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Member Forums Added

Hey all. Looks like today is the day for new features to be added to the site.

First it was the Member Roster, and now it is the Member Forums.

Again, the functionality of this feature is restricted based on membership level. The general public can’t view the forums. Subscribing members can view and browse, but not post.

Active Society Members, Division Affiliates, and Life Members may create new topics in the forums, and post replies to existing topics.

2019 Rank Progression

If you don’t have metrics, how do you know you are getting better?

The Tacoma Photographic Society has developed a system of scoring member’s work using the competition judging scores and the popular vote scores. The formulas for this scoring are defined in the Society Bylaws.

I would venture to guess that Article 12 of the Bylaws is probably half of the document.

Member ranking, Division Grade, Service Points and similar data are posted on your activity report which can be found on your My Membership Page

2019 Service Recognition

It is the end of the fiscal year for the Society. June 1st marks the beginning of the new year.

As you can imagine, it takes a lot of effort to keep this Society on the rails. Without the contributions of our members we would not be able to host the Spring Fair, support the Fall Fair, or run the many photo safaris and workshops we provide to our members. Oh and let’s not forget the monthly projection and print meetings.

We pay our members well. You can see the scale in the Society Bylaws. Suffice it to say, service to the Society is not pointless.

Final Results for PSA Nature competition 2018-19

The final results are in for the 3rd and final round of the PSA Nature Competition. 

Northern Lights by Doug Hall

TPS ended up 3rd of 47 clubs in Group B.  This puts us in a good position for next year.  The moment we move up to Class A the competition will be incredibly more difficult.  The competition resumes in the fall.   

Three Amigos by William Harris

Thanks to the following members for their images, representing TPS:

Sandhill Crane Family Bruce Benson
Northern LightsDoug Hall
Three AmigosWilliam Harris
FocusedJoe Tieger
November SunriseJudi Kubes
OttersSteve Russell

Georgetown Steam Plant

TPS members met at the gate for the Georgetown Steam Plant on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning.

Once the gate opened, we stood around enjoying the sun while Steam Plant volunteers got the doors open. With the doors opened we were able to explore this old facility.

Some of the members have visited the plant before but it was my first time. As warned, it was chilly. Standing on cold concrete floors did make my bad knee ache but I stuck through for a couple of hours, enjoying the plant and taking lots of photos.

Hoping that attendees can post a few of their photos so everyone can see what can be done with their cameras at this plant. Another trip may be needed since there are so many areas to photograph.

Member Photos

Below is a gallery of photos provided by members from this field trip.

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If you are a Society Member, and have images to share, please log in to the site. Logged in Society Members will see the instructions for uploading images to the gallery – Thanks.

Palouse Falls in Winter


Winter cold has created huge icicles around the bowl of Palouse Falls.

No matter how you flip the photo, vertical or horizontal, Palouse Falls after a long cold spell is quite spectacular.

Winter cold has created huge icicles around the bowl of Palouse Falls.

It is a Journey

From Bonney Lake to Palouse Falls – it is a journey – 251 miles – about 4 hours on a good day.

This, of course, was not a good day. It was the first week of March, crossing the Columbia Plateau in winter. The wind blowing from the north driving the snow into large drifts across the road.

We passed several cars freshly stranded in the ditch having spun out on some black or was it white ice.

A white knuckle drive it was. I thank my friend Bob for gripping the wheel to get us there and back.

Less than stellar results

Unfortunately, the results were not so great.

If I were just a tourist, I would be quite happy to add these photos to my list of places I’ve been, places I’ve seen. After all, it is a spectacular and infrequent site.

But I’m not just a tourist – at least that’s what I’d like to think. I prefer to think of myself as a Landscape Photographer. To me, these shots are not worth the pixels poked.

This is because of the shadow falling across the bowl. The edge of the shadow slices across the landscape. It divides the falls in half.

The shadow overpowers everything!

Avoiding the problem

We would have been much more successful with a little bit of planning.

Breaking out The Photographer’s Ephemeris would have quickly shown that the right time to shoot Palouse falls on this day, March 3, 2019, was between five and six oclock. Just before sunset.

This screenshot of their web app shows that the sun would be beaming down into the bowl between 17:04 and sunset at 17:41. Those orange rays converging on the pin at the base of the falls shows the times. (The dark blue ray marks moonset)

Driving Dilemma

We could have stayed through sunset and got the shot. We could have. Of course, there was the fact that we would then be on the road after dark. Did I mention the wind driving snowdrifts across the highway. The cars in the ditch.

We opted for the safer course and left. We were in crossing the Columbia River as Palouse Falls saw the last sun for the day.

A disappointing Northwest Moment – Liddy enjoyed getting out in the snow.

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