The theme for December at the Arundel Camera Club is Craftsmen, Artists, and Musicians.
This theme focuses on capturing the essence and creative spirit of individuals excelling in artistic pursuits. It highlights their dedication, skill, passion, and craftsmanship, showcasing the artistic process, attention to detail, and unique personalities of these individuals. The theme involves intimate moments and interactions, capturing artists at work, their tools, materials, and techniques, as well as the environments where they create. Lighting and composition are carefully utilized to accentuate textures and details, while framing creates a visual narrative of the artists' journeys. Ultimately, this theme celebrates creativity and diverse artistic expressions, offering a glimpse into the world of talented individuals who bring beauty and inspiration to the world through their crafts.
A lot of club members dug into their libraries to pull images for these contests. Even though I did pull out a couple of older images from my library, I did make a concerted effort to go our and shoot images just for this competition. I went to Old Bedford Village, Barnstormers, a Renaissance Fair, and Colonial Williamsburg just for this theme trying to find craftsmen, artist, and musicians. I captured around 400 images for this contest. I narrowed that down to 20 images I liked. Edited them and selected nine for entry into the contest. When printing I found one I was unhappy with and replaced it with another image. I had a couple that after printing I had to reedit and reprint. In the end, I had one winning digital image and one winning print. Talk a bout a soul crushing disappointment. Contests used to get me excited and I'm sure my photography improved due to competing. However, this year, contests have sucked the joy out of photography for me.
4th Place Unlimited Monochrome
Here were my losing images.
|Throwing a Pot
|Pimp My Ride
|Spin Class Old Style