Just a quick heads up on some of the upcoming events at the APL Camera Club:
The next Monthly Challenge (which, because we have two presenters in April will actually be for the May meeting) is based on the photography of Edward Weston.
Weston believes that photography is an art form and that the camera has the ability to capture the thing itself, the essence of what a thing is. The art of photography involves presenting the photographic subject -- whatever it may be -- in terms of its basic reality -- shape, line, and form -- which, according to Weston gives insight to the essence of the thing.
Weston believes that even very ordinary objects have great beauty, especially when the photographer focuses on line, shape and form. It is by looking closely at this aspect of an object being photographed that we see its beauty.
Weston photographed anything and everything. He is famous for his images of vegetables (especially peppers) and his nudes.
For this Monthly Challenge your goal is to focus on line,shape, and form in order to capture the essence of something in the style of Edward Weston. Here are the two options:
Essential Veggie...focus on form, lines, essence.
Quintessential Something...focus on form, lines, essence...but focus on any object you want.
Just a quick heads up on the upcoming Monthly Challenge...
Basically there are two options, both involving light:
Create an image where there is some kind of play with light, based on using a slow shutter speed. For this option, the subject matter is fully up to you as long as there is some sort of an interesting light play based on using a slow shutter speed. This technique requires a bit of knowledge on using your camera's slow shutter speed and is perfect if you like to experiment. You can get some really interesting light effects (both indoors and outdoors) if you're not afraid to "play around" with your camera's shutter speed settings. Here are some links to help get you inspired:
I hope that you're all well and managing to cope with this very difficult and very cold winter.
It seems like it's been forever since we had our last APL Camera Club meeting. The snow, ice, and cold have not been too inspiring for photography. Despite it all it's time to get back into the groove and look forward to the next couple of months (especially March) when the weather will hopefully let up a bit and be more conducive to going out and shooting some wonderful images. Hopefully the meeting this Thursday will re-inspire all of us who have been in creative hibernation for the past couple of months.
AGENDA FOR THURSDAY'S MEETING
Photographer of the month--Jay Maisel
Principles of exposure with a special focus on aperture
The art of black & white photography
Actions in Photoshop
Crush the Composition--Scott Kelby (if time permits)
Monthly Challenge Critique--Still Life
Using the APL Camera Club website
As usual, we may or may not get through everything on the agenda.
Now that the power is back on and life is seemingly back to normal, I just want to send you all a quick holiday greeting and wish you a wonderful new year.
Even though what we're going through is a really wicked ice storm, the potential for some great photographs is out there. The trees and shrubs are beautiful with a coating of ice. It really does look like a winter wonderland. So bundle up, pick up your camera, and get some great photographs to share online.
Just a reminder that the next meeting of the APL Camera Club will be on January 30, 2014 between 7-9 pm at the usual spot -- the Lebovic room of the Aurora Public Library. Since there's almost a two month hiatus between meetings, I'm going to try to set up another meeting sometime in early to mid January, so that we would meet twice in January. Whether this will happen or not depends on room availability in the library. I will send out an email to let everyone know about a second meeting if I'm able to set one up.
We will meet at the Tim Horton's on Wellington (304 Wellington Street East), next to St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic School, in Aurora) at 3:30 pm and depart for the Distillery at 4:00. Since there was quite a bit of interest in this walkabout we may need to take a couple of cars. I'll be able to give at least 3 people a ride.
Pay parking is available at several locations in and around the Distillery District:
Parking lot at northeast corner of Parliament Street and Mill Street; enter off of Mill Street.
Parking lot on west side of Parliament at Mill Street; enter off of Parliament Street just north of Mill Street.
Parking lot on south side of the Distillery District; (1) enter off of east side of Parliament Street, south of Mill Street, or (2) enter off of west side of Cherry Street, south of Mill Street..