Welcome to the Eastern Maine Camera Club!
August 28, 2020 — As we enter what would normally be the new camera club season, the first Thursday in September through the third Thursday in May, very little seems normal now in our daily lives due to COVID-19. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online at 6:30 PM using the Zoom meeting platform. If you wish to participate in any of our online meetings, most of which are open to the public, please register on our website and send an email to email@example.com for information on how to join our Zoom meetings. Also, please note that all competitions will be in digital color or black & white formats only, until we are able to meet in-person again. See the meeting dates below for details.
September 3, 6:30 PM - This will be a "Welcome to the new season" meeting for all current members and anyone interested in joining. We will hold the meeting online using Zoom, as mentioned above. In lieu of our usual dinner/meeting we would like everyone, including non-members, to please show us your "favorite photo" that you have taken at any time in the past. This can be of any subject or topic, in either color or black and white. You will also have the opportunity, if you wish and as time allows, to discuss your photo, why you took it, and any thoughts you had on composition or technical aspects of taking or processing the photo. Please submit your photo by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org. They can be any size as long as they are at least 1080 pixels high, but must be in jpeg format (file extension .jpg.) Please include your name and a photo title in the photo's filename.
If you are interested in joining EMCC you can get in touch with us using this link to the "Contact Us" form, or go directly to the member application form.
September 17 - EMCC Competition – Open - This will be done via Zoom.
October 1 – Speaker - Club member Ray Sheely will have a presentation on "cellphone photography" in preparation for introducing the "Cellphone Photos" format to our monthly competitions, beginning this month.
October 15 – EMCC Competition – Nature - In addition to our regular digital images in both color and B&W, and in place of print entries, which we cannot have until we are able to meet in-person again, we are replacing the print part of the competition with CELL PHONE PHOTOS. These must be photos taken with a cell phone, but must meet all other requirements of digital entries, including following the topic of the month for color images. As always, B&W images can be open (of any subject.) If this works out, we will continue this change in future competitions.
October 29 - Extra Meeting - We will have an exhibit, discussion and commentary on "Multi-Image Panoramas" as done by any club members who care to contribute. Members should upload their finished panoramas using the Members' Image Upload page.
November 5 – Speaker - To Be Determined -
November 19 – EMCC Competition – Animals - Plan on submitting photos in the cellphone format in place of the print competition, as in the previous competition.
December - No Meeting This Month. Have a Merry and Safe Christmas and hopefully we will be able to meet in-person in the New Year.
January 7 – Speaker - Mark Bowie - Mark will be giving an online presentation called "Moonlit."
"Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer, writer and much sought-after public speaker. His work has been published internationally in books and magazines, on calendars, posters, and greeting cards, and in advertising media. His first two coffee table books, Adirondack Waters and In Stoddard’s Footsteps, have become landmark regional publications. He followed those with The Adirondacks: In Celebration of the Seasons. He has also authored two extensive e-books on night photography and one on his photographic journey, Finding November. He recently released a new instructional video, Multiple Exposures for Maximum Landscapes, demonstrating how to shoot and blend images as panoramas, HDR's, layer masks, focus stacks, and more. Mark is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute and leads digital and landscape photography workshops and tours. For more on his work visit his new website, www.markbowie.com."
January 21 – EMCC Competition – Abstracts Will be done via Zoom. Please note we are continuing with the "Mobile" (cellphone photo) entry formats in place of the Print formats until in-person meetings resume.
February 4 – Speaker - Club Member John Edwards, will speak on "focus stacking," a photographic technique used to increase depth-of-field in an image by combining multiple photos taken at different focus points. John suggests that you view this YouTube video on Depth-Of-Field before the meeting, as he will be referring to the concepts in it during his presentation.
February 18 – EMCC Competition – "Moods of The Seasons" Will be done via Zoom. Plan on submitting photos in the cellphone format in place of the print competition, as in the previous competition.
March 4 – Speaker - Rick Berk - Fine art photographer Rick Berk will be speaking. You can learn more about Rick and see examples of his photography at https://www.rickberk.com/ .
March 18 – EMCC Competition – Nature Will be done via Zoom. Please note we are continuing with the "Mobile" (cellphone photo) entry formats in place of the Print formats until in-person meetings resume.
April 1 – Speaker - Announcement of the speaker is pending as of 1/31/21.
April 15 – EMCC Competition – Open Will be done via Zoom. Please note we are continuing with the "Mobile" (cellphone photo) entry formats in place of the Print formats until in-person meetings resume.
April 29 - Extra Meeting - We will have an exhibit, discussion and commentary on "Focus Stacked Images" as done by any club members who care to contribute. Focus stacking is a photographic technique used to increase depth-of-field in an image by combining multiple photos taken at different focus points. How to do this will be covered in a previous meeting. Members should upload their finished images using the Members' Image Upload page.
May 6 - Exhibit - An exhibit of member's images taken at a specific location in our area. Details will be announced as soon as they are available.
May 20 – Awards Night, Online using Zoom – 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Other details will be provided by the end of April.
Summer Workshop — Larry Sherwood - Club member Larry Sherwood will give a presentation on neutral density filters. The meeting will be held at the Sedgeunkedunk stream where Larry can demonstrate the use of these versatile filters. Exact meeting date, location and further details will be provided in a newsletter and by email prior to the workshop.
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 email@example.com 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)
Abstracts: "Abstract photography is based on the photographers eye. We're looking to capture something in a way that it would not usually be seen. Looking for the details, the patterns, the lines, the form, shape and colors that complete a subject and utilizing those key features to make an engaging image. It is those key elements that will help you to construct an image that has visual appeal." For examples and more information, checkout this website: https://photography.tutsplus.com/articles/70-stunning-abstract-photographs--photo-8826
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"Moods of The Seasons:" Photos of any subject matter that express or evoke the conditions, feelings or emotions associated with any one of the four natural seasons, summer, fall, winter, or spring.
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