The Eastside Camera Club (ECC) is an informal and relaxed club for anyone interested in photography in Macomb County or the surrounding areas of Michigan. Members have all levels of skill, interest and equipment.

Members:Details of upcoming club events
Meetings:Our meetings begin at 6:30 PM on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Mt. Clemens Public Library, 150 Cass Ave, in Mt Clemens, Michigan. The meetings usually consist of about 30 minutes of club business and news, 30 minutes of education usually geared toward the latest software for post-processing, and an hour or so of viewing photographs on a projection screen which members submitted as detailed here. This is a great way to improve your photography since your photographs are seen by a friendly group of fellow photographers. As each photograph is shown, it is accompanied by comments, praise, compliments and/or suggestions for improvement. Submission of photos is not required if you'd prefer not to. Submitted photos are deleted after each meeting. After the meeting a few members typically go out for a snack at a local restaurant.
Activities:We also organize a club outing to an interesting place to photograph every couple of months. Attendance is optional, of course. We hold an annual print competition once per year with a cash prize for the best black-and-white and best color print.
Membership:Everyone age 16 or older is welcome to attend one or two meetings as a test drive, then join the club for an annual membership fee in order to begin showing photos at meetings, entering the print competition, attending club outings, and attending our annual pizza party during December.
Contact:You can find us on Flickr and Facebook, or send us an e-mail.

We welcome you to attend a club meeting and see how much fun it would be to become a member.

 

Here are some recent photos created by our club members, and here is how members can add their photos to this display.
 




 

October 22, 2020, 6:30-9:00 PM: Monochrome, Very Best, Special Assignment "Cemetaries". Each person can submit a maximum of 9 photos to show during this meeting using whatever combination of categories they want. Meeting will be held via a ZOOM video conference. You might be asked for the password, which is 158048. Email your photos, 2048 pixels on the long edge, to Jeff Bondono by midnight October 21st. For questions: email or call Glen Suszko or Jeff Bondono. Please see additional meeting details.

Friday, November 20, 2020, 6:30-9:00 PM: Nature, Very Best, Special Assignment "Fences".

December 17, 2020, 6:30-9:00 PM: 20 best photos from 2020, at the annual pizza party. Zoom meeting is also scheduled in case we cannot have the party.

January 28, 2021, 6:30-9:00 PM

February 25, 2021, 6:30-9:00 PM

March 25, 2021, 6:30-9:00 PM

April 22, 2021, 6:30-9:00 PM

May 27, 2021, 6:30-9:00 PM

June 24, 2021, 6:30-9:00 PM

July 22, 2021, 6:30-9:00 PM

August 26, 2021, 6:30-9:00 PM

September 23, 2021, 6:30-9:00 PM

October 28, 2021, 6:30-9:00 PM

Autumn of 2020 or 2021: Pere Marquette 1225, and the ghost town of Pompeii, Michigan (only 6 miles from Ashley!)

January 2021, 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM: Frozen Lighthouses of Western Michigan (St Joseph Lighthouse, South Haven Lighthouse, Hog Wild BBQ, Holland Lighthouse, Grand Haven Lighthouse), in early planning stages (4 votes in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 9AM, Charles Ilsley Park, across the street from 1500 Predmore Road (31 Mile Rd) on the north side of Predmore road, between Rochester and Dequindre. This outstanding nature park will be in full bloom, with a huge first field of Black-Eyed Susans, butterflies and other bugs, and an eastern field with Beebalm flowers and lots of dragonflies and bees. Bring extension tubes or macro lens if you have them, or if not, there are plenty of overview and flower shots to be had as well. Here are some photos I've taken here during 2019. Directions from the south with the least dirt road travel: take Rochester Road 7 miles north from University Ave (center of downtown Rochester), turn right (east) onto the dirt Predmore Road, in 1 mile you'll pass Parkway Trail on the left side, now watch for the large mailbox on the left in 0.3 miles past Parkway Trail, with the 1500 address on the mailbox, and turn in there. There is a quite small wooden sign at the turn-in with the name "Charles Ilsley Park". GPS Coordinates for the entrance are 42.785352, -83.108802, or 42°47'07.3"N 83°06'31.7"W. Call Jeff or Glen if you get lost. If coming from Mike & Nat's, take 32 Mile Rd west, turn south on Dequindre, then west on Predmore, 0.6 miles to the entrance (on the right). After visiting Charles Ilsley Park, we'll drive as a caravan, 3 miles west to Lost Lake Nature Park, where Dragonflies and Lily Pads are common, perhaps some mushrooms.

