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Depth of Field



 "DEPTH OF FIELD" 

This month's challenge is to take a photograph where the depth of field makes sense. It does not matter if a 'DEEP" depth of field where almost or even the entire image is in focus or a "NARROW" one where only a smaller portion of it is sharp. Create a photo where the subject integrates with the foreground and the background to reflect balance and harmony.

Submit up to 2 images 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judges: Robert Chaplin and Eduardo Schneider

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


Wheels

The subject is "WHEELS" 

Among other things, wheels take us from one place to another and are found everywhere, cars, motorcycles, trains, airplanes, appliances, antiques, machinery, and more. Look for special perspectives and angles. Show us something different and creative.

Submit up to 2 images 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


Water / Liquids

This month's contest is all about water. You can submit photos of traditional water bodies like rivers, oceans, waterfalls, etc. It is, however, not limited to those. Challenge your creativity by creating images where water or a specific liquid is the main subject, for example, drinks, food, rain, water drops on plants or structures, puddles, or anything else you come up with.

Submit up to 2 images 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


SYMMETRY

You can take symmetrical photos no matter where you are. Symmetry is everywhere, in nature, architecture, etc. Look for vertical, horizontal, radial, and reflective symmetries. Leading lines and patterns are also important components of well-composed symmetrical images.


JUDGE'S WINNER CHOICE 

PINK WATER LILY - ROLANDO PROL


MEMBER'S CHOICE

VIENNA PALACE - IVAN PRASIN

INSIDE THE MALL IN LOWER MANHATTAN - Dustin Quiel-Athanasiadis


 

 


Seasons


Different seasons bring so many photographic possibilities! Fruits, vegetables, and nature's landscapes. Wildlife, including migrating birds and other wildlife creatures, even insects. There are plenty of exciting things happening that are specific to every season. 

Take photos that convey a season.  Show us your creativity!

Submit up to 2 images 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


MACRO AND CLOSE-UP PHOTOGRAPHY


 SUBMIT UP TO 2 IMAGES BY MAY THE 31ST.

Many beautiful macro or close-up images are found online today. Small plants, animals, insects, small objects are available everywhere. With the right skills, you will be able to capture amazing images of a little and often hidden universe, even in your own backyard. 

 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


CIRCLES


 SUBMIT UP TO 2 IMAGES BY APRIL THE 27TH.

However, perfect circles are not required; we are, looking forward to your creativity in showing circles as the main focus of the capture.
They are everywhere around us. Circles are present in nature, objects, and architecture. Bokeh, star trails, vehicles, fruits, swirling staircases, and more. Also, look for them in patterns and shadows.

 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


WIDE-ANGLE


 SUBMIT UP TO 2 IMAGES BY MARCH THE 27TH.

VOTING FROM MARCH 28 TO APRIL 6


A generic definition is that a wide-angle lens displays a wider field of view than the human vision. For this contest, take pictures with a lens that is equal or less than the following:

Full Frame Sensor: 24mm

APS-C Sensor: 16mm

Micro-Four-Thirds Sensor: 12mm


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


Animal Kingdom


In this month’s Online Photo we will “Explore the Animal Kingdom”. This includes photographs of the more than a million species that share our planet, including but not limited to all forms of wildlife, mammals, birds, reptiles, ants, and butterflies. With all the gorgeous animals on our planet, exclude your household pets. Show us your CREATIVITY!!!!


 SUBMIT UP TO 3 IMAGES BY FEBRUARY THE 25TH.

VOTING FROM MARCH 1  TO MARCH 8


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


Colors in Nature


Let's celebrate nature! Whether taking in the splendor of a vivid rainbow after a summer shower or closely examining an iridescent butterfly wing, color plays a major role in our fascination with the natural environment.

In this online contest let's celebrate nature! 

From stunning landscapes to magnificent wildlife, show us how the world’s colors blend and contrast in ways that make us say “WOW.” 

Submit up to 3 images 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


Shadows


Shadows play an important part in images; they create contrast, reveal form and texture, conveying mood, and emotion.

Capture those strong shadows in a photograph that can transform an image into a special or even surreal image.  

Submit up to 3 images 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


Diagonal Lines


The subject is "DIAGONAL LINES"

A very powerful method of improving the composition of photos is the use of lines. Properly used, lines can significantly increase the impact of images. In the art of photography, we often use diagonal lines to draw the viewer's eye through the photograph.

Diagonal lines also create points of interest where they intersect with other lines within the image. 

Submit up to 3 images 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

Critique Approach:

Keeping with the critical approach as the previous digital challenge; I am including comments on the fundamentals of photography along with ways I see to improve the image. Keep in mind the idea of improving the image to my aesthetic may be different from what the artist intended. If it misses the mark; disregard the comment.

I have often said; image titles lead the judge to what you are trying to express. With that in mind, I may comment on some of the image titles as part of this critique.

Also, keep in mind that, if provided, the visual critique was performed on a jpeg. It will not be perfect but is intended as a visual aid to express the written critique.

The scores will reflect judgment based on the technical, processing, artistic and emotional impacts, and challenge requirements.

