Kompetisie Temas 2021

Tafelberg Fotografieklub

Set Subjects for 2021
AS TAF CLUB IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE PSSA, THE CATEGORY DEFINITIONS AS SET OUT BY PSSA FOR SALON SUBMISSIONS WILL APPLY TO THE MONTHLY SET SUBJECT WHERE APPROPRIATE. PLEASE READ THROUGH THESE CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING YOUR SUBMISSIONS.

JAN = NATURE

Manipulation is not allowed. Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well?informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of artificially created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Stitched images are not permitted. Infrared images, either direct?captures or derivations, are not allowed. Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food

FEB = MONOCHROME

Monochrome is a black and white image. A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. On the other hand, a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category. Nature Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome for entry into Monochrome sections.

MAR = MINIMALISM/SIMPLICITY

Minimalist photography is a form of photography that is distinguished by extreme, austere simplicity. It emphasizes sparseness and focuses solely on the smallest number of objects in the composition process. Simplicity is the photography equivalent of minimalism. It’s a photography composition technique that concentrates on keeping only the absolutely necessary information in frame. You could be easily fooled into thinking that simple composition is simple and not thought out.

APR = MACRO / CLOSE UP

MACRO – manipulation is allowed* Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, where you get close to a small subject by physical or optical means. Starting at approximately 1/4 life size i.e. when the subject being photographed is four (4) times the size of the film frame or digital sensor. There is no limit on the upper end. The size of the subject in the finished photograph is greater than life size. *Macro fits as a subsection of Open as well as Nature; when entered in a Nature section, manipulation is NOT allowed

MAY = STORY TELLING

Digital manipulation is allowed in this category. In photographic practice, visual storytelling is often called a ‘photo essay’ or ‘photo story’. It’s a way for a photographer to narrate a story with a series of photographs or even a single photograph sometimes. In case of a series of photographs, images are ordered in a specific way with the aim of affecting the viewer’s emotions and intellect. Captions are also an integral part of a photo story that should help the viewer understand each image. Manipulation is allowed

JUN = Scapes:

A genre intended to show different spaces within the world, usually vast and unending. A landscape comprises the visible features of an area and physical elements such as landforms, water, living elements of flora and fauna and abstract elements like lightning and weather conditions. It could be pure nature or include man and/or beast. ‘Scapes is a term that covers the depiction of scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, forests, sea, cities etc. where the main subject is a wide view with its elements arranged into a coherent composition. ‘Scapes may be natural or man-made. Derived terms include: Cityscape; cloudscape; nightscape; seascape; snowscape; streetscape; sandscape; urban scape etc. A panorama is an image with elongated fields of view, with an aspect ratio of 2:1 or larger, the image being at least twice as wide as its height.

Digital manipulation is allowed

JUL = STILL LIFE

Still life photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects. Still life photography, more so than other types of photography, such as landscape or portraiture, gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition. Still life photography is a demanding art, one in which the photographers are expected to be able to form their work with a refined sense of lighting, coupled with compositional skills. The still life photographer makes pictures rather than takes them. Knowing where to look for propping and surfaces also is a required skill.

AUG = PHOTOJOURNALISM/STREET

Photojournalism definition is – journalism in which written copy is subordinate to pictorial usually photographic presentation of news stories or in which a high proportion of pictorial presentation is used; broadly : news photography. Street photography, a genre of photography that records everyday life in a public place. The very publicness of the setting enables the photographer to take candid pictures of strangers, often without their knowledge. Street photographers do not necessarily have a social purpose in mind, but they prefer to isolate and capture moments which might otherwise go unnoticed.

SEP = ABANDONED STRUCTURES

Abandoned Photography: the eyesore on the corner, the creepy abandoned places you pass on the back-roads, these are the abandoned buildings with the boarded up windows. To most people not into abandoned photography, abandoned buildings are just an ugly passing sight on a drive with little to no thought or consideration given.

OCT = WILDLIFE INCLUDING BIRDS

Wildlife, birds and garden birds may include images of undomesticated animal species in their natural habitat.

Allowed:

Wild Animals in their natural habitat
Endemic garden birds
Wild birds in their natural habitat

Not allowed:

Domesticated animals and birds – pets, Aquarium fish, Insects, Animals in captivity

Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of artificially created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, obviously set arrangements, mounted specimens including insects or animals doped or killed for macro (or any other type of photography), are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

Any action which causes harm, no matter how unintentional it may be, is not acceptable. The use of live bait and actions such as chilling, freezing, spinning or light anaesthesia of any creature is unethical and therefore not acceptable. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale/monochrome. Stitched images are not permitted. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

Please note that this month’s set subject is defined as WILDLIFE—NOT nature, and that the appropriate rules are applied.

NOV = SPORT

Sports photography refers to the genre of photography that covers all types of sports. In the majority of cases, professional sports photography is a branch of photojournalism, while amateur sports photography, such as photos of children playing association football, is a branch of vernacular photography. The main application of professional sports photography is for editorial purposes; dedicated sports photographers usually work for newspapers, major wire agencies or dedicated sports magazines