Bowness Park Scavenger Hunt Photoshoot
Friday July 28 – Final tally of the voting has been completed, and the winners can be announced: BOWNESS PARK SCAVENGER HUNT PHOTOSHOOT VOTES
- Boomerette for photo #8 in Category-2, Photo # 5 in Category-3 and Photo #4 in Category-4.
- Dorte for Photo #6 in Category-5 and Photo #5 in Category-8
- Shauna for Photo #1 and #2 in Category-6 and Photo #2 in Category-1
- Karen for Photo #5 in Category-7
- Susan for Photo #4 in Category-5
Although we did not have a category for best humorous picture, we decided to give the honorable mention for humor to a picture by Karen (below)
Monday July 17 was a beautiful sunny day with a pleasant temperature of 25 deg C. There was just a hint of smoke from the fires in British Columbia wafting over the Rocky Mountains into Alberta. Below are all the submissions, which include submissions from the people ineligible for prizes. We will mark the winners after we deliberate.
Prizes were generously provided by the Camera Store
802 – 11th Ave SW
T2R 0E5 Canada
(Note: Most of the images below, can be enlarged by clicking on them. Use the Browser back button to return to this page.)
Category 1 – Boathouse.
Category 2: Modes of Transportation
Category 3: Ducks and Geese
Category 4: Reflections
Category 5: Shades of Green
Category 6: Colours and Contrast
Category 7: Natural and Man-made together
Category 8: What is This
On Monday July 17 at 2 pm, we are holding a Scavenger Hunt Photoshoot contest at Bowness Park. This photoshoot is open to all members of the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners. We will meet at the large deck next to the Teahouse at the lagoon, where I will have handouts available. Participants can work individually or in a groups. For those who wish to participate but can’t make the meeting date, there is an opportunity to go out by themselves the following Tuesday or Wednesday. A PDF of the handout can be printed from the link at the bottom of this page. Submission deadline is midnight Thursday July 20. A confirmation email will be returned for each received submission. You can email your pictures with description and setting details to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please keep digital image sizes below the email size limit of 10 megabytes.) Direct any questions about the Scavenger Hunt to the same email address.
Participants will be asked to submit two digital photographs on each of the 8 subjects. Although not mandatory, we encourage the completion of all 8 categories. Each category’s submissions will be judged on adherence to photographic composition principles and artistic merits. The judges will be Jim and Henri. One prize will be awarded per category.
The Camera Store, 802 – 11th Avenue S.W, has generously provided 8 prizes, one for each category. (Note: Individual contestants can only win one prize. If they are deemed best in more than one category, the runner up will be awarded the prize for the second category.) Big Thank You to Bill for his efforts to secure these prizes.
We are encouraging participants to think outside of the conventional photography box and try something different. You are allowed to submit two different images per subject, preferably one conventional and one “out of the box” artistic. Below two examples of the same subject.
The first picture is a conventional diagonal composition of red flowers, the second is an “artistic” rendition of the same subject. This is called an ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) picture. It was created by putting the camera on aperture preference (A or Av on Canon) and selecting the smallest aperture possible, causing a slow shutter speed. The camera was then “shaken” while pressing the release button.
Artistic renditions of the same subject are entirely voluntary of course, and one submission per subject is fine. However, we encourage experimentation towards the artistic. ICM pictures are not the only mode of artistic expression. Developing an eye for abstract patterns is another way towards artistic photographs. Here is another example.
This is an abstract shadow under the category of “What is This”. I liked this picture for its stark contrast. It would have been even better if the dividing line between the pavement blocks would have gone through the middle of the “loops”. Artistic expression can be anything that “moves” you on a deeper level, by bringing it out in a picture or painting. Often editing an image in software can remove unwanted items and enhance it substantially.
Here are the subjects:
- Boathouse – try different angles and framing.
- Modes of transportation – boats, canoes, train, strollers, bicycles etc.
- Ducks and Geese.
- Shades of Green.
- Colors and Contrasts.
- Man-made and Natural in one picture.
- What is this – mystery picture.
Before taking a picture try to explain to yourself why you are taking this particular picture, and consider how you could take it from different angles or with different framing. Try to consider the different composition principles. Digital images are cheap, and taking many of the same subject in different positions, angles and exposure settings is easy. There is no additional cost, just extra time and effort sorting through multiple pictures
Here is a link to 10 principles of composition: http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/10-top-photography-composition-rules.
Prepared by Jim, Bill and Henri. CALL Facilitators for the Digital Photography Course
Click this link Bowness Park Scavenger Hunt Photoshoot July 17 to download the PDF.