View the Winning Images gallery.
View the Winning Images gallery.
oly Photo Club is San Diego’s finest camera club.
Our mission is to bring together photographers of all types to share our enjoyment of photography, develop new skills, receive constructive feedback and have fun.
Poly has a brand new Flickr site for members only. You can view it at http://www.flickr.com/groups/poly-photo-club/.
All current Poly members are encouraged to join this new, members-only Flickr site. Membership in the Flickr group is by invitation only. So, if you are a current Poly member, send me an email which includes your full name and I’ll send you an invitation. Here’s my email: email@example.com.
Use the new Flickr group to share photos with other members and discuss anything photography related.
For technical reasons, the old Flickr site can no longer be administrated and cannot be removed.
If you plan to enter the year-end competition, you must send your entries now. The deadline is November 30th.
Your images will be scored by a panel of three judges. Results will be announced at our Year-End banquet in February.
Ribbons and medals will be awarded to top winners and honorable mentions. Some of you will find your names inscribed on permanent plaques which hang at the Photo Arts Building.
All entries will be shown at our year-end banquet in a multimedia slideshow. Amaze your friends with your best work!
Choose your favorite 11 images from 2013 or the ones you think will do well in competition. It’s up to you. Just follow these simple rules:
For some reason, the Poly website is no longer displaying PDF files properly. In the past, we were able to read PDF files right on our site. Now that no longer works. There are two pages affected: Competition Scores and Poly Speaks. Both of these would normally show PDF files.
Until I have time to figure out this issue, the score sheet will be uploaded as a JPEG and the cover of Poly Speaks will be shown as a JPEG. Both pages will contain clickable links do download the appropriate files.
This is probably my very favorite landscape image. And I owe a lot of thanks to Stan Bell for this image, as it needed some Photoshop adjusting; as I was totally new to Photoshopping anything.
One early December morning, I was walking along a pathway behind Kumeyaay Lake in Mission Trails and saw this stunning image happen right before my eyes. I flashed back to a warm childhood memory of a movie I saw called the “Ten Commandments.” In that movie, you may recall was the moment when Moses ascended Mt. Sinai and spoke to God in the form of a glowing bush that wasn’t burning. Call it an epiphany if you will, but this special effect had such an impact on me that I tried to recreate it with this image. I put them side by side and it looks pretty close! I’ve always been fascinated by things that glow.
Sometimes I like to use ordinary objects and create still life photos with them. I used the shadows of the washers created by the lights to simulate motion for the washer race. I painted one blue to be a focal point. The judge that day took one look at my image and laughed and said, “get a life.” Then said “6” Well, it didn’t get a good score, but who cares. I LIKE IT!
It all came together so quickly. I didn’t have to do several nights worth of takes like in most other stills. It was accomplished within 30 minutes of the initial set up. I ordered a metal doll house bench instead of a more attractive wood bench because of the risk of fire.
I was trying to convey passion between two matches, so I submerged both match sticks in water to make the torsos bendable but not breakable and that idea worked. I bent them in positions facing each other, and positioned the female match on the bench leaning toward her beau. They held their positions. I double sided taped them to their bases. As you can see in the initial set up, all I needed was the passion of the fire. And VOILA!
As we were arriving at the hotel, I noticed some ominous clouds building toward Cathedral Rock. I’ve always enjoyed the drama created by storm clouds, so I got pretty excited about this. Wow, of all places, a thunderstorm over Cathedral Rock? What a unique shot to bring back to the club! A shot to die for, right? ( I almost did. ) I didn’t dare tell Gail what I was up to. I told her I was going to drive around a bit. She stayed at the hotel.
Deciding I wanted to be Byron Aughenbaugh for one afternoon, I headed out for the “Rock.” Honestly, I’ve never photographed lightning before, and let me tell you it’s SCARY!!! Cathedral Rock was getting darker and more ominous by the minute. This storm was parked directly overhead, and wasn’t about to move. Then, there was an explosion and instant flash. I pressed the trigger and got this shot. Then all hell broke loose, one bolt after another. I decided I’d had enough and ran back to my car as fast as I could go, with tripod in hand. To this day I don’t know how Byron gets his shots! After this experience with my tripod as a lightning rod, it’s all yours Byron!
PolyPhotoClub.com is getting better. Today’s upgrades correct a few problems and add some new features. Read on.
The Winning Images galleries now work better on the web and on your mobile devices. To view them, hover your mouse over the “Competition” link near the top of the page. Then hover over “Winning Images” on the sub-menu that pops up. Finally, click on either “2013 Winners” or “2012 Winners” from the next pop-up sub-menu.
Here are the highlights:
There are some features, such as the competition score sheets that aren’t readable on mobile devices. The Poly Speaks page doesn’t work on mobile devices either. These issues will be fixed eventually.
If you find any other issues with the site or if you have suggestions or questions, please email your webmaster, Alan Haynes.
“The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.” – Ansel Adams.
Nowadays we no longer refer to the “negative” but to the “digital file”- something that when viewed on a suitable display is actually a positive. Change the word and Ansel Adams’ quotation is as true now as it was then. Still, there is nothing else that better epitomizes a photographer’s work than the photographic print. Continue reading
A new, revised version of the February monthly competition score sheet is online now. View it here: February 2013 Score Sheet Revised.
The previous score sheet had a few errors. Due to a miscommunication between our projectionist and our scorekeeper, the only scores recorded on the previous version were those that received seven points or more. The new version includes the six-pointers, too.
After months of work, the new PolyPhotoClub.com is online.
Why change? The main goal is to allow more members to contribute to the site rather than the two we have now, me running the site and Bob Howe maintaining the score sheet.
For now, I’ll be the only one working on the new site. In the near future, though, more members will have access.
For example, our workshop coordinator (Shelly) will be able to add events to the site’s calendar and our news editor (Jim) will be able to add news articles as often as he wishes rather than on a monthly or bi-monthly schedule,
Under the hood, our new, “dynamic” site now runs on the very popular and full-featured content-management software (CMS) called WordPress. WordPress allows us to do a lot more than we could with our old, static site: