Thursday, December 10, 2015

Seasons Greetings

We hope that you enjoy the holiday season.
We have no more meetings this year. See you January 25, 2016 for a discussion on the whys and hows of composition. We go much deeper than the 10 rules lists commonly seen on photo blogs.

Photo of chapel in Yosemite National Park at night

Monday, October 5, 2015

Club meeting - Monday October 26

Our October meeting will feature two parts. One is a critique presentation by new member Rick York. Rick will discuss how his prior photo club in Sacramento went about photo critiquing and lead a critique discussion featuring member photos.

In the other part we will have the architectural Port Townsend photo contest that we didn't have time for in September.

The meeting is at 7:00 pm at the Port Townsend Community Center

Here's a description of Rick York's portion of the meeting:

Print Critique Night - with gentle guidance by Rick York

I’ve participated in many print critiques, however that does not make me an expert or even a good photographer/printer. I just like to see and discuss prints, whether they are my prints or someone else’s. Print critiques should be an enjoyable and thought-provoking experience, but I also know that sometimes it can be a humbling experience when other photographers discuss your own prints or someone else’s. Recently, I enjoyed the print critiques we had at our September meeting (thank you Allan Bruce Zee) because I think most of us learned something from those discussions. Still other others indicated that they not only enjoyed the critiques, but would also like to have more critiques in the future.

For this meeting, I will give some brief guidance on providing comments on photographer’s prints and then we will launch into the critiques. Since we will only have about 1 hour for the print critique portion of our meeting, we need to limit the critiques to 6 photographers and no more than 4 prints so that we can discuss all the prints. Prints can be matted or not, but please do not bring framed prints. Each photographer will have approximately 10 minutes to discuss their print(s) and get comments from the group. 

If you’d like to have your print(s) critiqued during the October 26th Port Townsend Photo Club meeting, send me an email ( or call me (530 574-4200) and I’ll put your name on the list. Remember, only the first 6 photographers who contact me will get a spot on the list.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September Club Meeting

This month, photographer Allan Bruce Zee, will present a one-hour interactive talk on “View/Re-View:  what we can learn from our photographs.

Allan Bruce Zee has been exploring the art of photography since 1969. Now living in Port Townsend, Washington, Allan maintains a studio in Portland, Oregon, his home for 30 years. Allan was born in Chicago, Illinois, where his first artwork was exhibited at the age of 12 at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Allan has been featured in PhotoMedia's issue on fine art photography and Foto & Video, published in Moscow, Russia. His images are included in Human Nature: The Japanese Garden of Portland, Oregon.

He has taught photography workshops and/or been guest instructor for Center of the Eye, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and the Portland Art Museum School.

7:00 pm September, 28
Port Townsend Community Center
620 Tyler Street in Uptown Port Townsend

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Clarification on the front page: Leaders and "Board" members

Since this site has not been visited much in the past 3 years, and since I don't know how to change our leadership personnel over on the side of the blog, I thought it might be pertinent to share with you all the recent and current leadership committee for the Port Townsend Photo Club:


That's about it for now.  We have swept away any formalities that we ever thought we used and are now a VERY informal club being run by those who show up.  Anyone who HASN'T shown up recently might be quite surprised by our new format (which is really too formal a word for what happens at meetings).

Feel free to make comments, ask questions, post photos, etc.
Thanks to all participate!!!


Photo THEMES for 2015

Howdy Photographers!

At our most recent meeting on March 2nd, the assembled membership chose 11 themes for this year's photo contests, one each month through November.

So, here they are:

April 6th  ~  Macro photography - your choice of subject

May  4th  ~  Abstracts  -  again, your choice

June  22nd  ~  Photo Journalism (aka: Street Photography)

July 27th  ~  Food "porn"

August  24th  ~  Wildlife

September  28th  ~  Landscapes: Olympic Peninsula

October  26th  ~  Architecture

November  23rd  ~  Night Photography

Ok, there you have it!  Please don't submit anything you've already entered in a contest, and please DO bring 2 of your favourite images for each contest.  Prints of any size you like, framed or not, matted or not.  This is simply a way of sharing our work and is not formal.

Thanks for participating in our Club!  If you have any questions about the above, please contact our fearless "leader" Phil at

April 2015 Club Meeting

Theme for this meeting is MACRO Photography so bring two of your favourite images to lay out and vote on!

Art Reitsch will bring his medium format film camera and set up and demonstrating how he uses them!!  Should be quite exciting.

For those of you new to the club meeting details as follows:

Port Townsend Community Center
7pm to 9pm
Monday  --  April 6, 2015

Open to the Public.  Bring your photography loving friends!

If you have any questions, please contact Phil at

Thursday, August 9, 2012

September Meeting - Tuesday Sept 4

Please note that because Labor Day falls on our normal meeting date we will have our club meeting on Tuesday instead of the normal first Monday.

David Gluckman will show some photos of the Galapagos and speak about nature photography.

Bring your photos to share with the group, Prints are still accepted. :-) Digital photos are best on a USB thumb drive, as the projector will show those directly.

7:00 pm
Tuesday, Sept 4
Port Townsend Community Center

This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August Meeting -- The Art of Photography

The Art of Photography with Ernst-Ulric Shafer

We have an opportunity to get a special speaker for August, Ernst-Ulrich Schafer, and I've booked him. Bob Gray saw his presentation at the Olympic Peaks Camera Club and asked him if he would consider speaking to us. Here's Bob's introduction:

Ernst might be a modest guy so let me give you some details.  Ernst concentrates on portraits, mostly in black and white.  Lighting and bringing out emotions/personality are keys to his work.  One area that I think you will be interested in is his use of hands in the portrait.  He's also a photo historian and you can see that in his work.  He doesn't use projected images in his talks but brings many prints to share. 

