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Getting in Close – June 7th Competition

June’s competition saw us getting in close with Macro/Micro/Closeup as the set subject.  We took a fairly loose approach to the definition as not everyone has macro equipment.  The idea was simply to get in for close detail.  However image numbers were down significantly although there was a great turnout of members for a cold winter’s night!  We even welcomed a couple of new members!
Our judge, John Hodgson, provided thoughtful comments on each image, with lots of constructive tips.  It was great to see new member, Meredith Retallack, among the top images with “Dew Drops”.

Dew Drops – Meredith Retallack

And Judy Sara cleaned up in the Projected images Set Subject with three very different images.

Kerry, Eric and Howard provided some other interesting entries in the set subject.

There were some great images displayed in the Open category as well!

Click the links for more Top Prints and Top Projected Digital Images

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June Camera Clips

Tao Dancers BannerI have just this moment released June Camera Clips.   I have been experimenting with a different look this month.  I am using the banners as navigational tools rather than the hyperlinks in the text.  Accordingly every article get’s it’s own banner.  Most of the banners are sourced from the club competition on the theme street photograpy.  (see the article from Chris below)

We have two articles from Judy Sara, on Macro Photography and on the Tailem Bend excursion.  Ray Goulter has an explanation of  the Johnson “Cutplate” Developing Tank .  Frances Allan has described the creation of a rather impressive product photograph.  I give Google sights map a test run, and lastly a short explanation of solarisation.

Well worth the time reading.  Here is the link to this edition.

Regards James

A NIGHT ON THE STREETS

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Diners – Chris Schultz

Suzie Lipert from Eastern Suburbs Camera Club was our judge for an evening on the streets. Our competition was titled ‘Street Photography’ which is all about ‘storytelling images recording everyday life in public places’. Unsurprisingly she had some great images to critique and she did it in a mighty fine way, offering lots of positives on every image and mixed with suggestions for improvement. She reminded us that “photography is about coming up with something different.”

Suzie made the same comment for quite a number of images and that was that they could be “printed harder/stronger” to make a bolder impression. The colours or blacks and whites were sometimes just too soft and not jumping out of the image as much as they could she thought. Her strongest comments on this were for the black and whites.

In a similar way she saw opportunity for some images to be cropped tighter to give a greater focus on the real subject of the image. Another way of saying that might be to say ‘less is more’.

She enjoyed the story telling, the pushing of boundaries in some cases, the simplicity and detail, the filling of the frame for some images, the crispness and clean lines of well cropped photos.

In all she was highly impressed with the quality of images presented by members and that’s a credit to those putting their images out there. Congratulations everyone and thank you Suzie for a very positive evening.

Natural Light Portraiture!

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.

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Impressionist – Heather Connolly

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.

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Stasy Calm 2 – David Hancock

LANDSCAPE / SEASCAPE ON SHOW

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Alone in the Mist – Judy Sara

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.

 

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