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


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


Heads up for 2017

Creative Photography (Beginner Photography Class )

Sign up for class

by our own Tom Hapootlian at Seven Ponds Nature Center, Dryden Michigan 

Thursday's starting Feb 2. 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Four weeks. 

The class will cover basic camera technical aspects as well as basic creative composition techniques. There will be a little of both each night. All composition techniques are illustrated with personal photographs and a simple explanation of why I chose to do it the way I did . 

If you have a camera and are mystified about all those buttons and menus this is the perfect class for you. If you have taken a picture and you don't really like it do you know what to change on your camera to improve it. Do you know how to get your audience excited about what you see in the scene in front of you? 

There will be no discussion about post processing .  No instructions in PhotoShop or other editing software. 

The basics are applicable to point and shoot, mirrorless or digital SLR cameras .  Canon, Nikon, Sony or any brand. It is mandatory that you bring your camera AND your owners manual. It will be almost impossible to help you without the manual.

There will be a little homework each week and an easy quiz to cover what we studied the past week. 

The object of the class is to help you get very comfortable with your camera and have FUN ! 

Requirements for the Class

  • 📸Bring your Camera - Yes - this is hands-on
  • 📖Your Cameras Owners manual (mandatory)
  • 📝Tools to record your notes

Tom will provide handouts the print cost is $2 for each class (Total $8)

To help us understand class size 

Please sign up at  sherlok494@aol.com

Deadline for sign up Jan 30,2017

Any questions please contact

Tom Harpootlian 



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.

February 11, Saturday:  The plan is Ducks along the St Clair river. Meet at the Gray Fox in Port Huron at noon. Someone will check early in the week to see if ducks are there. As of today ( Jan 3) there are no ducks. 
Feb 11 back-up plan:    Detroit City shoot. Meet at the parking ramp at E Grand River and Broadway at noon. Parking is $10. Grab our gear and go walk around shooting pics. Stop somewhere for dinner around 4:30 or 5 and return to shooting for some fun night shots in the city.

March  11 or 12 : Glass blowing factory in Dearborn. More details to come.

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 15 or 16. 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.



🗝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

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
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.


Important Modification of Competition Meetings

Hank Lewis, DPD Director

GDCCC DPD Competition rules 12-2-2015



GDCCC Print Competition rules 12-2-2015




President/ Training Director

Dale Vronch

Phone: (810) 664-0079

email: dvronch@gmail.com

Vice President 1

Stu Davis

Vice President 2

LeeAnn McLane-Goetz



Dan Hayes

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

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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
    Benefactor $1,000 /Year

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