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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 has been a mixed bag of events!



We Wish you a Very Happy New Year!


Southwestern Michigan College
Twin Cities Camera Club Photo Exhibit

January 9th through February 2, 2017

Southwestern Michigan College Art Gallery, Dowagiac campus, Dale A. Lyons building, Room 108.

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm, and by appointment (269-782-1382;

Art reception: Wednesday, January 18 at 12:30pm.

Parking on campus, the art reception and the gallery are available to visitors at no cost.  Use the Cherry Grove Road entrance to campus.  The Dowagiac campus address is: 58900 Cherry Grove Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047.


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


Monday January 23rd

Twin City Camera Club's
Program Night

Art Robertson will present his program

"Wandering the Universe with Scope and Camera: An Introduction to Astrophotography."

Art says the program will include astrophotos of both solar system and deep space subjects, along with a discussion of the special problems encountered in astroimaging and how to solve them.  A portion of the presentation will be devoted specifically to techniques that do not require a telescope.

Astrophotography is a specialized type of photography for recording images of astronomical objects and large areas of the night sky.

Upper left: Solar Prominence thru Hydrogen Alpha Filter
Upper middle: Twilight on the Moon
Upper right: Pleiades
Lower left: Milky Way over Balanced Rock
Lower Middle: Large Sunspot Group
Lower right: Star Trails

All photos provided by Art Robertson

Art is an amateur photographer who enjoys making images of the night sky and the sun from his home observatory in Oronoko Township and wherever else the opportunity presents.  He is a member of the Berrien Springs Camera Club. 


Photo of the Month

Selections are now CLOSED for the December Photo of the Month.  The December
Honors are on the current
page.  Select 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


December 2016 Photos

Black & White

No Black & White Honors this month.



Dennis Hafer - One Egg Please

One Egg Please was taken using window light and a white reflector.

Camera was a Canon 7D with a canon 100mm Macro lens.

Exposure data: ISO 100, Aperture Priority f/32 for 10sec., Exposure compensation +0.33.

Processed in Adobe Camera RAW for Black Point & White Point.  In Photoshop further adjusted the image using Topaz Adjust 5.



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 now OPEN to the public.

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


This photo was taken on July 31, 2015, by Tom McCall, at the start of the construction.


This photo shows the work nearly completed on April 24, 2016.


Let's see what they look like now...

All of the following photos were taken on June 3, 2016

 The fencing and construction equipment is gone.  The catwalk is freshly painted and mid-way
down the catwalk you can see electrical conduit come up out of the pavement and is fastened to the
catwalk structure out to the inner lighthouse. 

The inner lighthouse now has visible windows and they've added a large smoke stack.

The inner lighthouse looks good in it's new paint.

A tour group is seen entering the inner lighthouse.


The people now have access to the upper levels and you can
see that the wooden planks that were part of the catwalk have not been replaced.

You can see another new addition on the West side of the inner lighthouse,
there is now what appears to be some type of large whistle looking device.
Maybe it's fog signaling device.  It used to have Two (2) fog horns above the whistle device, in the white area near the porthole, that were removed some years ago.  I took photographs of it during the 1960's that you can see the fog horns.  They were really loud, I could hear them 3 miles away.

The outer lighthouse looks good and appears to have been straightened during the restoration project.
It had a little bit of a lean to it before the construction and now it looks straight.


Here they're showing the tour group the lantern room at the top of the inner lighthouse. 
The Fresnel lenses have been removed from both of the lighthouses.

 The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center is now offering scheduled public St. Joe Lighthouse Tours this 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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