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Headlines

  • See the winning images from the March 2021 club photo competition (more)
  • Larry Petterborg's presentation at the April club meeting is now available on-demand (more)
  • Do you know someone worthy of the PPC Distinguished Service Award? (more)
  • The slate of club officers for 2021-2022 has been announced (more)
  • April's DIY excursion is to Ennis for bluebonnets and other wildflowers (more)
  • The April 2021 issue of The FLASH! is now available, along with all past editions (more)
  • Congratulations to one of our own for recognition in the latest GSCCC competition (more)
  • Recordings and PDFs from the March 25 Training Thursday sessions are now available (more)
  • Dates to Remember

  • April 20 - DCC Training Tuesday: Fun with Photoshop / Composition for Still Life Photography
  • April 22 - PPC Training Thursday: Selections in Photoshop / Photojournalism
  • April 24 - Submission deadline for Topic of the Week - WILD CARD: WILDFLOWERS
  • April 30 - Final day for DIY Photo Excursion to Ennis
  • May 1 - First day for DIY Photo Excursion to Dallas Zoo
  • May 8 - Raptor Photo Day at Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
  • May 20 - PPC End of the Year Party
  • May 20 - Submission deadline for May Competition: MOTION (Electronic)
  • May 31 - Final day for DIY Photo Excursion to Dallas Zoo

  • Winning Images From the March 2021 Competition
    Topic: Town or Cityscape (Electronic)

    March 2021 Competition Winners Announced

    Winners in the March Plano Photography Club photo competition were announced on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at the conclusion of the monthly club meeting.

    Award recipients - whose works are seen at right - for the latest contest are as follows:

    • Entry
      • 1st: Sunset City View - Maggie Hutchison
      • 2nd: Dallas Dawn - Shannon Hutchison
      • 3rd: Uptown After Sundown - Jodi Smith
    • Intermediate
      • 1st: Pittsburgh PA - Clive Fernando
      • 2nd: Blue Moon Over Dallas - Sanjay Kaul
      • 3rd: Pittsburgh Cityscape - Heidi Phillips
      • HM: Panama City Beach, FL - Robert Shafer
    • Advanced
      • 1st: Roads to Dallas - Richard Otto
      • 2nd: New York - Linfen Hwang
      • 3rd: Concrete Canyon - Mark Bernthal
    • Master
      • 1st: A Color of Urban Life - James Walsh (also Best of Show)
      • 2nd: Taipei 101 - Skyscraper in Taiwan - Wenchi Lee
      • 3rd: One Night In Florence - Danette Volkmer
      • HM: Pueblo - Street - John Lehman
      • HM: City of Florence After Sunset - Nock Wong
      • HM: Vancouver From Lions Gate Bridge - Dennis Fritsche

    Full-Screen Slideshow | Gallery | Judge's Commentary

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

    Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated in the competition.

    See you in May for the results of the April Special Contests.

     

     

    Photo Activities and Galleries

    2021 Topic of the Week Photo Activity - Week 16

    Topic - WILD CARD: WILDFLOWERS

    Period - Monday, April 19, 2021 to Saturday, April 24, 2021 (11:59 PM CDT)

    To participate, send a MAXIMUM OF TWO (2) IMAGES from your CAMERA OR CELLPHONE on this topic to clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com. If you submit more than two photos, only the first two 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_Wildflowers.jpg).

    The maximum dimension (long edge) for submitted images is 4096 pixels; the maximum file size is 10MB. Pictures that exceed these limits will not be eligible for the galleries.

    Full-Screen View | Galleries

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

    If you're planning ahead, next week's topic will be COMPOSITION: LEAVE NEGATIVE SPACE.

     


    April DIY Photo Excursion

    ENNIS BLUEBONNETS

    To participate, first visit the town of Ennis between now and April 30, 2021.

    Then send a MAXIMUM OF FIVE (5) IMAGES from your CAMERA OR CELLPHONE taken DURING YOUR VISIT to clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com.

    If you submit more than five photos, only the first five 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 the LOCATION of the excursion in the file name (e.g., John_Smith_Bluebonnets.jpg).

    Maximum dimension (long edge) for submitted images is 4096 pixels; the maximum file size is 10MB. Pictures that exceed these limits will not be eligible for the galleries.

