Tickets are now on sale for both the August 13 Mesquite Rodeo (purchase deadline is August 9) and August 27 Roller Derby Photo Shoots

Club Meetings Are Held on the 3rd Thursday of Each Month (except December)
Training at 6:00 PM and Program at 7:00 PM
West Plano Presbyterian Church - 2709 Custer Road, Plano, Texas

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The aim of the Plano Photography Club is the enjoyment, mastery, and furtherance of photography through cooperation, effort, and good fellowship. Serving Plano and surrounding areas, we welcome photographers of all skill levels.

Watch this orientation video to learn more about the club. Then join us at our next monthly meeting and get to know the friendly folks in the Plano Photography Club.


Important Dates

  • August  9 - Purchase deadline for Mesquite Championship Rodeo tickets
  • August 10 - Training Thursday (on Wednesday): Things I Can Only Do In Photoshop w/Dennis Fritsche
  • August 13 - Mesquite Championship Rodeo Photo Shoot
  • August 13 - Topic of the Week submission deadline - DEALER'S CHOICE
  • August 16 - Training Tuesday: How I Made It
  • August 18 - Big Bend In Depth with Dennis Fritsche (before the monthly meeting)
  • August 18 - Monthly club meeting with guest speaker Linda Nickell
  • August 18 - August photo contest submission deadline - OPEN (Electronic)
  • August 27 - Roller Derby Photo Shoot
  • October 21-28 - Big Bend National Park field trip

  • Photo Activities and Galleries

    Topic of the Week Photo Activity - Week 31


    Monday, August 1, 2022, to Saturday, August 6, 2022

    To participate, send ONE OR TWO IMAGE(S) IN JPEG FORMAT appropriate for this topic to

    If you submit more than two photos, only the first two received will be included.


    Please include YOUR NAME and the TOPIC in the file name(s) (e.g., HansMonderman_Transportation_1.jpg).

    The maximum dimension (long edge) for submitted images is 4096 pixels; the maximum file size is 10MB.

    Submitted images will be displayed in the scrolling gallery seen at the right. Please note that no one is able to download copies of submitted photos.

    The photo submission deadline for this activity is SATURDAY, AUGUST 6.

    NOTE: This activity is now CLOSED.

    Visit the Plano Photography Club Facebook Page to Like your favorite Topic of the Week photos.

    Full-Screen Views: Gallery | Slideshow | All Galleries and Slideshows

    Club Contest Results

    Winning Images From the June 2022 Club Contest
    Topic: Open (Electronic)
    (Click any image to see it full-screen)

    Winners in the June Plano Photography Club photo contest were announced on Thursday, July 21, 2022, during the monthly club meeting.

    Award recipients are listed below; their submissions are seen on the right.


    • 1st: Butterfly in the Meadow - David Valdez
    • 2nd: Video of the Car Show - Joseph Ray
    • 3rd: The Star Behind the Spiky Spines - Eddie Yu
    • HM: Just Me and My Shadow - Rachel Allen


    • 1st: coming of age - Parvin Stiles
    • 2nd: Swan Love - Greg Rains
    • 3rd: A Sip of Cool Water - Janice Goetz
    • HM: Ice Abstract - Fred Manchester
    • HM: Grand Love - Vardan Aroustamian


    • 1st: Stick together - Linfen Hwang
    • 2nd: Angel Pass - Jason Ware
    • 3rd: Sundown in Dallas - Heidi Phillips
    • HM: Aubry - Jerry Schlesinger
    • HM: Coasting In - Michael Farnham


    • 1st: Cypress and Swirls - Dennis Fritsche (also Best of Show)
    • 2nd: Blue Mood - Anita Oakley
    • 3rd: Redheads Rule - Larry Petterborg
    • HM: Ancient Pueblo - Danette Volkmer
    • HM: Haleakala National Park - Linda Grigsby

    Full-Screen Slideshow | Gallery | Judge's Commentary

    Standings: All Classes | Entry | Intermediate | Advanced | Master

    Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated.

    See you in August for the results of the July contest.


    President's Message

    David Swinney

    It doesn't seem that the summer heat is going to break anytime soon, so let's head indoors for some creative photo opportunities in cool, air-conditioned comfort.

    Please plan to join us on Saturday evening, August 13, for a photo shoot at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. We have obtained a limited number of great seats at special pricing. Attendees will sit close to the action and be able to capture some dynamic images.

    Two weeks later, on August 27, we will gather for a shoot during two exciting bouts of the Assassination City Roller Derby at Plano's historic (48+ years!) Thunderbird Roller Rink.

    Visit the club website for tickets and to learn more about these activities.

    We hope to see you at our next monthly meeting on August 18, when our program speaker will be Linda Nickell, a Texas-based photographer and host of "Linda Nickell's Happiness Hour", a weekly photography webinar.

    Linda has been capturing the same stretch of backroads in south Texas for several years. In her presentation, she will introduce you to the subjects that she has photographed using her car as a blind and challenge you to look for your own backroad to explore.

    Before the main meeting, Dennis Fritsche will host a deep dive on Big Bend National Park. This will be useful to both members going on the club field trip this fall and any of us planning a trip there anytime in the future.

