Welcome to the Gateway Camera Club

Our goals are to share ideas, knowledge, and insight; to help improve the skills and abilities of our members; and to have some fun while enjoying photography.

We recognize photography is changing, growing and with ever-emerging technologies, more exciting than ever!  Gateway was one of the first local camera clubs to embrace digital photography and, as a result, we have some very knowledgeable digital photographers. Many award-winning members of Gateway Camera Club honed their talents and abilities through the mentoring they found at Gateway.

Our club is very active and we meet on most Tuesdays from September to June 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Want to compete, learn and share? Check out our exciting schedule. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Just stop in and introduce yourself. We hope you'll soon find an aspect of Gateway that fits your interests. Please browse our website, learn more about what we do, and enjoy. And remember, enthusiasm is catchy. Come and catch some!   Our Membership Information Page provides details on our club along with a link to our membership application. 

The Slideshow to the right features the winning images from our February Competition



Upcoming Events - All Meetings on Zoom until further notice





Competition Deadline for March Images   -  February 28th at 11:59pm


Education Night  -  March 2nd  - "Dream - Believe - Create" presented by John Barclay

Why Dream - Believe - Create?  There was a time when I felt I could not create anything. My self-talk was, I am not a creative person, I’m not smart enough, I can’t do this.  After seeing images projected at the first workshop I took, I dreamed of becoming a good photographer.  Primarily with the help of well known accomplished photographers, I was able to chip away at the negative self talk and believe that I could create worthwhile images.  Thus Dream - Believe - Create has become the centerpiece of what I teach in my workshops. I believe that everyone has dreams and can achieve their dreams if they would just believe they could. I also know that when you truly believe, you will be liberated to be able to create.        

The process and journey required to create images feeds my soul and brings me great joy. My goal in this presentation is to inspire you to capture the essence of the subjects you are drawn to using the creative medium of photography. This might entail capturing a small intimate portion of a scene.  It might involve more creative techniques such as multiple exposures the  “slide sandwich” or camera movement for a more expressive interpretation. I will also touch on the digital darkroom and how having a keen understanding of the plethora of technology can help you achieve your artistic vision.  Numerous examples will be shown which include traditional nature scenes as well as more abstract and urban compositions. We will explore the beauty in both the grand scale as well as more intimate details.  The ideas presented in this program have application to any genre of photography.

I believe like Ansel Adams, photographers bring to their images their own journeys, their perspective of the world, their experiences, and their passions. For me photography is simply another medium of artistic expression, visual poetry if you will.

My hope is that after spending time together you will leave inspired to create images that rise above the ordinary and make your heart sing!

Bio: John Barclay is an award wining freelance photographer based in Bucks County, PA.  John is a passionate photographer, enthusiastic workshop leader and inspirational  speaker, presenting his programs to audiences around the world.  John is an Ambassador for Singh-Ray Filters, Lensbaby, and well known, for his Topaz Webinars.  John’s work has been published in a number of books and magazines and is treasured by a number of private collectors.  Recently, John was the recipient of an excellence award from B&W Magazine and was chosen by Dewitt Jones to participate in his www.healingimages.org program. You can learn more about John, his work, and, view his workshop schedule at www.barclayphoto.com





Competition Night - March 9th - Judge Michael DeStefano


Image Study Night - March 16th - Commentator Alan Kidawski - Theme Shadows


Program Night - March 23th - "Photography in the National Parks" presented by Peter Mangolds

The homework:

• Knowing your species: individual dangers, habits, and capabilities of each animal.
• Networking:  finding the best info on sightings without giving up too much of your own info.
• Tracking and the art of seeing: following tracks, patterns and anticipating their movements and actions.

Getting the shot:

• Patience, Practice, Planning, Performing (4 P's): on this topic I'll discuss what it really takes to be in the right place at the right time and what to do when the moment occurs and how to prepare for it because it can take hours or days when only seconds count.
• Environmental dangers and being situationally aware at all times: simply put bears and bison are dangerous and sometimes there’s more than one.
• Enjoying the moment and seeing more than a picture.
• Seeing beyond the animal.
• Going out on a limb (sometimes literally) to get the best angle.

I will probably discuss many other topics but these will be the main ones followed by questions and answers plus some story telling if time allows.

BIO: To begin to describe my background I  would say that I have a lot of experiences that you wouldn’t normally tie together; taking care of endangered plants at the San Diego Zoo, training sled dogs in Montana, working for the Olympic Authority building bobsled tracks, National Park Ranger, Professional Photographer, Wildland Firefighter… the list goes on.  I grew up in Massachusetts and went to college in New York, graduating from Paul Smith’s College with a degree in Forestry and GIS and spent my college years working seasonally in the summertime as a fishing guide and wilderness guide.  I loved being outside so much that I lived in a tent seasonally for about 5 years while guiding in the Adirondacks and it prepared me well for my next adventure in Yellowstone National Park.

I was landscaping in New Hampshire and applying for government jobs with the Forest Service and National Park Service when I got a phone call that would change my life and it boiled down to that Yellowstone National Park had an opening in the east district for a Resource Management position.  I took it without much thought and jumped into a world that was extremely unfamiliar but incredibly exciting and adventurous.During my time with the National Park Service I have worked in several different capacities and have had a lot of experience with bear management, grizzly captures, wildlife management, bison control during the rut, integrated pest management, bat relocation, small animal trapping, assistance in scientific studies, invasive plant management, vegetation management, native plant management, wildland fire fighting, search and rescue, EMS – just to name a few.

Over the years I developed an eye for wildlife and wildland photography after my first large (and long) incident dealing with grizzly bears fighting over a carcass in a river.  While I was working as a Park Ranger, I started documenting what life was like as a Park Ranger and felt that photography was a wonderful way to share my life experiences and the fantastic landscapes, I've lived in with those who couldn’t experience it for themselves.  Photography became an addiction, but a positive one.









GCC has established two Instagram hashtags to promote our club member pictures.  These are as follows:



We are looking forward to seeing your pictures under our hashtags on Instagram. Please contact anyone on the Social Media Committee (Fred Floru, Beth DeBor, Susan McIntyre or Terry Anderson) if you have any questions.

Events of Interest 

The 2020-21 Multi-Club competition categories have been determined.  The eight categories are:

Life During COVID
Two Things

We are competing this year with three other clubs: Stony Brook, Gateway and Newton.  Your photos must originate in the period of April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.  Each club will select their best photos in each category to compete in the multi-club competition in April, 2021.  We will compete in Classes A and B with rules and format similar to last year.  Participation is open to all club members.  More information on the Multi-Club Competition Page


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