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.
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.
The final results are in for the 3rd and final round of the PSA Nature Competition.
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.
Thanks to the following members for their images, representing TPS:
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.
Below is a gallery of photos provided by members from this field trip.
No matter how you flip the photo, vertical or horizontal, Palouse Falls after a long cold spell is quite spectacular.
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)
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.