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SWMCCC Summer Weekend of Photography and Digital Imaging 2015

SWMCCC Summer Weekend of Photography and Digital Imaging for 2015 runs from July 30th through Sunday August 2nd.

SWMCCC  Summer Weekend of Photography and Digital Imaging

West Michigan's premier educational opportunity for photographers from beginner to advanced featuring classroom instruction, photography field trips and photography shoots indoors and out.


The Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs invites you to attend the 40th annual SWMCCC Summer Weekend of Photography and Digital Imaging.  Whether a beginner or an advanced photographer, you will find instructional opportunities and shooting sessions designed to enhance your creative skills and knowledge of photographic tools.  Join us for a weekend of photographic learning, fun and fellowship.

On the campus of Hope College
Holland, MI


For additional information and the registration forms, see the SWMCCC website:

 *** Special Note: TCCC SWMCCC Representative Don VanderMolen provided some thoughts, mail in or on-line registration will close about the 28th.  However, anybody can come up and register onsite.

There are several options including: full weekend, a single day or there are two, 2 day specials.  An interesting one would be to come up on Saturday, take in Adam Jones lecture on Saturday morning, pick up 2-3 classes in the afternoon and then stay for Adam’s evening program.  Could do the same for Mike Moats on Friday.
 The full schedule is on the website 



Saturday, July 4th.


TCCC 2014 - 2015


Have been posted to the Annual Competition Winners page:

The judging for the Annual Competition was held Saturday June 27, 2015

***Sorry, most of the Galleries are not available at this time***
(See the Special Announcement below)


Twin City Camera Club's 2015 - 2016 Select Subjects

The TCCC Board Members approved the Select Subjects for the  2015 - 2016 Competition Season.

Use this link to view or print the  Select Subjects 2015 - 2016


 *** Important change ***

Addition to the 2015 - 16 Select Subjects  

Many thanks to those of you that were able to attend Monday night's program meeting.  I hope it got your imagination stirred up and your creative juices flowing.  We try to keep the Select Subjects each season interesting, a little challenging, doable and most of all fun...   I think the selection process that is used now, where we get suggestions and input of the members attending the Annual Business Meeting in February, is working well and seems to be the best way of deciding on the next season's Select Subjects.

While working on preparing the select subject program for June, I discovered that there could be a problem with the December Select Subject of Fall Color.  The problem is that we overlooked how that would be as a Select Subject in Black & White.  Any of the B&W images would have to "suggest" the fall colors.  Although this could be done, I thought the judges might have a little problem with that.  So it was discussed at the program meeting on Monday and it was felt that a Black & White subject should be added.  I had researched some possibilities and suggested "Triple(s)" as a Black & White Select Subject for December. 

It would be defined like this, for December Black & White:  Triple(s)  The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be things that are in threes (3's), objects consisting of or involving three parts, seeing things in threes.

This was presented to the TCCC Board and has been approved, the Black & White Select Subject for December is "Triple(s). 


For those that were asking, the website where I found the examples for Song Titles was  Just go to the main page and type in the words "song titles" in the search box in the upper right.  



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***Special Announcement***

NOTICE:  there is a problem in the Honor Photography Galleries.  You will be unable to enter the galleries except by using one of this Competition Season links.  Once in the galleries, the only ones available are the current 2014 - 2015 year.


Here is the 2015 April link:


We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but we have been unable to locate the cause of the problem.



Photo of the Month Selections for the Year.

Selections are now OPEN for the Photo of the Month for the Year.
Thanks for your votes! 

TCCC Members go to the Photo of the Month page to make your selections of one (1) Color and one (1) Black and White photo from all of the Monthly Winners. 

Send your picks to

Thank You!



Photo of the Month

Selected by the TCCC Members


June 2015 Photos


Black & White - Tie

Ken McKeown - Standing Tall

You do not need to travel far, fight bugs in the woods, or get down on your knees to obtain
this "nature" shot.  Photo taken at the corner of Hollywood Rd and Glenlord Road, the site
of Lakeland Medical buildings where a landscaper used a large "wildflower" planting
along the side of the building as an attractive look.  Since this was planted by a landscaper
I used the photo in open vs nature.

Used a tripod and naturally a Canon 7D with a 180 Canon macro lens at f18 for that
sharp photo, which their equipment is so noted.  Shot in low evening sunlight at 1/125 sec
and 400 ISO, converted to Black & White using topaz B&W filters.  Used classic B&W mode with
additional contrast for for a dramatic look.


Black & White - Tie

Will Hayes - Lotsa Hosta

The suspect hostas are located on the east end of our home in a planted area next to our
parking pad.  On a beautiful spring morning on the way to the car, the light was low and
excellent.  I am a sucker for light, shadows and angles; they all came together at that
moment.  The color picture came out very nice, some leaves glowing yellow and some in
shadow.  I boosted the color slightly in PS along with the contrast.  Still playing around, I
changed it to black and white, using the Topaz BW Effects 2 plug-in (I did not note the
specific settings).  I thought it was more striking and I am pleased you all liked it.  I shoot a
Nikon D5100.  That day I used my Tamron 18 to 270 mm lens (at 78 mm), f/8, 1/250th sec,
ISO 180.




Gary Huttenstine - Gulf Fritillary

I took this photo July 26, 2014 on my first visit to the Sarett Nature Center’s Butterfly
house.  It was shot with a Canon T5i, EF-S 18-135mm lens set at 135mm, f/6.3, 1/80, ISO
100.  Some cropping was applied and some color contrasting.  I chose this photo because
the eye and antenna were in clear focus as well as the angle and background of the subject
gave great contrast.  I also prefer to use photos that are good just out of the camera.


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 2014 - 2015 Season go to the "Photo of the Month Archives" page.




These photos are special, because they are chosen by the TCCC members themselves.
Starting with March 2013, we are 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 Judged to be Honors in that months competition.

Which one would you pick?

Go to the Honor Image Galleries and see which ones you pick as the best, would these be your selections?

***Sorry, most of the Galleries are not available at this time***
(See the Special Announcement above)


Dues. Dues.. Dues...

It's that time of the year again.  Membership Dues need to be paid.

Annual Dues are $30 for an individual or $45 for Two (2) adults in the same household.  Please complete the renewal form and return it with your payment.  You can pay Ted Post, cash or check, at the meeting.

Everyone needs to submit a Membership Renewal form so that we can update the Membership roster.

  - Use this link to print out the renewal form.


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