Join us October 18th – Astrophotography with Larry Wilson

On October 18 PCC will host Astrophotography – Larry Wilson

I retired from my job with Caterpillar in 2008 and decided to re-engage with my lifelong interest in astronomy and astrophotography. I became interested in the hobby originally in 1958 when one night south of Chillicothe where I grew up, my Dad took me outside pointed up in the dark sky overhead at a slow moving white pinpoint of light. He told me it was a Soviet satellite named Sputnik and one day it would be able to drop bombs on us. From that time onward I was hooked on looking up!

I wanted to be an astronomer and graduated from college in 1969 with a BS Degree in Physics. But due to Viet Nam, I ended up working at Caterpillar for 38 years, raised a family and set aside seriously pursuing my hobby until retirement.

About a year after I retired I discovered that DSLR cameras worked great for astrophotography. I became interested immediately and started learning the hobby all over again. My first results were taken using a Canon Rebel XTi mounted on a tripod. After that I gradually progressed to taking multiple time exposures through a guided telescope and I thoroughly love being back at this hobby again. At my current location at Lake Thunderbird by Putnam, I have a good dark sky to both observe and do photography and just about any clear Illinois evening you can find me out with my cameras and scopes capturing some aspect of the gorgeous scenery overhead!

Quad Cities Challenge Accepted! (Members Only Competition)

The Challenge Continues

This year the competition is between Quad Cities Photography Club and Peoria Camera Club.
The Bloomington KodaRoamers club is the host and has chosen “Shadows” as the theme.
PCC has won two of the previous three competitions.
We need your images to win again.
Get out there and take images for this competition.

Here are the rules:

  •  “Shadow” images can be anything that exhibits or implies Shadows.
  •  Images must have been exposed after January 15, 2016.
  •  Image submissions must be digital.
  •  Image size limits are 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels high
  •  File naming convention is: image# – 14 – your competition number – title – .jpg
    Example: 001-14-079-Steam Engine.jpg
  • If you do not have a competition number call Carl Close at 309-274-5103 or email him at
  • Turn in deadline is December 6, 2016.
  • Send up to 8 “Shadow” images to Rich Seeman at
From all images submitted by our members, a PCC team will select 50 and enter them into the competition.  If possible, every PCC member submitting images will have at least one image entered in the Challenge.
The judging by KodaRoamers is tentatively scheduled for January 2017. (More info later.)
Questions – Contact Rich Seeman
(To see contact info, members need to log in first)

Outing to Iowa – Bickelhaupt Arboretum 9/24 (For Members)

This outing is a member only event.

Bickelhaupt Arboretum is a 14-acre gem located in the heart of Clinton, Iowa. The outdoor museum is the home of select labeled trees, shrubs, groundcovers, perennials and annual flowers.

We will meet in the parking lot at the First United Methodist Church 116 NE Perry in Peoria. The parking lot is on Perry across from the church. The same place we park for our club meetings. We will car-pool and caravan from there. It’s about a two hour drive from Peoria so we will meet at 7:00 AM and leave by 7:15.

2016 CICCA Fall Salon Entries Due 9/24 (Members only)


This is a Club Competition. We need your best images and prints. We can enter at total of 50 images in digital, 50 large prints and 50 small prints.

To meet to meet the entry deadline, we need to have all entries by Saturday, September 24th.

Send all digital entries to Colleen and Scott Dunham at

Download Entry Form (Excel): cicca-salon-entry-forms-digital-3
Download Entry Form (PDF): cicca-salon-entry-forms-digital-3

Download Label Sheet (PDF):  cicca-print-label-pdf-format-2

All prints are being collected by Rich Seeman.
You may compete in the Prints format and/or Digital Images format in the following categories:


  1. Nature;
  2. Photo-Realistic;
  3. Altered Reality

No individual member, may submit more than eight (8) digital images.
The jpeg format must be used. The dimensions of the digital image should be 1400 x 1050 pixels. (Images should be no larger than 1400 pixels horizontally, and no larger than 1050 pixels vertically. One of these dimensions should be met, but neither exceeded.)


