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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) 796-3200

 

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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
April Photo Club Meetings
Competition Images Due
Wednesday April 19, 2017 
Time Due 11:30PM
Assignment - Macro
Note: Images can now be sized to 1080 on the longest side.
See Additional Info from Hank Lewis Below
Next Meeting Competition Night
Friday,  April 21, 2017 
Time 7:00 PM- 9:00PM
Location :Seven Ponds Nature Center 
Assignment - Trails
Note for this meeting we will be judging using the Rich Gurbola Judging  Yardstick method
May Photo Club Meetings
Next Meeting Educational
Friday,  May 5, 2017  
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00PM
Location :Seven Ponds Nature Center 
 "Brandenburg’s Photo Challenge" Lead  by Dan Hayes
Submit Images for review to: 7pondsphoto@gmail.com
by Friday April 7 at Noon
GDCCC Detroit Digital Salon - Images Due May 8, 2017 
Attached is an invitation from Bill Buchanan regarding the upcoming Detroit Digital Salon of Photography.
 A PSA Exhibition is a competition where exhibitors from around the world compete for acceptances, also called points, HM’s and medals.
The Salon has five sections where you can submit images.
They are: Color General, Scapes (City, Land, Sea), Lighthouses, Projected Monochrome and Nature. You may enter up to four images in each section.
The submission cost is $7.00 per section. You may enter all five sections if you wish for a total of 20 images. Images size is limited to 1050 x 1050 pixels.
The entry deadline is May 8, 2017. Don’t delay.
Your support in important to the GDCCC and we hope you will enter.
Our website for entries is: www.ddisp.org. Please read and follow the Entry Rules.
The submission process is quite simple and easy to follow. Payment is made via PayPal.
We hope you will support the GDCCC in this worthwhile activity.
Sincerely,
Bill Buchanan, HonPSA, FGDC Exhibition General Chairman
Reminder - Do you need to update your cameras Firmware?
Next Photo Club Trips
Saturday April 22
Lets make a plan for this:  Spring wildflowers. Quickstad Park, Tenhave Woods Nature Trail, Royal Oak, MI.
Meet in the parking lot off Lexington Blvd at 8 a.m. Shoot for the morning and then go to lunch somewhere local.
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 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:______________________________________


Area Events with Photo Ops - All are self guided
Sunday May 7, 2017 
Howell Nature Center Photography Workshop: Images that Communicate By Steve Gettle
Live animal shoot featuring Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Broad-Winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Eastern Screech Owl, Woodchuck, Virginia Opossum, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk
Howell Nature Center 
1005 Triangle Lake Road
Howell, MI 48843 
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

Seven Ponds Nature Center Photo Expo 2017

Sat-Sun  May 13-14 ECODAYS
10-4PM
at Seven Ponds Nature Center Dryden, Michigan
Saturday Aug 5, 2017  9AM-5PM
Choose 5 from 20 photo classes, meet with Reps from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Manfrotto, and more
See equipment, Shop special deals from Pro Cam,  Get your Sensor cleaned, and win prizes.
Enjoy a day of photography with coffee and a doughnut for breakfast, and a boxed picnic lunch of choice by Country Inn Smoke House
Donation Cost $25 per person
All members, vendors, and participants that attend will need to purchase a ticket online.
1 per email address. No sales day of event.
We are limited to 300 Spots
When do tickets go on sale- To be announced
Jim Lewis - to provide a status at the next meeting


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


Sister Photo Club activities

Troy CLUB MEETING - Speaker will be featured at our Expo in Aug - This is our chance to see him present prior to.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: 6-8:00 pm
Location: Stage Nature Center

Shawn Smith, Photo Club Member, will make a presentation  about his experience photographing sports and
wildlife.

Bob Rentschler, a professional instructor and Photography Coordinator at Mott CC, will conduct a class on Depth of Field(Dof). His classes are highly regarded. Bob's experience includes commercial, industrial, and aerial photo/video market.

The presentation Dof  will begin with review of equivalent exposure and how photographers can manipulate ISO, F-stop and shutter speed to achieve the desired results. Then, he will move into a detailed look at Dof.

Non members are also invited to join us for a good, fun and entertaining look into Dof.



Ann Neuser
Troy Nature Photo Club, LLC
Looking for Volunteer Photographer for an Event May 7 Bruce Township, Michigan
Micaela Boomer <program@4ccf.org>
Date: 03/30/2017 1:33 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: sherlok494@aol.com
Subject: Photographer wanted

Hi Tom,

I attended your photography class in February at Seven Ponds. 

 

I work at Four County Community Foundation.  We serve the corners of Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair Counties. 

We have also given many grants to Seven Ponds Nature Center over the years.

4CCF will be celebrating 30 Years of giving back to the community on May 7 (1:00-3:00 pm) at the Henry Ford Health Center located on Van Dyke in Bruce Township.  We are looking for a volunteer photographer to take photographs at the event.   I will be busy with many other duties that day and am unable to do it. 

Will you ask around at your club meetings and see if anyone would be interested in helping us out?   We can list the person and/or your club as an “in-kind” donor in our Report to the Community and some of the photos will be used in our publications.

You are welcome to email or call if you need more information.

 

Regards,

 

Micaela Boomer

Program Associate

Four County Community Foundation

231 E. St. Clair Street

PO Box 539

Almont, MI  48003-0539

(810)798-0909

 

Heads up for 2017

  

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. 

April 1  Saturday: Indigenous Peoples PowWow MSU, East Lansing. Jenison Field House, 248 Kalamazoo st. 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.  We will make plans to carpool for those interested.

April 22. Lets make a plan for this: Spring wildflowers. Quickstad Park, Tenhave Woods Nature Trail, Royal Oak, MI. Meet in the parking lot off Lexington Blvd at 8 a.m. Shoot for the morning and then go to lunch somewhere local.

May 7: Spring wildflowers near Port Huron. Including Lakeport State Park for both white and red trilliums.

May 13, Saturday:  Old Fort Wayne. 6325 Jefferson Ave. Detroit. Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking area north of the entrance gates. There is a parking fee/donation. The fort is a self guided tour of the old facility. Most buildings not restored and in dangerous condition. The fort opened in 1840 and served for 125 years. The last parcel was given to the City of Detroit in 1965. Lets meet for lunch after our day of shooting.

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

 

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GDCCC Print Competition rules 12-2-2015

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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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