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2019 Apr. 24: Contests – Digital – Triptych

Our next competition will be thisWednesday, 24 April 2019. We will have our digital contests. You may enter three digital images.

The theme this month is Triptych. Photographers use triptychs to arrange three of their images within one frame with clear borders between them, or by using a separate frame for each photo and mounting them on the wall next to each other. Triptych photography might involve taking one picture and splitting it into three different parts or shooting three separate photos that are related. The artistic works complement each other with similar subjects or a relatable message. Click here for examples of Triptych Photography.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your 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) and 72 DPI.
    • 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.



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Winners April Print Contests – Triptych

Novice Color
1st Place – Theresa Terry Jackson – Starfish Collage
2nd Place – Delaney Peiffer – Nine Donuts
3rd Place – Susan Webber – My Son Growing Up
4th Place – Jill Carter – Corona
HM – Marilou Burleson – One Tulip
HM – Marilou Burleson – Summer Sunshine

Unlimited Color
1st Place – Ron Peiffer – Mardi Gras World
2nd Place – Louis Sapienza – French Dolls
3rd Place – Louis Sapienza – Squirrels
4th Place – Fred Venecia – Sam
HM – Louis Sapienza – Tulip Abstract
HM – John Milleker, Jr. – Fair

Novice Mono
1st Place – Marilou Burleson – Tulips in a Pitcher
2nd Place – Louis Sapienza – Mia
3rd Place – Paul Wilcox – Soprano Saxophone Serenade
4th Place – Jackie Colestock – Passages to Possibilities
HM – Paul Wilcox – Springtime at the Pond

Unlimited Mono
1st Place – Ron Peiffer – Southwest Missions
2nd Place – Bob Webber – And So It Goes
3rd Place – Mike Thomas – Farmstead
4th Place – Ron Peiffer – New York Skyline
HM – Ron Peiffer – Tugboat

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2019 Apr. 10: Contests – Color & Monochrome Prints – Triptych

Our next competitions will be Wednesday, 10 April 2019. We will have color prints and monochrome prints. You may enter three in each.

The theme this month is Triptych. Photographers use triptychs to arrange three of their images within one frame with clear borders between them, or by using a separate frame for each photo and mounting them on the wall next to each other. Triptych photography might involve taking one picture and splitting it into three different parts or shooting three separate photos that are related. The artistic works complement each other with similar subjects or a relatable message. Click here for examples of Triptych Photography.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your entries are posted on our website.

  • 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

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2019 Apr. 17: Cyanotype Night by Christine Milleker

Local alternative process photographer and instructor Christine Milleker will be bringing the historic 1842 Cyanotype process to the Arundel Camera Club on Wednesday April 17, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm which meets at the Severna Park High School in Severna Park Maryland.

Christine will be presenting the history of the process, it’s importance in the 19th century photographic movement as well as modern, contemporary interpretations in the 21st century.

As always , club meetings are free to the public. However, after the presentation everyone in attendance will be invited to coat, expose and develop their own Cyanotype to take home for a small donation to the club of $5 for club members and $10 for non-members. Payment may be made via cash the night of. Attendants will learn the methods of from-scratch coating, exposing, development and toning. Everyone that attends will take home a pamphlet on the chemicals, recipes, toning techniques and finishes to continue this creative, artistic process at home.

Because this is a contact print process, we recommend bringing flat, opaque objects to contact print on Cynotype paper. Examples are leaves, lace, feathers, and jewelry to name a few. There will be loaner items available for you to use if you are unable to find a suitable item. We also recommend participants bring clothing that they wouldn’t mind getting stained.

Alternatively, Christine is offering to print your photos to a Cyanotype specific curved PiezoDN Digital Negative for you to use to make cyanotypes from at a price of $5 per 4×6. The deadline to e-mail an image to make a digital negative is Wednesday April 10th, a week prior. We recommend converting the photo to a black and white before sending.

For more information, or to order a custom digital negative please e-mail Christine at the address: christine@johnmilleker.com.

