Friday, August 8, 2014

The Berrien Springs Camera Club will open its new season on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Berrien Springs Community Library at Cass and Union. The club’s season runs from September through June each year, with programs alternating between an informative presentation about some aspect of photography, and a competition open to members. If you'd like to get a feel for what our camera club is like, this is the meeting to attend.

 The September meeting will be about improving our photography and clarifying policies governing the club’s competitions. Members Tom and Suzanne McDonough will review these and update members on a few changes. Members are also invited to submit up to three digital images, taken this summer, for projection and critique. The critiquing will be a group activity by the other members, nonjudgmental but' thinking out' loud how each picture might be improved. We will view as many as time allows. Anyone who plans to join the club that evening may submit their three images, in jpg format not larger than 1024 x 768, the naming convention for the three digitals should be:

1_title_yourname, 2_title_yourname, 3_title_yourname  (first initial and last name)

Attach and send your photos with 'September' in the subject line to:

 Programs for November, January, and March will be announced in later articles, but probably will include a presentation on matting photographs and some that showcase the work of good digital photographers.

In competition months members can submit up to 10 digitally projected images and up to 10 prints (mounted, at least 5" x 7") for judging. Awards are given for the top projected images and mounted prints. Acceptable topics always include Nature (nothing domesticated or showing evidence of mankind), Portraits, and Open (anything), plus two special topics each month. The special topics for each competition month this year are:

          Oct. 2: Marinas, Rocks

           Dec. 4: Neighborhoods (NH), Trees

           Feb. 5: Abandon Buildings (AB), Chocolate (Coco)

            Apr. 2: National Parks (NP), Macro

The May 6 meeting is for final judging of the year's acceptances, when 3 judges will select the top 10 projected images and prints of the year, and the June 3 end-of-season meeting will include a potluck meal at 6:30 and a show from the year's acceptances.
Club officers for 2014-2015  are:

      President–Jill Kline Dodge 

      Secretary–Shelly Martinez 

      Treasurer–Kathleen Mendel 

       Coordinator for Judges-Bradley Austin

      SWMCCC affiliation–Jim Lynch 

       Publicity–Madeline Johnston 

        Digital Projection–Tom and Suzanne McDonough

The public is welcome to attend and enjoy the competitions. To submit pictures, one must be a member. Other activities are being planned for members, such as outings, exhibits, and publication. Annual membership fees are $5 for students, $15 for other individuals, or $20 per family. Refreshments are served at each meeting.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Berrien Springs Camera Club had its last meeting of the season on Wednesday, June 4th. Starting off with a great potluck, followed by a short business meeting and ending with a power point presenting all the accepted photos from 2013-2014 competitions, created by Tom and Suzanne McDonough.

Our members elected a new President, Jill Dodge, but other positions remain unfilled. Tom and Suzanne McDonough will be responsible for compiling and preparing digitals for competition nights. If you would like to volunteer to help with club responsibilities your support would be much appreciated. Please leave a message on the Facebook BSCC Members site.

A BIG thank you  to our officers for 2013-2014:

President- Cheryl Thomas

Secretary- Shelly Martinez

Treasurer- Rob Shellhamer

VP Judges/Programs- Jim Lynch

Judges-Bradley Austin

VP PR- Madeline Johnston

VP Digital- Tom and Suzanne McDonough

SWMCCC Rep.- Jim Lynch

Select topics for next year's competition are:

In and Around Your Neighborhood


Abandoned Buildings

National Parks





Exact dates will be determined in August.

As the BSCC 2013-2014 comes to an end, reflection seems appropriate. We have all grown in individual photographic skills and as an organization.

The sum total of this year's images represented many hours of picture taking and processing.

Each photo characterized an individual's compassion,


skill ,

and personal consideration

to capture, not just a photograph,

but a precious and singular moment in time.

Keep those shutters activated and your lens in focus for 2014-2015 BSCC.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Members please submit a digital copy of each of your accepted prints (titled same as digital prints; Topic_TitleOfPhoto_name) to by May 27, 2014. Thank you.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Candy Valentine's BSCC 1st Place Digital of the Year, Canada Shores

Suzanne McDonough's BSCC 2nd Place Digital of the Year, Coming at You

Art Robertson's BSCC 3rd Place Digital of the Year, Making a Big Splash

Leroy Patterson's BSCC 4th Place Digital of the Year, Fog Coast

Ted Post's BSCC 5th Place Digital of the Year, Kestrel Falcon 

Leroy Patterson's BSCC 2nd Place Print of the Year, Harbor Morning
Leroy Patterson's BSCC 4th Place Print of the Year, Horseshoe Curve

The BSCC final competition is complete with over 500 photos viewed and judged. A huge Thank You for our judges James Dylan (, Marissa Kay and Kathleen Nay for sifting through all those photos to select our best Photos of the Year. The snacks provided by Jill Dodge were awesome. Our fearless leaders, Cheryl Thomas and Rob Shellhamer have been faithful in placing and scoring each of the prints for all of our competition meetings.  Jim Lynch and Bradley Austin have secured judges for our competition nights. And Tom and Suzanne McDonough have prepared digitals for competition nights and promise to master the new software for next year's viewing. 
Jill Dodge placed 1st, 3rd and 5th in Prints of the Year, photo posting will be delayed. 

Be sure to join us June 4, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. (a half hour earlier than our usual meetings) for a relax and chat potluck and slide show of all our accepted photos from October thru April. It's a meeting you won't want to miss.

Note: Members please submit a digital copy of each of your accepted prints (titled same as digital prints; topic_TitleOfPhoto_name) to by May 23, 2014. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tonight's the Night

The monthly meeting of the Berrien Springs Camera Club will be on Wednesday May 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Berrien Springs Community Library at Cass (Old31)and Union. May is the month for the final competition of the year, when prints and digital submissions that were judged acceptable or honored in competition during the current season will be reviewed again by three judges: Dylan Closser, Marissa Kay, and Kathleen Nay. Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy viewing the images, seeing how the club operates, and learning from the judging process. Refreshments will be served.

P.S. Thank you Bradley for the reminder and for securing our judges.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April's Competition Meeting

The April meeting of the Berrien Springs Camera Club was well attended with photo enthusiasts entering their photos for competition night. Our judges (above, l to r): Ben Pancoast, ( a local portrait and event photographer for 10 years. James Dylan (, believes his photographs reflect the beauty in things others may not observe. Chantelle Allen (, teaches Art History at Andrews University and paints for a gallery in San Francisco and Carmel.
And the winners are: Leroy Patterson's Print of the Month, Spear Fishing (above) and Bradley Austin's Digital of the Month, Instagoose (below).
A big THANK YOU to Bradley for the awesome snacks.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2, 2014

                The Berrien Springs Camera Club will meet on Wednesday, Apr. 2, at 7 p.m. in its usual venue, the Berrien Springs Public Library at Cass (Old 31) and Union.
                This month’s program consists of a competition of prints and digital images submitted by members. The selected topics for the month include: 1) Things in the Sky and 2) Vents/Grates/Manhole Covers. Three additional categories are appropriate for all of our competitions: 1) Nature (nothing domesticated, nothing of a human origin), 2) Portraits, and 3) Open (any other subject).
                The second select category will certainly challenge the creativity of members. How many people sally forth to take beautiful photos of manhole covers? But sometimes a topic is chosen precisely to challenge creativity. It may be surprising to see what some members submit. And those who can’t warm up to that subject can always opt for Things in the Sky. This is their chance to show that unique cloud formation, balloons, airplanes, skyscrapers, treetops, fireworks, or almost anything else they can think of shooting against the sky.
                Prints, at least 5" x 7" in size, should be mounted, with the title and photographer's name on the back. Instructions for submitting images in digital form are available on the club’s blog:
                All are welcome, either to observe or to join. Anyone who wishes to join may submit photos to the competition, up to 10 projected images and/or 10 prints. Refreshments will be served.