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As 2018 Draws to a Close

Sorry for the delay in putting up this post. I decided to change web hosts and plans to save some money as this is a hobby site. This wasn’t the best idea and I have been sorting out performance issues since and have needed to upgrade my hosting plan to be able to do what I need to do. As a result very little financial saving has been achieved, just plenty of lost time.

Brisbane Camera Group held its Annual Dinner and Awards Night on 3 December. My prints did well (view them here) and I was happy with the outcome. Here is a list of my results:

Pictorial Monochrome Prints AB Grade
            1st – Walking Down The Alleyway
            3rd – Black Goat of the Family

Pictorial Colour Prints AB Grade
            2nd – Sienna Cathedral Ceiling

Nature Prints AB Grade
            1st – Galah

People Prints AB Grade
            2nd – Leanne in the Ring

Creative/Experimental Prints AB Grade
            2nd – Summertime
            3rd – Building Patterns

Social Documentary/Photojournalism Prints AB Grade
            1st – Preparing for Winter
            2nd – Anzac Square Redevelopment
            3rd – Artistic Weaver at Work

Being at the judging gave me an insight into how to improve some of my images. In Pictorial Colour Prints, my image was a tie for first place. The judges were required to judge these two images again for first and second placing. A key reason my image came second was the central part of the ceiling was off centre. In People Prints, my image was also a tie for first place. The other image was very different to my image. However, a key factor was not all of the shadow was in my image. If it had have been then I may have placed first.

These are tips for me to remember when preparing my images for future competitions. That said, I was pleased with my haul of ten awards in my grade for the print categories. There were two more moments in the evening that I am proud of. The Club Champion Monochrome Print is selected from all the monochrome prints that placed irrespective of grade. My print “Walking Down The Alleyway” was chosen as the recipient of this award. It was a very proud moment to have won the Champion Monochrome Print. Here is an image of me receiving my award:

Image courtesy of Lex Lucas.

After the judging, a couple of the judges suggested my image would have improved by reducing the impact of the sky. It could be either darkened or cropped as the key focus is the two people walking down the alleyway. Here is a copy of the image after implementing the judges’ suggestions.

At the end of the night I was awarded the President’s Award for my service to the Club over the year. This is a book prize and is tremendous recognition for my contribution to the Club. Here is an image of me receiving my award:

Image courtesy of Lex Lucas.

After completing my Print Project which was exhibited last month with other members of Brisbane Camera Group, I was wondering what to do with the many images that didn’t quite make the final six images. I decided to start a series based on “…everyone wants to be a clown…” and call it “Clownsville”. This series has been appearing on my Instagram account. Here is a selection of the images:

 

Now that the year is drawing to a close, I will have some time to think about what I want to achieve in photography in 2019. Club activities recommence in February but the first monthly competition needs to be planned for and images created by late January. The first topic is “Architecture” and it is defined as “The picture must be of a building intended for human occupation or use. It may be a picture of the exterior or interior and may be a detail of a limited part of a building or buildings that displays architectural angles and lines in a dynamic or colourful way (Monochrome allowed).” That will be my first challenge.

Wishing you all the very best of the festive season. May 2019 bring you closer to what you desire in photography and life. Thanks for reading my posts and following my progress.

See you in 2019! Keep on creating images!

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Print and Mat, Print and Mat

During the month Marie and I attended a natural light portrait photography workshop run by Ash Kashyap and the model was Helena Schutt. Portraits in natural light can be quite tricky and it is important not to have the model in direct sunlight otherwise there will be skin blow outs. Also, having the model too far into shadow can lead to flat images. Both Marie and I really enjoyed photographing Helena and we came away with some images we were very happy with. Here is a small selection of images I created at the workshop:

 

 

Each month at the Brisbane Camera Group Speakers Night, there is a digital show of images submitted by members. This show enables members to submit images they have been working on and share them with their fellow members without being critiqued or judged. For the show on 8 October, I submitted the following images:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The monthly competition topic was “Old Things” – images where the central feature is an object or objects that is old. It is not necessary to be antique. I entered one image in the Digital Projected Image section. The judging was conducted last Monday night and my image was an acceptance only. The judge said the background distracted from the subject. On reflection, I can appreciate what he said and it reminds me I need to pay more attention to all the detail in my images. Here is the image I submitted:

The rest of the month was spent on preparing and printing images for my entry into the Club’s annual competition. A maximum of 24 images can be submitted over 6 categories. My entry is 23 images. The categories are Pictorial Colour, Pictorial Monochrome, People, Creative/Experimental, Social Documentary/Photo Journalism and Nature. Nature was my weakest area and I only submitted 3 of a possible 4 images. Judging of the print entries will be conducted on Sunday 4 November 2018 so I should have an idea of how my images performed after that.

Our Print Project Challenge is also due for submission by 4 November 2018. I have my 6 images almost ready but need to do further work to fix a few issues before they go to print. All Brisbane Camera Group members participating in this activity will have their images exhibited in The Maud Street Photo Gallery. Opening night will be 16 November and the exhibition will finish on Sunday evening 18 November. It is always a proud moment to have your images on the wall of a gallery – especially Brisbane’s number 1 photography gallery.

Until next time, keep on making images!

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Repeating Shapes

In my last post, I mentioned in passing that I was off work with the flu. Since that post, I have spent nine nights in hospital because of having Influenza A. This illness has hit me hard and sapped a lot of energy that I once had. I am home now but still coming off medications and working on rebuilding my strength and stamina.

A return to work date is not yet known and will depend on my progress and the assessment of my doctors. I do a bit, rest a bit, and repeat with trying to do a little more each time without overdoing it. During the rests, I enjoy my reading which has been a mix of novels and photography books.

While in hospital, I was fortunate to have a room with a very good view. Using my phone, I captured images through the window and some made their way onto Instagram. Here are three of my favourites.

A rainy day looking towards Brisbane CBD (taken from room)

Night looking towards Brisbane CBD (taken from room)

Strong tree and part of Brisbane CBD around 6pm (taken from lounge down passage from my room). This image was my farewell to hospital image.

 

The March Brisbane Camera Group monthly competition set subject was “Repeating Shapes”. The definition was “an image where a series of the same or similar elements are repeated in such a way as to add strength to the overall image”. I entered two images in the set subject and one image in open. Due to illness I didn’t enter the February competition, so March was my first for the year.

My set subject images were sourced from a few visits to Broadbeach on the Gold Coast over mid-December to mid-January. They were captured with the intention of possibly being suitable for this topic. The image submitted in the open section came from our week’s holiday in Caloundra in February. I am chuffed with the results obtained for the images.

Set: Building Patterns 1 – Honour

Set: Building Patterns 2 – Merit

Open: Sand and Rock – Merit

 

While I couldn’t attend the meeting to hear the feedback from the judge, I am hopeful that BCG’s new competition system will enable me to see the feedback in the next day or so.

 

Last year Brisbane Camera Group held a Print Project Challenge which I participated in. My project was about my “inner selves”. BCG has decided to run the challenge again this year and I have registered my interest to participate again.

My working topic is to produce up to six conceptual images that relate the story of a poem I wrote back in 1998. The poem is called “It’s The Time”. One of the reasons I like this poem is it was written with no effort – I sat down and thought of the first line and the rest just flowed out. It was written in about 20 minutes.

Twenty years later I am looking at it again and wondering what it meant back then, what it means to me now, and how will I convey that through conceptual images rather than literal images. I think this will push me out of my comfort zone in more ways than just clicking the shutter on the camera. I’m looking forward to the challenge.

 

A photography book I have just finished reading is “Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision” by David duChemin. This book talks about developing your photography vision and being aware of your intention. When creating an image, you have an intention on how you want the image to look. Honour that intention even if you are the only one that cares about your image.

The story or emotion in the image depends just as much as what is included in the frame as what is excluded. Every decision you make in capture and post production helps you convey your message or messes up the communication to your audience. I particularly enjoyed this book because he discussed his principles not just in general, but specifically to photographing people, places and cultures.

 

Until next time,
Happy image creating!

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