Minimalism – September 2017

Minimalism – September 2017

A break in the cloudsLetting off steamSteamThey come in threesThe FenceLone BeachcomberI will grow hereEbb TideWithernsea StepsMinimal windA Splash of redMight need some ticCastawaySentry DutyQuayside StepsLonely WalkBuckets on fireShadow on redLonely dog walkerWet WalkFancy a race to the other sideThe Unwilling ModelDiamonds are ForeverWaning MoonFuturistic buildingHanging VansTennessee Acer No Cause for AlarmTurning JapaneseWhere did the sea go?British ExtractingCaught in the GlareSunflowerSnowgrassOut of the BlueV8 power ...
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Newsletter 5th June 2017

WOLDS PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Notes of  the principal matters discussed on 30th May 2017 1. Competitions – September, 2017 – May, 2018 Andy announced the competition topics for next season as selected by members. By popular consent Fungi was dropped from the programme, and substituted by the next highest point scoring topic, “Boats and Ships”. The competition topics, with hand in and judging dates are “Minimalism”                Judging date -  26th September -Judge TBA                                       Hand in date -  12th September “Macro”                        Judging date -  31st October – Paul Gunning                                       Hand in date -  17th October “Boats & Ships”            Judging date - 28th November – Mike Darley                                       Hand in date - 14th November “Water”                        Judging date -  25th January – Mike Barnard                                       Hand in date – 11th January “Long Exposure”          Judging date - 27th February -Andrew Chandler                                       Hand in date – 13th February “Sharpness is a Bourgeois concept”     Judging date – 27th March – Morris Gregory                                       Hand in date- 13th March “Backlighting”              Judging date – 26th April – Judge TBA                                       Hand...
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Minimalism : Hand in 12th September 2017

Hand in 12th September 2017 Judging Date 26th September 2017  Roger Poyser Brief Dictionary Definition   “A style or technique that is characterized  by extreme sparseness and simplicity” A few Tips Think “less is more” and look to use simple lines, geometric patterns, strong shadows, contrasting colours, lone subjects, etc Deciding what to leave out of the frame is important in creating a strong image Composition - Simple does not mean boring. Use negative space in a positive way; a well placed subject does not have to be large to have a big impact; clever use of depth of field (wide aperture) can help to isolate your subject from the background; try using creative angles to enhance your image Textures and Colours  -  A bright colour or contrasting colours make great minimalist subjects (remember what we learned  about colour wheel combinations) Telling a Story -  can take your minimalist photography to the next level. Minimalist street photography can showcase an interesting urban landscape with...
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Macro : Hand in 24th October 2017

Hand in 24th October 2017 Judging date 31st October 2017 Judge Paul Gunning Brief "Macro photography is defined as encompassing all photographs taken with a lens that will reproduce a scene at 1:1 life-size or greater magnification. 1:1 life-size usually requires a specialist lens or the use of extension tubes or supplementary lenses, therefor this brief recognises that not all members will have access to such accessories and will I will allow the submission of "close-up" photographs as well as true macro photographs. Acceptable "Close-up" in the context of the competition should aim to depict in frame an area of less than approximately 10cm (4 inches), this is about the size of a large tulip flower for example. I say approximately because I wouldn't expect anybody to be getting out a ruler to check dimensions.... Close-up photographs are allowed, but true macro images are also encouraged. Within these boundaries, subject matter is entirely at the photographers discretion. It doesn't have to be an insect or a flower. Imaginative...
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Boats & Ships : Hand in 21st November 2017

Hand in 21st November 2017 Judging Date 5th December 2017 Mike Darley Brief Boats & Ships is, on the face of it, unquestionably the most straightforward of the topics selected for the 2017/18 competition season. Ironically, however, that means that you will have to take even more care to ensure that the images you submit do not fall into the “run of the mill” category.  No definition of the topic is needed but when taking your images try to produce something different, that will catch the judges eye when he considers the entries. Whatever the subject, whether it be large, small, on water or out of it, full size or model, at sea or in dock/harbour, sail/steam/rowing etc, ancient or modern, try to capture it in an imaginative way. A close up image showing a part only of a ship/boat will be acceptable provided that it is clear what it is and that it is indeed part of a boat/ship. Consider shooting from imaginative...
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Water : Hand in 9th January 2018

Hand in 9th January 2018 Judging date 23rdJanuary 2018 Judge Mike Barnard Brief “There are a host of different techniques you can use to make water come alive visually such as backlighting, fill flash or slow shutter speeds to blur its motion. It could be a droplet of water or a wave crashing on a beach. Water should be the main subject matter. I don’t want to see a landscape photo with a river in the distance or a general beach shot but will accept a river if it is the main subject matter or a close-up of people paddling at the seaside. It has to look as though you have thought about the subject and not just picked an image from your files, but if you have a close-up of a dripping tap in your files then so be it! Good luck”...
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Long Exposure : Hand in 18th February 2018

Hand in 18th February 2018 Judged on 27th February 2018 Judge - Andrew Chandler Brief "All of the fundamental principles relating to photography still apply in making a successful long exposure shot i.e. good composition, correct exposure, sharpness (where appropriate) and so on. However, there are some additional things to consider when you decide to set up your tripod and try to remember where the "B" setting is on your camera. Firstly, does the subject matter lend itself to the technique in the first place or are you just doing it for the sake of it? In other words, what's your vision? What are you hoping to achieve? Secondly, and linked to the first question above, does the result enhance what you see or detract from it? This can be very subjective, but one of the great things about digital photography in particular is it allows us to be more creative and experimental. In the same way that high-speed photography shows us something that the human...
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“Sharpness is a bourgeois Concept” : Hand in 18th March 2018

Hand in 18th March 2018 Judged 27th March 2018 Judge Morris Gregory Brief https://youtu.be/xdIq6dPRqpI “I would like your members to explore the above quote from Henri Cartier Bresson and explore it in a variety of ways As sharpness is affected by both focus and subject/camera movement I’d like to see creative ways in which these are used either separately or in combination. Some of the possibilities are: -Everything is deliberately out of focus - Subject out of focus and background in focus - Subject in focus and background out of focus - Limited depth of field to accentuate a part of the photo - Shutter speed selected to blur the whole photo - Shutter speed selected to keep the subject sharp and background blurred using panning technique - Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) used to create an impressionistic look - Big Stopper/ND filters used to blur moving parts of the image while static ones remain sharp All the best Morris”...
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Backlighting : Hand in 10th April 2018

Hand in 15th April 2018 Judged 24th April 2018 Judge - Trevor Richardson Brief What Is Backlighting or Backlight Photography? Backlighting, defined in the simplest of ways, refers to the main source of light behind the photography subject. In other words, the main light (or one of the main lights) is positioned in such a way that it faces the camera. The subject is then placed in the middle of the light and the camera. This creates a certain glow effect at the edges or at the back of the subject. Backlighting is normally created with the help of artificial lights, although there are also techniques for achieving effective backlighting by taking advantage of the natural light available. Backlighting Tips & Tricks Here are some tips and tricks that you can use to elevate your backlighting style. Make sure that you (as photographer) are facing the sun, and your subject is positioned with his or her back to the sun. He or she should be facing you. Any other angle will...
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