December Meeting of Dynamic Range

 

Next meeting Sunday 18th December, starting at 10 am, Coffee, Mince Pies and Stollen available to get you in the spirit of the season! Processing skills being demonstrated come and learn a trick or two!!!!

Folkestone Camera Club are running the following event in aid of Club funds, would anyone like to join us? Only £10 each with Ady Kerry.

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Ady has been doing well lately winning awards with his images, here’s an article about him and below one of his successful images.

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A card from Sheila Sargeant to us all!

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See you there?

Melanie

Angus Came and Went

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Many apologies for the late cancellation of the DR meeting on Sunday. Living no more than 100 yards from the sea, in storms we are continually buffeted by the strength of the wind, our little house creaks and groans in protest.  After a sleepless night and checking the forecast Angus was expected to reach its peak at 9 am just as lots of you would be leaving to travel to Barham and at 8 am I considered it prudent to cancel.  As the travel was non essential I thought it better to not put people at risk of fallen trees and flying debris. Then the wind dropped and the sun shone at 9.30 and I felt I had perhaps over reacted but the decision had been made. Angus came and went early. Also I am married to ‘The Voice of Doom’

So to move on, all will be carried forward to the December 18th meeting, hoping all the tutors are still available? With one addition, mince pies and stollen, hoping you are not fed up with them by then!

Advance warning for the Dec challenge – for over Christmas, for the January meeting – it is to produce a Mannequin shot… look it up on Google! But here is a link for you

Have added some new interesting links to ‘Education Links of Interest’ some added by me and one from Jenny Monk.

Please could you go and vote for the Street Photography Exercise, keeping this in mind,”A good street photograph depicts the ordinary in an extraordinary way”

 

A good street photograph depicts the ordinary in an extraordinary way

Stairjogging by Hans-jörg Aleff

Winner Urban 2016 Award

Please go to the gallery and vote on the Street Photography images that fulfill the criteria in the statement above.  We had a bumper entry this month and although we will view them all tomorrow, time will not allow full discussion on all images, so by selecting the best we can highlight the 5 with the most votes.

If you are coming tomorrow you might be interested to bring a raw image so some of the processors could then use that image to enhance using their chosen methods.

Sunday

November meeting Sunday 20th at Barham Village Hall

Keep the “Street Photography” images flowing in, deadline, Wednesday midnight, all will be shown and discussed on Sunday along with the Pineapple images.  Do have a look and do comment.

We have made plans for Colin, Janine, Paul, Tom, John and Sue to share their processing skills, in both LR and PS, with all of us.  The volunteers will be at tables spread around  two halls and we can move between them  and hopefully all learn something new.

Sonia Dunmall will be showing a panel and if anyone else wishes to share something with us, do let me know for the future.

Simon sent me the following:

Nobody Mentioned the…

 

After visiting the Chichester Festival Theatre I got talking to another theatregoer who turned out, in a previous life, to have been a photographer working in a little known hard-to-find London portrait studio.

 

This studio was not only used as a location for taking portraits of the rich and famous but also for the tv media to conduct interviews with some ‘suspect’ individuals who might or might not have been on the side of the angels.

 

Retired now, my new photographer friend very generously pointed me towards a derelict chapel deep in the woods. Having found the unnamed road and then a place to park the car – always difficult on a single track road – I came across the chapel. BUT as it says at the top: Nobody mentioned the scaffolding!

 

Would it be worth setting up a DR visit? Should we take a model(s) male/female. It would be at the very least a long day event with a late drive back home…..but let’s us have your thoughts at the November meeting.

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Friday Thinking !

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The Candid Frame #124 – Michael Freeman

‘You can’t  depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus’. Mark Twain

I have been avidly dipping in and out of Simon’s book that he lent me to look at, ’50 Paths to Creativity’. So much so that I have now purchased my own copy along with another book by Michael Freeman, The Photographers Eye.  A great buy, a few quotes that capture the essence of his thinking,

‘Creativity with a camera it’s a balancing act, it means engaging with life and with unpredictable events. Capturing moments’.

‘But it also means doing this with a personal flair. Your own way of thinking and seeing. There are ways of bringing out the creativity, bringing it to the light’.

 ‘Practical ways that you can follow. Paths in fact! He then shows 50 Paths!

The contentious subject of Judging is never far from our lips and our friend Robert Canis has covered this subject on his blog this week, many of you follow him, but for those that don’t here is the link to his website, always has interesting articles included. www.robertcanis.com. Here is an extract,

A couple of weeks ago I was notified that I was awarded a Commended in this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year competition with my image of a magpie inkcap. “That’s not landscape,” I hear you cry! And, of course, in the literal sense you’d be correct but there are numerous categories in which to enter and this one was in the Your View category. 

The winning photograph of starlings swirling around in front of Brighton’s West Pier is a wonderful example of capturing an often photographed scene in a very unique manner. It, like most winning entries, has polarised opinion which can only be a good thing. There were many on social media stating that it wasn’t a landscape but a seascape or that the photograph must has been taken by mistake since the birds were out of focus. Everyone is, of course, entitled to their opinion but why can’t people just congratulate and be happy for the person that was awarded? These are the jealous kind with far too much time on their hands and would only be happy if a ‘syrupy’ sunset of Durdle Door had won! I think it’s a quite brilliant image and wish more would think laterally and resist conforming to the norm. Well done to the judges for going against the grain. View the Winners HERE

We are trying to ‘go against the grain’ in Dynamic Range, to step out of the box but we must continue to have confidence in our own images, whatever others think.  If you are competitive, some of the judges, on the circuit, do often choose  images that are that bit different, put yourself in their shoes, seeing hundreds or thousands of images, they will be excited by one that stands out in the crowd, ‘put them out there’ and see! We are having a local artist to Critique our images on Monday at Folkestone,  we are looking forward to hearing his comments from a different perspective.

