Category Archives: Silent Essay

Creating a Travelogue Essay, Sunday, September 30, 2018

It is time to start thinking about essays. Joyce Chew is the speaker for this seminar. She will talk about essay creation, apps for the sight and sound essay and the specific design of travelogue essays. Even if you don’t compete in our essay competitions, creating essays is a fun and creative activity for photographers at all levels. The upload form for the silent essay competition will be active Sunday, so don’t miss this seminar.

CAPA Fall Round Competition

On October 15, we will have the first CAPA competition of the season where we will be selecting images to go away to represent the club in the Nature, Fine Art and Photojournalism (Minimally Manipulated) categories. The upload form for this competition is active now.
In the Nature category, CAPA is awarding Botany awards for the top 3 Botany images. As part of an initiative to encourage Botany images, the Executive is holding a Botany competition so that PGNS will send at least one Botany image to CAPA in our Nature submission. The top Botany image will be selected to go away along with the top 5 images from the Nature competition.
CAPA’s definitions and eligibility criteria can be different from PSA so please take note of the following differences.
Titles can have an impact on the score of an image so chose a title that compliments or conveys the message you want to convey about the image as CAPA judges will take that into consideration.
Fine Art allows “Open editing” so all types of processing techniques are allowed including composites and use of filters. All portions of the image must have been photographed by the maker. A Fine Art image goes beyond merely capturing an image and cropping. The image can be of any subject but must convey or evoke a message, idea or emotion.
Both Nature and PJ have “Restricted Editing” so the RAW/original JPG file must be available as CAPA is being diligent about scrutinizing the image to ensure that all awarded entrants are complying with its restrictions. Do not submit an image to the Nature or PJ competition if you are not able to provide the original file.
Nature images depict all branches of natural history except anthropology or archeology. It can be of a landscape, geological formation, weather phenomena or extant organism. The image can be of a subject in controlled conditions (zoos, game farms, botantical gardens, aquariums, etc.) however human elements should not be present (i.e. fencing, posts, cut branches) as the human element is grounds for disqualification. Botany includes images of uncultivated trees, flowering and non-flowering plans, ferns, algae, fungi in their natural habitat. Images of floral arrangements, cultivated or hybrid plants, feral animals, domestic animals or mounted specimens are ineligible. No stitching, infra-red images or techniques (except for cropping) that add, move, replace or remove pictorial elements. Techniques (such as HDR, Focus Stacking, Dodging/Burning) that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or altering content of the original scene are permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.
CAPA considers Photojournalism to be an image of people affected by an event or situation. The situation must not be staged or re-enacted. Only basic post-processing such as cropping, tone and colour adjustment is allowed. No selective adjustments like dodging/burning, digital gradient filters or vignettes. Techniques such as HDR, focus stacking, stitching, composites, filters, infra-red are not allowed.
October 8 is the upload deadline for submitting images for the October 15 CAPA competitions.
Looking forward to seeing your images!

Silent Essay Competition

The silent essay competition is Sunday, October 21, the upload deadline is October 14 and the upload form will be active on September 30.

Now is the time to start thinking about your essay!

Last year was the first year that your silent essay was created for you and we will do that again this year. In fact, if you do make your own essay it will be disqualified. Everyone’s essay is exactly the same: up to 12 images in competition format, each image is displayed for 6 seconds with a one second dissolve transition between images. You upload your images, just like in any other competition, and the webmaster will create the essay for you using a standard template.

“Competition format” means that all your images must be no wider than 1400 pixels and no higher than 1050 pixels. The colour space must be sRGB, profile attached, in JPEG format.

The upload form does have a few requirements. Your essay title must be the title you enter for the first image. The titles for all the other images can be anything – they are not used. There are 12 categories in the upload form with the names: “Image 1 Essay Title”, “Image 2”, “Image 3” and so on up to “Image 12”.

Please note that the categories are not listed in the popup menu “in order”. In other words, the Image 1 category will not be the first item in the menu. Unfortunately the webmaster has no control over the order in which categories are listed. However, “Image 3” will the the third image displayed in your essay, regardless of where that category is shown in the upload form menu.

Your images can contain montages or anything else you want. You can add the essay title to an image but that has to be one of the 12 images (presumably the first). Any or all slides can have text as well as an image, but the text must be part of the slide. All images are centred within a 1400X1050 space that has a black background.

There will be a one second dissolve up from black for your first image and a one second dissolve to black after your last image. The video file will be created in mp4 format (Mac and PC compatible), 30 frames per second, no audio and with High Profile 5.2 H.264 compression. Please let the webmaster know if you want a copy of your essay (emailed after the competition).