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 2017-2018 season!

Weather cancellations will be posted here and on our Facebook pages.  We will attempt to reschedule any cancelled speakers or competitions.

September 7, 5:30 PM -  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.

UPDATE: More details of opening night are now available here:


September 14, 6:00 PM - Mini-workshop on preparing images for our club competitions.  This is primarily for newer members who need to learn about resizing images for both digital projection and for making and matting prints.  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.  Lastly, John Edwards will spend about 1/2 hour on some basics of night photography in preparation for some near future outings. We will meet at Dysart's, Broadway.

September 21 - 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.

October  5 – Speaker - Vincent Lawrence - "Landscape & Panoramic Photography." Vincent owns and operates Acadia Images Photography Workshops, teaching nature and landscape photography in Acadia, including special classes on panoramas and night sky photography.  Visit his website for more information:  http://acadiaimages.com/

October 19 – EMCC Competition Nature  

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.

November 2 – Speaker - John and Cynthia Orcutt - The Orcutts are fine-art nature photographers and avid outdoor enthusiasts. Following distinguished careers as an architect and landscape architect team, they have pursued their interest in highlighting the need for active preservation of fragile places. John and Cynthia’s work has been exhibited widely and appears in many public and private collections.

November 16 – EMCC Competition – Animals

November 30 - Social Media night - We'll be talking about photo sharing with Instagram and other Social Media apps and we will introduce a photo competition using Instagram. After the presentation we will hold breakout sessions to share and learn.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops, phones or tablets. 

December 7 – 5:30 PM – Holiday Party For members and their guests only. Location is at Dysart's on Broadway. Social hour starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:15. We'll have a swap and sell table. So, if you have something you'd like to sell, bring it in! We'll also have door prizes. Speaking of door prizes, we'd welcome the donation of an item for use as a door prize. Bring it on in and see Jeanne!

January 4 – THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE PENDING SNOW STORM.  If possible, we will reschedule the speaker for a later date.

January 18 – EMCC Competition – Abandoned in Maine

February 1 – Speaker -  Baerbel Bönisch LoSacco will be speaking on “Macro Photography in Your Own Back Yard.”

Born and raised in East Germany, Baerbel came to the US in 1995 as an Au Pair. She met her husband while working for a family in CT, and moved to the US permanently in 1997. She worked as a 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 State of Maine Photographers Facebook page, you have undoubtedly seen and admired her work. She is a frequent contributor whose posts rival the top photographers in the group. 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.

February 15 – EMCC Competition – Flowers

March 1 – Speaker - Helen Peppe - is a professional writer and photographer (primarily equine). The former editor of Eastern Equerry and Wordplay Magazine, her short stories, articles, and photographs have appeared in a myriad of anthologies, books, and magazines, including Practical Horseman, Equus, American Trakehner, Arabian Horse Times, and many others. Several of her short stories and photographs appear in text books and educational media. Helen's photography and written work have received numerous awards and recognition, including placing first in the 2009 Word Worth Essay and Fiction Contest, and The Starving Writer Literary contest twice. She was one of seven finalists for the 2011 Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction Award, as well as a Maine Literary Awards repeat finalist.

March 15 – EMCC Competition – Seasons

March 29 - Potential Extra Meeting - Agenda to be determined.

April 5 – Speaker - Juan Pons - Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Juan is a nature and wildlife photographer, whose passion is photographing our world's magnificent wildlife and natural features. With more than 30 years experience in photography, Juan has also become a recognized expert in wildlife photography, Lightroom and on maximizing the capabilities of DSLRs when shooting video.

Juan travels extensively capturing nature’s beauty, and teaching on a multitude of photography workshops with Muench Workshops.  His work has been featured on numerous publications, including: Sierra Magazine, Nature Conservancy, Audubon Magazine, American Photo, Audubon North Carolina, Wildlife in North Carolina, The Independent, and many others.  He is the co-host of reCOMPOSE podcast a leading audio podcast that covers many photographic topics.  Read more about Juan Pons and see some of his work at www.juanpons.org.

April 19 – EMCC Competition – Open

May 3 – Speaker - Alan Henricksen. Alan Henriksen was born in 1949 in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, and has lived his entire life on Long Island. He became interested in photography as a hobby in 1958, and began making contact prints in late 1959. His interest became serious following a chance discovery of the work of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams at the local library. In 1967 he began a correspondence with Ansel Adams and attended the 1970 Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshop. Henriksen holds college degrees in Psychology and Computer Science and is now retired from a long career in software engineering. Beginning in the mid-1970’s he worked for nearly ten years at Agfa-Gevaert’s photo paper manufacturing plant on Long Island as a sensitometrist and software engineer. In the late 1980’s he authored a Zone System software program named ZoneCalc, which was marketed by the Maine Photographic Resource. In 1968 he and his wife Mary made their first visit to the Maine coast, starting a photographic project that continues to this day. Alan now divides his time between his homes in Smithtown, Long Island and Southwest Harbor, Maine. See some of Alan's work at his website - http://www.alanhenriksen.com/index.html

May 17 – Dinner and Awards Night.  Time, location, and other details will be provided by the end of April.


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


Definitions of competition topics:

If you are not sure whether the photo you wish to enter into any competition will meet the topic definition, feel free to ask the scorekeeper@easternmainecameraclub.org before submitting your entry.

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)

 Abandoned in Maine:  Any subject that can be photographed in a way to evoke a sense of being "abandoned," discarded, unused, or thrown away.  This must be a subject photographed in the state of Maine.  A prime example would be an old pickup truck left to rust in a field somewhere, but the more imaginative subjects and compositions will likely bring a higher score.  That said, a famous photographer (Bob Krist) once said, "Don't underestimate the power of a well executed cliche."

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 Flowers:  Photos of any type of flower, either natural or cultivated, in any setting.  The flower(s) must be the obvious subject of the scene.  Example 1 - any flower by itself, without people or animals visible, would be acceptable.  Example 2 - a photo of a bride holding a bouquet of flowers would be disqualified or score lower, but a close-up of the flower bouquet showing only the bride's hands, or an out-of-focus bride, would be OK.  (Back to Top)

 Seasons:  Photos that depict the essence of one of the four seasons, winter, spring, summer, or fall.

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