PHOTO OF THE MONTH ARCHIVES

 

 

 

 

Photo of the Month Archives

Selected by the TCCC Members

These photos are special, because they are chosen by the TCCC members themselves.  The TCCC members select what they consider the best "Photo of the Month" by picking a Color and a Black and White photograph, chosen from the Prints and Digital Slides that were judged to be Honors in each of the monthly competitions.
 

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Photo of the Month for the Year
2015 - 2016 Competition Season

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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.

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Black & White


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
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.

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Color


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
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.

 

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September through June, 2015 - 2016 Winners

Photo of the Month

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June 2016 Photos

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Black & White


Tom McCall - Mega Watts

On August the 2nd. 2006, around 10:45 pm. I was driving around the city of St. Joseph, taking photos of neon lights from my van, when a storm with some pretty good lightning came across the lake.  I drove out on Old Lakeshore Road and parked in an area with a good view of the lake and storm.  It was raining pretty hard so I set up the camera (Canon EOS 20D) on a tripod between the front seats and took the photos out through the right side window, trying to capture the lightning.  With the camera set up that way, it limited the field of view but provided protection from the storm and the rain.  The storm made the night very dark, so for this photo I had the camera set on manual and bulb, so I could keep the shutter open for a long exposure.  This exposure was 52 seconds at f32 and an ISO of 1600.  I was using a Canon 75 - 300mm zoom set at 85mm.  It was so dark I was just keeping the shutter open waiting for a flash of lightning and then I would close the shutter, hoping I had captured something good.  Some of the time the exposures were so long I would have to close the shutter without getting anything except the dark sky.  When this bolt of lightning struck it was really large and the crack of the thunder afterwards, sounded like a bomb went off next to my van.  It was very startling so I didn't get to look and see what I had captured until I returned home much later.  I found that I had gotten lucky on this one because on almost all of the other 30 photos that I took that night in about 27 minutes, the lightning was out of the field of view. 

Post processing was in Photoshop CS6 and Perfect Effects 9.5 by onOne Software.  Thanks for your votes.      

 

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Color


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
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.

 

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May 2016 Photos

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Black & White


Barbara Kirby - Mirror Mirror
 

My inspiration came from photographer Tom Hussey, a commercial photographer based in Dallas, Texas who is an award-winning, international, commercial lifestyle Director/Photographer and runs a full-production studio, Tom Hussey Photography, LLC…

Two images overlaid in Photoshop, then erase one half of the photo...  I had to make a few adjustment in the elbow area, but overall It turned out exactly the way I wanted it to.  Fun project!!!

Nikon D800:  Manual, f/8; 1/160 sec; ISO 200; 50 mm lens. 

 

You can read about it and see more examples of the Tom Hussey project in this March 2013 Huffington Post article.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/tom-hussey-mirror-series-shows-elderly-people-looking-at-younger-selves_n_2958505.html

Or go to his website:  http://www.tomhussey.com

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Color


Pam Rothwell - Sculpture Reflections

“Water Sculpture” was taken at the park in South Bend, IN, in 2014.  It was taken with a Nikon P7000.  The exposure was 1/180 sec at f7.1  The sculpture appealed to me because light reflecting in, on or through objects has always been my favorite source of photographs.

In Photoshop, I removed a very busy background with the exception of the grassy wall, and replaced it with a photo of the sky taken in 2008, on a Nikon E8700, exposure 1/500 sec at f7.4.
The sculpture is exactly as I shot it; there were no adjustments, with the exception of a little sharpening.
I adjusted the sky in Layers and Exposure only.

I love that both nature and man are ‘reflected’ in this moment captured in a camera.

And to those who took the time to vote on this image, thank you.  I consider it a great compliment.
 

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April 2016 Photos

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Black & White

Ken McKeown - Beam of Light
 

Special "Thank You" to those who voted for a photo taken with fabulous canon equipment. Photo is a dahlia, photographed at Bonnyville Mill County Park located on county road 131, 2.5 miles S.E. of Bristol Indiana.  This is a free entrance park.  There is a group that maintains the dahlia garden, which is beautiful and blooms late August to early September.  The dahlia was in the light red tones and converted to B&W using Topaz software.  Used the classic B&W look, plus a little contrast and sharpening. 

Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, using a canon 180 macro lens.  ISO 400, 1/40 second at f22, with sunlight as the light source.

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Color

Tom McCall - An Enchanted Evening

The photo was taken from the West end of the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum on a Thursday evening in July of 2008.  It was one of the best locations to be able to include the lighthouses with the setting sun.  I watched as a sailboat and a small powerboat traveled in on the river until the small boat lined up in the sunlight on the water.  It was a picture perfect sunset with the clouds and the reflection on the water from the large sun.  It looked as though the female passenger in the powerboat must have liked it, as she was taking photos of it also.

Canon EOS 20D settings: f/8; 1/250 sec; ISO 100; 18 - 200 mm Sigma lens at 144 mm with tripod.
Processed in Camera Raw, Photoshop CS6 and ON1 Perfect Effects 9.5

Thanks for your votes...

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March 2016 Photos

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Black & White


Dennis Hafer - Around & Around

Around & Around was taken at the Berrien County Youth Fair on August 17, 2010. 
The exposure was 10 sec. at f/29 with a Canon 7D using a Tamron 18-270mm lens.

Adjusted in Adobe Camera Raw using Highlights, Shadows, and Vibrance.
Then in Adobe Photoshop using Topaz Clarity, Black & White Adjustment Layer, Gradient Map Adjustment Layer, and the Camera Raw Filter.

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Color


Barbara Kirby - Chocolate Cafe

Back in October I had newly discovered HDR (High Dynamic Range) it was like having a new toy and couldn't wait to play with this new technique, well new for me anyway.  I wanted some night photos for this project so I thought downtown St Joseph would be the perfect place with it's brick roads, cute restaurants and shops.  Chocolate Cafι was one of my favorite pictures I took that night.

I used Lightroom for some contrast and color adjustments, Photoshop for touching up and then I uploaded to Pro Photomatix for the HDR effects.

With my Clone Stamp Tool, I erased a pink dumpster that I felt was distracting to the overall theme of the picture.

Well!  It looked OK, yet it needed something a little more, so I added the puddle of water.
I did this using the Rectangle Marquee Tool marking the top half of the picture.  Then I dragged it down on to the lower half of the picture giving it a mirror illusion.  I lowered the opacity and erased most of the lower half except for a small oval portion giving it a water puddle effect.

Nikon D800: 50mm lens, F8, 8 seconds exposure

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February 2016 Photos

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Black & White

Jim Lynch - White Cloud Mill

Just taking secondary roads on the way home from "up north' and spotted this old mill in the city of White Cloud, MI.  I am always on the lookout for this type of image because they are some of my favorite subjects.  I shot this with a Canon 7D and a Canon 18-200mm lens.  Post processing was the normal cropping and sharpening the a couple filters, Topez and a Onone.  Lens and camera settings unknown.

