Eastern Maine Camera Club

Developing Photographers

 (All meetings at 6:30 PM at Bangor Recreation Center, unless otherwise noted.)

Welcome to the Eastern Maine Camera Club's 2018-2019 season!

Weather cancellations will be posted here and on our Facebook pages.  We will attempt to reschedule any cancelled speakers or competitions.

September 6, 5:30 PM -  We will have a welcoming get-together that will be for current members and those definitely planning to join the club.  This meeting will be at Dysart’s Restaurant on Broadway in Bangor. There will be a social hour at 5:30, followed by a meal. The charge for the meal will be $12, plus gratuity, and whatever you want to drink at the restaurant’s normal prices.   If you are interested in joining EMCC you can get in touch with us using this link to the "Contact Us" form.

September 13, 6:00 PM - Mini-workshop on preparing images for our club competitions.  This is primarily for newer members who need to learn about resizing images for both digital projection and for making and matting prints.  If you have a laptop with Lightroom and/or any version of Photoshop, you can bring it with you, and ask questions about workflow and using your software.  We will meet at Dysart's, Broadway.

September 20 - EMCC Competition – Open 

A brief class on judging images in the competition will be presented at 6:00 PM.  You must be a member and have attended a judging class to judge in the competitions. The regular meeting and competition will begin at 6:30.

October  4 – EMCC Competition Nature  

A brief class on judging images in the competition will be presented at 6:00 PM.  You must be a member and have attended a judging class to judge in the competitions. The regular meeting and competition will begin at 6:30.  This will be the last judging class of the season, unless members request another one.

October 18 – Speaker - Colleen Miniuk-Sperry - "Wild About Wildflower Photography." Colleen has been the Artist in Residence with Acadia National Park three times, which enabled her to publish "Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where and How" in February 2014.  You can learn more about Colleen and see her work at www.cms-photo.com

November 1 – Speaker - Kirk Rogers - Kirk Rogers Photography covers a wide range of subject matter. From the splendors of the night sky to the detail of a Wood Ducks feathers. Kirk travels with his cameras and astrophotography equipment, whether flying for business or touring the U.S. and Canada on his Harley Davidson. Among the many photographic subjects in his portfolio, his images of landscapes, birds and the night sky are further enhanced by his refined print processing, media treatments and presentations. His images have been published, employed in videos, and exhibited in the Wichita Mountains Refuge in Oklahoma, The Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex in Georgia, the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Kirk work was featured on Bill Green's Maine. Kirk displays his work in national exhibitions, including mural and large format exhibitions.

Visit www.kiroastro.com for a look at Kirk's astrophotographic, and bird photography, and visit www.kirkmrogers.com for Kirk's commercial, nature and HDR photography

November 15 – EMCC Competition – Animals

November 29 - Extra meeting - Club member Aaron Priest will give a presentation on the "Photo Pills" ephemeris phone app. Also, club member Joel Holcomb will present a workshop on "Introduction to Photoshop Layers."

December 6 – 5:30 PM – Holiday Party For members and their guests only. Location is at Dysart's on Broadway. Social hour starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:15. We'll have a swap and sell table. So, if you have something you'd like to sell, bring it in! We'll also have door prizes. Speaking of door prizes, we'd welcome the donation of an item for use as a door prize. Bring it on in and see Jeanne!

January 3 – Speaker - Club member John Edwards will present a workshop on "How to Replace a Sky" using Photoshop layers. Club members who are interested in trying out John's instructions during the workshop should bring their laptop or tablet with Photoshop on it to the meeting. Our speaker originally scheduled for this meeting, Felice Boucher, is tentatively rescheduled for March 7th.

January 17 – EMCC Competition – Things With Wheels

January 31 - Eastern Maine Camera Club is hosting the winter New England Camera Club Council print competition.  This meeting is NOT open to the public, but all club members are encouraged to attend.

February 7 – Speaker -  John (J.K.) Putnam - John (J.K.) Putnam specializes in editorial and nature photography and teaches photography workshops year-round on Mount Desert Island, Maine, home of Acadia National Park, where he also owns and operates a gallery of his own work. His images have been published in dozens of photography and design books, magazines, major online editorials such as Wired and The Guardian, as well as National Geographic apps. His image collection spans five continents, six countries, twenty states, and over thirty national parks. He is currently working on creating a definitive collection of images highlighting the natural history of Acadia National Park which he will release as a high-quality photo book. - https://www.jkputnamphotography.com/index

February 21 – EMCC Competition – Flowers

March 7 – Speaker - Ben Tero - Ben Tero is a senior studying Biochemistry at the University of Maine in Orono. After graduating he is planning on pursuing either a graduate degree or a medical degree. He became interested in photography at an early age, and purchased his first DSLR camera after graduating from Casco Bay High school in Portland, and has seriously been pursuing photography since then.  Ben is a leader in the University of Maine Photography Club.  He is currently focusing on landscapes and the stars, but dabbles in just about anything that catches his eye.

