Plano Photography Club

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

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.

Review this slide presentation 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.


 Club Contest Results

Winning Images from the May 2024 Club Contest
Topic: Live/Dead Trees (Electronic)
(Click any image to see it full-screen)

Award recipients in the May Plano Photography Club contest were announced at the monthly club meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2024.

Detailed results are listed below; honored photographs are visible at right. Congratulations to the awardees and thanks to all competitors.


  • 1st: Seed Pods of a Bald Cypress Tree - Lisa Wilkins
  • 2nd: The Loveliest Tree in the Parking Lot - Audrey Burns
  • 3rd: Old Juniper - Maggie Hutchison
  • HM: Baltimore Branches - Jonathan Biser
  • HM: A Tree After Rain - Janet Yiu


  • 1st: Serenity - Frank Barnhart (Honorable Mention overall)
  • 2nd: Driftwood Village, Jekyll Island - Melanie Sandager
  • 3rd: Historic Oak in Oak Alley - Roger Behgam
  • HM: All Dressed In Fern? - John Eden
  • HM: Downed Tree in Blue Bell Wood - Brian Clark


  • 1st: Star Trails Over Bristlecone Pine - Alan Abair (3rd Place overall)
  • 2nd: The Dying Light Beneath The Rim, Grand Canyon - Fred Manchester
  • 3rd: Making a Stand - Greg Rains
  • HM: Breaking Through - Sanjay Kaul
  • HM: Diamond in the Rough - Mary Kell Ruehle


  • 1st: Cypress Tree at Sunset - Marie Hansen (Best of Show)
  • 2nd: Fall Flames - Alan Daniel (2nd Place overall)
  • 3rd: Japanese Maples Reflected In Glass - Linda Grigsby
  • HM: Between the Roots and the Branches I Lay - David Swinney
  • HM: Live and Dead Bald Cypress Trees - Wenchi Lee

Full-Screen Slideshow | Gallery | Judge's Commentary

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


 Upcoming Photo Activities

Heritage Farmstead Museum Photo Shoot

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Location: Heritage Farmstead Museum (1900 West 15th Street) in Plano)
Cost: $5.00 for admission to the four-acre homestead; an additional $5.00 admission for a tour of the 1891 home (no flash or tripods in the main house)
Additional Information: Visit the Farm

After the shoot, we will travel a couple of blocks away and meet up for lunch at Eddy's Pizza (2108 West 15th Street).

Bring your tripods since we’ll be practicing HDR from our June club meeting with Dennis Fritsche.

If you attend this event, please send your best 5-7 photos to for posting in a gallery on the club website and viewing at a future club meeting.

  • As always, please include YOUR NAME and the TOPIC in the file name(s) (e.g., MaritaCovarrubias_HeritageFarmstead_1.jpg).
  • The maximum dimension (long edge) for submitted images is 4096 pixels; the maximum individual file size is 10MB.
  • The deadline for submitting photos is Saturday, July 6, 2024.

Questions? Contact Activities Chair Mary Ruehle.


DIY Fourth of July Fireworks

This DIY activity aims to capture fireworks and other scenes and activities that illustrate the Fourth of July holiday.

Maybe you are attending a big public event like Addison Kaboom Town or Fair Park Fourth in the Cotton Bowl.

Or perhaps you are going to check out some of the other, less crowded events in the region.

DFW Fireworks Options

Of course, you might just be staying home and lighting sparklers in your front yard.

Whatever you do to celebrate the holiday, we would love to see your photos.

Please send your best 5-7 pictures (4096 pixels on the long side; 10MB maximum) to by Saturday, July 13, 2024, for inclusion in a gallery to be posted on the club website.

Below you will find some tips on capturing and editing fireworks photos for best results. Good luck and we look forward to seeing your images.

Capturing Fireworks Images

Post-Processing Fireworks Photos

Questions? Contact Activities Chair Mary Ruehle.


Mesquite Championship Rodeo

Please plan to join us on Saturday evening July 27, 2024, for a photo shoot at First Responders Night at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo.

There will be police cars, ambulances, SWAT team vehicles, and canine units outside in the parking lot to photograph as part of the First Responders Tribute.

PPC Mesquite Championship Rodeo Event (2022)

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

Event Tickets

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

Rodeo tickets ($31) must be purchased in advance via the registration button below. 

The event ticket cost of $31 DOES NOT include parking at the Mesquite Arena ($10).

It also DOES NOT include any food inside the venue - including the optional BBQ dinnerwhich you may also purchase in advance via the second button below.


Dinner Tickets

BBQ dinner tickets ($34.50) must also be purchased in advance via the registration button below. 