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March 2019 Updated Digital Contests Results

Novice Digital
1st Place – Marilou Burleson – Happy Little Boy
2nd Place – Elaine Hambly – Pink Tulip
3rd Place – Jeremey Peiffer – Through Reading For Now
4th Place – Cheryl Kerr – American Lotus
HM – Christine Milleker – Valentines Fun
HM – Zoe Smith – Metaphor

Unlimited Digital
1st Place – Fred Venecia – Wendy
2nd Place – Brian Flynn – Evan
3rd Place – David Joyner – Power Lines at Sparrows Point
4th Place – John Milleker, Jr. – Jam
HM – Jeremy Smith – St. Paddys Day
HM – Michelle Barkdoll – Cold White
HM – Donna Flynn – Brad

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2019 Mar. 27: Contests – Digital – High-Key or Low-Key

Our next competition will be thisWednesday, 27 March 2019. We will have our digital contests. You may enter three digital images.

The theme this month is Low-Key or Hi-Key. Click here to see an Adobe Spark presentation on High-Key / Low-Key.

High-Key

A high key image mostly consists of highlights and mid-tones, is generally bright and even, and delicately toned, often with pastel and/or white shades. Click here for examples of High-Key.

Low-Key

A photograph that comprises predominantly of dark or monotone colors. Click here for examples of Low-Key.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your 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) and 72 DPI.
    • 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.
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2019 April 27-28: Field Trip – Sherwood Gardens

Sherwood Gardens Tulip by Mike Thomas

On April 27-28 the field trip will be to Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore to photograph the tulips. You can attend either day.

Approximately 80,000 tulip bulbs are planted annually along with other spring flowering bulbs. Dogwoods, flowering cherries, wisteria and magnolias bloom throughout the gardens. One will also enjoy the brightly colored azaleas and old English boxwoods which were particular favorites of Mr. Sherwood. Some of these plants date back as far as the 18th century, collected from gardens of Colonial estates in Southern Maryland. Sherwood Gardens has always been at its best toward the end of April and beginning of May so we may have to adjust the date for this field trip accordingly.

Sun up to sun down – 2 hour street parking in that development – remember – no public restrooms available.

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2019 April 13-14: Field Trip – Historic Jerusalem Mill Village and Jericho Covered Bridge

Jericho Covered Bridge by Mike Thomas

On April 13-14 we will have a field trip to Historic Jerusalem Mill Village and Jericho Covered Bridge. You can attend either day.

A nearly intact mill village from the 1770s, Jerusalem is a perfect setting for living history interpretation and storytelling. The McCourtney building, spring house, tenant house, bank barn, blacksmith shop, and stone house behind the mill are original buildings that have been or are being restored. The gristmill was reconstructed and adapted for use as the Gunpowder Falls State Park headquarters and visitor center.

Visit Jerusalem Mill Village during the weekends to get a sense of daily life from the 1770s, when David Lee and Isaiah Linton opened the gristmill, through the 1930s, when Samuel O. McCourtney ran a thriving General Store on the opposite side of Jerusalem Road.

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March 2019 Print Contests Results

Novice Monochrome
1st Place – Ed Niehenke – Castle Reflections
2nd Place – Paul Wilcox – Maximo
3rd Place – Jackie Colestock – Ghostly Thistle
4th Place – Jackie Colestock – Milkweed Fluff
HM – Marilou Burleson – Annie
HM – Paul Wilcox – Fountain Teeth II

Unlimited Monochrome
1st Place – Mike Thomas – Gandalf, Is that you?
2nd Place – Ron Peiffer – Cell 126
3rd Place – John Milleker, Jr. – And Wine
4th Place – Ron Peiffer – Ships at Night
HM – John Milleker, Jr. – Tracy
HM – Bob Webber – Experimental Cell Bath
HM – Ron Peiffer – Picking Away

Novice Color
1st Place – Marilou Burleson – My Teddy Bear
2nd Place – Susan Webber – Bare Essentials
3rd Place – Ed Niehenke – Sweet Dreams
4th Place – Jackie Colestock – Sunrise in Fog
HM – Paul Wilcox – Russian Twist
HM – Jackie Colestock – Front Door Alley

Unlimited Color
1st Place – Cathy Hockel – Dawn Patrol
2nd Place – Louis Sapienza – Snowdrops
3rd Place – Ron Peiffer -Last Mile Home
4th Place – Michelle Barkdoll – Sunset Bay
HM – Chuck Gallegos – Path to the Stars
HM – Cathy Hockel – Blue Atrium
HM – Christine Milleker – Bright Glass

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Published 2019 March “Lens Line” Newsletter

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