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The Sunset Coast of

Michigan's Great Southwest

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September...

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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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Summer is winding down...
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Monday September 25th 7:30 pm.

Twin City Camera Club's

Program Night


                                                                                                              photos by Tom McCall
A Photo Critique

Praise makes you feel good but a constructive critique can make you a better photographer...
 

September Program Night will be our fall photo critique presented by Dennis Hafer, Dan Brant and Tom McCall.  This will be an interactive constructive critique with the members as active participants.
 

Don't take constructive criticism personally or negatively.  Instead, use it as an opportunity to better yourself and improve your photography skills.

Photo critiques are a good way of learning more about photography and how to judge your own photos.  It's about what you SEE.  You know how we are always saying “Judging is subjective.”  Well that's what a critique is, it's subjective too.  If you are sincerely interested in learning how to improve your photography you should learn how to critique photos, including your own.  A critique should be based on an informed opinion, you achieve an informed opinion with experience, technical knowledge and training.  We're here to help you gain that knowledge, training and experience.

We would like you to submit two (2) Digital images that you consider, “Ready for Competition.”
We'll then present them to the group for the critique and hopefully you'll gain some information on how they can be improved, if they can.
Submit your images to me at: tombmccall@gmail.com  by Monday September 18th.
Print makers can bring in two (2) prints the night of the critique.
Call me at 269-983-5986 if you have questions.

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Photo of the Month

Selections are now OPEN for the September Photo of the Month.  The September 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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North Berrien Historical Museum
2017 North Berrien Photography Contest

Twin City Camera Club is a co-sponsors of the
Photography Contest.

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The First Place Winners by age group.

 Senior


Frank Vatroba - Foggy Morning

This photograph attempts to capture the ambience of the quiet early mornings available on our local area lakes.  Getting these photographs depends on being in the right place at the right time because the window of opportunity quickly disappears.  Foggy mornings on lakes have their own special character to be enjoyed before the sun burns the fog away.
Canon SX520 HS

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Adult


Barry Nelson - Apples

The apples on this tree caught my eye while driving so I stopped and took this photo.  I like the contrast of colors and freshness of the fruit appearance.  Fruit in general represents a great importance of Berrien County employment, with quality fruit and vegetables providing wealth to the producers and employee, and wholesome food for the world.

DSLR Canon 7D camera with a 100x400 lens.

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Youth


Cheyenne Burdick - Blue Bucket

This photo shows the fun and quirky side of the antique shop/flea market trade in this area.  Antique/flea markets are a very valuable part of the tourist trade in North Berrien County.  Taken in the “alley” between DW Hammond Chocolate and Fudge and the antique shop, mid-day, with a ZTE Warp Elite 13MP Smartphone.

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From Kristen De Haan, Director of Programs and Outreach with North Berrien Historical Museum.

The winners were awarded gift certificates for a local restaurant, Loma tickets, and beautiful fall mums courtesy the Coloma Watervliet Chamber of Commerce, $25 courtesy the Twin City Camera Club, and a free 1 year membership to the North Berrien Historical Museum.

Honorable mentions went to: Charlene Durfee, Dawn DePriest, William Hubert, Cheyenne Burdick, Barry Nelson, and Katherine Darling!

Come see the winning entries and honorable mentions on display at the Museum throughout the month of September!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their beautiful photos of our beautiful area to the contest.  A big thanks to our co-sponsors: the Coloma Watervliet Chamber of Commerce and the Twin City Camera Club!

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TCCC Members Dan Brant, Dennis Hafer and Tom McCall judged the photographs entered in the North Berrien Photography Contest on Wednesday August 30th. at the Museum.
Assisted by Kristen De Haan, we were shown the unmounted and unidentified 8 x 10 inch photographs, to select the First Place and Honorable Mention winners in each age group.  There were three (3) age groups: Youth, (Age 17 and under); Adults (Age 18 - 64) and Seniors (Age 65+).

I said unidentified photographs because we didn't learn who the photographers were until later that day when Kristen De Hann provided us with the information on the winning photos.  It was at that time when it was revealed that Barry Nelson, a TCCC member, was the winner of the Adult age group. Congratulations Barry, well done.

We would like to express our congratulations to all of the winners and to all of the entrants for entering the contest.  It was interesting to see what attracted the attention of the photographers and how they captured the images to represent and/or promote the North Berrien areas. 

We hope to see all the wonderful photographs again next year.

To all of you that haven't had the opportunity to visit the North Berrien Historical Museum, you should plan on visiting soon.  They have some really exceptional exhibits that all ages will enjoy.

Check out their website to help plan your visit: http://www.northberrienhistory.org

Check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NorthBerrienHistory/

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Berrien County Youth Fair

Twin City Camera Club sponsored
Photography Award

Winning Photo by Callahan Stoub, as displayed in the Champions Display area in the BCYF Crafts Building.  The photo is framed under glass and was taken from an angle to reduce glare.

