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The Sunset Coast of

Michigan's Great Southwest





It's our love of photography that let's us see normal things in an extraordinary way.

For those of us here in the Sunset Coast of Michigan's Great Southwest, the summer solstice occurs on Wednesday, June 21, at 12:24 am. edt.

Summer is near, make a run for the beach...


Saturday June 24th

Twin City Camera Club's
 Annual Competition

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 will start at 10:00 am.

Do not park on the North Side of Elm Street (closest to the building) it has a 2 hr. limit.
Park across the street or in the lot for all day parking.


Monday June 26th

Twin City Camera Club's

 Annual Picnic

For Information and Maps click on the picnic sign above.


New Location for the Annual TCCC Picnic

Coloma United Methodist Church, 144 S Church St, Coloma.


Bee Kind to your Pollinators Week

Member Photos from 2015 - 2016 Competition Season

“National Pollinator Week”

Ten years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week.”

June 19-25, 2017 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.
Without the pollinators it would be very difficult for humans to exist...

Learn more about pollinators HERE


Things of Interest


2017 North Berrien "Through My Eyes"
Photography Contest

The North Berrien Historical Museum invites submissions of original photographs that capture the distinctive character of the North Berrien area for future generations.

Full contest rules and entry form can be picked up at the North Berrien Historical Museum, located at 300 Coloma Ave (across from the high school) or requested by email.
Questions:  269-468-3330 /

The deadline for entries: Friday, August 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Use this link to see the Contest Flyer 

Co-sponsored by North Berrien Historical Museum, Coloma Watervliet Chamber of Commerce, and Twin City Camera Club

Box Factory for the Arts

15th Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC)

Photography Merit Award Winner

sponsored by

Twin City Camera Club

"Old Jerusalem" by Vasilisa (Lisa) Kiselevich
Chicago, IL and Buchanan, MI

TCCC Members Dennis Hafer, Dan Brant and Tom McCall, were the judges for the Twin City Camera Club sponsored Merit Award for Photography, included in the Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC) that runs from Saturday, June 17th. through Saturday, July 29th. at the Box Factory for the Arts.

The MAAC is a multi-media competition open to residents of Southwest Michigan, Northwest Indiana and members of the Berrien Artist Guild. 

Visit for more information


Follow-up information on the May Program from Eric Johnson

See the Program Information page for the follow-up information on the auto focus fine tune that Eric talked about during his May program on Wildlife Photography.

Check out Eric's website for some excellent photographs...


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


Photo of the Month

Selections are now OPEN for the June Photo of the Month.  The June 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:

 Thanks ever so much to all of you for your votes!


Photo of the Month

Selected by the TCCC Members


May 2017 Photos

Black & White - Tie

Barbara Kirby - Marry Me

I have always admired those romantic Bride n' Groom photos taken in the rain.  You hear of those rainy weddings where the photographer just throws a rain coat on his camera and takes remarkable images regardless of the weather.  That's the kind of wedding photographer, so I needed to practice without the rain first!

I was able to find a high school couple to dress as bride and groom.  I set up a strobe with a pocket wizard on a stand covered with a clear plastic bag setting the stand directly behind couple.  Then on a 10ft ladder my boyfriend with hose in hand sprayed water behind the couple.  During this shoot we laughed a lot, it was so much fun, probable because there wasn't any pressure being a fake wedding and all.  What's interested I just watched a Jerry Ghionis tutorial (widely regarded as one of the top five best wedding photographers in the world, Jerry Ghionis is based in Beverly Hills, California and Melbourne, Australia) he loves to shoot reflections.  Trying to imitate his mind set and the way he approaches his subjects, I noticed there was a puddle below me while shooting so bent down on one knee and got as low as I could.  I feel it turned out amazing and am now comfortable if I am faced with having to do this for real in the future.  What a surprise and Thank You to everyone that voted for my photo.

I use a Nikon D800, I used a 35mm lens so I could be as close as possible to the couple, 125 Shutter Speed at 4.5. I converted to B&W with Lightroom.


Black & White - Tie

Tom McCall - Splish Splash

Splish Splash was taken on March 27, 2012, the day after a Monday Night Program on Water Drop photography.  Since I was putting on the program I left everything set up afterwards, it was late and I figured I would just come back the next day and get everything then.  So the next day when I arrived I thought, well everything is here and ready to use so why not try a few things before putting it all away.  One of the things I wanted to try was using a mirror instead of the tray with the water.  I started out with a dry mirror and took photos as it filled up with water.  When there was about 1/16 of an inch of water on the mirror I started getting some good crown and/or coronet shapes and I really liked the reflections created by the mirror.   

Used was a Canon 40D camera, with Live View function, Sigma 18-200mm Lens with Macro capability set to about 1.5 feet, so that it would provides some working distance.  A Tripod, remote cable shutter release, a Sigma EF-500 flash, off camera, connected with a 10ft Off-Camera Shoe Cord.  The flash was aimed at the background not at the water.  A mirror was used with about 1/16 of an inch of water. A white piece of mat board provided the background.  A Ziploc sandwich bag partially filled with tap water, with a small hole in one corner was suspended about 3 feet above the mirror for the water drops.

When the water drop hits the surface of the water on the mirror it causes it to spread out away from the drop and in fractions of a second several different things happen, one of which creates a crown like affect.  That's what I was trying to capture in this photo.

It just took patience, persistence and experimenting by taking a lot of photos and eventually I was able to come up with some marvelous water drop images.

Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 18-200mm Lens at 200 mm Macro 1:4.4, f 6.3, 1/200, ISO100, Sigma EF-500 flash set to Manual lowest setting.

Post processing was with Adobe Photoshop CS6, Camera Raw and On1 Perfect Effects.

Thanks for your votes, I'm glad you liked it to.



Dennis Hafer - Calla Lily

Calla Lily was photographed with a Sony a6500 mirrorless camera on tripod using a Tamron 180mm Macro lens, 1/15 sec. at f:4.5mm. (ISO 100), to create a very shallow depth of field.

Processing was started in Adobe Camera Raw by lowering the Highlights and opening up the Shadows to make a very flat image. The image was then opened in Photoshop and by using On1 Effects plug-in I used Dynamic Contrast and Glow to give it a very soft look.  The frame effect was added with On1 Effects.  The image was then placed on a green background to which grain and a soft vignette were added with On1 Effects.


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.



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.



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.



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.



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 or for more information.


Check the City of St Joseph website

We support the Lighthouse Forever Fund



From the Annual Business Meeting

The newest Select Subjects:

These are the 2018 - 2019 Season Select Subjects as approved.
Select Subjects for 2018 - 19

Close up/Macro
Color "Purple" B&W "Texture"
Farm Scenes
Modes of Travel

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



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
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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