Taos Outing: June 29 Preview; September 4-12, 2021

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 29 Preview via Zoom: Meeting ID: 844 6649 8443; Passcode: 228312
  • Road Trip/Outing to Taos, NM, and environs, Sept. 4-12, 2021
  • Contact Outings Coordinator Marsha Ezell for more information.
  • Above, Santuario de Chimayo, courtesy of Taos Tourism

Outings Coordinator Marsha Ezell has put together an itinerary for photo opportunities in Taos and northern New Mexico. The area has attracted artists and photographers such as Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe, all drawn by its Spanish and Native American heritage, desert beauty and light.

Attendees are responsible for personal expenses, including transportation, lodging and food.  New Mexico’s COVID-19 precautions also will be in effect.

Marsha has identified locations and activities for photography, has provided a suggested  timeline, and will coordinate meal locations when possible. Attendees may wander elsewhere or meet with club members for any activity or location.

Photographic favorites are St. Francis de Asis and other Spanish colonial churches; UNESCO World Heritage Site Taos Pueblo (if re-opened); Taos Plaza’s historic buildings and cemetery; Rio Grande Gorge. There are also old buildings, scenic views and locations along the way in the Texas Panhandle.

  • Learn more and view images by Marsha, Robert Chura and Ken Spencer from a previous Taos Outing at 7 p.m., June 29. Dial in with Zoom: Meeting ID: 844 6649 8443; Passcode: 228312
  • Download Marsha’s itinerary: PDF Taos Outing Sept. 2021.
  • Questions? Email Marsha Ezell.

Fun Photo Challenge Update: May-November 2021

Above, Airfield Falls, June photo challenge subject, submitted by Bill Jones. Find more on our Facebook page.

Photo Challenge Subject Update

Below is a revised list of photo challenge subjects that takes us through the rest of the year. Sundance Square was moved to November since the fountains are not yet operative. The club has permission from the owners of the Morris Boot Co., Old Home Supply and antique mall to take photographs. Be sure to tell them you are with Fort Worth Camera Club. All are open on Saturdays. (Note: First United Methodist Church was previously the subject for August, but we’ve replaced it with the antique mall.)

  • May 13 – Fort Worth Water Gardens, 1502 Commerce St., Fort Worth
  • June 10 – Airfield Falls, 200 Pumphrey Drive, Westworth Village
  • July 8 – Bootmaker/boots at Morris Boot Co., 2006 Montgomery St., Fort Worth
  • Aug. 12 – Montgomery Street Antique Mall, 2601 Montgomery St., Fort Worth (corner of Montgomery and I-30)
  • Sept. 9 – Old Home Supply, 1730, 1731, 1800, and 1801 College Ave., Fort Worth (interior shots in any of the four buildings at the intersection of College and West Jefferson Avenue)
  • Oct 14 – Cattle Drive Cowboy(s) and/or Longhorn(s) at the Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth (daily at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
  • Nov. 11 – Sundance Square (bounded by 3rd, 4th, Commerce and Houston streets), downtown Fort Worth

Guidelines and Previous Locations

Announced in December 2020 – Start now to exercise your photo skills and have fun with our new monthly Photo Challenge.

Long-time club member Ken Spencer said it best: “It gives members a chance to get out of the house and shoot on their own, since we are not currently having club outings. It’s also a chance to show their interpretation of a scene without trying to please a judge.”

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. 3, 2020.
  • Members may enter up to two images each month.
  • 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
  • No need to remove metadata.
  • Re-size your images to 1920 pixels wide and 1280 pixels high
  • Email them to submit.digital@gmail.com on or before midnight of the 2nd Thursday of the month with a subject line of “Photo Challenge.”
  • Initial topics are precise locations so the resulting images can be easily compared to images taken by other members. If the topic is too broad, there will be no basis for comparison and defeats the reason for this challenge. The initial topics are at outdoor locations to minimize coronavirus exposures. None of the locations have entry fees.
  • The images will be posted on Facebook by each member and also shown at the conclusion of judged entries on the third Thursday of each month since some members are not on Facebook. The images will be displayed in no particular order and the photographer’s name will be announced. The entries will not be judged or scored. We want to enjoy the range of creativity of our members.

2021 Photo Challenge submission deadlines and topics, January-May:

  • Jan. 14 – Old Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 E. Weatherford, Fort Worth
  • Feb. 11 – Abandoned grain elevators, 3700 Alice St., Fort Worth
  • March 11 – 7th Street Bridge near downtown Fort Worth
  • April 14 – St. John Anglican Church, 2401 College Ave., Fort Worth;  (the exterior of the church, the courtyard or the hallways, but not the church interior)
  • May 13 – Fort Worth Water Gardens, 1502 Commerce St, Fort Worth
  • June 10 – Sundance Square (bounded by 3rd, 4th, Commerce and Houston streets), Fort Worth

Challenge Committee members are Ken Sparks, Ken Spencer and Vicki Lai.

