View the Winning Images gallery.
View the Winning Images gallery.
Poly Photo Club members now get a discount when renting from BorrowLenses.com. Get 10% off any rental. Normally, you’d have to become a BorrowLenses member and pay $99/year for this privilege. But now, as a Poly member, all you need is a free BorrowLenses account.
Here’s how to get the discount:
In a few minutes, you’ll receive an email containing your discount code and a link to set up a free BorrowLenses account.
BorrowLenses rents just about anything related to photography: camera bodies, lenses, lighting; you name it. I’ve rented lenses from them several times and highly recommend them. The service is quick and it’s a lot cheaper than buying a lens that you might use only occasionally. And since they’re located in the San Francisco bay area, we Californians don’t have to worry weather-related shipping delays from east coast rental locations.
To learn more or to see what you can rent, click this link: BorrowLenses.com.
The winning images from our recent year-end banquet are now online here. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone on the year-end committee who made this year’s event one of the best ever.
We need a volunteer to fill a very important position: Building Hosting Coordinator.
The Building Hosting Coordinator’s job is to schedule two Poly members for each date that Poly is scheduled by SCACC to hold the Photo Arts Building open to the public. Because Poly has far more members than any other SCACC club, we host the building more frequently than any other club.
If you take on this job, you’ll be responsible for getting two volunteers for each of the scheduled dates. You won’t be alone: we’ll help you learn how to do this job efficiently.
To volunteer, or if you have any questions, contact Alan Haynes (alanlhaynes @ gmail.com).
WE NEED YOU!
No experience necessary. Easy hours.
Poly needs someone to coordinate hanging of prints on the front wall at the Photo Arts Building. This is occasional work: for 2014, SCACC has allotted only two months for Poly to hang prints on this wall.
The coordinator will be in charge of announcing the hanging and take-down dates; communicating the details such as print size to our members; and, if there are more print submissions than will fit on the wall, choosing those prints to hang.
Ideally, we would have three volunteers for this position so that we can have a jury to choose the prints. The front wall is the most prestigious spot int he PAB to hang photos and we want to make sure we show our best work.
Please contact Alan Haynes (alanlhaynes @ gmail.com) to volunteer.
Maybe it’s déjà vu, but it seems like some of the images we saw at January’s competition meeting had been entered before.
Re-entering an image is not allowed unless it received a score of six points or less last time it was entered. You may also enter a previous project entry into a later open competition or vice-versa. But once an image has received a score of 7 points or more in open competition, you may not enter it in the open competition again. This also applies to near duplicates of the image.
Please keep track of your competition entries so that you don’t inadvertently break the rules. There are several ways to track your entires:
Whatever it takes, please keep track of your images.
Please remember that the purpose of the monthly project competition is to stimulate us to create new work.
For that reason, all images entered in the project competition must have been created no earlier than the date that the project categories for the year were announced. Since the announcement is made at the October competition meeting, your project entries must have been taken no earlier than October, 2013.
So save those old archived images for the open competition. For the project, show us your new stuff. Now, get out there and be creative!
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!