Challenges

The 31 Days of December 2014 are over – did you like it?

A dedicated bunch of BPC members took up the challenge again this year. It’s been a fun ride and most of the participants managed the full 31 days.

If you look through our flickr group it looks like Heather, Jen, David, Eric, John, James and I managed to post at least an image a day. Kerry came close, and we had a few images from Gloria, Ann, Helen, Terry, Howard and former member Hilary.

So what did we see? Well first we had a huge variety of images, following of themes, a bit of image manipulation, some of our photographers rediscovering their photographic passion, and a bit of repartee between us in the comments. I’ve picked what I think are the best of each members images and a comment on what they gave us. You may not agree with my choices, but you’ll probably agree it’s been fun and entertaining for the observer.

sticks and bits 14/12

Sticks and Bits

Let’s start with Heather, who gave us a selection of wildlife, birds, travel photos, Christmas food and drink (love that Quinta Ruban!) and observation. No theme per se, but Heather looks to have had fun. What’s more, Heather didn’t confine herself to her dSLR, but use her iPad and a compact as well. For me, the image above was quintessential Heather – simple and effective imagery.

31 Days 2014

Figure to ground relationship

Next we had Jen exploring themes of photographic composition, often using simple objects and simple lighting. There were some powerful images in there that merit a serious look – like the 3 rocks and the almost monochrome sea urchin on a black background. Jen has a very good eye for composition – so watch out in this years competition everyone! Jen I think takes out the award for comment discussions. I direct you to one image as an example and you be the judge!

Kerry took part for most of the 31 days (actually, all of them I think, but she didn’t post them all on the BPC flickr page), and seemed to explore a lot of food! Not a problem really, as we all like it, and I was half tempted to visit and inspect the pantry! You’ll have to look at her photo stream to see her images as I can’t embed the images here directly. Never the less check out her Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars and her Dump Trucks to see what I mean.

Father & Son

Father and Son

David worked at giving us an image a day from his secret hideout south of Adelaide (we can’t tell you where or he may have to silence us!). David presented us with an fascinating array of still life, images from the hideout,  and garden images, often manipulating the images to add something new. For me, Father and Son, (although not fully representing the body of work) showed us David’s wit and talent. But don’t overlook his artistic work either – Argive Abstract is one not to miss.

Year End. 31.Day.2014

Year End

Now on to Eric. Never stuck for a word or a witticism, Eric produced some excellent work demonstrating clever manipulation in camera, around the camera, in processing and outside the camera. Check out Friction Grater as an example. That’s comes from lots of practice and experience. But for me, Year End was a stunner that should not be missed.

 

Day 16 BPC Hindmarsh Old and New

Hindmarsh Old and New

Our newest club member, John, participated in the process enthusiastically – both as commenter and photographer. Although a long time photographer, he commented to me “This challenge has whetted my appetite for photography again. Until it started my camera would have been lucky to have been out of the house more than once a month or so”. John’s stream of images shows his new enthusiasm with some great images of his favourite architecture (like the one above), but also exploring other ideas like panos (which he does very well – have a look at Base Running),macros and some clever textures. I’m glad you had a good time John and look forward to lots more images from you.

Bus Shelter 2

Bus Shelter 2

James again enthusiastically took part in the Challenge, even incorporating a Best of 31 Days commentary on his new Camera Clips page. His images of course show his experimental and strong visual style. The image above is one that is shows a powerful awareness of that style. It has shades of Robert Capa’s “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”. How many of you see beyond the obvious? James of course gave us his bird and insect shots, but I think his abstracts are some of his best images.

Day 11: Coffee! (B&W)

Coffee!

Finally, there was me. I spent a bit of time trying different things like only using one prime lens a for week (I succeeded), experimenting with mono treatments of images (like the one above – check out it’s colour cousin), wide angles, abstracts, and memories of lost relatives. It was hard work at times – as work and other things again got in the way. But the capture of a daily image or two to share was very satisfying in the end.

So there you have it – an interesting journey for all of us. Please visit the club Flickr page and see what we’ve done. We’ll probably hold another mid-year just to try something new.

Day 31: The End!

