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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.

~Kevin

 

 

Posted by Admin Saturday, February 22, 2014 11:42:00 AM Categories: News
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NECCC Winter Electronic Image Competition Postponed 

Due to the impending severe snow storm, we are postponing the NECCC winter digital image competition.  The competition will now be held on February 17th at 5:30 PM at Dysart's, 1110  Broadway, Bangor.

Posted by Joel Holcomb Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:33:00 PM
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Updates to Reflections Competition Awards 

An unfortunate glitch in calculating the averages caused a change in the awards as they were presented at the competition Thursday night.  The averages and awards are now correct on the Competition Results page

I apologize for the glitch. If you have any questions or see any more errors in the results please Contact Us.  I will be sending an email to members registered for our newsletter explaining the problems and how we plan to prevent them in the future.  Below you will find a summary of the changes.

-Kevin

Update Summary:

A small number of images were missing a couple scores when they were averaged, resulting in incorrect averages.  As a result 5 images have been added to the winners which causes changes in 11 of the announced awards (out of 35 total announced awards).  The changes are:  

  • Black and White Prints - No changes
  • Color Prints Class A – 1 change
    • Dave Hacker’s “Sidney Harbor” moved into 3rd place
    • No other awards changed
  • Color Prints Class B – 2 changes
    • Jon Duplain’s “Window Seat” moved up to 2nd place
    • Jon Duplain’s “Little Fire Fighter” moved up to Honorable Mention
    • Three images were bumped out of the awards
  • Digital Projection Class A – 1 change
    • Dave Hackers “Fall Reflection Image” moved to 1st
    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd were all moved down 1 place
    • 1 Honorable Mention was bumped out of the awards
  • Digital Projection Class B – No changes
  • Digital Black and White – 2 changes
    • Jon Duplain’s “Got Air” moved into 1st place
    • Jon Duplain’s “Help” moved into second place
    • Three images were bumped back one place
    • Three images were bumped out of the awards
Posted by Admin Sunday, January 19, 2014 4:15:00 PM
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Photographic Society of America Two 

Ok, Then There Was The "Other" Digital Imagery

Last night I talked about digital imagery that is comparable to what we do.  Well, today I saw some of the "other" stuff.  PSA has a division where images are more creation in post processing than capture on camera.  There are some talented folks who have a real good handle on software and a very vivid imagination or some really good adult beverage.  Many of the images did not look at all like photographs, but artwork.  They were quite spectacular. 

I can't say I am impressed enough with the concept of creating imagery mostly with software to give it a try, but I wouldn't discourage anyone either.

Another observation is how important personality is in photography.  Hanson Fong was tonights featured speaker (not Gary Fong).  Talk about a guy having too much fun!  It's him.  He is a portrait photographer, and I expect all of his shoots are packed with laughs and high energy.  His presentation was laced with good humor and excellent information.

If you're into portraiture, make sure your camera is on a tripod and spend your time humoring the clients.  All the images he showed had subjects with 'genuine' smiles (not the 'say cheeze' smiles).  His mantra is "make the woman look good and the man will pay!"  I'll bet he's expensive.

The Sox won, and it's time for bed.

 

Posted by Don (Vaguely) Darling Thursday, September 19, 2013 9:52:00 PM
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Photograhic Society of America Conference 

We're Pretty Darn Good Too!

I'm down in Portland at the PSA Conference.  Last night I saw the digital images that were awarded some recognition, and about half of the images that were submitted, judged, and considered suitable for "Acceptable for Competition" from which the images that received recognition were drawn.  2800 images were submitted from makers in 17 countries, and a little less than 700 were accepted.  I can say I did see some brilliantly done work.  The overwhelming majority of the images were well processed but not manipulated to any obvious degree. 

The upshot of the presentation to me is: we do work comparable to all but the prize winning images in the "Open" category.  Even then, we have work that is very close in quality and presentation.  We need a lot of work in the "Nature" category. 

The Nature images were quite spectacular.  Only about 10% of them were from 'exotic' locales (Africa, the Antartic, etc).  Many looked to be shot locally to the makers.  There were submitters from Breat Britain, Germany,The Netherlands, Australia. So to us that's pretty exotic, however the subjects were owls, raptors, and mammels similar to what we can see here. Most images appeared to be from North America.  Most of those were song birds, and raptors that we can see in our area.  There were a few dozen macro shots. Many of pretty common subjects including Tent Catepillars, and Dandilions, Maple leaves, mushrooms, and the like.

I think we should feel pretty good about what we do.  We just need to do more of it!

Posted by Don (Vaguely) Darling Wednesday, September 18, 2013 4:12:00 PM Categories: News
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Opening Meeting Scheduled 

PLEASE NOTE: VENUE CHANGE

Our opening meeting has been scheduled and a letter has been mailed to all current and prospective members with details. There has been a change in VENUE since the mailing went out.  We have attempted to email everyone that received a letter to let them know of the venue change.  If you need more information about the current venue please contact us using this form on our web site.

Below are some excerpts from the letter:

 

August 2013 has arrived in a flurry of activity, with burgoning gardens, vacations, and long summer days.  Take a little time over this last month of summer to check out the EMCC website for the schedule of competition topics and get out shooting!

