Sunday, March 15, 2015

March 16 Meeting Cancelled

Due to plumbing issues at the Nature Center, the Southwest Camera Club meeting for Monday night, March 16, 2015 has been cancelled. There is no open date to re-schedule this competition but if one comes up it will be posted here.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

2014 – 2015 Southwest Camera Club Schedule

New for this year, the nature category in competitions has specific subcategories so that we may have a range of subjects in our nature competition winners, for example animals and birds. Entries must fit into one of the two subcategories to be eligible for the competition.

As always, to learn more about competition categories and rules, visit the Southwest club blog at and click on the “competition rules” link on the left side of the page. Competitions are open to paid members. Still unsure about competition rules or subject matter? You can email club president Bernie Smith at or call 216.661.1341 for clarification. Competition entries for digital competitions should be emailed by noon on the Sunday before the competition. You should receive an email acknowledging receipt of your files within 24 hrs of sending your entries. If you do not, please call.

September 15, 2014 Show and Tell Night. Bring in a dozen or so slides, prints or digital files of your favorite images from the summer break and tell us how and where you got them.
October 6, 2014 Digital Workflow: From Capture to Print by club member Mike Kopkas.
October 20, 2014 Digital and Slide Competition. Categories: pictorial and people.
November 3, 2014 Studio Lighting Demo and Portfolio Review by Eric Wethington. Come see some studio lighting techniques, from the basics of umbrellas and soft boxes to using a 1, 2 and 3 light set-up. Eric will go through several of his fashion style portraits and show how the results were achieved.
November 17, 2014 Print Competition. Categories: nature and machinery. The nature subcategories are scenery or a landscape. *Special Note: Bring in your framed prints to be displayed at Grumpy's Cafe for the month of December.
December 2, 2014 (Tuesday at 7pm) Annual Christmas Dinner at Grumpy's Cafe, 2621 West 14th St, Cleveland OH. Join us for a casual dinner to celebrate the holidays. Open menu, separate checks.
January 5, 2015 The Land Down Under – Australia and New Zealand by club member John Holian.
January 19, 2015 Digital and Slide Competition. Categories: nature and buildings/architecture. The nature subcategories are animals and birds.
February 2, 2015 My Favorite Images. Bring in 3-5 of your favorite digital images, slides or prints and talk about how you did it and why you like it!
February 16, 2015 People's Choice Competition. All audience members will vote on the images they like the best. Limit of 2 prints and 2 projected images per member. It's President's Day, so come on out and cast your vote!
March 2, 2015 Digital Photography by club member Bernie Smith.
March 16, 2015 Print Competition. Categories are pictorial and abstracts.
April 6, 2015 Planning Meeting. Come and join in the discussion as we chart a course for the upcoming season. This is your club so get involved!
April 20, 2015 Digital and Slide Competition. Categories: Pictorial and the color red.
May 4, 2015 Photography 101 by club member Ken Loye.
May 18, 2015 Schooner American Eagle and the Coastline of Maine by club members Paul and Audrey Goebl.
June 1, 2015 Champion of Champions Competition. Any image that took first second or third place in a competition over the past year will be eligible to enter this final battle to choose our grand champions.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 18th, 2013 print competition results

       Here are the results from the Nov. 18th Print competition. A big thank you to our judges, Dave Streeter, Rob Erick and Bernie Smith!

                         NATURE PRINTS

     DeeAnn Rose         Breathtaking                                24 pts.  1st place
     Sylvia Banks         Rapids Detail                                 23 pts.  2nd place
     Mike Kopkas       Hinckley Reflection                        21 pts.  3rd place
     Craig Bevan       Blue Grey Nuthatcher                     21 pts.   3rd place
     DeeAnn Rose   Here's Looking @ You                      21 pts.    3rd place
     Israel Lopez        Tired of Flying                                 20 pts.
     Sylvia Banks       Valley Stream                                  20 pts.
     Mike Kopkas            Zion                                            20 pts.
     E. Jakubowski      Summer Sunset                             20 pts.
     E. Jakubowski   Grand Tetons Lake                            20 pts.
     Craig Bevan             Scaup                                           20 pts.
     Joe Fields              Triple Tree                                      19 pts.
     Bill Armstrong     Rthabaska Falls                               18 pts.
     Joe Fields              Swan Drinking                                16 pts.

