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Somerset County Photography Club
website:  http://somersetcountyphotoclub.org

We meet at the Bound Brook Memorial Library on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings.  Our meetings start at 7:00 PM because we have to vacate the building before 9 PM.  Best time to arrive is around 6:30 PM before the meeting starts. [Street Map] [Bound Brook area]
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2016 - 2017 Program Calendar  (#calendar)

2016 - 2017 Program Calendar - Somerset County Photography Club
2nd & 4th Tues 7:00 PM at the Bound Brook Memorial Library
website:  http://somersetcountyphotoclub.org/index.htm
Contact:  Sudhir Mehta, 908-421-4271, sudhirm421 @ gmail . com

SEPTEMBER, 2016
13:  Presentation: “Before and After” by club member, Arik Gorban.
27: Member Critique.  

OCTOBER, 2016
11:  Competitions: “Black & White” and “Open”, Judge:  Marie Kane
25:  Presentation:  “Schmooze and Learn”, coordinator: Phil Witt.   

NOVEMBER, 2016
08:  Competitions:  “Shadows and “Open”, Judge: Jim Stachecki
22:  “Show and Tell” (up to ten images per member, see guidelines).  Goal: full participation.

DECEMBER, 2016
13:  Competitions:  “Neglected” (disrepair, ruins, fallen down) and “Open”, Judge:  David Mills
27:  No Meeting - Happy Holidays!

JANUARY, 2017
10:  Competitions:  “Artistic Interpretation” and “Open”, Judge: Nat Clymer
24:  Presentation:  “Advanced Digital Editing”, by Jack Moskowitz

FEBRUARY, 2017
14:  Member Critique.  
28:  Presentation:  “Artist Earth”, by David DesRochers

MARCH, 2017
14:  CANCELLED by SNOW Competitions: Water all forms and “Open Prints”, Judge: Joel Morgovsky

28:  Joint Competition (“Open”) with Hunterdon County Camera Club, submit images thru your club website, deadline is Sunday, image size 1050 pixels on long side, meeting will be at the Somerset County Library in Bridgewater at 1 Vogt Dr,  Judge: Greg DeAngelis

APRIL, 2017
11:  Competitions:  “Water” (all forms), and “Cold”; and “Open Prints”, Judge: Wayne Kliewer
25:  Presentation:  “Smartphone Photography”, by Rich Lewis

MAY, 2017
09:  Competitions: “Mobile Photography” (smart phone, tablets) and “Open” (due to Mar cancellation six images in open), Judge: Jacki Dickert
16: Presentation:  “Photographing the Northern Lights”, by Bill Gutsch -- Library mandated change in date, not yet confirmed with presenter.

JUNE, 2017
13:  End of Year Competition (from awarded images from competitions), Judges:  Susan Candelario, Judge: Nanci Ori
xx:  Club Picnic - details to be announced
27:  Planning Meeting, 2017-2018 all members welcome

About the Club  (#aboutclub)

We meet at the Bound Brook Memorial Library  and our meetings start at 7:00PM on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings.  Please come earlier for informal discussions, but we must start at 7:00PM because we have to vacate the building by 9PM.  So that we can start on time please try to arrive around 6:30PM to socialize before meeting. [Street Map] [Bound Brook area]

Most of our competitions are projected digital image contests, with three digital images per maker per contest submitted up to and including the day before our meeting.  We will have one print competition on Mar 14, 2017.

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About Us  (#aboutus)

The Somerset County Photography Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and enjoyment of photography.  Competitions and critiques include projected digital images, as well as prints.  Presentations include instructional meetings, travelogues and other shows by club and out-side speakers.  Annual dues are $35 ($40 family).

Our club is affiliated with the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs (NJFCC), which maintains a list of member clubs in New Jersey and a few clubs close to NJ in Staten Island and PA.

Most of our membership is in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties and nearby areas of Middlesex County.

Meetings  (#meetings)

The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, September through June, at the Bound Brook Memorial Library in Bound Brook, NJ.  -- Guests and visitors are welcome:
Presentations and Competitions are open to the public, only members may submit prints or projected images for competition.  Guests are encouraged to come in at least 15 minutes before 7:00 P.M. to discuss photography with members – bringing in some of your pictures adds interest. 

Meetings begin promptly at 7:00 P.M. -- (Digital projected media must be submitted online on or before the day prior to the competition.  We must leave by 9:00 PM.

