September 2019 PCQC Photo Contest—Arches

1st place photo

1st place photo

2nd place photo

2nd place photo

3rd place photo

3rd place photo

Jim Burkstrand

The Photo Club of Quail Creek (PCQC) continued with its monthly member’s contest with September having the topic of arches. Each club member could enter up to three photos taken in the last three years. This subject was a fun one for the local residents and drew 24 entries. All of the photos can be seen on the Flickr website at www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157711311204288.

Rod Jarmin won first place with his photo Amsterdam Bridges. Rod commented, “I took the photo from a tour boat in Amsterdam. The bridges all in a row caught my eye. I took the picture holding the point and shoot camera and just got lucky. Taking pictures is entirely new to me, I have never won any award for my efforts and I am grateful to the judges.” Rod used a Panasonic FZ150 to capture this, with minor post processing using Windows Photo Editor.

Nick Pulcinella took second place with his photo Arco Iris. Nick commented, “I’ve always considered serendipity to be a photographer’s best friend. I was fortunate to have serendipity as my friend as I were driving along East Quail Creek Blvd. in a light rain shower. I noticed the beginnings of a rainbow to the southwest which quickly formed into a dramatic and splendid scene. What really caught my eye was the length and clarity of the rainbow. I can’t recall ever seeing a rainbow where both ends were so clearly visible. I usually have my camera and lenses with me as I am heavily into bird photography, and you never know what rarity is going to show up. Of course, all my camera equipment was nicely packed away in my home office. Alas, I whipped out my handy iPhone 5s, focused and snapped. Later that evening I downloaded the image into Lightroom and cropped out a bit of the road and the rest is history.”

The photo Aussie Bridge by Sheri Rogers placed third. Sheri said, “We were visiting Australia and I had my Nikon S7000—just a little point and shoot camera. I loved the bridge there, and it reminded me of the old photos I have seen. I wanted to capture all the activity and the feel of years gone by. I felt the monotone color helped me get that old time feel.” Sheri used Photoshop Elements for her post processing work.

The Photography Club of Quail Creek has a monthly photo contest for its members and also schedules numerous photo field trips for members throughout the year. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Kino Conference Center, Mesquite Room. Room venue could vary each month. Consult the club’s constantly updated website at www.pcqc.org, as well as the weekday HOA What’s Happening for additional information.