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Tobyhanna Ice Pond #1 Harvest 2019

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Our mission is to encourage knowledge, skills and enjoyment of photography through monthly meetings, workshops, lectures and demonstrations encompassing all phases of photography.

The Pocono Photo Club consists of area professionals, advanced amateurs and those just beginning their journey into photography. Our members photograph a wide range of subjects including nature, landscape, macro, portraiture, sports and much more. 

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New On the Website📷 The Ice Harvest Shoot Out Is On! - see the update below.

📷 The January Club Meeting videos are posted - see the Pocono Photo Club News area below for the link.

📷 Contact Information for our January Guest Speaker, Nancy Ori, may be found in the Monthly Meetings notice below.

📷  It's not too early to start thinking about What Would You Do 2022.

Featured Members December 2021

Featured Members Photos

Compelling images selected from those submitted by PPC Members over the last month.  Don't see any of yours?  Create some albums.

How to Upload Photos (PDF)

Image by Ray Roper

Monthly Meetings

Shoot Outs

January Meeting

Nancy Ori

The Use of Color To Create A Successful Composition

Tuesday, January 18th

7:00 to 9:00 PM

Via Zoom

For more information please see our Monthly Meetings page.

If you would like to follow-up with Nancy's work, contact her at her email address to be placed on her mailing list:

The photo group site that Nancy mentioned:

Nancy's Workshops Site:

Tobyhanna Ice Harvest Update: 

Notice #2 - 01-23-2022


The recent cold weather has been great for the ice crop and as of January 22, we have over 11 inches of ice on the lake.    At this point we are quite certain that we will be cutting ice on Saturday, January 29 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.   The icehouse is located at 2071 Lakeside Drive in Tobyhanna.  Check the ice harvest hotline at 570-894-8205 for updates.  

This ice harvest is held to share an important part of our local history.   It is a free event sponsored by the Leonard/Saxe families with financial support from the Coolbaugh Township Historical Association.  We use a 1919 Gifford Wood Company power ice saw to cut two-thirds of the ice thickness. Volunteers and visitors then cut the individual 22” by 22” ice cakes loose with hand saws, and move the ice through a channel to a ramp along the shoreline.    Horses pull the ice cakes up the ramp and into the icehouse.   Our icehouse holds about 50 tons of ice and is located at the same site where a 60,000-ton capacity icehouse stood a century ago.     

We can only wonder how ice harvesters fared during the 1918 pandemic, but we certainly want our 2022 Ice Harvest to be a safe and healthy event.  To that end, we ask that you be respectful and take the precautions we all know, and have fun too.

While you are in Tobyhanna on Saturday, be sure to visit the Coolbaugh Township Historical Association Wills Mansion Museum and stop by the local VFW for breakfast.


The Coolbaugh Township Historical Association (co-sponsor of the ice harvest) will open the historic Wills Mansion Museum from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.   Stop by to see ice harvesting tools and memorabilia and tour the displays of local history.  The ice harvesting collection includes a display of rare ice tongs, various tools and equipment, and videos of ice harvesting.    The Wills Mansion Museum is located just over a mile from the icehouse, on Route 611 at the Coolbaugh Township Municipal Complex, 5590 Municipal Drive, Tobyhanna.  COVID protocols are in effect at the museum for the protection of all visitors.  


VFW Post 509, located at 1917 Goodwin Street in Tobyhanna, less than a mile from the icehouse, will be serving a great and affordable breakfast from 7:30 am to 11:30 am.  

David DuChemin

Make this year a year of play, which is one of the best ways I can think of to master your craft. Combine that with being intentional and focused and becoming more comfortable and competent will come sooner than you think.

January Shoot Out

2022 Tobyhanna Ice Harvest

Photograph by Ray Roper

Saturday, January 29th
9 AM* until 2 PM

Tobyhanna Mill Pond #1

Ice Harvest FB Page

* Hints: 

1.  Preparation of the ice for the harvest starts well before 9 am.  Arrive earlier for interesting shots, great lighting and reduced crowds.

2.  If you have footwear traction gear (crampons, grippy boots), take them.  Conditions were quite slippery at the last event.

Ice Crampons
Strap On Ice Crampons
For background on this event and many information resources, please jump to the Upcoming Shoot Outs found here.

Friday Night Update:As of 8:00 pm Friday night the Tobyhanna Ice Harvest is officially a go.  The storm track threatening the NE is far enough off the coast to spare our area of significant snowfall.  Expect single digit temperatures and moderate gusty winds for very low wind-chill temperatures!  But, hey!  It is an ICE harvest! 

Check Event Status

Ice Harvest Hotline: 570-894-8205

Event Facebook Page

Event Address:  2063 Lakeside Dr, Tobyhanna, PA 18466

Google Map Location

Coordinates:  41.18182, -75.41251

February Theme(s) of the Month


“Theme of the Month”

For February, the photographic themes chosen are “Hearts and Flowers,” and “Winter Landscapes.” You are encouraged to photograph any object that depicts the named themes. Be as creative as possible with your choice of objects to photograph, or in post processing; or simply photograph traditional heart and flower designs and typical winter outdoor scenes. 