 

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Color

Tom McCall - A Good Day to Fly

The photo was taken at 8:25 am. on the morning of November 13, 2003.  It had been windy overnight with gusts to 60 mph and had diminished to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph by the morning.  I had a meeting that morning but decided that I had enough time to quickly go to Tiscornia Park, take a few photos and return before the meeting.  This is one of the 156 photos taken in about 15 minutes before I had to leave.  Although the waves crashing against the pier made for more dramatic photos, I liked this one because it was able to capture one of the seagulls taking advantage of the winds.  They would get up into the air currents, hold their wings steady and soar around like they were on an amusement ride. Always fun to watch but a little harder to get really good images of them.  The sun came peeking out from the clouds for a few minutes and helped by lighting up the Lighthouses, breaking waves and the bird.

Canon EOS D30 settings: f/8; 1/320 sec; ISO 100; 75 - 300 mm lens at 160 mm with tripod.  The D30 is a 3.1 megapixel camera and I was only taking jpg images at the time.  Processed in Photoshop CS6 and ON1 Perfect Effects 9.5

Thanks for your votes...

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January 2016 Photos

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Black & White


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
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.

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Color


Dennis Hafer - Feather Duster

Interior of an old General Store photographed at Charleton Park, near Hasting, MI., with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera using a Canon EOS EF-S 10-22mm lens at 14mm.  Exposure: HDR using 8 exposures – Average exposure was ISO 100, f/11 for 1 second.  Processed with Photomatix, Adobe Camera Raw, and Photoshop using the following plug-ins Topaz Detail, Topaz Texture Effects, and ON1 Effects.

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December 2015 Photos

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Black & White

Jake Toering - Times Three
 

I used my Canon 60D with 70-200 lens.  First of all, I backed up from this cactus that had the flowers blooming so I could increase my depth of field.  It was shortly after 8:00 am in the morning.  The light was nice and soft.  I was satisfied with the way it appeared so I shot it on automatic. (Seriously)
Which turned out to be F/3.2 1/80 sec ISO 100  Some times the camera is smarter then the photographer.
I used Elements ever so lightly under the enhance section and histogram.

The first photo was the whole bush.  Then when the black and white select was "Triples" I singled out the three blooms in color and then converted them to black & white.  This was a very good example of a photo within a photo.  Members should not dump a photo without first seeing if there is another photo in the original.

In the Spring of the year here in AZ, the cactus have started to bloom.  There are many different kinds, colors, and shapes.  Some come out at night and only last for one day.  This one was blossoming for about 2-3 days.

I took this photo right here in the park where we stay for the winter.

 

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Color


Chuck Kehoe - Autumn Mill
 

On October 17, 2012, Ellen and I were on our way home to Richmond from a business event in Martinsville, Virginia the day before.  We decided that it was such a nice day we would take the longer route home via the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was a slow trip because every quarter mile, I was stopping to take pictures.  It is such a beautiful and scenic road you can’t miss seeing photo opportunities around every turn.

When I saw the sign that the Mabry Mill was just ahead, I knew it would be a longer stop.  The Mabry Mill is a working watermill that was built in 1910.  The Mill is located at mile post 176 in Patrick County and is one of the most photographed sites on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  As I said, it turned out to be a long stop.

I took lots and lots of pictures of the Mill from various points with my Canon Rebel XSi set on automatic. 
Which turned out to be at 36mm ISO 200 was 1/125 sec. at f:10.  While I entered some in competition in the past, they did not meet with the judges’ expectations until this time.  I think what made the difference was that I have been learning from my TCCC buddies (especially Tom McCall) and understanding more about Photoshop Elements 10.  I also learned last June, when I made it to a meeting, that the picture I am seeing on my computer at home in Virginia is not what you are seeing on the Club projector.  So I worked on the bright spots, like the roofs, making them darker.

Thank you for this honor and congratulations to all the Honors Winners.

 

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November 2015 Photos

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Black & White

Dennis Hafer - Reaching For The Sky
 

“Reaching For The Sky” was taken in Columbus, IN.  This is the Bartholomew County Veteran's Memorial, designed by Maryann Thompson Architects in 1997.  It consists of 25 limestone pillars, each 40 feet tall.  The names of 172 veterans from the county that lost their lives are engraved in the stones.

The image was taken with a Canon EOS 7D camera using a Canon EF 10-22mm f:3.5-5.6 lens at 12mm.  Exposure at ISO 100 was 1/100 sec. at f:11 using a Polarizing Filter.  To record the extreme contrast range, I made three RAW exposures, bracketed by 1 stop over & under the normal exposure.

Processing was done in Photomatix Pro HDR using the Exposure Fusion method.  In Photoshop, it was further stylized and converted to Black & White with NIK Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Color


Len Anderson - Mr. Big Stuff
 

The "Mr. Big Stuff" image was taken at the Lest We Forget celebration in June of this year.  I spotted this guy while he was being photographed by another photographer.  We often think of bikers as tough guys but I saw something different.  I knew that I could get an interesting editorial photo out of this opportunity.  I think he even enjoyed being photographed.  Not what a tough guy would come across as at all.

My camera I a Sony a200 and I was using a Sigma 17-70, 2.8 lens.
I was using the aperture mode in f8 and ISO 400.  All of the post processing was done using OnOne software and Photomorphis overlays and textures.  As is often the case, what I ended with is not what I had in mind to begin with.  OnOne and Photomorphis offers so much that it's hard to stay with the original objective


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October 2015 Photos

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Black & White

Elaine Harju - The Conversation
 

"The Conversation" was taken at Sarrett last year.  I think the title makes the picture.  There was minor post production, just adding more contrast.  I shot it in B&W in the camera.  Really I saw the shot and that's it.


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Our First Tie by a Husband and Wife in the Photo of the Month selections...

Color - Tie

Pam Rothwell - Caterpillar
 

This is an honor and I appreciate it.
I enjoy nature and shot this photo specifically for the “In The Garden” theme five days before the submission deadline, in my backyard garden on an overcast, flat light day.  The similarity of the caterpillar and the seeding weed was interesting to me.  I took this with my Canon EOS SL1 (my ‘other camera’ is a Nikon point and shoot) with an 18-250 mm lens at f/6.2, RAW format. The photo was then over-sharpened, which seems to work better on the TCCC screen.

Again, thanks for your vote!

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Color - Tie

Bill Rothwell - Purple Iris

On a wet morning on May 30, 2015, I captured the photo of a single Iris against the painted deck in my backyard in Niles, Michigan.

Sony A6000 and Nikon 18-135mm lens using a Vello adapter
at f/3.5, 1/320, on a tripod with remote shutter release.
Post-processing in Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.

 

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September 2015 Photos

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Black & White

Dennis Hafer - My Summer Home

My Summer Home (Oak Alley Plantation) was photographed August 23, 2015, in Vacherie, LA.

Camera 7D Mark II with a Tamron 16-300mm at 117mm f:16, 60 sec. exposure on a tripod.

Raw Conversion in Adobe Camera Raw, then post processing in Adobe Photoshop using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert to Black & White and further stylize the image.

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Color


Tom McCall - Liquid in Motion
 

Liquid in Motion was taken on March 25, 2012 during preparation for a Monday Night Program on Water Drop
photography.  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 Jelly Roll Baking Pan (painted flat black) was filled with about one quarter of an inch of water.  A Penrod/Haiwatha calendar photo 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 pan for the water drops.

