Monthly Archives: September 2014

September Submissions – STANDING OUT IN A CROWD

We had a great start to our first submissions night of our new season. The theme was “Standing Out in a Crowd” and there were many interpretations and creative thoughts. That’s what we like to see.

Our winners tonight are (insert drumroll…)

THEME PRINT
1st – Queen Among Coins – Doug Petry
2nd – Autumn Leaf – Barry Ryziuk
3rd – Lily – Al Popil

OPEN PRINT
1st – Tranquility in Iceland – Bill Adamosky
2nd – Aboriginal Dancer – Al Girard
3rd – Wolf Regalia – Al Popil

THEME DIGITAL
1st – Green with Envy – David Oman
2nd – Chasing the Pig – Al Popil
2nd – Red Rock – Don Durand
3rd – Ain’t Nobody Got Time – Eva Riley
3rd – Charlie Chaplin – Barry Ryziuk
3rd – Smirk – John Van Veen

Winners – You are reminded to send your winning photos to Tamara at stalbertphotoclub@gmail.com to be showcased in our Galleries tab.
Great job!

Next month’s theme is “Street, Hipshot – No looking through the lens”.

Scott Kelby PhotoWalk

IT’S OFFICIAL…Scott Kelby Worldwide PhotoWalk

Barry Ryziuk will be leading the Scott Kelby PhotoWalk in St. Albert this year. October is a great time for colour and autumn light. It should be a great time had by all.

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 2.54.06 PMOctober 11 @ 5pm  Meet in front of St. Albert Place. Check out the link below, and be sure to sign up.

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Photography Classes at St. Albert Further Education (from Ralph Fuchs)

St. Albert Further Education provides after hours training in a wide variety of subjects, including photography. They offer three courses, two of which are quite basic and would be a good starting point for someone just getting into photography.  “Beginner Digital Cameras” is conducted over two evenings with an objective to help attendees “Learn how to use your digital camera more effectively and efficiently!”  The second course, “Beginner Photography” is slightly more advanced and is conducted over four evenings.

The third course offered by Further Education is “Night Photography” which is getting more advanced and might even be of interest to some of our more experienced club members.

St. Albert Further Education issues course calendars three times a year outlining all of their courses.  These are distributed with the St. Albert Gazette and other outlets, including their web page.  They can also be contacted by telephone at 780-460-2207 or by e-mail at furthered@shaw.ca.  Further information is also provided on their web page at www.stalbertfurthered.com.

If you are relatively new to photography, want to progress beyond shooting in Automatic mode or know someone who is, check them out.

The Passion for Motion

Sieg Koslowski

Our first workshop of the year was presented by our own Sieg Koslowski. Sieg has been a part of the SAPC for over ten years, and has held some of the highest points in our competition/submission rankings. His skill at the craft is something many of us strive for, and through his humble manner, he shared some of his tips for motion photography, while wowing us with an array of photos in an interactive evening.

  • Sieg uses shutter priority in order to freeze the action with the intent to show motion. The ISO is dialed up or down as needed, and a fast shutter speed is selected. Let the camera take care of the rest. 1/2000 second is not unusual for his shots.
  • Or course, you can also show motion by slowing down the shutter speed, allowing for a flow and blur. This is great for plane propellers and waterfalls for instance.
  • Wait for that moment when the motion peaks, like when a ball is tossed up and is just about to fall. The pause in the motion is what you are looking for. You can even use a shutter speed of about 1/60 second with a high ISO. Of course this will take practice to hit the moment perfectly.
  • Watch for blur. Look at the extremities like fingers or the fringe of clothing. If there is still a blur in your image you may wish to increase your shutter speed.
  • Sieg also takes advantage of rapid fire shooting, setting his camera to take five to seven shots per frame. This increases the chances of getting a perfectly frozen photograph with proper focus.
  • Many times your subject may be still in the photo, but one aspect remains that shows movement. An example of this is a horse that is solid as stone in the frame but for his tail dancing in the motion of his gallop. Hair and the element of water will also give you more movement in a photo.
  • The lenses Sieg uses are the 18-200mm and 50-500mm (Sigma) for the Nikon.
  • Like all other photography, when shooting people and animals you want to focus on their eyes as much as possible. That’s where shooting with rapid fire comes in handy as it increases your chances of getting that bird’s eye in focus as it streaks through the sky before you.
  • When you find yourself at a zoo or other facility with glassed in animals/subjects, shoot with your camera’s lens directly against the glass rather than from a distance. This reduces the possibility of glare. Another trick is to wear a black glove. Sieg uses his gloved hand to help shield possible glares from the sun or other light sources.
  • Sieg showed a photo of a bear shaking water off his coat, not unlike a dog shaking off water after a swim. Some tips on achieving the perfect shot here is to have the light sources behind your subject. Begin adjusting your settings to shutter speed 1/1250 second, a low ISO and aperture f/5 (if going Manual). Even from a focal length of 270mm the focus is crisp.
  • While we see Sieg’s photos as beautiful and inspiring, he points out that every picture can be improved upon. That is to say there is always something to try next time or to try working with in post-processing. For instance, if you saturate your photo 30% more, Sieg has found that it usually makes the image look better.
  • Birds offer great opportunities to work with motion. Small birds especially flap their wings faster than larger birds. Using a shutter speed of about 1/4000 second stops the blur. Look at the outer fringes of their wings. If there is still a blurring happing, increase your speed. Remember to have a good and bright light source, like a sunny day.
  • As noted above, water is a great way to introduce motion in your photos. Some ideas are the flow of a waterfall. Using a shutter speed of one to four seconds will blur the flow nicely, but you may need to use a neutral density filter for bright days. Oregon offers many of the world’s best waterfalls, according to Sieg.
  • Sports offer a lot of motion. Even when you freeze the moments you can get more motion with rain or water on a sports field or splashing in a pool or lake. Freezing the motion of water from a drinking fountain is a fun way to show motion. Try using a shutter speed of 1/3200 second for this.
  • Watching kids in a wedding party can inspire motion in an otherwise still environment. Catch that yawn, wiggle or giggle.
  • Cliff diving offers many opportunities for motion shots, both in the jump and in the splash at the end. Again watch for that moment just before the jumper hits the water, and then shoot. Sieg has found that Twin Lakes by Invermere is a great place for cliff diving in the summer months.
  • The Silver Skate Festival in February each year offers lots of movement. And if an indoor arena is more to your liking, the Ice Palace at West Edmonton Mall offers figure skating and hockey throughout the year.
  • The Ice Palace also hosts many different competitions like cheerleading and martial arts, offering a plethora of motion potential.
  • Many musicians provide a flurry of motion when they play, like a fiddler or drummer. This is a good place to fine tune your skills as a photographer. And don’t forget to watch the audience for more movement in your photos.
  • “Every reflection is like an abstract painting.” Sieg reminds us that there is beautiful movement in the flow of water that shouldn’t be overlooked, even when it’s reflecting another object or simply colour. Add in the element of a bird or other object and you can introduce yet another magical element.
  • Of course rodeos brings lots of activity. Some pointers to remember are to have all four feet of the horse off the ground for great motion. A cowboy hat that’s come off the rider’s head is another great way to bring in movement. And yes, water and mud on the ground also provide a fantastic way to show movement.
  • Once you get to know how a certain sports game plays out, you can intuitively know the next progression of events. And if you’re correct in your hunch, you can be focused on the right area at the right moment and freeze a great motion moment. Catching that moment of conflict or contact will be a breeze.
  • With races, whether people or animals, Sieg’s favourite spot is just after the first curve around the track. This is where you have the most action as they come around the corner in a fury.
  • You can also merge four shots to create motion. Whether birds in flight or kids jumping off a wall, this composite shot can show motion in a clear and crisp manner.

Truly it was a pleasure to share in Sieg’s passion of motion photography. I know I have been inspired to pump up that shutter speed more.

Sieg, we wish you all the best with your new adventures in Calgary.

Our Very Own at Kites Over Callingwood (by Don Durand)

Doug Poon showed some of us what kite flying was all about. The names under the photos are all in sequence and depict Doug at his best. At the end of the day, we all knew that Doug had enjoyed himself tremendously. Richard Gagne, Allan Gosling and Don Durand were also in attendance at the event.

Royal Greeting

Royal Greeting

Hard at Work

Hard at Work

Contemplating Turns

Contemplating Turns

Alls Under Control

Alls Under Control

Do I Hear Cheers

Do I Hear Cheers

A Successful Day

A Successful Day