Fun Photo Challenge Update: May-November 2021

Above, St. John church rooftop, April photo challenge subject, submitted by K.P. Wilska. 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 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.

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 ( 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, historic Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth … which has an impressive view of downtown. But you have to watch out for ghosts.

Club Activities Archive: 2019

These Fort Worth Camera Club posts are no longer live on the website. If you need information related to these 2019 programs, outings and workshops, please email the club at

Follow us on this site and on Facebook to find new programs and workshops online in 2021. These are open to anyone interested in photography; competition is open to members. Join us: PDF 2021 Membership Enrollment.

  • Plan a Trip to Iceland, Jan. 3, 2019
  • Capturing Light, Jan. 8, 2019
  • Visit Stony’s Old Buildings, Jan. 19, 2019
  • Spring Blooms Outing, Feb. 23, 2019
  • All About Aerial Photography, Feb. 7, 2019
  • Browne’s Salvage Yard Outing, March 9, 2019
  • Finding Creative Abstracts, March 7, 2019
  • Smoky Mountains Outing, May 2019
  • Focus Stacking and Hyper Focus, April 9, 2019
  • From DSLR to Mirrorless, April 4, 2019
  • St. Olaf’s Church Outing, April 6, 2019
  • Travel Photography, May 2, 2019
  • Birds in Focus, March 13, 2019
  • Discover Your Creativity Program, June 6, 2019
  • Night Photography Workshop, July 9, 2019
  • How I Got the Shot, Aug. 1, 2019
  • Fort Worth at Night Outing, Aug. 10, 2019
  • Making and Enjoying Prints Program, Sept. 5, 2019
  • Macrophotography Workshop, Sept. 10, 2019
  • All About Studio Lighting Workshop, Sept. 10, 2019
  • Arkansas Park Outing, Nov. 14-16, 2019
  • Photographic Portraiture, Oct. 3, 2019
  • Using Photoshop Layers, Oct. 22, 2019
  • Working in a Fast Jet World, Nov. 7, 2019
  • Fall Foliage at the Japanese Garden, Dec. 3, 2019

Above, Email, Circa 1880, Carolyn Bobo

In-Person Meetings Cancelled, 2020

Updated Aug. 4, 2020

  • In-person meetings are cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • Join us via Zoom for programs, competition review and workshops. The Fort Worth Camera Club Officers and Board of Directors has made online presentations open to the public, as were our in-person events.
  • Check this website and Facebook for login information and topics.

Updated May 11, 2020

  • In-person Club meetings will be cancelled until at least September. UNTHSC is not yet open for public meetings.
  • Club workshops will be conducted on Zoom starting in June with Robert Chura as the first presenter. He will explain his image planning and processing steps. Robert is a Master photographer, regular award winner and a long-time Club member.
  • We hope to host programs online and schedule outings in small groups with social distancing. Please check this website and Facebook regularly.
  • We hope you will continue to participate in online activities, and we hope you are safely able to enjoy making photos at home and outdoors.
  • We look forward to seeing you online!

 Published March 11, 2020

Our regularly scheduled March 19, April and May meetings at UNTHSC have been cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19, the novel corona virus.

We meet at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, which has closed its public meeting rooms through the end of May to help protect its campus and students, and the many community members who use its facilities.

Medical professionals and the Centers for Disease Control recommend that we avoid gatherings and groups to help manage the virus. About 100 people regularly attend our first and third Thursday meetings.

These monthly meetings at UNTHSC are cancelled:

  • March 19
  • April 2
  • April 16
  • April 28 workshop
  • May 7
  • May 21

Please follow us on Facebook and this website for updated information about club activities. We will provide additional information about outings not at UNTHSC, competition, programs and future events on these sites and by email. Thank you for your membership and your understanding.

We encourage you to consult with your health care provider and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and its experts in the study, treatment and prevention of viral illness. Here are tips:

  • If you feel ill, have a cough or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your medical provider.
  • If you think you may have been exposed to the corona virus, stay home and contact your medical provider.
  • Avoid large gatherings and groups of people.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Don’t shake hands with others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (Sing the Happy Birthday Song twice).
  • Use hand sanitizer; let it dry on your hands.

Find current information from these sources:

We hope to see you at an outing or future meeting. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.

Above, Exchange Avenue, Ken Spencer

Cancelled: Historic Ranger and Strawn Outing: March 21, 2020

This club outing has been cancelled due to concerns about the corona virus and COVID-19. If you have questions about buildings, locations or photo opportunities in the area, please contact John Nixon. Stay safe, all. 

  • 8 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Meet at Walmart Super Center, 8840 Benbrook Blvd, Benbrook, TX 76126
  • Explore historic Ranger and Strawn; lunch at Mary’s Café;Above, abandoned piano in Ranger; John Nixon

Join us for a spring outing to photograph West Texas scenery, vintage and abandoned buildings and possibly/probably, wildflowers.

We’ll carpool to Ranger, Texas to photograph abandoned buildings and whatever else we find. Ranger is a town of about 2,500 people with a rich history. The town is named for the Texas Ranger camp established there in the 1870s. The area grew in the early 20th Century with an economy based on agriculture, oil and railroad expansion. The Ranger post office has a Depression-era WPA mural.

After exploring Ranger, we will then have lunch at Mary’s Café, 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX 76475. After lunch, we can explore Strawn for images and wildflowers along U.S. Hwy. 180.

Outings are free; participants should pay for gas and their own lunch, and agree to PDF-Release-of-Liability.

COVID-19 Reminder

Be sure to follow Corona virus (COVID-19) precautions: stay home if you are coughing or feel sick or think you may have been exposed, cough and sneeze into into your elbow rather than your hands, don’t shake hands, don’t touch your face, use hand sanitizer.