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 2016-2017 season!

This is our schedule for the coming club year.  Some dates are still tentative, and details will be filled in as they become available.

September 8, 5:30 PM -  Note that this meeting is on the second Thursday instead of the first as usual.  We will have a welcoming get-together that will be for current members and those definitely planning to join the club.  Details and an RSVP will be sent by email and snail-mail to all of last year's members, and any who contact us before the meeting.  If you are interested in joining EMCC you can get in touch with us using this link to the "Contact Us" form.

September 14 (Wednesday), 5:30 PM - Mini-workshop on shooting macro images.  This is for members only, and will be held in member Sally Arata's barn at her home at 1290 State Street, Veasie. Bring a sandwich and a drink if you want to eat there.

September 22 - 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.

September 29, 6:00 PM - Mini workshop on processing images and preparing them for our competitions.  It will be held at Dysart's, 1110 Broadway, Bangor.  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.  If you participated in the workshop on September 14th, you can bring those images to work with.  If you do bring a laptop, try to be a few minutes early to set it up.

October  6 – Competition Nature   Note that our speaker and competition nights in October have been switched due to speaker availablilty.

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 20 – Colleen Miniuk-Sperry The Eastern Maine Camera Club will have a special guest, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry of Chandler, Arizona speaking on " The Art of Seeing Differently"

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.  She will share her  insights on how to see and connect with your subjects on a deeper level, no matter where your travels will take you. The public is invited.

October 27 - NECCC Print Competition - This is hosted by EMCC at Dysart's, 1110 Broadway, Bangor at 6:30 PM.

November 3 – Speaker - Peter Jones will give a talk on "Caving Photography." To learn more about Peter and this interesting photography genre, visit his website (www.pjcaver.com/shotindark.htm), and please attend our meeting.

November 17 – EMCC Competition – Animals

December 1 – 5:30 PM – Holiday Party —For members and their guests only.  Tentative date and time.  Details to be worked out.

January 5 – Speaker - Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest will speak on "Immigrant and street Photography." His website may be found at http://vanvoorstvanbeestfinefoto.com/ .

January 19 – EMCC Competition – Macro

February 2 – Speaker -  Noel Topping - Noel will be speaking about wedding photography.  You can learn more about Noel at his web site - http://noeltopping.zenfolio.com/. 

February 16 – EMCC Competition – People

March 2 – Speaker - Jim Boutin will give an "overview of the differences and similarities of still vs cinematography." He will bring some equipment for show and tell. The second part will be some discussion of his work to date, and some footage. Here is an example: https://vimeo.com/178811967

March 16 – EMCC Competition – Acadia National Park

March 30 - Extra Meeting - Image Critique and Discussion - Members can bring in one or two images for discussion and critique. These can be either prints or digital image files, or one of each. They can be of any subject matter you choose. The objective is to get your thoughts on why and how you created the image, your use of camera settings, composition, lighting, etc. Critique of your image will be offered by other members if you wish. If we have quite a few images, time may be a factor, so please plan on spending no more than 5 minutes of discussion per image. You can bring digital image files in on a thumb drive, but to help speed things along, please email them to info@easternmainecameraclub.org.

April 6 – Speaker - Dennis Dauphinee - Dennis, aka "Dee," has been a world traveler, ever since he was old enough to leave his birth place of Bangor, Maine.  Read more about Dee, and see some of his photography, on his website: http://ddauphinee.com/#sthash.6xXhPNPA.dpbs .

April 20 – EMCC Competition – Open

May 4 – Speaker - Kim Stone - Kim Stone’s love of photography is inspired by her family and one other thing; horses.  Her photography has been featured nationally and internationally in several publications including, The Paint Horse Journal, Western Horseman, American Quarter Horse Journal, Eclectic Horseman, and Horseman of Czech Republic well as the following books: The Alvord Ranch Experience by Kim Stone, Cow Horse Confidence by Martin Black, Evidence Based Horsemanship by Martin Black and Dr. Steve Peters.  Kim currently lives in Brunswick, Maine.

May 18 – Dinner and Awards Night.  Time, location, and other details will be provided by the end of April.


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


Definitions of competition topics:

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)

 Macro:  Any subject small enough to be suitable for macro photography; Essentially an "Open" competition, but you must photograph the subject using the closest focusing distance of your lens, and with the subject filling at least 25% of the frame.  The idea is to capture something you can't ordinarily see with the naked eye.  Typical macro subjects would include insects, spiders, the internal parts of flowers, or very small flowers, watch mechanisms, plant seeds, etc.   you are only limited by your imagination and photographic eye.  Specialty macro lenses, extension tubes, and closeup lens filters will give you the best results, but if you don't have any of these, just use your normal zoom lens set to it's closest focusing distance, and move back and forth until the subject is focused sharply.  Click Here for a link to a fairly decent introduction to macro photography.

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 People:  Photos of one or more persons, i.e. human beings.  These can be portraits, or candid, or action shots, of any age group.  Animals or other items may be included, but your photo must be composed so there is no question the subject is the person or people in the photo.  Judges will be instructed to score lower or disqualify an image that does not adequately meet the topic definition.  (Back to Top)

 Acadia National Park:  In honor of Acadia National Park's 100th anniversary, we are using this as a topic for both the 2016 Bangor State Fair, and our regular club competitions.  The subject matter can be any part of Acadia National Park, either the MDI section or the Schoodic Point section.  These will typically be landscapes or seascapes of recognizable areas of the park.  People may be in the scene, but should not be the primary subject matter.  Examples of this might be one or more people observing crashing waves at Thunder Hole, or looking out over MDI from the top of Cadillac Mountain.  However, a portrait photo of someone with Thunder Hole or MDI in the background would not be acceptable, or would score lower.  The same goes for domestic animals, wildlife, or plant life.  Some examples of acceptable images with these last three would be people riding horses along a trail in the park, a dog running through the water at Sand Beach, a shore bird at Schoodic point, or fall foliage seen from Cadillac Mountain.

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