May PCQC Photo Contest—Hats

The Photo Club of Quail Creek (PCQC) continued with its monthly member’s contest with May having the topic of “hats.” Each club member could enter up to three photos taken in the last year. This subject was a popular one for the members and drew 26 entries. All of the photos can be seen on our Flickr site

Shari Rogers won first place with her photo Rodeo Beauty. Shari commented, “We went to Sonoita for the Kentucky Derby races. We all know the Derby is famous for hats, and this [event] did not disappoint. As I was walking around, I ran into this lovely gal and found out she was the 2022 Princess for the rodeo. She was kind, and I was able to snap the photo. Lovely gal ….” Shari used a Nikon D500 shooting at 120 mm, f/7.1 at 1/125 sec.

Rick Dawes took second place with his photo Derby Day Hat. Rick commented, “I chose this shot because of the girl’s expression. As I asked her parents’ permission to take photos of her, I was captivated by her expressions. This was part of a Hat Day Contest at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

Photo info: camera: Nikon Z6; lens: Nikon Z 24-120mm f/4 S A= f/13; S=1/125 ISO= 9000; Lens at 69mm.

The photo Youthful Derby Hat, by Jim Burkstrand, placed third. Jim said, “We specifically chose to go to the Sonoita race track for the horse races they had on Kentucky Derby Day, along with a Derby Hat Contest. The contest had multiple categories, one of them being youths under 12. I really liked this shot of one of the young girls in her homemade hat.” Jim used a Canon 90D, shooting at 140 mm, f/7.1, 1/320 sec, ISO 2500. The photo was post processed in Adobe Lightroom and Topaz Photo AI.

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 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, as well as the weekday HOA What’s Happening for additional information.