MMPC Additional May Updates

June Virtual Meeting

The MMPC Board met virtually and decided to cancel physical meetings in June of 2020 because of the Governor’s Stay at Home order, the cancellation of all activities at First Presbyterian Church, and our concern to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and to protect the safety of MMPC members. The club will conduct a virtual activity in June. Bill Harrison of Custom Photographic will be the presenter on his Photoshop Actions during an online meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 3, 2020. MMPC will send the online meeting information by email before the event. The web page which describes the actions and offers the free download is at https://www.customphotousa.com/photoshop-actions. Members can see what the actions do and, give them a try.

MMPC Scavenger Hunt

We have all enjoyed seeing the photos that have been shared so far for the MMPC “do your own virtual scavenger hunt.” We are asking that any photos that you have taken for the scavenger hunt be shared via Facebook or the MMPC email (mmpclansing@gmail.com) no later than Monday, June 1, 2020 for posting on the MMPC web site.  Members do not need to post all 11 objects.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The April theme was Birds in Flight. 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 monthly theme for the photo challenge is:

  • May 2020 – Flowers
  • June 2020 – Silhouettes
  • July 2020 – Focused stationary item with blurred motion component

Big Cookie

The theme for next Big Cookie is “SKY.” Since the June MMPC meeting will not be held physically, we will plan to hold the next Big Cookie competition at the September meeting.

Gallery Show Planning

MMPC is planning to hold the annual Gallery Show in 2020, assuming that the coronavirus quarantine is lifted at that time. The annual MMPC Gallery Show will be held again at the Riverview Church – Holt Venue. The dates will be October 3, 2020 – December 6, 2020. All MMPC members are encouraged to enter. The pricing to enter will be $10 for up to two images. All prints must be matted, framed, or ready to hang format (with wire on the back of the frame, canvas or acrylic). The maximum outside dimensions of the mat are 28 X 32 inches. Minimum picture size is 8 X 10 inches. Members may offer their prints for sale, or they may choose to have it on display only. The following are the dates for the 2020 Gallery Show, to be held at Riverview Church, 3585 E Willoughby Rd, Holt, MI

Setup – Wednesday, September 30, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Take-Down – Tuesday, December 8, 2020 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

MMPC May Updates – Scavenger Hunt

MMPC Scavenger Hunt

In place of the annual MMPC Scavenger Hunt for 2020, we will engage in a “do your own virtual scavenger hunt.” We are asking each member to photograph items found around their house. Members have from May 6 through the 16 to complete the hunt. The following is a list of items to locate, photograph and submit either via Facebook or the MMPC email (mmpclansing@gmail.com) for posting:

  1. Wildflowers
  2. Any household items
  3. Creative photo of toilet paper
  4. Tree blossoms
  5. Food item(s)
  6. Creative photo of a plastic fork
  7. Tree bark
  8. Roof lines
  9. Window(s)
  10. Mailbox
  11. Face Mask

MMPC May Updates

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The April theme was Birds in Flight. 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 monthly theme for the photo challenge is:

  • May 2020 – Flowers

May and June Meetings

The MMPC Board met virtually and decided to cancel physical meetings in May and June of 2020 because of the Governor’s Stay at Home order, the cancellation of all activities at First Presbyterian Church, and our concern to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and to protect the safety of MMPC members. The club will conduct virtual activities that involve sharing online to keep us shooting.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt May 6-16, 2020

The May 2020 MMPC meeting had been scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2020. We had planned for this to be the annual scavenger hunt. We plan to create a virtual scavenger hunt with things that you will be able to find around the house within the Stay at Home order. Please be looking for an announcement of the scavenger hunt topics on Wednesday, May 6. You will have 10 days, until May 16 to shoot, process, and share your images. Images can be shared on the MMPC Facebook group or by email at mmpclansing@gmail.com.

Big Cookie

The theme for next Big Cookie is “SKY.” Since the June MMPC meeting will not be held physically, we will plan to hold the next Big Cookie competition at the September meeting.