Congratulations go to Callahan (Callie) Stoub, the 2017 Winner of the Berrien County Youth Fair Sr Division Photography Award Sponsored by the Twin City Camera Club. 

Her image is of a girl that appears to be blowing blueberries from her hand.  All three of the judges considered it exceptional, very creative, excellently done and that it was an imaginative idea.

TCCC Members Dan Brant and Tom McCall along with retired Snapshot Photo Studio owner Bob Hopkins, judged the 1315 photographs entered in the Berrien County Youth Fair Photography Classes of the Arts and Crafts Exhibits.  The Photography Classes have Divisions for the younger exhibitor (Jr), ages 5 - 13 and the older exhibitor (Sr), ages 14 - 20. 

TCCC sponsors the award for the Grand Champion, Photography, Sr, Division with a Challenge Trophy (must win it three years in a row to retain it) and the winner also receives a $25.00 check from TCCC.

The winning photo was entered in the Advanced Photography Division which was originally judged by Dan Brant.  After the initial individual judging, all of the exceptional photographs in each division are then judged by all three judges to determine the Champions.  The Champions from all 18 divisions are then judged to determine the Grand Champions and Reserve Grand Champions of each age group. 

As a Judge it was very rewarding to see all of the excellent talent exhibited by these young photographers.  There were lots of wonderful photos that displayed thoughtfulness, creativity and ingenuity and made me think that with their help the art of photography is going to be around for a long time.

Our thanks go out to all of the youth for all that they do at the fair...

The 2017 Berrien County Youth Fair runs August 14th thru the 19th.

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Special Announcement

August 2017 ViewFinder

If you noticed that the August ViewFinder looked different it's because we have a new editor.
TCCC Member Ron DeKett has graciously agreed to be the ViewFinder Newsletter Editor. 

Ron DeKett is a free-lance photographer who previously worked for 35 years as a newspaper journalist , primarily as an editor and writer but also as a photojournalist when he could sneak out of the office, in Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Alaska, and most recently South Carolina.  He also spent nearly two years in Shreveport, LA, as an arts magazine editor and arts council PR guy. He lives near Eau Claire with his wife, poet Nan Lundeen.  

 Please extend a warm welcome our new Editor and help him out as much as you can.

Thanks Ron, I really appreciate you taking over as the editor...

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Twin City Camera Club's
 Annual Competition Results

The Annual competition is held at the end of each competition season to select the Top Three photographs from each of the competition divisions, Black & White Prints, Color Prints, Black & White Digital Slides and Color Digital Slides.  Competition entries that received an Honor or Acceptance are eligible for this competition. 

The Annual Competition Winners and the list of Scoring Results with the Tie-Breakers and Honorable Mentions can be found on the Annual Competition Winners page.
 

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

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Photo of the Month for the Year

Selections are now CLOSED for the for the "Photo of the Month for the Year."

Go to the Photo of the Month page and 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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June 2017 Photos
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Black & White


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
Gary Huttenstine - Eagle Eye 3

Eagle eye 3 was taken at Howell Nature Center in 2014.  I shot it in camera raw on a bright overcast day using a Canon EOS T5i, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM zoom lens on a tripod.  Lens was maxed out at 300mm at f7.1, 1/25, ISO 100.
Post processing included conversion to black and white, some cropping, high contrast and clarity to increase detail and white balance set “as shot”.  Brought out the black tones a bit and the highlights slightly.  Even though it was misting, it was an enjoyable shoot.
Thanks to everyone who voted to include my black and white as photo of the month.  I appreciate it very much and am honored to be selected by such a talented group. 

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Color


Dennis Hafer - Spring Unfurling

Spring Unfurling was shot as a RAW file with a Canon EOS 7D camera and Tamron 180mm f:3.5 Macro lens.
Exposure: f:9.0 at 1/20 sec., ISO 100.

Processed in Photoshop changing the Contrast and Saturation. 
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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
2016 - 2017 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


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
Gary Huttenstine - Eagle Eye 3

Eagle eye 3 was taken at Howell Nature Center in 2014.  I shot it in camera raw on a bright overcast day using a Canon EOS T5i, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM zoom lens on a tripod.  Lens was maxed out at 300mm at f7.1, 1/25, ISO 100.
Post processing included conversion to black and white, some cropping, high contrast and clarity to increase detail and white balance set “as shot”.  Brought out the black tones a bit and the highlights slightly.  Even though it was misting, it was an enjoyable shoot.
Thanks to everyone who voted to include my black and white as photo of the month.  I appreciate it very much and am honored to be selected by such a talented group.

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Color


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
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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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 2017 - 18 and 2018 - 19 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 2017 - 18

  Select Subjects for 2018 - 19


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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