Someday: Detroit Zoo (3 votes in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: Ohio State Reformatory at 100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield OH (the Prison featured in the movie Shawshank Redemption, a 3-hour drive) (2 votes in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: Henry Ford Museum and/or Greenfield Village (2 votes in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: Renaissance Center

Someday: Downtown Detroit: Free on-street parking on Sundays. 3:00 PM dinner, 4:00 PM Detroit People Mover (Get off the train at each station, take photos without leaving station, get on next train for next station. Pay only one $0.75 fare since we don't leave the station)

Someday: Canadian Raptor Concervancy, take photos of birds in flight and perched. About a 3-hour drive. Requires passport or enhanced driver's licence to get into Canada. Approx $40 each, depending on how many people go.

Someday: Eastern Market (2 votes in November 2017 group shoot survey), Murals

Someday: Dequindre Cut

Someday: Elmwood Cemetary / Belle Isle (1 vote in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: Fisher Bldg (1 vote in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: Cranbrook grounds, institute of science and art museum (2 votes in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: Historic Fort Wayne (3 votes in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: Selfridge Air Museum (2 votes in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: Howell Hot Air Balloon Festival (3 votes in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: Durand Railroad Days (1 vote in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: Civil War Re-enactment at Wolcott Mill (2 votes in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: River Walk - Ren Cen - Campus Martius (1 vote in November 2017 group shoot survey)

Someday: Michigan Transit Museum (used to be Mount Clemens Railroad Station), on Grand Ave, just North of Cass, along the tracks East of Groesbeck. We can photograph the new Caboose #96, and possibly other rail cars, plus two dressed-up railroad workers, and see the museum. Call Ed O'Donnel with questions.

How to add your meeting photos to the "Submitted Photos" links below

September 24, 2020: [Submitted Photos] [Minutes] [Education - ISS transit of the Moon] Online meeting conducted over ZOOM video conference: Color Creative, Very Best, Special Assignment "Duotones".

August 27, 2020: [Submitted Photos] [Minutes] Online meeting conducted over ZOOM video conference: Nature, Very Best, Special Assignment "Bugs and Insects".

July 23, 2020: [Submitted Photos] [Minutes] Online meeting conducted over ZOOM video conference: Monochrome, Very Best, Special Assignment "Tools of the Trade".

June 25, 2020: [Submitted Photos] [Minutes] Online meeting conducted over ZOOM video conference: Group Shoot, Very Best, Special Assignment "Long Exposure".

May 28, 2020: [Submitted Photos] [Minutes] Online meeting conducted over ZOOM video conference: Color Creative, Very Best, Special Assignment "Vanishing Point", Limited to 3 photos per person in any categories you wish (the two CC's count as only 1). We also reviewed the submissions to the Library Print Competition.

April 23, 2020: Meeting cancelled due to Coronavirus COVID-19.

April 2, 2020: [Submitted Photos] Virtual Meeting via e-mail to select 6 photographs to print, frame and hang in the Mt Clemens Library

March 26, 2020: Meeting cancelled due to Coronavirus COVID-19, 'Virtual Meeting' held instead.

February 27, 2020: [Submitted Photos] [Minutes] Nature, Very Best, Special Assignment "Silverware"

January 23, 2020: [Submitted Photos] Monochrome, Very Best, Special Assignment "Holidays"

December 19, 2019: [Submitted Photos] 20 best photos from 2019, at the annual pizza party, to be held at Total Sports, 40501 Production Dr, Harrison Township (near I-94 and North River Road) in lower level suite 1.

