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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.

Spring is in the Air!

Spring equinox was Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:29 a.m.

"Flora in Wonderland"

Spring is here, let's hope the weather cooperates...


Spring Equinox – Vernal Equinox

The Vernal (Spring) Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere (where we are) and all over the world, days and nights are approximately equal.  The name equinox comes from Latin words which mean “equal night”—aequus (equal) and nox (night).

 The March (Spring) equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north and vice versa in September.
 It marks the first day of astronomical spring and is the start of a new season.


More about "Flora in Wonderland."

Shown is a close up of portion of the detail in a fiber art piece "Flora in Wonderland" by Lauren Strach.  It was photographed by Michel M. Rose, both are TCCC members, and I used it in one of our Shadows and Highlights page write ups when Lauren was featured in a Herald-Palladium article on June 9, 2011.  You can see more photos and the entire article here:

I'm always looking for photos to fit a theme or time of the year.  Featured photos are selected to communicate an idea or thought about the world around us, like a special occasion, the time of year, the weather, maybe an upcoming event or just for fun.  They are important in promoting the Twin City Camera Club and it's website.  It's all about focusing on photography and having fun.  A picture may or may not be worth a thousand words but when used to encourage and develop an interest in photography, we think they are the way to go... 


Twin City Camera Club's

March Program Night

Monday March 27th. 7:30 pm.

Presented by Ed Post

"Nature Photos That Inspire"

"Nature Photos That Inspire"

Learn the basics of nature photography along with tips, tricks and secrets for making your nature photos stand out from the others.  This program looks at the mechanics of nature photography, but also examines the essentials for creating images that inspire.




See more information and Photos on the Program Information page.


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


Photo of the Month

Selections are now OPEN for the March Photo of the Month.  The March
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


February 2017 Photos

Black & White

Dennis Hafer -
Window Door

Window Door was taken using a Canon 7D Mark II, with a Tamron 18-270mm zoom at 84mm.

Exposure was 1/80th sec. at f/11, IS0 400.

RAW conversion in Adobe Camera RAW. Further stylized in Photoshop 2017 using the Topaz Clarity plug-in Filter, and Gradient Mask set to Black & White.



Barbara Kirby - Blue Eyed Sara

I took this picture at ISO 640, 85mm lens, f3.2 and 1/125 sec. with my Nikon D800.

My boyfriends daughter let me throw a blue scarf on her and take a few pictures of her eyes. After all I had to come up with something blue for TCCC photo competition and only had one more day to submit my digital images.  I have seen a similar picture in a magazine and couldn't wait to try it.

The sun was pretty bright behind her so there was a little haze.  I corrected the color, contrast, haze, highlights and shadows in Lightroom.  I then went to PS and shaped her eyebrows with the clone stamp tool.  The fun part is when I enhanced her eyes with some techniques I learned from the video link "Creating Amazing Eyes" on YouTube.

After I was happy with my image I finished up with my portraiture program.

If you go to Photoshop: Creating Amazing Eyes on YouTube you can create these amazing eyes too.


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



From the Annual Business Meeting

The newest Select Subjects:

These are the 2018 - 2019 Season Select Subjects as approved.
Select Subjects for 2018 - 19

Close up/Macro
Color "Purple" B&W "Texture"
Farm Scenes
Modes of Travel

We are trying an idea about using Close Up/Macro two years in a row to see how it works and to consider having it as a yearly subject like Creative and Nature



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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