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The Sunset Coast of

Michigan's Great Southwest

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May...

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

Looks like the weather is a little more normal...

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Members in the News 
 
Death of Life Member Curtis "Curt" Drake

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May is National Photo Month

National Photo Month is observed in May in the United States and was officially recognized by Congress in 1987 as a month long event.

Keep those shutters clicking

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Photo of the Month

Selections are now OPEN for the May Photo of the Month.  The May 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: POM@twincitycameraclub.com

 Thanks ever so much to all of you for your votes!

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Photo of the Month

Selected by the TCCC Members

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April 2017 Photos
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Black & White


Ken McKeown - On the Vine

Grapes on the vine, no I was not in Napa Valley CA, this was taken in the heart of the grape vineyards, Baroda Michigan.  This group of grapes, taken of course, with a Canon 7D Mark ll with a Canon 189-200 mm lens, shot at 110 mm.

Vineyard was so beautiful, nice large bunches of grapes with that great smell.  So great that you could almost hold your glass under the grapes, then like magic you had a glass of wine.
Converted the color image to B&W using Topaz software, traditional collection in the B&W, also used the red filter and cropped.  Added some detail using Topaz.

What a surprise and Thank You to everyone that voted for my photo.

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Color


Jim Lynch - Reflections

I think this is a Greater Scaup that I photographed at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.  At the time I was using a Cannon 50D with a 500 mm lens.  It was would have been shot at f4.0 on aperture - priority, ISO 100 with whatever light was available.

Photo was taken 3 or 4 years ago and for me it is all about the waterfowl that you might find up there. This was the reason I was up there.

There was some post processing done in Photoshop CC.

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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.

  

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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.

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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.

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Color


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.

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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 www.StJoeLighthouseTours.org or http://theheritagemcc.org for more information.

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Check the City of St Joseph website
http://www.sjcity.com

We support the Lighthouse Forever Fund

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From the Annual Business Meeting

The newest Select Subjects:

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

Framing
Close up/Macro
Stripes
Emotion
Creative
Color "Purple" B&W "Texture"
Farm Scenes
Modes of Travel
Nautical
Nature

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

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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
SEPTEMBER – Motion
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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