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  • Evans Caglage's February club meeting presentation is now available on-demand (more)
  • See the winning images from the January 2021 club photo competition (more)
  • DIY Photo Excursion to the Dallas Arboretum extended to March 13 (more)
  • Two club members garnered recognition in the latest monthly GSCCC competition (more)
  • The DCC/PPC training schedules have been updated after the weather delays (more)
  • PPC members invited to April 2021 Heard monthly meeting (more)
  • Dates to Remember

  • March 7 - Submission deadline for Topic of the Week - COMPOSITION: SYMMETRY
  • March 11 - PPC Training Thursday: What Judges Look For / Ask Me Anything
  • March 13 - Final day for DIY Excursion to Dallas Arboretum
  • March 14 - Final day for DIY Excursion to Dallas Heritage Village
  • March 18 - Monthly club meeting with guest speaker Eugene Jabbour
  • March 18 - Submission deadline for March contest - TOWN OR CITYSCAPE (Electronic)
  • April 10 - Heard Monthly Meeting with Program by Canon Explorer of Light Darrell Gulin

  • January 2021 Competition Winners Announced

    Winners in the January Plano Photography Club Open (Electronic) photo competition were announced on Thursday, February 27, 2021, at the conclusion of the monthly club meeting.

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

    • Entry
      • 1st: Snail Conference - Martha Hedge
      • 2nd: White Sands Afternoon Sun - Shannon Hutchison
      • 3rd: The Eye of the Dragon - David Witherspoon
      • HM: Bermuda Bike Shop - Julie Minges
      • HM: Christmas Morning Joy - Jodi Smith
    • Intermediate
      • 1st: Balanced Diet - Clive Fernando
      • 2nd: Amphitheater at Delicate Arch - David Hutchison
      • 3rd: Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Roger Behgam
      • HM: Aussie Graffiti - Darrell Wilk
      • HM: Union Pacific Big Boy Steam Train In Town - Siu M Wong
    • Advanced
      • 1st: Don't Fence Me In - Alan Daniel
      • 2nd: Shadows Of Days Gone By - Anita Oakley
      • 3rd: Overcoming the Past at Placa Neri - Randy Ratzlaff
      • HM: Into The Narrows - Linfen Hwang
      • HM: Bow Tie - Richard Otto
    • Master
      • 1st: Still Life With Shears - Nancy Mack (also Best of Show)
      • 2nd: Bright and Happy - Lois Lehman
      • 3rd: Wrangler and His Horses - Ron Hasty
      • HM: Swallowtail Butterfly - Sam Wilson
      • HM: Feed Me! Feed Me! - Nock Wong

    Full-Screen Slideshow | 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 March.


    Photo Activities and Galleries

    2021 Topic of the Week Photo Activity - Week 9

    Topic - COMPOSITION: SYMMETRY

    Period - Monday, March 1, 2021 to Saturday, March 6, 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_Symmetry.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.

    View our photo activity archives in either full-screen gallery or slideshow (with music) mode.

    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 PERSPECTIVE: BIRD'S EYE VIEW.


    February DIY Photo Excursion

    DALLAS ARBORETUM

    To participate, first visit the Dallas Arboretum between now and March 13, 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_Arboretum.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.

    View our photo activity archives in either full-screen gallery or slideshow (with music) mode.

     

     



    Next Club Meeting - Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM (via Zoom)

    Eugene Jabbour: Digital Photography Today and What's Ahead

    Eugene Jabbour
    Eugene Jabbour

    Program Description: In this program Eugene will discuss the current state of the photography market and technologies, what's ahead and possible advancements.

    Bio: Eugene Jabbour is the owner of Competitive Cameras Ltd. in Dallas - the market's only full line stocking dealer of photographic and video equipment for professionals and enthusiasts.

    Competitive Cameras is a family business started in 1982 by Eugene's parents, Mary and Ramsey Jabbour. He began learning the business as a young boy and by the time he had a driver's license was delivering equipment, film, and photographic supplies to high-volume photographic customers all over the Dallas - Fort Worth metropolitan area.

    Competitive Cameras today prides itself on having in stock and ready for delivery the inventory that most photo and video retailers have to special order.

    Eugene is a graduate of The St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas and Southern Methodist University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance in 2000. He is married to his wife, Melanie Jabbour, and they have three children. Eugene and Melanie, through their philanthropic efforts, support American Heart Association, North Texas Food Bank, Youth With A Mission.

     

    Milky Way   NYC Skyline at Night   Sailing the Open Sea   Whale and Gulls

    Samples of Eugene's Photography

     


    March 2021 Contest

    SUBMIT CONTEST IMAGE

    The Plano Photography Club's March contest is an ELECTRONIC competition with the theme TOWN OR CITYSCAPE.

    Each club member may submit one photo to the competition. Images that have placed in any earlier PPC contest are ineligible.

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

    Your submission must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site by 11:59 PM CT on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

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


    Latest Club News

    PPC Recognized at GSCCC September Competition

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

  • Color Images
    • 2nd: Still Life With Shears - Nancy Mack
  • Nature Images
    • 2nd Honorable Mention: Snail Conference - Martha Hedge
  • For a full list of February winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to those listed above.

     

    PPC Begins Monthly DIY Photo Excursions

    Because the PPC is still not able to sponsor in-person field trips, we are starting a series of monthly DIY Photo Excursions.

    These are designed for you to visit an interesting location in DFW on a day of your choice within a specific time frame and take some great photos while still following COVID-19 guidelines.

     

    Our first DIY Photo Excursion will be to the Dallas Arboretum from February 20 - March 13, 2021. That start date coincides with the beginning of Dallas Blooms, the largest annual floral festival in the Southwest.

    This year's Blooms theme is "America the Beautiful," and the festival will showcase an explosion of color from 100 varieties of spring bulbs and more than 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas, and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees.

    If you plan to attend, get your tickets early, as the event is almost certain to sell out. You can reserve tickets at https://reservations.dallasarboretum.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=5578.

     

    Then, after you get home, 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 the Arboretum, but do remember to stay safe and keep healthy.

     

    PPC Members Invited to Presentation by Canon Explorer of Light Darrell Gulin on April 10

    The Heard Nature Photographers club has invited Plano Photography Club members to attend their monthly meeting on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 2PM CT (meeting instructions to follow at a later time).

    Their program will include a presentation by Canon Explorer of Light Darrell Gulin, who will be speaking on the topic of "Cowboys and Cowgirls."

    Darrell has been photographing for over 35 years, marketing his work for the last 33 years, and has been a full-time Nature/Travel Photographer for the last 26 years. He markets his work through Stock Agencies, Editorial Markets, Photography Workshop/Tours, Seminars and Speaking Engagements.

    His photographs have been published in Outdoor Photographer, Newsweek, National Geographic, Audubon, National Wildlife, Birder's World, Sunset, Nature's Best, and many more.

    He is an accomplished speaker/teacher and also was featured on five Canon Photo Safari television programs where he taught actors/actresses to photograph in the field. He leads the Gulin / Ken & Lydia Strange workshops and travels around the world capturing special moments photographically.

     

    Milky Way   Beach Reflection   Horse Galloping in Snow   Moth and Flower

    Examples of Darrell Gulin's Work

     


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  • Photographic Society of America
  • Gulf States Camera Club Council
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