I enjoy watching the Landscape Artist of the Year on Sky Arts, and on that programme too, the Judges, are also making very brave choices on their favorites, to take through to the finals, definitely not the Choc Box  Paintings!!!

Just to be controversial, check this out, The winner of the RPS Fellowship Panel of the Year.

What is your Purpose when making images? What floats your boat?

Do make comments on here!

Editorial from others always welcome, but until I receive any, it’s just my ramblings!

 

Square

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Simon sent me this, as an interesting download for our group, a stimulating read.

I loved this,

“On January 28, 1966 I have my first date with a man named Eddie. After saying good night and closing my apartment door, I lean against it and say to myself, I’m going to marry that man. Ten months later, I do.

Forty-nine years to the day after that first date, I post a blurry b/w iPhone picture on Instagram with the caption, I am trying to break my addiction to sharp focus. Within months I have taken and posted hundreds of b/w soft-focus iPhone photos of my day-to-day life.

What starts as an artistic and technical challenge soon becomes a new way of seeing. And the lens I use has nothing to do with aperture or ISO and everything to do with the life energies that surround me. During this the third coldest February in Detroit’s history, my husband and our life together at home become my primary focus. Not just what I see but what I feel. What I remember”.

We might just have to change the mindset of critics of our images to accept that “Soft” could be the new “Sharp”!!!!

Here is the PDF of the whole magazine      604-fr-gb   

This could become a project for you? There is a request at the end, as follows,

”  Are you, or do you know a poor rectangular photographer who would like to try their hand at the square format and be published in the magazine? If so, the Square Residencies programme is just what you need. It is free, it lasts three to six months and is open to all, regardless of age, gender or nationality (or photographic gear).”                                                                                                                                                

 

Processing

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In an effort for us all to improve our images, we are focussing on Processing skills at Dynamic Range over the coming months.

An interesting and long discussion took place on the KCPA FB Page over the weekend, about altering images.  As usual it veered off the point but much was clarified for me. We are always asking or being asked if certain things, processes, filters and the like can be used in Competition images and I know I have been uncertain in the past.  With technology and software moving at the pace it does it, there are exciting things released onto the market constantly and it is sometimes hard to keep up and also learn how to use them to good effect.

What has been clarified, primarily by Richard Walton,  is the following:

Bought or free textures are banned, as they are a photograph, and you must not include them in a competing image. Topaz textures can be used but again you must use your own texture image to create it. Everything in an image must have been taken by you.

But you can use any filters, actions or brushes that are available free or to buy, as they are not an actual photograph.  For example, Mist/ Fog filter in Nik is allowed. Of course most of these effects can be achieved in non destructive ways in PS and LR and we hope to cover these processes.

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We are hoping by using the talent already in our group to share the knowledge of some of these techniques at the November meeting.

I personally find that viewing Pinterest is a great method of collecting ideas, inspiration and use it as an aid memoir for collecting interesting tutorials to view at a later date. Here is my board of the Tuts I have saved.

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Also, ‘as and when’ I find useful things I will add them to the Education Heading and anything posted on FB can be linked here too.

I love using textures and do work with them frequently, but like, I am sure many of you, use a method, learnt or picked up many moons ago. At present I am working through some tutorials that I have downloaded, trying to learn and improve my skills and came across something that was new to me, ‘Blend If’ I have placed some links to info under the PS dropdown in Education. Many may know all about this but I found it very interesting.

Textures that are shown on the internet are often really beautiful and are hard to resist, we know we can make them, but sometimes one is tempted.  So do feel free to buy and use them, but remember only for your own use, not competitively .

Creating Textures    Some ideas, on How,  if you are new to it or need to relearn!

Street Retouch Prank

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This was mentioned on Sunday and we did link it some time ago but worth another viewing.

Watch this if you haven’t already by  Erik Johansson

And his website

Following on from Sunday, re the Pineapple Pictures could we ask those that were involved to just do a basic edit – no textures etc, of the straight shot and put it up in a gallery , they will be shown at the November meeting.

Exercise Upload and Galleries now open for Pineapples and Street Photography.
A chance to see what we did at the meeting if you wish to download the Power Point

Have been trying some different methods to enable emails to be generated so please, on the website complete the Receive Emails box on sidebar to receive notice of new Posts.

More News soon.

October Meeting

October Meeting Sunday 16th

Simon and I have made some plans for the coming meeting.  Please bring your camera we need you to take an image or two!

Hopefully more of you still have to upload your Conceptual Image, we will view these, have some  discussion on the “Concept for your Conceptual” your approach and success or failure, you can fail, the idea is to try and learn from that process. Comments can be made and registration closes and voting begins on Wednesday so take a look then.

Exercise Conceptual Photography Entries and Gallery (Open)

Anyone interested in bringing an image or images to discuss, we would really like to hear how people plan, design, set up images, and their success or otherwise. And of course who or what inspires you.

To progress the November meeting please fill in the form to request topics and offer your services to help others. Thank you. Go below to find form and submit.

Members Info Sept/Oct 16

See you Sunday.