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Welcome to Seven Ponds Nature Center Camera Club

We meet the 1st and 3rd* Friday of the month at 7:00 PM at Seven Ponds Nature Center

SEVEN PONDS NATURE CENTER

Hours
Tuesday through Sunday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday
Grounds open to members dawn to dusk.
3854 Crawford Road
Dryden, MI 48428-9776
(810) 796-320

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Seven Ponds Nature Center Photo Expo 2017
Tickets expected to be sold out soon
Expo is Saturday Aug 5, 2017  9AM-5PM
Buy Ticket at this Link https://www.7pondsphotoexpo2017.com
Tickets are sold on a  first come first served basis so please do not delay -
We will have to say NO once 300 tickets are sold
Back Wall Images Due - Help us Celebrate Seven Ponds 50th Anniversary
Please help us populate the back wall with Images of Seven Ponds
Max size 16x20, any Subject that would make people want to explore the nature trails at Seven Ponds
Please 1 per member. (Note you can put a price on and sell the images or put Not for Sale on the tag)
Mike Mercier is also looking for 4x6 print images of the bridge at Seven Ponds for a collage
May Photo Club Meetings
Seven Ponds Camera Club Mentor session
Friday, May 26, at 7:00 pm.
Dale Vronch’s Lone Willow Studio.
If you are coming, please email or call Dale at dvronch@gmail.com or 810-664-0079.
Bring your laptop (if you have one) and an image to work on.
June Photo Club Meetings
May Photo Club Meetings
Friday,  June 2, 2017  
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00PM
Location :Seven Ponds Nature Center 
""Using Filters"" - Lead by Ward McGinnis
Submit Images for review to: 7pondsphoto@gmail.com
by Friday May 5 at Noon
Cookies By Judy Galinis
Competition Images Due
Wednesday June 14, 2017 
Time Due 11:30PM
Assignment - Insects
Note: Images can now be sized to 1080 on the longest side.
See Additional Info from Hank Lewis Below
Next Meeting Competition Night
Friday,  June 16, 2017 
Time 7:00 PM- 9:00PM
Location :Seven Ponds Nature Center 
Assignment - Insects
Note for this meeting we will be judging using the Rich Gurbola Judging  Yardstick method
Cookies By Mark Robinson
Seven Ponds Camera Club Mentor session
Friday, June 30, at 7:00 pm.
Dale Vronch’s Lone Willow Studio.
If you are coming, please email or call Dale at dvronch@gmail.com or 810-664-0079.
Bring your laptop (if you have one) and an image to work on.

