The Photo Club of Quail Creek (PCQC) continued with its monthly members’ contest, with August having the topic of “weathered wood.” Each club member could enter up to three photos taken in the last year. This subject was a more difficult one for the members and drew only 21 entries. All the photos can be seen on our Flickr site tinyurl.com/w9t6mtab.
Ron Skelton won first place with his photo Dead Wood with Undergrowth. Ron commented, “This shot was taken in Mendocino Gardens outside of Fort Bragg, Calif., while on a road trip along the Oregon and California coast this summer. The remains of an old tree were along one of the trails. I loved the wonderful grain in the sun-bleached wood. The lush undergrowth of ferns and wildflowers contrasted beautifully with the wood patterns. It was an overcast day, which gave a nice even exposure without harsh shadows or overexposed bright areas.” Ron used a Canon R7 shooting at 44 mm, f/10.0 at 1/1000 sec.
Larry Hudson took second place with his photo Weathered Pumphouse. Larry commented, “I took this photo of an old pump house in a ghost town northwest of Phoenix. I especially liked the sloped walls and geometry of the structure.” Larry used his iPhone 11 Pro, with minor post-processing done in Lightroom.
The photo Rail Logs to Nowhere, by Shari Rogers, placed third. Shari said, “What can be more fun than visiting an old gold mine in Breckenridge, Colo? Being able to take some great photos! While exploring, I found these old train tracks that went … nowhere. Thought it would make a great shot. It was interesting and fun!” Shari used a Nikon D500, focal length 70 mm, 1/400 sec at f/7.1.
The Photography Club of Quail Creek has a monthly photo contest for its members and schedules numerous photo field trips for members throughout the year. Meetings are held on 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 www.pcqc.org, as well as the weekday HOA What’s Happening for additional information.