Eastern Maine Camera Club

Developing Photographers

Jim Nickelson to Speak at Eastern Maine Camera Club Meeting 

Thursday, April 7 2016

 Jim Nickelson will be speaking Thursday April 7, 2016 at Bangor Parks and Rec.  Science is the underpinning for all of Jim's photography.  Before he got into photography, he was a NASA engineer and a corporate lawyer.  He now teaches at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.  More information and examples of his work can be found at jimnickelson.com.

The meeting will be held in the Senior room at Bangor Parks and Rec, 647 Main Street, Bangor Maine.  Start time; 6:30 PM. The public is invited. The cost; FREE.

Eastern Maine Camera Club organizes speakers the first Thursday of the month from October to May.  The schedule is typically posted on http://easternmainecameraclub.org/events.aspx in September.  We update the information throughout the season as speakers are confirmed.  Please check often to get the latest information. 

For more information about this event or Eastern Maine Camera Club use our Contact Us form by following this link

Posted by Admin Wednesday, March 23, 2016 7:21:00 AM Categories: Events
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Robin Robinson to Speak at Eastern Maine Camera Club Meeting 

Thursday, March 3 2016

This coming Thursday March 3 is a speakers night.  Robin Robinson will share her work. Robin is from Maine, and specializes in Maine Nature photography.  As a writer, birder, and gardener, Robin's mind is always on the natural world.  Her work has been featured in "Downeast Magazine," the "Portland Press Herald," the "Bangor Daily News," and others.  Her photographs have been selected for the juried Maine Photography Show.  She is also a speaker and educator state-wide, and her work has been displayed in numerous galleries.   Her web site is: http://www.robinrobinsonmaine.com/.

The meeting will be held in the Senior room at Bangor Parks and Rec, 647 Main Street, Bangor Maine.  Start time; 6:30 PM. 

The public is invited.

Posted by Admin Saturday, February 27, 2016 4:15:00 PM Categories: Events
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How to View Previous Newsletters 

Once a week, sometimes more, sometimes less, Don sends out email communications to members that have signed up for the "Somewhat Weekly" newsletter.  Only members have access to sign up for that newsletter.  In this post I will show you how to subscribe/unsubscribe to that newsletter, and show you how to view past newsletters, in case a glitch in the matrix causes you to miss one. 

First, when I give you access to the member area the first time, I always sign you up for the newsletter.  So you should start getting the newsletter automatically.  If you want to turn that off or on here's what you can do.

  1.  Go to "My Account" at the top right of any page on the site
  2.  Click on the "Newsletters" tab
  3.  Check or Uncheck the "Emcc Somewhat Weekly" check box to subscribe or unsubscribe.

That's it.  The image below illustrates the options. 

Also notice the "View Previous Editions" link.  Clicking that will take you to a page with a list of all the emails that have gone out. 

I'll also include that link here, but remember you have to be logged in to our site, and you must have access to the member area (meaning your dues have to be up to date).  Link to view previous newsletters

Posted by Admin Monday, September 07, 2015 10:10:00 AM
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Snack Sign Up 

I've created a new snack sign up form at SignUpGenius.com.  This is the first time I've ever tried it, seems like it will work to allow people to sign up and get automatic email reminders when it's your turn to bring snacks.  Give it a whirl.  Let me know if it works or not.  If you know of something better and would like to take over managing this just let us know!!!


Here's the link to sign up for snacks:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d48aeaf2fa0fd0-snack


Posted by Admin Thursday, September 03, 2015 11:06:00 PM
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Bangor State Fair 2015 Photo Contest 

It’s time to prepare your photos for the 2015 Photo Contest at the Bangor State Fair! The official rules can be downloaded from the fair’s web site at the following address:

2015 Photo Contest Rules, Entry Form and Photo Tickets

If you would like to have a hard copy of the rules for this or any other fair contest mailed to you, this can be requested by calling 207.561.8300 or emailing fair@bangormaine.gov with a name, address and list of competitions you are interested in.   More information regarding contests can be found on the fair’s web site at the following address:


Eastern Maine Camera Club members will be at Fair Grandstand on Monday, July 27th, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM to accept entries.  You can also mail your entries, details for that can be found in the Contest Rules. 

Every year we regretfully end up turning some entries away so please do take the time to read the rules.  The most common reason for photos being turned away is improper matting or size.  It’s really important for your photos to be matted according to the rules. Proper matting will help protect your images from damage, and facilitate the way we hang the photos. 

Photo tickets are very important and often misunderstood. We often have over 600 photos to process in one evening. This identifying system allows us to judge the photos anonymously, then quickly pull down the ticket for display, so the photographer can be recognized, without marking up your image or matt. 

Unfortunately tickets can sometimes fall off, making it impossible for us to know who the photo belongs too.  For that reason, your name and address must be on the back of the photo prior to entry in addition to the tickets mentioned above.  Missing this step causes a significant delay for everyone.

