Photography Group

Contact:  Mark Horvath   0409332633

Meets: 7pm First Tuesday of each month at the TCC Bicentennial Building (Soundshell), Kirwan.

Remember to advise of your intent to attend the day prior to the event, at the latest.

Monthly Photography Theme Guidelines

  1. Images should match the month’s theme and been captured within the 12 months preceding the month in which they are shown.
  2. There is a limit of 20 images per person, 10 themed and 10 images of your choice.
  3. The best image ratio to match the projector screen is 4:3. Cropping to this ratio ensures the image will be displayed full screen  however, it is not necessary to do so.
  4. File size for each image should be kept to around 1mb.
  5. For the five images you select to go onto the monthly photo page of the Web site, please title the files with species common name, location (optional) and your name (initial and surname).

Photography Themes

February 2022 – Red. Simple requirement for the bird to have the colour ‘Red’ on it somewhere. Cerise, crimson, scarlet, cherry etc are all acceptable as red.

March 2022MigrantsIncluded in this category are bird species that visit Australia from overseas on a regular basis as part of their lifecycle and Australian species that move interstate to breed.  This theme aligns roughly with the second Birdlife Photography competition theme.

April 2022 – Long Legs. Images of species that have long legs. Legs don’t need to be included but that would prove it is a species that meets the requirement.

May 2022 – Unnatural. The subject needs to be in an environment that is artificial. Rather not see a bird sitting on a fence post or barbed wire but in an obviously artificial environment. For example, a flock of Cockatoos in an orchard, a Stone-curlew in front of a house. Something along those lines.  

June 2022Artistry. In this theme we’re looking for some form of artistic expression. So, if my impression of the art world is anything to go by anything is acceptable, as long as you have a good narrative to go with it. Looking for an image where you’ve captured something that demonstrates your artistic flair. If you have difficulty capturing something you deem arty enough, you could consider doing something in post processing. Maybe just desaturate, oversaturate, blur, backlight, or underexpose it, etc. You even might be able to use those images that you normally throw away, for this one.

July 2022Head and Breast. Just an image where the head and breast are the main subjects of the image. For example, if it’s a head on shot you may need to crop out the legs. If it’s a side on shot you may need to crop out from in front of the legs. If some of another feature is visible that is okay as long as the head and breast dominate the shot. Try to do this without too much cropping.

August 2022 – Wetland Birds. Should be no problems here. Just images of species normally found in or in the near vicinity of a wetland environment. CANCELLED due to Covid-19 surge in Townsville however photos still available for viewing at link.

September 2022 – Behaviour. Obviously, the subject will need to be doing something other than sitting sedately or flying, other than acrobatics.

October 2022 – Raptors, Owls, Frogmouths and Nightjars. Another attempt to line up with the Birdlife Photography competition theme here. The theme is pretty well self explanatory.

November 2022 – Fantails, Flycatchers, Monarchs, Robins, and Finches. Following on from last months theme is this one where we are looking for images of the stated species. There is a reasonable selection from which to choose. Finches includes mannikins and sparrows.

December 2022 – Yellow. Simple requirement for the bird to have the colour ‘Yellow’ on it somewhere and the yellow is visible in the image. Your yellow will be acceptable as long as it looks more yellow than green, orange or red.

January 2023 – Best of 2022January is where members get to showcase their best images taken within the previous calendar year. Anything goes as long as the main subject is a bird.

February 2023 – Birds by TwoThis is a simple one. Your image just needs to have two birds, and only two, in it. They may be of the same species or different, it doesn’t matter. The only proviso is that we can see two whole birds and not one and a half birds or two and a wing or more blurry birds in the background. To clarify, you may have two birds in the shot but you can’t have one bird being partially hidden by the other bird.

March 2023 – Glossy. This one is similar to the themes where we were after a colour visible in the image, however in this case we are not interested in the colour but a gloss, iridescence, or sheen visible on the bird’s plumage.his month will align with Birdlife Photography’s competition theme once they have released the details.

April 2023 – Feathers and Flowers. The old favourite here. Images with a bird and a flower. Don’t have to include all of both as long as each is visible to some extent.

May 2023 – TBA. The theme for this month will align with Birdlife Photography’s them once they have release it.

June 2023 – Shades of Grey. A bit of a twist on the old Black and White theme here. The subject bird is to be predominantly a shade of grey. So, not black or white, or black and white. If the bird has more colour other than grey then that’s acceptable as long as grey is the predominant feature in the image.

July 2023 – Red Eye. This theme will have you taking images of species with red eyes. However, a red orbital skin and/or associated flesh around the eye will also meet the theme. Note that not all the flesh needs to be red. Just as long as there is some red visible. An extreme example of an acceptable species would be the male Australasian Figbird. At the other end of the scale would be a Squatter Pigeon that might have only a tiny patch of red in its orbital skin.

 

Remember that the images need to have been captured within the 12 months preceding the month in which they are shown.

Please keep your total number of images to 20 so that we have plenty of time to show everyone’s.