Set Subjects 2018

Judged in February 2018 - Stairway/s
Any group of stairs made of any material. Not a single step or pathway that is not formed as stairs.

Judged in March 2018 - Street Photography
Street Photography: Street photography at its most basic is candid photographs in public places. It differs to social documentary in that it doesn't seek to comment on society, it rather captures a moment that transforms the seemingly ordinary elements in a frame, through composition and split-second timing, into something extraordinary. The skill of the photographer is in the split-second timing to identify those moments, as well as the very careful consideration of which elements are in the frame and from what angle. Typically, most street photographs include people and the 'street' is not literal so photographs taken in any public place are eligible. Those moments might be humourous, such as unlikely juxtapositions of signage and people. Or moments that cause you to shake your head in wonder, such as a well-dressed man walking down a busy city street holding a pink flamingo balloon. Or the moment might be a visual pun of repeating elements where unrelated people in a scene are all pointing in the same direction. Or moments where the human body gets into shapes and positions we don't normally see, as the photographer has changed their shooting angle or merged two bodies together in the frame. Look to in-public, a contemporary street photography collective for inspiration. The work of Matt Stuart and Nick Turpin in particular. Contemporary street photography has evolved from its traditional origins. Cartier-Bresson, Winogrand, Friedlander, Levitt etc are of course famous names in the genre, but also look to Erwitt, Meyerowitz, Kalvar whose work sits comfortably in both the traditional and contemporary aspects of the genre and could be a good source of inspiration.

Judged in April 2018 - Repeating Shapes
At first sight a very simple and straightforward topic- the same subject or shape repeated over and over. However members might consider images where one shape suggests another in the scene- perhaps a tree in the background that mimics or parallels a human figure in the foreground. It may be a cloud that mimics the shape of a tree or a city building. “Repeating Shapes” has the potential to be equally challenging and enjoyable to judge as may be to photograph.

Judged in May 2018 - Industrial
Shots of heavy equipment  and manufacturing complex's ( good lighting  and don't be afraid to get in close ) Definition to be used at the Qld interclub - An Image depicting any form of industry eg machines, buildings, by-products of industry eg smoke/steam. The object is to portray the functional side rather than the human side of industry. Document an aspect of the production process.

Judged in June 2018 - Iconic Australia
'The topic must depict something Australian or a location within Australia, and must be something well known or generally revered by Australians. Entries would be judged on relevance to the set subject as well as the usual elements of good composition, good lighting and other technical skills. Remember, you should always strive for an interesting image, not just a straight record of a so-called icon. Iconic can be defined as ''relating to, resembling, or having the character of an icon'' (, that is, something that is often revered or idolized. Some examples could include: Iconic Places (e.g. Uluru, Great Barrier Reef, The Twelve Apostles, Sydney Opera House, Brisbane City Hall, Port Arthur ruins, Birdsville Pub). Iconic Activities (e.g. AFL game, NRL State of Origin game, surf life saving, Anzac Day services, Melbourne Cup, backyard barbecue, backyard cricket). Iconic People and Characters (e.g. Don Bradman, Ned Kelly, Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everidge, Steve Irwin, the Australian drover, outback sheep shearer). Iconic Products (e.g. FJ Holden, the Hills Hoist, Southern Cross windmills, didgeridoo, Lamington cakes, Vegemite). There are many other possible examples. '

Judged in July 2018 - Abandoned
I am sure there is a myriad of ways to show the adjective Abandoned in photographs, beyond just a vacant, old, desolate building or car. Both of those are valid and have been done many times before. But, I commend to you the other meanings of 'Abandoned', such as the feeling surrounding giving up hope, losing oneself in the moment and/or being without love and care. I mention this because people who can showcase photographic stories beyond the most simplistic meaning of the word, are looking deeply into life's richest storytelling and should be rewarded for this effort. 'As an adjective, the word 'abandoned', can be used in several ways to describe a deep feeling, action and reaction around the nature of things. In summary, the four meanings that come to me are :A : left without needed protection, care, or support an abandoned baby she began to live in what she referred to as the straitened circumstances of an abandoned woman  -Richard Russo. B : left by the owner an abandoned car...  left to fall into a state of disuse an abandoned field abandoned property an abandoned factory. C : no longer held or thought of : given up abandoned hopes/dreams. D : wholly free from restraint The lower the beer dropped in the kegs, the more abandoned and frenzied the dancers became-Don Asher unless you can convince them that you are as abandoned a profligate as themselves-George Bernard Shaw

Judged in August 2018 - Emotion
An image where the main subject/s is/are showing an emotional response. I would like it to be an image that shows an emotion rather than an image that evokes an emotion in the viewer. A wonderfully lit landscape may evoke an emotion in the viewer, a cattle skull on a dry parched mudflat will evoke an emotion in the viewer – the key being “in the viewer” – but neither is an emotion in its own right. I would ask your members to submit an image that clearly shows an emotion – happiness, sadness, love, hate, anger, joy etc etc. I can see an image called “I’ve just won Gold Lotto” for example. A happy dog after a good feed or a stressed dog being bathed spring to mind. The screaming at a football match is a high emotional response.

Judged in September 2018 - Patterns in nature
One of the important abilities of photographers is the ability to observe, especially in an artistic way. A creative picture is then formed in one's brain before it's taken. Trained eyes and brains can see stunning images that other people may not see. So finding patterns in nature and turning them into art is a good practice for photographers. The judging criteria would then be how well a pattern in nature is observed and turned into a picture creatively. To be accepted, the image has to have a pattern from nature, not from man- made items such as buildings.?

Judged in October 2018 - Rust/rusty
A reddish - or yellowish-brown flaking coating of iron oxide that is formed on iron or steel by oxidation, especially in the presence of moisture.?

Judged in November 2018 - Entertainer/s
A person such as a singer, dancer or comedian whose job is to entertain others. But this can be extended to family entertaining themselves with kids and pets etc etc. An entertainer might be a musician, juggler, martial arts expert, circus performer, busker and no doubt there are other types of entertainers. The main objective is to capture the artist at some dynamic or pleasing part of their performance. Some entertainers can be almost expressionless during their performance, and it may be necessary to capture the image in the few seconds after their performance when they relax and possibly smile at the audience. Some, singers especially, contort their faces into many unattractive expressions during the performance, so the suggestion above still applies. Lighting is quite variable depending on the location; street, outdoor stage, indoor stage or setting. If the stage is lit by rotating strobe lighting, it is usually desirable to wait for the light to wash across the artists face. Often, but not always, it is necessary to use higher ISO values and lower than desired shutter speed to get a good exposure. The lower shutter speed and the likelihood of a softer or more blurred photo, can be partly offset by capturing the moment in between a period of activity. eg. at the end of verse of a song, or when an acrobatic group strikes a pose at the peak of their display.