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2018 Feb. 14: February Print Contests Results – Reflections

Thanks to Zoltan Levay for judging.
Thanks to Michelle Barkdoll for record keeping.

Novice Monochrome Prints
1st Place – Ed Niehenke – Crystal Cathedral Reflection
2nd Place – Julie Bennett – Tire Conversion
3rd Place – Cathaleen Ley – Tree Reflected in Office Building in Lahaina, Maui
4th Place – Laura Lindsay – Kailua Times Three
HM – Ann Heckman – Balance

Unlimited Monochrome Prints
1st Place – Chuck Gallegos – Lilly White
2nd Place – Mike Thomas – Pocket Watch
3rd Place – Greg Hockel – El Loco
4th Place – Christine Milleker – Glassy Pondering
HM – Mike Thomas – Puddle
HM – Mike Thomas – Mill
HM – John Milleker Jr – I Spot You

Novice Color Prints
1st Place – Julie Bennett – Fox Hunt
2nd Place – Laura Lindsay – Bathing Beauty
3rd Place – Fred Venecia- Annapolis Waterfront
4th Place – Ann Heckman – City Watch
HM – Julie Bennett – Mom and Me

Unlimited Color Prints
1st Place – Cathy Hockel – Ibis
2nd Place – Mike Thomas – Super Ego and The ID
3rd Place – Chuck Gallegos – November
4th Place – Greg Hockel – Special Delivery
HM – Ron Peiffer – Summer Afternoon
HM – Mike Thomas – Sarah

2018 Feb. 14: Contests – Color and Monochrome Prints – Reflections

Our next Print competition will be Wednesday, 14 February 2018. We will have color prints and monochrome prints contests. You may enter three in each. The theme this month is Reflections, You got it. Reflections in water, mirrors, in windows, on buildings, etc.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your print entries are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

Monochrome and Color Prints– Prints must be matted. The print and mat assembly may not exceed 20” size on the longest edge. The photographer’s name, print title, category, class, and contest date (month/year) must appear on the back of each print.  PLEASE include an arrow on the back of the image to reflect orientation. For example

2018 Jan. 24: January Digital Contests Results – Open

Novice Digital
1st Place – Jeremy Smith – Egg Hill Church
2nd Place – Zoe Zmith – Utopia
3rd Place – Jeremy Smith – A Walk in the Woods
4th Place – Cheryl Kerr – Streetside Carols
HM – Christine Milleker – Through The Glass
HM – Elaine Hambley – Early Morning Fruits
HM – Julie Bennett – Crusin

Unlimited Digital
1st Place – Greg Hockel – Himalyan Rooftops
2nd Place – Mike Thomas – F Market Ferries
3rd Place – Louis Sapianza – Leaf Abstract
4th Place – Chuck Gallegos – Looking Up
HM – Fred Venecia -Violesia
HM – Greg Hockel – Smile
HM – Mike Thomas – Chesapeake Runner
HM – Mike Thomas – Crabs

2018 Jan. 24: Digital Contest – Open

Our next Digital competition will be Wednesday, 24 January 2018. You may enter three digital images.

The theme this month is Open so anything goes.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your digital entries are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

  • Digital –
    • Email your digital entries in by Tuesday, at noon. Remember that the email address to send your digital entries to is contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • Send your images as email attachments. Mac users need to put their images in a zip file and attach the zip file to the email.
    • Resize your images to 1024 pixels on the long side (1024 x ??? or ??? x 1024).
    • Files should be named according to the following convention:
      • A class identifier, ‘n’ for novice or ‘u’ for unlimited, should prepend the file name and be followed by an underscore.
      • The image name should appear next. For multi-word titles, it is helpful to either capitalize the first letter of each word or separate each word with an underscore. Although most mechanisms of uploading/transferring/emailing files handle spaces in titles, this is not universal. If you have problems sending files with space-separated titles, try the methods mentioned above instead.
      • An underscore and the owner’s first and last initials should follow the title.
      • Finally, make sure the file extension (.jpg) exists.
      • Examples: Here are file name samples using the above convention:
        • u_BridgeOnTheRiverKwai_cb.jpg
        • u_bridge_on_the_river_kwai_cb.jpg
        • n_thistitleisveryhardtoread_cb.jpg
        • n_some have trouble with this_cb.jpg
    • We will send you an email to confirm we have received your images and that they are named and sized appropriately. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the contest chairman at contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • If all else fails, you may bring your images to the meeting on a USB drive, but we may not be able to put them into the contest.

