LAST NIGHT AT THE CAMERA CLUB./

G’day, last night I went to the monthly meeting of a camera club to which I belong. The competition for the night was ‘The Colour Yellow’. At the club, you have the option of exhibiting prints on the night for the judge to evaluate, or submit digital entries some time in advance for the judge to evaluate at his leisure before delivering the awards of either Distinction or Credit on the night.

Members are entitled to enter three prints and or three digital entries. I chose to enter three prints.

I entered the yellow chickens which I may have shown previously in a Photo101 blog together with the following two:

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                                  FIRE FIGHTING BEAR – NOT BARE OF COURSE
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I’VE GOT A LOVERLY BUNCH OF BANANAS GROWING IN THIS EUCALYPTUS TREE.

In his opening remarks, the judge reminded us that judging photographic images is a pretty subjective exercise as we all have our own prejudices, intrenched opinions and our likes and dislikes. Fair comment too. I’m a qualified camera club judge and I always say exactly the same thing to entrants.

Well, the judging continued apace with the judge awarding Distinctions and Credits to images that took his fancy. On some occasions when he felt an award was not merited, he made a brief comment on where, in his opinion, the image wasn’t worthy of an award. That was excellent because we attend camera club competitions to learn.  Unfortunately for some entrants, the remarks were cursory.

When the judge came to my image of the firefighting bear, he dismissed it with the sole comment, ‘The author of this image should have used the rule of thirds and if the photographer knows nothing about the rule, then I suggest he or she learns it’. Fair comment I guess, but the rules of photography are made to be broken.

Then, the chickens and the egg. Lighting in the wrong place, creating too much brightness in the yellows and the background should be strongly cropped, too much brown and out of focus detail. Again, fair comment.

Then, the bananas in the eucalyptus tree. I nearly burst out laughing when the judge commented that the light on the bananas and the use of too much contrast was making them too yellow, and then awarded the image a Credit on the basis that although it had no photographic merit, it made him laugh.

As I said earlier, we go into camera club competitions to learn. Did I learn anything from this experience?

I certainly did, I now know his likes and dislikes. If I present before him again, I’ll crop my images like mad, obey the rule of thirds to the letter, hold back on the brightness, restrict contrast and try to make him laugh.

Why am I writing this blog. Not to criticise the judge, that’s for sure.  He stuck to his principles and we can have no argument against that.

I just want to get the message across that none of us publish an image on our blog, exhibit in competitions or give our photographs away as presents unless we are happy with our work and like what we have produced.

In the end, that’s all that matters.

Hoo roo for now

BLACK & WHITE 5 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 5

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G’day, here we are, Day 5 of the challenge is already upon us. As I have already posted, Dale from imoverthehill.com has graciously accepted the challenge and the baton will change hands after this post.

As you may or may not know, Australia is rapidly becoming known as the place of ‘Big Things’. We have the Big Banana, The Big Trout, The Big Orange, The Big Pineapple, the Big Prawn and countless others. Some people love them and naturally, some loathe them.

Where I live in country New South Wales, the fortunes of my town once rode on the sheeps back as the saying used to be. And a Merino sheep’s back it certainly was. So it followed, as night follows day that the city fathers smiled at the proposal for us to have something BIG to recognise the value of sheep to us.

With our boring you with all…

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BLACK & WHITE 5 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 5

G’day, here we are, Day 5 of the challenge is already upon us. As I have already posted, Dale from imoverthehill.com has graciously accepted the challenge and the baton will change hands after this post.

As you may or may not know, Australia is rapidly becoming known as the place of ‘Big Things’. We have the Big Banana, The Big Trout, The Big Orange, The Big Pineapple, the Big Prawn and countless others. Some people love them and naturally, some loathe them.

Where I live in country New South Wales, the fortunes of my town once rode on the sheeps back as the saying used to be. And a Merino sheep’s back it certainly was. So it followed, as night follows day that the city fathers smiled at the proposal for us to have something BIG to recognise the value of sheep to us.

