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Seeing Where the Light Falls

This month featured my first attempt at astrophotography. Brisbane Camera Group had an outing on the shores of Lake Wivenhoe and we were fortunate that the clouds parted so we could witness the Milky Way. Our club President provided guidance to those who had never done astrophotography before. The challenge is to avoid light pollution impacting on the image. Also, the full impact of the Milky Way is not evident until post production. Overall, it was a good learning experience. Here are some images from the outing:

 

Circus! Circus! Circus! was the title of a Cam Attree Workshop Marie and I attended this month. It was a great opportunity to photography Lucy Luxe as the Ring Master and Pete Hartwig as the strongest man. We also had models performing on the rings which was challenging to photograph. Our models were from aerialicious – Tami Dawson & Leanne Smith. Here are some images from the workshop:

 

 

 

Marie and I were fortunate to attend a studio lighting workshop run by internationally respected glamour and fashion photographer Peter Coulson. I attended his natural light workshop last year here in Brisbane and gained a lot from the experience. He has a couple of sayings that stuck in my head – the photographer’s job is to turn shit into chocolate. He also said that when socialising people ask him what his profession is. He responses by saying he is a photographer. When asked what he photographs, he responds by saying “eyes”. He says that models that can communicate with their eyes have a longer career than those who can’t.

The workshop was learning first with some time to put it into practice. The placement of the model relative to the light source and the image impact were demonstrated. A key focus was learning to see where the light falls. He advises not to get caught up in the beauty of the model, instead focus on the light and what it is doing to the image.

Here are some images taken at the workshop:

 

 

 

Weather was the set subject for this month’s competition at Brisbane Camera Group. I decided to enter the open section with two prints of images taken when Marie and I visited Italy and France last year. The aim was to receive feedback on the images in readiness of preparing images for the annual competition.

One image received a merit and the other an honour, which was a very pleasing outcome. “Morning Reflections on Lake San Domenico” received the merit and the judge indicated a spot at the bottom left corner of the image that I should have removed. Also, she suggested that I removed the sky from the top of the image so that it is only shown in the reflection. “Sienna Cathedral Ceiling” received an honour with no feedback on improvement. Here are the images:

Morning Reflections on Lake San Domenico – Merit

Sienna Cathedral Ceiling – Honour

 

My Print Project Challenge entry is progressing slowly. During the month I have taken more images as my ideas develop and take shape. A couple of images taken as part of these shoots have been shared on Instagram. These are not in the format they will take for the Print Project – they were just a bit of fun. Here are the images:

 

With the closing date for the BCG annual competition getting closer and closer, I have started to develop a short list of possible images I will enter. My plan is to enter prints only this year. The Annual Competition is made up of six subjects: Pictorial Monochrome, Pictorial Colour, Nature, People, Creative / Experimental, and Social Documentary / Photojournalism. I plan to enter at least 4 of the subjects at a minimum. If I have images that satisfy Nature or Social Documentary / Photojournalism, then I will enter these also.

Until the next post, keep on clicking!

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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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