Monthly Archives: April 2015

SAPC April Competition Winners

Our theme this month was “Symmetry”. Here are the photos that stood out amongst the crowd of excellent submissions. Check out the photos at http://stalbertphotoclub.com/blog/sapcgalleries

Themed Print

1st Bill Adamoski – “Intertwined Tines”
2nd Jill Routhier –  “Lighted Path”
3rd (tied) Catherine Page – “Welcome to the Movies”
3rd (tied) Doug Petry – “Reynolds”

Open Print

1st Bill Adamoski –  “Rest In Peace”
2nd Catherine Page – “Catch the Wind”
3rd Bill Adamoski – “French Farm House”

Themed Digitals

1st Tamara Dorn  – “A Golden Pier”
2nd David Oman Title – “Tradition”
3rd Ken Collett Title – “One Man’s Ceiling”

Street Photography by Darlene Hildebrandt – Guest Speaker April 8, 2015

All photos taken by Darlene Hildebrandt; Article by Don Durand

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In the dimly lit room, whether you sat at the front or back, Darlene got everyone involved in her presentation. As a result of the questions & comments of those in attendance, Darlene indicated she was amazed with the knowledge and expertise of our members. All members were attentive from the beginning to end of her presentation. Even when the meeting was over, many members stayed behind to talk to Darlene or just chat. Those who had the time, met at MacDonald’s for a ritual coffee after the meeting. Our usual Tim Hortons is closed for renovations so we had to move the venue.

Darlene introduced her subject with a couple of questions: Who does street photography? Does street photography frighten you? Many dangers can be encountered in this kind of photography, from the people of different cultures in different countries you may be photographing.

Camera Settings

  1. Blurry photos – is shutter speed too slow? Do you have camera shake? Use proper holding techniques. A rule of thumb for calculating your minimum shutter speed for shooting hand held is the inverse of the lens focal length (i.e.: 1/focal length): 18 mm = 1/20th of a sec; 50 mm = 1/50th of a sec; 200 mm = 1/200th of a sec. The values change if you are using a crop sensor camera.
  2. Important note: Using a smaller aperture will not give sharper image if your speed is too slow.
  3. For street photography, shooting manual is not always the best. Consider AV/A or shutter speed priority.

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We were presented with a suggestion of minimum and best equipment for travel or street photography:

  1. Mirrorless camera, less noticeable and will not scare off the individuals you are photographing.
  2. Memory card, smaller is better, e.g. 16 Gb is better. If card malfunctions, you have less to lose.
  3. Keep in mind even with a good photographer only 10% of your photos are keepers.
  4. Batteries – make sure you have lots and that batteries are fully charged.
  5. Lenses- Nifty Fifty – 50 mm with an f/1.8 or f/1.4. Keep in mind that if you are shooting with a crop sensor camera, the lens you require is a 35 mm.
  6. Travel light. Do not bring or carry lot of heavy equipment you do not require.
  7. Smaller the lens, the less conspicuous you will become.
  8. Do not use a tripod, except if you are photographing motion blur.
  9. Filters- If you must, use an ND filter and/or circular polarizing filter.

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Street Photography for Commercial Purposes. You cannot take photo…

  • Unless you have a model release with a person in photo.
  • On private property unless one gets permission. E.g. West Edmonton Mall.
  • On a Government or Military property.
  • Without permission in a religious facility.
  • If photo is not flattering to the subject.

Do I need a model release? No, unless:

  • On private property.
  • Taking an image for commercial use (selling a product e.g. emblem on a water bottle (the product).
  • Taking photo for a contest.

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Question asked, should a photographer ask to take the photo? There are advantages to asking first as opposed to the sneak approach. Darlene does both. But do keep in mind if a person says “No”, respect their decision.

It is often better to develop a rapport with the person.

  • Get them to talk about themselves.
  • Buy a product from a vendor.
  • Donate if they are a busker (a person who entertains in a public place for donations)
  • Participate in activities (dance, sing or whatever is happening)
  • Ask parent when dealing with children
  • Eye contact can be used for approval of taking a photo.
  • You can take more than one shot
  • You get better images

Themes or Concept for Street Photography

-feet, colors, hats, workers, fashion, diagonals, reflections, shadows, B & W, perspective, blue, opposites, circles, etc.

– Think and discuss other themes or concept.

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Darlene has a way of making ordinary objects seem interesting and strikingly beautiful. She is able to capture light making her photographs artistic and often mistaken for paintings.

The evening closed with a beautiful musical slide show of Darlene’s street photography.

