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The Sunset Coast of

Michigan's Great Southwest





It's our love of photography that let's us see normal things in an extraordinary way.

The weather is still a mixed bag of events!


Monday February 25th

TCCC Annual Business Meeting

 7:30 pm


This is a very important meeting for the TCCC Membership and is one meeting you definitely want to attend.

Members Only, No Guests please...


Southwestern Michigan College
Twin Cities Camera Club Photo Exhibit

That ran from January 9th through February 2, 2017

Bill Rothwell was kind enough to provide us with what the exhibit looked like.
I've cropped out most of the walls to give you a little larger view of the photos.

There were also the projected programs that Dennis Hafer had prepared for our picnics.
Everyone that went to see the exhibit said it was excellent.

Many Thanks to the members that provided the prints for the exhibit...


Members in the News 
Death of Life Member Charles "Bud" Friesen


Photo of the Month

Selections are now OPEN for the February Photo of the Month.  The February
Honors are on the current
page.  Select One (1) Black & White photo and One (1) Color photo and get your votes in...  Send your picks to:

 Thank You for your votes!


Photo of the Month

Selected by the TCCC Members


January 2017 Photos

Black & White

Dennis Hafer - Who Broke The Ice

Who Broke The Ice was photographed on December 16, 2017 at 5pm.

It was taken with a Sony a6300 mirrorless camera and a Sony EPZ 18-105mm F4 lens.  I held the camera above my head using the tilt screen LCD composing.

Exposure f:9, 1/60 sec., ISO 500.

Processed with DxO OpticsPro 11 for noise reduction.  Then On1 Photo 10 for Tone Enhancement, Dynamic Contrast, and B&W Conversion.



Tom McCall - I Can be King

The I Can be King photo idea came from an photo of an apple eaten to the core and a mirror image of it whole in a mirror.  It was a photo I saw while searching online for ideas for something creative.  So I decided to try it with some chess pieces.  It involved getting a photo of the King piece first and cutting it out to fit in the mirror with the photo of the pawn piece. I was very fortunate that it all came together right away.  Just had to make sure there were no changes in the placement of the pieces, lighting and camera settings and position for both photos.

The post processing was with Adobe Photoshop CS6 and On1 Perfect Effects 9.5.  I have version 10 but like using 9.5 so I still use it for contrast, color and sharpening, etc.

Canon EOS 40D, Manual, Exposure: 1/1 sec, F 11, ISO 100 with a SIGMA 18 - 200 lens at 33 mm.

Glad you enjoyed it, I enjoyed making it.

Thanks for your votes.


Photo of the Month

These photos are special, because they are chosen by the TCCC members themselves.
Starting with March 2013, we began asking the members to select what they consider the best "Photo of the Month", a Color and a Black and White photograph, chosen from the Prints and Digital Slides that were judged to be Honors in the monthly competitions.

Which one would you pick?

Go to the Monthly Honors page and see which ones you would pick as the best, would these be your selections?

Use this link:  

To see all of the current Season Photo of the Month selections go to the "Photo of the Month" and for Photos prior to the 2016 - 2017 Season go to the "Photo of the Month Archives" page.



Photo of the Month for the Year
2015 - 2016 Competition Season

The members have selected what they consider the best two (2) photos, a Black and White and a Color photograph, from all of the POM Winners that year, for the "Photo of the Month for the Year."

These are their selections.



Black & White

Maria Pelaez - Once upon a time

I created this image in Photoshop by combining four pictures taken with a Nikon D90, a 35 mm and a 18-135 mm lenses.

The picture of the tree was taken here in St. Joseph seven years ago, I thought it was a beautiful tree and needed to capture it.  Looking at my pictures I was trying to find an idea and discovered this tree was perfect to create something.  I was surrounded by books and decided it was a good idea to try the concept of a fairy tale..

After some time, I discovered a coherent perspective that allowed me to capture the right picture of the book using only natural light.

All of the pictures were stacked, desaturated and finally, added some tone.  The background of the tree was erased by using layers and a soft brush, then the clouds were blended in. Small birds were added in different sizes to get a balanced composition.



Spencer Hughes - Beach Chairs

Beach Chairs, was taken in Panama City, Florida.  We'd spent a week there on vacation, this was the last evening and I hadn't touched my camera all week.  So after forcing myself out of the pool, I grabbed my Canon T3i, and Sigma 10-20mm f3.5.  I arrived just before sunset and had moments to set up my shot, which admittedly included moving all the seat backs to the same level.

Processing was done in Lightroom.  Making adjustments to exposure with a graduated filter, adjusting the contrast and color.



The North pier lighthouse rehabilitation is completed.

North Pier is open to the public.

Taken July 31 2015 during construction.    Taken April 24 2016 nearly completed.

 The work is now completed and they are conducting tours of the lighthouses.

The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center is offering scheduled public St. Joe Lighthouse Tours in the summer.  Contact the Heritage Museum & Cultural Center at (269) 983-1191.  Or go online to or for more information.


Check the City of St Joseph website

We support the Lighthouse Forever Fund


Twin City Camera Club's 2016 - 17 and 2017 - 18  Select Subjects

On March 7th. the TCCC Board approved the Select Subjects for the next two (2) Competition Seasons.

We want to express our thanks to all of the members that attended the Annual Business meeting and for their assistance in developing the Select Subjects.  We hope you enjoy searching out and photographing them and we wish you all the very best in the upcoming competitions. 

Be sure to read the Descriptions so that your entries comply with the requirements of the Select Subjects.

 Select Subjects for 2016 - 17

 Select Subjects for 2017 - 18


Select Subjects 2016 - 2017 Competition Season
OCTOBER – Barriers
NOVEMBER – Shadows
DECEMBER – Food & Drink
JANUARY – Creative
FEBRUARY – Blue/ B&W Angles
MARCH – Smoke/Fog/Mist
APRIL – Floating Things
MAY – Song Titles
JUNE – Nature

Select Subjects 2017 - 2018 Competition Season
SEPTEMBER – Churches
OCTOBER – Close-up/Macro
NOVEMBER – Long Exposure 2 seconds or more
DECEMBER – Graveyards
JANUARY – Creative
FEBRUARY – Red/ B&W Patterns
MARCH – Festivals
APRIL– Below the Knee
MAY – Portraits
JUNE – Nature


We plan on having workshops to assist the members in developing their skills to better prepare themselves in photographing some of the Select Subjects.  So please let us know which ones you would like us to cover.


If you have questions or need clarification on any of the Select Subjects, please call me.  269-983-5986



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