Eastern Maine Camera Club

Developing Photographers

April 16th Open Competition 

It's on again!

I'll plan to open up a zoom meeting at 6:30 pm on the 16th to do our open competition.  It will be digital only formats, but you can enter 2 digital images in each, B&W and Color.  Entries must be in by 8:30 tomorrow night.  

I will send Zoom information to members via our Facebook Members group and Email.  Stay tuned for that information.  If you don't get the info for some reason feel free to email info@easternmainecameraclub.org and I'll be sure to get it to you.  

Posted by Admin Tuesday, April 14, 2020 2:16:00 PM
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UPDATE: Baerbel LoSacco to Speak at April 2nd Online Meeting! 

Thursday, April 2nd 2020, 6:30 PM

You heard it right! Baerbel has agreed to do her April 2nd presentation as planned, as a webinar so we don't have to cancel.  She will be presenting via Zoom with a capacity of 100 guests.  So be sure to get in early.  Meeting details at the end of this article. 

Born and raised in East Germany Baerbel came to the US in 1995 as an AuPair. She met her husband while working for a family in CT, and moved to the US permanently in 1997. She worked as research scientist for a large German based pharmaceutical company in CT. After falling in love with the state on their first visit over 20 years ago, in 2013 she and her family moved to Maine. Baerbel bought her first camera with pocket money when she was 10 years old.

If you have ever visited the Maine Photo FaceBook page you have undoubtedly seen and admired her work. Her photographs often come from her back yard right here in the State of Maine. She has a way of turning ordinary subjects into extraordinary images. Her presentation in 2018 was very popular among those attending, so we are thrilled that she will be joining us again!

Thursday night Baerbel will be speaking to us about “The Birds and the Bees”. This talk will feature wildlife photography, Baerbel’s favorite subject. Please join us for this online adventure!

The meeting will be online only.  Start time; 6:30 PM. The public is invited. The cost; FREE.  Details for the meeting; 

Kevin Doyle is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: The Birds and the Bees Webinar
Time: Apr 2, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Eastern Maine Camera Club organizes speakers the first Thursday of the month from October to May. The schedule is typically posted on http://easternmainecameraclub.org/events.aspx in September. We update the information throughout the season as speakers are confirmed. Please check often to get the latest information.

For more information about this event or Eastern Maine Camera Club send us an email at:  info@easternmainecameraclub.org

Posted by Admin Friday, March 27, 2020 6:37:00 PM Categories: Events Speaker
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New Online Nature Competition for Members! 

Deadline for entry Wed, March 25th, 2020

A note from Don on the subject:  

You heard correctly: March 26, 2020!

We're going ahead with the digital projection competition this coming Thursday. The competition will be conducted remotely with seven judges doing the scoring from home and the results announced on Facebook and via Email.

All the images will be posted on our web site with the makers names. We'll also set something up to permit image commentary if requested.

What YOU do is submit images as you would for a regular competition night. Your color entry must fit the Nature category (no hand of man). The black & white image entry is OPEN.

Get your images registered and uploaded by 9:00 PM Wednesday night.

Go ahead, get'em on in!!!

There, got somethin' to look forward to Thursday night!!

 

Regards,

Vaguely Restlessnotwantintobeallcoopedup

 

Posted by Kevin Doyle Saturday, March 21, 2020 11:12:00 PM
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Meeting Cancellations 

All Remaining 2019-2020 Season Meetings Canceled.

In accordance with recommendations from the Governor and the Maine CDC, discouraging meetings of more than 50 people or 10 who might be elderly or immunocompromised, we are canceling camera club meetings for the near term. We ask for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you all as things settle down. Meanwhile, keep taking photos, and we will share them in the future.

Posted by Admin Monday, March 16, 2020 10:43:00 PM
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CANCELED: Benjamin Williamson to Speak at March 5th Meeting 

Thursday, March 5th, 2020, 6:30 P.M.

2/28/2020 - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. We hope to reschedule at a later date.  In place of this event we will hold a regular meeting and Joel will be doing some Lightroom training, building upon previous sessions.  Please join us, bring friends.  The training is open to the public and is still FREE!!!!!

 

Benjamin Williamson started taking photography seriously in 2012. Before that he was trying to 'make it' as a musician, in his own words “I was willing to sacrifice as much as that dream required, and I wasn't a very good singer.”  Soon after that he started taking his wife's camera out on adventures to document what he was seeing. He found photography filled the creative space his music had been taking up. At first he was just exploring his curiosity wherever it took him.  Then he became obsessed with the act of making images, editing them, and sharing them online. He started seriously taking photos in 2012 and has barely put the camera down since.  A lifelong love of history and following the weather have combined in photographs that feature classic Maine and New England scenery in beautiful light and unusual conditions.

