Mid-Michigan Photography Club Astrophotography Field Trip

Mid-Michigan Photography Club Astrophotography Field Trip

Saturday August 11, 2018

Plan to arrive no later than 9:30 p.m.

Fox Park Observatory

3979 E. Gresham Hwy, Potterville, Michigan 48876

Please RSVP on the MMPC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/221653251838329/ or by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com.

This field trip is a follow-up to the August MMPC meeting where Joe Holley and Rich Wyllis discussed astrophotography. As for light pollution, Fox Observatory is typical of Southern observing sites where you can see City Light domes on the horizon but the Milky Way is very visible as we are far enough away from the big cities to view it. If you are not going to spend the night you will need to park in the lot below the observatory near the beach. The cost is $15 for 1 night. They have plenty of room for tents and RV’s.

The 8th Annual Fox Park Observatory Star Party is being held at Fox Memorial Park near Potterville, Michigan, SW of Lansing. All but $5 of every registration fee goes directly into the Observatory’s fund that is used for upgrading, maintaining and operating this fantastic public observatory. The star party is our annual fundraiser to help offset costs of operating the observatory. It’s a gathering of amateurs from around the area for a weekend of imaging and observing. It’s an overnight, 3 night event. You’re more than welcome to join us on the 11th but just keep in mind this event is a little different than the normal public night.

Power for any and all astronomical equipment is available at no charge. There is a nice beach, walking trails, decent restrooms (sorry, no showers other than the outdoor beach shower), playgrounds and plenty of room for tents and RV’s. If you don’t like to camp, there are hotels available within 5-15 miles in Lansing and Charlotte.

While Fox Park doesn’t offer the pristine skies of northern Michigan, the skies are still more than dark enough for serious observing and imaging. Limiting Magnitude at Zenith is approx 5.5 to 5.7. The location is close to Interstate’s 69 and 96 so it is easily accessible for all the major cities of southern Michigan and beyond. The main purpose of the event is to give all of us obsessed astrophotographers and observers a long weekend to hang out and observe/image our night skies while at the same time helping a great facility continue to introduce our great hobby of amateur astronomy to hundreds of new people every year. Bring your camping gear and equipment or take a peek through the observatory’s numerous telescopes.

There is absolutely no white lights allowed after dark as this is an amateur observing event and typical star party rules are enforced. All of the volunteers should be there that day observing and/or Imaging so there will be more than adequate assistance if you have any questions.

Bryan Renaud

Sadly, MMPC has lost another member. Bryan Renaud has been with us since nearly the beginning of the club and has been with our Board of Directors, assisting with our programs for nearly as long. Bryan performed a lot of behind the scenes organizing & assisting in many club activities including the annual open house & gallery show to name a few – he will be missed!

Here is a link to Bryan’s viewing and funeral.

RIP Bryan…https://molnarfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/2461/Bryan-Renaud/obituary.html#tribute-start

July 2018 MMPC Announcements

August Meeting – Astrophotography

The August 2018 meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI. Joe Holley and Rich Willis will present on Astrophotography.

Big Cookie

The theme for the next Big Cookie competition in September 2018 is Pets.

Gallery Show Planning

The annual MMPC Gallery Show will be held again at the Riverview Church – Holt Venue. The dates will be November 17, 2018 – January 27, 2019. All MMPC members are encouraged to enter. The pricing to enter will be $10 for up to two images.

Fall Field Trip Planning

MMPC is planning an Upper Peninsula Waterfalls Weekend during the weekend of October 12, 2018. A trip to the Big Sable Lighthouse is being planned for November, 2018. More information will be provided at the August MMPC meeting.

July Meeting – Scavenger Hunt

This meeting featured the annual MMPC Scavenger Hunt. A scavenger hunt gallery is on the MMPC web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/gallery/.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. A reminder that the July theme is Fairs and Festivals. 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:

  • July – Fairs and Festivals
  • August – Stairs and Steps
  • September – Farms and Harvesting
  • October – Color
  • November – Frost
  • December – Holiday Lights

Member Elections Taking Place This October

MMPC is having elections for upcoming vacancies on the Board this October.  This is a great opportunity to be involved with a great group of people and also help move the club forward with new ideas and views.  We currently have a few positions that are opening and there are no qualifications needed except for the President’s position (you must have served as vice president to become president). You may nominate someone you think would be great at it or even nominate yourself.  Just email us at mmpclansing@gmail.com or get with one of the board members at the next couple of meetings. The positions are:

  • President 2 year term
  • Vice president 2 year term
  • Secretary 3 year term
  • Member at Large 3 year term

July 2018 MMPC Announcements

July Meeting – Scavenger Hunt

The July meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI. Note that the date is a week later because of the Fourth of July. This meeting will feature the annual MMPC Scavenger Hunt. Bring your camera and anything else, such as a tripod, that you may need to take pictures in the downtown Lansing area. MMPC members will work in groups and then post their best photos on the MMPC Facebook group or send photos to mmpclansing@gmail.com. A scavenger hunt gallery will be posted on the MMPC web site.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. A reminder that the July theme is Fairs and Festivals. 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:

