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Club Meetings Held on the 3rd Thursday of Each Month (except December)
West Plano Presbyterian Church - 2709 Custer Road, Plano, Texas
Training at 6:00 PM and Program at 7:15 PM

Serving Plano & surrounding areas, we welcome photographers of all skill levels with an interest in expanding their skills and practicing their craft with others.

Join us at our next monthly meeting and get to know the friendly folks of the Plano Photography Club.

Learn more about the PPC by watching this orientation video. When you're ready to become a member just click on this button: JOIN THE CLUB

 

Headlines

  • NEW! One PPC member received recognition in the January 2022 GSCCC competition (more)
  • NEW! You are invited to create a banner image for use on this very website (more)
  • See the winning images from the November 2021 club photo competition (more)
  • Watch the replay of club President Alan Daniel's January meeting presentation (more)
  • A recording of Dennis Fritsche's Lightroom Masking training session is now available (more)
  • The Heard Natural Science Museum's annual photography contest isn't far away (more)
  • The North Texas Irish Festival returns to Fair Park in March (more)
  • Interested in volunteering to photograph quilts for the Dallas Quilt Show? (more)
  • Dates to Remember


  • January 27 - PPC Training Thursday: New Lightroom Masking Tools - Part 2 (Zoom)
  • January 29 - Topic of the Week submission deadline - ODD NUMBER(S)
  • February  1 - DCC Training Tuesday: Ask Me Anything with Dennis Fritsche (Zoom)
  • February  1 - Heard Nature Photography contest opens for submissions
  • February  5 - Topic of the Week submission deadline - WINTER
  • February 17 - Monthly club meeting with guest speaker Anna Fritzel
  • February 17 - February photo competition submission deadline: SILHOUETTE (Print)
  • March  4-6 - North Texas Irish Festival at Fair Park
  • March 19 - Tabletop workshop at West Plano Presbyterian Church
  • October 21-28 - Big Bend National Park field trip


  • November 2021 Club Competition Results

    Winning Images From the November 2021 Club Competition
    Topic: Abandoned Places (Electronic Image)

    Winners in the November Plano Photography Club photo competition were announced on Thursday, January 20, 2022, during the monthly club meeting.

    Award recipients for the contest are listed below; their submissions are seen at right:

    • Entry
      • 1st: Abandoned Train Tracks - Joseph Ray
      • 2nd: For Sale - Jodi Smith
      • 3rd: Boarded Up Memories - Martha Hedge
      • HM: Abandoned Tracks at Allen Station Park - Shannon Hutchison
      • HM: Alaska Hatchers Patch Mine - Dennie Farmer
    • Intermediate
      • 1st: soup de jour: flamingo - Cliff McKenzie (also Best of Show)
      • 2nd: Abandoned Places - I Guess We Know The Score - David Swinney
      • 3rd: The Ruins of Outlaw Station - Janice Goetz
      • HM: Castlewood Homestead (1894 - 1941) - Daniel Dailey
      • HM: LEFT BEHIND - Mike H Waterhouse
    • Advanced
      • 1st: Abandoned Icelandic Farm - Anita Oakley
      • 2nd: Windswept North Dakota Homestead - Jason Ware
      • 3rd: Playground for Graffiti Artist - Clive Fernando
      • HM: Cold War Era Hercules Missile Pit - Randy Ratzlaff
    • Master
      • 1st: Just Needs Some Paint - Dennis Fritsche
      • 2nd: What Once Was... - Carol Barlow
      • 3rd: Hard Times - Danette Volkmer
      • HM: Abandoned Farm House - Jose Artiles
      • HM: Down on the Farm - Almost - Alan Daniel

    Full-Screen Slideshow | Gallery | Judge's Commentary

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

     

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

    See you in February for the results of the January contest.

     

    Photo Activities and Galleries

    2022 Topic of the Week Photo Activity - Week 4

    ODD NUMBER(S)

    Monday, January 24, 2021, to Saturday, January 29, 2022

    To participate, send ONE OR TWO IMAGES IN JPEG FORMAT 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 the 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(s) (e.g., TimmyTurner_OddNumbers_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, JANUARY 29.

    If you're planning ahead, the topic for next week will be WINTER.


    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

     

     


    President's Message - Welcome to 2022

    Alan Daniel

    Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and were able to capture plenty of beautiful images. We had a great turnout for the PPC holiday party at Rudy’s BBQ, and it was great fun to see each other and share stories. The member videos were super as usual, and the members' favorite images slideshow was one of my favorites. And did I mention how good the food was ... mmmmm.

    The pandemic created challenges for the club in 2021, but thanks to you, the PPC met them head-on. The online monthly meeting participation remained high - so much so that some of our program speakers expressed real surprise at the level of attendance. We offered multiple training sessions each month, and the Topic of the Week exercise provided motivation to get out and photograph. In fact, you submitted nearly 2100 images that were shared weekly on the club website.

    I am excited about 2022. The PPC has great programs lined up for the next few months. We will continue the joint online training sessions with the Dallas Camera Club, while some classes will be only available in person. Also, keep your eyes open for more group activities as the year progresses.

    - Alan Daniel (from the January 2022 issue of The FLASH!)

