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2021 Schedule - June Topics

14 Dec 2020 10:33 - 14 Dec 2020 10:56 #7562 by Bear
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NOTE: This is a "Print West" topic is is advisable to be familiar with the WAPF rules on competitions.

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 reflect 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 Monochromatic photos.
Be aware that not all images will translate well to black and white or Mono. 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 or mono 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.
There is a saying in sport, “you play to your strengths” with this topic you can do the same, work with your preferred genre, work with what you feel are your photographic strengths but then again, you might want to challenge yourself and go something different.
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 – Traffic Vehicle Night Lights
An image of light trails that add a wow factor to urban night photography. Traffic, city lights and car light trails that show the rhythm of life at night.

Light trails photography is not demanding in terms of photographic gear. Any camera will do the job. The location and time of the day are more important than the camera, of course, you will need a tripod.
I would say that location and time of day are the main concerns to consider your image composition and interest.
Roundabouts are nice locations, but with too much traffic, they can give very messy images. Generally, the best car trails are all going in the same direction to guide the viewer’s eye through the frame. This composition technique is called leading lines.
I have read that you will get the thin trails from relatively wide lenses and that Telephoto lenses give thicker ones. Telephoto lenses work best when you look down a road. The trails get lost into the distance, thanks to their perspective compression effects. The perspective compression on the road is quite evident and you will make out the individual trails all the way to the end of the road. But the wide-angle lens lets you see more of the surroundings. The trails get thinner and tend to look more elegant.
You will need, obviously, moving traffic. This can be from a high vantage point over the city or when you’re walking the streets. Choose a busy location and the best time with a decent flow of incoming or passing night traffic.
High vantage points are great to get a bird’s eye view over the city. You will be able to get amazing light trails if you can see the streets.
If you can find tunnels for cars or bridges, you can photograph the traffic below. You might be using a long telephoto lens for long exposures on a bridge or similar structures. Keep in mind that vibrations from passing traffic can easily blur your images.
Long, straight avenues are the perfect locations. You’ll see the trails getting lost into the distance.
Roundabouts are interesting locations to create a different kind of trails. Particularly with a fisheye lens. Try capturing the cars while circling the roundabout. You will get a kind of urban carousel, particularly if you can elevate your camera high above the ground.
But light trails alone are rarely interesting enough.
Try to include famous landmarks, such as monuments or a characteristic building. These are the perfect subjects for strong light trails photography.
Camera setup, tripod, suggest manual mode and will most probably be shooting at over 30 sec, a lot depends on your composition and what you have in mind to make the image engaging.
In light trail photography, we are not in a hurry when it comes to collecting the light. Instead, we want to expose for several seconds at least.
You do not need to increase the ISO from its lowest setting. And you can use the aperture that ensures the best image quality for your lens.
Shoot RAW.
NOTE: When shooting at night, long exposures and on a tripod it is suggested to switch off image stabilisation, however, if shooting from a traffic bridge or you feel that there might be vibrations form the traffic or environment it is best to leave the image stabilisation ON. To avoid camera shake, use a remote shutter or Wi-Fi app to fire the shutter. If you can’t control your camera remotely, use the self-timer set to 2 seconds. You can either use a cable release or a wireless one.
A good technique to use if you do not have a large volume of traffic or the traffic is very sporadic is image stacking. Stack together different long exposures, same as you would do to create a starlight trail. This is a simple way to increase the number of trails and their length. Snap many photos of the scene, load them into Photoshop as layers and blend them. This way you blend only the brightest pixels and will have more trails than in the single images.
This is specifically for our Olympus photographers in the club.
If you have an Olympus mirrorless camera, there is a function called Live Composite. It’s meant for long exposures, star trails, fireworks, lightning and light trails photography. It allows you to follow the formation of the image live. You can stop the recording process when happy with the result. The electronics will take care to avoid clipping the highlights.

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25 Jun 2021 14:02 #7962 by Jodie D
Replied by Jodie D on topic 2021 Schedule - June Topics
Projected topic - Open (mono) 

Judge - Leslie Linares 


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