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!
Due to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic the club will meet virtually via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please check our Events/News page for information on the Zoom programs. Members will receive a Zoom link via email to join the meeting. Non-members should contact email@example.com 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
Why I liked the image.
The photo took my breath away. The color of the birds is spectacular showing good contrast, the muted background assists the subject to stand out, the birds are focused and tack sharp while the hi-lights in the eyes give the birds life, expression and personality. The composition is striking, filling the image but cropped just enough to leave space for action. What really sets this nature image way above most is the story it tells as depicted by the action. The story is conflict, the emotion of the moment is evident, it’s easy to fill in the blanks. Congratulations to the photographer – Della
About my image.
This image was captured at the Laguna Seca Ranch in far south Texas near McAllen, Texas. I spent 3 days there in mid-April photographing with Ruth Hoyt, a friend I met through Instagram who guides at a number of the local photography ranches in the area. The ranch has 5 different photo blinds with water features (most below ground level so that images are captured at eye level with the wildlife) and it is a common location for many South Texas Bird photography workshops. The birds and animals are all wild, though they are certainly aware that food and water is consistently found in these areas. This image is of a male Pyrrhuloxia (pronounced "Peer-who-locks-ia" - sometimes referred to as a Desert Cardinal) on the left and a male Northern Cardinal. The Cardinal landed on the perch first and the Pyrrhuloxia flew in and let the Cardinal know who was boss! I was using my new Canon R5 mounted with my 500mm f4 lens. I had set my shutter speed to 1/2500 in anticipation of catching some action or flight shots. The camera has a very fast frame rate which allowed me to capture a number of sequence shots of the encounter - this being my favorite. Other settings were f/7.1 3200 ISO at 500mm. Minor modifications were slight cropping and tweaks to the highlights, shadows and vibrance in Lightroom. - Jan