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Meetings and Competitions

We hope you are enjoying our June Heat Wave.

In Person Meetings

Tacoma Photographic Society is planning to resume in person Print Division meetings at the Waller Road Grange Hall. The address is: 2708 64th St E, Tacoma, WA 98404 (Google Map). You can check out the site on Facebook here: Waller Road Grange | Facebook.

The Board expects that Tacoma Photographic Society will be able to use this facility for our in-person meetings going forward. You may recall that TPS Projection Division usually meets on the First Thursday of each month, while the Print Division usually meets on the third Thursday.

There will be NO Projection Division meetings, virtual or in person, until September. The format of that meeting is to be determined.

We plan to hold print meetings in July and August provided there is sufficient interest from you, our members. These meetings would be Society only competitions on Thursday, July 15th, and Thursday, August 19th. Because this is a Society competition, we will not have a panel of judges score your prints. It would be Popular Vote Only.

The board would like to know how many members would attend meetings in July and August. Please complete the questionnaire below to help us plan.

We realize there are concerns about COVID, and we will do our best to observe the County, State and CDC requirements for in person meetings. We expect members attending our meetings to do likewise. The Waller Grange facility has plenty of space to socially distance. We will not ask about vaccination status. If you would be more comfortable wearing a mask, please do so.

    Subject: Summer TPS Meetings

    Will you attend an In-Person Society Print Competition meeting in:

    Of Eagles, Herons and Exposure

    On Friday, I was over in Seabeck attempting to shoot the eagles who are there in numbers, or were, (I think the midshipman fish migration on Hood Canal is done so the eagles have moved on.)

    Anyway, on Friday, Liddy and I were over at Seabeck attempting to shoot bald eagles. The morning tide didn’t drop low enough to reveal all of oyster encrusted beach and the small tide pools that trap the fish making them easy prey for eagles and great blue herons.

    The herons did all right. Their long legs allowed them to wade in the deeper water. Eagles. Not so much. The few that I saw were hanging out in the trees around Big Bear Creek waiting for the afternoon tide which would be the much lower tide.

    This post was originally published on Dave’s website, NWMOMENTS.COM and is used with permission.

    Results – June 2021 Topic: Stairs

    The Online Competition voting completed at midnight, Wednesday, June 16, 2021

    Top Images

    Clicking on any of the images below will open a full-page lightbox.

    Competition Summary

    Images Entered18First Place1
    Allowed Votes4Second Place2
    Not for Comment9Third Place2
    For Comment9Honorable Mention10
    Circular StairsWilliam (Bud) Harris1st Place
    stairsKathy Admire2nd Place
    Entrance to # 5Nancy Mooney2nd Place
    VacantMaria DeKoker3rd Place
    staircaseKathy Admire3rd Place
    Battery StairsKristina AllumsHM
    Dryad SchoolMaria DeKokerHM
    The PerformanceDebbie KlosowskiHM
    Steps to the Well JaipurDebbie KlosowskiHM
    Going UpWilliam (Bud) HarrisHM
    VandalizedCheryl ThielhornHM
    Redwood RiseTucker BroadwellHM
    UWT Library StepsCarolyn WalkerHM
    Stairway to HomeNancy MooneyHM
    Smith CenterCheryl ThielhornHM

    Every Opportunity

    Liddy and I were down to Van Lierop Park this morning – practicing the art of rolling out of bed early – for our morning walk.

    We weren’t there for anything really special, just a chance to get out and enjoy the morning air and to check what the park looks like for our field trip tomorrow morning. We wanted to make sure that any of our members who want some coaching on how to use their cameras would have some good subjects.

    So, I put on my 100-400 lens knowing there were lots of small birds about and here are a few of my captures.

    Didn’t capture any prize-winning shots, but that wasn’t the point. The point was to see if the Lupines and other wildflowers would be available for you to capture a prize-winning shot. Look forward to sharing tomorrow’s morning walk with you.

    TPS continues to do very well in PSA Competitions

    Results from Round 3 of the PSA Open and Nature Interclub Projected Image Competitions (PID) are in.  TPS is in Group B for both divisions (these determinations are based upon our scores from last year). TPS continues to do extremely well.  In the Open Division we ended up placing 10th out of 25 clubs from all over the world.  In the Nature Division we were 11th.  This marks the end of the 2020-21 competition year. Club standings are often only separated by one judges point.

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