    - David Swinney (from the August 2022 issue of The FLASH!)


    August 2022 Club Meeting Program

    Finding Beauty on a Backroad

    Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 7:00 PM CT (In Person ONLY)

    Linda Nickell
    Linda Nickell

    Program Description: Linda Nickell has been photographing the same stretch of backroads in south Texas for several years.

    What began as a Sunday morning drive has become her photography playground as she wanders down old farm roads dotted with wildflowers, pump jacks, and an abundance of wildlife.

    In this presentation, Linda will introduce you to “Gulley Road” and the subjects that she’s photographed using her car as a blind as well as challenge you to look for your own backroad to explore.

    Bio: Linda is a Texas-based photographer and the host of a weekly photography webinar, The Happiness Hour. She has been recognized by as one of the “The 25 Texas Travel Photographers You Need to Follow on Instagram” and is the co-author of Composition: 15 Photography Tips to Creating Captivating Images.

    Her images and articles have been published and used in digital and marketing campaigns. As an active Instagram user, she curates multiple feature accounts to inspire and promote the work of other photographers.



    Some Examples of Linda's Photography


    August 2022 Contest Information

    The theme for the next Plano Photography Club photo contest is OPEN (Electronic). You may submit one image to this contest.    SUBMIT CONTEST IMAGE(S)

    Electronic entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before 11:59 PM CT on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

    NOTE: You must be a Plano Photography Club member to submit a contest image.


    Latest Club News

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    PPC Members Recognized at the July 2022 GSCCC Competition

    The following Plano Photography Club member received awards in the Gulf States Camera Club Council July photo competition:

    Monochrome Projected

    • 1st Place: Sailing Away - Larry Petterborg
    • 2nd HM: Dystopia - John Lehman

    Photojournalism Projected

    • 1st HM: Into Darkness - Greg Rains

    For a full list of winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to those listed above.

    Upcoming Activities / Photo Shoots

    Mesquite Championship Rodeo

    Mesquite Rodeo

    Please plan to join us on Saturday evening August 13, 2022, for a photo shoot at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo.

    Location: Mesquite Arena | 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149 | 972.285.8777 (map)
    Time: 7:30 PM CT | Gates open at 6:00 PM CT

    We have obtained a limited number of great seats at special pricing. Attendees will have the opportunity to sit close to the action and capture some amazing images.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance and are ON SALE NOW via the registration button below.

    NOTE: The deadline for buying tickets is Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 5:00 PM CT.

    The ticket cost does not include parking at the Mesquite Arena ($10) or food inside the venue.


    If you have questions about this event, please contact Activities Chair Cliff McKenzie.


    Assassination City Roller Derby

    Assassination City Roller Derby

    On Saturday evening August 27, 2022, we will gather for a photo shoot during two exciting bouts of the Assassination City Roller Derby (ACRD).

    ACRD is a women's flat-track roller derby league based in Plano, Texas. Assassination City is a founding member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

    Location: Thunderbird Roller Rink | 3200 Thunderbird Lane, Plano, TX 75075 (map)
    Time: Bout #1 begins at 7:00 PM CT; Bout #2 follows | Doors open at 6:30 PM CT
    Tickets: $10 advance | $15 door
    Refreshments: All bouts are BYOB – no glass, please; non-alcoholic drinks and snacks are available at the concession stand 
    Seating: BYOC (Chair)
    Roller Derby 101: What is roller derby?


    If you have questions about this event, please contact Activities Chair Cliff McKenzie.

    Congratulations to Dennis Fritsche

    Dennis Fritsche

    Congratulations to club member and Training Chair Dennis Fritsche.

    He is a finalist in the New Texas Talent XXIX Exhibition - a statewide juried exhibition to support emerging artists.

    The exhibit runs through August 20, 2022, at the Craighead Green Gallery in the Dallas Design District. The gallery represents the finest in contemporary art from both national and international artists.

    Details are as follows:

    Big Bend Field Trip Resource Page | Make Your Reservations

    Big Bend

    As was discussed during the June 2022 club meeting, this year's Plano Photography Club fall field trip (October 21-28, 2022) will take us to one of the most remote and striking areas of the great state of Texas - the Big Bend.

    This region is named for the vast curve of the Rio Grande in remote southwest Texas. It is a wildly beautiful natural region, with a complex and fascinating history.

    Over one million acres of public land including Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park offer hiking, camping, river running, horse riding, mountain bicycling, birding, jeep touring, and abundant sightseeing and photography opportunities on paved and improved roads.

    We have created a robust field trip resource page to help you learn more about Big Bend and plan your trip there. You'll find it at the following, easy-to-remember link:

    More details will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead, but the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do RIGHT NOW is to make hotel reservations for your stay. Lodging is in high demand in the region and you may be unable to secure lodging if you wait too long.

    If you have any questions, please contact club president David Swinney.

    The Plano Photography Club is a proud member club of these organizations:

  • Photographic Society of America
  • Gulf States Camera Club Council
  • Photographic Society of America Gulf States Camera Club Council PSA Website Contest 2020 2nd Place PSA Website Contest 2021 Honorable Mention

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