Natural light portraiture, always a challenge and especially so in low light. For this competition we were fortunate to have plenty of images to admire for their ability to largely overcome the natural light challenges. These mixed with a yet again impressive array of open category photographs to admire including some members who stretched the creative boundaries with some experimentation.
The definition given to us for Natural Light Portraiture was: ‘No studio set-ups here, nor use of any form of man-made light source. It’s all about using natural light to produce portraits. Whether it’s outside during the day or using daylight coming through a window or even moonlight, you need to use the natural light available to illuminate your subject.’
Our judge for the evening was Peter Phillips from the Edwardstown Photography Club who once again provided us with much valued feedback and well considered advice. There was something to learn for everyone.
He spoke of such things as:
- Less is more, fill the lens.
- Flat lighting is a photographer’s challenge but use luminance in Lightroom to assist.
- Avoid front focussed direct light on subject.
- It is critical for the portrait to be sharp but be careful not to oversharpen.
- Black and white images require good tonal range.
- Numerous comments on the importance of space in the composition.
- He encouraged members to continue experimenting with such areas as abstract images.
Another enjoyable evening with plenty of good images to study.
Our first competition for the year was held on February 1 and was titled Landscape/Seascape and defined as: ‘An image featuring the natural scenery or terrain.’ In our programme for the year we were reminded that ‘Many people mistakenly believe taking a landscape is easy, but there are so many variables that getting that excellent landscape image can be quite challenging!’ So true.
Our judge for the evening was the affable and always welcome, David CG Smith from the Eastern Suburbs Camera Club. One of the most highly awarded amateur photographers in Australia, David’s comments are highly valued.
In the mix of feedback provided by David included:
- The importance of capturing a mood
- Considering the merits of landscape vs portrait when composing a shot
- The value of leading lines
- How shooting water with a slow shutter speed creates a soothing effect
- The need to be careful not to oversharpen images thereby creating a halo effect
- When cropping an image be careful not to make it too tight
There were many other valuable comments but this will give you a feel for where he was coming from.
We certainly had our share of high quality images in both the set subject of Landscape/Seascape as well as in the Open Section so we hope we enjoy some of the great work shown here.
The final meeting for the year was over, but for a seven of us (plus a couple of very patient partners) the final excursion for the year was a chance to freely take shots with no competition in mind. Unsurprisingly much of the fun was simply in bouncing ideas off each other.
Our meeting point was the Adelaide Railway Station which is where we began taking shots, mindful of the restrictions placed on us by Adelaide Metro. It’s an interesting place if only to observe people as they pour off the trains heading for their Christmas celebration events among other activities on a Saturday night.
We progressed very slowly and some more than others up the side of the InterContinental Hotel to the Torrens River banks and for a few, over the new Adelaide Oval foot bridge.
A quick thanks to Ron Hasan for his as ever enthusiastic willingness to offer guidance/advice where required on all things photography.
We finished the night observing more of Saturday night life in the city as we sat outdoors drinking coffee, eating waffles and sharing our experiences.
As you will observe we were all looking at the same space but, no surprise, we all saw things differently. Such is the beauty of photography.
The club meeting on Thursday August 31 dealt with that most changeable and often most talked about subject of ‘Weather’. It’s a sure fire way to get a conversation going with almost anyone, especially farmers, apparently.
The definition of weather for this competition was: ‘An image that conveys weather as the major feature, not simply the effects of weather.’
Our judge for the night was well known Edwardstown photo club identity, Peter Phillips. With some 35 members present and around 85 photos to work through it was a busy night.
Here are just a few of Peter’s comments from the evening:
- Colour contrast can often help
- Simple images work, they don’t need to be colourful to tell a story.
- We don’t get points for difficulty of taking the shot.
- Animals need sharp eyes
- Sometimes a clear blue sky is more value than a cloudy one to help highlight the focus of the image.
- Macro shots need to be ‘pin sharp’.
- An image needs something to hold the viewer’s attention.
- Shooting in the city on a wet night is always good as you can get great reflections etc.
- Don’t be afraid to make your image square….presentation is important.
- Don’t crowd the image in a shot, give it room.
- Wait up to half an hour after sunset and you’ll still get good colour.
- In the mono set he commented that it is ‘good to have something dark in the image for contrast’.
- He suggested several times on ways to crop certain images to maximise the focus and impact.
- “Is it an image I’d want to look at for a long time?”
One important comment that stood out for me was “Shoot for yourself not for a photo club judge”.
Above are some of the high scoring weather shots and below a few examples from the open section.
With the challenge of an upcoming competition entitled ’50 Shades Of Orange’, eighteen of us headed into the Adelaide Central Market on Friday January 20 to see what we could photograph, orange or otherwise.
Those who attended were provided, prior to the night, with two articles on how to photograph an indoor market, one by James Allan and another by Bruce Nankivell. Before entering the market those who needed technical assistance were helped out by willing participants including Mark Pedlar and our thanks goes to these members. In future we’ll be looking to provide this sort of assistance for every excursion and asking various members to help.
The Adelaide Central Market is always a busy place on a Friday night and even more so when the city is busy with the Tour Down Under (TDU). Some of our group even ventured to the TDU Village to broaden their night’s activities as you’ll see.
The lighting in an indoor market present a whole raft of challenges for a photographer. One of our participants made the following comment: “With my camera I was not able to take many photos of patrons at cafes due to the low lights and needed to adjust my ISO’s continually due to different lighting throughout the area. I am amazed at how many different ways ‘orange’ can be used from signs, clothes, food, lights, flowers, cars and many more. The challenge is to make them interesting.” From the images shown here I think we did a pretty good job, so nice work everyone and thanks for coming along.
Our next excursion will be to the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens on Sunday March 5, which Tariq will give us all the details on when it gets closer.
Bruce Nankivell – market life
Chris Schultz – Lollipop…Lollipop