Going full cycle

It's always instructive to look at the best images in a competition for both inspiration and to understand what the current judging fashions are.

The results of the 2018 Focus awards have been published and in looking at the Photographer of the Year section (see link below) it seems to me that many of the images have subtle manipulation which moves them into the fine art genre

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Understanding Pictures

Les Walkling, in an article titled, “Understanding Pictures - a brief summary”, talks about the five compositions: Drawing, Tonal, Colour, Spatial and Temporal. The following quotation gives a feel for his reasoning and the idea that the five compositions “… equally represent things that can’t be seen - our thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and desires.”

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APSCON 2018

APSCON is the annual convention of the Australian Photographic Society. Eleven years ago I attended my first APSCON in Albury. As a guileless beginner I was impressed by the quality of the images on display and enraptured by some of the speakers. Not for a moment did I think I would ever be on the stage as a speaker and workshop presenter.

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Day 4

We had a filling breakfast at Cannon Creek then set off via Jabiru for the first stop of the day at Nourlangie Rock to view more rock art in the Anbangbang (Arn-barng-barng) rock shelter.

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Day 3

This day we went into Arnhem Land, home to the oldest living culture in the world. As Luke told us, there is a site "just down the road" in the Madjedbebe rockshelter near Jabiru where archaeologists have found evidence of human occupation 65,000, or possibly as much as 80,000 years old.

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Day 2

Departure was 7:00 am. We didn't know it but, compared to the days come, this was a late departure. We headed down Arnhem Highway pausing to look at some magnetic termite mounds and later for refreshments at a truck stop where we saw a 60 metre road train and a six metre salt water crocodile in a cage.

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DAY 1

After arriving in Darwin and looking around the town, Day 1 started with getting-to-know-you drinks and dinner at the Darwin Hilton hotel.

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Why I like Adobe CC products

I think we all know that there is a variety of software available for post processing and that within any one program (app) there is always more than one way of achieving a particular result. I am a Lightroom and Photoshop user, I also have Aurora HDR and the NIC Collection neither of which I use on a regular basis. I’d say I’m advanced in Lightroom and beginner/intermediate in Photoshop. 

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The Douro Valley

The night of 23rd April was spent moored at Régua. After dinner I went on a brisk walk with Sandra, Rex and his wife along the river’s edge to an historic steel rail bridge now used only by pedestrians. Sandra wouldn’t let us return by the same route because we had to skirt around a pack of a dozen or so scary,

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