Friday, April 7, 2017

April 2017 Last Competition

Berrien Springs Camera Club held its last competition for the year. As always, the meeting included some beautiful photos, with topics from angles to wild life. Our judges, Joni King, Ruth Steinhagen and Sandy Hanson, did a great job of judging 81 photos. They were willing to stay afterwards and give critiques for a few of the photos. Pranay Gaikwad, 269 Photography, also helped critique and demonstrate a few tips on editing with Lightroom. April 2017 digital of the month was awarded to Suzanne McDonough's Golden Boy. Thanks to Leroy Patterson and the McDonoughs for snacks. 

See you next month, May 3, for our End of the Year Final Competition. We'll be judging all the acceptable photos from the 2016-2017 BSCC season. 
Suzanne McDonough's Golden Boy

Monday, March 6, 2017

BSCC met Wednesday for a motivating presentation by Greg Constantine. His presentation titled Standing Still had an interesting premise that black and white photography can be more intense, keeping the viewer engaged. Black and white photography removes all distractions, so the strength of the composition shines through. Ordinary subjects can be made extraordinary when one learns to look for texture, shape, patterns, and light. Greg suggests standing still long enough to see a great photo come into view, wait for the cloud to move into position, a person walking into an interesting view, the boat aligning with the moon. A good discussion about what makes a photo work followed Greg's presentation. 

Greg Constantine
Thank you, Greg, for providing a new perspective on photography. Thanks to Jeff, Madeline and Suzanne for providing the snacks.  
Allowing for the maximum spiral, Greg positions the camera a just the right spot.
Waiting for these two people to meet in the center made this photo more interesting

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February Competition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Berrien Springs Camera Club will take place on Wednesday, February 1, at 7 p.m. in the Berrien Springs Public Library at 215 W. Union Street in Berrien Springs. This month’s program consists of a competition of prints and projected digital images submitted by members.
The selected topics for the month are:  
Precipitation (Precip) · The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be some type of Precipitation. · Ex. Be on the lookout for objects around you that show precipitation such as the results of rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. Knowing that different atmospheric conditions are responsible for the different forms of precipitation, you have many opportunities to “participate in precipitation. Try to be unique and different, perhaps out of the ordinary. Puddles, rain drops, fog, rain, condensation, etc · File naming: Precip_PhotoTitle_Name.jpg
Moonlight (Moon) · The object that is the focus of attention in the image must show moonlight. · Ex. Moonlight lighting up a night scene, moon shadows, silhouettes by moonlight, etc. In this case, moonlight DOES NOT mean earning money by working a second job. · File Naming: Moon_PhotoTitle_Name.jpg  
Two additional topics are acceptable for any of the competitions: 1) Nature (showing nothing of human origin or domesticated) and 2) Open (anything goes).  Prints, at least 5" x 7" in size, should be mounted; digital images must be submitted four days in advance, following instructions on the club’s blog: or Facebook page: Berrien Springs Camera Club  
Expand your interest in photography, learn to take better photos, meet with others who have the same interest, test your skills in conpetition with others, learn about composition and have fun with your hobby, attend interesting programs by experienced photographers, join us this Wednesday. Refreshments will be served.