Billings Camera Club

Billings, MT
38 Members


Club Admins:

Bob Ruble

Patrick McDonald

Robyn Mehmke

The Billings Camera Club is the oldest club of its kind in Yellowstone County. Since 1947 the BCC has supported amateur and professional photographers in their quest to create art with the capture of light.

Our goal is to build skills through education, workshops, field trips, and competitions, to create incentives to shoot subjects new to you, and to foster new friendships.

INTERESTED?   Great!  Come to our next meeting and check it out. Everyone is welcome--introduce yourself ! Our meetings might include informative discussions by guest lecturers or fellow club members on subjects ranging from equipment, framing, lighting, and composition, to mastering post-processing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, digital printing and more. Or see the results of in-club and national competitions, or enjoy evenings of show and tell. 

DUES  this year are half-price — $10 for an individual, $15 for a family — in acknowledgement of limitations imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Click HERE  to pay online



Club Gallery: Second Bird Photography Outing at Shiloh Conservation Area

Osprey after fish

Sheila Ruble

Get out and Stay Out!!!

Sheila Ruble

Redwing Blackbird_

Sheila Ruble

Yellowheaded Blackbird

Sheila Ruble

Spreading its wings

Sheila Ruble

Spotted sandpiper

Sheila Ruble

S curve

Sheila Ruble

Defending his territory

Sheila Ruble

Octuplets

Sheila Ruble

Muskrat

Sheila Ruble

Mallard

Sheila Ruble

Killdeer.jpg

Sheila Ruble

Heron_

Sheila Ruble

Heron Sentinel

Sheila Ruble

Female Redwing Blackbird

Sheila Ruble

Hungry Heron

Joseph O'Brien

Yellow-headed blackbird

Diane Erhart

Blue winged teal

Diane Erhart

How close can you go?

Diane Erhart

Sometimes the subject is our friends

Diane Erhart

Mom and Babes

Diane Erhart

Sucker fish for dinner

Diane Erhart

Watchful

Diane Erhart

Graceful

Diane Erhart

Yellow-Headed Black Bird

Michelle Haumberger

Red-Winged Black Bird

Michelle Haumberger

Great Blue Heron

Michelle Haumberger

(Expletives deleted)

Bob Ruble

Waiting for Heron

Patrick McDonald

Flying Home

Patrick McDonald

Diane and Friend

Patrick McDonald

Fran Bergum

Fran Bergum

Fran Bergum

Fran Bergum

Hungry Heron, Mallard & Sparrow

Joseph O'Brien

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Joseph O'Brien

Blue Heron

Joseph O'Brien

Bob Ruble

Flying below the radar

Bob Ruble

Great Blue Heron

Patrick McDonald

Bokeh Bird

Patrick McDonald



Club Gallery: Club Shoot: Shiloh Conservation Area - May 22

Swallow 2

Greg Sullivan

Swallow 1

Greg Sullivan

Show Down

Greg Sullivan

Heron

Greg Sullivan

Cinnamon Teal

Dennis Hirning

The Sentry

Jerry Jacobs

Heron on take-off

Larry Robson

Monkey Field Trip

Dennis Hirning

The End and the End and the End

Dennis Hirning

The Sentry

Dennis Hirning

Mallard in Flight

Dennis Hirning

Bluewinged Teal 2

Dennis Hirning

Hang on and Look to the Left

Dennis Hirning

Wading

Dennis Hirning

Swallow

Dennis Hirning

White Faced Ibis

Dennis Hirning

One Leg Up Heron

Jerry Jacobs

Wetlands Swallow

Jerry Jacobs

It was soooo cold that...

Dennis Hirning

Blue Heron II

Ross Magnuson

Another Barn Swallow

Patrick McDonald

Great Blue Heron?

Dennis Hirning

Blue Herron III

Ross Magnuson

Mallard Taking Off Over a Bluewinged Teal

Dennis Hirning

Blue Heron 1

Ross Magnuson

Bird In Flight

Ross Magnuson

Bird

Ross Magnuson

The Human Tri-Pod

Ross Magnuson

Da Goose

Ross Magnuson

Muskbird

Dennis Hirning

I've Got My Eye on You

Dennis Hirning

Tree Swallow

Patrick McDonald

Barn Swallow

Patrick McDonald



Minutes from June Meeting

  • Billings Camera Club Minutes- June 1, 2021


This meeting was conducted via ZOOM due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements.

The meeting was called to order by Bob Ruble and Diane Erhart at 7:06 PM. There were 15 participants.

New Business:

  • New changes for next year include the addition of monthly galleries for members to post new images that they are pleased with or want help with. The new gallery will be put up the day after the monthly meeting for the next month. This will begin in September. There are no specific topics or judging- just “My Favorite Images”- start with 5 per member. Depending on the website storage capacity, these galleries may remain posted for a while or may need to be replaced with the next month’s gallery.
  • There will be a gallery for “What I did Last Summer” to share images that members make over the next 3 months.
  • For contests, there will be two divisions: Novice/Intermediate and Advanced. There will also be a Critique only category. Each person can choose their own division. The Critique only category will have comments given from other club members but will not be judged or have scores assigned. As members become more proficient and win in the Beg/Int category, they will be moved up into the Advanced division. When this happens will be decided on as we go. Members can enter images into the contest as well as the Critique only. Hopefully this will encourage more members to participate. At the end of the year, there will be a Photographer of the Year for each level.

Contest Results:

Results of the ‘White on White’ competition were revealed. This was judged by one person from the PSA. There were 21 entries.

  • Marble and Dried Paint- Dennis Hirning- HM
  • Delicate in White- Fran Nunn- HM
  • Showy Plumage- Diane Erhart- HM
  • A Beautiful Bird- Larry Robson- 3rd place
  • Toby- Bob Ruble- 2nd place
  • White Caps- Carolyn Jones- 1st place

Congratulations!

Educational presentation: We watched a video presentation on Minimalism in Photography by Judy Hancock. Some ideas from this:

  • Capture the feeling of your subject, the essence.
  • What are you drawn to? Pay attention to specifics of what speaks to you- with or without your camera (for inspiration).
  • 3 rules- Simplify-Simplify-Simplify
  • Resources: minimalistphotography.com; michaelkenna.com

Educational topics suggested for next year:

  • Night photography
  • Black & White
  • Impressionistic techniques
  • Macro

If you have any topics that you would like to see presented, please contact a Board member or put a message on the website.

Contest topics for next year for you to work on:

  • Days Gone By
  • Inside the Flower
  • Symmetry
  • Minimalist photography

All photos, scores and comments for this contest can be seen on the website for Billings Camera Club (on MyCameraClub)

Upcoming Events:

  • There will be a Bird Photography outing with Patrick McDonald at Shiloh Ponds (across from Scheel’s) on Saturday, June 12 at 8 am. If you want to be there earlier and want his help, please contact Patrick.

The next meeting will be in September.

This meeting was adjourned at 8:46pm.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Nunn, Secretary

Contest topics for 2021-22

Club competition topics for 2021-22

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  • Days Gone By
  • Inside the Flower
  • Symmetry
  • Minimalist photography