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The Sunset Coast of

Michigan's Great Southwest

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August...

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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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We've been enjoying the Summer!

Hope you've been enjoying your summer.

Have fun and most of all Be Safe.

Keep those shutters clicking...

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Share your Love of Photography

We Do !

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Saturday August 27th. 10 to 2...

A Critique workshop

Starting at 10:00 am. there will be an interactive critique session upstairs of some ready for competition images and some rejected images from last season.  The workshop will then continue downstairs with a hands on session where we will provide assistance to help you learn how to accomplish what was discussed upstairs. 

 The critique includes a request for images.  We are asking for two (2) competition ready images from each member.  These should be something you are planning on entering and that you would like to have an evaluation on how we think it will do or how we feel it could be improved before it is entered in competition.

 

Doors open 9:30 am.  Come a little early for set up so we can start on time. 

Park on the South side of the street or in the lot.

Send your two (2) images to me at: tmccall@twincitycameraclub.com

 

***This is a Members Only workshop***

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Twin City Camera Club's 2016 - 2017 Competition Season starts on Monday September 12th.

Welcome back...

Our first Competition Night of the season with the Select Subject of "Motion."

Digital entries due September 5th.

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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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Photo of the Month

Selected by the TCCC Members

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June 2016 Photos

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Black & White


Tom McCall - Mega Watts

On August the 2nd. 2006, around 10:45 pm. I was driving around the city of St. Joseph, taking photos of neon lights from my van, when a storm with some pretty good lightning came across the lake.  I drove out on Old Lakeshore Road and parked in an area with a good view of the lake and storm.  It was raining pretty hard so I set up the camera (Canon EOS 20D) on a tripod between the front seats and took the photos out through the right side window, trying to capture the lightning.  With the camera set up that way, it limited the field of view but provided protection from the storm and the rain.  The storm made the night very dark, so for this photo I had the camera set on manual and bulb, so I could keep the shutter open for a long exposure.  This exposure was 52 seconds at f32 and an ISO of 1600.  I was using a Canon 75 - 300mm zoom set at 85mm.  It was so dark I was just keeping the shutter open waiting for a flash of lightning and then I would close the shutter, hoping I had captured something good.  Some of the time the exposures were so long I would have to close the shutter without getting anything except the dark sky.  When this bolt of lightning struck it was really large and the crack of the thunder afterwards, sounded like a bomb went off next to my van.  It was very startling so I didn't get to look and see what I had captured until I returned home much later.  I found that I had gotten lucky on this one because on almost all of the other 30 photos that I took that night in about 27 minutes, the lightning was out of the field of view. 

Post processing was in Photoshop CS6 and Perfect Effects 9.5 by onOne Software.  Thanks for your votes.      

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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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Photo of the Month

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

 Thank You for your votes!

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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 2015 - 2016 Season go to the "Photo of the Month Archives" page.

  

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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.

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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 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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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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