November 21, 2019: [Submitted Photos] Group Shoot, Very Best, Special Assignment "disappearing technologies".

October 24, 2019: [Submitted Photos] Color Creative, Very Best, Special Assignment "a funny ad using any item, like a plunger being advertised as a party hat"

September 25, 2019: [Submitted Photos] Nature, Very Best, Special Assignment "Books"

August 22, 2019: [Submitted Photos] Monochrome, Very Best, Special Assignment "Motion"

July 25, 2019: [Submitted Photos] Group Shoot, Very Best, Special Assignment "Architecture"

June 27, 2019: [Submitted Photos] Color Creative, Very Best, Special Assignment "Smoke or Steam", Print Competition Results

May 23, 2019: [Submitted Photos] Nature, Very Best, Special Assignment "Store Fronts", submit Print Competition Prints (one color, one monochrome, each on 16x20 foam board)

April 25, 2019: [Submitted Photos] Monochrome, Very Best, Special Assignment "Island of Light", club dues ($25) were due

March 28, 2019: Group Shoot, Very Best, Special Assignment "Find the Face"

February 28, 2019: Color Creative, Very Best, Special Assignment "Ice or Snow"

January 24, 2019: Nature, Very Best, Special Assignment "Seats", also go to Freddy Fabris Renaissance Series and use arrow keys to scroll through the photos.

December 13, 2018: 20 best photos from 2018, at the annual pizza party

November 29, 2018: Monochrome, Very Best, Special Assignment "Orange or Halloween"

October 25, 2018: Group Shoot, Very Best, Special Assignment "Red or Apples"

September 27, 2018: Color Creative, Very Best, Special Assignment "Houses or Places of Worship"

August 23, 2018: Nature, Very Best, Special Assignment "Rustic/Weathered"

July 26, 2018: Monochrome, Very Best, Special Assignment "50mm"

June 28, 2018: Group Shoot, Very Best, Special Assignment "Boats"

May 24, 2018: Color Creative, Group Shoot, Special Assignment "Flowers"

April 26, 2018: Nature, Group Shoot, Special Assignment "Wet"

March 22, 2018: Monochrome, Group Shoot, Special Assignment "Cookies"

February 22, 2018: Color General, Group Shoot, Special Assignment "Levitation"

January 25, 2018: Color Creative, Group Shoot, Special Assignment "Railroad"

December 14, 2017: Twenty Best Photos from 2017, shown while we enjoyed our annual pizza party.

November 16, 2017: Nature, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Fall"

October 26, 2017: Color General, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Portrait"

September 28, 2017: Color Creative, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "What I Did This Summer"

August 24, 2017: Nature, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Three Photos That Tell a Story"

July 27, 2017: Monochrome, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Antique and Vintage"

June 22, 2017: Color General, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Arches"

May 25, 2017: Color Creative, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Outside"

April 27, 2017: Nature, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Fruit Dropped Into a Glass of Water"

March 23, 2017: Monochrome, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Peppers"

February 23, 2017: Color General, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Piles of Things"

January 26, 2017: Color Creative, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Night Lights"

December 15, 2016: Twenty Best Photos from 2016

November 17, 2016: Nature, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Election"

October 27, 2016: Monochrome, Group Shoot, Special Assigment (I can't remember)

September 22, 2016: Color General, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Historical Photo With a Story"

August 25, 2016: Color Creative, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Panorama"

July 28, 2016: Nature, Group Shoot, Special Assigment (I can't remember)

June 23, 2016: Monochrome, Group Shoot, Special Assigment "Paint on the Wall"

