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  Grace Episcopal Church at 1815 Hall St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Come and visit; you can elect to join our club at any time.  Most meetings are free for guests, but occasionally when we have a paid speaker there is a small $5 fee for non members.

Upcoming Events

November 2017 Meeting

November 15, 2017 at 07:15 PM

Speaker: Tim Priest, M.Photog., CR.
Program: The Environmental Portrait - In Search of Light

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December 2017 Meeting (Note DATE Change)

December 13, 2017 at 07:15 PM

Speaker: Mike Schlitt
Program: Yosemite in the Fall

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January 2018 Meeting

January 17, 2018 at 07:15 PM

Speaker: Mike Mitchell
Program: Shooting Tethered

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Featured Event Gallery

Field Trip to Boulder Ridge 9/19/15

Field Trip to Boulder Ridge 9/19/15

Featured Photographer

Jan Lewis

Jan Lewis

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Fall Gallery

Fall Gallery

Image of the Month

Still Waters and Vibrant Sky


Mark Darnell

Selected by:

Allan Rowe

Why I liked the image.

From a technical perspective the gradation of color from a bright orange on the horizon to the blues and purple at the foreground gives the viewer a sense of quiet serenity, a transition from the excitement of the day to the quiet of the night. The application of the Rule of Thirds both horizontally and vertically is very well done.  The horizon sits approximately two-thirds of the way to the top of the shot, and the lighthouse on the pier is approximately one-third of the way from the edge of the shot.  Aesthetically, I liked the calm, almost glass-like, smoothness of the lake water, a unique capture far different than the turbulent waves we so often see. The light post on the jetty seems to serve two purposes.  It warns the mariner to navigate carefully, you are approaching the shore.  It also seems to stand as a solitary sentinel also saying to the sailor, "Here is the shelter you are looking for after a long day on the water."  - Allan

I find the following quote from Elliott Erwitt apropos. 

" is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

About my image.

For years we have spent Independence Day weekend in Harbor Springs and have enjoyed the quiet, peaceful beauty that is evident there.  To our dismay we found the area quite over run with tourists this year and vowed to find a new annual retreat the following year. Desperately searching for calm in this sea of activity we made a slight shift in locales and waited for days end.  After a long wait for tourists to disperse “The Calm” that finally arrived is depicted here.  In an effort to enhance the peace of the moment I killed the water movement with a Lee Foundation 6 Stop ND filter on my Sony A7R-II w/ 24-70mm F/2.8 G-Master, @27 mm, F/ 20, and a 3 minute long exposure.  Very little post work was done on this image as I merely used a local brush to highlight the rocks at the base of the pier. – Mark

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