Virtual Photo Shoot - Members Only

I am proposing a virtual photo assignment based on a project featured on the NPR (National Public Radio) website about 6 years ago.  We followed up on it in May 2009 and did the same thing with our club.  It was a real hit with the members.  We had about 15 members sign up.  When it was over, more wished they had participated.

In this assignment a starting photograph will be posted in an album on my website.  Then, photographers working in order from a random list will be given 2 days to produce an image that carries one element of the theme from the previous photograph.  The photographer will post the image in that same album on my website, starting the clock for the next photographer, who in turn follows the same process.

Only those who sign up to participate will have posting access to the album.  Others will be able to see the photos as the exercise progresses.

It is challenging, will be fun and I'm sure will generate some interesting photos as it progresses through the different photographers in the club.  Here is a link to the NPR site that better describes the process

When we find out how many members will participate we will have a better idea when it will complete.  When we have completed the exercise we will present all the photos as a slideshow on Program night either in August or September.  We will then start with the first photo and have each photographer explain what gave them the idea for their photo.  They will explain what element they used from the previous member's photo and why.

The project will start as soon as we gets a critical mass of participants.  That means when we have enough volunteers.  Let me know if you are interested in the challenge by emailing me at

Doug Haass

Education Director

Honors Night Assignments and Open Entries for 2015

 Bay Area Photo Club

2015 Assignments and Open Entries 

Here is the list of Honors Night assignments for 2015.  As always assignment images must be shot during the 3 months preceding the Honors Night monthly meeting that they are listed for.


January            Architecture

February          Out of Context

March             Winter

April                Environmental Portrait

May                 Performance

June                 Danger

July                  Landscape

August             Americana

September      Retirement

October           Broken

November       Selfie

December       Sports 

Also remember that in 2015 we will be scoring the Open entries as well and awarding a prize at the end of the year.  

As we announced in our meeting in August, we are looking to expand our pool of judges next year.  There are no specific qualifications except that you would need to go through a process of learning the judging criteria and Honors Night protocols.  Following that you will want to sit in on 1 or 2 sessions judging off the record.  Once you are comfortable, you can join the action.  

Let me know if you are interested in judging.  We need the help.




Color Scheme Designer

There was some discussion at our December 5 meeting about the upcoming assignment “complementary colors” for January. Steve Schuenke mentioned a web-based tool called Color Scheme Designer, an interactive color wheel. Below is the link to the web site along with a tutorial on complementary colors where it is used on Phlearn.

How well do you see color?

Take this fun online X-Rite color challenge to test your color acuity.  I'll tell you now that I scored a 14; a lower number being better.  It does take a few minutes to complete the challenge, but I think you will find it interesting.  Shoot me an email with a screenshot of your results and I'll post a small spreadsheet of all our results when I've collected enough of them.  I'll leave out any personal data or names, only collecting the results from x number of people.  

Doug Haass

BAPC Meetings

Bay Area Photo Club meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month at the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church (BAUUC), 17503 El Camino Real, 77058, in the Cockrell Hall.  Meeting starts with socializing and snacks at 7:00pm.  The program starts at 7:30pm.  Honors Night is always the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  The 4th Tuesday will either be a tutorial or a program.  

Meeting Schedule 2015

August 2015

Aug 11 Honors Night


Aug 25 Program Night

Night Photography

September 2015

Sep 08 Honors Night


Sep 22 Program Night

Virtual Photo Shoot

October 2015

Oct 13 Honors Night


Oct 27 Program Night

Joe Aker Architectural Photography


Click on any links for more details.

BAPC POTY & TOCA 2015 Standings


New Members/Visitors

July 2015

New Members 

Linda Huoni



Photo Events/Contests

Always read the submission guidelines concerning copyright and ownership retention prior to submitting images to any contest.