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Come and join the friendly folks of the Plano Photography Club. Spend an evening with people who share your passion for photography. You may become a member or just visit to see what the club is all about.

Club Meeting, February 23

Tom Savage presents Coastal Grizzlies
of Katmai National Park APSA, MPSA

Tom has been involved with photography in one form or another since 7th grade when his uncle gave him a cheap Japanese copy of a Roleiflex camera, and he spent the next summer at a friend’s ranch in southern California photographing movie companies filming western TV series like Wild Bill Hickok, the Cisco Kid, and Annie Oakley.

Tom Savage

However, he didn't really get serious with photography as a hobby until 1983 when he joined the Lockheed Martin (then General Dynamics) Recreation Association Camera Club. He is also a member of the Fort Worth Camera Club and  the Photographic Society of America (PSA).

With his favorite photography subjects being nature and photojournalism, he has won 24 Best of Show medals and 84 other medals since 2004 in 11 different countries.  He has had three images published in Cowboys & Indians Magazine.  In 2006, one of his images was “Most Honored” in Nature’s Best Photography Magazine and displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.  during most of 2007. In that same year, he won the Grand Prize in Robin Pope Safari’s photography contest and was awarded a free safari in Zambia. In 2008, one of his images was the PSA's Nature Image of the Year. In 2009 he placed 2nd in PSA’s Photojournalism Projected Images in North America Who’s Who listing.

Presently he keeps busy with four volunteer jobs: the PSA Exhibition Standards Committee Chairman; the PSA Exhibition Standards Director for Nature; the Chairman for the PSA Nature Division; and the Gulf States Camera Club Council’s Vice President for Competitions... (more)

©Tom Savage
©Tom Savage
©Tom Savage
©Tom Savage

Program Overview 

In August of 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2013, Tom joined a small group of photographers and nature lovers on the coast of Katmai National Park to see and photograph grizzly bears. They employed retired tug boats owned and operated by Katmai Coastal Bear Tours. Each day they went ashore in a small skiff to photograph the resident bears, spending most of the time in Hallo Bay, as well as several other bays.

Bears of all ages from spring cubs (born the previous spring in hibernation) to old, scared males were abundant on the coast. One day, 19 bears were in sight. Tom photographed cubs playing with each other and with their mothers, cubs nursing, bears of all ages fishing for salmon, bears grazing in the sedges, and several bear “disagreements” over fish. One year, he was able to photograph a spring cub defending a fish from a fox. In 2013, a sow with a spring cub lay down and nursed her cub within 8 feet of his group.

The most exciting photography was of bears chasing salmon in the shallow water of the rivers where they emptied into the bay. Some bears didn’t chase salmon, but just stayed in one spot and caught them as they swam near.


The November Snapshots, Lightroom Basics, will be at 6:15, Nov 24th, in the room just down the hall from the PPC meeting room.

Just about any photograph can be improved with some basic global adjustments such as cropping, color temperature, exposure, contrast, and saturation. Dennis Fritsche will demonstrate using the Lightroom Develop Module to make these global adjustments. And as an added bonus, Dennis will show how to use the local adjustment tools to emphasize your subject and de-emphasize problem areas.


Monthly Contest

The January contest is open for submissions. The theme for this contest is “Photojournalism.” Entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight January 31. For help in understanding the contest theme, please download this PDF document: Description of Competition Subjects. Each club member may submit one image.

The maximum width for images submitted to the contest is 1400 pixels. The limit on the height of the image is 1050 pixels.


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GSCCC Winners

For the GSCCC contest year 2013-2014, which ended in April, the PPC received the following awards in the three Projected Digital divisions in which it competes:

Pictorial: 1st Place

Nature: 3rd Place

Photojournalism: 5th Place

In the year-end competition, the PPC received the following recognitions:

Pictorial: 1st Place Chris Caho “Make My Day”

Pictorial: 1st HM Ernie Tacsik “Economic Pressure”

Nature: 1st HM Ron Hasty “Cold and Alone”

Photojournalism: 2nd HM Dennis Fritsche “Home Stretch”

The following are the PPC wins for the new, 2014-15 club year, to date:

In the May GSCCC Nature Projected Digital competition, Ron Hasty’s “Alaskan Brown Bear With Catch” received First Place.

Alaskan Brown Bear With Catch ©/Ron Hasty

In the June GSCCC Photojournalism Projected Digital Competition, John Lehman’s “The Blacksmith” received First Place.

The Blacksmith ©John Lehman

In the June GSCCC Pictorial Projected Digital competition, Marea Downey’s “Sunset Over the Sea” received Third Place.

Sunset Over the Sea ©Marea Downey

In the August GSCCC Photojournalism Projected Digital Competition, Larry Petterborg’s “Socotra Fisherman Casting Net” received Third Place.

Socotra Fisherman Casting Net ©Larry Petterborg

In the August GSCCC Pictorial Projected Digital competition, Sharlott Hasty’s “Mother and Baby in the Snow” received Third Place.

Mother and Baby in the Snow ©Sharlott Hasty

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Photographic Society of America Website Contest

The Plano Photography Club website received a 3nd Place in the 2014 PSA Website Contest.

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