How to add your meeting photos to the "Photos Submitted to Meetings" links below

Saturday November 30, 2019, 8AM: [Photos Submitted to Meetings] Pere Marquette 1225 - the North Pole Express - Owosso / Ashley - ECC's third annual extravaganza! See my site scouting report. We'll in the Walmart parking lot at M-59 (Hall Road) and Mound, in the parking spaces nearest to Arby's. We'll leave as a group in one or two cars at 8AM, arriving in the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso at 9:15AM to take some photos of the train getting a head of steam. The train departs at 10AM, and we'll have a few selected spots along its route to beat the train to, set up for photos, then jump back in the car to the next spot. By about 11 AM we'll be in Ashley to watch the train back up and disappear into its own steam, then take photos of the kids and elves and other festivities. We'll eat lunch and return back to Walmart by about 4PM.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019: [Photos Submitted to Meetings] Terror on Tillson Street, in Romeo (4pm daylight photos, 5:30 Thee Office Pub, 7:00 nighttime photos)

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 2PM: Picnic at Mike and Nat's house.

Saturday, August 24, 2019: [Photos Submitted to Meetings] Main Detroit Library, in support of September Special Assignment "BOOKS".

Thursday, August 22, 2019: [Photos Submitted to Meetings] Concert behind the library after our meeting

Sunday, July 7, 2019, 11AM: [Photos Submitted to Meetings] Commemorative Air Force AirPower Tour at Oakland County Airport

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 11AM: [Photos Submitted to Meetings] Cars 'R' Stars, at Packard Proving Grounds, West side of Van Dyke, south of 23 Mile Rd. Meet after $5 ticket purchase, near entrance area

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 9AM: 4th Annual Colors of Hope 5k Run/Walk (meet at Riverbends Park, off 22 Mile Rd, at Hickory Grove Pavillion)

April 7, 2019: [Photos Submitted to Meetings] Impromptu walk in Stony Creek Metropark

Sunday, January 20, 2019: [Photos Submitted to Meetings] Ford Piquette Plant, David Whitney Building, Guardian Building

Saturday, November 17, 2018: [Photos Submitted to Meetings] North Pole Express (Pere Marquette 1225)

Thursday, August 23, 2018: Mt. Clemens photo-walk, with a challenge to photograph doorways and music.

Thursday, June 14, 2018: Baseball Game at Jimmy John's Field in Utica, General Admission Ticket is $6. Gates open at 6PM, game begins at 7PM.

Sunday, June 10, 2018: Cars 'R' Stars @ PPG at Packard Proving Grounds, West side of Van Dyke Ave, south of 23 Mile Road.

Saturday, March 3, 2018: Stahl's Automotive Museum, New Baltimore, at 11:00 AM, open until 4 PM. Cameras permitted, no tripods, monopods, selfie sticks or large camera bags. Sale of photos is prohibited. Meet at Gus Coney Island at 9:30 AM for breakfast if you'd like, Gratiot just south of 23 Mile Rd. Also visited the New Haven Grand Trunk Railroad Depot, with a nice view of the New Haven Farmer's Elevator next door.

Saturday, January 13, 2018: Detroit Institute of Arts, and a drive through southwest Detroit. Intended to also visit the Detroit Public Library, but it was closed in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr Holiday on the 15th), and the Scarab Club, but it was closed for renovation.

Saturday, November 18, 2017: Pere Marquette 1225 passing the Carland Grain Elevator, and in Ashley, Michigan, and railroad sights in Owasso and Durand, Michigan

Saturday, November 10, 2017: Scouting the Carland Grain Elevator

Monday, October 9, 2017: Astrophotography on Ray Center Road

Saturday, May 13, 2017: Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center

Thursday, August 4, 2016: Royal Oak

The Washington Township Fire Station

Delia Park, Model Shoot

Zombie Walk, Hart Plaza, Detroit

Masonic Temple, Detroit

Holiday Lights, Rochester, Michigan

Model Shoot, Mt. Clemens Library

Annual Palm Sunday Orchid Show, Madison Heights

Belle Isle Conservatory, Aquarium, Lighthouse Shoot, Detroit

Lake St. Clair Voyageurs Encampment, Harrison Township

Civil War Reenactment, Wolcott Mills Metropark, Ray Township

Tillson Street Halloween Decorations, Romeo, Michigan

George George Park, Clinton Township