A. Small Monochrome prints;
B. Large Monochrome prints;
C. Small Color Prints;
D. Large Color prints

No entry previously accepted in any CICCA Salon.

No person may submit the same basic image in more than one division or category

Monochrome Prints. A monochrome print is defined as a print in one color or different shades of one color; a single-tone print. This category includes black and white prints.

Color Prints. A color print is one made either by a regular color photography process, including printing on an ink-jet printer, or by hand coloring or tinting.
Small prints (all categories) may be any size up to but not larger than 8 x 12 inches in either dimension, and must be mounted on an 11 x 14 inch mount board.
Large prints (all categories) may be any size larger than 8 x 12 inches, but not larger than 16 x 20 inches, and must be mounted on 16 x 20 inch mount board.

No individual member may submit more than eight (8) prints.
The maker’s name may NOT appear on the front of the print or mount. Each print entered must be identified with an official CICCA print label attached to the back of the mounting board in the top right corner.

Descriptions of categories:
A. Nature: Nature photography embraces the entire physical and natural world and thus encompasses nature in all its forms. There should be no evidence of the influence of man in a nature photograph.  Photographs depicting cultivated plants, domestic animals, and mounted museum specimens are not eligible and should not be submitted as nature photographs. Exception: scientific banding visible on wild animals will not be considered a disqualification.  In addition, images of zoo and game park animals may be entered, as long as the “hand of man” is not visible in the image.
In the Nature category only global adjustments are allowed for digital images. Global adjustments are defined as modifications that affect the whole image. Permissible global adjustments include: levels, curves, brightness, contrast, saturation, white balance, sharpening and cropping. Selective adjustments are defined as adjustments that affect only portions of the whole image and are not permitted. In addition, blending of images from different scenes or blending of two versions of the same image is not permitted in the Nature category. Selective adjustments are allowed only for eliminating spots (due to dust on the sensor).  The Nature category is the only category in which borders may NOT be placed around an image.

B. Photo-Realistic:
The emphasis for this category is on aesthetics and creating a fine image with great impact while maintaining a natural quality.  The subject matter of this category is unrestricted.  Images submitted for this category can be from a single exposure or from multiple exposures blended together to create a seamless image.  Examples would be HDR, image stacking for depth of field, panoramas, etc.  Combining of two unrelated images would not be allowed (see category C).  There are no restrictions for image enhancement as long as the image maintains a natural looking appearance.  Borders and vignettes are allowed.

C. Altered Reality:
The emphasis for this category is on creativity and creating a fine image without any restrictions on manipulating the original image or images. Therefore, in addition to the image editing techniques permitted in the other categories, techniques to create painterly, surreal or other special effects are permitted. This category is not restricted to just highly manipulated images. Any creative image may be entered. In addition, multiple images may be used and blended into one image. The only requirement is that the source image or images must have been captured with a film or digital camera by the image maker. Finally, non-photographic elements may be added to images in this category as long as they were created by the image maker (such elements may include the placement of borders around the image).


Special Note:  B&W images may be entered in any of the above categories, provided that the B&W image meets all other requirements of the category.  Infrared images may be entered only in the Altered Reality category. Images with borders may be entered in any of the categories except Nature.


First meeting of the 2016-17 Season is on 9/6

Come join us to kick off the new Peoria Camera Club season on 9/6 at the United Methodist Church on Perry Ave

Meeting Event Details

Topics we will cover are:

  • New social media changes including an overview of the new club website!
  • A presentation on Jim Burnham’s new photography book based on the website that he runs with his Dad, Keith Burnham. He will discuss the origins and the process he went through to self-publish their first book.

Whether you are an hobby,  amateur or pro photographer, we always welcome visitors to our meetings, so if you want to come by and check us out, please do!

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