Mid-Michigan Photography Club July 2021 Updates

August MMPC Meeting

An in-person meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday August 4, 2021. Given the recent pleasant weather and the response to recent outings, we will try to meet outdoors. We will meet at Island Park in Grand Ledge. There is parking behind the Masonic Lodge at Harrison and River Street. Additional parking is available behind the downtown businesses. Bring your camera and tripod. We will walk around Island Park and the Opera House Garden. We can also walk across the bridge and around downtown.

This is Michigan. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate online event will be held and an announcement will be sent to the MMPC email list and will posted on the MMPC web site at http://mmphotoclub.com. Plans for upcoming MMPC meetings are on the MMPC website calendar page at http://mmphotoclub.com/calendar/. The web site calendar has been updated to show dates through June 2022.

MMPC has been informed that First Presbyterian Church plans to reopen this Fall and that MMPC will be allowed to use the facility. The MMPC Board has decided to carry out plans for August, September, and October outdoor meetings. MMPC plans to hold meetings at First Presbyterian Church beginning in November, 2021.

Save The Dates – Upcoming Outdoor MMPC Meetings

The Mid-Michigan Photography Club is planning to hold outdoor meetings as long as the weather holds. Plans include:

  • Wednesday August 4, 2021 – Grand Ledge – Island Park
  • Wednesday September 1, 2021 – Downtown Lansing – Rotary Park
  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – Location to be announced – Light Painting

Big Cookie – June Meeting

The “Big Cookie” is the quarterly friendly photo competition sponsored by MMPC. All present at the meeting may vote for the “People’s Choice” photo. A panel of non-participating judges will offer critiques of all submitted photographs and will select a photograph for the “Judge’s Choice.” Criteria will include technique, composition, and use of the theme. The Big Cookie competition was last held in March 2020. The Big Cookie will return at the September 2020 MMPC meeting. The theme for the September 2020 Big Cookie competition is “SKY.” This is the theme that had been announced for the June 2020 meeting. We are encouraging submission of original images that are not composites. Programs such as Photoshop include tools for “sky replacement.” There is an appropriate place for these tools. We encourage participants to use good judgement in the Big Cookie competition.

MMPC Board Election

The MMPC Board meets regularly. The Board meeting schedule is posted on the calendar at http://mmphotoclub.com/calendar. The list of the current Board members is at http://mmphotoclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/MMPC-Board-Members-03212021.pdf.

Recent meetings have been virtual, rather than in-person. We continue to welcome any MMPC members who are interested in serving on the Board. An election will be held before the October 2021 meeting for the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and MMPC Board Member at-large. Pam Hastings-Albright has agreed to be nominated as Secretary, Karen Towner has agreed to be nominated as Treasurer, and Karrie Baker has agreed to be nominated as member at-large. The election will be held during the October 6 meeting, as required by the club’s by-laws. Please contact any MMPC Board member if you are interested in being nominated.

Possible MMPC Gallery Show

The MMPC Board had started discussions about venues for a potential Gallery Show. As we move forward, we want to get input and feedback from MMPC members. We will be contacting venues with the idea of holding a Gallery Show in the future. Of course, these plans could change. Thanks to those who responded to the poll on the Facebook page. We will keep you informed as plans develop.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The July theme is J is for… A gallery of the photos is on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. The current and upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • July 2021 – J is for …
  • August 2021 – Car Insignia

Mid-Michigan Photography Club June 2021 Updates

Save The Dates – Upcoming Outdoor MMPC Meetings

The Mid-Michigan Photography Club is planning to hold outdoor meetings as long as the weather holds. Plans include:

  • Wednesday August 4, 2021 – Grand Ledge – Island Park
  • Wednesday September 1, 2021 – Downtown Lansing – Rotary Park
  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – Location to be announced – Light Painting

There is no MMPC meeting planned in July, 2021.

MMPC Board Election

The MMPC Board meets regularly. The Board meeting schedule is posted on the calendar at http://mmphotoclub.com/calendar. The list of the current Board members is at http://mmphotoclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/MMPC-Board-Members-03212021.pdf.

