Photography is our passion!
The Grand Rapids Camera Club is a member of the Photographic Society of America and the Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs. We usually meet once a month for a presentation which is both interesting and informative. This is followed by our photo competition for those members who want to enter. We all get to see the photography of others, and this helps us learn and improve.
Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings!
We held our first Face to Face meeting since the start of the pandemic on October 20, 2021. A properly worn mask was required during the entire meeting. A virtual Zoom option was available for those who didn't wish to attend in person. The Board is currently discussing how we will proceed for November and December 2021 as our program speakers will be via Zoom since they live out of town. Check our News/Events Page in the coming days and weeks for information on whether our meetings will be held by Zoom only or F2F with a Zoom option.
Due to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic at this time the club has been meeting virtually via Zoom. Please check our Events/News page for further information on our programs. Members will receive a Zoom link via email to join the meeting. Non-members should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request the meeting link. Recordings of many of our previous online programs are available on the club's YouTube channel.
IMPORTANT MEMBER LINKS:
Please refer to the Membership Manual for a full description of the categories, rules, and procedures of competition.
Click for a brief Summary of Competition Rules.
Click for a PDF of the results of our 2020 Year End Competition.
Or click for the Image gallery of the 2020 Year End results.
Visit the GRCC YouTube channel to see a recording of the awards program, as well as other club programs.
Program: Previous Online Program Videos
Image of the Month
Search For Fitz
Why I liked the image.
I chose Search for Fitz as image of the month because I thought it was an especially powerful image. It shows a different, dangerous side to the water. When I think of the assigned subject, nautical, I think of happy, little sailboats. This image was a completely different take on the nautical theme. When I look at it, I feel the mood. The water looks icy, the lake choppy and angry. Storm clouds loom ominously with slivers of sunlight showing through. As I look at the mage, I can hear Gordon Lightfoot’s song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” playing in my head as I imagine the icy winds of Lake Superior in winter. Very well done. - Diane
About my image.
This image depicts the SS Arthur M. Anderson, a cargo ship of the Laker type. It was captured as she made her way through Lake Superior waters. The Arthur Anderson is famous for being the last ship to be in contact with the SS Edmund Fitzgerald before that ore carrier sank on 10 November, 1975. The Arthur M. Anderson was also the first rescue ship on the scene in a vain search for Edmund Firzgerald survivors.
One of the more popular current theories as to what it was specifically that took the Fitzgerald to the bottom is known as the “Three Sisters Theory.” It proposes that the ship succumbed to the power of two monstrous seas, possibly followed by a third major wave. Of the first two waves there is ample evidence, because they are the ones that struck the Anderson before the Fitzgerald went down. The theory holds that there might have been a third major wave striking the Fitzgerald at the same time.
But, as is the case with all such theories, it is unlikely that we will ever know the whole story behind what caused this shipwreck.
I added a bit of drama to the skies and water … and felt the story in my image would benefit from the yellow skyline depicting hope and help for the Fitz, which was not to be found in this tragic story of search without rescue - Evie