2018 Jan. 10: January Print Contests Results – Open

Novice Monochrome Prints
1st Place – Cathaleen Ley “Osprey on the Move”
2nd Place – Cathaleen Ley “Moody Blue Tree”
3rd Place – Laura Lindsay “Wet Willie”
4th Place – Paul Ekstrom “Elakala Falls”
HM – Fred Venecia “Francis Street”
HM – Cathaleen Ley “Beer Vats”

Unlimited Monochrome Prints
1st Place – Mike Thomas “Top Hat”
2nd Place – Donna Flynn “Havana”
3rd Place – Cathy Hockel “Juvinile Bald Eagle”
4th Place – Mike Thomas “Stormy Skiess”
HM – Dawn Grannas “Electric Leaves”
HM – Ron Peiffer “Off the Highline”
HM – John Milleker “Do a Flip”

Novice ColorPrints
1st Place – Louis Sapienza “Orange Leaf Abstract”
2nd Place – Cathaleen Ley “Paradise”
3rd Place – Fred Venecia “Blue Jay”
4th Place – Paul Ekstrom “Great Falls Virginia”
HM – Fred Venecia “Audrey”
HM – Laura Lindsay “Taste of Summer”

Unlimited Color Prints
1st Place – John Milleker “Speed Bump”
2nd Place – Chuck Gallegos “True Grit”
3rd Place – Mike Thomas “Balloon Flower”
4th Place – Brian Flynn “Dawn’s First Light”
HM – Greg Hockel “Blast off to Sunrise”
HM – Bob Webber “Sorta Spider Web”
HM – Greg Hockel “Chic Hotel”

2018 Jan. 10: Contests – Color and Monochrome Prints – Open

Our next Print competition will be Wednesday, 10 January 2018. We will have color prints and monochrome prints contests. You may enter three in each. The theme this month is Open, so anything goes.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your print entries are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

Monochrome and Color Prints– Prints must be matted. The print and mat assembly may not exceed 20” size on the longest edge. The photographer’s name, print title, category, class, and contest date (month/year) must appear on the back of each print.  PLEASE include an arrow on the back of the image to reflect orientation. For example

2017 Dec. 6 – December Contest Results – ScapeStracts

Thanks to our Judge James Lubitz.
Thank you to Jackie Colestock for recording the results.
Thank you to Susan Webber for handing out ribbons.

Novice Color Prints
1st Place – Cathaleen Ley – “Paper Sunrise”
2nd Place – Ann Hickman – “New York”
3rd Place – Cathaleen Ley – “Carolina Pines”
4th Place – Julie Bennett – “Evening Glow”

Unlimited Color Prints
1st Place – Chuck Gallegos – “The Meadow Path”
2nd Place – Cathy Hockel – “Cades Cove”
3rd Place – John Millerker, Jr. – “Spherical”
4th Place – Chuck Gallegos – “Blueberries and Beech”
HM – Chuck Gallegos – “Water Colors”
HM – Dawn Grannas – “Stained Glass Village”
HM – Mike Thomas – “Walt Disney Music Hall”

Novice Monochrome Prints
1st Place – Ann Hickman – “Naples”
2nd Place – Julie Bennett – “Atlantic Sunrise”
3rd Place – Ann Hickman – “Baltimore”
4th Place – Cheryl Kerr – “Compound Vision”

Unlimited Monochrome Prints
1st Place – John Milleker, Jr. – “Columns”
2nd Place – Greg Hockel – “Alaska from 35,000 feet”
3rd Place – Chuck Gallegos – “Winter Wonder Wetland”
4th Place – Cathy Hockel – “Modern Building”
HM – Mike Thomas – “Forrest”
HM – Ron Peiffer – “Soho Fire Escape”
HM – Ron Peiffer – “Ferris Unwinding”

Novice Digital
1st Place – Bob Webber – “Night Scape”
2nd Place Susan Webber – “5479”
3rd Place – Christine Milleker – “Foggy New York Morning”
4th Place – Zoe Smith – “Wires and Nerve”
HM – David Joyner – “Washington DC bldgs2”
HM – Julie Bennett – “Welcome to Mars”

Unlimited Digital
1st Place – Ron Peiffer – “Night Dance of the Snake Plants”
2nd Place Ron Peiffer – “Maze Up”
3rd Place – Chuck Gallegos – “Chrisfield Sunset”
4th Place – Donna Flynn – “Spring”
HM – Greg Hockel – “Is it Raining”
HM – Michelle Barkdoll – “Prints Into Ocean”
HM – Ron Peiffer – “Beckoning Air Stacks”

What makes a good abstract?

I thought the judging was a little disappointing from the perspective of learning about abstracts and the effects used to achieve them tonight. There were two effects that were frequently used: the zoom where the lens is zoomed when the shot is taken and the swipe either vertical or horizontal. The zoom effect causes an expansion effect that usually starts from the center of the image. This effect tends to dominate the image. Other elements in the image get blurred out. The danger is that you can loose more than you gain. The edges become radiating streaks and only the middle is left as recognizable. Some of the images tonight suffered because this zoom effect dominated the image. It is also difficult the predict what you will get so a lot of trail and error is needed before you get an image that works.

