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Low Key Photography

Camera clips has an article on Low Key Photography:

https://cameraclips05.wordpress.com/2020-newsletters/april-2020-stuck-at-home/low-key-photography/


Social Documentary Competition April 23rd 2020

Well this is our first competition amid COVID 19 restrictions but I’m pleased to say that we had around the same number of entrants as in the previous two competitions!

Our competition structure has been completely revised as we obviously cannot hold a print section.  Aggregates for the normal sections have been abandoned and tonight we begin special new aggregates for 2020 only.  Members can now enter three colour images and three Monochrome images, spread across Set Subject and Open in the usual way.

The Set Subject is Social Documentary, defined for this competition as “A Social Documentary Image can be described as one that captures the brutal reality of life around us.  Closely aligned to Street Photography, SD is more ‘edgy’ or ‘gritty’, generally showing pathos.  See how you interpret this subject.”

Below are all entries in the order of judging.

Heartfelt thanks to David CG Smith who has kindly learned new technology and got out of his comfort zone to try live judging on Facebook for us!  Your efforts are really appreciated David! Unfortunately technology got the better of us and David was unable to judge live but he was able to give scores and write comments which Helen was able to read out live so we were half way there!

There was a pretty good turn out to watch the live feed.  For any members who are in the Facebook forum group you can still watch the video and see and comment on all of the images.  It would be good to see more comments on images, just as you might have done after a live judging in the hall!

Congratulations to everyone who entered for being part of this brave new world!  Well done to those who received top scores!

All of the Top Images can be found here.

 


February Camera Clips is out.

February 2020

Paul Hughes - Benjy on the beach Banner

What a start to the year.  We have undertaken the 31 day challenge in January.  This year we have had unprecedented bushfires destroying property and taking lives.  The club year started with our first two scheduled competitions and a workshop and now we find ourselves in Covid 19 shutdown.  This edition of the newsletter represents all of the activities we undertook before the Covid shut down.  We have 2 articles from the double exposure workshop, a photoessay from the 31 day challenge and an original article by Vicki Kramer.  I hope you enjoy these articles.  Next edition will be the “Stuck at home” edition.

James

https://cameraclips05.wordpress.com/2020-newsletters/february-2020/


Amended Programme due to Covid 19

Attention Members:  there will be changes to our activities but we will attempt to have something happening online in which you can participate at or around the time of each scheduled meeting.

Details on how each of these activities will run will be emailed to all members shortly.

Peer Review/Critique Sessions will happen using our group pages in Flickr and/or Facebook, starting on April 9th.

Competitions will still be held on the scheduled nights and have the Set Subject as per the programme although the format will be different.  Start preparing to enter up to three Colour Digital entries and up to three Monochrome Digital entries (in the usual digital format) for the “Social Documentary” competition on April 23rd.  They can be split between Set Subject and Open in the usual way.  Competition entry instructions will be emailed to all members.

We will make new plans for other meetings when guest speakers and workshops were scheduled.  If you have any suggestions or questions please contact Julie or Judy at blackwoodphotoclub@gmail.com

In the meantime, let’s view self isolation at home as an opportunity to sort out our disorganised photos or practise our still life, table top, creative, flower, insect, pet and portrait photography! (Self-portraits if you live alone!)

We may not be able to see each other but we can still support one another in these strange and daunting times!

 

 


Multiple Exposure – Competition March 12th

Following our inspiring and educational workshop on Multiple Exposure (thank you James, Judy and Ray) it was great to see the number of members venturing into this creative genre and exciting to see the variety of applications and techniques employed.  Although many of us had felt challenged by the idea of creating Multiple Exposure images, Set Subject entries significantly outnumbered Open category images and two thirds of entries were prints!  This trend sets BPC apart from many other clubs where prints are giving way to PDI’s (Projected Digital Images).

Here are some of the different interpretations of the subject.

Our judge, Keith Seidel, shared many useful tips and suggestions, carefully explaining the reasons for the scores he gave.  He appreciated storytelling, good composition and creativity when well executed.  The most common  flaws he noted were distracting elements such as bright patches or lines leading the eye away from the subject or out of the frame. It was encouraging to see the awards were spread among 10 of the 17 members who entered the competition.

Come back in a few days to see more of the Top Prints and you can find the Top PDI’s here.