MMPC April Updates

May and June Meetings

The MMPC Board met virtually and decided to cancel physical meetings in May and June of 2002 because of the Governor’s Stay at Home order, the cancellation of all activities at First Presbyterian Church, and our concern to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and to protect the safety of MMPC members. The club will conduct virtual activities that involve sharing online to keep us shooting.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt May 6-16, 2020

The May 2020 MMPC meeting had been scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2019. We had planned for this to be the annual scavenger hunt. We plan to create a virtual scavenger hunt with things that you will be able to find around the house within the Stay at Home order. Please be looking for an announcement of the scavenger hunt topics on Wednesday, May 6. You will have 10 days, until May 16 to shoot, process, and share your images. Images can be shared on the MMPC Facebook group or by email at mmpclansing@gmail.com.

Big Cookie

The theme for next Big Cookie is “SKY.” Since the June MMPC meeting will not be held physically, we will plan to hold the next Big Cookie competition at the September meeting.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The March theme was the color green. 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 monthly theme for the photo challenge is:

  • April 2020 – Birds in Flight

MMPC April Updates

April Meeting Cancelled

The April 2020 MMPC meeting has been cancelled because of the Governor’s Stay at Home order and the cancellation of all activities at First Presbyterian Church.

Big Cookie

Congratulations to the winners of the March Big Cookie. Glenn Dunn was awarded Judge’s Choice and John Stine received People’s Choice. The theme for June Big Cookie is “SKY.”

May MMPC Meeting

The May 2020 MMPC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. We are planning that this will be the annual scavenger hunt. Please stay tuned for the location and details.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The March theme was the color green. 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 monthly themes for the photo challenge is:

  • April 2020 – Birds in Flight

MMPC March Updates

Field Trip to Meijer Gardens Cancelled

In view of the issues regarding Covid-19, all the cancellations and the request for social distancing, MMPC has canceled the field trip to Meijer’s Gardens this coming Saturday. Of course, nothing prevents you from going to photograph the butterflies; however it is suggested that you check the Meijer Garden’s website to confirm that they are open to the public.

April Meeting Cancelled

The April 2020 MMPC meeting has been cancelled because of the cancellation of all activities at First Presbyterian Church. The MMPC Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 has also been cancelled.

Big Cookie

Congratulations to the winners of the March Big Cookie. Glenn Dunn was awarded  Judge”s Choice and John Stine received People’s Choice. The theme for June Big Cookie is “SKY.”

May MMPC Meeting

The May 2020 MMPC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. We are planning that this will be the annual scavenger hunt. Please stay tuned for the location and details.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The February theme was Books. The winner of the drawing for the Facebook Banner was Dennis Vaughan. 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 monthly themes for the photo challenge is:

  • March 2020 – The Color Green

MMPC February Updates

March Meeting

The March 2020 MMPC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI. The Camera Shop will be on hand to lead a discussion about the latest gear.

Big Cookie

Congratulations to the winners of the December Big Cookie. The theme for March Big Cookie is “Lifestyles.”

Lansing Orchid Show – Photographers’ Hour

The Greater Lansing Orchid Society hosts its annual show in the Plant and Soil Science Conservatory on the Michigan State University campus. A photographer’s hour is available on Sunday February 23, 2020, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The use of tripods is allowed. The orchids are amazing. You might consider bringing a background to hold behind the flowers. Please do not touch the flowers. Information about the show is at https://www.greaterlansingorchidsociety.com/GLOSShow.html

Field Trip to Meijer Gardens – Butterfly Exhibit

MMPC will sponsor a field trip to photograph the Meijer Garden Butterfly Exhibit on Saturday, March 14, 2020. We will meet in the parking lot at Michaels (the old Gander Mountain) on Marketplace near the Saginaw (M-43) exit on I-96 at 8:00 a.m. This is a popular exhibit and a real sign of spring. More information about the exhibit is available at https://www.meijergardens.org/calendar/butterflies-are-blooming/.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The January theme is Alphabet in Nature. 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. Upcoming themes for the photo challenge are:

  • February 2020 – Books – For those that are interested, we are challenging you to use a depth of field technique to emphasize part of the image.
  • March 2020 – The Color Green

MMPC January Updates

February Meeting

The February 2020 MMPC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI. Mark Chamberlin will lead a discussion on flash photography. Bring your camera and equipment, including your flash, if you have one. Please join us for this hands-on program.

Big Cookie

Congratulations to the winners of the December Big Cookie. The theme for March Big Cookie is “Lifestyles.”

Lansing Orchid Show – Photographers’ Hour

The Greater Lansing Orchid Society hosts its annual show in the Plant and Soil Science Conservatory on the Michigan State University campus. A photographer’s hour is available on Sunday February 23, 2020, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The use of tripods is allowed. The orchids are amazing. You might consider bringing a background to hold behind the flowers. Please do not touch the flowers. Information about the show is at https://www.greaterlansingorchidsociety.com/GLOSShow.html

Field Trip to Meijer Gardens – Butterfly Exhibit

MMPC will sponsor a field trip to photograph the Meijer Garden Butterfly Exhibit on Saturday, March 14, 2020. We will meet in the parking lot at Michaels (the old Gander Mountain) on Marketplace near the Saginaw (M-43) exit on I-96 at 8:00 a.m. This is a popular exhibit and a real sign of spring. More information about the exhibit is available at https://www.meijergardens.org/calendar/butterflies-are-blooming/.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The January theme is Alphabet in Nature. 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. Upcoming themes for the photo challenge are:

  • January 2020 – Alphabet in Nature
  • February 2020 – Books – For those that are interested, we are challenging you to use a depth of field technique to emphasize part of the image.

MMPC November Updates

December Meeting

The annual MMPC Holiday Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Main dishes including vegetables and salad will be provided. You may bring a desert to pass if you choose. Please respond no later than Saturday November 30, 2019 to the event on Facebook or to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can get a count of members planning to participate. A slideshow of MMPC members’ photos from the 2019 MMPC Photo Challenge will be running during the meeting. Big Cookie theme will be “Music.” We will meet at First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI. Please join us.

Big Cookie

Congratulations to the winners of the September Big Cookie: Diane Sanderson for people’s choice and Tammy VanderMolen won the judges’ choice. The judges were Joe Holley, Jim Leary, and Rich Wyllis. The theme for December Big Cookie is “MUSIC.”

Field Trip to North Pole Express

MMPC will sponsor a field trip to photograph the North Pole Express on Saturday, December 7, 2019. We will meet at the Burger King near the Perry exit on I-69 at 8:30 a.m. An event has been posted on the Facebook page.

Annual MMPC Photo Clinic

MMPC traditionally holds an open house and clinic on January to attract new members. All MMPC members are invited to attend on January 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI. 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.

Gallery Show Information

The annual MMPC Gallery Show is now in place at Riverview Church – Holt Venue. The show will be in place through December 16, 2019. Please feel free to stop by Riverview Church, 3585 E Willoughby Rd, Holt, MI to view the work of MMPC members. Exhibitors can pick up their photos on Monday, December 16, 2019 between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The September theme is Shapes. 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. Note that the rules for the reward drawing have changed. To encourage participation and to not penalize a member that was unable to post in a given month, each member that posts in a month will receive a ticket in the gift card drawing. A member that posts in all 12 months will have 12 tickets in the drawing. Upcoming themes for the photo challenge are:

  • November 2019 – Thanks/giving
  • December 2019 – Holiday Crafts

MMPC November Meeting/Reception Reminder

November Meeting

This is just a reminder that in response to requests from MMPC members to hold a reception for the Gallery Show, the November MMPC meeting will be held on Thursday November 7, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Riverview Church – Holt Venue, 3585 E Willoughby Rd, Holt, MI. The meeting and reception will provide MMPC members the opportunity to view the photographs on display in the Gallery Show.  If individuals who have a photo entered in the gallery would like to share information about their photos, exposure, location and processing, we will provide an opportunity during the short membership meeting. Please note the date and location of the meeting. Guests are welcome to attend the reception and meeting. You can RSVP to the event on Facebook or by email at mmpclansing@gmail.com.