                     WHEELS - PRINTS

     DeeAnn Rose      Cool Old Time                                24 pts.  1st place
     DeeAnn Rose     B18A Bomber                                  23 pts.  2nd place
     Mike Kopkas       Engine Wheel                                 21 pts.  3rd place
     Craig Bevan        Warther Train                                  21 pts.  3rd place
     Craig Bevan     Ferris Wheel - Navy Pier                   21 pts.   3rd place
     Bill Armstrong    Seventeen Sewers                          20 pts.
     E. Jakubowski        Color Wheel                                20 pts.
     E. Jakubowski    Barcelona Bikes                               20 pts.
     Steve Adams       Windmill #2                                   19 pts.
     Mike Kopkas       Pottery Wheel                                19 pts.
     Bill Armstrong   Old Retired Wheels                         18 pts.
     Israel Lopez         Gears of Nature                              17 pts.
     Joe Fields              Purple Float                                   17 pts.
     Steve Adams        Windmill #1                                    15 pts.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 21st 2013 slide competition

Here are the results of the Competition on Monday, Oct. 21. A big thanks to our judges: Lloyd Keller, Bert Klein and Glen Petranek!!

                       CREATIVE/MANIPULATIVE - DIGITAL

     Mike Kopkas      Return of the Mother Ship    23 pts.    1st place
     Mike Kopkas      Waif in the Woods                 23 pts.     1st place
     Jeaneen Sheehan   Music Montage                 21 pts.     2nd place
     Sharon Thomas  Squadron of Pelicans            21 pts.     2nd place
     E. Jakubowski      Haunted Castle                    21 pts.      2nd place
     Bernie Smith           Mon Ami                            19 pts.
     Sharon Thomas   From out of the Past             19 pts.
     Jeaneen Sheehan    Golden Gate Bridge           18 pts.
     Israel Lopez                Nature Center Pond        18 pts.
     DeeAnn Rose               Rooftops                          18 pts.
     DeeAnn Rose               Water Lilies                     18 pts.
     Sylvia Banks                Ghost Riders                    18 pts.
     E. Jakubowski             Stonehenge                     18 pts.
     Israel Lopez                Down Below                     17 pts.
     Bernie Smith       B & O Roundhouse #1            17 pts.
     Sylvia Banks          Dancing Flowers                    16 pts.

               PICTORIAL - DIGITAL

     John Holian               Child                                 22 pts. 1st place
     John Holian          Yak and Calf                          21 pts.  2nd place
     Bernie Smith    Fitzwater Trainyard #1             21 pts.  2nd place
     Sharon Thomas  Manchester Horse Farm        21 pts.  2nd place
     Maria Diaconu        Roman Wall                        20 pts.  3rd place
     Israel Lopez          Gas Mask Push                      20 pts.  3rd place
     DeeAnn Rose        Watkins Glen                        20 pts.  3rd place
     E. Jakubowski       GuitarMania                         20 pts.  3rd place
     Jeaneen Sheehan   Boweman Lake                    19 pts.
     Debbie Arcaro      Lobster Season Ends              19 pts.
     Jeaneen Sheehan    Logan Pass                            19 pts.
     Debbie Arcaro         Glacial Gorge                        19 pts.
     Sharon Thomas        Old House                            19 pts.
     Mike Kopkas       Pondering the Canyon              19 pts.
     Bernie Smith    Wade chapel Door Knob              18 pts.
     Sylvia Banks      Blue Ridge Scene                          18 pts.
     Sylvia Banks        Flashing Lights                            18 pts.
     DeeAnn Rose     Brecksville Fall                              18 pts.
     E. Jakubowski    A Day at the Spa                           18 pts.
     Maria Diaconu    Japanese Garden                         17 pts.
     Israel Lopez         Harley Exhaust                             16 pts.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

