Woo Hoo I have had this picture published on 1x which only accepts/publishes 5% of the 1000’s of uploads to their curated site and needless to say I am thrilled.
This is the first of many from my recent studio session and as you might have noticed I have been somewhat inspired by the work of the Dutch Masters…. More of this to come….. dark, moody and lots of ruffs LOL
Thanks to the unknown panel of international judges at 1x you have made my day !
I find myself standing metaphorically at a crossroads wondering which road to take.
I am almost at the end of my BPE Comping journey – I am very very close now to being able to apply for FBPE (fingers firmly crossed – hope I haven’t jinxed everything) and wonder what I will do next, as I have absolutely no desire to try for FRPS or go any further with FIAP distinctions. So here I am kicking my heels, staring up at the sign – This Way, That Way, or Another Way.
So what now?
I still love to create images and will continue to do that for as long as I can put Wacom pen to tablet. I also enjoy helping others to blossom and I get a great deal of pleasure seeing them flourish with just a little bit of encouragement. We all need a bit of help now and again and I am happy to help.
Recently, I have made the decision to study more closely the huge and very interesting subject of composition and the mystical world of colour theory – and it has stopped me in my tracks. I thought I knew this stuff…. but theres is soooooo much more to discover the deeper you delve.
At the moment I have a couple of ideas as to what I would like to produce after being been totally stopped in my tracks by group of artists/photographers/filmmakers that I knew nothing about before I started my studies. Since this this recent discovery I have started to rethink everything again and wonder where my new found knowledge will take me.
I have never (well extremely rarely) pre-planned a photoshoot… I just go with the flow, knowing I could “cobble” something together later on. I don’t produce pictures with a meaning – they are just “pretty pictures” as far as I am concerned. I don’t usually know what my images will finish up looking like when I start out. I usually get an idea (anything could spark it off) and then I just “fiddle and faff” around finding fitting pictures from my huge stock of images (taken over the last 10 years) until something appears and I head off in that direction.
I often liken what I do to making minestrone soup – I throw lots of ingredients (ideas) into the pot (computer) , stir for a while (mess about in photoshop) and then suddenly after lots of stirring (shouting at photoshop) it turns onto something quite tasty (insert your own simile here).
I know I will pick a path, but at the moment I am still collecting the ingredients to put into the pot and hoping that a spark will occur that will get everything cooking nicely.
Yesterday I attended the PAGB Inter-Club Print Championship and I have to say that the prints being judged were of an exceptionally high standard, some of them were simply stunning. Obviously, what I am going to say next is my own personal view of the day…. you may, if you attended, have viewed things differently.
The whole event was, as usual, extremely well organised and my virtual hat goes off to all involved, you did an excellent job, and thank you The planned schedule ran to time – again, due to the fantastic planning of the organisers. The venue was good, plenty of parking, it was warm and the sound system worked well. I understand there were a few minor grumbles about space when the various clubs needed to spread out to review their re-selections at lunch time … but I personally didn’t hear anyone complaining too bitterly. Having the images projected on a large screen is such a great idea and it enabled everyone to see what the judges were viewing and marking. The organisers, it seemed, had a few last minute hiccoughs to cope with but they dealt with those problems extremely efficiently. The raffle prizes were plentiful and my two friends sitting next to me (husband and wife combo) seemed to scoop more than their fair share of goodies – your banned from buying raffle tickets next time !
The judges appeared to favour very pastel shade images for their higher marks (plenty of 15’s) they were mostly minimal in structure and were different genres – snowy vistas, rolling hills, people, nature etc and to my eyes they were exquisite. There were lots of beautiful landscapes that also gained the highest of marks along with some stunning nature shots. There didn’t seem to be many overtly creative images (not referring to the pale pastel shaded images here) and those that were offered up for judging didn’t seem to attract the high marks the authors may have been aiming for. For those people who constantly grumble that creative images “always” win and landscapes are “not in fashion” then you needed to have been there yesterday because there were some exquisite landscapes that deservedly scored well.
On a personal note it was lovely to meet up with old friends from all around the country (and across the water) and chat with them – if I didn’t get round to chatting to you I apologise, hopefully I gave you a friendly wave from the balcony (where I was seated). I have been fortunate to become good friends (and I mean friends) with a number of people I have met through the wonderful world of photography and I am so pleased that I have had the opportunity of getting to know you. So, to all my photograph friends I hope you had a wonderful day and that your club did well, my club (Warrington PS) did well especially as its only the second time they have qualified for the competition. For those people who attended yesterday and are still trying to swallow their own personal “bitter pill” it’s time to grow up and get a life – deliberately ignoring people and bad mouthing others is not a healthy way to live.
Here’s to next year
You should never play Cat’s Cradle with Valis Volkova….. it could be dangerous 🙂
It’s been a while since I did some post processing on a “proper” photograph… so I thought I would have a bit of a dabble this cold afternoon.
This is a portrait from a recent studio shoot – thanks Jasmine 🙂