Ernst has been named Washington State Portrait photographer of the year and earned many other awards for his unique work.  He does senior citizens, native American, as well as high school graduation photos.  Also, a very engaging speaker.  (His answer to the question:what type of camera do you use was "It doesn't matter!")   (he uses Canon equipment.) 

Port Townsend Community Center
7:00 pm - August 6
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

May Club Meeting with pro photographer Allen Bruce Zee

 Don't miss this month's meeting on Monday May 7 at 7:00pm. We meet at the Port Townsend Community Center, uptown.

The speaker is Allan Bruce Zee. Here's his description of the presentation:

From Allan:

Earlier this year, LensWork, an award winning journal of "photography and the creative process", included a portfolio of 60 color photographs of mine along with a video interview with me (my life and times in photography) in the DVD version of their issue #98.  The Port Townsend Photo Club has invited me to present and discuss my "Portals" portfolio at their May meeting.  The event is free and open to all those with an art interest.  It will take place at the PT Community Center, 620 Tyler St. in Uptown at 7 pm on Monday, May 7th.

In addition to presenting the portfolio images, I will discuss the concept of "portals" in art.  My thought is that every successful photograph (and perhaps work of art in general) has a portal or entry point through which the viewer is invited to enter.  The entry point might be light, color, a particular subject, a mood, compositional elements, a narrative, etc.  The challenge for the artist/photographer is to make that invitation clear, keep the viewer engaged to experience what we want to communicate, and encourage them to explore their own interpretations. The images presented  treat the theme of "Portals" both literally (doors, windows, arches, etc.) as well as figuratively (a metaphorical look at entry points).   I hope you will be able to join me for the hour-long presentation.  It should appeal to all those interested in art and not solely the photographic arts.

If you can't attend and would like to see the 60 images from the "Portals" portfolio you can click on the following link to my website.  Double clicking on a thumbnail image will take you to a larger image page, most of which have a brief "story" about the photograph.
If you are not familiar with the LensWork publication, I would also invite you to go to their website: They publish 6 times a year and I have all of their 100 issues.  The journal can be viewed in a variety of forms: the printed version which contains stunning black and white portfolios, plus interviews and articles, and a digital version (Lenswork Extended) which has everything that is in the printed journal plus color portfolios, additional images, and audio and video interviews.

If you are interested in accessing my "Portals" portfolio and interview in issue #98 from LensWork you can do so in the following ways:

1) The DVD version (contains visuals plus audio and video interviews) of Lenswork Extended #98 is available for $12.95 at the following link:

2) A downloadable PDF version (contains visuals and audio without video interviews) is available for $4.95 at:

3) The same can be downloaded to an iPad for $4.95 at:

4) The 42 minute audio only interview with me is available as a downloadable MP3 for 99 cents at:

So there are lots of options.  I wish the above could all be available free of charge, but I fully understand that the folks at LensWork need to make a living too!

That's it for now.  Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you on the 7th.

Cheers, Allan

Saturday, September 3, 2011

World Wide Photo Walk

Ray Ketchum is the Port Townsend host for the World Wide Photo Walk on Oct 2 - we are getting sign ups for that from all over and I would love to see someone from PT win it

Prizes for the WWPW are pretty good and it should be a lot of fun as well as a great social time with other photographers.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Port Townsend Photo Club Meeting on Monday, May 3rd with Valerie Henschel

Join us for an interesting and useful meeting about different ways to make images into prints, cards, and postcards with samples and demos by photographer and teacher Valerie Henschel. Formal meeting starts at 7 p.m. with the informal get together starting at 6 pm. Meeting open to the public.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

9-14 PT Photo Club Meeting with Allan Bruce Zee as our Speaker

I'm please to announce that our speaker for this month's meeting is Allan Bruce Zee a Photographer who has recently moved to Port Townsend. Mr. Zee has a wonderful website that allows you to view his lovely images from his travels all over the world. He has also agreed to be our judge for our September Landscape contest. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the PT Community/Senior Center in Port Townsend. The meeting is open to the public and visitors are welcome. If you would like more information about the Club call Deja Webster, President, at 385-2662. To visit Mr. Zee's website go to:

Saturday, June 21, 2008

PTPC member photography exhibits

Photo: Daniel Shunra

Places showing work by our members are:
  • Uptown Dentistry (Lawrence and Harrison), showing work by Daniel Shunra
  • The Blue Moose CafĂ© (311 Haines Street), showing work by Sheila Lauder
  • Coldwell & Banker Office (Sims Way), showing work by Deja Webster
  • Community Center (Tyler & Lawrence), permanent group show
  • Port Townsend Gallery (Water Street), showing work by Jim Arrabito
  • T's Restaurant (2330 Washington Street), showing work by Jim Arrabito

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Permanent PTPC Show

Photo: Daniel Shunra

s of today, work by members of the Port Townsend Photoclub will be on display on the walls of the big room in the PT Community Center. The show is to be permanent, but photos will be exchanged periodically. At this time, the display includes work by Barbara Sachi, Bob Gray, Daniel Shunra, David Gluckman, Kay Harper, Patricia Moreland, Phil Baumgarten, Phyllis Wurscher, Rocky Day, Sue Reid, Wil Young, and Yvonne Panchot.

Photographs will not be for sale at the Community Center, but they can be purchased from the photographers directly. Contact information is provided on-site.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Photo of the Year

Black is White
Photo: Barb Sachi