Monthly Fun Photo Challenge: 2023

Have fun with photography with our monthly photo challenge. Subjects and guidelines are explained below. This is open to anyone interested in exploring their creative vision. Remember to be careful and safe when out and about, especially in our changeable Texas weather. Above, Barber’s Book Store by Tyler Nicole.

Due date       Subject

JAN 14           Barber’s Book Store, 901 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth (interior)

FEB 18           Fort Worth Stock Show Midway Area Outdoors (Jan. 13 thru Feb. 4)

MAR 18         The Best Hat Store, 2739 N. Main, Fort Worth (Interior)

APR 15           Flatiron Building, 1000 Houston at 9th St., Fort Worth (Exterior; black and white.)

MAY 13         Lake Weatherford Boardwalk, 1299 W. Lake Dr., Weatherford, TX

JUN 17           U.S. Postal Service Building, 251 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth; interior or exterior

JUL 15            Main Street Bridge over Trinity River, 1400 N. Henderson St., Fort Worth

AUG 12          In the Kitchen – A kitchen or a kitchen object (Interior)

SEP 16           T & P Rail Station, 221 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth (Interior or Exterior)

OCT 14          Tarrant County College – Trinity River Campus East, 245 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth (Exterior)

NOV 18         Sunset or Sunrise shot at the Lake Worth Mosque Point Shelter, 8375 Cahoba Dr., Fort Worth (Exterior)

Guidelines

The Photo Challenge will be separate from monthly member competition and will not have scores or awards; it’s for fun, sharing ideas and learning how other members view the same subjects. Here’s how it works:

  • Each month has an assigned subject.
  • Photos must be taken after Dec. 20, 2022.
  • Members may enter up to three images each month.
  • The images will be shown following the monthly workshop and posted as a group on Facebook as an album and perhaps on our website.
  • The images will be displayed in no particular order and the photographer’s name will be announced. Questions and positive comments are welcome as the image is shown. We want to enjoy the range of creativity of our members.

Submission of Images

  • Rename your images using your first and last name with a space in between; put a number 2 after your name if entering a second image, and a number 3 if submitting a third image
  • No need to remove metadata.
  • Re-size your images to 1920 pixels wide and 1280 pixels high
  • Email them to submit.photochal@gmail.com on or before the due date with a subject line of “FWCC Photo Challenge Submission.”

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Outing: Jan. 28, 2023

  • 7 – 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 lasting as long as one likes.
  • Caravanning isn’t planned for this event as some participants will want to arrive at sunrise.
  • HNWR is 1 hour-40 minutes from downtown Fort Worth near Sherman. It is recommended to arrive near daybreak to take advantage of the early light.
  • A map of the Refuge may be obtained here. The red dotted lines in the map indicate the automobile tour route. Wildlife Drive, leading from Meadow Pond Trail north to the Visitor Center, is the most traveled and provides excellent viewing opportunities for ducks, egrets, gulls, pelicans, visiting snow geese and raptors. One may also drive out around the pads via Oil Field Road.
  • Directions to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge may be found via this Google maps link. The route chosen takes one to the south entrance of the Refuge to Wildlife Drive.
  • A suggestion: Take advantage of your car. It’s a portable blind and allows one to keep warm while shooting on cold winter days.
  • Above, Refuge snow geese by Charles Morris.

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to enjoy the thrill of thousands of migrating snow geese during the winter. The Dec. 27 census by the Refuge tallied over 6,000 mostly along Wildlife Drive. Please drive slowly. Pull over to the side of the road for your photographs.

There are a few trails for hiking. Check the Refuge map listed above. Barn owls, barred owls, great horned owls, as well as harrier hawks can be seen. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the two resident bald eagles. They like to perch on top of the utility poles near the oil pad sites. Last but not least, many species of songbirds can be observed. The last tally of red-winged blackbirds in December was over 450.

This is an all day outing with no time constraints. Breakfast can be found at various restaurants on the drive up to Hagerman. McDonald’s in Gainesville is located on California Street on the right side of I-35. There is another McDonald’s on Hwy. 82 in Whitesboro. The Rib Crib in Gainesville is a good place for lunch if you like BBQ. It’s on the west side of I-35 south of the Hwy. 82 crossing.

The Club asks participants to observe COVID precautions suitable for their circumstances.

Club Activities Archive: 2022

These Fort Worth Camera Club posts are no longer live on the website. If you need information related to these 2022 programs, outings and workshops, please email the club at fwcameraclub@gmail.com. Image: Black Hills Wildflower, Roy O’Rear.

Portraits for Millenia Program: Jan. 6, 2022

Jermyn and Fort Richardson Outing: Jan. 8, 2022

Composition Beyond the Basics Workshop: Jan. 18, 2022

Black and White Photography – a Journey: Feb. 3, 2022

Dallas Heritage Village Outing: Feb. 12, 2022

Lightroom Tips Workshop: Feb. 15, 2022

Composite Light Painting Program: March 3, 2022

North Texas Irish Festival Outing: March 5, 2022

Advanced Masking in Lightroom Workshop: March 15, 2022

Wildlife From Yellowstone to Patagonia Program: April 7, 2022

Route 66, Balloons, Rodeo Outings in April and June 2022

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games Outing: May 7, 2022

Macrophotography Techniques Program: May 5, 2022

Introduction to Compositing Workshop: May 17, 2022

Architectural Photography Program: June 2, 2022

Rio Brazos Music Hall and Pickup Trucks Outing: June 11, 2022

Photographing Abandoned Buildings Workshop: June 21, 2022

Portrait Photography Program: July 7, 2022

Still Life, The Art of Photography Workshop: July 19, 2022

Outdoor Lighting Program: Aug. 4, 2022

Rock Bands and Friendly Faces Workshop: Aug. 16, 2022

Documentary and Street Photography Program: Sept. 1, 2022

Japanese Garden Weekday Outing: Sept. 8, 2022

Selling Photography in the Print-On-Demand Marketplace Workshop: Sept. 20, 2022

Photographing Pets and People Program: Oct. 6, 2022

St. Peter’s Church and Muenster Oktoberfest Outing: Oct. 8, 2022

Lightroom Workflow Workshop: Oct. 18, 2022

Fort Worth Incinerator Graffiti Outing: Nov. 12, 2022

Making Memories with Photobooks and Magazines Workshop: Nov. 15, 2022

Learn more about Fort Worth Camera Club activities.

Join the Club Now for 2023

  • To become a member, download the Adobe PDF fillable membership form (below), complete it and mail with a check to the address on the form. Or pay by Zelle with the address submit.dues@gmail.com. Or bring the completed form and payment to a meeting. An ATM is available at our meeting location.
  • Pay dues now for calendar year 2023; paid members are eligible for competition.
  • Dues are $40 for individuals and $20 for students age 18 or younger.

We meet in-person at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie. We ask that attendees follow Covid-19 precautions appropriate for their circumstances.

Learn more about monthly programs, outings, the photo challenge and workshops. Information about all activities is published on this website and/or on Facebook.

Image above, Showing Off, by Nancy Abby

Big Bend National Park Outing: March 1-6, 2023

  • March 1-6, 2023
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Big Bend is an 8-10 hour drive from Fort Worth
  • Lodging of all types is limited; make reservations ASAP
Brewster County Texas

Photograph starry skies, desert vistas and early spring bluebonnets in the Big Bend region of Texas. This outing will include three photo opportunities with time determined by Photo Pills or similar app.

  • March 2: Sunrise at Santa Elena Canyon; photo above, by Roy O’Rear
  • March 3: Sunset at Sotol Vista Overlook
  • March 4: Morning views and lunch at Chisos Mountains Lodge area (Location may change since the lodge is expected to close for remodeling sometime in 2023.)

Participants may otherwise explore photo locations, hiking and dining of their choosing.

The park is one of the most re-visited parks in the national parks system. Visitors are attracted by the vast skies, desert and mountain ecology and wildlife. The area has limited options for lodging, camping and RVs, so reservations must be made well in advance.

If you have not traveled to Big Bend or have not explored West Texas, you’ll need to research locations and activities. Please be aware that you should heed all warnings about distance, weather, road conditions and hydration. The desert is spectacular, but unforgiving.

Many club members are regular visitors to the 800,000 acre national park and their images from the area often win awards. Ask members for suggestions at a monthly club meeting; find more information: