Eastern Maine Camera Club

Developing Photographers

Welcome to the Eastern Maine Camera Club!

(All meetings at 6:30 PM at Bangor Recreation Center, unless otherwise noted.)

Special Note on April 16, 2020 — At this point in the coronavirus crisis, all remaining in-person meetings for this season have been cancelled. However, we are having virtual meetings using the online meeting app "Zoom."  If you are able to add that to your internet device, please join us for the remaining virtual meetings. See the meeting dates below for details.

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

September 5, 5:30 PM -  We will have a welcoming get-together that will be for current members and those definitely planning to join the club.  The meeting will include a brief, 1 hour workshop on "Macro Photography Equipment," to help prepare you for an upcoming club outing involving macro photography, as well as our February "Macro" competition topic.  The location for this meeting will be announced here sometime in August.  If you are interested in joining EMCC you can get in touch with us using this link to the "Contact Us" form.

September 12, 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.  We will meet at Dysart's, Broadway.

September 19 - 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  3 – Speaker - Jack Zievis - Jack lives in Maine in the summer, and Florida in the winter. Now retired, his photography hobby has become an obsession. He 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.

October 17 – 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 7 – Aislinn Sarnacki - 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. The meeting will begin at 6:30 P.M.

November 21 – EMCC Competition – Animals

December 5 – 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 2 –Samantha Mahar - Samantha Mahar will be our January speaker.  Samantha is Chair of the Fine Arts Dept. at John Bapst.  She has a BA from Marlboro College in Visual Arts, Literature and Art History and an MA from NYU in Art Education. The meeting starts at 6:30 P.M.

January 16 – EMCC Competition – Sunset to Sunrise  Canceled due to snow.  Now rescheduled for January 30th at 6:30 PM.

January 30 - Extra Meeting - We will hold our competition on the topic "Sunset to Sunrise" that was cancelled with the last meeting.  If time allows, we will also have the in-house workshop on Photoshop layers that was previously scheduled for tonight.

February 6 –  Meeting Canceled! - Due to the expected bad weather we have rescheduled Baerbel's presentation to April 2nd.

February 20 – EMCC Competition – Macro

March 5 – CANCELED:  Benjamin Williamson - Ben had to cancel so in place of a speaker Joel will be providing some Lightroom/Photoshop training building on previous sessions. Please join us and bring a friend or two.  This meeting is open to the public, and is FREE.The meeting will start at 6:30 P.M.

March 12 – NECCC Print and Electronic Image Jury - Will be held at Dysart's, Broadway at 6:00 PM.


April 2 – UPDATE, Meeting Moved Online - Speaker - Baerbel Bönisch LoSacco - Baerbel Bönisch LoSacco will be doing a talk on "The Birds and the Bees" which will focus on wildlife photography.  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!  You can see many of her images on her facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/barbel.bonisch.  The meeting will start at 6:30 P.M. For more information on joining the webinar go to http://easternmainecameraclub.org/update--baerbel-losacco-to-speak-at-april-2nd-online-meeting.aspx

April 16 – SPECIAL DIGITAL ONLY COMPETITION - EMCC Competition – Open - We will do an online meeting on Zoom.  I will post the information for the meeting soon, we'll plan to do it from 6:30 to 8:30 as usual.  Please join us...and enter images!

April 23 - Extra Meeting, Online using Zoom – 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM – This will be an exhibition of members images like we had earlier this month. The theme will be "Things Around The House," but you may submit anything want as if it were open. An email will be sent to members with details for image submission. Non-members may join the meeting by sending a request to info@easternmainecameraclub.org for the meeting ID and password before 9:00 PM on April 22nd.

April 30 - Extra Meeting, Online using Zoom – 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Submit your "Down the Road" photos to chat about. 

May 7 - Speaker, Online using Zoom – 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Jaun Pons will be doing his “Mastering Wildlife Photography” presentation from the upcoming "Out of Chicago Live" photography event.

Juan is a wildlife and nature photographer, photography educator and workshop leader with more than 18 years teaching photography in the field. With more than 30 years experience in photography Juan has become a recognized expert in wildlife photography and Lightroom. While living in Maine, Juan travels extensively throughout the world leading photography workshops, speaking at photo conferences and seminars and exploring our planets beauty.

Juan’s work has been featured on numerous publications, including: Sierra Magazine, Nature Conservancy Magazine, Audubon Magazine, American Photo, Audubon North Carolina, Wildlife in North Carolina, The Independent, and many others.

May 21 – Awards Night, Online using Zoom – 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.  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)

 Sunset to Sunrise: Any outdoor subject matter photographed after full sunset and before the beginning of sunrise.  In other words, no part of the sun may be above the local horizon when the image is captured.

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 Macro:  Photos of any subject suitable for macro photography, usually something very small.  One of the more useful definitions of macro photography that I have seen is on the website Photographylife.com: "Macro photography is close-up photography of small subjects, including things like bugs and flowers. You can take macro pictures in a studio or outdoor environment so long as you are magnifying your subject sufficiently."

"Officially, you may hear that macro photography only happens when you take pictures of small subjects with a magnification of “life size” or greater.  ...essentially it means that you must take pictures where your subject is the same size as your camera sensor or smaller, and it fills the frame. (So, if your camera sensor is one inch wide, you would be photographing something 1 inch or smaller.)"

You can see their tutorial on macro photography at: https://photographylife.com/macro-photography-tutorial

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