Street photographers in history to study

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Eugene Atget
  • Robert Frank
  • Robert Doisneau
  • Vivian Maier
  • Elliott Erwitt
  • Joel Meyerowitz
  • Brassaii
  • Eve Arnold
  • Walker Evans
  • Alfred Stieglitz
  • Garry Winogrand
  • Dorothea Lange
  • Weegee
  • Andre Kertesz
  • William Eggleston
  • Bruce Davidson
  • Josef Koudelka

Please check following links:
Nicaragua Tour: http://www.digitalphotomentor.com/nicaragua/
Street Photography Tips: http://www.digitalphotomentor.com/6-street-photography-tips/
Valerie Jardin: http://www.digitalphotomentor.com/paris-street-photography-valerie-jardin/
Do a search for “street photography” to get dozens of tips: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/
Burwell School: http://www.bsop.ca/
Darlene Hildebrandt sites: http://www.herviewphotography.com/ & http://www.digitalphotomentor.com/
Suggested site by Darlene: This Week in Photo.com: http://thisweekinphoto.com/

Please check articles, information and links Darlene has shared with us on Street Photography.

Many Thanks go to Darlene Hildebrandt for sharing information with the members of the
St. Albert Photo Club.

Western Canada Fashion Week – Spring Show March 27 to April 4, 2015

-article submitted by Don Durand

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Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW), which was established in 2005, has developed into a nationally-recognized fashion and design event and the second-largest Fashion Week in Canada. What sets us apart is our mission to create a community of all involved in the fashion and beauty industries, including media and production staff. WCFW demonstrates a commitment to the development of the fashion, art and design community through subsidizing all designers who showcase at our events, creating competitions that generate recognition and financial support for entrants, and providing year-round opportunities for designers to market collections and gain publicity. We are unique among fashion weeks around the world because we are a platform for established designers as well as an in-house incubator that discovers new talent and launches the careers of young designers. WCFW is a local event with a global vision, enabling our designers to work locally while reaching larger markets.

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Photo is of Diana G, at the end of the runway, taking some photos during rehearsal at the WCFW (Western Canadian Fashion Week). Diana was told to get down low and even lower than this photo. On her final photos, Diana’s camera was about one inch off of the runway.

Monday night was an exciting night with Burlesque and Freak Show.  I photographed a low of 500-1000 photos an evening. Monday night was an exception 1600 photos. Also in attendance on Monday, Wednesday and Friday night was Kevin Fuhr from the SAPC.

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Our camera settings were 1/160 or 1/180 sec, f/5.6 to 6.7 and ISO of 1000 to 1250 or 1600 at the most. White Balance was at Tungsten. The runway is well lit except the last five feet where the models have a tendency of getting raccoon eyes. We could use an on camera, manual flash, with mandatory CTO (color temperature orange) gel, with a flash setting of 1/64 or 1/128.

Best lens is a 70-200 mm on a full frame. Diana was shooting with a 70-300 mm on a 1.6 crop sensor and couldn’t photograph full models, head to toes, at the end of the runway.

 

The “Photographers’ Pit” consists of fifteen to over twenty photographers. Doors for photographers opened at 6 pm. We could photograph rehearsal. Audience doors are open at 7:50 pm. While the show is on, we as photographers are expected to be quiet in our seats, as video with sound was being recorded; organized with our equipment with the least amount of movement (distraction) as possible. There is one intermission and show is well organized with a constant flow of action.

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Ernest Augustus, our February Guest Speaker, treated us as honoured guests. He and his group of photographers always made sure we were photographing with proper camera settings and proper positioning of models on runway. This included placement of their feet and good background. Diana was privileged to go backstage and photograph some of the models while they were getting ready for the show. I was “jealous”, they wouldn’t allow me backstage, I can’t figure why?

IMG_9660What Diana and I expected to be a one or two day photography event was a five day event. Andrew’s February Workshop model, Roxy, was at Tuesday night show. She was scheduled to walk the runway on Thursday night but none of us were in attendance. Ernest also gave Diana and I a special treat Tuesday night. After the intermission, being away busy from The Pit, he gave both Diana and I the opportunity to share his lights. There were two lights that fired off behind the Photographers’ Pit as well as a light from twenty feet above the runway. This highlighted the hair and back lit the models. I didn’t realize how effective the upper lights were until after I got home and examined my photos.

With great appreciation and enthusiasm we would like to thanks Ernest for an educational photo shoot.                  Photo by Diana Gorski