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Officers  (#officers)

  President:Sudhir Mehta
  First Vice President:(unfilled)  (Presentations)
  Second Vice President:Steve Newfield  (Judges)
  Treasurer:George Hall   (also NJFCC Delegate)
  Secretary:(unfilled)

SCPC -- 2016-2017 Overview  (#overview)

Competition nights:  During the 2016-2017 club year:
There will be Eight competition nights which will each have an Assigned Topic for digital project images and an Open competition for digital projected images or for prints.  The year end will have all images with awards from digital competitions from those eight nights.

Preparation of digital images for contests.  Images will be projected at 768 pixels on the long side as described at http://somersetcountyphotoclub.org/contests.htm, and it would be best to do your own resizing even though the software will do some limited resizing.  Directions on that web page tell you how to resize and submit your digital images for projection.

Deadline for projected images:  Try to at least aim for the Sunday before the contest, images will be accepted the day before the contest but not later.  The limit is three images per contest.  Show and Tell and critiques will allow additional images. 

Your email address must have been entered into the contest server by an administrator for your images to be accepted on the server.  If you have never submitted digital images before, be sure to submit them well ahead of time to be sure that you have been set up properly.  (see our contests page)

Prints:  and separate print competitions (4 prints total per contest per maker), Prints must be 8"x10" up to 16"x20", digital prints are eligible. 

Judge(s) may be an outside judge or a club member, and will be announced before each competition. 

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Contact Information  (#contact)

Somerset County Photography Club
c/o Sudhir Mehta, President
106 Ravine Lake Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924

website:  http://somersetcountyphotoclub.org/index.htm

Phone:  (908) 421-4271 email: send email to Sudhir

For webpage and contest entry related matters contact David McRitchie, Phone:  732-595-8098, send email to David

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Library closings due to Weather or other Causes  (#weather)

The Bound Brook Memorial Library may close due to weather conditions.  Such decisions are usually made before 3 PM, compatible with businesses in the area.  Although the library will try to notify a member of the club this may not always be successful.  If in doubt call the main number at the library, if the library is closing early the recorded announcement would be changed.  Librarians indicated a better place to check in morning would be the banner at the top of the BBML page and is what they use to know whether to come in or not in the morning.

Directions to Our Meeting Place at the ...  (#directions)

Bound Brook Memorial Library
402 E. High St (corner of E. High and Hamilton)
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
(732) 356-0043

 
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From the North on Route 287: (Exit #13, Bound Brook)
Left turn at end of ramp (traffic light) onto Union Avenue (Route 28).
The fifth light is Mountain Ave, continue past.
  (control light over 287, Tea St, Thompson Ave, Vosseller, Mountain, East Street)
Turn right onto East Street at the very next light.
Take the second right onto High Street (traffic light).  Library is on left-side
Parking is in the street.

From the South on Route 287 (Exit #13B, Bound Brook)
Enter Union Ave (Route 28) heading East
The fourth light is Mountain Ave, continue past.
  (Tea St, Thompson Ave, Vosseller, Mountain, East Street)
Turn right onto East Street at the very next light.
Take the second right onto High Street (traffic light).  Library is on left-side
Parking is in the street.

From the East on Route 22 West
Take the exit for "Bound Brook, U.S. Veterans Hospital, Mountain Avenue",
Turn right toward Bound Brook at end of ramp.
You will be on Mountain Ave heading South.
Continue past the traffic light at Union Ave (Route 28).
Pass Somerset Street on the left.
Turn left onto High Street.
The library is on the next full intersection.
Parking is in the street.

From the West on Route 22 East
Take the exit for Bound Brook you will be on
You will be on Mountain Ave.
Continue past the traffic light at Union Ave (Route 28).
Pass Somerset Street on the left.
Turn left onto High Street.
The library is on the next full intersection.  Parking is in the street.

New:  4-Way Stop Signs have been installed next to the Library at Hamilton and High.

New:  Parking Restrictions
There are new 2 hour parking regulations near the library, so watch where and when you park.  The purpose is to ease the parking situation for the library but will impact anyone parking on both sides of E. High in the block in front of the library before 7PM on both sides.  Parking on Hamilton and on the other side of Hamilton for E. High is okay after 6 PM. The entrance we use is on E. High.  There are signs posted. 

The meeting room is at the top of the stairways to left of the check-out counter.

Small restroom facility is immediately to the left of the check-out counter.


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