Recent meetings have been virtual, rather than in-person. We continue to welcome any MMPC members who are interested in serving on the Board. An election will be held before the October 2021 meeting for the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and MMPC Board Member at-large. Pam Hastings-Albright has agreed to be nominated as Secretary, Karen Towner has agreed to be nominated as Treasurer, and Karrie Baker has agreed to be nominated as member at-large. The election will be held during the October 6 meeting, as required by the club’s by-laws. Please contact any MMPC Board member if you are interested in being nominated.

Possible MMPC Gallery Show

The MMPC Board had started discussions about venues for a potential Gallery Show. As we move forward, we want to get input and feedback from MMPC members. We will be contacting venues with the idea of holding a Gallery Show in the future. Of course, these plans could change. Thanks to those who responded to the poll on the Facebook page. We will keep you informed as plans develop.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The June theme is Panoramic. Thanks to Jim Leary for developing helpful Tips for a Panorama. A gallery of the photos is on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. The current and upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • June 2021 – Panoramic
  • Bonus – Cicada(s)
  • July 2021 – J is for …

Mid-Michigan Photography Club May 2021 Updates

June MMPC Meeting – Cooley Gardens/Scott Sunken Gardens

An in-person outdoor meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 2, 2021. We will try to meet outdoors. We will meet at Cooley Gardens and the Scott Sunken Gardens, located on Main Street near the foot of Capitol Ave. in Lansing. We will feature a demonstration of the panoramic technique for the June MMPC photo challenge.

This is Michigan. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate online event will be held and an announcement will be sent to the MMPC email list and will posted on the MMPC web site at http://mmphotoclub.com. Plans for upcoming MMPC meetings are on the MMPC website calendar page at http://mmphotoclub.com/calendar/.

MMPC has been informed that First Presbyterian Church plans to reevaluate use of the church when the current Health Order is changed. The MMPC Board has decided to hold outdoor and virtual meetings because of the restriction on group activities under current health orders, the uncertainty of plans for activities at First Presbyterian Church, and our concern to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and to protect the safety of MMPC members.

Save The Dates – Upcoming Outdoor MMPC Meetings

The Mid-Michigan Photography Club is planning to hold outdoor meetings as long as the weather holds. Plans include:

  • Wednesday August 4, 2021 – Grand Ledge – Island Park
  • Wednesday September 1, 2021 – Downtown Lansing – Rotary Park

There is no MMPC meeting planned in July, 2021.

May MMPC Meeting – Scavenger Hunt

The attendance at the May Scavenger Hunt was great. It was good to see so many of you. Thanks to those that shared their photos. A gallery of the scavenger hunt photos is on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/gallery/.

Possible MMPC Gallery Show

The MMPC Board had started discussions about venues for a potential Gallery Show. As we move forward, we want to get input and feedback from MMPC members. We will be contacting venues with the idea of holding a Gallery Show in the future. Of course, these plans could change. Thanks to those who responded to the poll on the Facebook page. We will keep you informed as plans develop.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The May theme is Leading Lines. A gallery of the photos is on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. The current and upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • May 2021 – Leading Lines
  • June 2021 – Panoramic
  • Bonus – Cicada(s)

Mid-Michigan Photography Club April 2021 Updates

May MMPC Meeting – Scavenger Hunt

An in-person Old Town Scavenger Hunt activity of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 5, 2021. Given the recent pleasant weather and the response to the Fenner outing, we will try to meet outdoors. We will meet in the Parking Lot at Cesar Chavez and Turner, near the Fish Ladder. There is no need to extend your hunt beyond Washington on the West, Cedar on the East, the Fish Ladder on the South, and Clinton Street on the North. Bring your camera and tripod.

This is Michigan. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate online event will be held and an announcement will be sent to the MMPC email list and will posted on the MMPC web site at http://mmphotoclub.com. Plans for upcoming MMPC meetings are on the MMPC website calendar page at http://mmphotoclub.com/calendar/.

MMPC has been informed that First Presbyterian Church plans to reevaluate use of the church when the current Health Order is changed. The MMPC Board has decided to hold outdoor and virtual meetings because of the restriction on group activities under current health orders, the uncertainty of plans for activities at First Presbyterian Church, and our concern to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and to protect the safety of MMPC members.