To quote our speaker organizer, "Although he [Ben] is not a big name in local photography, I thought it would be nice to hear his story and get a new perspective on today’s up and coming photography enthusiasts, as well as hear about what the students at U Maine are doing in photography."

March 21 – EMCC Competition – Shadows and Reflections

April 4 – Speaker - Brian Vanden Brink - Brian Vanden Brink is often chosen as architectural photographer by those in the design world. He has been photographing award-winning architecture for three decades. Brian's name is synonymous with a respect for design and a passion for light. His primary focus is residential work but his archives include buildings of all types; from research and institutional buildings to schools, vernacular architecture and even abandoned buildings. His work has been featured widely in a variety of design and consumer publications such as Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Boston Globe Magazine, Coastal Living, Design New England, Down East, La Vie Claire, Maine Home & Design, Metropolitan Home, New England Home, New York Times Magazine, Photo District News, Residential Architect, and View Camera Magazine. His photographs grace many books including his own At Home by the Sea: Houses Designed for Living at the Water's edge and At Home In Maine: Houses Designed to Fit the Land. Brian's new book RUIN: Photographs of a Vanishing America is scheduled for release in the spring of 2009. RUIN is a photographic study of abandoned architecture throughout the United States.

Vanden Brink was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1951 and began his career in photography there more than thirty years ago. Upon moving to Maine in 1978, he began to specialize in architectural photography. Using a large format view camera, and working extensively with natural light, he has photographed dozens of award-winning projects nationwide. He occasionally lectures and holds workshops on architectural photography. http://www.brianvandenbrink.com/

April 18 – EMCC Competition – Open

May 2 – Speaker - Rob Slyvan - Rob Sylvan is a freelance photographer, author, educator, and aspiring beekeeper. He is also the Lightroom Help Desk Specialist for KelbyOne, and an adjunct faculty in the Visual Arts department of NHTI. Rob answers all of the Lightroom questions on the KelbyOne Help Desk and contributes to Lightroom Magazine and lightroomkillertips.com. He is the author of many Lightroom and photography related books, eBooks, videos, and the soon to be released “Lightroom Classic for Dummies." Rob has been a guest presenter at the New England Camera Club Counsel Conference, Photoshop World, and PhotoPlus Expo speaking on Lightroom, Photoshop, and Wacom tablets. https://robsylvan.com/

May 16 – Dinner and Awards Night.  Time, location, and other details will be provided by the end of April.


Thanks to John Edwards, Kathy Lena, and Sally Arata for all the hard work you do to arrange for our fabulous speakers.


Definitions of competition topics:

If you are not sure whether the photo you wish to enter into any competition will meet the topic definition, feel free to ask the scorekeeper@easternmainecameraclub.org before submitting your entry.

Open:  Any subject matter in good taste is acceptable.  (Back to Top)

Nature: Images submitted in the nature category should not show any evidence of "the hand of man."  This includes, but is not limited to, such things as cut grass, cultivated flowers, bird feeders, roads, buildings, or jet contrails in the sky.  Exceptions are banded birds and animals whose natural habitat are man-made structures; e.g. barn swallows.  (Back to Top)

 Animals:  Photos of any animal or group of animals, either wild or domestic.  Humans or other items may be included, but your photo must be composed so there is no question the subject is the animal or animals.  Judges will be instructed to score lower or disqualify an image that does not adequately meet the topic definition.  (Back to Top)

 Things With Wheels: Any subject matter with wheels as an important element in the composition, either transportation or machine related.

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 Flowers:  Photos of any type of flower, either natural or cultivated, in any setting.  The flower(s) must be the obvious subject of the scene.  Example 1 - any flower by itself, without people or animals visible, would be acceptable.  Example 2 - a photo of a bride holding a bouquet of flowers would be disqualified or score lower, but a close-up of the flower bouquet showing only the bride's hands, or an out-of-focus bride, would be OK.  (Back to Top)

 Shadows and Reflections: Any subject matter where the subject's shadow or reflection is the main element in your composition. Part or all of the subject itself may be visible in the image, but it should be clear that you are trying to make artistic use of the shadow or reflection.

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