 Watching the drops leave the bag and using the remote cable shutter release to try capture the drops in a pleasing composition takes a while but once you get your timing figured out you can capture some of those 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.

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Photo of the Month for the Year
2014 - 2015 Competition Season

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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.

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Black & White


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
Bill Rothwell - Pictured Rocks Kayaker
 

Four cameras ago in 2009, I took this photo at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in northern Michigan.  Some friends and I were paddling our kayaks along the high cliffs of the shoreline when I noticed this cave-like bay.  In a tippy racing kayak, I outdistanced my friends, and paddled quickly into the dark depths of the bay.  There was a special quiet as I floated beneath the dripping overhangs of the cliffs.  The jagged, tree topped cliffs framed the bay beautifully.  As my friends appeared at the entrance to the bay, I captured the moment while dodging the constant drips from above.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 (point-and-shoot), Carl Zeiss lens, 7.2 megapixels.
100 ISO, 1/400, f/9.0

 

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Color


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
Dennis Hafer -
The Enchanted Door

Saw the building from a bus on a trip last year to the Michigan City area and returned to the area in March of this year.

Photo taken March 2015, at the Brewery in Michigan City.  Camera: Canon 7D, Tamron 18-270mm. Exposure: 1/15 sec., f:11 at ISO 100.  Three exposures Raw processed in DxO Optics, before processing with Photomatix Pro Fusion.  Also used Photoshop and On1 Perfect Effects for stylizing.

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September through June, 2014 - 2015 Winners

Photo of the Month

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Selected by the TCCC Members

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June 2015 Photos

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Black & White - Tie

Ken McKeown - Standing Tall
 

You do not need to travel far, fight bugs in the woods, or get down on your knees to obtain
this "nature" shot.  Photo taken at the corner of Hollywood Rd and Glenlord Road, the site
of Lakeland Medical buildings where a landscaper used a large "wildflower" planting
along the side of the building as an attractive look.  Since this was planted by a landscaper
I used the photo in open vs nature.

Used a tripod and naturally a Canon 7D with a 180 Canon macro lens at f18 for that
sharp photo, which their equipment is so noted.  Shot in low evening sunlight at 1/125 sec
and 400 ISO, converted to Black & White using topaz B&W filters.  Used classic B&W mode with
additional contrast for for a dramatic look.
 


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Black & White - Tie

Will Hayes - Lotsa Hosta

The suspect hostas are located on the east end of our home in a planted area next to our
parking pad.  On a beautiful spring morning on the way to the car, the light was low and
excellent.  I am a sucker for light, shadows and angles; they all came together at that
moment.  The color picture came out very nice, some leaves glowing yellow and some in
shadow.  I boosted the color slightly in PS along with the contrast.  Still playing around, I
changed it to black and white, using the Topaz BW Effects 2 plug-in (I did not note the
specific settings).  I thought it was more striking and I am pleased you all liked it.  I shoot a
Nikon D5100.  That day I used my Tamron 18 to 270 mm lens (at 78 mm), f/8, 1/250th sec,
ISO 180.

 

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Color

Gary Huttenstine - Gulf Fritillary

I took this photo July 26, 2014 on my first visit to the Sarett Nature Center’s Butterfly
house.  It was shot with a Canon T5i, EF-S 18-135mm lens set at 135mm, f/6.3, 1/80, ISO
100.  Some cropping was applied and some color contrasting.  I chose this photo because
the eye and antenna were in clear focus as well as the angle and background of the subject
gave great contrast.  I also prefer to use photos that are good just out of the camera.
 

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May 2015 Photos

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Black & White

Spencer Hughes - Abandoned Barn
 

My wife's family live in central Illinois, the barns are on the way in Odell and visible from i55.  The weekend of one of our visits fell at the same time of a meteor shower.  So after midnight, I packed up my stuff, Canon t3i, Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 heavy tripod, flashlights, intervalometer and lots of Red Bull and went out to try and capture some meteors.  I've stopped at these barns a few times, though this was the first time at night.  They would have provided an interesting foreground if the meteors were showering.  Odell is far enough from large cities to avoid a lot of light pollution. Though, of course, it turned out this night was more of a light meteor drizzle.  This is when I turned my attention to the barns themselves.  There were some clouds and a strong wind that kept them moving.  So I composed the image and set my exposure to capture the movement of the clouds and just a slight star trail.  I also used my flashlight and "light painted" the side of the barn to bring out additional details that would have been lost in silhouette.  Later, I would convert the image to Black and White and adjust the contract and blacks in Lightroom.

I enjoy capturing the beauty of buildings as they decay in the elements.  You can return to an area many times and never capture the same image twice.  Nature is constantly moving forward reclaiming the land.  Photography at night is a special joy.  With a long exposure, I feel like you capture a moment in time rather than an instance.  It plays with time.  It gives the viewer the ability to perceive time differently.  In this image, the clouds were moving very quickly and we slowed that down and stretched time while speeding up the movement in the stars.
 


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Color


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
Dennis Hafer -
The Enchanted Door

Saw the building from a bus on a trip last year to the Michigan City area and returned to the area in March of this year.

Photo taken March 2015, at the Brewery in Michigan City.  Camera: Canon 7D, Tamron 18-270mm. Exposure: 1/15 sec., f:11 at ISO 100.  Three exposures Raw processed in DxO Optics, before processing with Photomatix Pro Fusion.  Also used Photoshop and On1 Perfect Effects for stylizing.

 

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April 2015 Photos

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Black & White

Dennis Hafer - Sun & Moon
 

Sun & Moon was photographed at Plum Creek Antiques, in Bean Blossom, IN.

Exposure was f:8, 1/50 sec. at ISO 6400.  Camera – Canon 7D with a Tamron 18-270mm lens.
 Processed in Photoshop using on1 Perfect Effects.

 

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Color


Dennis Hafer - Old Fire Engine

The Old Fire Engine was photographed at Old Car City in Georgia.
Exposure (HDR - under/over by 2 stops) was f:11, 1/13 sec. at ISO 100, using a polarizing filter to deepen the color by removing some of the reflections.  Camera - Canon 7D with a Tamron 18-270mm lens.

Processed in Photomatix, then Photoshop using on1 Perfect Effects.

 

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March 2015 Photos

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Black & White


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
Bill Rothwell - Pictured Rocks Kayaker
 

Four cameras ago in 2009, I took this photo at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in northern Michigan.  Some friends and I were paddling our kayaks along the high cliffs of the shoreline when I noticed this cave-like bay.  In a tippy racing kayak, I outdistanced my friends, and paddled quickly into the dark depths of the bay.  There was a special quiet as I floated beneath the dripping overhangs of the cliffs.  The jagged, tree topped cliffs framed the bay beautifully.  As my friends appeared at the entrance to the bay, I captured the moment while dodging the constant drips from above.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 (point-and-shoot), Carl Zeiss lens, 7.2 megapixels.

100 ISO, 1/400, f/9.0

 

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Color

Steve Campbell - Frozen Lighthouse

This image was captured on 1/11/15.  It was cold!  I left after I could no longer feel my fingers thus not being able to work the camera.

The image was processed in Raw 8.7.1 and I used a Topaz de-noise program, spot removal and sharpened.

The camera settings were f11 with ISO of 100.  I used the Sigma 150-500 lens at 289.  The camera used was the Canon 7D.

 

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February 2015 Photos

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Black & White

Tom McCall - Wistful Waves

The photo was taken at 7:49 pm. on the evening of September 28, 2006.  I liked the look of the waves in this image so I cropped out the inner lighthouse to isolate the outer lighthouse and just the waves that I thought worked best.

Processed in Camera Raw; converted to Black & White, then used the Surrealistic Image Enhancement process in Photoshop, which is similar to the process shown on page 5 of the Tips & Techniques section on the TCCC website.

Canon 20D 1/10 sec; f/4-5; ISO 100; 75 - 300 mm lens at 125 mm with Tripod.
Thanks for your votes...
 


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Color

Dennis Hafer - Early Morning Light

Early Morning Light was a single image Raw capture taken on March 13, 2012.
Canon 7D, 18-270mm at 109mm.
ISO 100 – 1/50 at f/16, Manual Exposure

Processed in Camera Raw, then Photoshop using On1 Perfect Effects 9 filters.

 

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January 2015 Photos

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Black & White

Ken McKeown - Giant Leap

During the Ice Festival in St Joseph in February 2012, I shot this finished ice carving with a Canon 5D Mark ll, 24 to 105 Canon lens with settings at 1/60 at f13, 92mm, ISO 400.  Ice carving was made crystal clear by the carver using a torch to “fire” the ice.  Ice carving was photographed as a very tight close up to eliminate all items in the surrounding area.  Also it was photographed against a dark red brick background.

Color photograph converted to Black&White using Elements 11 with topaz b&w software.  After that conversion used topaz simplify 4 plug in, using line and ink, white line only.  Weather that day was very overcast, so no shadows, plus the carving had a lot of details, which made the Black&White lines really come alive.


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Color

Ken McKeown - Lightning Speed

While driving through Newberry, in the U.P., I spotted a Canadian National Railway freight train parked at a railroad siding. The train did not have many cars, only item that I photographed was the engine and a railroad flatbed car loaded with logs.

Engine was photographed with a Canon 7D with a Canon 18 to 200mm lens.  Photo taken at 1/500 at f13, ISO at 400.  Color image changed to Black&White in Topaz B&W and then used Topaz Glow using blazing neon for the finished image.


 
Special Thank You to those who did vote, still can't believe I received both Black&White and Color.

 

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December 2014 Photos

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Black & White

Bud Friesen - Wheel and Webs

The image was made at the Allegan Power Plant.  The wheel caught my eye right away.  I liked the way the specular sunlight was on the wheel.  I really wanted to get a more straight on composition but as soon as I shifted to the right I lost the specular light.  The webs kind of help reflect the fact that the machinery is no longer used.  There was a slight bit of green flakes in a couple of places so decided to go with black and white.  Converted in PS.

The image was done with the Canon EOS 7D, 18-135mm, f3.5-5.6 at 39mm, 0.6 sec. exp, f9, ISO 1250, Partial Metering on a tripod.

 

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Color

Gary Huttenstine - Pine Martin Busted

Pine “Martin” Busted, was taken on the back deck of our home in the Hiawatha National Forest just south of Paradise, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula during the winter of 2010 on the 16th day of February.  The American Pine Marten, Martes americana, is a member of the weasel family and is active from the northern upper peninsula north into Canada and as far west as Alaska.  Although recovering, their population density is low to threatened.  “Marti” as we call him, was caught raiding the bird’s suet feeder with a vengeance.  He ate it all in just two days of visits.  Great photo – op.

The photo was shot using a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, handheld, with a 70-300mm IS Canon zoom lens at 210mm, 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400.  Post processing was conducted in Photoshop CS6 camera raw with soft post crop vignette.  Thanks for your votes.

 

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November 2014 Photos

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Black & White

Sherry Saenz - Birch Lined Path

It was taken September of this year at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio.  No equipment used.  Done point and shoot, no tripod used.  Basic B/W conversion done in camera.  Very low tech.  Think the photo say it all.  Was walking along the path with my family enjoying the beauty of the birch trees on an overcast Autumn day.

Wish I had more to say.  Just enjoying the beauty of the moment.  Feel honored that my fellow TCCC members chose my image.

 


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Color

Dave Wheeler - Main Street Mackinac Island
 

The photograph was taken on Mackinac Island during the Fourth of July weekend of 2014.  The island is a very busy place in the summer, but it is extremely busy on the holidays.  If you want to get an unobstructed view of Main Street, you need to get up for the sunrise.  The island is great any time of the day, but for me, sunrise is best.  The streets are being cleaned (a necessity on the island) and deliveries are being made.  Also, the chances of getting hit by a bicycle are slim at this time of day!

The photo was shot with a Nikon D7000, 18-200mm lens in aperture priority.  I took a series of three bracketed shots and processed them as a HDR print in Photomatix Pro.   Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the photo.

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October 2014 Photos

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Black & White

Dennis Hafer - Don't Blow Fence

Taken on March 13, 2012 at Jean Klock Park, with a Canon EOS 7D - 46mm on a 18-270mm Tamron lens. ISO 100, f/16 at 1/50.

Converted from Raw in DxO Optics Pro 9 software to a tiff format which was then further tweaked in Adobe Camera Raw before opening it in Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.   Once in Photoshop, it was stylized using OnOne Perfect Effects 8 and then Perfect Effects BW 8 - all done on a layer converted to a Smart Object.

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Color

Elaine Harju - Old Timey

"Old Timey" was taken at the Berrien County Court house grounds in the log cabin.  I set up the shot finding the broom and pail.  I noticed the sun streaming in the window.  I vignetted in the camera and printed.

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September 2014 Photos

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Black & White

Dennis Hafer - Ramp Up

The picture was taken June 3, 2014, at the Gilmore Car Museum with a Canon EOS 7D, 18-270mm Tamron lens at 20mm.  Exposure was 60 seconds at f11 using a 10 stop Neutral Density Filter + a 3 stop Neutral Density filter.  ISO 100.

Why did I use a 10 stop + 3 stop ND filter? Because I wanted the clouds to show motion. A Neutral Density Filter reduces the light that reaches the Camera’s image sensor. In this case by 13 f stops. My normal daylight exposure midday in sunlight was 1/125th sec at f11. The ND filter increased that to 60 seconds at f 11, giving motion to the clouds.

Post Processing was done in OnOne Perfect Effects 8, NIK Silver Effects Pro 2, and NIK Dfine 2.


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Color


Kristine Sims - Arch

This was taken in Moab, Utah in June 2014.  My husband, Noel, and I drove 23 hours to visit friends in Moab who had recently moved there but were quite familiar with the area and terrain.
 
