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The Long Weekend and Image Preparation

Since my last post, Marie and I haven’t attended any workshops. We spent a “long weekend” at Noosaville on the Noosa River and a highlight was a boat trip through the Noosa Everglades. The waters are like a mirror and everything is reflected in detail. I have been posting some images from the weekend on Instagram. Here is a selection of them:

 

 

Each month at the BCG Speakers Night, there is a digital show of images submitted by members. These images don’t have to be competition quality. They are meant to be a reflection of current work. For the show on 10 September, I submitted the following images:

Jemma

Me and My Girls

Night Lights on the River


Tanya

 

Apart from our little break, this period has been quite busy. I have been preparing for the Brisbane Camera Group AGM which was held on 10 September as well as attending to a number of action items from the recent Committee meetings of the Club. Also, I have continued selecting images for possible entry to the BCG Annual Competition.

My Print Project Challenge has been developing slowly and further progress has been made. I need to create a maximum of 6 images for my entry. I now have 2 images that are well developed and 3 that a partially developed and 1 that is still back at the beginning stage. I still have time on my side but need to be careful that it doesn’t run out too quickly.

The BCG Monthly Competition wasn’t high on my list this month. As a result, I didn’t enter any images. It was more important for me to progress my Annual Competition and Print Project Challenge entries. In conclusion, here are a couple of images being considered for entry in the Annual Competition:

 

 

Until the next post, keep on clicking!

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3 Doors and More

It’s hard to believe that nearly six weeks have elapsed since my last post. The key focus of my time has been on rebuilding my strength and stamina in readiness for returning to work on 14 May and resuming a normal life. I have worked on the treadmill to work on my aerobic capacity. Upper and lower body strengthening has also been a focus with exercises provided by the physiotherapists at rehabilitation.

Each year Brisbane Camera Group participates in the Rivercity Print Competition. This is an event where clubs submit several images that are judged and the club with the highest total score is the winner of the competition. I put forward a few of my images for consideration and the club chose my “3 Doors” image to be part of the club entry.

I didn’t participate in the monthly competition for April nor did I attend any of the meetings. As the month progressed, I started to venture out a bit more to test my strength and stamina. Marie and I attended a three hour “Into the Studio Workshop” at Warehouse Studios last Sunday. The first half was theory and the second half was a model shoot with a few different setups. Our model was Holly Taylor and here are some images from the shoot.

 

It’s so good that life is beginning to return to normal. Soon I will be able to give greater thought to my print project and start to take images to reflect my ideas. It’s unlikely I will participate in this month’s competition at Brisbane Camera Group but I should be able to the following month.

Until next time,
Happy image creating!

 

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Another Year Draws to a Close

Another year draws to a conclusion and it is time to reflect on what has been accomplished. Since my last post, Brisbane Camera Group has held its Annual Awards and Dinner. Neither Marie nor I received any awards this year because we didn’t submit any entries. There were many wonderful images so competition would have been tough.

Marie and I attended a conceptual (self) portrait workshop with fotografica which was a lot of fun. We had to bring props and have a starting concept to work with. I took along a hat, a tie and some bandages. Here are a couple of images showing the results:

We also attended the final meeting of the year for the Masters Apprentices Club. A number of their members participated in a project over the year and this was the night where they shared their work. There was a variety of work with members pushing themselves outside their comfort zones. I find it stimulates my own creativity to see their work.

Looking back over the year I did not participate as strongly as in previous years in the clubs that I am a member of. In BCG, I wanted to delay my upgrade to A Grade as I didn’t feel I was at that standard as yet. Also, I devoted a lot of my spare time to working on my Print Project Challenge entry. I found this work to be very beneficial.

Over the year, Marie and I attended a number of courses to further develop our skills. Not everything has been put into practice as yet but I am sure the knowledge will be used over the next year or two.

The highlight of the year would have to be the trip to Italy with a group of fellow photographers. This was my first visit to Europe and it was 19 years since my previous overseas trip which was to Boston, USA for a work conference. At a recent reunion of our Italy group, we each shared approx. 10 images from the trip. I found it amazing that only 2 or 3 images were similar. Also, the quality of the images was really high. Here are a few more of my images for your viewing pleasure.

It is now time to start to think about what I want to accomplish in photography in 2018. I plan to spend some time over the next 4 or so weeks to develop my thoughts and to make some plans. My initial thoughts are to participate in a project where I can expand my boundaries and move potentially from still images into a multimedia presentation. I am also thinking of entering the BCG monthly competitions more regularly this year. Another option I am tossing around in my mind is challenging myself to create and post an image on Instagram each day for 30 days or to do one where you are given a new topic each day for a 365 day challenge.

To those who have followed my posts over the year, thanks for your interest and support. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a safe holiday period. All the best for the New Year – may it be photographically prosperous.

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Print Project Exhibition

Last weekend Brisbane Camera Group exhibited all the entries in its Print Project Challenge at Maud Creative. The opening was very well attended and exceeded all expectations. Marie and I were proud to have our entries on display and we were very happy with their placement within the gallery. The range in subject matter on display was large and the quality was really good. I think all club members who participated can be proud of their work.

The entry the judges awarded as the winner was “Ode to Darkness” by Ray Shorter (BCG President). Ray’s entry was outstanding and a everyone I spoke to on the night agreed with the judge’s choice.

Ray Shorter Opening the Exhibition

Judges Melissa Anderson & Adam Finch announcing the “winner”

Some of the People attending the Opening

Marie (My wife) proudly showing her entry

 

While I have a competitive streak in me, I approached this as a process rather than anything else. I find it interesting how a project develops and progresses before it is “finalised” for printing and display. Back in March when I drew rough drawings of the content of my images, I thought the job was shooting the images and then put them together in Photoshop. The images printed and displayed at the Exhibition did not reflect the initial drawings with the exception of the characters and their costumes. It’s amazing what the constraint of time does to a project and how it can change the way concepts are presented.