Once again, this year we have some new categories and an exciting year planned.  We will host the NECCC Interclub Digital image competetion.  We have added a black and white digital image category for our monthly competetinos along with the traditional digital and print categories. Speaker nights will be informative with a great slate of talented presenters to teach and inspire us.  Upcoming field trips promise to be fun and educational; all are encouraged to participate.

The Bangor Sate Fair competetion is once again complete.  . . .  Congratulations to all the EMCC members on your beautiful entries and to those who placed "in the ribbons".  Your efforts reflect well on our club.  Thank you everyone for all your efforts in pulling this event together in a new and challenging venue.  

It is time once again to send in your membership dues for the upcoming year.  . . .  Remember, you must be a paid member to participate in Club and NECCC competetions, and to have access to the member's section of our excellent web site. 

Our first cllub meeting of the year will be on Thursday, Sept 5th at 6:00 p.m. . . . Burgers and Hot Dog's will be provided. Please bring a desert or salad to share and your own beverage . . .  Please R.S.V.P using the contact us form for directions and to let us know how many are coming and what you will bring.

Thanks so much for the executive team for all the work you do to make the EMCC fun and dynamic and to all the members for your ongoing participation in our great club!

Jeanne Caron

Eastern Maine Camera Club President

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 8:16:00 PM Categories: Events News
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Bangor State Fair 2013 Photo Contest Details 

 

Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Bangor State Fair Photo contest.  For complete details go to http://bangorstatefair.com/document_upload/Photo%20Contest%202013%20Package.pdf.

This years contest will be in a new location; under the Grandstands.  To accommodate the new location the number of categories have been reduced.  The categories for 2013 will be as follows:

Adult Class Categories

(One black & white and one color print allowed per category)

People

Nature

Open

Maine

State Fairs

 

High School Categories

(Two black & white and two color per category)

Open

Maine

 

Youth School Categories

(Two black & white and two color per category)

Open

Maine

 

To deliver prints in person bring your prints to the Fair Grandstand on Monday July 22nd from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  Enter through the door on the racetrack side of the grandstand, near the west end of the building.

CAUTION: To be sure your prints qualify be sure to read the entire rules found here: http://bangorstatefair.com/document_upload/Photo%20Contest%202013%20Package.pdf

 

Posted by Admin Wednesday, July 03, 2013 3:34:00 PM Categories: Events
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Penobscot Marine Museum 

On Saturday May 22nd, twenty-two camera club members and friends met at the Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) for a special group tour arranged by Wayne Hamilton.  While I was prepared for a fun day looking at local artifacts I was totally surprised to learn about the extensive work being done with various collections of photographs. 

The museums web site describes their efforts very well;

"PMM has one of the largest archives of historical photographs in Maine, with more than 100,000 negatives, prints, slides, postcards and daguerreotypes available for research, reproduction and licensing. Revealing many aspects of life from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, the collections range from the vast archives of the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company and the works of individual professional photographers to intimate family albums. Each collection has a connection with the Penobscot Bay region, either through the photographer, the publisher, or the subject matter. Along with images of Searsport and elsewhere in Maine and New England are photographs of distant lands; boats, ships and waterfronts; cities, towns and countryside; fashion, furnishings, industry, architecture and people."

 

Our tour started with a presentation by Kevin Johnson, Photo Archivist for PMM. Kevin's slideshow featured historical images from all accross the state and his narative gave us a great appreciation for the significance of PMM's collection.  Armed with a new respect for the collection our day continued with a tour of the entire campus. 

PMM's campus consists of over a dozen buildings.  Prints from their photo collection can be found sprinkled throughout the various buldings, which also include one of New England’s largest displays of classic small craft, with more than 50 boats on view in several buildings .  My personal favorite was a birch bark canoe. 

We finished up our day with a great lunch at the Brick House resturaunt, just accross the street from the museum.  They did an awesome job serving our large group, and I can say for sure the curry chicken sandwich is GREAT!

So, the moral of this story is; if you want to have some extrodinary fun and learn something about our area at the same time, you don't need to go any further then 5 Church Street, Searsport Maine. Tell them the camera club sent you.  Happy Shooting!

Related Links:

 Penobscot Marine Museum Trip by Joel Holcomb

Photo by club member Joel Holcomb

Posted by Admin Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:16:00 AM Categories: News
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2013-2014 Season Categories 

 

Here's the results of the category voting that was announced at the awards banquet.  Next years categories in no specific order will be:

  • Open (twice)
  • Nature
  • Animals
  • People
  • Reflections
  • HDR

We will update the schedule with specific dates after this season concludes, and we will also elaborate on the definitions for each of these categories.  There was some discussion regarding HDR definitions at the awards banquet, so we'll make sure to continue those discussions prior to carving the HDR definition in stone.

 

Happy Shooting!

Posted by Admin Friday, May 24, 2013 6:32:00 AM Categories: News
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Awards Dinner Thursday Night 

 

A quick reminder that Thursday May 16 is our Annual Awards Banquet at the City Side restaurant in Brewer at 6:00 PM.  The address is 393 N Main St, Brewer, ME 04412

John Foster will be our guest speaker.  He will be discussing printing in the digital age. 

We will also be revealing next years categories, reviewing last years winning images and of course, presenting awards. 

If you haven't already voted for next years categories it's not to late.  You can find the survey here:

http://easternmainecameraclub.org/category-survey.aspx

Posted by Admin Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:57:00 AM Categories: News
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