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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.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
14th day of the year
Spring begins in 65 days

Think Spring...


Something to think about...


Members in the News 
 Death of Member Ralph Harju

Death of Member Will Hayes


Monday January 22th. at 7:30 pm.

Twin City Camera Club's
Program Night

Pete Mathews will present his program "Taiga, Tundra and Bears."

Pete Mathews said the presentation will be about spending a week in Churchill, Manitoba shooting tundra, taiga, northern boreal forests and, of course, polar bears and other subarctic critters.

Pete and his wife (Susan) are lifelong travelers and he has been a photographer since childhood.  Combining the two was natural for him starting during his all expense paid cruises around the North Atlantic courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.  Lately they have been traveling to some of the more exotic wildlife areas in the world to both experience these areas and photograph them.  They then create narrated presentations that not only show these trips in images, but provide background and informative information about the areas.  They have previously presented programs for TCCC on photo trips to Africa, Antarctica, Ecuador and Iceland.  Pete is a member of Fruitbelt Photo Club.


Same Room New Look

After installing the new 2018 Display Prints on the wall panels.
Tuesday December 26, 2017

The Crew, TCCC Members Amber Tibone with her special helper Annebelle Tibone, and Tom McCall in front, Dennis Hafer and Barry Nelson in back.  We are very thankful that Amber was able to help and apply her many artistic talents to create this wonderful display. 

Many thanks to all of you that contributed prints for the display.  I think everyone, including our visitors and judges will enjoy viewing all of the displayed prints. 


Prints ready for pickup

TCCC Members can pickup their sorted prints that weren't used in the display.


Photo of the Month

Selected by the TCCC Members


December 2017 Photos

Black & White

Jim Lynch - Civil War Troops

The image was taken with a 30D Canon at Gettysburg Battle Field.  Converted into B&W and a couple textures added and cropped down to a pretty much a square composition.


Tom McCall - A Column in Red

A Column in Red was taken on Sunday March 25th. 2012, during the preparation and testing for a Monday Night Program that included this setup for Water Drop photography.  This was another one of those fortuitous moments of capturing a water drop photo that became a Photo of the Month choice.  If you look at the September 2015 POM, you'll see "Liquid in Motion" another photo taken on this same Sunday evening during the testing.  The description for that image explains the process so I won't repeat it here.  Water drop photography can be a lot of fun once you get through the learning process and how to set everything up.

Just remember that close-up and/or macro photography is more up close and personal to the viewer, so the composition and details are going to play an important part of your photos.  On the plus side, since these are set ups, you are controlling everything, (except the actual water drop in this case) and you have the ability to set everything else up the way you want.

Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 18-200mm Lens at 200 mm Macro 1:4.4, f 6.3, 1/100, ISO100, Sigma EF-500 flash set to Manual lowest setting.

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

I thank you for your votes...


Photo of the Month

Selections are now OPEN for the January Photo of the Month.  The January Honors are on the current page.  Select One (1) Black & White 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

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.



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.


Shared Recommendations

Free Software
For those of you that attended the Photo Critique Class on September 25th. this is the Topaz software we were talking about.  Dennis Hafer tells me that Topaz Studio is a Free Photo Editing program.   Dennis says it saves him about 50% of his editing time.

Special Note:  If enough of you download and start using this software, we will plan on having a Digital Workshop Class just for it.  I think you will like the software, I do...

See the Shared Recommendations section on the Webmasters Corner page.


From the Annual Business Meeting


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


The 2018 - 2019 Select Subjects:

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



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