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2021 Schedule - April Topics

14 Dec 2020 10:38 - 14 Dec 2020 10:39 #7564 by Bear
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Projected 1 – Open (must have been shot in WA) (Setagaya, Sister City with Bunbury, Photo Exchange). Images to be exhibited at BRAG from June to August and in Setagaya, Tokyo.

I would say that one thing we would all want to achieve with regards to this topic is to sell our beautiful and diverse State of Western Australia in the best light possible.
Western Australia is 2.646 million km² with 20,781 kilometers of coastline, there are over 500 bird species in Western Australia so we should not feel constraint with producing some acceptable images.

This is virtually the same as a fully “Open” topic but the image must be from Western Australia.
There is a saying in sport “You play to your strengths”. I would say that you are free to exploit your photographic genre and produce images of a genre that you feel most at home with, hence play to your strengths. On the other hand, you might want to push yourself into other areas and explore other genres.
The first thing that comes to mind is that we are spoiled for landscapes inclusive of aerial landscapes but let us not forget our people. The one thing that comes to mind is our wonderful workers around the state, from miners, main road workers, farmers etc., The wonderful diversity of people that we have not forgetting the original people of this state, the aboriginal communities and of course our wonderful nature, the flowers, birds and forests.
Let us try and include a wide variety of genres and topics to showcase the wide diversity that makes up our wonderful state.

Projected 2 – Projected – In my view Topic

Print – Negative Space
An image in which the negative space defines, enhances and emphasizes the main subject of the photo, drawing your eye to it. The negative space should have the effect of making the viewer notice and inspect the main subject.

Negative space in photography is a fantastic composition technique, one that allows you to create eye-catching, pop-off-the-page type shots that really captivate the viewer.
What is Negative Space?
Negative space is the empty space around your subject.
Typically, empty space is very simple: either solid colours or blurred backgrounds. It’s the kind of emptiness you find in white skies and empty stretches of sand.
Note that what counts as negative space often changes depending on your main subject. If you’re photographing a field of grass at sunset, then the grass will be a positive part of your composition, rather than negative space.
But if you’re photographing a person in front of a field of grass, the person will often act as the positive subject, while the grass around the person will serve as negative space.
Negative space helps emphasize your subject, which is the focal point of your image.
Negative space allows your subject to breathe, while also compelling the viewer to look toward the subject, rather than away from it.
The more negative space you show in relation to your subject, the smaller the subject feels (and the bigger the negative-space-filled surroundings feel).
Now, this is obviously a problem if you’re trying to show a subject that looms large in the frame. Here, you might want to choose a tight composition that includes less negative space and far more positive space.
But if you’re aiming to create a sense of scale, where the subject feels tiny in comparison to the surrounding environment, then adding lots of negative space is the way to go.
You generally want your positive space to contrast heavily with the negative space.
So, if you have a tiny person in the frame wearing a dark coat, you’ll want your negative space to be nice and bright; that way, the tiny person pops off the page, and is clearly separate from the negative space.
A big problem is when the subject is so similar to the negative space that you can’t easily distinguish the two.
(For instance, if you were to photograph a white flower against a white background.)
And while you can create interesting artistic effects by defining a white shape surrounded by white negative space, the results can be disastrous if you’re not careful.
There are three main ways of using negative space to create better photo composition.
1. Emphasize the subject
2. Express movement
3. Accentuate scale
Emphasise the Subject
1. One of the main reasons to use negative space in photography is to emphasize the subject.
By creating extra space around your subject, you draw the eye directly to the subject itself.
Often, you can use a clear sky or a clean wall to create that empty space. However, when your background is busy, blurring your background with a soft bokeh effect is ideal.
Now, to keep the composition from feeling stagnant, it’s a good idea to incorporate leading lines or place your subject off-centre.
Express Movement
2. Negative space is fantastic for creating a sense of motion in a scene.
There are two ways to do this:
• Pan and create motion blur in the background.
• Accentuate a subject caught mid-movement.
To create space with blurred movement, you’ll want to pan the camera to follow your moving subject.
You’ll get a beautifully blurred background–one full of empty space.
Next, to accentuate a subject in mid-movement:
Take note of the direction in which your subject is moving.
And then put a lot of space in front of your subject–so that they seem to be moving into the emptiness.
This will give your shot a sense of motion.
This is often referred to as the rule of space is a broadly applicable technique, used for composing shots that have either moving subjects or gazing subjects.
Whenever a subject is moving in the frame, viewers are able to sense its direction. And they want to see where the subject is going.
According to the rule of space, you must include negative space in front of a moving subject, so that the photo feels dynamic rather than cramped.
Accentuating Scale
3. Negative space is also ideal for accentuating scale.
Consider those moments when you go for a hike along a grand open space. Or the way people look so tiny in a city when viewed from above. Doesn’t the empty space make the place feel huge?
Here’s what I suggest:
Find a huge stretch of space. And include this in your photo.
But make sure you put your main subject off-centre–so that space seems even more vast.

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30 Apr 2021 08:59 #7881 by Jodie D
Replied by Jodie D on topic 2021 Schedule - April Topics
Hi All

Projected Topic critique is attached. Judge was Nicole Harwood.


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