Night Photography Workshop and Outing: July 6 and 10, 2021

  • July 6, 2021, Night Photography Workshop, Roy O’Rear; login with Zoom credentials to be published here
  • July 10, 2021, Fort Griffin State Historical Site
  • Night Photography, including the Milky Way
  • July 10 Reserved for members of Fort Worth Camera Club and their guests.
  • Above, Roy’s image of the Milky Way at Fort Griffin.

Roy O’Rear, a past club president, will discuss night photography at Fort Griffin State Historical site prior to the club outing on July 10. Roy is an accomplished night photographer and has numerous images made at Fort Griffin. He’ll discuss planning, equipment and processing of night photos.

fort griffrin star spiral john nixonOn July 10, there will be a Saturday night outing organized by club award winner and immediate past president John Nixon at Fort Griffin State Historic Site, 1701 N. U.S. Hwy. 283, Albany, TX. The park has been reserved strictly for members and guests of the Fort Worth Camera Club for the outing. Right, star trails over Fort Griffin by John.

Fort Griffin is a 2-3 hour drive from Fort Worth.  There are motels in Albany (approximately 20 miles away) or you can camp at the Fort Griffin campgrounds that are located on the opposite side of the highway from the fort. 

If you want to attend, you must do the following:

  • Contact Fort Griffin the week of July 5th at 325-762-3592
  • Tell them you are with the Fort Worth Camera Club.
  • Pay a $10 fee to access the park at night.
  • Write down the gate code as the gate will be closed and locked after 4:30 pm. (You will need the code to gain entry!)
  • Visit their website at https://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/fort-griffin-state-historic-site for safety information as well as facts about the fort. There is a detailed map of the park on their website, and you can use Google Earth to view the park.

On July 10, visibility starts at 10:19 pm and ends at 4:36 am. There are plenty of structures to use as a foreground for the Milky Way Galactic Center; you may want to arrive about 30 minutes before sunset to scope out locations for your night shots. Generally speaking, you should use a wide-angle lens to capture the Milky Way.

Bring plenty of water and a good flashlight. Wear appropriate clothing, bug spray and sturdy walking boots/shoes as you will need to park in one of two parking lots at the park. 

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Vintage Auto Photos Workshop and Outing: June 15 and 19, 2021

Join Robert Chura June 15 to learn about finding and making creative images of old cars and materials. Above, Buick 8 and Pals; right, Vintage DeSoto, both by Robert.

Robert, a Lifetime member and regular award winner, will discuss equipment, techniques and processing that he uses to identify and make interesting and artistic images.

DeSoto GrilleJune 19 Outing

You can put the workshop’s suggestions to work at a June 19 Outing to Brown Salvage Yard, Sunset, Texas, which is north of Decatur on U.S. Hwy. 287.

Attendees should wear sturdy shoes, long pants and bring a hat. Try to arrive by 9 a.m. to avoid the heat. Bring lots of bug spray and be aware that snakes and various vermin could be present in the salvage yard.

Carpoolers could meet in Decatur and drive together, but there is a lot of parking room at the yard near the cars. Robert Chura’s favorites are located near the house and about 500 yards south. Do not block any access that the owner or his customers need. Be aware that you might need to move your car at any time.

This is a large area of vintage and old cars and we should find interesting details, classic models and fun things to photograph. Be sure to close any car doors or hoods that you open and return everything on the autos to the condition you found them. Do not take any souvenirs, only photos.There is no fee, but a small donation would be welcomed.

For a late breakfast or lunch, plan to go to Decatur, as there are no places to eat in Sunset.

Trent Browne, the owner, enjoys having people there finding interesting things to photograph. He is an iPhone photographer and has asked that if you post pictures on Facebook, please add the Browne Salvage link: https://www.facebook.com/Browneautosalvage/

Share a Favorite Photo Location

Do you have a favorite photo location to share with others?

Download these templates, complete one or more and share them with a new Fort Worth Camera Club-Dallas Camera Club project that provides locations for us to practice and enjoy photography. The templates provide location, directions and a photo to help you plan a visit and make the locations easy to find.

Locations will be accessible from this website page (fortworthcameraclub.org) to a Photographic Opportunity page managed by Sam Lucas of the Dallas club. The master list of photo locations is arranged in alphabetical order by country, state and city; if the photo location is not in a city, it will be listed under the nearest city. Locations can be a favorite field of bluebonnets, a nature walk or an interesting downtown building – places that encourage a keen eye and creativity. Photo above by Ken Spencer.

We need all our members to get to work filling out templates for photo locations to add to the master list, says Fort Worth club president Ken Sparks. You are not required to make a new trip to submit a template. Just complete templates based on your past trips and submit them to Ron Shue so we will have a long list of places to pursue our hobby.

Questions? Follow the instructions on the template and/or contact project coordinator Ron Shue, 817-304-3220, or Ken Sparks at 979-484-9249.

Above, Airfield Falls, K.P. Wilska