  • July – Fairs and Festivals
  • August – Stairs and Steps
  • September – Farms and Harvesting
  • October – Color
  • November – Frost
  • December – Holiday Lights

Member Elections Taking Place This October

MMPC is having elections for upcoming vacancies on the Board this October.  This is a great opportunity to be involved with a great group of people and also help move the club forward with new ideas and views.  We currently have a few positions that are opening and there are no qualifications needed except for the President’s position (you must have served as vice president to become president). You may nominate someone you think would be great at it or even nominate yourself.  Just email us here or get with one of the board members at the next couple of meetings. The positions are:

  • President 2 year term
  • Vice president 2 year term
  • Secretary 3 year term
  • Member at Large 3 year term

Lightroom Workshop

Thanks to John Stine for presenting the Lightroom Workshop. Participants were enthusiastic and provided ideas for next steps in post processing of images.

Big Cookie

The theme for the next Big Cookie competition in September 2018 is Pets.

Gallery Show Planning

The annual MMPC Gallery Show will be held again at the Riverview Church – Holt Venue. The dates will be November 17, 2018 – January 27, 2019. All MMPC members are encouraged to enter. The pricing to enter will be $10 for up to two images.

Fall Field Trip Planning

MMPC is planning an Upper Peninsula Waterfalls Weekend during the weekend of October 12, 2018. A trip to the Big Sable Lighthouse is being planned for November, 2018.

Rreminder – MMPC Lightroom Workshop – Saturday June 23 – 8:00 a.m.

Just a late reminder that there is still an opportunity to register at the door for the Mid-Michigan Photography Club Lightroom Workshop, this Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. This will be an interactive workshop to help members to use Lightroom to improve their images. John Stine will lead the workshop at First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Registration costs will be $20 for MMPC members and $40 for non-members. Attendance will be limited to the first 30 registrants.

June 2018 MMPC Announcements

Lightroom Workshop

Based on the Facebook survey of MMPC members and member interest in Adobe Lightroom, The Mid Michigan Photography Club is pleased to sponsor an interactive workshop to help members to use Lightroom to improve their images. John Stine will lead the workshop on Saturday, June 23, 2018 the First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Registration costs will be $20 for MMPC members and $40 for non-members. A registration opportunity will be available at the June MMPC meeting on Wednesday June 6. The registration form for the event is available at http://www.mmphotoclub.com and can be mailed with payment to 10727 Keefer Hwy, Portland, MI 48875 or the registration form can be submitted at the June MMPC meeting. Attendance will be limited to the first 30 registrants.

Big Cookie

Congratulations to Diane Sanderson, Judge’s Choice and Randy Eberbach People’s Choice for their June winning entries with the theme of Buildings. Those images are now in the gallery at http://mmphotoclub.com/competitionbig-cookie/. The theme for the next Big Cookie competition in September 2018, is Pets.

July Meeting – Scavenger Hunt

The July meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI. Note that the date is a week later because of the Fourth of July. This meeting will feature the annual MMPC Scavenger Hunt. Bring your camera and anything else, such as a tripod, that you may need to take pictures in the downtown Lansing area. MMPC members will work in groups and then send photos to mmpclansing@gmail.com for posting.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. A reminder that the June theme is Shadows. 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:

  • June – Shadows
  • July – Fairs and Festivals
  • August – Stairs and Steps

Gallery Show Planning

The annual MMPC Gallery Show will be held again at the Riverview Church – Holt Venue. The dates will be November 17, 2018 – January 27, 2019. All MMPC members are encouraged to enter. The pricing to enter will be $10 for up to two images.

Fall Field Trip Planning

MMPC is planning an Upper Peninsula Waterfalls Weekend during the weekend of October 12, 2018. A trip to the Big Sable Lighthouse is being planned for November, 2018.

May 2018 MMPC Announcements

Lightroom Workshop

Based on the Facebook survey of MMPC members and member interest in Adobe Lightroom, The Mid Michigan Photography Club is pleased to sponsor an interactive workshop to help members to use Lightroom to improve their images. John Stine will lead the workshop on Saturday, June 23, 2018 the First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Registration costs will be $20 for MMPC members and $40 for non-members. A registration opportunity will be available at the June MMPC meeting on Wednesday June 6. The registration form for the event is available at Lightroom Registration Form  and can be mailed with payment to 10727 Keefer Hwy, Portland, MI 48875 or the registration form can be submitted at the June MMPC meeting. Attendance will be limited to the first 30 registrants.

Big Cookie

Big Cookie images are in the gallery at http://mmphotoclub.com/competitionbig-cookie/. The theme for the next Big Cookie competition in June 2018, is Building(s).

June Meeting

The June meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI.

