Ken Haley places first in PCQC’s June contest

Robert Thoresen

Ken took his first place photograph using a mirror at a mall clothing store. Two years ago during a Christmas visit to Salt Lake City, Ken took his wife, daughter and granddaughter to compare competitive stores to the one that employed his granddaughter at a local mall. This particular store had covered its ceiling supports with mirrors. With his camera in hand and bored nearly to death Ken said to himself, “I wonder how my camera will do under such conditions and then I snapped it.” The camera did a great job. The picture was taken on film and Ken had to wait for the results to be provided. Camera Canon 5D mark III, f3.2, 1/160th sec, ISO 1000, f/l 65mm, Aperture 3.0, Canon 24mm-70mm zoom lens, flash.

June had a fun yet challenging theme contest – Self Portrait – having members use a variety of environments, business formal or informal self-portraits or possibly selfie images common with Facebook sites. All three finishers took unexpected pictures to get interesting results.

Watson Wright took some photography classes a few years ago and one of his assignments was a self-portrait. Watson decided that updating the picture for June’s contest would provide an interesting comparison by showing three pictures spread over a period of many years. The high school yearbook version is hard to see but that’s probably a good thing. Watson took the picture on the back porch, using the stucco surface as a background to minimize visional conflicts. Since the older picture was black and white, the same was done for the new one. Camera Nikon DS5100, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 125, f/l 50mm, Aperture 5.0, no flash, Photoshop enhanced.

During the Presidio Barrio photo shoot this past spring Helen Phillips was looking for opportunities for future contests (PCQC posts the monthly contest themes for the year on its website). Helen took her third place photo while waiting for lunch at El Charro. The window reflection was from a business next door. Wanting to avoid showing the camera, she held it below window level and did her best to look at the window. There was a bit of post processing in Photoshop to straighten out the results. Camera Canon Power Shot SX30IS, f/4.0, 1/1250 sec, f/l 8mm, Aperture 3.625, no flash, Photoshop enhanced.

The Photography Club of Quail Creek has a monthly photo contest for its members and also schedules numerous photo field trips throughout the year. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Gold Room of the Madera Clubhouse. Guests and those interested in joining the club are encouraged to attend. Also, consult the club’s constantly updated website for additional information.