Additional Information

  • Upon arrival visit Will Call at the outdoor kiosk. They will have your packet with your entry ticket, meal ticket (if applicable), and a note for permission to bring your photo equipment inside.
  • Group seating will be assigned near the bucking chutes but feel free to spread out and move around (Section 102, Rows E, F, G, and H).
  • 4 additional VIP seats (Section 14) will be rotated among the club participants (stay seated so as not to bother those behind).
  • Our Mesquite Rodeo contact Brother Van will take small groups of 5-8 photographers behind the scenes for additional photo opportunities.
  • NOTE: You may bring a monopod, but tripods are NOT allowed; flashes are also prohibited.
  • 5-7 images from the rodeo are to be submitted to by Saturday, August 10, 2024.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Activities Chair Mary Ruehle.


 June President's Message

Parvin Stiles
Parvin Stiles

Do you know what pops into my head when I think of May and June? Graduations and weddings - those memorable occasions we take part in and love to photograph. I hope many of you get the chance this year.

Here is another special day - June 15 - observed by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) as “Nature Photography Day.” In the spirit of nature and wildlife preservation that NANPA designated this day to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, I encourage everyone to join the celebration and go photograph wildlife and landscapes.

I want to thank all involved in our End of Year Dinner and Awards Party, from the executive committee to the guests, for making it a success and fun! Our website lists the many winners and you may click here for the images.

Our activity chairperson Mary Ruehle and her committee have planned some exciting upcoming photo outings. Our various activities throughout the year are planned to explore different photography genres and improve on those different skills. The Mesquite Rodeo, for example, is always fun and exhilarating. The Rodeo is a chance to freeze fast action in challenging light and a great opportunity to practice your sports photography skills.

Please join us for our next club meeting on June 20 and the start of our monthly programs. Larry Petterborg, one of our Master Photographers, will present his program, A Journey Back to Africa! It will be a show not to miss!
New and Prospective member orientation and HDR capture and processing classes begin at 6 PM. The general meeting begins at 7 PM.

It is June and before it gets too hot, grab your camera, unleash your creativity, and go photograph!


 Club Meeting - Thursday, July 18, 2024

Training - 6:00 PM CT

My Passion: Seascapes with Anita Oakley (Library)

Program - 7:00 PM CT

Ben Jacobi
Ben Jacobi

Ben Jacobi: Photo Adventure - 20 Miles in Palo Duro Canyon Backcountry (Main Meeting Room)

Bio: Ben Jacobi is a nature photographer and storm chaser from North Texas. Ben first became interested in severe weather growing up in Iowa Park, Texas—right in the heart of Tornado Alley. On his own, he has studied meteorology to enhance his knowledge of how thunderstorms evolve and behave. Each year, he drives hundreds of miles across the southern plains, pursing dramatic supercells.

When he’s not out storm chasing, you can find him on the trail. Ben frequently visits the Texas and Oklahoma state parks throughout the year. Occasionally, he will make an out-of-state journey. Hiking, camping, backpacking, wildlife viewing, and, of course, nature photography are all interests of Ben.

Jacobi is a self-taught photographer who learned his craft through reading books, magazines, internet articles, and experimentation. His work has appeared in galleries around Texas, including Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Vernon, Irving, Johnson City, Graham, and Breckenridge. He has had his work published in Nature's Best Photography Magazine, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, and the Wichita Falls Literature and Art Review.

Since 2007, Ben has worked as a salesman at Metro Photo in Wichita Falls, TX, where he brings his enthusiasm and passion for photography every day. For twelve years (2011–2023), Ben served as co-president of the Red River Photography Club, teaching others how to grow in their own photography. Now, Ben is a partner with his wife, Ashlee, in their business, Jacobi-Creations, which aims to help grow the next generation of nature photographers and nature enthusiasts through photography inspiration and education and teaching eco-friendly principles to be better for the environment.

Program Description: Nature photographer Ben Jacobi shares his 20-mile hike through the rugged Palo Duro Canyon State Park backcountry, searching out secretive slot canyons and dramatic views to photographin the "Grand Canyon of Texas."



Samples of Ben's Photography

 Club Contest Information - July 2024

The Plano Photography Club's July contest is an ELECTRONIC competition with the theme ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS.

Electronic entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before 11:59 PM CT on Thursday, June 20, 2024.


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


 Deep Dive on Generative AI in Lightroom

Colin Smith of the Photoshop Cafe YouTube channel recently published a deep dive on the recently added Generative AI features in Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw.

We think it's worth your while and have embedded it at right.

If you prefer, you can also review the information in a blog post on the Photoshop Cafe website.


 GSCCC Competition News


The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received recognition in the May 2024 Gulf States Camera Club Council photo competition:

Color Projected

  • 2nd Honorable Mention: Bending Over Backwards - Jerry Schlesinger

Nature Projected

  • 1st Place: Calling All Prairie Dogs - Janice Goetz
  • 2nd HM: Swampy Eyes Watching - Mary Ruehle

To see the winning images and a full list of award recipients, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to those listed above.


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  PSA Website Contest 2023 Honorable Mention

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