Plano Photography Club

Meetings on Third Thursdays (except December) with Training at 6:00 pm and Program at 7:15 pm
West Plano Presbyterian Church - 2709 Custer Road, Plano, Texas

Come to our next meeting and get to know the friendly folks of the Plano Photography Club.

Spend an evening with people who share your passion for photography. Guests are always welcome.

Visit to see what the club is all about or become a member so that you may participate in club activities and contests.

NOTE: Club Meetings Are Canceled Until Further Notice

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Headlines

  • NEW! Notes from Dennis Fritsche's recent online Ask Me Anything session are now available (more)
  • Update on the April 2020 Special Contests (more)
  • Membership renewal deadline is fast approaching; learn how to renew with PayPal (more)
  • Message from Club President Cliff McKenzie (more)
  • February 2020 competition results are now available (more)
  • Club activity slideshows from January and February have been published (more)
  • Education resources available for online photography learning (more)

Sheltering in Place Photo Projects

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Period: Monday March 30, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020 (11:59 PM CDT)

To help relieve some of the boredom of endless hours spent at home, we are issuing this simple challenge to all Plano Photography Club members:

FIND AND PHOTOGRAPH SIX (6) SUBJECTS OF YOUR CHOOSING. EACH SUBJECT MUST BEGIN WITH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LETTERS: I M  S A F E.

Submit up to three (3) images per letter to clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com for inclusion in a slideshow to be posted on the website. Please note that no one will be able to download copies of submitted photos.

You may send full contest-level or lower resolution images. Please include your name and subject letter in the file name (e.g., John_Smith_Letter_1.jpg).

Stay safe and have fun!


Social Distancing Photos

Period: Ongoing

We invite club members to send images to clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com depicting their current experience sheltering in place.

You may send full contest-level or lower resolution images. Please include your name in the file name. As a reminder, one of the club's special contests in April is Photojournalism. Your images may be appropriate for that contest and can be used for both.

All images will be displayed in a scrolling gallery on the front page of this website, as seen at right. Please note that no one will be able to download copies of submitted photos.

Here are some suggested topics; anything to depict life today is appropriate. Use your imagination.

  • long delayed DYI projects around the house
  • home schooling
  • cooking meals
  • cabin fever
  • family games
  • drive-through restaurants
  • empty freeways/roads
  • projects/plans interrupted
  • working online
  • social distancing
  • empty store shelves
  • hoarding
  • people wearing protective gear
  • tents outside hospitals

March 2020 Virtual Club Meeting

Winning Images From the February 2020 Competition
Topic: Down Time

February 2020 Competition Results

Normally the results of a photo competition would be announced at the following month's club meeting. Of course, these are not normal times.

So we adapt.

Congratulations to the following club members for their winning entries - all of which are visible in the slideshow at right - from the February 2020 competition.

  • Entry Level
    • 1st : Debbie Nielsen - "Nap Interrupted"
    • 2nd : Craig Rowen - "Nap Time At Fort Worth Zoo"
    • 3rd : Jim Futterman - "Sunbathing"
    • HM : Ray Davidson - "Artistry In Non-Motion"
    • HM : Ashley Clive Fernando - "Mid-Town Nap"
  • Intermediate Level
    • 1st : David Swinney - "Down The Tracks" (also Best In Show)
    • 2nd : Michael Losurdo Jr. - "A Special Time Of Day"
    • 3rd : Barbara Keeler - "Deep Ellum Chill"
    • HM : John Eden - "Winded"
    • HM : Alicia Jones - "7 Mile Bridge"
  • Advanced Level
    • 1st : Cathy Lin - "Family Time"
    • 2nd : Alan Daniel - "Touch Down Time"
    • 3rd : Wenchi Lee - "Upside Down Time For Mejiro Sucking The Plum Blossoms"
  • Master Level
    • 1st : Carol Barlow - "Down In Uptown Dallas"
    • 2nd : Dennis Fritsche - "Rainy Dat At Cow Camp 5"
    • 3rd : Larry Petterborg - "Time Down On The Farm"
    • HM : Russell McGuire - "Hard Night, Late Start ... Coffee Cures All"
    • HM : Marie Hansen - "Cat Nap"

We also invite you to review judge Daniel Arnaud's comments regarding all the entries submitted to the competition. Thanks to all club members who participated in the February contest.


Club Activities Slideshows

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

Thanks as always to James Stover for assembling the slideshows and to all the club members who participated in the events and supplied the included photos.

 


Latest Club News

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.

 


Monthly Contest

NEW! The April 2020 special contest topics are Nature, Photojournalism and Portraits.

All three contests are electronic. You may enter all of them and you may submit up to three images for each contest. Remember you may not submit an image that has placed in an earlier PPC contest.

Entry, Intermediate, Advanced, and Masters will be judged together. Points will NOT be counted since these contests are outside of the annual competition. Awards will be presented to the first three places in each contest.

Submissions must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight Thursday April 16, 2020.

For more detail on the April 2020 contest requirements please visit Competitions | Competition Topics.


Upcoming Activities

Because of concerns associated with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, all in-person club activities have been canceled until further notice.

 

Upcoming Field Trips

Because of concerns and travel restrictions associated with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, all field trips have been canceled.


Club Information

  • Check out our interactive map of Favorite DFW Photo Spots as identified by members of the Plano Photography Club.
  • Review our Guide to the PPC Website and Your Mobile Device to learn how to add a bookmark for the PPC webpage to your mobile device's home screen and to review website features you may find useful to reference while shooting in the field.
  • Monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of each month (except December) at West Plano Presbyterian Church, 2709 Custer Road, Plano, Texas - View Map
  • Training sessions are held in the church at 6:00 pm before the regular meeting at 7:15 pm - View Classes/Rooms
  • PPC Website Privacy Policy

 


The Plano Photography Club is a proud member club of:

Photographic Society of America Gulf States Camera Club Council

Host Location: West Plano Presbyterian Church

West Plano Presbyterian Church

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