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, (www.benpancoast.com) a local portrait and event photographer for 10 years. James Dylan (http://james-dylan.com), believes his photographs reflect the beauty in things others may not observe. Chantelle Allen (www.chantelleallen.com), 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: http://photoclub.berrienspringsmi.us/ http://berrienspringscameraclub.blogspot.com/.
                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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tom and I will accept digital photos until noon on Wednesday, April 2, so it's not too late to compete for the honor of Digital of the Month. Hope you can fit the BSCC in your viewfinder this Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Berrien Springs Community Library.

Monday, March 24, 2014

March Meeting


A big thanks to Art Robertson for his presentation of Fun with Fisheyes for our March meeting. In his power point he included both pros and cons for using a fisheye lens with lots of photo examples. A fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens with a field of vision covering up to 180 degrees, the scale being reduced toward the edges. The fisheye can be used for artistic effects such as:

- manipulating the relative size of objects to make them stand out or appear smaller,

 -manipulating spaces to make them seem expansive,

-providing an unusual point of view,

-capturing broad vistas and big objects,

-providing the ability to shoot in small spaces.

Art suggests being aware of extraneous clutter that may be enhanced with a fisheye lens.

During our meeting members also helped critique one another's images considering clarity of focus, unnecessary extraneous objects, lighting and exposure, white balance, emotional response or interest, and general suggestions for creating a better image.

Pictured is an example of a fisheye image featuring Art and his big feet.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Camera Club will meet April 2nd at the Berrien Springs Community Library at 7:00 p.m. April is competition month and the topics are Sky-Things in the Sky, Vents-Gratings-Manhole Covers as well as the usual nature, open and portraits.

A total of 10 prints and 10 digitals may be submitted by club members for each competition night. If you wish to submit, but are not a member, you may do so with the understanding you'll join at the next meeting.

                                                  GUIDELINES (for digitals)

1.  All digitals must be sized a maximum of 1024 pixels wide and 768 pixels tall in jpg. format

2.  All files must be named (NEW THIS YEAR): Topic_Title_Name.  The topic should read exaactly as printed on facebook or the blog.

         ex: sky-thingsinthesky_SunsetAtBeach_SuzanneAnderson  (Note: there should be NO spaces in your title)

3.  Digitals emailed to: berrienspringscc@gmail.com

4.  All digitals must be emailed by the Tuesday midnight  before the Wednesday competition night.

NOTE: Digitals not in the correct format (title and size) will be returned to the sender for corrections.
                            GUDIELINES (for prints) 
Prints must be at least 5” X 7”, mounted with title and photographers name and title on the back. Bring your prints to the competition meeting. At the meeting you'll categorize your prints for judging.
Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you in our lens this April.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


The Berrien Springs Camera Club will meet on Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the Berrien Springs Community Library at Cass and Union.
Cheryl Thomas, president, states that our scheduled speaker was unable to present so for the March meeting members are invited to submit up to 5 digital images for projection and critique. Members may wish to turn in five pictures rejected by judges during recent competition, or send in five of your favorite photos for an informal critique. The club’s monthly meetings alternate between competitions, with three judges at each one, and other kinds of presentations. Members have noticed how very subjective judging can be. Sometimes an image that is “out” one month may be resubmitted in another competition, with different judges, and receive “honor” status. The March meeting will feature some of these rejected images and let the whole group offer informal evaluations and suggestions for improvement. Submission guidelines are different than the regular submissions, format your images as follows:
# of image_title of image_your name    example: 1_BeachSunset_SAnderson, 2_NanaInTheGarden_SAnderson, 3_BaldEagle_SAnderson, etc.
Images should be emailed to: BerrienSpringsCC@gmail.com
The public is welcome. Membership is required for submissions. You may submit photos and join our club at the meeting. Refreshments are served at each meeting. Hope to see you there.

 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 2014 Competition


February's photo winners are Kathleen Mendel (above) for her print 'South Haven Ice' and
 Theodore Post's (above) 'Carving Water' in the digitals. Congratulations to you both for a shot well framed.  

 
 A huge thank you to Jim Lynch for obtaining three independent judges for BSCC competition nights for more years than can be remembered. Your service to our club is much appreciated.  

Bradley Austin will be securing judges for the remainder of the year. Thank you (pictured l to r)

Paula Arrias (http://paulaleme.com/), Nathan Greene (http://www.nathangreene.com), and Nina Marie (http://www.ninamariephotography.com/) for judging our February photos.

Tom and Suzanne McDonough provided the yummy snacks for our meeting, thank you two, too.