Category Archives: 2018

CAPA Spring Round, January 21, 2018

New Addition – Image Clinic

In addition to the evaluations from the competition, there will be an opportunity for members, in particular new members, to receive feedback on their images. Bring up to 5 images on a Flash drive and the “doctors” will critique as many as time allows.


Due to the lack of host clubs, there has been a change to the CAPA Club competitions available for the Spring Round. The PGNS calendar and the competition uploads page has been changed to reflect this.

There will be 4 digital categories and no print category:
Open, Altered Reality (Creative), Close-up, and Canada: My Country

Please remember if you have had an image sent away to CAPA regardless of it being a CAPA Club competition or CAPA individual competition, it is no longer eligible for submission. Images should not have any watermarks, or display the name of the image or photographer when it is projected.

The upload deadline of January 14, 2018 remains the same.

Here are CAPA’s definitions for the upcoming competitions:

1) Open

The image can be of any subject (abstract, landscape, low light, macro, nature, portrait, still life, wildlife, etc… Colour, monochrome or Black & White images are allowed.

This category allows Open editing. All in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques are allowed. The final image can be a combination of multiple elements as long as all components of the image were taken by the entrant.

2) Altered Reality

The image can be of any subject (abstract, landscape, low light, macro, nature, portrait, still life, wildlife, etc… Colour, monochrome or Black & White images are allowed.
The image should be manipulated to create a fictional or conceptual image or photographic art. The original photograph must be predominant in the final photo. It can be manipulated in-camera, via post-processing or a combination thereof. However, the image can not be created completely electronically without any photographic content.

This category allows Open editing. All in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques are allowed. The final image can be a combination of multiple elements as long as all components of the image were taken by the entrant.

3) Canada: My Country

The image should express the feeling of a time and place in Canada, and/or portray the land, its distinctive features or culture in its natural state and should highlight the natural beauty of Canada. The image can be a landscape, low light, nature or wildlife. Landscapes can be environmental, urban, rural or seascapes. Human, animal and objects can be included to reflect the magnitude of the structures. Ideally, the animals/birds should be native to Canada. Colour, monochrome or Black & White images are allowed.

This category allows Open editing. All in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques are allowed with the exception of replacing skies. The final image can be a combination of multiple elements as long as all components of the image were taken by the entrant.

4) Close-up

The principle of this competition is to capture images with extreme magnification or elements not normally viewed. The image can be of any subject (fish, insects, mammals, reptiles, plants, waterdrops, etc… Colour, monochrome or Black & White images are allowed. It can be a detailed and accurate representation of the subject, however creative impression through selective focus, etc is also permitted.

Technically a closeup is an image with a reproduction ratio of 1:10 to just under life size (1:1). The goal is to fill the frame with the subject without cropping.

This category has Restricted editing. Cropping to simulate a macro image is not allowed. Basic editting cleanup, white balance adjustment, tone adjustments, colour corrections, clarity, vibrance, saturation, sharpening, dodging/burning as well as focus-stacking and multiple exposure is allowed. For the Close-up competition, the entrant must make available to the Director of Competitions, the original JPG or RAW files with the metadata.

If your image is selected to go away, I will be collecting those original images by WeTransfer as the turnaround time for image verification is very short.

Because of the settings on CAPA’s uploads page:

If your image is horizontal, it must be exactly 1400 pixels wide but no taller than 1050 pixels high.
If your image is a vertical, it must be exactly 1050 pixels tall, but no wider than 1400 pixels long.

Looking forward to seeing your images!

Joyce Chew
CAPA Rep

Seminar 7: Post Production, February 4, 2018

The Feb 4 post-processing seminar is approaching fast. It’ll be a hands-on seminar, just like last year. Here is a high level agenda for the evening:

  • Workflow
  • Software features
  • Techniques

  • The seminar is aimed at all levels, novice and advanced.
    Please let me know if you would like to learn about any special technique or effect.

    Happy shooting,
    Laszlo

    PS-
    Today, taking a photo is only half the process of photography. Your RAW images require post production. Lightroom and Photoshop are the gold standard for post production, but there are now many other options, and some excellent programs are free. Luminar ($99), ON1 Photo Raw ($100), Topaz Studio (free) and GIMP (free) are PC and Mac applications that are amazing.

    Come to this meeting! I like seeing sea smoke as much as anyone else, but sometimes it is just too windy and too cold and too snowy to go outside and take pictures. Winter is a great time to look through your RAW images and remember why you took them. Post production techniques can transform your images so that everyone else will also know why you took them.

    I will also very briefly talk about HDR, and how it can solve all your photographic problems. Well, at least some of them. 🙂

    Darryl

    Seminar 6: Magnificent Angkor, January 15, 2018

    Magnificent Angkor, Cambodia’s World Heritage Site extraordinaire
    In the late winter of 2015, we enjoyed a fascinating travel experience in southeast Asia, accompanied by our daughter Joanna, who had just finished a teaching assignment in Bangkok. The highlight was a visit to the Angkor complex of temples, near Siem Reap, a city in eastern Cambodia. The most famous and biggest temple is Angkor Wat, but it is by no means the only, or the most beautiful. Built by the rulers of the Khmer Empire between the early ninth and the fourteenth centuries, the Angkor structures and their artwork show a deep Hindu, and in some cases Buddhist, influence. The temples have suffered from the ravages of time and strangler-fig trees, as well as the savage Pol Pot regime in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. In recent years, many of the temples have been reconstructed or restored and land-mines cleared in an international effort. But the new pressure of millions of tourists annually is a mixed blessing, bringing Cambodia much-needed tourist dollars while increasing environmental pressure on the sites. Through this presentation, we will share images of the Khmer legacy of Angkor and modern Siem Reap.

    Readers may also wish to read Rob’s article on Angkor his and Lorraine’s trip to southeast Asia in the May 2015 issue of the Bluenose Focus

    Speakers: Rob Fensome and Lorraine Thompson