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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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Continuing My Learning and Development

Since last post, Marie and I have been busy gaining new knowledge and developing our skills. In preparation for our upcoming Italy trip, we attended a Travel Photography Workshop through Fotografica with Lisa Kurtz as our Tutor. The Workshop covered planning for your trip, what equipment to take, what to do on arrival, what to shoot and how, and storing your files. Here are a couple of images I shot during the workshop:

Tough Decisions

I Love My Coffee

Last Friday I was very fortunate to attend the Peter Coulson workshop on Using Natural Light. It was conducted here in Brisbane and it was a great learning experience. Some of what I learned about included selecting the location to shoot, how to modify natural light using natural means, working with models and metering for highlights and shadows. The key message Peter imparted was that talking to the models you are working with is of greater importance to the end results you will achieve than any of the camera technical considerations. As Peter instructed us to set our cameras to black and white, the images I am sharing will be black and white too. Here are some images I shot during the workshop:

Tanja

Mary

Amy

On Saturday morning, Marie and I attended a follow up session to the colour workshop we had done recently through Fotografica. We put to practical use through number of exercises how to tell stories with colour. We learned which colours were advancing, which were retreating and which were muted. The importance of ensuring the colours support the intent of the story we want to convey was emphasised. For example, if you want to tell a story of despair, producing a “beautiful” colour image would not give congruence to the story in the image. Here are some images I took during the session:

Example of Discordant

Leo Watching

For the Brisbane Camera Group Focus Night image show on Monday 12 June, I submitted 4 images which in hindsight may not have been among my best. A couple of the images appeared a lot darker than I thought they would. Here are three of the images I submitted (the 4th images was “tough decisions” above):

Confusion

I Love My Ice Cream

Peace Brother

I also submitted images for the Brisbane Camera Group monthly competition on Monday 12 June. I only submitted one in the set subject being “Self Portrait” and three in the open section. I must have confused myself as I submitted at least one of the poorer images I had put in the image show. The results from the judges will be learned on Monday 26 June.

Work on my print project challenge entry continues. Brisbane Camera Group had a Photoshop workshop with Andy Cross which provided some new skills for selections which will benefit my project. On Sunday afternoon I shot some more images to work with and to see how the story is coming together. Progress is slow and hopefully I will get there.

Certainly a learning and development time for me.

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