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

Monday, March 19, 2018
78th day of the year
Spring begins in 1 day!

Think Spring...


The spring (Vernal) equinox begins on Tuesday, March 20 at 12:15 pm.

I know, I know, maybe it's still a little cold.
But just feel all that wonderful sunshine...

Let's Welcome Spring!


Monday March 19th.

A Twin City Camera Club
Special Program Night 7:30 pm.

A special Portrait Photography program.

Shining Light on Portraits by Dennis Hafer

Confused about lighting for portraiture? 
We will clarify how to use light effectively to enhance the look of any portrait.
Discussion & demonstration will involve: Camera and Lens considerations, Properties of Light, Lighting Equipment, Light Placement, and much more.

Join Dennis Hafer, on March 19th., as he shows you how to maximize your use of light, cameras and lenses in portraiture.
Dennis will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with us and your friends.


Monday March 26th.

Twin City Camera Club's
Program Night 7:30 pm.

Photos by Steve Campbell

Steve Campbell will be presenting a program on "Water Drop Photography."

Have you ever looked at those great water droplet or splash images and found yourself scratching your head wondering how did they do that?  I will show you a few of my images then we will go to work.  We will make images during the meeting and see what we get.  Who knows, we may get an honors image.

I will go over some of the camera settings and demonstrate the basic setup.  I will be using a mechanical water dropping device which should offer a higher success rate.  Trust me, there are a lot of images that get deleted.

Photographers are often excited to capture the crown.  This is from a single water drop that explodes in a liquid. The holy grail of water drops is the double drop that collides in mid air causing a unique shape that sometimes resembles a mushroom.  The secret to getting a great crown or the double drop collision is timing and a lot of luck.

Important Note: Bring an empty SD card that is or can be Canon formatted and take home some of your very own images that you will be able to take with Steve's camera and photography gear.  

This will be an interesting program that you will not want to miss.  I'll be there, hope to see you too.


Members in the News

 Death of Member Ralph Harju


Death of Member Will Hayes



Photo of the Month

Selected by the TCCC Members


February 2018 Photos

Black & White - Tie

Dennis Hafer - Theater Seating

Theater Seating was photographed at the St. Louis Muny Theater in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO., with a Canon EOS 7D, using a Tamron 18-270mm lens at 91mm.

Exposure: 1/125 @ f:11, ISO 400.

The RAW file was first processed in Adobe Camera RAW, and then in Adobe Photoshop using Topaz Studio, Curves, and a Gradient Map.


Black & White - Tie

Tom McCall - Side Light

Side Light was taken at 4:40 pm. on the North side of the North Pier and Catwalk looking West, in the afternoon of December 26, 2007.  The weather had been very cold for a few days, with strong winds and temperatures that dropped into the single digits with below zero wind chills.  The winds had been strong and gusting to 45 - 50 mph. All of those conditions, plus open water on the lake, makes it ideal for the lake to have surging waves that crash against the side of the pier.  The crashing waves then become a spray of freezing water that is carried by the strong winds onto the catwalk.  The high wind speeds made parts of the spray freeze on an angle during the forming of ice.  I could see where the winds and waves had covered the pier and catwalk structure with a massive amount of ice.  But a cloudless day, lots of direct sun light and the warmer temperatures helped a lot of the ice to brake off and slide into the lake.

When I was there that afternoon, it was all blue skies and sunshine, with the sun starting to get lower in the Southern sky that was providing the great side lighting.  The temperature was 45 degrees, with a light wind out of the South, making it a beautiful day and a very nice way to spend a couple of hours taking photographs in the middle of the winter.

Canon EOS 20D Exposure 1/125; 0.5 EV; f11; ISO 100; with a Sigma 18 - 200mm lens at 48 mm.

Post processing was in Photoshop CS6 and Perfect Effects 9.5 by onOne Software.

Thanks for your votes.



Ron Bonczkowski - Patterns In Red

Back in 2016 on one of our ROMEO outings, we were at the Regent Theater in Allegan at 10am and could shoot anything we wanted until 11am inside.
The seats looked like a good subject for patterns in B&W but also looked great in the color of red.

Taken with Nikon D300, 18-105 zoom set at 62mm, Raw, ISO 200, F-18, for 30 seconds.

I still use Adobe Elements 11.  A little cropping and straitening, Levels at auto and sharpening.  A small amount of cleaning with the Band-Aid brush

If  the members would like to know what ROMEO stands for ask Jim Lynch, or email him.

Thanks for all members voting for this picture.


Photo of the Month

Selections are now OPEN for the March Photo of the Month.  The March 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 2019 - 20 Select Subjects

The TCCC Board approved the Select Subjects for the 2019 - 2020 Competition Season.

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 for 2019 - 20

Select Subjects 2017 - 2018 Competition Season
SEPTEMBER – Churches
OCTOBER – Close-up/Macro
NOVEMBER – Long Exposure 2 seconds or more
DECEMBER – Graveyards
JANUARY – Creative
FEBRUARY – Color "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

OCTOBER - Close up/Macro
NOVEMBER - Stripes
DECEMBER - Emotion
JANUARY - Creative
FEBRUARY - Color "Purple" B&W "Texture"
MARCH - Farm Scenes
APRIL - Modes of Travel
MAY - Nautical
JUNE - Nature

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.


The 2019 - 2020 Select Subjects:

Select Subjects for 2019 - 20

SEPTEMBER - Close-up/Macro
OCTOBER - Animals
NOVEMBER - Night Photos
DECEMBER - Sunset & Sunrise
JANUARY - Creative
Color "Green" B&W "Architecture"
MARCH - People at Work and Play
APRIL - Anything with Wheels
MAY - Travel Ways
JUNE - Nature

It was approved that the following will be yearly subjects:  Close-up/Macro, Creative and Nature.



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