2017 Image Evaluation Topics

2017 SYLABUS

 

 

TOPIC 2017 SUBMISSION DATE EVALUATION DATE
OPEN 11 TH JANUARY 6TH FEBRUARY
ANIMALS 6TH FEBRUARY 6TH MARCH
OPEN 6TH MARCH 3RD APRIL
STONES/ROCKS 3RD APRIL 1ST MAY
OPEN 1ST MAY 5TH JUNE
BLUR & FOCUS 5TH JUNE 3RD JULY
OPEN 3RD JULY 7TH AUGUST
TREE(S) 7TH AUGUST 4TH SEPTEMBER
OPEN 4TH SEPTEMBER 2ND OCTOBER
SONG LINE/TITLE 2ND OCTOBER 13TH NOVEMBER
PORTFOLIO 13TH NOVEMBER 4TH DECEMBER

 

 

 

SYLABUS NOTES

OPEN   (January  11th 2017) 

This topic allows members to submit photographs of any subject, within the size restrictions of the print or edi sections.   This topic is included regularly throughout the year so members can experiment with techniques, styles and subject matter and continue to develop their photographic interests.

 

ANIMALS (Hand in February)  This topic uses  part of the definition from www.definition.com.  It reads. “any member of the kingdom Animalia, comprising multi-cellular organisms that have a well-defined shape and usually limited growth, can move voluntarily, actively acquire food and digest it internally, and have sensory and nervous systems that allow them to respond rapidly to stimuli.  Any such living thing other than a human being.     

The challenge this month is to choose an animal subject that you do not regularly photograph.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt_Vc36JWrU

http://www.naturephotography.biz/?gclid=CITbrqCdtNACFYWUvAodZGwNug

http://time.com/4152066/50-astonishing-animal-photos-of-2015/

https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/35-beautiful-examples-of-animals-photography/

http://www.boredpanda.com/perfectly-timed-funny-animal-pictures/

print material – e.g.  issues of Australian Geographic

 

OPEN   (Hand in March)

STONES and/or ROCKS   (Hand in April)

In his book, Stone by Stone, Robert Thorson writes “Rock is raw material in situ. Stone usually connotes either human handling or human use, although it can also be used to describe naturally produced fragments of rock.”  So, photographs may include landscape, architectural, industrial, or garden images with rock or stones as the focal point.  The task of the photographer is to produce images which have impact or interest for the viewers.

http://fineartamerica.com/art/photographs/rock

http://www.stockvault.net/c/stone-and-rocks

http://www.gly.uga.edu/railsback/BS-Main.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_stone

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Stone_buildings

https://au.pinterest.com/explore/stone-landscaping/

 

 

OPEN  (Hand in May)

BLUR and FOCUS   (Hand in June)

This more challenging topic is included to encourage members to continue developing their skills.  Part of the image must be in sharp focus and part of the image blurred, either through motion blur or shallow depth of field.  Use the distinction between the blur and sharpness to focus attention on the main subject of the image and encourage an emotional response from the viewer.

 

http://www.fotor.com/features/blur.html

http://iphonephotographyschool.com/creative-blur/

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-achieve-blurred-backgrounds-in-portraits/

https://expertphotography.com/use-creative-motion-blur-photography/

http://www.tutorialchip.com/inspiration/30-most-creative-motion-blur-photography-examples-to-inspire/

 

OPEN    (Hand in July)

TREES / TREE    (Hand in August)

www.dictionary.com defines a tree as “a plant having a permanently woody main stem or trunk, ordinarily growing to a considerable height, and usually developing branches at some distance from the ground.”    Any species of tree is suitable for this topic.  The challenge is to produce an image that attracts the viewers’ attention, with the tree(s) as the focal point of the image.   The tree must be in its plant form, not presented as a plank of wood, piece of furniture or sawdust.

 

 

 

OPEN  (Hand in September)

Line from song / Title of  song  (Hand in October)

Members choose a line from a song or use a title of a song to provide the subject and title  of an image.  This is a broad topic and encourages artistic interpretation.  Include the line or title in the file name.  Example could include Rod Stewart’s “Sailing”;  “Stormy Monday” – T-bone Walker;  “The  Gambler” – Kenny Rogers; “Dancing Queen” – ABBA; “Horses” – Daryl Braithwaite; etc.  The song may be from any era.  Hopefully we will enjoy listening to many tunes in 2017.

http://www.songlyrics.com/

http://www.azlyrics.com

http://findmusicbylyrics.com/

http://www.lyricfinder.org/

http://www.metrolyrics.com/

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/song-lyrics/

 

 

2017 PORTFOLIO   (Hand in November)

This is a variation on the usual “Print of the Year”.  In each of the print and edi sections, members can submit ONE portfolio of five (5) images, with a common thread that ties them together.  This encourages members to explore a topic (of their choice) from various perspectives. The quality of each image, the handling of  the overall theme and the presentation will be evaluated.  Images submitted in the portfolio may have been submitted in monthly evaluations during the year They may also be re-worked in light of the constructive comments they received. The topic of a member’s print portfolio may vary from the topic of the edi portfolio.

http://www.wix.com/blog/2016/09/12-stunning-photography-websites/

https://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/15-tips-creating-the-perfect-photography-portfolio-website–webdesign-3231

Further discussion and sharing of ideas will happen during 2017.  Gather your questions for these discussion sessions.