Possible MMPC Gallery Show

The MMPC Board had a good discussion about exploring venues for a potential Gallery Show. As we move forward, we want to get input and feedback from MMPC members. We will be contacting venues with the idea of holding a Gallery Show no earlier than late October or November of 2021. Of course, these plans could change. We need your input as we move forward. Please let us know your likely participation using the poll on the MMPC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/midmichiganphotographyclub or by email at mmpclansing@gmail.com.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The April theme is glass(es). A gallery of the photos is on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. The current and upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • April 2021 – Glass(es)
  • May 2021 – Leading Lines

Mid-Michigan Photography Club March 2021 Updates

April MMPC Meeting

An in-person meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 7, 2021. Given the recent pleasant weather and the response to the Fenner outing, we will try to meet outdoors. We will meet on the east side of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Parking is available in a lot to the South, across Circle Drive. Parking is also available in MSU Ramp 6, with an entrance off of East Circle Drive. Bring your camera and tripod. We will walk around Benefactors Plaza and the Broad Museum building.

This is Michigan. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate online event will be held and an announcement will be sent to the MMPC email list and will posted on the MMPC web site at http://mmphotoclub.com. Plans for upcoming MMPC meetings are on the MMPC website calendar page at http://mmphotoclub.com/calendar/.

MMPC has been informed that First Presbyterian Church plans to reevaluate use of the church when the current Health Order is changed. The MMPC Board has decided to hold outdoor and virtual meetings because of the restriction on group activities under current health orders, the uncertainty of plans for activities at First Presbyterian Church, and our concern to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and to protect the safety of MMPC members.

March Virtual Meeting

Thanks to Doug Milligan for an informative session at the March meeting. Also, thanks to Bill Lockhart for sharing images. It was good to see many members in the online environment. Their contributions are truly appreciated.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The January theme is Minimalism. A gallery of the photos is on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. The current and upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • March 2021 – First Sign(s) of Spring
  • April 2021 – Glass(es)

Mid-Michigan Photography Club February 2021 Updates

MMPC Outing – Fenner Nature Center – Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

A winter outing of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 2021 at Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E Mt Hope Ave, Lansing, MI 48910. We cancel if it is raining or under 10 degrees. We go in snow at 10 degrees or warmer. This will be an outdoor event. We will meet at the rear of the main building, where Fenner puts out several types of food for birds. Bring your camera and equipment. We can walk around the pond near the main building, and on the trails. We will socially distance. There is no cost and no registration. We hope that you will join us.

March Virtual Meeting

An online meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 3, 2021.  Photographer Doug Milligan will be the guest speaker. Doug’s work is online at:

He works in many photographic genres, with paid work for modeling and senior portraits. Doug will bring images to share and he will be prepared for discussion. MMPC will send the online meeting information by email the Monday before the event. The online meeting information will also be posted on the MMPC Facebook Group.

MMPC has been informed that First Presbyterian Church plans to reevaluate use of the church when the current Executive Order is changed. The church does not plan to allow outside use of facilities until after the first of the year. The MMPC Board decided to hold virtual meetings because of the restriction on group activities under current health orders, the uncertainty of plans for activities at First Presbyterian Church, and our concern to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and to protect the safety of MMPC members.

February Virtual Meeting

Thanks to Rich Wyllis, John Stine, James Leary and Paul Bielawski for a thorough and informative sessions at the February meeting. Also, thanks to Bill Lockhart for sharing images. It was good to see many members in the online environment. Their contributions are truly appreciated.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The January theme is Minimalism. A gallery of the photos is on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. The current and upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • February 2021 – Snow Shape or Sculpture
  • March 2021 – First Sign(s) of Spring

Mid-Michigan Photography Club January 2021 Updates

February Virtual Meeting

An online meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 3, 2020.  This will be a meeting focused on Black and White photography. The topic fits with the photo challenge themes for January and February. We will have demonstrations of taking the image directly in Black and White and several techniques to process color images as Black and White. MMPC members and guests are invited to share black and white images that and techniques they are willing to talk about with club members. During the Zoom meeting, participants will share their screens to display the images that they bring to talk about. If you are willing to share images, but are uncomfortable sharing your screen on Zoom, you can send the images to us at mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can display them during the meeting. MMPC will send the online meeting information by email the Monday before the event. The online meeting information will also be posted on the MMPC Facebook Group.

MMPC has been informed that First Presbyterian Church plans to reevaluate use of the church when the current Executive Order is changed. The church does not plan to allow outside use of facilities until after the first of the year. The MMPC Board decided to hold virtual meetings because of the restriction on group activities under current health orders, the uncertainty of plans for activities at First Presbyterian Church, and our concern to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and to protect the safety of MMPC members.

January Clinic Virtual Meeting

Thanks to Rich Wyllis, John Stine, and Paul Bielawski for a thorough and informative sessions at the January photo clinic meeting. It was good to see many members in the online environment. Their contributions are truly appreciated.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The January theme is Minimalism. A gallery of the photos is on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. The current and upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • January 2021 – Minimalism
  • February 2021 – Snow Shape or Sculpture

MMPC January 2021 Updates

Annual MMPC Photo Clinic – Wednesday January 6, 2021

MMPC traditionally holds an open house and clinic on January to attract new members. All MMPC members are invited to attend on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Please note the start time and encourage attendance by all that may be interested. Please help us to publicize this event by sharing information through social media and other means. This event will be presented through Zoom. The Zoom Link has been sent to members and is posted on the MMPC Facebook group.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The January 2021 theme is Minimalist. A total of 31 photographers contributed 523 images during 2020. A gallery of the photos is on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. The current and upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • January 2021 0 Minimalist

The MMPC Board has designated themes for each month through December 2021. The discussed themes for 2021 at the December 2020. Thanks to those that contributed. Your input is valued highly.

Mid-Michigan Photography Club December 2020 Updates

Annual MMPC Photo Clinic – Wednesday January 6, 202

MMPC traditionally holds an open house and clinic on January to attract new members. All MMPC members are invited to attend on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Please note the start time and encourage attendance by all that may be interested. Please help us to publicize this event by sharing information through social media and other means. This event will be presented through Zoom. The Zoom Link will be posted on the MMPC Facebook page and will be sent by email to MMPC members. Guests can send an email to mmpclansing@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The A September theme is Street Signs. A gallery of the photos is on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. The current and upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • December 2020 – Holiday Ornaments
  • January 2021 0 Minimalist

Mid-Michigan Photography Club November 2020 Updates

December Virtual Meeting

An online meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday December 2, 2020.  This will be a Photo Sharing Session. MMPC members and guests are invited to share images that they are willing to talk about with club members. During the Zoom meeting, participants will share their screens to display the images that they bring to talk about. If you are willing to share images, but are uncomfortable sharing your screen on Zoom, you can send the images to us at mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can display them during the meeting. MMPC will send the online meeting information by email the Monday before the event. The online meeting information will also be posted on the MMPC Facebook Group.

MMPC has been informed that First Presbyterian Church plans to reevaluate use of the church when the current Executive Order is changed. The church does not plan to allow outside use of facilities until after the first of the year. The MMPC Board decided to hold virtual meetings because of the restriction on group activities under current health orders, the uncertainty of plans for activities at First Presbyterian Church, and our concern to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and to protect the safety of MMPC members.

November Virtual Meeting

Thanks to Ryan Latourette of Capital Drones (https://www.facebook.com/capitoldrones)  for a thorough and informative session on drone photography at the November meeting. It was good to see many members in the online environment. Ryan’s contributions are truly appreciated.

Annual Dues

At the September meeting we started collecting the dues for the year. We have kept the cost of being a club member to $35 again this year. Please understand that the dues have been used to defray costs associated with speakers, our venue and snacks provided at meetings and our annual holiday dinner. As a board, we have decided to obtain a Zoom account to conduct virtual meetings as the weather changes and this health condition continues. If you haven’t paid yet, you can send payments to:  Karen Towner, 10727 Keefer Highway, Portland, MI 48875.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The A September theme is Street Signs. A gallery of the photos is on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. The current and upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • November 2020 – Food and Drink
  • December 2020 – Holiday Ornaments

The MMPC Board has designated themes for each month through January 2021. The Board plans to discuss themes for 2021 at the December meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.  Your ideas for future themes are welcome. Send an email to mmpclansing@gmail.com or bielawp@gmail.com with your ideas or request the Zoom information for the December Board meeting where you can join our discussion. Your input is valued highly.