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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.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
52nd day of the year
Spring begins in 27 days

Think Spring...


Looking for the Bees and the Flowers...

I'm looking for the birds and the Bees and the flowers and the trees...


Members in the News

 Death of Member Ralph Harju

February 13, 2018 Update:
There will be a Celebration of Life for Ralph at the Box Factory for the Arts on March 18th from two o clock to five.


Death of Member Will Hayes


Monday February 26th.

Twin City Camera Club's
Annual Business Meeting 7:30 pm.

This is a Member's Only meeting, no guests are allowed.

Bring your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and learn more about what makes our club one of the finest in the state.  This is one meeting you don't want to miss.  Come and participate, it's your club..


Photo of the Month

Selected by the TCCC Members


Special Note from the Webmaster:
This is one of those special times for the Photo of the Month.  Having one of your Honor images selected by the club members as Photo of the Month is pretty special.  Receiving both, the Black & White and the Color selections in the same month and both in Select, is rare and very special.  This has occurred only on two (2) other occasions.  In January 2015 Ken McKeown had both of the POM Photos and in April 2015 Dennis Hafer had both POM Photos, all of them were in Select.

The January Select Subject was "Creative." There were a lot of excellent Honor photos to choose the POM from and it was going to take exceptional images to be selected as the winners.  I think we can all agree that Maria's images are definitely exceptional.  She came up with some wonderful ideas and was able to convey them into her photos for us.  They were both very well done.
Way to go Maria, great job.   Congratulations...

Many thanks to all of you (we had 26 votes) that took the time to review the Honor Gallery and submit your votes.  I want you to know it is much appreciated.  Thank You!


January 2018 Photos
Black & White

Maria Pelaez - Little Boy

This little boy is my son.  I took this picture two years ago in Saint Joseph while my kids where playing in the snow.  I used a Nikon D90 and a 70-300 mm lens at 200mm, f 4.8, ISO 800.

The image of the trees was taken in Saint Joseph last year with a Nikon D90 and a 18-200mm lens.

I created a file in Photoshop with both images, I positioned the photo of the trees in the middle of the head of my boy and changed the blending mode of the layer to screen mode.  I erased the unwanted parts of the images and convert the final image to black and white and finally adjusted the contrast, brightness and sharpness.

Thank you for your votes!



Maria Pelaez - Getting ready for Fall

This picture was taken in November, fall is my favorite season and I was inspired to do something with leaves.

The idea was to pretend that I am the one that helps to create fall, the one that makes all those leaves getting ready with a little help of paint and a paintbrush.

I took the picture with a Nikon D90 and a 35mm. lens, f 5.6, ISO 100.

I dipped the leaves in a bowl of water so that they looked freshly painted, arranged the leaves on the table and added a bit of dirt around to give the table a little texture.  I arranged a paint palette with paint similar to the colors of the leaves.  I adjusted contrast, saturation, sharpness and exposure in Photoshop.  I did the last effects on an iPad in an app called Procreate, using painter-like oil brushes I added some paint around the leaves to create the painting effect and added some drops of paint on the table.

Thank you for your votes!


Photo of the Month

Selections are now OPEN for the February Photo of the Month.  The February 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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