Benjamin WilliamsonHe really didn't look at other photographers when first he started, that came later.  At first he was just exploring own curiosity wherever it took him. In late 2016 he became the director of photography for Down East Magazine. 

Benjamin lives in Brunswick, Maine with his wife Kimberly, daughter Charlotte and two dogs, Lilly and Will.

You can read about his obsession with sea smoke in the Portland Press Herald here (subscription required) and you can check out this recent interview with the local news program 207 here, as well as read the story of how one of his images appeared on a U.S. Postage Stamp here (subscription required).

The meeting will be held in the Senior room at Bangor Parks and Rec, 647 Main Street, Bangor Maine. Start time; 6:30 PM. The public is invited. The cost; FREE. Please join us and bring a friend (or two).  

Eastern Maine Camera Club organizes speakers the first Thursday of the month from October to May. The schedule is typically posted on http://easternmainecameraclub.org/events.aspx in September. We update the information throughout the season as speakers are confirmed. Please check often to get the latest information.

For more information about this event or Eastern Maine Camera Club send us an email at:  info@easternmainecameraclub.org

Posted by Admin Friday, February 7, 2020 1:33:00 PM Categories: Events
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November Speaker - Aislinn Sarnacki  

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Aislinn Sarnacki is the editor of Act Out, a new section in the Bangor Daily News about outdoor recreation and nature. She's written for the Bangor Daily News since 2010, and has been an outdoor columnist since 2011, documenting hiking trails throughout the state. She's also the author of three hiking guidebooks, published by Down East Books. They are “Family Friendly Hikes in Maine” (2017), “Maine Hikes Off the Beaten Path” (2018), and “Dog-Friendly Hikes in Maine” (2019). In addition to writing, Aislinn takes photographs and produces videos to supplement her stories and columns.

Originally from Winterport, Aislinn graduated from the University of Maine in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and was awarded highest honors for her thesis on the health benefits of spending time outdoors.

Aislinn wrote a column called 1-Minute hikes which described short hikes, suitable for day trips, around many parts of the state.  I'd read her 1-minute hike column regularly for possible outing ideas.  So, I'm planning one asking about potential hikes within an hour of Bangor suitable for photographers with gear!

The meeting starts at 6:30 P.M. in the Senior Room at Bangor Parks and Rec, 647 Main Street, Bangor Maine.  This meeting is free, and open to the public. Please join us and bring a friend. 

Posted by Admin Monday, November 4, 2019 10:41:00 PM Categories: Events Speaker
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October Speaker – Jack Zievis  

Thursday, October 3rd 2019, 6:30 P.M.

Jack lives in Maine in the summer, and Florida in the winter. Now retired, his photography hobby has become an obsession. Jack spoke at a club meeting back in 2015 and is now returning by popular demand. His wildlife photography has been the subject of many club meeting conversations since his visit. Don’t miss this chance to hear him in person! For more information, and to see some of his images, visit his website at www.redsailphotography.com.

 

Jack Zievis

The meeting will be held in the Senior room at Bangor Parks and Rec, 647 Main Street, Bangor Maine. Start time; 6:30 PM. The public is invited. The cost; FREE.

Eastern Maine Camera Club organizes speakers the first Thursday of the month from October to May. The schedule is typically posted on http://easternmainecameraclub.org/events.aspx in September. We update the information throughout the season as speakers are confirmed. Please check often to get the latest information.

For more information about this event or Eastern Maine Camera Club send us an email at:

info@easternmainecameraclub.org

Posted by Admin Tuesday, October 1, 2019 6:25:00 AM Categories: Events Speaker
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Where to Photograph - Moose 

Bull Moose

Probably a bad title because I can't tell you where to photograph Moose.  I can tell you I wouldn't go to Portland thinking I would see a Moose.  I can suggest how I look for moose. My best luck for seeing moose has been out of a boat.  My favorite season is September when moose are going into their rut.  (late September, early October). Bulls are looking for cows. Cows are pursued by bulls. By the end of the first week in October, the rut ends and moose return to their lives of eating and resting as they prepare for winter. Photography is spectacular because by September their antler growth has completed and the velvet dries and falls off.  

Where and when do I look for Moose?  Early Morning, late evening.  I go to the North Maine Woods and Aroostook County.

 

Aroostook County Moose

Photo Hints

Mark Picard, a wildlife photographer specializing in Moose photography taught me to have my camera ready with "Drive By" settings.  A moose might not wait for you to fiddle with the settings.  He also taught me to have the speed high enough to make the moose sharp not blurry. The camera is in reach, maybe on my lap.  I am using auto ISO and do not allow the speed to go below 500.  I have my longest lens on my camera.  The F stop is set to F5.6 or F8.  

