REGISTER NOW for Thursday's Field of Light photo shoot; you can also SIGN UP for a carpool to Austin

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

  • November 30 - Submission deadline for PPC Holiday Party photos and videos
  • December  1 - Field of Light (Austin)
  • December  3 - Topic of the Week submission deadline - MAKES YOU THINK OF TEXAS
  • December  4 - Registration deadline for PPC Holiday Party
  • December  6 - PPC Holiday Party
  • December 10 - Topic of the Week submission deadline - CHURCHES
  • January 19 - Monthly club meeting with guest speaker Raul Rivero
  • January 19 - January photo contest submission deadline - OPEN (Electronic)

  • Club Photo Activities and Galleries

    Topic of the Week 47


    Monday, November 21, 2022, to Saturday, November 26, 2022

    To participate, send THREE IMAGES (one plane, one train, and one automobile) IN JPEG FORMAT related to this week's topic to

    NOTE: If you don't have an image in one or more of the categories (e.g., no trains), just send a photo from those that you do.

    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.

    Only the first three received will be included in the gallery if you submit more than three photos.

    Please include YOUR NAME and the TOPIC in the file name(s) (e.g., DelGriffith_PTA_1.jpg).

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

    The photo submission deadline for this activity is SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26.

    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



    In October 2022, members of the Plano Photography Club traveled to one of the most remote and striking areas of the great state of Texas - the Big Bend.

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

    The photo gallery at right provides a bit of an inside look at the stark beauty of the region as well as a glimpse of the members who attended.

    If - after seeing these amazing photos - you want to learn more about Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park, please visit our Big Bend Resource Page.









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

    Upcoming Activities / Photo Shoots

    Field of Light (Austin)

    Field of Light

    On Thursday evening, December 1, 2022, we will meet at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (location) in South Austin to gather for a photo shoot at the Field of Light exhibition.

    Illuminating 16 acres in the Arboretum at the Wildflower Center, Field of Light is a stunning display of 28,000 stemmed spheres subtly lit by solar-powered fiber optics.

    The exhibition beautifully showcases the intersection of art, technology, and nature along a 0.75-mile walking trail.

    Importantly, the Wildflower Center is allowing PPC members who attend this event to bring and use tripods.

    Step 1: (VERY IMPORTANT) Register for the event here on the PPC website

    Step 2: Order Tickets Directly from the LBJ Wildflower Center
    (NOTE: Purchase the Student/Teacher Admission tickets for Thursday, December 1 to get the Special Discount; PPC members will not be required to present a Student ID upon entry)

    Step 3: December 1 @ 5:15 PM CST - Enter the event (sundown is at 5:30 PM)

    Step 4: December 1 @ 8:00 PM CST - Meet for dinner at Waterloo Ice House (location)

    Step 5: December 2 @ 9:00 AM CST - Meet for breakfast at Satellite Bistro and Bar (location)

    Step 6: Enjoy Austin and return home

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

    Carpooling to Austin

    If you're interested in attending the Field of Light Photo Shoot and want to save some gas money by carpooling to Austin, we have a no-cost way for you to do that.

    Want to host a carpool?
    • Visit and click on the +ADD button
    • Provide your name, location, contact information, how many seats you have available in your vehicle, and your planned departure time
    • Click on the ADD CAR button; your carpool is now available for passengers to join
    Looking for a ride?
    • Visit the same web page as referenced above
    • Click on the +JOIN button to sign up for an existing carpool (the details link will provide you with information about that carpool); add your name and contact information and click on the JOIN CAR button
    • If no cars or spots are currently available, click the JOIN WAITLIST button and then add your name and contact information
    • Once on a waitlist, you can move to available carpool slots at any time

    Carpool drivers and the passengers who assign themselves to a particular car should get in touch with each other to coordinate all necessary logistics. All communications between carpool drivers and passengers are the responsibility of those parties.

    We hope this makes it possible for more of you to attend the event.

    NOTE: The carpool management site is a free third-party service unaffiliated with the Plano Photography Club.

    Questions: Contact club president David Swinney (email).


    Plano Photography Club 2022 Holiday Party

    PPC Holiday Party

    Please plan to join us at West Plano Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, for the annual PPC Holiday Party.

    Setup is at 5:30 PM CT with dinner and program starting at 6:30 PM CT.

    Members are asked to bring an appetizer, vegetable, or dessert. The club will provide meat, drinks, and utensils.

    (VERY IMPORTANT) FREE Advance registration is required. Registration closes on Sunday, December 4 at 12 PM.