Photo Club Trips 
First weekend trip: Mackinaw City
June 9,10,11 2017
Lead Ward McGinnis
Send Email to:Ward McGinnis   wardmac@yahoo.com
Several of us did this trip last year and found it to be a great place to photograph many things. So its perfect for a club trip. Personally, I will most likely... be going up on Wednesday. I stay at the Teepee campground 11262 US Hwy 23. Ph: 231 436 5391. All sites have electric and water. Bathrooms are old, but clean. 30 amp service $33 / night, 50 amp is $37/night. Or if you prefer a motel, the Comfort Inn 1-800-903-2564 for $98 per night. The Mackinaw trip will offer good wildflower photography at the Dark Sky park west of town and also all around Wilderness State Park. Both day and night shots of the Bridge are fun. The Ice Breaker mackinaw Maritime Museum is a self guided tour of the ship. Night shots of the city and bridge. And if its not cloudy lets go to the Dark Sky Park!
The sooner you make reservations the better since Mackinaw starts to get busy after Memorial Day.
Toledo Zoo - Bus Trip (less than 30 spots available)
Date: Tuesday 6/27/2017
Tues 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM - Meet at parking lot (Look for bus) Romeo Community Center 361 Morton St.Romeo MI 48065
Questions: LeeAnn McLaneGoetz
This photo op - you are on your own to explore  
This is a bus trip by Romeo Parks and Rec
Bus has bathroom, comfy ride, area below for wagons and strollers, coolers etc
Price includes transportation, parking and ticket into the park (great deal)
12yrs and up resident $23
2-11 & 60 and up $21
Non Resident ad $10
For tickets call 586-752-6543 x1404
Art Shows - Ward Mcginnis - (Details on Friday)
June 2-3, 2017
Lead Ward McGinnis - Coordinating
I was chatting with Buddy Beyer's (Furniture)  and we thought it might be a good time to do another 7 ponds exhibit at Beyer's. The event goes from 5pm - 9pm.
The other opportunity is the Art on Nepessing St. art festival which takes place on June 2, and 3. I don't know if the club ever sets up at any festivals to display and potentially sell their work. But if they do, this could be a good, close to home festival. Booth space is $25 so it's pretty affordable.
If you think you guys might be interested let me know, I can send you over more info.Ward McGinnis   wardmac@yahoo.com
June 17, 2017
Day in the life of a city - Meet to photograph downtown Lapeer
Images will be used to create art for display later at the Beyers Furniture Store
Lead Ward McGinnis
Member ship Dues
Dues  - Due May 1, 1017
Seven Ponds Nature Center and
Seven Ponds Nature Center Photo Club 
See Our New Treasurer Dave Ulman  (Dan Hayes) for details

Seven Ponds Camera Club Membership dues 
Dues cover the club from May 1 2016 - April 30 2017 and must be paid in full prior to entering competitions.

Meetings are open to all, however only paid -in-full members may compete in print and digital image show critique events, competition Night, or participate in field trips, 
   Individual (Member of Seven Ponds) - $10/year 
   Individual (Not a member of Seven Ponds) - $25/year
   Family (Member of Seven Ponds) $20/year
   Family (Not Member of Seven Ponds) $35/Year
   Student: $Free

Make Checks Payable To: Seven Ponds Nature Center. Bring completed form above  with a check to the next meeting

mail to: Seven Ponds Nature Center  C/O SPNC Camera Club 3854 Crawford Road , Dryden , Michigan 48428

Include:  [ ] Renewal   [  ] New Member

Name:____________________________

Street:____________________________

City:______________________________

State:______________________________ Zip:___________

Home Phone:_________________ Other Phone:______________

Email:______________________________________



New member Elections for 2018 - 2019   Nov 3, 2017
Looking for new members to run for board positions
Board member positions to be elected by new board members
2 yr commitment  (min need 10 people to run)
Current Board Members
President/ Training Director - Dale Vronch
Vice President 1 - Stu Davis
Vice President 2 - LeeAnn McLane-Goetz
Treasurer/sec - Dan Hayes (handing off) Dave Ulman (3-2017)
Print/Digital Director - Hank Lewis
Board Member - Rev Kelly Todd
Board Member - Mike Mercier
Board Member - Karen Ormiston
Board Member - Alice Meronek

 
 
July 6 -10, 2017
Veterans Moving Wall - Almont Michigan - Base Ball Diamond - Church Street 2 blocks West of Vandyke
Lead Mike Mercier
Additional Info
Change in Pixel Count
In an effort to improve DPD image resolution for our DPD competitions,  the Seven Ponds Camera Club  will be changing the maximum pixel count for images to 1080 pixels on the longest side of the image.  We will start this change at the March 17, 2017 competition. If you have already submitted images for this competition at the old limit of 768 pixels, you can go back into the Software Pursuits program and replace them if you like, up until the closing of the competition. The image count for our images entered into GDCCC competitions is still 768. The Image Competition Manager program will do downsize them  automatically when images are entered into the GDCCC competitions. If you have questions please contact me at clewis2001@wowway.com          Hank Lewis  
 