     

    Next Club Meeting Program

    The Frozen Series: Contemplating the Dormant Potential of Women with Anna Fritzel

    Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 7:15 PM CT (In-Person)

    Anna Fritzel
    Anna Fritzel

    Program Description (from Anna): "The COVID lockdown, and following depression, stifled my ability to think about anything. I was feeling frozen and wanted to break out and decided to begin working on some ideas for my current dissertation exploring the context of women being frozen in representations via screen and print media.

    I used flowers because of their stereotypical ties to the feminine gender and because of their color possibilities. I have created thousands of these specimens of color and the combinations are limitless, as are the abilities of women everywhere."

    Bio: Anna Fritzel is a Plano multimedia artist based in photography who has been educating college photography students since 2005. Currently a PhD candidate in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, she holds a BS in Photography as well as an MS in Art from Texas A&M Commerce.

    She has also studied photographic alternative processes at the Maine Media and Photographic Workshops. She is a member of the Society for Photographic Education as well as the Texas Photographic Society.

    Anna’s current work addresses perceptions of and restraints on women in a 21st century world still dominated by patriarchal institutions, particularly mass media and its messaging. She also focuses on aging, perception, grief, and exploring what it means to be "grounded."

     

                

    Some Examples of Anna's Work

     

    Contest Information

    February 2022

    The theme for the next Plano Photography Club photo contest is SILHOUETTE (Print). You may submit one image to this contest. SUBMIT CONTEST IMAGE(S)

    Electronic entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site and prints dropped off before 11:59 PM CT on Thursday, February 17, 2022.

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

    Resources

  • How to Photograph Silhouettes in 8 Easy Steps
  • Best Techniques for Shooting Silhouette Photography
  • 10 Tips for Taking Stunning Silhouette Photos with Your Smartphone
  • Sunset Silhouette Photography – A Complete Guide
  • How to Edit Silhouette Photos in Lightroom

     

    Latest Club News

  • PPC Members Recognized at the January 2022 GSCCC Competition

    The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received awards in the Gulf States Camera Club Council January 2022 photo competition:

    Monochrome
    • 2nd HM: Windswept North Dakota Homestead - Jason Ware

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

     

    Invitation to Create New Website Banners

    We are inviting all club members to create some new banners for use on the PPC website.

    PPC Website Banner Example

    Guidelines and requirements for the graphics are as follows:

    • They may consist of a single photo or a collage of photos in JPEG format
    • Banner dimensions must be exactly 1372px wide by 260px tall
    • The maximum banner file size is 1 MB
    • Banners may be in color or black & white (or anything in-between)
    • Included image(s) must have been captured in Plano
    • Submissions may include a photographer watermark
    • If no watermark is included, submitters will be acknowledged by name
    • You may submit more than one banner

    NOTE: The club logo will be overlaid on the submitted banners by the webmaster, so please do not incorporate it into your submissions.

    To participate, send your image(s) to clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com.

    Approved banners will be incorporated into a display rotation on the website. Our plan is to refresh them weekly, but the actual schedule will be determined by how many approved submissions we receive.

    Thanks in advance for your participation, and we look forward to seeing your creativity at work.

     

    Annual Heard Photography Contest Is Coming Soon

    The annual Heard Nature Photography Contest will be accepting submissions from February 1 through February 24, 2022.

    The fee for each submitted image is $10 and proceeds from the contest benefit the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.

    The contest is hosted by the museum's affiliated photography club but you don’t have to be a member of the museum or the photography club to participate.

    To learn more about the contest, including the requirements for submitted photos, please visit the contest website.

     

    The North Texas Irish Festival Is Back in 2022

    North Texas Irish Festival

    The North Texas Irish Festival makes its triumphant return to Fair Park in Dallas from March 4-6, bringing with it all the music, dance, culture, and excitement that this well-loved, family-friendly event creates to celebrate the rich tradition of Irish and Celtic culture.

    This family-friendly event features live music, dancing, storytelling, chef demonstrations, and more on multiple stages, both indoors and outdoors, throughout Fair Park.

    Attendees will also enjoy horse shows, fencing demonstrations, sheepherding demonstrations, beer and whiskey tastings, genealogy research opportunities, shopping, animal rescue groups, child-friendly entertainment, and free arts and crafts for the kids.

    We'll have additional information at a later time about the possibility of acquiring free tickets for our members. Stay tuned.

     

    Seeking Photographers For Dallas Quilt Show In March

    Dallas Quilt Show

    Club member Jan de Meulder has asked that the following request be shared with all members:

    The Dallas Quilt Show is set to open to the public for the first time in three years from March 11-13, 2022. Sam Lucas and I, and a third person, were the official photographers for the last live show in 2019. This coming March, Sam and I will cover the event at Dallas Market Hall, but we will need some help.

    We will have about 400 quilts to photograph, download the images, post-process them and submit the full set to the Show Committee in a fairly short time span. We can only start taking pictures once the quilts have been judged and ribbons attached to the winners’ quilts (around 6 PM on Thursday night March 10.

    The show opens its doors on Friday morning March 11 at 10 AM and closes Sunday at 5 PM. The Show Committee would like to be able to start posting all the pictures as soon as the show closes on Sunday.

    We would need two (2) additional volunteers, possibly from the Plano Photography Club, to help with the actual photography: one additional person to shoot part of the 400 quilts, and one person to mass edit/post-process the pictures as they come in, directly from the photographers' memory cards.

    If you feel you’re up for a challenge and would be interested to help out with this event, please contact Jan de Meulder via email.

     


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  • 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

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