Club News Archive

Begun in February 2020, this page serves as an archive of all Club News that has appeared on the front page of the Plano Photography Club website.


May 2020

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 info@planoconservancy.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.


Addison's Salute to Heroes Flight Path Map

Addison's Salute To Heroes Flyover Friday May 22

The Town of Addison and Cavanaugh Flight Museum have joined forces for an "Addison's Salute to Heroes" flyover that will take to the skies at 11:00 AM CT on Friday, May 22.

The event will kick off Memorial Day weekend and serve to recognize first responders, essential workers, and veterans.

The flyover will consist of a collection of the historic warplanes from Cavanaugh's extensive collection, including a B-25, P-40, and T-6 formation, as well as a rarely seen privately owned Beechcraft Starship (one of four in the world), 2 T-28 Trojans flown by the Trojan Phlyers Flight Demonstration Team and the T-37 Tweet owned by the Service Air Corps.

The plane's path will visit over many of the hospitals in the Dallas area along with the DFW National Cemetery, as seen in the map at right (click the image for larger view) .


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.
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May 2020 Issue of The FLASH! Is Out

The May edition of the Plano Photography Club Newsletter The FLASH! is now available. It contains valuable information about the club, activities, contest results and informative articles.



April 2020

PSA Cancels 2020 Photo Festival

On April 23, 2020, the Photographic Society of America (PSA) announced the cancellation of this year's Photo Festival:

It is with thoughtful reluctance and much sadness that the PSA Executive Committee has made a decision to cancel the planned Photo Festival in Colorado Springs in September. This was a very difficult decision to make, knowing that the 2020 Photo Festival is highly valued and anticipated; but paramount to the decision was putting the health, safety, and peace of mind of our membership first. In the absence of a vaccine, our gathering, especially with many members in the high-risk category, would simply be accepting too much risk for all of us. Many other organizations, including the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), have cancelled all their 2020 planned gatherings and events until more is learned about the virus and the pandemic.

Several of you have already registered, we have not billed your credit cards and had planned not to do so before July 1st. The PSA registrations will be cancelled without any fees being incurred and we will take care of that for you. You will need to cancel your hotel reservation and that can be done through the confirmation email you received from the hotel at no charge. Hopefully, a vaccine and mitigation will enable a safe, healthy environment for our Festival in Rapid City, South Dakota in 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Enter the "We Stay Home" Photo Competition

Enter the "We Stay Home" Photo Competition being held by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). This free competition is open to all photographers.

For each photographer who enters FIAP will contribute to a world organization specializing in the fight against COVID-19.

Photos must be taken in the place where the photographer is confined after March 15, 2020. Maximum of 4 Color and/or B&W photos, longest side 1920 pixels, 300 dpi. Watermarks and signatures not acceptable. Awards not eligible for FIAP Distinctions.

Complete rules and image upload are available at http://cfoto.hiho.it/fiap-WSAH.php.

Share this information with all your photo friends. Closing date is May 31, 2020.


Share Your Best Photos on the Club Instagram Feed

We are now incorporating Instagram into our social media presence to show off some of our members' amazing photography.

To get us started with content we are asking club members (who don't mind being published online) to please send us copies of your three favorite photographs. Three photographs allow for each member to have an entire Instagram row to themselves.

Please use your fullname_title.jpg as the file name (e.g., JohnSmith_YellowstoneWaterfall.jpg) 1080Wide / 1350Tall

If you would like your business hashtagged please reference your business name in the body of the email text along with any descriptions about your photographs: location, etc.


Contests for the 2020-2021 Competition Year Are Now Open

As of Sunday April 19, 2020, all contests for the 2020-2021 competition year - including the special interest contests - are open for submissions.

Please be sure to select the correct contest when submitting a photo.


April 2020 Issue of The FLASH! Is Out

The April edition of the Plano Photography Club Newsletter The FLASH! is now available. It contains valuable information about the club, activities, contest results and informative articles.


Jeremy Woodhouse Publishes Book Of Photo Tour Images

Photographer Jeremy Woodhouse, who was to be the featured speaker at our canceled March 2020 club meeting, has taken advantage of the unplanned downtime to publish a new book.

The 240-page, 8.5" x 11", perfect-bound photography book - entitled Photo Tour - Postcards From The Road - contains a collection of images captured during many of the photo tours that he has led over the last 15 years.

The book is now available and you can order it from Jeremy's Pixelchrome Photography Tours website.

 

Ask Me Anything Session Next Thursday

Dennis Fritsche will be holding another online Ask Me Anything session Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM CT via Zoom.

You can join the meeting from a computer (visit Zoom.us in advance of the session to install the necessary software) or your smartphone/tablet (visit the iOS App Store or Google Play Store to install the appropriate app for your platform).

If using a phone or tablet device, you can use it for both a speaker and a microphone. If joining from a computer, you will need speakers to hear and a microphone to talk. Please mute your microphone during the meeting unless asking a question.