23 October was the deadline for submitting images for the BCG annual competition. Unfortunately I did not submit any images this year. The best laid plans came undone due to unexpected family circumstances. However, Marie and I were able to attend the judging and were very impressed with the quality of images submitted. The annual awards are announced at our club dinner on Monday 4 December.

As promised in my last post, here are some images from our recent trip to Italy and the French Riviera.

Thanks for reading and happy snapping!

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Print Project Judging

Time flies so quickly and I can’t believe it is so long since I have posted my progress here. My main focus for the year has been the Brisbane Camera Group Print Project Challenge. The images were submitted early in September and were judged last Sunday. There were 16 entries submitted by club members which were a very good response. While I did not place in the competition, I am still proud of my final images and the story they told.

The club is holding an exhibition of the images entered at Maud Gallery here in Brisbane. The opening night is Friday 17 November starting at 6pm. The exhibition will be open on Saturday and Sunday for anyone to view the images.

Earlier in the year I published my Artist Statement. The images I submitted and the fine-tuned Artist Statement follow:

Each of us, as Whitman writes, does ‘..contain multitudes’. Contacting the jostling crowd of inner selves, giving them a chance to speak and to act, can greatly enrich our lives.” (Julia Cameron, “The Vein of Gold” page 87)

In Inner Selves I have created five characters – Performer Pete, Judgmental Jack, Nervous Ned, Furious Frank and Rebel Ray – to explore the “jostling crowd of inner selves” we all possess. I have used the genre of self-portraiture and deliberately chose characters I know are part of my personality but rarely seen by others. In the work I show each character in front of a crowd, a literal and metaphoric representation of the judgment we fear when we let these inner selves out.

I begin the series with an image that represents the jostling crowd of inner selves and my five characters are hiding within the crowd. The final image portrays a growing acceptance of these characters without the fear of judgement as their existence has been acknowledged. I want Inner Selves to invite the viewer to reflect on their own inner selves and to encourage the acknowledgement and acceptance of them.

Each image began as a photograph before being manipulated in Photoshop to produce prints reflecting the vision I held for each of the inner selves. The artistic challenge was in self-portrait making and using Photoshop to tell the story through combining multiple images. I used obvious layers and rough selections to indicate that inner selves can be poorly defined unless they are examined. I also wanted to reflect that as humans we all have imperfections.

An outcome of this project was further development of my artistic and storytelling skills in photography. Also, there was fun in creating the characters suggesting more work on this theme may be possible in the future.

 

I was fortunate enough to attend the judging and to hear first-hand the feedback they provided. Their comments were very helpful and highlighted the need to be attentive to detail at all levels of the image making. A key area highlighted was the harsh lighting used in the self-portraits. This is an area I have little experience in even though I did attend a couple of lighting workshops prior to finalising my images. They indicated that their eyes were drawn to my shoes in a couple of images which was a distraction to the story being told. I had noted the same thing myself but ran out of time to try to fix.

Overall the Print Project Challenge was a valuable learning experience I know will hold me in good stead on my photographic journey. The ability to put together a number of images that link to each other and tell a story is not as easy as it may seem. This project has opened my eyes to some of the techniques needed to achieve this.

Also, from mid-September to mid-October, Marie and I travelled to Italy for 3 weeks on a photography tour and to the French Riviera for a week to relax and prepare to return home. This was my first time to Europe and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The historical areas were an eye opener. I came back with over five thousand images that I need to work through. Below are some images I took with my phone. I will display more images later as I process them.

 

Brisbane Camera Group has an annual competition for members and the closing date for image submissions is 23 October. I am aiming to submit some images again this year.

Hopefully my next update will not be so long after the last one. Thanks for reading and happy snapping!

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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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Digital Show Images Submitted

On Saturday Marie and I attended a short photo outing with the theme of Travel Photography run by Photoh. We spent time walking around parts of Southbank and then into the Brisbane CBD. As with most photo outings, there is always something to learn or be reminded of. I submitted three of the images I took during this event to the Brisbane Camera Group Digital Image show which was shown at the club meeting last night.

Here are the images:

Accident 1

This image resulted from me failing to change my camera settings back to normal after doing some project work the previous weekend. I have put the shutter on timer and failed to put it back to normal. Initially I thought my camera was playing up as it wasn’t responding when I pressed the shutter. Once I realised that it was in fact taking pictures I remembered that I had set the timer and then adjusted my settings. This images has had effects applied in Photoshop as well.

Queen of the Castle

This woman had made a number of attempts to climb onto the top of this letter. Once she was sitting on top I took the shot.

See Me Jump

This guy in the yellow suit jumped from letter to letter and I captured a number of images as he moved from one end to the other. This one is possibly the best action one out of the series.

Singing in the Mall

This image was taken within the last couple of weeks. Marie and I were working the Mall looking for images for the monthly competition. I was attracted to this image as the singer was wearing her national costume and the singing was largely A cappella.

 

Entries in the monthly competition had to be submitted by last night. I decided not to participate this month as I had no suitable images on the set subject and I hadn’t done sufficient work on any current images to submit them in the open category.

The previous Sunday I had started doing some test shots for my entry in the BCG Print Project Challenge. I then used these images to play around with some concepts in Photoshop involving blending of images. Ideas are still being formed and will require further testing to see if they will work.

I am looking forward to next Saturday when Marie and I will be attending a workshop on “Shoot to Print”. I am sure I will learn a great deal from this and it will help when I come to do the actual prints for my entry into the Print Project Challenge.

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