Join us on Facebook 
Page - Seven Ponds Nature Center - Camera Club  - Run By David House (news feed)
Group -Seven ponds nature center camera club users group - Run By Ward McGinnis (Group Interaction and sharing)
EXPO -Seven Ponds Nature Center Photo Expo - Run By LeeAnn McLaneGoetz - (EXPO only News)


Workshops and Training by our members

Michigan Wildflowers: Springtime at Pictured Rocks & Northern Lake Huron Photo Workshop
May 28 to June 3, 2017 Register By David Stimac 
On-Line Training Resource


2017 Field Trip Schedule

Please note all trips are dependent on weather conditions. Our attempt is to have at least one day trip per month unless that month has a weekend trip planned. There are three weekend trips planned for this year. Hoping we have a good turn out for these. 

 June 9,10,11 : First weekend trip: Mackinaw City: Several of us did this trip last year and found it to be a great place to photograph many things. So its perfect for a club trip.  Personally, I will most likely be going up on Wednesday. I stay at the Teepee campground 11262 US Hwy 23. Ph: 231 436 5391. All sites have electric and water. Bathrooms are old, but clean. 30 amp service $33/nite, 50 amp is $37/nite. Or if you prefer a motel, the Comfort Inn 1-800-903-2564 for $98 per nite. The Mackinaw trip will offer good wildflower photography at the Dark Sky park west of town and also all around Wilderness State Park. Both day and night shots of the Bridge are fun. The Ice Breaker mackinaw Maritime Museum is a self guided tour of the ship. Night shots of the city and bridge. And if its not cloudy lets go to the Dark Sky Park!

June 17, Saturday: A Day in the Life of Lapeer. This could be a recurring theme throughout the year as we pick new towns or cities to shoot. Let’s start with Lapeer and surrounding area. Downtown buildings, the courthouse, train depot, one room school houses around the area, parks, rivers etc. One objective here is that Beyers Furniture is interested in showcasing the clubs work at different times in the year. Local photo’s could be very sellable!

July 15, Saturday: Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids. Entrance fee is $14.50 for adults. Senior discount starts at age 65. Meijer Gardens is a wonderful showcase of flowers and statues. Carpool plans to be announced.

August: still checking on available dates. Most likely Aug 12,13,19 or 20. A two barn trip with professional models willing to work for photo’s to add to their portfolio’s. Keep in mind if someone sets up a shot with lighting etc it is their shot! Please respect the efforts they went through. Many lighting systems are working off slaves and other flashes will fire them. So some planning and working together will be necessary. But this promises to be a great learing experience for those wanting to get into portraiture or fashion and a great time for barn lovers as well. Stay tuned for updates.

Sept. 8, 9 and 10: Leelenau Peninsula/Sleeping Bear Dunes/Fish town/Winery tours. Another great weekend photo shooting get together. Sally is still ironing out the details on this one and we will have campground and motel info soon. She is also calling wineries to see which ones will allow us to shoot in the vinyards and throughout the winery itself. Also, Traverse City offers some great photo ops!

October 13, 14 and 15: Munising area fall colors and waterfalls shoot. Ward is working on details for this trip for campgrounds and motels, more info to follow as the time gets closer. There are several waterfalls within 45 minutes of Munising plus the Pictured Rocks National shoreline area and Lake Superior seldom disappoints with great sunsets and wave action.

November: Dates to be set. Sandhill cranes most likely near Jackson.

November 23, Thanksgiving Day Parade: Detroit. Get up early, gather along Woodward and shoot the Turkey Trot and then the parade. More info to be published later.

 

This Field trip schedule put together by Ward McGinnis, Alice Meronek and Sally Kwaiser.

Seven Ponds Nature Center Photo Expo   Aug 5, 2017

Jim Lewis is working the details - Please hold the date.

        

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🗝How to submit Images for the 3rd Week Competition

In order to be in the judging System for the 3rd-week competition you will need to be actively signed up in the SPNC competition system.
You will need to load the pictures using your id and password once approved.

