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18 Dec 2019 16:37 - 29 May 2020 17:25 #6635 by Bear
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Projected (mono only) − Open (Mono – Print West Topic)
Any subject treated pictorially i.e. embodying the elements of good design, arrangement or composition and which reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer, including ‘creative’ and ‘experimental’ techniques and derivations providing there is a photographic base.

This is an open theme contest in which pretty much "anything goes", as long as it is monochromatic - aerial, architecture, black and white, cityscapes, conceptual, creative, fine art, film, landscape, macro/close-up, nature, portrait, seascapes, urban, street, sports, travel, underwater and many more.
This means that the images can be Black and White photography (Grey Scale) and monochrome photos.
Be aware that not all images will translate well to black and white. So, look at all the elements and deduce what else you have to work with, besides color, consider some of these elements required for a great photo, include contrast, texture, lighting, shape, and form.
While black and white photography still has an important role in photography, please note that not all subjects translate well to this mode. Even though a strong composition is not color dependent, sometimes the power of the photo is its color. This is why it is good to know when to use black and white.
This is an opportunity to show us without the restrictions of a set topic what images you have taken that show your signature or have inspired you. Images that we might never see due to restrictive topics. Let your creativity run loose.
As an “Open” subject try to challenge yourself to explore topics and genres that you don’t normally venture into or stick to what you are comfortable with, your choice, impress the judges.
Photographers can do great photography anywhere; however, the most important thing is to walk out the door frequently. If you think you are not going to capture any interesting images then you are not going to walk out the door.
Take a long walk, anywhere, at any time, and challenge yourself to capture an interesting image.
Consider the use of mono tones in creating a balanced and well composed image. Monotone photography is a type of photography that displays only one tone of color instead of the original colors; this color tone might be black and white (monochrome), red, blue, green, or any other colours.
Try and obtain a good cross section of tonal range, grey scale and don’t forget the use of texture to give your image impact.
We all feel and see things differently, in theory monotone photography brings out more emotions and a deeper meaning to a photograph, because all that remains in monotone photographs is subject and form. It makes you focus on what the photograph is, not the colours surrounding the subject. I think because the world is in colour and it’s a very colourful world. When we see a colour photograph it is just a repetition of what we see in the world around. However, a monotone photograph isn’t what we see it’s what lies beneath the colour and leaves subject and form baring the soul. You see meaning in something that you would normally walk past on a daily basis. Monotone brings out tones and dynamics because that’s all there is physically as monotone means one-tone. Monotone brings everything down to its simplest form but in doing so it can bring everything to its most complex.

Print – Composition – Fill the Frame
Use this technique in the composition of your image to isolate your subject and create interest.
NOTE: Robert Capa is a world-famous war correspondent who was part of the group of photographers that created “Magnum”, world famous media organisation. He was killed during one of his assignments. One of his famous advice was “If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough. With physical proximity comes emotional proximity. So be like Robert Capa remember to always get closer to your subjects.
Fill the frame with a certain colour, certain visual element, or your subject to make a more engaging/interesting photo!
What is the Frame and Why Fill It?
Here, the frame refers to the edges of your photograph or the edges of the viewfinder of your camera when you are shooting. The advice to fill the frame means to get in close, to make your subject a significant portion of the final photograph.

This advice is articulated in a lot of different ways, most recently in the admonishment to beginning photographers to "Get close. Then get closer. Photographers tend to leave too much ‘stuff’ around their subject. The viewer gets lost in the chaos and doesn’t know where to look. Less is often more."

Fill the frame encourages you, as a photographer, to really spend some time thinking about your subject and how best to feature that subject in your photograph. How can you bring forward the details or the patterns or the most critical element(s) of your subject? How does the background add to or take away from the story that you are trying to tell? Once you think you can answer those questions, compose and take your photograph. Then get closer, whether by zooming in your lens or moving yourself physically closer with your feet. Take another photograph. Compare the two and see whether filling the frame made a difference for your composition in that situation.

A good tip for whether you have filled the frame - does your subject spill out of the frame and beyond the bounds of your photograph? If so, then you are truly beginning to fill the frame.
Watch how the lens focal length you choose, as you zoom your lens in and out, effects both the size of important elements within the photo and their relationship with each other and the edges of the photographic frame.
The degree to which you fill the frame can have a big impact on the story you’re trying to tell. In some cases, it might even change it.
Likewise, think about how to use cropping to enhance the emotive qualities of a photo and how it can enhance the story or concepts you want to explore.
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25 Jun 2020 20:54 #7266 by Jodie D
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25 Jun 2020 20:55 #7267 by Jodie D
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