Fort Worth Skyline View Outing: Nov. 20, 2021

  • 3 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021
  • Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Grand, Fort Worth; view a map
  • Note: gates are locked at 6. p.m., so participants must be outside by about 5:45 p.m., or risk spending a chilly night with ghosts.

Join us to capture a sunset view of downtown Fort Worth from the historic Oakwood Cemetery. According to Photo Pills, an image exposure calculator:

  • Daytime is from 7:41 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.
  • Golden Hour is from 4:50 p.m. to 5:42 p.m.

The historic cemetery opened in 1879 and is the burial site for civic leaders, governors, civil war veterans, including ranchers W.T. and Electra Waggoner, Gov. Charles Culbertson, Maj. Horace Carswell, John Peter Smith and others. You may wish to arrive in time to drive around the older areas to photograph interesting and/or old tombstones and crypts.

The sunset view, photo above, is from a hill on the far west side of the cemetery, which is accessible by road. There are several locations to set up a tripod and frame the shot as you like. Downtown buildings are expected to be lighted for winter holidays. Don’t forget to allow time to gather your gear and leave (drive slowly) before gates are locked at 6 p.m.

Participants may gather afterward at nearby Northside and Stockyards restaurants.

(Photos by Carolyn Bobo)

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

Fun Photo Challenge Update: May-November 2021

Above, Stockyards Station detail, November photo challenge subject, submitted by Ken Sparks. Find more on our Facebook page. Check this website for new topics in 2022.

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 – Stockyards Station Shopping Center, 140 E. Exchange Ave (open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m daily. (This replaces Sundance Square (bounded by 3rd, 4th, Commerce and Houston streets in downtown Fort Worth. Sundance Square fountains and some areas remain closed due to Covid-19. If you already have made images of Sundance Square, please submit/share.)

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 (moved to November.)

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

Vintage Buildings Outing: Oct. 16, 2021

  • Morning, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021
  • Old Buildings and Contents, 6621 FM 2622, Ponder, Texas; view a Google map
  • Drive time: approx. 1 hour; it is located between Decatur and Denton

Our October 16 outing will be to Ponder to photograph old, restored buildings that were re-located from Stony to Ponder. The buildings include the Stony Baptist Church, a general store, a vertical log cabin and a working barn. There also is old farm equipment and other vintage items.

We’ll photograph in the morning and then enjoy lunch at an area location to be determined.

Images by John Nixon.

Glen Rose Outing: Sept. 18, 2021

After a scouting trip to Hico to plan for our Sept. 18 outing, we determined that there were a lot more photographic opportunities in Glen Rose and will go there instead.

Places to photograph

  • Six antique automobiles ranging from a Kaiser to a Mustang to a LaSalle, which are stored in a covered parking lot of the Paluxy River Apartments, 407 SE Barnard in Glen Rose. (When facing the front of the apartments, the parking lot is to the left.) We have received permission from the property owner to photograph them during this outing. Above, auto detail by John Nixon; right, by Ken Sparks.
  • Interior exhibits at the Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum, 307 SW Barnard Street (located next door to the old cars)
  • Inn on the River Hotel, 205 SW Barnard St, Glen Rose, TX
  • Petrified wood building at the intersection of SW Barnard and Pecan
  • Exterior shots of the County Courthouse located at the 100 block of SW Barnard Street.
  • Big Rocks Park, 1014 NE Barnard Street (large rocks and water)
  • Outlaw Station just outside Glen Rose (location: at the intersection of Hwy 312 and Outlaw Station Road. While many members have photographed it before, it is now listed for sale and may be torn down to re-use the materials elsewhere.

Lunch

Plan on meeting for lunch at 11:30 am at Hammonds B-B-Q, 1106 NE Big Bend Trail in Glen Rose.

About Outings

We encourage attendees to follow pandemic safety precautions at all locations. Find the PDF 2021 Revised Outings Calendar. You also may create your own, personal Outing to flex your creative muscles. Find a list of Photo Opportunities compiled by north Texas camera clubs. And don’t forget to participate in our new monthly photo challenge with deadlines, but no judges or scoring. Learn more: Fun Photo Challenge.

Outings are free or low-cost; participants pay for food, gas and transportation. The club assumes no liability related to participation.