    How You Can Participate

    The holiday party program is largely comprised of contributions from our members. To that end, you are invited to

    1. submit SEVEN holiday images to for display as a continuous loop during dinner
    2. submit ONE picture of yourself as a child during Christmas/the holidays to; we will use these to give all in attendance the chance to guess the identity of the person in the photo
    3. submit ONE favorite photo from the year for inclusion in a musical slideshow to be created by James Stover; send that picture to
    4. generate a three-minute (MAXIMUM) slideshow of your best photos from 2022upload your completed videos at

    As with the Topic of the Week photos, the maximum dimension for submitted images [long edge] is 4096 pixels; the maximum file size is 10MB.

    The submission deadline for all of these is 11:59 PM CT Wednesday, November 30, 2022.


    If you have questions about this event, please reach out to Janice Goetz.

    For problems or questions about uploading your photo slideshows, contact David Swinney.


    Club Contest Results

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

    Winners in the October Plano Photography Club print contest were announced on Thursday, November 17, 2022, during the monthly club meeting.

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


    • 1st: Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong Island - Eddie Yu


    • 1st: Peaceful Peggys Cove - Greg Rains
    • 2nd: Contemplation Before Competition - Roger Behgam
    • 3rd: Gettin' Ready to Ride - Janice Goetz
    • HM: Startrails Cranfils Gap - Terree Stone
    • HM: chapel open come in and pray - Parvin Stiles


    • 1st: Will They Fly High Like A Bird Up In The Sky? - David Swinney
    • 2nd: Amsterdam Church - Jason Ware
    • 3rd: Agave - Richard Otto
    • HM: Rocky View - Michael Farnham
    • HM: One of a Kind - Linfen Hwang


    • 1st: Little Outhouse On The Prairie - Jose Artiles (also Best of Show)
    • 2nd: Aspen in Fog - Ouray - Dennis Fritsche
    • 3rd: American Art Chalk - Nancy Mack
    • HM: The Old Barn - Alan Daniels
    • HM: white-sands-2 - John Lehman

    Full-Screen Slideshow | Gallery | Judge's Commentary

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

    Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated.

    We'll be back in January for the results of the November contest.


    Post-Processing Tip of the Week

    Week 6: Photoshop Blending Modes - An 8-Minute Crash Course

    This Photoshop tutorial is a concise explanation of blending modes and how they work.

    Jesus Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel will also teach you how you can quickly narrow down your search and find the right blending mode for the result that you want to achieve.

    Additional resources on this topic:

  • Blending Modes Explained - Complete Guide to Photoshop Blend Modes (Photoshop Training Channel)
  • The Science of All 27 Blend Modes in Photoshop (PIXImperfect)
  • The Five Most Useful Layer Blending Modes in Photoshop photoshopCAFE)
  • How to Use Blending Modes in Photoshop (PHLEARN)
  • Blending Modes in Photoshop Explained (Nemanja Sekulic)

    Have you missed any of our previous post-processing tips? No problem - you'll find all of them in the tips archive.


    President's Message

    David Swinney

    It finally feels like autumn has arrived in North Texas. Perhaps the temperature will soon get chilly enough so that the leaves in the DFW area will put on a colorful show for us. Fingers crossed.

    Thanks to everyone who sent in their State Fair of Texas photos; we have enjoyed looking at them.

    As I write this, the Big Bend field trip has just concluded and some stunning images from West Texas are coming in. Rather than post them on the website immediately, we will premiere them in musical slideshow format at the November club meeting (see below).

    Work is underway on club photo activities for November and early December. We will communicate information about them with you via email and the website when the details are finalized.

    The November club meeting is the last regular meeting of the year. For those new to the club, the guest speaker role at the last meeting of the calendar year is traditionally awarded to the current PPC Photographer of the Year.

    This year, that honor falls to club member and Master photographer Anita Oakley. In her presentation, Anita will showcase some of her favorite and winning images, while telling the stories behind them.

    It should be fascinating. We hope to see you there.

    Finally, watch for information about the club's annual Holiday Party, which will take place this year on Tuesday evening, December 6, 2022.

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


    Club Contest Information - January 2023

    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, January 19, 2023.

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


    News and Information

    Looking for old news or information items? If you don't see it below, check out our News Archive.

    PPC Member Recognized in the November 2022 GSCCC Competition

    The following Plano Photography Club member received an award in the Gulf States Camera Club Council November photo competition:

    Monochrome Projected

  • 3rd: Aspen in Fog – Ouray - Dennis Fritsche
  • To see the winning images and a full list of award recipients, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to those listed above.

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  • Gulf States Camera Club Council
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