All of the miscellaneous stories that are of interest to Society Members.

PSA Interclub Competition Results – April, 2019

Round three results are now in for the PSA Projected Image Division InterClub Competition.  TPS has participated in this international competition for the last several years. 

After three rounds, TPS is 20 out of 26 clubs. This year we are competing in the top competition group, Group A. This is a very high level of competition and we should be very proud to have reached that level of competition.

One of our members, Bruce Benson, received an Award of Merit for his image Reddish Egret. Congratulations to Bruce!

I’d like to thank the following TPS members for allowing us to include their images in the third round of competition:

Bud Harris –           City Bikes

Judith Lilly –          Emilia

Kathy Admire –    Nesting in Provence

Nancy Mooney – Pemaquid Lighthouse

Dan Suckow –       Taking a Break

Bruce Benson  –    Reddish Egret

We have one more round of competition for this competition year. I have just submitted our club entry.  Results for that final round and year end results will be announced in June.

Here are the images for your enjoyment.

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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.

Results for February Print Division

The February meeting of the Projection Division was held on Thursday, February 21st, at Bates Technical College, South Campus.

Unfortunately we do not have a process, at this time, for collecting the Print Division images in digital format to display here as a gallery.

Division Competition

There were 26 prints entered into Division Competition. Top 3 places and HM as determined by popular vote. Congratulations to:

1st PlaceLazy DayDan Suckow14 Popular Votes
2nd PlaceCold DayWilliam Bud Harris12 Popular Votes
2nd PlaceOut to LunchMaria DeKoker12 Popular Votes
3rd PlaceRush HourDan Suckow9 Popular Votes
HMStarry Night at La PushTrinda Love7 Popular Votes
HMSand and SkyJudi Kubes6 Popular Votes
HMSunset SailDawn Umstot6 Popular Votes
HMDirt BathGerald Wiley6 Popular Votes

Assigned Topic

The Assigned Topic, or Theme for February is: Commonly Uncommon

There were 15 prints entered into Society Competition. Top 3 places as determined by popular vote. Congratulations to:

1st PlaceMy Paint TubesTrinda Love14 Popular Votes
2nd PlaceOlson Post CardsDouglas Hall11 Popular Votes
3rd PlaceCounter SeatingDouglas Hall8 Popular Votes

Please consult your Activity Report to see how your entries fared. A link to your Activity Report will be found at the bottom of Your Member Profile Page

Results from Round 2 of PSA Nature Competition

The results of Round 2 of PSA’s Interclub Nature Competition are in.  TPS should be very proud.  Our total score for this round was 67 – one point below placing 3rd.  The top scoring club was 70 so one can see how well we did.  TPS placed 5th out of 41 clubs in Class B.  Our overall standing is 13th in Class B – but the point totals are VERY CLOSE!

I especially want to thank Debbie Klosowski, Dick Knudson, Doug Hall, Steve Russell, Joe Tieger and Maggie Tieger for allowing us to submit their images for the second round.  A special congratulations goes to Steve Russell.  His image,  Dinner from Dad,  received an Honorable Mention.  It’s a big deal.  Competition is fierce.

Individual scores (range was 3 to 14):

  • Debbie Klosowski/Lion Cubs in Tree -10
  • Dick Knudson/American Avocet Pair -11
  • Doug Hall/Waterfall Gorge 1-12
  • Steve Russell/Dinner from Dad 13/HM
  • Joe Tieger/Ring Tailed Leumur Focused-10
  • Maggie Tieger/Sifaka Leaping  11

Round 3 images will be collected in March.  Unlike the other interclub competitions, the Nature Competition requires that photographers adhere to a restrictive Nature Definition.  We are a strong nature club, so I am confident we will continue to do well.  Images with high impact and technical excellence tend to do best in this competition.

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PSA Results: Second Round TPS PSA Interclub Competition

We have received the results from the second round of competition for the PSA Interclub Competition.  Our club has participated in this club competition for the last several years, moving  forward through various competition levels. We are currently competing in Group A which is by far the most difficult competition group.

I want to especially thank Dan Suckow, Judi Kubes, Tim Clifton, Kathy Admire, Richard Price and Maggie Tieger for allowing us to submit their images for the second competition round.  We received a round total of 63. The highest score received by any club was 73.

If you would like to see a slideshow of images that received individual awards this round, as well as during the previous round, you can go to the Projected Image Division (PID) Interclub Competition page.  Scroll down to  2018-2019 PID Interclub Results.   You do NOT need to be a PSA member to see this information.  Remember, TPS is in Group A.  While we did not receive any individual awards this round, we did receive some in the first round.  You will see a couple award winning images in the November round slide show.

This month, I will be assembling a collection of 6 images by 6 different TPS  members to submit for the March 1 round.  This is a great opportunity for us to show the collective work of our membership.

Best regards,

  Dorinda Wills, QPSA

  PSA Representative for TPS

Click on any image to view them full screen in a slide show.

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Results: January And December Print

December print competitions delayed

As most Society Associates who compete in the Print Division Competition know, our December meeting was canceled because of venue issues. Bates Tech was closed, and the fire hall was preempted by Pierce County so they could use the meeting room as their command center during the major wind storm.

With no place to meet, the competitions were postponed until the regular January meeting.

December Assigned Topic (Theme)

Here are the winners of the popular vote for the Assigned Topic or Theme Competition. The theme was Creative Portrait. There were 12 images entered by 8 members.