As a side note.  I have a "Little Black Book"!  The boring reason for the book is to write notes of what to have/do in what situation.  I also have a list of what I need for what I am doing,  I have downloaded the camera manual on my I pad. I also downloaded a book by David Bush about my Sony.  David has published many how-to books for many cameras.  Why do I like David?  He will say there are many ways to do the same thing but this is the way he does it.  For me, that helps.  On lazy, sitting on the couch moments, I read Davids book, fiddle with the settings, take practice pictures of my toes, and write the results in my black book.  Google David Bush (your camera) for a look.

Posted by Mary Hartt Thursday, September 12, 2019 5:16:00 AM Categories: Around Maine Places to Photograph
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Where to Photograph - Ecotat Gardens and Trails 

Ecotat Garden and Trails

One of the hidden jewels near Bangor, in Hermon, is Ecotat Gardens.  The acreage is home to over 55 gardens containing 280 varieties of trees, over 1500 varieties of perennials, and an abundance of animals, birds and insects.  The gardens are free to the public and photographers are more than welcome to use the gardens whenever they want during daylight hours. They appreciate donations.  I love it here as a place to practice different flower photography techniques.  I also have seen the gardens used for family photos. 

“The mission of Ecotat Trust is to preserve and expand the gardens and trails for the enjoyment and use of future generations. The name “Ecotat” was formed by combining portions of the words “ecological” and “habitat” – words describing the 91 acres of land located on Route 2 in Hermon, Maine, at the intersection with Annis Road at the top of Miller Hill.”

Ecotat Gardens and Trails
Photographer Tips

* Don’t just stick to eye-level shots. Strive to be unique.

* Shoot from a higher angle. This is actually quite easy to execute. Especially since you’re taller than most flowers.

* Go lower. You’ll have to stay really close to the ground, but the shots you get are definitely worth it.

* To help you stay clean while shooting, bring a rag or an old yoga mat you can lay on.

Wait for the flowers to be still. 

Camera settings suggestions. 95 percent of the time I shoot at aperture priority.   I love a soft/blurred background behind flowers.  I will shoot at F2.8 and F5.  Blurred backgrounds make the flower stand out. If you are outdoors and it is a bright day, consider underexposing slightly by -1 stop, to bring out the details of the flower, the leaves and stem.

Too much wind?  Moving flowers is another technique.  To make a swirling flower set your camera at its lowest ISO (50).  F18 and set the camera speed around (ish) 1 second. Using a ND filter also helps but is not needed.  This is just a crazy fun.  The method.  Move your camera and chimp.  Try different swirl movements and pick out what you like best.  

Posted by Mary Hartt Tuesday, September 3, 2019 6:30:00 AM Categories: Around Maine Places to Photograph Under an Hour Away
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Where to Photograph - Blue Hill Fair 

The Blue Hill Fair is a win, win place to photograph. You will find lots of quality things to take pictures of from farm animals to people.  The non-photographers will enjoy the sites and (Mike) the food.  " A Down to Earth Country Fair. Always scheduled around Labor Day weekend".

As many know I am a horse girl from way back.  When Mike and I got married, instead of building a house, we built a barn.  The horses lived downstairs and we lived upstairs.  We had a plexiglass window in the living room floor to keep an eye on the pregnant mare when she was going into labor.  That said, I love workhorses!  My favorite place to see workhorses is at the Blue Hill Fair.  The most interesting part is seeing how loved they are.  Last year there was a very elderly, very frail, farmer with over 2 tons of horses.  I bet he didn't weigh 120 pounds. When he was done with his pull the crowd gave him a standing ovation.  It was impressive.

In addition there are many other things to photograph, sheep, oxen pulls, cattle, night lights on the rides, dogs, and lots of people.  Check out the schedule on the website.

http://www.bluehillfair.com

Photographers Tip

Keep an eye on the background.  I have liked to stand at the gate where the animals come in and out.  In this spot I have a clear view of the horses coming towards me with just a food stand in the background to show we are at a fair,  I use a fast shutter speed (over 500) and shoot near f 5.6 to blur the background.  I use my ISO to bring the shutter speed over 500.  You will need to do this on a grey, overcast day.  Why a fast shutter speed?  In shooting animals I am looking for sharpness.  In my opinion, the horses have a lot of moving parts that look wrong when they are blurred.  My opinion,  your photos you do what you like.  Bring your longest lens but don't sweat only having a short lens.  You are able to get close.

Beware! There is lots of dust.  I wrap my camera in a towel when I'm not using it.

Have fun!

Posted by Mary Hartt Tuesday, August 27, 2019 5:42:00 AM Categories: Around Maine Places to Photograph Under an Hour Away
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