This photo was taken the first morning of our Utah vacation .  We wanted a fairly easy starter hike to get our bodies broken in for the week ahead.  We started out around 9:30 in the morning and hiked 1-1/2 miles one-way on a hike to see Corona Arch.  This arch was just around the corner from Corona Arch.  We had stopped here to take a break.  The temperature was 95 degrees and full sun, but it "was a dry heat."  That was the common phrase of the week.  There was just something that "caught my eye." I liked the foreground and the leading lines to the arch in the background.  I loved the colors and the textures of the rocks.  I was surprised the grasses were still so green and that there were so many different shades of green displayed against the red rock.

This shot was hand held and was taken with my Nikon D-600, Nikon 24-55 mm lens at Iso-100 and f'/11.  There was minimal post processing in Photoshop.  I adjusted curves, added tonal contrast, and added slight saturation of color.

 

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The Select Subjects for the  2014 - 2015 Competition Season. 

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The June Select Subject is "Nature"

The images must be naturally present in Nature.

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The May Select Subject is "Old or Abandoned Buildings"

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be Old or Abandoned buildings and/or parts of old or abandoned buildings.

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The April Select Subject is "Antiques"

The object that is the focus of attention must be considered an Antique, at least 25 years old or older.
 

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The March Select Subject was "Locks and Keys"

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must have something to do with Keys and/or Locks.

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The February Select Subject was "The color "Orange" and Black&White is “Stairs”

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be predominantly the color Orange, not the background or surrounding color.

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The January Select Subject was "Creative"

Where the image is manipulated or enhanced with in camera techniques or with set-ups or with photo enhancement software, filters, plug-ins or actions showing the maker’s creativity.

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The December Select Subject was "Animals"

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be some kind of Animal(s).

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The November Select Subject was "Water"

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be something to do with bodies of water.

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The October Select Subject was "Night Sky" 

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be something to do with the Night Sky and/or seen in the Night Sky.

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The September Select Subject was "Look Up" 

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be something to do with things seen by looking up.

 

 

 

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Photo of the Month for the Year
2013 - 2014 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.

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Black & White


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
Judy Walker - Puffy Thing

"Puffy Thing" is a "light painting" of a cool weed that grows by my house.  Taken with a Canon 60D with Canon100mm Macro lens, on a tripod, ISO 100, shutter speed 30 seconds, aperture 14, white balance 10,000K, then of course illuminated with a pen light the way Dennis taught us. <Thanks to Dennis- I have had a lot of fun with light painting :)

It was converted to B&W using a desaturation layer, then a brightness/contrast layer was added layer to brighten it just a little bit and increase contrast.  Then cropped and done.

 

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Color


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
Dennis Hafer - Brushes


Backstage maintenance room at Southwestern Michigan College – Canon 7D, 53mm., f:11, 1/6 sec., Three exposure HDR, Processed in Photomatix, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop, OnOne Software, Topaz Adjust.

 

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September through June, 2013 - 2014 Winners

 

Photo of the Month

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June 2014 Photos

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Black & White

Ron Bonczkowski - All Twisted Up

The picture was taken in Gunnison Black Canyon in Colorado April in 2011 when Doc and I spent 2 weeks out there.  I always liked B&W photograph, back in the old days when we worked long and hard in the darkroom.  Dennis showed the club how to use a little grey card just before we left on this trip and I used it almost ever day in Colorado.  I used a NIKON D 300 camera with a NIKON 105 zoom lens, this shot was ASA 200 F8 cloudy day, I only shot JPEG back then because I always make a travel show of my pictures and needed all the room on my card.  Today I shoot raw plus jpeg.
On the computer I use levels , contrast , curves and sharping on most B&W with a little Nik grey scale adjustment.

Doc and I would gladly go back anytime to guide anyone to these great photo places in Colorado.  Maybe the club would like to go.  We aren't getting younger each year so go soon.  Thanks to the members who liked it.


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Color - Tie


Curtis Drake - St Joe Michigan

We're going to give Curtis Drake a little more time to explain his photograph.  He's had some computer problems and can't provide the information at this time.

 

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Color - Tie

Tom McCall - Highlighted

The photo was taken along a small stretch of beach South of the St Joseph Water Filtration Plant on Lions
Park Drive, November 2, 2007, 6:13pm.  Sunset was at 6:40pm and the setting sun was highlighting the
spray from the waves as they hit the rocks.

Post processing was in Photoshop CS6 and onOne Perfect Effects 8 with a little added saturation and sharpening.

Canon EOS 20D ISO 100 f16 1/10 AWB SIGMA 18 - 200mm at 125.0 mm on a tripod.

 

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May 2014 Photos

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Black & White

Tom McCall - Midwinter's Night

The image was taken on January 31, 2008 at 7:20 pm. from the South Pier.  Sunset was at 5:59 pm. with Full Darkness around 7:30 pm.  This was a time exposure that permitted the capture of the reflections from the Lighthouse Lights on the St. Joseph River ice and water moving out into Lake Michigan.  The longer exposure also made the Snow and Ice on the North Pier visible but eliminated the highlights in the Lighthouse Lights.  A second exposure was made of the Lighthouse Lights and it was used in post processing to replace the Lights in the original exposure.  There was just enough clouds in the sky to provide some detail and light in the background to keep it from going totally black.  I liked the inky black water with the shimmering highlights from the moving ice both on the river and the lake.

Post processing in Photoshop CS6 included: a Levels Adjustment Layer, Smart Sharpening, adding the lights, converting to B&W, cropping, a Brightness & Contrast Layer and a slight Vignette.

Canon EOS 20D on tripod, 18-200mm 88.0 mm F/11 30 SEC ISO 100

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Color

Steve Campbell - Southern Indiana Barn

Southern Indiana Barn was shot in 2012 and sat in my hard drive until only a few months ago.  I did not recognize it
as anything special.  I remember taking the shot on a back road someplace within 50 miles of Turkey Run.  I parked
the car on the side of the road, got out and took the shot standing.  At the time, I was using the Canon T2i.  The
data shows f8, ISO 100, 1/160.  The image was cropped.  I prefer more of a cinema like aspect.  The image was
processed in RAW, I burned some bright spots, added a frame, and introduced a better backdrop.  I used NIK to
increase the light in the center and to darken the edges.  My favorite part of the image is how the sky and roof of
the barn match.

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April 2014 Photos of the Month

A Month to remember...

We had a record number of Honors in April with (78) and we have our first multiple set of ties.
Along with the nice feelings of a job well done to all of you that entered the competition we
have a little extra good news for one of our members, she's our newest as reported in the April ViewFinder.

Maria Paleaz, our newest member, who submitted her application in March,
was informed that she could submit Digital Slide entries while her Membership Application was being processed.

So she entered Four (4) images, two (2) in Class B Black and White and two (2) in Class B Color.
She received 3 Honors in the Competition and the very first of her Honors, a Black & White Digital Slide of
the U. S. Capital, was voted a Photo of the Month.
Way to go Maria, Congratulations...

Congratulations to all of our Photo of the Month winners. Many thanks to all of you that took the time
to review the Honor Gallery and submit your votes. I want you to know it is much appreciated.

With two (2) Months left in the Competition Season and just two more Photo of the Month selections to go, what
would you think about selecting one of the Black and White images and one of the Color image from the 2013 - 2014 Season's Monthly winners as POM for the Year winners?  