2013-2014 Schedule

Sept. 16, 2013 Show and Tell. Bring in a dozen or so slides, prints or digital files of your favorite images from the summer break and tell us about where you got them.
October 7, 2013 Texture Art Photography - Vision Beyond the Lens by Dale Kincaid. Blending texture layers into photographs including a tutorial on how to create textured art with your photography.
October 21, 2013 Digital and Slide Competition.Categories: Pictorial and creative/manipulative. To learn more about competition categories and rules visit the blog at
November 4, 2013 My Favorite Images. Bring in 3 to 5 of your favorite pictures and talk about how you did it and why you like it.
November 18, 2013 Print Competition. Categories: Nature and wheels.
December 3, 2013 (Tuesday 7pm) Club Christmas Party at Grumpy’s Cafe, 2621 West 14th Street, Cleveland.
January 6, 2014 The Land Down Under – Australia and New Zealand by club member John Holian.
January 20, 2014 Composition Basics and a Little Bit of Macro Photography. Lori Diemer will present two short programs: one on the basics of composition and the other will highlight the Wonderful World of Macro.
February 3, 2014 Astrophotography with the Stuff You Have by Jay Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds is a research astronomer at Cleveland State University.
February 17, 2014 Digital and Slide Competition. Categories: Nature and winter.
March 3, 2014 Improving your Competition Entries, by club member Bernie Smith.
March 17, 2014 Print Competition. Categories: Pictorial and monotone/duotone.
April 7, 2014 Planning Meeting. Come and join in the discussion as we chart a course for the upcoming season.
April 21, 2014 Digital and Slide Competition. Categories: Pictorial and leading lines.
May 4, 2014 Wild West: a Circle of National Parks, by club member George Diaconu.
May 19, 2014 People’s Choice Competition. Audience members will vote on the images they like the best. Limit of 2 prints and 2 projected images.
June 2, 2014 Champion of Champions. Any image that took first, second or third place over the past year will be eligible to enter this final battle to choose our grand champion images.

Friday, December 21, 2012

November 19th, 2012 Print Competition Results

Thanks to our judges: Doug Mamere, Rob Erich and Bernie Smith
                       NATURE - PRINTS

     Mike Kopkas           Orangutan goes Ape                    25 pts. 1st place
     Mike Kopkas               Cheetah                                 24 pts. 2nd place
     Bill Armstrong       Cascade Park Waterfall                  24 pts. 2nd place
     Sylvia Banks          Autumn in the Metroparks              24 pts. 2nd place
     Craig Bevan            Struttin' my Stuff                        24 pts. 2nd place
     E. Jakubowski              Yellowstone                           24 pts. 2nd place
     DeeAnn Rose           Mountainside Falls                      23 pts. 3rd place
     R. McClelland               Butterfly                               22 pts.
     George diaconu         Red Canyon                             22 pts.
     Sylvia Banks              Aspens Aglow                          22 pts.
     Craig Bevan            Osprey and Baby                        22 pts.
     E. Jakubowski          Swallow Falls                             21 pts.
     Maria Diaconu           Utah Dome                              21 pts.
     George Diaconu           Monkey                                 21 pts.
     DeeAnn Rose            Smokey Mountains                     20 pts.
     R. McClelland            Sweet gum Tree                       20 pts.
     Maria Diaconu               Bison                                  18 pts.
     Ed Saus                    Dwarf Larkspur                        18 pts.