Colors survive better than fine detail with the zoom effect. One way to avoid losing too many elements is to use a slow shutter speed and only zoom for half of the exposure. That is the static half of the exposure will preserve the original image. Then the zoom part of the exposure will be super imposed on top. You can do the same thing with two separate images one zoom one static and combine them in photoshop with the option to vary the mixing of both i.e. opacity control. For instance, one of the monochrome images of a water wheel used something like this technique to preserve some of the original image.

The swipe effect has similar issues in that some detail is lost but colors survive better. The swipe effect only smears detail in one direction and appears to enhance detail in the orthogonal direction. Swiping sideways preserves the horizon and horizontal elements. Here a balance is needed too much swipe and the elements run into each other and become indistinct streaks. Too small a swipe and you don’t achieve an abstract effect just a movement artifact. The size of the elements will also determine the amount of swipe. Larger elements can tolerate larger swipes. One image of golden horizontal elements certainly achieved the abstract effect with a large side swipe. However most other features of the image were lost. There was no center of interest in the image. There was only a change of light to dark gold streaks going from one side the other. The story of this image seems to be missing. These swipe effects seem to work by focusing attention on various color combinations by removing distracting detailed elements.

By Bob Webber

2017 Dec. 6: Digital/Monochrome & Color Print Contests – ScapeStracts

On Wednesday 6 December 2017 we will have ALL of our December contests including Digital, Color Prints, and Monochrome Prints. You may enter three in each for total of up to nine images.

The theme this month is ScapeStracts. This is a combination of our *scape and abstract categories.

  • Landscape – Photographs of land, water, groups of buildings, clouds or a combination of these. The image should not be a close up. An image of a single tree or flower is not a landscape but a photograph of a forest or field of flowers is. A landscape photograph may include people, man made objects and wildlife but these should complement the scene and not be the primary subject of the photograph. Also includes cityscapes and seascapes.
  • Abstract – This category should include images that are in some way altered from the usual way it is viewed. The photograph can concentrate on color, form, texture, pattern, line or other aspect of the object. The subject of the photograph may be an identifiable object, but should be rendered in a way that the identity of the object is secondary to aspects of form, color (or tone), lines, shapes, or texture. That is, the subject may be recognizable, but the photograph should not be representational. The distinction can be subtle, and ultimately will reside with the judge.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your digital entries are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

  • Digital –
    • Email your digital entries in by Tuesday, at noon. Remember that the email address to send your digital entries to is contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • Send your images as email attachments. Mac users need to put their images in a zip file and attach the zip file to the email.
    • Resize your images to 1024 pixels on the long side (1024 x ??? or ??? x 1024).
    • Files should be named according to the following convention:
      • A class identifier, ‘n’ for novice or ‘u’ for unlimited, should prepend the file name and be followed by an underscore.
      • The image name should appear next. For multi-word titles, it is helpful to either capitalize the first letter of each word or separate each word with an underscore. Although most mechanisms of uploading/transferring/emailing files handle spaces in titles, this is not universal. If you have problems sending files with space-separated titles, try the methods mentioned above instead.
      • An underscore and the owner’s first and last initials should follow the title.
      • Finally, make sure the file extension (.jpg) exists.
      • Examples: Here are file name samples using the above convention:
        • u_BridgeOnTheRiverKwai_cb.jpg
        • u_bridge_on_the_river_kwai_cb.jpg
        • n_thistitleisveryhardtoread_cb.jpg
        • n_some have trouble with this_cb.jpg
    • We will send you an email to confirm we have received your images and that they are named and sized appropriately. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the contest chairman at contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • If all else fails, you may bring your images to the meeting on a USB drive, but we may not be able to put them into the contest.
  • Monochrome and Color Prints
    • Prints must be matted.
    • The print and mat assembly may not exceed 20” size on the longest edge.
    • The contestant’s name, picture title, category, class, and contest date (month/year) must appear on the back of each print.  PLEASE include an arrow on the back of the image to reflect orientation. For example

2017 Nov. 29: November Digital Contest Results

Congratulations to the winners of our November Digital Competitions – Open.
Thanks to our Judge Joe Rooney (NSW).
Thanks to Jackie Colestock for record keeping.

Novice Digital
1st Place – Paul Eckstrom “Lancaster co sundown”
2nd Place – Jeremy Smith “On the Corner”
3rd Place – Christine Milleker “Tinted Yellow”
4th Place – Cheryl Kerr “Secret Trail”
HM – Bob Webber “No Refund”
HM – Cheryl Kerr “Moon Shadow Play”
HM – Cheryl Kerr “Rainy Day Reflections”
HM – Elaine Hambly “Fern At Sunset”

Unlimited Digital
1st Place – Michelle Barkdoll “Day Break Fog”
2nd Place – Steve Rosenbach “Fisherman on the Rocks”
3rd Place – Ron Peiffer “City Portal”
4th Place – Brian Flynn “Utah Vista”
HM – Cathy Hockel “Fishing”
HM – Dawn Grannas “Shoes”
HM – Donna Flynn “Havana”
HM – Fred Venecia “Suferside Pier”