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April 2014 Photos

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Black & White - Tie

Maria Pelaez - U.S. Capitol

I took this picture during a winter trip to Washington DC in 2007 using a Sony P-100.  As an architect I was impressed by this iconic symbol, which is a beautiful and imposing building recognizable all over the world.  I was attracted by its unique structural details and the beautifully kept facade and grounds.

I took advantage of the daylight naturally enhancing the facade contrast and its textures.

Composition for this picture was important. I tried using the curved element to achieve emphasize and isolation of the dome.
The post processing in this image was very simple. I converted colors to grayscale and adjusted slightly the highlights, sharpness and the contrast using Lightroom.

 

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Black & White - Tie

Dennis Hafer - Table for Two

Tippecanoe Place Restaurant - Canon 7D, 10mm., f:11, 20 sec., Five Exposures for HDR.
Processed in Photomatix, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop, NIK Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Color -  Three (3) Way Tie

Judy Walker - Peacock

The "Peacock" photo was taken at the South Bend zoo with my "CANON" Rebel 450D and a 55mm-250mm kit lens, on a monopod.

It was cloudy day, I was having trouble getting pics of anything that moved, but this colorful guy was pretty into doing his thing, and so he gave me lots and lots of chances.

Do to the clouds and low light this pic was taken at 800 ISO, 1/160th of a second, and F5.6, zoomed all the way out to 250mm.  Gotta love digital so you throw away 999 pics and keep one!  I'm surprised even one came out OK.  But the cloudy day lighting really did help on the color saturation.  The only post processing I did was crop, sharpen, and add contrast.

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Color -  Three (3) Way Tie

Jim Lynch - Okefenokee Swamp

Just stopped on the way to Florida to see what there was to photograph but was raining so hard only visited the visitor center and left.  On the way out the rain let up some and I saw this shot an stopped and shot it from the road.

Canon EOS 7D
Canon 18 - 200 mm at 70 mm
Shot on AV
f/8 at 1/15 sec
400 ISO

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Color -  Three (3) Way Tie


Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
Dennis Hafer - Brushes


Backstage maintenance room at Southwestern Michigan College – Canon 7D, 53mm., f:11, 1/6 sec., Three exposure HDR, Processed in Photomatix, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop, OnOne Software, Topaz Adjust.

 

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March 2014 Photos

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No Honors were awarded for the Month of March

 

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February 2014 Photos

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Steve Campbell - City View South

This image was taken a few months ago just north of the Chicago skyline.  Ted Post and I took a trip to the Windy City.  We parked at the Lincoln Park Zoo and walked about a mile to the lake.  By the way, this location was discovered from a list that was shared with the group listing the top 100 photo locations in Chicago.  I think it was one of the top choices.  They called it a beach, but there was no sand.

We arrived early and set up our tripods and waited for the light to get just right.  I was shooting three shots with different exposures each time.  I particularly liked this shot angle.  We worked the lakefront and settled with the position shown in the image.  The far left side of the image has leading lines that takes your eyes to the large buildings and into the image.  The star like effects were not done in post.  That is the result of f16 and the long exposure.  I added some sharpening and a white border using NIK.  The longer exposure also calmed the water.
Canon EOS 7D  Settings: F16  ISO 100  30 seconds  Format Raw
 

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Tom McCall - Boomer

The title "Boomer" came from the what the noise would be created by the tremendous force when the wind driven wave crashed into the end of the pier.  The amount of water that is forced into the air never ceases to amaze me.  The shapes and patterns are all different due to the wind direction, speed and the wave heights and direction.  My initial reaction always seems to put me in-between the fascination of just watching these spectacular events or getting down to the business of paying attention to taking the photographs.  Sometimes I just stop everything I'm doing and watch.  If you were close enough to me you might hear a Wow or two...  Thanks for your Votes, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it as much as I enjoyed showing it to you.

The image was taken on October 13, 2006 at 5:32 pm.  Sunset was to be around 7 pm. which added a slightly above/side lighting effect, highlighting the cresting waves and adding to the overall effect in the massive spray.
 
The image was cropped to about 25% of the original which had more of the North Pier and both the Inner and Outer Lighthouses.  By cropping and isolating just the Outer Lighthouse it helps emphasize the wave shooting into the sky.  Post processing in Photoshop CS3 included: Saturation Layer at +16, then conversion using Image, Adjustments, Black & White.  A Levels Layer bringing in more White and finishing with a Brightness/Contrast Layer set at 8-16.

Canon EOS 20D 75-300mm at 75mm f8 1/2000 ISO100  

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January 2014 Photos

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Steve Campbell - Dust to Dust

"Dust to Dust" was shot in Gary Indiana on May 2013.  I was visiting the abandoned Baptist Church with a group from Chicago.  The photo was taken on a tripod with a fisheye lens set to infinity.  I took a series of three shots to later process as HDR.  The settings were manual, ISO 200, raw.  At the time, I was using the Canon t2i to capture the image.

Once home, I took the three raw files and fed them into HDR software.  I adjusted for color correction and opacity.  One of the final steps was to use a filter for cross processing.  I was pleased with the final tone of the image.  I tried to capture some beauty from an abandoned facility that has been neglected for decades.  At the time I toured the church it was free.  Since then the city of Gary has taxed photographers $50.00 for a day pass.

 

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Photo of the Month for the Year Award Winner
Judy Walker - Puffy Thing

"Puffy Thing" is a "light painting" of a cool weed that grows by my house.  Taken with a Canon 60D with Canon100mm Macro lens, on a tripod, ISO 100, shutter speed 30 seconds, aperture 14, white balance 10,000K, then of course illuminated with a pen light the way Dennis taught us. <Thanks to Dennis- I have had a lot of fun with light painting :)

It was converted to B&W using a desaturation layer, then a brightness/contrast layer was added layer to brighten it just a little bit and increase contrast.  Then cropped and done.

 

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December 2013 Photos

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Judy Walker - She's Escaping the Tomb!

I wanted to do something kinda whimsical and fun with the graveyard theme, and wanted to practice some newly learned Photoshop techniques.  This picture used a background of an interesting tomb door found in a very old graveyard in Niles, combined with another picture of an angel monument I found in South bend to make the ghost.

No adjustment was made to the background "tomb" layer.  Then I made the ghost layer.  I separated the angel statue from her background, pasted her into a new empty layer, and used the "liquify" filter to stretch her wings out and push her body shape around to blend it better into wispy shapes.  I found and downloaded a "smoke brush" for making the wispy part, and used it to paint wispy stuff coming out of the door and blending into the angel.  Then to this "ghost" layer I added a "layer mask" and used the "gradient tool" on the mask to make her go from more translucent in the wispy area to more opaque in the upper more solid face and wings part.  Then I used another adjustment layer "clipped" to the ghost layer to desaturated her colors and make her more black/white/pale and ghostly looking. :) FUN!

For tomb background picture - Canon 60D, Canon 18-55 mm lens- @focal length 45mm. f/8.0, 1/100, ISO 400.  For ghost angel - Same camera and lens @focal length 18mm. F/8, 1/8

 

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Dennis Hafer - Another Day-No Work

The Photograph was taken on one ungodly hot day (August 24, 2011, at 4:22 pm) while on an old tour bus in Belize.  I was sitting on the aisle seat, when I thought I saw a photographic moment starting to develop.  I leaned over to the dusty and dirty bus window, pointed the camera and took the shot.  I only had time for the one shot because of the speed of the bus.

Canon EOS 7D (Raw), 42mm on a Tamron 18-270mm lens, Manual Exposure – f10 at 1/640 sec, IS0 3200 Auto White Balance. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw, Post processed in Photoshop using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2, Texture Screen added to the Image then used a Vignette.

 

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November 2013 Photos

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Bud Friesen - In The Garden

The photo was made just outside of our house.  I had started a small flower garden in the spring and planted some wild flower seed I got from a wild flower nursery.  The area is about 8 feet wide and thirty feet long.  I put in about five yards of dirt and mounded and contoured it.  I found having the garden near the house I could watch and choose the lighting when it was at its best.  One day I came out and there was a butterfly flitting around.  Working hand held I followed it as it went from one flower to the next.  This flower is a Mexican Sunflower.  Using my Canon 7D with the Canon 18-135 lens with manual setting and evaluative metering I was able to capture this image.  The focal length was 135mm, exposure 1/320 sec. at f7.1, ISO was at 800.  I used about 50% of the camera image.  This is one of my favorite images.  I especially like the light somewhat hi-key feel to the image with a very simple soft background.

 

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Steve Campbell - Ring me up

Ring me up was shot in Iowa on 7/2013.  This was one of several shots taken during a photo safari.  One of the stops was at a historic venue full of old buildings.  The shot was taken with the Canon 7D and a Tamaron 18-270 lens.  The settings were ISO 100, F9. Raw.  Post processing consisted of NIK Silver Effects Pro and Sharpen Pro.  I added a mask to the sharpening and only sharpened the center keys.

 

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October 2013 Photos

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Len Anderson - Sea Worthy

The "Sea Worthy" image was taken during a cruise in November 2012.  I was on the Allure of the Seas.  It's the ship on the right in the photo.  The Allure is the largest cruise ship in the world and cost 1.2 billion dollars to build.  The image was made while the ship was docked in Cozumel, Mexico.  The size of these ships are apparent when you stand in a space between two of them.  On this day the lighting was perfect and some people would describe it as f16 with beautiful skies.

I used Adobe Photoshop 6 to do the basic work like color enhancing and sizing.  I then moved it to OnOne Perfect Effects to finish.  Color Enhancer was used first and then HDR Look.  OnOne makes it possible to adjust images to get was photographed and the step it up to what you had in mind afterwards.  This image was made with a Sony A200 with a Minolta 28-135mm lens.  I was using automatic mode.

 

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Dennis Hafer - Remembering

One of the "Sons Of Liberty Riders" in front of the Vietnam Wall (80% the size of the wall in Wahington D.C.) Memorial at the "Lest We Forget" event at St. Joseph High School in June of 2010.

Canon 40D, Tamron 18 – 270mm lens at 84mm, ISO 400, Spot Metered, Aperture Priority with Fill Flash - 1/400sec. at f11, +0.33 Exposure Compensation, Daylight White Balance. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop CC, Silver Efex Pro 2.

 

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September 2013 Photos

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Dave Wheeler - Cabin in the Smokies

This photograph was taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 238 in North Carolina.  It is a photo of the famous Brinegar cabin settled by Martin Brinegar in 1885.  It was occupied until 1935 when the land was purchased for construction of the Parkway.  I've stopped here several times on my travels down the Parkway.  The story of the life of the Martin Brinegar family is an amazing one, and gives you an insight into the lives of the early settlers of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This photo was taken in August of this year with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 18-200mm lens.  It was a HDR photo processed with the Photomatix software.  I liked the way the fence line leads your eye to the cabin.

The Parkway is a great scenic drive with numerous historic sites and plenty of pull-outs for photo opportunities.

 

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Our First Tie in the Photo of the Month selections...

Black & White - Tie

Ken McKeown - Classy You Bet!

Photo taken at the Concours d'Elegance of Southwest Michigan, St Joseph MI in August 2013.  Automobile is a 1937 Railton Limousine with body by Rippon.  English built car which has a Hudson chassis and power train.  Only one was built like this one.  Some of the interior features had special built drawers that houses spare bulbs, spark plugs, and its own tool chest with all specialty tools just for this automobile.  Also a special pull out drawer for "spirits" and cigars.  Owned by world renown Hudson collector Eldon Hostiller of Middlebury Indiana.

Photo taken in color and converted to black and white using Topaz software.  Adding some contrast and burning to make the blacks more outstanding.  I also cropped very tightly to eliminate the background.  Most important, I used a Canon 7D with a Canon 18-200mm lens.  ISO 400 at F16.

 

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Black & White - Tie

Tom McCall - It's a Packard

This photo was taken at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte County, Indiana.  While waiting for friends Dennis Hafer, Dan Brant and Bud Friesen to join me as we were getting ready to leave, I saw the Packard parked on a little hill and had just enough time (only 6 minutes) to take around 50 photos of the car and it's various parts, before they caught up and made me leave with them.  :O)

The Hesston Steam Museum is located just a couple of miles southeast of New Buffalo.  If you haven't had the opportunity to go, you really should as it has all kinds of steam powered machinery, with steam locomotives, both large and small, a steam powered electric power plant, steam-powered saw mill and lots more.

Canon 20D Aperture priority f/8 ISO 100 1/20 sec 18-200mm lens.  Processed in Photoshop CS3 to convert it to Black & White, added the sky after removing some distracting structures and a picnic table that were in the background.

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These photos are special, because they are chosen by the TCCC members themselves.
Starting with March 2013, we are 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 Judged to be Honors in that months competition.

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The June Select Subject is "Nature"

The images must be naturally present in Nature.

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The May Select Subject is "Farming"

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be predominantly things related to
and identified with farming.

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The April Select Subject is "Reality View"

The image must be the Reality View, a mostly unmodified photograph, WYSIWYG.
Modifications limited to cropping, sharpening and minor enhancements.

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The March Select Subject is "Urban Art"

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must have something to do with urban art.

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The February Select Subject is the Color "Green" and "Architecture" for Black & White

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be predominantly the color Green, not the background or surrounding color. For Black & White, anything related to Architecture, buildings, details, etc..

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The January Select Subject is "Creative" 

Where the image is manipulated or enhanced with in camera techniques or with set-ups or with photo enhancement software, filters, plug-ins or actions showing the maker’s creativity.

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The December Select Subject is "Grave Yards" 

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be something to do with Grave Yards.

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The November Select Subject is "Neon" 

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be something to do with Neon.

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The October Select Subject is "Military" 

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be something to do with the military.

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The September Select Subject is "Modes of Travel" 

The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be something to do with modes or methods of travel.

