Conventions, Competitions and Photo Walks

Marie and I attended the Photographic Society of Queensland (PSQ) Convention which was held over the long weekend in May. It was a great opportunity to catch up with some old faces and to meet some new ones too. The program was varied, and I gained some insights that I am sure will help my photography over time.

The keynote speaker was Professor Des Crawley who spoke on “Visual Cultures and the Imagined Vision”. There was so much in this presentation and I am very grateful he made the slides and supporting material available to attendees. I am planning to refresh my memory by working through his papers.

He also closed the Convention by speaking on “Developing Creativity at Club Level – The Portfolio Process”. This talk also provided many insights and I think will assist me with my next print project with Brisbane Camera Group (BCG). Many of the principles can also be applied to photobooks too.

Another speaker I found particularly interesting was Adam Williams. He spoke on “The Search for Meaningful Photography” and lead a workshop on “Creative Photoshop Wizardry”. Russell Brown spoke on “Change the Channel – Utilising the power of colour spaces in Photoshop” and afterwards I purchased his book, so I could follow some of his techniques to improve my images.

My first photobook arrived in the post during the month. It was done using chatbooks and I am happy with the results. Like any other first, it is a learning process. I need to pay more attention to the settings when I am ordering as the size was not what I expected. Also, I thought I selected that the title be on the spine but that didn’t happen. From a image selection perspective, I need to be careful not to have key elements too close to where the book is bound.

Recently I attended a photo walk conducted by Bruno Domingues Photography which focused on natural light portraiture in various Brisbane CBD locations. There were approximately 30 attendees and 6 models. This was very much an opportunity to create images of the models rather than being a workshop. Here is a selection of some of my images:

Each Presenters Night at BCG has a short showing of members’ work. I don’t submit every month as I often forget or am more focused on getting my competition images ready. This month I did submit some images and here they are:

Each year the club enters the River City Print Competition which is for clubs located in South East Queensland. I have been fortunate enough to have some of my images selected to form part of the club entry. They are below:

I entered three images in the set subject for the BCG monthly competition. The set subject topic was “Impressionist”. I received 2 Merits and 1 Honour.

Everglade Reflections – Merit
Waiting for the Storm to Pass – Merit
Peaceful Fields – Honour

June’s Competition topic is “Negative Space”. The definition is “Negative space, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally is used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image.

I haven’t given this topic any thought yet, so I had better get moving and seeing what I can produce. It is always good to have a challenge that I can learn and improve from.

Until next time, keep on creating!

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