JUNE 16, 2011 – End of Year Banquet/Awards

Stillwater Flood and Fog -- Brian Billadeau 10/10

“Best of the Best”: Banquet and social time followed by awards presentation:Points are accumulated throughout the competition year (September through May) and the three top scorers in each of the divisions (Monochrome Prints, Color Prints, Digital Images) are recognized during this special evening. [...]

MAY 19, 2011 – Time: (Print)

Long Time Sitting -- Steven Shor 8/10

“Time” — Here’s a challenge to capture and express time in a unique way, but not necessarily photographing a clock. The image needs to express the presence of time; past and present or future (that one makes your brain hurt). Get creative! Try time lapse, motion, light trails, age contrasts or whatever, as long as it expresses the concept of time. Again, no link or examples to challenge thought. The judge will be asked to keep an open mind but it is up to the photographer to sell their definition to both the judge and viewer. [...]

APRIL 21, 2011 – High Dynamic Range: (Digital)

By the Window -- Holly Kuchera 10/10

“High Dynamic Range” — A technique either in-camera or in post-production using multiple, bracketed exposures merged together to achieve perfect exposure throughout the entire tonal range, thus bringing out detail in highlights and shadow. The key to good HDR is controlling the effect so an image doesn’t have an unrealistic appearance, unless you want it to. In some cases, it may be difficult for the judge to determine whether it was done as an HDR. [...]

MARCH 17, 2011 – Broken: (Print)

Broken Open -- Forrest Pearson 10/10

“Broken” –This topic can be widely interpreted. We’ll leave it up to the photographer to define what “Broken” means to them. The judge will be asked to keep an open mind but it is up to the photographer to sell their definition to both the judge and viewer. [...]

FEBRUARY 17, 2011 – All in the Eyes: (Digital)

Wolf Eyes -- Holly Kuchera 10/10

“All in the Eyes” — The title says it all. The goal of this salon is to make your subjects eyes the primary focus and draw. The general rule is to have the subject look directly in the lens and tack-sharp focus, but there are always exceptions to the rule if the eyes remain the primary element. Getting catch light from a light source or bright object really helps to add depth and draw. [...]

JANUARY 20, 2011 – High Key/Low Key: (Print)

Superior Rocks -- Peter Wong 10/10

“High Key/Low Key” — High and low key images are exactly what they’re named – photos whose primary tones are high in value meaning they’re predominately white, or low in value meaning predominately dark (not to be confused with images that are over exposed or under exposed). They both invoke mood and drama, so experiment with and submit both. An interesting challenge of achieving both in the same image will get you a special surprise! [...]

NOVEMBER 18, 2010 – Sports Action: (Print)

MOS -- Peter Wong 10/10

“Sports Action” — Find a sporting event and capture the action. Sounds easier than it really is. You really need bright light, fast shutter and good timing to get that great sports action shot. There are a few techniques to try such as panning or intentional blur, but also try rapid burst and you might be lucky enough to the height of action. Remember there are more sports than football, baseball, and basketball. [...]

OCTOBER 21, 2010 – Urban Scapes: (Print)

Taipei Rooftops -- Lars Michael 10/10

Print Salon: “Urban Scapes” — Imagine all the steel and concrete are natural elements outside of the city. This challenge goes beyond cityscapes, architectural, street photography or city panoramas, here you want to find urban shape, patterns and compositions that mimic natural ones. As one person put it, “Urban Landscape photography is often gritty, it’s not always pretty and it can be quite abstract.” Here’s a good link to better understand what Urban Scapes (or Landscapes) [...]

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 – Macro: (Digital)

Red Dahlia -- Cynthia Fleury 10/10

“Macro” — Close-up photography (1:1 or closer) with limited depth of field. Find small details of larger objects to create abstract looking images, or maybe you want to take pictures of creepy crawlies like spiders and beetles or maybe close ups of flowers. [...]