     Sylvia Banks               Petal Edges                            24 pts. 1st place
     Craig Bevan             Beauty at Rest                           24 pts. 1st place
     Sylvia Banks              Surface Colors                          23 pts. 2nd place
     Mike Kopkas             Choosing Sides                          23 pts. 2nd place
     DeeAnn Rose            Garden Spider                          23 pts. 2nd place
     R. McClelland            Flower Center                          23 pts. 2nd place
     DeeAnn Rose        Along came a Spider                     23 pts. 2nd place
     Craig Bevan            Prayer Time                               23 pts. 2nd place
     E. Jakubowski         Magnolia Blossom                        22 pts.
     George Diaconu          Green bug                              22 pts.
     Jeanette Smith       Bee on Flower                             21 pts.
     R. McClelland           Sleepy Head                              20 pts.
     E. Jakubowski        Pigeon on Fence                           20 pts.
     Mike Kopkas              Winter Peace                            20 pts.
     George Diaconu            At Work                                19 pts.
     Bill Armstrong             Watches                                 19 pts.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

October 15, 2012 digital competition results

Monday, October 15, 2012 was our first Competition of the season. Following are the results. A big thanks to our judges: Barb Baldizzi, Dave Stretar and Bert Klein!!

                            SHAPES  -  DIGITAL

    Mike Kopkas                 Triangulation                      25 pts.    1st place
    Rebekah McClelland     Window on Window               24 pts.     2nd place
    Sylvia Banks               Oak Leaf and Ice                   24 pts.     2nd place
    Sharon Thomas              Archway                           23 pts.     3rd place
    Jeanette Smith              City Nest                           22 pts.
    E. Jakubowski               Rock Hall                           21 pts.
    Sylvia Banks                 Old Gate                            21 pts.
    Robert Hoy                   Colors                               21 pts.
    DeeAnn Rose              Cedar Breaks                        21 pts.
    Sharon Thomas             Moon                                21 pts.
    Jeaneen Sheehan   Rock & Roll Hall of Fame              21 pts.
    E. Jakubowski         Peter B. Lewis Bldg.                   21 pts.
    Bernie Smith           Ceiling Detail                            20 pts.
    Mike Kopkas             City Blocks                             20 pts.
    Jeanette Smith        Pepper Face                             20 pts.
    Bernie Smith           Pillar Detail                              20 pts.
    DeeAnn Rose        San Juan Fort                            20 pts.
    Robert Hoy              Scale                                     19 pts.
    Rebekah McClelland   Kaleidoscope                          18 pts.
    Dan Thomas           Longaberger Bldg.                     18 pts.

                       PICTORIAL  -  DIGITAL

    E. Jakubowski    Church in the Grand Tetons            23 pts.    1st place
    Bernie Smith           Air Show                                22 pts.    2nd place
    DeeAnn Rose      Under the Bow                            22 pts.    2nd place
    DeeAnn Rose       Mohave Desert                           22 pts.    2nd place
    Sharon Thomas   Steam Locomotive                       22 pts.    2nd place
    Jeaneen Sheehan   Cleveland Lighthouse                 21 pts.
    Sylvia Banks            Castle Window                       21 pts.
    Sharon Thomas    Cleveland Night Scene                 21 pts.
    Robert Hoy                Ice House                           21 pts.
    Mike Kopkas          Peggy's Cove                           21 pts.
    Sylvia Banks        Vase on Ledge                           21 pts.
    Mike Kopkas    A Boy and his Puddle                      20 pts.
    E. Jakubowski     CNVP Bridge                               20 pts.
    Dan Thomas       Implosion                                  20 pts.
    Dan Thomas         Newborn                                 20 pts.
    Rebekah McClelland    Strong Man                         20 pts.
    Rebekah McClelland   Do not pass Go                     19 pts.
    Bernie Smith              State Theater                       19 pts.
    Jeanette Smith        In My Garden                          18 pts.
    Jeanette Smith       Sunset on Puritas                      18 pts.
    Robert Hoy                 View                                  18 pts.