Special Note: Don’t read if you can’t handle tough love…ready??? Here we go…

Judges don’t care what you saw, when you saw it, where you saw it, or what it cost to get to the destination. Judges don’t have a relationship with people or pets in a photograph. Judges are reviewing images in a vacuum. This means, we are commenting based on the technical quality and emotional response of a photograph. A simple been there done that or look what I saw shot belongs in a book of memories and not in a competition. Substandard photographs will be judged as that and based on the KCC scale it equates to acceptable. Become a student of what makes a good photograph and submit that to the competition. Keep in mind, not all cellphone shots are bad, and not all professional camera shots are good.

 


Bokeh


The subject is "BOKEH"

Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke (ボケ), which means "blur" or "haze", or boke-aji, the "blur quality." Bokeh is pronounced BOH-Kə or BOH-kay.

Visit any photography website or forum and you’ll find plenty of folks debating the pleasing bokeh that their favorite fast lenses allow. Adjectives that describe bokeh include: smooth, incredible, superb, good, beautiful, sweet, silky, and excellent… but what exactly is it?

Bokeh is defined as “the effect of a soft out-of-focus background that you get when shooting a subject, using a fast lens, at the widest aperture, such as f/2.8 or wider.” Simply put, bokeh is the pleasing or aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus blur in a photograph.

https://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/a/tips-and-techniques/bokeh-for-beginners.html

Submit up to 3 images 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


High Key Photography


The subject is "HIGH KEY PHOTOGRAPHY"

In photography today, a high-key image is one that is almost entirely very bright with very little or no dark shadows present. This is usually a creative decision made by the photographer, in order to create a certain mood in the image.

A bright, "airy" image most often creates a light, pleasant mood, as opposed to a dark, shadowy image which most often creates a dramatic, romantic, or even scary mood. A good photographer knows how to use not just lighting, but also pose and composition and other elements to create an impactful high-key photograph.

It may sometimes be as easy as over-exposing an existing scene by two or three stops, however often a proper high-key image requires careful attention to the balance of light between subject and background, often preserving detail in the subject while nearly or totally blowing out much of the background.

High-key portrait photography can be accomplished using multiple flashes, one for the "key" light, and one for fill light, plus others. Also, high-key images can easily be created using a single light source and other light modifiers such as reflectors or ambient light, to fill a subject's face, etc.

Submit up to 3 images 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


Low Key Photography


The subject is "LOW KEY PHOTOGRAPHY"

 In a world where the crisp, clean, high key shot dominates, this month's challenge is Low Key Photography. It is a genre of photography consisting of shooting dark-colored scenes and emphasizing natural or artificial only on specific areas in the frame. In comparison to high key images, where most of the tones are above 50% grey, the low key portrait has tones that are mostly under (darker than) 50%.

Submit up to 3 images 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


The New Normal


The subject is "THE NEW NORMAL"

 Kids are schooled at home. People work from kitchen tables and don't go to restaurants, shopping malls, and movies. We see long lines in supermarkets for food, toilet paper, and Lysol. 
Some are even missing rush hour traffic time.

Submit up to 3 images portraying life in the time of Covid-19  


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: TBD

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


Signs of Spring


The subject is "SIGNS OF SPRING"

Goodbye Winter, hello spring. 
it's always heartwarming to see new blooms and buds appearing in the landscape. Take your best spring-time shots, that illustrate the season with originality. Do not just think flowers by themselves, there is more out there!


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Robert Chaplin

Critique Approach:

I received some feedback when I last judged and critiqued the digital challenge. The goal was to share observations and not try to make your art my own. It seems this approach came across ambiguous and esoteric.

This time I am including comments on the fundamentals of photography along with ways I see to improve the image. Keep in mind the idea of improving the image to my aesthetic may be different than what the artist intended. If it does; disregard the comment.

I have often said, image titles lead the judge to what you are trying to express. With that in mind, I will comment on some of the image titles as part of this critique.

Also keep in mind that, if provided, the visual critique was performed on a jpeg. It will not be perfect but is intended as a visual aid to express my written critique.

The score will still be based on the comment below.

The scores will reflect judgment based on the technical, processing, artistic, emotional impacts, and the challenge requirements.

 


Mobile Photography


The subject is OPEN, anything goes.

Photos must be taken with a mobile device, such as a SmartPhone or a Tablet. 

Post-processing is allowed on the phone, tablet or on your computer. 

NO COMPOSITES PLEASE


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Kathleen Ballard

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


JANUARY 2020 ONLINE CONTEST - "PEOPLE"


Be it in street, portrait, documentary, conceptual, travel or any other form of photography that tells the story of people


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: Boris Gabay

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST RULES

 


NOVEMBER 2019 ONLINE CONTEST - "TEXTURE"


  Texture in photography subjects is everywhere.

From types of art like sculptures, pottery, paintings, and even people. To everyday objects and nature like trees, flowers, and fabrics. 

When done well, a photo of a texture can transform an ordinary scene into something visually beautiful. 


   Best of Luck! 

This month's judge: TBA

RULES HAVE BEEN UPDATED - CLICK HERE


KCC -  TEXTURES. Ratings and comments by Sandy Levy
OVERALL COMMENT:  Most all of these images are excellent.  One issue that kept cropping up is that “texture” did not seem to be the most prevalent theme in several of these photographs.  Yes, of course, there is “texture” in almost EVERY photograph one can make.  But to my way of thinking (and judging) “texture” should be a standout theme in any photograph that is to be judged in a contest that is titled: Texture.  Therefore, I scored several otherwise excellent images lower for this reason.
 

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