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2021 Schedule - May Topics

14 Dec 2020 10:36 - 14 Dec 2020 10:55 #7563 by Bear
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NOTE: This is a "Click West" topic is is advisable to be familiar with the WAPF rules on competitions.
Projected - Liquid (Close Up Click West Topic)
An image taken close up of a subject consisting mainly of water / another liquid / or a mixture.

Wow, let’s get our chemistry sets out. Of course, it does not only have to be a concocted mixture of chemical but it can also be just water but the “liquid” has to be the main and centre piece of the image. I suppose that you could say that the image must convey “wetness”.
The use of high-speed flash and a few props could come in handy with this topic.
Water splashes comes to mind straight away, splash photography can yield some of the most stunning stop-motion images. This photography technique involves great timing—and sometimes a bit of luck—to achieve, but it is well worth the effort as it helps you practice and improve your photography skills while allowing you to have a lot of fun in the process. Flash photography comes into play with splash photography and be prepared for a wet mess.
High-Quality Camera, Macro Lens, Camera Timer or Remote Shutter, Light Source (external flash), Plain Backdrop or Surface, Camera Tripod, Liquid, Container, and any Object as a prop and Paper Towels.

Liquid can also be found outside the home, waterfalls, the sea, water parks etc., so as long as the image main protagonist is the “liquid” it is most valid.
Having said that it appears that there are some secrets in the photographing of “liquids” that people are not to prepared to share, there are some chemicals that can help emulsify liquids when they come into contact with water which will need some research and experimentation to make quite interesting images. Check images by professional photographer David Lund.

Once again, your imagination and patience will be required to come up with some really good strong image that will be worthy of a Click West entrant.

NOTE: This is a "Print West" topic is is advisable to be familiar with the WAPF rules on competitions.

Print – Open (Colour - 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.

Open topic, is hard to do a write up on which way to tackle this topic.
In sport they always say that you play to your strengths, with regards to this topic I would recommend the same, play to your strengths. Work with the genres that you are good at. This is when you can use images that you have in your library and that do not fit the club topics.
This is an open theme contest in which pretty much "anything goes" as long as it is in colour - 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 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 you might feel to try and 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.
However, the use of colour needs to be considered in creating the image.
Colour in photography could definitely be seen as the most important factor. It can create mood, emotion, warmth, coldness and much more. Colour in an image can also be imperative to the narrative of the image.
Colour can help us tell stories (visually) and it can be used to communicate on an emotional level. The emotion part is what I find really, really important. I would go so far as to say that colour is the primary factor responsible for making a photo feel exciting, lively, mysterious or perhaps melancholic or a little sombre.
Remember, that you can control colour by the time of day, weather conditions and at post processing when you are developing your image in order to change the mood etc.,
NOTE: Beware that if there’s a whole bunch of colours in the image, which don’t play a specific role, we end up with chaos and whatever message the photographer intended to convey is lost.
Consider using the “colour wheel” when using colours to compose your image. Opposing colours tend to complement each other, be more contrasty and make a more dramatic composition.
Including a pop of colour in your image will have a powerful impact because it creates a strong focal point that instantly catches the eye.
If you go for an abstract image it tends to have only a few visual components. Colour, shape, and texture are the highly effective elements to include in your photos. Use them to create a colourful, abstract image with huge visual appeal.
Bright colourful backgrounds make a great backdrop for your photos. If you can find a colourful wall or building then think about using this for your image.
Use dominant colours, warm colours, e.g. red, yellow, and orange, in your main subject and use receding colours, e.g. blue, green and purple in your background, this will make your main subject pop out and attract the main attention.
Use colour in as part of the composition for the “Rule of Thirds”.

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28 May 2021 11:01 #7928 by Jodie D
Replied by Jodie D on topic 2021 Schedule - May Topics
May Projected Topic - Liquid

Judge Glen Turvey

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