  • The Big Cookie quarterly competition will be held;
  • John Stine will give a preview of his Lightroom presentation to be held on June 23; and
  • Greg Baran will present a Pic and Share.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. A reminder that the May theme is Symmetrical. 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:

  • May – Symmetrical
  • June – Shadows
  • July – Fairs and Festivals
  • August – Stairs and Steps

Gallery Show Planning

The annual MMPC Gallery Show will be held again at the Riverview Church – Holt Venue. The dates will be November 17, 2018 – January 27, 2019. All MMPC members are encouraged to enter. The pricing to enter will be $10 for up to two images.

Fall Field Trip Planning

MMPC is planning an Upper Peninsula Waterfalls Weekend during the weekend of October 12, 2018. A trip to the Big Sable Lighthouse is being planned for November, 2018.

May 2018 MMPC Updates

may Meeting

A big thanks to Greg Smith for his talk on birding at the April MMPC meeting. Greg’s photos are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/28582037@N05. As a follow-up, MMPC is planning field trips to photograph birds:

Lightroom Workshop

Based on the Facebook survey of MMPC members and member interest in Adobe Lightroom, The Mid Michigan Photography Club is pleased to sponsor an interactive workshop to help members to use Lightroom to improve their images. John Stine will lead the workshop on Saturday, June 23, 2018 the First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Registration costs will be $20 for MMPC members and $40 for non-members. A registration opportunity will be available at the June MMPC meeting on Wednesday June 6. Online registration will be announced at http://www.mmphotoclub.com.

Gallery Show Planning

The annual MMPC Gallery Show will be held again at the Riverview Church – Holt Venue. The dates will be November 17, 2018 – January 27, 2019. All MMPC members are encouraged to enter. The pricing to enter will be $10 for up to two images.

Fall Field Trip Planning

MMPC is planning an Upper Peninsula Waterfalls Weekend during the weekend of October 12, 2018. A trip to the Big Sable Lighthouse is being planned for November, 2018.

Big Cookie

Big Cookie images are in the gallery at http://mmphotoclub.com/competitionbig-cookie/. The theme for the next Big Cookie competition in June 2018, is Building(s).

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. A reminder that the May theme is Symmetrical. 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:

  • May – Symmetrical
  • June – Shadows
  • July – Fairs and Festivals
  • August – Stairs and Steps

June Meeting

The June meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI.

  • The Big Cookie quarterly competition will be held;
  • John Stine will give a preview of his Lightroom presentation to be held on June 23; and
  • Greg Baran will present a Pic and Share.

May 2018 MMPC Meeting Reminder

May Meeting

The May meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI. Don’t miss our meeting with special Guest Speaker Greg Smith. Greg is always a feast of information for those who love trekking and tracking our fine Michigan feathered friends. If you don’t love birding, you might change your mind after seeing Greg.

Field Trip

A big thanks to Jim Leary for his talk on macro photography at the April MMPC meeting. The notes from Jim’s talk are at http://mmphotoclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NOTES-FOR-MACRO-WORKSHOP.pdf. As a follow-up, MMPC is planning a field trip to photograph wildflowers:

  • Harris Nature Center
  • 3998 Van Atta Rd, Okemos, MI (Note construction on Jolly Road)
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. A reminder that the April theme is Reflections. The May theme will be Symmetrical. Galleries of the photos are on the web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. The March photos will be added at the end of the month. 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.

Big Cookie

The June Big Cookie theme will be Buildings.

April 2018 MMPC Updates

April Meeting

A big thanks to Jim Leary fir his talk on macro photography at the April MMPC meeting. The notes from Jim’s talk are at http://mmphotoclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NOTES-FOR-MACRO-WORKSHOP.pdf. As a follow-up, MMPC is planning a field trip to photograph wildflowers:

  • Harris Nature Center
  • 3998 Van Atta Rd, Okemos, MI (Note construction on Jolly Road)
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Gallery Show Planning

The annual MMPC Gallery Show will be held again at the Riverview Church – Holt Venue. The dates will be November 17, 2018 – January 27, 2019. All MMPC members are encouraged to enter. The pricing to enter will be $10 for up to two images.

 

Fall Field Trip Planning

MMPC is planning an Upper Peninsula Waterfalls Weekend during the weekend of October 12, 2018. A trip to the Big Sable Lighthouse is being planned for January or February 2019.

 

Big Cookie

Congratulations to Randy Eberbach, Judge’s Choice and Arlene Allan People’s Choice for their March winning entries with the theme of Funny. Those images are now in the gallery at http://mmphotoclub.com/competitionbig-cookie/. The theme for the next Big Cookie competition in June 2018, is Buildings.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. A reminder that the April theme is Reflections. 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. Members who post in all 12 months of 2018 will be entered for a gift card drawing at the end of the year. Upcoming themes for the photo challenge are:

  • April – reflections
  • May – symmetrical
  • June – shadows
  • July – Fairs and Festivals
  • August – stairs and steps

May Meeting

The May meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI. Greg Smith will present on birding.