 Chris 🙂

Advertisements

Just A Wee Update – Things We Have Been Up To! September To November

Wow, time fly’s when you are having fun!  Anyone guess from the lack of news here, that all we have been doing over the last few months has been nothing but competitions….  How wrong can you be!  Below is a quick recount of what we have been up to.

September 1 – Guest Speaker – Darren Siwes

Darren very graciously spent an evening with us in early September.  For me, especially, it was a very informative insight into how a Photomedia artist works and his inspiration behind his art.  He touched on most aspects of his Photography work, from his earliest long exposure work, through to his ‘Bronze Coin’ representations of 2010.  It was certainly an honour to have an artist who has been exhibited world wide as a guest to our club.

For more information on Darren, check out the excellent write up by James Allen in our September Camera Clips (LINK)

September 15 – AGM

Our Annual General Meeting was held on the 15th of September, with the following offices being decided:

President: Chris Schultz
Vice President: Ashley Hoff
Secretary: Yvonne Sears
Treasurer: Jenny Pedlar
Ex-officio: James Allan, Matt Carr, Adrian Hill, Mark Pedlar, Richard Wormald
September also saw the peer judging of our Disposable Camera contest, with the top image taken out by Helen Whitford and her Morton Bay Fig Roots

September 17 – Informal Outing, Goolwa Cockle Train

The Duke Of EdinburghOn the same weekend as the Noarlunga Photographic Exhibition (please follow the link to Eric’s write up), a group of us decided to venture to Goolwa, to catch the Cockle Train to Victor Harbour.

It was quite a fortunate outing, as we were able to experience Steam Travel in both directions, including the Steam Rangers “Duke OF Edinburgh” on the way back.  For someone as young as myself, it was certainly great to experience an era that my parents had only told me about 😉 (sorry, couldn’t resist).

Victor Harbour was also hosting a Rock and Roll Festival, which gave us plenty of photo opportunities.

October 13 – Practical Workshop

The October workshop was a walk out and about the local Blackwood area, with the emphasis on low light photography.Overcast Moon 2

Some may see it as a blessing, others a hindrance, but the moon was out with in all it’s glory.  Combine that with some broken cloud, saw some awesome dramatic shots (all we needed were some bat’s!)

As per always, check out our flickr group to see what people shot on the night (click on the image to your right, should head you in the right direction!).

October 16 – An Afternoon With Steve Parish (Marion Cultural Centre)

While not an official BPC event/outing, a few of our members managed to attend the Marion Cultural Centres ‘THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHING ANIMALS, PLANTS & LANDSCAPES’ workshop with Steve Parish.

Please follow the link to read James Allen’s writeup (LINK)

October 30 – Outing, Wellington To Hindmarsh Island

Random chairsAfter our aborted effort to get an outing organised duing the long weekend, we finally managed to get out and about again on the 30th of October.

The outing took in such highlights as the Arboretum at Wellington, Milang, Clayton Bay, Finnis and Hindmarsh Island.  There was a decent turnout, with up to 4 cars in convoy taking in the sites (but watch out for those Gary Secombe abrupt stops!)

The weather was nice, the company good and the pictures plentiful.  Again, click on the picture to your left to head to our Flickr page

BPC on the Shores of Lake Alexandrina

BPC on the Shores of Lake Alexandrina

November 10 – Annual Exhibition Judging

Well, our Annual Exhibition Judging has been run and the top prize getters have been decided by our three fantastic judges (David Douglas-Martin, Lindsay Poland and SAPF President, Peter Phillips).

The winners are…….you didn’t think I’d let the cat out of the bag that easy! You’ll just have to turn up to our Annual Exhibition on Thursday the 24th of November to find out!

Cheers

Ashley


31-day challenge is up and running

Just a quick note to let you know the December 31-day challenge is up and running. We only have a few contributors, but then you don’t have to contribute images as James says in the FlickR discussion:

If you don’t want to submit, it’s enough to keep an eye on the website and enjoy the unfolding of the month. Perhaps you could join in by making a few comments to encourage us all on. Your chance to do some judging.

So go on, pop over, have a look and contribute in any way you like.

Chris 😉