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We meet the first Monday of every month throughout the whole year, and then 4 times a year, competition is held on the third Monday of the Month. We meet the whole year, not stopping for the summer months as some other Club will do.  View our scheduled meetings and events in our calendar or in the right side bar on our News page.     

Next Meeting:

February 5th: Night Photography by Josh Merrill

Over the past several years, Josh has been especially focused on photographing night skies throughout the United States. From short exposures that capture the majesty of the Milky May’s galactic core, to multi-hour exposures that emphasize the earth’s rotation in relation to the stars, the night skies are full of incredible photography potential. In Josh’s presentation, he will share his approach to night photography, and will give you all the tools necessary to begin a foray into the addicting world of astrophotography. He will cover the all-important planning/scouting stage, as well as a discussion on the equipment necessary. Finally, he’ll explain the execution of photographing stars as points (Including the Milky Way), long exposure star trails, and Northern Lights. 

Josh is an award-winning nature photographer from Downers Grove, Illinois. He creates compelling photographs of the natural world through a unique vision, eye for composition, and skilled use of color. This unique vision and his rare determination are very much a result of his childlike curiosity when it comes to interacting with the natural world.

When Josh isn’t selling his work at art fairs in the Midwest, you’ll find him traveling throughout North America, leading photo workshops in places like Colorado, the Canadian Rockies, the American Southwest, and Death Valley. Josh has been blessed to be able to travel extensively, and photograph some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, and now he excitedly shares his location knowledge and passion for photography with participants on his photo adventures.

View Our Latest Competition Results and Image of the Year

Congratulations to Marcia Nye for her image titled Harris Hawks on Alert and to Steve Ornberg  for his image titled, Jordan Pond Starry Night, both co-winners of the Image of the Year.  See these and the other finalists below and here,   2016-2017 Image of the Year Finalists!  Also Class A and Class B digital images from our latest competition can be viewed on the “Competitions” page . All our competition images are also on the MNSPC Flickr site. Compete to have your winning images displayed. Here are the Image of the Year finalists:

Published Images
Canon Images
Nikon Images
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Meetings are held year-round on the first Monday of each month (excepting holidays) in the Mayslake Hall at the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and guests are always welcome.

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Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st St. , Oak Brook, IL