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POM@twincitycameraclub.com

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March through June, 2013 Winners

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June 2013 Photos

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Jim Lynch – House Finches

The two House Finches was shot last summer in my own back yard on a set-up that I created near a source of food for the birds.  This was not the subject that I had hoped for but you take what you can get.  The only P.S. used in this image was a little sharpening, a little saturation and maybe a slight bit of cropping.

The camera used was a Canon 50D with a 500MM lens shot at F11 at 1/30 sec on aperture priority at ISO 100.

Thank you all for voting it best print of the month.

 

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Kathleen Mendel – Manistee Morning Mist

James and I had spent the night in Manistee, Michigan.  The next morning while walking towards my car I glanced across M 31 and saw the mist lifting off the water.  It was breathtaking. Knowing how quickly this image would fade I hurried to retrieve my camera.  Setting my camera on Landscape, I proceeded to take several shots.  This was far from an ideal location because of the multitude of power lines, passing cars, buildings, etc.  None the less, I managed to capture the essence of the moment.


Manistee Morning Mist was taken with a Nikon Coolpix 90 in June.  There was an abundance of sky in the original photo which was cropped using Windows Live Photo Gallery.  A 1024 x 768 black canvas was added using Coral PaintShop Pro 4.

 

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May 2013 Photos

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Amy Eklund - Precious

 A couple friends of my son and daughter's were expecting a baby soon and I thought it might be a good opportunity to experience newborn photography while also providing them with a nice memory.  Savannah was the second baby I photographed and this photo was taken when she was just under two weeks old.

I wanted to keep things simple because I believe there is nothing so perfect and beautiful as a baby.  I did bring along a white chenille bedspread because I did not know what backgrounds or blankets would be available and I wanted to make sure there would be something that kept all the attention on the baby.  This was taken in her home on her parent's bed wrapped in one of her own blankets with natural window light plus a bit of fill in on-camera flash with diffuser.  I was shooting in aperture priority and this is wide open at 2.8 mm, 1/125, at ISO 400 with a Canon EF-S 60mm Macro USM lens on a Canon Rebel Xti.

The raw file was processed in Lightroom 4.  Savannah had naturally beautiful skin tones and very few blemishes to remove.  I did a little brightening and warming, a little skin smoothing, selective sharpening, and reduced clarity on everything but the facial details a bit to add to the dreamy quality.
 

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Len Anderson - No Swimming

This image was taken during one of the many storms blowing in off Lake Michigan.  The waves were high and regular but the overall day was unusually clear.  After getting as many images as I needed from the north pier side of the lighthouse, I moved to the south pier side. “No Swimming” was taken from the south pier.  Photographs from the south made it possible to get the lighthouse with the waves background.


This image was made using a Sony A200 camera with a Minolta 28-135mm lens.  I used aperture priority at f8.  This is the only lighthouse photograph that I have ever entered into camera club competition.

 

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April 2013 Photos

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Steve Campbell - City Youth

In 2011, a group of twelve people including my son and I volunteered to serve on a missions trip in Nicaragua.  We departed from our church in New Buffalo and met with approximately another fifty people from surrounding states.  This was the first time that I had been outside of the continental USA.  Life is completely different in a poor third-world country.  The trip was awesome and I am very happy that we were able to go.

The photo that was selected was taken in a public square outside of Managua.  Participants were putting on a puppet display while telling the story of the gospel.  I was working the outside of the crowd taking photographs.  If I recall, this was probably the only child on a bike.  A bicycle was a luxury items similar to us having a car.  The background was bright and consistent with the public square.  I simply added a texture to the top of the image and removed it over the child leaving it around the remainder of the image.

Camera: Canon
Lens: Tamaron 18-270
Software: Elements and Topaz

 

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Dennis Hafer - Is this the Pepsi Generation?

One of those special moments when things just seem to come together.  While at the Shipshewana Flea market on a 2008 hot August Day, several Amish and/or Mennonite people gathered around a Pepsi machine and the rest is history.


Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-200mm
Focal Length: 45mm
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/320 at f/ 4.5

Post processing
Adobe Camera RAW
Photoshop using Silver Efex Pro 2, Perfect Effects, and Perfect BW .

 

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 March 2013 Photos

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Ted Post - Which Flavor do I want?

On Oct 9 2012 a group of camera club members traveled to the White Pine Village in Ludington Mich.  This is an 1800's restored village.  After first eating brunch in town (very important, all outings must start with food) we traveled to the village.  It is a group of about 10 buildings that depict the 1800's life style.  There was a barn, post office, hardware store, house, doctors office, general store, blacksmiths shop and an old fashioned ice cream shop, where this picture was taken.

Inside the ice cream shop they had a soda fountain made out of marble.  I was drawn to the pumps and containers behind the serving counter.  I then saw the row of different flavor containers.  I think there were about 6 of them.  I at first tried to get them all in one shot, but I was getting too much of rest of the store in the background.  So I started thinking like Mike Moats take the general area and keep breaking it down until you get your close up picture.  I finally narrowed it down to the three containers and I liked how the spouts lined up and I had very little background to distract from the image.  I of course used a tripod, Canon 50 D and a Canon 24-105 F2.8 lens.  The settings were RAW, auto WB ISO 200 F13 at 4 seconds at 85mm.  I first processed it in RAW, then brought into Elements and used levels and then took it into Topaz adjust and then added a vignette and unsharp mask.

The one thing I learned from following Mike Moats is too look at the big picture and then keep narrowing down the room until you find that close up image.   ~  Ted Post

 

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Len Anderson - House of Prayer

This image was taken at a pioneer village in Huntington, W Virginia.  I was actually looking for a railroad museum when I found this place.  It is Heritage Farm Museum & Village and has a .com website.  I was there in the month of July.  The museum and village are OK but I would not make a special trip there.

All of my equipment is by Sony but the lens I used was a Minolta 28 – 135mm.  This is actually a film lens but works great with digital.  The day I was there was a bright and sunny day and I was able to go aperture priority f8 with ISO 200.  I was able to get a sharp image of the church and the other buildings behind it.  There was even a boxcar in the background.  Because of the “junk” in the background and other buildings, I had to do a lot to isolate the church itself.  I used textures from J. D. Textures and Joel Olives Textures to get the effect used on the final version of the image.  The image was better as a black & white than color.  The color of the building and the other buildings were a dark brown with no exciting detail at all.  The museum does not allow any photography of the insides of its buildings.   ~  Len Anderson

 

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These photos are special, because they are chosen by the TCCC members themselves.
Starting with March 2013, we are 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 Judged to be Honors in that months competition.

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The March Select Subject was "Found Alphabet Letters TWNCMRLB"
The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be Found Alphabet
letters in the shape of the letter T. W. N. C. M. R. L or B.

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The April Select Subject was "People at Work or Play".
The object that is the focus of attention in the image must show People at Work or Play.

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The May Select Subject was "Architecture at Night"  The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be buildings or parts of buildings that must be taken after sunset and before sunrise. You may isolate aspects of the subject to emphasize design portions but it must be clear to the observer that the photograph was taken at night.

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The June Select Subject is "Nature"  The images must be naturally present in Nature. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photography without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted.  Must not contain any presence of the “hand of man”.  In other words everything must be there naturally, without human intervention.

 

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