riverside” in the ballroom of the Hooper mansion, this show represents an expansion of his horizon in several ways. First, there are coastal images from many locations including Boston’s north and south shore, Canadian Maritimes, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, Grand Isle Louisiana, Malibu California, as well as the Sicilian cities of Sciacca, Taormina and Siracusa. Secondly, the prints on Moab Unryu rice paper of naturally formed calligraphic markings found on the beach in Brewster MA. Quoting his friend and calligraphy artist Michiko Imai, “These photos are beautiful and new, unlike any other”.

Finally, there are several large and small photos printed on Hahnemuhle Bamboo paper. This paper was specially chosen to present the striking tone and detail of his “Cactus Plant over Taormina Bay”.

The exhibit runs from August 4 through September 2, 2012 with an opening reception on Sunday, August 5, 2-4pm.

On August 31 Fran invites all to visit the southern end of Revere Beach at sunset for the “Low Sun Moon Celebration” on the occurrence of a simultaneous Low Tide, Sunset and Moonrise, which was inspired by, and the location of Fran’s 10 foot photo image “Revere Beach Sunset” that happens to be currently showing until August 5th in the Off the Wall” exhibit juried by MFA’s Cody Hartley at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham MA.

In addition to having 2 large-scale photo installations at Logan airport, several long panorama photos in the offices of the Charles River Conservancy in Harvard Square, the Mystic River Watershed in Arlington MA and 12 photos in the Wellness Center in Dedham MA, Fran has participated in local solo and group shows with a constantly evolving series of photographic work. His landscape photos reflect the combination of photographic and painterly influences accumulated while earning a BFA in Painting from Mass College of Art.

All of his panorama photos are shot in multiple shot sequences and stitched together using Photoshop Merge. The images reflect the process of him panning and tilting his camera to capture the scene, much like a cinematographer would capture a movie scene. Like watching a wide screen movie or TV, his panorama photos are a series of curiosities assembled into one image.

He has managed to generate an appeal to a variety of age groups, tree huggers and ocean and river lovers and city dwellers alike, through his careful photographic observations, sense of humor, high-octane artistic energy and total devotion to art. He has shown his work in numerous shows including the Danforth Museum in Framingham, the Print Triennial in Krakow Poland, the Brighton/Allston Historical Museum, Allston/Brighton Open Studios, NewTV and the Vermont Artisans and Gallery 2 in Brattleboro VT. Jurors from the Boston MFA and DeCordova Museums have accepted his work.

Fran has self-published two photo books named “Paint the Sky Fiery” of the Boston Pops fireworks and “Touch the Sky” of cloud photos taken from the cabin of commercial flights. In the spring of 2012 twenty of Fran’s “Touch the Sky” photos on canvas were exhibited in the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland MI. He has hundreds of photos posted on “Google Maps” and “Sewers of the World Unite” websites.

Fran Gardino

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