Club members will find the information to connect to the session under Education | Training Classes | Ask Me Anything - Zoom Meeting ID.


March 2020

Current Membership Renewals

Most memberships to the Plano Photography Club will expire on April 30, 2020. Since we will not be having an April meeting due to the COVID-19 situation, we highly recommend that current members renew their memberships via PayPal using our website.

You can do this by logging in to your PPC account and clicking on My Account | Pay Annual Dues. Then follow the directions on that page to pay your dues.

If that does not work for you, please contact the Membership Chairman for a physical address to mail a paper check.

 

Message From Club President Cliff McKenzie

Cliff McKenzie
Cliff McKenzie

(March 18, 2020) It was only a month ago we were watching the events half-a-world away unfold. Who would have ever thought the impact would have been so great here?

We kept the Hill Country event alive but cancelled the formal gatherings believing “independently out in nature” would surface. We are now faced with the possibility food access may be limited, that the person cleaning your room may be an issue and if the government wants us to “stay in place,” access to fuel pumps could be limited.

As I stated, a month ago this would seem to be ridiculous.

All Plano Photography Club events are canceled until further notice. If it is possible to do a webinar or conference call, that is the only exception.

 

Educational Resources Updates

We have completed the migration of years worth of educational material provided by members and speakers to the new website. PPC members can now access this material under the Education | PPC Educational Resources menu.

Of particular note are a presentation and related videos about printing your images called "Put It On Paper."

Originally presented by Dennis Fritsche in 2016, he recently completed an update to it. You may find it helpful if you are planning to submit a print to the March 2020 contest.

Additionally, we have added a page of external photography resources (Education | External Learning and Support Resources). On it you will find links to online training, YouTube channels, camera forums, cloud storage options, image hosting sites and more.

 

New Club Activities Slideshows Released

Slideshows of our two most recent club activities (with accompanying background music) are now available:

 

Changes For March 2020 Club Contest

Because of the cancellation of the March 2020 club meeting, we will not be able to collect your print for the March contest. As such this month's contest has been changed from a PRINT to an ELECTRONIC contest. It remains an Open contest.

What does that mean for you?

  • If you have not submitted an image yet, go ahead and enter your image as you would for any electronic contest.
  • If you have already entered the electronic image for the March 2020 Print contest and wish to submit that same image for the March 2020 Electronic Contest, you do not have to do anything. Just remember that if you win or place with the electronic image you may not use that image for a future contest.
  • If you want to submit a different image and save your Print entry for a future Print contest, you will need to remove the current image from the competition website and enter a new one.

The deadline for entries remains unchanged - Midnight CDT Thursday March 19, 2020. All images submitted by that time will be judged as electronic submissions.

NOTE: The name on the competition website for the March contest is "2020-03 Open Revised Electronic." Even though the competition website will say the type is PRINT it will be judged as an Electronic Contest.

Contact Alan Daniel if you have any questions.

 

March 2020 Issue of The FLASH! Is Out

The March edition of the Plano Photography Club Newsletter The FLASH! is now available. It contains valuable information about the club, activities, contest results and informative articles.


February 2020

Educational Resources Updates

We have completed the migration of years worth of educational material provided by members and speakers to the new website. PPC members can now access this material under the Education | PPC Educational Resources menu.

Of particular note is a presentation and related videos about printing your images called "Put It On Paper."

Originally presented by Dennis Fritsche in 2016, he recently completed an update to it. You may find it helpful if you are planning to submit a print to the March 2020 contest.

Additionally, we have added a page of external photography resources (Education | External Learning and Support Resources). On it you will find links to online training, YouTube channels, camera forums, cloud storage options, image hosting sites and more.

 

January 2020 Competition Results

Results of the January 2020 photo competition - shown at right - were announced at our February club meeting. You can also watch the contest slideshow to hear the judge's feedback on each picture.

Congratulations to the photographers who captured the winning images and thanks to everyone who participated.

Updated standings for the 2019-2020 competition year as well as scoresheets for each class are available under the Competitions | Competition Scores to Date menu.

 

February Issue of The FLASH!

The February 2020 issue of the Plano Photography Club newsletter is now available for download.

Each month's edition of The FLASH! includes all the winning images from the prior month's club photo competition along with valuable information about upcoming events and program speakers, plus up-to-date contest standings and feature articles.

 

Managing Your Account Settings

Each member of the Plano Photography Club is responsible for management of their own membership account settings.

Learn more about the options available and the club's recommendations for selected settings on the About My Account Settings page. Then access your PPC account settings via My Account | My Account Settings to make any necessary changes.

 

Contest Rules and Process Document Revised

The club's Competition Rules and Process document has been updated; the latest revision is dated February 6, 2020.

If you currently participate in the monthly photography competitions or plan to do so, please check out the the most recent version.



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