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Faceless Portraits and Restaurant Food

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Our May 11 and May 25 meetings focused on the Challenges: Faceless Portraits and Restaurant Food.

On May 11, members submitted up to 6 images for the enjoyment of the club and it was very clear that creativity and imagination were used in the interpretation of these challenges, in particular for Faceless Portraits.

For example, Lewis created a Portrait of Air, while Harry lost his head. 

1 Lewis Kennett

2 Harry VoseYou can view all images submitted on May 11 here.




Antoinette’s photograph of food shown below was inspired by the work of Matija Erceg who pairs food with everyday objects. Examples of Matija’s work were also displayed.

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On May 25, members selected three images from the Faceless Portrait and Restaurant Food for critique by members. Harry started off the evening critique with two images found on the web. Members were invited to share their ideas about the composition/framing, focus/DOF, Exposure/Use of Light and Presentation/Impact. Both images were unique and generated a great deal of conversation.

11 Pic - Crystal Friar

Then the members submissions were evaluated using the same criteria.  Creativity and imagination persisted in the member’s images for this evening.

For example, here is a friar captured in a crystal globe and and a very happy or tired dog16 Pic - Faceless.

A big thank you to Steve for all his work in organizing and displaying the images for the critique and for compiling the results.

You can view all the May 25 images here.


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Mentoring Workshops

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At the April 27th meeting, six volunteer members mentored us through hands-on practice, presentations and demonstrations. Here is just a brief look at the knowledge and experience they shared.

Portrait and Still Life

Grant and Marlene brought their lights and volunteered their expertise and modelling abilities to facilitate the development of our portrait techniques.

Here’s an example of the lengths (or should I say depths) to which Grant went to maneuver the lighting. And a big thank you to Marlene for being the model for this shoot.

Station #1  Landscape and Black & White Photography

Clive discussed and demonstrated many aspects of Landscape and Black & White photography. He shared his workflow (Raw–Aperture–Exposure, Saturation, Crop, Levels, Spots then converting to Black & White. Further post-processing techniques were demonstrated. He emphasized the advantages of shooting in colour and then converting to Black & White. The conversion of the image of a Red Car to Black & White was illustrated using various filters to maximize the “red” of the car. He also demonstrated the use of the burn and dodge tools.

Bedwell Bay
Clive’s image of Bedwell Bay demonstrates his talent in both Landscape and Black & White Photography.


Station #2  Post-processing Techniques

Terry demonstrated a variety of post-processing techniques including the careful selection of an object and changing it’s background using layer masks. Examples of the textures used were provided by Terry and are available in Photoshop Gradients and Textures. Terry has also provided Step-by-Step Guides for various post-processing techniques.

Station #3  Close-Up & Macro Photography

John brought a variety of tools for use in Macro and Close-Up Photography. He discussed the difference between macro and close-up photography and demonstrated the use of many of his tools such as extension tubes, macro lenses, close-up filters, tripods, clamping devices, etc. John also provided a useful Handout – Close-up and Macro Photography Notes – April 2015.

Station #4  One-on-One Critique

Lewis shared his CAPA judging expertise in evaluating images by providing private constructive criticism of three images for 7 members. Lewis discussed positive aspects of one’s images and made recommendations on how the image could be improved. By following his suggestions, distracting elements could be eliminated and improve the overall composition of an image. Here is an example:






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