Welcome to the Merrimack Valley Camera Club!
Looking to share your photography and take it to the next level? We’re your club. Merrimack Valley Camera Club is a great group of people who are passionate about photography. We’re open to every skill level, from beginning to advanced. Some members have been with us for several decades while others are brand new.
Not a member but curious? We invite you to join us as a guest for one of our Wednesday evening meetings to check us out! We’re all about sharing valuable content to expand your love of photography, including educational presentations, friendly club competitions, field trip opportunities, and the sharing of ideas and information.
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MVCC Coming Events*
09/22/2021 - Guest Speaker - (Zoom Meeting) Lewis Katz, "Printing from Lightroom"
09/29/2021 - Guest Speaker - (In Person Meeting) Michael Goodman, "Adding Points to Your Competitive Images"
10/06/2021 - Club Meeting - (Zoom Meeting) Digital Challenge #1
10/13/2021 - Club Meeting - (In Person Meeting) Print Competition #1 Prints are Due 09/29/2021
* Note: The MVCC meets on Wednesday evenings from September through May, at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 72 Elm Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Join us for socializing from 7:00-7:30 p.m. and the Program at 7:30-9:00 p.m. Please check the Calendar for the latest schedule information.
Field Trip Announcement
Visit To Castle in the Clouds on October 5,2021 for Tour of the Mansion, Vista Views of Lake Winnipesaukee, Brook Walk Trail for Waterfalls, and Colors of Fall Foliage. See the Field Trips Schedule for more information.
Q & A with Beth Bauer - Image of the Year Winner (2020-2021)
Beth Bauer 2020-2021 Image of the Year "Lookout!!!"
Beth Bauer is our latest IOY honoree! Her image, “Look Out!!!” captivated our end-of-year judge, Mike Goodman, a photographer and judge who’s won numerous photography awards across the globe. About “Look Out!!!,” he said, “The whole image grabs the viewer with a big WOW.” Mike had the unenviable job of evaluating 221 award-winning images from six 2020-2021 MVCC digital competitions. “After multiple rounds of eliminations, I was left with more than a dozen super images that all could easily have been image of year. At this level, judging comes down to personal connection and emotional response. The subject matter – a great white – was quite unique. The perspective was even more unique (eye level). The moment/timing (mouth open) was compelling. And presenting it in B&W was wonderful.”
Congratulations, Beth! Please tell us about your photo, “Look Out!!!”
This photo of a 15-foot great white shark lunging for dinner was taken in the wild during a cage diving trip 120 miles offshore in the waters of Guadalupe Island, Mexico. My expanding underwater photography skills and learning how to anticipate behaviors of these large animals helped tremendously in achieving this image. Just as important, I felt very protected inside the underwater steel cage swaying in the currents and waves. The ability to balance myself and my equipment in this environment and setting the proper parameters clinched the shot.
Camera and Settings:
Panasonic LX10 in an Ikelite Underwater Housing. Full manual mode - SS 1/500th, F5.6, and ISO 6400, focal length 63mm
Read the Complete Q & A .
Q & A with Renee Deal - Last Year's Image of the Year Winner (2019-2020)
Renee Deal 2019-2020 Image of the Year "Ready To Launch"
Renee Deal, winner of MVCC’s Image of the Year last season, earned that honor during a difficult year, thanks to the pandemic upending our lives. Add to that a change in our website service, and it became a ‘perfect storm’ on which we’ll blame the lateness of this article. That said, Renee’s unique and wonderful winning image, “Ready to Launch,” will remain memorable for a very long time.
Mike Milicia, our judge for last year’s IOY competition, had this to say: “One is instantly drawn to this image by the intensity and focus of the running dog. Having the two front legs off the ground and the splashing water drops add even more to the drama. But what really completes the story is the out-of-focus human figure in the background seemingly cheering on the dog. The juxtaposition of the human and the dog also adds a pleasing diagonal element. The finishing touches are the colorful background and the clean upper and lower edges. All in all, it’s just an image that draws me in and makes me smile no matter how many times I see it.” Read the Complete Q & A.
Pat Watson's Ring of Fire wins Best Flower in the 2021 Ocean State International Exhibition of Photography
Congratulations, Pat, for earning an outstanding, PSA-recognized award in this annual, Global Competition. A well-deserved, fantastic honor!
NECCC Projected Image Interclub Competitions
Two more MVCC members were honored in the spring NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) 2021 interclub competition, hosted by the Upper Cape Cod Camera Club. “Determination” by Renee Deal and “Lady Hummingbird” by Tom Curtin each won Honorable Mentions. Congratulations to both, who join Christopher Cummings, Roy Haddock, Steve Van Seters and Jay Richard as NECCC honorees for the year 2020-2021. Please note that Vikki Quick, our NECCC rep, made sure to “spread the love” with submissions, with eight individuals submitted for each of the three contests, with no two members entered twice. Congratulations to our winners!
Interclub Competition Sponsored by MVCC:
2021 Glennie Nature Salon Results (Rev 04/16/2021)
Merrimack Valley Camera Club
72 Elm St
North Andover, MA 01845