Dawn UmstotSelf Portrait of a Seahawks Fan1st Place16 Popular Votes
Gerald WileyMakenna2nd Place10 Popular Votes

December Division Competition

Here are the winners of the Division Competition popular vote. There were 28 images entered.

Moving OnDan Suckow1st Place13 Popular Votes Judges Score of 30
Cascading StreamDan Suckow2nd Place 12 Popular Votes Judges Score of 25
Polar BearKurt Laidlaw3rd Place 9 Popular VotesJudges Score of 23


We would show some of the images, but because this is the Print Division, digital versions are not submitted. We have plans to address this issue in the near future.

January Print Meeting Results

Assigned Topic (Theme)

Here are the winners of the popular vote for the Assigned Topic or Theme Competition. The theme was On the Way to … There were 8 images entered by 7 members.

George Enjoys the RideGerald Wiley1st Place22 Popular Votes
Slow Speed ZoneTrinda Love2nd Place12 Popular Votes

Print Division Competition

Here are the winners of the Division Competition popular vote. There were 30 images entered.

FixationDan Suckow1st Place14 Popular VotesJudges Score of 29
Fan DancerDan Suckow2nd Place12 Popular VotesJudges Score of 28
Winging WidgeonTim Clifton3rd Place9 Popular VotesJudges Score of 30


Assigned Topics – Themes for 2018/2019

During each of our projection and print meetings, we show Theme of the Month images and conduct a popular vote.  Members are invited to bring up to 2 images to show.  We encourage you to go out and make new images specifically to show for the theme of the month rather than go through your catalog to find an image that fits.

We’re going to start off our themes this year with master photographer Jay Maisel’s components of a successful photograph: Light, Gesture and Color. “Finding light, gesture, and color is a little bit like trying to hold water in the palm of your hand. If you squeeze, it’s gone. If you’re patient, it will stay.” You can’t really separate these components, but think about how they make your image.

September: Light 

September: Light – There is spectacular light and there is difficult light, but there is no bad light. Light illuminates and reveals. The drama exists not only in what is in the light, but also what is left in the dark. “When I see light that moves me, that I cannot explain, I won’t leave until I figure it out. If you cultivate this curiosity about light, it will be the beginning of the self-education process.” It’s up to you to see the light. Make a photo where light is as much the subject and focus of the image.

October: Color

October: Color – In an image with many colors, all the colors can compete with each other. Instead, when you look for leading colors, they can set the tone. It all has to do with the amount of color and in what context it appears. Some have said that if you take a great picture in color and take away the color, you’ll have a great black-and-white picture. But if you’re shooting something about color and you take away the color, you’ll have nothing. Color is. That’s it. It’s all out there. What’s important is to stay open to it. If you have perceived and executed something wonderful with color, it can take the image to the next level.

November: Gesture

November: Gesture – Jay Maisel defines “gesture” as those qualities that distinguish a particular subject from the archetypal–and by extension, good photographs from boring ones. In this video, he explains how to see gesture, and use it to make better, more distinctive photographs. “Gesture is the expression that is at the very heart of everything we shoot.  It’s not just the determined look on a face; it’s not just the grace of a dancer or athlete. Neither is it only limited to age, or youth, or people, or animals.  It exists in a leaf, a tree, and a forest. It reveals the complicated veins of the leaf, the delta-like branches of the tree, and when seen from the air, the beautiful texture of the forest. It reveals the essence of each thing that we look at: human, mineral, or animal, or brick, stone, or metal. It doesn’t stop there.  We see it in clouds, crowds, magnificent mansions, and humble huts.”

December: Creative Portrait

December: Creative Portrait – Portraiture is a popular theme in photography. But there’s more to an interesting portrait than just taking a quick snap. A portrait is about expressing the subjects identify. Put that creative mind of yours to work and come up with a unique portrait (or self-portrait).

January: On the Way to…

January: On the Way to… – Do you always carry a camera with you? It’s a lot easier to take pictures if you have a camera and can shoot it now – it’s never not the same when you go back. Show us an image you got on the way or while doing something else just because you happened to have a camera (yes, your camera phone counts). You can search through your past images for this one or get in the habit of always having a camera and see what happens.

February: Commonly Uncommon

February: Commonly Uncommon – Express your creativity by exhibiting out of the ordinary images of everyday subjects. What do you see every day but can present from a unique viewpoint?

March: Tacoma

March: Tacoma – What’s the best spot in Tacoma? Are you a fan of panoramic skylines or more engaged by street life and events? Are you attracted to the lights and motion of urban transport or does the austerity and detail of architecture hold more appeal? Do you notice the way the light falls or the color of an urban scene most? Get creative and show off what makes Tacoma, well, Tacoma.

April: Playing with Water

April: Playing with Water – Water can be captured in a multitude of ways, it appears in many places, it comes in many forms, and it provides a myriad of photographic possibilities. Water has moods based on its flow, power, location, the light, and method used for its capture. Apply your concepts of light, color and gesture and create a unique portrait of water. From April showers to crashing waves, go with the flow.

May: Panorama

May: Panorama – Have you ever looked at an image and just wished there was more, a wider perspective or sharper details? Creating a quality panorama of a scene can allow you expand the possibilities and create a better image. 

June: Juxtaposition 

June: Juxtaposition – An act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast. Interpret that as you will and have fun.

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