I’ve given you some key points but this is no substitute for reading the entire rules.  Please read the entire rules to help us make this an enjoyable experience for everyone.  I’ll post the link again so you don’t even have to scroll back up. 

2015 Photo Contest Rules, Entry Form and Photo Tickets

We at Eastern Maine Camera Club will do our best to answer any question and help you in any way we can.  You can reach us via email at: info@easternmainecameraclub.org

Now, in closing here’s a look at the adult categories for this year’s contest:

  1. People
  2. Children
  3. Nature – the “hand of man” cannot be evident in the picture
  4. Animals
  5. Flowers
  6. Open – any subject matter in good taste
  7. Maine  -- photos that symbolize Maine and were taken in Maine
  8. Maine State Parks – scenic photos taken in any Maine State Park

And, the High School and Youth categories:

  1. Open
  2. Maine

Good luck, but most of all, have fun!

Posted by Admin Sunday, June 21, 2015 12:19:00 PM Categories: Events
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March 5th Speaker - Michael Good 

Michael has over 25 years experience studying the birds of North America and brings a wealth of knowledge about Neotropical migrants and the avifauna of the Eastern United States. Michael has traveled extensively in the US, Alaska, Europe, Australia, South America and Cuba.  Michael is a regional business leader promoting sound ecologically practices in business and land development.

Michael maintains his own bird sanctuary on  MDI, and offers tours through his Downeast Nature Tours business.

The meeting will be held in the Senior room at Bangor Parks and Rec, 647 Main Street, Bangor Maine.  Start time; 6:30 PM. 

Posted by Admin Thursday, March 05, 2015 7:11:00 AM Categories: Events
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Bangor State Fair 2014 Photo Contest Results 

The Bangor State Fair 2014 Photo Contest has concluded.  You can see the results here: 

  Link to 2014 Award Summary. 

Posted by Admin Friday, July 25, 2014 11:06:00 AM
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Survey for Macro Photography Weekend with Mark Warner 

Proposing Dates in September 2014.

The Eastern Maine Camera Club is setting up a Macro Photography Weekend with Mark Warner.  Mark is an accomplished professional photographer.  Though his expertise is with aerial and landscape photography, Mark is very skilled in the 'up close and personal world" of macro photography.  Mark is very articulate, and an excellent presenter.  He is also very skilled at image commentary and critique, which will be a part of the weekend experience.  Your participation in the commentary is voluntary.


There will be a fee for Mark's services.  That fee will be spread out among the participants.


We will be staying at Quoddy Head Station. There will be lodging cost for those who plan to spend one or more nights. You can come down for the day.


The proposed dates are either September 5 and 6 or September 12 and 13.


If you have an interest in participating, please go to our Member Survey page and vote your preference:




Feel free to contact Don with any questions or comments.

Posted by Admin Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:46:00 PM Categories: Events
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Results of Voting from Awards Banquet 

For the 2014-2015 Season

Each season we have 7 competitions.   The subjects Open, Nature, Animals and People are repeated each season.  The Open subject is used twice, typically the first and last competition of each season.   In addition to the fixed subjects we vote on two additional "Special" subjects at the end of each season, for the next seasons.

In this years vote the winning Special Subjects for the 2014-2015 Season were:

  • Barns
  • Macro

Joel has created a tentative schedule for next year that will tell you the dates we expect to hold these competitions, and he has also included definitions for all the subjects.  You can find that information on our Schedule page here: http://easternmainecameraclub.org/events.aspx

Our membership also voted to reduce the number of photo's each member can enter in digital projection formats.  The limit was 2 images per member and we voted to reduce it to 1 image per member.  Here is a summary of the photos you will be allowed to submit for each competition next season:

Competition Entries

Format Entries Per User
Color Prints 2
Black & White Prints 2
Color Projection 1
Black & White Projection 1

One final item we voted on...the web site tag line.  We voted on the list of Tag Lines submitted by members and the winner was "Developing Photographers".  You can see at the top of the page that it has been updated. 

Have a great summer everyone! 

Posted by Admin Thursday, June 05, 2014 1:00:00 PM Categories: News
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Update to People Competition Awards 

Remember that glitch with calculating averages last month that I told you all was fixed?  Well I was just kidding, it wasn't really fixed. 

Seriously, I thought I had made a mistake in the order I processed things last month, and I did some testing and everything seemed to be working just fine. Unfortuately we had the same problem again this month, which caused some of our awards to be reported incorrectly. 

So, I've done two things.  I spent the entire morning fixing the problem, testing much more thouroughly and I've created a report that highlights the changes. 

The Event Results page on our web site has been updated with the correct scores.  If you like to see all the changes look at this PDF summary:  People Competition Award Change Summary

Again, I'm very sorry for the problems.  I will keep a close eye on this at our next competition and will check them before we announce the results.  If you'd like more detail about the problem contact me.  I'd be glad to give you the gory details if you are interested.




Posted by Admin Saturday, February 22, 2014 11:42:00 AM Categories: News
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