January 2014

UPCOMING PHOTO/ART CONTESTS

First is the 39th Juried Exhibition at the Lyndon House. Entries are due Jan 30th & 31st so not much time left to get your work properly prepared. The Lyndon House is a huge supporter of APG so I think it would be good if we supported them. Look up the juror’s museum and you’ll get a good idea of the kind of work he might choose.

More info here: http://athensclarkecounty.com/5766/Call-for-Artists-39th-Juried-Exhibition

 

The second one is the Eatonton Putman Arts Foundation. Entries are being accepted March 10-17.

More info here: http://theplazaartscenter.com/uploads/2014AmateurPhotographyRules.pdf

 

Third is OCAF: Southworks 18th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition

Deadline is Feb 28th and for this one the submissions are electronic.

April 12 – May 10, 2014

Deadline for entry: February 14, 2014

www.ocaf.com

(706) 769-4565

 

APG’s First Annual Photography Contest Awards

APG_Winners

January’s meeting was our first annual APG member photo contest. If you missed it then you missed a large body of stunning photography. I think everyone was blown away. After the members voted for their first, second, and runner up choices, the awards went to Jason Machen (First Place and Honorable Mention), Tim Rogan (Second Place), and Steve Binkley (Honorable Mention).

Of his first place image, Jason said, “‘The Red Muse’ illustrates that you do not have to have super expensive, huge megapixel cameras to make a photograph. This photograph was made with a Nikon D80 with available light. I am not very talented with Lightroom or Photoshop so this image is pretty much as shot with maybe a little burning in of the edges. I love using window light any time that I can. I call it God’s light and my flash just a cheap imitation.”

Of his Honorable Mention, Jason said, “‘Waiting’ illustrates that I am more of a “relational” photographer than a conceptual one. Most of the personal images I make are discovered; that is, I see something in the way the subject moves or looks and I go with that. I was setting up for a studio photograph and the model was just sitting pretty much as you see, smoking a cigarette. I saw how wonderful she looked. I changed my attention to photographing her there. Of course the lighting was challenging because it was just the overhead light and I did not want to blow out the highlights or lose the shadows. I did have to make changes to the camera and took the diffuser off the light, and moved some of the junk showing in the frame. Again this image has very little work in Lightroom.” Jason added, “I really was surprised and much honored to have my images picked. The images submitted by others were really superb and I did not see how mine stood a chance.”

Of the Second Place St. Simons Pier image, Tim said, “I’ve never planned for, bought gear for, and set out to do a shot like I did with this one. It is a 4-minute exposure (with the tide coming in), f/22, ISO 100 shot. No blur or smoothing was added in post. The gear I bought to be able to create this was a digital timer and a 10-stop B+W neutral density filter. That filter is so dark that I had to set up everything, lock down the focus, and then put the filter on, trusting that I hadn’t changed anything in the process. I first processed this as a B&W in NIK Silver Efex Pro and then didn’t like a couple of posts on the left edge of the frame. When I reprocessed it without the posts, I tried fading the B&W layer over the color layer. That is when I came up with these creamy colors.”

Of his honorable mention, Steve had his past wrapped up in it. “The Kodak 35 camera in this still life was manufactured in 1942 and belonged to my father. The Kodachrome slides are pictures he took of my mom in 1943 and 1944. The B&W prints of her and my dad were taken during the same period. The two “cowboys” in the other photo are my younger brother and myself. The still life was arranged on a desk that belonged to my father when he was a small boy. Needless to say, this photo has great significance to me and I’m pleased that others found pleasure in seeing it.”

Thank you to all who participated and showed up to the meeting. This was a huge success and we look forward to doing it again next year.

January, 2014 Meeting

January meeting is Thursday the 16th from 7-8:30 pm in the Community Room of the Lyndon House. We are trying something new: a special photograph competition with cash prizes. This contest is for APG members who have paid either their 2013 or 2014 dues. This date is before entries are due to the Annual Lyndon House Juried Art Show so you can get a good feeling for how people react to your images.
  • For members who have paid either their 2013 OR 2014 dues. (See Membership Dues below.)
  • One or two printed images per paid member only.
  • Printed images are brought to the meeting and taken home at the end of the meeting – images cannot be stored for later pick up. (Images brought on a flash drive will be for critique only and will not be judged for prizes. See below.)
  • If you cannot attend, a friend can bring your images on your behalf and will be given the prize money to give to you if you win.
  • Images must be 5×7 or larger (no upper limit), framed, matted, OR just tacked on to a matte so there is a solid background around your image.
  • Images can be recent or older, but must be taken by the member.
  • Images must not have been juror accepted in ANY show, anywhere. Images presented at a gallery, or market for sale, or APG show, or shown at an APG meetingare acceptable.
  • If photographer’s name appears on the image, it MUST be covered up. No exceptions.
  • Jurors will be APG members present at the meeting.
  • Cash awards will be presented at the meeting.
  • Winning entries will be digitally photographed and projected on the screen for Q&A and comments.
  • For everyone: there won’t be a creative challenge but anyone with any image they want projected to have the group critique, bring it on a flash drive. e.g. can’t decide between two images before submission to the Annual Lyndon House Juried Art Show.
  • Questions? Please send them to Tony at  tonyamdur@charter.net

IN THIS SHOW ALL ENTRIES ACCEPTED, IF RULES FOLLOWED
FIRST PRIZE :: $100
SECOND :: $50
HONORABLE MENTION  (2) :: $25

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  • Membership Dues: 2014 dues are $20. You can pay at the January meeting and submit photos to the contest OR mail your dues to Tony Amdur, 275 Woodward Way, Athens, GA 30606. Please allow plenty of time for the mail to get to Tony before the meeting.
  • Web site and forumhttp://www.athensphotographyguild.com We have a great website now with the bonus of having a forum for members only. Sign up today (keeps spam down).
  • Don’t forget that the entries to the yearly Juried Lyndon House Art Show will be due in January so start looking through your images now. Use the January meeting to help hone down your entries.
  • Stay up to date with APG on our new websitehttp://www.athensphotographyguild.com and Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/apg.guild