This month the local photo club in Gisborne hosted a photo essay challenge. The task required capturing 3-5 images that told a story. There were no words allowed. I had great plans involving lighting and set up. Maybe something in the kitchen, or blitzing the garage (yeah, I know I lead an exciting life). Time as ever ran way too fast, so I needed a quick solution. Without further ado I grabbed my trusty iPhone and started my morning by taking photos.
I’m pretty certain nobody wants to see what I look like first thing in the morning. However, this project could be shot using my phone and stared myself as a model. What could possibly go wrong? And yes, it all happens in this order, so now you know something else about me.
Well, my image set did not win, but earned a respectable joint second place. It was great fun putting the project together. What would your ideas be for a story challenge? Feel free to leave your thoughts below.
Take care and keep clicking, Chris
Lastly – well done Pauline for capturing the excellent winning series of doggy fun at the beach. This proved the old adage of ‘never work with animals’ is completely untrue!
Last week I received feedback on three of my photos that were entered for the monthly challenge at Gisborne Camera Club (GCC). Secondly, I am now a member of the PSNZ, which stands for the Photographic Society of New Zealand. Hopefully, joining the PSNZ will open some new doorways provide some inspiration. Anyway, without further ado, here are some photos with the feedback I recieved.
B39-Open-Evening Peace The perfect title. This is indeed a very peaceful image. The pastel colours are beautiful. I can’t decide if the ship is a distraction or not. On balance I decided it was nice, especially as the red of its hull looks quite pastel like. The layout of the tree in the bottom third balances well with the negative space of the water. Just nitpicking but perhaps the large trunks sticking up are a little too bright. It’s not a major thing and the layout and colours win me over. Evaluation: Honours (Chris Page)
39-Still Life-Got Milk A wonderful abstract still life. I am assuming this is an upside-down mug or perhaps a jug. The strong geometric shapes and patterns are engaging and visually stimulating. Using black and white like this can be challenging, however the author has controlled the exposure, and everything is just so. Nice work! Evaluation: Honours (Chris Page)
B39-Interaction-See You Later This is a very strong street photography image where the author has managed to catch this moment as it unfolds. What I love about street photography is that in this tiny moment we can build up our own back story and try to fill in the gaps. It’s like people watching on steroids. When I look at this image I have so many questions, do they know each other? Was this someone complaining about the other getting in their way? What are all those marks on his legs? Is that normal dress or is she going to an event? And so, it goes. There are a few distracting elements and I wonder if this would be stronger in black and white. This is a nicely seen moment. Evaluation: Highly commended (Chris Page)
Effective feedback is the single best way to improve as a photographer, and I am incredibly grateful to the guest judge of this month’s photos. It was also nice to get a good mark for images that are outside of my specialist genre. However, living in NZ has brought my Landscape photography along in leaps and bounds.
What do you think of the comments the judges made? Agree, disagree, of have something to add? Either way, enjoy the pics and hopefully this blog will continue to inspire some of you to get your camera out. I’m now looking at starting to put together a final project based around the East Coast of NZ’s North Island. Watch this space.
I have recently won an award. In this instance it is the ‘Cody Mono Award’, at my local Gisborne Camera Club. I do not often process images in black and white, despite it being a popular form for Street Photography.
This image was captured in Mumbai, India and it is of a steel worker, who I am guessing is coming out for a breath of much needed fresh air. Looking ahead, the focus for this month’s award is ‘nature’. My best shot so far is of a piece of seaweed, which not something you will often see on my shot list! Thanks and hello to everyone at GCC.
Wishing everyone a happy Monday (aren’t they great…)