Set Subjects

This is the list of Set Subjects (themes) for the Westville Camera Club Monthly Photographic competition in 2017…Image submission day is always the Monday before the 3rd Wednesday of the month in question. i.e the Monday before Judging night. Image dimensions are 1920 x 1080 pixels (the width must be either 1920 pixels or the height must be 1080 pixels or both), sRGB color-space and less than 2mb in file size.

WCC-MCC Challenge 2018 –

Monochrome conversion with some residual colour. (Click here for the rules)

MARCH 2018 – The Best of KZN

Images capturing the natural beauty, diversity of cultures and traditions unique to KZN. This includes street, sport, PJ and events where the locality is clearly that within the KZN environment. Nature Wildlife can also be entered in this category provided the subjects are shown in the wider KZN environmental context, failing which they should be entered in the Nature Wildlife category.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:  Colour and Mono accepted. NO Manipulation allowed.

RULES: As per Amber Camera Club

APRIL 2018 & INTERCLUB: B&W with residual colour

This challenge breaks with tradition to a certain extent in that a part of the requirements must be done in the course of post-processing.  It was chosen so as to challenge participants to consider their images clearly so that they will be suitable for monochrome conversion but will also have to rely on colour to some extent.  While the post-processing requirement is relatively simple, the residual colour must be used with some specific intention in mind. The subject of the image is open and may fit within any of the PSSA genres.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:  The images must be taken at some time between 1st November 2017 and 10th September 2018.

RULES: See rules supplied by MCC – Rules may be viewed in the October Edition of WCC SNAP Magazine

MAY 2018: DCC Challenge – Garden Wildlife

For many of us, our garden is the first point of contact we have with wildlife. Being so close to home, they provide an escape from everyday life into a small pocket of the natural world we can call our own. Gardens can often be deceptive because, despite their small physical size, they harbour an abundance of potential subjects. Contained by four sides, our outdoor living spaces are shared by thousands of species just waiting to be discovered. Focusing on the small things can be great fun when working in the garden. Even some of the most common species can be the subject of excellent images. Once you start to delve a little deeper, it will quickly become apparent just how photographically fruitful your garden can be. Remember Patience and Creativity is Key!

RULES: All elements whether photographic or graphic art must be created by the entrant (the inclusion of stock textures and/or stock graphical elements is NOT PERMITTED).

NO manipulation allowed.

JUNE 2018 – Composite

Adjective/ Noun: made up of several parts or elements. Verb: Combine two or more images to make a single picture. Compositing is the combining of visual elements from separate sources into a single image, often to create the illusion that all those elements are parts of the same scene.

RULES: The subject is open. However, please note that ALL ELEMENTS are to be you own.

JULY 2018 – Miniature Faking/Tilt-shift

Miniature faking, is a process in which a photograph of a life-size location or object is made to look like a photograph of a miniature scale model. Blurring parts of the photo simulates the shallow depth of field normally encountered in close-up photography, making the scene seem much smaller than it actually is; the blurring can be done either optically when the photograph is taken (Tilt-Shift Photography), or by digital post-processing.

RULES: Composites NOT allowed. Colour images only.

AUGUST 2018 – Artistic Portraits

Capture the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses, crafting a unique, creative photoshoot. There are no boundaries or rules when it comes to portrait photography and for Artistic Portraiture.

RULES: Manipulation IS allowed. Colour images only.

SEPTEMBER 2018 – F4.5 or Less/Shallow Depth of Field

A great technique to add a ‘wow factor’ to images is by isolating part of the shot which is nicely in focus while throwing elements in the background (and sometimes the foreground) out of focus and into a lovely blur.

RULES: Manipulation NOT allowed.

OCTOBER 2018 – On The Shelf

The dictionary defines “on the shelf” as: 1) No longer useful or desirable 2) Past an age when one might expect to have the opportunity to marry.

This subject is fairly broad and should allow you quite a bit of freedom to photograph items on the shelf. Items that are commonly used in your bathroom, kitchen or pantry. Don’t confine yourself to just the obvious shelves. Look inside your fridge, the supermarket or second hand dealer. The old and forgotten items no one wants or uses any more. The subject should convey unequivocally the “on the shelf” narrative and should not be merely a still life shot.

RULES: Minimal manipulation is allowed. Colour or Monochrome.

NOVEMBER 2018 – Miksang

Miksang, meaning ‘Good Eye’ in Tibetan, is a form of contemplative photography that asks us to see our world in a new way. If we can place our mind’s attention, our awareness, in our sense of sight, we will see vivid, mind stopping perceptions fully and completely, without distraction. And when that happens, we can connect with what we see deeply and intimately. Use the camera to express our visual perceptions exactly as we experience them. The resulting image is an exact expression of our eye, mind, and heart as it connects with the perception.

RULES: Manipulation NOT allowed. Colour images only.

JANUARY 2019 – Symmetry

Symmetry refers to a line that splits an object in half and, if both sides of the object are an exact mirror image of each other, then this object is said to be symmetrical. Symmetry is a powerful tool that lets you automatically create harmony and a sense of aesthetically pleasing balance and proportion in a photograph. We are surrounded by symmetry, both natural and man-made. It can make for very eye-catching compositions, particularly in situations where they are not expected. A great way to use symmetry is to break the symmetry in some way, introducing tension and a focal point to the scene.

RULES: Manipulation NOT allowed. Colour or Monochrome.

FEBRUARY 2019 – Three Things

Moving in the opposite direction from Symmetry, where symmetry is pleasing and calming, but it also has a tendency to become boring. Having an odd number of objects creates more dynamic and flow. We like to break the rules, not everything has to be organized all the time, being playful makes life more fun and interesting. So now we are following the Rule of Odds, particularly using 3 things.

RULES: Manipulation IS allowed. Colour or Monochrome.