Mid-Michigan Photography Club September 2020 Updates

October Virtual Meeting

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 a virtual meeting in October 2020 because of the restriction on group activities under the Governor’s Executive Order, 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. Bill Harrison, formerly of Custom Photographic, will be the presenter on his photo printing during an online meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday October 7, 2020. 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.

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 Board Election

The MMPC Board meets regularly. The Board meeting schedule is posted on the calendar at http://mmphotoclub.com/calendar. Recent meetings have been virtual, rather than in-person. Lenny Robinson and Jim Leary have recently been joining the board’s discussions. Board elections are scheduled for October 2020. We welcome any MMPC members who are interested in serving on the Board. An election will be held before the October 2020 meeting for the positions of President, Vice-President, and MMPC Board Member at-large. Paul Bielawski has agreed to be nominated as President, Lenny Robinson has agreed to be nominated as Vice-president, and Jim Leary has agreed to be nominated as member at-large. The election will be held during the October 7 meeting, as required by the club’s by-laws. Please contact any MMPC Board member if you are interested in being nominated.

MMPC Gallery Show

MMPC’s plans to hold the annual Gallery Show in 2020 were contingent on lifting of the coronavirus quarantine. Since Riverview Church is under the restriction on group activities under the Governor’s Executive Order, and drop-off was scheduled for September 30, the MMPC Board has decided to cancel the Fall 2020 Gallery Show. The MMPC Board will continue to search for other venues for this event.

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 monthly theme for the photo challenge is:

  • September 2020 – Street Signs
  • October 2020 – Produce of Fall

The MMPC Board has designated themes for each month through January 2021. 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 a Board meeting where you can join our discussion.

Mid-Michigan Photography Club August 2020 Additional Updates

September Outdoor Meeting – Shigematsu Memorial Garden, Lansing Community College

The September MMPC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at the Shigematsu Memorial Garden, on the downtown campus of Lansing Community College. The garden is adjacent to Dart Auditorium off of Capitol Ave. We sought an outdoor location to accommodate social distancing.  The garden contains several traditional elements: a dry gravel garden and a water garden with traditional walking paths.  Additional architecture and sculpture on the campus make good photographic subjects.  Bring your camera and equipment and your mask. Please join us for this hands-on program. Even though we will be outdoors, remember to social distance and to wear masks.

September Meeting – Annual Dues

At the September meeting we will be collecting the dues for the year, we have kept the cost of being a club member to $35 again this year so please bring that with you to the meeting. Please understand that the dues 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 can’t make the meeting send payments to:  Karen Towner, 10727 Keefer Highway, Portland, MI 48875.

October Virtual Meeting

MMPC has been informed that First Presbyterian Church plans to reevaluate use of the church when the current Executive Order is changed. The MMPC Board decided to hold a virtual meeting in October 2020 because of the restriction on group activities under the Governor’s Executive Order, 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. The club will conduct a virtual activity in October. Bill Harrison formerly of Custom Photographic will be the presenter on his photo printing during an online meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday October 7, 2020. 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 Board Election

The MMPC Board meets regularly. The Board meeting schedule is posted on the calendar at http://mmphotoclub.com/calendar. Recent meetings have been virtual, rather than in-person. Lenny Robinson and Jim Leary have recently been joining the board’s discussions. Board elections are scheduled for October 2020. We welcome any MMPC members who are interested in serving on the Board. An election will be held before the October 2020 meeting for the positions of President, Vice-President, and MMPC Board Member at-large. Paul Bielawski has agreed to be nominated as President, Lenny Robinson has agreed to be nominated as Vice-president, and Jim Leary has agreed to be nominated as member at-large. Please contact any MMPC Board member if you are interested in being nominated or if you wish to make an additional nomination. All MMPC members are welcome at all MMPC Board meetings.  Send an email to mmpclansing@gmail.com or bielawp@gmail.com to request the Zoom information for a Board meeting.

MMPC Gallery Show

MMPC’s plans to hold the annual Gallery Show in 2020 were contingent on lifting of the coronavirus quarantine. Since Riverview Church is under the restriction on group activities under the Governor’s Executive Order, and drop-off was scheduled for September 30, the MMPC Board has decided to cancel the Fall 2020 Gallery Show. The MMPC Board will continue to search for other venues for this event.

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:

  • August 2020 – Industrial
  • September 2020 – Street Signs

Mid-Michigan Photography Club August 2020 Updates

August Outdoor Meeting – Frances Park

The August MMPC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at Frances Park, 2701 Moores River Drive, Lansing, MI 48911. We sought an outdoor location to accommodate social distancing. The park features a rose garden and an overlook on the Grand River. Bring your camera and equipment and your mask. Note that there is construction at Waverly Road and I-496. Access to Moores River Drive is open from Martin Luther King. We will gather near the Pavilion and the Rose Garden. Please join us for this hands-on program. We are looking forward to this meeting because it will be the first MMPC event in several months. Even though we will be outdoors, remember to social distance and to wear masks. A map to Frances Park is at https://www.google.com/maps/place/Frances+Park/@42.7173149,-84.5905669,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8822c014c867a335:0xb63a7a3a4792185f!8m2!3d42.717311!4d-84.5883729

MMPC Board Update and Reminder

The MMPC Board meets regularly. The Board meeting schedule is posted on the calendar at http://mmphotoclub.com/calendar. Recent meetings have been virtual, rather than in-person. Lenny Robinson and Jim Leary have recently been joining the board’s discussions. Board elections are scheduled for October 2020. We welcome any MMPC members who are interested in serving on the Board. All MMPC members are welcome at all MMPC Board meetings.  Send an email to mmpclansing@gmail.com or bielawp@gmail.com to request the Zoom information for a Board meeting.

Mid-Michigan Photography Club July 2020 Updates

August Outdoor Meeting – Frances Park

The August MMPC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at Frances Park, 2701 Moores River Drive, Lansing, MI 48911. We sought an outdoor location to accommodate social distancing. The park features a rose garden and an overlook on the Grand River. Bring your camera and equipment. Please join us for this hands-on program. We are looking forward to this meeting because it will be the first MMPC event in several months.

September Virtual Meeting

MMPC has been informed that First Presbyterian Church plans to reevaluate use of the church building beginning September 1, 2020. The MMPC Board met virtually and decided to hold a virtual meeting in September 2020 because of the restriction on group activities under the Governor’s Stay at Home order, 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. The club will conduct a virtual activity in September. Bill Harrison of Custom Photographic will be the presenter on his photo printing during an online meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday September 2, 2020. 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 Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The June theme was Silhouettes. 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 upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • July 2020 – A focused item with blurred background showing motion
  • August 2020 – Industrial

Big Cookie

The theme for next Big Cookie is “SKY.” Since the June MMPC meeting was not be held physically, we will plan to hold the next Big Cookie competition at the next physical MMPC 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 following information represents recent communications with Riverview Church and is based on anticipated changes in restrictions on group activities under the Governor’s Stay at Home order and on communication with the venue.

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 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