Assigned Topics

The Assigned Topic is recommended but not required each month.  Sometimes a member doesn’t have the time, ability or doesn’t care about the assigned topic. General entries can be entered instead.


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Night Lights

February 9, 2022

Image should clearly show that it was taken at night. May be skylight (Blue Hour) or local lighting, but not illuminated by the photographer.

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April 13, 2022

Image must be larger on mobile phone screen than it is in reality (NOT the exact technical definition of Macro, but the one we are using here).

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Motion Blur

June 8, 2022

An important part of the image must be blurred to show motion. It may be a panned background or slow shutter speed of a moving target, but should still be recognizable.

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September 14, 2022

Some instrument(s) of repair or manufacture of a reasonably durable product in a shop or home. Nothing transitory, such as sound or gestures. A cookie is durable enough to count.

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October 12, 2022 – Workshop is September 28

An interesting part of a building (indoor or outdoor). Not a straight building image. Must show creativity of the photographer

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By Candlelight

December 14, 2022

The major source of illumination must obviously be from one or more candles. At least one candle flame should be visible.

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March 10, 2021

Image should utilize an angle from down, up, above, leading lines, etc. Though all images must be from some perspective, here the perspective is more important than the element being captured. Should be creative and obvious.

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April 14, 2021

Our eyes are naturally drawn to things that are symmetrical. A composition with two equal or close to parts does seem to conflict with the rule of thirds. If you’re going to break a rule, be sure and shatter it. Post processing flipped images NOT ALLOWED.

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May 12, 2021

Should contain multiple items of similar size or category, yet each component is an individual subject collected by a human collector whether intentional or not. Think kitchen utensils, stamps, or coins. It could even be crazy big like someone’s automotive collection.

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June 9, 2021

Our eyes are predisposed to recognizing patterns. When we capture a repetition, it can create a powerful image. To create even more interest, offer up that pattern, make it prominent, but you may somehow break the repetition.

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July 14, 2021

Main image must lack all detail. May be black or another pure color (NO SHADING).and surrounded with white or another highly contrasting color (white or another pure color OR RANGE OF COLORS)

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August 11, 2021

Wood should be the major focus whether as the building component or the natural product itself.

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Automobile Emblem

September 1, 2021

May include something like the flying lady (Spirit of Ecstasy) on a Rolls Royce, or the symbols used to identify makes or models. May be from an old or newer car.

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November 10, 2021

Should express ideas and emotions in a photographed image without the intention of creating a traditional or realistic image. While many commonly observed photography rules don’t apply, a good abstract photo always has a clear, structural design. Much thought goes into the order, placement, and balance between shapes, patterns, textures, and colors within an abstract image.

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December 8, 2021

Three photos with a single theme. Image may be a larger image broken into three individual images or three separate images that are clearly associated with each other. All three must be on a single final image.

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Reflections and Refractions

January 15, 2020

Must utilize an external lens, excluding the camera lens and any direct attachments. Examples of acceptable elements are corrective eyeglasses, magnifying lens, glass ball, water droplet, filled transparent container, curved make-up mirror, chrome hubcap. The “curve” may be one- or two-dimensional, but not flat glass or wrinkled aluminum foil. The auxiliary optical element should be identifiable, and the reflected or refracted objects should be a major component of the image.

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Color Yellow

October 14, 2020

Something that is yellow and forms the focal component of the image. Yellow may be represented by one or more shades

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November 11, 2020

Any type of glass. Clear, translucent, colorful but not invisible (e.g., a photo through a window). The glass itself must be the focal element.

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Up Close

December 9, 2020

Anything that completely fits on a 3” x 5” card or smaller. (If you crop, be sure to increase the pixel density to be clear on the judge’s screen.)

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