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Photo Activities and Galleries
Looking for the Addison's Salute to Heroes gallery or last week's Topic of the Week slideshow?
You can view all current and prior photo activity galleries in full-screen mode by visiting our Photo Galleries page.
Topic of the Week Photo Activity - Week 8
Period: Monday May 25, 2020 to Saturday, May 30, 2020 (11:59 PM CDT)
Send one (1) image this week to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you submit more than one photo, only the first one received will be included.
Submitted images will be displayed in the scrolling gallery seen at right.
Please note that no one will be able to download copies of submitted photos.
Please include your name and this week's topic in the file name (e.g., John_Smith_Topic.jpg).
NOTE: The maximum size for submitted images is 4096x2160 pixels; pictures that exceed these limits will not be eligible for the galleries.
Stay safe and have fun!
Photo Edit Activity - Project 1
Period: Friday May 15, 2020 to Thursday, May 28, 2020 (11:59 PM CDT)
Every other Friday we will make a single straight out of camera photo in RAW format available for download.
Your task is to modify the picture - in any way that you see fit - with any editing tool that you choose. Be creative. Make the image reflect your artistic vision.
When you are finished editing it, send it back to us (in .JPG format, maximum of 4096x2160) at email@example.com along with information about which editing tool(s) you used. We will add it to a gallery on the front page of the website.
Download the first image today to get started. We're looking forward to seeing your work.
NOTE: You can view the gallery at right in full-screen mode by visiting our Photo Galleries page.
End of the Year Awards
The following awards for the 2019-2020 competition year were announced during the May 21, 2020 meeting of the Plano Photography Club (slide deck | video replay) .
Top Three Photographers by Competition Class
Complete standings for each class are available at Competitions | Competition Scores to Date.
- 1st : Clive Fernando
- 2nd : Siu Wong
- 3rd : Craig Rowen
- 1st : Richard Otto
- 2nd : Jason Ware
- 3rd : Michael Losurdo Jr.
- 1st : Alan Daniel / Nock Wong (TIE)
- 2nd : Michael Farnham
- 3rd : Wenchi Lee
- 1st : Linda Grigsby
- 2nd : Dennis Fritsche
- 3rd : Lois Lehman
Digital Image of the Year (seen in the gallery at right)
- 1st : Richard Otto - "Clyde"
- 2nd : Don Champlin - "Living Technicolor"
- 3rd : Jose Artiles - "Over A Cloudy Manhattan"
Photographer of the Year: Nock Wong
Congratulations to all the winners ... now it's on to the 2020-2021 competition season!
April 2020 Special Contest Results
Congratulations to the following club members for their winning entries from the April 2020 competition, all seen in the slideshow at right.
- Nature (fullscreen slideshow)
- 1st : Clive Fernando - "Quiet Morning at Caddo Lake"
- 2nd : John Lehman - "leaf3"
- 3rd : John Lehman - "leaf-drops"
- Photojournalism (fullscreen slideshow)
- 1st : Ron Hasty - "Traffic Jam in the Pantanal"
- 2nd : David Swinney - "Dialogue?"
- 3rd : Wenchi Lee - "Ex-Navy Seal Funeral at St. Louis"
- Portraits (fullscreen slideshow)
- 1st : Russell McGuire - "Such Sad Eyes"
- 2nd : Dennis Fritsche - "The Horsemen"
- 3rd : Janice Goetz - "Morning Coffee"
Thanks to everyone who submitted images (we received more than 200!) in the April Special Contests.
June 2020 Contest
The June 2020 contest topic is Open (Electronic).
Each club member may submit one photo to the competition. Remember that images which have placed in any earlier PPC contest are ineligible.
The maximum dimensions for images submitted to the contest website are 4096 x 2160 pixels.
Your submission must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight CT Thursday June 18, 2020.
Next Club Meeting - Thursday, June 18, 2020 (via Zoom)
7:00 PM - Program by John Lehman: From How to Wow - Photographing People
Photography - especially photographing people - has been a passion for John Lehman since the 3rd grade when his parents gave him a Kodak Brownie camera.
While he shoots some still life and landscape images, nothing has held so much fascination as photographing people. He has created hundreds of portraits and is very active photographing people and events for heritage villages.
"From How to Wow - Photographing People" will be a practical presentation on taking pictures of people both indoors and outside.
He’ll talk about how you can take an idea for photographing a person and make it a reality. He'll also talk about how limited additional equipment and what you already own can create better images of people.
Professionally, John has spent the past 20 years as a psychologist. He worked mostly in evaluations of public safety and health professions. He retired from doing clinical care in 2016. He is currently a consultant with the Texas Board of Nursing.
The majority of John's work can be found on Flickr. He has over 4000 followers from around the world and his images have been viewed over 22 million times.
His website is thewizardofpixels.com.
Examples of John's Work
For additional information on this and other future PPC programs, please click the Programs link in the menu.
Latest Club News
Picturing Plano's Past Photo Contest Deadline Extended
The deadline for the Picturing Plano's Past Photo Contest (sponsored by the Plano Conservancy) has been extended until 5:00 PM CT May 29, 2020.
One winning photographer's work will be selected for each of these three categories: Historic Home, Historic Building, and Historic Cemetery.
Prizes consist of copies of the paperback books Hidden History of Plano and Haunted Plano, Texas.
The following rules apply to submitted photos:
- They must relate to Plano history and must include a caption (50 words or less) describing where the photo was taken and its connection to Plano’s past.
- They should be minimally edited for color or exposure only; no photo manipulations.
- They should be current (i.e., taken within the last two years).
To enter the contest, send your photo as an attachment (.JPG format; maximum of 4MB) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit one photo per email to ensure that the files do not exceed email size limits.
Multiple entries are accepted. However, there is a limit of one prize per individual entering the contest.
Entries unrelated to Plano or submitted without captions will not be considered.
Dallas Arboretum Reopens June 1
From the Dallas Arboretum website:
At 9:00 AM on Monday, June 1 the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden will eagerly reopen to the public and our members with timed tickets available for four-hour blocks throughout the day. We are excited to welcome you back to the garden and hope that you will enjoy the calm and beauty that nature provides. We are currently onboarding our staff, testing equipment and the timed ticketing system.
Admission and parking will require timed tickets to be reserved online for everyone, including members. This process will help us with social distancing and the safety and security of our guests. Due to limits on the number of guests at one time, early arrivals will not be granted early admission. Similarly, late arrivals will still be required to exit the garden at the end of the four-hour block. If you do arrive early, we ask that you wait in the safety of your vehicle.
At each ticket window we will distribute wristbands indicating which four-hour block you have reserved. Wristbands must be worn for the duration of your visit. Your parking location will be assigned at time of purchase. Maps are available at both Information Booths.
Tickets will be available for online reservation beginning a week out from your desired visit date.
Plus, don't miss Seward Johnson's "Celebrating the Familiar" exhibit, supported in part by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, a collection of 20 life-size cast bronze figures, which will be displayed from June 22 to July 31. Johnson's sculptures of individuals performing familiar tasks in an ordinary life were meant to celebrate the great value in ordinary tasks. Creating the fine details of people's poses, gestures and expressions are the defining elements of his work.
Read Our Know Before You Go FAQ
- Check out our interactive map of Favorite DFW Photo Spots as identified by members of the Plano Photography Club.
- Review our Guide to the PPC Website and Your Mobile Device to learn how to add a bookmark for the PPC webpage to your mobile device's home screen and to review website features you may find useful to reference while shooting in the field.
- Monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of each month (except December) via Zoom
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