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Chasing The Light

The Brisbane Camera Group competition topic this month was “Yellow”. I entered two DPI images into the set subject and one into the open category. My images received acceptances which I was half expecting. As I wasn’t at the meeting, I didn’t receive the judge’s feedback. However, I know I scrapped around for set subject images and didn’t shoot with purpose. My open entry was more of an experiment and I know I can do better. Here are the images I submitted:

Set Image: In A Garden – Acceptance

Set Image: Worksite – Acceptance

Open Image: Piercing The Clouds – Acceptance

 

On Sunday 20 May, Brisbane Camera Group was very fortunate to have WPPI Grand Master Rocco Ancora conducting a workshop on Light: The Key to Emotion. Marie and I attended and it was one of the best workshops I have attended. Limited to 20 participants, it was great to learn tips and tricks from a world-renowned photographer.

Rocco suggested visiting old art works by the masters to see how they used light. In their paintings they would have deep shadows with detail and highlights with detail. They often used a single light source such as a window. He said don’t be afraid of shadow – without shadow there is no depth or mood.

Nikon provided a model and here are a couple of images I made on the day:

Model: Ella Golding

Model: Ella Golding

Marie and I have been chasing light this month in a big way. On May 7 we attended an Andrew Merefield (Elite Studios) Workshop and we had to set up a lighting arrangement to achieve the results we were after. I wanted the look of one side of the face in light and the other side in darkness. This worked out well but was improved by Andrew’s suggestions of some alternative lighting arrangements. The key thing I learned was what I saw was not what I would get in camera. There is always the need to take test shots to ensure the lighting is set up to provide the image you are trying to make. Here are some of the images I made:

Model: Cleo DeFleur

Model: Cleo DeFleur

Model: Cleo DeFleur

 

On the following weekend we supported the Verge Collective. Lisa Kurtz is a member of this collective. Lisa led our tour of Italy late last year and we have a close relationship with her. She is also our mentor for the BCG Print Project Challenge this year. The Verge Collective had their art work on display in Boonah and we stayed there for the Saturday night. A Still Life workshop was held on the Saturday afternoon which Marie and I attended. Emma Wright was the workshop leader and she emphasised having fun while creating the images.

Here is an image I created:

Photoshop is a challenge to learn and we attended a basics course with Andrew Merefield. This was more like a refresher for me but I still learned a few new things to put into practice. The shortcuts are always useful and not always obvious.

Brisbane Camera Group is increasing its community involvement by helping in raising funds for the RBWH Foundation. This will involve members submitting prints that will be sold with proceeds going to the hospital. Over the weekend I spent some time choosing some images for consideration.

Also, on the weekend I started to take some images for my print project challenge entry. These are very initial steps in the project and I still have a long way to go.

My recent posts to Instagram have been inspired by the workshops I have attended. Here are a few of the more “creative” images I have posted.

 

On a personal note, I have successfully returned to work. I am very pleased that I have fully recovered and feel like I am back to where I was before the illness set in.

Until next time,
Keep on making images.

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A Busy but Fun Couple of Weeks

Marie and I attended the workshop “Shoot to Print” and had a fun day learning heaps. Andrew Merefield was the instructor and he provided the model for the shoot part of the day. Andrea Rose was experienced as a model which made our shooting easier. We took a number of images that worked well thanks to the guidance Andrew provided both to Andrea as well as to us in terms of camera settings and technique. A couple of images taken at the workshop appear below.

Last weekend was busy as we attended a “communicating with colour” workshop with Lisa Kurtz as the instructor. I gained a number of insights that I am sure will help my Print Project Challenge images. Using colour to convey mood or emotion can be a great way to assist in telling the story one wants to convey.

On Sunday evening we attended a night shoot with Andrew Merefield. Louise was our lovely model and initially we photographed her with the city skyline behind her as the sun was setting. We worked on a number of techniques including flash photography, using available light and ramping up the ISO, fun images using glow sticks and sparklers. Here is a couple of images taken at the workshop:

Also, over the last couple of weeks I have been playing around in Photoshop trying out different tools so I am better prepared for the work I need to do for my Print Project Challenge entry. In my last post I included my abstract image “Accident 1”. Since then I have taken that base and worked on it further to create ‘Accident 2”. I put it up on Instagram and it has received some favourable comments including the suggestion I print it on metallic paper. I plan to do that soon. Here is the image:

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