With our boring you with all of the tedious details, The Big Merino, or RamBo, as many now call it arrived on our town’s doorstep some years ago.

In 2013, our town, proudly known as the State’s First Inland City celebrated its 150th birthday. Quite an achievement by Australian standards.  To celebrate, the local Knitters Guild took the decision to knit a scarf for Rambo as the weather at the time of the birthday celebrations could be a little chilly.

Accordingly, the ladies of the Knitters Guild took to work knitting squares, not in merino wool, horror of horrors, but in acrylic. This decision was taken because of the weight of the finished scarf and the fact it would be exposed to the weather for some months. Many hundreds of colourful 10inch by 10inch squares were knitted and sewn together making a gigantic scarf for Rambo.

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THE BIG MERINO @ RAMBO AND HIS SCARF WITH MEMBERS OF THE GOULBURN BRANCH OF THE KNITTERS GUILD.

It took a crew of workers with a cherry picker quite some time to place the scarf around RamBo’s neck. The scarf became quite a tourist attraction and was the subject of TV documentaries and newspaper articles for quite a while.

Eventually, when the scarf was taken down, it was divided up, commercially cleaned and donated to various institutions around our city.

As my wife observed me preparing ths blog she became quite agitated as the image is in monochrome and doesn’t display the scarf in all of it colourful glory. As a peace preserving action, I’ve promised to place a coloured image on a future blog.

For the technically minded, I made the original of this image using my lens set at 24mm, aperture at f5.6, shutter speed at 1/500th second, ISO 100, tripod mounted. The image was converted from colour to monochrome using Nik software’s Silver Efex Pro2.

Well, that’s it from me, I’ve enjoyed the 5 day challenge, thanks for looking and I know Dale’s images will be absolute rippers.

Hoo roo for now.

BLACK AND WHITE 5 DAY CHALLENGE- DAY 4

Last Sunday, the  29th March, I went with a number of friends to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, ACT, Australia to view their current works. The N.P.G stands near Australia’s National Gallery, the High Court of Australia and other significant buildings that are situate in our Nations Capital.

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THE AUSTRALIAN HIGH COURT BUILDING, CANBERRA, A.C.T. AUSTRALIA

The High Court building is an interesting structure with it’s glass facade, sloping forecourt and water feature. At the time of making this image, the light was quite harsh with strong reflection from the concrete forecourt and the massive amount of glass. I made several images before getting the exposure right. I hope you like the result.

I made this image using my little Leica D Lux 6 , a very handy piece of kit to use on outings like this. I’d used it the evening before and had set the ISO at 400 as I was shooting indoors without flash. It wasn’t until I downloaded Sunday’s images and noted the noise that I realised I hadn’t taken the ISO back to 100 for the daylight shots. No excuses, just stupidity on my part.

For the technically minded, for this image I set the aperture  at f8 to give adequate depth of field, shutter speed 1/1000th second and of course, that ridiculously high ISO of 400. The image was converted from colour to monochrome using NIK’s effective Silver Efex Pro 2.

Well, for me, only one more day to go before the 5 day challenge ends. There are so many great photographers out there it’s hard to choose one to take up the challenge. I’m working on it!

Hoo roo for now.

B LACK AND WHITE 5 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 3

This image is a good example of how using infra red capability for landscape photography can provide an interesting image. On this occasion in 2012, conditions were perfect for IR. Interesting cloud cover, good shadows, bright sunlight light in some areas and plenty of greenery to emphasise the IR’s magic in turning greens white.

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THE WOLLONDILLY RIVER OVERFLOWING THE MARSDEN WEIR NEAR GOULBURN, NSW, AUSTRALIA.

For the technically minded, my lens was set at 18mm, aperture f 11 giving a shutter speed of 1/200th second at ISO 200. As the camera only records in infra red, there was no need for post processing. What a time saver.

Hoo roo till tomorrow. Only two images to go. Who’s going to be next?