    Full-Screen View | Galleries

     

     


    May 2021 Contest

    SUBMIT CONTEST IMAGES

    The theme for the May 2021 club photo competition is MOTION.

    You may submit one image to the contest.

    Entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight May 20, 2021.

    The maximum dimensions for electronic images submitted to the contest website are 4096 x 2160 pixels.

    NOTE: You must be a member of the Plano Photography Club in order to submit an image to a competition.


    Latest Club News

    Nominations Open for Distinguished Service Award

    The Distinguished Service Award may be presented annually to a Plano Photography Club member whose contributions of time, talents, and service have made a significant impact on the club and its membership.

    Any member of the Plano Photography Club may submit a nomination for the Distinguished Service Award, as follows:

  • Option 1

    Download the PPC Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form.

    Fill it out on your computer and send it via email (Word or PDF) to the Club President.

  • Option 2

    Send an email message to the Club President which contains the following information:

    • Name of nominee
    • Description of why you are nominating this person for the Distinguished Service Award
  • Nominations are open now through 11:59PM April 25, 2021.

     

    Club Officers Announced for 2021-2022

    Club officer assignments for the 2021-2022 club year were announced at the April 2021 club meeting and approved by the meeting attendees:

    Position    Officer/Volunteer
    President    Alan Daniel
    VP Activities    Suzanne Beasley
    VP Programs    Mary Ruehle
    Treasurer    Mike Losurdo
    Training Chair    Dennis Fritsche
    Contest Chair    Brian Clark
    Membership Chair    Greg Jones
    Webmaster    David Swinney
    Newsletter    James Stover
    Social Media    Heidi Phillips
    PSA Representative    Larry Petterborg
    GSCCC Representative    Sam Lucas
    Historian    Cindy Vaillancourt

     

    April 2021 DIY Excursion

    UPDATE (April 15, 2021): For those who do not have access to Facebook content, the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails and Festival website posts periodic updates on the status of bluebonnets in the Ennis area. HINT: They're peaking NOW.

    UPDATE (April 8, 2021): From the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival Facebook page:

    Beautiful bluebonnets along the North Trail in Ennis! Make sure to stop by the Ennis Welcome Center at 201 NW Main to get a trail map and shop and dine in historic downtown before enjoying the scenic, 40 miles of mapped bluebonnet trails.

    UPDATE (April 1, 2021): From the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival Facebook page:

    Bluebonnet Status 4/1/21: The bluebonnets are coming up strong in areas around Ennis. The roadside blooms are beautiful. But we suggest you wait for these blue beauties to peak.

    Typically bluebonnets peak in the 2nd-3rd week in April in the Ennis area. For more information and answers to your frequently asked questions, visit www.bluebonnettrail.org.


    It's springtime in Texas - and if you've lived here for any time at all, you know that means bluebonnets.

    This month's DIY Photo Excursion is to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails from April 1-30.

    Each April, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving bluebonnet trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. These are the oldest such trails known in the state, and tens of thousands of visitors make the short trek to Ennis annually to view this wonderful wildflower show.

    The Ennis Garden Club drives the trails each week in April to check the bloom status. They then report to the Ennis Welcome Center so that visitors can be well informed where the best flowers are on the trails at the time of their visit.

    In Ennis, the bluebonnets typically peak around the 3rd week of April. This can vary year to year due to weather conditions and terrain, so please check the Bluebonnet Trails website or call 972-878-4748 before your visit.

    You can also follow Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival and Visit Ennis, Texas on Facebook for bloom status updates.

    If you are unfamiliar with the locations of the individual bluebonnet trails, the Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail includes maps and recommendations.

    After you get home from Ennis, please send your best pictures (maximum of five) to clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com for inclusion in a gallery to be posted on the club website.

    Enjoy getting outdoors and your trip to Ennis, but please stay safe and keep healthy.

     

    PPC Recognized at March GSCCC Competition

    The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received an award in the March 2021 Gulf States Camera Club Council photo competition:

  • Nature Images
    • 2nd: A Good Catch - Ron Lin
  • The Plano Photography Club also finished in 3rd Place in the Nature Images category for the 2020-2021 competition year.

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

     


    The Plano Photography Club is a proud member club of the following:

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

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