Grand Rapids Camera Club

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!

Club meeting are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month (except for February, July, and August). The meetings start promptly at 7:15 PM, so it is good to arrive about 15 minutes early. We meet at the Boy Scouts of America, 3213 Walker Ave. NW, Walker, MI. Come and visit; you can elect to join our club at any time.

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June 2015 Meeting

June 17, 2015 at 07:15 PM

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September 2015 Meeting

September 16, 2015 at 07:15 PM

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Featured Photographer

Marilyn Keigley

Marilyn Keigley

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Image of the Month

Ant Caught

Photographer:

Jerry Keifer

Selected by:

Rebecca Humes

Why I liked the image.

Insects are one of the first things that drew me to photography. Maybe that is one of the reasons this image spoke to me. This image is absolutely perfect. The amount of detail and vibrancy in the insect and in the plant is unbelievable, right down to the sticky sap coming from the plant. Not only is this a great picture technically, but it also tells the story of the strange circle of life where the plant gets the bug. – Rebecca Humes

About my image.

The ant in this image was found in my backyard. I placed him on a carnivorous Sundew plant in my indoor studio. These plants slowly wrap around an insect with their sticky tentacles and eat them. The ant was rescued from a slow death and I put him back outside after the shoot.

I used a 100 mm macro lens on a Canon 40D set at ISO 100, F22, at 1/60 of a second. I also used three Alien Bees flash units to light the scene. Homemade “shoot through” diffusion panels made of rip stop nylon softened the light.

Shooting insects in the studio allows for good control of the insect, the lighting, and the backgrounds. The backgrounds are normally large prints of blurred outdoor backgrounds placed in the studio behind the insect. – Jerry Keifer