(1) To get started you will first need to request membership.
Then we will turn the system on for you to add images.
a) Go to: Organization
b) Click on {Organization Tab} Scroll to the bottom
c) Click on {Create a new user account}
d) Create a login  name
Note: Login Names must be between 6 and 50 characters in length and can only consist of alphabetic or numeric characters or one of the following: @_. Blanks are not permitted in your Login Name.
Write it down and make sure your caps lock key is not on as it is case sensitive
e) Create a password
f) confirm your password   - write it down as well
g) create a password reset Question
h) create a password reset answer  - This will be used to reset the system should you forget
I) next
j) Enter your official First Name
k)Enter you official Last Name
l) Enter you email address
m)confirm email
n) enter your phone number
o) scroll to the bottom and hit Create account

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Now it is our turn - we will approve and set up your membership in the system
You will then get an email saying you are ready to submit images
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Then you log into the system with your Login Name and Email
and start submitting.

See attached PDF on how to submit images

For Digital images this is the short version:
 
Sizing for digital images:  Maximum 768 pixels height and/or width
Color gamut: sRGB recommended
File Type: *.jpg with 10 or 12 compression
File Name: Image title.jpg   The title may not include author's identification
 
For printed images:
 
Maximum size is 16x20 inches mounted on mounting board.
Name: Authors identification may not appear on the print.
May have one mat.
When entered into a competition, a digital image of the print must be submitted. 768 pixels height and/or width. A label can then be generated by the Software Pursuits Program and affixed to the print.
 
Please download and read the GDCCC rules in the links below.

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/Downloads/307ad868-476b-4611-9305-74752e6261c1              

Important Modification of Competition Meetings

Hank Lewis, DPD Director

GDCCC DPD Competition rules 12-2-2015

 

/Downloads/36a4b3de-1f0d-41da-aee0-168122d39b97   

GDCCC Print Competition rules 12-2-2015

/Downloads/307ad868-476b-4611-9305-74752e6261c1

 

 

President/ Training Director

Dale Vronch

Phone: (810) 664-0079

email: dvronch@gmail.com

Vice President 1

Stu Davis

Vice President 2

LeeAnn McLane-Goetz

email:7PondsPhotoExpo@gmail.com

Treasurer/sec

Dan Hayes (handing off)

Dave Ulman (3-2017)

Print/Digital Director

Hank Lewis

Board Member

Rev Kelly Todd

Board Member

Mike Mercier

Board Member

Karen Ormiston

 

Seven Ponds Camera Club Membership dues 
Dues cover the club from May 1 2016 - April 30 2017 and must be paid in full prior to entering competitions.

Meetings are open to all, however only paid -in-full members may compete in print and digital image show critique events, competition Night, or participate in field trips, 
   Individual (Member of Seven Ponds) - $10/year 
   Individual (Not a member of Seven Ponds) - $25/year
   Family (Member of Seven Ponds) $20/year
   Family (Not Member of Seven Ponds) $35/Year
   Student: $Free

Make Checks Payable To: Seven Ponds Nature Center. Bring completed form available at front desk with a check to a meeting, or mail to: Seven Ponds Nature Center  C/O SPNC Camera Club 3854 Crawford Road , Dryden , Michigan 48428

Include:  [ ] Renewal   [  ] New Member

Name:____________________________

Street:____________________________

City:______________________________

State:______________________________ Zip:___________

Home Phone:_________________ Other Phone:______________

Email:______________________________________

Seven Ponds Nature Center Membership dues 
   Individual - $30/year 
   Individual (Not a member of Seven Ponds) - $25/year
   Family (Household) $40/year
   Contributing $75/Year
   Supporting: $100/Year
   Sustaining :$250/Year
    Donor:$500/Year
    Benefactor $1,000 /Year

Membership form for Nature Center

http://www.sevenponds.org/resources/Membership-Remit-Web-2013.pdf

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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