Submit your entries, up to five photos, no later than February 8, 2022 to the drop box provided. Your photos will be featured at the February club meeting on Tuesday February 15, 2022.

More Information

Drop Off Your Photos Here

Due by February 8th

Happy Hunting!😁



Pocono Photo Club News

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View All PPC Monthly Meeting Recordings!
View All PPC Monthly Meeting Recordings!

All Recorded Zoom Monthly Meetings Are Available in the Members Only Materials Section.

If you missed any of these meetings or if you want to view the meeting content again, this is a wonderful resource for you. Watch past meetings at your convenience. Each monthly meeting is broken down into two recordings - one covering PPC news and recent activities and the second containing the featured presentation.

Discover or rediscover what has been happening in the Pocono Photo Club over the late summer period.

All previous regular Pocono Photo Club Meetings conducted on Zoom are available to watch. Find them in:

Members Only Materials


All videos have been edited to make them flow more enjoyably. 

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PPC January Photographer of the Month - Ray Roper
PPC January Photographer of the Month - Ray Roper

Ray Roper is our January Photographer of the Month. Follow this link to view his compelling portfolio of images!

Photographer of the Month - January 2022

Non-Club News and Events

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Photography 41 "Looking Up" Exhibition - Jan. 10th to Feb. 25th
Photography 41 "Looking Up" Exhibition - Jan. 10th to Feb. 25th
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Photorama 2022 Coming In April 2022
Photorama 2022 Coming In April 2022

Photorama 2022

Saturday, April 9, 2022 - Registration for Photorama 2022 will open shortly after the beginning of the new year.Ellen Stein:

Roman Kurywczak:

FEATURING: JUDY HOSTAs everyone is now aware, Photorama 2021 has been postponed until April of 2022. We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed the date - Photorama 2022 will be held on Saturday, April 9th. Please spread the news to your Club Members

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Ray Roper - Waterfall Photography Talk
Ray Roper - Waterfall Photography Talk


STREAMLINES: News and events from BWA


PPC Member Ray Roper


When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 (Note: This is a live talk!)

Where: Brodhead Creek Heritage Center, 1539 Cherry Lane Road, East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Details: This event is free, but registration is appreciated.

Capture wonder of waterfalls with photography

By some counts, Pennsylvania has 75 named waterfalls. Thirty of those are in the Poconos.

Adventurer, former pilot, Colorado native and BWA member Ray Roper has been making photos for decades. “Water in all its forms is endlessly fascinating,” he said. “Frozen, flowing, cascading, even as crystals in the air – it always rewards the careful observer.”

Roper has photographed many waterfalls in the Brodhead watershed, including many on land not open to the public. On Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, Roper will share images from his collection and talk about his aesthetic choices and the love of the natural world expressed in his work.

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National Geographic Seine River Photo Cruise - June/July 2022
National Geographic Seine River Photo Cruise - June/July 2022

This cruise opportunity is not a Pocono Photo Club event - we have no financial interest in this event. But we thought that it might be of interest to you as we start to crawl out of our pandemic cocoons and hidey-holes. It is far enough in the future (2022) to probably not be impacted by current travel restrictions.


Details are still being solidified, but here is some tentative information provided by Disney:


While each person's information will vary, here is some general information regarding this itinerary (which is spectacular, by the way!)

This is a 7 night/8 day trip. These sailings with a National Geographic Photographer are being offered for 3 sailings only.


~ June 9th - June 16th, 2022

~ June 23 - June 30th, 2022

~ July 14th - July 21, 2022

Prices for this cruise start at $4989 per person (Flights are not included, however transportation to and from the airport is included in this cost) . This cost can vary depending on the stateroom category and location on the ship. It includes most meals, and numerous opportunities for amazing photos depending on each days excursions. You will have the incredible access to no less than 2 adventure guides on your trip as well. The actual itinerary has not yet been released, due to the fact that THESE sailings are primarily photography based, and ports will include the best places to capture amazing photos.


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Virtual Photo Beach Bash Feb. 19th & 26th
Virtual Photo Beach Bash Feb. 19th & 26th

Join the Coastal Camera Club for our Virtual Photo Beach Bash

Saturday 2/19/2022 Showing Motion in a Single Frame Kristi Odom

Saturday 2/26/2022 Creating Landscape Photographs with Impact  Joe Brady

The Coastal Camera Club is located in Lewes, Delaware, USA. Prior to COVID-19, our club hosted the Photo Beach Bash in late winter to early spring on one weekend day at a conference hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. A large in-person conference is obviously not going to take place this season. Thus, we will hold a virtual event using Zoom. There will be two speakers on two different Saturday afternoons in late February 2022.

For more information:

This event will be free of charge but you must signup using our EventBrite link found below.

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The Pocono Photo Club would like to thank Stroudsburg Foto
for the continued support and participation in club events and programs.

2020 PSA Website Honorable Mention

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